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Monthly Updates - June 2013

LET’S GET ACQUAINTED

I’m a Country Girl at heart and a City Girl when needed.

Grandma (Nannie-Sophia Ann) came from Illinois about 1920, with my mother, Frances Ann, and homesteaded property near the top of the hills of Mount Washington, Los Angeles.  Today the property overlooks Avenue 50.  The original dwelling was a simple one room cabin.  Nannie with the help of her new husband, Mr. Maher, transformed the dwelling into a comfortable 900 square foot home with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room, dining room, mini kitchen, sun room, and a storage room.  The storage room was used by my father who designed shoes of alligator, snake, and etc. for Joyce Shoes, Pasadena.

As a small Tyke, I walked down the many flights of stairs and long paved street to attend Aldama Elementary School located on Avenue 50, Highland Park.  What fun it was to open my world to what I thought was the city and then return home to climbing trees, sliding down summer dried weeds on
cardboard chucks, riding bear back on Babe, our mare, and sometimes with a Western saddle, camping overnight with a few neighbor kids, sitting on the common stair case with the other neighbor kids singing memorable tunes in the star studded evening.

In recent years I met Don, my husband, while working with the Department of Water Resources
(DWR) in Castaic.  (Another series of stories.)  Through various promotions in my final position I was in charge of Vista del Lago Visitors’ Center, a water museum, overlooking Pyramid Lake.  We both retired from DWR into our current Parker property in Castaic.

Today Don and I are happy in our country style home in Castaic.  We enjoy the bounty of our labor with about 16 fruit trees, old fashioned barn, roses galore (about 24), and vegetable and herb garden areas.  We are pleased to exchange some of our home grown food supply with our neighbors.  Sometimes we find a grown cabbage, fresh sweet corn, or tasty zucchini at our back door.  Yes, now you can envision our simple, but very active country life.     

YOUR NEW PRESIDENT

Thank you for your trust in me as your new President.  I am a figure head.  You members are the thrust of energy which moves the forward motion of our unique organization.  Let us join together to continue creating a memorable and inspiring year with Newcomers & Friends.  I look forward to getting acquainted with members I haven’t yet met and better acquainted with those I have.

Father's Day wishes:

May we wish our family members and friends the best of what life has to bring forth this Father’s Day.   Be it fathers, grandfathers, uncles, sons, special friends and others, we are all in this life together.  May we be supportive and provide encouragement to one and all.  What we project we also receive.  

    F- Fraternal foremost in action  
       A - Audible with strength  
          T - Teacher to many  
             H - Honorable in principles of morality and integrity.
                E - Ernest with sincerity
                   R- Responsible - an example to others.

Nancy Andrews


Getting to know Nancy!

Nancy loves pastel rainbow colors, the Big Band era music, actor James Gardner, reading financial news and magazines, classic TV series, dancing especially square dancing, singing, travel, cooking and sewing, See’s Truffles candy, lemonade, wine, cheese and fruit, seafood and whisky sours. She loves to garden! She and her husband Don have an orchard of 16 fruit trees, an herb and vegetable garden and lots of roses, geraniums and other colorful flowers! Her ‘Bucket List’ would be to “eat, drink and be merry with friends and family, and to feed her curious mind with positive experiences”.

Thank You!
 
A special thanks to all our ‘Reporters’ for your monthly contributions to the WebNews this past year!  You did a great job!  Mikki and I are most appreciative of everyone’s help in keeping our club up to date and informed!

And thank you, Mikki, for your hard work as ‘Webmistress’!  I hope to carry on your fine work this coming year!

Mikki Garside and Barri Boren
Webmistresses

Board Meeting

GENTLE REMINDER: BOARD MEMBERS ONLY AT JUNE MEETING:
Current and incoming board members please note that the June board meeting is our annual board pot luck luncheon.  Outgoing board members please be thinking of what you plan to bring to this luncheon and then contact Donna Jones with your dish of choice.  This luncheon is for board members only and will be held at the home of Shirley Lamoureaux at 12 noon on  June 5th.

