The 80s blockbuster movie trilogy Back To The Future is one of my all-time favorites. It was great fun watching Marty and Doc haplessly bouncing back and forth in time trying to set everything back to normal after accidentally disturbing the timeline.
That movie title came to me as I thought about the many things going on with Newcomers Club this year.
Exploring the past and the future is what our upcoming meeting programs are all about. We’ll bounce from an educational look at the historic lodges in the local area, to a peek into the future through the eyes of several non-profits working in our midst. Not to mention getting a first-person account by one of the astronauts who deployed the Hubble space telescope – arguably the most powerful tool ever created to explore the past and future of the cosmos.
Our hard-working venues team is another example. Though they are well-schooled in the workings of past Newcomers events, they are taking a fresh look at the future. With general meeting attendance growing much faster than anticipated, we must adapt and try new things. The January meeting format is one example of forward-looking planning – creating new ways to host and engage larger groups.
And speaking of the future – the Newcomers Bylaws Review Committee is taking a deep dive into the inner workings of the Club – learning from proven successes of the past, while anticipating future needs. How does our little social club best operate with the growth we have seen these past couple of years? How can Newcomers programming best support the ever-expanding appetite for events and activities of our growing membership? How can we best ensure that the Club stays strong? What lessons from the past can help us?
If Doc would just loan me that Delorean, I could take a peek at the future and report back to you how this all turns out! I definitely want to find out what the heck happened to those flying cars we were supposed to have in 2015.
In the meantime, I will just enjoy Newcomers back here in good ole 2019.
Please join the next General Meeting on January 17th at Latitude 105 (within the Ridgeline Hotel), where we will welcome everyone back from their holiday excursions and activities!
For this meeting we are experimenting with a new format that allows us to accommodate more members and provide better opportunities for socializing. Let us know what you think!
We’ll start the evening in the Latitude 105 bar and dining room at 5pm. You can order your choice of beverage from the bar while enjoying a buffet of their delicious bar food. Latitude 105 provides lots of space to circulate with a mix of high top tables, casual seating, and dining tables, so that we can readily enjoy each other’s fellowship.
Following the reception, we will move to the hotel’s theater space. The program includes a special speaker – retired NASA astronaut (and Newcomers alumnus) Loren Shriver.
Following his distinquished Air Force career, Loren became a Space Shuttle Pilot Astronaut and flew three Space Shuttle Missions – STS 51-C in 1985, STS 31 in 1990, and STS 46 in 1992. In 1993 he retired from the Air Force, completed his service as an Astronaut, and entered Civil Service with NASA.
He held Operations Management positions in the Space Shuttle Program Office and was Deputy Center Director for Launch and Payload Processing at the Kennedy Space Center.
Registration is required for this event, so to learn more and secure your spot, use the button below.REGISTER NOW
Cost is $24 per person. You are encouraged to pay online by credit card, but you can elect to pay with cash or check at the event. Credit cards are not accepted at the event.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The deadline to cancel your registration is Thursday January 10, and you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the first time you ever played poker was in a casino with a bunch of skilled veterans, chances are that you did not have a good time. A much more enjoyable alternative is to play in a relaxed, social environment where everyone is there to just have fun. That’s what the Men’s Poker interest group is all about.
We are a really fun group of members, alumni, and even a few folks from the community. According to Newcomers alumnus and Men’s Poker coordinator Scott Thompson, “We play dealer’s choice, and the games range from Five Card Draw to Super Omaha, and all games in between. Betting is nickel/dime/quarter a maximum and raise limits. It’s a $5 buy-in, where a big winner would make $8, and the big loser about the same.”
The group plays on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, year-round, rotating between member homes. The host provides a meal and beverages. Come join a lively game of Men’s Poker!
You can learn more about this interest group and sign up for Men’s Poker here.
Welcome to Tech Tips! In this monthly series, our Tech Ops team will share simple tips and techniques to help you get the most out of the Club’s technology resources.
Using the Member Directory
To view the online member directory, click OUR MEMBERS in the top menu (after signing in). Enter a first or last name (or the first few letters) in the search bar above the map, and then click SEARCH.
The matching members’ names and addresses are listed below the map. You can click on a member in the search results list to see more details, including phone numbers and a link to send them an email message.
Matching members are also indicated by pins on the map. If you click on a pin, you will see their name (and maybe a photo). If you then click on the name, you will see more details.
You can also use the Download Member Directory button in the upper right corner to obtain a PDF file containing all active members’ contact information, including email addresses.
If you search the directory on a phone or tablet, you can use the view larger map link to get to a full size map where you can get driving directions and other information.
As you might notice, some of the directory entries include members’ pictures. This is quite helpful in matching up names and faces. You can easily add a photo to your directory entry by going to the ABOUT YOU page, clicking the Directory tab, and following the directions in the Directory Photo box.
If you have any questions, contact email@example.com.
During the month of December, one new member joined the class of 2023:
Welcome to the Club!
Do Newcomers know how to have fun? I think so. Newcomers came together for many, many gatherings, activities and events held throughout the month of November.
