President Bob Noble called the meeting to order at 10 am at the First Christian Church Hall. The last month’s minutes were accepted as published in the newsletter.
In treasurer Susan Norton’s absence, Bob reported we have $1,289.25 in our checking account and $6,496.42 in our money market account. The treasurer’s report was accepted as read.
We had as three visitors as well as one new member, Pat Detko, who moved to Grand Junction only two weeks earlier from Henderson, Nevada.
Marilyn Pearson and Sherry Schenk were recognized for preparing the coffee and refreshments.
We had no guest speaker.
Linda Ash said she sent out a card to Cheryl Breland and would also be sending one out to Jack Kingsley. Both have had health issues.
Joe Wharton announced that a supply of new brochures is on its way. He also asked for interest in a member survey of volunteer hours performed. Response was positive and Joe will put together an email survey.
Bev Kingsley gave an update on plans for a holiday dinner party on Dec. 18. In addition to prizes for the most ugly and most glittery Christmas sweater, she has lined up a member of a barbershop chorus to lead us in singing.
This month’s Armchair Traveler presentation will be by Lee Gelatt.
Regarding unfinished business, Bob Noble said he would be contacting those who are on a list as potential club officers.
Geri Mishmash collected gift bags for the Salvation Army’s Giving Tree project. She said that we gave presents to 31 people, the most the club has done in the many years it has participated in it. We will submit a photo to the local press to publicize our club’s involvement.
Judy Saxton raised the issue of the club’s low profile and that the name “Newcomers” does not really capture who we are. As a relatively new resident in the Grand Valley Judy at first did not know that Newcomers was for established residents, even more so than for new. The challenge is losing our identity with a name change. We’ve been working to raise our profile in the community through Armchair Traveler, brochures, a booth at the farmers market and other efforts.
Jan Curtis raffled off gift certificates from Kannah Creek Brewery & Restaurant and Edgewater Brewery & Restaurant, as well as a decorated gourd from Wayne and Linda Ash.
The meeting adjourned at 10:47 am.