“Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie.”
~ Herbie Hancock
Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something new? I want you to know that I stepped out of my comfort zone when I agreed to be your president. Although my first year has been a challenge because of the pandemic, we hope that things will be back to normal before the start of my second year. This month the Newcomers Club will be looking to fill several positions on the Board. The members who comprise the present Board are doing an excellent job and without them, our club would not be running as smoothly as it is. I am also very grateful to the members of the Board who have agreed to remain in their present positions for at least one more year (September 2021 through June 2022). However, there are going to be open positions as we go into our new fiscal year in September. The Nominating Committee is currently working to fill those positions so, if you should get a call, please consider joining us. I promise it will be a fun and rewarding experience. Perhaps we will be surprised and actually have members calling to volunteer to help in any way they can.
In May we will have the opportunity to enjoy a program provided for us by our program chairs. Of course, due to the current restrictions, this will be presented through Zoom. You will be receiving an invitation to the meeting, and we are hoping many of you will be able to join us.
As always, stay safe and well. Many of you will have already received both vaccinations and others will have received their first, anticipating their second. This will give us the immunity from the COVID-19 virus that we need in order to move forward to some form of normalcy.
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.
May Program – Zoom Presentation
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 on the history of Mare Island. The presentation will include sharing some very special photos. Be sure to invite your husband to sit with you, especially if he has served in the military. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation!
Any Activity Group leader wishing to set up a Zoom link for her activity group should contact our Activities Chair. 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 Zoom links.
Any group doing a Zoom meeting may request that the meeting be recorded. The Board and the Garden Club have meetings that are automatically recorded. All other groups need to make a request through our Website Chair.
If you have any questions, ideas or are interested in forming a new group, please contact our Activity Group chair.
The Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is working on finding members to fill the following Board positions for 2021/2022, from September to June. Getting involved on the Board is a fun experience and an opportunity to make some wonderful friends. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact one of the Committee members.
Newcomers Board Positions Available
Vice President – moves into the President position after one year
Membership Chair – serves as liaison to new members
Program Co-Chairs – two people needed to set up luncheon programs beginning January 2022
Fashion Show Co-Chairs – two people needed to organize the annual Fashion Show
Publicity Co-Chairs – two people needed to write monthly newspaper articles
Reservations – one additional person needed on Reservations team, experienced in Excel
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 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.