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2010-2011 Officers and Board 50/50 Raffle
President Linda Klaus 910- 399-4300
MJ Johnson 910-679-4115 firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Joan Kilby 910-383-1292
Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Debaets 201-787-7487 Assistant Treasurer
email@example.com Jean Connors 910-686-0479
2nd Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Minor 910-686-0794 Photography/Historian
email@example.com Mary Jo Barbaretta 610-933-1225
Pam McNeill 910-679-4007 Past President
firstname.lastname@example.org Pat Ford 910-341-7920
Karyn Taub 910-319-7059
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS April 14, 2011
Membership 9:30am 10:00am
Faye Basore 910-791-0054 Social Time Meeting
Fay05@att.net Coastline Convention Center
Hospitality 501 Nutt Street
Lil Mercer 910-599-6883 Downtown Wilmington
This month Janine Powell, Director of Donor Relations
Newsletter and Website for Parks, Gardens, and Senior Resources with New
Mary Jo Wrynn 910-686-3984 Hanover County will give a presentation on Airlie
email@example.com Gardens, a historic public garden in Wilmington with
Programs formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails
Sally Barenbaum 910-319-7151 and 10 acres of freshwater lakes.
Lynne Pendse 910-388-6112 We are having lunch after our April meeting at one of
firstname.lastname@example.org Wilmington's best American cuisine restaurants, Henry's.
Publicity They serve the freshest, locally cultivated produce and
Cheryll Schramm 910-319-3169 products in an inspired and delicious way. We have
Lc1schramm@yahoo.com selected a prix fixe menu, and reserved the private Pine
Inspiration Room dining room and the front of the restaurant for our
Carole Perkins 910-399-5224 group. Also, Chef Jason loves to talk food, so he will be
email@example.com around if you want to ask him any questions. There will
Welcome Coffees be a sign up sheet at the meeting, and all guests are
Brenda Wolf 910-794-3038 welcome to join us.
firstname.lastname@example.org You do not want to miss our shopping trip after the
April Tellegen 910-686-9062 meeting! Last month we had a lot of fun and found some
email@example.com great gifts at Crabby Chic. This month, we are going to
Marian Spagnoli 910-679-4329 Perry's Emporium, the largest jewelry store in
firstname.lastname@example.org Southeastern North Carolina. It is right beside Henry's,
so we do not have to move our cars.
AT LARGE POSITIONS
Raffle *******In addition to being able to shop, the owner,
Marilyn Anderson 910-262-1690 Alan Perry, is offering our group the opportunity to
email@example.com view his upcoming exhibit before he opens it to the
Jane Capen 910-399-7263 public. We will have a once in a lifetime opportunity
firstname.lastname@example.org to see the historic Papal cross and ring presented by
Linda Mathews 910-679-4285 Pope Paul VI to the United Nations. The gold cross
email@example.com contains over 59 carats of diamonds and emeralds.
The ring is a heavy platinum mount with diamonds
and rubies. ********
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Thank you to our March hostess greeters Joan Furness, Satellite Groups
Grace Unger, Lynn Levin, Toni Radcliffe and Mary K
Holland. Just a reminder for those who signed up to be
our Hostess Greeters for the April meeting: Paula BARGAIN DINERS
Hickey, Linda Cooper, Jean Werling, Lynn Levin, Pat Vicki Debaets 201-787-7487 firstname.lastname@example.org
McCartan, and Mary K Holland. We appreciate your Rickie Miller 232-7741 email@example.com
willingness to help us welcome our visitors! On the third Monday of each month, enjoy a
dinner that doesn't break your budget. In choosing the
restaurant, there will be at least one entree (preferably
more) priced, with a non-alcoholic beverage, for under
$20. Singles and couples are welcome. Cocktails start at
From the President 6:00pm with dinner following around 6:30pm.
Spring is almost here and we can see everyone enjoying March's restaurant choice is Creole Cafe. It is
the weather as they walk, run, bike, and play outdoors. located 124 Princess Street. We will be meeting there on
The trees are budding and the flowers are beginning to Monday, March 21st. Please contact Vicki Debaets if
bloom. It reminds me of our Club...we continue to you'd like to join us.
blossom and grow. We welcomed 12 new members this Our April Bargain Diners date is Monday, April
month which increases out total membership number to 18th. Please contact the co-chairs for more information
168. or watch your email for the upcoming location and
Thinking of flowers, I hope everyone will participate
some way in the upcoming Azalea Festival. There will be
the Queen's coronation and Southern Belles, concerts, BOOK CLUB
awesome azalea-filled gardens and beautiful, historic Mary Jo Barbaretta 610-933-1225
homes to tour, parades, athletic events, the circus, art firstname.lastname@example.org
shows and of course, fireworks. Linda Iovine 910-319-7205 email@example.com
The Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of
Thank you to the Nominating Committee, chaired by each month. Members alternate making
Mary Jo Wrynn, for the many hours they worked putting recommendations for the book selection and leading a
together a wonderful slate of candidates for the 2011- discussion of same. All interested folks are welcome.
