December 2018

       VIOLA DREYER     913-400-3113    

Our Fall Luncheon was a special presentation of the Leawood Welcomers' Past Presidents in celebration of Leawood Welcomers’ 60 years.

L/RJean Mead, Joyce Murphy, Sandy Berland, Bobbie Anderson, Peg Armstrong, Mary Ann Westhoff, Anna Lou Armour, Betty Burton, Patti Brady, Jane Webster and Joanne Varriano.
 Leawood Welcomers was organized in 1958 for the social orientation of new and present residents of Leawood. Early events included luncheons, Art and Garden shows, Bridge, Bunko and Canasta groups.  Thank you ladies for past and continuing service as well as your continuing support.     

BOARD MEETING            VIOLA DREYER            913-400-3113

The December 12 Board Meeting will be held at the Highland Villas Club House, 5400 W. 145th Terr. Pot Luck will be provided by Board Members.  A short meeting will be held at 11 AM with lunch at noon followed with a gift exchange.

 BRIDGE                          MARLENE CASE               913-491-1650
Contact for Duplicate Bridge: Marlene Case, 913-491-1650 Meets the 3rd Friday for duplicate bridge. They will meet each month, Sept. through May, at the Country Club of Leawood, 12700 Overbook at 10:00 AM.

Contact for Party Bridge: Maurine Bennett, 913-814-7994 Meets the 3rd Thursday.


BOOK REVIEW            CARLA LIBERDA              913-579-5525
Book Review meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Please join us at 1:00 pm at YaYa’s, 137th & Metcalf Ave. All members and guests are welcome! Join us for fun conversation, whether or not you have read the book.  
Note: No Book review meeting in December.  

CANASTA                SHERYL MATTHEWS            913-851-4356 
1ST THURSDAY - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CHAIRMAN - JAN WARNER - 499-0607
December 6th Location to be announced.
4TH TUESDAY - 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CHAIRMAN – LYNN STROUT - 847-347-4720
Hostess – Pat Jeffcott 226-5951 Nov.27th 
Address: 5203 W. 121st St. Please let Pat know if you are attending.
There will be no Canasta in December.
4TH WEDNESDAY - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CHAIRMAN – JOYCE MURPHY
Hostess –Sandy Berland December 18th.
4TH THURSDAY – 9:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.. CHAIRMAN - JUDY DERCHER - 491-0274
There will be no Canasta in December.


We have a few members who could use some get well wishes---- Ann Brendle, Donna Fletcher, Premla Kumar, and Karen Strange.
Donna fell and injured her shoulder and broke her arm. She is recuperating at Villa St. Joseph, 11901 Rosewood, Leawood KS, 66209. Here's hoping everyone will be in great shape for the holiday festivities and family gatherings.

CRAFT & CHAT      ANN BRENDLE             913-327-5852

Craft and Chat meets on the 3rd Mondays from 10-12.  
December’s Chat and Craft is different this month! It will be held at Candy Byrne’s on Dec 17th from 4-6 pm for happy hour!  Candy lives at 3901 W 150th St.  We are asking everyone to bring an appetizer to share.  Candy will have wine and other drinks.  If it is difficult to drive at night and need a ride, call Ann Brendle @ 913-327-5852.
Please call Candy at 681-7858 or email her @ if you can attend and to let her know what you will be bringing.  Let’s have a great turnout for the holidays and then see the lights on the way home!

DINING OUT (EVENING)      COE KINDIG      913-491-4672

Evening Dine Out is a social group for couples that meets on the 3rd Sunday on each month from September through May, for cocktails at 5-5:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Each month, a different couple hosts the cocktails and chooses the restaurant, informs the group members and makes the reservations. The restaurant must provide separate checks for each couple.

Dine Out will meet December 16th
Group A TBA,
Group B will meet at Joyce and Tim Murphy’s home,
Group C will meet at Bobbie and Carl Anderson’s home.

HAND & FOOT                     MARGO BARRICK       913-338-2504

No Hand and Foot in December

HAND & FOOT (couples)       JOYCE MURPHY     913-897-3844
Group A Hand and Foot will be played at Joan and Al Biermann on Nov. 16th at  12:30

Group B Hand and Foot will be played at Joan and Al Biermann on Nov. 14th at 6:30 

LUNCH BUNCH (A)            JOAN BIERMANN         913-239-9678
 Lunch Bunch (A) meets the second Monday of every month except July and August. You are to reply to the hostess the first Monday if you are coming or not.
Lunch Bunch A will meet December 10th at Mary Glaub’s home, 7208 West 148th St. OP KS 66223,
913-851-4117.  Please let her know one week in advance if you are to come or not.

LUNCH BUNCH (B)       HEATHER RYAN          913-851-4230
Our lunch Bunch B will meet on the 2nd Thursday of December. Please note date change due to the Holidays.We will meet for lunch at 11:30 am on Thursday December 13th at Kerry Mowrey's beautiful home.Kerry's address is 11008 Delmar Street, Leawood Kansas. Please RSVP via email, phone or Evite. <>

LUNCH OUT           CAROL BESSELIEVRE           913-608-5166
We will have lunch at Firebirds Restaurant by Crowleys Furniture on 135 th Street.  We will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018.  Please RSVP to Carol at 913-608-5166 or  

LUNCHEON CHRISTMAS        KAREN STRANGE              650-796-0426

Our Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 5th from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Hallbrook Country Club.  The Address is 11404 West Meadow Lane, West of State Line in Leawood.  The Club will be serving Sliced Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy (on the side) and Asparagus, Dessert and coffee.  Please send your $25.00 reservation check made out to LEAWOOD WELCOMERS to Karen Strange, 4305 W 110th Street, Leawood, KS 66211 before the November 28th deadline.  Don't forget to ask a friend or family member if they would also like to attend

MAH JONGG                KATHY WININGER                913-706-9002

Mah Jong meets on the 1st Wednesday and the 4th Monday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Contact Kathy Wininger email: or 913-661-9331 or 913-706-9002. Email reminders will be sent to members about 1 week prior to play.  Players are asked to contact the hostess (yes or no) if they are going to play.
Wednesday, December 5 - Hostess is Nancy Madeira. 913-499-6835 or 913-439-9375.  Nancy's address is 5213 West 116th Street, Leawood.  Edgewood Development.
Monday, December 24 - No Mahjongg -- Christmas Holiday.

