For more than 50 years, the Newberry Newcomers Club has extended friendliness to those who are new or returning to Newberry.
The club had its first meeting for another year on Wednesday at the Country Club of Newberry and mayor Foster Senn spoke and welcomed Newberry’s newest.
Senn thanked the club for inviting him and added his wife has a special connection to the club as a former member.
“My wife really enjoyed it,” Senn said. “Keep it up.”
Senn spoke briefly about the amenities Newberry has to offer, including how the arts and culture came back to Newberry in the 1990s which helped bring back industries, jobs and culture.
There were about 20 people, including a handful of the newest Newberrians, in attendance at Wednesday’s club meeting. The crowd also consisted of advisors, committee members and other club members.
Newcomers can only stay in the club four years but they are always welcome to come back to serve on committees or hold an office. There also are reunions the club offers for former members to get a chance to catch up and socialize.
The club was founded 51 years ago by Taddy Buddin and Jane Ragland who are now deceased but wanted to create a special way to welcome those unfamiliar to Newberry.
The club meets every month from September through May on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at various places and homes around the county.
The next meeting is slated for the Newberry Opera House on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.
The club’s first excursion will be at Lynch’s Woods in October and members plan to have outings throughout the year so people can meet and mingle outside meetings.