Empire Toastmasters

The Jan. 9 meeting of Empire Toastmasters began with George Berrier’s speech, “Why Would Anyone Want to Adopt a Wild Horse?” George advised that once these “range maggots” are adopted for the standard fee of only $150, they can be wonderful companions.

Lois Benson shared her story “How I Played the Name Change Game,” about her challenges with red tape and legal forms, concluding, “you just need to be smarter than the paper.” Darshano Terrill’s speech “Christmas Gifts,” surmised that “people give what they want to get,” therefore, despite sentimentality, next year we could “re-gift” the many inappropriate items received, save a lot of money and keep out of the malls. Guests are welcome at 1 p.m. every Friday. For more information call Wendy at 274-0550.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Did you know there is an active postage stamp club in Grass Valley? The Gold Country Stamp Club currently meets at the NID old boardroom on East Main Street on the first and third Thursday of each month. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and usually consist of a silent auction of philatelic material, penny boxes and trading material, usually a lecture and once in awhile we have a show-and-tell session.

All persons interested in stamp collecting (philately) are invited to attend. Dues are nominal and reference catalogs are available. More information may be obtained by calling the club president at 477-0423 or the secretary-treasurer at 273-4033.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees

Grass Valley Chapter No. 1335 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) met Jan. 8 at the Moose Lodge No. 2217 on Allison Ranch Road. Twenty-eight members and guests enjoyed lunch and a spirited business meeting, including discussion of legislative issues of interest to the members.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and would be welcome at our meetings. The next meeting will be Feb. 12. For more information call 477-6123 or 273-7324.

Nevada County Camera Club

Nevada County Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Superintendent of Schools office, Houser Room, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City. Guest speaker will be Karen Callahan, a professional photographer with interests in native plants and landscapes of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Callahan is a former president of The Redbud Chapter and a volunteer with the Tahoe National Forest. Refreshments will be served.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s monthly business meeting will be Wednesday, and will feature Reproductive Choice and its availability in Nevada County. The cost is $15 and includes dinner at Christopher’s Catering. For reservations call Gail at 272-2141.

Penn Valley Hi Graders Lions

The Penn Valley Hi Graders Lions started the New Year with a delicious dinner prepared by Rita Zimmerman, vice president. Our Guest Speaker was Laura Zieman, chair of the Chamber’s Daffodil Project. Zieman gave us a final briefing of the plans for Daffodil Day. She said they would have in the neighborhood of 3,000-5,000 bulbs to plant along Penn Valley Drive and other roads in the area. She said bring shovels, and other digging tools and muscle.

President J.B. Becker presented district awards to members for service in 2002/2003: 100 percent President to Past President Larry Martin; 100 Percent Secretary to Past Secretary Rita Zimmerman; and 100 percent Club for our activities during the year.

Project Update: The Hi Graders wish to thank the community for its generous support of our Christmas projects. The many of you who came to our new location in the shopping center really made our candy sale efforts a great success. Your support of the Stars of Christmas program allowed us to give 89 needy children a happy Christmas.

Our Annual Crab Feed is scheduled for Jan. 23 and 24, for information call 432-2325.

For more information call 265-3245

Penn Valley Toastmasters

The Penn Valley Toastmasters held their weekly meeting at the Chamber Office in Penn Valley at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Ed Meihofer, the newly elected president, presided over a well-attended meeting.

Ed Meihofer, gave a most entertaining talk, titled “How lucky can you be.” He humorously described his experiences joining the work force as a young engineer in the midwest.

Dave Ljungren spoke on the health problems of aging titled “The Senior Issue.” He pointed out the act that many people who get incapacitated through stroke, heart attack or accident have not left written instructions as to how they want to be treated and for how long.

Bill Koontz was the Table Topics Master who evoked memories of the past by asking members to talk on a variety of nostalgic topics.

Sierra Outdoors Sports Club

The Sierra Outdoors Sports Club has about 40 members and would like to invite other interested people to join us in our outdoor activities. It is not a singles club, though many of our members are single.

We usually have one or two activities each weekend. The activities include hiking, biking, camping, rafting, boating and skiing. We have a potluck dinner at a member’s home, approximately every two months to plan the upcoming activities. A newsletter is sent to all members informing them of all upcoming activities. Dues are $15 annually.

Some of us meet, informally, at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, in the room off the bar. For more information call 265-3730 or 432-3073.

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