Wilmington Newcomers

Satellite Groups

Satellite groups are the heart and soul of Newcomers. It is a great way to meet people in a smaller, more casual setting. It is through participation in these groups that many wonderful friendships are made. Members volunteer their time and energy as Satellite chairpersons to arrange the monthly activities. Please thank our chairs from time to time for volunteering for this most important job.

 Complete details and meeting specifics are emailed to members each month by the Satellite chairperson. Please contact the Satellite chairperson if you have any questions. You can sign-up for the Satellite Groups by emailing the chairperson.  Group email addresses are available at each monthly meeting and with every newsletter.


Around Town Dining 


Both couples and singles are welcome to attend.  This group meets at different restaurants with a variety of dining experiences.  Meets the last Wednesday of every month. 

Art and Craft Makers

Glenna Moller

Vicki Ovington

Join ladies who create many forms of art: painting, drawing, pottery, glass, jewelry, fabric, metal work, etc. We come together to share ideas, experiences and opportunities. Meetings vary depending on the project.

Bar Belles

Heather Frazier

Maddie Barrett

Alecia Lor

Bar Belles get together to experience various bars in the area and enjoy Happy Hour together! Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4-6pm. 

Beach Buddies

Debbie Osterhout

Dari Williams

Maryleigh Preston-McClure

Enjoy relaxing, getting to know each other, walking, etc.  Dates will be announced at the first of each month.  Will rotate beaches from Topsail to Kure Beach.  A specific location at the beach will be designated.  Colorful flags in the area will signify WNC.  Sign up to receive a monthly email letting you know our beach choice.  No need to rsvp, just show up.  4:00PM to 6:00PM twice monthly.  Open to singles and partners.


Heather Frazier

Date and Times to be announced

Book Club

Eileen Gross

Ellen Abisch

Readers come together and talk about books and the reading experience. We have a rotating selection of books (fiction and nonfiction) chosen by the members. Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the New Hanover Library on Military Cutoff Rd, 1:00 pm, in the Oak Room.

Book Swap

Linda McAninch

Meets on the 3 rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 Noon - 2:00pm.  Open to all members Meet for lunch, discuss books that we bring to the meeting, and exchange books. Books are returned at the next meeting.

Bowling for fun

Dorothy Berna

We meet at Cardinal Lanes for three games with free shoes for $6.00.  Meets 2nd Wednesday at 3:30 pm 

Breakfast Club

Susan Cornwell

Join us for breakfast at various restaurants in and around Wilmington. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9am. 


Sandy Myers

Jane Harrington

The Bridge group meets at Bitty and Beau's Coffee Shop, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Some experience needed.


Bette Watking

Joan Frost

Bunco is a fun, social, group dice game involving 100% luck and requiring no skill.  Players attempt to roll specific numbers on the dice depending on the round.  Roll 3-of-a-kind for a Bunco!  There are no decisions to be made.  Scoring and rules are simple.  Members of the group take turns hosting.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month 1-4pm.  

C.A.T.S. Creative Adults That Stitch

Brooke Myers

If you are a knitter, crocheter, needlepointer, come join our group. We are a group of women who enjoy one or all of the different needlework venues. We come together to share our experiences, help each other, exchange ideas and patterns. Both beginners and experienced are welcome as we sit back and relax with our projects. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Location will vary. 

Chick Flix

Ellen Hertensten

Join women who enjoy a lunch out and a movie of interest to women. Each month we select a restaurant and movie. Join us for a lovely afternoon. Meets the last Tuesday of the month. 

Coffee Rest & Relaxation (Coffee R&R)

Kate Hoff

Alex deSherbinin

We get together for coffee 'n chat, or tea, or water, etc! Members rotate hosting as we focus on getting to know each other. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10am-12pm. 

Day Trippers

Judy Thornton

Sarah Ober

Want to learn about what the Wilmington area has to offer? Join us as we visit various tourist attractions, historical sites and museums, enjoy the eco-tours, and explore fun locations. Meeting day varies. Open to singles and partners. 

Food, Friends & Fun


Both couples and singles are welcome to attend where we meet new people and develop friendships in a more intimate setting! Members take turns hosting and due to popularity some months there are more than one location. Generally the host will prepare the main dish, choose a "theme" and the guests provide the side dishes. Meets 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Hand & Foot

Margaret Smith

Sandy Frazier

Hand & Foot is a fun card game related to canasta. All levels of play are welcome. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from noon-3pm. 

Healthy Living/Healthy Eating

Douglass Wales

This group meets to talk about living a healthy lifestyle.  Sharing ideas, discussing nutrition and taking field trips are the main focus of this group.  Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30am.  Time and date may change due to program or field trip offered.

Home & Garden Club

Joan Lokitis

Marilyn Valeo

Pat Hudak

Melinda Nahmias

Not your traditional Home & Garden - more of a DIY. The locations change depending on the particular program. Generally meets on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning.  

Ladies Night Out


Anything goes! Maybe theatre, concerts, craft night or even local ladies events, etc. Suggestions are always welcome.  Meetings vary each month depending on the event.

Ladies Out Lunching (LOL)

Patricia Robbins - Tuesday

Mary Ann Hood - Tuesady

NO CHAIR - Friday

Come join us for lunch at different restaurants in and around Wilmington. Meets the 3rd Tuesday and Friday of the month.  

Mah Jongg


Join us for a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. Play will be by the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. rules. Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 1pm.


Holly Woodward

If you are interested in photography you might want to consider this satellite group.  Meetings are generally the second Monday of each month but may vary depending on the event.

Pickle Ball

Jean Collier

Date and Times to be announced

Recipe Exchange


Looking to try new food ideas and exchange the recipes? We have a different theme each month and share foods and recipes related to that month's theme. Bring copies of your recipe and $1.00 to cover paper products and beverages. Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 12 noon. 


Lynne Ashcraft

Linda McAninch

Let's have fun learning about our family tree. We plan on discussing research techniques, best websites to use as resources, and ways to help you research your family history. We will try to meet at NHRL facilities on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month as you can sign on to Ancestry using your library card. We will discuss the pros and cons of DNA testing.

The Gathering

Marsha Stanton

Eileen Gross

The Gathering is a fun time of conversation with new and "old" friends feasting on delicious foods. Members take turns hosting.  Attendance is by invitation only.  Each month an evite invitation is sent to members on the list on the day of the monthly meeting. Meets the last Sunday of the month.  You must notify the host if you cancel your reservation.

Travelers Adventures

Claudette Schaeffer

Travelers Adventures will get together and share their travel adventures, memories and photos —- local, across the country and across the world!  Share memories of what went well and recommendations of what didn’t go so well!  Ideas and plans for future travel!  Spouses will be welcomed!  Look for the info sheet at the Satellite table.

Walk and Talk Wrightsville Beach

Marian (DeeDee) Stephan

Walk and talk the 2.45-mile Nesbit Loop at Wrightsville Beach. Join us and experience the physical and mental health benefits that come from exercise and socializing. Meets on Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Wrightsville Beach Park and finishes up by 9:30 am. Note: No meeting on 2nd Thursday of the month when General Membership meeting is held.