Welcome Neighbor Club is ready for a new year and fun

Posted By | September 6, 2019 8:54 am

By Rachel Auberger

The Welcome Neighbor Club, which was first organized in 1972, hosts monthly meetings to introduce women of the community to the many opportunities available in White County and the surrounding area.

“Back then, we had a lot of new people moving into the community due to the increase in factory work,” Pinkie Hill, one of the original founding members, said. “We wanted to meet the ladies and introduce them to the community and all it has to offer.”

The club, which charges no dues and operates on sponsorship from First Tennessee Bank, Citizens Bank, and First National Bank, meets the second Thursday of every month during the school year. The sponsorship money helps provide light refreshments and outings for the group.

According to Hill, over the years, the club has met at the country club, local parks, the library, churches, and even at members’ homes so that the women can have a time to socialize and help new members of the community meet new friends and have something to bring them a sense of belonging. They have also taken tours of local places of interest like the Sparta Historic District, the old Spoke Factory, and the White County Heritage Museum as well as visiting state parks and attending arts and craft shows and eating lunch at local schools. Hill said when the group meets at a church or the library, they often have a guest speaker who comes to share a point of interest with the ladies.

“During our October meeting, we are going to have a gentleman come and speak about Native American lore and artifacts he found right here in White County,” Hill said.

Hill, along with the club’s current organizer, Becky Tubb, said they would love to have more women join their roster this year.

“We have 45 members, and we usually have about 25 of those able to attend each month, so it is a great way to get out and meet new people and introduce yourself to someone who might turn out to be your new best friend,” said Tubb.

Tubb said the club’s first meeting of the year will be at Pearson Park, underneath the Mitchell-Sparkman Pavilion, located on East Bockman Way, adjacent to Sparta Civic Center.

“We will meet at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 12th, to just have a time to meet and visit with everyone,” she said.

She also said anyone interested in more information about the Welcome Neighbor Club should contact her at (931) 836-3502.

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