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Daughters of the American Revolution

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is involved with historical preservation as one of DAR’s three main objectives (the other two areas of focus are education for our children and patriotism). The chapter’s recent donation of $400 to the North Star House encompasses the objective of preserving this historical site for future benefit of the community.

The North Star House in Nevada County, built in 1905, was one of pioneer architect Julia Morgan’s earliest works. The North Star House is a massive Arts and Crafts design, constructed from local mine rock, paneled in redwood and shingled with cedar. It was built for the family of Superintendent of the mine, Arthur De Wint Foote, an innovative engineer and a compassionate superintendent. His wife, Mary Hallock Foote, was a well-known illustrator and author who has been called the “dean of American women illustrators” and was the subject of the Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Angle of Repose.”

In 2002, the Nevada County Land Trust entered an agreement with Nevada County to seek park and open space lands at the North Star property. The Land Trust took control of the North Star Historic District in August 2003, and has since demolished the non-historic additions, restored the chimney’s repaired the structural members of the North Star House, and begun emergency repairs on the other structures of the site.

Early Risers Toastmaster

Every Tuesday morning, 6:30 a.m. sharp, the meeting of the Early Risers Toastmaster Club begins. Members and guests enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. They listen to inspiring speeches, like the one Shawn Tuttle gave last week, entitled “Listen up,” or Connie Sudduth’s speech “Unbeatable.” Then you can hear wonderful, helpful evaluations of the speeches. Mike Crandall and Otto Haueisen were recently given the winning trophies for their evaluations. The Table Topics portion of the meeting gives all the members an opportunity to give a mini speech, using the Word of the Day. Lori Burkhart-Frank and Courtney Ferguson were past winners. If you think you’d like to join us for breakfast, and an energized kick off on a Tuesday morning, call Kathy at 265-2114 for more information.

Gold Country LeTip

Gold Country LeTip, a national business networking organization is pleased to announce the 2006-2007 Board of Directors: President: Shanin Martin, Anything’s Printable and Wild Women on Wine; Vice President: Paul Romanoff, Full Circle Chiropractic, Treasurer: Jeanine Callinan, Bank of the West; Secretary: Lacey Elliott, East Main Street Insurance Services; Tip Master: Judi Bannister, Fast and Fit for Women and Membership: Doris Schroeder-Smith, Massage Therapist.

Congratulations to Pamela Determan, Nevada County Mortgage, who generated the most tips during the year.

Gold Country LeTip meets Wednesdays for lunch from 11:31 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, to exchange business leads. If you are interested in growing your business, and your business category is available, we invite you be our guest for lunch. For more information call 477-3727 or visit

Mother Lode Toastmasters

This evening, Linda Couper gave us detailed instructions in her speech “Your Sgt At Arms.” Now we have all been trained in that Club Officer position. She made it sound so easy….

Gene Chittenden encouraged us to think about solar energy in many ways in his speech entitled “Wining the Lotto,” because that is what it is like with all the money you’ll save!

Annabelle Robbins was voted as the speaker that best met her objectives in our Table Topic portion of the meeting answering a question about her best Road Trip. Mel Burris was our Master Evaluator when he evaluated Gene tonight.

We 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 County Red Hat Society

The Nevada County Queens Council held its quarterly meeting at Trolley Junction on May 9. Twenty-two Queens and Co or Vice Queens were in attendance. Those Queens who are not yet registered for the Council should contact Darlene Yates at 274-3078. Only council members will receive updated member lists, quarterly newsletters, and support for their planned county events. The next meeting is scheduled for July 19.

Don’t forget the Red Hat Pot Luck Picnic at Memorial Park on June 22 at 11:30 a.m. Queen Carlotta Wixon has details and can be reached at 273-4813.

Reservations are now being taken for the July 30th Red Hat Lake Tahoe Cruise. The cost of $125 per person includes an exclusive Main Deck two-hour cruise on the Tahoe Queen, lunch on board, a dessert buffet at the Horizon Hotel Casino, bus transportation and driver gratuity. A $50 deposit is needed to hold your space with the balance due on June 16th. Contact Queen Mum Anne Miranda at 273-3494.

The Fall Fashion Show at Alta Sierra Country Club on Sept. 21 is filling up fast. Get your reservations in early. All Queens have specific information and applications or call Barbara Wilson at 271-0243.

There are a few double occupancy cabins left for the Red Hat Hawaii Cruise. We also need a single lady to room with one of our Queens. Brochures are available by contacting Queen Cathy at or call 432-1974.

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