Welcome!

 

 

Northwest Neighbors (NWN) is a non-profit social club for women who reside in the Northwest Austin area of the great state of Texas. The object of the organization is to help women in our area become better acquainted with each other and the community. Our activities include a Monthly Luncheon with a speaker or program held at the Great Hills Country Club, as well as our many Interest Groups, where smaller groups of members get together at various locations to share common interests.

 

There are no specific borders that limit participation in our club and we currently have members from Northwest Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and as far as Marble Falls. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, you are welcome to join us.

 

President’s Message

 

 

We have appreciated the luncheon programs over the last few months. The music by Joy C.’s family in July was a treasure. We enjoyed the stories told by another of our members, Char Q., in August and were inspired by the “Dreamcatcher,” Doug Cox in September. So, the luncheons have been very special and our time to keep in touch. Life gets busy and it is nice to make time for our friends and ourselves. So, the topic for this newsletter is how can we make the most of our lives and set our albatrosses free.  Albatrosses are beautiful birds with metaphorical connections to burdens. Coleridge wrote “the albatross about my neck was hung.” We have challenges that at times can weigh us down.  It can be sadness or anger or ruts. It’s important to confront these issues and make peace with our challenges. If we don’t they find a room in our lives and make a nest. So, let’s set our albatrosses free. It’s an active process and sometimes a thoughtful assessment of the issues and then developing a game plan.  It also can be a simple choice.  I choose to let go and be happy.

Determination can guide us through the course. I choose to be fruitful. I choose to focus on what makes my life meaningful. We tackle our challenges then we step outside to nature. We breathe deep and begin to heal old wounds. We develop a sense of thankfulness for the friendships, love, joy and laughter in our lives.  Then at night when we close our eyes, we reflect and smile.

 

Gail I.

Announcements

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Navigating our Member Resources Section
  We have consolidated all our password protected pages in one section called MEMBER RESOURCES.   In this section you will find:  Newsletters,  Member Announcements, Directory, Member Forms, and Administration.  Username and password are available to members only and will be given to you when you join – or for current members, by e-mail whenever there are changes.  If you are a member and have any questions about accessing our password protected area, please e-mail northwestneighbors.austin@gmail.com for help.
 

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Upcoming Board Meetings

 

October 3 – Home of Teresa K.

November 7 – Home of Dolores Z. 

 

Contact info is in the current newsletter.

 

 
All members of Northwest Neighbors are  welcome
to attend as guests and observe board meetings as seating
availability permits.
If in a home, please call the hostess first to check.
Thanks!

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Members! How to Form a New Interest Group or

Make a Change to an Existing One!

 

For those of you interested in forming a new Interest Group or making a change (name, meeting time, etc.) to an existing one, the wondering about how to do it is over! Everything you need to know  (procedure and form to submit) is in our Member Resources section under the sub-heading, Member Information.  Member Resources is listed on our Menu at the top and is password protected – you will need to sign in.  

If you have any questions regarding accessing this info,

 please contact your Website Chair, Mare W.

 

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To All Northwest Neighbors Members:



It is important that you do not approach Great Hills CC staff to request any change to your luncheon meal or to register complaints. The menu is set and you have one alternative choice that can be pre-ordered if you do not like or cannot eat the main
entrée. On the day of the luncheon, no changes or substitutions can be made. If you have any problems with the meal, please tell our NWN luncheon chair or our president and they will speak with Great Hills staff, if necessary. The GHCC staff have been told to refer any NWN members’ issues regarding the meal to our president or Luncheon committee. Thank you for your cooperation!

 

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Reminders


When carpooling to a Northwest Neighbors event or interest group,
it is appropriate to offer your driver a nominal amount
to compensate for their gasoline.

 

If you are a regular member of an Interest Group that has a
monthly charge to play, it is club policy that you are responsible
for that charge if a sub cannot be found to fill your place.
In such instances, please make sure that your Chairperson
receives your payment as soon as possible.
(See detailed policy at bottom of page)

 

THANKS!!



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Magnetic Name Badges 

 

Magnetic name badges are available for those of you who want to purchase one. These name badges can be worn not only at our luncheons, but are great for identifying yourself at our many interest group meetings as they can be taken home with you!  These badges are very helpful for those of us who, at times, have trouble remembering names we know we should not have forgotten!
 
 
These badges attach with magnets and will not harm your most delicate clothing.  If you have a pacemaker and shouldn’t wear anything magnetic, these badges can be ordered with a pin backing.
 
 

The cost is $9.00 per badge. Sales tax is included in the price. You may order by signing up on the order sheet at the luncheons or by e-mailing your request (name to be on badge, your address and phone number) to: northwestneighbors.austin@gmail.com.

 

Please note that our usual hang-around-your-neck name tags that are set out at the luncheons will still always be available to every member. The purchase of these magnetic badges is optional.

 

P.S. When you have a magnetic name badge, the hang-tag makes a very nice place card to hold your seat!
 
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 Important Message for all Members involved in
Interest Group Activities:
 

Members are reminded that all activities in Northwest Neighbors are governed by reservations, either formal or informal.  All chairpersons and hostesses rely on an accurate attendee count to plan activities, purchase lunches, and organize car pools. It is especially important when Bridge, Canasta, and Bunco must have equal tables of four members to have a successful game.  Please realize that your reservation is your commitment that you will participate in the selected event.  If unable to attend the function, it is always your responsibility to cancel within a reasonable time or find a willing “sub” to attend and pay for the event in your place.  When reservations are not cancelled and the chairperson is faced with a “no show,” it causes a hardship on all. This is also important at meetings of, for example, Craft Club or Supper Club or Culinary Arts or any group that depends on a certain attendance level and plans time, food, etc. accordingly.

 

The Board has made it a policy that any reservations where a payment is involved that are not properly cancelled within a “reasonable time frame” (or by reservation deadline, if there is one), will result in the member holding the reservation being responsible for payment, regardless of circumstance. Of course, the chairperson will always do her best to find a last minute replacement, and most of us, as a “sub,” are willing to pay for the lunch we consume or the activity in which we participate.  This policy is in place to protect the chairpersons in instances where the cancelled reservation will personally cost her money to continue the activity, pay the luncheon costs, or properly pay out full prize money.

 

Thanks very much for your cooperation in this!