Club welcomes Park City’s newcomers and long-timers
Annual luncheon scheduled for Sept. 13
August 29, 2017
The Newcomer's Club of Greater Park City is a unique nonprofit group that offers an array of activities for its members.
It's also a good way for people to get to know Park City, said Sue Bhanos, who along with Karen Caldwell, serves as the club's co-president.
"I moved there five years ago, and getting involved with the club was a good way to find out what is happening in this community," Bhanos said during a Park Record interview with Caldwell. "Every month we hold a coffee, where we get together and hear speakers from local nonprofits. They tell us about their organizations and what they do in town. This is just a great way to learn about the city, and fulfill your social needs."
To attract new members, the Newcomer's Club will host a membership drive luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Silver Lake Lodge, Deer Valley, 7600 Royal St.
The cost is $40 per person, until Sept. 6. After that, the cost will be $50. Registration can be done through mail. Attendees can mail a check made out to Newcomers to Kathie Beckman, 1776 Park Ave #4-143, Park City, Utah 84060.
Attendees can also visit http://parkcitynewcomers.org/assets/uploads/2014/04/Newsletter-PDF-September-2017.pdf, and fill out the form on the bottom of the newsletter and sent it to the address above.
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Deadline is Monday, Sept. 11. For additional information, contact Kathie Beckman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone by calling 435-200-9029.
The luncheon will feature a social hour, a luncheon and a presentation by Randy Barton, the Egyptian Theatre's manager, and KPCW radio host.
"Randy will let us know about some of the fun and entertaining things that are happening in Park City," Caldwell said. "He will also tell us how the entertainment scene here has developed over the years."
The lunch will start with an arugula, frisee and apple salad, topped with candied walnuts and a spiced cider vinaigrette dressing.
"You will also get a choice of entree," Caldwell said.
The entrees will be either grilled shrimp scampi skewers, over fettuccini, with a fresh herb, white wine broth or a roasted acorn squash filled with mushrooms and quinoa and pepper coulis.
"We will have both gluten-free and dairy-free options," Caldwell said.
Dessert will be a farmer's market brown-butter plum tart, sweetened whipped cream and homemade cracker bread.
"We'll also have coffee, tea and a cash bar that will serve wine, beer, soda and the Newcomer's specialty cocktail," Caldwell said.
"We hope more people will get the cocktail," Bhanos said with a laugh. "Last year, only 11 people bought it, and statistics show that nine of those who purchased the cocktail were the ones who were involved in organizing the luncheon."
Before sitting down for lunch, the event will feature a social hour that will showcase the different activities the Newcomer's Club offers, said Caldwell.
"We will have tables set up for all the different activities we offer, and the tables will be helmed by the chair people of each activity," she said.
There will be sign up sheets for each activity.
"We have groups that play bunko, canasta, bridge and mah jongg," she said. "We also have groups that do yoga, participate in fine dining, go on hikes, go biking, and do wine tasting."
A golf group is offered during the summer, and a ski meet-up group is held during the winter.
"We also have groups that do photography, gardening and bowling," Caldwell said.
This year, there have been two new activities added to the club's roster.
"One is a wanderlust travel group, which has been very successful," Caldwell said. "This is for those who love to travel. They will share their stories and photos and sometimes do slide shows."
Another group is a writing circle.
"The group will talk about where they get their inspirations, what they write about and share their stories," Caldwell said. "We've never had anything like that before, so we're excited about that."
Bhanos said there is also a social singles group.
"That started out as a real singles group, but some married couples joined because they are friends with some of the singles," she said. "So, it's really a singles and married couples club that gets together and has a good time."
While the singles' group could be considered a misnomer, Bhanos said the name Newcomer's Club is also a little misleading, because the club is open to anyone who is new to Park City or who has lived here for awhile.
"We do not have a timeline where people will opt out of the club," she said. "Many newcomers clubs in other communities will require members to leave the group after a few months.
"We, on the other hand, welcome people who have lived in Park City for years, but have recently retired and now have time to join the club. Some of our members date back to 1998, when the club started."
Bhanos emphasized Newcomer's is a club for men and women, single or married.
"It's not just for women and not just for men," she said.
Annual memberships are $35 per household. If members would like a printed copy of the newsletter mailed to them, the membership fee is $45.
"The membership year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30," Caldwell said. "If people join the club starting in June of a given year, the membership will run through Sept. 30 the next year."
"We do have a Sept. 20 deadline for those who want to be included in the membership directory," Bhanos said.
Newcomer's Club of Greater Park City will host a membership drive luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Silver Lake Lodge, Deer Valley, 7600 Royal St. For information and registration, visit http://parkcitynewcomers.org/assets/uploads/2014/04/Newsletter-PDF-September-2017.pdf, and fill out the form on the bottom of the newsletter and sent it to the address above. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 11. For additional information, contact Kathie Beckman by email at email@example.com or by phone by calling 435-200-9029.
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