Club News: Feb. 27, 2010 |

Club News: Feb. 27, 2010

Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group

Meet people who share your desire to learn about and contribute their knowledge of the Macintosh Computer. 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Call (530) 272-8678 or visit

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 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.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information, call (530) 265-2834.

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.

Sacramento Walking Sticks

The Sacramento Walking Sticks will be celebrating the ratio between the circumference of a circle to its diameter – approximately 3.14 – on Pi Day, March 13 and 14. We invite everyone to join in on our two-day event; walking and eating pie afterwards.

The start/finish will be Marie Callender’s, 5525 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights. Registration for the walk will begin both days at 9 a.m. and run till noon; all walkers must be off the course by 3:14 p.m. There will be two routes to choose from. The routes are wheelchair, stroller and dog friendly.

Walk for free or pay $3.14 for volkswalk credit. There is an incentive program that tracks mileage and events and will be available for purchase for $5 each. Participants are encouraged to donate canned or other non-perishable food that will be donated to a local food closet.

Volkssporting means “sport of the people” and has its origins in Germany. There are over 300 clubs throughout the USA and the Sacramento Walking Sticks are the largest club with 388 members. The Club offers a wide array of walking adventures for people of all ages and walking abilities; including the family dog. There are group walks on Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening, Furlough Fridays and when there’s a Full Moon. The Club provides everyone with a set of written directions and map so no one gets lost and they’re guaranteed a route with sights they would never have found on their own.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks hold a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday at the SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S St., Sacramento in the Forestview I meeting room.


Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

American Foreign Service Diplomat Ward Thompson will discuss the importance of the U.S. census and the reasons for keeping track of the numbers. The census will commence in March. Come Saturday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast. The program starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Democratic Women’s Club meets the first Saturday of each month for a timely speaker and a lavish hot breakfast at Trolley Junction Restaurant at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City — except for special events such as the Scholarship Luncheon in May. Stay tuned.

RSVP to or (530) 274-1344. More information at

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will hold their March 3 meeting at the Peardale Firehouse community room.

Master Gardener Ruth Hochman will speak on killer zucchini and other great veggies.

The Flower Arrangers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25 in the community room. They will be using wood as either a container or line material. Bring what you have.

We need pressed flowers for making cards.

For those interested in going to the San Francisco flower show, call (530) 885-8230 for

transportation information.

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

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

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.

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.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

The Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Approximately every six weeks, Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donates cartons of useful items to the Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans Administration Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Chapter member Carolyn Hatling transports the donated items to Reno on a regular basis for the chapter’s Service for Veteran’s Committee. The boxes contain items specifically collected for the VA Hospital such as warm coats and jackets, toiletries, knitted hats and lap blankets as well as paperback books and magazines.

During upcoming DAR meetings, the Service for Veteran’s Committee will be collecting items for “Writing Kits” for the patients that will include pens, paper, envelopes, stamps, and cards. This past Christmas the chapter collected white tube socks which Carolyn Hatling filled with member donated toiletries, including toothbrushes and similar items. A candy cane was added to each one for fun! 50 socks were stuffed with these items and leftover tube socks were donated unfilled, along with lap blankets for the Veterans at Christmastime.

For more information about National DAR, see the NSDAR general Web site, and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 271-0926, or visit our Web site at

Foothills Horticulture Society

Next meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

We will hold our annual seed exchange at the March meeting! Feel free to bring saved seeds or purchased seeds to share.

The Foothills Horticulture Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Our group shares 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.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1 in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street (entrance off back parking lot) in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome.

Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? This is the meeting to sign up for Randy Oliver’s six week course in Beekeepers ($40 entire family and $25 returnees), including field classes and working in a bee yard. All materials and bee gear provided. Contact Randy with questions about classes at or (530) 277-4450. More information at  

Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program on “Being a Beekeeper.”  

Questions about the program, please call our president, Larry Meritt at (530) 273-3517.


Sierra Singles

Sierra Singles Club members will meet for lunch at noon March 3 at Goomba’s. The restaurant is located at 450 Colfax Avenue.

The next regular meeting will be at 1:45 p.m. March 10 at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. New members are invited to attend.

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

Mother Lode Toastmasters

International Speech Contest night. Adrenaline, excitement, and nervousness were in the air.

Twice a year our contests roll around. The International Speech is a five to seven minute prepared speech on any topic of the speaker’s choosing. The winner goes on to compete against the winners of the other local clubs, and that winner continues until, eventually, there is a competition on the international level.

Jeff Varkonyi spoke first. His speech was entitled The Connection Between UFOs and Toastmasters. Using humor and insight, he addressed the tools Toastmasters offers when dealing with Unidentified Fearful Objects.

