Club News: Feb. 13, 2010 |

Club News: Feb. 13, 2010

Native Daughters of the Golden West Manzanita Parlor No. 29

All sisters, family, friends and perspective members are invited to a fundraiser dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 S. Church St., Grass Valley. The menu will include ripe olive and vegetarian lasagna, salad, bread, dessert, tea and coffee. Cost is $7.50.

Make reservations by Monday, Feb. 15. Call (530) 346-8280.

Since February is the “month of the child” we will have a speaker from the KARE. Crisis Nursery, Lynn Woerner.

All proceeds from this dinner will be given to the KARE Crisis Nursery in honor of the “month of the child.”

For a fun night of good food, good fellowship and for the love of a child, you all come.

Questions, call (530) 346-8280.

Nevada County Chapter, Health Care for All

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All (HCA) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Eskaton Village Fitness/Recreation Building, 645 Eskaton Circle (off Ridge Rd. at Via Colina), Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public and newcomers are welcome.

HCA is working to make affordable health care available to all Californians.

Gold Country Celtic Society

The “Gathering” is on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine Street. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. Social Hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This is a potluck. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share: An appetizer, a salad, entree, or dessert. 

The program for the evening: Lives of Four Celtic Saints. Christopher Seal, A.B.MDiv., our Society Chaplain will discuss these four saints, one each from Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Interestingly, Christopher Seal, a fourth generation Californian, has an impressive lineage: Cambridgeshire farmers, and Houstons of Renfrewshire Scotland. He became the rector of Holy Trinity Church in Nevada City in 1995, following six years in the Diocese of Peterborourgh, Church of England. While in England, he was Chaplain to the Fitzwilliam Hunt (where even the hounds had pedigrees traced to the medieval Abbots of Peterborough).

This is a program not to be missed! Guests are welcome. You don’t have to be Celtic!

For information, call (530) 265-2079 or (530) 272-1316.


Sierra Table Tennis

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

For more information, call (530) 265-2834.

Friends of Hospice

President Diane Wilson presented the entire 2010 Board Members of Friends of Hospice at their first quarterly luncheon at Alta Sierra Country Club.

Foothills Horticulture Society

The Foothills Horticulture Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Madelyn Helling County Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Our group shares our experiences in gardening here in the Foothills and we host presentations from local experts in the fields of organic gardening, native plants, tree maintenance, rose care, growing herbs, soil improvement, bonsai, and related gardening topics. We conduct a seed exchange in March and a softwood cuttings workshop in September.

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club is a social organization for older singles to meet to enjoy a meal, a play or other local event with friends. We meet once a month at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room, and the calendar of events is distributed at that time. We invite interested singles to attend.

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

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Members of Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), strongly support the restoration of DAR’s National Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Nothing lasts forever. Historic preservationists know that all to well. During the past century, buildings have endured not just normal wear and tear, but also the effects of increased pollution and climate change. Environmental changes like these require new ways of understanding and approaching preservation and restoration.

For the past two years, construction crews have worked painstakingly to restore the NSDAR Headquarters buildings as part of the current President General’s Project. A 2005 building assessment study identified almost $24 million in needed repairs and improvements. Immediately upon taking office, President General Linda Gist Calvin launched “Open Doors of Hospitality,” a comprehensive restoration project with an aim to prepare the Society’s buildings for another century of use and service. The complex of buildings covers an entire city block just three blocks from the White House. Memorial Continental Hall was built between 1905 and 1910 and now is the home of the DAR Library and DAR Museum Period Rooms. The Administration Building was constructed in 1923 and was expanded in 1948 and 1980. It now houses DAR Museum Gallery, Americana Room and many offices. Constitution Hall was built in 1929 when the need arose for a larger auditorium.

President General Linda Gist Calvin (whose home is California) says, “Our Daughters take great pride in their NSDAR Headquarters, and we are extremely encouraged by their commitment to seeing that these historic buildings are restored and preserved for future generations.”

For more information about National DAR, visit, and for information about the local DAR chapter, call 271-0926, or visit

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club welcomes new residents to our area and provides varied events, programs and activities for you.

Feb. 17, all member event at Goomba’s featuring Grass Valley physician Dr. Scott Kellerman, proving one man can make a difference today.

Become a member.

March 17, “Wearin’ of the Green,” St. Patrick’s Day Dance with an oldies rock and roll band and sit down dinner.

