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                      President's Message

Before social media… before the internet… eight women in Santa
Clarita met for coffee one day and kept on meeting until they had over 200 friends meeting for coffee, lunch, card games, book clubs, travel, and a host of other activities.

Welcome to our 34th year as a social club built on friendship. When I moved to SCV I had a shortage of friends. Go figure. That’s what happens when you’re new in town. I wanted someone to pal around with, go shopping or catch a movie.

Three years ago, I joined Newcomers. I had only been a member for a day or two when I was called to sub for a game. Since then I’ve been involved in lots of games, outings, and all kinds of shenanigans with a few hundred of my new best friends. Some became close friends (boohoo, one of them is moving to Arizona) and others are simply fabulous women I get to hang out with several times a month.

If your calendar has space to fill this is the club for you. Don’t see your favorite activity? Tell us your idea, we’ll see what we can do.


                                Special Recognition

To the installation committee:  Jodie, Nalini, Barri, Muriel, Kitty, Lorrie, Luana, Alice, Marcie, various husbands, and anyone else I may have missed. 

Thank you for the wonderful program full of fun and laughter! I've already been in the garden using my new tools. Good bye weeds. Soon I'll spend all those fake $100 bills. Hello Nordstr
om Rack. Last night I sprinkled my bag-o-diamonds all over my bed and ate the chocolates. Oh, was I supposed to share? 



                        About our new President....

I am the middle child born in the middle of the Baby Boom to a middle income family. A large Italian family. Is there any other kind? I was one of five children, the smallest family on the block. It was before birth control. My grandfather was one of 18. I thought everyone was related to me. My childhood was great, we played games in the street, rang doorbells, played hide n' seek, and put pennies on railroad tracks. I never heard swear words and divorce was unheard of. Norman Rockwell pained my childhood. I was born and raised a SoCal native and have lived all over the southland, except the beach. I don't know why. ($$$$$$)

In high school I was into surfing, art, and was a member of the marching band. I was a cool nerd. In college I majored in art and psychology but didn't finish. I married young and gave birth to the Tasmanian devil. Really. They called me for ideas. He broke bones, lit three fires before kindergarten, rode in an ambulance (after riding his bike into a storm drain), and had 34 stitches before I stopped counting and just did it myself. It took me 12 years before having a second child. What if he was the good one?

Now there are five, going on six. Three sons of my own, one daughter-in-law, one step-daughter, and one fiancé.

The Taz lives in Utah (which is far enough away) and is getting married this summer giving me instant grand kids. His fiancé has twin girls. Bring it on.

My middle son is a fireman/lifeguard/scuba diver/dare devil/spelunker. (I wonder where he got it) He is married and they live in San Dimas.

My youngest is an RN in the ICU Burn Unit-Pediatrics at County Hospital in LA. He has a girlfriend and he travels the world.

My step daughter is also an RN, in Texas, too far away, working with organ donors. She has a boyfriend and loves living in Austin.

I've been divorced and widowed, I don't recommend either. I was a single parent most of my life. My kids were grown and in college when I met and married the man of my dreams and moved to Santa Clarita. Here comes the sad part, he died 2 ½ years later. We were best friends and made the most of our time together. We traveled and talked and laughed ourselves silly. It's a great love story that I enjoy telling so feel free to strike up that conversation.

Here's the thing, I knew only two people in Santa Clarita and one of them died. I had to expand my circle of friends so I started volunteering for city events. I met Rosalyn Glen when we were working the Cowboy Festival. She told me about Newcomers. That same day I met Alyce Kesselman and she told me about Newcomers. Well, you don't have to throw bricks at me, I made contact and joined the group. Now I know 200 people in Santa Clarita and they elected me president!


             A Thank You Message from our Past President

I would like to thank my amazing Board for their support and hard work. I will miss working with you but you will always be a part of my “World of Friendship" and we will continue to see each other as Newcomers!
The beautiful container of petunias and verbenas and the very generous monetary gift to a restaurant of my choice was very much appreciated. Thank you all so much!

With best wishes to our new President and her Board!!

Nalini Amin






The June Board Meeting will be at
 the home of Nalini Amin
27921 Mariposa St
Valencia 91355

Wednesday June 6th, 2018

to Nalini at 661-702-9503

Be there at noon for lunch and the 1 pm board meeting

The potluck will be supplied by the outgoing board
members. New board members this is our treat to you.
You only need to show up and enjoy! Plenty of parking but
it’s always good to carpool.


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!

Coralee Funaro

Diane Morfino


"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)


 June Luncheon and General Meeting


                   Piccola Trattoria

                      18302 Sierra Highway

 Canyon Country, CA


Thursday, June 14th, 2018
at 12:00 noon



Cost: $24.00

 Includes tax and gratuity

Our June Luncheon will feature a member of

 The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Eleanor Moschetti

Ms. Moschetti will tell us how CHP’s “CarFit” program
helps mature drivers find the safest fit in their personal vehicles
as well as provides information and materials on resources locally that could enhance their safety as drivers and/or increase their mobility in the community. This should prove to be a very
important speaker to all Newcomers who value their safety.




Please make your reservation by  

June 10th

Carpooling is strongly suggested

                 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?





Social Committee

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our bowling social on April 16th.  Approximately 35 ladies came together for lunch, strikes, spares, the occasional gutter ball, prizes and friendship.  We even had cheerleaders to encourage us!  Even though the majority of us hadn’t bowled in years, we had a blast!  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and plan to have another event next year!  Prizes and trophies were awarded as follows:  1st place 271 points Diane Albert
2nd place 236 points Elizabeth Irvin
tied for 3rd place 219 points Linda Kahl and Geri Benne
4th place 209 points Pat Fellows, and Booby prize Kathy Kunkel. 

Also everyone attending received a cute bowling pin to wear to add to our festivities. 

Diane and Joyce, Social Chairs




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.

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

Thank you Barbara Ferone and Jeannie Luehrs



Easy-Play Mah Jongg

Diane Gilden has graciously offered to open her home to Newcomers for easy-play practice sessions for the game of Mah Jongg. No mad-money will change hands during these practice sessions.

Chairs at her game tables are limited so, if you are interested in these practice sessions, act fast to save your chair or just to get more information.

Please contact:

Diane Gilden




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 beautiful Spring celebration at Geri’s house this month. Her tables were lovely and each, with a theme of pink, green, or yellow, epitomized Spring and all of the beautiful flowers and color it brings. We played “Scone” bingo which generated many laughs, and each guest took home a pretty miniature kalanchoe plant just starting to bloom.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending a Tea.




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 June Coffee Corner will be held at Casa Canela on June 21st at 10:00AM. The address is 27647 Bouquet Canyon Road. The restaurant is in the Albertson's Shopping Center.

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.



Thank you all for the sympathy cards and notes, it is much appreciated!

Joan Perrine  


Barri Boren is moving away, but we wish her the best in her new life in Arizona with her sister Corrie. Thank you for all you have done for the group over the years Barri. We will miss you! 



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? 


First Name          Last Name    Birthday    
LINDA BOLANOS                              06/06                                    
LORI  FINK 06/07 
EARLENE                             RUSH 06/19

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