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On a rainy day recently, members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently toured the famed North Star House on Auburn Road in Grass Valley. In keeping with one of the three primary objectives of the DAR, historical preservation, chapter members along with some husbands spent two hours walking through and learning about the history of this remarkable structure, its current renovation and future uses for the community.

Built in 1905, the North Star House in Grass Valley was one of pioneer architect Julia Morgan’s earliest works. A massive Arts and Crafts design, this imposing structure was constructed from local mine rock, paneled in redwood and shingled with cedar.

The Captain John Oldham Chapter has donated to and will continue to support this grand and worthwhile restoration, preserving our community’s history on this historical site. For more information about DAR please call 274-9710.



Early Risers Toastmasters

It’s always exciting when a new member gives her or her first speech. A maiden voyage toward improved communication skills. Monte Christie gave his “Icebreaker” speech today – and it was a gem (worthy of winning today’s award for ‘outstanding’ speaker too!). We were treated to two other jewels as well. A tiara-clad Paula Gleicher gave a side-splitting account of whether or not she’s a Jewish American Princess, while Ruth Schwartz gave us a wake-up call about time management skills. Three great speeches by three fine speakers.




Providing positive feedback were our three evaluators: Courtney Ferguson, Anne King and George Chileski. The table topics trophy went to Cherie Beitz for her on-the-spot description of a ridiculous kitchen utensil she tried to identify as maracas for three-fingered people. Ole!

LeeAnn Brook was our clever Toastmaster today – surprising us with numerous cell phone calls from political candidates, encouraging us to vote. A warm welcome was extended to our guests Donna Brown, Tina Visco and Sierra Mora.

Join us every Tuesday morning for a 6:30 a.m. breakfast at Trolley Junction. Guests never have to speak – just enjoy. For more information call 273-9777.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Nov. 6 was another great evening of fun at Mother Lode Toastmasters. Deborah Meadows gave a winning speech entitled, Wild West Mystery, about the current controversy over Billy the Kid’s final resting place, followed-up by the winning evaluation of Deborah’s speech by Gary Peterman.

One of our guests, Nadine Langley, won for best table topic when she enlightened us about living through and in the worst house remodel. Join us on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at Mother Lode Toastmasters for an entertaining evening of positive coaching, humor and laughter. Mother Lode Toastmasters meet at 640 E. Main St., Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). For more information call Jessica Cymbalski at 263-2768.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Nevada County Republican Women Federated is hosting their monthly regular business and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come help get the Republican party reenergized. Your country needs your activism.

This month we have the privilege of presenting Colonel G. Sean Metroka as our guest speaker. Colonel Metroka has a long service record to our country including service in Japan and Korea. In November 2002, Colonel Metroka was ordered to active duty and deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. He relocated to Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and remained there until his return to the U.S. at the end of July 2003. He was again ordered to active duty in January 2006 and deployed to Iraq for a six month tour of duty with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, returning to the U.S. in August. Colonel Metroka was released from active duty in September 2006. Presently, Colonel Metroka serves as the Court Executive Officer for the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada. He lives in Nevada City with his wife Margaret and their three children.

Come help us welcome Colonel Metroka and hear his first hand account of the war in Iraq.

For reservations call Janelle Dalton at 273-7205.


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