First Luncheon of 2019: Thursday, January 10th at the Bluegrass Country Club

Our speaker for our January luncheon will be Mary Hance, who writes as Ms. Cheap in the Tennessean. It will be a fun time to listen as she shares her insights on finding the right sales and penny-pinching strategies. Her column has been running for more than 23 years and appears through the week and on Sundays in the Tennessean. Also, during her career she has worked both the police beat and Metro government, so it might be cool to see if she has any thoughts on the book Murder in Music City which many of us have read and discussed in our book clubs.

Per her bio in the Tennessean: A native of Senatobia MS, she learned her thrift from her frugal parents – her bargain savvy mother and her father who was an Episcopal priest and bishop. She grew up in Mississippi and in Memphis and graduated with honors from the University of the South at Sewanee with a degree in English. In 1976, she started with the Nashville Banner as a copy clerk and worked her way up to cover the local, state and federal courts, the police beat, Metro government, and worked as an editorial writer, a business writer and assistant business editor. When the Banner closed in 1998, she and her Ms. Cheap column moved to the Tennessean. She and her husband, Bill, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

As always, if any Newcomer has a recommendation for a guest speaker, please let Carol Gower know.

To make reservations for the luncheon, you now have three options – you can send an email to or call or text Kay Rorick at 260-602-4551. We need to have your reservation no later than 8:00 pm, Monday, January 7th. The cost of the luncheon is $22 if a reservation is made and $25 for walk-ins.