Happy Holidays to
all of you! Hope your holidays are
wonderful and all you want them to be! It seems like just yesterday that I
wrote my first President’s message, and now it is time to write the last one.
The time we have shared together has gone quickly and the experiences and
accomplishments many. Hope you have made new friends and have enjoyed
experiencing all the Newcomers Club has to offer.
November was a
busy month for many. While we still
attended our favorite activities, we were busy making preparations for the
Thanksgiving holiday whether we stayed at home or traveled far. Many of us enjoyed
the lovely coffee held at
the home of Stephanie Brown and also the wonderful cocktail party at the home
of Deb Adams. Thank you, ladies, for
hosting these activities and sharing your beautiful homes with all of us.
This month starts
out with our Holiday Dinner Dance Gala promised to be “The Social Event of the
Season!" Thanks to Jacquie Leary and Kathy Wesche for working their magic and
organizing this wonderful event.
As 2014 comes to
a close, I reflect on all that we have experienced together. We have made new
friends, learned new skills
and learned about different places in the world. We were generous with our time
money. We gave almost $19,000 to various
charities this year! That is quite an
accomplishment. Thanks to the Community
Service Committee who work so hard with the Give a Heart and Purple Elephant
luncheons as well as taking care of the 50/50 raffle at each luncheon and the
Newcomers Golf Group that also worked hard this year and hosted a very
successful golf charity event raising $13,000 of the monies we gave to
charity. Good job, everyone!
We have shared the good times and the sad
times with one another this year. We
have lost some of our longtime members and friends and they will be sorely missed
but not forgotten. Some of our members
have experienced health issues and personal losses. Our hearts go out to them
and hope that in
some small way, the Newcomers Club has made a difference in their lives and
helped them through some difficult times. As you have probably noticed by now,
we are more than a “Club.” We are an extended family that nurtures,
cares and loves one another. For those
who have just joined, please know that as you participate and identify those
people who are special to you, you will form a bond and will soon wonder what
you ever did without them!
We have now
reached 626 members, women whom I have enjoyed meeting and getting to
know. I have said many times that the
Newcomers Club of Amelia Island is the success it is because of the wonderful
and talented women who are its leaders and members. And it is true. I thank everyone for the parts they play
whether it is in a leadership role or those of you who attend and support the
various activities and events we hold. Thank you for the privilege and the pleasure
of serving as your
President in 2014.
I wish for all of you a wonderful, happy
holiday and all good things in the New Year