President: Ann Arabian   Editor: Charlotte Ruffner

December 2020 Newsletter

President's Message

Happy December!

First, a little housekeeping announcement! Since Newcomer expenses were greatly reduced this year, we want to pass those savings on to all of you. Therefore, the Board has lowered 2021 dues to $15 – the best deal in Sonoma Valley! Click here to pay your dues now. And please remember that if your 2021 dues are not received by January 31st, your membership will be removed and rejoining will not be an option (unless you’ve moved away and recently returned to Sonoma Valley, or have experienced a significant change in lifestyle such as retirement, loss of partner, divorce, or change in family caregiving status)

Now let’s get ready for 2021! Some fabulous programs are already in the planning stages. We’re working on new ideas, new ways to safely share experiences, and new ways to energize each other as we slowly - but surely – put this Covid situation behind us. (Have you tried taking “virtual” trips, for example? You’ll be hearing more about that!)

George and I, and our small social bubble of loved ones, are moving gingerly into the holiday season. I’m sure we’ll enjoy sudden streaks of nostalgia as we devour our mom’s favorite holiday recipes and remember when Daphne’s puppy tail couldn’t reach any of the tree ornaments. This year, we’ll also say extra prayers for a world that continues to press bravely onward through this remarkable shared journey. And we’ll feel sure that 2021 will be better and brighter for all of us. 

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday.


Membership News

As of November 24, 2020 there are 379 new members.  We had 32 new members join in 2020, even during a pandemic.  In comparison, we had 61 new members join in 2019.


Please welcome 2 new members from November, 2020!

Liz Fisher (Malcolm Walter) )

Liz and her husband, Malcolm Walter, relocated to Glen Ellen from Corte Madera in September, 2020. Recently retired from the financial services industry, Liz is currently becoming certified as a health/wellness coach and looks forward to exploring opportunities. Liz and Malcolm enjoy staying active, especially hiking and traveling. And, of course, wine tasting and exploring their new neighborhood in Sonoma County.

Laurel Studebaker (Michael)

My husband and I were splitting our time between Alameda (Michael, realtor) and San Mateo (Laurel, teacher). After 5 years of marriage, we're finally in one home full time! I'm planning on retiring in June after 30+ years in education. I'm thrilled Sonoma is where I'll begin a new chapter. Michael and I have enjoyed our brief time here immensely. I enjoy hiking/walking, gardening, exploring, cooking, listening/dancing to live music, and traveling near and far.


Directory Updates:

New email address:

Fran Pooley



Our sympathy goes out to family and friends of Deborah Diandra who passed away in November.

Wishing all of you a peaceful and healthy holiday season!  I am grateful for all of our SVNC members
, the many new friends that I have made in the Club, and the myriad  activities that we are able to join with our membership!  I hope to see many of you in 2021!

Stay safe and healthy!


2021 Membership Dues

Normally at $26.50, SVNC dues are the best bargain in Sonoma!  As you read in Ann’s message, since we had greatly reduced expenses in 2020, the dues for 2021 have been lowered to $15.00! Wow!  Talk about the best bargain in Sonoma!  By renewing your membership, you are a part of a group of 379 fantastic women who have the pleasure of joining many exciting activities and dining groups.  We hope to be able to return to some sense of normalcy in 2021, and in one form or another enjoy getting back together with friends and aquaintances

2021 membership dues are payable on or before January 31st.  Dues must be paid online with a credit card.  Click here to pay your dues now.  If you wait, you will receive a series of reminder emails starting in mid-December where you’ll be able to click on the link listed and pay.  Any member who has not paid her dues by the deadline will be dropped from the membership and will be unable to participate in the dining and activity groups.  Please remember that once a member is dropped from membership, she is not eligible to rejoin unless she has moved away and returned to Sonoma Valley, or has had a change of lifestyle (recently retired, widowed, divorced, or had a change in family caregiving status). She is then eligible to rejoin, subject to Board approval. At the  price of $15.00 for 2021, how can you pass up such a tremendous bargain! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Dining Activities

Social Activities

Do you, your dining or book group want to help out the local community?

The Layette Project is conducted under the auspices of F.I.S.H. – “Friends in Sonoma Helping,” a local organization that offers support and aide to the most vulnerable in our community.  One of their projects is to provide a layette—starter set if you will—for new mothers/infants born in the community.  Groups within Newcomers are purchasing/donating supplies and assembling layettes from a provided list, adding to a hand-made quilt provided by the Sonoma Valley Quilters.  

We are looking for a Newcomer to head up this worthwhile project of organizing groups and disseminating information to welcome the “newest little newcomers” into our community! If you would like to be the point person, or if your group is interested in participating, get in touch with NewcomersActivities Chair, Stephanie Brown:


In the planning stages for 2021:

Sedan Socials:

Designated groups of socially distanced cars gathering to share wine-tasting and appetizers


Spring Fling:

Outside safe-distanced Spring Fling social in a beautiful setting.

Armchair Travelers: 

New activities group will begin in January.  Slated for 4 PM the last Wednesday of each month. First destination:  Mt. Everest Base Camp with everyone involved in some aspect of the trip! 8 to 10 travelers will meet monthly to research and present a trip to fascinating destinations around the globe!  Interested? Send an email to:   

 And of course…

Book groups, dining groups, walking groups (some meeting now via Zoom, others are social distancing outside.)


Stephanie Brown

Activities Chair

December Calendar

Friday Morning Farmers Market is Friday, December 4th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West

Sonoma Botanicals Warehouse Sale is Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 am - to 5:00 pm — 19692 8th Street East

Free Covid Testing Monday, December 7th from 9:00 to 11:00 am - Hwy 12 and East Thompson across from the Fruit Basket.  Call 707-565-4667

First Night of Hanukkah is Thursday, December 10th

Friday Morning Farmers Market is December 11th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West

Free Covid Testing Monday, December 14th from 9:00 to 11:00 am - Hwy 12 and East Thompson across from the Fruit Basket.  Call 707-565-4667

Friday Morning Farmers Market is December 18th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West

Last Night of Hanukkah is Friday, December 18th

Free Covid Testing Monday,  December 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am - Hwy 12 and East Thompson across from the Fruit Basket.  Call 707-5654667

Christmas Day is December 25th

Kwanza is December 26th

Free Covid Testing Monday, December 28th from 9:00 to 11:00 am - Hwy 12 and East Thompson across from the Fruit Basket.  Call 707-565-4667

New Year’s Eve is Thursday, December 31st

Safe and Easy Holiday Shopping

The Sonoma Community Center regrets that it cannot have its usual Holiday Sale this year due to Covid, however, you can still get some great gifts from artists at the Center’s Online Art Store. All items are hand-made by local craftspeople and each purchase benefits the Community Center.  Buy online, and pick up your purchase at the Community Center.  Get more information and visit the store at:

Examples of some of the items you can purchase:

Another Newcomer Favorite

This Video was sent to me by Newcomer Bonnie Walner.  The Video is ‘Ven a Mi” or Fall on Me performed by Andrea Bocelli and his son, Matteo Bocelli. Click on the button for an amazing song sung by this father and son duo. 


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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