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                   President's Message

We will install our new President Donna Cerna on Thursday
May 10th at the Installation Luncheon. We send our congratulations and best wishes to her and the incoming Board members. I
am looking forward to seeing all of you attend this special event
to show your support for Donna and her Board.

Thank you for giving me the honor and privilege of being your President for the 2017-2018 year! I would like to thank my amazing Board members for their hard work in making this an outstanding year. You truly were my “World of Friendship”. We are an unique group with 211 members and with the leadership of
Donna Cerna we will continue to thrive and flourish!

“It is noble to have a friend, but still nobler to be a friend!”

Nalini Amin












The May Board Meeting will be at the lovely home


Kay Moioffer
24363 Crestview Dr.
Newhall Ca 91321


Wednesday May 2nd -1:00 P.M.

Please contact Kay if you are
planning to attend.   


All group members are welcome at the monthly (1st Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.) Board Meetings and you can vote on any issue! The Board discusses and approves/disapproves all Luncheon Venues and Programs, outings,
 trips, budget issues, events and any other issue brought before them.
Please check the notice each month in the Webnews for location
and whether you need to RSVP.





Are you considering joining our group? Membership dues are $30.00. (Note: Dues from now through 5-31-18 are only $15.00) Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 33rd 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.




Good Friends are like STARS
You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there



Welcome New and Returning Members!


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

 Shanna Rodriquez


Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

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


 May Installation Luncheon and General Meeting


Kelly’s Steak and Seafood

 26453 Friendly Valley Parkway

 Newhall, CA 91321


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In addition to installing the new Board we will honor
original founding member Jeannine Boren and recognize
her 34 years of contributions and service on the Board.
Please come and help us to honor her. 
Wear a favor she created or bring one to display.


Thursday, May 10th, 2018
at 12:00 noon



Cost: $29.00

Includes tax and gratuity


Please make your reservation by  

May 6th

                 Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!


Our Luncheon Team works very hard to get the best value and lowest price for our Luncheons.  However with the rising costs, especially labor and gas, the venues are substantially raising their prices to us. The Team and Board will continue to bring you a fun experience at each monthly Luncheon and General Meeting but probably with higher cost.  The Board discusses many alternatives each month, please come to a Board Meeting for further information.

What good shall I do this day?





                       Looking for a Community Room 

Do you have a church or community room Newcomers could use for a social event in April for free or a small fee? We’d want to serve light snacks and drinks and have tables and chairs for 60-75 ladies. If you can help us out or have suggestions contact Joyce Brady or Diane Millikin. Thank you!

Newcomers Explorer’s Trips 2018

Brunch at the Beach

The Brunch at the Beach trip has been cancelled.The fellow who runs the Brunch at the Beach vintage train sent an email indicating that effective immediately, all vintage train cars can no longer be hooked up to Amtrak trains. The reason given was ~ the vintage train car (one car) frequently causes the Amtrak train to run late. According to John (LA Rail) this happens less than one percent of the time. The bottom line is the trip is cancelled.

If you signed up for the trip, your money will be refunded. John will refund the money to Margie, and she will send it out to the ladies who paid the $189.

On a more pleasant note ~ Amtrak does run a business class trip to San Diego. It sounds fairly similar to Brunch at the Beach. It provides a light breakfast with coffee, tea, etc. on the southbound trip and light meal (box lunch type) and drinks (wine included) on the north bound trip. The cost is about $118 for the Amtrak portion. If there is enough interest, we can certainly schedule a trip in May. Soooo if you are interested, please let Kathi Giddens or Geri Benne know ASAP.

If you have a suggestion for an Explorer trip during the next fiscal year (June, 2018 through May, 2019) please send Geri Benne or Kathi Giddens an email with your suggestion.



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It’s a Fond Farewell Party for Barri!

We are sorry that Barri Boren is moving away, but we wish her the best on her new life in Arizona with many fun adventures ahead with her sister Corrie.  Stop by and say goodbye, share a laugh, give a hug and enjoy some light refreshments.

