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Monthly Updates - October 2014

President's Message

Greetings Ladies;


First and foremost I would like to salute Barri Boren and her Committee members for an
amazing 30th birthday party. Thank you, Grace Elliott, for the cakes that you baked and decorated. They were delicious.  Thank you, to the dancers who put on an awesome show
for our guests.  Everyone who participated for the event worked arduously to make it all happen.   I cannot tell you what an honor it was for me to be president at this occasion. 


My thoughts are: We are friends to help you up when you fall, to wipe away your tears when  
you cry, and to laugh with you when you jubilate!


Milly Ginsburgh, President

"Friendships for Life"


Aloha Nui Nui and Mahalo!!!

Our 30th Birthday Party was a ton of Hawaiian fun! Thank you for the many positive compliments we have received! As with any event this size there were a lot of people involved with putting it on.

I deeply appreciate the many hours of hard work including multiple meetings, emails and phone calls, donations of gas, money and special items that the Installation/Birthday Committee gave to the Club since last March!  We are truly gifted with a marvelous, talented and giving group of women in this Club! 

Thank you so very much to the Committee: Nalini Amin, Nancy Andrews, Jodie Baker, Jeannine Boren, Mikki Garside, Milly Ginsburgh, Irene Jansson, Donna Jones, Alyce Kesselman and Muriel Usselman! You are awesome and fabulous!

Thanks to the generous buyers of  both the Silent Auction Gift Baskets and the Live Auction of the Vintage Quilt donated by Jodie Baker, we raised over $265.00. We were also generously gifted by a long time member with a significant cash donation!  These funds went to the Club to help offset the party expenses. Some very special guests also donated two $25 Starbucks gift cards that were given out as 'Op Drawing' prizes! 

We were blessed with the spectacular and world renowned talents of Jodie Baker's son Robert Cameron, who drew 
caricatures for everyone and his lady, Martha Trailer for her photography of the ladies in their 'Island Resort Wear' splendor. Jodie will distribute the images to you over the next few weeks.

Thanks also to Grace Elliott for our very special Birthday Cakes freshly baked, decorated and donated after many hours of detailed work! We are fortunate to have a world class baker in our midst!

Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo to:
  • Sharon Welch for creating the 30th year Club logo and set up help
  • Kay Moioffer and Glory Leonard for the extended reservations process!!!
  • Hostesses; Jeannine Boren, Jane Conklin, Barbara Ferone, Noreen Motts and Trish Mooring
  • Opportunity Drawing: Charlotte Marton, Laurie Prince and Pat Passalacqua
  • Historians/Photographers: Nalini Amin and Sandi Cates
  • Gwen Halstead for publicity and emergency delivery
  • Pat Berkery for Check in help
  • Margaret Gilmer for help making the Pineapple Programs and 'Aloha Nui Nui' pennant
  • Our 'mime's and models' for all the promotional skits and performances!  Jodie Baker, Jeannine & Barri Boren, Irene Jansson, Donna Jones, Lorrie Kurowski, Pat Oguss, Charnell Tressel and Muriel Usselman! 
  • The 'Singing Sisters'; Karen Fine, Sue McMichael (and the signs), Nalini Amin, Grace Elliott, Alyce Kesselman, Donna Jones and Milly Ginsburgh
  • The 'Dancing Wahines'; Jodie Baker, Pat Oguss, Marjorie McKenna, Kathy Kunkel, Lorrie Kurowski, Kathy Hagemann, Roslyn Glenn, Kitty Zimmerman and their instructor
  • Birthday's; Nancy Andrews and Dianne Southern
  • Marge Eveland for expert set up and decorating
  • Sharon Connors for delivery's and set up
  • Jeannete Mena for help with the cakes
  • The Tea Ladies for donating Drawing gifts
  • Joey Jenson for helping Barri with the Drawings
  • Dr. Jack Baker for set up and facilitation 
  • Everyone who loaned or donated drawing items, leis, aloha shirts and decor items! 
Many, many thanks to all of you! If I left anyone out, it is an error of the mind and not of the heart!

Barri Boren, Committee Chair

***Thank you to all our members who took advantage of the opportunity to pay for our 30th Birthday Luncheon ahead of time!  You made the sign-in time much quicker with no long waiting line. In addition, my special appreciation to Pat Berkery, our Auditor, for doing a great job working with me! So – let me offer anyone who is interested in paying ahead for future luncheons, the assurance that I will be happy to take care of you. Thanks again to everyone!!

Mikki Garside, Treasurer

Wednesday, November 5th, 1:00 pm, at Milly Ginsburgh's home.  
Please RSVP to Milly to assure you have a chair. 

We will continue reviewing the By-Laws, reviewing the party and planning
for the upcoming holidays among other discussions.  

What a fun party! 

Newcomers & Friends celebrated it's 30th year with a Hawaiian style party! All 115 ladies were dressed in beautiful and colorful 'Island resort wear'. The Decorating Committee (Jeannine, Muriel, Jodie & Barri) and helpers had the room looking fabulous! Muriel and Jeannine created wonderful 'Waikiki Beach' mini gardens for centerpieces which were raffled off later. 

