May Luncheon Meeting – Cancelled

June ProgramTo Be Announced

A small group of very dedicated members is working (dare we say feverishly?) to prepare an amazingly fun and unique program for our Newcomers Club year-end finale. Details will be shared with you as soon as circumstances allow us to move forward.

September Program – Annual Fashion Show, “Spring Into Fall”

Our new year will kick off with a bang and a rescheduled 2020 Fashion Show! “Spring into Fall” is now scheduled for September 30 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Plan to join us for this great day of fashion, and note that it is one week later than our usual fourth Wednesday meeting. Antonio, owner of Antonio Ayestarán Custom Catering, will cater a special luncheon. Our five stores (Beautiful boutique, La Te Da, and JCPenney of Grass Valley, Marilyn’s Fashionations of Auburn, and Whim be beautiful! of Penn Valley) are anxious to show their fashions from spring into fall. We are all hopeful that we will be able to gather safely as a large group to enjoy this day of fashion. Mark your calendars now – “Spring Into Fall” is on its way! We hope to see you all on September 30.

October Program – Annual Auction

If you have been using your time in COVID-19 isolation to clean and organize your home, the Silent Auction committee would like to remind you that your gently used items or those things you may be tempted to use for regifting would be welcome additions to our annual silent auction, scheduled for our October luncheon. As a reminder, we cannot accept clothing, but home décor items, jewelry, and other miscellaneous treasures have always been popular at this event. Please consider setting aside your “good stuff” to be donated to Newcomers’ Christmas Families Project fundraiser in October. When the proposed change in our IRS recognition status is approved, your donations will be fully tax-deductible.

Christmas Families Project

We have already started our season for the Newcomers Christmas Families Project. Our program’s philosophy is a “helping hand up,” not a “hand out” for those families who find they do not have money for their children’s Christmas gifts. Estimating the auction donations plus the club contributions, we are able to project the number of children and families to include in our 2019 program. The numbers are adjusted when the actual auction income is known. In 2019 we will again support Helping Hands Nurturing Center, Friendship Club and Women of Worth. Each family is agency-screened to meet our objectives, and each family is reviewed by the committee co-chairs, the spreadsheet and budget control co-chairs, and subsequently by the committee of shoppers and wrappers. Specially donated items are added, and every attempt is made to provide each child a memorable Christmas.

The Newcomers Christmas Families Project is one of the largest Nevada County Christmas programs in support of children. In this personalized program, as “Christmas Angels,” our aim is to provide each child at least one item from his or her “List to Santa.”

Note: We are always in need of shoppers and wrappers. If you can volunteer, please contact the Christmas Families Chairpersons.

If you have additional questions about this program or want to volunteer in some other way, please contact either of the Christmas Families Chairpersons.

Christmas Families Goodie Bag Project

Each year we have requested items from you so the parents of our children will have a special gift as well. You have been so generous, and we have provided toiletries, dental care items and other small gifts.

The crochet and knitting groups have made beautiful scarves for each of our parents. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

This year we have enough toothbrushes and toothpaste but need dental floss. There are plenty of small toiletry items, but we need larger items.

Here are some suggestions, although you may think of even better ideas to include:

Makeup, grooming items, lotions, shampoo, manicure and pedicure kits and polish, bath and spa items, stretchy house shoes/slippers, gloves in many sizes, socks, flashlights, tools for home maintenance or kitchen, towels, batteries, wallets, blankets or throws, notepads and pens or pencils.

Time is running out! Please bring your items to the October Luncheon.

Thank you in advance for your support of this project.

October 2019 Live Auction Review

Our 2019 Live Auction was amazing, generating $5,504 for our Christmas Families Project. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who contributed to making it so successful: our donors, Newcomers greeters, runners, spotters and you, our bidders. We would especially like to express our appreciation to our marvelous auctioneer, John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, who made this event both entertaining and profitable.

An enormous thank you goes to our Live Auction Committee Co-Chairs, and to our dedicated committee members who worked diligently all year to bring you fun and interesting items.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and members of our community who generously donated to our Live Auction.

Affordable Auto Detailing Arco AM PM
Auburn’s Finest Window Washing Baskin Robbins
Bistro 221 CA Organics Market & Café
Cirino’s on Main Street Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras
Come Paint with Us Dale’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Dharma Acupuncture Grass Valley Florist
Inconcert Sierra Lazy Dog Chocolateria
Lefty’s Grill Music in the Mountains
Olive Groove Onyx Theatre
Pine Street Burgers/South Pine Café Riebes Auto Parts
Sierra Theatres Sierra Stages Community Theatre
Terra Bella Salon Tim the Tree Man
Timbers at Alta Sierra Country Club Truckee River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant


October Silent Auction Review

A huge THANK YOU to the many generous members who donated some wonderful treasures for our 2019 Silent Auction. And another huge THANK YOU to all the bidders who persevered in their bidding until they succeeded in winning their item. The magical combination of donors and bidders made the auction a wonderful success, bringing a total of $2,004 for the benefit of Christmas Families Project.

Thank you, too, to the many volunteers who processed the donated items, set them out for display and cashiered. The tremendous success would not have been possible without you.

October Auction – Other Donations

Some of the ladies at the October Luncheon wanted to participate in the Auctions without making a purchase. Those donations added another $450 to the bottom line.

The total income generated for our Christmas Families Project is a whopping $7,958. Congratulations and hearty thanks to all the workers and donors who made this happen.

If you want to make a cash or check donation, we’ll be passing donation baskets at the

December 4 luncheon. Please make your check payable to Newcomers. You can also mail your check, marked “CFP donation,” to the Treasurer.

Luncheon Raffles

The luncheon raffles are an important part of the Newcomers Club budget. The proceeds support all of our activities. Our Ways and Means Committee strives to include fun and appealing prizes to be taken home by four or five lucky winners at each luncheon. This month could include you! Tickets are $1 each, or $5 for six tickets, or $10 for fifteen.

Thank you to two of our members for donating items for the May and June raffles. One item was the Rollins Lake camping package and the other was the beautiful ceramic serving pieces with fish motif. The “money hat” returns in June for the last raffle of the Newcomers year. Thanks to all who support this fundraising activity by buying tickets and donating items. If you are interested in helping with raffles in the future, either by shopping for prizes or selling tickets, please contact the Ways and Means Chair.