Join us by becoming a member.

Call (530) 477-3750 for a membership packet and more information.

Alta Sierra SIR Branch 124

Wow! What an incredible presentation by Commander Claude Hessel at our February meeting. Commander Hessel showed an audience of 90 men a 15 to 20 minute video featuring the rescue of the crew of the “Satori” (32″ sloop) taken during the “Perfect Storm” on Oct. 30, 1991. He enlightened all of us with first hand knowledge of this event because he was the commander/pilot of the helicopter that performed this treacherous event. Thank you, Commander Hessel.

Our next meeting on March 2 will feature a man who will tell us what’s happening in our State Congress including the economic and budget situation. He will also let us know a little about his personal life. Come join us and meet our 3rd District Assemblyman, Dan Logue.

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is a nonprofit organization for retired men. It is devoted to the independence and dignity of being retired. There are over 20,000 SIRs in Northern California of which our branch has 102 members. Our mission is to have fun, enjoy each other’s company and to make new friends.

We meet the first Tuesday of every month at Alta Sierra Country Club. Members start arriving shortly after 11 a.m. and the meeting commences at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will cost $15. Please feel welcome to attend. You will enjoy yourself, we promise.

Contact Dan Standring, (530) 477-2767, or Paul Laufman, (530) 273-6601, if you are interested so that we can order you a meal and save you a good seat.

Nevada County Historical Society

Speaker Night Presentation on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Due to a snowstorm in January, this presentation was re-scheduled to February. Ghost Hunting in the Gold Country will be the presentation topic at Thursday’s Speaker Night presentation. Author Jeff Dyer will share an overview of his recently published “Ghost Hunter’s Guide to California’s Gold Rush Country.” He will address issues of: Why is the Gold Rush Country haunted?; what is paranormal activity?; basic methods of paranormal investigation; and where the hot spots for paranormal investigation in Nevada County. This free program is held at 7 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library.

For more information, call (530) 477-8056, or visit the informative Nevada County Historical Society Web site at

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

Empire Toastmasters

At the Feb. 5 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Lisa Lehr took home the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “Where Do You Want to Go When You Die?” Lisa’s goal was to persuade the audience that both traditional burial and modern cremation have serious drawbacks, and that the relatively new concept of green burial is by far the superior choice. Paul Dessau won Better Evaluator for his feedback on Elizabeth Dunn’s speech, also a Persuade With Power project.

Jolen Punches won the Table Topics competition with her impromptu speech about having to call the Fire Department after consuming a “five-alarm chili.” Several of the newest Empire Toastmasters members have recently completed their Competent Communication manuals – quite an accomplishment for them as well as for the club. A smaller club such as Empire Toastmasters offers the advantage of more opportunities to speak to a smaller audience.

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.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City.

For more information, call (530) 273-2628.

Friends of Nevada County Military

Packing Party, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Veterans Memorial Building, S. Auburn Street. The donated item for the month is red licorice.

Beta Sigma Phi

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

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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The Nevada County Republican Women Federated will hold a quarterly evening meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the conference room at Perko’s Cafe, 1000 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley. The featured speaker will be Executive Editor and Marketing Director for Cagle Cartoons Newspaper Syndicate, Cari Cagel Bartley. She is giving a program on trends in the media relative to political coverage.

Cari, a self-confessed news junkie, has worked in some form of media for over 20 years, including co-ownership of a newspaper. Cagle Cartoons Newspaper Syndicate provides editorial cartoons and columns to more than 1000 newspapers, magazines, Web sites, TV and radio stations worldwide.

For more reservation information, call (530) 470-8507.

If you are interested or have questions about membership please call (530) 913-6232 or visit the Web site,

Gold Country German American Club

The Gold Country German American Club recently celebrated Fasching, which is the German version of Carnival. It is a festivity by the people just before the Lent period starts, and it is celebrated all over Germany with parades and parties that often go on for days.

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.

Motherlode Toastmasters

The Power of Peer Evaluations.

Have you ever wished for honest, helpful feedback given in a way that inspires you to reach new heights? At Toastmasters, members learn the art of giving effective evaluations. At a meeting, each prepared speaker has an evaluator who points out the strengths and weaknesses of the speech. The evaluator learns to present these points in a way that both challenges and motivates the speaker. This Monday night at Motherlode we held our annual Evaluators Contest to see who would represent the club in the area competition.

