President: Ann Arabian   Editor: Charlotte Ruffner

May 2020

President's Message

Happy May, Newcomers!

As we continue to shelter in place, I’m reminded of a quote by Robert Collier, Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”  In our own ways, we’re each striving every day to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the virus.  We can take comfort, along with a feeling of accomplishment, in the fact that our repeated actions DO make a difference.  Success will be on the other end!  

In the meantime, aren’t we lucky to have Newcomers during this time of isolation? It’s wonderful to hear that members are continuing to enjoy each other’s company with social distancing walks and bike rides, as well as happy hour and dining group meet-ups via Zoom.  Even a test kitchen group found that recipes could be easily demonstrated on Zoom with everyone participating. It’s a great feeling to look forward to these connections! Thank you all for participating and making social opportunities available. 

When social distancing rules change, your SVNC Board will keep you informed of any future Newcomer gatherings.  

Here’s to staying healthy while enjoying the beautiful Sonoma Valley spring!  


Message from the Bylaws Committee:

On Monday, April 13, the Board submitted proposed bylaws to the membership for a vote, and the voting closed at midnight, April 27. The proposed bylaws were approved by 98% of those members who voted and are thereby officially adopted.  Thank you for taking the time to read, to comment, and to vote.

Ann Arabian

Arlene Holt

Carmela Mezquita

SV-NC Bylaw Committee 2020

Membership News

As of April 26th, there is a total of 369 member

Although there was not a Prospective Member Coffee in April, one of the attendees of the March Coffee joined in April.  Please welcome:


Andrea Valo-Espina (Frank Espina )

Andrea designs men's clothes. She likes to play tennis and has two dogs.


Carole Eubanks:  has moved to Placer County as of April 29, 2020.  SVNC would like to thank her for her for her dedication and service to Sonoma Valley Newcomers.  Carole served as a Past President (2013), and was also the Newsletter Editor, and a member of the Communications Committee.  SVNC wishes you the best in your new endeavors!

Directory Updates:

Linda Rockstroh:

Charlotte Ruffner:  53 5th St W, Sonoma CA


Dining Activities

Thank you to dining group leaders for your ideas and efforts to keep us virtually socially connected with What's App lunches and Zoom cocktail parties (with and without bingo)!

Looking forward - think about joining 2 new dining groups:

Women's Weight Watchers Lunch Group:  Newcomers who participate in Weight Watchers (whether as digital members or meeting members) meet monthly at restaurants or homes for fun, relaxed, and "low point" lunches.

Women's Dining Out 'n About: Group meets monthly at a restaurant located anywhere other than Sonoma.  Just for fun once a year, group will have a 5* dining experience.

Until we are dining and sipping wine together, stay safe and stay well.

Arlene, Dining Chair

Social Activities

A number of the activity groups are still meeting via Zoom. And some Newcomers are walking and biking while wearing masks and keeping 6 feet apart.  we  are successfully flattening the curve.  Keep up the good work.  

Please stay healthy, safe and sane :)

Stephanie, Social Activities Chair

Let’s Go To The Movies

If you are a movie buff (or not) I hope that you have taken a quick look/see on our website at the substantial listing of movies and series that were suggested by our Newcomers.  We now have a second wave of different films for our home bound sheltering-in-place folks.  Personally, as long as the movie or series takes me to a different place or mindset right now, I don’t really mind being a couch potato.  

This might be the last of our movie lists for the time being.  If you have a recommendation, please contact me and maybe we’ll have an addendum.


Out and About (during the pandemic)

The Easy Riders Bike Group, while not riding together, has been looking at ways to be out and about with all this beautiful weather.  Even though we are not cycling as a group, some of us have been going out individually or with a buddy meandering through the countryside admiring the abundance of California poppies along with baby lambs, horses, cows and llamas. It feels so good to be able to take in the beauty and wonder of the Valley of the Moon with very little traffic as we casually cruise along, staying off the bike trails and always maintaining social distancing and wearing masks as needed.  We have even been able to order takeout and support some of our favorite spots like Picazo and Boxcar Cafe (now called Lou’s Luncheonette.)

Easy Rider, Cheryl Hannon.

Let’s Go to the Aquarium

Check out this mesmerizing live webcam of jelly fish courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Let’s Go to the Opera

The New York Metropolitan Opera will continue to stream its award-winning operas from the Live in HD series.  The nightly streams begin at 4:30 pm Pacific time and remain available for 23 hours.  Go to their homepage of  Here is the first half of the May schedule:

May 1 - Aida

May 2 - Luisa Miller

May 3 - Prince Igor

May 4 - Le Nozze do Figaro

May 5 - Hamlet

May 6 - L’Amour de Loin

May 7 - Capriccio

May 8 - La Boheme

May 9 - TBA

May 10 - Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Back in the day when we could stand next to each other!

The Sonoma Valley Newcomers Club is here to help you form friendships as you ease into your new life. 
By offering an array of activities in a group setting, our hope is that you can 
meet other women who share your interests.

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