Club News: Oct. 9, 2010 |

Club News: Oct. 9, 2010

Elks Ladies of 518

The Elks Ladies of 518 hold a dinner business meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49 North.

For information call (530) 265-2107.

The Elks Ladies of 518 Fall Luncheon Fashion Show, “We’ve Got Style,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. The show will feature fashions for teens through senior adults from five local stores and will include door prizes and a raffle.

The bar will open at 11 a.m., lunch will be held at noon and the show begins at 1 p.m.

Admission is $20. Monies raised will be donated to various charities supported by the Elks Ladies.

For information call (530) 432-9092.

Sierra Sports Car Group

Sierra Sports Car Group (SSCG), a local nonprofit group, will be hosting a car show, Gold Country Foreign Car Classic, at 200 Litton Drive in Grass Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. The inaugural car show was hosted at the same location in July. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for other local nonprofits. SSCG enjoys giving back to the community, and hosting a car show for foreign cars and motorcycles seemed the best way to go about it as there are no local shows for the classic foreign beauties the members own.

Group president Nick Conklin has wanted to host a benefit car show for years, and 2010 was the year that gave the group a lucky break in finding a suitable location to host the event.

The first annual show boasted 70 classic foreign cars, sedans and race cars from various locations throughout California. About 40 of the cars belonged to members of the Sierra Sports Car Group. Awards were given out for best car representing the different European countries determined by a panel of judges, and a People’s Choice award determined by show attendees voting for their favorite. The winner of the People’s Choice was one of SSCG’s own members, Lou.

This second event will be much like the first boasting classic French, German, British and Italian cars all ranging in age from 30 years or older. At the first show it was exciting to have a small fleet of Porsches and even a couple Ferraris. Beer, wine, barbecue and ice cream will be available at the event, as well as live music and a small awards ceremony. Entrance is free and open to the public.

To register your own foreign car in the show, please call (530) 272-7287.

Bear River Lioness

Bear River Lioness wine tasting fundraising event, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Higgins Lions Community Center, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley. $15, $5 for non-drinkers.

For tickets, call (530) 268-7205.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) marched in the 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade held in Nevada City on Sunday, Sept. 12. Chapter members, wearing Colonial period costumes and carrying patriotic signs, passed out American flags to children along the parade route down Broad Street. The DAR marching group included chapter member Heather Keasbey’s father Deke Keasbey (a member of Sons of the American Revolution), driving his 1932 burgundy Ford coupe; Heather and her daughter Rosie rode in the car. Carrying the chapter banner, chapter members who marched were Jennie Carothers, Susan Carr, Gloria Gibbel, Karen Keasbey, Nancy McClellan, Beverly Moncrieff and Vice Regent Coreena Ross.

The National DAR organization was instrumental in the establishment of Sept. 17 to 23 each year as Constitution Week under President Eisenhower’s administration. Every year, the local Captain John Oldham DAR Chapter enthusiastically participates in community activities honoring and celebrating the United States Constitution. Chapter members Janelle Dalton and Jennie Carothers obtained Constitution Week Proclamations from the Nevada City and Grass Valley City Councils and from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, in addition to arranging for the ringing of bells at Grass Valley’s St. Patrick Church and Nevada City’s St. Canice Catholic Church on Sept. 17, to coincide with bell-ringing in Philadelphia at the same time and date commemorating the signing of our U.S. Constitution.

For more information about the National DAR Society, see the NSDAR general website and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 274-9177 or visit our website 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.

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club will meet at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Activities for the month will be presented and discussed. Plans for the members-only Thanksgiving luncheon to be held on Nov. 10 will be finalized. Singles who are interested in joining the club are invited to attend the meeting and get acquainted.

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

Pioneer Arts

Pioneer Arts’ Oct. 13 general meeting will feature a presentation by well-known local artist David Mooney. David will be demonstrating various techniques in acrylic painting that he uses to achieve the stunning results seen in his art. A self-taught artist, David combines his love and knowledge of history, nature, and art with his devotion to the Anglican Church. Last summer David served as an artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. Many of his paintings depict majestic mountain scenes from the Rockies and locally from Yosemite National Park. 

The Oct. 13 meeting will be held at Off Center Stage on the Richardson Avenue side of The Center for the Arts complex in Grass Valley. You may find it easier to enter from Richardson Avenue than from the Main Street side. The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests and visitors are welcome.

