Club briefs 6/23/07 |

Club briefs 6/23/07

We had a welcome surprise at our June 19 meeting: Former member Paul Green paid us a visit. It was great to have him with us again, since he now lives out of state.

Larry Lansburgh, today’s Toastmaster, was described by our General Evaluator, Karen Chileski, as “snazzy.” A very true observation!

We heard three eye-opening speeches from LeeAnn Brook, Jay Coley and Shawn Tuttle, peppered with personal determination, history and the importance of alternative, energy-saving fuels. Special thanks to Jay for stepping in at the last minute – and congratulations to LeeAnn for winning today’s ‘outstanding speaker’ trophy. Congratulations to Katie Bennett, as well, for her trophy-winning evaluation.

Since so many of us are animal lovers, Paula Gleicher’s dog was the inspiration for the table topics section she led. The word of the day was ‘exuberance’ – and all the questions she asked focused on pets. In table topics, we learn to speak extemporaneously, responding to questions with answers that may or may not be true, while incorporating the word of the day. It encourages us to be spontaneous, smooth speakers. Anne King told us a very funny story about her dear dog, Max, and walked off with the table topics trophy.

Laughing our way through the learning process is what Toastmasters is all about. Why not join us at 6:30 a.m., next Tuesday, at Trolley Junction for breakfast and a warm welcome? As a guest, you never have to speak, yet you have the chance to see how Toastmasters could help develop your own communication skills. For further details, phone 273-9777.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild annual quilt show was a terrific success on May 5 and 6. Jeri Hansen was the lucky winner of our 2007 Opportunity Quilt. Congratulations Jeri! A huge thank you to Sugar Pine Quilt Shop, Betty’s Toy Box and Howell’s Vac and Sew for the sponsorship of the tickets.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild meets at 6:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of the month during the school year, at Hennessy School on South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Visitors are always welcome.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Preserving heritage through quilt making was demonstrated by Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) member Sharlene Dorville recently at a chapter meeting held at Alta Sierra Country Club.

Longtime member and Past Regent of Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, Betty Ponte rescued 90 old individually sewn quilt scraps, made by her daughter’s mother-in-law during her long life. These scraps were made from the various materials that interwove the family’s life over the years, including tie fabric, burlap, cotton clothing and pieces of dresses she wore to church. Not knowing what to do with this box of quilt scraps, Betty Ponte mentioned it at a DAR meeting. Sharlene Dorville, who is also a member of the Nevada County Pine Tree Quilt Guild, took the scraps home and three months later brought back a beautiful finished quilt which will be given as a surprise to Betty Ponte’s granddaughter on her upcoming twenty first birthday.

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

Sacramento German Genealogy Society

The next SGGS meeting will be held June 26, with presenter Pamela Boyer Porter, CG, CGL. Ms. Porter will speak on “Some Real Research Sites on the Internet.” Ms. Porter was so well received by our members in July 2006 that we quick-like-lightening signed her up for another presentation in 2007. Recognizing that new information becomes available every day on the Internet, Pamela Porter will explain how to ignore undocumented material and go to the sites that offer high-powered information – in other words, some real Internet sites. Author of the book Online Roots, she has been a regular speaker at FGS conferences since 1999 and NGS conferences since 1997.

SGGS monthly meetings are held at 1 p.m. in St. Mark’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Lusk Drive and St. Marks Way. St. Mark’s is located directly behind Country Club Plaza near Watt and El Camino, Sacramento. For more information about SGGS, visit

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday: June 27, Birthday Celebration; July 4, Gold Country Community Center closed; July 11, “Razzle Dazzle” – Children’s Dance Group; July 18, Patsy Hannebrink Ð Accordion Player; July 25, Birthday Celebration; Aug. 1, 8, 15, County Fair – Center closed; Aug. 29, Birthday Celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Sierra Foothills Iris Society

The next monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 26, at the Auburn Civic Center’s Rose Room, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. This month’s program was very popular last year as many people want to know “How to Dig and Divide Your Iris.” Bring all your questions. No cost to attend.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

Join the Sierra Canoe and Kayak Club on Thursday, June 28, for a program entitled ” Safety on the Water.” Our guest speaker will be Deputy Philip Easley of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Boating Division. He will give a presentation on boating safety, rescue and the “rules of the road” for our kayaking adventures on the water. A question and answer period will follow the presentation, along with handouts. The meeting will be held at Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; meeting follows at 7 p.m. The general public is welcome.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

The next meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library. Contact Leo Martinez, president, at 273-2628, for additional information.

Craft Sale and Youth Club

The Grass Valley Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road, will host a community event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23. There will be a bounce house, cotton candy, snow cones, hamburgers, hot dogs and lots of fun.

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