Club News: Aug. 28, 2010 |

Club News: Aug. 28, 2010

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club plans to lunch at Old Five Mile House at noon on Thursday, Sept. 2. The carpool will meet at the CVS parking lot at 11:15 a.m.

The monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Interested singles are invited to attend.

For information, contact Shirley Corry at (530) 274-3355.

Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885 invites all former, retired, active and reserve Marines, women Marines and FMF Corpsmen who are interested in renewing the “Espirit de Corps,” camaraderie and social events.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, located at 255 South Auburn St. (enter at the side of the building on second floor). Bring your DD 214 or proof of serving honorably.

You may also contact us on the web at

Early Risers Toastmasters

President Shawn Tuttle introduced Janis Aydelott as the Toastmaster of the Day. Our question of the day asked what name we used when asked by a barista what our name is.

Our guest was Bernice Gleicher, Paula Gleicher’s mother, visiting from Florida. Guests are always welcome and may observe and learn from those participating.

Sharon Delgado gave a speech using the Story Telling Manual telling us “A Russian Fairy Tale” which was the story of Vasa Lisa sent to get fire from the witch in the forest. The story had a wonderful ending and Sharon won Best Speaker.

Harris Weinberg spoke from the Story Telling Manual with “It’s Been Almost 18 Years” about how he met his wife Chris. An endearing speech.

Shelley Drievold spoke from the Competent Communicator Manual on “Impromptu Greatness” delving into the subject of Table Topics which is part of a Toastmasters meeting weekly by impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. Shelley is one of our newer members. Her research became comical.

The best Evaluator today was Amy Butler who evaluated Shelley’s speech.

Paula Gleicher was Table Topics Master giving each participant five words starting a sentence such as “As luck would have it.” Mick Tuttle had the words “The doorbell rang” and for him it lead to a gnome arriving at his house and their adventures together. Mick won for Best Table Topics speaker.

Judy Nichols is going to be giving a Speechcraft to several business owners. Speechcraft is a six week program which is somewhat of a mini public speaking course. If anyone is interested in having such a program as a participant or to give to an organization, please let us know.

Early Risers Toastmasters meets at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City for breakfast. Guests are always welcome and learn how to speak in a more effective and relaxed manner.

For information call (530) 273-9777.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will have their Sept. 1 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Peardale Firehouse community room. Master Gardener Ruth Hockman will speak on “Killer Zucchini and Other Veggies.”

There will be card making meetings on Sept. 13 and 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the community room.

The Flower Arrangers will meet on Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the community room.

The membership is open. For information call (530) 273-4813.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 535

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.

For information, call President Pete Burelle at (530) 274-3787.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Our nation will once again celebrate Constitution Week beginning on Sept. 17. The local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will participate in Nevada County’s Constitution Day/Week celebrations, including the Nevada City Constitution Day Parade on Sunday, Sept. 12. Meeting recently with Gene Albaugh, City Manager of Nevada City, chapter members Jennie Carothers and Janelle Dalton presented to Mr. Albaugh a proclamation request for Nevada City to create a formal proclamation concerning the observance of Constitution Week. Similar requests have been presented to the Grass Valley City Council and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

In concert with DAR chapters all around the country, Nevada County’s DAR chapter will call attention to the tradition of celebrating the Constitution by arranging for local church bells to be rung at 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, coinciding with the anniversary of the time and date that our Constitution was originally signed over 200 years ago. The chapter will decorate a window at the Madelyn Helling Library for the month of September, in addition to requesting public service announcements on the local radio stations. Members of the local DAR chapter, dressed in colonial costume, will also march in the Nevada City Constitution Day Parade.

For more information about the National Society DAR, see the NSDAR general website and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 274-9177 or visit our website at

Penn Valley Toastmasters

On Aug. 19, Penn Valley Toastmasters was honored to have Emma Santa of Mother Lode Toastmasters as Chief Judge and Lisa Lehr of Empire Toastmasters as Ballot Counter for our annual area Table Topics Contest. Steve Hatcher won first place and Marjorie Quist came in second in answer to the prompt, “I assume it went well.”

While riding the Ferris Wheel at the Nevada County Fair, Steve Hatcher told us how his tooth fell out and landed on the ground while he was eating cotton candy. He went through a quite an ordeal about how he would get his tooth back while being in the sky.

Marjorie Quist was awarded a Mountain Peak Trophy for her exceptional contributions serving as President of Penn Valley Toastmasters for two years, in addition to Marjorie starting the Penn Valley Toastmasters club back in the 1990’s.

The meeting concluded with Paul Dessau’s humorous anecdote about a past work experience.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come visit our meeting. We love having guests! Speaking is optional. Our meetings are held at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Walk past the Penn Valley Market – under the staircase and across from the laundromat. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month.

For information call (530) 432-8488.

Sierra Table Tennis

Open play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Drive, Nevada City.

For information call (530) 265-2834.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Table Topics Speech Contest.

We practiced extemporaneous or impromptu speaking which helps us with thinking on our feet, first with our Table Topics Contest and then we with a regular but riveting round of Traditional Table Topics. It was a spontaneous night.

Toastmaster: Emma Santa. The prompt for the contest was, “My Favorite Vacation was when …” The first contestant of the evening was Maura Robertshaw. She recounted her honeymoon in Hawaii. Second contestant was Jinnae Anderson who told of a very memorable trip to India. Third up was Leolani Stanley who gave us the highlights of her trip to Ireland. Fourth in line was Melissa Stevens. She told us about her birthday adventure in Tunisia. The last contestant was Amarnath Matthews who recalled a childhood vacation to Stockton to visit family members. Quite a variety of responses!

