Estes Park Newcomers Club thrives by the involvement of all our members. We have developed a brief questionnaire to help the Club leadership understand our members’ interests and experience.
The information you provide will NOT obligate you to any particular activity or volunteer role. The first 25 members who submit the questionnaire might possibly be entered into a drawing to receive a new 4WD hay wagon (just kidding!).
Membership Interests Questionnaire …wait, WHAT? You’re asking me to fill out a questionnaire, and I don’t get a prize? Your reward will be a more fun and diverse Club for you and everyone else! It’s quick and easy to complete and will help us get to know you better.
Please ask other adults in your household to also complete the questionnaire. We want to hear from all our members. Thank you!
While this is a breeze to complete, any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information you provide will NOT be shared outside of Estes Park Newcomers Club.
A catchy saying, and something we all do each spring.
Even though living up high means that spring may not bring the rush of warmer days, green grass and flowers that we’ve experienced in other places, its arrival in the Rocky Mountains holds the promise of all those welcome changes!
There are lots of quotes and sayings about spring…
“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” — Doug Larson
Hmmmm. Sounds like that author has visited Estes in the spring! With hiking being such a popular pastime among Club members, this quote has a familiar ring to it.
“We change just as the seasons change, and each spring brings new growth. So nothing is ever quite the same.” — Sherwood Smith
Speaking of new growth – the arrival of spring brings more than 100 new members to our Club since last summer. Wow! That is both an exciting and challenging reality for our Club programming. And what a wonderful problem to have!
I predict that Newcomers will thrive with this new reality, even though it means we may likely have to adapt how we do things.
“Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be.” – Author Unknown
Newcomers is no stranger to change. Our membership turns over quickly, so change is never-ending for us. New people means new friends. And new ways to have fun. And new ideas.
Ideas like the new Bylaws, which members voted on and passed unanimously at the March General Meeting. This is an important step in the history of our Club, and we are setting several efforts in motion to ensure a smooth transition from the old to the new.
Following on the heels of this monumental change, your Nominating Committee has worked hard to develop an outstanding slate of candidates for next year’s officers (you will be voting on them at the April General Meeting).
The Committee is also compiling an inventory of members’ interests and experiences to help Club leaders get to know you better. I encourage you to participate in that effort by completing their simple online questionnaire.
“Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!” – Robin Williams
Maybe that one should become the Newcomers’ motto.
Our next social event, Spring Fling, is just around the corner, happening Saturday, April 13th. We want it to be the biggest wine and cheese ever! So we’ve booked a large venue, added some live music and…wait for it…the Club is footing the bill. Yay!
Note: Even though there is no cost, the event planning team really would appreciate an RSVP online, please.
The Newcomers Social Bridge group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-4pm at a member’s home. Everyone brings a small appetizer, and the hostess provides non-alcoholic beverages. This Interest Group is very friendly and happy to help people wanting to learn. And be prepared for some laughter!
If you have never played bridge, we will gladly and kindly help you learn.
Please contact the group coordinator at email@example.com if you are interested or would like more information.
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.
Community Bulletin Board
Want to find out more about the Estes Park community? Or do you need a way to reach the Newcomers Club membership on behalf of a local organization or activity? The Newcomers website now has a Community Bulletin Board containing public service announcements by governmental and civic organizations serving the greater Estes Valley area.
Anyone who visits our website can read the articles posted on this bulletin board; it is not restricted to club members. To view the articles, click here, or use the link on our home page.
To request that an article be posted to this bulletin board, please send email to Community@estesparknewcomers.org.
The following people have just joined the class of 2024:Joe Ballarino
Jennifer & Matt Comstock
Karen & Waters Davis
Paul & Ingrid Drouin
Robin & Pam Guthrie
Mark & Jean Rissmiller
Dwight & Maryse Stanford
Robert & Debra Triola
Welcome to the Club!
At the March General Meeting, members received the report of the 2019 Nominating Committee, which named the following members as nominees for the elected officers of the Club:
- President – Danny Gigax
- Treasurer – Stan Osborne
- Assistant Treasurer – Sunny Schmitt
- Secretary – Lisa Zahn
- Vice President, Events – Diane Scruton
- Vice President, Activities – Liz Zornes
- Vice President, Communications – Debra Sloan
- Vice President, Membership – Deb Stalder
- Vice President, Technology – Jeff Lindberg
The election of officers will be held during the April 11 General Meeting. Please register and plan to attend.
Additionally, the Nominating Committee has developed an online Member Interests Questionnaire.
Our Club thrives with the involvement of all our members, and this tool will help us get to know the interests and experiences of each of you. The Committee believes that this effort will result in a more fun and diverse Club for everyone.
Spring is here – and so is Newcomers Spring Fling 2019.
Saturday, April 13th, 6:00-8:30pm
This fun event will be like a really big wine & cheese – with a little party, music, and dance all thrown into one!
Spring Fling 2019 will be held at the Estes Valley Community Center and feature the always popular Mountain Town Trio for live entertainment!
And perhaps best of all – THIS EVENT IS OFFERED AT NO COST – it’s a celebration of the fantastic growth this year in our Club membership. Simply bring yourself, an appetizer to share, and your personal choice of beverage.
You won’t want to miss this one – mark your calendars and RSVP today!
The Mountain Town Trio
At some point, many of us made the bold decision to leave the familiar and comfortable surroundings where we had raised our families and built our careers, to start a new chapter of our lives in a little mountain town where we knew exactly…uh…no one.
The story line has become more and more familiar.
It seems that many of us are at different points along very similar journeys. I believe most of us found that the transition was far from complete with the physical move – there were other parts of our lives that needed to be reassembled.
Enter Newcomers. For Lisa and I, our journey from that point would go something like this:
It started with the Newcomers Monthly Meetings. The gatherings were warm, informative, and interesting. They were also sometimes crowded affairs where we could meet maybe only three or four people seated closest to us. And unfortunately for me, I struggled to remember even one name in that type of setting.
We would next discover Wine and Cheese. The casual mingling and conversation felt more comfortable, making name-face recognition much easier for me. Thank goodness for name tags! Heading into our second year, the Club starts to feel more familiar. And I remember even more names.
Going along it was the Interest Groups where many of our new friends would be found – sharing a meal in someone’s home, playing a round of cards, or challenging one another to tackle a steep climb up a mountain – these were all experiences that forged the bonds of friendship.
As time went on, we each took on some responsibility within the Club – Lisa bringing new energy into the Hiking Interest Group, and me joining the Board to work on Special Events. And presto! Even more ways to connect with people. More friends.
From there, the opportunities and friends would multiply. Being the builder-type that I am, those Club and community projects were among the best friendship incubators for me.
Today, we spend time with our many Newcomer friends outside of Club events. We have hiking buddies, we arrange meetups at festivals and town events, maybe take in a movie, visit someone who is in need of some company, gather to celebrate a holiday, or watch the big game. Not to mention running into folks with amazing frequency in the aisles of Safeway!
So in those five short years, we now find ourselves blessed with the largest and closest network of friends we have had in our adult lives.
I think Tim Cahill got it right in his quote.