Welcome to the Seacoast Newcomers Club, all new and returning members and those of you thinking about joining.
I write to you from the point of view of a relatively new member, joining in 2014. Like many of you, I spent many years dedicated to my career, with what free time dedicated to my family. However as my work schedule wound down, I found I knew little about the area I lived, and less of the people. At the encouragement of one of our past presidents, I joined the Newcomers. Since that day I have met the warmest and most welcoming people, and I hope I can impart to you how worthwhile it has been being a part of this organization. I encourage all members new and current and those yet to be to explore all the possibilities we offer.
Our Special Interest Groups (SIG) are only limited by your imagination. Our members create and run these groups, which include everything from kayaking our incredible lakes, rivers and ocean, to cooking, book clubs, art tours and wine tastings. This is only a few of the more than 20 groups!
Along with our member run SIGs, we have special events and luncheons organized by our Board Members. In the past we have traveled to Historic Concord, Massachusetts, experienced Gundalow Sailing in Portsmouth, shopped New England’s Holiday Craft Spectacular in Salem, New Hampshire, and lunched at tasty places like the Wentworth Country Club in New Castle, Abenaqui Country Club in Rye and Ristorante Molise in Amesbury, MA. As if that wasn’t enough to fill up your schedule, once a month we have a coffee hosted by different members at their home where we socialize and hold a general meeting, highlighted by a raffle for our chosen Charity
What makes this club great is simply that it is “for the members by the members” to steal a few words! But it’s true; we are as good as our membership. What makes it work are the efforts made by you all, from volunteering each month to bring food to our coffees, opening up your home for coffee and SIG events, serving on our Board, supporting our Charity and organizing and running our many SIG groups. All this and still taking care of your daily lives, so thank you to all of you serving on our Board of Officers, running our Special Interest Groups, serving all those delicious treats at our coffees, and supporting our chosen Charity and to those of you yet to help.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you,