First Luncheon of 2020: Thursday, January 9th at the Bluegrass Country Club

What a wonderful way to start out the new year! 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 Claudette Delk at 502 -226-0462. We need to have your reservation no later than 8:00 pm, Monday, January 6th. The cost of the luncheon is $22 if a reservation is made and $25 for walk-ins.

Moon Ranch Adventures, a non-profit organization, was founded on the idea of helping children with cancer. Established in memory of their son, Matthew, Alan and Rae McFadden manage Moon Ranch Adventure Camp. Ever since the organization was established, they have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.

Their son, Matt, was an awesome young man that made everyone he met smile. He lost his battle with cancer January 28, 2006 and is dearly missed. Matt is in Heaven, continuing to put smiles on people’s faces. His life was an inspiration to many; and his love was a blessing.

Their team is made up entirely of volunteers. They advocate for those who need their help. Even a little help goes a long way. That is why they are especially happy to find new volunteers who share their commitment to doing good in the world. Do you want to support them by helping with their work? Then do not hesitate to contact them. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!

Door prizes are a fun part of our Luncheons—like Christmas all year long! So please consider bringing a gift to pass along and watch the smiles and excitement build around the room as winners are called and door prizes awarded! Please include your name and the contents to help Judy Peck announce the gift and the gift giver.