Next was Jinnae Anderson, speaking on The Open Secret. Passionately she encouraged us to be courageous and share more of our deeper selves to others, weaving in a personal story as she did so.

Then Greg Poppin stepped up. He gave us Words of Wisdom about what he’d learned in the last 50 years of his life, weaving in his customary humor and insight.

First place went to Jinnae Anderson, with Jeff Varkonyi as runner-up. Congratulations to all participants for a great job.

You can see Jinnae and others compete at the Area Contest on Saturday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m. at Highgate on Sierra College Drive. All are welcome.

Thanks to the judges and everyone else who pitched in to make it a great night.

Guests are warmly welcome to attend meetings, and speaking is optional, until you’re ready. We meet in the Child Care Coordinator’s offices at 640 East Main Street (behind Dokimo’s Main Street Pharmacy). Meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. and end by 8:15 p.m.

Contact Emma Santa at (530) 272-7294 for more information — or just show up!

LeTip of Grass Valley/Nevada City

LeTip is currently expanding its membership. We are seeking a hair stylist, an insurance agent and/or florist to join our morning group. If you are a local legitimate business who would like to expand your networking opportunities please visit for more information.

LeTip of Grass Valley/Nevada City, one of over 635 LeTip Chapters located throughout the U.S. and Canada, meets every Tuesday for a breakfast meeting from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction Restaurant, 400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City.

“We are a serious business referral organization,” said Gil Greigo of Cardfinity, the chapter’s president. “Finding qualified leads and new business for everyone is what LeTip is all about, and this is a great time to join and save money because our club currently is waiving the fee for LeTip International.”

LeTip International, Inc., founded in 1978, is the pioneer in professional business leads exchange. Members meet weekly to grow each other’s business through the exchange of qualified leads, increased exposure and development of business communication skills. To avoid a conflict of interest, only one representative of a profession is accepted in any chapter.

For more information, call (530) 470-8448, or visit

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 so 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.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

The Feb. 11 meeting of NARFE Chapter #1335 was an informational presentation on new federal income tax laws by Mary Jo Smith, who is an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer in El Dorado County. Ms. Smith is also the NARFE California Federation District VI Vice President. In that capacity she is the liaison between the 11 chapters in her district and the California State Federation of Chapters Executive Board of Directors.

As a Tax-Aide, she explained that she is trained and tested to prepare tax returns for low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to individuals over 60 years of age.

The Nevada County Tax-Aide site is located at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. Tax preparation is free to those who have their taxes prepared by the AARP Tax -Aides. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (530) 273-2273.

The March 11 meeting will feature Erin Thomas-Rose, Medical Social Worker with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Ms. Thomas-Rose will discuss the need for Advance Health Care Directives.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held the second Thursday each month (except July and August) at the Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Hwy. 49), Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at noon followed by a program and business meeting.

For information, call (530) 265-6477.

Friends of Hospice

Volunteer members of Friends of Hospice gathered together Monday to complete a mailing of 1500 invitations that were mailed out on Wednesday to invite the community to participate in a unique fundraiser to “Pave the Way” to your new Hospice Facility.

Each $100 donation may honor the donor, a family member, a friend or business. Each brick will be etched with the name designated by the donor and will be placed within the landscaping of the new Hospice Home.

If you have not received an invitation and would like one or would like more information, please call (530) 274-5121 or (530) 432-3689.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

On Feb. 8, members and guests sampled 17 luscious desserts. The favorite was Karmellpudding, a traditional Norwegian dessert made by Else Sanzone. During the business meeting, Gangmerke (walking awards) were presented to Patti Suttman (silver) and Max Fenson (bronze). Several games of Norwegian bingo completed the evening.

On Feb. 14, the Viking Baten (Viking ship) sailed down Broad Street in Nevada City with “Admiral” Rudy Thompson at the helm and an escort of Vikings.

5:30 p.m. March 8 at Players Pizza in Penn Valley, members and guests will enjoy supper and an action movie filmed in Norway in 1958. “The Vikings” stars Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Please RSVP to (530) 273-6118 or (530) 272-2937.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

California State Senator George Runner addressed the Nevada County Republican Women Federated at their monthly meeting in February. He discussed his recently introduced ballot measure, the Vote Safe Initiative and voter fraud.

Senator Runner currently is a candidate for the State Board of Equalization. While in the State Senate he also authored the California Amber Alert which has resulted in the successful reunions of nearly 200 children with their parents and co-authored California’s Jessica’s Law.

The next meeting of the NCRWF on March 16 will include a local candidate forum. The meetings are held at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m.

