Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills has announced the recipient of their “Making a Difference for Women” award for 2005, Katy Jamison. The award recognizes women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal and volunteer efforts or through their professional careers.
Katy Jamison has spent the past five years making a difference for women in our community through her work as the program coordinator for CAPINCS. CAPINCS stands for Child Abuse Prevention in Nevada County Schools. It is a unique program that utilizes the talent and creative energy of high school student volunteers to bring a message of personal safety to young children. The volunteers go into preschools and elementary schools all over Nevada County and show young children how to stay safe from any touch that may lead to physical or sexual abuse; this is done through the use of puppets. The goal of this program is to arm children with skills and knowledge needed to speak up for themselves if they are experiencing abuse of any kind – physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect.
Katy has made tremendous strides to increase the numbers of children served and has also increased the number of volunteers. In 1999, 1,800 children were served by the program and in the 2003/04 school year, that number was 3,400. She inherited 13 volunteers in 1999; this fall, 140 students have volunteered to be puppeteers. Katy established a scholarship in honor of a young volunteer (Laura Wilcox) who was killed in a shooting incident in Nevada County. This young woman had a tremendous concern for children and wanted to make the world a better place for them. Katy has raised the funds to sustain this scholarship.
Katy will be honored locally on March 24 at an awards ceremony. Her nomination has also been submitted to the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International for additional recognition.
American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women, Nevada County Branch’s Great Decisions discussion group, will begin this years’ study on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.
Great Decisions is a study group sponsored by the Foreign Policy Administration, which inspires learning more about U.S. foreign policy and how it is made. On Jan. 25, Fred Buhler will share his experiences in Baghdad, Iraq. Buhler worked for 32 years for Bank of America and had assignments in 13 countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Canada. In 2003, the U.S. Treasury Department invited Fred to join the Iraq Financial Task Force to work on reconstruction of the Iraqi banking system. Buhler will share his experiences, from the corporate viewpoint, of how the rebuilding is being accomplished – what works and what doesn’t work. The community is invited to attend.
Gold Country Kiwanis
Debbie Williams, president of Gold Country Kiwanis, presented a State of the Club at the first January meeting. Since her term began in October 2004, the club has organized, purchased and served food to 250 athletes at the 20th ACT games in Sacramento, supported by five other Division 44 clubs. Club members and NU Key Clubbers helped with a car seat inspection at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. NU and Bear River Key Clubs helped the club provide safe street crossings for trick or treat at Raley’s Center on Halloween. BR Key Club also helped Kiwanis raise money for the Red Cross fund drive and packed food baskets for 231 families at the food Bank. Ten members and BR Key Clubbers provided countless hours to Child Advocates of Nevada County for their major fund-raiser, selling See’s Candy.
In addition, Gold Country provides workers for the ARCO food booth, with the proceeds going to Kiwanis Family House. Kiwanis regularly presents an award, including movie passes, to a Student of the Month chosen by faculty at Seven Hills School. Thirty movie passes were added to Christmas baskets for Bret Harte Hotel senior residents.
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer provided lunch and a tour of the Imaginarium, after which members wrapped Christmas presents, purchased by the club, for young people ready to leave foster care. Some monetary donations so far include $500 to Kiwanis International’s program to eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disease worldwide and $500 for books to give to young children during the Grass Valley Downtown Association’s Halloween reading event. Two members read to the children. Two NU Key Clubbers received $1,000 in scholarships. $250 was donated to the Kiwanis Family House fund-raiser, in addition to a designated $100. $250 was donated to the Roamin’ Angels Car Club Toy Drive. After a full count, NU Key Club’s two-month penny drive totaled $2,058, donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Gold Country Kiwanis is contributing $500 to Kiwanis International Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of the disastrous tsunami. All Happy/Sad dollars from members in January will go for relief.
Gold Country LeTip
Gold Country LeTip, a business networking organization, announces its Top Tippers for the month of December: Marianne Guinane, Golden Sierra Painting and Decorating; Judi Bannister, Fast and Fit; and Karen Hastings, licensed massage therapist. If you are interested in growing your business and would like more information, call 265-9419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Mines Business
and Professional Women
Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) next program will feature the members of BPW sharing passions. From a business or career, hobby or personal mission in life, members will share why and how their passions make them tick. People in the community interested in finding out more about NMBPW and its members are encouraged to attend.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and dinner and program starting at 6 p.m. at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. For reservations, call Kim at 268-8204 no later than Monday, Jan. 17. The cost of dinner is $15. For those just wanting to attend the program, there is desert and coffee for $5.
BPW/USA was founded in 1919 and is an alliance of individuals dedicated to improving the professional, personal, economic and educational outlook for women. Members seek to gain political and economic equity for women, to establish ties among working women in all nations, and to support women as business and elected leaders. Any individual who supports the goals of BPW is encouraged to become a member. For more information, call Dee Eldridge 273-0257.
South County Rotary Club
South County Rotarians have chosen to support the Bear River Library with a minimum of 100 new books this year. Club member Susan Drown recently presented the library with the first donation of more than 70 books.
The club has established a preference toward nonfiction books in order to provide research materials for Bear River students and area residents. Books have been collected from club members and are purchased as awards presented to the library in the name of program speakers.
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