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NASCAR racing … life in Cuba … and the power of poetry, the Aug. 24 meeting had it all! These were the topics of action-packed speeches presented by Katey Abbott, Jim Lewis and Otto Haueisen, respectively.

Although all three speakers did an exceptional job of entertaining, informing and inspiring us, Jim Lewis was voted outstanding speaker of the day.

LeeAnn Brook gave the outstanding evaluation of Jim’s speech as well, full of praise and a helpful suggestion or two.



The always-imaginative Mike Crandall was our Table Topics Master (Table Topics is off-the-cuff speaking, using a word of the day). The speakers had to create a make-it-up-as-you-go-along story about a mysterious attache case, and continue the story from speaker to speaker. Jay Coley won the week’s award for giving a funny, logical conclusion to a wild, ridiculous story line.

Early Risers Toastmasters meets at Trolley Junction every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, speeches and fun. Guests are always welcome, and you don’t have to speak – unless, of course, you want to. For more information call 273-9777.




Lake of the Pines Women’s Connection

The ladies attending the Women’s Connection luncheon Thursday at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse will be led to soar “On Eagles’ Wings.” Bette Bourdet, an ardent Lake of the Pines birdwatcher, will present her hobby in the form of indentifying the waterfowl and other nesting species spotted during her walks. Her audience will view photos that will help them in identification and will learn the habits and migrations of their resident birds.

Pam Grein will be the inspirational speaker for the event. She is an entrepreneurial businesswoman and owner of The Hang Up, a custom closet and storage solution. She will tell how she was “adopted twice.”

The Women’s Connection is a non-profit civic organization with an inspirational purpose sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries. In addition to a monthly luncheon, the group sponsors a monthly Prayer Connection and small group weekly Bible studies. For information on the Prayer Connection, call Ginger at 268-1629 or Donnie at 268-8786 to learn about Bible studies.

Reservations should be made by Monday for the luncheon as well as for complimentary childcare by calling Gail at 268-7698 or Ginger at 268-1629.

The luncheon is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse at 11665 Lakeshore North Drive, and the cost is $14 inclusive. Call 24 hours in advance if cancellation is necessary.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

A meeting of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature a panel discussion of Proposition 66, an Initiative to limit the existing “Three Strikes” Law.

The guest panel will include Judge Robert L. Tamietti, Nevada County Superior Court judge; Kathryn J. Kull, Deputy District Attorney of Nevada County; Thomas M. Anderson, Nevada County Public Defender.

A regular business meeting conducted by Dottie Schmidt, president, will follow the program. The agenda will include final plans for participation in the Sept. 12th Constitution Day Parade in Nevada City.

Joan Lancaster and Karen Schwartz, voters service co-chairs, are working with their committee to respond to the community requests to help organize and moderate the upcoming candidates’ forums. Members of the Speakers’ Bureau will also be available to present the pros and cons of the many propositions which will be appearing on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The Sept. 11 meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 265-0956 or 273-7324.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Toastmaster’s held its Table Topics contest Aug. 23 with eight contestants. The winner, Kathy Mann, will represent the club at the Area Contest on Sept. 17, at the Superintendent of Schools complex. Mother Lode Toastmaster is open to the public and visitors are welcome. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:46 p.m. at the Annex Building in Memorial Park. For more information call Linda at 273-9607.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Please use the back door. All visitors are welcome. Are you ready (interested in becoming) to become a Beekeeper? Any questions about bees? Seen a swarm lately? 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 a great program.

Please join us and our speaker, local expect and beekeeping instructor, Randy Oliver, for an exciting talk and video. For more information call president Merrill Grant at 432-0725.

Penn Valley Hi Graders Lions Club

The Hi Graders gathered in Western Gateway Park for a barbecue dinner on Aug. 26. No business was conducted, but the members informally discussed plans for upcoming projects.

Our next major project is our Potato Booth at the Draft Horse Classic from Sept. 16-19. The proceeds from this event go toward our Marshall Hyde Scholarship Fund.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 28 for Mary, the infant daughter of Lion Larry and (Mrs.) Lena Martin. Mary was born Aug. 13 and died Aug. 22. Our thoughts and prayers go with Mary and her family.

On Aug. 14, Secretary/ZC Ina Elrod and several club members attended the District Cabinet meeting in Woodland.

The Golden Empire Zone meeting was held Aug. 30. Zone Chair this year is Hi Graders’ Secretary Ina Elrod.

Just a reminder, the Lions Clubs collect used glasses for delivery to needy persons in other countries. Collection Stations have been set up in various locations in our area.

If you are interested in information about the Hi Graders call 265-3245.


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