Saturday, March 10, 2007 Club briefs |

Saturday, March 10, 2007 Club briefs

Gold Country Stamp club

There will be a regular meeting in the N.I.D. Old Boardroom on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 272-8684. Guests are welcome.

Italian American Club

There will be a meeting and social at the Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Rd. on Tuesday, March 20. For more information, call Don at 477-9351.

Nevada Country Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting of the “Rock Hounds” will be held at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Rd. on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Cliff at 272-3752.

Peace Center Monthly Meeting

The Peace Center’s monthly meeting is forum where the center decides to focus its energy. If you have ideas about what issues the Peace Center should be tackling, attend their monthly meeting. The monthly meeting will be discussing topics, such as: A Season for Nonviolence and Counter Recruitment. Come and share your thoughts – be the change you wish to see in the world. The Peace Center office is located at 102B Argall Way, Nevada City. For more information, call 478-0699.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

There will be a regular meeting at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 S. Auburn St. on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Lounge opens at 1 p.m. For more information, call Wilma Meyers at 273-3157.

Empire Toastmasters Meeting

On March 2, the Toastmasters had three guests, Diane DiLeo, Sherry Everett and Gabrielle Pullen. President Jacob Griscom’s question of the day, “What flower do you relate to this time of year?” evoked a variety of responses, from daphne to roses to daffodils. Jill Fox spoke on “Going Beyond Our Club” which invited audience participation. Shan Kendall was chosen Best Table Topics speaker for her impromptu speech, using the word of the day “nappy.”

Guests are always welcome and are not obligated to speak. If you want to sharpen your public speaking skills, or just listen in, come to the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City on Friday at 1 p.m. For more information, call 271-7111.

Friday evening, March 2, was an action-packed night for our local Toastmasters clubs. The Area 64 International Speech & Evaluation Contests were held at the beautiful main hall at Highgate Senior Living. Connie Suddath called the meeting to order with a dynamic opening.

International Speech Toastmaster, Shawn Tuttle, introduced the three contestants: George Berrier, Glen Boire and Courtney Ferguson. Under the auspices of Chief Judge Ginger Kane, Contest Chair Richard Bannister and Courtney Ferguson was declared the winner. She will go on to the Division level in Roseville in April.

Jessica Cymbalski was Toastmaster for the Evaluation Contest, introducing model speaker Ted Richard, the Division A Governor. Janis Aydelott, Jacob Griscom and Marjorie Quist evaluated Richard’s speech, giving him encouragement and ways to improve. Jacob Griscom’s award-winning evaluation means he will also compete at the Division level.

Captain John Oldham Chapter of DAR

Eight members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are currently attending the 99th California State DAR Conference being held from March 8-11 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Regent Beverly Moncrieff, Betty Delaney, Virginia Heller, Karen Keasbey, Nancy McClellan, Sue Olander, Betty Ponte and Christen Wise traveled to Southern California. All will serve as delegates to the conference.

The conference includes an opening night speaker, Rev. Louis V. Carlson, Jr. speaking about “Our Patriot Heritage -A Summons to Service” and a national defense luncheon featuring Joseph J. Perez, Jr. speaking about the “Evolution of the Secret Service – My 30-year Perspective.” For more information about DAR, please call 274-9710.

Honored with the DAR Good Citizen’s Award at a recent meeting were high school students Hayley Loehr, from Bear River High School and Sally Hermanson, from Nevada Union High School. The award included a $250 scholarship to each winner.

Hermanson is an honor student at Nevada Union, an athlete, a class officer and Key Club president who has been named to “Who’s Who of High School Students.” She has participated in leadership training and has led fundraising efforts to benefit the needy. She has been active in mentoring programs, as a tutor and Link Leader, helping freshmen adjust to school. Her academic strengths and interest lie primarily in math and science, and her goal is to attend a four-year college in California to pursue aerospace engineering.

