About New Annapolitans
New Annapolitans is a social club formed to welcome new residents to the Annapolis area and to help them assimilate into the social, cultural and civic activities of the community. We were established in 1985 when our founders placed an ad in the local newspaper eliciting interest in forming a newcomers’ organization. The club has thrived and grown ever since, and currently has more than 600 members. (Scroll down to see our 2017-18 board members.)
We hold regular monthly meetings, each including an informative, entertaining program of interest to the general members. These meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (except February, July and August) at 10 a.m., preceded by a social gathering starting at 9:30 a.m. Prospective members interested in learning more about us are invited to arrive at 9:15 a.m. After each meeting, attendees may join other members for an optional luncheon at a local restaurant. Meetings are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis 21401 (off Bestgate Road). We also host special members-only luncheon events each February, when we celebrate New Annapolitans’ birthday, and June, when we fete the incoming and outgoing club president and board.
Members also organize and participate in a wide array of smaller groups centered on their special interests (our “Interest Groups”). Interest Groups are where friendships happen. As a member of New Annapolitans, you may participate in the Interest Groups of your choice – or start a new group. Interest Groups may change over time but typically include activities such as: book discussion groups; bridge and other table games; couples gatherings; luncheons, happy hours, wine tastings and dinner events; music, writing and needlework; walking, sailing, golf and tennis; cultural excursions and charitable endeavors. Please see the “Interest Groups” tab on this website for a complete list.
Our newest members enjoy a special place in our organization. For their first year in the club, they may be assigned a “Big Sister” who can serve as a resource person to help them settle into the community. Big Sisters also host special monthly gatherings in their homes that are open to all new members during their first year with New Annapolitans.
Members can get involved with our organization in many rewarding ways. New Annapolitans’ officers, chairpersons and committees work behind the scenes to arrange meeting programs, welcome new members, coordinate Interest Groups, track our membership, manage the club’s finances, produce a monthly newsletter, handle publicity, oversee the New Annapolitans website, plan special luncheons, document our history, provide refreshments and serve as Big Sisters.
If you are new to the Annapolis area, join us! You’ll enjoy fun activities, enlightening programs and interesting people with diverse backgrounds from all over the world.
2017-18 New Annapolitans Board
Kay Panagopulos, parliamentarian; Terry Martini, treasurer; Grace Sweeney, 4th vice-president, interest groups; Frieda Butler, newsletter editor; Gloria Pressman, president; Patience Chaplin, past president, Linda Ferrara, 3rd vice-president, membership; Maryann Gosnell, website coordinator; Jan O’Connor, 1st vice-president, newcomers; and Susan Levin, secretary. Not shown: Natalie Canavor, 2nd vice-president, programs.