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Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

The club has donated $1,175 to three local charities: Alzheimer’s Council of Nevada County, Hospice of the Foothills and Interfaith Food Ministry of Nevada County.

The initiation of new officers and an end-of-the-year party will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 510 Highway 49, Nevada City. Cost is $12.50 per person.



For further information, call 477-3750.




Early Risers Toastmasters

Mary Elizabeth Young’s speech “High Hopes” brought her the better speaker award at the April 30 meeting. Bill Young won the better evaluator award for his evaluation of Mike McDaniel’s speech. George Chileski was selected table topics winner.

Early Risers meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. Call Karen at 273-9777 for more information.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

One of the newer Toastmasters, Dawna Carus, led the April 29 meeting. During the “formal” speech portion, presentations were given by Toastmasters Mary Ann Smith, Kevin Summers and Heather Peterman. Peterman was voted the speaker who best met her assigned speech objective.

Helga Rohl was selected as the best evaluator, and Glen Boire as the best Table Topics speaker.

For more information, call either Robert Rasch at 274-8323 or Mary Ann Smith at 265-5381.

Sierra Astronomy and Science Explorers

The club will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Imaginarium Science Museum, Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway. The meeting will feature Wayne Watson speaking on “Radio Astronomy for the Amateur.” Additional short talks and demonstrations will be given. Newsletters will be available. Contact Watson at

Northern Mines Business and

Professional Women

The club installed their 70th slate of officers recently. New officers are:

President Rafaela Frausto, executive director of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services; President-elect Claudeane Marie, a social worker at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; Vice President Martha “Marty” Austin, owner of The Home Bookkeeper; Secretary Wilma Fritz, self-employed Liquid Nutritionals and Tupperware distributor; Treasurer Linda Schafer, designer and bookkeeper; and Parliamentarian Gail Parle, self-employed medical transcriber.

The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christopher’s Catering in Grass Valley. For reservations, call Arydce at 273-2016. For membership information, call Dee at 273-0257, or visit the Web site at http://www.bpwcal.org

Nevada County Democrats

Janet Reynolds was elected to the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee at the April 18 meeting.

All Democrats are invited to attend the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City.

For more information, call 477-1804 or e-mail

Empire Toastmasters

The club heard from three speakers on May 3. Chris Scammon suggested unconventional ways to deal with telemarketers in “Dealing with Demons,” for which he won the best speaker award. Michael Stone introduced the Five Rhythms of Gabrielle Roth in “Physical Intelligence: The Next Frontier,” and Valerie Lowe delivered the inspirational “Speaking from the Heart: Exploring Self Through Video.” Marge Kaiser was named best evaluator for her assessment of Scammon’s speech.

Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Fridays at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome. Call Doris Schroeder-Smith, 477-2172, or Pat Barrentine, 478-0995, for more information.

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