The Zachary Newcomers Club is changing and growing, member Beth Sanders Young said.

A steering committee has been established, and new club activities and events include a nighttime dessert and coffee outing, family suppers, date night for couples or singles, field trips or town outings on weekends and a community service activity — Meet the Officials — that ties in with the dessert and coffee, Young said.

The first dessert, coffee and Meet the Officials event is slated for April.

“We also plan to host some evening general meetings, probably quarterly, to accommodate schedules of those who work during the day,” Young said.

The Zachary Newcomers Club was formed in 2009 by Sylvia Wahoske, who relocated to the community with her husband, Keith, after a job transfer returned the couple to the East Baton Rouge Parish area.

Initially, the club was for members five years or newer to the Zachary community.

Young says the biggest change the club is making is eliminating the maximum number of years members are considered a newcomer.

“Recently, a few people have said they’ve been interested in joining but because of job demands or other conflicts could not participate. They also felt they missed the five-year window, even though they still felt like newcomers to the community,” Young said. “Our vision is to have the club be inclusive of anyone who is interested in participating and, as members, to benefit from the knowledge and experience of those who have been here in the community a little longer and who can mentor us ‘under-fivers.’ ”

For information about participating, email Young at or call (225) 301-2684.