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Luncheons | Coffees | Special Activity Groups


Luncheon meetings are held the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) at local restaurants and venues selected by the Luncheon Director. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is served at noon followed by a business meeting and program. Luncheon details are announced in the monthly Newsletter, and reservation forms are also part of the Newsletter. The full price of the lunch will be charged to members who make reservations and do not attend, or who cancel after the designated deadline. Luncheon prize tickets are sold at each luncheon meeting to defray the cost of the guest speaker and the President`s lunch. One prize at each luncheon is a free lunch, and the winner of this prize is reimbursed for the cost of their lunch that day.

Special Luncheon Events
Brown Bag Lunch: A Brown Bag lunch is held on the first Thursday in August usually at Bush Pasture Park. The specific date and location is announced in the Newsletter. This casual picnic is in place of the more formal luncheon, as members bring their own lunches and the desserts are provided by the Board members.

Charity Auction: An Oral and Silent Auction is held at the November luncheon meeting to fund the Club`s contributions to local charities. Auction items are donated by members and may be craft items, baked goods, that lovely serving dish you haven`t used in years or whatever other saleable item members wish to contribute.


  • December 7, 2017 — December Luncheon

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Get-acquainted Coffees are held monthly throughout the entire year on the third Thursday of each month at local churches with facilities large enough to meet the needs of our membership. The location and time are announced in the Newsletter and usually start at 10:00 a.m. To defray expenses, attending members are asked to donate $2.00 at the door.  Also, paperback books are donated and sold at the coffees for 25 cents per book.


  • November 16, 2017 Coffee at Westminster Presbyterian Church

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Special Activity Groups

All members are welcome and encouraged to join any of the activity groups they find of interest. Most groups meet in members` homes. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please call the Activity Leader of that group for information. If you have a special interest and would like to start a new group, please contact the Activities Director. The Club Newsletter contains details about the activities as well as any requirements such as reservations, supplies, etc.

Afternoon Tea

Friendly gathering of ladies who enjoy a cup of tea and fun. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in members` homes and fun excursions around the area.

Art in the Park

Artists at any skill level using various media get together to paint and sketch at outside locations during mild weather months, or go to galleries and museums during the winter months. Meets on various days, depending on the weather.

As The Page Turns

This reading group meets on the 1st Friday of each month and differs from the Read and Share groups in that this group reads an assigned book each month rather than individual selections.


This non-competitive recreational group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to bowl a few games. Members pay for their own lane rental and equipment. Spouses are invited to participate. Late afternoon refreshments at a nearby restaurant often follow for those who want to continue the fun.


Meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday mornings to work on either a planned craft project or various personal crafts. Generally meets at a members’ home or at a business to take a class. This group is open to anyone who wishes to participate. We usually follow the craft time with lunch.


Social gatherings open to all members, spouses and friends. They are held monthly during the months of September through June at a Salem area restaurant. Single members are encouraged to bring a friend if they wish. Various participating members, under the guidance of the Dine-Out Activity Leader, selects the restaurant, makes the arrangements, provides information for the Newsletter, and host the event.

Dinner for Six

This activity involves small groups who plan and prepare dinner each month.  The hosting couple prepares the main course, and the other members bring the appetizer, salads, and desserts.  Single members can “pair up” to participate.  Dinners are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, with the groups being rotated every four months to share dinners with different people.


Group meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August). The discussions are based on the Great Decisions Briefing Book chapters, which cover global topics such as climate change, foreign policy, and energy independence. Meetings take place at members’ homes, or at a local business.

Girls Night Out

Meets once a month for dinner and/or late afternoon or early evening movie or other performance. This event does not have a regular meeting day or time, and the Activity Leader will take care not to schedule meetings in conflict with other activities.

Grape Escape

This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and is devoted to learning the fine aspects of wine tasting.  This group meets either in members’ homes or at wineries to taste selected types of wines. Tasting fees apply, and spouses and partners are welcomed.


Day trips to interesting places in or near Salem, and usually includes lunch. The junkets are a means of getting to know the area and provide enjoyable socializing. Does not have a regular day and time as these are usually of longer duration than regular activities. Details are provided in the monthly Newsletters.

Read & Share

Meets monthly on the 1st Monday morning of the month. It is an informal, open-ended group. There is no assigned reading, and the group meets at the homes of the participants.

Salad Sisters

At Salad Sisters you will find good food, good cheer, and always interesting, frequently funny conversation. Meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at one of the members’ homes. Participants bring a homemade or store bought salad or dessert. This popular group fills up fast, and space is sometimes limited.

Stitch & Bitch

These groups meet on Tuesday afternoons at members’ homes to enjoy handwork, conversation, and companionship. Creative talents are not necessary to join one of these groups.

Table Games

There are several open and established card or dice groups:

    • Bridge Couples – meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening


    • Bridge Ladies – There are four separate ladies groups who meet on the 1st Monday, 2nd Monday, 3rd Thursday, and 4th Tuesday of each month. New groups are formed as needed.


    • Pinochle Couples – Two groups meet once a month. The 2nd Friday group meets in the evening at a member’s home, and the afternoon group meets on the 4th Friday of the month at a member’s home.


    • Pinochle Ladies – Two groups who meet once a month on either the 1st Wednesday or the 3rd Friday afternoons.


    • Bunco – Two groups who meet once a month at a member’s home on either the 2nd Monday or 3rd Monday afternoons.


Saturday Social

Couples and singles who meet monthly in members’ homes for hors d’oeuvres and white wine on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. A small donation is collected at the door to defray host expenses.

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