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Newcomers Newsletters
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published on 06/17/2005

Signal Mountain Newcomers Has Successful Year

Signa Mountain Newcomers

Newcomers Present Check to Special Olympics
Under the leadership of Cynthia Lindsey, Shana Massengill and Carrie Jones the 2 Signal Mountain Newcomers had a fun and exciting year. The year began in September with a coffee and meeting at the Walden Town Hall. The purpose of the annual coffee is to welcome those who are new to the mountain or would like to become involved in Newcomers. At the coffee the board was introduced, icebreaker games were played and a wonderful brunch buffet was enjoyed.

During the 2 year Newcomers hosted two important community events. The annual Signal Mountain Tree Lighting Festival was held on Friday, December 3rd at the Mountain Arts Community Center. This yearís tree lighting featured games, face painting, music, food and photos with Santa. The event was a huge success and continues to grow in popularity. The other community event was the 10th annual fundraising auction to benefit a local . This year the group chose to make a donation to The Chattanooga Special Olympics as several members have friends or family members who have been participants in this wonderful organization. The auction was held on April 19th at the Walden Town Hall. Participants silently placed bids on items while enjoying a delicious brunch buffet prepared by a committee of Newcomers. The auction featured many donations from the Newcomers members as well as community businesses. The event raised over $1100 and a check will be given to a representative of the Special Olympics at the May meeting.

Newcomers has had many active groups during the year. A new and very successful group this year has been the Book Club. This group meets monthly at memberís homes to discuss the monthly selection. Some of the books the members enjoyed were The Other Boylen Girl, The Red Tent and Running with Scissors. Another popular group was Scrapbooking. This lively group meets twice a month at the Signal Mountain library and often works late into the night.
The Ladies of Newcomers were busy with a gathering each month. The Ladies will often meet at memberís homes to socialize or play bunco and occasionally will go out to for painting at Fire It Up, Dinner and a Movie or to Tera Nostra for Tappas.

The couples of Newcomers enjoyed several date nights this year. A few favorites were Halloween at The Goffs (costume not optional), dinner at the River Inn, a Holiday Party at the Levines, and dinner at Cibo. Newcomers also has activities for families. Family events for 2 included Family Day at the Park, Christmas Caroling, and Family Night out at the Signal Mountain Gym. For children, Newcomers has a weekly playgroup held at Althaus Park during fall, spring and summer, and at the Signal Mountain Gym during the Winter Months.

Another outing for parents and children is Bingo at Alexian on Mountain Creek Road. This monthly service project allows those with small children to volunteer at the facility and have fun with the residents.

Newcomers has many groups and events. No member attends them all; members are free to pick and choose what sounds fun to them. The Signal Mountain Newcomers meets monthly to socialize and plan activities on the third Tuesday of each month at the Walden Town Hall at 10:00 AM. If you would like more information or would like to be added to the mailing list please contact Leslie Briggs at or Cynthia Lindsey at or Carrie Jones at .
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