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                             President's Message

I am sending love, thoughts and prayers to the many members who have been sick or had other health related issues. Wishing all of you a speedy recovery. You were missed at the January Board Meeting and at the January Luncheon and auction.

Our Coco Chanel event will be held on Thursday February 8th at the Sand Canyon Country Club. This is a once in a lifetime program and thanks to Jodie Baker for her hard work in planning and organizing this fashion show. Some of our lovely members as well as guest models will be modeling for us. Please make reservations by Jan 29th because we want all of you to attend. This is going to be the “Show of the Year!”

Our nominating committee has started the process of recruiting members to join the Board for the 2018-2019 year. There are many positions and we welcome participation from our members. 

Wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day! May the month of February bring you hearts, flowers, good wishes, but most of all “Love!”

Nalini Amin








The February Board Meeting will be at the lovely home
of Jeane Cruse

24077 Regents Park Circle
Valencia, CA  91355

Wednesday February 7th -1:00 P.M.

Please contact Jeane 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!

Debby Meyer

"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)


February Luncheon and General Meeting


Sand Canyon Country Club
27734 Sand Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita Ca 91387
Tel #

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



Coco Chanel 'Illusions'

Our February 8th Luncheon celebrating Coco Chanel is ready to go! Many of our members have been working for months to bring you this very special event. Now it is time to raise the curtain!

Jodie Baker, speaker Valerie Lunt, members and special guest models, our Newcomers "sound man", the “Security" men, and the members who have created table favors, decorations, loaned items and the donors of many door prizes will make this event "not to be missed"!

The afternoon will begin with our speaker and after that our delicious lunch will be served. Then our President, Nalini Amin, will hold a short general meeting. Following that, the music will begin and our “Security" men will be in place as Coco Chanel 'Illusions' begins.

And finally, don’t forget to visit the tables and view the Vintage Chanel items that have been loaned to us by Gwen Halstead and Pat Oguss.

Don't forget your pearls and Chanel #5! See you there!!!

Cost: $32.00


Includes tax and gratuity


Please make your reservation by  

January 29th

and specify your choice of chicken or pasta.

****For this special Coco Chanel
 Luncheon the reservations will
be taken by Diane Millikin.****


Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!

**There will not be an opportunity drawing at the February Luncheon and Meeting **


March Luncheon and General Meeting

Our March Luncheon will be held at Black Angus and we will have a Law Enforcement representative
speak about traffic/driving safety. How do you drive those pesky roundabouts??? It will be a very
 informative talk and a delectable meal!

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 March or 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!

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


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 February 16th

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






                            TEA LADIES

The new year started off with a fun, snowflake themed Tea. Guests were treated to great food, including excellent Waldorf Salad, blueberry pie, and a delicious lemon cake.

Guests also created beautiful snowflakes from, of all things, coffee filters, and took home lovely lavender sachets.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending a Tea in 2018. 

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.

Please join us on February 15th, 10:00 a.m. at IHOP located at 18677 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, CA.  

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.



This has been a busy "I don't feel so good Month", lots of flu
 victims and just down right horrible colds. We wish all well and
hope next month all will be better. Please keep in mind Jeanne Iler whose son passed away very suddenly about week or 10 days ago. Healthy February to all.

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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