Early Risers Toastmasters

Sylvia Pichitino’s speech titled “Three Cheers for Toastmasters” was voted the best speech of the day at a past meeting of Early Risers Toastmasters.

Her evaluator Paula Gleicher was declared the best evaluator of the day. Newest member Joe Ramey, using the Word of the Day, “disparity,” was asked to give a good tip for house remodeling.

His short two-minute, off-the-cuff speech was the best of the Table Topic speakers.

Every Tuesday morning, at 6:30 a.m., Early Risers meet at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City.

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

Golden Empire Lions Club

“O-ri-en-ta-tion, n. 1. the act or process of orienting. 5. an introduction, as to guide a person in adjusting to new surroundings, employment, or the like.” So says my Random House Dictionary of the English Language (College Edition).

It has been a long-held position of Lions Clubs International to orient, to familiarize new members with the essential ideals, expectations and ethics of Lions worldwide.

Lions here in Nevada County will have an opportunity to take part in an orientation series of presentations. The first event will be a zone meeting for Golden Empire Lions.

This will be followed up with a series of smaller orientation groups for those who are not Lions but who desire to learn more about the Lions in our community.

More news next week, honest.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will hold a membership program meeting Saturday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The program will feature representatives from The Union, KNCO and KVMR, who will discuss the media in Nevada County. The public is encouraged to attend.

Laura Keranen and Karen Schwartz head up the voter service team, which was kept busy throughout the month of February with presentations of pros and cons of the ballot measures to various groups and on the radio. They also coordinated and moderated a number of well-attended candidates forums for Districts 1 and 2.

In addition to Keranen and Schwartz, the team consisted of pros and cons presenters: Polly Bacich, Cleo Gibson, Linda Post, Arlene Robinson and Edi Silverman. Moderators were Joan Lancaster and Dottie Schmidt. Timers were Helen Conrey and Patty Werner. Other planning committee members include Custis Haynes, Susan Norrell and Ruth Schwartz.

For more information, call 432-1062.

Over the Hill Gang

Sierra Travelers “Over the Hill Gang” will meet March 9 for its St. Patrick’s Day potluck at 1 p.m. at the Banner Grange in Grass Valley.

Members bring your own table service and A-G bring desserts; H-Q hot dishes; and R-Z salads, veggies, relishes. There will be trip signups and payments may be made for those scheduled if due.

For more information, call Lucille at 273-6776, Vonda at 477-2363, or Dave at 477-2747.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway will hold its monthly meeting Monday at the Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be preceded by a Lapskaus (Norwegian Stew) dinner at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own bowl and spoon.

For more information, call 272-2937.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

The Penn Valley Toastmasters held their weekly meeting at the Chamber Office in Penn Valley at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Ed Meihofer, president, was toastmaster.

Perseo Evangelos, a new member, gave an interesting talk on “Myths as an Educational Tool for the Ages.”

In describing his own experiences at schools in Greece, he emphasized how the lessons learned from mythology influenced his life much more than school lessons.

Joyce Garrett gave a fascinating speech titled “Family History.” In it, she outlined the sadness she felt that some of the wonderful tales of her grandparents were never captured in all their glory for recitation to her children.

She strongly recommended that with cheap camcorders readily available, it is inexcusable not to capture on discs or tape the wisdom and life experiences of our families.

Gerry Currie led a discussion on how to increase membership.

Penn Valley Hi Graders Lions

As one of its youth programs, the Lions Clubs conduct an Annual Student Speakers’ Contest. Students from the local high schools are invited to participate.

On Feb. 12, the Penn Valley Hi Graders conducted its club-level contest. The topic this year was: “Democracy, is it for everyone?”

Our student speaker was Brenda Ferris from Nevada Union High School. Brenda presented a very interesting talk, reviewing “Democracy” as it is perceived by various cultures and the criteria countries must consider when considering adopting such a system.

Members of the community are selected as judges. This year, our judges were Nevada County Supervisor Robin Sutherland, retired Nevada City Postmaster Mike Nau and Penn Valley Fire Chief Gary Kavanagh, with alternate Jackie Mathews.

Golden Empire Zone Chair Jim Mansinni complimented Brenda on her talk and her courage in taking on this challenge. Brenda says she is looking forward to a career in real estate law.

Brenda will continue to the zone, region and district contests.

For more information, call 265-3245.

Gold Country Reciprocity

Bureau of P.E.O.

Chapter VJ will be serving as Hostess Chapter for the Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau of P.E.O. Sisterhood on Saturday, March 13, at the Sierra Pines Methodist Church off Combie Road.

There will be coffee at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting at 10 a.m. with the program following, provided by Chapter XC.

Any unaffiliates in the area are invited to attend.

For more information, call Audrey McIntosh at 268-8430.

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