Wilmington Newcomers

Satellite Groups

Satellite groups are the heart and soul of Newcomers. It is a great way to meet people in a smaller, more casual setting. It is through participation in these groups that many wonderful friendships are made. Members volunteer their time and energy as Satellite chairpersons to arrange the monthly activities. Please thank our chairs from time to time for volunteering for this most important job.

 Complete details and meeting specifics are emailed to members each month by the Satellite chairperson. Please contact the Satellite chairperson if you have any questions. You can sign-up for the Satellite Groups by emailing the chairperson.  Group email addresses are available at each monthly meeting and with every newsletter.


Around Town Dining 

Mary Ann McAlonan

Jean Collier

Joan Lokitis

Both couples and singles are welcome to attend.  This group meets at different restaurants with a variety of dining experiences.  Meets the last Wednesday of every month. 

Art and Craft Makers

Jean Smillie

Jackie Siefers

Join ladies who create many forms of art: painting, drawing, pottery, glass, jewelry, fabric, metal work, etc. We come together to share ideas, experiences and opportunities. Meetings vary depending on the project.

Bar Belles

Kathi Bender

Marianne Eisenhauser-Wall

Bar Belles get together to experience various bars in the area and enjoy Happy Hour together! Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4-6pm. 

Beach Buddies

Debbie Osterhout

Dari Williams

Maryleigh Preston-McClure

Enjoy relaxing, getting to know each other, walking, etc.  Dates will be announced at the first of each month.  Will rotate beaches from Topsail to Kure Beach.  A specific location at the beach will be designated.  Colorful flags in the area will signify WNC.  Sign up to receive a monthly email letting you know our beach choice.  No need to rsvp, just show up.  4:00PM to 6:00PM twice monthly.  Open to singles and partners.

Book Club

Eileen Gross

Ellen Abisch

Readers come together and talk about books and the reading experience. We have a rotating selection of books (fiction and nonfiction) chosen by the members. Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the New Hanover Library on Military Cutoff Rd, 1:00 pm, in the Oak Room.

Bowling for fun

Dorothy Berna

We meet at Cardinal Lanes for three games with free shoes for $6.00.  Meets 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm

Breakfast Club

Sharon Pollock

Joanie Quinzi

Join us for breakfast at various restaurants in and around Wilmington. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9am. 


Joyce Wehrle

Jane Harrington

The Bridge group meets at Ruby Tuesdays at Mayfaire, the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Some experience needed.


Sandy Poore

Bunco is a fun, social, group dice game involving 100% luck and requiring no skill.  Players attempt to roll specific numbers on the dice depending on the round.  Roll 3-of-a-kind for a Bunco!  There are no decisions to be made.  Scoring and rules are simple.  Members of the group take turns hosting.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month 1-4pm.  

C.A.T.S. Creative Adults That Stitch

Priscilla Jack

Janet Wessling

If you are a knitter, crocheter, needlepointer, come join our group. We are a group of women who enjoy one or all of the different needlework venues. We come together to share our experiences, help each other, exchange ideas and patterns. Both beginners and experienced are welcome as we sit back and relax with our projects. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Location will vary. 

Chick Flix

Jean Smillie

Join women who enjoy a lunch out and a movie of interest to women. Each month we select a restaurant and movie. Join us for a lovely afternoon. Meets the last Tuesday of the month. 

Coffee Rest & Relaxation (Coffee R&R)

Kate Hoff

Alex deSherbinin

We get together for coffee 'n chat, or tea, or water, etc! Members rotate hosting as we focus on getting to know each other. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10am-12pm. 

Day Trippers

Linda Highsmith

Lyn Totty

Robbin Matous

Want to learn about what the Wilmington area has to offer? Join us as we visit various tourist attractions, historical sites and museums, enjoy the eco-tours, and explore fun locations. Meeting day varies. Open to singles and partners. 

Food, Friends & Fun

Nancy Brown

Both couples and singles are welcome to attend where we meet new people and develop friendships in a more intimate setting! Members take turns hosting and due to popularity some months there are more than one location. Generally the host will prepare the main dish, choose a "theme" and the guests provide the side dishes. Meets 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Hand & Foot

Pat Fennell

Valarie Swiger

Hand & Foot is a fun card game related to canasta. All levels of play are welcome. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from noon-3pm. 

Healthy Living/Healthy Eating

Jane Brody

Dari Williams

This group meets to talk about living a healthy lifestyle.  Sharing ideas, discussing nutrition and taking field trips are the main focus of this group.  Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30am.  Time and date may change due to program or field trip offered.

Home & Garden Club

Valerie Baxter

Marcy Brennan

Joan Lokitis

Leslie Littlefield

Marilyn McKee

Mary Anne McAlonan

Louise Maggio

Not your traditional Home & Garden - more of a DIY. The locations change depending on the particular program. Generally meets on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning.  

Ladies Night Out

Katy Dangelo

Betty Hume

Anything goes! Maybe theatre, concerts, craft night or even local ladies events, etc. Suggestions are always welcome.  Meetings vary each month depending on the event.

Ladies Out Lunching (LOL)

Ginny White - Tuesday

Linda Dobson - Friday

Mary Ann Hood - Friday

Come join us for lunch at different restaurants in and around Wilmington. Meets the 3rd Tuesday and Friday of the month.  

Mah Jongg

Linda McAninch

Linda Bywaters

Join us for a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. Play will be by the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. rules. Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 1pm.

Mah Jongg (beginner)

Linda Bywaters

Beginners Mahjongg group starting in November!  Will meet the first Thursday from 1pm - 4pm at Linda Bywaters home!


Holly Woodward

If you are interested in photography you might want to consider this satellite group.  Meetings are generally the second Monday of each month but may vary depending on the event.

Recipe Exchange

Jeanne Kimlick

Gini Mulligan

Looking to try new food ideas and exchange the recipes? We have a different theme each month and share foods and recipes related to that month's theme. Bring copies of your recipe and $1.00 to cover paper products and beverages. Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 12 noon. 

The Gathering

Mima Suvillga

Linda McAfee

The Gathering is a fun time of conversation with new and "old" friends feasting on delicious foods. Members take turns hosting.  Attendance is by invitation only.  Each month an evite invitation is sent to members on the list on the day of the monthly meeting. Meets the last Sunday of the month.  You must notify the host if you cancel your reservation.

Travelers Adventures

Claudette Schaeffer

Ann Houck

Travelers Adventures will get together and share their travel adventures, memories and photos —- local, across the country and across the world!  Share memories of what went well and recommendations of what didn’t go so well!  Ideas and plans for future travel!  Spouses will be welcomed!  Look for the info sheet at the Satellite table.

Walk and Talk Wrightsville Beach

Jean Collier

Walk and talk the 2.45-mile Nesbit Loop at Wrightsville Beach. Join us and experience the physical and mental health benefits that come from exercise and socializing. Meets on Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Wrightsville Beach Park and finishes up by 9:30 am. Note: No meeting on 2nd Thursday of the month when General Membership meeting is held.