Newcomers' Club of Santa Rosa 

​Newcomers’ Club is not just for newcomers! It is for all Sonoma County residents wanting to meet other like-minded residents to socialize, have fun and explore numerous activities.  
Special Interest Groups include bridge, mahjong, book clubs, movies, dining out, visiting wineries, bocce ball and more!

​Join us at our monthly luncheon (2nd Tuesday) to enjoy our current program. Reservation information & menu selections are available on the Luncheon Meetings page.

In 2016, Odessa Gunn embarked on a documentary-type series called Unsung Heroes – a project to tell the world about amazing rescues and people who run them. She will talk about her international rescue efforts to save dogs from the horrible meat market in China, Mexico and wherever else it will take her and her crew.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Odessa studied English at St Francis Xavier University. After graduating, she moved to Ottawa and became a bike racer. She moved to the US to ride year round and pursue a career in racing. After retiring from racing, Odessa moved to Spain and started a small-scale cat and dog rescue. She also started a brand of animal-inspired clothing with a portion of proceeds going to animal rescue. She stopped due to a divorce and move to a smaller home and became a spokesperson for Odessa's Essential Health for Pets. 

Odessa was VP for Forget Me Not Farm (at-risk kids and rescued farm animals therapy farm) for eight years; volunteered for ten. She organized a gala event, auction and dinner every October benefitting at-risk youth in the community and raised almost $2.5 million over nine years. During 20 years in the US, Odessa fostered over 250 animals and volunteered for Compassion Without Borders, the Sonoma Humane Society and Forgotten Felines. At home, Odessa has rescued ten senior dogs, three cats, two goats, one pig, seven chickens, two roosters and two ducks. In her spare time … wait, she doesn’t have spare time! That's Odessa Gunn’s life in a nutshell! 

A very interesting program … as always, guests are invited!

Tuesday, August 14th, 11:30 am
General Meeting & Luncheon

Spring in Sonoma County
Photography by Nancy MacDonald
Co-Presidents  Vicki Broward & Judith Fleshman
​Time: 12:00 noon / check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Place: Oakmont Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Price: $27.00 pp (includes tax, gratuity & venue)