Our guest speaker, Elizabeth Dedman, came to us from Placer County Toastmasters and gave a speech entitled “The Cleaning Lady and Others.” Her speech touched upon the idiosyncrasies of the people who help us and how much we appreciate our helpers despite these quirks and in some cases, because of them. She was evaluated by five members of Motherlode during the contest. When asked about the experience she replied, “In Toastmasters you look for opportunities to speak and improve. Participating in this contest gave me new feedback and meet new Toastmasters.”

Winners of the evening’s contests: First place – Jinnae Anderson, second place – Emma Santa, third place – Melissa Stevens.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We meet from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Mondays at 640 East Main Street (behind Dokimo’s Main Street Pharmacy).

For more information contact Melissa Stevens at (530) 205-5653 or visit our Web site at

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street.

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 in Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information, call (530) 272-8684.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City holds its weekly meetings at noon each Wednesday at The National Hotel in Nevada City and is always looking for guest speakers from our area on women and girls’ issues. Please give us a call if your organization would like to speak at one of our meetings.

We are currently planning for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund. In past years, this event has raised funds for the Interfaith Food Ministry, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, to name a few. Tickets are $17 which includes three bingo cards and a salad and dessert luncheon, and can be purchased at the door or by calling Donna Hauck at (530) 287-3220 or Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls, both locally and throughout the world, through a variety of service projects.

For more information please visit our Web site – or call Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

American Association of University Women

Helen Klein, a master runner who began running at 55, is still running at age 87. Helen placed no limits on herself due to gender or age. She will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) meeting on Feb. 20, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. with a half hour for coffee and conversation. The program starts at 10 a.m. The public is welcome.

Helen was the first woman ultramarathoner elected to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.

She has completed 100 marathons and 142 ultramarathons and is the oldest person to complete a 100-mile run. Some of her other achievements are

• at age 70 ran the 145-mile stage race in the Himalayas

• at age 72 completed the Marathon Des Sables, a 145 mile stage race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, followed just two weeks later by completing the 370 mile Echo Challenge in Utah

• at age 74 ran the 143-mile stage race across the Peruvian Andes

• at the age of 80 broke the World Record in the marathon by 39 minutes (4:31:32)

• at age 85 broke the World Record in the marathon by an hour and four minutes (5:49:11). Three months later she lowered that record by 12 minutes when she ran 5:36:12.

For more information, please call (530) 470-9395.

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

On Feb. 11, Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills’ Health Committee Chair, Jeanne Whitten, presented three $1500 grants to local nonprofits: Gold Country Community Council’s High Noon Nutrition program, KARE Crisis Nursery, and Interfaith Food Ministry. A representative from each organization spoke about their program and how the funding will support their work. The grants will be used by these organizations to promote the health and well being of women and children in our community.

Our annual garden tour will be held May 22 and 23 with ticket sales beginning in March. Please call (530) 265-3790 for information regarding sponsorships for the Garden Tour.

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Trolley Junction.

If you would like to attend one of the meetings or learn more about us, please call (530) 478-9994 or visit us at our Web site,

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Luncheon begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.

Madelyn Helling will be the guest speaker this month. Ms. Helling will give a history of Nevada County’s first public library, which is named for her. She not only recognized the need for a County library, she was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the new library. She ran the County library system for 17 years. Dan Ketcham, President of the Nevada County Historical Railroad Museum will present information and history on Railroad Museum. Ron Kapper, Docent at the museum will present a virtual tour of the museum.

Menu choices are smoked salmon lasagna, Chicken Saltimbocca with risotto, or Chef’s Choice vegetarian selection. All entrees will be served with mushroom soup, rolls and butter, coffee or tea, and tiramisu for dessert. Cost of lunch is $18 per person, due by Monday, Feb. 15. Cancellations will be accepted before 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County, which celebrated its 55th anniversary this year, is a women’s social club, which offers participation in several activity groups that include Board Dice, Book Clubs, Bridge Groups, Bunco Groups, Cooking Clubs, Couples Potluck, “Chick-Flicks Club,” Day-Trippers, Enrichment, Garden Club, Knitting Group, Mah Jongg, and a Walking Group. New members are welcome, and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County.

To receive information regarding membership, please call (530) 478-1114 or (530) 272-7449.

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