About Grand Junction Newcomers Club
Our Motto :
"Where Newcomers become old friends"
And, we mean it!
We are an active, fun, friendly organization of men and women striving to make your stay in the community a long and happy one. Click to go to the CALENDAR. to see the wide range of Club activities, and, by the way, if you have an activity you like that is missing form the list, bring it up at the next coffee, and you might be surprised. A new activity group may form!
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Greetings, fellow lovebirds, as we share our feelings yet avoid the contrived holiday by the greeting card, candy and flower industries. The club is purring along even without snow, so I say again many thanks to the dedicated activity leaders for their efforts.
I recently attended a stakeholder meeting on the community recreation center and was not surprised by the widespread support. Major concerns were about usage fees for seniors and the poor. Like many of you, I supported the recent school and police tax measures and shouldn’t have been surprised by a jump in latest property tax bill. Hoping to avoid another increase for recreation center(s). Consultants will be sending out a communitywide survey later this year.
Don’t forget Armchair Travelers is on the second Monday instead of usual third Monday – President’s Day. Don’t forget your membership renewal either, by mail or at the February meeting.
Elections are scheduled for April. Nominees will be introduced in March. If you are interested in any position, let the front table know at the February meeting.
See you all at the Feb. 14 meeting, and as always I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy and in love.
Les Slowik, president
It’s time for membership dues. Please take a minute to fill out the renewal form in the back, write a check, and mail it in today. Even if you’re renewing for the umpteenth time, please complete the form with all email addresses and phone numbers you’d like in the membership directory. Write legibly, include your zip code and mark your delivery preferences. Emailed newsletters arrive earlier, will often include information not in the mailed version, and save the club money. With digital delivery of the membership directory comes a six-month update as well.
When you fill out the form, it’s ok to join as a single if you have a spouse or significant other who’s not interested in joining. Several married members join as singles and participate in events without a spouse for whatever reasons. However, for events such as the pig roast and holiday dinner when those couples both attend, the non-member spouse is considered a guest and must pay the non-subsidized price.
You may also bring your renewal to the next coffee, but mailing it helps avoid a crush at the membership table. For members who joined in October 2017 or later, your payment is good through the end of 2018.
Giving Tree Bounty
Joan Robison and Linda Ash showed just some of the gifts members brought to the December coffee for this year’s Giving Tree. This year we gifted seven families, a total of 46 children and parents. An additional $735 was given for other purchases. Thank you to all who participated in this Newcomers holiday tradition.
We’re a social club, and as such this newsletter does not take political positions. But our members sure are active in our community. Just this past month, the Sentinel carried a photo of John and Karen Sinclair to illustrate an article on neighborhood associations. Marty McDaneld was quoted in another article about a meeting on a possible community and recreation center. The paper’s front page coverage of the Women’s March led off with an interview with Jo-Ann Mullen. Other members often contribute letters to editor. Whether you agree or disagree with their positions, their willingness to put themselves out into the public arena shows how public-spirited they are.
Many of us are more quietly involved in other community efforts: literacy programs, Red Cross, HopeWest, the Art Center, Symphony, Grey Gourmet, the police department, church groups and more. Without volunteers these programs and organizations couldn’t serve the community as they do. I imagine some of us will look into volunteering for the Eureka! John McConnell Science Museum after we hear from John McConnell at our February meeting.
I can’t say enough how I admire our members’ “git ‘er done” attitude.
Carolyn White, edito
Newcomers in the News
The cover story in the Dec. 24 issue of the Daily Sentinel, “Boom times for boomers,” looked at those 65 and older as the fastest growing segment of people moving into Mesa County. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 21,841 people in Mesa County were 65 and older, about 15% of the population. By 2050, the numbers are expected to be about 57 ,700and 25%.
The reporter went to the Summer Hill development where many of our members live. Charlotte Boylan explained how she and her husband researched the area and then settled into a “lock and leave” patio home with only one floor and a homeowner’s association to take care of chores that would otherwise fall to them. One of her neighbors, she noted, had moved away to be closer to family in Missouri but after nine months moved back because she missed her friends in the community. Though the article didn’t name that returnee, it’s Janet McRae.
Les Slowik was also interviewed about the many retirees who find their way to our club and stay members for many years. The article noted some of our many activities such as happy hours and tours.
The full article is available at gjsentinel.com/opinion/boom-times-forboomers/article_a7b1abec-e878-11e7-813410604b9ffe60.html.
Not a member of Newcomers? There’s an easy fix tor that. You don’t even have to be new to the area. Annual dues are just $15 or $25 for a couple. You can download the membership form by clicking here, and then send the completed form and a check to Grand Junction Newcomers Club, PO Box 3222, GJ 81502. Or better yet, come to the next monthly coffee, get to know us a bit, and sign up then. You’ll meet some great people, get a copy of our member directory, begin receiving our monthly newsletter and timely email alerts, can join any of our regular activity groups, and participate in special events such as our pig roast and potlucks.