Newcomers and Neighbors Club 

of Northern Nevada

About Us

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Northern Nevada is a non-profit social club for those seeking to learn about our local community and meet new people. We offer a friendly atmosphere and a wide variety of member-run activities to assist you in adjusting to a new place or time in your life. Newcomers  and Neighbors Club has enjoyable activities almost every day and you may participate in as many activities as you wish. 

Don't see an activity that matches your interests? All our activities are formed and organized by our members— join us and start up a new activity! With 1200+ members, we are confident that you will find like-minded new friends to join in!

History of Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Northern Nevada

By Gladys Smart

In 1928 William Briggs, a former newspaper man, had a vision of restoring some of the frontier day hospitality and he established Welcome Wagon, Inc.  Mr. Briggs was a man of high principles and high ideals. The headquarters was established in Memphis, Tennessee and later he had offices in New York and San Francisco.

In 1948, Ruth Short was asked to establish the Welcome Wagon Service in the Reno-Sparks area and a few years later in the Las Vegas area.

The Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club's of Reno and Sparks were a Community outreach of the WW Service and offered members a unique opportunity for taking part in civic and community life as well as contributing their time and efforts to worthwhile charitable and humanitarian projects and, above all, making a host of new friends.

The Sparks Club had their first luncheon meeting March 20, 1952 (dues were $0.50) and Reno had their first luncheon on March 27, 1952 with Mrs. R. Oliver as the first President. The decorative theme carried out "launching of the new Club" and featured small boats of blue and white with red anchors and a larger boat filled with yellow daffodils. Among other activity groups established in 1955, there was a choral group of 17 members who entertained at luncheons and other civic meetings.

in 1989, during the presidency of Nancy Rumberg, Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club amended the bylaws to better meet the needs of the area. In so doing, they had to drop the Incorporated name of Welcome Wagon and became Newcomers Club. The motto established in 1989 "There are no strangers here, only friends we have not met" is very meaningful to me.

2017 brought more changes to the Club, including the current name: Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Northern Nevada. This was done to accommodate requests from people who wanted to join the Club without having to explain the life-changing event that brought them. Membership is now offered to people residing in Northern Nevada who seek to make new friends and learn about our community. “Newcomers” remains the first part of our name as we continue our mission of helping new residents transition into the Reno-Sparks community.

Gladys B. Smart was a Welcome Wagon Newcomers hostess from 1953-1976. She attended Welcome Wagon Newcomers meetings in early 1953 and was secretary for the service from 1953-1955. She trained in Pasadena, California and started calling on families as a hostess in 1955. Gladys, now deceased, was awarded Honorary Member of Newcomers Club for her years of distinguished service.

The Newcomers Club of Reno-Sparks is a 501(c)(7) non-profit social club with over 1500+ members.  Join our community!

More than 50 Activity Groups

  • Oh Solo Mio
  • Dining In With Friends
  • TGIF
  • Let's Get Together
  • Let's Live Again
  • Hump Day Happy Hour
  • Learn About Nevada
  • Travel Talk
  • Marina Walkers
  • Hiking Groups, all levels
  • Men & Women's Golf
  • Bowling Groups, all levels
  • Garden Club
  • Adopt-A-Spot
  • Men's Breakfast Club
  • Book Clubs
  • Learning Spanish
  • Let's Go to the Movies
  • Theater
  • Hooks and Needles
  • Creative Artists
  • Card Making
  • Quilting
  • Cribbage
  • Card Games (Hand & Foot, Minnesota, Pinochle)
  • Mah Jongg Groups
  • Bridge 
  • Bunco Groups
  • 8-Ball Pool
  • Mexican Train
  • and more...

There are no strangers here—only friends we have not met.

At Your Fingertips

Newcomers and Neighbors is a 501(c)(7) 

non-profit organization

Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Northern Nevada
P. O. Box 50044
Sparks, NV 89435-0044
Hotline: 775-881-2040

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