Club News: March 27, 2010 |

Club News: March 27, 2010

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

June ballot propositions will be reviewed by a guest speaker from the League of Women Voters, and mental health issues and programs in Nevada County will be discussed by Club member Joan Toensing, at the April 3 breakfast meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club at 9:30 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

Sierra Singles Club

Sierra Singles Club members plan to breakfast at Paulette’s Country Kitchen at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31. Lunch at Goomba’s is planned for noon on Wednesday, April 7.

The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 14 at 1:45 p.m. at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. The schedule of activities will be distributed at the end of the meeting. Interested singles are invited to attend.

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

50’s Plus Social Singles

The 50’s Plus Social Singles invites all who are interested in making new friends and sharing in fun activities to check us out by joining in one of our socials, 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

For more information, call (530) 271-0303 or (530) 273-6898.

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.

American Association of University Women

AAUW writes women back into history.

Celebrating March as Women’s History Month, AAUW (The American Association of University Women) of Nevada County hosted a showing of the PBS documentary, “Women, Power, and Politics” on March 20 at Sierra College in Grass Valley. The film was followed by a lively discussion lead by Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Professor of Psychology at Sierra College, and Lynn Medeiros, Professor of History at the college. About 45 women and men were in attendance including Yolanda Cookson, Grass Valley Council Member, and Sally Harris, Nevada City Council member.

“The U.S. disparity in political representation for women compares unfavorably with many other countries,” says Stephanie Norton, AAUW Chapter President. “The film, ‘Women, Power and Politics’ focuses on that disparity and probes into the reasons for it.” The discussion following the film further explored those issues and the implications for equity for women.

Dr. Taylor specializes in social-cultural psychology. She received her doctorate at the University of California, Davis. She has published work and/or performed institutional research in topics ranging from familial abuse and adolescent pregnancy, American Indian education in California, stigmatized social identity, and the stress-disease relationship.

Ms. Medeiros specializes in women’s political history. She has a B.S. and M.A. from California State University, Sacramento.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

March meeting, for crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills, to be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Hwy., Nevada City, Houser Conference Room.

The Craft Guild is accepting applications from local students pursuing a career in the arts for two $500 scholarships, and vendor applications for Winterfaire.

For information, call (530) 273-3795.

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

Erin Thomas-Rose, Medical Social Worker with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, discussed Advance Health Directives with members of NARFE Chapter #1335 on March 11. Ms. Thomas-Rose explained that everyone should have a health directive so that the individual’s wishes may be carried out if a medical emergency occurs. Each person must decide if he or she wants to be revived in certain circumstances and those wishes documented in the Advance Health Directive. In addition, family members who may be called when a person has a medical emergency, must be apprised of the individual’s wishes, too. And those wishes need to be put into the hospital’s database so doctors who may be assigned to treat the individual would know whether or not to carry out heroic measures. Ms. Thomas-Rose met with NARFE members after the meeting to help answer additional questions and distribute Advance Health Directive forms.

The April 8 meeting will feature Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Coordinator Charlene Bumgarner who will discuss activities and opportunities for volunteers. 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 Thursday of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room.

For more information, please 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.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club is celebrating a new name and a new logo. Formed in 1989 as the Welcome Wagon Club, the new name represents, more clearly, the goals of the Club which are to welcome and orient new residents to our area and provide a variety of activities for enjoyment.

Membership is open to people who have moved into our area or have become widowed or divorced within the last two years. Once a member, they can remain so for as long as they wish. We currently have over 750 members.

Jack Laird, Gary Blum and Steve Grevstad put on a St. Patrick’s Day party for 95 members and guests. The event was held at the Nevada County Horseman’s Assoc. Clubhouse. A wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner was prepared by “Chef Steve” with live oldies music by “Mad Dash.” Guests were encouraged to take home the wine glasses which have the new name and logo inscribed on them.

If you are interested in becoming a member or if you have any questions call (530) 477-3750.

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.

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 their March 19 meeting, Empire Toastmasters returned to their regular meeting schedule after two club contests, the Evaluation Contest and the International Speech contest. Paula Gleicher won the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “I’ll Think of Something,” in which she gave ideas on how to find a speech topic on short notice from inspiration in daily life. Judy Nichols won Better Evaluator for her feedback on Paula’s speech.

Paul Dessau won the Table Topics trophy for his hilarious impromptu story involving a job interview and a music box found at the end of the rainbow. The Area 64 Evaluation and International Speech contest, held Saturday the 20th, was well attended and enjoyed by all. Jeff Pylman and Lisa Lehr represented the club; the Division Contest will be held April 23 and anyone is welcome to attend.

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.

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.

