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                             President's Message

My wish is for all the Newcomers to have a joyous, healthy and prosperous year! I hope the holidays were great and celebrated by being with friends and family.

The January luncheon will be our annual Auction and will be held on the 11th at the Residence Inn. Please read all the details regarding the Auction in the newsletter. We will also start our nominating process this month and we are looking to our  many new members for their participation. Please contact me or any Board member  if you are interested in a position for the 2018-2019 year. We would love to have you on the Board!

Our Coco Chanel event is scheduled for February 8th and will be the “Event of the Year”. Please read the newsletter and be sure to attend this special Luncheon. It will be held at “The Sand Canyon Inn” and is going to be an amazing fashion show.

The Explorers outing for Drag Queen Bingo in West Hollywood is scheduled for Wed. January 17th. Please contact Kathi Giddens for carpooling arrangements. This is a repeat of last year’s fabulous event.
My heartfelt thanks to all the members and the Board for their love, support and
friendship!! May we continue in this spirit to enforce and promote the ideals of the Newcomers!

Happy New Year!

Nalini Amin







The January Board Meeting will be at the lovely
home of Diane Milliken 

 22348 Circle J Ranch Road
 Santa Clarita, CA 

Wednesday January 3rd -1:00 P.M.
Please contact Diane if you are
planning to attend.   

We hope to see all the Board members at this meeting


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!

"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)


January Luncheon and General Meeting


The Residence Inn

25320 The Old Rd,
Santa Clarita, CA 91381

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:00 noon

Box Lunch and Salad

Cost: $24.00


Includes tax and gratuity

Reservations must be made no later than

January 7th!


Exciting news for the New Year! We will hold our annual Auction at the January Luncheon this year! There will be both a silent and live action auction for up to 3 items per person. All proceeds go back to you the seller!!!  Barri Boren and her excellent team are sure to provide an entertaining and laugh filled afternoon for all! Have fun, make some money and find a new treasure!  Start gathering your three items now; they can be Antique, collectible, new or preowned treasures, gift cards, gift basket, event tickets, unwanted Christmas gifts etc.!  Hint...  past best sellers have been wine and jewelry and even a Maj Jong set!  Our Luncheon/Auction site will be the Residence Inn in Stevenson Ranch.

Come on and have some laughs and make a little money too!


Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!


Due to the time factor with the auction, we will not have the Opportunity Drawing this month.


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?



This announcement is to be sure you know that you must send in your reservations no later than the SUNDAY before any Newcomer and Friends luncheon that you want to attend. 

Late reservations can no longer be accepted and the best we can offer you will be a place on a waiting list in the event that someone cancels their reservation. If that doesn't happen, sadly, you will not be able to come to the luncheon!       

We had “relaxed” this policy for some of you in the past and had occasionally accepted reservations after the deadline Sunday. That will no longer be possible because our current restaurants will not accept any late reservations.


A big thank you to Barri Boren, Maggie Blanchard and Phyllis Staple for the great job they did manning the Chanel Perfume Table at December Luncheon. Great job ladies!








                        GIFT OF GIVING

What a year of giving from gal pals. Toys for Tots filled 5 - 5' bags filled by 4 trustees at the Sheriffs office. It started with 2 trustees & 2 bags but 2 more came out when they needed more bags. The toiletries delivered in November went to Bridge to Home as Domestic Violence did not need. All donations stay and help Santa Clarita families in need in our community. Thanks to all. 

Gwen Halstead.


Make 2018 the Year You Master Mah Jongg

Beginning on Monday, January 8, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., and lasting for six consecutive Mondays, seasoned Mah Jongg player Diane Gilden plans to open her home to members who are interested in learning/brushing up on their Mah Jongg skills. Her past experience as an instructor of Mah Jongg has shown that people learn better and learn faster in a group of lessons that are held close together to facilitate reinforcement and aren’t dragged out over a number of months.


Class size is limited so, if you are interested in this opportunity for Newcomers, act fast to register or to get more information.

Please contact:

Diane Gilden





We had a great turnout for the Cookie Exchange, and enjoyed some fun projects along with loads of excellent cookies. We were treated to several new recipes and enjoyed everything from chocolate biscotti, to sugar cookie snowmen, raspberry bars, and Mexican hot-chocolate cookies with a slight hint of cayenne! They were all great! Save your recipes and be sure to join us in 2018.










Newcomers Explorer’s Trips 2017 - 2018


Shambala Preserve Safari trip will be on Sunday, 12/10/17. The cost is $50.00, which is tax deductible.

Please contact Geri Benne if you are interested in participating in this trip to see the different big cats that live at Shambala. We will carpool for this event.


Drag Queen Bingo trip will be on Wednesday, 01/17/2018. The cost is $20 for the Bingo card with an additional cost for items ordered from the menu. Please contact Kathi Giddens if you are interested in participating in this trip. We will carpool to West Hollywood for this event.


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. 

January's Amazing Auction!

We will hold our annual Auction at the January Luncheon this year! We will have both a silent and live action auction for up to 3 items per person. All proceeds go back to you the seller!!!  Barri Boren and her team is sure to provide an entertaining afternoon for all! Start gathering your three items now; they can be Antique, collectible, new or preowned treasures, gift cards, gift basket, event tickets, etc.! Hint...  Past best sellers have been wine and jewelry, the big seller last year was a Mahjong set!

Please bring your items to the Luncheon where you will be given a form to fill out with details about it and your starting price (the lower the better).  When the bidding stops the buyer will come to you and pay you directly with cash or check.

Bring cash and/or your checkbook for payment to the seller immediately.

Come on and have some fun and make a little money too!

                                FEBRUARY LUNCHEON

On February 8th at our luncheon event you will be entertained by
Valarie Lunt who will present “Coco Chanel-A Woman in History”.
Following lunch our members will walk the runway wearing illusions of Chanel’s fashion looks. This will be an amazing event and you will not want to miss a moment of it.

The luncheon will be held at the Sand Canyon Country Club beginning at noon. There will not be a raffle because so many wonderful door prizes have been donated. SO, you can use your raffle $$toward the cost of the luncheon. Along with door prizes there will be other surprises that will be revealed as we get closer to February 8th, 2018.
Guests are welcome at this exciting event so bring your friends. We are told that there will be quite a few guests and encourage our members to sign up quickly.


                                                             “COCO CHANEL"


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 Friday December 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Kathi Giddens's house. Email or call if you need directions.



NOTE: For December only ~ the meeting date is changed from the third Friday to the fourth Friday.



                            TEA LADIES

We enjoyed a very festive “Winter Wonderland” Tea at the home of Kay Moioffer. Her house is beautifully decorated for the holidays, and features multiple Christmas trees, each offering a different theme. Her tables were also lovely, and helped all of us get into a Winter Holiday mood.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending a Tea in 2018. We would love to see you there. Janice 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.

Please join us January18, 2018 at Mama’s Table,
23340 Cinema Drive 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.


A note from Sharon following her recent accident:  

You have all made me want to get well and feel very loved because of all your cards and best wishes.
  I was so moved by all of you that I am pushing myself to get well ASAP.

Many thanks to you all and know I miss you.
Love and Hugs,

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? 


                           JANUARY BIRTHDAYS




























































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