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Monthly Updates - August 2014

President's Message

Greetings Ladies;


WOO HOO!!!! October will soon be here and so will our birthday bash.  We already have close to 70 people signed up, so please get your reservations in as soon as possible.

At this time I would like to thank Barri, Jeannine and the Committee for all of their ingenious ideas.  It will be an amazing event.  Don’t miss it!


In the coming year we will be looking for new and different social ideas.  Please come to our board meetings and present your concepts.  We are always pursuing new activities.


I want to pass this comment that I read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  It was written by Joel Osteen, and it said, “You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life”.  It is therefore important that we all enjoy being with each other.   

Milly Ginsburgh, President

"Friendships for Life"

Attention Ladies!

Our website can be opened and read any time you want! You do not need to wait for the update email from Shirley Birnholz. Just put  ncandf in your search box and open it to read. We send out the email just to let you know when the website has the next month's news done. That date changes due to when I submit our info and then Go Daddy completes it. You can also set up an icon on your homepage so you can just click on it to open the website. Refer to your computer 'help' section or the nearest grandkid for how to do that! 

To print the webnews, click on the 'Print Page' in pink letters on the upper right corner of the 'Monthly Update' page.  

If you do not receive the email from Shirley, contact her to get added to her list and also if you change your email address. All Club communication emails are sent out to everyone from Shirley. Thanx to her for her great work!

Our website address is:

Barri "Isn't technology wonderful' Boren


Aloha Nui Nui!

Newcomers & Friends is 30 years old this year!  Did you know that the Club has never celebrated any of its anniversary's!  What a wonderful excuse for a big party!  From the eight ladies that met at Egg Plantation to start a 'Welcome Wagon' group, we have evolved to around 170 ladies as 'Newcomers & Friends of Santa Clarita'. Wow, think of how many women have joined the Club over that many years. Special memories, lasting friendships and amazing moments in so many lives to celebrate.

Hele mei hoohiwahiwa. We invite all members to come to our Hawaiian themed party!  See details below and on the Luncheon page. Wikiwiki, (hurry, hurry) make your reservations by Sunday, September 7th! What could be more fun than an afternoon 'in Hawaii' with your friends celebrating the unique history of our Club!  

The 30th Birthday Committee says come and whoop it up with us!!!

       "We didn't realize we were making MEMORIES,               we just knew we were having fun" 


Wednesday, September 3rd, 1:00 pm, at GreenBrier's Clubhouse.  
Please RSVP to Irene Jansson to assure you have a chair. 

We will be reviewing the By-Laws for revision among other discussions and planning
for this year.  

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have
one of the best things 
you can be"
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'Opportunity Drawings'! (formerly called Raffle)  

Charlotte Marton and Laurie Prince need help! They need a 3rd person to help out with the Drawings at the Luncheons for the rest of the year. Please contact either of them to volunteer or for more information. 

Tweaking the By Laws

Editor's note:  As of this publishing date, a representative from the Sheriff's Office was invited to our September meeting but we have not received a confirmation yet.  

The “By-law tweaking” proceeded well at the August Board meeting. Once again attendance and member participation were impressive. Member interest and assistance is greatly appreciated. 

Amidst lively discussion the following changes were agreed upon and voted on:

 Articles 2 and 4 so that the wording is consistent we will be adding the following statement after the words -----women in the Santa Clarita Valley (in both sections) who are new to the area or would like to meet new friends.

In Article 6—change wording from debit to credit/debit.

Article 7 remove last sentence of 3rd paragraph and replace with-------Furthermore, they should meet individually with incoming board members no later than the June board meeting.  

Add to the end of the 4th paragraph:

The quorum for the Executive Board of Directors shall be two thirds (2/3) of the Executive Board of Directors, each position having only one (1) vote.  

At the September Board Meeting the following by-law sections from Article 8 will be discussed. 


Section 1: President
The President shall be an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees. The President shall preside over all Board meetings and general meetings (luncheons) and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office of President. The President shall oversee all committee chairpersons to insure that they are fulfilling their duties. The President shall be responsible for following the annual calendar schedule and shall provide a monthly update for website and webnews to meet required deadline. The President shall prepare an updated detailed position description and appropriate written reports at the end of the term to aid new board members in carrying out their duties or prior to the meeting of the Nominating Committee in January if needed.

The President may not serve two (2) consecutive terms.

