Amanda Griggs speaks at Golden K meeting

Golden K member John Aune and guest speaker Amanda Griggs.


For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — John Aune welcomed guests Kathy Arnold and Amanda Griggs to the final meeting in February.

Announcements were made including the anniversary song sung for Gary and Sue Proudfit, who were celebrating 53 years of marriage; and Walt Jensen won the pot of gold.

Happy Dollar messages came from Gilbert Engel who was glad for a clean driveway; Gary Proudfit was an observer of a spiritual retreat weekend and saw much happiness; Agatha Cavaiani was happy because her granddaughter Casey, of Negaunee, made the dean’s list at Northern Michigan University in computer science and Sue LeDuc was happy for sunshine and smiles.

Amanda Griggs, who was the lively and interesting speaker for the day, gave an outline of what she had to do to get on “Jeopardy!” It begins with a test taken online, then wait to hear if an audition is offered. She had one chance to go to Chicago, but actually went for her audition to Minneapolis, at which time she had a quiz with 50 questions and was able to have mock practices. Another wait before getting the call to go to Los Angeles for an actual taping. When it came, her mother accompanied her. She noted the travel is at your own expense.

She taped her segment on Halloween of last year, but couldn’t reveal the results until the session was on TV. She was grateful to her family and the community for all the support and communications she received when it was aired.

Although she didn’t win she felt the experience was positive. Everyone she met was helpful and made her comfortable, especially Alex Trebek and his whole crew.

Griggs is a graduate of Iron Mountain High School, where she participated in High School Bowl, and Albion College. She was hired at Dickinson County Library directly after graduation and is currently on the staff.

The next meeting of Golden K will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford with Gilbert Engel as chairman.

Golden Throats will sing at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victorian Pines in Iron Mountain.