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Club briefs

“What season is your favorite?” was the question President Cheryl Domnitch opened the meeting with. Although there were only four possible answers, the reasons why were revealing and funny.

Since one of our speakers was ill, ever-inspirational Otto Haueisen stepped in with a pocket speech about having passion in and for life. Chuck Coovert spoke about camping with friends, a pet hen named Carmen who was part of the group and trying to fit a queen-size mattress into a small tent. Chuck was voted outstanding speaker of the day.

LeeAnn Brook was voted outstanding evaluator, and riotous Judy Nichols was voted “outstanding” for her off-the-cuff table topics talk.

There was even more laughter than usual at Early Risers Toastmasters on Sept. 14.

Following President Cheryl Domnitch’s question of the morning, “What’s your favorite film?,” we held our humorous speech contest – and were treated to three wild and witty treats. Judy Nichols was the winner, and represented our club in the area Humorous Speech Contest held Sept. 17. Connie Suddath (wearing a bathrobe as a costume) was runner-up.

Randi Shaffer was voted outstanding Table Topics speaker.

Join us at Trolley Junction where we meet every at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning for breakfast, laughter and self-improvement. For more information call 273-9777.

Nevada Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons

Nevada Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons, of Nevada City is proud to announce the appointment of Past Master Michael Castelli as Grand Pursuviant of the Grand Lodge of California F&AM for the 2004-2005 Grand Lodge year. He was appointed for the appreciation of the work he has done for the Masonic Lodge. He will be installed at the annual Grand Lodge Sessions in San Francisco during the week of Oct. 13.

The Grand Pursuviant ceremonially guards the inner door of the Grand Lodge of California and acts as a representative of the Grand Lodge at various public ceremonies throughout the state.

Castelli, who is an attorney, has lived in Nevada City with his wife Patti since 1997.

Gold Country LeTip

Gold Country LeTip, a business networking organization, announces its Top Tippers for the month of August: Rhonda Harmon-Peterson, Photography By Rhonda; Tana Lingvall, Weekenders Clothing; Cindy Chamberlain, landscaper; and Nicholette Granholm, Arrow Business Solutions. If you are interested in growing your business, and would like more information, call Judi at 265-9419.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The beautiful Alta Sierra Country Club will provide the setting Wednesday for the kick-off of the 2004-05 series of the club’s monthly luncheon and general meeting.

Diane Dean-Epps, Nevada County author and humorist, will be our guest speaker. Diane will offer amusing excerpts from her most recent book “Last Call,” a mystery set in Nevada County. Her popular books will be available for purchase and signing.

The event is scheduled at 11:45 a.m., followed by luncheon at noon. Menu choices offer roast loin of pork or cobb salad with soup du jour. Both entrees are priced at $15 and include dessert.

For more information call 265-0738 or 274-2667.

Penn Valley Hi Grader Lions

Guest speakers at the Hi Graders’ meeting Sept. 9 were Director Dave Ayala and Executive Director Richard Crandall of Sierra Services for the Blind in this area.

Dave cited some interesting facts: there are over 2,000 legally blind persons in western Nevada County. One in 16 people aged 66 and one in four people aged 80 are blind. Most of them have been sighted most of their lives and this is a new experience for them.

Sierra Services for the Blind provides a support group to teach them skills needed to cope with blindness. Many are elderly who have recently become blind and need help in dealing with the problem. Sierra provides counselors who are skilled in helping them to learn new skills to restore self-confidence and peer groups where they can discuss their problems with others.

Sierra Services for the Blind provides a very important service in our area and is to be commended for their efforts.

The Draft Horse Classic runs through Sunday at the Fairgrounds. The Hi Graders’ Potato Booth will be on Treat Street. The proceeds from this project are for our Marshall Hyde Scholarship Fund.

In October of each year, the Lions Clubs conduct a fundraiser, White Cane Days, to raise funds for the various Sight Programs presented by the Lions.

White Cane Days are Oct. 1-3 this year. Lions Clubs in this area, Golden Empire Zone, will establish booths in various location in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley. The Hi Graders will have booths at the Holiday Market, and the Post Offices in Penn Valley and Rough and Ready on Oct. 1 and 2. We will also collect used eyeglasses at these locations.

On Nov. 14 the Golden Empire Zone, under the direction of Zone Chair Ina Elrod, also secretary of the Hi Graders Club, will host the District 4 C-5 Cabinet meeting at Seven Hills School in Nevada City.

