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Monthly Updates - August 2013

Greetings Ladies;

The Newcomers & Friends game Mahjong has stirred considerable excitement and participation among our members.  Enjoy reading about the brief history of the game.

One of the myths of the origin of Mahjong suggests that Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, had developed the game in about 500 BC. According to this myth, the appearance of the game in the various Chinese states coincided with Confucius' travels at the time he was teaching his new doctrines.  There are a number of myths and ideas surmising the development of the game.    

In 1924, a soldier named Saburo Hirayama brought the game to Japan.  In Tokyo, he started a mahjong club, parlor, and school. In the years after, the game dramatically increased in popularity. The game itself was simplified from the Chinese version.

Later, additional rules were adopted to increase the complexity.  Mahjong, as of 2010, is the most popular table game in Japan. As of 2008, there were approximately 7.6 million mahjong players and about 8,900 mahjong parlors in the country.

American Mahjong, more commonly known as Mah Jongg or Maahj, is a variant to the Chinese game mahjong. It is distinct from Asian mahjong in several ways. American Mah Jongg utilizes racks to hold each player's tiles, jokers, and "Hands and Rules" score cards.  There are several distinct game play mechanics such as The Charleston which is a set of required passes and optional passing of the tiles.  Other variants of the game are in place locally.  Additional details of the game can be found at Wikipedia, History of Mahjong.

If you are interested in playing this intriguing Mahjong, call Carol Costin or Pat Oguss for more information.  You will be well rewarded by their guidance of Mahjong.   

PONDERING THOUGHTS    - Our Legacy of Life

We are in an exceptional stage of life with memories, experiences, challenges and more to come.  What a wealth of knowledge we have in our memory banks.  We wonder about our younger generation.  How can we guide our adult children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and persons in our extended family?   

Many of our members like to read, travel and communicate with one another.  What is the possibility of communicating with your younger generation by writing down a few thoughts, writing a journal, recording a voice message on a recorder?  

Through my own writings I am also learning why I am who I am.  I am also writing about the experiences I remember of my adult children.  Come join in the experience.  Your life has created a unique legacy to be shared with those who follow.

Nancy Andrews, President

Here is a "HEAD'S UP"!
August Luncheon Program!

 
Be sure to attend our AUGUST Luncheon at Caruso’s II!  
Our speaker, Chuck Morris, will be telling you about the historic visit of
‘The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall’ to Santa Clarita in September.
Get the "LOWDOWN,” you will be an informed news source after you hear our speaker!
See more details in the Luncheon announcement!!!

Board Meeting

BOARD MEETING:
The August Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6, at 1 pm. Location to be determined, any volunteers?  Please contact Nancy if you are willing to share your home.

Membership

PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

Margaret “Margie” Kroeger     Birthday – October 9th    
Christina Spears                       Birthday - March 9th
Anna Wright                  Birthday - September 7th

AND A RENEWAL!

Barbara Walker                         Birthday – September 1st




RENEWALS OF MEMBERSHIP
 

For information on Membership, New Member or Renewing Member Applications or copies of the club Directory, contact Marlene “Mikki” Garside, V.P. Membership, at mikkinorm@aol.com.


RECRUITMENT

THE COFFEE CORNER  

Our ‘Coffee Corner’ welcomes potential new members and current members for a morning of friendship at different locations around town each month.  The August Coffee Corner will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux for location.

Activities

We are currently updating the Activities contacts on the website. Would all the chairpersons currently listed in the Activities section on the website please contact      me (or mail me) with a current list of the members and substitutes for your activity.  Thank you to Angie Politelli for your update on the Progressive Group!

I know the lists need to be updated, as some members have moved away or are no longer with us.  I would really appreciate it. I want to get an updated list as soon as possible.  We have many new members who would love to participate in Newcomer's games.  I am also going to do training sessions every other month, and start some new games so that everyone has a chance to play.  We are hoping to get new groups going   for Mah Jong, Progressive and Hand Knee and Foot and Pinochle.

If you have members in the group who are not "Newcomers" members, you may choose to have your game removed from the club’s activities list.  I know that several groups have subs that are not members and the goal is to have groups made up of only members.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. You can contact me by phone if you have any questions.

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

For example, the Tea Group began when Jodie Baker stepped forward to start it along with other interested ladies!

Thank you,
                  Carla



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

                                  
TEA GROUP

Oh boy, oh boy, the July Tea featured a black and white theme.  The 20 ladies, including two new members, came dressed in glamorous fashion and looked beautiful! Carla and Janice won     the tough quiz. Much laughter, smiles and conversation was shared.

Our August Tea will be at our President’s home in Castaic. She has chosen a Hawaiian theme! Get out your Aloha Mumu’s, hula skirts or summer attire for this one! Please call for your seat at the Luau!

We are also adding another co-chair to the Tea Group. Janice Weiner has graciously volunteered to take this on.

A cup of tea to toast all of you!

The Tea Group
                                                                                           
Jodie Baker, Ginger Freed and Janice Weiner



Sunshine

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

This summer season, your Sunshine co-chairs have been hearing from our members - - and, yes, we do love to listen as well as to talk - - about what Great Times you are having at
  • sunset concerts at the mall
  • family gatherings near and far
  • shopping at our farmers' markets
  • riding the Stevenson Ranch bus to the beach
  • eating & drinking at impromptu picnics
  • taking carefully planned vacations
And enjoying the many other activities available this time of the year in our wonderful community.  If we haven't heard from you, it's probably because you've been Too Busy partaking of such seasonal activities.  We wish you continued enjoyment of our Summer Days and look forward to hearing from you this coming fall.

From Nancy: (Nancy took a little tumble at the Board Meeting, but is doing well)  “We learn from unexpected lessons. I’m improving day by day. A little headache which is normal, will last a week or two. I choose: only last for one week. Thank you one and all for your support.”

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 the information in our monthly WebNews.

 August

First Name Last Name Birthday
JO ANN
ELDART 08/02
ELEANOR ENGLISH 08/02
GWEN HALSTEAD 08/05
LOIS COBB 08/09
BARBARA MORRIS
08/19
SARA SEELEY 08/19
LORRIE VAVREK 08/22
LUCIA
DUBIN 08/23
NELLA WILSON 08/23
SANDY
NICHOLS
08/25
GLORY LEONARD 08/28
CHARON SCURLOCK 08/28
BRENDA BLANK 08/29
JUDITH A. POTTHAST 08/29
IRENE JANSSON 08/31

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