Activities & Committees 2017-2018

The Park Ridge Newcomers Club offers a variety of activities throughout the year, which cater to a wide range of interests. Members are free to partake in as many (or as few) activities as they'd like, with the exception of our Fall and Spring Kids Sales. Because proceeds of these sales go directly to funding the club's activities, we require each member to work one 3-hour shift at each sale. 

Brief descriptions of some of the many activities and committees are listed below. Thank you in advance for sharing your time and talent! Specific dates for upcoming events can be found on the events page. If you are interested in joining a committee, you can find available positions in the Committees and Volunteers section, under the Members Only tab. Contact VP of Committees, Reese Ranta,, with any questions.    

New Member Social/Welcoming Committee 
The Welcoming committee helps plan four New Member Socials and makes ongoing efforts to help the newest Newcomers feel a part of the club. This committee works closely with the VP of Membership.

Garden Party
The Garden Party committee plans our annual August Garden Party. The Garden Party is our annual membership drive where non-members join us for the night and learn more about our club. It's also a great way for members to reconnect with each other after the summer months. 

Kids Sale
The main fundraiser for the Club is the Kids Sale, which is held twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring. The sale offers a great selection of gently used baby and kids' clothing, toys, and equipment. The Kids Sale committee handles a multitude of tasks including: publicity, organizing the sellers, arranging for donations, renting materials and equipment, setting up and working the sale.

Labor of Love
Get involved for a vital cause! This philanthropic event supports a different Park Ridge family in need each year, and is always a highly anticipated and widely attended Newcomers function. Committee members will help plan this wonderful fundraiser by preparing invitations, publicity, decorations, catering, music, donations, raffles, and auctions. There is a job for everyone!

Labor of Love Nominating Committee
This committee selects the recipient for our annual Labor of Love event. The committee will also be responsible for reaching out to the community to find families in need. Our past executive board will fill these positions.

The Friends Committee organizes dinners for families of members in need (birth or adoption of child, death of family member, surgery, etc.). Members are encouraged to sign-up to make a portion of the dinner (entrée, salad or dessert). The date is determined by those involved and the dinner recipient. Even if you aren't on the committee, you can contact the committee co-chairs if you're interested in helping out.

Moms on the Move (Weekend & Weekday)
This group is especially for moms with children under 5 years old. Activities throughout the year include play dates at the park or in members' homes, Jump Zone event, and other mom-and-kid friendly fun. 

Couples Committee
Help coordinate couples events and meetups throughout the year. These meetups can be at a local bar, restaurant or even someone's home. There is also a fun Summer Soiree typically catered at the beginning of the summer.

Shop Local 
This group establishes relationships with local business, dining, fitness, service, and retail establishments to promote the clubs commitment to support the local economy.

Schedule monthly meet ups where we talk about juggling career/family/personal time over dinner, drinks or wherever.

New Moms 
Organize meetups and playdates with other first time moms or moms of newborns. Perfect for moms with children under 2 years of age.

Community Outreach 
This committee seeks out ways to partner with local nonprofit organizations as well as lead philanthropic drives for the community.  

Fitness Committee and General Meeting 
With all the great workouts around town (Spin, TRX, CorePower, Personal Training, CrossFit), the fitness committee will organize 3-4 events to get us moving and try them out. Also, new this year, the Fitness Committee will sponsor the February General Meeting with a health related theme.

Family Picnic 
A great fun way to get our families together for a kid-friendly, summer party in the park. Typically held in August.

Holiday Party/General Meeting
It’s a holiday celebration with the girls! The event usually takes place at an area restaurant and has included a small gift exchange or a toy donation in the past.

Easter Egg Hunt / Bunny Visit
Another event that's fun for the whole family. The committee will plan the decorations, entertainment/activity and refreshments for this event, which is held near Easter.

Wine Appreciation and General Meeting: Wine Tasting 
NEW THIS YEAR. Wine Appreciation Committee will plan three wine themed events in addition to organizing our September general meeting.

General Meeting: Get Cooking
This November meeting is an opportunity for club members to learn new cooking skills and taste test some new recipes.  

General Meeting: Get Creative 
This fun January meeting can be anything from a sip-and-paint class to a how-to in the latest craft trend. It's a productive and entertaining night!

General Meeting: Spa Night
Organize a mani/pedi party at a local nail salon or other spa venue for our March general meeting.

Committee Appreciation Dinner
This end of the year dinner is held in May at a selected restaurant for our dedicated committee members. It’s a time to celebrate the Club’s accomplishments for the year and to acknowledge those who contributed to it’s success.

Alumni Socials: Fall & Spring
These socials provide an opportunity specifically for the alumni of the club to get together. You’ll coordinate the venue, date & time, and write the event announcements.

Knitting Committee-New this Year
o you like to knit? This Committee is a knitting group that meets in social settings, to sit back, relax, chat and knit. 

Marketing Committee-New this Year
This committee will be working with the VP of Communications to help rebrand the logo of the Park Ridge Newcomers Club. Marketing experience is a plus, but not necessary.

Green Committee- New this Year
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-This committee is about being Green and how we can make a positive impact on the environment.

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