FAQ
 
  • What is the club's purpose?
    The Estero Newcomers Club is a social club which affords women of the Estero area the opportunity to meet new people, develop new friendships, enjoy group activities, and learn more about our community and the Southwest Florida area.
  • Who can join?
    The Estero Women's Club is open to all women within the Village of Estero and its surrounding areas.
  • My post office is listed as a town other than Estero--can I still join?
    Many Estero communities have all or parts of them with a different Post Office address--the USPS didn't expect this area to grow so large (maybe our beautiful weather, opportunities to enjoy nature, and lovely people should have given them a clue)! If you live within the geographical boundaries of Estero, you are eligible to join, regardless of your postal address.
  • I've been here for years and just discovered your organization. Do I still qualify as a Newcomer?
    Yes. There are no restrictions regarding length of residency in Florida. Women may join this club whenever it fits their lifestyle.
  • Do I need to be a full-time resident to join?
    No. We welcome both full-time and seasonal members. 
  • Do I need to be referred by another member?
    No, we are an open and welcoming group! We realize many women have left their network of friends in another part of the country--meeting new people and building relationships is the point of our organization. If you haven't met one of our enthusiastic members already, reach out to the Membership Chair on the Contact Us page, and she will help you get connected.  
  • When and where does the club meet?
    Monthly luncheon meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at local country clubs and restaurants. The club also provides a wide array of activities for its members, including card games, dinners out, happy hours, book and film clubs, arts and crafts groups, and local trips and excursions. 
  • What is expected of members?
    Members are to pay yearly dues, try to attend monthly luncheons, and support at least one activity or program.
  • Are members required to attend luncheons?
    Members are not required to attend luncheons but are strongly encouraged to do so. Each luncheon features an interesting speaker who provides information on local services, Southwest Florida history and travel, and other topics of interest to our membership. It is also where you can meet new women, and where we celebrate member birthdays for that month.
  • Will my husband or male significant other be welcome at events?
    Although our club is designed for women, we also have events open to couples, as well as a men's monthly luncheon.
  • Can I attend some of your functions as a guest?
    A prospective member may attend up to two events before joining the club. An existing member can bring you to a function by following whatever RSVP or fee process the activity requires. Please note that if you wish to attend a luncheon, a reservation and payment is always required. If you do not know a member who can bring you as their guest, go to the Contact Us page on this website and message the Membership Chair for instructions on how to make a guest reservation. 
  • What are the dues?
    Initial dues are $40, which includes a magnetic name badge. Yearly renewal is $30, due on January 1. If you join January 1-October 31, you will be considered a first-year member and your membership will be up for renewal in January. If you join in November or December, you will be considered a first-year member through December of the following year, with renewal in January after that.
  • Can I join at any point in the year?
    Yes, we welcome new members whenever it fits their lifestyle. If you join January 1-October 31, you will be considered a first-year member and your membership will be up for renewal in January. If you join in November or December, you will be considered a first-year member through December of the following year, with renewal in January after that.
  • How long does membership last?
    Membership is annual, counted from January 1 of the year you join. Members may renew up to three more times for a total of four years. Members in good standing for four years can choose to continue in our sister organization, Estero Encore Club.
  • Are dues prorated?
    Dues are not prorated. If you join January 1-October 31, you will be considered a first-year member and your membership will be up for renewal in January. If you join in November or December, you will be considered a first-year member through December of the following year, with renewal in January after that.