The Link – Spring Edition 2017


The Link – Spring Edition 2017

Letter from the President

Happy Spring!

As I write this, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and tulips are showing their heads. What a welcome difference from the long, hard winter here in Ottawa. I hope you are all enjoying your Spring and the last few weeks of scheduled Club events.

I misspoke in the Winter Link referring to our network of “over 7000” members. This past year we made it to over 7900 members and with Niagara-on-the-Lake now at 365 members (Congratulations!!) we may make it to over 8000 this June. This Newcomers’ network just keeps on growing. We enjoyed a productive Presidents’ conference call in March with 32+ clubs represented. Discussions ranged from Insurance and Waivers to Conflict Resolution as well as our AGM and Conference.

In this edition of The Link you will find information about the AGM and Conference in Toronto October 20-22. From the Friday night Cocktail Party through to Sunday’s guided tours of highlights of Toronto, the small $85 conference fee is a great bargain. You can check our Facebook page (please like our page!) for more details or go to our website.

NNAC and Toronto Newcomers are working very hard to present you with a fabulous weekend and it is a once-every-two-years-only chance to spend time with fellow Newcomers from across the country – BC to Nova Scotia. It will be a ton of fun and I look forward to being able to meet many of you there. It is open to every one of the 7900 + members so send as many as you can!
Warmest regards,

Ellie Siekierski
President, NNAC

Celebrating Anniversaries in 2017

This year marks a significant milestone for six of our Newcomers’ Clubs

Started in 1967, South Delta Newcomers’ & Alumnae, Newcomers’ Club of Edmonton and Burlington Newcomers’ Club are celebrating 50 years.

Peterborough Newcomers’ Club is celebrating 35 years, Victoria SWANS is celebrating 15 years and Harbour City Newcomers’ & Alumnae Club Nanaimo is celebrating 10 years.

Congratulations to each of these clubs as they continue to welcome new people to their cities!

Message from our Web Editor

We are currently working on developing a ‘members-only‘ section of the NNAC website. In July 2017, the current ‘Resources‘ section of the website will become the ‘members-only‘ section, with access limited only to NNAC member clubs.When clubs renew their NNAC memberships in June, they will be issued a password that will allow them access this section of the website. This ‘members-only‘ section will be the location where clubs can share information with each other, obtain information about best practices for Newcomers clubs, and access insurance information.

As well, we are working on a system to allow clubs to renew and pay for their NNAC memberships online this year. Details will be provided to clubs via email at membership renewal time in June 2017.

Anne Lavack
Web Editor

Message from our Director-at-Large

It’s that time of year again, when clubs are voting in their new executive. Why not show your appreciation to departing executive members by presenting them with a Friendship pin. The Newcomer pins are $35.00 and the Alumnae/i pins are $42.00 (taxes and postage are included). If you would like to purchase a pin or pins, please complete the order form.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at the AGM in Toronto.

Rosemary Sorfleet

Let’s Meet in Toronto!

Attention all Newcomers & Alumni Clubs

Our National Newcomers’ Board of Directors, along with Toronto Newcomers’ Club, is planning a SPECIAL conference & Annual General Meeting the weekend of October 20-21, 2017. Click here to see our poster that you can add to your club’s newsletter.

Now is the time to rally your members together and get your club to FUNDRAISE towards this trip. Clubs are encouraged to register as a group and to financially help members who want to attend. We recommend that Newcomers & Alumni clubs, to encourage participation, pay the member registration fee that includes breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, speakers & workshops. There will be great learning opportunities for all members!

National Newcomers is offering a friendly challenge to ALL clubs! Does your club have ”Newcomers’ spirit”? Will you come to Toronto?

Prizes will be awarded to clubs at the conference for different categories of participation/attendance and Toronto Newcomers will host a fabulous Cocktail party Friday evening. We ask club executives/leaders to encourage your members to attend and make this conference the best ever.

Let’s Meet in Toronto for a FUN WEEKEND, meeting other Newcomers clubs from across Canada!

**More details about hotel accommodations and the conference agenda will follow soon. AGM Poster is located here.

What’s Happening Across the Country?

Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae Association

The Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae Association consists of an amazing group of women who believe in our guiding principles; gratitude, integrity and compassion. In support of those principles we give back to the community where we live. Last year, our Charity Committee chose a local food bank run out of a church basement as our first recipient called “The Pastor’s Pantry“.

