Welcome to Kelowna!
If you are new to the Kelowna area, eager to learn more about your chosen community, get involved in fun activities and meet new friends, Kelowna Newcomers Club is the place for you!
For more than half a century, the KNC has helped new arrivals to the Central Okanagan settle in to their new homes. From regular indoor and outdoor social activities to special functions, we offer something for every taste. So explore these pages and find out how the KNC can help you fall in love with this sensational place!
KNC Moving Forward
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down the usual lineup of KNC events, creative and inspired co-ordinators have pulled together and are definitely stepping up the level of activities offered.
In recent weeks, Tour Kelowna, Canasta, Dining Out, the Walking group, Five Pin bowling, Solos, Beer Tasting and Ladies Coffee have all provided much needed opportunities to meet new people and enjoy Kelowna. And while our 3 golf events are winding down their seasons, winter sports like snowshoeing have announced ambitious plans to get outdoors.
In addition, the Photography and Gardening groups continue to be successful through creative methods such as online seminars and weekly blogs.
A reminder to all members that because of Covid-19, most tours have limited space, so spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is almost always a waiting list, and sometimes a second tour to the same destination is organized. If you are registered on a tour but later find that you have to cancel, please take your name off the registration list so that someone else from the waiting list has a chance to attend the event. To do this, just go to your personal online Calendar on the KNC website, click on the event on the appropriate date, and follow the instructions for cancelling your registration.
To help focus its vision for the 2020-2021 season, the KNC conducted its first-ever online members poll in August. Nearly 40 percent of members chose to have their voices heard.
Of those, a gratifying two-thirds said they were "cautiously optimistic" about participating in KNC activities again. The survey did reveal a distinct preference for outdoor activities and there was strong support for the wearing of masks when proper social distancing is not possible.
The board is confident that KNC is continuing its 52-year tradition of providing members with the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in activities through the use of smaller groups and online meetings.
The Kelowna Newcomers Club held an in-person and Zoom General Meeting on Wednesday, October 7th. The meeting was held at the Rotary Centre for Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The keynote speaker (via Zoom) was Norm Letnick (BC’s Opposition Health Critic) who updated the the Covid-19 situation in Kelowna.
Check this space for an announcement concerning our next meeting in November.
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