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 4-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 Committee Members section, under the Members Only.
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.
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. The committee is asked to work all three shifts of the sale, but also gets priority shopping before the public and the rest of the club on Friday night.
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. The executive board from the previous year will fill these positions.
The Alumni Committee plans a Fall and Spring social to provide an opportunity specifically for the alumni of the club to get together. You’ll coordinate the venue, date & time and also organize any other socials.
Book Club Committee
This committee will hold at least 6 meet-ups (every 2 months) at member’s homes or local establishments to discuss the chosen book. Be creative with the book and the structure. It’s up to you!
Help coordinate couples events and meetups throughout the year. These meetups can be at a local bar, restaurant or even someone's home. Fun meetups in the past included Grill and Chills, Summer Soiree and St. Paddy’s Day drinks and appetizers.
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 its success.
Easter Egg Hunt/Bunny Visit
Another event that's fun for the whole family. This committee will plan a two session egg hunt (divided by age groups). This committee organizes the location, decorations, entertainment/activity and refreshments for this event, which is held near Easter.
A great fun way to get our families together for a kid-friendly, partner-friendly, summer party in the park. A little bit of catering, a little bit of potluck leaves everyone with full bellies. Typically held in August.
Fitness/Wellness Committee and February General Meeting
Updated this year, the Fitness committee now includes Wellness! With all the great workouts around town (Spin, TRX, CorePower, Personal Training, CrossFit), the fitness/wellness committee will organize events to get us moving and try them out. In 2019, this committee will expand and include a focus on wellness topics as well (e.g., essential oils, CBD, skincare, supplements). The Fitness/Wellness Committee will also organize the February General Meeting with a health related theme. No limit on events! Let’s try as many places and learn as much as we can!
This committee will organize events around learning to compost, planting veggies, how to do floral arrangements and organize demos at Lurveys or Pesches. This committee can also encourage recycling/reduce/reuse ideas at our events. Recommended 4 events.
Holiday Party/December General Meeting
It’s a holiday celebration with the girls! This event usually takes place at an area restaurant and has included a donation to a local nonprofit organization (link up with the Philanthropic Committee!)
Libations Committee/September General Meeting
Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, IPA or Lemon Drop, perhaps this committee is for you! The Libations Committee will plan at least three libation education (and enjoyment!) themed events in addition to organizing our September General Meeting (last year was an Oktoberfest theme with beer sampling!)
Local Ventures/January General Meeting: Get Creative
This committee organizes club meet ups at already organized community events, such as Arlington Race Track Family Day, Concerts in the Park, Farmer’s Market...etc. Pick a designated meeting area and go from there! In addition, this committee will organize our Winter General Meeting: Get Creative This fun winter 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!
March General Meeting: Spa themed
This committee will plan our very popular spa themed General Meeting in March. Previously, this event has been held at Ash & Willow, Chic Couture, Green Nails & Spa and Smiley Nails.
Memorial Day Parade Committee
New in 2019! This committee organizes the Newcomers’ participation in the Memorial Day Parade. Engage the community, raise awareness for the club, and have a great time with other members and their families while marching in the parade!
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, organized events, and other mom-and-kid friendly fun. Events should vary to be during the week as well as weekends to try and accommodate all schedules. New this year, we are combining Moms on the Move with the New Moms Committee to include organized meetups and playdates for moms with kids under 2 years of age.
Cooking Committee and November General Meeting
Enhanced in 2019! Arrange cooking themed events in a casual setting or members home. Some events might include a progressive dinner, brunch, coffee bar or even a cookie exchange around the holidays. In addition, this committee will also organize our November General Meeting: Get Cooking. This November meeting is an opportunity for club members to learn new cooking skills and taste test some new recipes.
Updated in 2019! This committee seeks out ways to partner with local nonprofit organizations as well as lead philanthropic drives for the community and beyond. This group’s goal is to effect positive change in Park Ridge and surrounding communities with a service-minded spirit! We suggest planning a variety of events for just members, kids or the entire family!
New Member Social Committee
The Welcoming committee helps plan at least 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. The Welcoming Committee will also continue to encourage the Newcomers Neighbors Program and organize get-to-know-you events. If possible, the committee members should be willing to host events at their house.
This committee is created to help to tackle work/life balance and other issues pertaining to managing a career, kids, personal time, partner time, etc.