Club digest 10/27/07 |

Club digest 10/27/07

Friendship Wednesday

Lunch is served at noon on Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday: Oct. 31, Halloween birthday celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Marine Corps League

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship to preserve the traditions, promote the interests and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps. We are made up of active duty and honorably discharged Marines and Navy corpsmen. Established by congress in 1937, our charter is to aid and render assistance to all Marines, former Marines, their widows and orphans. We make ourselves visible to the community by participating in public observances on the anniversaries of historical occasions that are of particular interest to Marines.

If you are a Marine, former Marine or Navy Corpsmen, please join us to reconnect with your brothers and sisters. We understand where you have been and what it means to be a Marine. We meet the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 219 N. Pine Street, Nevada City. Come and join us! Remember, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine!”

If you have any questions, call 272-5339, e-mail or visit Semper Fi!

Sierra Jazz Society

The Sierra Jazz Society announces its open membership drive for 2007-2008. The cost of membership ranges from $45 to $5,000. Thank- you gifts range from CDs, T-shirts, prepaid tickets to SJS events and even Bill Douglass and Friends giving a private concert in your home with your friends. To join, go to or call 273-2393.

Sierra Jazz Society presents its annual Jazz Camp, ongoing workshops and high-level jazz performances in Nevada County. SJS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and donations may be tax deductible.

Chicago Park

Garden Club

The next regular meeting will be a week early, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Peardale Firehouse, 15057 Colfax Highway. Master Gardener Charlotte Bolinger will discuss “Basic Composting.”

Tickets are still available for our Victorian Tea on Nov. 8 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. After the 1 p.m. luncheon, oriental floral designer Mollie Kimura will create a number of flower arrangements before our eyes. The president of California Garden Clubs, Inc., Robin Pokorsky, will be attending.

Donation for the tea is $25. Proceeds will go toward the installation of a meditation garden near the Chicago Park Firehouse. Call Nancy Tilman at 477-6229 for reservations. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

There will be no card-making workshops for the remainder of the year. The arrangers group will meet on Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. to make holiday flower arrangements for our shut-ins. For more information, call 265-8210.

PEO Chapter XC

PEO Chapter XC would like to announce its fifth annual Gals on the Go bus trip to San Francisco. The shopping trip will take place on Sat., Dec. 1, and the bus leaves from El Dorado Bank near Lake of the Pines at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $50 and includes transportation to Union Square and Pier 39, a light breakfast and evening snacks on the bus and a door prize ticket. Return time will be approximately 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit women’s continuing education.

For more information, call 277-6048 or 268-0119.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

This past weekend, several members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution volunteered their time at the Nevada County All Veterans Stand Down, which was held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Grass Valley. A past commander for the California State Disabled American Veterans, DAR member Sue Gill has been the chairperson of the Nevada County Stand Down for the past five years. Joining Ms. Gill from the Captain John Oldham Chapter were Francis Green, Helen Heines, Karen Keasbey, Bev Moncrieff and Jo Short.

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. Today, Stand Down in Nevada County refers to a grassroots community based program designed to assist all of the county’s veterans. This includes an intervention program to help our homeless veterans to “combat” life on the streets. The hand up, not a hand out, philosophy of Stand Down, is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation. Hundreds of veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including food; clothing; medical and dental help; legal and mental-health assistance; job counseling and referrals; and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie.

For more information, call 274-9710.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Imants Kaupe led the meeting this week as toastmaster. Gary Peterman presented “Leap of Faith.” Listeners were on the edge of their seats as Gary demonstrated the process of parachuting from a helicopter. Gary has made 28 parachute jumps. Jan Stockton of Isagenix gave an outstanding evaluation of Gary’s speech. Gary won as best speaker and Jan won as best evaluator. Congratulations.

Local photographer Sarah McTighe of Nature’s Tapestry demonstrated the process she uses to transform her beautiful nature photographs into greeting cards. You can purchase her photograph cards at Spring Hill Pharmacy or at

Valleri Wilhelm, club president, presented the educational moment with a focus on the competent leadership manual. All members receive guidance and material for becoming an expert in speaking and executing a successful meeting.

Glen Boire of KNCO was our table topics master this week. Toastmasters were encouraged to share their yummy pumpkin recipes from memory. Our table topics winner tonight was guest Greg Poppin.

For more information, call our vice president of membership, Ginger Kane, at 268-1629, visit or better yet come to a meeting. We meet Mondays, 8:15 p.m., at 640 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. We’ll leave the door open and save you a seat!

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

Two members of the Early Risers Toastmasters Club have won first prizes in the Toastmasters Division speaking contest held in Sacramento. Anne King was the winner in the category of table topics, short improvisational speeches. The subject, provided at the last moment, was “The Next 30 Years.” LeeAnn Brook won the award for the best humorous speech with her talk about online dating.

At our club’s weekly meeting, led by Toastmaster Lori Burkart Frank, we had three superb speeches. Sylvia Pichitino and Ruth Schwartz made us laugh with their respective talks on tears of frustration and fear and what to be when one grows up. Paula Gleicher gave a moving, from-the-heart speech about her late brother-in-law’s cancer. Sylvia Pichitino won the outstanding speaker trophy.

Evaluators were Chuck Coovert, Mike Crandall and Courtney Ferguson. Courtney Ferguson was the week’s outstanding evaluator.

Our table topics winner was Kathy Hillis.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Questions? Call 273-9777.

Donner Garden Club of Auburn

The public is invited to attend the 52nd annual chrysanthemum and plant sale put on by members of the Donner Garden Club of Auburn. The sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admittance.

Members of the Donner Garden Club of Auburn have been growing chrysanthemums, indoor plants, outdoor plants and succulent dish gardens for the past year that will be sold at the sale.

This year, in honor of all past garden club members, current members decided to serve tea and cookies and to have arrangements on display for the public to enjoy. This has been a long-standing tradition, and current members thought it would be nice to honor that tradition.

The Donner Garden Club of Auburn is a nonprofit organization that prides itself in community civic beautification, protection of native trees, plants and birds, stimulating the love and knowledge of gardening and encouraging civic recycling and litter removal. The club also funds a scholarship for students attending Sierra College.

There will be potted plants, cut flowers, arrangements, raffle prizes, dish gardens and “garden treasures.”

For more information, call 888-6118.

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway’s 25th anniversary dinner party will be held at the Alta Sierra Country Club on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. For more information, call 432-0995. We are always looking for new members who are interested in Norwegian culture and customs.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

A potluck and regular meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 27. The potluck begins at noon; the meeting begins at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

A regular meeting will be held Tues., Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m., at the Madelyn Helling Library in the Community Room.

For more information, call 273-2628.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 7:30 p.m., the first and third Thursday of every month. Open to all. Starting Nov. 1, we will be meeting at our new location, the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-3870.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club of Grass Valley

Our outing for the month of October was at the Almond Tree RV Park in Chico. The outing was hosted by Gerry and Judy Rogers. The theme was “Happy Halloween.” The Rogers decorated the club house.

The Rogers also hosted a hamburger cookout and pizza lunch the next day. The ladies worked on Halloween wreaths and the men worked on building bird houses.

The weatherman cooperated except for some rain on Tuesday night.

Our dinner on Wednesday evening was at the Logens Roadhouse Restaurant in Chico.

Our November outing will be at the Dingerville RV park in Oroville on the 15th. It will be hosted by Derek and Isobel Belvoir.

For more information, call 273-7388.

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