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.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Um… Uh… You Know.

It was another exciting evening at Mother Lode Toastmasters this Monday. Parts of the evening were dedicated to discovering our use of “Ums.” Toastmaster of the evening Deborah Kaplan provided extra squeaky toys to help us overcome our fear of pointing out mistakes. As we learn in Toastmasters, becoming aware of our mistakes is key to overcoming them.

Our first speaker of the evening was Melissa Stevens who recounted her adventures in India. With a positive outlook, a lost passport can encourage discoveries traditional travelers may miss. Our second speaker was Emma Santa. In her speech, “The Science of Um” she uncovered why people say “Um” and outlined her personal plan for overcoming these speech disfluencies. The third speaker of the evening was Sarah McTighe, who encouraged us to tackle the clutter around our house. By cleaning up clutter one step at a time, Sarah explained how people can improve their health, energy, and daily outlook.

Janai Carlson led a hodge-podge of Table Topics speeches that were anything but feckless (our word of the night!)

Winners of the evenings contests were: Best speaker – Emma Santa, Best Evaluator – Greg Poppin, and Best Table Topics – Mary Thompson.

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

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.

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

Several board members of the Nevada County Republican Women Federated attended the Spring 2010 Conference for California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division (CFRWnd) in Sacramento last weekend. Guest speakers were Katy Grimes, Columnist; Carly Fiorina, Candidate for U.S. Senate; Damon Dunn, Candidate for Secretary of State; and Mariann Hedstrom, California Federated Republican Women President.

The April meeting for the NCRWF is replaced by the annual Nevada County Republican Women Federated fashion show, scheduled for Tuesday, April 27.

The fashion show will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the fashion show at noon. Along with the fashion show, guests have an opportunity to win some great prizes. The cost is $25. Please call (530) 265-8310 for more reservation information. Seating is limited.

The next regular meeting for the NCRWF will be on May 17 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

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

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City was pleased to announce our Violet Richardson and Women’s Opportunity Award winners at our annual awards ceremony on Thursday, March 18. Our 2010 winners are Rosemary E. Warren for the Violet Richardson Award and Sonja C. Marbry for the Women’s Opportunity Award. Congratulations to each of these winners who were presented with a certificate, along with a monetary award. Both of these wonderful women’s applications will now be passed on to our regional level to compete for additional awards – good luck to both Rosemary and Sonja.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City meets Wednesdays at noon at the National Hotel in Nevada City, with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 7. If you would like to attend to learn more about us, please call Carol York at (530) 477-5901. We would love to have you join us!

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.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Carpooling is strongly recommended for this popular event.

The exciting program will be the Newcomer’s Annual Fashion Show. The theme is “Fashion Derby,” so wear your stylish hat! Nancy Palmer is once again the producer/commentator. The beautiful new spring collections will be from Vanity Faire, Mill Street Clothing Co., and Fresh Image in Grass Valley; from Judi’s in Nevada City; from Cotton Field in Penn Valley; and from Marilyn’s and Sun River in Auburn. We thank these wonderful shops for sharing their selections.

Special menu choices feature leg of lamb with sun-dried fruit, greens, and chevre, topped with cranberry mint demi-glaze, served with sides of asparagus and risotto; or citrus baked salmon with lemon caper cream sauce, also with sides of asparagus and risotto; or the Chef’s Choice vegetarian entree. All entrees include fresh spring salad, bread and butter, coffee and tea. Chocolate chip torte with strawberries and cream will be served for dessert. The all-inclusive price is $25 per person. Deadline for reservations is Monday, April 19. Cancellations will be accepted before April 20.

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.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters held their usual meeting on the fourth Thursday, March 25   at 7 p.m. at their new location at 17422 Penn Valley Drive (adjacent to the Laundromat in the Penn Valley Shopping Center). Flanders Setchel was Toastmaster who was warmly congratulated by the Group for winning the Area 64 International Speech Competition.

Eldon Cyrus gave an informative winning speech titled “Loop Hole in your Yard” in which he described the risks in not having a fire-safe perimeter around your house. A new member, Ben Furtado, gave a moving first speech describing his youth in Hawaii. Jack Meeks was the best evaluator for his constructive criticism of Sean O’Keeffe’s speech on “Gee that was Fun” describing a funny journey in his youth. A new member, Steven Hatcher, was the best impromptu speaker when in Tabletopics he described some hilarious experiences in the area of personal hygiene on his last tour in Saudi Arabia. The next meeting will be held on the second Thursday in April (8) at 7 p.m. at 17422 Penn Valley Drive (next to the Laundromat). Guests are welcome. 

For more information contact Gerry Currie at (530) 432-7649.

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