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Fall 2011

Welcome to the busy season for the Newbury Woman’s Club! In planning the fall newsletter I realized that we have an unprecedented number of announcements to get out. I hope you will take a few minutes to scan the whole website to find out what’s happening. Even more, I hope that you will join some of our committees and interest groups in the coming months. We make a real effort to welcome everyone to participate in our activities. Feel free to bring a friend for moral support if you are interested in trying something new but would feel awkward coming on your own. You can also contact me using the comment form below if you ever have any questions or need more information about upcoming events.


As many of you are aware, the club was involved in a bit of controversy this past spring and summer regarding our Old Village Church property on the Common. After some reflection, I came to the realization that perhaps we have become a bit stagnant in our club operations. It’s always easiest to just keep doing what we’ve always done, but I’ve been thinking that we should relook at some areas of our club operations. One of those areas is the club by-laws.
Periodically different members of the club point out to me how outdated our by-laws are and how we should really update them to reflect current policies and procedures. Not being a big fan of doing this type of work myself, I keep nodding and then doing nothing. This year, though, with people outside the club expressing an interest in these by-laws, I realized the time for procrastination is over. We definitely need some members willing to spend an afternoon looking over this paperwork and making revisions.

VOLUNTEER TODAY!!! – My dream would be that people willing to work on fundraising/donations ideas and other people willing to work on by-law revisions would call or email me the minute they read this newsletter and offer to help. My dream continues with having their ideas ready to present at our all-club meeting in December, if a vote is needed, or maybe even earlier if it involves plans for a fundraising activity!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – call, email, or use the comment form below to contact me if you are willing to help – Jane

Summer 2011

…is finally here!  Hope everyone is enjoying the occasional sunshine and finding some time to get out and smell the roses (and daisies!).  We’re planning our normal summer club activities including the Cookie Walk tent as part of the Cracker Barrel Bazaar’s 60th anniversary celebration.  Set aside Saturday, July 23 to join in the party and look for all sorts of new and fun activities planned for this event.  If you are able to help out, check out our fundraising page for details.

Also, keep your email eyes open for some great gardening group trips in the coming weeks.  The first is a day at The Fells coming up in July.  More information is available under the gardening group page.

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in town for our fall meeting.  Jane

Spring Events

Well, this winter has certainly been a test of our spirit!  I’m hoping everyone can rouse themselves from their cabin-feverish state to help out with our upcoming fund raisers.  We are heading into the time of year when we do the bulk of the work generating money to support our community donations, so it’s really important that we do all we can to maximize our profits.  We got off to a great start already this year with a profit of over $250 at our refreshment table and card sales at Town Meeting (many thanks to everyone who contributed such great baked goods and worked at the table that morning).

Our next big event is the indoor flea market on March 26th.  Please look over Martha’s detailed outline of the flea market work schedule and think about how you can help.  One big way you can cut down the workload for the event organizers is to either call or email  Jane (or use the comment form below) to let us know how (or if) you plan to participate.  That really saves us an enormous amount of time in terms of lining up workers, etc.

 Our other major fund raiser is the Cookie Walk Tent at the Cracker Barrel Bazaar.  I won’t go into details now but hope that everyone will at least mark their calendar (Saturday, July 23) and start thinking ahead.

 Finally, though the Club spends a lot of time and energy on community service activities, we like to get together just for the pleasure or each other’s company, too.  Spring is when we traditionally meet for an all-club dinner at a local restaurant.  If you’d like to help plan this event or have ideas about where you think we should eat, please give me a call (see above).  It’ll be great to see everyone again!   Jane


I’ve been looking forward to this moment for years!  The roof project on the Old Village Church is, for all intents and purposes, complete.  There are a couple of odds and ends to finish up, but basically we have a new roof on that building.  It’s been quite the project and we should all breathe a big sigh of relief that we have accomplished this major undertaking.  Many thanks to all of you, but in particular we need to thank Claude  for taking over the role of project manager and devoting his summer to supervising the work done by Fenn-Way Builders and Black Ox Roofing.  The completion of this project calls for a celebration and we have one planned in conjunction with our fall meeting on November 14th.  There will be an open house and reception with refreshments at the Old Village Church from 12:30 – 2:00 PM followed (at 2:00 PM) by a speaker at the Tenney Memorial Library.  I hope everyone can join us for the afternoon.  More details about the reception and the speaker appear later in this newsletter.

Happy 2010!

It seems hard to believe that we are already well into 2010!  It was fun to see some new faces at our end-of-the-year party and I look forward to reconnecting with everyone at our club activities throughout the coming year.  Take a moment to look through this letter and note the two fundraisers we have scheduled in March.  For those of you who like to plan WAY in advance – we will also be sponsoring a Cookie Walk tent at Cracker Barrel on Saturday, July 24th.  We really count on these events to finance our charitable donations and our work on the Old Village Church.  We depend on all our club members to help out and we’ve never been disappointed!  Thanks to everyone for putting in the time and energy to make our club activities so successful.  Also, note the news from our interest groups as well – no time for cabin fever for this group!  Here’s to the coming year with new ideas, new experiences and new friends.

