The first meeting was a luncheon and this was the pattern until sometime around 1975. Part of the general monthly meetings were card games, such as bridge and Canasta and “a Table for Happy Talk” as well as MahJonng and even Bingo. In the early 1980’s, the constitution was revised, calling for programs “every other month as time permitted”. Wilmington and the Wilmington Newcomers Club saw tremendous growth in the 1990’s. By 1995 the membership had grown to 550 members. Groups began to form for those who completed their membership: Act II Club, Encore Club and the FAN Club. Today, our Wilmington Newcomers Club is a non-profit social club dedicated to welcoming newcomers who have moved to New Hanover and Pender counties within the last four years. Our goal is to make the transition fun and easy by introducing newcomers to our rich Wilmington history, culture and civic opportunities with an overall emphasis of promoting new friendships.
So, Newcomers, as we look to the future in our new community, here are some thoughts:
Be bold, embrace the future, respect the past.
Remember the greater the challenge, the bigger the opportunity.
Lead with grace.
Invest in each other.
Be inspired and inspiring.
Go all in.
We get one life. Let’s live it to the fullest.