So how did a Brit with Irish parentage end up president of the Newcomers? I came to Huntsville with my husband's job and I have to say it was the very last place I wanted to come to (once I worked out where it was). Having spent the eighteen months prior to coming here in the UK with the view to retiring there, I can honestly say that apart from family, I did not meet or join anything, it was a miserable time. I would tell everyone, American women do not sit at home with nothing to occupy them, they form card groups and quilting guilds and so on.
To arrive in yet another new place and not know anyone was devastating and THEN I walk into a Tuesday morning coffee and the rest as they say is history. I will be forever grateful to the ladies of the newcomers and feel a strong sense of "paying it forward". We are all little girls on our first day at school whatever our physical age and to have someone come up to you and say come and join us and be our friend is something doctors have been trying to bottle for years.
On a sadder note this last month we have lost two of the stalwarts of the Newcomers: Edie Foster and Carol Grimm. Although I did not know either la-dy well, the descriptions of them from those who did, only makes me more aware of the great loss the club has suffered. Our condolences go out to the families of Edie and Carol, and to all the members who will feel their loss greatly our heartfelt sympathies.
Sheelagh M Kirby, President
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