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Club briefs

Early Risers Toastmasters

Every Tuesday morning at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City, members of Early Risers Toastmasters meet, eat breakfast and listen to wonderful short speeches. President Lori Burkhart-Frank begins the meeting at 6:30 a.m. and closes the session by 7:50 a.m.

Judy Nichols was the best speaker at a recent meeting, informing the club all about the pleasures of snowshoeing. She spoke from the demonstration manual and her title was “A Walk on the Snow.” Randi Shaffer’s speech, “Special Districts: Effective Government in California,” was evaluated by Anne King, who was the best evaluator of the day.

Sandia Borden’s suggested word of the day was “exigent” and new member Joe Ramey was the winning Table Topic person.

For more information, call 273-9777, or 265-2114.

Tommyknocker Sams/ Good Sams Club

The Tommyknocker Sams Chapter of the Good Sam Club will initiate its 2004 series of RV outings in March with a trip to the Red Bluff RV Park, another of the group’s favorite outing sites.

Burt and Betty Spangler will be the trail-boss hosts and plan a St. Patrick’s Day motif, complete with corned beef and cabbage meals.

A full calendar of interesting outings covering each month of the next year has been arranged by the chapter trail-boss hosts.

RV owners interested in camping with a Good Sam Chapter should call Duane Maddox, president, at 887-0877, or e-mail him at

Empire Toastmasters

The Empire Toastmasters meeting Feb. 13 included three enjoyable and enlightening speeches. Gary Upton’s presentation, “Fear and Fearlessness,” pointed out that fear is the backdrop for much of our lives, but it needn’t be.

Upton explained that at your core you are pure awareness, not a “thing,” and this awareness begets compassion, a sense that “we are all one,” not separate from outside forces that we may fear.

Next, the aptly named Prema Joy-Dancing spoke about her upcoming workshop, “Empowerment through Movement.” She clarified that dance movement isn’t just being told to “be a cloud” or “be a flower,” but helps us to explore and celebrate our relationships with ourselves, our bodies and others. Pat Barrentine’s, talk, “Getting To Know You,” was a whimsical story of the former owners of her P.O. Box and how she received their letters, catalogues and Christmas gifts without having any address to forward them to – and learned a great deal about the former Nevada City residents, “Patsy and Bill.”

Empire Toastmasters meets weekly from 1-2:15 p.m. The next meeting will be Feb. 27, and guests are welcome. For more information, call Wendy at 274-0550.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

The Penn Valley Toastmasters held its weekly meeting at the Chamber Office in Penn Valley at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.10. Bill Koontz was toastmaster.

Merrill Hall talked on “Puppy Love.” He painted a joyful picture of the pleasures of owning a dog. He humorously painted various personal vignettes, which left us wondering who owned whom.

Ed Meihofer , in contrast, gave a presentation titled “Pan Am, You Are On Fire.” Meihofer, in his plane, was the first to inform the Pan Am pilot of a problem. He described witnessing and reporting the fact that an engine and a wing fell off of Pan Am 1. Joyce Garrett was judged to be the best evaluator for her critique of Ed’s stirring adventure. Gerry Currie in Tabletopics challenged participants to evaluate Democratic and Republican Talking Points for the upcoming elections.

National Association of Retired Federal Persons

Grass Valley Chapter No. 1335, of the National Association of Retired Federal employees, met Feb. 12 at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge No. 2217 on Allison Ranch Road. Thirty-six members and guests enjoyed lunch and a presentation by Wayne Raley, who talked about the AARP Safe Driving Program.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses can join NARFE and would be welcome at the meetings. The next meeting will be March 11. For more information, call 273-7324.

Lions Club of Nevada County

What a weekend! Members of the Lions Club of Nevada County did themselves proud. Of the many Lions District 4-C5 cabinet meetings I have attended, this was the best.

Of the five counties within District 4-C5, Nevada County was chosen to host this meeting. Magnolia School was the site selected for the meeting.

Nearly 200 Lions from 50 clubs attended and were brought up to date on all aspects of the progress of District Governor Sue Still’s programs.

Training sessions on Child ID programs, Youth Outreach, Lions Education Foundation, Northern California Lions Sight Association and Leadership Skills were but some of the 11 offerings.

A definition of a typical Lion: “Someone with two eyes to see a community need; two hands to make something happen; and a heart to care.”

Nevada County Lions not only care … we serve.

Nevada County Historical Society

Local historian “Cowboy” Wally Hagaman has been doing research on the anti-Chinese movement in Truckee in the 1880’s.

He will present a slide show and talk on the subject at the next meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at the new Railroad Museum in Nevada City.

The meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served.

For more information call 272-5154.

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