DJ Lavoie (left), veteran of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, and Jake Jacoby, MD, shared some experiences about Disaster Medical Assistance at the Nov. 11 Welcome Club meeting. Jacoby is director of the San Diego team that has responded to major emergencies. (courtesy photo)
Welcome Club celebrates holidays
The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is winding up the year with a festive December. Starting with a Gadabouts lunch at a UTC restaurant on the fifth, members enjoyed a colorful holiday season partying, exchanging gifts, dining and dancing.
On the ninth, the regular monthly meeting at the Community Center featured a gift exchange which is a holiday tradition with the club. Along with holiday treats, members enjoyed opening surprise presents.
A few days later, the ladies will gather at Karen Reilly’s home for a Christmas Coffee Klatch. Norma Brownwell and Janet Weigel will be co-hosting the event and helping out with the spread of seasonal brunch goodies. Coffee Klatches have become a club favorite over the years.
The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo will be the spot for the annual Welcome Club’s Holiday Dinner/Dance. Once again, Scripps Ranch’s favorite DJ, “Yo” Rider, will be back by popular demand.
For several years, Operation Holiday Joy, conducted by the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, has been the beneficiary of Welcome Club’s generous spirit. By giving once again, the Welcome Club’s members are supplying toys and funds to help make military families’ holidays happier.
Welcome Clubbers usually take a little time out from social activities in January to recover from their dynamic Decembers. However, this year the group will gather for a general meeting on the second Monday of the month for an artistic experience led by MaryAnn Harper and Dorothy Mildice. The event will feature stone painting with lots of ideas and materials supplied.
The year 2019 was a special year for the 35-year-old Scripps Ranch Welcome Club. With a new outreach program, the club has attracted many new members and is now including 153 women in its circle of friends.
Should Welcome Club sound like a friendly, new outlet for your social life for the new year, visit scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com. There, you will find more information about the club as well as the contacts you can make with officers who will welcome your inquiries.