MONTHLY UPDATE -  JUNE 2016   Print Page



Hi friends! 

First off, I would like to thank Jodie B. and her fantastic Board for the great year we just completed.  Many thanks to the Installation Committee for the hard work they put in to make it a wonderful and memorable day for myself and the new Board at our May Luncheon.  Our Luncheons are always a bright spot in the month.  Where else can you go and get hello’s and hugs from so many friends at once?  I hope you are all excited for another fun year as members of Newcomers and Friends.  I’m honored you chose me to be president, and I have a wonderful Board ready to bring you fun activities, games, socials, trips, luncheons, Coffee Corners, etc.  We have already been meeting and planning, working hard to schedule all our great ideas into the next twelve months.  Get your calendars ready, we will fill your days!

Social:  To kick things off, we are having an Ice Cream Social in June.  Look for more details below!  Pat Oguss will be heading up the Leisure Olympics again along with a couple of other favorites from last year and some new events too.  We are planning two evening events as well where you can bring your spouse or significant other if you’d like.  

Activities:  Barb and Noreen are going to get our “game on” this year.  Please see their report and join in the fun!  I hear lots of ladies want to join game groups, here is your chance!

Explorers:  By the time you read this, our first event, the Vino Train to Santa Barbara, will be booked.  Donna C. and Gloria are so enthusiastic and will be bringing us many opportunities to get out and go!

Luncheons:  As of the writing of this article, we are looking for someone or a couple (2-3) of you to head up the First V.P. of Luncheons committee.  There are some great ladies willing to help you but we need a leader or two.  Please give me a call if you are willing, even if you could do 3 months’ worth but not the whole year, it would be such a service.  We have already scouted restaurants and have a tentative plan for the year.  What we need is someone to be in charge of a month; finalize the menu, share it with the board and coordinate closely with the restaurant to provide them the count for meals and follow through with them at the deadline, also to write up the Luncheon information for our Website.  Please step up and assist your Club!

Programs:  Grace has worked tirelessly to bring us interesting and inspiring speakers and enjoyable entertainment.  She has more great ideas for this year so watch for your newsletter to see what she has planned next!

Coffees:  Luana and her committee pick yummy places for our monthly breakfast.  This is an opportunity for you to visit with old members and meet prospective new members.  We’d love to see you there!

Business:  If you are willing to host a board meeting at your home, please give me a call/email.  I need 4 more months covered.  For the June 1 board meeting, it will be a potluck luncheon, where the 2015-16 board provides the meal for any new 2016-17 board members.  It’s a time to share ideas and pass on your job to your replacement, so please call/email me to sign up for a food/drink item and to RSVP if you haven’t already done so, that way I can plan enough tables and chairs. 

In closing, I want to thank all of you on the 2016-17 board for volunteering and giving your time.  Your effort makes all the fun possible for the rest of us.  When we all pull together, it makes the job easier, and it is true, we couldn’t do it without all of you!


Newcomers and Friends is excited to begin our 32nd year this month! Our year runs June through May, 2017. We welcome Diane Millikin as our new President. Her motto for our year is 'Friendship is Sweet'!  She has already been very busy planning a special year for everyone! Here is a little about her:


I’m originally from central Illinois and grew up on my family’s farm near a small town.  I graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA.  I worked for Caterpillar and Exxon and then was lucky to be able to retire early.  My husband Sam and I have a grown son and daughter and we are very proud of their accomplishments.  I’d love to tell you about them but not on the internet!  We moved to Santa Clarita from Pittsburgh three years ago and absolutely love CA.  When my kids were growing up, I was a volunteer at their schools, a Girl Scout leader and a swimming official.  I belonged to a Ladies Day Out group and I was also a board member of the summer swim league and our winter swim club.  Besides Newcomers, out here I’m involved in my sorority ZTA, Maxine’s Divas, AAUW and Questers.  Since joining Newcomers, I have served as assistant webmaster, executive VP and as a member of the cruise committee.  I enjoy playing all the games but my favorite is Mah Jongg.  I love to attend and host teas, participate in the monthly luncheons and social events, and I meet new friends each time.  Newcomers has given me wonderful friends in the past few years, where there is always a hug and a smile whenever we gather together. 




