Behind all the great activities we enjoy as Newcomers is a team of members who volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of all.
Securing venues for monthly meetings, keeping the website and calendar up to date, informing members with timely communications, and recruiting the next class are some of the many important roles our Executive Committee and Board play in ensuring that Newcomers is a special experience.
Each year, we welcome new faces to the Executive Committee and Board. As President, I am thrilled to work with some amazing and dedicated people. The following is this year’s roster:
Elected Officers (Executive Committee)
- President – Danny Gigax
- Past President – Bob Fulton
- Treasurer – Stan Osborne
- Assistant Treasurer – Sunny Schmitt
- Secretary – Lisa Zahn
- VP Events – Diane Scruton
- VP Activities – Liz Zornes
- VP Communications – Deb Sloan
- VP Membership – Deb Stalder
- VP Technology – Jeff Lindberg
Appointed Board Members
- Interest Groups – Lisa Fulton
- Venues – Dwight Stanford
- Communications – Matt Comstock
- Membership – Janene Centurione
- Technology – Barb Prentiss
- Activities – Doris Ratsch
- At Large – Jean Rissmiller
Please take a moment at your next event to get to know these members and offer up ideas you have to make Newcomers even better in 2019-2020.
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.
Changing Your Password
In case you have had difficulty getting your website password changed, here are the instructions.
When you sign in and go to the “ABOUT YOU” page, it shows your profile and other account info. At the bottom of the box with your name and address, you will see the blue word “Change”, as highlighted below in two possible layouts:
- Click the word “Change”.
- Type a new password in the box that is displayed.
- Press the Enter key.
If you still have trouble getting your password changed, or if you have any other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the kick-off the 2019-2020 Newcomers year, it is time for all Newcomers to renew their membership for the best year ever of great events and activities already planned, and more to be announced! And, thanks to the Board’s financial stewardship, annual membership dues are staying at just $30.
If you have not already renewed your membership, please click here for easy instructions.
For questions, email email@example.com
Deadline for renewing your membership is August 31st.
As always, get involved, stay active and help make this an amazing year for Newcomers!
Don’t Go It Alone…Group It!
The Club is trying something new this summer. Its called Group It!.
Estes Park is a fun place. There are so many events, festivals, shows, concerts and happenings in and around town every day. And you know what? They are even more fun when shared with a group.
That’s what Group It! is all about. Newcomers who sign up for this group will be notified whenever other members are gathering to share an event or outing.
If you want to join in a particular activity, simply RSVP on the website and you will get messages (email or text) letting you know where and when the group is gathering for that event.
To get things started, here is a sampling of upcoming events where Group It! members will be gathering:July 13th, Saturday Evening – Rooftop Rodeo (Tickets Required)
July 21st, Sunday Evening – Cowboy Brad’s Sing-along At Bond Park (Free)
August 4th, Sunday Evening – Gypsy Jazz Concert At Performance Park (Free)
August 23rd, Friday Night – Astronomy In The Park (Free)
September 5-8th – Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival (gatherings to be determined)
And there could even be more – any Group It! member can setup and add a gathering any time they want to share the experience with their Newcomers friends.
To signup for Group It! notices, first sign into the website using your member account and return to this page.
You probably did not know that you joined an organization that turns the calendar on its head and celebrates the New Year in JULY!
Estes Park Newcomers is kicking off another amazing year. We have a NEW Board, a NEW calendar and the biggest class of Newcomers in Club history.
In keeping with the New Year theme, here are some fun resolutions we hope each of you will adopt:
- Get involved! There is literally something for everyone at EP Newcomers.
- Try something new! Never played Mah-Jongg? There’s a club for that! Always wanted to try quilting? Reach out and see if it’s for you.
- Recommend a new group or event to the Board! With over 300 members, there’s bound to be other people who share your passion.
- Keep up to date – Read the emails and check out our amazing website for special events and scheduled activities.
- Dine-In, Dine-Out, Wine and Cheese – Make NEW friends that will last a lifetime.
So – Get active! We’re looking for you to fill these openings: Events Committee, Communications Committee, Movie Night Out Interest Group Leader, Hiking Group Coordinator – the opportunities are endless!
There’s a place for you!CONTACT MEMBER ENGAGEMENT
Great Member Experience.
Those words go back almost a year. They were the challenge I set out for our new Board at the first gathering last June.
And a challenge it was – no single person, no single idea, no single decision would achieve that goal alone.
Looking back, I see so many instances where an issue or opportunity was turned into a success by those who rose to this challenge.
I very much want to elaborate on those successes, but I will save that for the May General Meeting. I hope all of you plan to join us in the celebration of the Newcomers 2018-2019 year.
