The Zachary Newcomers Club is a group of “transplanted” Zachary residents of all ages. Membership is free and includes anyone living in Zachary area or neighboring communities, regardless of how long.
“We offer a means of socializing and opportunities to connect with others to learn about Zachary and surrounding areas,” said Stephanie Smith, club spokeswoman. “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 living in the community a little longer. We urge anyone interested to join us because after saying ‘hello,’ you are no longer a newcomer — you’re our friend.”
The Newcomers will host several activities, events and projects this year, including publishing a newsletter and organizing a Kindness Krew, which is responsible for performing random acts of kindness in Zachary and beyond.
As an activity of the Kindness Krew, the Newcomers recently sent a care package to 8-year-old Safyre Terry in New York.
The little girl suffered disfiguring burns in 2013 as the sole survivor of an arson attack that killed her entire family.
After a Christmas wish was posted on social media, Safyre received the generosity of thousands of strangers and hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards from all over the country, Smith said.
“We want to be more than just a group that eats lunch and plays games, although we’ll never give that up,” Smith said. “We want to give back to our community, surrounding areas and other organizations.”
This month, Smith said the club is looking at what it can do for the Zachary Food Pantry.
Also, the club meets monthly for coffee and is scheduled to gather next at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at The Chocolate Cafe, 5465 Main St., Zachary.
On Jan. 12, the group will embark on a C’est Si Bon Food Tour, a six-stop walking tour through downtown Baton Rouge that includes food tastings at local restaurants weaved with entertaining historical facts and cultural details.