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About Newcomers

Newcomers of the Pinehurst Area introduces new residents from Moore County, North Carolina to each other and to the community through social events and activities. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join.

We have several events that we do on a yearly basis:

  • Bowling and Pizza Party
  • Spring Matinee
  • Spring Picnic
  • Annual Breakfast & Elections
  • Holly Ball – in conjunction with Pinehurst # 6 HOA

Activities throughout the year include: Book, Wine and Bunco Clubs, Coffee Group, Mah Jong, Dining Out, Lunch Bunch, Fermented Friday, Travel Club, and many more fun things to see and do. Come join us.

Tailgaters Golf Outing

Scotland Highland Games

Polocrosse

Meet and Greet

Travel Club in Wilmington, NC

Fermented Friday

Executive Board

Lana Yee

Lana Yee

President

Lana and her husband John Hindson moved to Pinehurst in Feb 2017, from Plantation, Florida, where they lived and worked for 23 years. They chose Pinehurst as their new home because of their love of golf and the friendly, happy people. Originally from Canada, their move to North Carolina makes them “half-backs”.

Lana has been a member of NOPA since April 2017 and has served as the Facebook and Photos Chair from October 2017 through March 2019, and most recently as the Vice President. Lana was instrumental in creating the “Newcomer Tables” at the Picnic and the Breakfast, and she worked closely with Janet Galloway on the new website. She loves NOPA for the wonderful people she and John have met, as well as the breadth of the activities available.

When not golfing or working on NOPA related tasks, Lana volunteers with the Moore County Literacy Council and the First Tee of the Sandhills. She and John look forward to seeing you at a future NOPA event or on the golf course. Fore!

Chuck Samuelson

Chuck Samuelson

Vice President

Born and initially educated in Western New York (Hamburg), at 18, Chuck left to attend Syracuse University in 1971 graduating in 1975. In 1974, he attended Albrecht Ludwig University in Freiburg BRD with the intention of pursuing an advanced degree in Medieval/Early Modern History. In late 1975, Chuck matriculated to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he pursued a PHD and worked as TA. By 1977 he realized that his mother was correct and there was no economic justification for a PHD in Medieval history and he set out to find a place to live and a means to make a living.

Chuck chose Minneapolis and lived there until he moved to Pinehurst in 2017. While in Minneapolis he spent more than 40 years working for non-profit organizations both large and small. Chuck raised money for all of them, developed programs for most of them, built boards for some of them and was the chief staff officer for a few of them. He also founded a supplemental childcare organization and coached a number of youth soccer teams.

Chuck and his wife Janet moved to Pinehurst in the fall of 2017 and they joined NOPA almost as soon as they arrived (for wine, coffee, and food!)

Trish St. Clair

Trish St. Clair

Secretary

Trish and her husband, Dave, moved to Pinehurst in July 2015. Trish was an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts, with a career spanning 38 years, working in Early Childhood, Special Education, First Grade and finally Third Grade. Dave worked in IT, finishing his career the day before they moved to the Sandhills.

Trish and Dave live in Midland Country Club and enjoy golf as long as it is not too cold or too hot. Trish loves cooking and is always game for learning new cooking techniques and recipes. She takes food tours and cooking classes wherever she visits. They decided that in retirement they would “front-load their travel”, and have traveled extensively to such destinations as Norway, Iceland, Italy, London, France, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam, and plan to keep going!

Trish is an active member of the Pinehurst Garden Club, the Moore County League of Women Voters, and the Sandhills Quilters Guild. Trish was the NOPA Membership Chair for the past two years and is looking forward to remaining involved as Secretary.

Pam Reyes

Pam Reyes

Treasurer

Pam and Ramiro Reyes moved to Foxfire Village from Eastern Pennsylvania in 2014. Pam grew up in Illinois, and Ramiro grew up in Northern California. Both of their careers have primarily been in the insurance industry. Pam went to college at the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin.

Over the years, Pam has served on the boards of Dress for Success (a women’s organization), Rogers’ Rescues (an all-breed dog rescue), currently is the chairperson for the Foxfire Ladies Golf Association, and serves as Assistant Treasurer for Newcomers of the Pinehurst Area. Pam and Ramiro enjoy exercise, working in the yard & garden, golfing, spending time with friends, and relaxing with their three rescue dogs. They have enjoyed every minute since moving to North Carolina and look forward to meeting many more friendly people with the Newcomers.

Christine Corcoran

Christine Corcoran

Assistant Treasurer

Christine and her husband, Ted Stark, moved to Pinehurst in December 2018 and joined Newcomers of Pinehurst in March 2019.
Before moving to Pinehurst, Christine and Ted lived in the Washington DC metro area (specifically Alexandria VA) for many years. Christine pursued a career in corporate finance serving as Controller and CFO of an R&D government contractor.

After retiring from the corporate world in 2014, Christine served as Treasurer and Board Member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and Board Member of the Welcome to Washington International Club as well as Board Member and Cookbook Chairperson for the Belle Haven Women’s Club. Since moving to Pinehurst, Ted and Christine have been busy getting their home in Cotswold pulled together, along with Christine’s volunteer work with the Moore County Literacy Council, the Weymouth Center for the Arts and pursuing Bridge lessons. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with NOPA activities and to make new friends and to enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer.

Past Presidents Biographies and Reflections 1985-2017

The following information was thoughtfully prepared by our Past Presidents to help document and commemorate their time in office and the activities of the organization during their terms. Originally, Presidents served six-month terms, but that was extended to one year in 2007. Many of our Presidents also served in other officer or committee roles and have greatly contributed to the success of Newcomers over the years.

A History of Newcomers of the Pinehurst Area

This summary of our organization is intended to help members and prospective members gain an appreciation for the rich history and evolution to the powerful organization that we have today. Begun in 1985, our boards and members have faced good times and bad and challenged themselves to broaden the activities for members, encourage growth, engage new member leadership and address our financial strength to ensure the sustainability of Newcomers.