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Monthly Updates - 11/14


At this time I want to salute Barri Boren and her committee for an incredible event. We had 119 people attend and the feedback was that our members and guests had an amazing time. The Committee reported that the event was under budget and held within the preferred time limits!
Now, we are approaching the holidays and our festivities will be a grandeur happening. We all
have to remember that friends increase the quality of our lives. Your presence at any of our
 events fills our time with meaning. So when we don't see you, you are definitely missed!

We wish you all a very special and joyful Holiday Season and hope to see you at our Luncheon!
 We will be celebrating at Le Chene with Patti Finley from the Canyon Theater Guild entertaining us!

  Milly Ginsburgh, President

"Friendships for Life"


Wednesday, December 3rd, 1:00 pm, at Nalini Amin's home.  This meeting is for Board Members only as we celebrate the holidays. Please contact co-hostesses Karen Forte
or Nalini Amin to RSVP and to sign up to bring a potluck dish.
 There will be a voluntary
gift exchange, with gifts with a $10 limit.

We will not be reviewing the By-Laws this month, but will continue the process again in January, see Alyce's note.  

  "We didn't realize we were making MEMORIES,               we just knew we were having fun"    (



Tweaking the By-Laws

At the November Board Meeting the “By-Law Tweaking” continued.  We made great progress!   As our reward, we will be taking a vacation and not be addressing any by-law issues in December. But, in January, we will trudge on and be examining Article 14 which deals with committee chairpersons.  We will be discussing Sections 1 – 10.  (See by-laws)

It is important that we get input and participation from members currently holding these positions.  If this is YOU and you are doing a job described in these sections please make every effort to attend the January Board meeting.  We would be pleased to get any suggestions you have about sections 1-10 at any time.  The sooner the better!  The By-Laws do not take off time for any of the upcoming Holidays!

Thank you for all the help you have given us.

Happy Holidays.
Alyce Kesselman and Marlene “Mikki” Garside.

You can always see the web news from last month in the archives
and the complete by laws can be found on the website. 



Please welcome newest member:

             Sandy Enerle       Birthday  5/29

Are you considering joining our Club? Annual dues are $30. 
We are celebrating our 30th year!!!  

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. 


HO HO HO girlfriends. Let's give to "Toys for Tots" by bringing an unwrapped $10.00 value
 toy to our December luncheon for the needy children in our community for a HO HO HO
Happy Holiday Season.

 Thanks to all of you for your very generous donations of toiletries and food
at last month's Luncheon!
Gwen Halstead

***News & Notes

Getting to know……Gwen Halstead

This month I interviewed Gwen Halstead and I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better as much as I have!

Gwen is originally from California, she grew up in North Hollywood/Sherman Oaks and attended Van Nuys High School.  Growing up, she and her sister worked at El Portal and Le Reina Theatres and Curries Ice Cream.  After attending Pearch College, her career took her to Tulsa, OK as the leasing agent and decorator for a builder of luxury apartments and custom homes.  This job led to her leasing an apartment to her future husband, who happened to be transferring to Tulsa from North American Aerospace in Canoga Park.  Gwen remained in Tulsa for 40 years, raising her two daughters, volunteering with groups such as the Office of Equal Opportunity, YWCA, and Salvation Army Auxiliary and she was the President of a Women's political group. A unique job she held was selling fishing tackle!  Gwen moved back to California to Santa Clarita and joined Newcomers in 2000 after the death of her husband, so that she could be closer to family and care of her aunt and parents, beginning a new season in life.

Gwen has been active in Newcomers doing publicity, playing Mah Jongg, Hand Foot and Knee, attending the fantastic luncheons (thanks to those that plan them!) and heading up the “Gift of Giving” which collects donations for Toys for Tots, Help the Children and Domestic Violence - we are so blessed and make a big difference with our donations every year.  Gwen shared that the publicity job has evolved over the years from originally hand delivering articles to 3 newspapers and a community television calendar, to faxing to them, to now emailing articles to The Signal, the last community newspaper, and the city web calendar.  It took over 10 years to develop a rapport with The Signal, but now Newcomers receives regular publicity and published articles with them.

