By Carolyn Gilbert
Ann Edge is a native of Scotland and her husband David Edge hails from England. Northern Ireland is the birthplace of Elaine Jones, while her spouse Talat Soliman is originally from Egypt. Both couples now call Mississauga home and they are members of the Mississauga Newcomers and Acorn Club (MNAC). The all-volunteer group, open to men and women, emphasizes friendship and meeting new people.
Opportunities to engage in new activities are also available to members. They include bridge, breakfast clubs, book groups, a garden club, supper club, general meetings and other social get-togethers. At the events, one can meet people who originally came from such diverse places as Switzerland, South Africa, India, Brazil and Germany. Some members are from the U.S. and others are from Ontario or other Canadian provinces.
Edge has been a member since 1988. She has served as president, vice president and treasurer. Currently, she is a convener of a matinee theatre group.
“I have met a lot of people and developed a number of friendships through the years,” she says, adding that both she and David have enjoyed various activities.
Jones and Soliman are newer members. Jones says they enjoy the ambiance and a variety of activities. She adds the club is well organized, an aspect she likes.
Another relatively new member is Barb Niggemann, who is originally from Montreal. She jumped into leadership roles. Last year, as vice president, her responsibilities included planning the installation of the officers program and luncheon at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club. Members deemed the event a great success.
This year Niggemann is serving as president. The year is progressing well, with many activities on the agenda.
“I am enjoying the experience,” Niggemann said, adding there are a number of aspects regarding the position, such as planning activities and agendas, which makes it interesting and challenging.
The club began as the Mississauga Newcomers Club in the early 1970s. When the usual run of two years for a newcomers club was completed, members were so enthralled with their connections and friendships that they didn’t want to disband. In 1973, an alumni club ACORN (Alumni Club of Reorganized Newcomers) was added. Through the years, that group of newcomers and alumni continues to share friendships, activities and hobbies. Its programs and community events have included donating to a food bank, community outreach and working on archives and club history.
The club, an affiliate of the city of Mississauga recreation and parks department, welcomes new members. Call Bernadette, at 905-567-4602, for more information.
Photo: Some Mississauga Newcomers & Acorn Club members at a previous social event. Seated left to right are Jean Overell, Jayne Clayton and George Warren. Standing is Dorothea MacDonnell, the club’s Vice President.