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Monthly Updates - August 2012

President's Letter

Several years ago, when I was about to attend my fiftieth high school reunion in Michigan, a friend sent a letter to me.  I have selected a part of her letter to share with you, my Newcomers and Friends.

“A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.  When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end.  They will walk beside you and sometimes, when necessary, even break the rules and come in and carry you out.  

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins and extended family, all bless our life. The world wouldn’t be the same without women and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead; nor did we know how much we would need each other.  Every day we need each other still.  Life is good. Be glad and rejoice in it ... God bless you and pass this on to all of your beloved “sisters” who help make your life more meaningful.”

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you, putting it my way,
But nicely, You are precisely, My cup of tea.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say
Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day.       

From  ”The King and I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Make your dreams come true.
Donna Jones, President, Newcomers & Friends   

Board Meeting

he August board meeting will be Wednesday August 1, at 1pm at Sandi Cates' clubhouse.  The address is Lakeshore Condominiums, 24316 W. Venturi Drive, Valencia, 91355.  

Call Sandi to reserve a chair and get directions - her phone no. is 661/255-3779


Hello Ladies
Everything is going well with our new directories. If you did not get one please let me know.  I can bring some directories to the games that you are playing.  You can give me a call at 661 255 0992.

Please welcome the following new and renewing members who have recently joined and are not included in our new Directory.


Cindy Kramer
Birthday 7-27

Janice Weiner
Birthday 12/2


Sylvia Reyes
Birthday 1/24

Helen Mansur
Birthday 12/27

Sincerely, Irene

For information on membership, New member or Renewing member Applications or additional copies of the Directory contact Irene Jansson, V.P. Membership, at 661-255-0992


Attention all Activity Coordinators!

Please email or call me to verify your activity; the day, time and location where you meet, and if you have openings or need subs.

Also a big THANK YOU to those of you who have already responded!

Hand and Foot?   Mahjong? If you are interested in playing one of these games, please contact Carla Crancer.

Have fun!.

Laurie Prince - , 661-367-4117


The August Coffee Corner will be held on Thursday,
August 30th at 10 a.m.

Please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux for location.

Have you ever wondered what was behind the fences at the Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic???

On Wednesday, August 22,  join your Social Club hostesses and find out.

Our day will start at 10:00 am with a van tour of the rancho grounds.  We will then tour one of the custody facilities, and if time permits, we will tour the firing range and visit the sheriff's emporium.

Our afternoon will end with a lunch in the Officer's Dining Room.

The cost of the tour will be $15.00 for the lunch.

This tour is open to your friends, husbands, or relatives.  However, the tour number is limited, so get your check in ASAP.

Please send your checks payable to:
          Dorothy Karnes
          20152 Northcliff Drive
          Santa Clarita, CA 91351

Each attendee will be required to provide their CA driver's license number, telephone number and complete legal name. Please submit with the checks.

Parking will be at the front gate in a deputy supervised parking lot. Your purses must remain in your car. Your CA driver's license or valid picture ID must be presented at the jail. No cigarettes, drugs, or cell phones are allowed in the jail. However, you may bring bottled water, and cash in case you want to shop at the emporium.

If you have any questions, please call:

Shirley Lamoureaux 661 254 0205,  Lois Silverman 661 222 9095 or
Grace Elliott 661 263 9727 or Dorothy Karnes 661 251 4412


July has been a good Month for the Tea Group.  It has been decided that we will now have year round teas.  Due to the wonderful response to this activity,  we will hold a tea each month.  The second Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm.   

Jodie Baker will take reservations for "Tea One" and Ginger Freed will take them for "Tea 4 Two". The original group will meet as usual in Jan, March, May, July, Sept. Nov .  The new section will meet Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Dec.  We are hoping to combine Dec. and January so everyone can be together.  

More on that as it develops. My group knows who they are and so I ask them to confirm with me as to if they want to continue.  This is because we hope to hostess new guests as well.  There are seats available for "Tea 4 Two" so call Ginger if you are interested.

July tea at Irene Jansson's home was a full house +.  It was a hat theme the ladies looked lovely in their chappeaux.

It was nice to see some new faces at this tea.  Irene always does a great job of hostessing.  Thank You Irene

Jodie Baker


Giovanna Cabaret, Alyce Kesselman, Sharon Welch

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a member of the British Royal Family?  Ever want to be “Queen for a Day” or a real Princess?   

Here is an extraordinary opportunity to dwell in that dream world.   Join Newcomers and Friends on Vagabonds next glorious adventure.

The Royal Coach (previously known as the Party Bus) awaits!!!  This time it takes us to Long Beach where we will board the luxurious QUEEN MARY.

If you have seen it before you will be amazed at the renovation. Over 5 months has been spent changing about 13,000 square feet on the Sun Deck so that it can accommodate a special new exhibit, a tea-room and a boutique.

We will tour DIANA: LEGACY OF A PRINCESS, a first-of-its kind exhibit and have the joy of seeing a multi-million dollar collection that took over 30 years to assemble.  It displays approximately 2,000 items relating to the Windsor Family including nine of Princess Diana’s dresses and gowns. The exhibit is primarily focused on the late Princess Diana but also features memorabilia from others of the royal family.  Many of the items have never been displayed in public before.

To crown our fantasy day, will be a delicious TEA /LUNCHEON in the ROYAL TEA ROOM.  There will also be some free time to explore “THE QUEEN” on your own and shop, if you will!

The Cost for this exceptional trip is $89.00 per person.  
The price includes transportation, entrance to the Princess Diana exhibit with a self guided audio tour, admission to the Queen Mary and Tea/Luncheon.  All tips and taxes are included.

A portion of the proceeds generated by Diana: Legacy of a Princess will benefit a non-profit organization serving Southern California and offering needed services in the areas of breast cancer awareness and prevention.

We need YOU to call and reserve NOW. 


Please contact Giovanna Cabaret by e-mail or phone.

A release form MUST BE sent in with your check. Upon request, Giovanna  will e-mail a form for you to fill out and submit with your non-refundable check (made out to Giovanna Cabaret).


Kay Moioffer is happy to report that she is "on the mend" after the problems she was having.

Prayers and condolences to the Mumby family for the loss of our former member JoAnn Mumby.  Her Memorial was attended by a number of past and current Newcomers & Friends members.

We are offering our thoughts and prayers to Millie Hubert for her daughter Tammy.

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

Wishing you all good health!

Carla Crancer and Pat Oguss

If you or anyone your know has a special celebration or an illness, please send the information to a Sunshine chairperson,  so that she can send them a card and include them in our monthly updates. 


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