June President’s Message

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

This is our last newsletter until September. I am so grateful to all of our members who have stepped up to make this such a delightful and productive Club year. It is truly a group effort. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the new members who have joined our Board for next year.

I am also grateful to Melissa Bryant at Bistro 221 who has provided the use of the backroom for our Board meetings each month. After the meeting, we enjoy lunch there together. When you go to Bistro 221 for a meal, please thank Melissa for her generosity.

A number of you have given me feedback on last month’s Fashion Show. I appreciate that you care enough about our club to take time to talk to me about your experience. The Fashion Show Committee will be meeting soon and will consider your opinions carefully. Thank you.

Our Christmas Family Project supplemental box at the May luncheon contained a bag of beautiful hand knitted scarves. Whoever you are—you are truly a Christmas angel! Be sure to read on about the proposed new bylaws, our June luncheon, the photo contest, and lots more.

If I don’t see you this month, have a great summer!

Dues Renewal Forms – in your mailbox!

You received your dues renewal form in the mail in early May, and 72% of you promptly sent in your checks. Thanks very much!

Please get those checks in before June 30, to save us from having to follow up with those who haven’t paid. If you need another copy of the Renewal Form, you can find it online at

If you’ve decided not to renew your membership, please let us know. You’ll save us from having to make follow up phone calls.

Questions? Contact the Membership Chair.

Photo Contest – deadline is extended 

In the rules below, please note the extended deadline and that you are being encouraged to submit two photos, instead of just one.

Do you have a photograph you’d like to enter in the Roster Cover Photo Contest? Here are the contest rules.

  1. This Contest is open to all current members of our Newcomers Club.
  2. You may submit two photos.
  3. Your photo should depict something representing Nevada County.
  4. The photo should be of high quality and adapt to portrait mode (8” tall by 5” wide).
  5. A three-judge panel will select the winning photo.
  6. By entering the contest, you agree to have your photo (whether the winning photo or not) shared on our website and on our Facebook page.
  7. Photos should be emailed to the Membership Chair by June 10.

Luncheons to cost more 

Alta Sierra Country Club has raised their luncheon rates to $23. The cost for our luncheons in May and June will be $23.

Live Auction Update

We have been working to collect appealing items for our annual October Live Auction, which raises funds for our Christmas Families Project. Last year our Live Auction was a resounding success, and we would like to continue the momentum. Unfortunately, donations have been slow coming in this year. Your participation is what makes our auction successful. If you or your Activity Group would like to donate a package, we would be so grateful. For example, you might like to put together an Auction Item, which could include certificates to the 49er Fun Park, Prosperity Lanes, movie theaters, Baskin Robbins, Lazy Dog Chocolateria and/or the yogurt shops in the area; another Auction Item might include gift certificates to some of the businesses in Grass Valley and Nevada City. What would YOU like to see in the auction to get your bidding juices flowing? Any suggestions or creative ideas you may have would be greatly appreciated. Please contact one of the Social Chairs.

To date, a few of the items recurring from last year include theater and restaurant certificates, a 3-night stay at a house in Santa Cruz, a one night’s stay at Atlantis in Reno plus a $50 gift certificate, a medical facial peel by Dr. Selene and window washing by Blu Sky. And of course, John Renwick will be returning as our always-entertaining auctioneer. An exciting new item in this year’s auction is a week’s stay at a condo in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

2017/2018 Newcomers Club Board

The Newcomers Nominating Committee presented a slate of nominations in April, and the election of officers for next year was held at the May luncheon meeting. We are pleased that a number of new members have stepped up to serve on the Board to help our club run smoothly.

We are still searching for someone to work with a committee on the October Live Auction.  The good news is that much of the work has already been done, but we still need a chair or a couple of members who would co-chair and work together on this important committee.

If you are interested, please contact the Vice President.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County has a Facebook page

Remember, our club has a website, There you’ll find information on our charter, activity groups, luncheons and special programs. It also contains the membership application form along with instructions on how to join. Newcomers Club of Nevada County also has a Facebook page: You can check the page for our current newsletter and interesting photos, articles, and luncheon information. Like, Share, and Follow if you wish.

We would like to post photos of our activities on our web page, our Facebook page, and the Chamber of Commerce website. If you do not want your picture posted anywhere, you need to contact the Historian or the Membership Chair. Their contact information can be found in your newsletter or roster. If you notice someone taking your picture and do not want to be in it, please make sure you remind them and mention it to the photographer.


If you know of a member who has been ill, or who might be in need of comfort or condolences, please contact our Sunshine Chair, so we can let that member know we are thinking of her. You’ll find her contact information in the newsletter or in your roster.

Newcomers Club Community Table

The purpose for the Newcomer’s Club Community Table is to provide our members a method of displaying a non-profit organization or group that they feel may be of interest to other members. In addition, the table helps us all to be aware of the community programs in our beautiful area. Several groups need your help and support; there are others that can guide you to a new and interesting activity. We are delighted to display a brochure or booklet for these non-profit community organizations. We ask that you do not supply materials that pertain to advertising for a business or service for personal financial gain; that is not the purpose of our table. Members are welcome to leave information at the table; the pamphlets and brochures will continue to be displayed at the community table throughout the year. We respectfully request that we not be asked to display political, religious or any subject matter that is of a highly controversial nature. If you have any questions; please do not hesitate to contact the Historian at the email address or phone number in your roster. Here is a current list of pamphlets and brochures: 

Bear Yuba Land Trust, Cancer Aid Thrift Shop, Friendly Visitors & Telephone Reassurance Volunteers, Friends of AAUW, Friends of Hospice, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, Habitat for Humanity (Cars for Homes), Helpline Information & Assistance for Nevada County, Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Habitat for Humanity (Building Homes Building Lives), Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, Nevada County’s Golden History, North Star Historic Conservancy, ReStore Habitat for Humanity, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, The Friendship Club, Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue, and Women of Worth