Not your grandmother’s Welcome Wagon

| April 20, 2011
Sylvia Russell modeled a fab frock from Stein Mart.

Audrey Forst modeled a fab frock from Stein Mart.

One of my fondest childhood memories is of helping my mother and grandmother assemble a basket of goodies and delivering it to our new neighbors who had just moved in across the street. My grandmother would say we were members of something called the “Welcome Wagon,” and this was the proper way to welcome newcomers and a great way to build our community.


If you thought welcoming others was a dying art form, then here’s a bit of good news. The Derby City Newcomers and Neighbors Club Inc., formed in 2010, has reinvigorated this honorable tradition by combining the efforts of the local Welcome Wagon and The Newcomer’s Club of Louisville, which have both been around since the 1950s. The new club attracts a vibrant membership by offering club activities that provide ample opportunities for members to get to know the community and each other.

The Hats Off to Derby fashion show and luncheon is one of the many club events that allows ladies, new to the area, to meet and greet in a stylish and fun atmosphere. The luncheon was held at Lake Forest Country Club and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a delicious Kentucky-inspired lunch while viewing the latest Derby styles in dresses and hats from Stein Mart of Louisville.

For membership info or to sign up for the newsletter, call Nicolette Howard at 502.727.3813.

photos by SHARI BAUGHMAN | contributing photographer


Did you know you can find your perfect Betsey Johnson Derby or Oaks outfit right here in Louisville? Rodeo Drive in  Holiday Manor has great dresses, frocks and fab outfits. Add flair to your outfit with signature Betsey accessories from Macy’s.

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Shari Baughman
In addition to her duties as a society columnist and photographer, Shari Baughman handles business and community relations for The Voice-Tribune.

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  1. Susan King says:

    We thank you for the very nice article, but want to clarify that our club is for anyone in the greater Louisville area; not only those who are new to the area.
    Our dues are very reasonable and we offer many activities such as card groups, book discussion groups, coffees, outings in the area and more. We currently have over 240 members and welcome anyone to come to a General Membership Coffee in the future. Nicolette Howard is our Hospitality Officer and can answer additional questions.
    Thank you. Susan King, President

  2. Sylvia Russell says:

    Loved the Article on Welcome wagon, just one little problem. That is not me(Sylvia Russell) modeling that fab dress. The lovely lady is Audry Fost and she does look fabulous.