Club News: March 20, 2010 |

Club News: March 20, 2010

Gold Country Celtic Society

This month’s “Gathering” is Wednesday, March 24. The theme is a St. Paddy’s Day Party. Come to the 6 o’clock social hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

Bring your favorite Irish food to our potluck: Corned beef and cabbage, “tatties,” Irish soda bread, something green – appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert. 

After dinner we’ll have our own home-style party! Mooney on fiddle, and Molloy speaking Gaidhlig, and our Chief Mike Carr on bagpipes (fresh from the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day parade). It doesn’t get much more Irish than that.

Other members have agreed to amuse us with poems, stories, jokes, dance, and travel adventures.

Join in – call Diane or David at (530) 477-8558 to tell them what you will be doing. Join in the fun.

Guests are welcome. You don’t have to be Celtic!

Gathering will be held at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine Street.

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

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

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

For more information, call (530) 477-1201.

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 April 20.

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

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City would like to thank everyone who attended our annual St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party and for helping us raise money for our local Scholarship Fund. We hope you all had fun and will remember us next year at this same time – and even invite a few friends, too!

Our next meeting will be at noon, Wednesday, March 24 at The National Hotel in Nevada City and we invite you to join us to learn more about our organization. Please call Carol York at (530) 477-5901 for your reservation.

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.

Sierra Singles

Sierra Singles Club members will lunch at Quizno’s and attend the classic movie, Some Like It Hot, at the Del Oro Theatre on March 23. At 9:30 a.m. on March 31, we will breakfast at Paulette’s and at noon on April 7 we will lunch at Goomba’s.

The next regular meeting will be at 1:45 p.m. on April 14 at 841 Old Tunnel Road. New members are invited to attend.

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

Gra-Neva A’s

The Gra-Neva A’s are starting their touring season. The first Club sanctioned tour is Saturday, March 20 and will be to Mitchell Manufacturing (overdrives) in Colusa.

The tour in April is to The Vintage Apparel Fair in Yuba City.

We invite you to join our club and come along on our tours and road trips plus other activities, such as our 50th Anniversary Party May 22. If you are or know any old members we would like to invite you to the party!

Our next meeting is at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Banner Grange Hall on McCourtney Road.

You can contact us through our Web site,, write us at P.O. Box 2415, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or e-mail our President, Larry Hubbard, 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

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 straight forward 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.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club of Grass Valley

Our March campout was in Corning and 11 rigs made the trip. An inspiring ride viewing the snow-capped mountains and the wonderful colors of the fruit trees blossoming in the valley below. We had two summer-like days and two a little nippy with some rain. Not a good time for skinny dipping.

We played inside “beanbag baseball” on the cooler days. A demonstration of wool weaving was performed by Laurel Karsch of Red Bluff. Also, our member Paul Laufman took us on a trip, via a CD, through the Antarctica. We had dinner one night at the Rolling Hills Casino, where we contributed to their profits.

A check for over $3,000 was sent to the Ronald McDonald house for the past year’s collection of recycles. We would like to thank all the people in our community who helped us make this donation possible. In addition, we had a collection for Hospice of the Foothills. This is another one of our worthy charities we support.

Our April campout will be in Oroville, April 11 to 15. Our May outing will be in Orland, May 9 to 13. We welcome RV’ers to come join in the fun and fellowship.

Please call Fred Fluke for more information at (530) 823-5562. Happy Trails!

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.

Nevada County Camera Club

6:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, the Nevada County Camera Club will meet at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Our guest speaker will be Rick Brown who will give us some insight to the recent popularity of the Holga Camera. He will show photographs taken by this very unique camera.

Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

Nevada County Horsemen, Inc.

The 17th Annual PeeWee Rodeo is coming up next Saturday, March 27 at the Nevada County Horsemen’s Clubhouse – rain or shine, as it’s in the Clubhouse; at Brunswick and Bubbling Wells Roads. 

Calling all you PeeWee cowboys and cowgirls – it’s time to find and catch your stick horses and bring your favorite one with you. Wear your Western gear if you wish. There will be two age groups – 1 to 5 years and 6 to 10 years, and ribbons will be given to the winners. $3 per event and there’ll be five events – but only $10 for all events.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., there’ll be barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers for sale, sign up is at noon, and Rodeo begins at 1 p.m.

For information, call Sarah or Mark at (530) 268-7481. Hope to see you there.


Post 130 American Legion

Frank Gallino Post 130 American Legion will hold a regular meeting of the Executive Board from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. These meetings are held every fourth Tuesday and at the same time each month. Lounge will be open before and after meeting. There will be discussions about committee’s responsibilities, possibly combining

some. Could our goals be reached more constructively for the good of the Post?

