Newcomers Club of Bend

NCOB Member Profiles


Joan and her husband Dave moved to Bend from Ohio in 2006. Joan knew that Newcomers Clubs flourished in many cities and almost immediately found her way to a Hospitality Coffee of Newcomers Club of Bend. “It was perfect, not only for me, but for my husband as well. We both made some of our best friends through NCOB activities--hiking, pot lucks, and wine downs. I appreciate the luncheon programs because I learn so much about the opportunities and concerns of this community.” To share Newcomers with others, Joan served on the NCOB Board as Hospitality Coffee Chair for one year. 

Then she focused on her true passion. “Good health is the basis of all we do, so working in this field is very meaningful”. Four years ago, she and Kathy White organized and continue to manage the four NCOB INNcomparable Cooks teams that prepare approximately 1600 meals annually for Bethlehem Inn.” Improving health through good nutrition also links well with Volunteers in Medicine, a free medical clinic that provides healthcare to low-income working adults who have no medical insurance. Since 2007, Joan has volunteered to manage the Diabetes Wellness Program, conducting classes and helping individual patients learn how to manage their diabetes. 

“One of our great pleasures is discussing politics, women’s health issues, and many other topics with friends we’ve made through volunteering,” Joan explains. She also enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking and exploring various areas of Oregon. And In spite of busy lives, she and Dave often visit their three daughters and nine grandchildren. 



Less than 2 years ago, Ingrid and her partner, Chris, took the big step of moving from their separate homes in California to Bend, inspired by her daughter Natalie’s glowing reports of outdoor sports and scenery. Immediately they plunged into hiking, nearly completing the hikes recommended in their new “hiking guide.” She joined two women’s biking groups, and they got full use of cross-country skis and snow shoes in their very snowy first winter. After discovering Newcomers, Ingrid met more friends in a book group and at luncheons and loved modeling in the NCOB fashion shows. She and Chris will soon try the Wine Downs and other couples-friendly options. 

Still to come, Ingrid intends to reopen her aesthetician services, having earned an Oregon license. And if good fortune is with her, both of her daughters will settle here someday. Although Bend is a long way from Germany, her home country, or Chris’ birthplace of Philadelphia, they are delighted to be living the life of their dreams. 



Janet and her husband, Frank, relocated from Visalia, California, 18 months ago and wasted no time putting their talents to work. Both retired after 40 plus years as educators, she as speech therapist. Soon after moving into the Rivers Edge neighborhood, Frank wrote and self-published a novel inspired by his Army experiences in Vietnam. Janet took her love of piano to the memory care units of several retirement homes where she encourages residents to sing-a-long with a host of familiar tunes. “I love to see the joy on their faces and to watch people who have lost so much ability to communicate find a new way to express themselves,” smiles Janet. 

Janet was among the fashionably attired attendees at September’s NCOB Fashion Show. She plans to try the morning walking group soon. A proactive person, she took Skid Car Training offered by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department to make sure that winter weather would not prevent her from making her Sing-A-Long dates. 



When a new acquaintance mentioned Newcomers, Diana wasted no time. Within months of moving to Bend from the San Jose area, she’d studied the NCOB website, taken note of NCOB’s rich list of activities and attended a Hospitality Coffee. Eager to enjoy all that Bend has to offer, she’s delighted to meet so many interesting and friendly people at NCOB events. So far she’s enjoyed NCOB’s Scrabble group, the Walking Group, and a dinner and theater night. She wonders how to add GOLF to NCOB offerings as this is her favorite sport! 

Diana’s sure to plunge into community service too. She served many years as an advocate for children in foster care (CASA) and as a volunteer visitor for hospice. After years in the San Jose area and leaving her high tech consulting business behind, Diana’s energy is focused on building a full life here. 


Both my husband Ted and I grew up in Oregon but lived in Seattle for forty years. When we both retired, we knew we had to get back to Oregon and selected Bend. 

When I discovered NCOB, I knew Bend had become home. Attending the luncheons not only gave me an opportunity to make new friends but also learn about Bend from the variety of guest speakers. 

An extra plus is that Ted and I both enjoy the Wine Downs, Happy Hours and Ale Trailers. 

I had the opportunity to serve on the Board first as the Parliamentarian and then two years as the Activity Coordinator. As Activity Coordinator, I met so many amazing women who lead a huge variety of activities. 

Newcomers also encourages volunteering. I enjoy an NCOB group that prepares and serves food to the residents of Bethlehem Inn. Another really special event is Art in the High Desert where several members volunteer. 

NCOB is a wonderful addition to Bend. Although I have been a member for 8 years, I plan to continue taking part in all the fun that Newcomers offers for many years to come. 


Encouraged by her daughter, Deedee Garnett left home and business in California and moved to Bend in 2008. She missed home, family, and a business she’d left behind. Several Bend acquaintances suggested that she explore NCOB. At a Wine Down, she learned of the Christmas Holiday Boutique – a perfect opportunity to introduce her four artisan fruit spreads, a new business venture. Meanwhile she attended Potluck Suppers-now Sunday Suppers and more. Looking back, she notes that most of her best friendships today began with NCOB activities. 

An energetic "doer" by nature, D. G. offered her experience as an event organizer and businesswoman and was soon guiding the Christmas Holiday Boutique to new life as the Artisan Showcase. This was followed by years organizing Sunday Suppers. Simultaneously she expanded her fruit spread business. (Have you tried her spicy JalapeƱo Jam?) You’ll find her products are carried in four of Bend’s most respected food stores. In her  “spare time” she developed two ―Night in the Museum‖events at the Deschutes Historical Museum. Deedee’s advice: get involved, roll up your sleeves and the gifts of your NCOB experience will multiply. 

It’s difficult to imagine this energetic woman taking down time, but NCOB’s Happy Hour is one of her favorite times to do just that. Perhaps you’ll meet her there? 


Gloria plunged into the multiple options offered by NCOB immediately upon joining just four months ago. Although she's lived in Bend for more than 20 years, she recognized that as a recent widow she needed to find new interests and friends to compensate for the big change in her life. With her sister, she's plunged into foreign travel and enjoyed tours by land and sea. Next up? New Orleans in September! 

With NCOB she's participated in Hospitality Coffee, luncheons, a Wine Down, and her favorite so far--Ladies Night Out. Not busy enough? She is a book group member and soon will join a walking group. 

Gloria's enthusiasm for NCOB is contagious as you'll discover when you meet her at one of our upcoming events. 

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