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Monthly Updates - 10/13

President's Message

Greetings Ladies;

THANKSGIVING    Now and then . . . .

Plymouth, 1621, is the Thanksgiving feast we are most familiar with today.  This celebration was to honor Squanto and his friends, the Wampanoag Indians, who taught the Pilgrims how to fish, grow corn, and farm the land.  This harvest feast was followed by three days of thanksgiving to celebrate their good fortune of survival.  

 Down through the centuries there were several changes of dates to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some changes due to political influence, some as a result of cultural preference.  Here are a few notable changes.

 In the middle of the 17th Century Thanksgiving was well established in New England.  However, the first National Thanksgiving was proclaimed and signed by President of Continental Congress in November 1, 1777, by order of Congress.  The third Thursday of December was designated for a solemn day of thanksgiving and praise”.  They were celebrating the surrender of British Major Gen. John Burgoyne, who had surrendered at Saratoga on October 17, 1777. 

 George Washington declared Thursday, the 19th of February, a National Day of Thanksgiving.  His proclamation stated that it is "our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and to implore Him to continue in our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God..."

 On October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and the U.S Congress established the first annual National Day of Thanksgiving "on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."  

 In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared November 23, the next to the last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving. This same year the National Dry Goods Association had requested Roosevelt move Thanksgiving back one week to allow for a longer Christmas season. This Thanksgiving was called "Franksgiving".  Many considered Roosevelt's proclamation an outrage. In 1941, Roosevelt announced the extending of the Christmas season had caused no increase in retail sales.  November 26, 1941, he signed a bill that established the fourth Thursday in November as the national Thanksgiving holiday, which it has been ever since.

 Today, in spite of every day challenges we are to be thankful for our families, friends, and opportunities in our fair land of the United States of America.  MAY YOU ALL find peace and happiness in this coming Thanksgiving.

 Pondering Thoughts:   Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.  St. Francis of Assisi  

Nancy Andrews, President

                                            NOVEMBER NEWS & NOTES

*** Our November Luncheon is at the Hyatt Regency with entertainment by our own ‘Singing Sister’s’! Enjoy a fabulous repast with a lively concert! Bring donations of food for “Help the Children.” 

The Singing Sisters are back!  Come join us at our Luncheon on Thursday, November 12th.  Our theme for the Sing-Along will be Patriotic Songs, in celebration of Veteran's Day.  Please wear Red, White and Blue and honor America with us, "The land of the free and home of the brave". 

***The October Luncheon ‘Autumn OWLoween Funfest’ was a ‘hoot’! The ladies enjoyed the beautiful views, a delicious lunch, much laughter and some fun games! Lorrie Kurowski, Nancy Andrews and Donna Jones all won candy filled jars by guessing the amount in them. Carla Crancer won the owl themed Scavenger Hunt.  In the ‘Fall Colors Finery’ vote, Nalini Amin won for best scarf, Sharon Welch for best sweater/jacket and Jodie Baker for her kimono costume! A fun time was enjoyed by all! 


***From Linda Davies, MS, Executive Director, "Domestic Violence" to

members who donated toiletries at our October luncheon:


Gwen Halstead




Luncheons and Newcomers “THE GIFT OF GIVING” Season

The opportunity to bring donations (cash/check ok too) for those less fortunate in our Community will be accepted at our luncheons in: 

November – at Hyatt Regency, bring food staples for "Help the Children"

December - at Robinson Ranch, bring new, unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots"

Giving is a gift of joy from a grateful heart. See you at the luncheons!

Gwen Halstead


***NFFUN outings; See the announcement in ‘Activities’ about our new and exciting ‘NFFUN’ get-together's! Any member can coordinate a get-together, just contact Mikki or Alyce to get started!



Mark your calendar for our Board Meeting to be held Wednesday, November 6 in Irene Jansson’s club house at Green Brier.  Club members are always welcome to join the meeting.  Go to the entrance with the sign posted “Green Brier EAST”.  You will need a code to open the gate. Ask another Board member for the number OR CALL Nancy for the code number. 

Call Nancy to RSVP and for any questions.




Please welcome our new members!


Anita Bailey        birthday Sept. 19

Gail Cosico          Birthday June 19

Anyone who might be interested in Newcomers & Friends: open the home page on our website and click on the word ‘membership chairman’ and they can contact me with any questions they might have and to receive an application if they are interested in joining us for Fun, Friends and Happy Times Together!!!

For information on Membership, New Member or Renewing Member Applications, contact Marlene “Mikki” Garside, V.P. Membership, at


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 November Coffee Corner will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux for location.


Contact me for info on our next ‘game training’ day!

As always, if you interested in participating in, or especially, coordinating other activities such as walking, gardening or couples activities, please contact me.

Contact: Carla Crancer - 661-297-7225

 'NFFUN’ is off and running!

Newcomers and Friends are offering an exciting new opportunity for members to get together for fun.   If you     want to socialize and/or eat, go places and do interesting things, this no fuss “go whenever the spirit moves  you” group is for YOU…

It is expected that input will come from members who are interested in seeing ‘NFFun’ succeed and that individuals (or teams of members) will suggest and coordinate future events.

