Club news briefs 5/19/07 |

Club news briefs 5/19/07

Cub Scout Pack 21

Cub Scout Pack 21 had a great time doing community service at Condon Park. If you are in grades one through five, call Dennis at 559-3349 for more information about Scouting.

Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country

The Gold Country Kiwanis presents a Special Guest Day luncheon for friends and people interested in what International Kiwanis is about and what our local club does for the community. The event is scheduled for noon Thursday at the Holbrooke Hotel. Tom McClellan, past lieutenant governor, will be the guest speaker.

Gold Country Trails Council

Gold Country Trails Council will host its annual Poker Ride fundraiser June 2 at Skillman Horse Camp, 15 miles east of Nevada City off Highway 20. Come out for a fun day of riding approximately eight miles on beautiful trails in the Tahoe National Forest through oak, pine and dogwood trees, of easy to moderate difficulty. Overnighters welcome. Camp provides corrals, tie rails, water for horses, fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms. Pre-entry (due by May 26) $15 per person; 12 and under $10; post entry $20 and includes ride, meal, poker hand and raffle ticket; nonriders: $10 per person; additional poker hands $5 each or raffle tickets $1 each available day of ride. $75 cash and other prizes. Meal served after the ride (approximately 2 p.m.) Please bring chairs. GCTC events are nonalcoholic.

For more information, call 477-8501.

Western Nevada County Rotary Clubs

A total of 16 service awards and three presidential citations were given to western Nevada County Rotary Clubs at the annual Rotary District 5190 District Conference held last Sunday in Reno. While local clubs represent less than 10 percent of the clubs in the district, the 16 awards represent 36 percent of the total handed out at the event, making western Nevada County clubs the most-honored in the district.

Based on the number of members, clubs were judged in a variety of categories including their donations to community and international organizations and participation in local hands-on projects during the Rotary year. Two local clubs, the Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Nevada City 49er Rotary Club won top honors as the overall Club of Excellence in their size categories.

In addition to the club awards, three local Club Presidents, Rick Nolle, of The Rotary Club of Penn Valley, Charlie Litton, of the Rotary Club of Nevada County South, and John Paul, of the Nevada City 49er Rotary Club, won Presidential Citations for club guidance during the last year.

Local clubs received the following awards: The Rotary Club of Nevada City 49er Breakfast – Club President, John Paul, won Club of Excellence-Large Club, Club Community Service Project-Large Club, Special Club Service Project-Large Club and a Presidential Citation. The Rotary Club of Nevada County South – Club President, Charlie Litton, won Club Community Service-Small Club, Club Vocational Service-Small Club, Club Vocational Service Project-Small Club, Club Bulletin-Small Club and a Presidential Citation. The Rotary Club of Nevada City – Club President, Dave Kenitzer won Club of Excellence-Medium Club, Club Vocational Service Project-Medium Club, Club Community Service-Medium Club, Club International Service Project-Medium Club, Club Bulletin-Medium Club. The Rotary Club of Penn Valley – Club President, Rick Nolle, won a Presidential Citation. The Rotary Club of Grass Valley – Club President, Bob Breck, won Club International Service-Large Club, Club Service-Large Club, Rotary Foundation Giving-Large Club and Club Attendance-Large Club.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Entertainment, stimulation, information and inspiration are hallmarks of a great meeting – and our May 15 meeting had each and every one. How any winners were chosen was a miracle. Everyone made the meeting outstanding.

Today’s outstanding speaker, Ruth Schwartz, informed us as she connected the dots between generation gaps. Chuck Coovert stimulated us with his recollections of recent speeches and inspired us to choose our speech topics with passion and personal commitment. Mark Maxwell serenaded us through his own “aspects of love” in a musical speech about finding your one true love and left us thoroughly entertained while he revived romance.

Shawn Tuttle scooped the outstanding evaluator trophy while Judy Nichols won for best table topics using the word “locomotion” in a nail-biting, true story.

It was our pleasure to welcome guests Sierra Mora, Lauren Bennett and Chelsea Aydelott. In fact, many of us stayed after the meeting to hear and critique an impressive presentation Chelsea is going to be giving soon about her passion for marine animals and their veterinary care.

If it’s time to renew your passion for communication and life, join us next Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at Trolley Junction.

For more information, call 273-9777.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain John Oldham Chapter

At a recent meeting of the Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the memory of architect Julia Morgan. A gift of $400 along with a Certificate of Women in American History was presented to Ron Mathes from the North Star Historic Conservancy. Restoration of Julia Morgan’s North Star House is in progress and Captain John Oldham Chapter contributes to that restoration as a historic preservation project. In addition, several chapter members actively volunteer in the restoration project and others contribute financially to the restoration. Additionally, the chapter is donating 13 copies of the book “Julia Morgan Built a Castle” to local elementary school libraries.

