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Humorous speeches and off-the-cuff speeches – that’s what local Toastmasters and their guests were treated to Sept. 17 at the Superintendent of Schools Building in Nevada City. Area 64 Toastmasters was hosting its Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest.

The four contestants in the Humorous Speech competition were Lois Benson from the Empire club, Jack Meeks from the Penn Valley club, Judy Nichols from Early Risers and Marjorie Quist from the Mother Lode club. Their topics focused on face lifts, General McArthur, tree therapy and how to buy shoes.

Judy Nichols’ speech titled ‘Thera-tree’ was voted the winner.



The Table Topics section also saw four contestants in action, as they delivered impromptu speeches based on the introduction line “The end of summer means … “

Cheryl Domnitch from Early Risers; Dave Ljungren, Penn Valley; Kathy Mann, Mother Lode; and Sarah McTighe, Empire all did an outstanding job. However, there could only be one winner, and that was Cheryl Domnitch, president of Early Risers.




Both winners now qualify to participate in the Area 64 Division F Toastmasters Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest to be held at the Placer County Library in Auburn on Oct. 29th.

Janet Lee 9/15/04 with photo

Early Risers Toastmasters

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.

We meet every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at Trolley Junction as well as laughter, speeches and feedback. For more information call 273-9777.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Celebrating American History, one of the three primary focuses of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter will enjoy a program given by the Empire Mine Living History Players. Led by Betty Tobey, the players will present “Life with Early Nevada County’s Bourn Family of Empire Mine Fame” on Monday.

Nevada County’s history was greatly influenced by the Empire Mine, the oldest richest hard rock gold mine in California, starting in 1850 with the discovery of gold in what would become the Ophir vein until its closing in 1956. William Bourn Jr. inherited the mine in 1877 and together with his cousin, George Starr, made the Empire a showplace in mining technology. The Bourn family enjoyed a rich and active social life and the Living History Players will re-enact aspects of this colorful life, featuring their own activist and suffragette. The Empire Mine State Historic Park is undergoing gradual restoration, with emphasis on historic integrity, one of DAR’s important objectives.

For more information call Karen Keasbey at 478-0110.

Lions Clubs and “White Cane”

It was in 1925 that Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind.” Two years later, President George Bohnam, of the Peoria Lions Club in Illinois, devised the red-tipped White Cane to help the blind become mobile and to tell all who saw it that the bearer did not see.

For more than 75 years now, Lions Clubs all over the world can be seen the first weekend of October, handing out little white canes. This year it will be Oct. 1-2. Lions are asking for community support in “Giving the Gift of Sight.” Your donations will help fund programs, such as: periodic visual screening in schools, glaucoma screening, professional eye exams, finance surgery and hospital care, diabetes testing, Guide Dog program, homes for the blind and purchase of special eye equipment for hospitals and clinics in our area. All money collected will stay within the club’s community and go directly to these programs.

For more information on this or any Lions Club project, please contact the club in your area. You can contact your Chamber of Commerce or call Ina at 265-3245.

Nevada County Camera Club

Nevada County Camera Club meets Monday at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. A technical meeting conducted by Frank Compani precedes the regular meeting and is devoted to digital imaging. Photoshop tip of the month. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. with Jan Hedeman and Larry Lang demonstrating Polaroid emulsion transfers. Refreshments will be served.

Nevada County Historical Society

Jerry Brady will conduct his annual tour of You Bet and Old Red Dog on Saturday, Oct. 2. Meet at the Nevada City Veterans Building at the corner of Pine and Cottage streets at 8:30 a.m. they will carpool to historical areas in You Bet and Red Dog, including a former homestead townsite, historical cemeteries and hydraulic mining diggings. Other members of the Brady family will give a detailed description of Placer and hydraulic mining in the 1930’s. Bring lunch, water, and a folding chair or cushion, as there are no tables at the picnic site. The tour should end by 2:30 p.m., and is free to all. For more information call 272-5154.

North Gold Senior Mountaineers

The North Gold Senior Mountaineers (the North San Juan Senior Center) will be holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 2. The “Harvest Stew” has evolved since starting at the North San Juan Fire Hall in 1987 and moved to the new Senior Center in 1989.

There will be entertainment, a raffle for a beautiful handmade quilt and watercolors by Charlene Welker and Ann Bandimere and lots of door prizes given away. The Senior Center is a non-profit organization and can always use your donations to keep their doors open. The Harvest Stew will be served along with a fabulous salad bar, bread and beverage for $7, salad bar $5, and a child’s plate is $4. A bake sale will provide dessert. Join us from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Senior Center, 29190 Highway 49, North San Juan.

For more information call 265-5690 or 288-3550.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway will hold its annual smorgasbord brunch featuring authentic Scandinavian open-faced sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages on Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community/Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Donation is $10-adults, $5-children under 12. For advance tickets call 432-5030.

The regular monthly meeting will be Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Community/Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There will be a lefse making demonstration. For more information call 272-2937.


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