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Camera Club

The Nevada County Camera Club will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the county superintendent of schools office in Nevada City. Carol Leigh will speak on “Photography of Animals – How To Get a Good One.” She and her husband lead photography tours and conduct workshops.

“Back to Basics” discussion will be on film formats. Bring prints and/or slides to show and have them critiqued by the speaker. New members are welcome. For information, call Dana at 265-1978 or e-mail

Early Risers Toastmasters

Jim Lewis was selected as best evaluator for his evaluation of Gary Peterman’s speech, “Senior Citizen Myths,” at the Early Risers Toastmasters evaluation contest. Annabelle Loucks’ evaluation was second, and LeeAnn Brook’s was third. Peterman, from Mother Lode Toastmasters, was the guest speaker for the five contestants to test their evaluation skills.

Early Risers meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Cafe in Nevada City. Guests are welcomed. Call Karen 293-9777 for more information.

Sierra Writers

The deadline for high school students to enter the Sierra Writers second annual Teen Short Fiction Contest is April 1.

The contest is open to all 15- to 19-year-olds living or attending schools in Nevada County. Teens may enter short stories that are 2,000 words or less. First prize is $100, second prize $75 and third prize $50.

Entry forms and rules are on the Sierra Writers’ Web site at All entries must be postmarked by April 1. Winners will be announced May 1.

For more information, contact Phyllis Warady at 272-3509 or e-mail

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley has awarded Meghan Mayhood the $2,000 Ceec Abrahams Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to a college junior or senior pursuing a career of service for the betterment of people, especially women. Mayhood is a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School and is a communication major and biochemistry minor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She plans to attend medical school.

In August, Mayhood joined Dr. Scott Kellerman, a longtime Nevada City travel medicine specialist and general practitioner, in Uganda to work with the Batwa pygmies cleaning wounds and distributing antibiotics.

Mayhood will receive her scholarship at the Sierra Nevada region conference in Sacramento on April 27.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Firefighter Kevin Summers walked away with the best speaker award at the Monday meeting. Summers talked about his love of cooking in his speech “In the Kitchen.” Jim Myers gave advice on how to start a business, and Heather Peterman entertained the group with a humorous talk entitled “1,167 Miles in Five Days.”

Gary Peterman, the recent winner of the area level of the international speech contest in Nevada City, was honored as the best evaluator for his constructive advice to Summers.

Marjorie Quist was awarded the best Table Topics speaker’s trophy for her response to the question “If I had a year to live I’d …?” Donna Keith was inducted as a new member.

Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Robert Rasch at 274-8323 or Mary Ann Smith at 265-5381.

Soroptimist International of

Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City presents its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seaman Lodge in Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Salads and desserts at noon are included. Tickets are $15.

Proceeds benefit the Nevada County Substance Abuse Program’s Hope House and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.

For more information, call Martha Wasley at 273-6273.

National Association of Women Writers

The National Association of Women Writers is open to all women regardless of their writing experience. Its mission is to support, encourage, motivate, entertain, and teach each other concerning the written word.

NAWW was founded in February 1991 and is headquartered in Arlington, Texas.

“Being a part of a women’s writing network helps us to stretch our capabilities and write with joy and confidence,” said Pat Cuellar, NAWW regional representative.

The association offers links to free-lance writing Web sites and information on publishing, conferences and workshops. To learn more about NAWW, go to

Empire Toastmasters

Pat Barrentine won the best speaker award for her talk on “How to Be a Distinguished Club” at the March 8 meeting. Titus Roth spoke about “Esse” – the circular, rhythmical patterns and essence of life. Terri Bianco won the best evaluator award for her evaluation of Roth’s speech, and Jill Fox described her past life as a caveman to take top honors in Table Topics. Kirby Sechovec was Toastmaster of the meeting.

Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Fridays at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome.

Call Doris Schroeder-Smith at 477-2172 or Barrentine at 478-0995 for more information.

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