Club News: March 13, 2010 |

Club News: March 13, 2010

Nevada County Historical Society

Speaker Night Presentation on Thursday, March 18.

As economic depression gripped the nation following the Stock Market Crash in 1929, rural Nevada County experienced times that were much different. Hard rock mining insulated Grass Valley and Nevada City from the high unemployment and detrimental conditions that plagued the rest of the nation. Author Gage McKinney has captured the essence of the time from 1929 through the 40’s in his newly published book, titled “The 1930’s – No Depression Here.” Gage will be speaking to the origin and history of the many local public work projects and buildings that were constructed during this time period, via what we today call “economic stimulus funds.” He is a captivating, articulate, and engaging presenter and you will hear the depth of his research and knowledge on this topic.

Also, Mr. McKinney will host a walking Field Trip in Nevada City on Saturday, March 20, to view several of the building constructed via the Public Works Projects and where you will hear more interesting facts and history of each. Start location and time of the Field Trip to be announced.

The free Speaker Night program is held at the Madelyn Helling Library starting at 7 p.m. and refreshments follow the presentation.

For more information, call Program Chair Daniel Ketcham at (530) 477-8056 or visit the informative Nevada County Historical Society 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.

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor No. 29

In celebration of the 122nd Anniversary, NDGW Parlor No. 29 will have a dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Asian Garden restaurant, 2074 Nevada City Hwy., Grass Valley. Members, please note change of location.

Please RSVP by Sunday, March 14, to Laura Argento, (530) 273-9641.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Craft Guild of Nevada County is offering two $500 scholarships to local graduating seniors pursuing a career in the arts.

For information or to obtain a scholarship application, and entry guidelines, contact the Scholarship Coordinator at your school, or call (530) 273-9125.

Completed, original art should be brought to the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, Houser Conference Room, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, for judging. Items may be picked up that day at noon.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County is a nonprofit organization.

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.

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Sign in starts at 1:45 p.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 2 p.m. After the business meeting, the calendar of activities is distributed and discussed. Members meet for breakfast, lunch, and other local events during the month. Interested mature singles are invited to attend.

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

Foothills Horticulture Society

Next meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 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.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

This week’s program was hosted by the Community Outreach Committee with guest speakers Cynthia Schuetz and Carolyn Mackinlay from the Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County. Their mission is to reduce the risk of falls through education. The vision is to create a community that empowers seniors and people with disabilities to reduce their risk of falling, thereby enhancing their quality of life and maintaining their independence.

Soroptimist would like to invite you to attend one of meetings in the future. Luncheon meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of each month at the NCCA Board Room.

Golden Empire Flying Association (GEFA)  

The next meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18. This is a “pot luck” meeting so please bring a dish as well as eating utensils and your favorite beverage. Come join us for a fun evening.

The Golden Empire Flying Association is a 501©3 nonprofit organization located in Grass Valley. Meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Seaman’s Lodge, Nevada City in winter months and Nevada County Airport Park in summer months, and are largely social with occasional speakers and educational seminars.

The club’s primary goals are to:

Promote the growth, safety and enjoyment of general aviation.

Support our local Nevada County Airport.

Increase public awareness of the airport and its importance to the economic well-being of the community.

Provide aviation scholarships to local youth.

Provide labor and materials to improve the facilities at the airport.

The AirFest and earlier fly-in’s have been GEFA’s only annual public awareness and fundraising events.

For information, call (530) 272-8678 or visit

LeTip of Grass Valley/Nevada City

LeTip would like to welcome Rich Christensen of Big Red Carpet Cleaning to represent our floor care needs. He has a truck mounted steam carpet machine and over 30 years experience. Additionally, Big Red can repair minor carpet damage, clean upholstery and clean tile. Big Red Carpet Cleaning can be reached at (530) 272-4687.

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

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.

Nevada City Women’s Civic Club

The Nevada City Women’s Civic Club was founded in 1908 with the objective of Civic Betterment – to promote Civic, Educational, Cultural and Philanthropic needs in the community. Throughout the years many prominent women associated with mining, crafts, business and teaching have been members. The club is open to all women of Nevada County. Funds raised by the Club are given to local charities and civic projects. Some organizations benefiting through the years were Nevada Theatre, Nevada County Concert Band, High School Chorus, the Independence Trail for the handicapped, Reforestation, and many others.

Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month from September until June at Trolley Junction in Nevada City. Arrival at 11:30 a.m. is recommended for luncheon check in. Luncheon cost at present is $17. Dues for the year are $25. We hope you will join one of the oldest service clubs in Nevada County and be a part of history. This year we celebrate our 102nd year in existence.

For luncheon reservations or for more information about our club, call Stacey Nicolai at (530) 274-7712.

