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
We hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and loving Thanksgiving. Keep that waistline belt loose, we are only a few weeks away from our Holiday dinner. Speaking of food, thanks to all the generous Newcomers who brought 65 pounds to November food collection and pushed our 3 month total over 225 pounds.
Our November speaker Dr Andrew Jones highlighted the many benefits of having a regional medical center in our community. For December we are planning to have Chris Thomas, Community hospital CEO, discuss the impact of acquisition by Centura Health. Looking ahead to January 2019, our own Marty McDaneld will bring us up to date on the proposed Recreation Center on the Spring ballot.
The recent surge in new memberships is gratifying. It confirms to all of us why this club is so important to the community and each of us. The friendships, generosity and activities keep us younger and healthier. Happy hour is also fun! Don’t forget the Holiday dinner at Masonic Center, doors open at 5:00, food about 5:30 ish. Handful of energetic members needed by 4:00 to help set up tables and decorations.
For the Dec 12th meeting wear a festive Holiday sweater. Hope this newsletter finds you happy, healthy and stress-free. And since this is a double month newsletter, let me be the first to wish you all a Happy New Year. A great year for all.
Les Slowik, Presiden
The date’s been set—Wednesday, Dec. 12—at the Masonic Center at 2400 Consistory Ct (take Bookcliff Ave east from 1st St, then north on Consistory Ct). The party will start at 5:30 pm with food service beginning at 6 pm. Be prepared for an evening of festivities, music and gourmet food. Before the evening is over we’ll vote on the best table decoration. (See page 4.)
Entrée choices are chicken Dijonnaise (with creamy mustard sauce), herb-crusted prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce, and squash ravioli with a pesto cream sauce. Accompaniments will be winter greens with Haystack Mountain goat cheese, cranberries, maple candied walnuts and a fig balsamic vinaigrette, herb butter baby potatoes and roast winter vegetables. The meal with finish with a gingerbread cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. We will have non-alcoholic beverages available, but you are welcome to bring your own beer or wine.
Use the order form on the back page to make your reservation and entrée choice. You may mail a check to our PO Box or bring payment to the November 14 coffee. We need all reservations by Dec. 5.
Well, so much for the informal readership study last month. The 300 emailed and snail-mailed copies netted just 14 people who said they found the smiley face . That’s less than 5%. Granted, the prizes for finding it were nugatory, but I expected more. It wasn’t exactly hidden. Even my nearest and dearest were absent from the returns.
But upon reflection, I’ll take that not as a measurement of newsletter readership, but more of the Editor’s Note. Only those who read that piece would look for the smiley face. Readership of the newsletter must be better. Let’s leave it at that.
So I’m dropping the Editor’s Note unless I have something I just gotta, gotta write about.
Holiday gift to myself: this is a combined DecemberJanuary issue. Travel in December will bump up against the deadline for getting a January issue out in time without a lot of stress.
Enjoy the holidays!
Carolyn White, editor
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.