Club News: March 6, 2010 |

Club News: March 6, 2010

LeTip of Grass Valley/Nevada City

LeTip is currently expanding its membership. We are seeking a travel agent, veterinarian and/or an attorney 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 US 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

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.

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.

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club would like to invite all interested sailors and crew to join us for our monthly meetings. This active club is gearing up for spring with plans for the No Motor Day on Scott’s Flat Lake, Women’s Sailing Clinic, the Annual Go For The Gold Regatta and Jr. Sailing Program.

The meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month; next meeting, March 10. Winter meetings are held at Larry and Lena’s Pizza Parlor in Alta Sierra. The fair weather and summer meetings are held at our club house on beautiful Scott’s Flat Lake. Commodore Joe Day welcomes all new members and interested parties to attend.

For information, call (530) 265-2070 or visit

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.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters held their usual meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce Office on Penn Valley Drive. Marjorie Quist was Toastmaster and presided over an interesting evening which ended as scheduled at 8:30 p.m.

The evening was devoted to a Speech Evaluation Contest in which participants listen to the same speech and provide constructive criticism. Gabe Dick gave an inspiring speech entitled “There is Always Hope” in which he outlined his coming book detailing the horrendous fallout from his wife’s heart problems and how they overcame them. Flanders Setchel was determined to be the best constructive critic  

with Eldon Cyrus the runner-up. 

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday, March 11 at a site yet to be determined as the Chamber of Commerce Office on Penn Valley Drive is no longer available.

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

The Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), honors another Dazzling Daughter, renowned sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who created the Founders Memorial Monument adjacent to Memorial Continental Hall at the DAR Headquarters in Washington D.C. Dedicated on April 17, 1929, the elegant form symbolizes the nurturing spirit of womanhood, draped in a flowing garment that was so well executed, it appears to be floating on a gentle breeze. A member of the prominent Vanderbilt family, during World War I Whitney directed her wealth and her time to various relief efforts, establishing and maintaining a hospital for wounded soldiers in France. She also used her great wealth to serve as a patron of the arts, and she devoted herself to the advancement of women in art. Her works include the Christopher Columbus memorial lighthouse in Palos, Spain; the Aztec Fountain and RMS Titanic Memorial, Washington D.C.; the Victory Arch in Madison Square, New York City; and the William F. Cody Memorial at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Cody, Wyo.

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

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

Gold Country Celtic Society

At the February gathering of the Gold Country Celtic Society, Fr. Christopher Seale, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, and chaplain of the Society, gave an entertaining presentation on the lives of four Celtic saints: One each from Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.


Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. This month’s featured speaker will be Elise Baker, Esq., addressing estate planning, trust, and probate issues as they relate to concerns of the LGBT community.

PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club will meet on March 10 at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Members are asked to arrive at 1:45 p.m. to sign in so that the meeting can start promptly at 2 p.m. After the business meeting, the calendar of events for the month will be discussed and distributed. A sign up sheet will be available. Interested singles are invited to attend.

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

California Retired Teachers’ Association

The Nevada County division of CalRTA met on March 1 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Special guests were Bill Kipp, CalRTA Area II Director and Ken Hewitt, Chairman of the CalRTA State Legislation Committee. 

Club President, Jack Bacich, reported on the upcoming CalRTA activities including Advocacy Day in Sacramento on March 11 and a regional meeting in Oroville on April 20. Both events are legislative activities; Advocacy Day to make members of the legislature aware of CalRTA and its issues and the regional meeting with CalRTA legislative advocate, David Walrath, who will discuss potential ballot initiatives which would have an impact on educators and public education. 

Lynn Booth, 2nd Vice President of the Nevada County Division – the Truckee satellite – shared the progress in implementing programs in the schools in Truckee.

Chairman Ken Hewitt spoke on “Pension Defense.” While current retirees pensions are secure, the future for the educational community is not. He also reviewed the current status of the Social Security inequities for  members the California State Teachers Retirement System. Retired teachers who have earned Social Security in another career will receive only part of, or in some cases none, of what they are entitled. The legislation to correct the inequity has been introduced in Congress. As of now, there has been no congressional action. 

Nevada County Genealogical Society

Our new officers have been installed and some great programs are planned. At the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, the presenter is Loretta Foulk and her topic is

NCGS meetings are open to those interested in genealogy. Come and hear the latest about familysearch.

For more information call (530) 477-0192.

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.

