I always look forward to August. I consider it the laziest time of the year. It’s
too hot outside to do much of anything so I don’t feel guilty about just relaxing in a chair under the cabana at the beach
and reading, occasionally going for a dip in the ocean and back to my chair to take a little nap. The kids will be back
in school soon and visitors to the island will slow down. It will be a stark contrast from last month when the island
was packed for the 4th of July celebrations and continued throughout the month. I think our little island has been found!
While some of our groups took a hiatus for June
and July, most are returning this month. July was a great month and August has much to offer as well. Check out whether
your favorite activity is back and what we have in store for you this month!
Remember in last month’s newsletter I talked about how, in 1997, the membership was split into two
groups? Group I was for new members up to 4 years and Group II for members 4 years and longer as a way to handle a growing
membership. Well, here’s the rest of the story. A concern on how to handle a growing membership continued to the
year 2000 and prompted President Barbara Heyl and the Executive Board to make some decisions regarding the future of
In April of 2000, a survey was sent to the membership
asking for input in the following areas. The first issue was to determine the purpose of the club. The choices were to
keep the name of the club and purpose of the club the same even though it might mean limiting the length of the membership;
turn the club into a social club with a new name or combine the newcomers and social club concept which would mean keeping
the club with the main purpose of service to newcomers but rename the club to recognize the “Newcomer and Social Club”
aspects which would evolve by allowing members to remain members indefinitely.
The second issue was to determine eligibility for membership. Should Newcomers Club memberships continue
to be limited to new residents who ask to join within two years of moving to Fernandina or should it be expanded
to include part-time residents and/or long-time residents whose lifestyles have changed and now have time to participate in
The third issue was to determine the length
of membership keeping in mind that the length of membership would affect the size of the club. They were asked to vote
on 4 years, 6 years, 10 years or no limit. Results of the survey were returned with an overwhelming response that the
Newcomer and Social Club aspects should be combined; allow membership to be expanded to include part-time residents and
those long time residents whose lifestyles have changed in some way and to have no limit on membership length.
This was approved at the October 2000 business meeting and implemented
immediately. Additionally members no longer attended separate luncheons or were categorized in Group I or Group II.
While our membership continues to grow, there are no plans to change
anything about the way our club currently operates. At present there are only two of our activities that consistently
have waiting lists due to capacity limits of the venue which would be the case is we had 100 members or 600 members.
The Newcomers Club has so many activities and events to offer that hopefully there will always be something for everyone
Keep on having fun and doing the things you