Outside of Newcomers, Gwen is a director for the HOA in Friendly Valley, serving as secretary, and is involved in politics.  Her favorite authors are Clancey, Forsythe, Ludlow and LaHaye.  She loves listening to WWII music from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s!  The best countries she has traveled to are Italy, England and Canada.  In the U.S., she loves Savannah, Charleston, and Washington D.C. for history and beauty and Hawaii, Malibu and Hilton Head for the beach, beauty and relaxation.  She enjoys spending time with her daughter that moved from Tulsa to Burbank, her sister and family here, and her other daughter and grandchildren that live in Tennessee.  She is blessed to be able to spend two months in Tennessee with them every year.

Newcomers has meant meeting and having new lifelong friends.  Besides the close friendships you make, wherever you go, to the mall, grocery store, restaurants, etc. you always see someone you know.  You might not remember their name but you are always greeted with a smile and sometimes a hug.  Love and faith along with smiles and hugs get us through all the seasons of our lives.

Thank you Gwen, for giving us a peek into your life! 

Submitted by Diane Millikin

*** The November Luncheon was a special celebration held at TPC. We delighted in a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey with all the trimmings and entertainment by June Swiercz playing her Native American Flute. 


Please note that our Board meeting and Luncheon will be held back to back the 1st week after New Year's! And yes, we will hold our 3rd Annual Auction with Alyce and Barri's craziness in trying to make you some money! You can look forward to a fun, relaxing and casual Luncheon. Just what we all need after the busy season!

You can bring up to 3 items to be auctioned off. Either new/unworn/unused gifts that are 'unloved' or vintage/antique items of at least 25 years old. 

All the details coming in January's webnews.


***Upcoming General Meeting & Luncheons 

JANUARY  -  Our 3rd Annual Auction!

FEBRUARY - Valentine's Day Fun at Le Chene


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 December Coffee Corner will not be held due to the Holidays and because everyone is so busy this time of year.

See you in January!

For location please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux

***If you interested in participating in, or especially, coordinating any activities such as walking, games, movie outings, gardening
or couples activities etc., please contact me.

Contact: Sandy Nichols  
661-252-7937   661-714-6327

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 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! Contact me for location.

Carol Costin


Fall is in the air and leaves are beginning to drop. To celebrate this great season, Lorrie Kurowski greeted 21 of us at her lovely home for  the November Tea.  Her tables were so pretty scattered with fall colored leaves, candles, scarecrows and all things that represent this time of year. Before sharing tea and great food we had a quiz about famous couples or partners.  We then shared what we had been doing for Halloween and what our plans were for Thanksgiving and the Holiday season. It is amazing what our minds have stored and what info we can pull up almost at the snap of our fingers! We were delighted to have new members Werika and Joanna join us for a great day.

Thank You to Lorrie and her co chairs Kathy H. and Kathy K.  oh, and a little help from JB.

Our Holiday Celebration Tea will be at Jodie's home on Tuesday December 9th. We have a waiting list for it.
Friends are one of life's best gifts. 
Happy Holidays, Janice and Jodie

If you are interested in joining us for Tea, please contact either Jodie Baker or Janice Weiner.  You can reach either of us via phone, email, or in person to be added to our Guest Lists. 

The guest lists fill up quickly, so please contact us as early as possible. We will place names on a waiting list when necessary.


'Newcomers Explorers' News

Hi Newcomer’s and Friends! 

We are embarking on a new year of adventures.  It will be mostly day trips and possibly a “trip” adventure.  Our little committee group consists of Jane Conklin, Chairman of the group, Jody McEvoy and Barbara Ferone as trusty helpers and assistants.  We welcome anyone that would like to join us to help and offer suggestions. 


Jane Conklin and company



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

If you or anyone you know has a special celebration or an illness please send the information to

Margaret Gilmer or Carla Crancer, Sunshine Chairpersons, they will send them a card and, if

given permission, include the information in our monthly WebNews.

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