Section 2: Executive Vice President
Duties may include assistance to the President as requested, follow through on Board decisions, oversight of completion of position descriptions, assist in publication and distribution of the Directory, and any other duties deemed necessary and approved by the Board. The Executive Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall prepare an updated detailed position description and appropriate written reports at the end of the term to aid new board members in carrying out their duties or prior to the meeting of the Nominating Committee in January if needed.

Section 3: 1st Vice President
The lst Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and Executive Vice President, and shall be responsible for securing luncheon facilities and menus for the monthly general meetings. The 1st Vice President shall also be responsible for arranging a second signature in addition to her own on contracts with the selected luncheon facilities.

The 1st Vice President shall provide a monthly update for website and webnews to meet the required deadline. The 1st Vice President shall prepare an updated detailed position description and appropriate written reports at the end of the term to aid new board members in carrying out their duties or prior to the meeting of the Nominating Committee in January if needed.

Section 4: 2nd Vice President
The 2nd Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President, Executive Vice President and 1st Vice President, and shall serve as membership chairperson for the monthly general meetings.

The Membership Chairperson will contact newcomers whose names are referred, and invite them to the upcoming Club functions. The Chairperson shall work with the Executive Vice President to assist in the publishing and circulating the Club Directory, by providing the list of members in Excel program or reproducible format.. The Directory must specifically indicate that it is not to be used by the Club members in the promotion of business interest. The Chairperson shall keep all membership forms for the year, and shall provide appropriate information as needed for the President, Executive Vice President, The Activities Coordinator, the Webmistress and chairpersons including but not limited to the Birthday, Luncheon Reservations etc.

The Chairperson shall be available at luncheons to allow newcomers to join the Club and have the membership forms available. In the event the Chairperson is not able to attend a luncheon someone else must be asked to fill in. The 2nd VP provides the list of members’ birthdays to Webmistress to go on the website and to the Birthday Chairperson, and provides New Member information to appropriate Board Members as received.

The 2nd Vice President shall provide a monthly update for website and webnews to meet the required deadline. The 2nd Vice President shall prepare an updated detailed position description and appropriate written reports at the end of the term to aid new board members in carrying out their duties or prior to the meeting of the Nominating Committee in January if needed.

Please attend these important board meetings.  We need and value your input.  Help us to make our by-laws reasonable and effective.

Please let us know if there are any issues in these Articles you would like discussed or if they should remain unchanged.   

You can always see the web news from last month in the archives and the complete by laws can be found  on the website. 

Alyce Kesselman and Marlene “Mikki” Garside 




Please welcome new and returning members:

     Sharon Kerr            Birthday - November 30
Are you considering joining our Club? Annual dues are $30. 
We are celebrating our 30th year!!! You won't want to miss out! 

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.


Hey girl friends: Remember to save all the little toiletries from your vacation travels for "Domestic Violence of SCV".The big collection is at the October Luncheon, but you can bring them to me anytime during the year.  Full size toiletries are welcome too! You wouldn't believe how much they appreciate our donations, saving them mucho $$$.

Gwen Halstead

*** Our August General Meeting and Luncheon was held at New Moon with Asian Cuisine served family style!  We were treated to a funny 'fashion show' Hawaiian style!  Lorrie Kurowski along with Pat Oguss, Charnell Tressel, Donna Jones, Jeannine and Barri Boren ''modeled"  suggestions of what to wear to our 30th Birthday Party in October!  Jeannine even decorated her cane with flowers and Pat packed a bag to show what you would take and not take to Hawaii on vacation. See you this month at the iconic Backwoods Inn.



Our 30th Birthday Celebration!

Aloha Nui Nui!

You are invited as we party
Hawaiian Style!

Thursday, October 9, 2014  Robinson Ranch,
12:00 p.m. to 2:30ish

A party to celebrate 30 years of friendships!

Special memories remembered and
new ones created!



Fun and surprises galore,

Hula Dancing and contest,

"Flavors of Hawaii" Buffet,

Birthday Cake

Silent Auction, Gifts, Prizes and more!!!

'Island Resort Wear' suggested; a suntan, grass skirt and coconut shells, Aloha shirt or muumuu and anything in between! 

Let's celebrate, dance the hula and have lots of Lealea (fun)!

Make your Reservations now for this very special event. Reservation deadline is September 7th!  (early date is due to the large crowd and extra time needed to prepare.)

 Email your reservation to Kay Moioffer using the reservation link as usual and then add your Birthday reservation into the notes section, or call Glory Leonard. Cost is only $25.00 per person, members and guests.

