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NEWCOMERS CLUB           Jay Darst, 913-226-8471,,

         The City’s Christmas lights are up and parties are being planned! The tree lighting at Fisherman’s Village in November
         was a spectacular event and December is sure to offer more! Newcomers and others will surely want to take part in the
         Downtown Tree Lighting December 1, the Annual Holly Days Home Tour in the Punta Gorda Historic District December
         1-2, the Punta Gorda Annual Founders Week Celebration December 1-7, the Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown
         Punta Gorda and the Holiday Bash December 9. And one thing we look forward to is the Punta Gorda Isles Lighted
         Boat Parade on December 23! Watch local newspapers for additional information or check with the Punta Gorda
         Chamber of Commerce or PGICA to see the details on all these activities!

                                                            Our own special event is the Annual Christmas Party at Twin
                                                            Isles Country Club December 6. You may wish to contact
                                                            Susan McKittrick at or
                                                            904-400-0375 to see if any late cancellations are available.
                                                            Otherwise, the cut-off date for this has already passed! This
                                                            event is in place of our first Happy Hour of the month. You
                                                            can gather for another Happy Hour December 20 at the St.
                                                            Andrews South Golf Club, 1901 Deborah Drive from 5 to 7
                                                            p.m. Susan Brown,, and Michelle
                                                            Maloney,, will greet you and
                                                            coordinate the evening which will offer plenty of Christmas
                                                            cheer and merriment!

         We have seen lots of new residents joining the club as the
         weather outside has gotten frightful (up north, not here!).
         Among them are Chris and Pam Schaeffer, IL; Donna and
         Jack Botbyl, CO; Robert and Aude Sisk, AU; Eric and Laura
         Hart, IL; Gary Frost and Dotti Balon-Frost, NH; Steve and
         Laura Nikkel, MI; Jose and Lee Cervantes, MN; Bill and
         Debbie Lemmink, OH; Judith and Andrew Droitcour, RI.
         Hope all the “old” Newcomers will welcome them and
         promote all the things there are to do in this great

         There will be no monthly general meeting as so many folks
         are traveling and entertaining during the days leading up to
         the holiday season. Your Tuesday, December 19 evening is
         now open for other activities! Invite someone new for
         supper, go out for dinner with someone new or meet up with
         old friends. Get out there in the restaurants before they get
         so crowded!

         Other regular monthly club activities roll along during the
         month. Men’s Lunch December 13 will be at Phil’s 41, 1975
         Tamiami Trail at Noon. Joe Bukowski at 973-769-2310 or, Jay Darst at 913-220-8471 or can provide more information. There is no
         need to sign up for this lunch.

         Ladies Lunch will also meet December 13 at FM Don’s at
         201 Marion Street at Noon. Deb Morlachetta at
         609-502-8243 or, will be making
         the arrangements. Bring a friend or relative, but please sign
         up on the Club’s website calendar.

         Mike Koeneman is making plans for Hosted Dinners for
         2018! While it doesn’t meet in December, you can get in on
         the fun for the next club year. Email Mike at or call him at
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