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December 8, 2016: People To Meet and Things To Do; Ottawa Club Welcomes Newcomers.

December 8, 2016: People To Meet and Things To Do;
Ottawa Club Welcomes Newcomers.

By Tim Thibeault.

The Ottawa Newcomers Club (ONC) is a social club for women new to the city within the past two years, or who find themselves in a change of circumstances such as having been widowed or divorced. It provides a safe and supportive peer group for people curious to learn about their city and all that it has to offer.

One branch of a nation-wide organization, National Newcomers Council of Canada, ONC provides an opportunity to make new friends and take part in a wide variety of activities while familiarizing oneself with Ottawa as a place to live and to grow.

Members can participate as often or as little as they like. Those with special interests share their knowledge and enthusiasm with like-minded friends in a social setting that eschews commercial activity or causes of any sort, no matter how worthy.

The Ottawa Newcomers Club is a social club first and the only obligation to members is a willingness to join and an interest in life outside oneself. A nominal annual fee of $30.00 per year covers administrative costs and entitles members to all activities of the club.

Among those activities are: craft evenings, a bridge club, a Mah Jong league, monthly luncheons, a walk-and-talk tour of various neighbourhoods in the city, art tours, dining out, book clubs (both afternoon and evenings to accommodate those with busy schedules) and much more. The list seems to accommodate just about any interest and invites new ideas.

The length of stay in the club is three full years, including the year one joins, with an optional fourth year.  After that, a member is eligible to join the Ottawa Newcomers Alumni Club (ONAC).

Hampton Park resident Marilyn Porter, the current membership contact, hosted and led some activities in her first year, was a convenor for an activity in the second, and has been the membership contact for the past three years. She continues to host and lead some activities as well.

For more information visit http://ottawanewcomersclub.ca , or email: newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com .

portrait image of M. Porter

Featured Newcomer

Photo Caption: Hampton Park resident Marilyn Porter volunteers her time and energy to making women new to the city familiar and comfortable with Ottawa’s social scene and recreational activities. Photo by T. Thibeault.

10 women on the asphalt path beside the grave masrkers on a coll colorful fall day

An Autumn Activity

Photo Caption: Group of ONC members enjoying a walk through Ottawa’s historic Beechwood Cemetery. Photo provided by Zonia Keywan (ONC).

[Ed: Don’t miss the Hawaiian Oatmeal Cookie recipe Marilyn provided our editor with.]

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