2012 WNC Board. The candidates were presented at Completing the chosen book is not required.
our March meeting. The members will vote on the Any questions please contact Mary Jo
proposed slate of candidates at our April Meeting. I hope Barbaretta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-933-
many of you are planning to be there. 1225 or Linda Iovine at linda.Iovine@gamil.com.
Also, thank you all for the many contributions you made
for the Relay For Life luminaries. So far we have BOOK SWAP AND LUNCH
collected $1265.00 for the American Cancer Society. Syble Solomon 910-399-2200 email@example.com
What a wonderful, generous group of members we have! Pam Andre 910-270-5273 firstname.lastname@example.org
I also hope Barbara Buckley's presentation encouraged Bring a book to swap (can be a recent read or
many of you to think about the Relay For Life Walk something you read a long time ago and loved. Bring
which will be held at Ashley High School on April 15. something to add to a salad (anything you like is fine--we
won't be coordinating this!) Greens and drinks will be
Please continue to check our website for updated provided. We have a salad lunch and then talk about our
information on the satellite groups and other events such books and swap. No fuss, no preparation, no stress.
as WOW, Work on Wilmington, coordinated by Toni Unlike more typical book groups, each
Radcliffe and Cheryll Schramm, which is being held on participant brings a book which she wishes to share. So
April 16. each of us gets to talk about one book, which is then
available for others to take or borrow depending on the
Spring is almost here! Enjoy! wishes of the owner.
This group has been so popular that the current
MJ Johnson group is full, but the chairs would be happy to share the
"secret to success" and help others to set up a new
group. If you are interested, please contact Syble at
email@example.com or Pam Andre at pamandre
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Satellite Groups - continued part of the tour. During that presentation the curator
provides more historical information on the museum and
BRIDGE - INTERMEDIATE COUPLES its collections along with items that are not out for
Elaine Gomperts 319-7090 firstname.lastname@example.org display. Additionally, more detail will be presented on
Join other bridge fans for an evening of bridge two of the featured displays. For the time we have
once a month from 7:30-10:30 p.m. We are also looking scheduled she will focus on the B. W. Wells exhibit on
for substitutes. Call or email Elaine. our Savannah area and the photography exhibit. There
was an article in the paper recently on the
Wells/Savannah exhibit. Following the tour you may
BUNCO explore the museum at your leisure.
Fran Summerlin 910-256-0307 email@example.com If you have visited the museum before you may
This group meets the 3rd Wed. of each month at still want to join us. It's a real plus to have the Curator
2pm. If you have never played before, it is VERY EASY. conduct the tour and have the opportunity to see items
It is held in different hostesses' homes each month. behind the scenes...and, exhibits change from time to
Bunco members will be contacted by email the first week time so there's something new to see. RSVP to Betty or
of every month. The first 12-16 responding to the email Pat.
will be notified as to the address and directions. We are not planning an event for April and
For those of us who are signed up to play instead urge you to spend that time with the some of the
Bunco, we need hostesses for the following months: many events planned for the annual Azalea Festival.
April, May and June. Please contact Fran at Look for schedules and detailed information in the local
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-0307. media. You won't want to miss being a part of this fine
All Bunco members should be receiving emails Wilmington tradition.
notifying them of the next hostess and place to play. If
you are not receiving these emails, contact Fran at 256-
0307. New members interested in joining this group may DINING AROUND TOWN
do so by signing the satellite sheet or calling Fran Elaine Gomperts 319-7090 email@example.com
Summerlin at 205-566-3287 or home phone 910-256- Anne-Marie Goff 901-395-2165 firstname.lastname@example.org
0307. Our diners meet the last Wednesday of
the month to a fine dining restaurant in Wilmington. We
welcome any diners, single or couples, to join us.
CHIX FLIX Wed. March 30 we will be dining at the Bridge
Martha Lurie 910-686-5016 email@example.com Tender on Eastwood next to the bridge to Wrightsville
The Chix Flix group, a first Wednesday of the Beach. Meet at 6 at the bar and dinner will be served at
month event, is for women who would like to enjoy a 6:30. RSVP to Anne-Marie to join the group.
nice lunch out and a movie that will interest women. We Keep the last Wed. night booked on your
send out e-mails that let you know the restaurant and calendar for DINE AROUND TOWN.
movie of the month. Join us for a lovely afternoon. E-mail
Martha if you would like to be added to the list.
