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                            President's Message

Have you ever wondered what the heck goes on at a board meeting? Or, who decides on all these activities for the club? These answers and more are waiting for you at the next board meeting. Our By Laws encourage you to attend board meetings and I do too. 

Our board meetings are full of laughter and ideas. We have a good time planning good times. One way to get your ideas heard is via board members. They listen to what you say and speak up for you at the meetings. Another way is for you to attend a meeting. One meeting, two meetings, or any number of meetings. All members are welcome at our board meetings.

You will not stick out like a sore thumb
No one will think your idea is dumb
Come to a meeting
There’s plenty of seating
And you’ll get to see how things get done

Donna Cerna
Friendship Grows when we gather together




    The July Board Meeting will be 

at the home of 

Donna Cerna
16816 Melissa Lane
Santa Clarita, CA  91350

Wednesday July 11th, 2018

1:00 PM

RSVP to Donna 
This meeting was rescheduled to avoid the holiday
(Happy Birthday America!)



All group members are welcome at the monthly (1st Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.) Board Meetings and you can vote on any issue! The Board discusses and approves/disapproves all Luncheon Venues and Programs, outings,
 trips, budget issues, events and any other issue brought before them.
Please check the notice each month in the Webnews for location
and whether you need to RSVP.





Are you considering joining our group? Membership dues are $30.00. Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 34th year!!!  

Prospective members are always welcome at our monthly "Coffee Corner" or at our monthly Luncheon and General meeting. For more information see the Luncheon page or Coffee Corner below.     

Contact us with any questions you might have and to receive an application if you are interested in joining us for Fun, Friends and Happy Times Together!!!

For information on Membership, New Member or Renewing Member Applications, contact Janice Weiner, V.P. Membership by opening the home page on our website ( and click on the word ‘membership chairman’ in red letters.




Good Friends are like STARS
You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there




Welcome New and Returning Members!

Vicki Kaplan

Lee Urquhart

Betty Beatty

Nicole Reilley


"The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy
to your soul.”

 Shanna Rodriquez



Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

(See the Luncheon page on the left for details,
reservations & cancellations)


 July Luncheon and General Meeting



Hilton Garden Inn

27710 The Old Road

Valencia, CA  91355


Thursday, July 12th, 2018
at 12:00 noon



Cost: $25.00

 Includes tax and gratuity

Come to Lunch and Meet a Dog

Come to lunch on July 12th and meet a dog from Guide Dogs of America (GDA). At the same time you will meet Monique Newman who will tell us about those wonderful dogs and explain the program that gives blind and vision impaired men and women a whole new lease on life.

GDA has been offering guide dog mobility services, free of charge, to qualified blind and visually impaired individuals since 1948. They breed, raise, and train Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds to be partnered with qualified people. Come lunch with us on July 12th to find out which breed Ms. Newman will bring with her.



Please make your reservation by  

July 8th

   Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!



Our Luncheon Team works very hard to get the best value and lowest price for our Luncheons.  However with the rising costs, especially labor and gas, the venues are substantially raising their prices to us. The Team and Board will continue to bring you a fun experience at each monthly Luncheon and General Meeting but probably with higher cost.  The Board discusses many alternatives each month, please come to a Board Meeting for further information.

What good shall I do this day?







Water Aerobics Group

 Wednesdays and Fridays

 9 a.m until 10 a.m.

Diane Millikin’s home

 (Heated Pool)

 Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel

This is a fun and healthly activity….

We welcome any Mermaids that like to have fun and to tone and tighten their bodies..

Non swimmers can do this too.

Call Jodie Baker to sign up.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:00 a.m.

This was a hit last year and requests have been made to do it again so, here we go!

We will be meeting at Diane Millikin’s home. She is in the club handbook.

You can call Jodi with any questions…. if she doesn’t answer PLEASE leave a message and she will call you back.




Please email me at and let me know which games you play to be added to a master list. This will help groups looking for subs and you'll get the opportunity to play.

please give me a call if you are looking for a sub in your game and give a new player a chance to play.


Barbara Ferone and Jeannie Luehrs








                       Pinochle and Tripoly

We will have a training day for pinochle on July 30th at 12:30. There are groups playing this game that are in need of new players for their sub lists.

Also lets try something new on that same day, Tripoly. Always fun to find a game new to the club.

Come and play or learn either or both games.

Please email or call Barbara Ferone 661 298-3726 if you plan on attending.