Foothills Horticulture Society

The next meeting will be held from 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 Central Committee

The Nevada County Central Committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 10 at the Rood Center. Guest speaker will be Brad Dacus, Founder and President of the Pacific Justice Institute.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society

Meeting to be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in St. Mark’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at Lusk Dr. and St. Marks Way. “The Revised Law of the German Civil Registry: A New Standard for Accessing Old Records.”

Once again, we are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of Dr. Roger P. Minert, who will explain the newly changed law in Germany regarding access to vital records of our ancestors – an important adjustment that German family historians need to understand.


League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The Best Things in Life are Free?

Who does the air belong to? Air is one of those basic elements of life that we all take for granted. We all want it to be clean and pure, just like we want clean, pure water.

But who is responsible for seeing to it? Is it the responsibility of each individual? Or is it up to the government to make sure our air is pristine? What’s being done about air quality right here and now in Nevada County?

Joe Fish will help us sort out the answers to these questions and others when he joins us at the next League of Women Voters general meeting Saturday, March 13. Mr. Fish is the Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer for the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, and he is familiar with all the whys and wherefores of the issues affecting air quality in Nevada County.

League members are pleased to share this valuable information with our friends and neighbors in the Nevada County community. Please plan to join us from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 13 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley for this important information about the quality of the air we breathe.

For more information please call (530) 265-0956 or contact the League at our Web site,

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Players Pizza, Penn Valley. Members and guests will enjoy supper and the movie “The Vikings.”

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


American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

Frank Gallino Unit will meet at 1:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building dining hall.

In February, Girls State Chairman Janet Hessel, President Julie Slater, and Joanne Montgomery interviewed 25 candidates for the 2010 Girls State Session. Delegates and alternates were chosen from Bear River, Forest Lake Christian and Nevada Union High schools. Their applications have been forwarded to the Department of California for processing. Names of Delegates and Alternates will be announced in April when they attend the Girls State Orientation on April 24 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Royer Park, Roseville. 

Unit President and District 7 Second Vice President Julie Slater, Chaplain Janet Hessel, Sandra Haines, District 7 Treasurer Alyce Hammond and Secretary Arline Kenney attended the Gold Country District 7 meeting in Roseville on Feb. 13. Members Elsie Peard, Anna Marie Castro and Elaine Rossie were honored during the Memorial Service.

Americanism Chairman Corky Stram and committee collected Americanism essays from elementary schools on March 5. The essays will be judged and winners announced at a later date.

Education Chairman Sandra Haines and her committee look forward to evaluating scholarship applications from graduating seniors. Applications are due on March 16. 

Plans for the April 10 Luau are progressing. The Luau menu includes Kalua Pork, Confetti Rice, beans, cole slaw, and Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Advance tickets are on sale for $15. There will be a no host bar, live entertainment, and beautiful raffle prizes. Don your island attire and step into a Hawaiian Luau for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Boxes for our troops will be packed and mailed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Helmet liners for our troops are being knit and personal items for veterans at the Reno VA Hospital are being sewn by V. A. Chairman Melise Munro and several members.

Unit 130 Secretary Evelyn Hooker has moved to Arizona and we thank her for her service and wish her well.  Thanks also to Linda Watson who has volunteered to fill in as secretary.

Our Auxiliary Ladies are truly living up to the Auxiliary motto of “Service to God and Country.”

For information, call (530) 273-4179 or (530) 273-2018.


Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills will begin selling tickets to their annual Garden Tour at an early bird price for the month of March for $15. Tickets are available at the following locations:

Atelier Salon, Grass Valley; CVS Pharmacy, Lake of the Pines and Grass Valley; Capitol Nursery, Sacrament locations; Citizens Bank, all locations; Eisleys Nursery, Auburn; Grass Valley Florist, Grass Valley; Harmony books, Nevada City; Mill Street Clothing, Grass Valley; Nevada County Farm Supply, Penn Valley; Prospector’s Nursery, Nevada City; SPD Markets; Weiss Bros. Nursery, Grass Valley; Wild Birds Unlimited, Grass Valley.

For additional information on the Garden Tour, please visit our Web site at

SISF meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday morning at Trolley Junction. Please call (530) 478-9994 for information on SISF or if you would like to attend one of our meetings. The speaker for March 11 will be Dr. Barry Turner, a local dentist.

Nevada County Horsemen Inc.