Your Help, Wanted and Needed!

1. Ladies, will you loan and/or donate to us      Aloha Shirts and Hawaii T-shirts, we will be using them for the  Birthday Celebration and it will help keep the costs down. Please label them with your address label or tag if you need them back and give them to Barri Boren, Donna Jones or Jodie Baker. We will return loaned items to you at the Party. (Please only loan an item if you can chance losing it, just in case it gets misplaced.)

2. We are inviting our former President's to our Birthday Party and need current addresses. If you have the address of any of the following, please email it asap, to Jeannine Boren at 

Lyn Schmidt
Susan Measmer
Linda Wellnitz
Violet Sackman
Carol Overton
Lex Williams
Marilyn Cottingham
Gail Berra
Kathleen Seemayer
Michelle Andress

Thank you, thank you for your help!!!


***Upcoming General Meeting & Luncheons and Events

OCTOBER -  Very special Birthday Party event! Robinson Ranch

NOVEMBER -  Native Indian Flute concert and Thanksgiving feast at TPC

DECEMBER - Holiday event at Le Chene 'French Cuisine' 


New Feature:

Getting to know……..Grace Elliott

     Grace was born on the Island of Kauai when it was a territory of the United States.  Her first childhood memory is as a passenger on an airplane at the age of 2 ½ years, when her family made the move from rural Kauai to Los Angeles.  At that time, she spoke English, Pidgin English, Japanese, and Portuguese - sometimes all in one sentence!

     She attended kindergarten through college in Los Angeles.  She grew to appreciate the diversity in cultures, cuisines, religions, and backgrounds of her friends and neighbors in the city. 

     She has fond memories of riding the roller coaster at Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, visiting Marineland; ‘E’ ticket rides at Disneyland; walking the Santa Monica Pier and body surfing in the waves; fishing at Redondo Beach, Zuma, and Lake Cachuma; digging for clams; taking the streetcar to Downtown Los Angeles to shop at Bullocks, The May Company, Robinsons and Grand Central Market and lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria.

     Growing up in Los Angeles involved walking to school with friends, playing tennis, cruising Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, big hair, dance recitals, playing the piano and violin badly and picnics in parks. What wonderful childhood memories!

     Her mother reminded Grace that “Life does not have to be complicated – keep it simple,” and that “Not succeeding in something does not constitute failure.”  This has helped her maintain a positive attitude the many times she has “not succeeded” in various endeavors in life.

     Grace is happily married to Jack, and they love spending their retirement together.  Jack retired from a law enforcement career and Grace retired as president of a small jewelry design/manufacturing business. They have traveled to various countries in the world and want to spend time seeing more of our beautiful country.  They are associated with law enforcement, rose society, and bird society organizations.  Grace and Jack volunteer together on fundraisers for various charity organizations in Santa Clarita.  They feel strongly that by working together, we can all make a positive difference in our community. They are delighted to live in Santa Clarita and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

     For over 21 years, concurrently with her jewelry career, she worked 100 to 200 hours per month as a reserve officer with the Sheriff’s Department.  She was the first female officer the Department promoted to Reserve Commander and she worked with reserves in the Custody and Detective Divisions, Juvenile Bureau, Public Relations, the Reserve News (newspaper).  Prior to her retirement, she worked Vice, Homicide, Forgery/Fraud, Patrol, Scientific Services (Crime Lab) on a DNA project, and other assignments.

     Grace has a passion for cooking and baking and takes pleasure in donating her creations to charity projects and fundraisers.  She spends her time writing articles and taking photographs for various publications, target shooting, painting, and “will one day be organized.”

     This year, she received the Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley’s Ruby Award in recognition of her outstanding work to improve the lives of other women.  She and Jack also received the 2014-2015 Outstanding Service Award from the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, through the Elks.

     She has survived two cancers, a bone marrow transplant, and numerous illnesses.  She has spoken with many cancer patients individually and to audiences at cancer fundraisers. Grace attributes her survival to the support from her loving husband and to her family and friends.  She feels that possessing a positive attitude and a good sense of humor helps in the survival and healing process.

     Grace is grateful to her close friends, Gale Effinger and Abby Cantor, for inviting her to join Newcomers and Friends over ten years ago.  She has worked on the Social and Program Committees and performed with the ‘Singing Sisters’.  In Newcomers, she has met so many talented, creative, nice, and fun women with such interesting backgrounds.  She feels it is wonderful to get together to socialize, laugh, have good times, and build lasting friendships.  These friendships also allow us to grieve and cry together and to hold and help each other when we need the support; so we are never alone in what we face in life.

