The Tulsa Newcomers Club makes every Tulsan feel welcome.
Women of any age are welcome to join the Tulsa Newcomers Club, which offers social activities to help develop friendships. Pictured are Valerie Judkins, the club’s publicity chairwoman; Cindy Truby, president; member Eleanor Heger; Jan Johnston, communications chairwoman; and Jackie Wertis, vice president of programs.
Moving can be one of life’s most stressful events. A new city means a new everything else, too — a new job, a new school, a new doctor, a new life.
While most issues can be tackled with a little bit of research and a lot of perseverance, many people find the biggest obstacle to settling in after a move is establishing a new social life.
Growing a friendship takes time, and it is cultivated by shared values and experiences. The Tulsa Newcomers Club can help speed the process, according to board member Valerie Judkins.
Judkins says participating in the Tulsa Newcomers Club provides an instant social network. With an all-female membership of more than 100 and a multitude of interest groups to choose from, she is confident anyone can find her niche.
She particularly enjoys the book club, she says, but there are dozens of other groups, including those that gather for scrapbooking, wine tasting, Bunco and movie nights. A favorite of many is “Cocktails and Conversations,” which includes spouses, and one of the most popular events is a monthly luncheon featuring a guest speaker.
Judkins emphasizes the club’s hospitality, and its name sounds a bit more restrictive than its membership. In addition to those who are new to Tulsa, the Tulsa Newcomers Club is open to anyone of any age in the Tulsa area. Women experiencing a social shift of any kind would benefit by joining, she says.
“So many women my age, all of a sudden their husbands die and they’re lost, or they get a divorce and their friends go by the wayside and they need some women friends — they’re welcome to come, too,” Judkins says.
One recent member, Eleanor Heger, moved to Tulsa this past July and says the club helped make her transition a smooth one. Even though she has moved often, being in a different stage of life this time presented unique challenges.
“When I did this before, my kids were little, but now my kids are gone,” Heger says. “I don’t have a pet; nobody is in school, so you’re not going to meet people that way. The club shows me all around Tulsa and what it has to offer. It’s a great way to explore the area and get to know others in the process.”
Judkins adds, “With Newcomers, people can steer you to doctors, to dentists, to good shops, places to get your clothes tailored, whatever. We are very welcoming, and we would love to have anybody try us.”
For more information about the Tulsa Newcomers Club, visit www.tulsanewcomers.org or call 918-477-2414.