Co-presidents Diane Treanor and Carolyn Spencer welcomed 122 members and guests at the most recent meeting of Neighbors and Newcomers. Held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, the ladies enjoyed a private opportunity to shop the wonderful holiday and fall items made by the Methodist Crafters as well as browse the book sale and craft table during the social hour.

In keeping with the club’s motto of "meet a stranger, make a friend," Joanne Ames and Nan Wallace placed questions on the tables which sparked conversations and enabled everyone to get to know their tablemates. Following a delicious luncheon catered by Reds, the business of the day commenced. Shirley Butka announced she was accepting reservations for a day trip to Berea, Kentucky, on Nov. 14.

Those present were very generous with donations to purchase turkeys for Thanksgiving for our neighbors who might not have the means to celebrate the holiday. The birds will were delivered on Nov. 13 to three agencies in Crossville: Good Samaritans, The Bread of Life and St. Alphonsus Food Pantry.

Door prizes are always fun. Margie Lockey won a gift certificate from Sterling Silver Outlets, Inc. Grocery store certificates went home with Liz Hixon, Lois Decker and Brenda Stewart. The Mayberry’s gift went to Arlene Smith and Naiad Kuhlman will enjoy an evening at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Lavern Hilty will enjoy a delicious luncheon at Debby’s Grill and Cookie Lee won jewelry donated by the club's own Shirley Butka. A gift donated by the Methodist Crafters went to Helen Belser.

Linda Brown, R.N., nutritionist, captured everyone’s attention as she spoke about "What is New in Holiday Cooking." In spite of being busy with jobs, family and volunteer work, or just having fun, each woman present does cook and each one appreciated the good ideas. Not to be outdone, Linda presented her own take on a door prize by awarding a low fat angel food cake to Carole Bogardus.

Profiles of three deserving families for whom the club will make this Christmas special were distributed. An in-gathering of unwrapped gift items and non-perishable foods will be at the Dec. 7 meeting. Several members will shop for and wrap any remaining items on the lists. Monetary donations at the December meeting will be used to purchase gift cards so that fresh foods can be purchased by the families themselves.

If all this sounds like fun, consider this your invitation to put on your pretty holiday sweater and join the ladies at The Legends at Druid Hills in Fairfield Glade on Dec. 7. All female residents of Cumberland County are welcome to become a part of the Neighbors and Newcomers of Cumberland County. Lunch is always $10, as are annual dues. Pat Connor will be happy to accept your reservation before Wednesday, Nov. 29. You may call her at 459-2366 or by e-mail at duckyme2@hotmail.com.

You will enjoy a delicious meal, perhaps win a door prize, feel good about helping those less fortunate and find out why Neighbors and Newcomers is known at the "best little club on the mountain."

As a gift to the members, the ladies on the board will provide cookies for dessert at the Christmas luncheon. (Two dozen please, if you are a board member).

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