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President's Message

Updated 10/07/2018

President's Messages

October 2018

To All members,


Good day to all.  We hope this finds everyone well and back on their feet after the big scare of Hurricane Florence.  The first general meeting in September was cancelled so no one missed anything.  The general meeting for October will be this Thursday the 11th at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive, Shallotte  NC  28470.  The doors will open at 9:00am with the meeting to begin at 10:00am.  Hopefully this will allow more time to mingle and register for all the different activities the club has to offer as well as to renew your membership or to sign up for new members.  The 2018-2019 year for SouthWest Brunswick Newcomers Club welcomes all new members from Horry County SC.  We are sure they will find the club to be fun and exciting.


As of this date, the new club President is Pete Urgola (former 1st VP).  The former President, Lisa Damico, has resigned for personal reasons and we would like to wish her and her family well.  Other Board member changes are the incoming Secretary and temporary Webmaster (position available) is Sharon Martins, Activity Coordinator is Bonnie Imler, Hospitality is Shirley Johnson and Diane Mitchell.  Returning Board members are Greg Cowley, 2nd VP, Walt Shannon, Treasurer and Lori Buck, Communications Manager.


Our featured speaker this month is M. Rene’ Tarquinio, case manager and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) coordinator at Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.  (BSRI) operates eight sites throughout the county and is a recognized charitable 501(c)(3) organization.  BSRI provides programs and services open to adults aged 55 and older and operates a thrift store, the proceeds from which benefit BSRI programs and services.  BSRI offers an array of programs including crafts, games, exercise classes, and dancing.  Rene’s discussion will cover many of these BSRI activities, services and programs.


Upcoming Activities & Events include:


Octoberfest luncheon,  October 23 at 11:30 at the Cafe Old Vienna, Myrtle Beach.  Choose from the regular menu - pay as you go.  Limit:  40 people  Sign-up by email to or at Oct. 11 meeting  

Cocktails for 10:   On October 28 at 6:00, Shirley & Nelson Johnson will host Cocktails for 26 at their home in Ocean Ridge.  Because of all the cancellations and mix-ups with the storm, this will serve as our first Cocktails for the season.  The combined group will be a chance to meet & greet people and is limited to 26 with everyone bringing a heavy appetizer to share and their beverage of choice.   Shirley will provide water, soda, coffee and dessert.  Sign-up by email to


Cooking Club, October 30,  Demo at Todd's, details and sign-ups at October 11 meeting


Christmas show, Alabama Theater, November 9 at 2:00 sign-up at meeting


Holiday Gala, December 8 at Sea Trail, sign-up at meeting


Garden, Tours & more:  Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City, SC, December 15 for garland-making class, lunch & tour.  $30  Email Bonnie at or sign-up at meeting.


Other activities include Beach Buddies, Book club, Bowling, Bridge, Dinners for 6, Golf, Mah Jongg,  Mexican Train, Music to our Ears, Needlework, Pickleball, ROMEO's and Tennis.


We wish to emphasize that our group thrives on participation from our members.  Please reach out to a board member if you are interested in helping out our community organization.  Your expertise and your talents are very much needed and appreciated.  We look forward to and encourage your participation and involvement.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.


January 11, 2018

Hello all!

Thankfully the warm air has returned to beautiful Southeastern North Carolina!

I don’t have too much just notifications of events coming up and as always asking for your help on various committees and activity chairs.

1. There is a casual bowling afternoon at Planet Fun in Shallotte on Saturday, January 13th

2. The Wine Enthusiasts Group has their first event of 2018 at Silver Coast Winery for a winery tour, education seminar and wine tasting.  The event takes places on Tuesday, January 16 at 2pm.

3. M usic activity group has two great events coming up with limited seating so get your tickets at the meeting. 

    a. The first event is "DSB -- A Journey Tribute".  This event has a January 18th deadline so either send your check in now or purchase the tickets at the January 11th meeting.  If you're unsure, the flyer has a link so that you can listen to the music.  

   b. The second event is "Million Dollar Quartet".  This will be a special evening for you Johnny Cash/Elvis Presley/Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins. The event is March 30th but there are only 22 tickets available. You can purchase tickets at the January, February, or March meeting.

4. Trivia night is January 18th from 6 to 10 at the Calabash Elks Lodge, 937 Carter Drive SW, Calabash. You can sign up for Trivia night either by mail or at the meeting. Sign up deadline is the meeting date. 

5. January gardening event Want to attract bird to your yard go to the Senior Center in Supply off Route 17 on the 2nd floor on Tuesday January 30th 9:30 to 12:00

6. The charity dance is coming back. Thanks to Kathy Hill. She has secured Mike's Garage Band at Stone Chimney. It will be held on March 23, 2018 from 5:30 - 9:30. 

Please mark your calendars for these many wonderful events. Our volunteers work hard to bring you these events and keep thing’s fresh and updated so don’t forget to bring your checkbook to the meeting.

The next meeting will be held on January 11th at 10:00 A.M. at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church the address is 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470.

Please visit our website at to get all the latest information on Activities, Events, and Guest Speakers for our upcoming General Meetings.

See you at the meeting!

