Early Risers Toastmasters

Jay Coley was voted Best Speaker at the weekly Early Risers Toastmaster meeting. His informative talk was titled, “Scan This.” Karen Chileski’s speech was from the “Story Telling Manual,” and Chuck Coovert gave a winning evaluation of her talk.

During each meeting, there is time devoted to encouraging members to stand and speak for two minutes on a variety of subjects, using the word of the day.

Sylvia Pichitino led that segment, and she chose the word “logorrhea” for people to use during the Table Topic portion. President Lori Burkart-Frank gave the winning brief minispeech and used the word correctly. Early Risers Toastmasters meet Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. For more information, call 273-9777.

Gold Country Lions Club

Gold Country Lions to the rescue! Well, not really a rescue, but we did help a young lady, just home after major surgery. Someone notified our club that the young lady was in need of a wheelchair and a walker.

Past District Governor Bob Bennette, the patriarch of Gold Country Lions, heard of her plight. Before you could say “Shazam!” the two needed items were on their way to her home.

This opportunity to serve someone in need with medical equipment is but one way Lions Clubs serve their community. Gold Country Lions has crutches, walkers, hospital beds, shower seats – you name it. If we do not have the needed item on hand, we can call on other Lions to help. If there is a need, contact Lion President Mike Hurst at 432-0794.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway will host a meeting with a Valentine’s Day theme Monday, 7 p.m., at the Senior Center at the Fairgrounds.

A dessert contest will be featured, with prizes awarded for the best entries.

For more information, call 272-2937.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will hold a meeting Saturday, Feb. 14, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The program will feature members of the Voters Service Speakers Bureau, who will present the pros and cons of the state ballot measure appearing on the March 2 ballot. The presenters include Cleo Gibson, Linda Post, Arlene Robertson and Edi Silverman.

Refreshments and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the program will start at 10 a.m. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and to benefit from an objective presentation of the four measures to be considered. For more information, call 265-0956 or 432-1062.

Laura Keranen and Karen Schwartz, Voters Service chairs, report that a number of candidate forums will be moderated by the league in the coming few weeks, as well as several radio programs.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization working to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in national, state and local government.

Penn Valley Hi Graders Lions Club

The Penn Valley Hi Grader Lions Club dedicated its Thursday, Jan. 22, meeting to the memory of Lion Walt Becker, who passed away Jan. 19. Becker was a member of the Hi Graders for many years and will be missed.

Our guest speaker was Carol Ring, Folsom City Lions, a candidate for vice district governor. Ring spoke about her qualifications and plans for next year if she is elected. Also among our guests were members of the Folsom City Lions and Lioness clubs, Grass Valley hosts and Orangevale Lions clubs. The remainder of the meeting was devoted to firming up final plans for our annual Crab Feed that was Jan. 23 and 24.

The Feb. 12 meeting will feature the Student Speaker Competition Night. Students from the local high schools will compete.

For more information, call 265-32450.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters held its weekly meeting at the Chamber office in Penn Valley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. Merrill Hall acted as Toastmaster.

Gerry Currie gave a presentation on the “The True State of the Union.” In it, he painted a dismal picture of the debts we are passing on to our children because of the horrendous budget deficits and outlined how we can force our politicians to remedy the problem.

Audrey Coffin gave a farewell talk on “Changes Can be Bitter-Sweet.” In it she outlined the joy and sorrow she will experience after her move next month to the Los Angeles area.

Dave Ljungren was the Table Topics master who asked members to tell the same set of facts putting on various spins, depending on prior prejudices. A fascinating demonstration occurred on how news media can alter perceptions.

Sierra Writers Group

Nevada City resident Trudi Tracht will address the Sierra Writers Group at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Tracht is a computer expert who is going to educate us on how to maintain our computers and files so that they function properly.

Tracht is a local who worked for TDK for five years before starting her own business. She now works with individuals and small businesses.

The Sierra Writers’ general meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Tracht’s presentation at 7 p.m. Members and visitors are welcome. The library is located at 980 Helling Way (next to the Rood Administration Center off of Route 49).

Sierra Writers meet the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Jan Westmore at 265-0718.

Sierra Travelers ‘Over the Hill Gang’

The Sierra Travelers “Over the Hill Gang” will meet Tuesday for a Valentine’s potluck at 1 p.m. at Banner Grange. Club members please bring: A-G, salads, veggies, relishes; H-Q, desserts; and R-Z, main hot dish. Don’t forget to bring your own table service.

Deposits are due for the following trips: “The Lion King,” “The Producers,” and Yosemite.

The “Over the Hill Gang” is a nonprofit travel club sponsoring a variety of trips throughout the year. Newcomers are welcome, and there are no dues.

For more information, call Lucille at 273-6776, Vonda at 477-2363, or Joyce at 272-8213.

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