When Newcomers are able to progress from the Ottawa Newcomers Club (ONC), they get to continue the friendships developed there by joining ONAC, the Alumnae group, where they may stay for the remainder of their time in the Ottawa area. ONAC has almost 200 members, some of whom have been with us since our inception in 1974. Like ONC, we too, are a non-profit group and operate solely on the efforts of volunteers from our membership. Both clubs are members of the National Newcomers Association of Canada (NNAC).
We have a general meeting luncheon the first Wednesday of the month. Most months we have a speaker, based on suggestions from our membership. Each month a venue is chosen for its ability to handle the size of our group with locations across the greater Ottawa area, from Stittsville to Orleans.
There are smaller group activities such as potluck lunches, Mah-jong, golf, book clubs, art gallery tours, stitch and chat, movies, and 5 bridge clubs. We also welcome any new activities.
Occasionally, we have a special guided event, such as a walk around Mudd Lake, visit to the Wild Bird Care Centre, or tour of a historic venue. ONC and ONAC share two luncheons each year and several activities like bridge and golf.
When ONC members progress to ONAC, they are contacted by the ONAC Executive inviting them to join. Our membership year is from September to June, although we have a few activities throughout the summer that we share with ONC. A short membership form and paid membership dues (currently $20 per year) are all it takes to become an Alumnae member. New members receive our monthly Newsletter and membership Roster. To bridge the gap between ONC and ONAC, we host new members at a coffee party in August. It is a great way to get to know some of our members and make the smooth transition to ONAC.
Join the Ottawa Newcomers Alumnae Club and make more friendships to last a lifetime!
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