CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville's "Newcomers Club" is celebrating 50 years of helping people get settled into their new community.

The club started in 1966 as the city's welcome wagon.

Many of the first members had moved to Charlottesville and had trouble meeting new friends. Fifty years later, the club is larger than ever with more than 150 members.

“I think it's a testimony to how important Charlottesville is and how much people enjoy and appreciate the community. And, of course, we have more new residents coming in all the time so we find that our work never really ends,” said Charlotte McDaniel, Newcomers Club president.

Newcomers Club activities include coffee meetings, hiking groups, and book clubs.

The organization will celebrate its anniversary with a banquet on Tuesday at the Glenmore Country Club.