Everyone was greeted by the 'Dancing Wahine's and given a Lei. Robert Cameron, son of Jodie Baker and Martha Trailer were taking professional photographs and hand drawing caricatures of the ladies. President Milly Ginsburgh welcomed everyone and then introduced emcee Barri Boren. Barri lead everyone in taking a 'selfie' photograph so all would have proof they were there! Should we submit them to Guinness World Records for most selfies by ladies dressed in Hawaiian outfits? 

Milly recited 'Nothing like our group' to the tune of 'nothing like a dame' for the toast to the Club. The 'Singing Sisters' lead the singing of Happy Birthday and everyone blew their horns!  Donna Jones directed the ladies to the 'Flavors of Hawaii' buffet. Our world class baker and long time member, Grace Elliott donated three 'Coconut Tres Leche' cakes with pineapple cream cheese frosting for the celebration! She spent over four days creating these cakes using only premium fresh ingredients just for us! 

After lunch, the 'Dancing Wahines' led by Jodie Baker entertained with classic Hawaiian Hula dancing. Jodie then held a hula dancing contest that was hilarious! Beautiful prizes, handmade by Jodie, were awarded for the best interpretation and also for silliness! What was louder, the laughter or the music?? 

Our dear Muriel Usselman could not attend and Jodie Baker stepped in at the last minute to introduce our Past President's. They all had wonderful comments about their favorite memories of the Club! Jeannine Boren presented them with colorful handcrafted bracelets she made with charms of 'Friends' and 'Pineapples' to signify the friendship theme of our Club! Thank you Nancy Andrews, Barbara Ferone, Patti Finley, Marlene (Mikki) Garside, Milly Ginsburgh. Joan Hoffman, Donna Jones, Alyce Kesselman, Lorrie Kurowski, Sara Seeley, Sharon Welch and Carolyn Wolf for all your service to this Club!

Then it was time for all the loot to be doled out! The winners of the Silent Auction Gift Baskets were announced and Barri conducted 
a live auction for a beautiful vintage Hawaiian Quilt. The Opportunity Drawing gifts which included 10 gifts of $20, a free lunch certificate and two gift cards, along with many other gift baskets were given out.Then the 'Waikiki Beach mini Garden Centerpieces were raffled off at each table! Along with all the favors including Jeannine's Mini Hawaiian Islands magnets, a lot of ladies took home lotsa loot! 

Milly and Barri closed the party and said "Let's do another 30 years!"  Although we shouldn't wait that many years to celebrate again!

Aloha and Mahalo!
Barri J. Boren


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

From Web News, November 2008, Alyce Kesselman & Michelle Kapowitz :

       May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
       May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump,
       May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
       May your Thanksgiving dinner, stay off your thighs.

       May your Thanksgiving be blessed!!     (author unknown)


Tweaking the By Laws

At the October Board Meeting the highlighted items proposed in the September WebNews were discussed and agreement was reached. Our By-Laws review is moving forward at a good pace!

In November we will be considering the articles with the text that follows.

Please think about these and contact us if you have any changes to suggest.


Section 1: Nominations
At the December and January luncheons clipboards shall be passed around by the President with the list of Board positions and asking members to volunteer for the next years Board.

The President shall act as the Chairperson for the nominating committee.

An announcement is to be made at the December general meeting to give all members the opportunity to express interest in joining the committee.

A Nominating Committee consisting of a minimum of three (3) Board members, including the President and Executive Vice President  and two (2) general members and any members who want to be on the Committee, shall meet in January anytime after the luncheon. A maximum of 12 may be on the committee with the chairperson making the final decision of who is a member.  .The Committee shall fill all Board positions and provide a slate of candidates at the February Board meeting and circulate to members prior to the March general meeting. It is required for the President-elect to have served as a Board Member.

Section 2: Elections
Election of President, Executive Vice President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmistress Activities Coordinator and Recruitment Coordinator and committee chairpersons shall take place at the March general meeting.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted provided written permission has been obtained from the candidate.

Section 3: Voting
Voting methods shall be determined by the President
Standing Vote: general consent by hand or voice
Ballot Vote: secret ballots

No member shall vote unless present (no proxies) A quorum (a minimum of ten (10) members) shall consist of those who attend a general meeting.


Section 1: General Meetings
General meetings shall be held every second Thursday of the month at which time Club business shall be conducted. Reports shall be made by Executive Board Members and Committee Chairpersons who wish to do so. The Board may change the date at its discretion, making sure to properly notify all members.

To attend a general meeting a member must reserve by the stated monthly deadline.  After that date,, a member who has reserved and not cancelled must pay as if attending.  Members are responsible for the costs for guests for whom they have made reservations.  All other attendees  are required to pre-pay.

Section 2: Board Meetings
Board meetings shall be held on the first Wednesday of each month. The Board may change the meeting date at its discretion, making sure to properly notify all Board members.

President must notify, call/e-mail all board members to change board meeting to obtain a quorum (a minimum of 10 members.) All paid Club members are welcome at Board meetings, and may vote on any issues.


“Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised” shall be the parliamentary authority.


                                           ARTICLE 12

A By-law committee shall be formed with at least 3 members of the Board when revisions are deemed necessary.

Proposed amendments to the by-laws shall be presented in writing to the Board by the committee. The proposed amendments shall be voted on by the Board and require at least a 2/3 vote for approval. The approved amendments shall then be presented and voted upon at a general meeting. By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3rds.) vote of the members present.



In the event that Club disbandment occurs, any and all existing funds in the Treasury shall be distributed as follows:

A. The Executive Board shall meet and recommend one or more local charities to Receive existing funds.

B.  The Board shall approve distribution of funds.

C.  The Board shall have final approval of recommendations of the Executive Board.

If a change is deemed necessary, the Board can alter the list of recommendations by a two-thirds (2/3rd) majority vote of the Board.

Do attend these important board meetings.  We need and value your input.  Help us to make our by-laws reasonable and effective.

Let us know if there are any issues in these Articles you would like discussed or if they should remain unchanged.   

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

Alyce Kesselman, Parliamentarian and Marlene “Mikki” Garside, Treasurer. 



Please welcome new and returning members:

      Jeane  Cruse         Birthday - 1/23
      Paula Fielding        Birthday - 1/27
      Marcia Harvey       Birthday -  3/27
      Joanna Lauesen    Birthday -  11/27
      Werika Weitzeil      Birthday -  11/13

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. 


Hey Girlfriends,

Please remember to bring donations of toiletries for the local "Domestic Violence" Organization (new and unopened) and also food staples for "Help the Children" at our November luncheon.  Your donations are so appreciated.  Curbside drop-off for all donations will be available.
 Gwen Halstead

***News & Notes

Getting to know……..Kay Moioffer

As a special feature for the newsletter, I am going to interview a member of Newcomers and Friends each month and share a little about our friends with you.  I hope you enjoy getting to know them a little better as much as I have!

Kay and her family moved to Santa Clarita in the fall of 1984 when her husband Tom accepted a position at Burbank City Federal Credit Union.  Tom was the one who saw an ad in the newspaper about Welcome Wagon and called.  Gail Storch was a pleasant surprise at Kay’s door!  Kay joined Newcomers its first year, 1985, when Lyn Schmidt was president.  During the years, Kay has served the club as Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Reservations and Social Committee member.

Some of Kay’s favorite activities with Newcomers include playing Mah Jongg and cards, book club and going on trips in the area.  The Luncheons are great and she enjoys getting together with friends that she only gets to see occasionally.  Kay was a member while she was still working in Burbank, so it provided a way to keep in touch with friends in Santa Clarita, and then when she retired, the club gave her the opportunity to meet new friends in the same situation.  She says she has met some wonderful people over the years and has stayed in touch with many of them.  Speaking of work, Kay retired from the City of Burbank after 20 years.  She worked as the Deputy City Clerk and as an Administrative Analyst at the Fire Department.

Outside of Newcomers, Kay volunteers at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in the Gift Shop where she is the buyer of gift and seasonal items, and she is also currently the Auxiliary President.  She and her husband Tom have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.  Her youngest son and 2 grandkids live in Santa Clarita, but everyone is happy and healthy.  If you are looking for a new book to read, Kay recommends Personal by Lee Child, which she read for book club and if you are looking for someplace to visit, she says the best place she has traveled to is New Zealand!

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

Submitted by Diane Millikin



***Upcoming General Meeting & Luncheons 

DECEMBER - Holiday event at Le Chene 'French Cuisine' Restaurant with entertainment                              by Patti Finley of Canyon Theater Guild!

JANUARY  -  Our 3rd Annual Auction at TPC!

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 November Coffee Corner will be held on Thursday,     November 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.

For location please call Carolyn Wolf or Shirley Lamoureaux.


Geffen Playhouse Outing to see 'Discord'

Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:00 pm, Los Angeles
'Discord', "this whip smart comedy examines when great men in history are forced to repeat it"
I negotiated $30.00 per seat for 15 or more!!! This is a wonderful rate!! We do need a group of at least 15 to get this rate. Please contact me ASAP.

Call Sandy Nichols ASAP at 661-252-7937, c-661-714-6327,

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


As always Pat 0guss out did herself! The floral arrangements and the tables were beautiful! The company and food perfect. A sharing of some school days memories delightful.

Let's do it again ... Next month at Lorrie Kurowski's house!

Hugs to all who were there to "play" with us.
Jodie and Janice

 Here is hoping you will sip a cup of kindness and tea with us soon,  Jodie and Janice

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.



Gourmet Group kicked off this season's monthly feasting with a fantasy trip to Turkey for a Turkish Meze.  All of the members of this group gathered to enjoy exotic food in a beautiful outdoor setting.  Candles flickered and exotic spices scented the air.  We all thank our hosts (the chair couple of Gourmet Group) for
a delightful evening. We look forward to the next leg of our journey through the Mediterranean. 

This homemade dessert portrays the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Mmmm tasty and visually delectable. 

Jodie Baker


'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.

   November Birthdays  





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