By Ethan Kispert
New to Scottsdale and looking for some fun things to do? Want to meet new people? Explore the area? Then the Newcomers Club of Scottsdale may be just the place for you.
The club aims to bring people together in fun and unique ways. “The club creates opportunities for members to meet, make friends, and participate in a variety of activities,” says Nicole Abbott, who was one of the previous presidents of the club. “We have an active men’s group as well as a singles group.”
Laura Nunnelley, who is the current president, explains that the club has a little something for everyone.
“The activities range from games such as cards and Mahjong, book club, film club, happy hours, dinners, and wine tasting,” Nunnelley says. “We also offer physical activities, such as hiking, biking, golf, and a walking group.”
The club also offers tours visiting a wide range of places. “We have organized visits to various points of interest such as the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Cosanti studio,” Abbott says.
Ever since the club was named back in October 1999, helping the community and giving back is something that all the members hold very close to their hearts. “Community outreach is very important to the club,” she says. “We volunteer at various nonprofits once a month and donate to local charities.”
Access to the club isn’t just limited to newcomers. Anyone who lives in the greater Phoenix area (including part-time residents) can join. New members will get acquainted with the club and learn about what all they have to offer.
“The first thing the club does is invite the new members to an informational coffee,” Nunnelley says. “The coffee introduces the club, gives information about all the upcoming activities, and explains how to maneuver our website.”
Spouses or partners are also welcomed to join any regular member as well.
Anyone who’s interested in the club and wants to learn more about what they do can go to their website at newcomersclubofscottsdale.com. When users visit the site, registration can be found by clicking on the “join us” button and filling out an application. Email inquiries regarding membership can also be sent to [email protected].