April with Newcomers

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
_ Maya Angelou

Our March Luncheon

As I write this April message, I believe that we are united in our sadness - and maybe anger - over the senseless murder of young students and staff at a nearby private school. It breaks our hearts that innocents were taken from us; that grandchildren were taken from their grandparents; that sons and daughters must bury their own children; that children lost the parents needed to help them thrive in this world; that friends are experiencing excruciating pain. Being a fixer by nature I feel like I need to do something, but clearly, I don't have the answer to complex problems that caused this tragedy. This I do believe to the core of my being: there must be solutions to make our schools and market places safer for all. Prayers out for everyone touched by Monday, March 27, 2023.

Our annual luncheon fashion show was held last month and it was a huge success! Everyone (models and luncheon attendees alike) had a great time. The fashions were beautiful - the CHICO's staff did an awesome job of helping pick out items for our models to wear and to accessorize!!! Lunch was delicious and the pictures taken (and posted on Facebook) were well done and showed how much fun everyone was having. Kudos to Bobette Spear and her entire team of Newcomers who worked so hard to make this year's event a resounding success. We collected and will be able to contribute a tidy sum for Feed Sumner; the final number will be made known once all donations and expenses have been recorded. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping our neighbors with their food needs.

Do you have ideas for programs or guest speakers that you would like to have at future luncheons? Please let us know - your ideas are always welcome!! If you're interested in who makes up our Executive Committee or our Board of Directors or if you're interested in our By-Laws or Club Policies, please reach out to me. Newcomers is your club and your involvement is what helps to make our club the great organization that it is.

Do you have any good books that are cluttering up your bookshelves? Do you want to pass them on to your Newcomer friends? Like we did once in 2022, there will be a future luncheon where you can drop your books off at a special table and you won't have to worry about carting them home. Those attending the luncheon will be able to take books from the table at no cost. Any leftover books will be taken to the Hendersonville or Gallatin libraries. This activity was very successful so we're going to try it again. Remember, April 14 is Donate a Book Day!!!

With April Fool's Day and all or our religious special days in April, there are also the National Bell Bottom Day (I think they're "coming back"), the National Hostess Twinkie Day, and the National Animal Crackers Day. Then there is Peanut Butter and Jelly Day - an American staple!!! It always makes me smile when I look up these celebrations that people went to the trouble to have recognized as having their own special day.

"When you wish someone joy,
you wish them peace, happiness
…. and all good things."
_Maya Angelou

I wish you joy!