Attendees can draw on the pantry once every 28 days. They are provided with a bag of groceries (depending on the size of the family) which contain soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit and peanut butter. Each attendee is also provided with a roll of toilet paper. Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae Association donated 252 rolls of toilet paper at our first meeting! A Pastor’s Pantry spokeswoman notifies our Charity Committee as to what they need the next month; this notification is included in our monthly newsletter and on our web site. Our generous and caring members bring along those particular items to our monthly General Meeting.

Vancouver Newcomers’ Alumnae Club

The club attended a great exhibition of Susan Point’s work at our Vancouver Art Gallery. Susan Point is the First Nation artist who designed the original banners that were flown over our bridges in Vancouver. Our members re-cycled, designed and sewed the banners into our “banner bags” used at our AGM 2015 in Vancouver.

Burlington Newcomers’ Alumni Club

The club held an event that had a speaker from Knitted Knockers Canada which is a free service that helps women in our country who are dealing with breast cancer surgeries and all the stress that brings. The club is going to start knitting the prostheses required by so many women. They want to support our sisters who are dealing with this terrible disease of breast cancer and encourage all Newcomer Clubs across Canada who have knitting groups to please consider participating in this amazing organization!

Kingston Newcomers’/Alumnae Club

At their March monthly meeting, the club welcomed guest speaker Constable Julia Moore, a forensic specialist with the Kingston Police. She gave a riveting presentation on what real, painstaking forensic science truly entails; and described how sometimes a microscopic, seemingly haphazard clue can end up solving a grisly crime. Nothing at all like all the forensic series on TV! (see photos below)

Thornhill Newcomers’ and Alumnae Club

The “Dome and Dine” club enjoyed a fun morning using golf simulators. Very creative group name!

St. Catherine’s Newcomers’ Club

The club has a “Garden Club Exchange” group. Each garden or houseplant a member brings entitles them to draw a number. Number holders will choose their leafy new treasures in ascending order. What a great idea to share our treasured plants!

Pickering/Ajax Newcomers’ Club

This club is offering a CPR course to their members. What a great idea for other clubs to do with their members!

Kelowna Newcomers’ Club

A new group called “Memoir Writing” has started to help people remember more about the past and write life stories for their friends and families. Participants discuss how to recall long-forgotten incidents, whether to trust their memory when others disagree about what happened, and why they sometimes vividly remember events that never took place.

Abbotsford/Mission Newcomers’ Club

The “Nippy Newcomers” group joined 200 other walkers for the “Coldest Night of the Year” walk to raise money for the Cyrus Centre. They did an awesome job of fundraising a total amount of $675 to help provide assistance to Abbotsford youths who need to access this facility for safety, warmth and meals.

Ottawa Newcomers’ Alumnae Club

The club enjoyed an interactive session called “The Compassionate Garden” discussing topics such as: “How much time did we spend playing outdoors as children? What roles do green spaces and gardens play in our lives? What can we do in return? Do we have a responsibility to help the natural world in the gardens and other outdoor spaces we cultivate? What contributions can gardens make to sustainability?

Mississauga Newcomers’ & ACORN Club

This very active club has a group called “Romeo” which is Retired Old Men Eating Out. You gotta love it!

Comox Valley Alumnae Club

This creative group has a “Music Makers” group where women who enjoy making music, together or separately gather to share and make beautiful music.


Renewals are starting in June so watch your email for the renewal and payment information. The deadline to renew is June 30, 2017.

Please forward your club newsletters to us so we can share what’s happening in every club across the country. It is a great way to share ideas and accomplishments with each other. Send them to

Out and About Across the Country

Kingston Newcomers’/Alumni Club

First photo: Constable Moore and President and “perpetrator” Victoria Chase
Second photo: Vice President, Debbie Hunt; Constable Julia Moore; President, Victoria Chase; Vice President, Ann Yaxley

Kelowna Walking Group

The Kelowna group (L) enjoying some winter walking and the Comox (R) folks’ enjoying a St. Paddy’s Day celebration.

Vancouver Newcomers’ Club and Vancouver Newcomers’ Alumnae members enjoy a guided architecture walking tour of the Vancouver neighbourhood of Yaletown.
“Fun in the Sun” with Mississauga Newcomers’ and ACORN club.

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