Speakers chosen to represent Mother Lode in the Area Contest: First Place: Jinnae Anderson, second place: Melissa Stevens. Good luck!

Reba Jones continued the Table Topics for the evening having us give our interpretations of quotes from Shakespeare while using the word of the day, “engaged.” Max Kane was the better speaker this week.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We love guests! Speaking is optional. Meeting place: Eskaton Village Lodge – 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley. Meeting time: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays.

For more information contact Sharon Hollis, (530) 264-6902 or visit our website,

50’s Plus Social Singles

The 50’s Plus Social Singles invites all who are interested in making new friends and sharing in fun activities to check us out by joining in one of our socials, 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

For more information, call (530) 271-0303 or (530) 273-6898.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County meetings are for crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City – Houser Conference Room.

The next meeting will be on Aug. 31. The guest speaker will be from Fabrics on Mill Street.

For information call (530) 273-3795.

Northern Sierra Tracking Club

The Northern Sierra Tracking Club meets once a month to go out on the land and study the ancient art of wildlife tracking. All experience levels welcome.

The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Old Nevada City Airport.

For information, call (530) 478-7788.

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a hot, new referral organization that helps local businesses grow and thrive. The group started over a year ago and is growing quickly. Guests are welcome to come and consider joining while business categories are still available.

The group meets weekly, every Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley. We put the work in networking.

For more information call (530) 271-3603 or (530) 470-0321 or visit

Empire Toastmasters

Empire Toastmasters held their annual Humorous Speech contest at their Aug. 20 meeting. Travis Biggs, Elizabeth Dunn and Ruth Schwartz all competed. Travis spoke on “As Luck Would Have It,” about some teenage shenanigans and Elizabeth on “Beginner’s Luck,” about a backpacking trip with some mishaps. Ruth’s winning speech was entitled “Woman Against Fish.”

Ruth will reprise her speech, which told about the exasperating lengths her husband will go to to catch fish, at the area contest, competing against the winners from the area’s three other clubs. Elizabeth will be the alternate. The area contest will be held Sept. 17 at Highgate Senior Living; everyone is welcome to come and listen to four hilarious speeches. 

Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills – skills that will serve you in business as well as in life! Empire Toastmasters meets at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are invited and are never required to speak.

For more information, contact Judy Nichols at or (530) 477-9120.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday.

Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For more information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Nevada County Horsemen Inc.

Horsemen activities continue with our Team Penning meeting tonight at the arena at Bubbling Wells and Brunswick Roads. Sign up at 5 and we ride at 6 p.m. All are welcome. 

There will be no penning on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, but we will pen the remaining Saturdays in September. 

The general meeting of the Horsemen for September will be held on Friday, Sept. 10 and open to all. Bar opens at 6:45 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and meeting on 8 p.m. at the clubhouse.

For information on any Horsemen activities call (530) 273-9326 or (530) 272-4238.


Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets at noon on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For further information and meeting location call Georgia at (530) 272-7785.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information call (530) 272-8684.

Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge Club

Games at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes are available.

Located at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley.

For more information and directions call Bruce Lester at (530) 477-9586.

Grass Roots Genealogy (Study) Group

Meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. The building is wheelchair accessible and has lots of parking. There are no dues. The meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about genealogy research.

The topic is posted at

Nevada County Bonsai Club

A social, nonprofit club founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai. Open to all.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Meeting subject matter/presentation will be announced prior to the meetings. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting is Sept. 21.

For more information call (530) 273-2628.

Sons in Retirement – Chapter 124

The guest speaker at our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14 will be Bonnie Potter. Bonnie retired from the U.S. Navy. She will tell us about her experiences in the service and much of that time stationed aboard the U.S.S. Comfort (sister hospital ship to the U.S.S. Mercy). Oh, one more thing; did I mention she was an Admiral?

If you are a retired man and would like to hear Ret. Admiral Bonnie Potter, you have an invitation to be a visitor at our September meeting. The bill o’ fare will be chicken fried steak.

Call Dan at (530) 477-2767 for details and also ask him what SIR is all about.

Gold Country Community Center

Birthday Wednesday celebrated August birthdays with gifts, lighthearted interviews – and a gorgeous carrot cake donated by Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. One of our celebrants said that “love is the key to longevity;” the other maintained that “avoiding Elmer Fudd’s shotgun and wearing T-shirts with comical messages” helps as well. Perhaps dancing has something to do with it too. That’s why the Community Center is presenting ballroom dance classes taught by Kelly Logan. They’ll be held at the Love Building in Condon Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The charge is $5 for drop-ins and only $4 for Community Center members.

Phone (530) 273-4961 for details about classes, our nutrition program, our senior wood program and other vital information.

The Gold Country Community Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road in Brunswick.

Elks Ladies of 518

The Elks Ladies of 518 hold a dinner business meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge on Highway 49.

For information call (530) 265-2107.

Democratic Women’s Club

Democratic Women’s Club breakfast meeting.

Tsi-Akim tribe of Maidu Indians chairman Don Ryberg will describe efforts of the tribe to regain federal recognition, lost in the 1960s without notice. A spellbinding storyteller, he will also present unusual facts from the history of the earliest known peoples of Nevada County and the surrounding area.

Enjoy a lavish hot breakfast, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Trolley Junction Restaurant, Northern Queen Inn, Nevada City. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 30, to (530) 273-3051 or

The Democratic Women’s Club meets the first Saturday of each month. Visit

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