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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. Established by congress in 1937, our charter is to aid and rendering assistance to all Marines, former Marines, their widows and orphans. We make ourselves visible to the community by participating in public observances on the anniversaries of historical occasions that are of particular interest to Marines.

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. Our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 219 N. Pine Street, Nevada City; come and join us. Remember, “Once a Marine, always a Marine!”

If you have any questions, please call 272-5339, e-mail or visit

American Legion Post 130

The American Legion Post 130 will hold a baked ham dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn Street. The lounge opens at 5 p.m. For more information, call 273-3157.

American Association of University Women

The Nevada County Branch of the American Association of University Women recently named Carolyn Standley as the 2007 recipient of the Edi Silverman Community Service Award. This award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by a branch member. It was named for its first recipient, Edi Silverman. In 2004, Marion Becker was so honored, followed by Zaida Petievich in 2005, and Madelyn Helling in 2006.

Standley served on several committees, founded by AAUW, to assist persons in need in the community. She served as a tutor, visited and helped with a blind senior citizen’s household duties and took people to medical appointments, to mention a few of her services. At the same time, she was an active member in the AAUW Nevada County Branch, serving as co-president in l999.

For additional information regarding AAUW, call information line 470-9395.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women held its monthly meeting June 20 at Jim E’s Catering on West Main Street in Grass Valley. Our guest speaker was Sheriff Keith Royal, who addressed the issue of identify theft. He reminded us of the importance of locking our homes and our cars. Also, he said any documents that have our identifying numbers on them should be shredded. Stolen mail from outgoing mail in curbside mailboxes has resulted in identity theft. Sheriff Keith Royal suggested that folks mail bills in designated post office mailboxes.

NMBPW next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Jim E’s Catering. The speaker will be Shawn Tuttle of Project Simplify.

For more information about Northern Mines Business and Professional Women contact Laurel Knapp at 273-8988 or Marty Austin at 265-4432.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Ever wondered what Vincent Van Gough’s mother thought about her eccentric son’s art? Susie Steinbarth enlightened at our June 26 us in her trophy-winning speech called, “Remembering Joanna.” Ever wondered what on earth is in our earth? Monte Christie shared his expertise – and we will never again look at soil as simply dirt again! U.S. Hotel B&B owner Katie Bennett gave us the real lowdown on the much-publicized ghosts that frequent her hotel.

Our three superb speeches were followed by three very helpful evaluations from Robert Stelson, Lauren Bennett and today’s winner, LeeAnn Brook. Connie Suddath claimed the trophy for outstanding table topics. We also welcomed guests Sarah Lansburgh and Sue Robertson. We’d like to welcome you as a guest too. How about at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trolley Junction? Besides a great breakfast, you can expect a warm welcome, exceptional speeches, vital feedback and lots of fun. Guests never have to speak, so relax and see if Toastmasters is for you. For further details, phone 273-9777.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Our annual barbecue and installation of officers was June 18. Jessica, Olaf and Piotr Cymbalski hosted the meeting at their home. We feasted on mouth-watering prime rib, an array of salads, hot dishes and desserts and a good time was had by all. Our new slate of officers for the 2007-08 year is: Valleri Wilhelm, president; Imantz Kaupe, vice president education; Ginger Kane, vice president membership; Deborah Meadows, vice president public relations; Linda Couper, secretary; Annabelle Robbins, treasurer; Karen Schwartz, sergeant at arms. We also initiated a new member, Denise Monsoor.

We meet at 6:45 p.m. every Monday evening at 640 East Main Street, Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). We look forward to meeting you!

Historic Preservation Committee, ‘Save the Window’ branch

The professional report on the state of the historic O’Connor window in St. Joseph’s has arrived. No immediate action is necessary as the window, despite being 114 years old, is in quite good condition. A protective covering of acrylic or laminated glass will be decided on. However, in five to 15 years, we will need a lot of money, so we have to start raising those funds now. The window men feel the window-wall should be secured first. The next step is to take up some boards under the window to evaluate the state of the foundation, and proceed from there.

The garden has been cleaned-up, but no maintenance was done June 2 at the HPC Garden Clean-Up Day. The hedges and roses are in dire need of trimming. The plan is to do the hedges in the winter so they won’t get burned. The garden could use some help. Joseph said the garden is open from time to time. The tall green gates on Church Street are unlocked, but one must push them open to go into the garden. If anyone is interested in some quiet time in the garden, phone Joseph first at 272-4725.

The front stairs are also in bad shape and need love, help and money. The plan is to water-blast, repair scrape, sand, seal and paint – a huge undertaking.

Joan Dayton is continuing to research groups to whom her group will spread the word about “historic jewels in our midst.”

Joanna Newsom’s concert was a sellout, raising over $6,000 for HPC.

The next meeting of the “Save the Window” branch of HPC is scheduled for July l8.

Americans for Constitutional Integrity

ACI will hold its next bi-monthly meeting (held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month) at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Peace Center on Argall Way, across from the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. For more information, contact

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday: July 4, Gold Country Community Center closed; July 11, “Razzle Dazzle” – Children’s Dance Group. For more information, call 273-4961.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m., the first and third Thursday of every month, at the NID headquarters building in the old boardroom. Members discuss philatelic information. Meeting are open to the general public. For more information, call Jens at 272-3870.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Members of Soroptimist International of Nevada City held its installation of officers dinner June 2 at the home of member Kate Richiger. Incoming officers are Susie Fatheree and Kate Richiger as co-presidents; Joanne Hillmann as vice president; Betty Gannon as secretary; Joan Beard as treasurer; Ursula MacAlpine as delegate; and Donna Hauck as director. Officers will serve from July 1 until June 30, 2008.

Scholarships are a major part of our club. Annually, a scholarship is given to a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17, who has given of her time by volunteering in our community, to a graduating senior in high school who will be going on to college to study in the vocational field and to a woman, who is returning to school so that she can reenter the workforce because she finds herself the sole supporter of her family. Some of the local organizations that have received help from Nevada City Soroptimist include: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, Emergency Assistance Coalition, Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Lutz Day Care Center, the local Food Banks, Friendship Club, Pal Program, NC Kids Fun Run, Ronald McDonald House, high school Grad Nights, Angel Tree Camping program, Linus Blanket Project, Women of Worth and many more.

The Nevada City Soroptimist meets at noon every Wednesday, September through June, at Citizens Restaurant, in downtown Nevada City. For membership information, contact Susie Fatheree at 268-2328 or Kate Richiger at 271-0898.

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