For more information about DAR, please call 274-9710.

Nevada County Red Hat Society

There are two big events coming up, which fill quickly. Don’t wait too long to get registered:

Big Purple Undies – A full-day bus trip to see the hilarious production, “Big Purple Undies” will take place Oct. 9. A bus will leave from Grass Valley. The cost is $75, which includes All West transportation, lunch buffet, admission to the ” Big Purple Undies,” and driver’s gratuity. This a one-day only event and tickets will run out soon.

The Fall Fashion Show – will be held Oct. 15 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. This event is sponsored by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Red Hot Angels and the Red Hot Tomatoes. The cost is $22.50 per person. Registration forms were distributed to chapter queens and are required from each member in order to reserve a place.

For more information, contact Queen Anne Miranda at or call 273-3494.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Our May 7 meeting proved to be another enlightening and entertaining evening. Jessica Cymbalski explored the much misunderstood topic of autism in her speech, aptly named “Autism,” which gave us a broader understanding of the three different types of autism. Valleri Wilhelm humorously delighted us with her winning speech, “The Race.” Valleri described the conditioning, preparation and anxiety culminating into the excitement of watching and participating with her dog, Foxy, in the chihuahua race, in which Foxy took third in her division.

We have a great time at our “no-stress and fun” club meetings. We are educational, supportive and enjoy plenty of laughter, and we’d love to have you join us! We meet every Monday evening at 6:45 at 640 East Main St., Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). We’ll leave the door open and save you a spot!

Sierra Foothills Iris Society

The next meeting will be Tuesday at the Auburn Civic Center’s Rose Room, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, at 7 p.m. Newcomers welcome to attend at no cost, anytime and you might win an iris in our door prize drawings. For more information, visit sierra.htm or send questions to

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.

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 on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. (18:00) in the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.

If you have any questions, please call 272-5339, e-mail admin@MCL885 .org or visit

Sacramento German Genealogy Society

The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lusk Drive and St. Marks Way. St. Mark’s is located directly behind Country Club Plaza near Watt and El Camino. Marion Wolfert, AG, will be speaking on, “Making the Most of Our Visits to Archives and Libraries.”

Gra-Neva Model A Club

May has been a busy month for our members with many events to attend. The weekend of May 4-6 lured us to Clear Lake for the annual Spring Opener Meet. Those that stayed closer to home had an opportunity to display their cars at the local Railroad Museum Anniversary Celebration on May 6. May 11 saw us at Bear River High School enjoying their “Puttin’ on the Ritz” performance. At the end of the month, we will be motoring down to Sacramento on May 31, to attend the 45th annual Northern California Regional Group Roundup. The roundup is a much-anticipated four-day event, providing a myriad of activities to meet the interests of all in our nostalgic hobby.

Club meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The next meeting will be held Thursday.

All Ford Model A owners, or anyone with an interest in the hobby, are welcome to attend our meetings as guests. Membership information is available at 432-9132.

Gold Country Lions Club

The Gold Country Lions Club was chartered in April of 1976. The current membership, which is comprised of both men and women, is an even mix of active business people and retirees. Several of the members have been county judges, district attorneys, county sheriffs, superintendents of schools, and other county officers. Most of our nongovernment members have been leaders in their respective industries. The presiding president is currently David Cubitt, who will turn over the office to Mike Ferguson effective July 1.

Gold Country Lions primarily support numerous local community organizations, but also benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind, Special Olympics, Canines for Independence, Diabetes programs, Camp SignShine, and other projects supported by Lions District 4C5.

Our most recent fundraising activities have been the preparation and sales of caramel corn at the Nevada County Fair, Fourth of July, Home and Garden Show, Draft Horse Classic, and the Roamin Angels Car Show. The club also sponsors an annual Motorcycle Poker Run.

We meet weekly at noon Tuesdays for luncheon at Trolley Junction. Guest speakers are frequently featured. Membership information is available by calling evenings at 272-2749.

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday. May is “Older Americans’ Month.” To celebrate, the following entertainment will be provided: Wednesday, games; May 30, birthday celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary

A potluck and regular meeting is held the third Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. The next meeting is today at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. For more information, call 273-1612.

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary

A regular monthly meeting will be held Sunday at the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall. Social hour begins at noon; the meeting is at 1 p.m. Lunch will follow the meeting. All active duty, retired, reserve and former Navy, Marine and Coastguard members and their wives or widows are welcome. For more information, call 885-5809.

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