Welcome Club offers Many social activities

September Welcome Club TGI hosts Karen and Pat Reilly (clockwise from center of back row) were joined by Vicky Bergman, Lynnell Hallock, Carol Cesarone and John Thomas.

Welcome Club offers Many social activities

Welcome Club members enjoy their special monthly social occasions, but the regular meetings of Trail Walkers, Crafters, Card and Bunco Players, Off the Ranch Hikers and Book Readers provide a variety of outlets for members’ interests. In October, members had 23 enjoyable opportunities on the club’s calendar they could select from.

The Welcome Club TGI gathering at the end of September had the taste of fall in the weather and the taste of really good food on the table. Members brought their party personalities and delicious dishes to share that evening at Pat and Karen Reilly’s home. TGIs are informal early evening gatherings featuring friendship and a potluck supper.

That delightful evening was followed in October by a TGI with a special theme. Co-President Dorothy Mildice and her husband Jim opened their backyard to a comedy movie fest. Earlier darkness and a big screen were the perfect combination for the outdoor cinematic event the Mildices host bi-annually. Club members brought their own refreshments with plenty to share with other movie viewers while they all enjoyed the laughter under the stars.

Halloween, which is mostly considered fun for kids, took on a whole new reputation this year at a Welcome Coffee Klatch at the home of Mary Rea. Mary has elevated the spooky season to one of great fun for mature folks. Along with the brunch goodies, Mary and her co-hosts, JoAnn Farmen, Sandy Desmond and Emma Rotella, entertained among a house full of witches, goblins and ghosts. It was a convivial celebration along with the Halloween characters. At this October Coffee Klatch, participants experienced a whole new flavor.

The Gadabouts event for
the month, planned by Pam Savelsberg, was an expedition to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Members viewed the collection of wildlife photos. Among them were the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs from the pages of National Geographic magazine. Accumulated over a 130-year period, the photos revealed not only the beauties of nature, but also the technological evolution of nature photography. After the art experience, the ladies feasted on lunch at the Prado Restaurant overlooking the park.

The November calendar will offer many of the same events and a few specials yet to be announced.

Already on the club calendar for Nov. 15 is a Birthday Babes quarterly celebration. Members will bring a lunch dish, share a birthday cake and toast each other’s special days.

Toward the end of the month, Gadabouts will make a visit to the Christmas displays at Canterbury Gardens and will follow with lunch in a nearby restaurant.

Coming up on Dec. 15 is the annual Holiday Dinner Dance set for the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. After cocktails, canapes and a three-course dinner, the club’s favorite DJ will fill the dance floor with celebrants.

November’s Welcome Club monthly meeting will be held at 7 in the evening at the Scripps Ranch Community Center on Cyprus Canyon Road. A short business meeting will be followed by a craft program and a social time.

For more than 35 years, Welcome Club has provided Scripps Ranch women with a congenial group of neighbors with whom to socialize. The club continues to grow, and new ideas and energy are being enjoyed by all the members. If Welcome Club seems like it might be a good fit for you, check out the website: There, you will find contact information and your call will be welcomed.

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