Newcomers Club helps area residents, old and new, connect


From left, Newcomers Club of Carmel co-President Susan Wolf, co-President Sharon Butz, co-Vice President Trish Boger and co-Vice President Sarada Manduru. (Submitted photo)

By Chris Bavender

Although the name might suggest otherwise, the Newcomers Club of Carmel isn’t just for those who recently moved to the area.

“Newcomers welcome those who are new to the greater metropolitan area and those who are experiencing a change in their lifestyle and wish to engage in new activities and meet new friends,” said Bonnie McClain, who handles publicity for the club. “Membership ranges from those who joined in 1989 through 2017. We have a membership representing 31 different states, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.”

A nonprofit social club with more than 210 members, the Newcomers Club offers more than 25 interest group activities. The groups meet every month and members can participate in as many groups as they’d like. A welcome coffee is held for prospective members each month in a Newcomer member’s home, and there is a monthly luncheon  with a featured program.

“A review of the activity groups that meet each month illustrates these members are active people. They seek ways to remain updated on what is happening in the world, especially through the Current Events and Book Club groups,” McClain said. “Participation in dining out activities, attending local arts performances, exploration day trips and reaching-out projects all speak to interest in being informed and being engaged in the community.”

Although the majority of the members are from Carmel, 31 percent live in Fishers, Noblesville, Indianapolis and Westfield. Other members are from Zionsville, Cicero, Sheridan and Tipton.

“A common story among our newbies is, ‘We moved to this area to be closer to our children or grandchildren,’” McClain said. “Most are ladies who have had professional careers or still do but would like to broaden their friendship base. Newcomers Club is a resource that has helped them connect with friends, engage in fun activities and explore their new community.”

For more, visit or call the Newcomers hotline at 317-564-8349.