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Early Risers Toastmasters

Debbie Wagner gave the winning speech, “Get Off Your Rusty Dusty,” at the weekly meeting of Early Risers Toastmasters last Tuesday. She gave the club advice about starting an exercise plan. Jay Coley’s evaluation of her speech also won an award.

Mike McDaniel gave the best Table Topics mini-speech, using the word “perennial.” New President Sandia Borden invites the public to come and learn about Toastmasters.

The club meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Trolley Junction restaurant. All are welcome. Call Karen at 273-9777 for information.

Nevada County

Camera Club

This month’s meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in the Fellersen Room at Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway.

The speaker will be Nevada City fine arts photographer Steve Solinsky, who makes a livelihood from the sale of fine art photographs. With 25 years experience, he has earned a reputation as a master printmaker. He will bring many of his unique and compelling prints for display and discussion.

Our “Back to Basics” discussion this month will be on the use of various types of light meters.

Attendees can bring prints and/or slides to show and be critiqued by our speaker.

For information, call Dana at 265-1978, or e-mail

Auburn Lake of the Pines Christian Women’s Club

The Auburn Lake of the Pines Christian Women’s Club theme for the Feb. 14 meeting at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse is “Wedding Belles.” Carol Johnson of Grass Valley, a wedding coordinator with more than 15 years’ experience, will discuss wedding trends and thoughts for planning a successful wedding.

The guest speaker will be Myrna MacLaren from Sunnyvale. A former technical secretary in the aerospace industry, she will share her successful search for forgiveness, security and true love.

The cost is $11 and includes tax and tip and free child care with advance notification. Reservations for the luncheon and child care may be made by calling Joan Iverson, 885-5413, or Janet Wiseman, 268-9771. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, or the club will be charged for the lunch.

Firemen’s Breakfast Club

The Firemen’s Breakfast Club meets Feb. 7 at the Breakfast Club in Grass Valley at 10:30 a.m. Special guests will be two New York firemen who saw action at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

The men were invited by the Joe Cain Society and will ride as grand marshals in the Procession Day Parade Feb. 10 in Nevada City.

A large turnout for the breakfast meeting is expected, so reservations are mandatory. Call Nick Burgeles, 271-4940, or e-mail Curt Colagross at

Inner Wheel

Inner Wheel members gathered at the home of Claudia Edwards in December for a luncheon and Secret Pal gift exchange. The group donated generously to Sierra Services for the Blind in honor of member Jean Pearson.

The annual rummage sales held in the fall provide funds to contribute to local groups. Last year, contributions included the Grass Valley skateboard park, Manzanita House, Child Advocates, Golden Books for parents of newborns to encourage reading, and Inner Wheel Foundation, a children’s myoelectric limb project.

The members also knit baby blankets, make quilts and provide nourishment for the clients of the Maternity Health Clinic on a monthly basis.

If you have a family connection with a Rotary member, join us for lunch. Call Donna at 271-1305.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Marianne Smith, candidate for California State Senate in the 4th District, spoke before the January meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club.

She was a design engineer at Lockheed for space shuttle science missions, co-founder and manager of two successful businesses, airplane owner and pilot, and former member of the machinists’ union.

Her legislative priorities are health care, road improvements, education, labor, environment, mental health, business and affordable housing. The Democratic Women’s Club unanimously endorsed Smith’s candidacy.

Officers for 2002 were installed by the club’s founder, Debbie Lange: President Lynda Lasich, President-Elect Rachel Rue, Treasurer Michaela Merlo and Secretary Janet Reynolds.

Empire Toastmasters

Empire Toastmasters’ Jan. 11 meeting drew a full house, when the club heard from three speakers: Kirby Sechovec talked about a recurring dream he’d had about his own death, Michael Rasch shared his feelings about how best to approach sex education, and Andrea Covert educated the club herself, explaining how to give a quick, helpful evaluation of another’s speech.

Rasch was named the day’s best speaker, and Jill Caruthers-Fox won best evaluator for her evaluation of his speech. Marge Kaiser took Table Topics honors – the word of the day was “nidus.”

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 Doris Schroeder-Smith, 477-2172, or Pat Barrentine, 478-0995, for more information.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will hold its Feb. 6 meeting at the Peardale Firehouse at 1 p.m. Curtis Davidson from the Nevada County Resource Conservation District Office will speak on “Soils, Conservation and Trees.”

The Blue Star Marker has been approved and ordered. It will be installed at the Chicago Park Firehouse.

The Flower Arrangers will give a class on ikebana flower arrangements at the Peardale Firehouse on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. Bring a sack lunch. The speaker will be Sharon Thorne from the Clearlake area.

A meeting will be called for members interested in applying for state, region and national awards. For information call 273-4813. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Nevada County Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays

The first meeting of Nevada County Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Cal Fed Bank Community Room, 11751 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. All gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered members of the community, as well as all parents, family members, and friends, are welcome.

Like the national PFLAG organization with which this chapter is affiliated, the local chapter will offer support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. Confidential support group meetings will offer a nonjudgmental outlet for feelings.

The group also will educate policymakers and advocate for equal civil rights on issues including employment discrimination, laws criminalizing private, consensual sexual behavior, hate crimes and same-sex marriages.

Bear River Lioness

The Bear River Lioness, a 10-year-old organization, meets in south Nevada County near Lake of the Pines. The group is sponsored by the Higgins Diggins Lions Club and affiliated with the International Lions Clubs.

Bear River Lionesses support many community projects such as annual scholarships for Bear River graduates. There are approximately 40 members in the club, and they have social events as well as fund-raisers and community support projects.

The club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Higgins Lions Community Center, Magnolia Road and East Hacienda. For more information contact Jackie Dickie at 268-0565.

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