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                   President's Message

We are starting our process of nominating the Board for the 2018-2019 year. Our proposed new slate of President and Board members will be presented at the March 8th General Meeting and Luncheon. It is important for all of you to attend and vote at this election Luncheon.

In May you will install a new President and I wish her all the best as she leads the Newcomers to another successful year!

I have had the privilege of being your President and enjoyed an amazing and interesting year. We have had many fun events and the “Coco Chanel” fashion show was definitely the highlight of this year! My thanks and gratitude to Jodie Baker and her hardworking committee for organizing a very beautiful event.

My sincere appreciation to a great Board who have supported and helped me in arranging luncheons, socials, Explorers, coffees, teas, and other activities to make this a successful 2017-2018 year!

“A single rose can be my garden! A single friend my world!” The Newcomers have been my “ World

Of Friendship !”
Nalini Amin      










The March Board Meeting will be at the lovely home
of Jodie Baker  

24507 Moorhen Ct.
Valencia Ca 91355

Wednesday March 7th -1:00 P.M.

Please contact Jodie if you are
planning to attend.   


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. (Note: Dues from now through 5-31-18 are only $15.00) Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 33rd 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 Members!

Carol Yanez

Jan Oberhettinger

Val Gordon

Mary Lou Otey

Barbara Terry

Susan Pines

Michelle Ullman

"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)


March Luncheon and General Meeting


Black Angus

27007 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Tel #






 Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 12:00 noon

We will have two Sheriff's Deputies to  
speak to us about traffic/driving safety... for example...
how to drive the roundabouts...  and issues
that affect us in Santa Clarita. It will be a very
 informative talk and a delectable meal!


Cost: $24.00

Includes tax and gratuity


Please make your reservation by  

March 4th

                Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!

              April Luncheon and General Meeting 


For April's Luncheon we will party like it's the 1950's
with our very own 'Sock Hop'! Get your 50's on!




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?





                       Looking for a Community Room 

Do you have a church or community room Newcomers could use for a social event in April for free or a small fee? We’d want to serve light snacks and drinks and have tables and chairs for 60-75 ladies. If you can help us out or have suggestions contact Joyce Brady or Diane Millikin. Thank you!


Thursday, March 29, 2018


Valencia Library

23743 Valencia Blvd

Santa Clarita

Time:  1:30-3:30

                                         Cost:      $5.00 

  RSVP by March 24th to

Joyce Brady


Diane Millikin


Light refreshments will be served

Newcomers Explorer’s Trips 2018

Clifton’s Cafeteria trip will be on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The cost will include Metrolink fare from Santa Clarita to Union Station, the bus from Union Station to Clifton’s and the cost of whatever you order for lunch. Please contact Kathi Giddens if you are interested in participating in this event. PLEASE NOTE: the change in date from Friday, 03/23 to Saturday. 03/24.

Brunch at the Beach, a day trip on Saturday, 05/19/2018, is a step back in time traveling in a vintage train car from Union Station to San Diego. On the southbound trip a gourmet breakfast will be served, and on the northbound trip wine and appetizers will be served. You will have time to explore San Diego. Advance payment is required to secure your reservation. COST: $189.00. Send your check to Kathi Giddens. Make check payable to Newcomers. Your payment is your commitment to join this trip. No cancellations after Wednesday, 01/31/2018.


Next Game Day: Which Games Do YOU Want??

For our next game day, we would like to know which games YOU want to learn/brush up on. 

Please contact Pat Oguss , 661.222.7383 - to tell us which games you want to have on our next game day.  This is YOUR group and we work to meet your needs.  Our next game day is only in the planning stage and we are asking for your input.

We really appreciate the time and effort Muriel Usselman, Jean Luehrs, and Carol Costin put into our Game Day in August.  We are very lucky to have such talented and accomplished women in our group!

Do You Want to Join The NEW Bridge Group?

If you are interested in joining a bridge group, please contact Barbara Oliver:

  and let her know what your skill level is for Bridge. 

  …or our new Hand, Knee, & Foot Canasta??

Our BRAND NEW hand, knee, and foot canasta
group has
started with a bang!  It could always use more regular and
substitute players.  They play on the 1st Friday of the month,
around 10:30/11:00 a.m., at the Vista Valencia Golf Club. 

Please contact Pat Oguss
 for further details.


Pat Oguss

Activities Coordinator



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. 

Crochet Group


The Newcomer's Crochet group will meet on 

Thursday March 15th

1:00 to 3:00 pm


Kathi Giddens's house.

Email or call if you need directions.


**** Note this is a change ****





                            TEA LADIES



We had a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day at Diane Millikin's. Her tables were beautiful, set with her pink glass plates, tea cups, and accessories. It goes without saying that we had delicious food. Guests were asked to bring Valentine cards for everyone, whether they be the cute ones kids give to another or something homemade. We shared several of the sentiments, some of which were thought-provoking, and others cute expressions of friendship.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending any of the upcoming Teas. 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m.


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 next Coffee Corner will be held at Coco'
s, 24930 Pico Canyon on March 15th at 10AM.

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!  

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                                                 


About Our Website and Our Facebook Page

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.

We also have a Facebook Page- Visit Newcomers and Friends of Santa Clarita and "Like" us.  

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




Our long time founding member JEANNINE BOREN

 passed away Monday, February 19, 2018. May she rest in peace

 Our deepest condolences to her devoted daughters, Barri and Corrie.


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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