FRIDAY NIGHT SINGLES
Faye Basore 910-791-0054 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Hunt 910-399-3602
Friday, March 18th, from 8-9 pm there will be
Betty Smith 910-679-4168 email@example.com
dance lessons specific to the Swing, Shag, and Country
Pat Ford 910-341-7920 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancing. Then from 9 -11 pm there is open dancing. I
Want to learn more about what the Wilmington
asked if there would be male dancers for us to practice
area has to offer? Join us as we visit various tourist
with. She said many weeks there are more men than
attractions, historical sites, and museums, enjoy eco-
women...if not, we can practice together. The cost is
tours, and explore fun locations. If you are on the Day
$10.00 per person and includes appetizers. Responses
Trippers email list, you will get a monthly update about
the upcoming tours.
Saturday, March 19th: The Coastal Living Show
at the Schwartz Center beginning at 10:00 am on
What: Tour of The Cape Fear Museum of History and
Saturday, March 19th, at 601 Front Street . Cost is $5.00
per person. I suggested we meet at 10:00 am at the
Where: 814 Market Street
center and then have a late lunch downtown. Responses
When: Wednesday, March 30 at 10 am
Cost: $10 to be paid to the museum on arrival
We are fortunate to have arranged a tour guided by the Thursday, March 31st: Dinner at the El Cerro
Curator of the museum. A multi-media presentation is Grande Mexican Restaurant on Thursday, March 31st, at
6:00 pm at 5120 South College Road in Wilmington,
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Satellite Groups – continued is best to plant for our individual needs. Meet us on April
28 at 10:30 at the Garden on 16th street just south of
Market Street. A reminder will be sent later in April.
790-8727. Kimberly must get responses back by 3/27 to
make reservations. Please copy Faye as well. For
additional information please contact Faye Basore, LEISURE KAYAK GROUP
email@example.com, 910-791-0054 or Kimberly Hunt, Barbara Buckley 910-622-7772
firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-399-3602. email@example.com
This is not a set date, once a month venture, but
an adventure group that can communicate by email of
THE GATHERING when and where someone wants to go kayaking with
Joanne Cavan 910-686-8660 firstname.lastname@example.org friends. Give us your email address and Barbara will be
Karen Ruff 910-509-0233 email@example.com the contact person to spread the word and the specifics
Pam McNeill 910-679-4007 firstname.lastname@example.org by sending out a mass email to those who have signed
The Gathering meets on Sunday evening 5 – 7 up. We will wait for warm waters to resume our
p.m. and it welcomes both singles and couples. PLEASE activities. This group can expect to hear from me in April
CALL THE HOSTESS FOR RESERVATIONS. DO NOT with more planning and adventures to come.
CALL THE COORDINATORS. Remember to bring an If you have a day that you’re thinking about
appetizer to share, your choice of beverage, plus $1.00 kayaking and wish you had friends to join you, just
per person to cover the cost of paper goods that the contact me, provide the details below and I’ll spread the
hostess provides. word:
If you would like to host one of these events in the Who’s initiating the plans? Where do you want
future, please contact Joanne Cavan at to kayak? When will you launch? What to bring (picnic
email@example.com or 686-8660. lunch or ?) Why are you inviting others to go (is it a
The March Gathering will be on March 20 from 5 location that you’ve found enjoyable previously, a
to 7 at the home of Fran and Jim Summerlin at 2312 location that you are unsure of where to paddle, etc)?
New Orleans 28403. Their phone number is 256-0307.
The April Gathering will be on April 17 from 5 to
7 at the home of MJ and Bill Johnson at 601 Bedminister NEEDLEWORK/KNIT/CROCHET
Lane 28405. Their phone number is 679-4115. Karyn Taub 910-319-7059 firstname.lastname@example.org
BE SURE TO CALL YOUR HOSTESS IF YOU NEED If you are a knitter, crocheter, needlepointer,
TO CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION!! come join our group. We are a group of women who
enjoy one or all of the different needlework venues. We
come together to share our experiences, help each
GENEALOGY other, exchange ideas and patterns and to sit back and
Nancy Hoyt 399-7226 email@example.com relax with our projects. If you are a beginner or
Did you make a resolution regarding genealogy experienced, this is the place to be. We meet the first
research? If you did, here's your chance to start working Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. Location will vary month
on it. We meet on the third Monday of the month. to month. Next meeting is at the home of Linda Cooper.
