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Northern Mines BPW’s 74th Annual Installation of Officers was held April 19. Installed were Bev McPherson, owner of Promises Salon, as President; Laurel Knapp, Office Manager, Retired, as President-Elect; Sharon Rose, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, as Vice President; Shirley Crawford, Retired Contra Costa County, as Secretary; Charlotte Cammon, Senior Personal Financial Representative – Washington Mutual Bank as Treasurer; Gail Parle, Northern Mines Past President, Retired, as Parliamentarian.

Northern Mines BPW’s next meeting will be Wednesday. The program that evening will feature Judy Askins, who worked in television for 29 years as a writer, producer, director, actor and acting coach, will tell stories of her Hollywood experiences. Askins, a Nevada County resident, now specializes in natural horsemanship, popularly known as “horse whispering.”

Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 6 p.m. at Christopher’s Catering at 408 Colfax Highway in Grass Valley. The public is welcome. Paid reservations ($15) must be received by May 14. For reservations or more information call Wanda Way at 285-9061.



For membership call Dee Eldridge at 273-0257.

Nevada County Branch of American Association of University Women




The Nevada County Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) was honored last weekend at the annual CA AAUW State Convention for being one of the branches in their district to have recruited the most new members. The branch was recognized in a Power Point presentation showing a membership luncheon and two new members. Carolyn Standley and Zaida Petievich, co-membership chair were commended for their outstanding efforts on behalf of membership.

Golden Empire Sam’s Club

The first warm weather of the season made our April gathering all the more enjoyable. Our campout was held in Lodi in conjunction with the Nor Cal State Samboree. Members participated in the Samboree theme parade, and were pleased to place first for large chapters. At the Thursday night Carnival the club made and sold root beer floats, and the proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald camp at Eagle Lake. Would you like to join us at our next outing which will be at Clio RV Park, Graeagle May 15-18? All rigs, large or small, are very welcome. For more information call Toni at 292-3218.

International Travelers Club

The initial meeting of the International Travelers Club will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will offer an opportunity for people to exchange experiences and travel tips as well as to enjoy the camaraderie of others who share a passion for international living and travel. The meeting will be held at 10700 Willow Valley Road in Nevada City. For more information call Kathleen Hare at 265-5758.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Tonight Deborah Meadows told us all about the “Details, Details, Details,” in planning her trip to Italy. From planning the best date, time of departure, seat assignment and more, the best laid plans can go awry and you can still have an exiting and memorable experience.

Valleri Wilhelm encouraged us to “Go” on vacation, sharing her three favorite road trip vacations. She promotes the idea to accept invitations to go on road trip when asked as that person wants to spend time with you. What better way to spend uninterrupted time with someone?

Valleri Wilhelm was voted as the speaker that best met her objectives; Joyce Peterman was our Master Evaluator and Annabelle Robbins was our Queen of Table Topics.

Mother Lode Toastmasters meet at 6:45 p.m. on Mondays at 640 E. Main St. in Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). For more information call Jessica Cymbalski at 263-2768.

Nevada City Women’s Civic Club

The next lunch meeting will be on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction, 400 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. Our speaker will be Butch Barker, Fields Operation Coordinator for “Experience Works.” This organization helps with the placement of people 55 and older going back into the work force.

Our meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month from September to June. Membership is open to all women of Nevada County. We hope you will join one of the oldest service clubs in Nevada County and be a part of history. In two years we celebrate our 100th year in existence so we hope you will be part of that event. Funds raised by the club are given to local charities and civic projects. For reservations and more information call 477-7750 or 274-2799.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

The Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to present their 13th annual tour of private gardens in the foothills of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in Northern California.

The 2006 Garden Tour will be held May 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Tickets are $20 in advance; $22 at the garden gates.

Tickets can be purchased at Eisley’s Nursery, Happy Frog Nursery, Harmony Books, SPD, Oak Tree Nursery, Weiss Brother Nursery, Grass Valley Florist, Atelier Salon & Spa, Prospectors Nursery, Wildbirds Unlimited, and Longs/Bear River.

Soroptimist International is a nonprofit service organization of women helping women and children both locally and internationally. Proceeds from this event will benefit community service projects.

This year’s Garden Tour is dedicated to one of our dear deceased members, Jan Mulder.

For more information visit http://www.sierrasoroptimist.org and click on the Garden Tour Link on the left side of screen.

Sierra and Golden Empire Zone Lions

The Penn Valley HiGraders Lions, Higgins Diggins Lions, Cousin Jacks Lions, Grass Valley Host Lions, Foothill Lions, Nevada City Lions and Yuba River Lions attended the annual District 4C5 Lions Convention in Visalia, May 5-7. At the convention Foothill Lion Mary Hudson was named incoming Sierra Zone Chair; Higgins Diggins Lion Bill Stone was named Golden Empire Zone Chair and Cousin Jacks Lion Mike Steigh was named Foothill Zone Chair. Also during the convention, Yuba River Don Jackson was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest recognition in Lionism and Nevada City Lion Doug Wight was named Donner Region Lion of the Year. All clubs were well represented during the convention and witnessed excellent speeches from district Lions as well as an inspiring speech by International Director, Lion Roy Barnett from South Carolina.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

On May 22 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, Delphine Metcalf-Foster will speak about women in the military to the Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). A combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm/Desert Shield) with 21 years of distinguished military service, Ms. Metcalf-Foster has a wealth of experience as a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves, Retired Quality Assurance Specialist Work Leader GS-11, Alameda Naval Air Station, Department of Defense, Chairperson for the National Committee for Hospital and Volunteering for DAV from 2003 to present, 2005 Commander of the Department of California Disabled American Veterans and 2006 Department Chairperson for the VA Volunteer Service (VAVS).

A mother of three, grandmother of six and great grandmother of two, Ms. Metcalf-Foster was born, raised and attended schools in Vallejo. Graduating with Distinction, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University in 2001.

For more information call 478-0110.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

This month the Newcomers Club of Nevada County traditionally presents its popular Annual Spring Fashion Show. This year’s theme is “Swing into Spring.” The event is scheduled for May 17 at 11:45 a.m., and will be held at the Lake Wildwood Country Club.

As always, fine fashions will be provided by local merchants, and will be modeled by women from our membership.

Menu choices will be Chicken Mushroom Crepes or Salmon with Sweet Red Pepper Hollandaise. Either entree will include Caesar Salad and Tuxedo Cake with Raspberry Sauce. The member cost for the luncheon and fashion show will be $20.

For more information or membership information call 432-2037 or 477-8922.


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