Club briefs 5/26/07 |

Club briefs 5/26/07

Historic Preservation Committee

The news that the O’Connor Window at St. Joseph’s is in better condition than anticipated was discussed at the last meeting of the “Save the Window” branch of the Historic Preservation Committee. A plan to protect it from the elements with a permanent layer of glass is being considered. Recently, Cliff Brown, engineer Huber and the Gold Country Termite Control inspected the foundation of the chapel, but were unable to reach the foundation under the window because of limited crawl space. This will have to be done by removing some floorboards in the attached store room under the window. They also checked the front stairs, which badly need work.

June 2 is the date the Historic Preservation Committee has set for the garden clean up. The plan is to unlock the gates and have the garden open to the public during the day, starting in June. Joan Dayton is starting a speakers group to make the community more aware of the history and important historic buildings of the area. Julie Cobden announced that the next fundraiser for HPC will be a concert with Madame and the Mustache, Aaron Ross, and Joanna Newsom tonight at St. Joseph’s.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Most of us cringe at the thought of being asked to “fill in” without notice. Since one speaker had to cancel at the last minute that’s what Anne King volunteered to do at our May 22 meeting. Bold, brave, and totally what Toastmasters is about, she told us a funny story about riding our local buses to celebrate her daughter’s fifth birthday. Anne, an award-winning, veteran Toastmaster also scooped today’s outstanding speaker trophy.

She was up against stiff competition too: Ruth Schwartz and Katie Bennett. Suzie Steinbarth won for her outstanding evaluation and Connie Suddath won for her heartfelt and humorous Table Topics presentation.

We welcomed frequent guest Sierra Mora and first-time guest Heino Nicolai. Karen Chileski was a professional Toastmaster of the day who handled last-minute glitches with flawless finesse.

What areas of your speaking and communication skills would you like to improve? Join us on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 for breakfast at Trolley Junction, and find out how Toastmasters can help. As a guest, you never have to speak. For more information, call 273-9777.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter members, Regent Beverly Moncrieff, Past Regents Betty Ponte, Gloria Gibbel and Karen Keasbey, and member of the California DAR State Chorus Virginia Heller just returned from Northern Council, California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, held in Fresno throughout the weekend of May 18 and 19.

During spring and fall, the council meets in different districts of Northern California to bring the latest information about activities of the national and state organization to California chapters. At this meeting, members heard about the latest cutting edge information about “DNA, DAR and Genealogy.”

California’s own Linda Calvin, a candidate for the national office of president general, presented a program, “Appreciating the Past, Looking to the Future,” in which she noted the many famous women in history as well as current day who have been, and currently are, members of DAR, including Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Grandma Moses, Clara Booth Luce, Lillian Gish, Jean MacArthur (wife of General Douglas MacArthur), Janet Reno and many president’s wives, including both Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.

For information about DAR, please call 274-9710.

Raub wins Lake Wildwood Music Scholarship Award

It is with great pleasure that the Lake Wildwood Community Relations Committee announces the recipient of the Haggerty-Miller Music Scholarship, awarded each year to a graduating senior who is not only an outstanding student but also advances the jazz idiom with his or her musical interest and ability.

Charles Raub’s academic and civic accomplishments extend back to this pre-high school experience and have not lagged to date, according to Michelene B. Landseadel, his high school AP English instructor. In 1999 and 2000, he received an award for Scholastic Achievement from state legislator Sam Aanestad. In 2000, he was inducted as a member of the American College of Musicians. Raub has even received the President’s Education Award, from both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. By 2005, he helped organize the Williams’ Family Fundraiser and in 2006 he was an organizer for Evening for the Arts in Grass Valley. In the meantime, he competed in a variety of math events, including the Stanford State Math competition (2006) and the American League of Mathematics competition (also in 2006) while still maintaining a high grade point average of 3.68 in his junior year. According to Dee Skillman, a retired high school teacher and close family friend, Charles is a quiet, unassuming young man until he gets close to a piano. Then he comes alive and plays his heart out. He is a creative pianist and shows a true love of music. He now plays guitar solos as well as piano solos in a jazz group he is in, even helping out by playing drums when needed.

The award presentation will be made June 6 at Nevada Union High School. The scholarship fund and the working budget for the Community Relations Committee is generated by receipts from Jazz at the Cedar Concerts held at Lake Wildwood.

Nevada County Historical Society

The Nevada County Historical Society will present a lecture and slideshow about the “Great Car Race to Tahoe Tavern” and “Local Mines Then and Now,” May 31 at the Railroad Museum in Nevada City.

The lecture, part of an ongoing monthly series, will be narrated by Vince Seck and Dave McKeen, playing George Starr of the Empire Mine and Arthur B. Foote of the Northstar Mine, respectively. The presentation about the area’s local mines “Then and Now” by Jim Sindt will immediately follow.

