October President’s Message

ADVICE FROM A PUMPKIN:  Be well rounded, get plenty of sunshine, give thanks for life’s bounty, have a thick skin, keep growing…. think big.                                       ~Ilar Shamir

The next few months are big ones for our club.

This month’s luncheon is our annual auction to raise money for our Christmas Families Project. We have wonderful items both large and small for our live auction and also a super silent auction. This day is always entertaining even if you don’t win your bid. Please come, join the fun, and bring along a friend. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume for a fun parade and you may win a prize!

In November and December we will be working on our shopping and wrapping for the children’s Christmas. This is your time to volunteer. Most jobs are a small commitment in time and a BIG payoff in good feelings.

We still need flashlights, infant toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, as well as cold weather items for teens and adults. If you can contribute any of these items please bring them to the box located in the foyer at the luncheon.

I’d like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who are working so hard on organizing these projects!

See you at our Auction Luncheon on October 25th.

October Silent Auction

Change is in the air with autumn arriving and with the upcoming Silent Auction. We are transitioning to new chairpersons for 2018-2019. Your current chairs, along with next year’s chairs, have already been collaborating. Positive, more effective methods will be implemented this year. These are tried-and-true changes that have worked for many other non-profits in the area. Your help and understanding are greatly appreciated.   

We NEED your donations, new or gently used items – no clothing please. Remember, variety is the spice of life. If you’re unsure of a donation, call us. Let’s make this a stellar year for our community and the families we help support! 

Here’s an awesome change: Early registration and drop off of donations…we want to encourage this. Debe Wilson and Tricia Shelton will be collecting these items. You can drop off your donated items (with completed bid sheet if possible) at Alta Sierra Country Club on Monday, October 23 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and on Tuesday, October 24 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. These are the only available dates and times for early drop off. If this does not work for you, items can be brought on the day of the auction or you can call Doris Balog or Veronica Woodmansee (contact info below) for other options.

To make it easy to register, our Newsletter Team has included a bid form for donated items in the back of the newsletter. You can print it off (white paper only please) and have your registration form ready. Fill out your name, the item description and value. Our team will fill in the rest. If you are selling an item, you need a green bid form and those will be available the day of the auction. There is a $3 registration fee per item.

There are to be no refunds at the live or silent auctions.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas we’d love to hear from you. Please contact your Silent Auction Co-Chairs. Thank you! 

Treasures at the Live Auction

The Newcomers Annual Live Auction is almost here! This exciting and fun-filled event supports our Christmas Families Project. Together we can create another special, magical Christmas for children in our community. Last year we supported 152 children, all because of your generosity. The Live Auction brings a Dream List that you won’t want to miss, offering treasures that will amaze and tempt you. Remember, the Live Auction is open to the public so invite your family and friends. John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, will return as our auctioneer, bringing his dynamic, fast-paced entertaining energy to this event. Take a look at the list of some of the incredible items to be auctioned off. Bring your Wish List, your enthusiasm and your checkbooks!

One night’s stay at Atlantis in Reno

Olive Oil tasting for 10

Rounds of golf for 4 and a $100 gift certificate to the Timbers Restaurant

CATS theater tickets for 2 and a $50 gift certificate to Asian Gardens

Arctic Santa hand-crafted wall hanging

Sierra Stages tickets for 2 and a $50 gift certificate to Cirino’s

InConcert Sierra tickets for 2 and a gift certificate to Sergio’s Caffé

Tim the Tree Man

Half day fly fishing trip on the Yuba River with Tom Page of the Reel Anglers Fly Shop

Fun Package, which includes Sierra Cinema tickets, Baskin Robbins gift cards for kids scoops,

a $25 gift certificate to the Fun Park and a $25 gift certificate to Prosperity Lanes

Festive fall flower arrangement by Grass Valley Florist

Lovely wine rack stocked with local wines

Legacy Productions tickets for 4 and a $75 gift certificate to Lefty’s Grill

Blu Sky Window Washing

Fly-over Nevada County with Bruce Marlow

A Taste of Grass Valley and Nevada City with gift certificates to various restaurants

Four hours of quality house cleaning by The Flying Broom

Legacy tickets for 2 and a $50 gift certificate to Bistro 221

Shopping Package with gift certificates to Empire Shoes, Bamboo Home Store and Yuba Blue

A week’s stay at a condo in North Carolina

Dale’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

3-night stay at a house in Santa Cruz

And many more surprises!

 There are to be no refunds at the live or silent auctions.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County has a Facebook page


Remember, our club has a website, www.NewcomersNC.org. 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: www.facebook.com/NewcomersNC. 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