This speaking bug is really catching on. Today we welcomed five guests – Howard Loyd, John Newland, Michelene Bowman, Shawn Tuttle and Pat Hills … thank you for enhancing our meeting, and please come back.

Karen Chileski did a superb job as toastmaster and introduced three riveting speeches. Deborah Mower’s speech was “Please, Don’t Use the E Word” – all about nutrition and healthful eating habits instead of diets. Rani Schaffer spoke on “Safety Does Not Happen by Accident,” and today’s winner of the outstanding speaker trophy went to Suzie Steinbarth, who told us, “All You Need is Shoes” – an inspirational speech about how good walking is for you.

LeeAnn Brook won the best evaluator trophy, and her daughter, new member Kelsey Kenna, was inducted.

Join us at an Early Risers Toastmasters meeting every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at Trolley Junction in Nevada City. As a guest, you never have to speak. For more information, call 273-9777.

Gold Country LeTip

Gold Country LeTip, a business networking organization, meets weekly at The Holbrooke Hotel to exchange authentic business leads. Each month the members who bring in the most tips are recognized for their contribution to the success of the members. The Top Tippers for the month of February were Tana Lingvall, Weekenders Clothing, Nikki Granholm, Arrow Business Solutions, Lory Cannon, Nail Technician, The Look and Cindy Chamberlain, Landscape Maintenance. For more information call 265-9419 or e-mail

Mother Lode Toastmasters

The Mother Lode Toastmaster meeting on Monday, March 7, three individuals presented speeches. Deborah Meadows spoke of “Free Money” that is available for college grants and scholarships.

The second speaker, Jessica Cymbalski, spoke of “Time: Friend and Foe” detailing various time management techniques. And the third speaker, Annabelle Robbins, presented a speech entitled “Unwritten Rules” which detailed and reinforced the various responsibilities for each job during a Toastmaster meeting. Jessica was voted the speaker who best met the objectives of the speech. During the evaluation, or instant feedback, part of the meeting, Joyce Peterman, Mary Ann MacDonald and Gary Peterman presented oral evaluations for each of the speakers; what they did correctly and some areas that require some improvement.

And the final phase of the meeting, the Table Topics, or impromptu speaking Glen Boire was voted best Table Topics responding to the question “why I should buy Ladies Home Journal.” The next Mother Lode Toastmasters meeting will be Monday at 6:45 p.m. at 640 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information call Linda at 273-9607.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County will meet at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Members will chose from two luncheon choices, cashew chicken over rice or glazed ham with scalloped potatoes. Both will include salad, rolls, beverage and dessert. The cost is $16.

Our program this month features The Children’s Theater of Nevada County, performing in scenes from their production of “Beauty and the Beast,” under the direction of Paulette Rudolph.

Members are reminded to mark their calendars for April’s Spring Fashion Show.

Luncheon theme “Beyond the Berry Patch,” scheduled April 17. This annual event will be held at the Lake Wildwood Country Club.

For more information call 265-0738 or 274-2667.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

BWP/Northern Mines member, Dolores “Dee” Eldridge, vice president Legislation/Public Policy for the California Federation of Business and Professional Women joined more than 200 working women nationwide, in attending the Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA) 2005 Policy Action Conference held in February at the Wyndham Washington on Capitol Hill. The aim of the Conference was to lobby Congress on key issues affecting women and to attend campaign skills workshops to learn how to elect more women to public office, or get elected themselves.

Women from across the country took time from their jobs, families and busy lives to come to the nation’s Capitol to talk with their congressional representatives about issues they feel are vital to all women in the United States and working women in particular. Key issues that BPW/USA members will be addressing this year include Social Security, long-term care and retirement security.

For more information call the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women at 273-0257.

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