Loehr has been Miss Teen Grass Valley and Homecoming Queen at Bear River High School, in addition to her strong academic achievement, participation in sports and student body leadership. She has been active in the Future Farmers of America raising stock for competition at the fair and placing in competition at the sectional, regional and state levels in parliamentary procedure, sales and showmanship. Loehr would like to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study Ad Business and Marketing.

American Association of University Women

The AAUW will celebrate Women’s History Month on March l7 at the general meeting. Program Chair, Darlene Paulsen, has put together a program about four women who wielded influence in various fields in Nevada County. The women are Mary Hallock Foot, who exerted influence in arts and music; Sarah Keder Clark, the first president of Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad; Mary Martin Goyne, an artist and Ellen Sargent, who fought for women’s voting rights. AAUW performers will bring life to these women and their gifts to the County.

President Teri McConnell will discuss the progress to date on the Branch’s 7th annual Antique Appraisal Faire on April 2l. Over l2 local antique experts will be on hand as appraisers. All proceeds will benefit Educational Foundation fellowships for advanced degrees for women, community project grants and local scholarships for girls. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley. Guests are welcome. For information, call 272-7604.

Nevada County Chapter of Marriage Equality USA

The Nevada County Chapter of Marriage Equality USA will be having a potluck at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the home of Chapter Leader, Christine Allen at 129 Independence Court, Grass Valley. Call 272-1535 for driving directions, or e-mail Bring a supper dish to share and a beverage. The local Web site is meusa/chapters.shtml?chapter=CA-Nevada.

Gold Country Sheep Producers Association

The revitalized Gold Country Sheep Producers Association will hold its first general membership meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 6365 Douglas Blvd., in Granite Bay. Directions: Exit I-80 on Douglas Boulevard (East), continue on Douglas Boulevard for 4.7 miles, turn left into the church parking lot.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS)

One of the most frequent questions heard from German-ancestor searchers pertains to the problem of how one goes about contacting researchers, clergy, archivists, and others in Europe. SGGS will address these questions at their March 27 meeting at 1 p.m. Dr. Minert, a widely recognized expert, will explain how to initiate contacts, dispel some misconceptions about the process, and articulate the specific details of various possible means of communication.

A professor of German family history at Brigham Young University in Utah, Dr. Minert served for many years as a professional researcher in German family history. A popular speaker, Minert has spoken at many SGGS events. Accredited for research in Germany and Austria, he has logged more than 1,000 hours in European archives.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society is having their Annual Spring Seminar: Lost and Found – Your German Ancestors.

The speaker will be John T. Humphrey. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., April 28, at the Carmichael Park Community Center, 5750 Grant Ave. in Carmichael. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. 782-5704.

Early Toastmasters

Diane Di Leo and Robert Stelson were our welcome guests, as Toastmaster of the day,Connie Suddath, ran a lively meeting full of variety, information and laughter. She introduced our three speakers: Ruth Schwartz, Larry Lansburgh and Lori Burkart-Frank.

Their respective speech titles were ‘The Ill-informed Walrus’ … ‘Lessons in the Rainforest’ … and ‘Moments of Truth’. Larry Lansburgh was voted the outstanding speaker of the day – and his evaluator, Jay Coley, was voted outstanding evaluator for his constructive, creative critique. The table topics word of the day was erudite – and Vanessa Smith’s impromptu talk won her the table topics trophy.

If it’s time to develop your communication and leadership skills, why not come as a guest?

Meeting are held every Tuesday morning at 6:30 sharp for breakfast at Trolley Junction. As a guest, you never have to speak. Phone 273-9777 for further details.

Nevada County Fencing Club

The Nevada County Fencing Club will offer its spring session beginning Monday at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, in the main auditorium. The 8-week session is open to ages 12 or older and meets Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., with the Intermediate/ Advanced class meeting from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.. Equipment is provided. Cost is $7.50 per class, space is limited. For more information, call the instructor, Dr. Woodhall, at 432-1750.

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