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Golden Empire Sams

January’s luncheon at Carlos’ in Grass Valley was a huge success, with 34 members enjoying a great meal. The February luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 12 at Trolley Junction Restaurant, in Nevada City.

If you have an RV and are interested in joining us for the luncheon or finding out more about the Good Sam RV Club, call Paul Rankin at 273-8946.

Penn Valley


Bill Koontz won the Jan. 7 best speaker award for “Sign Language,” a speech about the use of theater sign language in the theater and movie industry.

Gerry Currie gave his speech titled “Iraq Mistakes,” concerning the history of mistakes made by the U.S. and British in dealing with the politics of the Middle East. Audrey Coffin won the best evaluator award for the evaluation of Gerry Currie’s speech. Bill Koontz also won the table topics award.

Penn Valley Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce building. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Pete at 432-7704.

Sierra Foothills

Iris Society

This month’s Sierra Foothills Iris Society program meeting will be given by Kathy Braaten, who will speak about Pacific Coast natives.

She will be showing slides of hybrids and species of this category of iris. The Pacific Coast native species are beardless irises that grow wild in California, Oregon and Washington.

Sierra Foothills Iris Society meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Auburn Civic Center, 1225 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

Junior Grange

Jan. 5, officers of Golden Empire, Rough and Ready and their Junior Granges were installed for the 2003 year.

Master in G.E. is Sidney Hunt, Rough and Ready master is Marie Tomney, and the Junior Grange Master is Kelsey Pierce. Grace Doty opened the meeting and Edith Richards gave the blessings. Installing officer was Conne Baer, master of the Nevada County Pomona Grange. Many family and friends observed the ceremony.

Junior Grange members Loren Pierce and Naomi Cook assisted in the floor work, to the delight of the attendees. Vitta Coates of Banner Grange was also present. The pianist was lecturer Bernice Cannon.

All granges are pledged this year to increase membership and improve their community services.

Mother Lode


At the most recent Monday night meeting, Toastmaster’s District Governor Marjorie Quist, installed new club officers. The new president, Heather Peterman, is also the youngest member of the club.

Mary Ann Smith is the vice president of education, Gary Peterman is the vice president of membership, Rob Rasch is vice president of public relations, Glen Boire is treasurer, and Helga Rohl is sergeant-at-arms.

During the regular program Ginger Kane was voted the speaker who best met her objectives; Glen Boire, the best evaluator; and Gary Peterman the best table topics speaker.

Ages of members present ranged from 91-years-young Mel Burris to 26-years-old Heather Peterman. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Gary Peterman at 272-5786.

Retired Federal


Grass Valley Chapter No. 1335 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees met Jan. 9, at Moose Lodge No. 2217 on Allison Ranch Road. Thirty-four members and guests enjoyed an excellent lunch and a lively auction of some very interesting items. The auction was conducted by treasurer and auctioneer extraordinaire Bill Henry.

The speaker for the Feb. 13 meeting will be Edna Steger Angove, district vice president for the 14 chapters of NARFE in the Sacramento and Sierra Nevada Foothills area.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE.

For more information call 477-6123 or 273-7324.

Nevada County

Camera Club

This month’s meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in the Houser Room located at the southwest corner of Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway.

If the parking lot is full, try the lot across the street at the Imaginarium on the southeast corner of the same intersection. Note the change of room for the meeting.

The speaker this month is David Arnold. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1985.

He lives, works and teaches in Grass Valley. He has been teaching photography for six years at Nevada Union High School and four years at Sierra College. His photography includes work in black and white and color, as well as continuing experiments with digital media.

If you have an interest in photography and would like to meet others who enjoy it, please attend our meeting. If you have some mated, unframed pictures you would like to show, bring them. For information, please call Bill at 274-2313.

Grass Valley Elks

Grass Valley Elks Lodge announced the local winners of the annual Elks National Foundation “Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest.”

The winners were selected from Nevada Union and Bear River high school’s college bound graduating seniors. Winners are Ryan Patterson, Alyssa Prince, Wesley Dodson and Michelle Mathis.

These winners are now competitors in the Northeast District, and if successful they will go on to state and possibly national competition. They will also be honored at a lodge awards dinner in March.

Scholarship, leadership and financial need are the criteria by which applicants are judged. Winners are usually in the top 5 percent of their classes.

Names of all higher-level winners will be announced in early May.

Friendship Club

receives grant

The Friendship Club, a community based nonprofit organization serving Nevada County at-risk adolescent girls, received a $1,000 grant from Newman’s Own Organics. The Friendship Club was nominated for the grant by Mountain People’s Warehouse in Auburn. Newman’s Own Organics donates 100 percent of after-tax profits to charitable causes. This is the second time that The Friendship Club has been awarded this grant through Mountain People’s Warehouse.

Also, The Friendship Club announced two additions to their board of directors. Liz Coots, community volunteer, and Trisha Dellis, principal of Sierra Mountain High School, begin their three-year terms in February.

For more information, please call Mary Collier, executive director of The Friendship Club, at 265.4311

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