MEMBERSHIP                DEBBIE SCRIVNER          816-392-0255

All booklets have been delivered or mailed to our membership.  I am happy to report we have one new member who joined us after meeting us at the Fall Luncheon.  Please put Beverly’s info in your booklets: 

Blankowski, BeverlyBday 8/16Leawood South12747 Overbrook Rd412-218-5340
The following changes should be made in your booklets:
         Jan Gratch has no landline
         Drenda Tomlinson address is a typo 12322 Granada Rd is correct
         Julie Hainje add sponse (Terry)
         Holiday Social is NOT Dec 19, but Dec 5th
         Toni DeSimone has moved (phones are same):  16049 Fontana St #501 Stillwell, KS 66085 
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         Marlene Case has moved (phone are same):  9201 Foster St # 141A OP, KS 66212
Be sure to contact Debbie Scrivner with changes in interests, mailing newsletters or contact information (phone, address, email).  These are NOT handled by Premla who creates and emails our wonderful newsletter nor Margo who graciously prints, labels and mails non-emailed newsletters each month.

MOVIE GROUP             ANITA DARRAH              913-219-5651

The Movie Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 11:45 for lunch and a movie. Our December meeting will be at Bravo (Town Center) on December 18.  Please RSVP by text, phone, or email by Monday, Dec. 17 to: Anita Darrah 913/219-5651

PUBLICITY              JOAN VARRIANO               913-685-7422
The best form of publicity is word of mouth. If you know of someone who might be interested in joining Leawood Welcomers
1.      Invite them to a luncheon, coffee, event, cards, etc. That way they can see if they like the group before they join.
2.      New Neighbor! Let Debbie Scrivner know if you'd like to have a flyer/handout/newsletter sent to them. She'll need their address.
3.      Remind them that it is only $25 a year. It's the best deal in town!
4.      Look for handouts that have been placed at the Leawood Pioneer Library and 3 places at City Hall. A handout is included in all new resident literature given out by City Hall. 
5.      If you know of a place or event in Leawood to layout LW handouts, call Joan Varriano. 

RUMMIKUB              PAT JEFFCOTT         913-226-5951

 Meets on the 1st Sunday Evening of the month.  Meeting December 2  Hostess is Sheryl Matthews please RSVP to  Sheryl, and plan on starting at 5:00.       

 Please join your fellow Leawood Welcomers on Tuesday December 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am at Linda Coffman's beautiful home. Linda Coffman's address is 11117 Alhambra Street, Leawood, Kansas 66211. Linda's phone number is (913)549-3212(HM) or cell is (913)562-7987.
This is a fun casual group that enjoys getting together to share food, fun and fellowship. Please bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share. Homemade is not required. Please feel free to bring a friend or neighbor. The more the merrier. Please RSVP via Evite, email and or telephone to Heather Ryan (913- 485-6118) or<>

TRAVELS - FAR            DEBBIE SCRIVNER              816-392-0255
Travels Far made a fun trip to Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Ponca City in Oklahoma.  Highlights are best shown by photos so I am hoping there is room in the newsletter for a few.  We visited Frank Phillips of Phillips Oil fame country lodge (photo) and museum.  We stayed at Grandview B&B (breakfast photo) which is featured in Pioneer Woman magazine Christmas edition.  Ree Drummond ranch was beautiful (Margo is cooking where Ree films).  And EW Marland mansion (posing like the statue) has amazing Italian architecture as well as amazing stories.  Thanks to those who traveled with me as they made the trip so fun! 
Our next trip will be to Pella, Iowa for tulip festival.  Put this on your calendars for Friday – Sunday, May 3-5. I have 4 double queen rooms reserved. I will need driver/s and $150 (approximately ½ room cost) as a deposit due by March 15, 2019.  Call if you have questions.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and safe travels! Debbie
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TRAVELS - NEAR        JOAN VARRIANO          913 449 5109
Monday, December 3rd - Happy Hour and Christmas Lights!  Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant on the Plaza. We will carpool from UMB Bank (435 and State Line Road) at 4:00 pm. We have a reservation at 4:30 pm for 8 people. Please let me know if you plan to attend. They offer wine by the glass ($5-$8) and appetizers ($7-$9). I will need an additional driver.
Friday, December 7th 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 8th 1:00 pm we will be attending "Christmas at Resurrection" at The Church of the Resurrection. I have 11 tickets for Friday night's performance and 6 tickets for Saturday afternoon's performance. Location: 13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS 66224 (135th and Nall) Cost: $27.50 Your check to Joan Varriano is your reservation. 
NOTE:  Travels Near will be taking January and February off due to possible weather concerns with travel.       VIOLA DREYER       913-400-3113

The Leawood Welcomers Website has several new pages.  The Past Events page highlights pictures taken during our luncheons and coffees.  The Group Pictures page continues to show members participating in activities, playing games and attending various outings.  The October Newsletter page will be updated each month with the latest newsletter.   Check it out anytime!