David and other members of Pioneer Arts will be participating in the upcoming Open Studios Art Tour held on Oct. 9 and 10 and 16 and 17. More information about Open Studios is available at The Center for the Arts. 

Pioneer Arts’ Northern Mines Exhibit begins Oct. 19 at The Center for the Arts.

Gold Country Celtic Society

The date of this month’s gathering is Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. Join us for the 6 o’clock social hour. A potluck dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share for eight to 10 people, an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert, beverage and your tableware. Coffee and tea will be available. 

There will be a program beginning around 7:30 p.m. with presenter Kevin Fraser discussing DNA Genealogy. The Scots, in particular, have embraced DNA genealogy for their ancestral research. Kevin Fraser has long operated  one of the largest DNA projects, and will explain (a) what it is, (b) how it is done, (c) why it is significant, (d) how to participate, sharing, along the way, some very funny stories that resulted from 10 years of testing people. This is science made simple.

Relax and enjoy Kevin’s presentation. You don’t have to be Celtic!

Information: (530) 265-2079 or (530) 272-1316.

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.

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

Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885 invites all former, retired, active and reserve Marines, women Marines and FMF Corpsmen who are interested in renewing the “Espirit de Corps,” camaraderie and social events.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, located at 255 S. Auburn St. (enter at the side of the building on second floor). Bring your DD 214 or proof of serving honorably.

Contact us at

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, Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information call (530) 272-8684.

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, Oct. 20, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

The group shares experiences in gardening in the Foothills and hosts 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 Genealogical Society

The monthly meeting of the Nevada County Genealogical Society will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Meeting Room. This month’s speaker will be Pamela Dallas. Her topic will be newspaper research.

Newspaper research is more than obituary hunting. Thorough newspaper research can be tedious, but the payoff is huge. Learn ‘Who’ is in the newspapers, ‘What’ you need to do to find them, ‘When’ your ancestors may appear in the paper, ‘Where’ the papers are located, ‘Why’ you need to do the research and ‘How’ to find the newspapers. The general public is welcome.

For more information call (530) 273-0855.

Palestine-Israel Working Group

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Nevada County Peace Center, 216 B Main

St. in Nevada City.

The group meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, and sponsors the Women and Men in Black Thursdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street Bridge in Nevada City.

All are welcome to participate.

For more information, please send an e-mail to

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County is open to all artisans who are interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog:

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City – Houser Conference Room. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

This month the Guild is presenting its 28th annual Fall Festival, Winterfaire, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Main Street Building in Grass Valley. Admission is only $1 and parking is free! There will be locally made hand-crafted items from over 45 juried artisans. Items for sale include metal work, handwoven textiles, jewelry, dolls and much more. There will also be door prizes, activities for children and a food concession.

For information about the Guild, call (530) 273-3795 or see the Guild’s website:

Early Risers Toastmasters

Meeting was opened by Sylvia Pichitino, Educational Vice President, with the question of which do you enjoy more, the trip or the destination. Visitors today were Deborah Gilchrest (guest of Cindy Fulton), Selden Hall and Cheryl Hanks (guests of George and Karen Chileski).

Thank you to the Host Cindy Fulton, Toastmaster Lori Burkart Frank, Grammarian Kathy Hillis, General Evaluator Jim Lewis, Timer Mike Crandall and Humor Master Harris Weinberg. Members know in advance the jobs they will be doing.

Ursula Monroe’s speech title was “O.J.T.” about On the Job Training comparing her job years ago as a Veterinarian Tech and now being the mother of a 2-year-old son. Her goal was “Getting Comfortable with Visual Aids.” Some of the props she used were very creative and entertaining, ending with wine at the end of the day.

Shelley Drievold spoke on “Hosting Parties with Panache,” showing us some wonderful tips on using scrapbooking papers for placemats and bottle covers, also showing us beautiful dessert kabobs she had made.

Karen Chileski talked about how to “Be Part of the Bigger Picture” encouraging members to consider being an officer for the six month term January through June. There is much more to Toastmasters International than just the weekly meetings. Being part of an international organization can open doors that will help you in your career and your life.

Table Topics by Connie Suddath was giving a quotation then asking people to practice impromptu speaking by talking about the subject. The quotes were from Shakespeare.

