April Message from the President

Dearest Newcomers,

It took a while to get here, yet it seems like all of a sudden, it’s time to open windows and open doors to porches, to watch fishermen in the cove and see pontoon boats carrying folks to fun places, to plan for a new garden or to hear the lawn mower in the neighbor’s yard, to enjoy an evening cocktail with the sun still shining!! Spring has such an invigorating feel about it that it’s easy (or at least easier than it usually is) to feel like cleaning or re-arranging furniture or whatever; it almost feels like accomplishing something is a much bigger deal than it would be during the bleak winter months.Click here to reserve and pay for your luncheon

This Spring is special though because we have come through a tough year, and now the Covid vaccines are making their ways to more and more people – resulting in new senses of freedom and optimism that we haven’t felt in a long time.

We held our March Luncheon and welcomed some Newcomers to their first event since the pandemic started. It was so good to see everyone, and as usual the Bluegrass staff took great care of us. Bobette Spear (Our Vice-President) was able to invite the newly designated Poet Laureate, Henry Jones, to read a few of his original poems. We look forward to the time when all Newcomers feel comfortable attending a luncheon or coffee or whatever. It has been suggested that we might have a July luncheon . . . there isn’t anything that really would prevent us from doing this other than locking down a venue. We’ll let you know details if and when they are finalized.

Our next luncheon is scheduled for April 8, 2021, and our charity for the month will be Grace Place. As usual, if you wish to make a personal donation to our charities, please send a check to our P.O. Box noting the charity’s name in the memo line. Please note that for the time being we are not handing out door prizes at the luncheons.

Thank you to our Joan Blanich for designing/baking/decorating/packaging our March birthday cupcakes – again it was a job well done! Also, thank you to all of the luncheon attendees who delivered the cupcakes; you are greatly appreciated!

There are a lot of very special days in April! Being a retired accountant, I was pleased to see that there is actually a National Bean Counter Day. Then there’s a No Housework Day . . . but I have a lot of those so that’s really not so special. There’s a Read a Road Map Day; I guess that’s a good thing to know, but I’ll stick with the lady in my phone who tells me where to go. Lastly, there’s the Blah, Blah, Blah Day; whoever set that up must have had me in mind because I use that “blah, blah, blah” phrase a lot when I can’t remember all the details of a story I’m telling.

However you celebrate spring and/or the special days around Easter, I wish you good health, joy and happiness.

Love, Carol Gower

Charity of the Month: Grace Place Ministry Inc., PO Box 1771, Hendersonville, TN 37075

Their mission is empowering single mothers in need and their children toward developing healthy, safe, and independent lives in the local community.
Their vision is for single mothers and children to live in the freedom of Jesus Christ; equipped with the resources needed to embrace a future of opportunity, fulfillment, and purpose.

Depending on an individual family’s circumstances, this pathway can take 3 months all the way up to 18 months. Every family is treated as an individual family with individual needs!

While working on their goals, families engage in the following learning and supportive opportunities:

♥ New Hope Trauma Healing Classes
♥ Financial Literacy Classes
♥ Recovery Programs
♥ Parenting Classes
♥ Character Development Classes
♥ Sumner County YMCA Visits
♥ Weekly One-on-One Accountability Meetings
♥ Milestone Celebrations

If you wish to donate, you can send checks to Newcomers P.O. Box 2915, Hendersonville, TN, 37077-2915 noting Grace Place Ministry on the memo line of your check.