Club News: Jan. 30, 2010 |

Club News: Jan. 30, 2010

Alta Sierra SIR Branch 124

Our first meeting for 2010 was a lot of fun to say the least. We had to shoot from the hip because our guest speaker (Michael Funk) had a tragedy in his family and could not make it. He will appear at a later date. We filled in with joke telling and member interviews. We had a super time.

Perhaps you remember the “Perfect Storm” in October of 1991. Our guest speaker for Tuesday, Feb. 2, will be the pilot/aircraft commander who flew the helicopter that rescued the crew of the 32 foot sloop “Satori” on Oct. 30, 1991. You are welcome to come to our luncheon meeting and meet Retired Commander Claude Hessel.

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is a nonprofit organization for retired men that is devoted to the independence and dignity of retirement. Our goal is to have fun, renew acquaintances and meet new friends. There are over 20,000 SIR in Northern California of which our branch has 102 members. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at Alta Sierra Country Club. Folks begin arriving at 11 a.m. and the meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. The cost of lunch is $15. Please join us. We will make you feel like an old friend.

If you might be interested, contact Dan Standring, (530) 477-2767, or Paul Laufman, (530) 273-6601.

Higgins Diggins Lions Club

Terri Hemings, member of Higgins Diggins Lions Club, was recently presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This honor is the highest award given to individuals by Lions Club International (LCI), the world’s largest service organization.

Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, founded LCI in 1917. The worldwide goal of 1.4 million members is to improve the lives of others through community service. Their motto is “We Serve.”

For more information on Lions call Higgins Diggins President, Donna Prince, at (530) 268-0906, or visit their Web site at

LeTip of Grass Valley/Nevada City

LeTip would like to welcome Jim Flaherty to represent our contractor needs. He is a licensed and bonded builder who can do all phases from plans to repairs, remodels to custom homes. He is local and has extensive experience. Call Jim Flaherty at (530) 273-0249. Contractor/CSL#760894. References upon request.

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

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.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will hold their Feb. 3 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room.

Master Gardener Lynn Lorenson will speak on organic pest control in your garden.

Bring your pressed flowers at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15 to the community room for card making.

The Arrangers will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the community room.

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

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.

Save the Window

A Bolivian bag and knitwear sale, by Anna Hosbein, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 511 West Main Street in Grass Valley. Come and bring your friends.

This is a benefit for “Save the Window” of The Historic Preservation Committee at St. Joseph’s, part of the Grass Valley Cultural Center.

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.

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

The next club meeting will celebrate the 30th anniversary for Nordic Skiers of Nevada County. The program will include the early history of the club and stories related to club trips. Anyone interested in backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer to share.

The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park.

For information, call (530) 265-8492.

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.

Gold Country Welcome Club

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

Coming up: Feb. 1, Men’s Group speaker will be author Francisco Lovato who will be discussing his bio of his father who survived the infamous Bataan Death March POW camps and who was ‘a courageous example of one man’s will to live.’

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

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March 17, we’ll have a “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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The Nevada County Republican Women Federated hosted Republican candidates for the 4th Senate District, Rick Keene and Doug LaMalfa, at a forum during their monthly meeting in January.

Both Rick Keene and Doug LaMalfa are former state assemblymen from Butte County. Members presented questions on note cards and four were chosen to be asked of the candidates. The candidates each presented opening and closing statements in addition to presenting their thoughts on the questions asked. It was a lively forum giving the NCRWF members insight into each candidate.

The NCRWF meets at 11:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. 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,

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.

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

Grass Valley Chapter members had a wonderful virtual tour of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum at the Jan. 14 meeting. Ron Kapper, secretary and docent for the railroad museum, presented a Power Point program with pictures of several beautifully restored railroad cars and engines that volunteers spent hundreds of hours rebuilding from the wheels up. The museum, at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City (off Gold Flat Road), houses railroad and other transportation artifacts, memorabilia, pictures and posters as well as the famous Engine No. 5, an 1875 Baldwin. The engine began service hauling lumber, then passengers and freight. It found fame as a movie engine at Universal Studios in Hollywood before settling in its current home at the railroad museum. It’s a nostalgic trip for anyone who loves trains!

The Feb. 11 meeting will feature NARFE’s District VI Vice President Mary Jo Smith, who is a member of the Hangtown Chapter #1503 in Placerville. Ms. Smith is also an AARP Tax Aide who prepares tax returns for low and moderate income tax filers. She will discuss tax changes that have occurred since last year.

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.

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.

Motherlode Toastmasters

Beating the Winter Doldrums.

“How do you beat the Winter Doldrums?” was the introductory question for Monday night’s meeting this week. Our answer? We participate in Toastmasters! If you’re looking for a way to liven up your winter, join us as a guest and experience Toastmasters first hand. Not sure if it’s for you? Visit our Web site for more information:

Our first speaker of the night was Jeanne Charbonneau with her Ice Breaker speech, “I Believe.” As her evaluator Annabelle Robbins mentioned, it is always a treat to hear Ice Breakers as this first speech introduces the new member to the group. Our second speaker was Melissa Stevens who enlightened the members on the duties and responsibilities of the club “Sergeant at Arms.” The final speech of the evening was Janai Carlson, who gave a speech from an Advanced Speech Manual. The focus of her speech was on narrative reading, and she entertained us all with her reading of You Only Grow Old Once by Dr. Seuss.

Winners of the evenings contests were: Best speaker – Jeanne Charbonneau, Best Evaluator – Gary Poppin, and Best Table Topics – Deborah Kaplan.

