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Club briefs

Nevada City Soroptimist Club

The Nevada City Soroptimist held an awards ceremony Jan. 19 at Citizens Restaurant in Nevada City. The Violet Richardson Award and the Woman’s Opportunity Award were presented. Recipients, their families and club members attended.

This year two Violet Richardson Awards were given. The Violet Richardson Award is given to a young woman who has given her time and energy to volunteering within her community. The recipients are Alisha Randall and Amanda Trabert.

The Woman’s Opportunity Award is given to a woman within our community who is pursuing education to improve their skills and employment prospects. This award is given to a woman who is the primary source of financial support to herself and family. This year’s recipient is Donna Strecker.

Aglow ” Grass Valley

Aglow’s Feb. 10 meeting will feature Rick Young of Sacramento. Rick has a ministry of worship through flags. He will teach on worshipping through the art form of flags and the meaning of color in the flags. 

Praise and worship will be led by Ric Heerema, Praise and Worship Leader of Christian Life Center. All women are invited to attend. Join us for this special time together and enjoy a free continental breakfast.

Meeting is Thursday, Feb. 10, 9:45 a.m. to noon at Crown Point Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, off Brunswick Road. For more information call 432-9258.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will meet Monday at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. All visitors are welcome. Questions about the state of your hives? Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

For our August program we will be viewing a timely video, “Varroa Mites.” This parasite of our bees has hit commercial and hobby beekeepers hard this year, driving up the price of almond pollination. If you want to keep your bees alive, you must learn to manage the varroa mite in your colonies! This video has ingenious tips for everybody, beginner and longtime beekeeper as well. For more information call our president, Gary Wood, at 477-9202.

Red Hat clubs

Be sure to look for the Red Hatters in the Mardi Gras Parade in Nevada City on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Red Hat entry is sponsored by Queen Lois Figueira and the Drop Dead Gorgeous Chapter who will be leading more than 75 Red Hatters in full regalia down Broad Street. The Wildcat Red Hats led by Queen Judy Kenney will be riding on the antique white fire engine, and there will be others riding in special vehicles as well. Don’t miss this!!

The Mountain Rubies attended the Harness Races in Sacramento. This chapter is still open to new members. Contact Queen Linda Schafer at

Queen Judy Wilson and her Testa Rosa Chapter went to visit the Cinnamon Red Hots at Sierra View Manor after their monthly lunch meeting.

Did you hear about Queen Carol Ann Wilshusen’s Red Hat Sleepover? Her chapter, the Sassy Sisters, got together and spent the night at her house. Fun, food and friendship prevailed. What a fun idea!!

The Red Hot Tomatoes and the Red Hot Angels are teaming up to offer an exciting Spring Fashion Show on May 24 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Alta Sierra Country Club. A wonderful lunch will be served after which fashions from Mill Street Clothing (Grass Valley), Fresh Image (Grass Valley), Mountain Song (Nevada City), and Weekends Casual Wear ” Men’s Fashions (Grass Valley) will be modeled. The cost is only $22.50 and reservations are a must. Contact Queen Darlene Yates at:

Mark your calendars for the second annual Red Hat Hawaiian Holiday that will take place at the Mauna Kea Resort on the big island of Hawaii. The dates are Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. This was such a successful event last year that the limited allotted spaces should fill up fast. Details to follow, or contact Queen Cathy Fagan at

Early Risers Toastmaster Club

President Cheryl Domnitch presided over an unusual meeting. Jan. 25 was our Evaluation Contest.

Being able to give a speaker constructive feedback is an important skill ” and we were treated to seven original perspectives this morning.

Former District 39 Governor, Marjorie Quist, delivered a moving ‘test’ speech entitled ‘A Soldier’s Tale.’ Following her speech, seven evaluators presented their individual ‘takes’ on her style of delivery, the organisation of her speech as well as suggestions for improvement.

LeeAnn Brook, Karen Chileski, Judy Nichols, Mike Crandall and Courtney Ferguson were our ‘seasoned’ participants. Special recognition should go to our first-timers Katey Abbott and Mike Bernadett. Courtney Ferguson was the winner, and she will represent Early Risers at the next round on Feb. 25. Karen Chileski and Mike Crandall were placed second and third respectively.

Chuck Coovert did an outstanding job as Toastmaster, and Connie Suddath was an excellent Chief Judge.

Would you like to improve your speaking skills? Then join us Tuesday morning at Trolley Junction for breakfast. The meeting starts at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:50 a.m. For more information call 273-9777.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

At the Mother Lode Toastmaster’s meeting on Jan. 24, Valleri Wilhelm, presented her Ice Breaker with a speech entitled “Some of my Cars” in which Valleri spoke of her love of cars, especially her ’57 Chrysler which fit nine teenagers, her ’63 Newport named Alfred and was very persnickety with the key and carburetor and her ’72 VW nicknamed “the Yellow Submarine.”

Our second speaker, Marjorie Quist, spoke of “American Life and Law” and provided a very interesting history on the woman’s right to vote from 1850 in Wyoming to the present. In 1872 Susan B. Anthony was arrested for trying to vote in a presidential election and was jailed. It took 54 years after that before the women were granted the right to vote. Valleri was voted the best speaker who met the objectives of the speech. Mother Lode Toastmasters meet at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 640 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information call Linda at 273-9607.

Roadrunner Travel Club

The Roadrunners Travel Club February potluck meeting will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Rough and Ready Grange. Members bring A-F desserts, G-M veggies, salads; and N-Z hot dish. Remember your own table service.

Newcomers always welcome and there are no dues. Our club features many one-day trips plus extended adventures.

For more information call Lucille at 273-6776, Ronnie at 272-1830 or Betty at 272-5057.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Following the meeting desserts with a Scandinavian theme will be served.

For more information call 432-5030 pr 265-5623.

The Women’s Connection

The Women’s Connection invites ladies to dust off their most flowery hats and their most lacy dresses and to make reservations to attend a Victorian High Tea at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse, 11665 Lakeshore North. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cheryle Kranich, proprietor of “Tea Time Treasures” in Old Town Auburn will be on hand to teach guests on the English tradition of “taking tea.” This event will be sponsored by the Women’s Connection under the auspicies of Stonecroft Ministries.

Inspirational speaker, Sherry Mehl, former supervisor for Santa Cruz County, presently serves the state of California on the Board of Behavioral Sciences and will speak on smoothing out life’s rough roads.

Reservations for the luncheon or for complimentary childcare can be made by calling Gail at 268-7698 or Ginger at 268-1629, and the cost is $14 inclusive. A monthly Prayer Connection as well as small weekly neighborhood Bible studies are also sponsored by the Women’s Connection. Call Gail also for information on the Prayer Connection, and call Donnie at 268-8786 to learn about Bible studies.

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