We'll play at my home and will serve water and cookies.

Thank you

Barbara and Jeannie


Two Hand/Knee/Foot Games

Muriel is hosting 2 Hand/Knee/Foot games in her home on
 the 4th Sunday and the 4th Monday of each month. 
Player positions are filled but they are in need of subs.
If you would like to be a sub please call  Muriel Usselman. 

Mexican Train Dominoes

You are invited to join us for a fun, social game of 'Mexican Train Dominoes'. Open to all members! We play the second Friday every month!

This is the only game currently available to "Newcomers & Friends" that does not require a monthly commitment or RSVP and is open to all members. Come whenever you’re available. Dominoes is a fun, but simple game that you can learn in a few minutes and play right away.

This game is held at the IHOP restaurant which is located on Lyons, near the I-5 freeway. We start playing at 10:30 am and take a break around noon to order lunch and eat together.      

We play till about 2 pm. If you are a new member, this is a great way to start getting involved with your Club and to meet new friends. If you are a long time member, come have fun with old and new friends. We would love to have you.     

Please contact me at 661-670-0395 with any questions.

Carol Costin                                                 


                            TEA LADIES


We enjoyed a lovely floral-themed tea at the home of Jodie Baker. Guests were invited to wear floral prints and wear hats they had decorated with flowers. We voted on our favorite and the prize went to Diane Millikin who wore a beautiful vintage hat. There was great food and conversation as usual, and everyone had a wonderful time.

In September, I will be looking for hostesses for 2019, so if you are interested, let me know. You can borrow anything you need for the tea and guests bring all of the food. It’s the best way ever to have a party. Janice. 661-255-1619 or



The Coffee Corner


Coffee Corner welcomes potential new members and current members for a morning of friendship at different locations around SCV. The event is scheduled on the third Thursday of the month.  New members are encouraged to attend as it is a great way to make new friends and find out about the Club's activities.

The July Coffee will be held on July 19th at 10:00AM at the IHOP in Canyon Country. The address is
18677 Soledad Canyon Road. Phone is 250-1860.  

Since we need to make reservations, if you plan to attend, please contact Luana
(661-259-0666), Gwen (661-299-1834) or Donna (661-254-8796).   

Hope to see you there.




 Life isn't always full of reasons to smile, but your smile itself is a reason to smile too!  

About Our Website

Newcomers and Friends has its own website on the internet.  
You can go to the website,, at any time, 24/7 and read the latest news.  We update the website every month with new information including Luncheon info, the President’s message and all of our upcoming activities. Then we tell Shirley Birnholz. who sends everyone a "reminder" email letting you know that we have updated the information on the site.  If you do not receive these emails, or your email address changes contact Shirley. Like magazines, we update the webpage towards the end of the current month, for the next month. The exact day varies due to the many people involved and Godaddy our website manager/provider.

If you have any questions or comments please contact your webmistress/editor/writer Barri Boren.




Normand Garside, beloved husband of our long time member

Mikki Garside, passed away Thursday evening, June 7, 2018.

May he rest in peace




On her way to Arizona, Barri was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer. She is recovering now but it was quite an ordeal. They airlifted her from Blythe to a trauma center in Phoenix where she stayed five days in the ICU. Her sense of humor is back but her energy level is low. There is much healing to be done.

Please send her some cheer at her new address:

Barri Boren

 31243 N Claridge Circle

 San Tan Valley AZ 81543

Her phone number is the same but be mindful to keep phone calls short. We don't want to wear her out.

Margie Potechin took a fall in Seattle when returning from a trip to Alaska. She is home now but undergoing treatment.




She's sick/ down in dumps/ family news joyful or sad 
recovering from physical ailment/ just plain needs a
boost---we can help just call Kitty Z., Sunshine co-ordinator. 

Life is always better when you know someone cares!


What good shall I do this day? 


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PEGGY EFFERTZ  07/07 07/07
CAROL SPADE  07/14 07/14
GINI HUNT0  07/15 07/15
SONJA LEY  07/19 07/19
JULIA HANS  07/21 07/21
LUANA LAW  07/23 07/23
JUDITH "JUDE" MAHON  07/26 07/26
VAL GORDON  07/27 07/27
MARY GRISAFFI  07/27 07/27
EILEEN KIRCHER  07/27 07/27
RITA JEPSON  07/28 07/28
BARBARA JACKSON  07/29 07/29
CARLA LEWIS  07/29 07/29

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