Welcome Club members enjoyed their circle of friends along with food and music at their holiday party. (Welcome Club photo)
Welcome Club calendar off to a fun start
Starting off the new decade with a full calendar of events, the Scripps Ranch Welcome Club is staying on a fun path. By offering lots of activities slated for February and on through the spring, the group is energized.
In February, the book clubs, bridge, bunco, pitch, craft groups, Coffee Klatchers and theater-goers will continue to meet regularly. Dorothy Mildice has a pair of off the ranch hikes in mind, and the Gadabouts will be off to another ladies’ day out event, according to Pam Savelsberg. Janelle Boustany’s walk-about group will be back on the local trails.
February’s second Monday General Meeting at the Community Center will feature Liza Pille, a financial advisor, who will address the issues facing both retirees and those hoping to get there comfortably someday.
Pille’s talk will be followed by a celebration of Welcome Club’s 39th birthday. The club, founded by Becky McDonald, is more active than ever and growing in membership, so there is lots to cheer about.
Program chairs Cindy Marshall and Angela Piccillo have lined up a varied array of presentations for the monthly meetings from now until summer’s annual July Salad Supper. In March, a representative of the Kumeyaay Nation will share the story, culture and artifacts of her Native American tribe. The Kumeyaay Museum is in Poway and is expanding its efforts to acquaint their neighbors with their tribe’s rich traditions and role in local history. In April, guitarist and singer Elliott Lawrence will entertain the club members and guests. May’s meeting is the annual Installation of Officers and the official welcoming of new members. This year, these special occasions will be celebrated with a pizza party. June’s meeting will feature local choral group Bella Voce at an encore performance for the Welcome Club.
One gathering which has gone on for all 39 summers of the Welcome Club’s existence is extremely popular and looked forward to is the July Salad Supper. The evening event traditionally brings members together under the trees, sharing delicious food and winning fabulous prizes.
As the year goes on, plans for festivities will be scheduled during the warmer evenings. Welcome Clubbers call these festivities TGIs. That means Thank Goodness It’s … whatever day of the week and whoever will host the delightful gatherings.
Welcome Club’s purpose is to cultivate a circle of friends for local women. However, the club recognizes its role in the betterment of the Scripps Ranch community as a whole. Recently, the Board of Directors approved donations to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the local library, the Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Symphony in the Park. If the Welcome Club and its calendar of enjoyable events appeals to you, check out the website scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com. You will find contact information and a warm welcome.