Moultonborough Women's Club


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Emergency Awareness Program for MWC

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM

By Mil Toczko


The Moultonborough Women's Club will meet on Monday, February 2, at the Lions Hall for their monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30. Co-President Eloise Post, has arranged to have speaker Kathleen Merriam, who is coordinator of volunteers of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and currently acting Chief in the field. Kathleen is a retired teacher of 37 years with an MS in Special Education from Hofstra University in New York. With her husband Phil, they raised 5 children and have 12 grandchildren. She began as a volunteer for CERT in 2007 and was asked to be the Coordinator the following year. CERT was developed nationally after 911 as the need for trained volunteers became apparent. The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH) began coordinating the volunteer response in 2006. The goal of LR-CERT is to provide qualified trained volunteers to assist the first responders to cope with disasters and public health emergencies and to conduct public emergency preparedness awareness programs. They support first responders by providing traffic control for police departments, rehab for the firefighters, shelters for humans and their animals, search and rescue for missing persons, organizational support for public health emergencies. Members must attend an eight week course taught by local first responders including disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, first aid/ CPR, Search and Rescue, terrorism and Incident Command Systems (ICS), they must pass two FEMA courses, a background check and two personal references as well as be interviewed by a CERT committee. Members are required to attend the monthly trainings which maintain skills and provide new ones and be ready to be called upon in a disaster.

Before the main speaker Eleanor Eaton of Moultonborough, a Girl Scout Ambassador will give a synopsis of her recent travels to Europe.

Janet Schurko of Remembrance ­delivered 110 Christmas cards and calendars to the residents at the Carroll County Nursing Home in Ossipee.

Members will vote for the third person to be on the Nominating Committee headed up by Barb Koehler. The committee will be searching for a few new positions to fill. Our club has accomplished much in the past years thanks to its leadership and those willing to work in various ways. Think about how and what you could do to make this club even better.

The charity this month will be for the "Sunshine Cart" at the Veteran's Home in Tilton. They could always use shaving cream, razors, shampoo, toothpaste, body lotion, denture tablets, crossword and sudoku books or anything else you may deem suitable. Always new photos and up to date articles by going to our well informed web site at:

2015 Looks Promising for MWC

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM

MWC Vice President Jill Alexander with husband Aaron Alexander speaker on Genetically Modified Organisms.

By Mil Toczko

Monday, January 5, was one of the coldest, blustering winter day yet but that didn't stop 61 members of the Moultonborough Women's Club from attending the first meeting of the year. Aaron Alexander, a resident of Moultonborough spoke on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), discussing what they are, what they control and are they safe. Aaron is a 1975 graduate of Cornell University and has been employed in the agricultural industry for 37 years. Many have heard the term GMO but really didn't know much about it if anything. Aaron set up a power point show showing corn plants growing with and without the aid of GMO and had local samples of corn and silage with and without GMO aid. If GMO is not applied, bugs and worms found in corn are still treated with pesticides. It costs his company a billion dollars a year for research and still has far to go including educating the public. Q&A was lively and the audience was very surprised in learning how little we knew about growing our food. The program was well received being interesting, informative and educational.

Gayle Russell had arranged with Chef Donna Grow to cater a delicious pot roast luncheon, which was a savoy delight. You can't beat Donna's mashed potatoes and oh, that rich, dark gravy. Kudos to her talented well trained kitchen staff. Neither were we disappointed in the famous dessert table provided by: Judy Ballard, Carol Dreyer, Nancy Zeloski, Barb Koehler, Carol Austin, Susan Reepmeyer and Tricia Martin-Wallace, all great bakers. There was an abundance of choice: the ever popular carrot cake, delicate chiffon cake, a lucious raspberry cheese cake, a large variety of different cookies and a refreshing orange gelatin concoction. Extremely difficult to sample just one item, when all these mouth watering temptations are beckoning to you.

President Trish Conley was absolutely delighted in the large amount of bags containing personal items donated by members and will be delivered to the Starting Point of Carroll County, a much needed women's shelter.

There is a lot to look forward to; in April we will celebrate MWC 65th anniversary and a committee has began planning and in June, a big evening gala event is also being organized.

Soon a nominating committee will be searching for officer replacements. Everyone is willing to help but shy on taking the helm. Please think about accepting a position, as they are not as difficult as one might think. Ask any past president and they will tell you they enjoyed being president and got a lot of willing help from all. Learn more by going to our informative, up to date web site :

MWC Begins Season of Merriment

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Moultonborough Academy Musical Choir Students

By Mil Toczko



Sixty six members attended the Moultonborough Women's Club on December 1st for their monthly luncheon meeting. Gayle Russell of hospitality arranged with Chef Donna Grow and her efficient kitchen elves to serve bountiful chicken pot pie with savory results. Oh, that crust, no one does it better than Donna. Knowing students were arriving, the dessert committee did double duty baking a wonderful, celebration of delicious sweets. The ladies who brought a variety of desserts are: Jean Beadle, Trish Conley, Paula Young, Judi Soja, Gayle Russell, Irene Coleman, Cecelia Hansen, Pam Toczko, Mary Whiting and Debbie Colvin.