In the meantime, I would like to recognize those 57 people that pursued Great Member Experience this year.
Let’s roll credits:
|Interest Group Leadership|
|Food & Drink|
|Dining In||Jean McLaren|
|Dining Out||Joan Ralph|
|Ladies Margarita Madness||Donna Rosser|
|Lunch Bunch||Mike Tracy|
|Men’s Breakfast||Bill Solms|
|Women’s Breakfast||Kathye Osborne|
|Easy Hiking||Ed Ellingson|
|Walk & Talk Around the Lake||Joe Van Winkle|
|Weekend Hiking||Caity Leeds|
|Nature Photography||Debra Sloan|
|Morning Book Club||Cathy Gersztenkorn|
|Couples Book Club||Pam & Neal Standard|
|Katie & Dave Bretz|
|TGIF Book Club||Joan Ralph|
|Movie Night Out||Gaylan Tracy|
|Trail Ridge Quilters||Pam Standard|
|Travel Club||Jean Van Winkle|
|Fun & Games|
|Board Games||Cindy Kaufmann|
|Men’s Poker||Mike Tracy|
|Ladies Night Bunco||Linda Fromholzer|
|Social Bridge||Becky Day|
|Mah Jongg||Margaret Greene|
|Social & Special Events||Liz Zornes|
|Wine & Cheese Coordinator||Judy Gigax|
|Community Outreach||Susan Landers|
|Interest Group Coordinators||Jane Leymaster|
|‘We Believe’ Planning Team||Cheryl Baker|
|Santa Claus||Al Davis|
|1st Vice President, Programs||Danny Gigax|
|2nd Vice Presidents, Venues||Colleen Ellingson|
|3rd Vice Presidents, Membership||Rod Unruh|
|Event Registration||Kreg Leymaster|
|Hospitality & Member Care||Judy Shipman|
|Tech Ops||Jeff Lindberg|
|Newsletter Editor||Donna Pierce|
|From The Board||Danny Gigax|
|At Large||Robin Converse|
|Bylaws Review Committee|
|From The Board||Stan Osborne|
|Past President||Jan Boatman|
|At Large||Jean Van Winkle|
|Joe Van Winkle|
|Finance & Executive Committee|
|Past President||Sherry Unruh|
|Assistant Treasurer||Kendra Wallis|
|President Pro Tem||Danny Gigax|
This will be the last President’s Post I have the privilege of composing. Certainly a bittersweet moment.
It truly has been a great experience for me to serve the Club this past year as President. Making new friends and working alongside such outstanding people who contributed to the experience of so many others – it doesn’t get any better than that.
I thank each of you for the honor.
Membership Renewal Process for 2019-2020
One of the key provisions in the updated Newcomers Bylaws moves the membership year to July 1 – June 30. This change was intended to create a better transition from one set of officers to the next, facilitate event and activities planning, expedite Interest Group signups, and allow for an earlier start to our year.
This is what you need to know about how the change will impact you:
- You can check your account status online on the ABOUT YOU page from the Newcomers website. (If you’re not already signed in, first select the green MEMBER SIGN IN button to sign in with the email of your primary contact, then that option will appear). If you have not already renewed, you will see that your membership payment was due on July 1st:
- Renewing your membership can most easily be accomplished online, by selecting the “Pay Online” option and completing the form with your credit card information.
- Mail-in payments will be accepted also, by selecting the “Pay by Check” option and mailing in your check for $30.
- To make this transition easy for everyone, a 60-day grace period will be observed, starting July 1, so that everyone can continue to enjoy Club events and activities through the summer. All members will receive renewal reminders by email during this time.
- Active members who have not renewed by September 1, 2019, will be considered inactive and no longer eligible to participate in Club events and activities.
In the past, many members renewed their memberships and signed up for Interest Groups at the September General Membership meeting. With this change, you must renew your membership BEFORE you can register for the September meeting.
It is important to note that the change to the membership year does not affect the Club’s General Membership Meeting schedule – those events will continue from September through May, as in past years.
If there are any questions on the above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover History Deep Inside The Park
The Club has arranged for two guided hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, May 30th. The tour focuses on areas of historic significance within RMNP. Sites visited will include: Fall River lodge, convict cabins, Ashton homestead and garage, Hupp graves, Hondius farm house foundation, High Drive water treatment plant and Sprague’s Lodge.
The trip will include a couple of restroom stops, but no stops for food. There is about a mile of walking total for all of the stops. Much of it is on a trail or a dirt road.
Registration is open so register today!REGISTER NOW
Summer does not slow down the Interest Groups – there’s fun to be had!
Check out these Interest Groups that meet during the summer months: