Newcomers Club – Annual Membership Renewal

Dues for September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

$25.00 payable to Newcomers Club

We are streamlining our renewal process this year. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:

Mail your $25 check directly to our Treasurer. Make your check payable to Newcomers Club.

If your information in the current Roster has not changed, then you do NOT need to complete and mail a renewal form with your check.

If you wish to change your name, address, phone number, preferred phone number, email address or add your birthday, email your changes to our Membership Chair.

If you would like to make a cash donation to our Christmas Families Project, you can simply add a donation to your dues check. If you would rather write a separate check, please do so for any amount over $25. Any amount over the $25 renewal dues will go directly to Christmas Families Project.

Your donations will be acknowledged with a Donation Thank You letter in January.

If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Chair
To be listed in the Roster, we need to receive your check by July 31. 

(Upon reaching the age of 90, a Lifetime Membership may be granted to a member in good standing who has had an ongoing membership in the club for at least five years. Lifetime Membership waives payment of dues. To apply, contact our Membership Chair.)

President’s Message

“Friends are special people. They help you through the years. They help you through the good times and even through the tears.”

~ Anonymous

As you can see, I have been relegated below the Annual Membership Renewal information above, but with good reason. We value your membership and want to encourage you to remain a member of this amazing club. It not only promotes comradery but also gives you the opportunity to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones. Unfortunately, the club has not been able to operate as usual during the pandemic, but we are hoping that things will be back to normal when we begin our fiscal year on September 1, 2021. We are anticipating that we will be back at the Alta Sierra Country Club where we will once again be able to enjoy each other’s company. Hopefully, those of you who belong to one of our Activity groups have been able to connect through Zoom during this time. In mid-April, I was excited to physically get together with a few of my Book Club friends as we have all had our vaccinations and felt that we could safely meet. What a treat that was.

This month, we can look forward to our first program via Zoom. We are hoping many of you will be able to join us. Laurie Smotherman will give the presentation. You can find more details below, and also on this page. A Zoom invitation will go out to all members later this month.

As always, stay safe and well. I hope that all of you who wish to be vaccinated have already received the shots and feel more comfortable about getting together with friends. However until we are assured that the pandemic is over, we still need to wear our masks and practice social distancing.


May Program – The History of Mare Island

May 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm

Zoom Presentation

Laurie Smotherman, the immediate past Regent of the Auburn chapter of D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) will give a very fun and informative Zoom presentation discussing the history of Mare Island from Native American presence to the Navy base closure. The presentation will include sharing some very special photos. Be sure to invite your husband to enjoy this fascinating presentation with you, especially if he has served in the military.


As things begin to open up, potential new members want to know more about Newcomers and our Activity groups. The members in each group choose when to meet in person, if at all. The important thing is to stay connected, even if it’s just a social visit on Zoom. It would be fun to share with all our members the creative things groups have been doing!

Any group leader who wishes to set up a Zoom link for her Activity group should contact our Activities chair. The meeting time and day requested will be verified for availability on the Zoom calendar. Once that is established, the request will be sent to our Website Chair who is now handling setting up our Zoom links. 

If you have any questions, ideas or are interested in forming a new group, please contact our Activities chair.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is working to find Newcomers members to fill two remaining positions on the board for the upcoming year, from September to June. We realize this past year has been very challenging, but we look forward to being able to gather again soon. Getting involved on the Board is a great experience and a wonderful way to make some long-lasting friendships.

Newcomers Board Positions Available

Vice President – moves into the President position after one year
This position could easily be a co-chaired position. Having two people work as a team makes it easier, and a lot more fun.

Membership  – A co-chair is needed to work with our current chair.  This would be a great opportunity to work with Ann since she already has valuable experience in this position. Again, two people can make a wonderful team.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact one of the committee members.

Possible Zoom Programs

With in-person meetings postponed, some have turned to using Zoom for communication. The Programs Committee has been looking at possible Zoom speakers. These might include local authors or local physicians such as Dr. Scott Kellerman, new Nevada County Public Health Officer, who would present information about local and worldwide COVID as well as diseases in underdeveloped countries. Another local physician could speak about “Growing Old Gracefully.”

Other possible presentations might incorporate music entertainment (Ken Getz), global environmental change (subject to Rob Dunbar’s availability), or topics such as nutrition, dementia/Alzheimer’s, or Tesla batteries/future technologies.


The Alta Sierra Country Club remains closed for large group gatherings due to the pandemic. No date has been scheduled for reopening as it all depends upon the directive from Nevada County. However, we are on the books at the country club for September, October and December. Hopefully we will be able to have some kind of get together in the fall. If so, our Luncheon Chairs will be working with the new Events Coordinator at Alta Sierra, to establish our luncheon menus. Currently, the restaurant is open from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays for takeout or patio dining of pre-made sandwiches and hotdogs only. The restaurant is open from Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, for takeout or patio dining from the menu.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County has a Facebook page

On this website ( 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: 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 needing some support, comfort or encouragement from our 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.