OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of this club is to welcome newcomers and to be of service to the Community.
Gainesville Newcomers Club
April Luncheon Cancelled
In keeping with the recommendations from the CDC as well as federal, state and local authorities to postpone or cancel events, programs, and services, especially for groups at greater risk such as older adults or people with chronic health conditions, Gainesville Newcomers Club is cancelling our monthly luncheon previously scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Our lives will eventually get back to normal, it’s just unclear when that will be. In the meantime, we must do all that we can to defeat this virus and keep our members and their families well and safe. The GNC Board is looking forward to welcoming our members, our potential new members and our new members back to our wonderful luncheons.
Please stay secluded and safe at home and practice all the hand washing and cleaning advice given to us by disease control experts.
Gainesville Newcomers Club History
In 1959, the poultry industry was booming in Hall County, Georgia. New families were moving into the County at the rate of 30 to 40 per month. John W. Jacobs, Jr., owner of The Tribune weekly newspaper and radio station WDUN, saw a need to help these newcomers get established and become contributing members of the community.
Mr. Jacobs enlisted the help of Mary Williams, hospitality hostess for the Georgia Power Company. When Mrs. Williams visited new power company customers, she issued an invitation for a monthly morning coffee that was held at the Dixie Hunt Hotel (Hunt Tower) in Gainesville. Clara Martin, Women’s Editor of The Tribune, coordinated the work of pulling it all together. She set up the meetings, took pictures and placed write ups in the newspaper. Mr. Jacobs, truly the founding father of the Gainesville Newcomers Club, advertised the monthly coffees on WDUN radio and The Tribune. There were 50 women at the first meeting of the Gainesville Newcomers Club.
The first officers were elected in 1960. Under the guidance of Clara Martin, the founding coordinator, Peggy Woodford, the first president 1960/1961, and her officers met to write the Constitution and Bylaws for the Club. The goal of the Club was to help newcomers assimilate into the community. Programs focused on the Hall County community, including volunteer opportunities, local politics and history. By the late 1960s, interest groups had been formed and were meeting regularly.
By 2010, membership had grown from the 60 women who attended that first coffee in 1959 to a total of 312 members. There were 23 Interest Groups. This Club loves to eat . . . just ask the Lunch Bunch, Sun, Sail and Ale, and the Dining Groups. Even the Hiking Group tells you to bring a snack for the trail, and after the hike they go for lunch. Fashion Shows were always a hit, attended by well over 200 members and guests.
As the years passed, the Club began to invest in and use technology. A website was created where members could register and remit payments online for membership dues and events. Members enjoyed annual special events such as the “Denim and Diamonds” held at the Gainesville Botanical Garden. We closed out 2017 with a membership of 527 women.
As we begin the year 2020, the Gainesville Newcomers Club continues to welcome newcomers to our community as well as provide service to Hall County through volunteer service, monthly donations of goods as well as generous financial support to a variety of local organizations. We commit $200 per month to Meals on Wheels and normally donate even more each year.
2020 is a year of celebration and remembrance with a focus on the future. As we hear so often, “The best is yet to come!”
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Volunteer Opportunities in Our
Hall County Georgia Community
As part of our mission we encourage our members and visitors to our website who live in Hall County, Georgia to serve our community by volunteering your time. Visit our list of volunteer opportunities which include contact information.