 Newcomers and Friends of Santa Clarita Board for 2016-2017

Congratulations to the newly elected board members for 2016-2017
who will begin their year in June! We appreciate their volunteering
 to help the club grow and thrive, allowing women of Santa Clarita
to socialize and make lasting friendships!

Executive Board

President: Diane Millikin

Executive Vice President: Nalini Amin

First V.P. Luncheons: Joyce Brady, Muriel Usselman

Second V.P. Membership: Janice Weiner

Secretary: Maggie Blanchard

Treasurer: Kay Moioffer

Website Editors: Barri Boren, Sandy Enerle

Activities: Barbara Ferone, Noreen Motts

Recruitment: Luana Law, Gwen Halstead, Donna Jones

Board Members

Auditor: Mikki Garside

Birthdays: Maggie Blanchard, Jean Cruse, Milly Ginsburgh

E-Mail Communication: Shirley Birnholz

Explorers: Donna Cerna, Gloria Cassidy

Historian: Alana Miklic, Kathy Kunkel

Hostess: Jeannine Boren, Nancy Andrews, Gwen Halstead, Sonja Ley, Muriel Usselman

Luncheon Decorations: Joyce Brady

Luncheons/Programs: Grace Elliott

Luncheon Reservations: Mikki Garside, Kay Moioffer

Parliamentarian: Alyce Kesselman

Publicity: Gwen Halstead

Opportunity Drawing: Carla Lewis, Wynn Webber, Jody McEvoy, Marge McKenna

Social: Pat Oguss

Sunshine: Kitty Zimmerman

Telephone: Carol Costin, Mary Grisaffi








The June Board meeting is at 12:00 noon on Wednesday June 1st!



This meeting is for both outgoing and incoming Board members only. It will be at our new President Diane Millikin’s lovely home for a potluck lunch!  Please contact Diane to RSVP and to sign-up for what to bring.  She may also need tables and chairs. There will be comradery, celebration, training and planning for our New Year!









About Our Website!

Newcomers and Friends has its own website on the internet.  
You can go to the website,, at any time and read the latest news.  We update the website every month with new information including Luncheon info, the President’s message and all of the ongoing 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. If you have any questions or comments please contact your webmistresses/editors/writers Barri Boren and Sandy Enerle.


Diane Millikin and Board Members were installed as Club Officers at the annual Installation Luncheon.  This fun and very important event celebrated Newcomers & Friends continuity and all the ladies that do the hard work to make it successful.  We appreciate all those who took the time to come and join in the party! Many thanks were given to Jodie and the outgoing Board for their efforts in making this past year a great one! Jodie presented the beautiful Tapestry that we have all contributed to this past year. She said it will hang in a place of honor in her home and be a reminder of this memorable year! Jodie gave a beautiful thank you gift to all her Board members of a personalized ‘Friends’ photo frame with photographs of our year!  

Diane was introduced with her motto and our theme for the new year being ‘Friendship is Sweet’.  The ladies honored her by wearing ‘pretty in pink’ outfits! Janice presented Diane with some fun gifts and Jeannine Boren acted out her ‘dislikes’.  Diane’s favorite fantasy is spending the night at Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyworld.  So the Installation Committee surprised her with a little ‘Cinderella’ fantasy! Our stellar cast of Janice Weiner as the Fairy Godmother, Kitty Zimmerman and Muriel Usselman as the ‘Dresser’s, Donna Cerna as the Kazoo trumpeting ‘Page’ and Lorrie Kurowski as ‘Prince Charming” complete with a glass slipper, gave a hilarious performance. The ‘Prince’ then danced off with Diane aka Cinderella!   Many thanks to Donna C. for the gorgeous professional costumes! We had a fun time and delicious meal at Robinson Ranch and thanks to Grace Elliott for baking those scrumptious cookies for us enjoy!  Thank you to the Installation Committee for planning this essential event for the Club!





Are you considering joining our Club? Membership dues are $30.00. Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 32nd 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.



"The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy
to your soul.”

