Club briefs 03/17/07 |

Club briefs 03/17/07

The Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

The Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s Real Women Creative Writing Competition will honor four high school seniors at its 16th annual celebration dinner on March 26 at the Grass Valley Elks Hall. The cost to attend this event is $10 for a wonderful meal cooked by the Grass Valley Lady Elks. Our guest speaker will be Readership Editor from The Union, Dixie Redfearn. For reservations to this heart-warming event please call 273-0257 or 272-2141.

This essay competition is held annually in celebration of National Women’s History Month and is co-sponsored by the Grass Valley Lady Elks and The Union newspaper along with support from several other local businesses and individuals. The competition was open to senior students from western Nevada County public high schools. They were challenged to write about a living, local woman they admire. These high school seniors and their subjects are invited to attend this event where they will read their essays, some for the first time to the woman it is written about.

The winning essays, listed below, will be published in The Union. This year’s winners are: First place: Cristiano Montalbano who wrote about Sandra Rockman, a playwright and director. Second Place: Donna Nelson who wrote about Cindy Anderson-Meyers, an events director. Third place tie: Emily J. Switzer who wrote about Daisy Switzer, PhD, a forensic psychologist. Third place tie: Chelsea Nielsen who wrote about Alexys Nielsen, a graduate engineer. This year, three honorable mentions will also be noted. They are Kelsey M. Stauffer, who wrote about Jamie Anderson, a manager at Carl’s Jr.; Karly Wagner who wrote about Debbie Wagner, RN, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; and Jonathan A. Hyland, who wrote about Barbara Nix, business owner and volunteer. For more information, please contact Dee Eldridge at 273-0257.

DAR, Captain John Oldham Chapter

“The Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe – Past and Present” will be discussed by Don Ryberg, chairman of the TSI-AKIM Maidu Tribal Council at the March 26 meeting of the Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe includes indigenous American Indian people who have inhabited the Nevada and Plumas county regions for thousands of years.

A 501C(3) educational nonprofit organization located in Grass Valley, the tribal council is “dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of our people’s language culture, history, heritage.” The tribal Web site indicates a vision which includes acquiring a secured land base, educating tribal members and the non-American Indian community and studying the history of the tribe and all American Indian peoples.

DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. Established by an act of Congress in 1890, DAR currently has more than 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters in 50 states, the District of Columbia and 11 foreign countries. For more information about DAR, please call 274-9710.

Nevada County Historical Society

A family saga that began in 1901 in Chicago Park will be described by fruit farmer Chris Bierwagen when he appears March 29 at the monthly program meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society. His talk, titled “The History of Chicago Park,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Transportation and Railroad Museum, #5 Kidder Court, Nevada City. All parties interested in the settling and development of Nevada County are urged to attend. Admission is free.

For further program information, call William Durbrow at 265-2543 or go to the society’s Web site at

Hilltop Commons Hosts Ceremonial Luncheon

Tony Wordlow, past grandmaster of California, presented Elton Myers, 98, with his 75-year pin and plaque from the Corinthian – Hammonton Masonic Lodge #9 of Marysville. At the age of 22, he joined the lodge back in 1931. Elton moved to Grass Valley in 1989 and later moved into Hilltop Commons where he has resided for the past 10 years.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

If you weren’t at Mother Lode Toastmasters March 5 meeting, you missed out. Our gathering started off with interesting quips by our toastmaster of the evening, Joyce Peterman, and became more fun-filled with every speech. Winner for best speech was Jessica Cymbalski, who spoke about the trial and error of finding the perfect diet in her speech aptly named, To Do or Diet. Annabelle Robbins followed suite by winning best evaluator of Jessica’s speech and Glen Boire won for best table topics as he described the thrill of excitement, when he really wasn’t! Please come by, we promise you a fun filled evening. We meet every Monday evening at 6:45 at 640 East Main St., Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). We look forward to meeting you!

Empire Toastmaster

Jim Cunningham’s “The Wisdom of Not Knowing” turned out to be a farewell speech ” very touching. Shan Kendall gave a very informative presentation in “A Story of Two Milks,” which earned her the honor of best speaker of the day. George Berrier’s talk, “Clark Mountain Burros,” highlighted the plight of wild burros in the Mojave Desert who are being removed from their ancestral home. Pam Wright handled the job of Toastmaster smoothly. Guests today were Gabrielle Pullen and Sherry Everett.

We invite you to join us on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. For more information, call 271-7111.

Gra-Neva Model A Ford Club

Did you know that our local Gra-Neva Model A Club is one of the nation’s oldest clubs for this fun hobby of ours? We were chartered in June of 1960. A 47th anniversary of the founding will occur this year. However, we can’t ever compete with the longevity of our sturdy 1926-1931 automobiles, celebrating their 76th through 79th birthdays this year, still going strong and bringing smiles, tooting their distinctive “AH-OO-GAH” horns!

As spring is nearing, many fun and interesting road tours and events are in the planning. So it’s time to tune up those engines and get the safety checks attended to.

We’ll see everyone at our next meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St.; Grass Valley. Members also meet for breakfast every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at The Breakfast Club, next to Albertson’s.

Anyone interested in the Model A Ford hobby is welcome as a guest at our monthly meeting. Membership information is available by calling 432-9132.

Pioneer Arts, Inc.

There is an art club meeting the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 134 W. Main. Call 265-8468, for more information.

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary

Regular monthly meeting on Sunday at the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East Street. Social hour is at noon, meeting is at 1 p.m. Lunch to follow. All active duty, retired, reserve and former Navy, Marine and Coastguard members and their wives or widows are welcome. For information, call 885-5809.


A new college age group is starting in the community. Auxano, pronounced “aux-e-ano,” derived from a Greek word meaning to cause to grow. It is a Christ-focused group, exploring the infinite wonders our Lord possesses. It is our goal to edify and grow one another in Christ, as well as build lifelong friendships.

Auxano will be catering to the enthusiastic college age of the surrounding areas. Giving more than just an alternative hang-out, Auxano is a place to excel. Come join us; God is going to do awesome things!

Our first meeting will be March 25 at 7 p.m. at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, 11665 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. We will meet the last Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Shane Bost at 559-7929.

Nevada County Division of the Retired Teachers Association

CRTA is California’s largest organization of retired educators. Its mission is to protect and enhance the pensions and benefits of teachers. Retired teachers who live in Nevada County are urged to join the local CRTA group. For membership information, call 268-3689.

Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

The speaker at this month’s meeting is Lloyd Peterson, a water resources engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation. He will offer a wonderful presentation on the building of hand-crafted “stitch and glue” wooden kayaks. Lloyd will bring examples of these works of art, along with a slide show detailing the building process. He has also offered to answer questions on reservoir operations. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting is March 22 at Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary

There will be a potluck and regular meeting today at 1 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. The Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary holds a meeting the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call Sue Gill at 273-1612.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

The Gem and Mineral Society holds a general meeting the first Tuesday of the month (except for during July and August) at 7 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows Road. For more information, call Cliff Swenson at 272-3752.

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