Monthly Luncheon and Meeting:
This meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month at a variety of country clubs, hotels or restaurants. The meeting agenda includes a short general membership meeting in which new members are introduced. Lunch is served and a special guest speaker or group provides information or entertainment. This meeting gives newcomers opportunities to visit many private clubs which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Monthly Board Meeting:
The Club’s Board business meetings are held at Venice City Hall at 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Board meetings are open to all Newcomers Club members.
“Newest” Newcomer Coffees:
Welcoming coffees are held once a month for the newest club members, providing an opportunity to meet other new club members as well as some board members and activity leaders who will explain how to get involved in the Newcomers Club events.
Typical special events include a summer pot luck dinner and sunset view, a fall golf tournament and awards dinner, a December Holiday Dinner Dance, the Punta Gorda boat ride to view Christmas Lights, and much more.
The Monthly Sunday Mixer:
This event is usually held in a Newcomers member’s home or social club. The Mixer provides opportunities to meet other members in an informal setting. Each participant brings an appetizer to share, as well as personal beverages.
The Newcomers Singles Group:
FRIENDS” are a subset of the Newcomers Club who provide Newcomer singles with their own get-togethers, including lunches, dinners, game nights, and house parties.
Sunset at Venice Beach
Photo by Cheryl End 2002
The monthly Beach Picnic:
These sunset picnics are held the end of each month at the Main Pavilion of the North Jetty Park on Casey Key in Nokomis. Typically, members bring their own drinks and pay a nominal fee for the catered meal.
Venice Newcomers visit new or favorite restaurants for dinners approximately once a month. Large tables are usually provided to facilitate conversations with other newcomers.
Members can participate in a variety of small bridge groups which normally meet once a month in the homes of the group members. Among the choices of formats are: couples bridge, ladies bridge, couples duplicate bridge, and bridge instructions for beginners.
Dominoes, Bunco, and Poker:
These are a few examples of social/game groups that meet monthly in members’ homes or the Jacaranda library to enjoy games.
Outings to parks, cruises, ballgames, concerts, museums, golfing, boating, fishing, and even mystery trips are scheduled once a month.
Venice Newcomers Club groups attend many local theater events in the Venice area, including musicals, drama, and comedies. Participants usually have the option of having either lunch or dinner together as part of the outing.
Groups of six to eight members meet at the home of a group member to share a meal prepared by the host or hostess and the other participants. The group meets several times a year as agreed by participating members.
Book Discussion Group:
This group meets monthly at the Venice Public Library to discuss books selected in advance by the group members.
Morning Coffees/Afternoon Teas:
These groups meet monthly in group members’ homes.
The Lunch Bunch
A local restaurant is selected each month as the site for an informal meal and spirited conversation.
One group meets weekly on Tuesdays to play “nine hole golf scramble.” Another group meets weekly on Fridays to play nine holes of regular golf. Both groups play a the Venice Golf Club.
Players of all levels meet weekly at a designated local park.
The Newcomers Club encourages the formation of additional events and activities of interest to its members.