New Friends Club of Frederick
Welcome to New Friends Club of Frederick, Maryland ... New to the Frederick area ? Entering a new stage in life and looking for something exciting to do ? New Friends Club of Frederick offers an open door to making new friends and discovering new activities. New Friends Club of Frederick is primarily a social group. Promoting friendship is our goal. We also support humantiarian projects in the Frederick community through our annual fundraisers where all proceeds are donated to a local charity. Join the Fun ... Breakfast Club ~ Coffee at Wegmans ~ Book Groups ~ Bridge ~ Bunco ~ Friends and Couples Night Out ~ Day Away ~ Happy Hour ~ Hiking Club ~ Home Cooked Fun ~ Mah Jong ~ Needlecrafters ~ Samba ~ Shanghai ~ and more. If you are interested in New Friends Club of Frederick, you may attend any two activities as a guest before joining.
*** WITH REGRET AND IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS *** Regularly scheduled activities are temporarily limted due to restrictions of COVID-19. Thanks to technology and the internet, a portion of the activities are now available through video / virtual meetings on Zoom or other live video applicatons. OUR FULL SCHEDULE WILL RESUME WHEN REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE LIFTED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Luncheon and Monthly Meeting
*** Luncheon ***
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon with New Friends and Good Friends Location: Your dining room or den ! Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM An Invitation and Log-in details for Zoom will be sent to all members via a Blast. Please check your in-box. Luncheon Menu Whatever you choose for your Brown Bag ~Yogurt~A Bowl of Chili ~ ~Tuna Fish Sandwich~ ~Ice Cream~Chocolate Pudding~ ~Glass of Wine~Cup of Tea~ After joining the Zoom meeting, there will be a few announcements. You will be "zoomed" into a virtual room with other New Friends to share conversation. Additional details for this Virtual Luncheon Meeting will be included in the Blast that you will receive in early April. See Friendly Conversations Newsletter for more detail. If you would like to attend a practice session on using Zoom, please contact Laura at: LauraHart00@aol.com __________________________________________
Mid-term Special Election in April Board positions need to be filled for the final year of the current two-year term: **Co-President - work with Laura H **Co-Recording Secretary - work with Pat M **Co-Corresponding Secretary - work with Peggy V Please consider volunteering for one of these openings ... contact a member of the Nominating Committee by March 31: Peggy: email@example.com Michaela: firstname.lastname@example.org Terri: email@example.com A ballot will be e-mailed to all members in April. Results to be announced in May. ___________________________________
April 13, 2021 Brown Bag Virtual Luncheon Special Guest Speaker John Antonishak, Executive Director National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention John, a returning guest speaker for New Friends Club of Frederick, will share information, tips and products to help us stay healthy as we get back outside again. ______________________________________________ Charity Selected for 2021 - 2022 THE FREDERICK FOOD BANK Our new charity for the next two years is The Frederick Food Bank .... Many thanks for supporting this important activity of New Friends Club of Frederick. Frederick Food Bank www.cityoffrederickmd.gov _________________________________________ Congratulations to Members !! At the March Luncheon, Leah received an Honorary Lifetime Membership. Philly received a Certificate of Appreciation for steadfast support of the Club and Board Activities. Our very first Honorary Lifetime Membership was awarded to Elaine at our January Brown Bag Virtual Luncheon. The Board recently approved this recognition for members in good standing who are young at heart and have celebrated 85 birthdays. The Honoray Membership designation recognizes members for their support and dedication to New Friends Club of Frederick Maryland. _____________________________________
Now - Next - New
*** Roster Refresh *** Coming to your e-Mailbox in April ! Roster Refresh will provide up-to-date contact information in April and October of each year via an e-mail file. You will continue to receive the printed Directory of Membership and Activities as usual every 2 years. If you have changes to your personal conact information, please contact Debbie or Pam before March 19 to ensure accuracy for the first Roster Refresh in April. _______________________________________ Check This OUT - New - Important Summer Schedule: Our May 11 Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon will be the final Luncheon before summer break. Luncheons will resume in September. Activities may continue as usual through June, July and August if the Leader and participants agree to maintain their schedule through the summer months. Officers and Board members will resume their work in August after a much needed break. More details to follow in the May issue of Friendly