About Barrington Newcomers & Neighbors

Barrington Newcomers and Neighbors is a non-profit social organization that welcomes new and established community members to help them meet and make friends. We have members of all ages. Some have relocated to the Barrington, Illinois area from all over the United States and around the world-and some have lived here all their lives.

Each month there are a variety of events and activities to help residents of all ages meet people, pursue new interest and have fun. Our slogan is "Make Friends, Have Fun" and we mean it. There are no club duties-just sign up for an activity and enjoy.


Board of Directors


Suzanna Dworsky 

1st VP-Programming

Nina Stephenson
Kelly Beachy

2nd VP-Activities

Jan Sheppard
Vicki Nabulsi

3rd VP-Membership

Carol Froman
Mollie Calhoun


Janet Mahanay


Nancy Forrest 

Buzz Editor 

Janet Mahanay 


Nicole Higgin
Kathy Pinkus
Sandy Bollenbacher


Sue Rogers


Susan Jacobson
Diane Jonske


Norma Bock

Letter from the President

Welcome to the Neighborhood!


Barrington Newcomers and Neighbors has existed in one form or another for more than fifty years—longer than many of our members have existed!

I am honored to serve as your new president. I fully intend to carry out my position following the traditions set by an amazing line of past presidents, all of whom led with grace and wisdom. At the same time, BNN is most receptive to progressive and forward-looking ideas.

I attended my first BNN meeting, a morning book club, in 2010. I had recently moved here from Arizona and, not knowing whether I’d be welcome among strangers, drove alone through the snow that frosty cold morning. Though I arrived much too early, the host, Claire Leininger, welcomed me warmly. My trepidation disappeared. Since that day, members of this delightful group have continually shared companionship and kindness.

I remain grateful that I didn’t give into my fears that winter morning and turned around to the safety of my home. The friendships I have made, the talented and supportive people I have met, and the experiences we have shared, would have been lost to me. On behalf of all our members, I invite you to join BNN. We believe the benefits of membership will meet your expectations. As a member you will automatically receive via email our monthly newsletter, the Barrington Buzz, and occasional Blasts, which will provide you with all the information you need to participate in an abundance of activities; to name a few—golf and bowling, book clubs, gardening, game groups, bridge lessons, coffees, and lunch, wine, and dinner groups. And we offer so much more!

The BNN website is hosted by www.LIVING60010.com, a daily resource for school, art, charitable, and other community events in the 60010 area.

I thank outgoing President Norma Bock who together with the members of the Board and the Committee chairs contributed tirelessly to upholding the high standards of Barrington Newcomers and Neighbors, making it the club it is today.

Some of our groups include:

  • Almost Gourmet
  • Day Book Clubs
  • Day & Evening Book Club
  • Gardening
  • Golf
  • Supper Club
  • Bowling
  • Bridge
  • Bunco
  • Game Day
  • Wine Tasting
  • Outdoor Adventures

Join us! Barrington Newcomers and Neighbors are off to another exciting and fun filled year. We have welcomed back many returning members and several new participants. I would encourage everyone to try a new activity, meet a future friend, and above all else, have fun.

I am always happy to hear from you. Let us all look forward to a great year ahead!

 ~ Suzanna Dworsky, President