SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 Morgantown Newcomers Club Newsletter

September 16, 2022

GREETINGS Members! If you know anyone who is new to our community, please tell them about us.

WELCOME to our New Members!

Jim Hendrickson from Greenville, SC
Ann Sroka from Massachusetts


Downtown Morgantown Shop Hop
(submitted by Sally Kirkpatrick)

Our July Special Activity, “Downtown Morgantown Shop Hop” was a big success. We had seven women attend and meet at the Old Stone House to start shopping around 9:30am.  A few of the shops changed their opening time from 10:00am to 11:00am during COVID and will probably keep those hours, so check operating hours of shops if you are heading downtown.  We purchased merchandise at almost all of the 13 shops we visited.  We found lots of good items, so don’t be afraid to head downtown and support our local shop owners.  Von Blaze, the new restaurant where we ate lunch, was delicious!!!  I plan to get back there very soon to try a few more menu items.  My lobster dog was delicious.  Our Newcomers ladies contributed to the downtown economy roughly in the amount  of $700.00.  This was a great idea, so we will try it again at other areas around Morgantown and nearby communities.

Please let me know if you have any other ideas for Special Activities.  Thank you.



Each year we gather together with our families at Cooper’s Rock State Forest Park to kick off another year of Club activities and get to know our new members. Please mark your calendars:

SUNDAY, September 18, from 1-4 PM. We have Shelter 1 (handicap accessible) reserved. Each member will be asked to bring a food donation to make this Pot Luck Picnic extra special. There is no cost, just come and enjoy the day with us. Family members are welcome! Sally Kirkpatrick, Special Activities Director is our contact person for this event.


Annual Membership Drive

Thank you to those who renewed their membership! Dues are $30 cash, check payable to Morgantown Newcomers Club or Paypal on the website. The fiscal year begins on July 1 and dues are collected by July 31. Our current paying members will be added to our Directory and will receive all Club information and have access to our website.
Remember that you can view member Profiles under Members on our website. You may Edit your own Profile any time—don’t forget to update!


Volunteer Opportunities

There are always opportunities to help out within the Club. We offer positions on the Board, committee work, interest group chairpersons, and are still in need of FUNDRAISING ideas and volunteers to chair an Auction. Please contact the President, Denise Berrebi, or any other member if you have questions or ideas.

Our Community Service Project for Fall
(submitted by Karen Lane, Community Service Director)

As I mentioned at the September coffee, it came as a shock to me to find out that there are many girls in our county who miss school because they cannot afford to buy feminine products every month.  I’d love to see us help Pantry Plus More stock their shelves and the shelves of the “In-school” pantries with feminine products for our sweet ladies who need access to them.  For those not familiar with what they do, here is their website: Pantry Plus More

Our ladies can buy feminine products, both pads and tampons.  They can bring them to the coffee and or luncheon in October or bring/ship to my house:

Karen Lane
9 Mont Chateau Est
Morgantown, WV 26508

And at the end of October I can deliver them to Pantry Plus More!


Happy Birthday to You!


3 Darlene Portner
4 Debbie Warner
8 Gandee Barkley
9 Annette Culberson
11 Beverly Martin
13 Lisa Anderson
26 Ann Hamilton
27 Sally Hazard
31 Edie Ruscello


1 Barbara Fleischauer
6 Susan Cook
9 Cheryl Perrotta
12 Kara Hurst
13 Jill Zundell
14 Deb Dottavio
26 Kathy Schnell
28 Carol Spears


1 Karen Lane
11 Ann Soderberg
15 Denise Berrebi
16 Sally Kirkpatrick
21 Corinne Mahoney
26 Karen Byron
27 Debbie Hackney


Upcoming Events*

Annual Newcomers Picnic: Sunday, September 18, 1-4 pm at Coopers Rock Park, pavilion 1

Walking Group: Tuesdays (NOTE: Special walk and lunch in Ohiopyle, PA on September 20) and Thursdays at 9:00 am

Bridge: Thursdays at 1:00pm

BUNCO: No need to know how to play! Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00pm

Music Meet Ups: Concerts TBD

Wine Tasting: October 1 (note this is not the usual third Saturday of the month) at 7:00 pm at Denise and Fred Minnear’s home.

Coffee: Wednesday, October 5, 10-12 pm at Deb Dottavio’s

Book Club: Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 am, reading The White Girl, by Tony Burch.

Luncheon: Tuesday, October 18 at Smokin Ribs

*Please check the Calendar on the website for ALL current events and please RSVP


Submitted by Denise Berrebi, President