 Shanna Rodriquez





Donna Jones would like to express her "deep thanks and love to all
 those who supported her through a trying time.  She holds all of you deep in her heart and appreciates your caring responses"

Please feel free to call me, Kitty Zimmerman, if you hear of any member who is celebrating or having a lengthy recovery. It's always nice to know our fellow sisters care. 



Good friends are quiet Angels who lift you up when your
wings have forgotten how to fly


Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

(See the Luncheon page for details, reservations & cancellations)


June Luncheon & General Meeting

Thursday June 9, 2016 at 12:00

Hilton Garden Inn

27710 The Old Road

Valencia, CA  91355

     We are excited to welcome our June Newcomers luncheon speaker, Amanda Benson!  She is the Associate Publisher of Elite Magazine and is a Marketing Consultant for The Magazine of Santa Clarita Valley. Amanda's background is in sales, marketing, and she is considered a social media guru.
    These beautiful publications continue to provide Santa Clarita residents  with community news and events; arts and entertainment; gift, fashion, beauty and bridal ideas; dining, travel and vacation suggestions; family activities; medical articles, home and garden news, and so much more!
    Please join us for a delightful and informative luncheon with Amanda Benson!


Choice of one:

Ranch Chicken Wrap

Grilled herb chicken, cheese, romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla


Vegetarian Wrap

Grilled seasonal vegetables, romaine lettuce, humus wrapped in a spinach tortilla


Caesar Salad with Grilled Herb Chicken

Chopped romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese tossed in Caesar dressing

 Served with Potato Salad and Cookies

Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas and Ice Tea


Cost is only $23.00

Includes lunch, beverage, tax, gratuity and meeting space


Reservations deadline is Sunday June 5, 2016.








To All Game Players,

We would like to compile a list of all players who would like to play in a game or become a member of a sub list for a game.

Hopefully this will help to start new groups or get more calls to sub in a game.

Also established games will be able to add to their sub lists.

Please e-mail me at to let me know all the games you are interested playing or learning.

Also let me know of any other activities such as bowling or movies or any group you would like to see started.

Thank you,

Barbara Ferone  661 298-3726

Noreen Motts 661 254-1307

The social committee invites you to:

Come get the scoop for the new year and enjoy a sweet time with friends!

Ice Cream Social June 15 1-3 p.m.

Diane Millikin’s home

Ice cream will be provided, and we ask everyone attending to bring a topping or beverage.  Call or email Diane to sign up!


There will be a game day on
Wednesday June 29th  at 12:
30 at Barbara Ferone's.

Come and learn a new game or enjoy playing one you like.

Games will be determined on that day.  We do not have to all be playing the same thing. 

Please let me know if you will be attending and what game you would like to play. 

Email or call Barbara


June 17 Italian Deli Day 10:30 AM-2 PM

Carpool with friends to Rocco's Italian Market for lunch and a walk around the hip town of Los Feliz

RSVP to Donna Cerna at, or Gloria Cassidy at

We will schedule a meeting place a few days prior. Cost of lunch is $8 and up.

Donna Cerna and Gloria Cassidy, Explorers

Newcomer Explorers Day Trip -
Vino Train to Santa Barbara, July 9, 2016

(Note: as of this month's publishing date, please contact Donna if you are interested in this outing to see if there is still space available)

Ride the rails in style aboard a vintage railway car for a one day trip to Santa Barbara. Breakfast buffet, beverages and dinner (included) will be served on this luxurious lounge car.  Lunch and wine tasting on our own.  Cost is $170 per person.  More train info at LA Rail Vintage Rail Cars for Charter

We board at 8:12 AM at the Van Nuys Amtrak station (7724 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 9140 ) and return at 6:45 PM

Fares include first class train service by vintage private railway car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and return, breakfast buffet aboard northbound train, and an evening meal on the southbound train.


The Vino Train theme includes a walking tour of the “Urban Wine Trail” which is free to participate in, but the wine tasting fees are not included and are settled on an individual basis.  Not included but encouraged:  Wine purchases! 

Upon arrival in Santa Barbara at 10:19, our volunteer wine guide will lead you on a walking tour to several tasting rooms. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. You are, of course, free to join or decline the tour, or leave the tour at any time. If you want to explore Santa Barbara completely on your own, you have approximately 6 hours to do so! After your visit, please return to the Santa Barbara train station and await our special carriage, which departs at 4:35 pm.


