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.
Welcoming Committee/New Members Social
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. The Welcoming Committee will also continue to encourage the Newcomers Neighbors Program and also organize monthly pop-up events. If possible, the committee members should be willing to host a pop-up event at their house. Pop-up refers to within one week.
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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
This committee seeks out ways to partner with local nonprofit organizations as well as lead philanthropic drives for the community. This group establishes relationships with local business, dining, fitness, service, and retail establishments to promote the clubs commitment to support the local economy.
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.
Fitness Committee and General Meeting
With all the great workouts around town (Spin, TRX, CorePower, Personal Training, CrossFit), the fitness committee will organize 4 events to get us moving and try them out. The Fitness Committee will also organize the February General Meeting with a health related theme.
Local Ventures and Winter General Meeting: Get Creative 2/4
New this year! 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!
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.
Holiday Party/General Meeting
It’s a holiday celebration with the girls! This event usually takes place at an area restaurant and has included a small gift exchange, raffle or a toy donation in the past.
Easter Egg Hunt / Bunny Visit
Another event that's fun for the whole family. This committee will plan a two session egg hunt for divided age groups. This committee organizes the location, decorations, entertainment/activity and refreshments for this event, which is held near Easter.
Libations Committee and General Meeting: Wine Tasting
Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, IPA or Lemon Drop, perhaps this committee is for you! Previously our Wine Appreciation Committee, the Libations Committee will plan at least three libation education themed events in addition to organizing our September Wine Tasting 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 its success.
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.
This committee will assist with general marketing and branding of the Club, as well as additional support for the publicity committees for major events such as Kids Sale and Labor of Love.
The Friends Committee organizes dinners for members and their families in times of need. (birth or adoption of child, death of family member, surgery, etc.) 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. Four members will cover the first 6 months and 4 members will cover the second 4 months.
Cooking Committee and November General Meeting
New for 2018! 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.
New to 2018! 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.
Book Club Committee
YES! BOOK CLUB is BACK for 2018! This committee will hold 6 meet-ups every 2 months at member’s homes to discuss the chosen book.
Women’s Clothing Swap Committee
New to 2018! Clean out your closets and get ready to fill it with some gently used fashion! This committee will organize one or two Women’s Clothing Swap events only for our members. You will need to plan a space, collect clothing from members, display clothing by size, and run the event. A small entrance fee will be charged to each member to shop but no charge for the clothes!