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Newcomers Club welcomes you to the neighborhood

Nov 02, 2016 01:13PM ● By Amanda Arnold

The Newcomers Club is the perfect place for new Grand Junction residents and those who want to rediscover the area. For almost 75 years, the Newcomers Club has been “where newcomers become old friends.”

Bob Noble and Carolyn White arrived from Chicago five years ago. Noble now serves as the club’s president. The group hosts a variety of events throughout the year, but Noble’s favorite part is bringing in guest speakers from the community. Business owners and city government leaders often speak at meetings, which are regularly attended by about a quarter of the club’s 300 members.

“The theory is we all live here, so we ought to know about the community,” Noble, 73, said.

The group tours different facilities in the Grand Valley. Club members visited the Flyin’ Miata parts factory, the Reynolds Polymer Technology aquarium architects, the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction location and the City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant.

“We do a lot of things that people here don’t always have the chance to see or learn about,” Noble said.

Les Slowik recently moved from Kansas City. He likes participating in a variety of programs through the club. He said his favorite events are the happy hours, which occur two or three times each month.

Club members are very active, offering something for those who enjoy hiking, golf, Mahjong, tennis, needlecraft, bowling and bridge. The monthly Armchair Travelers presentations at the Mesa County Central Library allows community members to share stories and a slideshow about their world travels.

Members find out about activities from the club’s monthly newsletter.

“Putting together the newsletter each month is gratifying because it connects so many of us to each other and to our community,” White said. “Even those of us who’ve been here for many years can still find something fresh to participate in.”

Members are encouraged to volunteer in the community. Many volunteer with the Gray Gourmet senior food delivery program or work closely with the Salvation Army’s Giving Tree, a program that encourages community members to give Christmas presents to children and families in need. They also raise funds for Roice-Hurst Humane Society and the Grand Junction Centennial Band. In October, club members cleaned up Highline Lake.

Everyone is welcome to come out for a meeting or happy hour event to socialize and see what the club is about.

“I feel like I’ve never had so many friends,” Slowik said.

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The Newcomers Club is open to all ages and families, but leaves political and religious talk at home. Annual dues are $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple. For more information about the events below and other activities, visit www.gjnewcomers.org.

Monthly Meeting & Coffee - 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at First Christian Church, 1326 N. First St. in Grand Junction.

Lunch and tour on Wednesdays - Happy Hours from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Locations vary.

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