Winners today were Ursula Monroe for Best Speaker, Judy Nichols for Best Evaluator and George Chileski for Best Table Topics speaker.

Tip of the day is when introducing someone to welcome them to the lectern and keep them toward the audience, always having someone at the lectern keeps the connection with the audience.

Members are always welcome to visit at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Trolley Junction in Nevada City.

For information call (530) 273-9777.

Nevada County PFLAG

Nevada County PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will celebrate Coming Out Day, Monday, Oct. 11, with a dinner at Amigos & Co., 101 Broad St., Nevada City, at 6 p.m. No reservations required; come and join us.

“Coming Out” is the process of accepting one’s sexual orientation and sharing it with family, friends and co-workers, and refers to the proverbial “closet” in which many are forced to hide in order to feel safe and protected from cruelty and discrimination.

The first Coming Out Day was held Oct. 11, 1988, and was chosen in commemoration of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, and also marked the anniversary of the first display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C.

PFLAG is an international nonprofit organization providing support, education and advocacy to and for families. Meetings are held monthly on the fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley.

Gold Country Community Center

Two Guys and Two Guitars played sing-along favorites this past Wednesday, as Bob Sagely and Everette Burkard did some hot pickin’ after a lunch of finger lickin’ chicken. Next Wednesday, voice coach Beverly Marks and two of her students will perform a variety of Broadway classics from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in our High Noon Cafe.

Have you ever wanted to set the writer within you free? Then sign up for our Memoir Writing Class. Editor and Creative Writing Coach Ann Keeling will show you how to paint your life in words. The course starts on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and will meet each Tuesday through Dec. 7. The cost is just $10 for Community Center Members and $20 for non-members.

We also need volunteer drivers for our Home Delivered Meals Program – as well as volunteers to help us cut and deliver wood to Nevada County seniors. If you can spare just two hours a week, you’ll make a huge, much appreciated difference.

Phone (530) 273-4961 for further details on all the services, activities and nutrition programs we offer. The Gold Country Community Center is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road, Brunswick. Phone (530) 273-4961.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets at 12:30 p.m. the first three Thursdays of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room, 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley.

For more information call (530) 477-1201 or visit

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club welcomes new residents and invites all members to these events in October and November.

Oct. 20, members will enjoy wine and appetizer pairings at Naggier Vineyard and Winery. Space limited to 40.

Nov. 1, the Men’s Breakfast will have a presentation of the history of the Washoe Tribe by Wanda Batchlor, selected as 2003 “Woman of the Year” by the Nevada State Attorney General for her positive contributions to her native people.

Save the date of Nov. 17 for lunch and a presentation by Ken Harden at the historic National Hotel in Nevada City. Reservations due by Nov. 12.

Call (530) 477-3750 for more information and a membership packet.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 535

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 274-3787.

SIR Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Fishing the Delta for Stripers.

A guest speaker will talk about striper fishing at the SIR Rooster Tails Fishing Club breakfast meeting on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Auburn Elk’s Lodge, 195 Pine St. The Lodge opens at 7 a.m. with a large selection $12 buffet breakfast served at 8 a.m. Free coffee, tea, and juice will be available. Members and guests are also invited to visit the Information Tables for free fishing information and samples.

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is holding its last fishing derby of the year on Oct. 21, fishing for striped bass in the Delta (for Rooster Tail members only). A guest speaker will share his expertise on how to fish for stripers, offer tackle recommendations, ideas on where to fish in the Delta and share the importance of the tides when fishing for stripers.

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is an activity of Sons in Retirement (SIR) Branch 37, a luncheon club of retired and semi-retired men. Monthly fishing events are held for the benefit of their members and guests on many local waters. The Rooster Tails meet the third Friday of every month for breakfast to provide education, entertainment and enhancement of the fishing experience.

For more information on attending SIR Rooster Tails Fishing Club meetings, contact Jim Petruk, Club Chairman, (530) 887-0479 or

Sierra Table Tennis

Open play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Drive, Nevada City.

For information call (530) 265-2834.

American Association of University Women – Nevada County

Black-lace bras for 6-year-olds? Why are womens’ bodies continually “socially scrutinized”? Why are products marketed to women filled with promises of youth and beauty? Why is a woman’s “hotness” a measure of her personal success?