The lecture is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. The Railroad Museum is located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City. The Nevada County Historical Society features free presentations about local history the last Thursday of every month at the Railroad Museum. For more information, go to

North Gold Country Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association

Members of the North Gold Country Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association will host the third annual All Greek potluck luncheon June 6 at the home of Judy Kinney, Delta Gamma, in Alta Sierra. All women affiliated with national Greek sororities are welcome at the 11 a.m. informal gathering. Please call Sue Hughes at 432-2531 for reservations by June 1. If you would like an invitation mailed to an alumnae friend, call Julie Barker at 477-5707.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

We had another enlightening and entertaining evening at our May 14 meeting. Our guest speaker, Eric Couper, presented his senior project speech titled, “Architecture.” We then gave a group evaluation with helpful comments and encouraging words. We wish you the best Eric! Joyce Peterman spoke to us about children, “Our Most Valuable Asset,” and what we as a community can do to support our children. We are educational, supportive and enjoy plenty of laughter. Check us out at or, better yet, 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).

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club recently awarded the Annette Gillett Scholarship for 2007 to Jennifer Pierce, a senior at Nevada Union High School. Jennifer wrote the winning essay on the “Importance of the Checks and Balance System.”

Ms. Pierce is an outstanding student who has won numerous award for academic excellence. She is exceptionally well-rounded as her school activities have included music (she is an accomplished violinist and singer) as well as athletics and student government. Her teachers applaud her curiosity and independent thinking. Ms. Pierce has also found time for significant community service as well and is organizing a benefit for doctors without boarders this coming Wednesday. She has also traveled to Guatemala as an active member of Friends International.

The scholarship was named to memorialize Annette Gillett, a Native American, life-long Democrat and charter member of the Democratic Women’s Club, who lived to be 100 years old. A former school teacher, Ms. Gillett sponsored many college-bound students in her life and would be proud of Jennifer for winning this scholarship.

The Democratic Women’s Club meets the first Saturday of each month at the Holbrooke Hotel. The club works tirelessly for candidates and voter registration. For information, call President Mona Matthias at 477-8034.

Empire Toastmasters

We had scintillating speakers at our last meeting. Holly Beardsley kept us on edge with her speech, “Change Your Beliefs – Change Your Life.” Jacob Griscom instructed us and entertained us with his talk, “Remembering That You Matter,” a real lesson in assertiveness in interpersonal communication. New member Gabrielle Pullen pulled it all together with her ice breaker speech titled “Integration.”

Table Topics Master Jeree Waller got everyone involved in a series of impromptu responses to a variety of situations using the word of the day “synchronicity.” Lots of fun!

Come join us at 1 p.m. on Fridays at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Hone your public speaking skills, or get over your fear of public speaking. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call 272-7111.

Roamin Angels Car Club

Car shows are normally events where the public attends and trophies or prizes are awarded. The Roamin Angels Car Club did it differently. For the third year in a row, they put on a private car show for the residents of Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital where the only prizes are the looks in the eyes of the people when they see the cars. For many of the residents, it was a tour down memory lane as they saw familiar cars. Some spoke of having similar ones themselves years ago. In all, there were 12 cars and a motorcycle for them to see. After a lunch provided by Golden Empire, the Roamin Angels left with a check for $150 from Golden Empire for their scholarship fund for local students going into automotive related fields of study.

Chicago Park Garden Club

Members of the Club enjoyed a private tour of the North Star House and gardens on Thursday, May 10. The house was one of the earliest designs by Julia Morgan, the foremost female architect of the 20th century. Of particular interest were the heritage roses, some of them blooming for the first time since the property has been in the hands of the Nevada County Land Trust.

The next meeting of the Chicago Park Garden Club will be a noon luncheon May 30 at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Colfax Highway. Myrtle Findley, past director of the Golden Foothills District, will conduct an installation of officers for the 2007-2008 club year. Visitors are welcome to attend. The arrangers group will meet at 10 a.m. that day to decorate for the event.

The club is sponsoring a free flower arranging course for juniors ages 6 through 17 on June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Please call Ann Wallace at 265-8210, for more information or pick up a flyer in the office at the Fairgrounds.

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday: May 30, birthday celebration; June 6, “Breath Works” with Nancy Swayze; June 13, Alpine German Folk Dancers; June 20, “Dos Amigos”; June 27, Birthday Celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

The next club meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 29 in Madelyn Helling Library’s Community Room, Nevada City. Contact Club President Leo Martinez at 273-2628 for additional information.

Golden Empire Sams Club

The club visited Bill and Loni Browning’s ranch May 13. Bill took the group on a hay ride, which was lots of fun. The club also took an interesting trip to South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport for a picnic lunch. Five couples attended the Samboree in Lodi from May 3 through May 6.

The club’s next outing will be from June 11 through June 14 at Sugar Barge R.V. Park and Marina, Bethel Island.

If you are looking for a friendly group of campers, give our wagonmaster a call at 272-4360.

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