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 Welcome Club

Men’s meetings:

Monday, March 1. Dr. Duncan Harris, a local urologist will be speaking on men’s urinary issues, erectile problems and some solutions to those problems. He will also discuss enlarged prostate issues including the latest on prostate cancer treatment. His talk will end with a question and answer period.

Monday, April 5. Adventures of an expert witness. Men’s Group member, Samuel R. Phillips, has served in the litigation of over 60 court cases. Even though these are not the kind of court cases you generally see on TV, they do include big bucks. Hundreds of millions of dollars may be at stake as the giant corporations battle in the courts to put each other out of business.

As a mechanical engineer and management consultant, Sam’s expertise deals with intellectual property – patents, trade secrets, contracts, etc. Sam is sure to have a number of interesting stories to relate to us on a subject that few of us know anything about. Wearin O’ the Green Dinner/Dance, 6 to 10 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, Horseman’s Lodge, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley.

Join us for a fabulous evening of dinner, dancing and good times. Due to limited space this will definitely sell out, so send your checks in early. Music will be provided by “Mad Dash,” Northern California’s best oldies rock and roll band, playing music from the 50’s, 60’s on up to today.

The six piece band includes Michael Gregory who does lead vocals and has performed with the Box Tops, the Drifters and a number of other groups; singer Valerie Marston of Sister Swing and Dorothy Sills on sax.

Sit down dinner by Chef “Steve” with your choice of corned beef and cabbage or stuffed chicken breast, vegetables, salad and dessert.

Huge dance floor with plenty of room to “strut your stuff.”

$29 per person. $3 wine, beer and well drinks.

Dress: Dressy casual.

This event is open to non members as well, so invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you in having a great time.

Make your checks payable to Welcome Club. Please include names of those attending. Everyone will be served corned beef unless you note on your check that you want chicken. To reserve a table up to eight, all names and checks must be in the same envelope. Send to Cheryl Riopel, 18239 Lake Forrest Dr., Penn Valley CA 95946.

Reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 10.

If you have any questions, call (530) 478-0999, (530) 273-0772 or (530) 268-1002.

Empire Toastmasters

At the Feb. 19 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, newest member Kathy Bringhurst won the Better Speaker trophy for her icebreaker speech “The Jewelry of My Life.” Elizabeth Dunn won Better Evaluator for Kathy’s speech, in which she wore pieces of jewelry representing key moments in her life. Many Toastmasters find evaluating another member’s speech more challenging than speaking! In preparation for the upcoming Area contests, Empire Toastmasters will be holding their annual International Speech and Evaluation Speech contests in March; visitors are welcome.

Jolen Punches won the Table Topics competition, in which each participant told an impromptu story from his or her life in the year represented by a coin randomly drawn from a pocket or wallet, skillfully weaving in the Word of the Day, “banal.”

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.

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. We are currently planning 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, which benefits our scholarship award winners. The tickets are $17, which include 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. And, speaking of award winners, we are looking forward to announcing our Violet Richardson award winner and our Woman’s Opportunity award winner at our annual award luncheon on Thursday, March 18. This award luncheon will be held jointly with the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley club and they will also announce their award winners. Watch in The Union for these award winners!

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.

LeTip Gold Country Lunch Chapter

Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International meets every Wednesday for lunch at Kane’s Restaurant at 120 East Main Street in Grass Valley. Meetings begin promptly at 11:46 a.m. and end at 1:01 p.m. We welcome any newcomers. Please arrive 15 minutes early, bring 50 business cards, and be ready to tell us about your business and learn about our businesses. Lunch is on us for your first meeting!

LeTip Gold Country is pleased to welcome their newest chapter member, Tom Smith of Falcon Financial. The chapter president, Krista Farwell states, “We are a serious business referral organization.” Our members will be putting their networking skills to work for Tom just as they do for each other.

This week’s speakers were Bonnie Apple of Apple Specialty Advertising Products (ASAP) and Linda Turner of Byers’ LeafGuard Gutters.

Top Tippers for January were Pam Grein with 11 tips, Debbie Costa with nine tips and a three way tie for third, Susan Straub, Gary Tanaka and Alissa Wenning with eight each. A contest is being held to encourage members to introduce potential new businesses into the chapter. Several members received generous local gift certificates for inviting their guests to Wednesday’s meeting.

Nevada County Astronomers Club

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, the Nevada County Astronomers Club will meet at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Our speaker, Dr. John Billingham will present a free lecture, “Life in the Universe” on the search for extraterrestrial life. Dr. Billingham joined NASA Ames Research Center in 1963 and is vice-chairman of the SETI board of trustees. He is currently a Senior Scientist of the SETI Institute.

Guests are welcome.

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