Membership

PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!
Opal Estes: Birthday is December 7th
Miriam ‘Marie’ Ross: Birthday is March 25th

RENEWALS OF MEMBERSHIP
 
We have sent an email with the renewal application to be returned BEFORE JUNE 1st.  Responding on or before this date will allow your name and contact information to be included in our new Directory for 2013-2014.                        
 
NEWS FLASH --  Mikki wants to encourage earliest possible membership renewal.  If one does not have an application and all your information will stay the same for the new directory, you may send Mikki a note plus your check made out to Newcomers, $30 (or $40 if you want the newsletter mailed to you), for membership renewal 2013-2014.
Any questions call Mikki at 661-799-7503.


For information on membership, new member or Renewing member Applications or copies of the Directory, contact Marlene (Mikki) Garside, V.P. Membership, at 661-799-7503

RECRUITMENT

THE COFFEE CORNER  

The June Coffee Corner will be held on Thursday, June 20th at 10:00a.m.

Please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux for location.

Activities

Carla Crancer -   cicgramma1@yahoo.com 661- 297- 7225

MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES

You are invited to join us for a fun, social game of Mexican Train Dominoes.  We play every month on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 AM at the IHOP restaurant at 24737 Pico Canyon Rd in Stevenson Ranch. This is at the Lyons exit off of I-5.

This is the only game available to Newcomers & Friends that does not require a monthly commitment, not even an RSVP!  You can come whenever you are available, without having to let anyone know if you will or will not be there.  This is a very fun, but simple game that requires no prior knowledge in order to play.  It can be taught to new players in just minutes.  

We start the game at 10:30 AM and then stop around noon to order lunch and eat together.  We go back to the game after lunch and usually finish by 2 PM.  We play with four or five people to a table and we usually have between three and six tables. Each player contributes $4.  $2 from each person goes to the waitress's tip and the other $2 is used for prize money for the game.  

If you are a new member, this is a great way to start getting involved with our 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!


SOCIAL CLUB


Our trip to the Huntington Library in April has come and gone. We hope those of you who attended the tour and tea enjoyed yourselves.

That was our last trip, as we are not remaining as the social club for the coming year.

We hope you have enjoyed the social club’s efforts in providing the last few years of outings for you.

And we would like to thank all of you who joined us in our outings for supporting us.

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

AFTERNOON TEA GROUPS
A Garden Theme was chosen by our May Tea hostess Carolyn Wolf and what a pretty Tea it was.  The views from her windows to her garden enhanced the theme and mood for the afternoon.  Nine ladies gathered to share delicious treats, cups of tea and happy conversation.  We loved the Maypole centerpieces!  The "garden" themed quiz was fun with three winners and a booby prize being awarded. This was a most enjoyable day.  Thank You Carolyn for being a great hostess and for sharing your lovely home and garden.

Now on to June for a birthday themed Tea at Pat Oguss' delightful home.         I am told that there is room for one or two more guests, (out of twenty seats available).  Call Pat if you would like to join the fun.

Sharing a cup of tea with friends is a wonderful way to spend the day.


 Jodie Baker

Sunshine

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

We send our deepest sympathy to Sharon Silberman and her family on the sudden death of her Granddaughter.

Sylvia Reyes reports that she is doing fine following her surgery.

In closing, Nancy Andrews inspires us to
    climb that ladder
    scale that mountain
    reach for the heavens
    and achieve our dreams!

Pat Oguss and Louise Elerding

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 them in our monthly WebNews.

 June

First Name Last Name Birthday
LINDA BOLANOS 06/06
LORI FINK 06/07
BETTY GRISPINO 06/07
EILEEN CHAMBERS 06/14
CONNIE KNOWLES 06/16
JOANNE(JODIE) BAKER 06/18
DIANE MCMANN 06/18 
RUTHIE SHELBIE SMITH
06/19
MARTHA JONES 06/20
JUDY WIDDES 06/22
SARA KELLER 06/24
BARBARA ASH 06/25
ROSE FOGLESONG 06/25
SHARON CONNORS 06/28
MARJORIE LOMBARDI 06/29
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