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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Our Club hosts a wide variety of activities, with something going on almost every day during our Club year.  Not only do we enjoy both daytime and evening "Members-Only" activities, but also several evenings a month we include spouses or significant others in our gatherings.  To see what a month in the life of a NCUML Newcomer can include, click here for the Sample Calendar.

A synopsis of all our activities is listed to the right.  We think you'll discover many ways to keep busy. If you want to start a new activity, we always encourage members to do so. Click on the links to see our current offerings.

Most activities meet September through May or June, however some continue through the summer months.




SERVICE ACTIVITIES





BIRTHDAY Breakfast CLUB

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age" Lucille Ball. Come join other members for fun and light-hearted conversation. Fall birthdays will be celebrated in October, Winter in January, Spring in April and a Summer "pop-up". Location is Le Pain Quotidien, Wayne. If you have any questions, call or email Jan Scott, 610-551-5964, jscott0212@gmail.com.


Book Club (4th Tuesday)

Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month in members’ homes. The reading list includes both fiction and nonfiction. At each monthly meeting one member serves as hostess, while another member reviews the book and leads the discussion. It is not necessary to have read or finished the book to attend (as long as you don’t mind having the ending revealed) as the books are often springboards to lively and spirited discussions about how literature relates to our own life experiences.  During the summer months, June-August, we will meet for Summer Book Chat. There is no specific or selected reading, just books in general.  At the May book club meeting, prospective titles for the following year are suggested, and then voted on, by book club members.

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 Bridge Groups

We have groups for everyone.  Giggle bridge, Ladies Afternoon bridge for the intermediate players and Ladies Duplicate for the more advanced players.  We also have Couples Bridge in a very relaxed atmosphere and welcome new members to all of our groups. As a courtesy to all players, please, no iPods, cell phone calls, texting or emailing at the bridge table. We absolutely always understand unexpected emergencies.


Couples' Bridge (1st Saturday)

This is a friendly bridge group, with skills at all levels.  Whether a beginner or very experienced, we have a lot of fun, and new members are welcome at any time.  Socializing begins at 6:30 or 7:00 PM (hostess's choice) and play starts approximately a half hour later. Beverages, as well as hors d'oeuvres and/or dessert will be served. Tallies are used, honors are counted, and scoring is in accordance with Party Bridge.

                                                                                                             
Ladies' Afternoon Bridge (2nd Thursday)

This group is for the intermediate player.  We all love to play bridge and have fun!  Social begins at 12:45 p.m. 
Play begins at 1:00.  Please plan to play until 4:00 p.m. We encourage new members to join us.  The hostess
provides: beverages and light snacks. Play is Party Bridge with four hands being dealt.  Each person shall
contribute $1 to the "pot", to be divided at the end of the session based on scores.  Each member shall hostess
once during the year.  Frequent subs may be asked to hostess, if needed. 


Ladies' Duplicate Bridge (4th Thursday)

This group is for the intermediate to advanced player. Arrive at 9:15 a.m. for coffee; play begins at 9:30 a.m. Play usually concludes by 1:00 p.m. The hostess provides coffee and morning snacks. Each person shall contribute $1 to the "pot" to be divided at the end of the session based on scores. Each member shall hostess once during the year. Frequent subs may be asked to hostess, if necessary.


GIGGLE BRIDGE (3rd Tuesday)

 

Giggle Bridge welcomes women who are interested in a fun, low-key afternoon while advancing their bridge game. Our group is currently playing at the advanced beginner level. This means we have taken formal introductory lessons, follow basic ACBL conventions, and have minimal table talk/consultation during the play of the hand. Cheat sheets and hand review are fine. If this sounds like you, join us to play. If not, no worries - we welcome you to observe us playing and/or to get our suggestions about how to develop your bridge-playing skills. We also are happy to offer a table for true beginners and/or those not meeting our advanced beginner criteria, if there is sufficient interest. A rotating hostess will provide snacks and beverages.

 

ROUND ROBIN BRIDGE

This is informal bridge played with rubber bridge scoring. Ladies pair up with a partner of their choosing at the beginning of the year to compete against each different pair in the group. Times are scheduled by each foursome, at a mutually convenient time, monthly from September through May. Scores accumulate over the course of the year and prizes are awarded at the end of the year luncheon.

Click here for detailed instructions.

 

Chick Flicks (3rd Monday)

Can’t persuade your husband or significant other to take you to see that just released romance? No problem! See it with your fellow “chickflickettes”! The term “chick flick” is slang for a film designed to appeal to the female audience with emotional and relationship-based themes: tearjerkers, romantic comedies, tales of feminine bonding, frothy romances, Cinderella-like fairy tales of finding love. Some of the movies we see are true “chick flicks” (also known at various times throughout film history as “melodramas”, “women’s pictures”, “weepies”, or “soapers”), but our choices are diverse and have included musicals, comedies, classics and action pictures - a little something for everyone no matter what your favorite film genre may be! Due to the changing nature of movie schedules, participants will be notified each month by phone or email with specific details. The venue is UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 Theater Complex on Mall Boulevard.

Be sure to join us for lunch each month at a restaurant near the movie theater. Lunch costs are evenly shared by those attending each month.

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Giggle Golf (Wednesday mornings, during the season)

The golfers swing into action in May. Players meet on Wednesdays at  The Club at Shannondell.  Join this fun group for nine holes, followed by a Dutch treat luncheon in a nearby restaurant. For the golfer with a sense of humor and an inconsistent score, giggle golf is a great way to improve your game and make new friends.  No handicap is necessary.  