The Nevada County Horsemen will hold their monthly dinner and meeting on Friday, March 12, at the Horsemen’s Club House on Bubbling Springs Road and Brunswick. Everyone is welcome. The bar opens at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., meeting at 8 p.m. There is no charge for dinner this month – the Horsemen will provide roast turkey and members will provide side dishes as a potluck. Come and join us.

The Horsemen are establishing their events for the coming season that will begin in April. A calendar of these events in team penning, barrel racing, gymkhana, horse shows and others will be available shortly. There’s something for everyone in the family so come to our meetings or visit our Web site for more information. Or, check Club News for upcoming dates.

Visit or call (530) 432-1171.

Soroptomist International

Soroptomist 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.

Empire Toastmasters

At the Feb. 26 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Judy Nichols won the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “All About High Performance Leadership,” a High Performance Leadership Project. Some of the club’s veteran members, like Judy, are working on projects that are geared toward enhancing their effectiveness in other areas of their lives, such as career and volunteer work. Paul Dessau won Better Evaluator for his feedback on Judy’s speech.

Debbie Williams won the Table Topics competition for her impromptu telling of a true story from her scouting days. In recognition of Girl Scout cookie season, the theme for Table Topics was Girl Scouts and incorporated the word “pell mell.”

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.

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 Performing Arts in Grass Valley).

Luncheon menu choices are beef brisket, or 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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

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

Participating in the Forum will be Hank Weston, Nevada County Supervisor, District 4; John Spencer, Nevada County Supervisor, District 3; Sue Horne and Rolf Kleinhons, 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 Helfler, candidate for Superintendent of Schools.

The meeting will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at noon. Reservation deadline is Monday, March 8. For more reservation information call (530) 470-8507.

Save the date of April 27 for the NCRWF annual fashion show produced by Nancy Palmer. Her show always spotlights a great offering of fashions from our local boutique shops. Tickets are $25 each. Please call (530) 265-8310 for more information.

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

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills are invited to Craft Guild of Nevada County meetings to be held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Hwy., Nevada City. Call (530) 273-3795 for information.

Applications are now being accepted from crafters for “Winterfaire” to be held Oct. 23 and 24. Call (530) 272-7033 for information.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be holding interviews April 8 for prospective volunteers. However, applications must be turned in prior to March 15. Applications can be found at the main lobby desk, outpatient lobby desk, and online at the hospital Web site. For more information please call (530) 274-6884 or (530) 272-8290. Volunteers are special people who offer their time to help others.

Check out the gift shop located at the main lobby of the hospital for all your special and unique gift needs. Also, don’t forget See’s Candy is sold year round, and there will be a special supply of Easter candy soon. All proceeds from the Auxiliary sales benefit the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

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

Olympics and Oscars.

Monday night’s meeting at Mother Lode Toastmasters began with introductions and a recap of our favorite Winter Olympic events. Speed skating, ice skating, Super G and hockey were among some of the favorites.

Our first speaker was Jeanne Charboneau who challenged our preconceptions about the elderly. It served as a reminder to workers who help the elderly, that those in care facilities are only a percentage of the population and that it is possible to live a vibrant albeit slower lifestyle well into our golden years. Our second speaker was Joyce Peterman. Joyce spoke on Motivational Interviewing. Originally used as a method to encourage recidivism in alcoholics and criminals, this technique can also be applied to dealing with teens. It was a great demonstration on how to use positive statements to encourage change.

Lucinda Porter was the Table Topics master of the evening. With an Oscar theme, each member had an opportunity to speak about their favorite movies, stars and even give an acceptance speech or two!

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

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

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 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.

American Legion Post 130

Next Post 130 business meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the Remembrance Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. These meetings are always held on the second Tuesday of every month, 2 to 4 p.m. Lounge closes during meeting, reopens after adjournment.

This and the next two meetings will be extremely important! Some committees need additional volunteers; April and May nominations will be made with votes coming in May, directly after close of nominations. We need everyone’s participation to make this truly a democratic process! So we will see many of you there.

Here is a thought. When you read through the obituaries think of the many, many Honor Guard participations, good weather or bad.

Gold Country Seniors Alive

Gold Country Seniors Alive TGIF, March 12.

Gold Country Seniors Alive is hosting an informal social event at The Village at the Northern Queen. This is a great opportunity to meet interesting mid-life and older adults, and to begin discussion about healthy, active aging and later life planning.

Wine and snacks will be served.

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