See you all there!

Empire Toastmasters

At their March 12 meeting, Empire Toastmasters held their annual International Speech Contest. The International Speech Contest is so named because it is the only Toastmasters contest that continues to the international level of competition. Contestants included Gabe Dick, Lisa Lehr, and Jolen Punches; all spoke on inspirational or motivational topics, with judges visiting from other Area clubs.

Lisa Lehr placed first and Jolen Punches second; Lisa will be competing in the Area 64 contest with Jolen as alternate. The Area 64 contest will include the first-place winners from the four Area clubs and will be held at Highgate Senior Living at 415 Sierra College Drive. The winners will go on to the Division contest; 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.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Forty-eight men of diverse education and cultural backgrounds from throughout California converged upon Monterey in September 1849 to frame a constitutional government for the State of California. Working together as Californians, they created this important cornerstone of government. The deliberations, conducted in English and Spanish, took place in Monterey’s Colton Hall. On Oct. 13, 1849, the delegates signed and then submitted a state constitution to the people of California for ratification, which was accomplished by popular vote on Nov. 13, 1849.

In early March of this year, members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), joined DAR members from other chapters in Northern California to dedicate a historical marker (provided by California State Society DAR) to commemorate Colton Hall. California DAR State Regent Leonora Branca gave the dedication, assisted by State Historian Sharon Meigs. Chuck Della Sala, Mayor of Monterey, accepted the tribute, followed by role-playing remarks by Kevin Hanstick, who portrayed “Walter Colton.”

DAR attendees from District II included Captain John Oldham Chapter member and District II Director Beverly Moncrieff; Registrar Ellen Osborne, Sierra Amador Chapter Regent Ruth Edmondson Johnson, and CA DAR State Treasurer Martha Leong.

The bronze plaque, mounted upon a boulder, is imprinted as follows: Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution: The 1849 Constitution was notable in that it featured articles on suffrage, women’s property rights, prohibition of slavery, establishment of the state’s eastern boundary, and specified that all laws and ordinances would be published in English and Spanish. On Sept. 9, 1850, the Congress of the United States of America approved the constitution, making California the 31st state.

For more information about CA State Society DAR, visit and for information about the local DAR chapter, call (530) 271-0926 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.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Stretch those speaking muscles!

It was another fun-filled meeting at Mother Lode Toastmasters this week. Toastmaster Annabelle Robbins began the meeting with some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day and we were pleased to have several guests, including Toastmasters Division “F” Governor MJ Kelly, join in.

Our first speaker of the evening was Janai Carlson, who gave a speech on interpreting poetry. Her selection was Chapter 4 of Ecclesiastics and she gave both a reading and an interpretation of the message behind the text. It was an eye-opener to learn how interpretive poetry can stretch your public speaking skills. Our second speaker was Jinnae Anderson who gave her speech on “Resilient Muscles.” Her speech was a poignant reminder that life sometimes throws us challenges, and that the best way to prepare ourselves is to develop our resilience when times are calm.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Gary Peterman lead a serendipitous Table Topics session that had us thinking of Ireland, the color green and the luck of the Irish.

Winners of the evening’s contests were: Best speaker – Jinnae Anderson, Best Evaluator – Ginger Kane and Best Table Topics – guest Anna Hudson.

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

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 County Republican Women Federated

Nine candidates, running for six different local offices, spoke at the March Candidates’ Forum at the Nevada County Republican Women Federated luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 16.

Participating in the Forum was Hank Weston, Nevada County Supervisor, District 4; John Spencer, Nevada County Supervisor, District 3; Sue Horne and Rolf Kleinhans, candidates for Assessor; Marcia Salter, candidate for Auditor-Controller; Barry Pruett, candidate for Clerk-Recorder; Tina Vernon and Rick Nolle, candidates for Treasurer-Tax Collector; and Erik Hoelfler, candidate for Superintendent of Schools.

Also giving a presentation was NCRWF member, Karen Luethke. She recently attended CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Washington D.C. While there she visited some Congressmen and attended a committee conference. She worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in the 90’s and was also very active with the Republican Party in Southern California before moving here.

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

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.

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary

Regular monthly meeting, 1 p.m., Sunday, March 21, at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn. National Presidents to visit.

All active duty, retired, reserve and former Navy, Marine and Coast Guard members, their wives or widows welcome.

Call (530) 346-6136 for more information.

Organizing for America

Locals who support the success of President Obama are invited to an upcoming meeting/strategy session, 6 p.m. Monday, March 29, at the Madelyn Helling Library.

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 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.”

“I’ve been a LeTip member for close to four years because the opportunity to network with other local business owners is top notch and has paid me back handsomely.”

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

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