Monday, December 6, 2021

Newcomers Enjoy Resuming Luncheon Activities

Photos by Doreen Herriman
| Island Chefs at Off the Rock Tavern in Naples for Lunch.


April is a special month for Newcomers of Marco Island as we held “A Celebration of Newcomers” event. This event is the installation ceremony of our 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors. Shells, water, and sand are used to symbolize the members, their responsibilities and the individuality of each member and the Circle of Friends that will be formed. Welcome to the new board. We look forward to a fantastic year as we celebrate our 50th year. 

Marcy Marinelli (Membership) with new members Donna Smykay, Maureen Lambe and Marie McDonough.

After the ceremony we had a delicious lunch, welcomed our new members, and celebrated the April Birthdays. The luncheon ended with a 50-50 raffle and great gifts from our sponsors. Thanks to all of our sponsors and advertisers for their generosity and support. 

Our Hospitality group organized our March Lunch Bunch event at the Speakeasy and the Girls Night Out event was at the Deep Lagoon Seafood & Oyster House. We had a nice group of members in attendance at each event and enjoyed great food and casual conversation. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. 

MINI GROUP NEWS! Island chefs is a group of 20 ladies that meet monthly. I asked Brenda Papszycki, one of the members, to give me a brief description of the group and their activities. According to Brenda, “There are a variety of reasons that the gals join, from bonding over new recipes, learning a new cooking technique to where to make dinner reservations! Last month we met at the South Naples Citrus Grove for some food, shopping, and camaraderie. Afterwards we went to Off the Rock for a terrific lunch. The group plans events throughout the year that are food and entertainment related. We have had everything from cooking classes to in home BBQ’s. It’s great fun and popular with a waiting list.”

Sound like fun? If you would like to attend a luncheon and join in the fun and meet some fabulous women, contact our membership chairs at (Note on the subject line Attention: Membership Chairs). Information on the time and place of the monthly luncheons will be announced soon.


Carolyn Ashworth-Auton – President.


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