Contact Nancy if you are interested in joining the group. If anyone is interested, please forward your email to
Karyn so that you can receive notification of meeting
HOUSE & GARDEN CLUB
Mary Kay Holland 910-399-3180
Angela Skinner 679-4017 firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Shalfi 910-399-7988 email@example.com
The House & Garden Club meets on the fourth Meet every other Monday evening at 7:30 pm at
Thursday of the month in the morning. The locations Helen’s house for a game of Scrabble. Call or mail me
change depending on the particular program. for directions/information.
Our second event this month is March 24 at
10:30 at Airlie Gardens for a walk around the gardens.
There should be tulips, narcissus, and maybe camellias SUPPER CLUB AT HOME
in bloom. Cost is $5. Marian Spagnoli 910-679-4170
In April we will be meeting at The Transplanted firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden to plant a beautiful container for spring for our Pam McNeill 910-679-4007 email@example.com
patio or porch. The owner will have the plants, potting
soil and conainers available for purchase or we can
bring a container from home. He can advise us on what
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Satellite Groups – continued Keep watching the newsletter for topics and
locations of future meetings.
The Supper Club will meet on a "flexible" Saturday
schedule. This group welcomes couples and singles
with a maximum per hostess of eight to ten people. The WALK AND TALK
hostess prepares the entree, and all side dishes are Mary Jo Barbaretta 610-933-1225
provided by the guests. firstname.lastname@example.org
The hosts of the May 14 Supper Club will be Mary Clark 910-251-8666 email@example.com
Syble Solomon and Bob Gimpel. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Walk and Talk will meet Monday mornings in the
Sally and George Scott will be the hosts for the parking lot of the Wrightsville Beach Park at 9:00. Just
July Supper Club. Date to be announced. show up. Any questions please call or e-mail Mary Jo.
This is a wonderful way to combine great food, a
small setting, and getting better acquainted with fellow
newcomers. Because of the great response this year, ** Please wear your nametags to the
we have been meeting every other month. Sign up for General Membership Meetings.
this satellite group to be part of future Suppers at Home.
TENNIS Welcome To Our January New Members
Dottie Villers 910-509-2906 email@example.com Marilyn Godshall relocated from Bucks County Pa.
We are inviting folks to play tennis. Specific
details for the group are in progress, but contact Dottie if Sonia Morris relocated from Basking Ridge N. J.
you are interested.
Leanna Giaimo relocated from Paramus, N. J.
TRAVEL GROUP Sarah Kiefer relocated from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Karen Ruff 509-0233 Kmruff07@bellsouth.net
April Tellegen 686-9062 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Hendricks relocated from Chaplin Ct.
Pam Andre 270-5273 email@example.com
The travel group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of Debra J. Paulson relocated from El Paso, Texas.
every other month. (Please note that we have changed
the date to the 3 Tuesday (instead of 3 Thursday) and Mette Bach relocated from Copenhagen, Denmark.
will be meeting every other month in 2011 (March 15,
May 17, July 26*, September 13, November 15). Anyone Brenda Rodstrom relocated from New York City, N.Y.
who is interested in learning, discussing, and
exchanging information on travel destinations and Kiplyn Duffy relocated from Newtown, Ct.
resources should attend. Couples and singles are
welcome. The host will provide sodas, coffee and a Grace Cooley relocated from West Friendship, Md.
small dessert or appetizer item. Any other drinks of
choice (including wine) for the evening are welcome. A Harriet Maulden Forbis relocated from Pfafftown, N. C.
$1.00 contribution per person will help cover incidentals.
Elisa D. Holt relocated from Boonton, N. J.
March 15: Terri and John Littlejohn will take you "On the Welcome Coffee & Social for New Members
Trail: Grand Canyon Adventures." Please let Terri know
if you will be attending either by e-mail: Brenda Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org 910-794-3038
email@example.com or call 509-0255. April Tellegen firstname.lastname@example.org 910-686-9062
May 17: Hosts: Pam and John McNeil. The topic will be email@example.com 910-679-4329
arranged by Pam Andre as you "Travel the USA." Newcomers will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by
Please let Pam McNeill know if you will be attending welcoming many of our new members to a coffee in their
either by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 679-4007. honor. The coffee will be at the home of Brenda Wolf,
July 26: *(one time change to 4th Tuesday): Karen and 794-3038. The next coffee will be held at the same
Mike Ruff have lots to share as a follow-up to their location the 3rd or 4th week of April. New members will
travels along the Coast of Croatia and river cruising in receive an invitation.
France. We are lucky to have many new residents joining our
organization, and enjoy this chance to become
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acquainted in a smaller group. We look forward to 2010-11 Attractions Dining & Value Guides
welcoming new members in this informal setting. The 2010-11 Attractions, Dining and Value
Guide books are available at the General Meetings for
$25. Be sure to pick up this great coupon book at the
Sharing and Caring next meeting. The club receives $10 for each book sold.
If you know of any member who is ill or has lost
a loved one, please contact Carole Perkins at 910-399-
5224, or e-mail her at email@example.com. Births and
weddings will be announced at the meetings
Have You Moved, Changed Name, Email or
It is important that you keep us updated
Inspiration for The Month whenever you move, change your phone number, or
By Carole Perkins change your e-mail address. Please contact Faye
Basore, 910-791-0054, Fay05@att.net with any
Dance! When you get the chance
May Newsletter Deadline
It's OK to pat your feet
and sway as you move Deadline for information for the MayNewsletter
to the rhythmic beat. will be Saturday, April 16. Please submit your
information as early as possible to Mary Jo Wrynn,
Enhance your prancing
by letting loose Thanks to the Raffle Prize Contributors
get up and shake that butt We wish to thank the following businesses for
give all those excuses up their generous contribution to our raffle ticket drawing.
The lucky recipients for March were:
Wave your hands and feel free to do it
remove those restrictions with thought deluded Alfred F. Rhodes Jewelers, $100 Gift Certificate - Myrna
what is there to prove if you don't or do? Brown
improve your health and state of mind too Symphony Pops! Concert, 2 tickets - Margaret Colman
tighten up those muscles in that sagging behind Pampered Chef Bamboo Serving Bowl - Paula Hickey
and Dance! Celtic Shop, Irish Music CD - Grace Unger
Ke Bu Salon, $25 Gift Certificate - Linda Cooper
Treat it like a mental release!
Dance Please frequent our sponsored raffle businesses and tell
from your head down to your feet them you heard it here!
Get rid of those excuses you keep Winner of the 50/50 was Myrna Brown. $63!!
Dance, dance, dance and keep on dancing
The Plant Place, 6114 Market Street (791-9594),
- Lawrence Pertillar provides the plant for the New Member Drawing
each month. Please remember them when you are
shopping for your garden needs!
Please let me know if you have something special for me
to read, I'd be happy to consider it. My email is
firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 399-5224.
- Carole Perkins
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Volunteer Opportunities Watch for the new "virtual" Bulletin Board
1) Dreams: next month!!
This is a youth development organization that uses the
performing, visual and literary arts to reach young If you would like to post an announcement, please
people ages 8-18 who are living in poverty and at risk for submit it to email@example.com in final copy form.
involvement in the Juvenile Justice system, as well as Submissions should be made at least a month in
for academic failure. Please check out their website advance and pertain only to activities involving bona fide
dreamswilmington.org for more details. Currently they non-profit organizations. All entries will be presented to
feed healthy snacks to over 100 children per week and the Board for approval before publication. The Board
need both donations and volunteers to fulfill this and reserves the right to reject proposals they find
other missions. To find out how you can help this inappropriate for the website. If you have any questions,
organization, contact Tracy Wilkes, DREAMS Director, please contact Mary Jo Wrynn at the email address
(910) 772-1501. above.
2) Domestic Violence Shelter: Let's make this the "go-to" place for information on
Volunteers are needed to work at the Vintage Values what's going on around town!
resale shops, whose proceeds support victims of
domestic violence. They desperately need volunteers to
work at the stores on a regular basis and also for a large
project that involves separating merchandise donated
between fall/winter and spring/summer. This second
project will require a group of about 10 people to work a
few hours. Contact Billie Blackwell at 762-7720 to offer
your help or for more information.
Check out the newly updated Community tab on this
website for information on the many organizations in
the greater Wilmington area that are looking for
volunteer help. There are endless opportunities to
put your time and service to good work by helping in
this community. All the non-profit agencies who
participated in our January presentation on
volunteerism are now included.
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WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB BOARD - 2011-2012 PROPOSED SLATE:
President Sharon Minor
1 VP Karyn Taub
2 VP Linda Cooper
Secretary Sandy Maners
Treasurer Jean Connors
Membership Marilyn Anderson
Publicity Toni Radcliffe
Programs Marian Spagnoli
Hospitality Mary Holland
Welcome Coffees Paula Hickey
Newsletter Mary Jo Wrynn
Inspiration Connie Marhevsky
Brenda Wolf (backup)
Raffle Jane Capen
50-50 Faye Basore
Asst. Treasurer Cathy Davis
Historian Faye Egan