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NEWCOMERS CLUB                      Frank Riccio - ,

         Whew! We’ve made it through another hectic month of parties and family visits or trips near and far. You can’t have
         asked for nicer weather leading up to these holidays when remembering what so many of us have left behind - the
         snow, the slush, the traffic jams, crowded airports and cranky travelers. Now that it’s over and it’s on to a whole new
         year of Newcomers.

         How about the Christmas party at Twin Isles Country Club last month? Over 100 members attended the party and dined
         on great food and drink and danced until after Punta Gorda midnight! Thanks to Social Chairwoman Susan McKittrick
         and her committee of worker bees for a successful evening.

         A mostly new group of people have stepped up to organize club events in 2018. They have met with the 2017 Board
         and seek to make the new year a great one for Newcomers. Board members and their emails are:

         President Frank Riccio,
         Vice President Bunny Gladwin,
         Treasurer Jeanmarie Wentzel,
         Secretary John Moore,
         Membership Chairman Steve Brown,
         Communications Director Cathy Hunt,
         Social Chairman Donna Pape,

                                                    We’ve added the following
                                                    residents to our
                                                    club :Bobbie Kratt, NJ; Jim
                                                    and Susanne Turlington,
                                                    MD; Karen Landherr, FL;
                                                    Cindy Clayton, Il; Sandy
                                                    Reale and Patricia Smith,
                                                    NY; Steve and Estelle
                                                    Graeff, FL; Larry and
                                                    Marcia Vorhees, AZ; Bob      Steve Brown, Bill Boyd, Ray Brown
                                                    and Maggie Carson, IL;
                                                    and, Jeff and Tracy Kauffman, TX.

          Ron Kruse, Barry Miller, Mike Manternach   We will say farewell to about 40
                                                    Newcomer households who are
         leaving us after 3 years to move on to other clubs and committees with PGICA. They
         will be feted at our first Happy Hour January 3 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Andrews South Golf
         Club, 501 Deborah Drive. We wish them all well.

         All members are reminded to pay their dues for the 2018 club year. Dues are the best
                                            value in town at $25 per household and can be
                                            mailed to or dropped off at the PGICA offices
                                            for placement in the club’s folder.

                                            Activity chairpersons for special interest groups   Mike & Debi Dougherty
                                            and smaller gatherings of members for lunch
                                            and other fun are busy formulating plans for the new year. Please feel free to
                                            contact the activity chairs for more information or check the club’s website
                                            calendar. If you need some assistance with the site or the calendar, please let
                                            one of the officers or the committee chairperson know of your struggles.

                                            The January General meeting on January 16 at the PGICA starts at 5:30 p.m.
                                            and will feature a speaker from TEAM Punta Gorda. After a short business
                                            meeting, we will hear the story of a volunteer group named TEAM Punta Gorda
                                            that dove into action after the devastation of Hurricane Charley in 2004. These
                                            volunteers and community leaders “facilitate the development and
                                            implementation of a master plan for Punta Gorda’s recovery.” Now they
                                            volunteer on a “wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic
                                            waterside community.” The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Watch for the club
                                            eblast and sign up on the club’s website calendar for information on food. As
         Jean Bienz, Lisa Koeneman,         always, bring your own beverage.
                                              Linda Cram
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