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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.

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 http://www.ncgms.org 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.

For more information, call 273-4961.

American Legion Auxiliary

American Legion District 7 Commander Joseph Handy and District 7 President Ruth Gray installed officers of Frank Gallino Post and Unit 130. Commander Joe Blaz and Auxiliary President Julie Slater will lead the Post and Unit during the year 2008 – 2009. This was the 80th installation ceremony for Unit 130 that was chartered as Hague Thomas Hegarty Unit 130 on January 29, 1928.

The slate of American Legion Auxiliary officers installed was President Julie Slater, 1st Vice President Janice Morris, 2nd Vice President Rosa Moore, Secretary Evelyn Hooker, Treasurer Lyn Bacon, Past President Alyce Hammond, Executive Committee Sandra Haines, Dorothy Rodgers and Arline Kenney, Parliamentarian Wilma Meyers, Chaplain Janet Hessel, Musician and Historian Arline Kenney, Sgt. at Arms Leona Bryant.

2007 – 2008 President Alyce Hammond successfully led 106 members in a year of service to “God and Country.” Second Vice President Julie Slater supervised the monthly mailing of packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, support of local veterans and Reno V A Hospital, mailing of 4,899 Christmas cards to troops in service throughout the world. Americanism Chairman Leona Bryant and her committee judged Americanism essays submitted by elementary school children and awarded cash prizes to the winners. Heather Camerer read her winning essay to the audience at the Memorial Day observance in Memorial Park. Girls State Chairman Janet Hessel and her committee interviewed and selected three delegates who are attending the 2008 session of California Girls State at Pitzer College this week. Education Chairman Jan Morris and her committee selected winners of three $500 scholarships that will be awarded upon proof of enrollment in a college or technical school. Past President Penelope Johnson awarded the $500 nursing scholarship to Roberto Montez. Poppy Chairman Wilma Meyers led American Legion and Auxiliary volunteers in a successful Poppy drive. Donations to this project are restricted to use for veterans and their families. Wilma also directed the American Legion Auxiliary Yard Sale that will benefit the youth programs so vital to Frank Gallino Unit 130.

Members of Frank Gallino Unit 130 assisted Nevada County and other veterans organizations in the Re-dedication of the Grass Valley Veterans Building on May 17.

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

A new membership year is beginning for the Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC). SNCKC is strictly a “flatwater” club and accommodates members of varied skill levels. The Club sponsors several trips throughout the year to flatwater areas in our general area. Most are day trips on Saturday or Sunday with an occasional weekend overnight camping trip. For those who wish not to camp, there are usual motel accommodations near the paddling location. Training and refresher sessions are also occasionally held for members. Monthly meetings are held at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City, and usually include a program related to paddling. For anyone interested in joining or inquiring about the Club, call 273-3095. If you are interested in the Club but don’t yet own a kayak or canoe, call before you buy. There are knowledgeable members who are always interested in discussing options for new paddlers and what boats are most appropriate for Club activities.

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.

Lake Wildwood Women’s Club

Friday, June 20, was a lovely day to have a luncheon at Pilot Peak winery.

Beginning with wine tasting and a tour, the Women’s Club sipped their way through the presentation on wine making. Continuing with a glass of their favorite of the four wines tasted, we then enjoyed a catered lunch of chicken stuffed croissants, fruit skewer and a fresh spinach salad with strawberries, cranberries, and walnuts, the women visited and then there was a surprise serenade by the Chord Miners, the best in Barbershop quartets.

We finished off with killer dark chocolate truffles paired with a velvety dessert wine.

Pilot Peak features two labels, Pilot Peak and Peak A Boo. If you are going to the State fair this year, look for Pilot Peak’s three Gold and two Silver awards and one honorable mention. Good work for 39 tons of grapes, right?

To visit Pilot Peak, try a Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy their comparative food pairings, in a delightful setting. See you there and maybe become a “Peaker.” Call 432-3321.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Acknowledged as a resounding success was the recent raffle held by the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Project Patriot Chairman Susan Carr spearheaded the raffle for a Colonial American doll named “Felicity” with an extensive wardrobe including 14 hand crafted outfits. Chapter Registrar Donna Fransden was in charge of raffle ticket sales. During the chapter’s monthly meeting on June 23 at Alta Sierra Country Club, the winner’s name, Mrs. Carolyn Bloom of Penn Valley, was drawn by Susan Carr.

