President: Maria Campbell   Editor: Charlotte Ruffner

January 2020 Newsletter

President's Message

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!  Are you ready for a new decade?  My, how it all  goes by so fast.  I know I am very excited about 2020 being the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Right to Vote on August 18, 1920. As the election year approaches, we have much to reflect on and much to consider that impacts our lives as women, how far we have come and what is in store for our future.

Our 2020 Board will take over on January 2nd when they will be installed at the joint Board meeting. You will all have an opportunity to meet them at the first luncheon of the year on January 16th at Suite D.  Please help me welcome this fabulous team of wonderful, dynamic, dedicated women:

  • President:    Ann Arabian
  • 1st VP Member Luncheons: DJ Johnson
  • 2nd VP Membership: Carmela Mezquita
  • Secretary:  Kathy Warye
  • Treasurer:  Nancy Mallonee
  • Communications:  Stephanie Hamilton
  • Dining Chair:  Arlene Holt
  • Activities Chair:  Stephanie Brown
  • Hospitality Chairs:  Jean Borrella/Susan Cronkite
  • Social Chairs:  Sandee Crisp/Judi Preusse
  • Advisor:  Maria Campbell

As for 2019, we certainly had a  fun-packed year.  The club started in January with 312 members and ended with 407-how great is that! We gathered together for five luncheons, including a picnic on the plaza and enjoyed not only great food but very interesting guest speakers all organized by DJ Johnson.  We marched as a club with vigor and enthusiasm in the 4th of July parade and even won 2nd prize! Carmela Mezquita and Stephanie Brown led our Kazu band with great ceremony. We gathered on the plaza for the Newcomers  at the Farmers Market where themes from around the world sparked creative, delicious appetizers to share. We so enjoyed the Summer Social at the Maysonnave House and then ended the year with a spectacular Holiday Social at the Valley of the Moon Winery where we wined and dined with such delicious fare thanks to Sandee Crisp and Judi Preusse. Of course, all along the year, there were bookclubs, hiking, early morning power walks, test kitchens, biking, dining in/dining out and many more groups who gathered to enjoy the very best of Newcomers. All these groups are being led by women who ensure we have a great experience so hat’s off to those group leaders.

This is my last newsletter as your president and I write this with very mixed emotions. It has been such an honor and a tremendous gift to have been able to serve you.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for this privilege. As I’ve said before, and will continue to do so, my life has been so enriched beyond measure by being a member of this fantastic organization that is filled with such kind, generous, caring, professional women. I raise my glass to you all!

 “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now,"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy 2020 everyone!!!



Membership News

2020 Membership Dues

SVNC membership dues are the best bargain in Sonoma! For just $26.50 a year, you are a part of an organization of approximately 400 wonderful women (many who will become your good friends), and have access to lots of stimulating interest groups, member lunches with speakers, fun socials, picnics, and gatherings in the plaza during summer.

2020 membership dues are payable on or before January 31. 

Dues must be paid online with your credit card. We no longer accept personal checks or cash. You will receive several email notices as reminders. Please be kind to your Membership Chair and pay your dues promptly when you receive your invoice!  Any member who has not paid their dues by February 15, 2020, will be dropped from the membership.  While you are using the website and paying your dues, make sure to update email addresses and snail mail changes.  Our computers send information to you via the information you give us.  If we don't have it right, you will not get your newletters or invitations to our many events.  So double check your information and make things right!

Change of Contact Information

Please notify VP Membership Carmela Mezquita at Membership if you have had any changes to your contact information (address, email, phones). We want your information to be correct in our 2020 Membership Directory.

New Members

We did not hold a coffee for prospective members in December, so we have no new members in December.


Kelley Fitter

944 Hazeltine Ct

St Augustine, FL 32092


Local and Seasonal Address:

Jeanne Graham

1038 Fryer Creek Dr

Sonoma, CA  95476

418 Sapphire Dr

  Sarasota, FL 34234

Event Calendar

January 16th - NEWCOMERS MEMBERS LUNCH at Suite D, 21800 Schellville Rd E, 11:30 AM $39.50 -- lunch includes your choice of entrĂ©e:  Pan-roasted chicken breast, fennel, fingerling potato ragout, red wine pancetta jus, or Ricotta gnocchi, fall squash coulis, pomegranate seeds, cress.

Our speaker is Priscilla Call Essert, Executive Director, Vintage House

The email registration is already in your inbox.  If you missed it, register here.

Community Center Benefit: The 11th annual Chili Bowl Express fundraiser will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020. This event will be the largest fundraiser of the year to support the Community Center programs. Go on line for ticket prices and times for lunch or dinner seatings. Ticket price always includes a bowl, handmade by one of the artists at the center. Go on the Community Center website to check it out the details.  Chili is provided by many local chefs and restaurants.There will be live music, raffle items, silent auction of handmade umbrella stands, a gallery show and more. 

To purchase tickets go to:

Holiday Social. The annual Sonoma Valley Newcomers HolidaySocial was held at the lovely Valley of the Moon Winery.  There was a big turnout and Newcomers raised $661 for F.I.S.H Thanks to Sandee Crisp and Judi Preusse, our Social co-chairs for putting together such a fabulous event.

          Lunch Group Goes to Delicious Dish on Arnold Dr.

Activity Groups

You can peruse the list of activities and dining groups online at Click Activities at the top of the Home page to see a complete list. Then, to join or resign from a group, contact: 

Stephanie Brown: Activitiy Chair
Arlene Holt:  Dining Chair

If you have an idea for an activity group, or need help getting signed up for a group, contact the activities chairs above.


If anyone has graphic design, photo and computer skills and wants to help out with the website and newsletters, your skills are appreciated. Training will be provided.

Contact Stephanie Hamilton: Communications Chair.

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. 

                                                            Address: P.O. Box 26 Sonoma CA 95476


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