Our luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 17 this month and our guest speaker will be Cheryl Wicks of Sammie’s Friends.

Sons in Retirement (SIR)

Alta Sierra Branch 124

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is an organization for men devoted to the dignity and independence of retirement. If you might have an interest in attending a meeting, please contact us. You are more than welcome.

Our guest speaker for our March meeting was Assemblyman Dan Logue who represents the 3rd district which includes the Grass Valley area. He spoke about our state finances, loss of jobs and his ideas on how to improve upon these problems. He was sincere and straightforward yet avoided the political aspect.

Our guest speaker on Tuesday, April 6 is the founder of Mountain Peoples Warehouse. It all began here in Nevada County and the little company grew to become the largest distributor of natural foods in the world. It is now called United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and the Chairman of the Board is Michael Funk. Come meet Michael.

SIR is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 20,000 men in Northern California. Our chapter has 106 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at

Alta Sierra Country Club. Early birds start arriving shortly after 11 a.m. and the meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. The cost of lunch is $15. You might meet an old friend and certainly make a few new ones. You will definitely enjoy yourself.

Interested men, contact Dan Standring, (530) 477-2767 or Paul Laufman, (530) 273-6601.

Rotaract Club of Nevada County

The Rotaract Club of Nevada County is hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Ray Morgan Company, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Forest Charter School, both in Nevada City.

Proceeds benefit Forest Charter School’s Global Studies Program trip to Costa Rica. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies and more will be on sale.

The Rotaract Club of Nevada County’s goal is to raise $1,200 to help a student expand his or her horizons through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For information, visit

Friends of Hospice

The Friends of Hospice enjoyed and were honored to hear a very enlightening guest speaker at their March 9 Board Meeting. Michelle White, Board President, Hospice of the Foothills, shared ideas regarding Board Development and Board Member Recruitment. The talk was very informative and well received by the Friends of Hospice Board.

Empire Toastmasters

At their March 5 meeting, Empire Toastmasters held their annual Evaluation Contest. The contest began with Sylvia Pichitino, member of Early Risers Toastmasters, giving the model speech, “And Then I Burst Into Tears.” Four contestants – Jolen Punches, Jeff Pylman, Paula Gleicher, and Elizabeth Dunn – evaluated the speech. With judges visiting from other Area clubs, the Evaluators then delivered their evaluations.

Jeff Pylman placed first and Paula Gleicher second; Jeff will be competing in the Area 64 contest with Paula as alternate. Everyone learns from this competition, as the audience hears a wide range of feedback on the speech and learns what makes one evaluation stronger than another. The club’s International Speech Contest will be held March 12; anyone is welcome to attend the contests at all levels.

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 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. Events usually coincide with monthly meetings, and may include instructors or presentations by other members of the Club or other Clubs. A guest presenter is at most meetings. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting will be held March 16.

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

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County will meet on Wednesday, March 24, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.

This month the Sierra Stages Production Company will perform a selection of Broadway music, and a special preview of their upcoming production of Into the Woods (May 6 to 23 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley).

Luncheon menu choices are beef brisket, Chicken Rustica, or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian Selection. All entrees will be served with spinach salad, rolls and butter, coffee or tea, and New York style cheesecake for dessert. Luncheon is $18. Deadline for reservations is Monday, March 15. Cancellations will be accepted before 5 p.m. on

March 16.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County 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.

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

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Of Dads and Dogs.

We had a full house this Monday night’s meeting at Mother Lode Toastmasters. President Jinnae Anderson asked us to introduce ourselves by mentioning something funny that had happened to each of us recently. With four guests and the majority of members present, it was a night full of laughter and learning.

Our first speaker of the evening was Mark Fenicle who in his speech “The Seventh Son” spoke about his father. Mark spoke on experiences in his father’s childhood, such as working in a mine shaft at a young age, and how experiences shape us into the people we become. Our second speaker, Sara Kudrle spoke on how her dogs have influenced her to change her perception of mundane events. Our third speaker, Sharon Hollis, spoke on how our passions are developed in our youth, often by our parents. Her speech touched on all the ways her father had influenced her careers and hobbies. Sharon’s dad was present at the meeting to enjoy her speech.

Winners of the evenings contests were: Best speaker – Sara Kudrle, Best Evaluator – Jeanne Charbonneau, and Best Table Topics – Annabelle Robbins.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We meet at 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

American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) cordially invites you to a short film showing of “Women, Power and Politics” on Saturday, March 20, at Sierra College in Room N6 – 101 beginning at 9:30 a.m. A panel discussion featuring Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Professor of Psychology, Sierra College and Lynn Medeiros, Professor of History, Sierra College will take place immediately following the film. Their presentation is free, although there is a $2 fee to park on the campus.

