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Michael Stone won the best speaker award at Empire Toastmasters’ Aug. 2 meeting for “Lost and Found.”

The club also heard from Dawa Fitzmaurice (“Fitzmaurice Rants in the Words of P.G. Wodehouse”) and Chris Scammon, who delivered an impromptu “pocket” speech.

Darshano Terrill won Table Topics, using the word of the day, “plenitude.” Michael Askins led the meeting as Toastmaster.

Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. every Friday at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley.

The meeting room is on Maltman Drive. Guests are always welcome.

Call Doris Schroeder-Smith, 477-2172, or Sylvia Jordan, 477-0401, for more information.

Forest Springs

Travel Club

Forest Springs Travel Club has announced that starting next year, all international and domestic tours that include airfare will be guaranteed departures.

This change in club policy will mean less chance of a tour being canceled.

For information on which tours are affected, contact Anne Miranda, 273-3494, or e-mail

Mother Lode


Mel Burris, one of Toastmasters’ members with the most life experiences, walked away with the best speaker of the evening trophy recently for his talk titled “Songs of Love and War.”

Burris entertained with poems and songs mainly from World War I.

Guest Brenda Nelson was voted the best impromptu speaker. Ellen Milbourn was voted the best evaluator by the rest of the group.

Mother Lode Toastmasters is open to everyone who wants to improve their communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Join the group at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Lutz Center Adult Day Services.

Nevada County



Authors Chriss Enss and JoAnn Chartier will discuss their latest book, “Love Untamed, Romances of the Old West,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the next meeting of the Nevada County Genealogical Society.

The book describes the secret love lives of Old West characters such as Doc Holiday, Kate Elder, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

The meeting is at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

For additional information, call Bruce Bolinger at 273-6442.

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