Club helps members discover city

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Nadine Hill, founder of the Ecumenical Women’s Coalition against Human Trafficking, left, and Susie Fintz, president of the Newcomers’ Club. Hill was the most recent speaker at the club’s meeting. (Photo by Patricia Griffin Mangan)

Nadine Hill, founder of the Ecumenical Women’s Coalition against Human Trafficking, left, and Susie Fintz, president of the Newcomers’ Club. Hill was the most recent speaker at the club’s meeting. (Photo by Patricia Griffin Mangan)

By Patricia Griffin Mangan

Like many other members of the Newcombers’ Club, Susie Fintz, 50, relocated to Noblesville to be near her family.

“As a new resident to Noblesville, I was looking for a way to get to know my community and meet new friends,” Fintz said. “The club met both of those needs and I made lots of friends who I would have not known otherwise.”

Some years ago the organization was known as the Welcome Wagon. There are chapters in many cities as a way to become familiar with new friends, businesses and the community in general.

“Our mission is to promote fellowship for the newcomer and other interested persons in Hamilton County,” Fintz said. She has been president of the Newcomers’ Club for the past three years.

The club provides various avenues of interest such as a lunch and dinner club, a book club, Bridge and Euchre club and even a Bunco club. Monthly meetings take place early in each month on a Monday evening at the First Presbyterian Church, 1207 Conner St. Women attend to expand their horizons, may have undergone a lifestyle change, or just want to get out and have fun and meet new friends. Some members find themselves in an empty nest, have a change of marital status and many move to Indiana to be closer to their children.

A nominating committee meets yearly to find new blood, as many members who held office want others to take over and assist with the organization’s activities. Sometimes illnesses prevent members from attending activities but other members visit and call them, send cards and let them know they are missed.

“While we are not a fundraising organization, we support civic and charitable projects with small monetary donations raised from our membership dues,” Fintz said.

The club has guest speakers at their monthly meetings on different topics of interest, including social and civic issues. Afterward, members take turns hosting with refreshments so attendees can chat and get to know one another.

Fintz said she has come to know her town very well since moving to Noblesville and especially since serving as president of the club.

“Next year I would welcome a new president by giving her the opportunity I have enjoyed but will continue to be active in our club,” she said.

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