President’s Message

“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”                                          …Anon 

What a start to the New Year! The unprecedented snowstorm that came in at the end of 2021  caused so many problems for many of us as we welcomed in 2022. No power, which meant no heat, no stove, no TV/Internet and no water for those of us that depend on a well. During the day was not so bad but the evenings, after the sun went down, were more difficult, and I found my new bedtime was around 7:30 pm. I am sure everyone gave a big sigh of relief when power was eventually restored. Although I was very frustrated waiting for my power to come back, my thanks go out to all those amazing PG&E workers who had to combat so many hazards and had to work in such severe temperatures.  

Since the pandemic began in the latter part of 2020 our club has suffered many setbacks, one of which is the lack of interest in renewing memberships. Of course, this could have something to do with the pandemic. In 2020 our membership was almost 300 strong, and in 2021 we did not even reach 200. That, of course, has affected the number of members attending our monthly luncheons. In the early part of this year, if we find our members show little interest in attending these luncheons, we will have to consider reducing the number of luncheons we hold. I would definitely not like to see that happen. Also, due to the pandemic, there has been an increase in the cost of luncheons, which might also contribute to the low numbers. However, we have a  wonderful committee working extremely hard to rectify that problem. 

As always, stay safe and well.


More Program Highlights – Mark Your Calendars!

April 27, 2022 Chris Enss is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author and former performer. A local resident, Chris will entertain us with stories of Women of the Old  West but will focus her talk on Annie Oakley (and the little-known parts of her life). Chris is always delightful with animated presentations and enthusiasm for her subjects. She will have some books for sale at the event.

December 8, 2021 – Ken Getz and a group of singers from the InConcert Sierra Quartet will entertain us for the December luncheon.


Fashion Show Moved to June 

The Fashion Show Committee and the Board have decided to move the Fashion Show to the  June meeting (June 22). This year’s theme is “The Crazy Lazy Days of Summer.” So, we’ll end our Newcomers year and start the summer with style. The Committee is still looking for a  venue, and more importantly, models! If you are interested in modeling in this fun event, please contact the Fashion Show chair.


Activities

The Activities Notebook has been updated and will be available at the monthly luncheons.  Depending on available space, it will either be on the table in the foyer of Alta Sierra or in the dining room. Changes to the groups will continue for some time. Group leaders are asked to please update their information with the Activities chair. 

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 – We are up to 187 members! 

 . . . despite the pandemic, Zoom meetings, masks and social distancing. 

Membership Questions 

DISCOUNTED membership for the remainder of the year – only $17.00! 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.