Conversations Newsletter. Many, many thanks to our Executive Board and all who have worked tirelessly to keep our membership and activities going through the past year of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Your willingness to adapt to technology and your efforts to develop new ZOOM-friendly activitivies has been tremendous. Thank you all very much. ____________________________________ Charity News The Frederick Food Bank Chris Bard, Executive Director of The Frederick Food Bank, spoke to us last month about his organization and the work they do to help those in need of assistance. New Friends of Frederick presented a check for $1,000.00 to Chris to help support the Food Bank. Thanks to Becky and Barb who will lead our fundraising efforts beginning with: Peanut Butter Drive June 8, 2021 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Market Square, Wormans Mill Drop off your Peanut Butter- any style but 16 ounce size is preferred - then stay awhile to lunch a outdoors. BYO lunch and beverage. Other drop-off sites for Peanut Butter will be scheduled for June 5 through June 7. Details to follow in May Friendly Conversations Newsleter. __________________________________
Activities ~ Fun Things To Do ~ More News
Activities listed below are now meeting via Zoom. Please call or e-mail leaders of the activities if you wish to receive an invitation to join the Zoom meeting. Bingo NEW Meets on the 3rd Monday at 1 PM. RSVP by April 16 to Michele at: firstname.lastname@example.org Coffee Club Meets on the 4th Thursday at 11:00 AM. Contact Carol at: email@example.com AM Book Club Meets the 4th Tuesday at 10 AM . Please contact Jeanne at at: firstname.lastname@example.org PM Book Club Meets the 4th Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Please contact Denise at: email@example.com It's Movie Time NEW Meets on ZOOM on April 12 to discuss the film: Hunt for Wilderpeople available on Netflix. Please watch the movie prior to the meeting ... be ready to discuss the story. RSVP to Jan by April 9 at firstname.lastname@example.org Needle Crafters Meets on the 3rd Thursday at 1:00 PM. Contact Jo at: email@example.com or Denise at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast Club Meets 2nd Friday at 10:30 AM. Contact Nora at: email@example.com Yahtzee NEW Meets at 1 PM on the 1st Thursday of each Month. Number of players limited to the first 12 who sign up. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Diana at: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29. Cooking With Sally NEW Join Sally each month on the 2nd Thursday at 2:00 PM ... follow along as Sally prepares recipes that you can test in your own kitchen in real time. Sally will provide a list of ingredients before each class. You may prepare the dish along with Sally or just watch for fun. RSVP by April 4 to Sally at email@example.com Walk With My New Friends. NEW Meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM, weather permitting. Walking ... enjoying the sites of Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick or along the Monocacy River or other interesting locations. RSVP to Barb at: firstname.lastname@example.org Board Meeting Meets on the 1st Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Contact Laura at: email@example.com
Reach OUT ... Stay in Touch ... In the best of times, New Friends Club of Frederick offers countless opportunities for fun. Now that social distancing is the name of the game, we need to find new ways to stay connected. One suggestion: Select a name from the Club Directory or look up someone you sat with at a recent luncheon or card game ... send an email or call to just say "Hello." Making a New Friend ! New Ideas For Acivities Most Welcome ... Would you like to propose and lead a new activity, either monthly or as a one-time event ? The Board would love to hear your ideas ! Please sign up to discuss your plan at a Board meeting, to include a possible venue, cost and any questions/concerns you might have. Renew Your Membership ... For members who did not renew for 2020 -2021, if you wish to stay connected and participate in Club Activities, please conact one of the following Club Officers: Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam at email@example.com
New Friends Club of Frederick "Friends are like stars. You can't always see them but you know they are always there. "
Blast From The Past 2010
In 2010, New Friends had 155 members. Our Book Club grew so large that we expanded to an afternoon session. The February meeting was cancelled due to a blizzard...a first for the Club. We visited the Hillwood Museum during a Day Away. In May, we had a Spring Book Sale followed by our 2nd annual Spring Hat Luncheon in June. A memorable speaker Sharon Jacko, retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer, spoke about the plight of women in Muslim countries. We were able to try on a burqa (unsettling). Later in the year, Sharon told us about the Women of Hope project, and in support, many members purchased beautiful crafts handmade by Afghani women. Club Historian, Elaine, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org