President's Letter


March 2019
“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.”
And, each of us has a gift to share. We all have talents and abilities that could be helpful to others, sometimes many others. That’s why it’s so important for each of us to participate in the many activities Newcomers Club offers. The women you meet at every event you attend will be open to hearing about your background and interests and they’ll be interested in sharing theirs as well. But, you won’t know who they are if you don’t show up at anything!  
Try to choose one event a month. Then, when you get more comfortable, bump that up to two. Before you know it, you’ll be a member of the FOMO society—Fear Of Missing Out! You won’t want to hear about all the fun everyone else had because you didn’t show up. Participate.  Let your grace, warmth and cheerfulness be an inspiration to all of those around you. We’ll all be better for it.
I just learned that March 8th is Women’s Day!
I don’t know where it came from, but it’s about time!  So, since we’re apparently getting only one official day, do your best to make the most of it. And remember, we live in Paradise.  When you arise and the sun is shining (as it mostly is), tell yourself, It’s so easy to be happy on a day like this—keeping in mind that…
“No one else is responsible for your personal journey."

February 2019
“One smile can start a friendship.
One word can end a fight.  One look can save a relationship.
One person can change your life.”
How fortunate are we? As members of this fabulous club—the best social club in southwest Florida!—we’re exposed to a record number of new members each month. Just when you think you’ve met just about everyone, six (6) or eight (8) or ten (10) people will pass you at a luncheon with New Member attached to their badge. That’s six (6) or eight (8) or ten (10) opportunities to make a new best friend.  So, make it your business to stop someone with a face you don’t recognize; introduce yourself—and see what develops!
You have even more chances to meet wonderful women you don’t know at any of our fantastic events, get-togethers, and ancillary clubs. Try putting yourself out there. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Each of you has something of yourself that’s terrific and needs to be shared with others. Try to keep the not-so-terrific stuff to yourself—we already have our own!
But, in this month known for... 
and chocolate, please keep in mind—when you love what you have, you have everything you need.
There is nothing on this earth more prized than
true friendship.

                                Thomas Aquinas

January 2019

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

A new year is beginning. This is your opportunity to break out and broaden your horizons. You’ve already joined us, or renewed your dues (hopefully!) and I’m thinking that means you’re looking forward to a year full of finding new friends; being a new friend; things you’ve never tried; things you’ve tried and loved; and, getting out of your comfort zone. I know how difficult that can be—but nothing that’s worth anything is easy. And, you couldn’t find a lovelier group of women to help you through it.
You need to participate! Estero Newcomers is the very best place to find someone you don’t already know but who you’d like to know better. But—it’s not up to them to approach you; although you need to be approachable. No one is going to ring your doorbell and introduce themselves; so don’t be waiting for that to happen. Certainly attend the luncheons, but make an effort to be part of one or some of the fabulous activities that we offer! I guarantee there’s something you’ll like. And, Mary Schaffer, our new Activities’ Chairperson, already has amazing things planned for you this coming year. If you attended our Holiday Dinner Dance in December at Copperleaf, you already know what a fantastic bunch we are! Everyone—yes everyone—had a terrific time; but, if you missed it, you’ll need to rectify that this year. We also have new groups beginning, so keep an eye out for them, as well.  Should you have an idea for something a lot of us would enjoy, don’t be shy. Contact me—available to you all the time—or any Board member and we’ll see what we can do.
Well, I hope you’re looking forward to a fun year—and remember—you don’t stop having fun when you get old; you get old when you stop having fun!

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