Thank you, 


“As always, this club thrives on your participation.”

November 9, 2017 (updated)


Well here we are again searching for a new event chairperson. And in case anyone is wondering we are still trying to find members for the by-laws and nominating committees. I know everyone was very interested in knowing what chairs needed to be filled. LOL! Please feel free to reach out to any member of the board if you are interested in serving on one of these committees. Your volunteerism is greatly appreciated.

The speaker for the next general meeting is Gary Halberstadt who is the President of the Brunswick County Arts Council. The Brunswick County Arts Councils purpose is to financially support and advise students, seniors and the arts community. In the last 7 years over $700,000.00 has been donated.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Holiday Gala, which is being held on December 1. The deadline is November 21. The costs remain the same for attendance. $30.00 per member and $40.00 for non-members (such as your friends). We will have Linda Gallose from the gala committee registering people before during and after the meeting. Don’t forget this year we have a band that has volunteered their time…Opportunity Rocks!

Unfortunately, there was very little interest (which might have coincided with very little time in planning) in the Alabama Theater Christmas Show so that event was cancelled this year. But we hope to have it next year. Hopefully by then we will have an events chairperson.

However, on a good note the Trivia Night is taking place at the Calabash Elks from 6-9 The cost is $17.00 per person Deadline: January 16, 2018. Please reach out to Mary Lou Salter at with any questions. Marylou will be registering people before during and after the meeting. Menu Choices are 1. Salad, Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy OR 2. Salad, Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy **both served with Vegetable with Roll and Butter** and a cash bar will be available. Please make sure you include your menu choice with your RSVP. Rules of Play: A Trivia Team may not consist of more than 6 players. (You may form your own team of 6 players or we will group members in teams of 6 players).

I am doing my best to keep up with the events but I am not making any promises. What I would suggest (or request) is that you do what the Salters did. If there is an event you are used to doing and like it please give me a hand with that event. Just let me know and I will be happy to help you out with it any way I can and then we hopefully will have some success in keeping things going. Also, if there is an event you would like to try, please let me know. I’ll see what I can do to get things started with your help of course.

The next event after the holiday gala and the trivia night would be the Road Rally. Two years ago it was held on January 25th. Perhaps I can get someone’s help with this? Please call or text me if so 910-880-0987, or you can always email me.

The next meeting will be held on November 9th at 10:00 A.M. at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church the address is 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470.

Please visit our website at to get all the latest information on Activities, Events, and Guest Speakers for our upcoming General Meetings.

One more reminder, please do not forget to renew your membership! And bring a friend.

See you at the meeting!

Thank you, 


“As always, this club thrives on your participation.”


September 7, 2017

As a new member and the brand-new President, I would like to extend my hand to each and every member. Whether it’s your first meeting or you have been at every meeting since inception, I would like to meet you. I may not remember everyone's name, but thankfully we have name tags! So please stop by and say hello!

I am sure some members that have been here a while might have some thoughts and hopefully some new ideas! I am looking forward to hearing them! Please call me, email me or come and talk to me and let me know what they are. I’ll be
happy to hear from you.

We are in dire need of assistance. I cannot stress enough that this club cannot run itself. Although it basically does just that, we still need volunteers to help the continuity of this club. Now you might be saying to yourself why volunteer? I’m
going to say back to you why not? Your help is desperately needed. As I was in one of the first board meetings the other day the comment was made that it’s the same few members always doing things. Isn’t that how it always is? Everywhere? I would love to be able to offer you something for your volunteerism, but the best that I can do is say thank you for any help you could possibly give. We have in excess of 500 members and in order to keep the club moving forward and in the right direction we are truly in need of your help. Please consider doing something, anything. We need
a tech person. That’s something as simple as just coming for the meeting and helping us get our technical issues underway for the presentations that guest speakers bring. Also, we need a couple of people to help out with events and
hospitality (yes nametags) can you hand out name tags and put them back in alphabetical order? Some of these positions are not hard and if you aren’t sure how to do them, we are here to help you.

I cannot say thank you enough to our board members. Without them I would be lost as to what to do and when to do it.

Listed here are your new board members please welcome them and most of all please help them.

1. President – Lisa Damico (New)
2. 1st Vice President – Carolyn Gardner (New)
3. 2nd Vice President – Greg Cowley (New)
4. Treasurer - Walt Shannon (New)
5. Secretary – Debbie Krzywicki
6. Website Manager – Kathy Hill
7. Activities Coordinator – James Hill
8. Events Coordinator – Need to fill
9. Hospitality – Need to fill

The guest speakers for the upcoming meeting will be representatives from the Museum of Coastal Carolina (Maria Knapik) and the Planetarium in Sunset Beach (Katherine Hunt) who will describe what these locations have to offer to the public. I hope everyone got to see around the clouds and get a glimpse of the eclipse.

The next General Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14th at 10:00 A.M. at Sea Trail. The address is 75 Clubhouse Rd, Sunset Beach, NC 28468. The next board meeting will be held on September 28th at 9:00 A.M. at Shallotte
Presbyterian Church.

Please visit our website at to get all the latest information on Activities, Events and Guest Speakers for our upcoming General Meetings.

See you at the meeting!