Thank you Grace, for giving us a peek into your life! 

 Diane Millikin
Assistant Editor


The Coffee Corner

Our ‘Coffee Corner’ welcomes potential new members and current members for a morning of friendship at different locations around SCV each month.

The August Coffee Corner will be held on Thursday,    August 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.

For location please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux.


                                  Activities Reorganization

The goal of Newcomers and Friends is to welcome newcomers to    our organization, and provide them, as well as our current members, with a variety of activities that are open to all members.  It is important that our list of Activities on the website grid includes only those  groups that are open to new players and/or subs. Many of our new members have been disappointed when they have tried to get into  the games listed on our website and have been told that there are    no openings and that the group does not use any subs.  This is very discouraging and not fair to someone who has joined expecting to take part in our activities.  To remedy this unfriendly situation, it was decided by the Board, to only list as official activities, those that give all our members the opportunity to join the group in some way--even  if it is just as an occasional substitute.

Please see details on the 'Activities' page including the actions you need to take ASAP for listing of your group/activity!

Game Training Day:

***Friday, August 29 at 10:30 am, we will be teaching the card games   'Progressive Hand and Foot' and 'Race Horse Rummy'. (Location to be announced) All are welcome, please RSVP to Sandy. 

If you want to learn or will help in teaching please call or email Sandy.

Geffen Playhouse Outing to see 'Discord'

Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:00 pm, Los Angeles
Discord, "this whip smart comedy examines when great men in history are forced to repeat it"
I negotiated $30.00 per seat for 15 or more!!! This is a wonderful rate!! 

Call Sandy Nichols ASAP at 661-252-7937, c-661-714-6327,

New Poker Group!

New member Barbara Ralsten is starting a poker group on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1:00 pm. They will be playing regular poker and/or Texas Holdem. Open to players and subs.  Game will take place at my house 27452 N. Elderview Dr. Valencia, Ca.  Please feel free to call Barbara at 661-803-8158. 

If you interested in participating in, or especially, coordinating any activities such as walking, games, movie outings, gardening or couples activities etc., please contact me.

Contact: Sandy Nichols  
661-252-7937   661-714-6327

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 that you can learn in a few minutes and play right away.

Start time is 10:30 AM and we stop around noon to order lunch. 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! Contact me for location.

Carol Costin

a Ladies 

In spite of road resurfacing in the Summit area, the first ever morning Tea was a happy and fun gathering.  The guests tried multiple ways to drive to Jodie’s house, but were met by steam rollers, trucks and tar.  Most ladies made their way through, but two unlucky folk were thwarted.  We missed their company and hope they will come to a future tea gathering.

This month’s theme was Garden Party Hats.  Everyone looked beautiful in a variety of styles and colors.  Sandi Cates took first prize modeling her colorful, flower bedecked hat that she designed and constructed.

This Tea was such a success that we will hold another Morning Tea next spring.       

 In Friendship,
Jodie and Janice

 If you would like to join us at an upcoming Tea, please contact either Jodie Baker or Janice Weiner at a luncheon, via email, or by phone.

The guest lists fill up quickly, so please contact us as early as possible.  We will place names on a waiting list when necessary.

 Please come for a "cup of tea."


'Newcomers Explorers' News

Hi!  Newcomer’s and Friends! 
We are embarking on a new year of adventures.  It will be mostly day trips and possibly a “trip” adventure.  Our little committee group consists of Jane Conklin, Chairman of the group, Jody McEvoy and Barbara Ferone as trusty helpers and assistants.  We welcome anyone that would like to join us to help and offer suggestions. 


Newcomer's Explorers 

Who:  Newcomers
What:  Quail Run Ostrich Ranch
When:  Monday,September 22, 2014
Where: Lake Hughes, CA
Why:  To visit and tour a working Ostrich Farm

Monday, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
meet at Magic Mt. Target parking lot,
next to Pier One Imports at 10:00 am
we will bring our own lunch
RSVP:  Jane Conklin 661-255-2003



Jane Conklin and company



Please be advised that we will only publish personal or private information from members who wish to be acknowledged in our newsletters.

If you or anyone you know has a special celebration or an illness please send the information to

Margaret Gilmer or Carla Crancer, Sunshine Chairpersons, they will send them a card and, if

given permission, include the information in our monthly WebNews.


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