The Friendship Rose, an American Rose Society registrant, was adopted by RCNF in 1988 to symbolize the friendship offered to new residents in our community.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends is a social organization for women who are residents of Rockwall County. Our organization is dedicated to bringing new and creative ideas to our members through our monthly programs and events, as well as establishing a high quality framework of friendship throughout our organization. Because women are inherently "social" as well as productive, we utilized those two specific attributes to guide us in creating a successful organization that has been in existence since 1977. Our goal and purpose is to support you, the women of Rockwall County - that's how we began and therein lies our future.

 

MEET OUR PRESIDENT

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President Nancy Clark's hometown was Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but after moving to Texas in 1981, Texas has become her home. Her husband, Doug, accepted a relocation that year with JC Penney, and they moved to their first home in Rowlett. In 1990, Nancy, Doug and their two young sons, Kevin and Jason, moved across Dalrock Road to Rockwall County. The family moved to Buffalo Creek in 2004. Today, Kevin is married to Stepanie, has two boys, Declan and Finley, and lives nearby in Sachse. Jason bought his first home in Rockwall in 2017.

Nancy's career with professional services firm Ernst Young spanned more than 32 years -- from 1981 to 2013. She started as an executive assistant to a partner, and eventually directed the firm's Entrepreneur of the Year program. The program, which honors entrepreneurs for their achievements, began in the U.S. in 1987, and eventually grew to a global program in 2001. Nancy was involved with the program from the beginning, and in 2004 was named Entrepreneur of the Year Program Manager. In that capacity, she oversaw and provided guidance for the program in more than 50 countries around the world, and managed the World Entrepreneur of the Year event held every year in Monaco. During her 32 years with EY, Nancy traveled around the U.S. and the world, worked with the most and business leaders in the world.

Now retired, Nancy practices yoga every morning at Sunstone Fit in Rockwall, sees her grandkids every chance she gets, is a resident staff writer for Buffalo Creek magazine, and enjoys playing canasta and other games with Rockwall Newcomers members and friends.

 

AND HER OFFICERS FOR 2019 - 2020



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(Left to right) Nancy Clark (President); Kerstin Martin (First Vice President); Judy Buffington (Second Vice President); Vicki Jolley (Secretary); and Vicki Cornelius (Treasurer).

 

FOUNDING MEMBER SHEILA LOEFFLER FLANNERY

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Do you wonder how the Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends organization came into existence? We went straight to one of its founding members, Sheila Loeffler Flannery, and here is what she graciously shared through an interview with Milly Cundy, Webmaster.

In 1974, Sheila moved from North Dallas to the Rockwall community. Prior to the move, Sheila had always enjoyed a Newcomers club as a good way of meeting people. Sheila was very much a "people person" not only through her real estate career, but also belonging to many social and charitable organizations - and with the latest move, she was missing the fun and energies of those organizations! In her desire to become a part of the new community to which she now belonged, Sheila began inquiring about organizations in the Rockwall area. In addition, many of Sheila's real estate clients new to the area were looking for the same community involvement! What she found and much to Sheila's dismay was that, at the time, Rockwall only offered organizations for women either by invitation only, charity based (worthy, but time-demanding), or those that required special background or skill.

Now that little problem would stymie some people, but not our Sheila! She began talking with her friend and fellow real estate agent, Glo Dodd, about the need for a "newcomers" club for their real estate clients and any other women new to the community. Interestingly, the more women with whom they shared their ideas, the more support they received - and they were soon "off and running" with their Newcomers organization in 1977. They started having monthly meetings in members' homes (just coffee), elected officers, wrote the bylaws (our "rules of the road"), and created activities. It was decided from its inception, that the main purpose of the organization would be MAKING FRIENDS, and the only requirement would be that members were to be women residents of Rockwall County. Also, there would be no endorsement nor discrimination allowed in the organization (no selling, no badges, no brochures, no samples, no politics nor religion, etc.) Also, the organizers felt it important to have a strong presence in the community - providing information to new members regarding churches, businesses, banks, charities, political groups, and other contacts for which they might inquire. IT WORKED!!!

And when Sheila married Bill Flannery in 1990, Bill enjoyed the couples events offered through the organization, also. In early 2015, the club that was eventually named Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends welcomed our 200th member, and has added 30+ members since that time! We have a wonderful group of women sharing in great friendships -- it's the best $25 in yearly dues ever spent! We have a website, a newsletter, monthly luncheons, socials, and more activities (approximately 40) than some of us can keep up with - your calendar can be filled with a fun activity each day, if you like!

We will be forever in debt to charter member Sheila Loeffler Flannery and her friends for giving us Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends. To our Board of Trustees, Executive Board, and all of the other wonderful members who work so hard on a daily basis to keep everything running so smoothly - we thank you so much. But most of all, we appreciate that through the years, you have kept Sheila's original concept and spirit - MAKING FRIENDS. As Lois L. Kaufman said, "Plant a seed of friendship, reap a bouquet of happiness." Or as another member so aptly put it --- Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends is the best game in town!!!

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