Hello! My name is Denise Kern. If my memory is accurate, I served as President of Newcomers of San Antonio from July 30, 1987-July 30, 1988.
At that time, San Antonio was experiencing a large growth spurt. Sea World was being built and the executives and their families were moving to our city. Several other groups were also building, such as Southwestern Bell, AT&T, Fiesta Texas, and the University of San Antonio. We had over 200 members as I recall. Because our group was so large and the city was growing so rapidly, members could only be part of the group for three years. At the end of that time, we were required to terminate our membership so there would be room for others to join.
The executive committee had decided to have several meetings in the downtown area, along with a couple around the outskirts so we could get to know the city. I still have hilarious memories when I drive downtown and try to find my way back home. I often say to myself,
“Oh, I remember being lost here!”
We had a monthly newsletter that one of our committees published, printed, folded, bulk mailed and always struggled with how to keep the addresses current. As president, I recall writing “Notes from the President.” The one I remember most was entitled, “Bloom Where You are Planted”. Newcomers embodied that statement through and through and still do.
Most of our members were women in the 20-35 age ranges and had children we were trying to get settled into new surroundings while establishing our new households. We met during the day, so our meetings were accessible to working folks as well as those of us who “worked at home.” We had six or seven large evening events throughout the year, where our husbands attended and were able to meet others, always with good food, fun and new friendships as the primary purpose.
I still maintain friendships with families I met in Newcomers. We found San Antonio to have the feel of a small town; very friendly and welcoming. I believe San Antonio still feels like a small town, though now it sprawls across many, many more miles. It’s been a wonderful area in which to raise my children. The home we chose so long ago I continue enjoying as my grandchildren grow up in the same area. What a privilege and honor to be president of such a positive face of San Antonio. I am forever grateful for the opportunity.
Thank you for including me in this celebration. I wish the best to all of you.
Denise Kern, Past President Newcomers of San Antonio