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Welcome Club continues virtually

Some of Dee Humphrey’s Coca Cola memorabilia collection. (courtesy photo)

Welcome Club continues virtually

Welcome Club has a tradition of enriching meetings, enjoyable social gatherings and entertaining outings that go on throughout the year. The pandemic restrictions slowed these activities, but interest group chairs quickly adapted to new ways of organizing and doing the things members enjoy.

The four book groups turned to their computers and Zoom programs to meet to talk about their reading selections and enjoy the company of their members in a friendly, but safe, format. While the books stimulate the literary conversation, there is also lots of catching up that warms these friendly events.

The Welcome Club newsletter editor Diane Rider organized a Photo Pet Parade of members’ favorite animals that was published recently. Parade participants got to show off their furry and feathered friends to other pet lovers, many of whom have deepened their attachment to their animals during this confinement period.

While members aren’t gathering to take jaunts to museums now, they were able to enjoy a virtual tour of the paintings of local artist and Welcome Club member Margaret North. Margaret is an accomplished water colorist who shared several of her works. Margaret’s work has been shown at the Ranch Bernardo Library among other local art venues.

Once again, Diane Rider took the club on another virtual museum tour. This time it was of Dee Humphrey’s Coca-Cola memorabilia. Diane explained that, “Dee says it (her collection) started with the 1992 Olympics with the little polar bears bobsledding in the Coke commercial. Later, she began adding trucks and cars to her collection. Then, like a can of Coke that’s been shaken, her collection exploded into dishes, trays, bottles, clothes, jewelry, puzzles, hats, cookie jars and even furniture.”

Welcome Club has fostered its friendship circle in Scripps Ranch for more than 35 years. If you visit scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com, you will find information about the club’s activities during the normal times as well as those of this exceptional era. There is contact information on the website if you would prefer hearing a friendly voice sharing the club’s news.

Welcome Club member Margaret North is an accomplished water colorist who shared several of her works.
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