In 1971, Fran Kober moved to Franklin from New Jersey and was very disappointed to learn there was no Newcomers Club in town as there had been in the town she left. So she placed an ad in the paper seeking to meet other newly arrived residents in town. Five people answered the ad. Shortly after that, she placed a second ad for new people to meet and socialize. Twenty enthusiastic people responded and the club was born with Fran as the first president.
Members organize events such as Couples Socials, Monthly Dinner Groups, Ladies Night Out, Children’s Activities, Movie Nights, Craft Nights and much more. Some of the friendships started in the early years are still going today even though the people are no longer members. Both new and old residents alike have found the Franklin Newcomers to be a wonderful place to get involved with fun activities. We are not just for newcomers!
The scope of the club has broadened to include community service as an integral part of member activity. The annual Franklin Newcomers’ Craft Fair is a tradition in the town. The club annually donates thousands of dollars to local Franklin organizations such as the Franklin Food Pantry, Santa Foundation, YMCA, Franklin Education Foundation, Friends of the Franklin Library, Random Smile Project, and the annual 4th of July Celebration.