When:  Wednesday May 16th   2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  Diane Millikin’s home

RSVP to Diane by Monday May 14


The Sock Hop was a hit! Many of our members had a great time at Route 66 answering Trivia questions, trying to guess who was who from high school photos, and dancing rock n roll and twisting like we did last summer in the dance contest. Many of us wore outfits from the 1950's that brought a lot of wonderful memories of our time in high school. To name a few of these 50’s dressed ladies there was Pat Oguss in a red poodle skirt and a ponytail, Kathy Kunkel dressed and danced in polka dots, Alice Brotherton wore a letter sweater and jeans, Barri Boren wore jeans and a white shirt and be boped about the dance floor. Donna Jones came as Annette Funichello, a Mousketeer,  while Sandi Cates came dressed as a very glamorous adult all dressed up in vibrant orange from hat to toes. Marcie Gorham was a delight dressed in a pink poodle skirt and a black sweater and flats. Jodie B was dressed as a cheerleader from 1957. Quite a few of the members went home with prizes won for the best answers, dance moves and matching photos. There was a banner upon which we signed our names and the year of our High School graduation. We all went home with adorable pink poodle pins and some got faux coca cola Ice cream sodas that were made by the creative Sock Hop committee. Many thanks to all who attended and to those who helped create and decorate!


Annual Substitute List

Hi everyone, it's time to start a new year playing games. Our club has grown and so has the number of groups and games. I am compiling the annual list of subs for all the games Newcomers play. The list gets outdated as games are added or changed.

If you were on the sub list last year you need to renew as there are new games you may want to get involved with. Hopefully more people will get to sub and the game leaders will be able to find subs when they are needed.

Contact me if you want to sub this year. Let me know which games you are able to play and include your phone number. For a list of games please check the Activities page on our website. This past year we've added a few Pinochle groups that are not on the website.

Thank you

Barb Ferone

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our bingo social on March 29th.  Approximately 30 friends came together for fun games, prizes, snacks and friendship.  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and plan to have another event next year! 

Diane and Joyce, Social Chairs 

Easy-Play Mah Jongg

Diane Gilden has graciously offered to open her home to Newcomers for easy-play practice sessions for the game of Mah Jongg. No mad-money will change hands during these practice sessions.

Chairs at her game tables are limited so, if you are interested in these practice sessions, act fast to save your chair or just to get more information.

Please contact:

Diane Gilden




Two Hand/Knee/Foot Games

Muriel is hosting 2 Hand/Knee/Foot games in her home on
 the 4th Sunday and the 4th Monday of each month. 
Player positions are filled but they are in need of subs.
If you would like to be a sub please call  Muriel Usselman. 

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.

Carol Costin                                                 


                            TEA LADIES


Guests were welcomed to the beautiful home of our President, Nalini, to celebrate Vasant, or Indian Spring. For the first time in the history of the Tea Group, there were no scones, but fortunately, in addition to all of the other delicious food, the ladies were able to try samosas, which are tasty savory treats.

Everyone was encouraged to participate in a fun, unique activity, and try flash henna tattoos, which look like beautiful gold filigree bracelets, and which if cared for properly can last 4-5 days.

Please contact me if you are interested in attending a Tea through the end of this year.

Janice 661-255-1619 or



The Coffee Corner


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 May Coffee Corner will be held at Mama's Table on May 17th at 10AM. The address is 23340 Cinema Drive, Valencia, CA. 

Since we need to make reservations, if you plan to attend, please contact Luana (661-259-0666), Gwen (661-299-1834) or Donna (661-254-8796).   

Hope to see you there.




 Life isn't always full of reasons to smile, but your smile itself is a reason to smile too!  

                                             Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make my Board Positions so easy this past club year. Without the ladies behind the scenes to help with the table decor. the special event decorations, the fashion show and the sock hop, the installation and the co chairing for my Teas and the ladies who made dessert and hosted when I could not at the book group. None of this could not have been accomplished so easily with out your help. Bless your sweet hearts…. you know who you are and i am grateful for your friendships! One thing I know for sure is friendship is a beautiful gift!

Installation is almost here and your President Nalini Amin and her board have put together a beautiful and fun installation for your incoming President Donna Cerna and her board. I hope all of you will be there to “turn the page” to a new club year of friendship and fun for all.

In the next club year I will be doing the decorations again as it has been my most favorite task! I am hoping to have three or four of you to act as my assistants. Please let me know if you will help when needed. Many thanks to all,


About Our Website

Newcomers and Friends has its own website on the internet.  
You can go to the website,, at any time, 24/7 and read the latest news.  We update the website every month with new information including Luncheon info, the President’s message and all of our upcoming 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 webmistress/editor/writer Barri Boren.




Barri Boren is moving away, but we wish her the best in her new life in Arizona with her sister Corrie. Thank you for all you have done for the group over the years Barri. We will miss you! 



She's sick/ down in dumps/ family news joyful or sad 
recovering from physical ailment/ just plain needs a
boost---we can help just call Kitty Z., Sunshine co-ordinator. 

Life is always better when you know someone cares!


What good shall I do this day? 



JACKIE                                 FOSTER 5/3                                     
MELODY GILLINGHAM                   5/12
ELIZABETH            IRVIN 5/15

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