There were dining-ins, dining-outs and madness about margaritas. There were books to read and games to play. There were props and costumes to assemble. There were hikes and nature photos taken. There was history revisited. Santa needed his residence decorated. Quilts were sold. Bylaws was reviewed (are we having fun yet?). There were posters posted. There were town events and Club events. There was a parade. There was snow, cold and wind. And most of all – there was fun to be had nearly every day of the month!
I could not resist making a slideshow of the many photos capturing all of these moments – so enjoy this short video montage entitled, Newcomers’ November:
Our December Wine & Cheese social event will magically transform into the annual 2018 Newcomers Holiday Party.
Mark your calendar – this festive gathering is being held at the home of Jan & John Gehlhausen, 1926 Stonegate Drive, Saturday December 8th from 5-8pm.
This is the same format as wine and cheese – no registration necessary. Just bring your personal choice of beverage, and a holiday-themed appetizer or dessert to share with others.
If the mood strikes you, come adorned in the gaudiest Christmas sweater in your closet – you’ll fit right in!
As a membership organization, the Bylaws serves as our governance document, defining who we are, our purpose, and how we are to go about fulfilling that purpose. The membership controls this document, and any changes that the Board proposes must be voted on and approved by the general membership.
Several years have passed since the last revision, and it was a consensus of the Board that a review was due. At its November meeting, the Board established a special Bylaws Review Committee to review the Club Bylaws, naming Jan Boatman, Bob Fulton, Stan Osborne, Debra Sloan, Deb Stalder, Rod Unruh, Jean Van Winkle and Joe Van Winkle to serve on the Committee.
The Bylaws Review Committee has begun its work and thus far has identified the following areas to explore:
Clarify Key Terms & Definitions
- Develop a more comprehensive definition of relationships between the Club and individuals, including graduates, alumni and guests, in addition to active members. Clarify “active member in good standing” definition.
- Define and/or expand definitions of meetings, activities, events, social gatherings, and sub-groups of the Club.
Governance & Policy Structure
- Explore pros and cons of expanding the authority granted to the Board over operational policies, while grooming the Bylaws to focus on governance matters. In doing so, existing statements of policy in the current Bylaws would be migrated to Board-managed policies.
- Consider redefining Board structure to reflect elected officers, plus primary committee chairs – in effect reducing the Board to 15-18 positions.
- Assign voting rights to Board positions (rather than people) and create a provision for proxy voting. Define a voting quorum.
- Establish a formal record retention mandate for the Board, to better preserve knowledge of operational practice and policy.
Fiscal Management & Responsibility
- Explore pros and cons of modifying the existing convention of a fiscal year (June – May) being different than the membership year (September – August). Consider a common year of July – June, while maintaining existing general meeting schedule.
- Consider defining the Budget Committee as a standing committee of the Board. Formally require the use of an adopted fiscal budget as the requirement to authorize expenditures.
- Explore concepts to establish guidelines for use of Club funds: operating, contingency, and surplus.
If you have any questions, input or other interest in the work of the Bylaws Review Committee, please contact any Committee member or email BylawsReview@EstesParkNewcomers.org.
We Believe in Estes Park kicked off early in the morning of November 17th and has been going strong and steady ever since! The Tree Lighting Ceremony, Catch The Glow Parade, Photos with Santa, and our support for the Polar Express are all in the history books. Next up… Mingle & Jingle at the Community Center on Friday December 7th and Tiny Tots at the American Legion on Saturday December 15th.
All events have been a grand success and heartily enjoyed by our partners, town residents, and visitors. Check out some of the accolades earned by our Photos With Santa crew:
Want to see what all the hubbub is about? Take a peek at their handiwork by browsing the (unedited) camera roll.
The Club also earned a feature length article in the November 23 edition of the Estes Park News. If you have not had a chance to see it in print, you can read it online here.
P.S. Make plans to attend the Newcomers Holiday Party on Saturday December 8th to experience a little of the We Believe magic first hand…
The purpose of the TGIF Book Club is to foster new friendships within our membership by getting to know each other while discussing books. It’s simply: read the selected book, meet in a group member’s home, bring an appetizer to share and your beverage of choice.
The TGIF Book Club is open to all! The only expectation is that you want to be in a book club that has an eclectic reading list. Each month we will read one book selected through member nomination and voted on by the group. Books may be fiction, non-fiction, contemporary literature, or a good old classic.
The intent is to create a small group setting for discussion, while accepting anyone who would like to join us. If we go over 15 members attending in a month, we plan to adopt a format much like Dining In – we would meet in multiple homes. The interest group co-leads would form randomly selected groups for each home. This way we would get to meet and socialize with a variety of Newcomers throughout the year. This group is also adapting the successful Wine & Cheese model by having participants bring an appetizer to share and their beverage of choice, giving the evening more of a social vibe.
For more information please contact at TGIFBookClub@EstesParkNewcomers.org.
Just the Facts:
- Meets year round – even in the summer
- 3rd Friday of the month … what a great way to end a week
- 5 to 7 pm … YAHOO, happy hour! Bring an appetizer to share and beverage of choice
- Open to all: male, female, working, retired, married, single …. you get the drift
- Book choices are eclectic: history, mystery, biography, classic, thriller, etc. … just great stories
You can join this new interest group online here.