The chapter raised $2,549 with this project, $1898 from the Nevada County community at large. These community funds will be distributed directly to California projects to support our troops and our veterans, including

$1,000 to complete the purchase by the California State Society DAR for the ninth and final refurbished golf cart (cost $13,000 to $17,000 apiece). Named “Liberty Cart,” this gift will be presented to the Loma Linda VA Medical Center in San Bernardino to be utilized by wounded warriors who require transportation by way of wheelchairs around the facility for treatment and therapy. At the September dedication of this Liberty Cart, Nevada County’s contributions will be recognized.

The cart will be called the George Gentry Cart. George Gentry is a recipient of the National DAR Veteran’s Award. He is a wounded veteran who visits the veterans currently in the hospital in his wheel chair. His wife, Christine Gentry, is an associate member of the Captain John Oldham Chapter and they have a home in Grass Valley.

The California DAR has collected more than $130.000 for this Liberty Cart project over the last two years.

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

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Vice President of Public Relations, Juliet LeBoss, CC, led the meeting this week.

Distinguished Toastmaster Marjorie Quist presented “Get Me To The Bus On Time.” Nadine Langley of Holdrege & Kull evaluated Marjorie. Sarah McTighe, ATMS, presented a pocket speech, “The Twelve Steps.” Distinguished Toastmaster, Glen Boire of KNCO, evaluated Sarah. Our winner tonight was new member, Jinnae Anderson, with “The Fire.” Jinnae shared with the club how a fire destroyed her home and how it affected her life for the positive. Jereé Waller, CC, of Nevada County Adult & Family Services was our winning evaluator this week for Jinnae’s speech.

Club President Gary Peterman, ATMS, was our Tabletopics Master tonight. Gary inspired the crowd with quotes from the book “The Greatest Salesman In The World.” Kathy Amatangelo, CTM, our winner this evening, was only 19 when she witnessed someone get struck by lightening and told him “he was not alone.” Kathy stayed with the victim until help arrived.

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

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

On June 24, Janis Aydelott ended her six month term as president of the Early Risers Toastmasters Club. Thanks for a great job, Janis. Our new president is Vanessa Smith.

The purpose of Toastmasters is to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. We always welcome guests (who don’t have to speak). Please join us. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City.

Our June 24 meeting featured three inspirational speeches by Mick Tuttle, Robert Stelson, and Daniel Skeen. Speech evaluators were Tina Visco, Anessa Warren, and Mike Crandall. Mick Tuttle won the Outstanding Speaker trophy, and Mike Crandall was Outstanding Evaluator.

The winner of the Table Topics award for her short impromptu speech was LeeAnn Brook.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club isn’t the only one in town. The Empire Toastmasters Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Tuscany Garden restaurant in Grass Valley.

For more information about the Early Risers and the Empire Toastmasters Clubs, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

The June 12 meeting of NARFE Grass Valley Chapter #1335 featured Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell as the program speaker. Mr. Newell was very helpful in suggesting ways to prevent identity theft. Some suggestions were: Using a cross-shredder on financial documents, not sending checks from your home mailbox – mail checks at the post office, do not keep credit cards that you don’t use, memorize your Social Security Number – do not carry it in your wallet or purse, make sure Internet purchases are encrypted and secure sites, check your credit report periodically, remove your name from promotional lists, and never give personal and identifying information over the phone to someone who calls you. Besides how to protect ourselves, members were interested in hearing about the number of meth and other drug cases in the county as well as the amount of bail felons are required to post.

Mr. Newell indicated that meth cases are decreasing due to the focus in the county and state to eliminate meth labs. However, as meth cases have decreased, there is a trend toward cocaine and heroin usage and a large rise in prescription drug use.

When asked about DNA samples of persons arrested, Mr. Newell said that every convicted felon is required to give a DNA sample, which is entered into a national database.

The Nevada County District Attorney’s office handles about 5,000 cases a year, of which approximately 1,000 are felonies. Truckee contributes to almost 20 percent of the county’s crimes. There are ten Deputy DA’s and one Assistant DA who handle the cases, plus 20 staff members.

The meeting scheduled for July 10 instead will be a picnic at the Empire Mine State Historic Park, where Chapter 1st Vice President Glen Boire has arranged for a Cornish pasty lunch and tour.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held the second Thursday each month (except July and August) at the Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Highway 49) Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at noon followed by a program and business meeting.

For information, call 265-6477.

Northern Sierra Tracking Club

Animal tracking and nature awareness. A free event. Animal signs reveal who is around us we might not see. Beginners and advanced welcome. 9 a.m., Sunday, June 29, at the Old Nevada City Airport.

For more information, call 268-6820.


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