Come to the Oct. 16 meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Nevada County. Dr. Kathleen Taylor-Fillebrown, Professor of Psychology and Women and Gender Studies at Sierra College, a dynamic speaker, will explore how advertising and marketing in our culture affect our views.

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley. Your comments, ideas and friends are welcome to attend.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters warmly welcomes all guests to visit our club. Whether you would like to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills, or if you’d like to meet new people, or are simply curious to know more about what happens in our meetings, we are delighted to have you visit us. Speaking is optional for guests.

A favorite part of the evening is “Table Topics.” The Table Topics Master selects a topic or phrase for one to two-minute impromptu speeches relating to that subject.

The “Word of the Day” needs to be incorporated in the speech. The master selects certain individuals to speak, giving a different prompt for each one. The responses are often very entertaining or thought provoking.

Penn Valley’s meetings are held at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Our meeting room is past the Penn Valley Market, under the staircase and across from the laundromat. We meet on the second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

For information call (530) 432-8488.

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a hot referral organization that helps local businesses grow and thrive. The group started over a year ago and is growing quickly. Guests are welcome to come and consider joining while business categories are still available.

The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley. We put the work in networking.

For more information call (530) 271-3603 or (530) 470-0321 or visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women, of all military branches who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday.

Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For more information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Sons of Norway

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Special notice: Gulldalen Lodge members are preparing for the first ever “Viking Fair,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2, Nevada County Fairgrounds. The regular meeting on Monday will be replaced by “Viking Fair” activities. Please join in this ambitious event on Oct. 29 – work party and Oct. 30 – Fair Day. All members working together will make it a success. The public is invited to attend and enjoy Scandinavian food, culture, crafts, demonstrations, vendors and live music.

Look for the “Viking Båten” boat anchored at Gate 2 and enjoy a day of fun.

Thanks to the members who sailed down Broad Street in Nevada City in the “Viking Båten” promoting Viking Volunteers in America. The Constitution Day Parade Committee awarded them a third place ribbon for their efforts.

Remember today is “Leif Erikson Day” marking the anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants from Norway in 1825. 

For information call (530) 432-8311 or (503) 273-2018.


Nevada County Bonsai Club

A social, nonprofit club founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai. Open to all.

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. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting is Oct. 19.

For information call (530) 273-2628.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Nests, Needs and Navigation.

Melissa Stevens, acting president of the evening, started us off by asking, “What did you do on Sunday?” Reba Jones was Toastmaster for her first time. Well done! Welcome to our newly inducted member, Carol Prentice.

The first speaker of the evening was Maura Robertshaw. Her speech, “Phase Four” touched on the phases of her life as she struggles to discover the purpose of Phase Four; the phase of letting go and the empty nest. Evaluator: Sharon Hollis. Our second speaker, Sarah McTighe, gave an informative speech titled, “Meeting Basic Needs with Local Resources,” from an advanced manual. She revealed the significance of knowing available local resources when needing assistance and encouraged us to be prepared. Evaluator: Max Kane. Our third speaker, Joyce Peterman, explained the trials and tribulations of directionally deprived navigators in her appropriately titled speech, “Sense of Direction.” Evaluator: Sara Kudrle.

Mary Thompson used clever phrases containing onomatopoeias during Table Topics. Speakers used the word “redundant’ while answering open ended sentences.

Speakers that best met their objectives: Best Speaker – Maura Robertshaw, Best Evaluator – Sara Kudrle, and Best Table Topics – guest Jerry Gridley. Jeanne Charbonneau was our General Evaluator. Janai Carlson gave an Educational Moment regarding Table Topics Tips.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We love guests! Speaking is optional for guests. Meeting place: Eskaton Village Lodge – 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley. Meeting time: Mondays, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

For more information contact Sharon Hollis, (530) 264-6902 or visit our website:

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

Meeting time change!

Frank Gallino Unit 130 will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 in the dining hall of the Grass Valley Veterans Building. District 7 President Lynn Uhazi and officers of District 7 will make their official visit to Unit 130. (Boxes for our troops will be packed at 4 p.m.)

Unit 130 members are looking forward to hearing about the experiences of Girls State Delegates Lauren Wells (Bear River High School), Haley Luce (Nevada Union High School) and Hannah Masterson (Forest Lake Christian High School) who attended the California Girls State session from June 26 to July 2. At 7 p.m. members of Post 130 will join us to hear the reports of Boys State and Girls State Citizens. Light refreshments will be served.

Auxiliary members will join Post 130 for the annual Hoedown on Friday, Oct. 15. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. with entertainment and dancing to the music of the Fruit Jar Pickers. A costume contest will reveal the best men’s, women’s and couple’s western/country costumes. Tickets are $15 per person.

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

Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets at noon on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For further information and meeting location call Georgia at (530) 272-7785.

PFLAG of Placer County

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Auburn. This month’s featured speaker will be Phil Washburn, President of Lavender Friends Club of Sun City, Lincoln Hills. Phil will speak about the Lavender Friends Club, how members support one another and how the club is a resource for the LGBT senior community.

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

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club has their general meetings the second Wednesday of every month. The cooler weather brings us indoors to Alta Sierra Pizza and Grill on Oct. 13.

We eat at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m..

The club is wrapping up a successful season with many new members and several new Junior sailors. We welcome all salts and those interested in nautical adventures. You do not need to have a boat to join.

Questions, please call (530) 265-2070 or visit our website

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

Tracey Stanga, Asst. Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, gave a very informative presentation on credit and debit cards to members of Chapter 1355 at the Sept. 9 NARFE luncheon meeting. Ms. Stanga addressed the new credit card and debit card laws that were recently enacted. She emphasized the need to beware of identity theft stating that about one in three people have their identities stolen each year. Ways to minimize ID theft is to minimize the information on your checks and to write fewer of them.

Some new laws: Accounts up to $250,000 are now permanently insured by the FDIC; credit card companies must apply payments to the portion of credit card balances with the highest interest rates; only individuals age 18 and over may apply for a credit card unless the person is emancipated by state law.

Ms. Stanga stressed the importance of having a trust and ensuring that all accounts are actually put into the trust. She suggested everyone check with his/her bank to determine how to ensure banking security.

Members are looking forward to the Oct. 14 meeting and an interesting presentation by Auburn State Recreation Area’s Canyon Keepers Jim Ferris and Bill Mash. They will present a slide show about the background of the recreation area and its trails.

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 Highway 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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The next regular meeting of the NCRWF will be on Oct. 19 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch. The deadline for reservations is Monday, Oct. 11. Reservation information is available by calling (530) 470-8507.

Our 4th district congressman Tom McClintock and Roseanne Slonsky-Breault, 2nd VP for Northern Division of Republican Women Federated with be the guest speakers. Congressman McClintock will speak on his re-election campaign goals and news updates from Washington D.C. Roseanne is a surrogate speaker for Carly Fiorina and also speaks on “growing your membership.”

Please remember the NCRWF wine tasting fundraiser event will be on Oct. 22 at the Stonehouse Restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m. Please call (530) 273-1546 for further information.

Empire Toastmasters

At the Oct. 1 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Lisa Lehr was voted Better Speaker for her speech “How to Convince People to Want What They Need.” A Sales Training speech from the Professional Speaker manual, the project required the speaker to teach the audience, playing the role of a sales team, how to sell memberships to a fictitious fitness club. Janis Aydelott, visiting from Early Risers Toastmasters, won the Best Evaluator trophy for her evaluation of Lisa’s speech.

The meeting featured three speakers and three evaluations instead of the usual two, because of the club’s recent growth, so no time was left for Table Topics. Two repeat visitors attended. Many area Toastmasters are planning to attend the Division F Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest in Roseville on Oct. 22.

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’s monthly luncheon will be on Oct. 27 at the beautiful Alta Sierra Country Club. Halloween costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded!

October’s program is the exciting Annual Newcomers Silent and Live Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Live Auction will go to the Christmas Families Project. The Newcomers Club receives shopping lists from Women of Worth and Family Preservation Group. The Auctions’ proceeds are then used to provide gifts for these deserving families.

Doors open at 10 a.m., the Silent auction starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Menu choices are roasted ham with au gratin sweet potatoes or chicken parmesan with herbed orzo pasta or vegetarian entree. Each entree comes with a side of vegetables, mixed green salad, bread and butter, coffee and tea with apple cobbler for dessert. Luncheon cost is $18 per person. Reservations must be received by Monday, Oct. 18.

