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Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. April 1 at the Veterans Memorial Building (back door) on South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome.

The regular question-and-answer session will be followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a program entitled “A Year with the Bees” by Jim Payson of JZsBZs, which is a video of a year’s work by a master beekeeper.

Call President Leslie Gault at 346-7092 with any questions.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Helga Rohl’s interpretive reading of “The Three Gold Hairs” held the audience spellbound and won the vote as the best of the four formal presentations at the regular Monday meeting of Mother Lode Toastmasters. Guest Brandon Roberts was voted the best Table Topics speaker of the evening, and Kevin Summers was best evaluator for his evaluation of Helga’s reading.

Donna Keith presented her first speech, the “Icebreaker,” titled “Kissed By Spirit.” Joanna Snider-Lipa entertained with her talk titled “I was a Groupie,” and Ellen Millbourne talked about “Challenge Day.” Guests Judy Nichols of Early Risers Toastmasters and Julia Robertson also participated in the Table Topics portion of the program.

Mother Lode Toastmasters meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Larry and Lena’s Pizza and Grill at Lime Kiln and Highway 49. Guest are always welcome.

Empire Toastmasters

Ironically, Kirby Sechovec won the best speaker award at Empire Toastmasters’ March 15 meeting for “And the Losers Are …,” in which he explained why he thinks the club should give up the practice of voting for best speaker. Other speakers were equestrian Jackie Mason, who showed the club “How to Ride a Horse,” and novice archer Doris Schroeder-Smith, who was right on target with “One Perfect Shot.”

Andrea Covert was voted best evaluator for her evaluation of Sechovec, and Jill Fox won Table Topics, using the word “truculent.”

Members in good standing of any area Toastmasters club can call Paul Green at 470-9136 about a discounted group rate for membership at South Yuba Club.

Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. every Friday at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome. Call Schroeder-Smith at 477-2172 or Pat Barrentine at 478-0995 for more information.

Nevada County Historical Society

The society will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City for a slide show presentation by Ellen Bowden. She is a cultural archaeologist from Sacramento and will present a slide show and discussion about the Spenceville, once a thriving copper mining town. The public is invited; refreshments will be served. For info, call 272-5154.

Beta Sigma Pi

Preceptor Nu Chi Chapter of Corning will host the Far Northern California Council of Beta Sigma Pi brunch “Passport to Polynesia” at the Pasketa Community Country Club April 6 in Pasketa.

Guest arrival and registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the coffee hour from 9 to 10 a.m. The annual Philanthropic March and business meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and the Tahitian Feast brunch will follow at noon. The current chapter Valentine Queens and Sweethearts will be recognized at the brunch.

The past FNCC presidents and rumble seat presidents will also be honored. Twenty-five- and 50-year members in attendance will be recognized with a remembrance.

A no-host gathering for members and guests will be April 5 at the Shilo Inn in Corning at 6:30 p.m.


Women’s Club

The Democratic Women’s Club will be host to its 10th anniversary luncheon April 6 at noon at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 per person and include tri-tip buffet. For information, call Rachel Rue at 272-8718.

Soroptimist International of

Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley has awarded the $1,000 Women’s Opportunity Award to Shirin Imsdahl of Grass Valley.

Imsdahl, 30, will use the cash award to complete her general education and administration of justice degrees at Sierra College. She plans to transfer to a four-year college to study criminal law and pursue a career as a probation officer or juvenile counselor. In addition to caring for her 3-year-old son, Imsdahl volunteers at the AIDS Foundation and Project Jump Start.


P.E.O. Chapter V.J. met March 1 at the home of Evelyn Krein. Election and installation of officers for year 2002 took place.

Officers are President Mary Pipkin, Vice President Joanne Taylor, Recording Secretary Catherine Obermuller, Corresponding Secretary Marilyn Bair, Treasurer Ardis Withrow, Chaplin Erla Smith, Guard Judy Bernard, delegate to the California State Convention Mary Pipkin with alternate Joanne Taylor, and Reciprocity Representative Erla Smith. The meeting was followed by a luncheon at the Lake Wildwood Country Club.

The international P.E.O. Sisterhood is dedicated to funding higher-education for women through grants and loans.

Order of the Eastern Star, Aurora No. 40

Aurora Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star, will have a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Grass Valley Masonic Center. Bring a dish of choice. Dessert and a “surprise” will follow the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting.

For transportation needs or other information, call Helen Flemming at 271-1302 or Jone Rothenberg at 273-5183.

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