For more information, call 265-3245.

Inner Wheel Club/Nevada City

The Inner Wheel Club of Nevada City announces new officers for 2004-2005. President Claudia Edwards, Vice President, Mary Krill, Secretary, Phyllis Sawvell, and Treasurer, Georgann Russell.

Inner Wheel Clubs are located in 84 countries. This group has become the second-largest women’s organization in the world. Its aims are:

To promote true friendship.

To promote the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding.

Nevada City’s club project this year focuses on the new Kare Crisis Nursery. Club members have decorated and furnished a bedroom.

Membership is open to Rotary spouses, family members and friends. For more information call Sue at 273-7922.

Mother Lodge Toastmasters

At the Mother Lodge Toastmaster’s meeting on Sept. 13, Richard Bannister spoke of Hospice and was voted best speaker. During the Table Topics (impromptu speaking), Annabelle Robbins was voted best Table Topics Participant speaking about “Elvis the Cat.” For a friendly and supportive atmosphere to improve your communication skills, visit the next Mother Lodge Toastmasters meeting on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. at the Annex Building on Central Ave. in Memorial Park, Grass Valley. For more information call Linda at 273-9607.

Forest Springs Travel Club

• Nov. 7: El Dorado. Taganai Show and brunch.

• Dec. 9-16: Beijing City Stay. $1,149 includes airfare.

• Dec. 19: Smuin’s Christmas Ballet. Lunch at Pier 39.

• Jan. 9-13, 2005: Red Hat Winter Break 2005 in Laughlin, includes all events.

• Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2005: Fiji

• March 7-8, 2005: Nevada County Red Hat Snow Train to Reno, tickets are going fast.

• April 8-15, 2005: Georgia and South Carolina

• July 8-15, 2005: New England

For more information call Anne Miranda at 273-3494 or e-mail

Gold Country Gad-Abouts Travel Club

• Oct. 5: Day trip to Reno Hilton and Sparks Silver Club – $16 bonus

• Nov. 4: 10:30 a.m. Travel Meeting – See slides of up-coming Collette tours

• Dec. 9: New York – 5 days – Two Broadway shows, and Rockettes. Tour many famous landmarks such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art

• Dec. 29: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Lawrence Welk stars and watch the fabulous Pasadena Rose Parade from reserved seats. Join other Grass Valley residents for the bus ride to Southern California

• Jan. 14-26, 2005: Cruise the Hawaiian Islands and soak in the beauty of the Garden Island of Kauai Ð Great stress reliever!

• Jan. 19, 2005: Thailand – This tour is a real bargain – 14 days

• March 4-12, 2005: French Riviera with optional three day Paris post-tour extension

• March 22, 2005: Australia and New Zealand Ð 15 days with optional Fiji extension

• May 21-28, 2005: South Dakota Black Hills and Badlands

• Aug. 16, 2005: Cruise Alaska for 11 days Ð tour inland for seven days

For more information call Community/Senior Center Travel Desk at 273-4961 or visit

Sierra Travelers Club

• Sept. 24-Oct. 7: Dreamcatcher Southwest, Zion, Bryce, Canyon Lands, Arches, train from Silverton to Durango, Albuquerque Balloon Festival, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Scotties Castle and more

• Oct. 1: Silver Legacy $10 cash back, $5 food credit

• Oct. 5-6: Taste of Home, Reno, Hilton, complimentary goodie bag filled with cents off coupons, loads of free product samples and household items, chance to win many door prizes raffled off

• Oct. 10: Fleet Week, Pier 39

• Oct. 17: The Sound of Music, Carson City Community Theater

• Oct. 21: Applehill, pie or fritter and coffee included

• Oct. 24: Taganai, Reno, El Dorado, direct from Russia with 30 multiple talented performers

• Nov. 1-7: Branson Wonderful Christmas, Tour of the Ozarks and more

• Nov. 25: Silver Legacy, $10 cash back, $5 food credit

• Dec. 1-2: Holiday Extravaganza, Robert Goulet, Casino bonus value $45, $11 cash and $8 slot credit, lunch buffet 2 for 1, breakfast coupon and complimentary dinner buffet

• Dec. 3: Feather Falls, $10 cash back

We wish to extend our invitation to all Red Hat Societies.

For more information call Lucille McCrae at 273-6776 or David Mills at 477-2747.

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