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Newcomers Newsletters
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published on 01/20/2001

Newcomers February Newsletter

By Ann Iwanicki

January passed by so quickly. It?s hard to believe that one month of 2001 has already come and gone. We missed meeting and socializing with everyone last month but we were all ?snowed? in. That means in February, we will have twice as much catching up to do.

For those of you who have been thinking about coming to the Newcomers meeting but haven?t yet, please come. It?s a great way to get out and meet your neighbors and get involved in our community. We have lots of fun groups within our group.

Our annual auction is fast approaching. We need lots of volunteers to make this a success. Last year we raised over $3,300.00 and of course, we would like to raise even more this year. There will be more details regarding the auction at the February meeting. If you can help in any way, please let us know.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our February 6th meeting. Our guest speaker is going to help us get our closets organized. You don?t want to miss that!

As always, the board will meet at 9:15 before the meeting. Please call one of us if you can?t make it. Thanks.

I know it?s hard to believe but, Spring is just around the corner and what better way to begin your spring cleaning with ideas and solutions from Kim Campbell with Chattanooga Closet Co. For those of us brand new to the mountain, it?s the perfect time to get your boxes unpacked and put away so that you can find what you need when you need it!

Kim Campbell and Karen Quave are owners of Chattanooga Closet Co. and live right here on the mountain. Kim has a degree in interior design and space planning, and Karen has a graphic design degree. About a year and a half ago, they found a supplier, met with a representative, and was so impressed with the quality of materials, started their own business.

Kim can sit down with you, design your closet on the computer, make changes within minutes, and Karen can have it installed within two-to-three weeks. They can take what seems like an overwhelming project and turn it into an organized closet you will want to show to all of your friends.

If you want to make some changes in the spaces you live in, come to our February meeting with your questions in hand and leave with information on how to make your life easier!

Babysitting is available during our monthly meetings/ luncheon from 9:30a.m. ? 1:30 p.m. This is offered for a fee of $3/hr for one child and $1/hr for each additional child (cash only please). The nursery is located at the Signal Mountain Baptist Church. Infants and pre-walkers are welcome at the meeting. You can make reservations by calling Leanne Dolan at by the Friday before the meeting. To ensure that the nursery is adequately staffed for your child?s safety, reservations are required. You may call later to see if openings are still available. Remember to bring drinks, snacks, and lunch for your child if you will be attending the luncheon.

A very big congratulations to Molly and Ken Wittler on the birth of their fourth child, Kurt Robert! Kurt was born January 11th and weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. The whole Wittler clan is doing well. Please call Leslie Culp at with any news regarding Newcomer births, illnesses, and deaths in the family. We will provide support and assist with meal preparation if needed. If I cannot be reached, please call Amy S. or Teresa M. and they will pass the message on to me. We could always use more help to help make meals for those in need. Thank you!

Below is a listing of Newcomers activities for the month of February:

Playgroup meets on Fridays between 10:30-12noon. Some people bring a picnic lunch or snack. Call the host by Thursday morning prior to meeting so we know how many people to expect. Hope to see you all there! For information, contact Nancy McCaffrey () or Marilyn Bean ().

2/2 ? Hostess: Lisa Jackson
2/9 - Fire It Up/ 1310 Hanover Street (Come make handmade Valentine?s Day gifts for daddies or grandparents!!) RSVP by Feb. 7 to Nancy McCaffrey so she can let them know how many to expect!
2/16 ? Hostess: Christine Feemster
2/23 ? Hostess: Amy Sowell

Make your plans now to join us for Ladies Lunch at the Sourdough Café following the meeting on Feb. 6. Call Elizabeth Stewart with questions ().

BUNCO will be played on Thursday, February 8th at the home of Mary Beth McClure. Reserve your spot by calling Mary Beth at or sign-up at the meeting. We?ll start at 7pm; bring $5 with you.

Please call Linda MacDonald () for information on this month?s Book Club selection and details on when we?ll meet to discuss it.

Looking for new brunch ideas? Join us for Recipe Club on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30am at the home of Susan Dickens. Please bring your favorite brunch dish and 10 copies of the recipe. Sign up at the meeting or call Susan at .

Our Hiking group meets on Fridays at the Pruetts parking lot at 9:15am and return between 2-2:30pm. Bring a lunch/snack and plenty of water. Also, wear hiking boots. If you have any questions or if the weather is questionable, contact Claire Griesinger at .

We?ve got some great activities planned for Couples Night Out over the next few months:

BUNCO for Couples will be on Saturday, February 10 (7:00PM) at the home of Mimi and Uwe Abels. Please bring your own beverage and an hors d?oeuvre. Cost is $5 per person. RSVP to Phyllis Angel-Roark ().

Come and meet Frank and Susan Burke (President/CEO of the Chattanooga Lookouts and his wife)
The event will be on Saturday, March 10 (7PM) at the home of Susan and Randy Dickens. Frank Burke will share some interesting behind-the-scenes facts about the Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Team. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a heavy hors d?oeuvre. RSVP to Phyllis Angel-Roark ().

Need a night out? Here?s a great opportunity to socialize and meet new friends. We?ll meet on Thursday night, February 1st at the home of Mary Beth McClure for Ladies Night Out at 7:15PM. If your last name begins with the letters A thru L, bring a dessert; letters M thru Z are to bring an appetizer. Sign up at the meeting or call Mary Beth at . Come join the fun!

Alexian Bingo/Mountain Creek facility (next to Four Squares) at bottom of Mountain will be February 26 at 10:30AM. Bring the kids. We can use a lot more help. Please come and share yourselves with a most gracious group of people (our seniors!).

Alexian Health Care Bingo will be at top of Mountain, 7th floor, Health Care on Feb. 22nd (2:30PM).

Alexian Fundraiser, St. Patrick?s Day ?Bridge? luncheon will be held at St. Augustine Church on March 8th. Vicki Love is Auxiliary President and would love some kitchen and decorating help on the 7th and some servers, set up and take down on the day of the event. We cook for and serve over 100 ladies. (You are also welcome to buy tickets and form your own group for Bridge, cards or board games. Let the volunteers serve you also!) Call Vicki at or sign up at the February meeting. It is a BLAST!

Alexian Auxiliary is accepting new members. Come help out with their Volunteer projects?such as good grooming, wine and cheese parties, and ceramic lessons. We do much more than Bingo with the residents. They also would love some help with their Reception desk on a regular basis. Dues are $10.00 a year. Meetings are the third Monday (Feb. 19 this month) at Alexian, top of Mountain.

The Signal Mountain Welfare Council is seeking a couple of volunteers to regularly schedule a couple hours a month to answer their phone (10 to Noon) and/or distribute food. It is not a busy time so you can count on reading or catching up on correspondence but they need a ?body? in their office on the mountain. Also an ?on call? person would be welcome. They are again seeking a part-time (PAID) Social Worker. Call Vicki Love for the details on either. Resumes and interviews will be a part of the hiring process. For volunteers it is not necessary, however.

Signal Mountain Guild meeting will be February 28th at 10AM in the Guild Room at Town Hall. We have a large Newcomer group interested in moving on over. So come join us!

Newcomers assist the Signal Mountain Welfare Council with the Clothes House two days each month. The Clothes House, located on Fairmount Avenue, sells donated clothes, toys and household items to raise money for Mountain residents in times of need. Volunteers are needed to hang clothes on Wed. 2/21 from 9-12noon and to sell items on Sat. 2/24 from 9-1pm. To sign up, call Connie Brown () or Lisa Stark ().

For more information on any Newcomers activity, please contact Amy Sowell () or Teresa Marshall ().
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