March President’s message

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
 РLilly Pulitzer

Living like spring is really a challenge when it’s grey and gloomy, rainy/damp, and cold. I don’t know about you, but I have to couple most of my imagination with a boat
load of ambition to power through a bit of melancholy and actually live like it’s spring – which means finalizing garden plans, starting some spring cleaning, putting away winter clothes, and making plans for traveling to places on my bucket list. Then I read Robin Williams’ quote, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “LET’S PARTY!!”. Everything I want to do leads up to a “party”, so that becomes the motivation to ignore what’s going on outside and get busy.

Newcomers had a wonderful February luncheon. Dr. Tracy Callister was our speaker and he spoke to us about our heart health, being really good patients, and about us thanking our health care professionals for the work that they do for us. He was a very talented speaker who emphasized the risk of processed flour and sugar. He strongly¬† encouraged us to get annual plaque tests that can be done in a hospital for a nominal cost. Per the American Heart Association, “Know when to call 911 and get to the hospital right away.” As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Dr. Callister noted that women often don’t pay attention to
certain signs, so please remember that we all have to be our own Health Champions.

Thank you for the donations to Ashley’s Place (our February charity) and A SAFE Place for Animals (our January charity). We met representatives from both of these organizations at our luncheon and learned about their mission and challenges that they face. Please note that if you have a favorite non-profit group, in Sumner County, that you would like to nominate to be our Charity of the Month, all you have to do is contact one of our Board Members (they are listed in the 2021-2022 Directory).

We are in the planning stages for our annual fashion show scheduled for our April luncheon. Our theme this year, is ALL-A-FLUTTER . Newcomers will be modeling clothes from Chico’s, and there will be entertainment prior to the show. Bobette Spear (our Vice President) is leading the team focused on making this a spectacular event! Tickets are on sale NOW. Be sure to get your tickets early.

Membership Renewals for our 2022-2023 year will be going on during the months of May and June. Please make plans to renew during that time frame. If you have friends that might like to join Newcomers, they can sign up then also. If you want to change your picture in the new 2022-23 Directory, please submit a new picture prior to August 2022. (newcomers.art@gmail.com)

During March we celebrate Mardi Gras and March Madness, International Women’s Day and National Single Parent Day (they don’t get enough credit). Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent; folks will be giving up things they really like or they’ll be doing special acts of kindness and charity to honor this special time. Do you have a special kid in your life? Well, the Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is the same day as St. Patrick’s Day. And an Awkward Moments Day (ugh, I hate those)? We welcome Spring during the month of March – sure hope it’s a pretty one.

I wish you sunny skies, good health,
peace, joy, and happiness.