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Gold Country Lions

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 67th Annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions clubs of California and Nevada.

Far too often, all we hear or read of the teens of today are the incidents of guns, social misbehavior and failure.

But what of the successes of most of our teens? Where are the success stories of the “other” students? Well, here are four such stories.

This past week, four local Lions clubs held their annual Student Speakers Contest. Each produced a student winner who will now move on to a Zone Contest.

Winners are: Kate Boyer and Elizabeth Fuller, both of Bear River; and Brenda Ferris and Larry S. McGrath from Nevada Union.

A single winner will emerge at the Zone Contest. We will keep you informed as one of our own move on toward the MD-4 Final in June at Visalia.



The Empire Toastmasters meeting on Feb. 20 included three powerful speeches. The first was by Jacob Griscom, who is a clinical ayurvedic specialist.

Griscom shared the fact that he has dedicated his life to helping people achieve great health and noted that often we accept poor or less than great health as being normal. Griscom recently opened the Peaceful Living Holistic Healthcare Center, where he helps people to become aware of the intimate connections between physical and emotional health.

Next, Nancy Blue spoke about the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the forests and native species that live in them.

Blue shared information about the potential for a bio-mass plant in Foresthill to become an alternative source of energy, using forest vegetation, or “bio-mass,” as well as urban waste. This would also help reduce the chance of catastrophic forest fires by providing an economically feasible way to keep the forest floor clear of fuels that increase the chances of catastrophic fires.

The final speaker was Lois Benson, who gave a humorous and yet very passionate speech about outrageous lawsuits. She explained that it all began with Stella, the “victim” who sued McDonald’s when she was burned by hot coffee.

Benson gave an urgent call to “stop the victim consciousness” in this country, noting that people have been awarded millions in lawsuits for such things as throwing themselves in front of vehicles attempting to commit suicide.

The next meeting of Empire Toastmasters will be March 5 at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome. Fore more information, call Wendy at 274-0550.

Penn Valley


The Penn Valley Toastmasters held its weekly meeting at the Chamber office in Penn Valley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.17. Joyce Garrett, a new member, was toastmaster.

Gerry Currie gave a controversial talk titled “Palestinians are people, too.” In his talk, he described what he considered a complete U.S. lack of neutrality on this issue. He attributed this not to the relative merits of the case, but to the powerful Israeli lobby here in the U.S. He presented a solution to the problem involving a U.S./U.N. imposed solution. He maintained that it would be in all parties’ interest to get this issue resolved now. The talk was followed by a vigorous question and answer period.

Bill Koontz, as Table Topics master, led a lively impromptu speaking session on the meaning and features of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Nevada County Horsemen

Sunny Francis was installed as president of the Nevada County Horsemen for 2004, following a barbecued dinner catered by Pam Tobiassen at the Trails End Clubhouse.

Other officers installed were: First Vice President Penny Johnson, Second Vice President Dianne Fadel, Treasurer Toni Gomes, Secretary Carol Miller, Special Events Secretary Chris Williams, Wrangler Bob Brown, and executive board members Scott Gomes, Don Daniels, John Atkinson, Mark Potampa and Vicki Reed.

Vicki Reed received a Horseman of the Year Award, and special service awards were presented to Irene Blagg and Ronald Spathelf.

P.E.O. Sisterhood

The P.E.O. Sisterhood – founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa – celebrated Founders Day Feb. 21 at Timbers Restaurant, Sun City, in Roseville.

Chapters from Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau (Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn) joined Sierra Foothill Reciprocity Bureau (Roseville) to honor the Founders.

California State Chapter officers presented the program and were joined by past presidents of the California state chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities to women for higher education through loans and grants supported by the local chapters.

There are 5,893 local chapters in the United States and Canada and more than 250,000 active members.

Nevada County



The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting Monday night at the Veterans Memorial Building (back door) on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. All visitors are welcome.

Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper? Do you have any questions about bees? Are you wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard?

Join our lively, regular question-and-answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m., followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and our free beginners program given by Randy Oliver titled “Being a Beekeeper.”

Sign up for the rest of the beekeeping classes (approximately six classes) on Monday night, just $35 per family.

For more information, call our president, Merrill Grant, at 432-0725.

California Retired Teachers Association

The Nevada County Division of the California Retired Teachers Association will hold a luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Monday at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 510 Highway 49 in Nevada City.

The program will feature a presentation by members of Cottage Living History from the Empire Mine Historic Park volunteer group.

The volunteers will appear as Mrs. Agnes Bourn, wife of mine owner William Bourn; Mrs. Libby Starr, wife of mine manager George Starr; and Miss Ida Bourn, William’s sister, who will discuss the women’s suffrage movement.

The local division is in the process of choosing a June graduate as a recipient of the annual Marilyn Prisk Scholarship.

CRTA is California’s largest organization of retired educators. Its mission is to protect and enhance the pensions of teachers.

For more information, call 268-3689.

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