Fall News

Welcome back to the start of an exciting year for the Newbury Woman’s Club!  We have some great activities lined up for this fall and we’re hoping everyone will be able to join us.  Take a moment to look through the website to see what’s coming up and mark it on your calendar.

At this point I’d like to thank all the people who have worked tirelessly to make our club projects, activities and fundraisers so successful each year. We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community where the generosity of the people matches the beauty of the landscape.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the coming months – Jane

Spring News

This newsletter doesn’t need much of an introduction from me – it’s totally packed with activities planned for the coming months.  Check out each of these web pages to find out what’s happening this summer.  I hope you can squeeze some of them into your already busy schedule.  I know you’ll be glad you did!  I’m already looking forward to dinner out at the Colatina on the 4th.  See you there – Jane

News for the New Year

Welcome to 2009! Many people have told me that they enjoy receiving our newsletter even though they don’t often have time to participate. Well – why not make this the year to start? As always we have several activities planned for the coming year. Coming right up you’ll note that the cooking group has scheduled a dinner for the first week in February. If you have never participated in one of these potlucks, you might want to consider attending. The food is FABULOUS (and the company is even better!). Also check out the cheap seeds offered through the gardening group and make note of the meeting times for Pins and Needles and the library book discussions.

Don’t forget that we are also entering our big fundraising season. We will be starting things off with our annual refreshment table at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd. It’s just around the corner, so mark it on your calendar. We will be looking for donations of snack-type items (muffins, cupcakes, cookies, etc.) that can be dropped off that morning. All proceeds from that table go to our Old Village Church restoration fund. Also, start your spring cleaning a bit early and save all your discarded items to donate to our big flea market in March. Look for more details on this event later in this letter!

It was great to see many new faces at our December meeting. Feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends and neighbors and be sure to invite them to come with you to any of our events. This is going to be a wonderful year!! Jane H. Labun

Fall 2008 News

Well, here we are – ready or not – at the start of a new year of club activities!  This past year has been very successful: all of our fundraisers have been quite profitable enabling us to continue our donations to local causes; we’ve made real progress on our restoration work at the Old Village Church; and we’ve had some great times at our various activities.  The coming year promises to be even better and we will be kicking it off with a guest speaker, Tom Slayton, on Sunday, Sept. 21, sponsored cooperatively with the Tenney Memorial Library.  One of only 3 all-club meetings planned during the year, this fall get-together is a wonderful opportunity to find out what everyone has been up to all summer and to invite friends and neighbors to join us. Selenda Girardin, who very graciously planned this program with Marjorie Shane, has provided more detailed information for us later in this newsletter.


Our second all-member meeting will be our annual Cookie Swap/Yankee Swap.  The tentative date for this activity is Sunday afternoon, December 14.  However, if you know of a major conflict for that date, please notify me  so we can try to schedule it for a more convenient time.  Also, please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for improvement!  We will send out more details closer to that date.


Finally, check out all the news from the various activity groups in the club.  There are several events planned throughout the fall that look like a lot of fun.  Remember, EVERYONE is invited to participate in everything (and to bring along friends and family members as well!)  Also, if you have an idea for an activity or service project you would like the club to sponsor be sure to let us know and we’ll help get it organized.  See you soon – Jane Labun 

Club News

IT’S SPRING!!!  At last. Look for the latest newsletter which was sent out this week.  It is packed with information about club activities planned for the coming months – too many things for me to mention here.  Take a minute, read through all the items, and mark your calendar (either paper or digital) with those events you hope to attend.

CLUB WEBSITE – I’ve updated the club website and given it a new address to make it easier to find.  The new URL is (the old address – will still work as well).  All the information from this newsletter will appear on the site in case you have any questions about times or dates for our activities.  Also please check out the club calendar link that lists all the activities in one place.  There are also reply forms available for the various “groups”.  If you would like more information about a specific activity or would like to RSVP, you may do so using those forms.  Whatever you type on the form will be sent to me (Jane Labun) and I will either get back to you or forward your letter to the appropriate person.  P.S. – I’m hoping to change the heading soon from fall foliage to gorgeous crabapples – can’t wait!!!

FLOWER BOXES – After last year’s summer of waterline work and no flower boxes, we are pleased to be planning to put the boxes out again this spring.  We already have volunteers to help get them out and filled with soil in the next month.

Over the years we have developed a very casual system for planting and maintaining these flowers.  Basically we put out the boxes and hope that people will adopt, plant, and water them.  If you have a box in front of your home and would like to plant it – go ahead!  If you would like to take care of a box, but don’t live next to one, please feel free to fill and maintain one that stands on “public” property – such as in front of the Bailey Club, or on the Common.  If you notice a box in front of a home that is still empty a week or two after Memorial Day – you could probably fill it and no one would complain!  This system is totally disorganized, but it seems to work out okay.




BANQUET – A reminder that one of our goals for this year is to work on increasing membership in the club.  Consider inviting your daughter, a friend or a new neighbor to one of our activities.  Gardening, reading, knitting, cooking, historic preservation, eating out – there’s a lot to choose from!  Speaking of which, I hope to see all of you in June for our Mexican spring banquet – Jane