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Today's Gourmet (1st Thursday)

On the first Thursday of each month (October through May, except January), groups of eight women gather at 11:30 a.m. at the homes of hostesses to enjoy lunch together.  Each attendee receives a complete menu and set of recipes and is assigned a dish to prepare, bring and serve at that month’s luncheon.  The cost of all dishes and beverages is shared equally per house. Members may agree to host in their homes.  As a group, the hostesses plan the menu, then each hostess prepares the entrĂ©e and provides coffee and tea.  

By the end of the year, Today's Gourmet participants have a full set of tried and true recipes which have been enjoyed at the luncheons throughout the year.  This is such a great group!  We hope you will join us for fantastic food, fun and friendship in Today’s Gourmet. 

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Luncheon Meetings (3rd Thursday)

Formal luncheons are held September through May, in various venues around the area. Usually included are minimal  club business, a guest speaker or program and a three-course meal. These luncheons are a popular way to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. The cost of the meal is about $35.

Prospective members are welcome to attend, but should contact the Membership Chairs to find out the forthcoming luncheon details.

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Mah Jongg (2nd & 4th Mondays)

Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game played with tiles.  We play accordingSee full size image to the National Mah Jongg League rules with a few "house" variations voted on by the members.

Play is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  Group members take turns hosting play-dates.  Light refreshments are served.  If interested in playing, please RSVP to the chairperson by the Saturday prior to the play-date.

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MUG MORNING  (4th Wednesday)

Everyone is invited to attend Mug Morning between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month (11 months -- we only miss December).  Each month a different club member hosts this casual get-together in her home.  Attendance varies from about four to fourteen.  Guests bring their own mugs and enjoy coffee (or tea), a snack and conversation in a relaxed setting that is perfect for connecting with new and old friends.  RSVP's to the hostess are required (need to know how much coffee).  We look forward to having you join us at "Mug Morning."


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 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Be the Best You in 2020! 

We have lots of great activities in NNUML! And 99% of them include food! This gathering is different.   

This group will focus on getting HEALTHY and being the best you! 

Some of the topics we’ll discuss are:

  • weight loss
  • healthy menus/options
  • fitness tips
  • sharing what works for each of us
  • cheering each other on and celebrating successes 
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Pop-Up Activities (FROM TIME TO TIME AS ANNOUNCED)

There have been some exciting and fabulous activities and you can participate in one or all of the festivities.  If you're interested in planning a pop-up activity please contact our Activity Chairman to find an open date. Let's continue to explore, discover and have great fun at museums, theaters, house and garden tours, and much more.  


SCRABBLE    
                                                                      

Scrabble is a board game of crosswords, similar but not the same as the online game, Words With Friends.  We play a friendly game, easy to learn, with lots of fun. 2-4 players for each table.
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TABLE TALK

What is “Table Talk”, you ask?

Table Talk is a meaningful, fun conversation in a “living room” setting, centered around topics suggested each month by our host or by you or drawn randomly from a bowl. Table Talk is intended to let us think, introspect, and get to know each other on a deeper level than is usually possible at bigger events.  We do not intend to argue, or present any information that will have us leaving upset in any way - this is a supportive and warm atmosphere, and you are invited to join us in that spirit.  We may announce a theme ahead of time so you can think about it, and/or add spontaneity by choosing topics at the meeting.

All are invited to participate, no prior knowledge, experience or reading is required – just the desire to engage, share your thoughts and build connectedness.  

We typically meet on the third Wednesday of the month, varying between afternoon and evening gatherings.




TGIF Happy Hour                                                                  

(2nd Friday)

TGIF was started to give members and their spouses a chance to shake off the stresses of the workweek and relax with friends.  TGIF is held the second Friday of most months, September through June.  The evening runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and friends are always welcome.  We stress this is a very casual get together.  The hostess provides her home, while members attending bring either heavy appetizers or a couple bottles of wine. 

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WALKERS - 5 MILE GROUP


Would you walk a mile for the fun of it? How about 5 miles? This new activity will have us exploring out-of-the-way places in the Delaware Valley on foot. Join us for some healthy exercise, followed by either a BYO tailgate picnic or lunch at a nearby eatery.  Each walk will be roughly 5 miles in length on paved or well-worn gravel trails, and generally a loop. The group will take a hike one Friday every month except August and February, weather permitting.  Rain or other inclement weather cancels. 

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SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Friendship    --  the state of being attached to others by affection and esteem  (Webster)

A caring word is always welcome when someone is experiencing difficult times.  This support is particularly important when one is new in a community.  The club extends care and sympathy through notes and cards to members in need.  All members are encouraged to contact the Friendship Chair whenever they hear of a member needing support, care or encouragement.

 

Community Service

As part of the socialization we all face as newcomers, opportunities to give back to the community through non-profit organizations are important to many of our members. The role of the Community Service Chairpersons is to provide resources for those who choose to participate. We have a number of charities to which Newcomers have given their time and energy.

If interested joining our work with any of the organizations listed, we can provide the information needed to volunteer.

Baker Industries is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with mental and physical disabilities, the homeless and others who find it hard to secure the skills and work habits they need to succeed in the mainstream of life. For more than 20 years, Baker Industries has followed a unique approach in work rehabilitation, giving disadvantaged people real jobs for real compensation and teaching work ethics that enable them to move on to outside employment in the regular workplace.

Volunteer opportunities include working beside an employee, showing them how to work efficiently, or helping a supervisor check quality control when several jobs are in progress. You can volunteer once a week, once a month or when needed at the Baker Industries facility in Malvern. NNUML's Baker Industries holiday party, held in December, has for many years been greatly appreciated by staff and workers. Club members provide food and service at a festive luncheon (held at the organization's Malvern plant). Help is always needed!


Questions?
Prospective members call Susie 610-293-7539 or
Mariadela 610-325-6889



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