Summer Social: Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area gather at Standard Market

by: Mike Ellis           

            The Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area assembled at the Summer Social at Standard Market in Westmont yesterday evening.

            Newcomers & Neighbors is a nationwide social organization that is committed to helping local residents develop lasting relationships and find activities that interest them, thereby enabling them to feel more immersed within the community.  The Greater Hinsdale Area chapter primarily comprises Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, and Burr Ridge; but it also currently has several members from Westmont and Downers Grove.  Last year, the group had about 120 members.

            “The idea is, if someone comes from another area, they can find activities and groups they can connect with,” President Mary Parsons of Hinsdale said.  “We’re basically a social organization that is trying to meet the needs of people who are new to the area.  Our mission is to get new people [incorporated], and to help them get settled.”

            Newcomers & Neighbors offers a wide variety of activities to encompass the interests of both men and women, including Book Club, Euchre, Girls’ Night Out, Lunch Bunch, Men’s Poker Night, Philanthropy, and more.  Vice President Rose Ross of Hinsdale said that while some organizations pride themselves on quantity of membership, this group is primarily concerned with the quality of activities it provides.

            “At the end of the day, Newcomers is about retaining members,” Ross said.  “Because this is a nationwide organization, if members from our group have a bad experience and drop out, they will be reluctant to join Newcomers if they move to a new area.”

            Member Lynne McLeod jovially sung the praises of Newcomers and her newfound friends.

            “To find a group at 72 is not easy,” McLeod said.  “They are the most delightful young ladies who have really made me feel welcome in their group.”  

            Despite the name, Newcomers & Neighbors is not merely designed for people who have just recently moved to the area.

            “It’s not necessarily [only] new people to the community,” Social Chair Susan Kazi said.  “I had been [in Hinsdale] six years before I joined.  It was a great way to meet new people and make some really good friendships.”

            “This is the way to get connected if your kids are older,” Ginger Hopper of Hinsdale said. 

            Newcomers also serves as a forum through which members can exchange resources and recommendations ranging from local dentists to plumbers.   

            If you think Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area might be the group for you, or would simply like more information about the services and activities it offers, please visit, or visit a local library, where you can find brochures about the organization.

            Standard Market is located at 333 E. Ogden Ave. in Westmont.

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