At 4:35 pm, we depart Santa Barbara for our evening run back to LA. We'll enjoy the sunset, dinner and dessert in our "exclusive club on rails" as we make our way back home. 

RSVP to Donna Cerna at or call 626-688-9622
Send your $170 payment to Donna Cerna or Kay Moioffer.

Last day to reserve and submit money is May 19. Limit is 36 persons. Reservations will be first come, first served. Members will be accommodated first.  If you want to invite a spouse or friend let Donna know and she will place them on a waiting list. You will be notified on or before May 19 if your guest may attend.

Cancellation Policy-You may cancel and receive a refund if you find a replacement for your seat. Otherwise, no cancellations.

-You must be able to navigate the steps up the railway car as there is no ramp for this car. The walking is mostly level streets, and many Winery's are within three blocks of the train station. If you want to venture further you may ride the Downtown or Waterfront Electric Shuttle at .50 per ride. (Get one free transfer upon boarding)

More info at LA Rail Vintage Rail Cars for Charter. We'll be riding the Overland Trail.

Explorers Donna Cerna and Gloria Cassidy

Couples Night Out
Meet new couples and try out new local restaurants.
Join us and explore the restaurants of the Santa Clarita Valley and
surrounding areas. 
Dinners will be every other month.
12 people maximum - first come, first served
First dinner - Sat. July 30th, 7:00p.m.
Piccola Trattoria, Canyon Country

Each party is responsible for their own bill.  
The group will decide future dining dates and destinations.
Call or email Janice Weiner for details and to sign up.  
If interest is high, I will have a waiting list.

Coming in September!
LA Rail's Overnight to San Diego
on a vintage Pullman Car!

Ride the rails to Downtown San Diego, enjoy the sights then sleep aboard the beautiful Pacific Sands pullman car. The train sleeps 20, so reserve as soon as we announce the dates and open reservations! Take a peek at LA Rail's website at LA Rail Vintage Rail Cars for Charter

Donna Cerna and Gloria Cassidy, Explorers

A New Book Club
Jodie Baker is starting a new book club.  The proposed date to meet is on Monday, June 13th at 2:00pm.  It will be held at Jodie's  home.  We will be reading a variety of books and hold a discussion of the books at the meetings.  A light dessert will be  shared.  We can discuss the format and a name for our group at the first meeting.  

Call Jodie (661-255-7701) to reserve your seat.  
There will be a limit of 10 members.  

Please read the book : The Maid a novel of Joan of Arc. This is a small book and easy to read.  You may have to order it if the library does not have it and if Barnes and Noble does not have it in stock.  Amazon may have it or if you have a nook, check there.  It is written by Kimberly Cutter.  I would suggest you order now if necessary as it takes time to  arrive.

I look forward to hearing from you, 
Jodie Baker    

The Coffee Corner

cups of coffee stock photo

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.

The June coffee will be held at Everest on June 16th at 10AMThe address is 18645 Soledad Canyon Road.  It is across the driveway from IHOP.  We will be ordering at the counter and joining tables for seating.  

Since we need to make reservations, if you plan to attend, please contact Luana Law, Gwen Halstead or Donna Jones. Hope to see you there. 






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.



Tea Ladies


 Please come and join us at one of our monthly afternoon Teas.  We have a lot of fun, great conversation, and delicious food.

If you are interested, please call me: 661-255-1619 or email me:

I have sign-up sheets through December.

This month, we traveled to Paris.  Kay had her house and table decorated with the Eiffel Tower and other cute Parisian references.  The quiche, scones, and Petit Fours were hits!




Hand Knee and Foot

4th Monday of each month

For Details Call Muriel


cell 702-461-2609


New players welcome
Contact:  Barbara

When:  3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm.

Where:  Barbara's house
See Directory for address




Happy Birthday to all our special ladies!

Come to the monthly Luncheon & General Meeting
and you will receive a special gift!  



LINDA BOLANOS 6/6                             
DIANE Mc MANN      6/18
RUTHIE SHELBY             SMITH      6/19
MARGIE                                               LOMBARDI                                          6/29







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