What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.       

          ~ Vern McLellan

President’s Message

I would like to start by wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year. Last year was a challenging time for all of us. Now that we have a vaccine to combat this devastating virus we can, hopefully, look forward to seeing the end of the pandemic and the beginning of some normalcy in our lives.

With all the doom and gloom that was part of 2020 there is nearly always a positive that can be found. The bright spot for the Newcomers Club of Nevada County was that we were able to continue with our Christmas Families Project, which I always think of as the ‘heart’ of our club. Started many years ago by one of our members, it is now under the leadership of a wonderful committee. Of course, they couldn’t possibly complete the task without the help of so many of you who have been willing to shop for and wrap the gifts and others who have helped in many other ways. I would like to thank you all for being part of such a worthwhile project. I am sure they will share more details in her report, which you will find later in this newsletter.

As always, my wish for you is to stay safe and well. I hope that 2021 will be a good year for all and that we will eventually no longer have to worry about catching the COVID-19 virus.

January Program

Since the Alta Sierra Country Club is closed until further notice due to the latest shutdown orders, we have no plans for luncheon programs until conditions improve.


Fashion Show Update

Although the 2020 Fashion Show has been cancelled twice, we hope to again treat our members to a fabulous show of fashion in April 2021.

At this time there are many unknowns. We do know that Marilyn’s of Auburn has closed its doors permanently. We will miss this wonderful “local” store but can appreciate that Marilyn felt it was time to retire. The owners of our other participating stores, Beautiful boutique and La Te Da of Grass Valley and Whim be beautiful! of Penn Valley, are all trying to adapt and move forward with the new shopping restrictions. Now, more than ever, they need our support. I hope we all think of them first in updating our fashion looks for the fall.

Antonio is on board for catering, and Alta Sierra is still an unknown as far as seating a large group. We will continue to hope that many issues can be resolved so that we are able to bring you a spring fashion show. If and when possible, we will do it!

Newcomers Club of Nevada County has a Facebook page


On this website (www.NewcomersNC.org) you’ll find information on our charter, activity groups, luncheons, and special programs. You can also find our 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 anyone in need of a comfort or condolence card or contact from the Newcomers Club, please contact our Sunshine Chair.

Newcomers Club Community Table

The purpose of the Newcomer’s Club Community Table is to provide our members with 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

You will also find descriptions about most of our Activities in the Three-ring Binder on the Community Table.