|Storm Clouds in Fernandina harbor - With permission from local photographer Ed Richsteig.
Happy 4th of July, everyone! Hope everyone
has a safe and fun-filled holiday wherever you may be. Great parties with friends and family, food and drink and the evening
fireworks all serve to kick off summer here on Amelia Island.
were lots of fun activities, as always, that our newcomers participated in during the month of June. The June Coffee was hosted
by Susan Marquess and Wills Shores. Thank you, ladies, for the great food and wonderful conversation. The June Cocktail
party was well-attended as everyone wanted to hear the special music by Larry and the Backtracks. Thanks to hostesses Linda
Campbell, Bonnie LeMier and Marcia Williver. Our June luncheon was sold out and everyone enjoyed the great food and wonderful
speaker. Our golf, tennis, kayaking, walking and biking groups are very popular. It’s great to see everyone trying to keep fit. Go Girls! Thanks to all of the Committee
Chairs for making each and every one of our activities so appealing!
Former Secretary Dee Botts tendered her resignation last month as Secretary on the Board due to her husband's health issues.
Thank you, Dee, for a wonderful job! We are sorry to lose you but know you are needed elsewhere. During the June 5th board
meeting, the 2014 Board voted on and selected Jayne Jeney to replace Dee. Please join me in welcoming Jayne to the Board and
thanking her for accepting this very important position.
As part of our 30th Year
I thought I would share some information about the earlier years of our club that I found from our archived minutes of board
meetings and newsletters from years past. The earliest records that I could find date back to August of 1997 so I will start
there. In 1997, Ellen Flenniken and Betty Nielsen shared the position of President of the Newcomers Club. Imagine that! This
was not unusual as co-presidents existed in 1989 and 1992 as well. In August of 1997, the membership had reached almost 200.
A bylaw change was voted on at the Annual Business Meeting in 1997 to divide the membership into two groups. Group 1
would consist of brand new members and members up to 4 years. Group 2 would consist of senior members, Alumni members
who had been with the club over 4 years. Only Group 2 members would be eligible for the President position. Group 1 and Group 2
members could attend the same activities and events with the exception of the monthly luncheons. Group 1 luncheons were
on Tuesday and Group 2 luncheons were on Thursday of the same week. They were at different venues and had different speakers/programs.
Joint luncheons were held quarterly. Caution was given to the members to “sign up early for these joint luncheons as they
fill up fast.” A comment was included “If this club gets any more popular we will be having luncheons at Alltel stadium along with the Jaguars…now
there’s a thought.”
What do you think they would think of us now? Hope you
enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Will share more next month!
of Amelia Island Florida
PO Box 16242
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-3121
We welcome you to Amelia Island and Nassau County and wish you a wonderful
life while living here! Newcomers Club of Amelia Island is a local club with the purpose of extending
a friendly hand to all women, developing new friendships, and offering social events, activities, and service opportunities
in the community.
is open to any woman who resides in Nassau County. If you want more information, please contact our 2014 Orientation
Chair, Marcia Williver, 321-1867. We encourage women interested in joining Newcomers to attend a monthly coffee, usually on the 2nd Thursday
of the month. A prospective member may attend one luncheon and/or two meetings or activity groups before joining. For
further information about Newcomers Club activities, look at the Activity Groups Information on this site.
Welcome Visitors and Members of the Newcomers Club, we
hope you find the information you need on this site.