Newcomers Club of Bend

Meet Our Angel Award Winners

In 2015 Michele Bahr and her Board of Directors started awarding Angel Awards to recognize three NCOB members for their contributions and commitment to a community initiative, charity or organization — or for their unique and compassionate support of family or friends. 

It is very difficult to choose only three Angels from our membership, since so many of our members contribute a lot to our community and club. 

This year our Angel Awards go to Deb Goodall, Denise Kahofer, and Shari Noldge. All three of these women are outstanding! We are so lucky to have them as a part of NCOB. 

Congratulations to Deb, Denise, and Shari, as well as the rest of our NCOB members who contribute to our community and our club! 

Keep up the good work! 

Kay DuBois, NCOB President, 2019-20 

Meet Deb Goodall

Deb Goodall and her husband Tom moved to Bend in December 2013 from Kansas City, MO. Having lived 20 years in Tacoma, WA, they were eager to get back to a Northwest community to be closer to family. Deb almost immediately connected with Michele Bahr and agreed to join her on the NCOB Board as Program Chair, seeing it as a great way to get to know the area and connect with interesting people. Shortly thereafter she also joined the board of the Heart of Oregon Corps, a nonprofit that provides workforce training for at-risk youth ages 16-24 throughout Central Oregon. She was drawn to that work after 30 years supporting workforce development programs at community colleges in Tacoma and Kansas City. She retired as president of the technical-programs campus of Missouri’s Metropolitan Community College in 2013. 

An avid gardener, Deb earned her Master Gardener certification in 2016 and for the past three years has coordinated the NCOB team that tends Libby’s Garden in downtown Bend. Tom and Deb’s home garden was one of six featured in last summer’s High Desert Garden Tour. When she isn’t gardening, she’s reading, trying her hand at creative writing or caring for her mother. 

Meet Denise Kahofer

Denise and Gregory Kahofer left Mantua, New Jersey (just south of Philadelphia) for Bend in early December 2015. As they pulled into Bend the week before Christmas, navigating iced-covered roads in a heavy sleet, Denise could not help but wonder if she had made a terrible mistake. 

“It was bleak and lonely. I was delighted to spot a flyer about NCOB at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center soon after our arrival.” One Hospitality Coffee later, Denise and Greg began connecting through couple-friendly activities: Happy Hours, Wine Downs, Ale Trailers, and more. 

Today Denise chairs the popular monthly Happy Hours, challenged to identify fun and inviting venues with space for hosting up to 50 Newcomers. She also loves game night and Scrabble. An enthusiastic member of an INNcomparable Cooks team, she enjoys her co-cooks and the opportunity to help provide nourishing meals to those less fortunate. “What keeps NCOB vibrant is its openness to new possibilities. Anyone can offer suggestions or develop a new activity.” 

Denise and Gregory love walking, hiking, and kayaking in beautiful Central Oregon and traveling. Their most recent adventure was a 35-day tour of Southeast Asia. 

Meet Shari Noldge

Since arriving in Central Oregon more than 15 years ago, Shari Noldge has introduced many women to Newcomers by bringing them to Hospitality Coffees. A native Oregonian who graduated from Oregon State, Shari’s first career was as an elementary school teacher in Beaverton and St. Helens, OR. A decision to move to Central Oregon was difficult because it meant leaving 30 years’ worth of friends and community connections behind, though she soon realized it could also mean expanding friendships and creating new beginnings. 

“Newcomers filled a void in our lives. My husband, Don, and I have made some of our dearest friends through Newcomers and I love bringing others into that possibility.” 

Committed to helping Newcomers grow and creating new beginnings for others, Shari enjoyed a term on the NCOB Board scheduling luncheon programs, while supporting her husband with his dream of owning a 20-acre horse ranch in Tumalo for 11 years. 

Four years ago, after selling their ranch and business, Shari and Don moved to Eagle Crest where they are both active volunteer leaders and enthusiastic golfers. Shari also volunteers in Redmond promoting Community Concerts, an organization that she feels is one of “Central Oregon’s best kept secrets.” The Redmond Chamber of Commerce named her 2018 Ambassador of the Year for her work in recruiting and fostering new members. She is a founding member of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Central Oregon Chapter, formerly known as Executive Women’s Golf. 

In January Shari put her business and community interests on hold to assist her Portland daughter, Jessica, by caring for Dash, age 2 and his newly born twin brothers. She also finds time to visit with daughter Natalie in Prineville to care for her 4-month old daughter Porsha one day a week. 

Shari and Don also find time for short travels with friends and family, having traveled to Kauai, Napa Valley, Walla Walla, Idaho among other destinations. 

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