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Newcomers Newsletters
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published on 01/14/2002

The Welcome Mat - Newcomers of Signal Mountain Newsletter

Newcomers Newsletter Editor


Happy New Year Everyone! We hope you had a very happy holiday and are looking forward to an exciting new year with Newcomers.

We would like to thank all the people who participated in all of the Newcomers Holiday festivities. Mimi and Uwe Abels were such gracious hosts of our annual Christmas party. Their house was decorated head to toe with holiday cheer. Fun was definitely had by all!

A huge thank you goes out to Allie Levine and the Fundraising Committee for all of the very hard work they put into the Holiday Celebration and the Tree Lighting Ceremony. What had the potential of being a very Charlie Brown Christmas (the first tree delivered was no more than 5 ft. high) turned into a spectacular night for the kids and parents of Signal Mountain. Thank you to all of those who baked goodies for the bake sale but we especially want to thank Wendy & Michael Hagen, Jeannie & Bob Nolan, Paul Gable, Nancy McCaffrey, Elizabeth Stewart, Courtney Armstrong, Heather Murphy, Teresa Marshall, Jayme Upton, Arlina Hensley, Velinda DeForge and the Physical Therapy students of UTC, for all of their help during the celebration. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you.

As mentioned, we have an exciting set of programs lined up for 2002! We will kick it off on Tuesday, January 15 with some lively banter from WRCB morning co-anchor, Jed Mescon, and meteorologist Thom Benson, two Signal Mountain residents. Upcoming months will include programs on exercise, managing your money, spring plantings, and more.

So get into the swing of the new year by joining us on January 15th!
Vicki Love, and Dominique Gable,

Membership Committee
We were glad to see some new faces at the last meeting. But we missed some of our familiar ones! Come next month and meet your newest neighbors:

Marilyn Rysdale
3905 Anderson Pike

(From FL )

Julie & David Frum
(Jessica, 6 mos)
3011 Pintail Lane

(From Columbus, GA)

Debra & Sean Price
(Zachary, 3)
3 Hidden Brook Lane

(From Charlotte, NC)

Beth & Craig Baker
(Laney, 2)
4 Big Rock

(From Westchester, PA)

Karen & Scott Bennett
(Nathaniel, 5; Sarah Grace, 3; & Meredith, 7 mos.)
43 Mountain Cove Road

Once again, a final reminder to pay your dues (25$) if you want to be included in this year’s directory!

Hear Local TV Personalities THOM BENSON and JED MESCON at the JANUARY 15, 2002 Newcomers Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at the Bachman Community Center!!
(Board Meeting at 9:15!!)


BINGO at Alexian
Please volunteer for the two sponsored Bingo games at Alexian. Children are, as always, a welcome addition:
Monday, January 28, 2002 - 10:30-11:30 at the Mountain Creek Road facility, and Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 2:30-3:30 at the Signal Mountain facility. Coordinator: Teresa Marshall ().

Remember Alexian Village Auxiliary meeting on Monday, January 21, 2002 from 10:00 -11:30 at the Signal Mountain facility. Call Teresa for more information.

Consider joining the Signal Mountain Guild! Meetings are held the 4th Wednesdays from 10-12 noon at the Signal Mountain Town Hall. This month’s meeting is January 23. Call Teresa Marshall at to RSVP.

Come Shop, Gab and Hang!
Newcomers assist the Signal Mountain Welfare Council with the Clothes House one day 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 Wednesday, January 23 from 9-11:00. Children are welcome to attend. You may sign up at the meeting or call Karin Dering ().

Babysitting is available during our monthly meetings/ luncheon from 9:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for $3/hr for one child and $1/hr for each additional child (cash only please). Signal Mountain Baptist Church graciously allows us to use their nursery but requires that all children be able to walk (infants and pre-walkers are welcome at the meeting). Make reservations by calling Arlina Hensley () 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.

Fundraising News
Let us begin with an update regarding our Holiday Festival and tree lighting. It was a terrific turn-out and a huge success! We were able to lay the groundwork for a really great event that will only grow to be bigger and better with each year. Thank you to everyone who helped us out. We appreciate your hard work and you all deserve a pat on the back for a terrific job!

The cookbook committee has extended the deadline for recipes through January. Please bring copies of your favorite recipes to our next meeting. We are planning on hosting the tasting luncheon in February and the rough draft should be sent to the publisher in March.

And finally, with the stress of the holiday rush a mere memory, we need to begin work on the Silent Auction. We will be asking anyone who has not yet completed their volunteer commitments to be joining an auction committee. We have jobs to fit into anyone’s busy schedule and are willing to work with you on finding the right job. More on this at our next meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the cookbook or auction, please contact Allie Levine at or e-mail her at . Thanks and have a wonderful New Year!

The Hospitality Committee needs an assistant who is willing to coordinate special meals for members in need and to submit announcements of needs to the Newsletter.

Also, we need a Programming Chairperson to begin coordinating the meeting programs. Only 3 months remain so here’s your chance to plan meetings around topics and celebrities of your choice!

Please contact Dominique () or Vicki () if you can help.

What’s happening this month with Newcomers…

Join us for BUNCO Thursday evening, 1/10 at 7:00 p.m., at the home of Mary Beth McClure, 908 Dunsinane. Bring $5 with you, as well as your (alcoholic) beverage of choice. Everyone is welcome… especially those who have never played before! Call Mary Beth at for details and to reserve your spot.

Join us for Recipe Club on Thursday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Stewart’s home, 934 Whippoorwill Drive. Call Elizabeth () for details and to RSVP if you plan to attend

We will meet on January 3 at 7:00 at Jayme Upton’s home, 2108 Valleydale Lane (Windtree). Please r.s.v.p. to Jayme () for more information and if you plan to attend!!

Join us after the meeting on January 15 for lunch at the Golden Palace. A head-count will be taken at the meeting.

PLAYGROUP meets every Friday at 10am. bring a picnic lunch or snack. Please contact the hostesses to RSVP, and for additional questions, contact Eunice Campbell ().
•January 11: Heather Murphy’s Home, 53 Carriage Hill ()
•January 18:Beth Baker’s Home, 4 Big Rock (
•January 25: Courtney Armstrong’s Home, 111 Arrow ().

Resolve to expand your literary horizons in 2002 and join us for lively discussions and insights into a variety of works. For details concerning January’s selection and location, please contact Nancye Freeman at .

Please call Dominique Gable () or Vicki Love () with any news regarding Newcomer births, illnesses or deaths in the family. We will provide support and assist with meal preparation if necessary.

Our next couples’ night out will be in February. The Holiday party at Ube and Mimi Abel’s home was a big success. Wishing JOY to all, Phyllis Angel-Roark.

The Hiking Club will meet every Friday - weather permitting - at 9:30 a.m. in the Pruett’s parking lot. Bring a lunch or snack and plenty of water. If you have any questions, call Jean Dolan at .

As Always, Our Special Thanks To:
Bachman Community Center for hosting our meetings;
Signal Mountain Baptist Church for the use of their nursery; and The Bread Basket for furnishing the yummy refreshments.

The Deadline for the next Newsletter is January 10. Please submit your info. to Deanna Daugherty by e-mail: , or by phone ().

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