For information, please call (530) 474-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

Gold Country Chapter, LeTip International

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International meets Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at Kane’s Restaurant at 120 East Main St. in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! Guests should bring 50 business cards and be ready to tell us all about your business as you learn about ours.

One of our featured speakers today was Shelly Lierly with Hysell Accountancy Corp. Shelly shared tips from a management seminar she recently attended on solving everyday problems. Most of our stress comes from our own in-decision, and there are five ways people deal with making decisions. We 1) attack it, 2) avoid it, 3) flee from the problem, 4) succumb to the problem, 5) neglect the problem (never getting around to dealing with it). When you look at the dictionary definitions of decide, the ending cide means to kill it, literally meaning killing the indecision. Shelly shared that when we decide, nothing will ever hold us back!

Pam Grein from the Hang Up shared how much getting organized can reduce your stress. A closet organizer can prevent the stress and frustration of not being able to find your clothes or shoes in the morning. A custom organizer for your office keeps your productivity up, and the perfect entertainment center built by the Hang Up can create a great space for relaxing in during the evening. Organizers from the Hang Up almost double your storage space! Many member of the group shared their kudos to Pam for work she has done in our homes, from kid’s tiny closets to entertainment centers. Anyone struggling with disorganization is encouraged to call Pam for a free estimate.

Tip Master Joe Imel handed out the August Top Tipper Award to Debbie Sitzberger, Real Estate Attorney. Debbie Costa, Debbie Costa Interior Designs was the top tipper for September with 13 tips!

Membership Chair David Kimmel, Kimmel Electric asked for an update from all our teams on prospective new members. The larger the club, the more members we have out there as our sales force looking for potential clients for each of us.

For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call (530) 477-3727.

American Legion Post 130

Time change for this month’s meeting! Tuesday, Oct. 12, the business meeting will be held in the Lounge, Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley at 5 p.m. District 7 officers will be visiting the Post. The second half of the meeting will be in the Dining Hall, where the attendees to Boy State/Girls State will be reporting on their participation. Finger food will be available at that time. Please plan on attending. Even if you are not affiliated with this Post you will be welcome! The Post Adjutant will be there in case you want to transfer to this Post or join the American Legion. Questions can also be answered by calling Post at (530) 272-2160.

Y’all come to an old-fashioned Hoe-Down. Friday, Oct. 15, is the second annual Hoe-Down sponsored by the Frank Gallino Post 130 and Auxiliary Unit 130. The Hoe-Down will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A no-host bar will open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be a picnic-style chicken dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Entertainment and dancing will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Fruit Jar Pickers performing. Prizes will be given for the best men’s costume, women’s costume and couple’s costume. Tickets are $15 per person.

Call the Post at (530) 272-2160 to make reservations for the Hoe-Down. Leave your name, phone number and number of ticket reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Y’all come and have a good time – y’all hear!

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City holds its luncheon meetings the first three Wednesdays of each month at the Organic Grill on Argall Way in Nevada City beginning at noon.

Our first fundraiser of the season is an E-Waste event on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the KMart parking lot (area furthest away from Highway 49) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please drop off your electronics for recycling and help us raise funds for our annual scholarships and awards which help women and girls in our community. If you have any questions in the meantime, please call Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

Our club is also looking for additional members who are interested in volunteering to assist women and girls – both locally and internationally. The more members we have, the more we can accomplish, and the more women and girls we can help within our own community and worldwide.

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 website –

Grass Valley Rotary Club

Grass Valley Rotary Club sponsoring a huge golf ball drop.

On Oct. 30, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, hundreds of golf balls will be dropped from a crane and the ball closest to the pin wins $1000. Of course, you have to buy a raffle ticket to qualify and this is the way funds are developed for the Grass Valley Rotary Club to do good work in the community. Don’t be surprised to see Rotarians wearing identity aprons in front of local supermarkets and hardware stores every Saturday through Oct. 23 hawking  tickets. For $5, one chance; $10, three chances; and the super sale price of $20 for eight chances.  

Join the fun during Halloween weekend at the Fairgrounds and take a chance on being a big winner. In the long run everyone’s a winner who buys a chance because through the programs of Rotary, Nevada County benefits.

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