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About the Newcomers and Alumni Group

The objective of the Newcomers Club of New Bern is to help newcomers transition into their new community. As a Club member, you will have opportunities to meet other newcomers and to learn about local resources and history.

The Club is open to individuals in their first year living in the New Bern area. The Club operates under the premise of a three-year membership. This prevents the Club from becoming "closed" because of size. After the third year of Club membership, members "graduate" and may join the Alumni Group of Newcomers (AGN) if they desire. The Alumni Group is also open to community members who have not participated in the Newcomers Club. The Newcomers Club and AGN each publish a monthly Newsletter which is delivered electronically via email and/or on this website. The Alumni Group does not have monthly meetings, but does have many planned events throughout the year.

The Club's Bylaws and Policies can be accessed using the following link: Bylaws and Policies

The Club offers many activities to its members including Biking, Day Trips, Golf, Crafting, a Book Club, a Writers' Club, Tennis, and Wine Socials.

The Newcomers Club general membership meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month from September through June. Monthly Club meetings offer a variety of programs such as guest performers and speakers who present information about topics of local interest. Past meeting topics have included the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Hurricane Preparedness, Landscaping and Turf Care Tips in Eastern North Carolina, and the Rivertowne Repertory Players. Meetings are also a good time to get acquainted with fellow newcomers and to learn about the many social activity groups the Club has to offer. The Newcomers Club of New Bern does not serve as a forum for Club members or non-members to promote products, services, or to express religious or political views.

We look forward to seeing and meeting you at an activity or membership meeting in the near future!

Join Online or Renew Membership HERE.

Newcomers Membership Application (PDF)

View a complete list of all Newcomers Board Members by clicking on the link.

A complete description of each Board position can be viewed by clicking on

Newcomers Board Roles 2022_R


Meet Welcome Bear

Welcome Bear was ‘adopted’ by the Newcomers Club of New Bern and the Alumni Group of Newcomers in September, 2019 to honor the clubs’ over 30 years of providing new residents to New Bern an opportunity to meet new friends, find new activities and learn about their new home. She is located on the front porch of the Cub House in downtown, historic New Bern on Pollock Street, near the intersection of Craven St. A fundraising effort among the members of the Newcomers Club, past and present, raised over $4,000 for the cost of the bear. She is dedicated to the founder of the Newcomers Club, Sandie Swigart.

Welcome from the Newcomers Club of New Bern

The Newcomers Club of New Bern welcomes you to the great state of North Carolina and to the wonderful city of New Bern.

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Home page photo credit - Joel Cure

Contact Info

P.O. Box 14140
New Bern, NC 28562


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