President’s Message

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.                                                                                                                                      ~ John F Kennedy

As this is the last message I will be writing to you as your president, I want you all to know how much I have appreciated my time in this position. It has been my honor to represent this amazing women’s club that has been in operation for the last sixty-eight years. Because of the pandemic, our club has suffered a reduction in membership. It is my hope that during the next president’s tenure we will grow from our present two hundred members back to our heyday when we enjoyed a membership near three hundred. I trust that we will continue to be a welcoming club to any new member, and I would encourage you to talk about the club to your family, friends, and neighbors in the hope that they may be interested in joining us.

My sincere “thank you” goes to my amazing board, which consists of a wonderful group of very talented women who have helped, over the last two years, to make my job so much easier. I really appreciate how much they have contributed their time and talents to making sure the Newcomers Club of Nevada County runs smoothly.

As always, stay safe and well.


Note from the Luncheon and Reservation Team

It is so nice to be back to our luncheons on the 4th Wednesday of each month. However, we note that the number of ladies joining in has not been as robust as in the past. In addition, Newcomers has incurred rising costs from Alta Sierra Country Club which has prompted the need for a minimum of 50 members to attend our luncheons. Because of these shifts, we sent out a survey in January and received replies that our members are interested in rotating luncheon sites, which prompted the Newcomers board to investigate other venues in Nevada County. As a result, Newcomers has scheduled Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines for the remaining three meetings of this season. A minimum of 50 members will still be needed for each program-luncheon. We hope that you all will continue to support our wonderful club for these meetings and into the 2022-23 season.


 

Program Chairs Announcement

We want to thank our Program chairs, who will be retiring in June, for the outstanding work they have done for so many years. If anyone has an interest in filling this position or has ideas on future programs that the membership might enjoy, please contact our President. The Program chairs have offered to mentor the new chair(s) and to provide suggestions for future contacts.

Programs

Once upon a time, at a small Newcomers meeting, two members voiced they had ideas for future programs. Twenty years later, we are finally retiring, and “passing the baton” into the capable hands of our new Program chair. Memorable programs over the years included pilots, astronauts, a National Geographic photographer, theatre groups, a former Christy Minstrels singer, the Cornish Choir with Gage McKinney giving its history, an internationally known violinist, physicians, authors, and foresters turned detectives. We had wine tastings at wineries with local artists displaying their art for sale, a program with lunch at the Center for the Arts, and a western wear fashion show with guys and gals modeling at Lake Wildwood. We drew speakers from contacts at Cal and Stanford, traveling, our members, and the general public.

We hope that you all enjoyed the shows as much as we enjoyed doing research and providing interesting and talented people and groups for your entertainment. In the future, you can expect some interesting local speakers who will present on subjects both entertaining and informative, but relevant as well to Nevada County. As they say in show business, “It has been a great run,” and we loved every minute of it. 

Thanks for the memories,

From our outgoing Program chairs.


Fashion Show – June 22, 2022

“The Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer” is the theme of our returning fashion show, after a two-year hiatus. This year our program will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the beautiful Lake of the Pines clubhouse. The lunch cost is $35. Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables will be set for eight. Groups need to send all checks together to reserve seats at the same table. There is no limit on non-member guests. Be sure to make your reservations early as tickets go fast! The reservation deadline will be Monday June 6, 2022. Please contact the Fashion Show chairs.

Calling for Models for our Fashion Show

Our annual Fashion Show on June 22 is one of our most fun meetings. We will showcase the latest fashions from local stores on models who represent our club members – all sizes and shapes. Won’t you please consider being one of our models? It will give you an opportunity to be clothed in a fabulous outfit with the selection guided by the shop owner and our own fashion experts. Plus, you will make some new friends in Newcomers. Models will need to be available for clothing selections the week prior and a walk-through the morning of the Fashion Show.  Please contact our Treasurer if you have any questions concerning modeling.


Silent Auction News

The Silent Auction committee has already started planning for this special event, which will take place at our monthly luncheon, October 26. Please save items to donate. The committee is considering a boutique table of original “artwork” by members. Christmas Families Project will receive 100% of the proceeds. If you have any questions, please contact the Silent Auction chairs.


Activities

It’s time to connect with a fun Activity group!

This is a list of groups that have openings and are waiting to hear from you. You can get more information on these established groups by contacting the group leaders listed in the front of your current roster.

Book Clubs:
    Page Turners, third Wednesday – 10:30
    Cover Girls, second Wednesday – 11:45
Cooking Clubs:
    Happy Cookers, third Monday – 10:00
    Kitchen Kutups, third Thursday – 10:00
Garden Club, first Tuesday – 11:00
Mexican Train, fourth Friday – 1:00-3:00
Writing Group, meeting time is determined by the group each month

These NEW groups are forming for those interested in the following activities:

Bridge
Bunco
Hand and Foot
Book Clubs
Short Walkers
Grass Valley/Nevada City 101, exploring our local area

Please contact the Activities chair for information for the above NEW groups. (As groups are still forming, a leader may not have been chosen yet.)

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


Sunshine

If you know of anyone needing some support, comfort or encouragement from our club, please contact the Sunshine Chair.


Membership

Roster Updates and Corrections

If you know someone who would be interested in joining Newcomers, contact our Membership chair, Peggy Laird, (530-478-0999, jackandpeg48@gmail.com), or direct her to our website, NewcomersNC.org, where she can find and print a membership application. Applications should be sent to Peggy Laird, PO Box 1208, Nevada City CA 95959.

Annual Renewal Dues & CFP Donations

Dues for September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023

$25.00 payable to Newcomers Club

Our fiscal year begins September 1. However, since our major charity event is Christmas Families Project (CFP), per our standing rules, the club assesses dues on May 1 of each year. This enables us to budget what we are able to contribute to the CFP families, how much we can send to each family, and how many families we are able to help. So please send in your $25 annual Newcomers Club dues to

Newcomers Club
c/o Peggy Laird
PO Box 1208
Nevada City, CA 95959.

   

To be included in the roster, dues must be received by July 15, 2022.

If your information in the current roster has changed, please email your changes to Peggy at jackandpeg48@gmail.com. You can also call Peggy (530-478-0999) with any questions or concerns.

IMPORTANT! If you would like to donate to Christmas Families Project (CFP), you can simply add a donation to your dues check. Any amount over $25 will go directly to CFP. If you would prefer to write a separate check for your donation, please make the check payable to Newcomers Club and note “CFP” on your check.

(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. Contact the Membership chair if you qualify.)

Roster Updates and Corrections

If you know someone who would be interested in joining Newcomers, contact our Membership chair or direct her to our website, NewcomersNC.org, where she can find and print a membership application. Applications should be sent to the Membership chair.

Roster – Photo Contest

Last call for photo submissions! We will be publishing our updated roster this spring. Over the years, we have had beautiful cover photos depicting everything from historical pictures of buildings in our community to scenic trails to flora and fauna. If you have a photo you would like to submit for the roster cover, please send it to the membership chair. Thank you, and we can’t wait to see your submissions!

Membership Questions

If you know someone who would be interested in joining Newcomers, contact our Membership chair or direct her to our website, NewcomersNC.org, where she can find and print a membership application. Applications should be sent to the Membership chair.

Donations

Some of you have inquired about donations made to Newcomers. Because of the new tax laws most people don’t need a “donation letter.” If you need one, please contact our Treasurer.