For more information regarding this program please call (530) 470-9395.

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills’ annual Garden Tour tickets are on sale for the reduced price of $15 for the month of March. For ticket information, please call (530) 272-1826. The Garden Tour dates are May 22 and 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

SISF meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Trolley Junction. Our scheduled speaker for March 18 is from Hospitality House, and is open to the public.

To make reservations, please call (530) 478-9994.

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.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

President Julie Slater called the meeting of Unit 130 to order on March 9. The unit was pleased to welcome new members Jeanette Fruzza, Cherie Marriott, Suzanne Peracca, and Diane Stanovich. (As a friend of Unit 130, Diane Stanovich has knit many helmet liners for our troops and sewn many clothing protectors for veterans at Reno VA Medical Center.)

Regular business of the Unit was conducted and boxes were packed for our troops. Attention then turned to plans for the April 10 Luau. The Luau is a combination celebration of the 90th birthday of the American Legion Auxiliary and fundraiser for youth programs, community projects, and our troops and veterans. Members of Post 130 will also assist in this event.

The Luau menu includes Kalua Pork, Confetti Rice, Special Beans, cole slaw, fresh fruit, Hawaiian rolls and Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Entertainment will be provided by Dan Scanlan. $15 tickets will be sold in advance. There will be a no-host bar and beautiful raffle prizes. Wear your favorite Island Attire and step into a Hawaiian Luau for an evening of fun and entertainment.

For information, call (530) 273-4179 or (530) 432-0425.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The annual Nevada County Republican Women Federated fashion show is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27. This year’s theme is “Casual to Cruising” and Nancy Palmer, who has been producing fashion shows in the area for many years, will again be at the helm of the event. Nancy’s show will feature fashions from our local boutique shops: Marilyn’s Fashions, Auburn; Mill Street Clothing, Grass Valley; Vanity Faire, Grass Valley; Fresh Image, Grass Valley; Sun River Clothing, Grass Valley; Judi’s, Nevada City; and Cotton Field, Penn Valley. Also participating with jewelry and accessories is Stucki Jewelers, Grass Valley.

The fashion show will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. A wonderful lunch consisting of salad, entree (vegetarian selection available) and dessert will be served by the superb Alta Sierra kitchen and staff. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Along with the fashion show guests have an opportunity to win some great prizes. This is certain to be a great show for our entire community.

The cost is $25. Please call (530) 265-8310 for more reservation information. Seating is limited.

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

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.

Friends of Nevada County Military

Packing Party, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, Veterans Building on South Auburn Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Donated item this month is tubes of hydrocortisone cream. With the temperatures increasing it will help with bug bites.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Calling all Bingo Players! Today is the day for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party sponsored by Soroptimist International of Nevada City. It is not too late as tickets can be purchased for $17 each at the door at the Seaman’s Lodge, 425A Nimrod Street in Nevada City. The Bingo Party runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes three bingo cards, along with a salad and dessert luncheon. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund for our scholarship award winners. 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.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City holds its weekly meetings at noon each Wednesday at The National Hotel in Nevada City. If you would like to join one of our weekly meetings, let us know as we welcome your attendance.

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 the Web site – or call Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

“Remember the Ladies …”, a famous request made to John Adams by his wife, Abigail, during the writing of the Declaration of Independence, will be the theme of California State DAR Conference this year. Members of the local Captain John Oldham DAR Chapter will join the California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to celebrate its 102nd Annual State Conference on Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine.

The purpose of the conference is to present awards to community winners and receive annual reports from California’s hard-working chapters and committees. On Opening Night, after a warm welcome from State Regent Leonora Branca, state awards will be presented for Community Service and Good Citizenship as well as Outstanding Teacher of American History and winners of the American History Essay Contests.

A non-political women’s service organization, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the largest and most active service organizations in the world. Over 400 members are expected to attend this State Conference.

During State Conference, members will vote on their next State Board. State Officers are elected for a two-year term. Leonora Branca, California State Regent 2008-2010, has been an inspirational leader with the slogan “California DAR goes Green.” California daughters now receive their newsletter over the Internet and may be seen carrying their new green bags, the proceeds from the sale of which have gone to purchase eco-boxes — self-guided tours now located in the new Condor Country at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Conservation is one of the tenets of DAR and the organization has supported conservation projects like this for almost 100 years.

Conservation, American Indians, Service for Veterans, Good Citizens and Scholarships are just a few areas of interest for an active DAR member. The California State Society boasts more than 8,500 members of all ages, religions, races and political parties and comprises 116 chapters which remain dedicated to furthering the National Society DAR goals of patriotism, education and historical preservation. In the spirit of hospitality, the California Daughters actively seek new members!

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

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