The Olympic Newcomers’ Club board of directors holds ten regular meetings every year, plus any additional meetings required to manage the Club’s business. Any Newcomers’ Club member can attend and actively participate in these meetings. The board welcomes all input (positive or negative) from our members.
Cathy Schau grew up with 8 siblings in a small town in Northern California. For 16 years she worked for Pacific Bell and AT&T as operator, supervisor and manager. When the office in Sacramento closed she went back to school at MTI. Worked in management jobs in the transportation field. In 2000 she quit her job and went to work for her husband’s company Chapparal Fence Co. In 2009 the company was closed after the death of her husband. Cathy moved to Sequim in 2011 after coming here once to visit her cousin. She fell in love with the people and the beautiful landscape. She bought a house and had it remolded. She joined Newcomers in the fall of 2011. She has done the 50-50, dining round, tables for 6, brunch chair, and served as a board member. She loves people, games, social gatherings and wine.
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Board Vice President Warren Pierce
After graduating from Washington State University, Steve began a 35-year career in the Forest Products Industry, holding positions in research, marketing, sales, market analysis and management. He completed his career as Vice President of Marketing for a Southern Pine marketing association based in the New Orleans area. He and his wife Gwen returned to Washington to be closer to family and have access to the many benefits of living in this beautiful state.
Susie was born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she met her husband, Steve. She raised two children and did part-time bookkeeping for a small machine shop and a private elementary school. After Steve’s retirement they moved to Sequim in 2011 to enjoy a slower lifestyle. After a year in Sequim she joined Newcomers and served as Membership Chair for one year. She enjoys gardening and playing games.
Board Member Pearl Bare
After graduating from Washington State University in education, Gwen discovered she wasn’t enamored with disciplining other people’s children, especially those bigger than she was. Gwen enjoyed being a stay at home mother until her baby was 8. She then worked in the clerical field until 2012, when she and her husband Steve moved to Sequim. She continues to enjoy playing games, camping, walking, reading, friends and family, which includes her dog Furbie.
Lynn was born and raised in Illinois but spent her adult years in Chicago working in advertising and public relations. After nearly 10 years working at home raising two children and volunteering for local charities, she started a new career in real estate. The next twenty years were devoted to getting her children off to college while growing her real estate business. In 2010, Lynn and her husband, Vic, moved to Sequim to pursue their retirement dreams of being closer to the mountains and the ocean…leaving behind the heat, humidity, cold temperatures and snow shoveling.
Board Member Lani Butcher Smith
Lani was born and raised in western New York State, married in Key West, FL, lived most of her adult life in San Diego, CA, and moved with her husband, Gary, to Port Angeles, WA a few years ago. Her sister once asked her why she keeps moving to lands end. Having seen the four corners of the continental USA, she’s found her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her corporate careers, lasting 25 years, were as a manager and trainer at Pacific Telephone and as a manager and technical writer at Xerox. She found her best career last, as a dog trainer, where for 13 years, she taught basic and advanced obedience classes, conducted private lessons, and was a certified evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program. She was a regular volunteer at a local animal shelter, where she worked with dogs who were waiting for adoption. She enjoys reading, especially mysteries, volunteering, and exploring this beautiful area with Gary and her dog, Ruff.
Kathy was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After attending the University of Illinois, she became Product Manager of Studio Girl Cosmetics. After receiving her mixologist certification, Kathy and her husband, Wayne, moved to Glenwood Springs, CO, and pursued a real estate career. She and Wayne then moved to San Diego, CA, in 1985 to take advantage of the “building boom.” After retiring, Kathy and Wayne moved to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula to get away from “The Madding Crowd” and a hectic big city life. She is now enjoying her surroundings and is an “artist in progress!”
My name is Diane C. Nelson and I moved to Port Angeles from Southern California in 2004. I worked in aerospace for 30 years primarily in the field of Production Control. Currently pursuing artistic endeavors.
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Board Member Heidi Hansen
I’m blessed to have grown-up in the northern California small town mountain and agriculture communities of Dunsmuir and Ukiah, respectively. About the time big corporations began using computers, I moved to Los Angeles to catch the start of this new Info-technology wave and surfed it until retiring a few years ago. It was quite a ride and it took me to live in many large metropolitan cities from coast to coast – the last 15 years in San Diego. According to Thomas Wolfe “You can never go home again”, but the best thing about retiring 2 years ago – it allowed me to move to Sequim and return to my small town roots where most everything is about 25mph, including the speed most people drive. My interests include keeping fit, cooking, gardening, boating, reading, and most of all enjoying time with Barbara, my wife and soul mate for 32 years, and the many friends we’ve made since moving to Sequim.
The board makes the minutes of their meetings and the monthly treasurer’s report available to members by posting these two documents on the club’s website. If you would like to read the either of these documents, just click on the link below:
The organization and operational procedures of the Olympic Newcomers’ Club are defined in the club’s constitution and by-laws. These two documents are available for all members to review: