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Evangeline Chapter No. 9,

Order of the Eastern Star

Nov. 24 marked the 130 Installation of Officers for Evangeline Chapter No. 9 , Order of the Eastern Star in Nevada City.



Kay Edmonds of Grass Valley and Lou Trovato of Nevada City were installed as worthy matron and worthy patron for the year 2003. Other officers included Roberta and Joe Day as associate matron and associate patron; George Harper, secretary; Michael Mavrakis, treasurer; Waynette Trovato, conductress; Verna Williams as associate conductress; Leland Pauly, chaplain; Marianne Kummell, marshal; and Linda Samuels, organist. The Star Points installed were Lois Koenig, Adah; Evelyn Horan, Ruth; Jean Velikonia, Esther; Margaret Clements, Martha; Kathleen Barale, Electa. The warder installed was Bob Peebles and sentinel, Al Koenig.

Any member of the Order of the Eastern Star is invited to attend the monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Nevada City Masonic Lodge, 1081/2 N. Pine St. in Nevada City. For more information call George Harper at 265-5310.




Penn Valley Toastmasters Club

Dave Ljundgren won the Dec. 3 best speaker award for “Winter Wonderland,” a speech about a winter experience, when he and his friends enjoyed skating on a beautiful pond.

Gerry Currie gave his speech in the form of a status report titled “The Middle East Mess,” covering the prediction of no Iraq war and his reasons. Bill Koontz gave his speech in the form of a eulogy he planned for a friend that recently died. Dave Doll won the best evaluator award for evaluation of Dave Ljundgren’s speech. Audrey Coffin won the table topics award.

Penn Valley Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce building. Due to the holidays, Dec. 24, and 31 meetings will not be held. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Pete at 432-7704.

Sue Warrick-Smith won the Dec. 10 best speaker award for “Impressions of Germany,” a speech about her and her husband’s vacation experiences and the sights in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Jack Meeks gave his speech titled “Nevada County Politics” covering his descriptive views of politics in Nevada County regarding property rights and some suggestions on how to win an election in Nevada County. Gerry Currie won the best evaluator award for evaluation of Jack Meeks’ speech. Gerry Currie also won the table topics award regarding the holiday season.

Penn Valley Toastmasters meets each Tuesday at the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce building. Due to the holidays, Dec 24 and 31 meetings will not be held. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Guests are always welcome. For more information call Pete at 432-7704

National Association of

Retired Federal Employees

Grass Valley Chapter No. 1335 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) met Dec. 12 at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge, No. 2217, on Allison Ranch Road.

The following officers for 2003 were installed: Dottie Schmidt, president; Glen Boire, first vice president; George Funderburk, second vice president; Bette King, secretary; and Bill Henry, treasurer. Forty-one members and guests were entertained by a choral group from Nevada Union High School.

The speaker for the November meeting was Bobby Swanson, executive director of the Lutz Adult Day Care Center, which members of the chapter support with donations. Members of the national organization of NARFE have supported Alzheimer’s Research through the Alzheimer’s Association for several years. So far they have contributed over $4,600,000 and have set a goal of $7,000,000 by the year 2007.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE. For more information, call 477-6123 or 273-7324.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to helping people become better communicators.

One portion of the weekly meetings is a self paced program designed to help one learn how to prepare and present a five to seven minute talk in front of an audience.

That is followed by an evaluation section where each formal talk is discussed by an assigned evaluator. In addition, each person at the meeting has a small slip of paper on which to write a couple of sentences on how they heard the speech and what they suggest for improvement.

At our most recent meeting Heather Peterman was voted the best table topics (impromptu) speaker. The award for the best prepared speech went to Glen Boire for his talk, called “Finnis World.” The winner of the best evaluator trophy was Gary Peterman. For more information on Mother Lode Toastmasters, call Helga Rohl at 470-0122.


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