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Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Our next meeting will be held July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 273-2628.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month and are open to all. The location is the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-8684.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining hall of the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building. We welcome visitors and new members.

For more information, call 273-2018.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Visit for more information.

Friendship Wednesday

Lunch is served at noon on Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m.This Wednesday, June 25, will feature a Birthday Celebration.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Chicago Park 4-H

Kid’s Only Swap Meet, hosted by Chicago Park 4-H. Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4, by the bee booth. Rent space there for only $10. Only kids can sell.

For more information, call 273-2004 or 273-6625.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women have changed their name.

They will now be known as “Business And Professional Women Of Nevada County.” The change was decided upon to make our purpose clearer to the community. First and foremost, we are business and professional women. Some are actively engaged in business, others are retired or pursuing higher education.

We believe that professionalism is a state of mind. Anyone who supports equality in employment, our goals and legislation platform is encouraged to be our guest at any upcoming meeting. The meetings are held every third Wednesday at Jim E’s Catering, 141 E. Main St., Grass Valley. Informal socializing starts at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting lasts from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each month an interesting speaker is featured. The presentations are as varied as they are informative. Our programs are well known in the community, just two are outlined here: Women Helping Women is a scholarship available to returning students; Real Women is an essay contest at the High School level in which the author writes about a real woman who most influenced her and is honored at a dinner where she reads her essay standing next to her subject.

There are many opportunities for mentoring, learning and growth in areas of business, public speaking, leadership experience and participation in the legislative process.

Professionalism is an attitude which anyone can bring to their job, regardless of classification or salary level. Bring your professionalism and join us!

For more information, please call Valerie Logsdon at 272-7207.

Angela Diaz 6/19/08 run with photo

American Association of University Women

At the recent Nevada County Branch of American Association University Women annual meeting, Cheryl Morris was announced winner of the 2008 Edi Silverman Service Award. This award program was established in 2003 to recognize a member each year who has given her time unselfishly to community efforts, to involvement in leadership roles and to help persons in need. The first recipient was long time member Edi Silverman.

Morris’s accomplishments included volunteering as a mentor for girls in the Friendship Club and participating in the Leadership Development Council. She is involved in the Concerned Citizens about Traffic Control and Zoning in Grass Valley and bereavement counselor for “Drew’s Place.” Morris also served as coordinator under the State Department of Corporation for the Seniors Against Investment Fraud. Currently she is a volunteer under CASA, Court

Appointed Special Advocate, involving children.

AAUW participated in the Nevada County Foster Youth Independent Living Program 2008 high school graduation celebration at the Imaginarium building on June 9. Member Lee Ferro arranged for several members to prepare and serve dinner and dessert for graduating foster youth and their guests. There were 70 people attending the function. Teri Fulton, Independent

Living Program Coordinator, and her staff arranged this special celebration for graduating foster youth in Nevada County.

Angela Diaz 6/19/08 run with photo

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently enjoyed a field trip to Sacramento to visit California’s State Capitol, which was originally constructed in neoclassic style between 1861 and 1874 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Chapter members toured the capitol building, including the historic House and Senate chambers, and Nevada County State Senator Sam Aanestad’s office. Chapter members learned about the extensive restoration of the Capitol building which took place from 1976 to 1982, when the building was restored with an eye toward preserving its original style and character while updating the building’s infrastructure.

To complete the trip, following lunch chapter members were treated to a tour of Sacramento’s newly restored Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, built in 1889. Architect Harry Hallenbeck, a personal friend of chapter member Julie Barker and related to Julie’s husband Bert Barker, was the project manager for this recent restoration project. Mr. Hallenback, who was named California’s architect in 1991 by Governor Pete Wilson, gave chapter members an illuminating tour of the historic cathedral and told of the many aspects required in remodeling the Italian Baroque interior.

For more information about DAR, please call 271-0926.

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

You are most welcome to sit in on a Toastmasters meeting.

Toastmasters is an international organization dedicated to improving people’s public speaking and leadership skills, and the meetings are lots of fun. As a guest, you don’t have to speak.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City.

The Empire Toastmasters meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Tuscany Garden restaurant in Grass Valley.

For more information about either the Early Risers or Empire clubs, call Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

During the June 17 meeting of the Early Risers Toastmasters Club, Larry Lansburgh spoke about the two-edged sword of surprise. Anessa Warren won the Outstanding Speaker trophy for her talk about training her new wild mustang. Lori Burkart-Frank spoke about being a life coach.

Speech evaluators were Jay Coley, Otto Haueisen, and Connie Suddath, who took home the Outstanding Evaluator trophy.

The winner of the Table Topics trophy, for her short improvised speech, was our guest and former member Cheryl Domnich. Our other guest was Sarah Harper-Lansburgh.

Empire Toastmasters of Nuance

In Toastmasters, we learn to work with the nuances of public speaking. This organization has been around for a very long time and has the experience to know that learning, like health, works best when it’s self-motivated. Toastmasters also has created a style of teaching that focuses on one key ingredient of a good presentation at a time. Each assignment is different and develops one single aspect of a good presentation. For example, one assignment hones your skill in using body language congruent with your message. A monotone voice speaking from a body that is rigid soon looses our attention. This exercise gives you a chance to focus on being animated and using gestures appropriate to your talk. Each beginning speech is only five to seven minutes long and you choose the topic yourself, yet each opportunity to practice has a different learning theme.

Other learning themes, or objectives, include developing vocal variety, which keeps the attention of audio learners in your audience. Another assignment focuses on using visual aids. You can choose to practice your powerpoint skills or use prepared signs with larger lettering so people in the back of the room can read it as you go. All the little details of a good presentation need to be prepared in advance. This is the ideal place to learn how to organize all that because it’s not only the main goal of the group, but it’s a supportive environment full of self-motivated people.

Empire Toastmasters meets every Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m., (except July 4) at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City. Our group is special in that it’s one of the more intimate ones and we have found a location that is ideal. We have a large room in an elegant environment so you can practice making eye contact from one end of the room to the other. Everyone gets to participate and you are welcome to visit for as long as you like. There is no charge for visiting. The Stonehouse provides a lunch that is both delicious and nutritious for $12. Call Karen to reserve your seat now at 273-9777. There is no time like the present to initiate the actions that will make your dreams a reality!

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Toastmaster Jereé Waller, CC, led the meeting this week.

Annabelle Robbins, ATM, of Union Hill School, presented “When You Adopt.” Tamara Gates evaluated Annabelle. Distinguished Toastmaster Glen Boire of KNCO presented “Report On Empire Mine.” Greg Poppin evaluated Glen.

Toastmaster Juliet LeBoss, CC, of Entelechy Concepts, was the winning speaker tonight with “POP Your Speech.” Juliet demonstrated strategies for speech planning, outlines and preparation. Distinguished Toastmaster Marjorie Quist won as best evaluator for Juliet’s speech.

Tabletopics master Kathy Amatangelo inspired guest Jinnae Anderson to share a memorable “predicament” with her first job.

Congratulations to Distinguished Toastmaster Anna Oates. Anna was awarded Outstanding Area Governor for Area 64 in a Toastmaster ceremony in Sacramento.

Questions? Contact Vice President of Public Relations, Juliet LeBoss at Our club information appears on The Union calendar Mondays.

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