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Penn Valley Hi

Graders Lions

The club was host to District 4-C5 Gov. Rich DeCuir and his wife, Bernadette, at its Oct. 24 dinner meeting.

Also present were Vice District Gov. Sue Still and her husband, District Secretary Doug Kraft, Golden Empire zone chairman Vincent Macias, and Past Zone chairman Mike Steigh and his wife.

DeCuir outlined the district’s goals and program for next year, and presented a 100 percent Club Award to the Hi Graders for the year 2001-02.

He also presented 100 percent Secretary and 100 percent President awards to Rita Zimmerman and Ed Morrison for the same period.

For information about Hi Grader activities, call 432-1093

League of Women

Voters of Western

Nevada County

The league will hold a membership program Nov. 9 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The program will feature Lynn Jefferson, chairwoman of the Alzheimer’s Council of Nevada County, and Victoria Johnston, a member of the Alzheimer’s Response Team.

Plans are under way for the annual holiday party and silent auction Dec. 7 at the home of Anne Wright.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m., with refreshments and program following at 10 a.m. The public is welcome.

For more information, call 432-1062.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway will hold its 20th anniversary dinner at 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Lake Wildwood Country Club. For reservations, call 432-5030 by Nov. 15.

Nevada County

Women’s Bridge

The club meets at 11 a.m. the first Friday of the month for party bridge at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows Road.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 273-7809.

Sierra Travelers

‘Over the Hill Gang’

The club will meet for its annual Thanksgiving Party at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Banner Grange in Grass Valley. The club will furnish turkey and ham. Members A-G bring salads, veggies and relishes; H-P desserts; P-Z hot dishes. The 2003 pocket calendars will be available.

The “Over the Hill Gang” is a nonprofit travel club that offers a variety of day and extended trips. New members are welcome.

For more information, call Lucille at 273-6776, Vonda at 477 2363 or Joyce at 272-8213.

Empire Toastmasters

Chris Scammon, representing Area 62, took first place for the Division F Humorous Speech Contest in Auburn Oct. 11 with his speech titled “A Night In Beldon.” Scammon will compete at the District 39 contest in Sparks, Nev., on Nov. 23.

Sarah McTighe, also representing Area 62, took second place for the Division F table topics contest with the topic “The Day I Remember Best.” Scammon and McTighe are longtime members of Empire Toastmasters.

Empire Toastmasters meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 477-2172.

Paddling club

A flat-water/slow-moving water paddling club for canoes and kayaks is being formed in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area. The purpose of the club is to meet paddlers and paddle with them in new places. There are many places to paddle in this area and Northern California, from the Sierra to the Pacific.

For more information, call Kit Wiegman at 265-4663 or e-mail

Nevada County



The association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Visitors are welcome.

The program features Dennis Marshall on the making of mead (honey wine). He will answer questions and demonstrate how to make next year’s holiday presents.

The regular question-and-answer session starts at 7 p.m., followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and the program.

Call club president Leslie Gault at 346-7092 with any questions.

Early Risers


Al Alstrand won the Oct. 22 best speaker award for “Change Up,” a speech about his exact-change system. Paula Gleicher spoke on the American Cancer Society’s recent Relay for Life celebration in Washington, DC.

Jim Lewis gave his speech about the importance of new skin care, Band-Aids and ointment in “Gimme Some Skin.” Best evaluator was Chuck Coovert for his friendly evaluation of Gleicher’s speech. The word for the day was “genre,” with Judy Nichols winning table topics.

Early Risers Toastmasters meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are always welcome, and no reservations are required. For information, call Karen at 273 9777.

Sierra Astronomy and

Science Explorers

Meetings have been discontinued until further notice.

Mother Lode


Joyce Peterman was awarded the trophy for the best speaker at the most recent meeting. Judy Nichols, president of Early Risers Toastmasters, was voted the best evaluator. Glen Boire won as the best impromptu speaker during the table topics session.

Mother Lode Toastmasters meet at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Lutz Center. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Helga Rohl at 470-0122 or Mary Ann Smith at 265-5381.

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