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.

Empire Toastmasters

At the Jan. 22 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Debbie Williams won the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “When You Are President.” Debbie, the newly elected club president, will deliver this speech at the upcoming Toastmasters Area 64 training session. Longtime member and past president Judy Nichols won the Better Evaluator trophy for her evaluation of Debbie’s speech.

Lisa Lehr won Best Table Topics for her response to the prompt, “I wish I had.” In her impromptu speech, Lisa wished she had the courage to do some glissading (skiing on one’s feet without skis), as some fellow were backpackers doing – then nearly did when it turned out she was standing on a flimsy snow cornice.

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.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

Friends of Hospice

During the Friends of Hospice first quarterly luncheon held at the Alta Sierra Country Club, Past President, Linda Rasmussen presented a $60,000 check to Vanessa Bengston, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills and Michelle White, President of the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Foothills. The check was gratefully accepted and will be used for the operation of the Compassionate Care Home that will be opening in the near future.

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 on the Web site at

Sons of Norway, Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Gulldalen Lodge members and guests gathered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Jan. 11. Princess Kake and cupcakes baked by Lee and Joanne Osnas, Kringle baked by Else Sanzone, and coffee were enjoyed by all.

New members Barbara Charnley, Jacqueline Dickey, Erik and Elizabeth Fjeldheim, Nancy Johnson, and Jens Noet were initiated by President “Nels” Nelson and welcomed to the Lodge. Sven Fjeldheim, Blane Abeyta, Jenna Remillong, Lars Fjeldheim, and Gia and Jessi Davidson were also recognized as “Unge Venner” and “Heritage” members.

Past President Gene Albaugh installed 2010 officers and chairmen. 2010 President Siri Fenson expressed thanks to Past President “Nels” Nelson and retiring officers and is looking forward to a successful and interesting year.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128 will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2. Norwegian Bingo will be played. Members are asked to bring a dessert (eight to 10 servings) and join the Bake-Off. Winner of the Bake-Off will win a prize.

RSVP by Feb. 4 to Judy Jennison at (530) 432-8270.

American Legion Post 130

Come to our special pre-Valentine’s dine-in dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 2. Lounge opens at 5:15 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

This menu is prime rib, green salad, baked potato, vegetables, cinnamon apple bread pudding, coffee and tea. It will cost 10 dollars for this special meal. Everyone invited.

For reservations, call (530) 272-2160, and leave the number of people attending, please. See you at Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn, Grass Valley. Parking in rear of building.

Native Daughters of the Golden West Manzanita Parlor No. 29

There will be a business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St., Grass Valley. There are bills to be paid and decisions to be made. We need all sisters to attend to help make this process work.

Questions, call (530) 346-8280.

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.

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 invite you to join us to see what we are all about! We are currently reviewing the local applications received for our three awards: The Violet Richardson Award (our first-ever President of Soroptimist International), the Woman’s Opportunity Award, and the Vocational Scholarship. We will be announcing the winners of each of these awards in the near future.

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 (530) 477-5901.

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. Ms. Helling will also present information and history on the Railroad Museum.

Menu choices are smoked salmon lasagna, or 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 that 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.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter joins the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in celebrating the DAR publication, “Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War,” which has been honored with the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists (ASG).

The Jacobus Award is presented annually to a model genealogical work published within the last five years, and was established “to encourage sound scholarship in genealogical writing.” “Forgotten Patriots” was considered to be such an important publication that the ASG Fellows chose this genealogical resource guide to receive the recognition when, traditionally, the award is typically given to published compiled family genealogies.

In presenting this award to “Forgotten Patriots,” ASG notes that the book “will greatly improve the breadth and accuracy of research” and “opens new doors in an increasingly compelling field of genealogy.”

Published in 2008, “Forgotten Patriots” documents nearly 6,600 names of African Americans and American Indians who contributed to American Independence. The 872-page book includes details of documented service of the listed Patriots, historical commentary, and an extensive bibliography of research sources.

Eric Grundset, DAR Library Director and Editor of “Forgotten Patriots,” says, “The subject of this book is essential to the work of the DAR to document the history of the role of all individuals in the Revolutionary War and to preserve it for future generations.”

In addition to the Jacobus Award, the DAR publication has also received critical acclaim. A book review in the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Forum states that “Forgotten Patriots” is a “must-have reference book” and “will enrich the research of every discerning student of genealogy.” The Journal of Southern History states, “This work is an amazing jumping-off point for all kinds of projects on Revolutionary War topics. Any historian, genealogist, or Revolutionary War aficionado cannot go wrong acquiring this huge, well-organized, data-packed volume.”

The DAR Library is one of the largest genealogical research centers in the United States. Since its founding in 1896, the library has grown into a specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications and recently added powerful on-site ancestry databases to its collection. The DAR Library collection contains over 185,000 books, 300,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections on Native American, African American and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 30,000 family histories and genealogies comprise a major portion of the book collection, many of which are unique or available in only a few libraries in the country. The DAR Library, located in Washington D.C. at 1776 D St. NW, is open to the public for a $6 research fee 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The DAR Library is closed Sundays, Federal holidays, and for one week during the DAR annual meeting during the summer.

For more information on the DAR Library, visit or call (202) 879-3229; and, for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 271-0926, or visit

Nevada County Astronomers

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Alan Stahler will be the speaker at the Nevada County Astronomers group. Meeting to be held at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Stahler’s presentation will be on “Photos taken from the Hubble.” Refreshments served.

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