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A History of Swans

A History of SWANS

SWANS was formed in August 2002 as a third group to accept the Graduates of the Saanich Newcomers Club (SNC). The other two groups were the Saanich Newcomers Alumnae Club ( SNAC) and GRADS. There were close to 80 members that first year. Initially we met for Luncheons on the Fourth Wednesday of the month at the Princess Mary Restaurant, which was a Victoria landmark and is no longer standing. We then moved to the scenic Royal Colwood Golf Club where the beautiful scenery, accommodating staff and delicious buffet have kept us there since 2007.

As Saanich Newcomers (SNC) was such a successful club, SWANS adopted the same format for their Policies and Procedures as well as the Activities that were offered. Over the years SWANS has participated with both the Newcomers and GRADS in certain activities.

We have maintained the practice of using seating tiles and round tables at our Luncheons to foster friendship and communication. All our Interest Groups are self managed and members are expected to actively participate in running the group.

There have been many changes over the years. SNC was renamed NCGV, Newcomers Club of Greater Victoria, to better reflect the membership. SNAC closed in 2018 as their membership was too small to remain viable. SWANS membership increased to a high of 268 in 2014 and has slowly decreased to approximately 200 in 2021-2022, the 20th Anniversary of the Club. The SWANS website was started in 2017 for Membership renewals, Luncheon bookings and club information.

Although we have been unable to hold our monthly luncheons during the Covid shutdown of the Golf Club, SWANS has remained somewhat active. Several Interest Groups have continued to meet, outside and in a safe manner; the President has sent out monthly messages to the membership; the Executive have held Zoom meetings and Membership renewals have continued.

We are hoping that Luncheons will start again sometime in the 2021-2022 year, to allow us to celebrate our 20 years as a very successful Friendship Club.

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