You have probably already received a NFFUN e-mail.  If you did not, call Alyce K. or Mikki G. to ask for a phone call.  Email or call them to be added to the email contact list or to discuss your idea for an outing.

Marlene "Mikki" Garside. 661-799-7503

Mexican Train Dominoes

You are invited to join us for a fun, social game of Mexican Train Dominoes.  We play the second Friday every month!

This is the only game available to Newcomers & Friends that does not require a monthly commitment or RSVP. 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!

Carol Costin

Tea Group

The October Tea was wonderful. So many new faces attended along with the usual suspects.  However, we had to look closely to identify each other as we were dressed to match our table themes. We had Japan, China, Britain, and Argentina. There were Geisha's, China’s "Beautiful Girls", Lovely British Ladies in hats and Tango Dancers    and Gauchos!  Ann Anderson opened up her beautiful home and garden to 28 women (and two men). Oops, well they were the photographer and set up and take down guys. 

The food the guests so graciously brought was wonderful, truly   
an International Tea.  We had several speakers who told us about 
tea customs from the various countries represented and we were    treated to a demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Carla    did a wonderful job as our Geisha and Kitty was the perfect guest      at this ceremony.  Grace gave us a super overview of tea in China. Linda filled us in on tea in Britain and even brought her mom
and grandmother's antique tea cups for us to see.  Ann then
shared   about tea customs in Argentina while dressed as the       most glamorous Gaucho garb I have ever seen. 

Thank you Ann, Ron and all of your helpers for a tea to remember.  AND, Bravo and THANK YOU Janice for ALL of your wonderful organization skills for this tea.  Love Ya girl.

Carla will be hostess for the November ‘A Fall Garden Tea’ in her garden.  There are 14 ladies looking forward to this pretty tea.  December tea has a full house as well.  BUT, January is wide open   at this time.  SO, if you want to attend this one, call Jodie Baker or Janice Weiner to reserve a seat.  Remember, first come, first served.

Please come for "a cup of tea."                                      

The Tea Group                                                                                          

Jodie Baker and Janice Weiner


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

Sorry to hear that member Laurie Prince is home-bound due to a recent medical procedure.               We wish her the SPEEDIEST of recoveries and look forward to seeing her out and about real soon!

*To all Newcomers ~ we need each one of you to be a scout and report when one of our members needs           a SUNSHINE card - for happy times as well as illness and challenging times.
Please report the name and circumstances to Louise Elerding, Sunshine Co-Chair, at

If you or anyone you know has a special celebration or an illness, please send  the information to a Sunshine chairperson, she will send them a greeting card and, if given permission, include the information in our monthly WebNews.

Pat Oguss and Louise Elerding

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November Birthdays

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We will be changing our luncheon location throughout the year. Please be sure to check the website or Web News for each month’s location and reservation deadline.

Our November Luncheon is at the Hyatt Regency with entertainment by our own ‘Singing Sisters!’ Enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast along with a lively, sing-a-long concert! Please bring your donations of food staples for our donation to ‘Help the Children.' Cash or checks also accepted. The 'Singing Sisters' are back! Come join us at our Newcomers Luncheon on Thursday, November 14th. Our theme for the Sing-Along will be Patriotic Songs,in celebration of Veteran's Day. Please wear Red, White and Blue and honor America with us,    "The land of the free and home of the brave".

Our Luncheon is being held in the Canyon Country banquet room at the

Hyatt Regency Valencia

24500 Town Center Dr.

Valencia, CA 91355

Tel: 661 678 4046

Kindly note, the Hyatt gave us a discount on their fabulous Thanksgiving menu reducing our cost to $33.25. However, more good news as the Board voted to subsidize the cost for members for both Holiday Luncheons in November ($8.25) and December ($10.00). Thus, the November luncheon and special December Holiday Luncheon at Robinson Ranch will both be just $25 each. 



Garden salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

    -Butternut Squash Ravioli Pasta


   -Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans

Cheesecake with Cranberry Drizzle

Coffee, Tea

There is plenty of free parking in the garage directly across from the Hotel. The Canyon Country banquet room is around at the back of the hotel.

Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Berni Cuttino


PLEASE have the exact cash or correct amount of your check, $25.00, made out to ‘Newcomers’ only, (not Newcomers & Friends or Newcomers Club), for Trish the Treasurer at the luncheon.)


Reservation:  Donna Jones will be accepting luncheon reservations by phone until 12:00 noon,   Sunday, November 10th, but the earlier you make it  the better.

Click above for e-mail reservations to Barbara Ferone or call Donna at 661-254-8796.  When making your reservation this month, please choose your entree.

*Please note: When emailing your reservation, you will receive a confirmation within one day.  If you do not receive that email confirmation, double-check with Barbara to be sure you have the reservation!!!
Gentle reminders: If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, you must cancel by the cutoff date, Sunday, November 10th; otherwise you still have the responsibility of paying for your lunch.

Thank You,

Donna Jones and Barbara Ferone


  If your birthday is this month we have a special gift for you when you attend the luncheon.


Join in on our Raffle fun! Bring a new gift item to be raffled off at the Luncheon and receive a ticket. Then buy extra tickets to win a fun prize, including money and gift cards. The first three winners receive cold hard cash!

Charlotte Marton, Carol Maul and Laurie Prince

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