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Sun shines on Welcome Club activities

Sun shines on Welcome Club activities

By Denise Stewart

While the cool weather and clouds were among us, Scripps Ranch Welcome Club members found the indoors to be the comfortable spot to enjoy their friends and activities. The frequent shorter local trail hikes being the exception, of course.

With the sun shining over the eucalyptus again, several of the club’s social gatherings are taking place outdoors. A new interest group  took a longer hike and explored the beauty of Penasquitos Canyon in April and is headed for a jaunt in San Dieguito River Valley Park this month.

A garden version of the  monthly club coffee was enjoyed in Lynnell Hallock’s backyard now blooming with colorful roses. She, her co-hosts and the abundant flora were the perfect team for this favorite club festivity. Newcomers to the Welcome Club often find the coffees to be a comfortable way to get to know other members.

While the weather might be beautiful, it’s never too nice a day to enjoy a movie and lunch with the Gadabouts Group headed by Pam Savelsberg. The selected movie for the end of this month is a comedy about Hollywood. Ladies who lunch have a delightful time rain or shine.

The May monthly meeting celebrating Welcome Club’s new slate of leaders was held at the Community Center. Currently, 135 women belong to this group of local residents who enjoy their personal choices from a variety of interest groups the club has available.

Diane Rider, the club’s newsletter creator, entertained the installation meeting with a presentation of photos from the club’s events that took place over the past year.

Angela Piccillo and Michelle Cyphers delighted the ladies, as they do each month, with pastries and other refreshments. This elaborate table of goodies properly celebrated the Welcome Club’s installation of officers and welcomed new members.

The slate of new officers and interest group chairs installed are Bev Macho, new president; Debby Mayer, second vice-president; Vicky Berman is taking over the Sunshine position; Sharon Hays is organizing Theatre Events; Nancy Hurwitz is managing Hiking; and Marianne Paul is coordinating Craft Projects. The other activity chairs are continuing in their present positions of leadership.

June will have the usual busy calendar of daytime events offered to club members. The book clubs, game groups, crafters and trail walkers will be meeting. An evening potluck followed by taking in a play at the Scripps Ranch Theatre will take place on June 8. Later in the month, a cocktail hour TGI gathering is planned. Three more of these outdoor events will be coming up on summer evenings. Escorts are included on the invitation list.

A Scripps Ranch Welcome Club tradition will be celebrated in July with a salad supper. Members have been gathering for this seasonal highlight for decades. JoAnn Farmen is in charge again, guaranteeing the food and gift baskets will wow the crowd.

Local residents who would like to expand their social circle and enjoy their free time with engaging activities can check out the club’s website to see if Welcome Club offers them opportunities that are appealing. Contact information is there also: scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com