May 2019 Newsletter

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

We have two all club events this May!

First is the annual luncheon. If you haven’t already sent in your RSVP stop reading and go grab a pen and get it done! In addition to exploring the new venue and the great program planned, we'll be voting in our new board. Come visit old friends and make some new ones too.

Our second event is something new for us. Simsbury Newcomers & Neighbors is sponsoring a duck at this year’s Tootin’ Hills Duck Race. Look for more details below in the publicity report.  Mark your calendars and come root for SNN’s yellow mascot as it bobs its way to victory. It should be lots of fun! 

Finally, I’m writing you during a trip home to Santa Fe. I’m eating lots of chili, visiting family and dear old friends, and constantly answering the question “How are you doing in Connecticut?” Again and again I answer that we’re having a wonderful adventure and that the ladies of Simsbury Newcomers have made the transition easy.  I’m so grateful for the people I have met and for the opportunity to serve on the board of this club as it continues its mission of creating community and fostering friendships.

Nominating Committee

Eileen Higham 

Thank you to all committee members for their hard work in recruiting new Board Members. Thank you to ALL who have volunteered to be on our Board for 2019-2020.

Presenting the new Slate of officers for all members to review and vote at the May 14th Spring Luncheon:

President - Toni Robinson
VP Membership - Sue Gannon
Secretary - Jackie Howes
Treasurer - Carrie Houghton
Activities - Marilyn Iezzi 
Newsletter - Christina Brea
Nominations - Eileen Higham 
Publicity - Joanne Verde
Civic Concerns - open 
Event Planners - Feyza Menagi (2nd planner position - open )
Webmaster - Cheryl Sojkowski
Past President - Shari Cassut 

Come Play with the Ducks!
Simsbury Newcomers & Neighbors will join in the fun at the Simsbury Duck Race on May 24th.

There will be games, music, vendors, a food truck… and of course, DUCKS!  Each rubber duck will be paraded across the Flower Bridge by a representative of its sponsor group. Then 3,500 ducks race down the Farmington River! Our aim is to interact with our community… and to win Best Decorated Sponsor Duck! Watch for an invite to help decorate our duck.

Newcomers are invited to display brochures at the volunteer table. Volunteer opportunities are available on race day. Next week we will forward a Sign Up Genius link for those interested in participating. 

The Duck Race is presented by Tootin’ Hills Elementary. Proceeds benefit specialized programs to enrich social and educational growth such as Junior Achievement, Invention Convention, Family Art Nights and Enrichment presentations. The business duck race is scheduled for 5:15 PM, but volunteer opportunities are available starting at 10 AM.


Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

      We are 176 members strong and we welcome our newest member
                   Janina B Cummings

Meet and Greet

On Thursday, March 28th we held a Meet and Greet event for new and existing club members as well as guests interested in finding out more about our special Club!  We had a fabulous turnout!  Thanks to Shari Cassutt and Dick Mullen for opening their home for this event.

Walking Group

Michele Abbott 

It’s finally Spring!  Although our group has been walking throughout the winter, it is nice to start seeing the trees along the trail starting to bloom. We also feel so much lighter without our boots and coats. Once the weather is more consistent, I will send out a sign up for a special walk at Reservoir 6 for those who are interested. 

Daytime: Sue Gannon 315-406-4850  
Evening: Judy Rabinowitz 860-658-9262

Pinochle is a fun and interesting card game, and we would love to have you join us. Daytime Ladies Pinochle plays the first and third Tuesdays at 1pm and Ladies Evening Pinochle meets the second Tuesday at 7pm.

Contact Sue Gannon for the Daytime group and Judy Rabinowitz for Evening Pinochle. If you have never played Pinochle, we will be happy to teach you how to play!

Discover New England

Patty Howland 
Diana Pratt 

On May 8th “Discover New England” will be going to Middletown, CT to the Wadsworth Mansion.  There will be a tea service at 2pm and a tour from 2:30-3:30.  The cost is $5.00.  There is a limit of 20 attendees. (We currently have 12 signed up.)  So please respond to Diana by April 27th.

Wine & Women

Cheryl Sojkowski 860-658-2199
Sarah Nanzig 860-658-2199

Our next gathering of the season will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00pm, at the home of Sue Gannon. Please bring an appetizer or dessert, and a beverage to share with the group. A reminder email will be sent the week before the event with the location details and you can RSVP by replying to the email.

Save the date: Our end of year "Wine, Women, and Guest" on Saturday, June 1st.  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to open their home to our group.

Daytime Book Discussion

Jane Fox  860-658-0388

May 17th Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 
June 21st The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Evening Book Discussion

Cheryl Cook 860-408-1577

May 1st Mr Flood's Resort by Jess Kidd 
June 4th Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Alayna Clark 860-217-0054
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

Twenty-two Lunch Bunch members enjoyed themselves at La Figata in Granby. It's a new restaurant, serving good food. Our next Lunch Bunch will be at the SNN Annual Spring Meeting and Luncheon at Metro Bis on Tuesday, May 14.

Single Active Women

Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

SNN's Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at the new Metro Bis location. Let's put a table together!  Please RSVP to Sarah, then let me know you are going! Hope to see you there!

April Birthdays

Ann M
Barbara R
Donna G
Gay M
Judy G
Kate M
Lilian F
Marilyn I
Michele A
Nancy M
Ryan V
Susan L
Tim P
Tina T