By Molly Flinch
How many of us have a neighbor in our neighborhood we aren’t familiar with? Or have lived in the Triad for years, but still have to use a GPS to find a restaurant ten minutes down the road? Some of us have lived in Forsyth County our whole lives, but aren’t familiar with all the local stores or charities that make the Winston-Salem area so wonderful to live in.
Whether you’ve just moved to Forsyth County or you’ve lived here your whole life, the Winston-Salem Newcomers Club will help you embrace the place you’re living. The organization meets on the fourth Monday of every month for a meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Bolton Street. At these meetings, refreshments are provided while a speaker comes in to explain their cause. After the speaker presents, a business meeting is held. There are about 73 women involved with this club.
Through this club, women can start to build relationships with other women in their area while learning about community organizations. The Newcomers Club provides interest groups like the book group, the night cards group, the wine group, and the community service group.
Betty Balser, the president of the Newcomers Club, focuses on building relationships in the club. “I think it’s an important prong of our purpose,” she said. She says that the club’s main goal is to provide a comfortable and friendly environment to learn about civic, charitable and service organizations. The club has representatives of service organizations speak at meetings to help promote charitable programs in the community. The Newcomers have volunteered with the Salvation Army packing Christmas bags, helped with Habitat for Humanity by serving a group of kids who were building, and volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Women from all different age groups and interests can come together to build relationships and learn about the community they’re living in with the Newcomers club. If you’re a reader, join the book club. If you enjoy travel, join their travel club. There are social events, pot lucks, game nights, day trips, and service opportunities through the Winston-Salem Newcomers. “Come to a meeting,” Balser states, “so you can see what we are all about.”