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Westonites Roll Out Welcome Mat

When Jennifer Roh moved to Weston from Manhattan in September, she did not know many people, but she certainly felt welcome.

So when she and her husband, John, found a flyer from the Weston Newcomers and Neighbors Club in their mailbox for the annual fall cocktail party, they jumped at the opportunity to meet new people.

Flash forward nine months and Roh is the club's publicity chair. Her message is simple. The club is a great way to get connected. "It's not the only way to meet people, but it's really good," she said. "It's a springboard so people can get active in their first year [in Weston]," she said.

The club organizes events and groups throughout the year, including holiday socials, game night, tennis club, community outreach, movie nights, golf outings, bowling, spa retreats, men's poker night and more. The Dining-In Club gets families together for themed nights at member's houses while the Dining-Out group organizes dinners at local restaurants. In the spring, the club organizes a "progressive dinner" with a theme, where families go to one house for appetizers, another for entrees and a third for dessert. "There are so many things to choose from," said Roh, who loves to participate in the community outreach group's senior luncheons. "The many activities are driven by the talents and interests of the members, so when new members join they can start a group if they have something they want to do."

The "Mommy and Me Book Club" is another popular group that combines a book club with a playgroup atmosphere, to make things easier for stay-at-home parents. Playgroups, organized by ages, meet once a week. Roh's 15-month-old son, Tyler, is a part of the 1 to 3-year-old group.

"We've met a bunch of kids that are going to be in Tyler's class," said Roh, who was worried when she first came to Weston that she would not begin to meet other parents until Tyler started school.

A list of local babysitters, many of whom are older children of members, is another perk of the club.

There is a $40 yearly fee to join, and those who are curious can try out two club events for free before they commit. But Roh said from experience that those who try it out, usually stay.

For more information, contact President Derry Blatt at  203-557-0888, email .

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