Club Notes, Jan. 15

January 14, 2014 

AARP meeting

LeRae Sikes Umfleet, Chief of Collections Management for the NC Department of Cultural Resources will be the featured speaker at the January luncheon meeting of AARP Raleigh-Wake County Chapter 3689 on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Atria Oakridge, 10810 Sandy Oak Lane, Raleigh. Umfleet’s topic will be North Carolina Women in the Civil War. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Lunch is $6 per person; those wishing to attend but not eat lunch are welcome to do so. For more information, call 919-435-0861.

Diabetes Support Group anniversary

The Raleigh Diabetes Support Group will celebrate its second anniversary from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Milner Church, 1950 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Lunch will be served at noon, and a program will be presented by Robert Falge, M.D. For more information, call 919-604-3519.

NAACP Youth meeting

The Raleigh-Apex NAACP Youth branch will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Martin Street Baptist Church – Family Life Center, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh. Invited speakers are Rena McNeil, state youth/college adviser, and William J. Barber, III, state youth/college second vice president. Youth up to age 20 are invited to attend. For more information, call 919-662-5006.

Junior Optimist Club

The Wake Forest Optimist Club has helped establish a Junior Optimist Club, known as a JOOI Club, at Wakefield High School. The club was Chartered in November 2013 and the President of the club, Gilliam Shulman, has already organized and executed a two-week canned food drive, in which the club raised enough food to generate 603 meals. To food was donated to the N.C. Central Food Bank. Anyone interested in joining the club should visit room 318 at the Wakefield High, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.

Vanderbilt Bridge Club

Vanderbilt Bridge Club offers competitive bridge games Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the Quail Hollow Swim Club, 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh. Beginner bridge classes are also offered. For more information, call 919-847-8963.

Capitol Bridge Club

The Capitol Bridge Club meets for competitive bridge 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Jaycee Community Center, 2405 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-996-6833.

Grief support group

A grief support group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in classroom 1008 at the Wakefield High School Ninth Grade Center, 931 Durham Road, Wake Forest. For more information, email Ami Miano or Meghan Petrie at

Seniors dance club

Pullen Park invites seniors 50 and older to its dance club, which meets 8-10:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. The club dances to live ballroom music, including fox trot, waltz, swing and Latin tunes. The cost is $8 per person per week. For more information, call 919-831-6052.

Newcomers Club

Newcomers Club of Raleigh invites all members and prospective members to their Welcome Coffees held the first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. The coffees are held at the JJ Crowder Masonic Lodge, 9920 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit

Social clubs

Specialized Recreation Services of the city of Raleigh offers three social clubs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The clubs encourage the development of appropriate leisure and social skills.

The social clubs are:

Adventure Club – members, ages 15-24, work on money-handling skills and appropriate community behavior.

Wildcats Club – members, ages 25-34, work on money management, community skills and activity planning.

Dragons Club – members, ages 35 and older, continue developing appropriate social and community skills while focusing on independent-living skills.

For more information, call club leader Stacie Madsen at 919-996-2148.

Newcomers Alumni

The Raleigh Newcomers Alumni Club is seeking new members. The club has weekly or monthly meetings of its book club, game and card groups, plus luncheon and speaker programs. For more information on joining, email

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