August 2018 in   Community Impact Newspaper


Dr. Jann Mackey will share secrets and mysteries of Highclere Castle---better known as Downton Abbey from the popular PBS series.

Dr. Mackey’s lecture “The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle” focuses on the art, architecture and history of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. Mackey will share history and stories of the Carnarvon family, who has owned the estate for centuries. She will explain how the fictional Downton Abbey series has unexpected echoes of the real history of the castle and the Carnarvon family. Dr. Mackey holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas.


June 2018 in Allen Image Magazine 
Page 24 


Dig those boots out of your closet and don your cowgirl hat. The Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano is hosting a free western-themed Activity Fair on Tuesday, September 13. The annual brunch and fair showcases nearly 30 activity groups—the heart of the club—where ladies enjoy games, crafting, dining out and in, and exploring all that DFW has to offer.

Skip Hollandsworth

This year’s keynote speaker is American author, journalist, screenwriter and Texas Monthly editor Skip Hollandsworth. During his tenure with the magazine, Skip has received several journalism awards. His ability to weave facts into a compelling and even humorous story was evident in the 2011 movie “Bernie,” (which he co-wrote with Richard Linklater) and is based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.” His book, The Midnight Assassin, is a true story about a series of murders that terrorized Austin beginning in December of 1884. The Midnight Assassin, was recently published in April 2016.

If you’ve been wondering what Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano is all about, this is the perfect time to meet the group…and bring a friend! Do you like to read, or do you want to learn a new craft? Are you a foodie? Several groups are available for fun and fellowship. If you prefer games, four groups offer those. Are you interested in becoming more active?  Come and learn about the club’s golf and walking groups. Or, if winding down is your thing, there’s even a wine group.

In addition to all their activities, the club offers a free brunch buffet and program speaker every month for your information and entertainment. Monthly Welcome Coffees are also open to guests and prospective members.

December 20, 2015



Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano welcome all women in the area and their friends to an event with speaker Mabrie Jackson, President of the North Texas Commission (NTC). Jackson will host an exciting discussion about all the factors that make our region so vibrant.

NTC  is a nonprofit association dedicated to enhancing the economic exuberance and quality of life in the DFW Metroplex. Jackson joined the NTC five years ago as President and CEO with a background in public service on the Plano City Council and professional roles with Fortune 500 companies Microsoft and EDS. 

During her role as the first woman President of NTC, Jackson has traveled worldwide to promote North Texas.  

Come prepared to learn about our growing region, and meet and ask questions of this delightfully engaging speaker.  



When: Tuesday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. refreshments and 10 a.m. meeting

Where: SMU-in-Plano, 5228 Tennyson Pkwy., Plano, Texas

Cost: Free


Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano (NFGP)

NFGP is a social organization of warm, caring women who provide a supportive environment for new and established residents of Plano, Texas and all surrounding areas.


North Texas Commission President Mabrie Jackson to speak at Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano meeting

Mabrie Jackson, president of the North Texas Commission

Mabrie Jackson, president of the North Texas Commission

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 5:00 pm

Staff report 

Mabrie Jackson, president of the North Texas Commission, will speak next month to Collin County area women about what makes this region so vibrant.

Jackson, the leader of a non-profit consortium dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is the scheduled speaker for Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano meeting 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at SMU in Plano, 5228 Tennyson Parkway in Plano. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Jackson joined the NTC in 2010 as President and CEO with a background that included public service on the Plano City Council and roles with Fortune 500 companies Microsoft and EDS. She is the first woman to serve as President of the NTC and she has traveled worldwide to promote North Texas.

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Not your average social club

Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano strives to include, involve women


Newcomer Friends

Photo courtesy of Karen Busby

Members enjoy themselves at a Christmas luncheon and auction.

Want to join?

For information or to join, visit Members interested in forming an activity group should contact

New to the area? Interested in making new friends? The Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano (NFGP) is a social organization of women who provide a supportive environment for new and established residents of Plano and surrounding areas.

Founded in 2001, NFGP assists women in their transition to the community by introducing them to others, fostering friendships and encouraging participation in the many group activities the club offers, according to its website. What started as a group of about 13 women has grown to include more than 300 members.

“We moved here from Colorado, and my husband was in the military for quite a while and was a corporate executive, so we moved a lot,” said Karen Busby, the club’s 2014-15 publicity chair. “I knew how to come and knew to find a newcomers group.”

Busby joined in September 2013 and was delighted to discover NFGP comprises its board with newer members like herself.

“A lot of times, when you have a club that’s been in place for a long time, the people who’ve been in the club will have the attitude of ‘that’s not how we do it here’ regarding new ideas,” she said. “They wanted to keep the newest members active and involved to avoid that stagnation and calcification. We have people come in from everywhere, and there’s always new ideas coming in. We want to make sure new people could come in and start participating and making an impact immediately.”

In addition to its monthly meetings, which feature a speaker and lunch, NFGP has a calendar of events and groups that appeal to all walks of life. From Antique Lovers to Shopaholics, book groups to wine tastings, there are 25 activity groups to keep members active in the community.

“You can pick and choose what you want to do, and there’s no obligation,” said Alice Hobbs, group leader for Serendipity, which focuses on symphony, theater and musical events north of I-635. “Many of us are recently retired and we travel a lot, so it’s just terrific that we can participate when we’re in town. I love to read, and there are two book groups in the club, one of which I helped get started. It’s interesting how helpful everyone is to get people involved.”

Hobbs was made aware of NFGP during her time as executive director of the Plano Symphony, after several of her friends joined the club.

“I knew it was something I wanted to join when I retired so I did, and I have loved every minute of it,” she said. “It’s a very welcoming group, very friendly and very fun. It’s beautifully run and well-organized – everybody pitches in and takes on things, so it’s just been a wonderful experience to be a part of. I’ve made a ton of new friends, and they’re just terrific women.”

Membership is $40 per year, but those interested in checking out NFGP are invited to attend activity groups for 30 days at no cost. While the club is exclusively comprised of women, spouses are invited to attend activities and interest groups.

And although many women choose to join in their retirement, the club is open to all ages.

“The goal is to be a support structure of sorts to introduce people to others so they can make friends,” Busby said. “The main purpose is friendship and fun.”

When members aren’t at the shooting range or enjoying a riveting game of Bunco, the monthly meetings serve as an informative way to educate the women on important topics. On Tuesday, local meteorologist Colleen Coyle spoke at the March meeting about severe weather safety. On April 14, Mabrie Jackson, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission, will share why North Texas has become a key player in the state and country.

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