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January 2019

       VIOLA DREYER     913-400-3113
The Holiday Luncheon was a big success thanks to Karen Strange for our tasty lunch and Jan Gratch for a wonderful
musical program by Paula Suroff. A Holiday Homes Tour for those attending the Luncheon was hosted by four of our
members. Everyone was excited to see the Christmas decorations and collections members arranged for us to enjoy.
Thank you to: Dyann Ballou (Anne Nye’s daughter), Betty Burton, Linda Coffman and Charlene Nye.

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Now is the time to start planning for the 2019-20 Elections of Leawood Welcomers Officers. A nominating committee
consisting of the Executive Board and two members at large shall be approved at the January Board meeting.

Our By-Laws also require that we publish in the January newsletter “the Nominating Committee shall ask the general
membership for written suggestions for new officers…” (Article IV, Section 2). Please feel free to let any of our
Board members know your recommendations.


BOARD MEETING            VIOLA DREYER            913-400-3113
The January 9, 2019, Board Meeting, will be at the Leawood Pioneer Library. Refreshments for social time will be provided by Karen Strange and Carol Besselievre between 9 and 10 AM. The Library does not open until 9 AM. The meeting will begin at 10 AM.

 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.

Judy Barackman will be hosting 3rd Thursday Party Bridge, January 17, 2019, at Windy City Restaurant at 11:30.   Their new address is 13170 State Line.

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.  
January 23 - “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate, is another historical fiction story that you will not want to miss!

CANASTA                SHERYL MATTHEWS            913-851-4356 
1ST THURSDAY - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CHAIRMAN - JAN WARNER - 499-0607
Hostess – Nancie Kieweg 515-3497 Jan. 3rd Address: Location to be announced. Please let Nancie know if you are attending or who your sub is.

4TH TUESDAY - 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CHAIRMAN – LYNN STROUT - 847-347-4720
Hostess – Inge Dugan Jan. 22nd Address: 5223 W. 121st Street. Please let Inge know if you are attending or who your sub is.

4TH WEDNESDAY - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Hostess- Helen Lawson Jan. 23rd

4TH THURSDAY – 9:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.. CHAIRMAN - JUDY DERCHER - 491-0274
Hostess – Heather Ryan 485-6118  Jan 24th  Address: 4005 W. 150th  Please let Heather know if you are attending or who your sub is.

We wish Elaine Rutledge a speedy recovery from her broken wrist.

Congratulations to Ann Nye for her beautiful photo display in Prairie Village.

Many blessings in the New Year.

CRAFT & CHAT      ANN BRENDLE             913-327-5852
We meet on 3rd Monday from 10-12 every month except July and August. You are to reply to the hostess the first Monday if you are coming or not.
Our January 21st meeting is at Ann Bagley’s house from 10-12.  Her address is 4221 West 150th St Leawood.  Please call or email her to let her know if you will attend. E-mail: Home: #913-851-3681 or Cell: 913-708-5430c.  We hope to see you there!

DINING OUT (EVENING)      COE KINDIG      913-491-4672
Evening Dine Out is a social group for couples that meet 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 January 20tht
Group A - TBA
Group B - will meet at Karen and Herb Strange’s home.
Group C - Open

HAND & FOOT                     MARGO BARRICK       913-338-2504
Hand & Foot will meet at Pat Jeffcott's home, 5203 W 121st, on January 14. Please let her know if you are coming or who your sub is 913-226-5951.

HAND & FOOT (couples)       JOYCE MURPHY     913-897-3844
Group A Hand and Foot will be played at Coe and Jerry Kindig home on January 25th at 12:00-4:00.

Group B Hand and Foot will not play until April 2019 as all the couples are winter snowbirds.

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 January 14th at Bobbie Anderson’s home, 12717 High Dr., Leawood, KS 66209, 913-491-0621. Please let her know in advance if you will attend or not.

LUNCH BUNCH (B)       HEATHER RYAN          913-851-4230
Our lunch Bunch B will enjoy hospitality of hostess Peggy Cook, 816-805-2012 on January 24 at 11:30 AM

LUNCH OUT           CAROL BESSELIEVRE           913-608-5166
Lunch Out meets the 2nd Friday of every month except July and August. Please RSVP to Carol at 913-608-5166 or at

On January 11, 2019, arrival time is 11:30am for lunch at Bravos, Town Center.

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.
Kathy Wininger will host Mah Jongg, January 28 at her home. Please contact Kathy if you are going to play.

MEMBERSHIP                DEBBIE SCRIVNER          816-392-0255
Membership is enjoying the ‘quiet’ before dues collection begins in April. 
The following change needs to be made to your booklet:
MaryJo Brosch email (the ‘I’ should be a ‘J’)
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 In January, we will meet at The Ainsworth (11563 Ash St. in Park Place) at 11:30 on January 15.  Please RSVP to Anita Darrah no later than Monday morning, Jan. 14. 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
Next meeting will be January 25,  Hostess is Maureen Bennett please RSVP

Meets on the 1st Sunday Evening of the month. Hostess for January 6 is Carol Besselievre please RSVP               

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<>

Please join your fellow Leawood Welcomers on Tuesday January 8th, 2019 at 11:30 AM at Heather Ryan's home, 4005 W. 150th St., 913-851-4230 or cell 913-485-6118

TRAVELS - FAR            DEBBIE SCRIVNER              816-392-0255
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.

TRAVELS - NEAR        JOAN VARRIANO          913 449 5109
Travels Near will be taking January and February off due to possible weather concerns with travel. Please feel free to send Joan any suggestions for future outings!       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.  Check out Jan Warner's gingerbread house by selecting the About Us Past & Present page.