Monthly Newcomers Club Meetings

Thursday, June 13, 2024, final meeting of 2023-24 season

Topic : Hurricanes and hurricane preparedness

Erik Haden, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office, Newport/Morehead City, will be our featured guest at our June 13th meeting, at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, in historic downtown  New Bern. He will be talking about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness.

We will hold our annual ice cream social during this meeting. We hope to see you there!

“Intro to Newcomers 101,” will not be held during our June meeting. If you are new to the club and attend our June meeting, please let our greeters know and they can answer any questions you may have. You can also visit our Newcomers 101 Cheat Sheet.

We hope to see you there! 

The Newcomers Club of New Bern meeting begins at  7 p.m., May 16th, at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, in historic downtown  New Bern. The club holds monthly meetings on the second Thursday of the month except in July, August and December.

Doors typically open at 6:15 p.m. so members and visitors can have extra time to socialize and visit activity tables before the program commences.

The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The club’s monthly meetings usually last about an hour and a half, wrapping up at about 8:30 p.m.

While street parking in most of downtown New Bern is limited to two hours at a time until 5 p.m. if you arrive in the area after 3 p.m., you can park as long as you like and take advantage of the numerous shops and places to eat conveniently located near the Harrison Center before attending the club meeting.

Monthly club meetings offer a variety of  guest  speakers who present information about our community.

The Newcomers Club of New Bern  is open to all  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.

Just in the last two years, featured speakers have included : the CEO of our local hospital, the director of our local airport,  New Bern's police and fire chiefs, a historian from Tryon Palace, the executive director of the airport in New Bern, representatives from our local animal rescue and from  other nonprofit organizations who offer volunteer opportunities.

Meetings  also include time to get acquainted with fellow newcomers and to learn about the many social activity groups the club has to offer.

(monthly club meetings are not held in July and in August)


Past 2023-2024 Club Meetings Recaps

Looking back at May 2024 meetings

Our May 2024 featured  Dara Morgan, gallery director from the Craven Arts Council and Gallery.

The Craven Arts Council does so much in our community, ranging from running the Bank of the Arts to organizing the monthly Artwalk, the second Friday of every month.

Learn more about the Craven Arts Council at

Thank you Dara for doing such a great job.

A look back from our meeting, April 11, 2024.

Our featured speaker was Suzanne Madison, who talked about Craven Community College's Community Enrichment Program courses. These are short-term, non-credit, affordable day and evening classes for adults. It's the fun stuff - from photography and boating to yoga , belly-dance or painting with oils/acrylics.

A look back from our  meeting,  Thursday,  March 14, 2024

Our featured speaker at our March meeting was a representative from the Route 70 project who discussed the purpose of this work and how it benefits and impacts our area.


A look back from our  meeting,  Thursday,  Feb. 8, 2024

Our speaker was a volunteer from the New Bern Historical Society presenting info on the  New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park, a property owned and maintained by the society. The park is home to the Hallowed Group Lantern Tour, scheduled to take place March 21-23, 2024. 

A look back at our January 2024 meeting...

The  speaker at our January 2024 club meeting  was Tammy Rodriguez from the New Bern Visitor’s Center, who shared with us all the great things Visit New Bern has to offer. For more info on everything New Bern, please visit

A look back at our November 2023 meeting....

Thank you to Kari Green Warren, director of Parks and Recreation, New Bern. Who gave a tremendous presentation on all the great things her department does in the city.  To learn more about the New Bern Parks and Recreation Department.


A look back at our October 2023 meeeting...

Ghosts commanderewd the Harrision Center  during The Newcomers Club of New Bern October monthly meeting, Thursday, Oct. 12th.

Our featured speakers  were representatives and actors  from the New Bern Historical Society who will  previewed the society’s 33rd Annual Ghostwalk

A scene from last year's Ghostwalk in New Bern (photo by Rob Paine)


The Newcomers Club of New Bern meets at 7 p.m., at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, in historic downtown  New Bern, on the second Thursday of the month except in July, August and December.

Please check back on this page often to see who our scheduled speakers are for  the rest of  our 2024 meetings. Thank you!

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