For 44 years the New Residents Club of Cape Coral has been welcoming newcomers to the city

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Membership is open to all newcomers who have lived in Cape Coral for 3 years or less. Members are both full and part time residents of Cape Coral. Current members have come to Cape Coral from every region of the country and they have been employed in almost every work sector imaginable. Some members are retired and some work either part-time or full time.

The club is organized by a board of directors which is composed of 15 members who volunteer for a specific area of responsibility for a period of 6 months. The volunteer positions include: President, 1st VP & Membership Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Chairpersons responsible for publicity, activities, newsletter, photo-historian, reservations, refreshments, raffles, hospitality and the ladies luncheon. The current board members have moved to Cape Coral from NY, NC, SC, MO, TX, CO, CA and from the Ukraine where they worked as Peace Corps volunteers. Board members have been self-employed entrepreneurs and have been employed in both the public and private sectors. The group includes individuals who have worked as an environmental geologist and consultant, a supervisor of the railroad retirement board, a real estate agent, a flight attendant and airline pilot, a certified health coach, the president of a manufacturing company, a letter carrier for the USPS, a logistics director for the US Navy, an operations director with a NYC social service agency, a percussionist in the Dayton Symphony Orchestra, a landscape designer, an executive assistant in an entertainment law firm and a director of marketing in high tech communications.

The main goal of the New Resident Club is to seek out newcomers to Cape Coral and to provide opportunities for them to become acquainted and to develop new friendships. The club provides newcomers with a structure and process for becoming familiar with the interesting activities and services available in Cape Coral and to enjoy planned, group activities.

Club publicity is an ongoing set of activities designed to seek out newcomers. The publicity plan includes community outreach through newspaper articles, participation at community events, contact with local real estate agents and the placement of the monthly club newsletter at public offices and restaurants.

Newcomers can join the club at a number of regularly scheduled events. The general meeting, on the first Tuesday morning of each month are held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club from 9am until 11am. The NRC has a welcome table at the Cape Coral Sunset Celebration, the first Wedbesday of each month at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. In addition, newcomers are welcome to join at the monthly dinner dance, on the fourth Saturday of each month at the ballroom at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The dinner dance begins with a social hour at 5:30pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm and dancing is until 10:00pm
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Membership dues are $35.00 per person for a two year membership.

When newcomers join the New Resident Club, they become a member of the current month's group. An evening coffee social meeting for the new members is then held on the Monday evening that falls after the general membership meeting. Contact current Hospitality Chairperson for place and time.

Each new group selects a unique name such as the Southern Palms or the Night Owls. One member of the group volunteers to act as leader and the group plans it's own activities throughout the time they are members. Activities will be based on the interests of the group, however, past groups have planned potluck dinners, picnics, card parties, dancing, golf, boat trips and theater events. This has proven to be a very successful way for members to create new friendships that have lasted far beyond the two years spent in the New Resident Club.

In addition, the club encourages friendships between members of various groups. Members are invited to join any of the many other activity groups that are part of the New Resident Club.

The club activities are of two types: regularly scheduled and special events. The regularly scheduled group activities include the monthly general meeting, a monthly ladies luncheon and raffle which is held at various restaurants, the monthly dinner dance and cocktails on the cape, an informal social gathering, typically in an outdoor setting such as the Nauti Mermaid dockside at the Tarpon Point Resort or Long Boards cabana bar at the Gulf Harbor Resort.

Tickets for the Monthly Evening Social and Dance may be obtained from the Reservations Chairperson at the monthly meeting at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Tickets may also be purchased at Crystal's Hallmark Shoppe in Coralwood Mall at 2301 Del Prado Blvd or at Razzle Dazzle located at 1335 Cape Coral Pkwy East. Payment must be made by check. Deadline for the ticket sales is noon on the Tuesday preceding the event. Guests and past members of the New Resident Club are also welcome to attend.

There are a wide range of special activities that are planned by various groups and by the club. These activities can be described as Parties and Dinners, Exploring Cape Coral and SW Florida, Special Interests and the Outdoor Life. Exploring Cape Coral and SW Florida activities have included sporting, performing arts and visual arts events. Special Interest activities may be playing dominoes, book discussions or gardening. While Outdoor Life events might include tennis, golf or day trips to Eco preserves in the area.

Visit the New Resident Club website www.newresidentclub.org

Cape Coral New Resident Club
Contact list for Board 88
May – October 2011