Even while anticipating the coming holiday season, I am feeling a certain disquiet when looking back on the past few months. I write this as our nation is trying to understand the tragedy in Las Vegas. The ongoing struggles in Puerto Rico and Mexico are still in the news and headlines from such disparate places as Charlottesville and North Korea have unsettled us. The good fortune we share in living in the Cary area does not immune us to the concerns of others and the members of the Cary Newcomers Club are a caring and compassionate group.
There are innumerable examples of good people working for positive change throughout our community and within our wonderful organization. We see this in the dynamic and motivated leaders that have presented programs at our General Meetings. Our members' supportive response to the Charity Committee's new fund raising ideas is something of which to be proud. Our Special Interest Activity coordinators are essential to our club to give us the opportunities we enjoy so much. And of course, of great importance is the warm welcome we give to those that walk through our doors for the first time.
I often talk about the commonality of our life transitions but it occurs to me that we might also consider the differences among us. Coming from many different walks of life, we each have unique life experiences and situations. We carry personal joys and sorrows, some mentioned freely while others remain unspoken as we first get to know each other. Our similarities provide a comfortable beginning for conversations, but in the words of cultural anthropologist Bob Deutsch, "To go a step further to community requires people uncovering and considering their differences… Difference gets you to something more authentic and intimate and wider."
As we consider our blessings this Thanksgiving, may I ask you to stay aware of those fellow Newcomers who might be found in a different circle than yours? When you enjoy gathering with your CNC friends, challenge yourself to take the initiative to introduce yourself to someone you do not yet know. After the usual conversation, perhaps you will feel comfortable enough to ask them to sit with you. In doing so, our compassion can turn to action and our small gestures can make a significant positive change for others.
CNC President 2017-2018
Wednesday, November 1st, 9:30 am.
Conference Center, St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
804 High House Rd. Cary, NC 27513
NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING
Join us as we welcome our November speaker, Kim Little, NC Symphony Group Sales and Promotion Coordinator. Ms Little will share the history of our wonderful symphony as well as discuss their musical programs.
CHARITY FUND RAISER: SILENT AUCTION
Out with the Old and In with the New!
At our November 1st General Meeting, we will be having a Silent Auction of "White Elephant" items - items you thought you would use or gift but didn't.
Here's your chance to donate them for our sale and make room for something you CAN use or give as a gift. This will be a lot of fun so we hope you will participate.
All proceeds will support the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation.
New Members & Guest
We all remember what it's like to walk into an established group and be the only person who doesn't know anyone. It can be a bit overwhelming. This monthly brunch provides a great opportunity for prospective and new members to get to know each other in a casual setting where other "newbies" are also anxious to make new friends. At the same time, you can learn more about Cary Newcomers Club activities and events!
This monthly brunch is designed for anyone who is relatively new to CNC or is thinking about joining. Please come and get to know other people just like you! If you're a member and have someone you'd like to introduce to CNC, please come and bring them. And if you've attended before and want to come back and meet other new people, please join us.