By Christy Womack
With the explosive growth of Murfreesboro, there are many people who move into our fair city, and there’s no better way to welcome them, than with the Newcomers Club. For about 55 years, the Newcomers Club of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has welcomed new people to Middle Tennessee. The Club was originally a group of men and women that wanted to promote friendship and community service and to assist in the social, civic and cultural orientation of people new to the area.
Today the Newcomers Club has evolved into a group of about 125 women living in Rutherford County who have arrived here from various places around the country. “It isn’t easy moving to a new area, even one as varied and attractive as Middle Tennessee,” says publicity chairman Lynn Price. “The move itself is hard enough, but finding a new doctor, hairdresser, church, dentist, shopping, restaurants etc. can be very challenging. We also need to find out where is the ‘best’ place in the area for lunch or discover where to buy arts and crafts supplies. So that is where Newcomers Club comes in. We make friends, provide community service, join interest groups, help with charitable events and most of all just have fun.”
Lynn continues, “We are not just a social club. We are a community-minded group of women of all ages and nationalities. Membership is open to all women living in Rutherford County including, Bell Buckle, Blackman, Eagleville, Lascassas, LaVergne, Murfreesboro, Milton, Readyville, Rockville, Smyrna and Walter Hill. We always welcome new members.”
A huge focus of the group’s mission is on civic responsibility and community involvement. Newcomers participate in numerous charities in our community as well as helping serve at many varied functions that help the community. “We participate in the Alzheimer’s Walk at MTSU in October,” explained Lynn. “We donate gifts to the children at CASA at Christmas time, as well as contribute Easter Baskets to this wonderful organization.” Newcomers also contribute to Greenhouse Ministries, Domestic Violence, Journey Home, Way of Hope, they purchase and wrap presents for Soldier’s Child monthly. They also contribute to The Beasley Foundation for Animals and donate to help support the Murfreesboro Symphony.
Newcomers also has many special interest groups that include everything from Arts, Etc., Bead Time, Bible Study, Book Club, Bowling, Bunco, Couples Bridge, Couples Canasta, Couples Night Out, Day Trippers, Flick Chicks, Garden Club, Healthy Living, Horseback Riding, Mah Jongg, to Needlework. New groups are added as interests change.
The Newcomers Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Stones River Country Club. The meeting consists of a business meeting and luncheon, with a program designed to orient and interest women. There is a social time before each meeting so they can catch up with existing friends and make new friends that have joined the club.
“We try to include our spouses in some of our activities such as Couples Night Out and other outings. Some of the “guys get together once a week for breakfast at the IHOP on Old Fort Parkway,” explains Lynn.
Once a year Newcomers have their Annual Fundraiser Auction. The event includes a live auction of about 100 items, including gift cards, theatre tickets, beautiful gift baskets, game tickets, vacation trips, etc. that have been donated to Newcomers by various businesses in the community as well as by members and friends of the group. There also is a silent auction, which includes numerous items of all shapes and sizes, including some hand crafted items. And last but certainly not least, there is an additional silent auction of a variety of baked goods provided by the members.
The women in Newcomers share a common experience being uprooted to move to this lovely part of Middle Tennessee. Some come excited about their new prospects and new experiences. Some come with sadness about leaving places they loved, family and friends behind. They have come for various reasons, new jobs, joining children and grandchildren or just moving onto a new stage in their lives. Newcomers is a resource for community and an opportunity to join in various activities and to make new friends. It is so nice to have the friendly, active women in Newcomers to help in the transition.
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Newcomers’ Annual Fundraiser Auction
Wednesday November 16, 2016
Stones River Country Club
1850 NW Broad Street • Murfreesboro, TN
- Live Auction of about 100 items, including gift cards, theatre tickets, beautiful gift baskets, game tickets, vacation trips, etc.
- Silent Auction, which includes numerous items of all shapes and sizes, including some hand crafted items.
- Silent Auction of a variety of Baked Goods
provided by our members.
10:00-11:30 Open for preview, begin silent auctions
11:30 – 12:30 Buffet luncheon
12:30 Notify winners of silent auction/baked goods
1:00 – 2:30 Live Auction