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Early Risers Toastmasters

Martha Meredith won the speaker’s trophy for her speech “Where Credit is Due” at last Tuesday’s meeting of Early Risers Toastmasters. Jay Coley won for his speakers’ evaluation and Mike McDaniels won for his table topics answer.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Judy Bannister was selected as best speaker for her speech “What’s This Toastmasters All About?” and Alison Lehman won for best evaluation. Debbie Wagner won for best table topics.

Speakers are preparing for the international speech contest at the Tuesday meeting. Early Risers meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Trolley Junction Cafe at the Northern Queen Motel in Nevada City. Newcomers are always welcome. Call Karen at 273-9777 for more information.

Nevada County

Camera Club

This month’s meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in the Fellersen Room, Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway.

The speaker will be Ann Douglass, a professional architectural and portrait photographer. She will be showing and discussing her black-and-white prints of Italy and Greece. She describes the work as both architectural and urban landscape in nature.

The “Back to Basics ” discussion this month will be on how to use the sunny 16 rule.

Bring some prints and/or slides to show and have them critiqued by the speaker.

For information, call Dana at 265-1978 or e-mail

Empire Toastmasters

Jill Caruthers-Fox reintroduced herself to Empire Toastmasters at the club’s Feb. 8 meeting with a new Icebreaker, for which she won the best speaker award. Andrea Covert won the best evaluator award for her appraisal of Sarah McTighe’s speech, and Ted Toal took Table Topics honors using the word of the day, “ephemeral.”

Empire Toastmasters is holding its international speech contest March 1. Guests are welcome to watch the club’s finest speakers compete for the honor of moving on to the Area 64 contest.

Visitors are welcome any time. The club meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. every Friday at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Call Doris Schroeder-Smith, 477-2172, or Pat Barrentine, 478-0995, for more information.

49er Rotary

Nine of 10 volunteers who spent three weeks in Nepal dispensing medical care under the sponsorship of the 49er Rotary Club discussed their experiences during a recent public presentation at Nevada Union High School.

An audience of nearly 500 saw a two-hour motion picture and slide presentation on the trip, whose participants cared for 304 dental patients, remodeled a school building and immunized 903 children against polio. A second trip is planned next year.

Local trip volunteers who appeared at the presentation were Grass Valley dentist Dr. Barry Turner and his wife, Sharyn, a registered nurse; attorney Hal DeGraw; retired teachers Larry and Carolyn Homan; Meghan Corbett; Patrick Dobbs; and Dr. Ed Weiss, an Auburn dentist who narrated the film.

The club has elected new officers for the 2002-03 year beginning July 1. They are: Sandy Conlee, president; Kelly Reis, president-elect; Andy Wright, president-elect designate; Paula Collins, secretary; Ed McSweeney, treasurer; Ron Sanchez, sargent-at-arms; John Halverson, club service director; Linda Burkhardt, vocational service director; Barry Turner, international service director; Kelly Newell, community service director; Yvonne Bartlett, membership director; and board members-at-large Orville Boger and John Paul.

The 49er Rotary Club is on the Web at

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Toastmaster of the evening Tod Herman presided over the weekly Monday night meeting. Speakers were Heather Peterman, Mary Ann Smith and Helga Rohl. Rohl gave a speech from the Professional Speakers Manual about women’s changing rights, “Second to None.” Smith, speaking from the Story Telling Manual, discussed Sacagawea. Heather Peterman, whose speech “Food or Friend” explained why she is a vegetarian, won the best speaker award.

Guest Donna Keith walked away with the table topics trophy, and Joanna Lipa-Snyder was honored as the best evaluator. Guest Judy Nichols was general evaluator.

Mother Lode Toastmasters will hold its annual evaluation contest Monday and the Club International Speech Contest Feb. 25. Guests are always welcome at 6:45 p.m. at Larry and Lena’s Pizza and Grill, Highway 49 and Alta Sierra Drive.

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

Young Ladies Institute

Young Ladies Institute held many successful events last year. Among them were two pastie bakes, a fashion show, and a burse dinner held for the Education of Seminarians.

A Day of Recollection will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Feb. 23, beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by a small social in the Angel’s Nest, and ending with a talk on Mother Teresa by Dr. Neva Monagoitti-Lake, who worked with her in India.

All members are welcome.

Nevada County Horsemen

Nevada County Horsemen will present the ninth annual Howard Young Memorial Pee Wee Stick Horse Rodeo for 10-year-olds and under on March 2 at the Trails End Clubhouse, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road.

Sign-in time is 9:30 a.m., rodeo at 10. Each contestant will receive a ribbon and trophy. Reservations are requested by Feb. 25.

Spectators are welcome. For information, call Irene at 265-4275 or Penny at 265-5623.

Refreshments will be available.

Grass Valley Historical Commission

The Grass Valley Historical Commission elected new officers for 2002 at its Feb. 7 meeting: Teresa Poston, chair, and Debbie Lange, vice-chair. Other commissioners are Pablo Lopez, Sandy Varacaalli and Sandy Miller. The commission is working on the review of this year’s Heritage Home aware program that is set for May. The public is welcome to attend the meetings.

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