“Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life.”
~ Danielle Duckery
For many of us, Thanksgiving will be a very different celebration this year as the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives. Families and friends who would normally be joining you at your home may decide that it is not wise to travel at this time, even though it was a difficult decision to make. On the other hand, your traditional Thanksgiving may have included a journey in order to be with your family at this special time of the year. Whatever the decisions you make, I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I am very disappointed to report that we will not be able to enjoy our usual Christmas luncheon this year. I had hoped by the time December came along things would have improved as far as the spread of the virus is concerned. However, we have been informed by the Alta Sierra Country Club that they will not consider opening for events until the new year. Even then, it cannot be guaranteed that we will be able to meet. In January, our Program Chairs have arranged for a great program. An area surgeon will be speaking on “How to Grow Old Gracefully.” I, for one, would like to hear what she has to say.
As always, my wish for you is to stay safe and well. Life as we once knew it will return, and I am sure then we will appreciate the little things that, at the moment, we are not able to enjoy.
Vice President’s Report
Progress on our Non-profit Application
Once the vote was taken and unanimously approved by our Newcomers members to amend our Bylaws and restate our Articles of Incorporation to support the acknowledgement of our Christmas Families Project focus, the application was submitted to the California Secretary of State. The process was slowed down considerably due to the pandemic, but it was received in September and approved. The next step is the long, arduous application to the IRS. We will keep you informed of its journey and progress.
Once we have submitted an application for non-profit status with the IRS, we can begin using that category for donations, and we will inform you of the official issuance of the designation when it arrives.
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.