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Asheville New Friends (ANF) is a non-profit organization, which has served Asheville and Western North Carolina for 30-plus years with a broad variety of social, and special interest group activity. Our purpose is to welcome newcomers and residents to the Asheville area and to introduce them to new friends. A secondary purpose is to introduce members to the numerous social and cultural activities in the greater Asheville area. We invite singles and couples who wish to broaden their horizons in our mountain home to join our vibrant, stimulating and active organization.

We offer a variety of exciting opportunities in our special interest groups (SIGS).

We are open to offering new SIG’s to our membership. If you have a hobby or interest that is not already listed, talk to other members to gauge their interest and offer your idea to the Board for approval. ANF membership is a prerequisite to joining the SIG’s.

ANF Membership Dues
The Cost of Membership
Our annual dues are $13 per person or $26 per couple payable in June. After December 31, the dues for new members are $7 single and $13 for a couple.

Contact the Special Interest Group leader for information about specific activities. You are welcome to attend two club activities before joining. Contact Treasurer David Millar, treasurer@ashevillenewfriends.org with any general questions.

Click here for our application form

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS & SOCIAL EVENTS:
We hold two general membership meetings and two special social events.

Board Meeting Schedule 2016
Our next board meeting will be announced in the Friendly Courier.

A MESSAGE FROM FLO
It’s that time of year again and we hope you will join us for our Membership Appreciation Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13 from 5 PM to 7 PM at The Cloisters Clubhouse in East Asheville. See page 2 for directions to the Cloisters.

Please RSVP me today (or no later than Dec. 10—space is limited) at 298-5649 or email at byronflorence7@aol.com with the subject being ANF Holiday Party.

Events Chair Fred Steinman and his Committee will be providing us with a delicious baked ham, gourmet cheese platters and fruit platters along with apple cider and soft drinks. Members are asked to bring an appetizer to share and BYOB. New 2016 members do not have to bring an appetizer.

Happy Holidays!!
Flo Byron, President


BRIDGE
Women’s Daytime Bridge: Now back at O’Charlies (off Tunnel Rd at 2 Kenilworth Knolls) at 11am on the third THURSDAY of the month. For more information call Ann Vietor at 683.0697.


HIKING
Our club has routine monthly hikes, both leisurely paced experiences and somewhat more challenging outings. The Tuesday hikes are our shorter, easier jaunts, and all times and dates may be found by contacting Ken Parker at 828.424.7352.

The Wednesday hikes are perhaps a bit more challenging and you may contact Al and Betty Gumpert at 828.255.8218 regarding those hikes.

All other information pertaining to our clubs special interest groups may be obtained by contacting the respective leader(s).


INVESTMENT CLUB
Get together with us to learn and talk about stocks. Club members put in $25 each month which we use to buy stocks. We get together once a month for a lunch meeting. Call Cliff Joslin, 277-3563 , for more information.


WEEKEND ADVENTURES
Besides the special events that the Events Committee plans, I’d like to plan some weekend day or evening adventures. If you’re interested in being notified of these events, please send me an email at byronflorence7@aol.com with the subject WEEKEND ADVENTURES.

These adventures will not be published in the monthly newsletter but you will be notified by email of the spontaneously planned outings which will possibly include trips to the Nature Center, Altapass Apple Orchard, Linville Falls and weekend concerts. We have a gorgeous fall season here so let’s get out and enjoy it together.


ADVENTURES IN DINING
Our December adventure will be at our Holiday Party on Tuesday December 13.

ANF Newsletter - The Friendly Courier
The Friendly Courier, our monthly Newsletter
Members are provided with The Friendly Courier, our monthly newsletter.

ANF Weather Cancellations
Meeting Cancellations
Occasionally inclement weather forces us to cancel Asheville New Friends general meetings. We follow UNCA’s lead. When UNCA cancels its evening classes, there will be no ANF general meeting. For information about UNCA closings, call their Snowline 828.259.3050.

As you can see, Asheville New Friends offers ample opportunity to learn about the Asheville/Western NC area, make new friends, and pursue new or old interests. Please consider joining us for fun, adventure and/or intellectual stimulation. We would be happy to welcome you as our newest member if you think Asheville New Friends meets your needs and interests.