Program chair Cheryl Ulm arranged to have Musical Director Harmony Markey and the talented students of the Moultonborough Academy perform a Christmas musical program. Members truly enjoyed seeing so many talented young people, whose voices filled the hall with yuletide joy. There was audience participation in well known Christmas carols and Santa songs. The program ended with a crescendo of applause. The students then were welcome to the delicious desserts and each was given a goody bag of Christmas candy distributed by Mitzie Crowe. Everyone enjoyed these polite, attractive, musical students. A great beginning to the holiday season.

The hall was nicely decorated for the season with a Christmas tree and poinsettias on each table, which were given out at the end to the person wearing the most buttons.

Co-President Trish Conley designated the charity this month for Child and Family Services for kids up to twelve years old. Our town is included in the distribution of these gifts. It was admirable to see the generosity of MWC in providing a huge amount of new toys for needy kids.

Our iPadAir raffle was over and a drawing was held. Donna Tatro of the Recreational Dept. was the happy winner. It was also the day to bring the Christmas tree several of our members decorated for the Altrusa group with Co-President Eloise Post in charge. Members met several times to plan and make hand made ornaments for this tree, which will be donated to a needy family at the end of the Altrusa event. New photos on our web site:

MWC to Celebrate Christmas with Music

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

By Mil Toczko



We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving and now look forward to the joyful season of Christmas at the Moultonborough Women's Club on Monday, December 1, at the Lions Hall on old Rt 109S. Cheryl Ulm once again has contacted Harmony Markey music director at the Moultonborough Academy to present a winter concert, which will include the high school chorus singing traditional carols with some audience participation. Members of the high school band will also offer musical renditions with groups and solos. We sincerely look forward to seeing and hearing these talented young students. They have entertained MWC several times in the past with boundless energy and are always welcomed enthusiastically. Social begins at 11:30 with Chef Donna Grow and her efficiently trained kitchen help serving the luncheon promptly at noon. Members marvel at Donna's epicurean delights, which are always piping hot ready. Taking care of delicious desserts will be:

Jean Beadle, Trish Conley, Irene Coleman, Paula Young, Judi Soja, Pam Toczko, Mary Whiting, Gayle Russell and Debbie Colvin.

Co-President Trish Conley has designated Dec. to provide gift's for needy children to be distributed by the Child & Family Services, which includes children in our town. Please bring unwrapped gifts for kids.  Donations of Christmas wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons are greatly appreciated.

Co President Eloise Post is chairing the Christmas tree we will provide and decorate for the Altrusa Club's Festival of Trees, which is styled Victorian and called "If I Could Turn Back Time". Hand made creative decorations were made by members and the tree will be donated to a needy family with children. What could be better to share nostalgically with community care and compassion.

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Time to Tie One On at the MWC

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Program chair Gayle Russell with Jennifer Correia of "Beyond Obsession"

By Mil Toczko



The Moultonborough Women's Club met Monday, November 3 for their monthly luncheon meeting with 83 in attendance. First of all, members and guests indulged in a delightful, simply good food of ground beef and vegetable lunch prepared by Chef Grow and her talented, well trained kitchen crew. The hostesses who provided the delectable desserts were: Nancy McDonough, Jane Harrington, Mitzie Crowe, Carol Bamberry, Marcia Rauch, Marlene Taussig and Diana Levy. As usual, it was a celebration of delicious sweets and difficult to select just the right dish. Seasonal pies, an abundance of squares, all sorts of cookies and cakes; something to please everyone and forget that diet.

Program chair Gayle Russell introduced Jen Correia and assistants Sharon Paton and Sharon Jones to set up and help demonstrate the many ways to tie scarfs of various shapes. It was interesting to see how to make a vest or several ways to cover the shoulders or waist using a scarf. Jen had a lovely assortment of colorful scarves and members followed along with her to try to copy the artful way of tying. Most likely Jen will have many members visiting her shop right here in Moultonborough on Rt 25.

Marcia Rauch with Gayle Bettinger headed up the annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" and reported funds garnered from sponsors was a whopping $5,669. Recently a committee delved into old records and discovered that MWC had been actively involved in the stride walk since 1996 and found the amounts of money sponsored each year. Adding this October's collection, the amount

added up to the amazing amount of $103,389. Hard to believe so much can be done by so few and we thank all who contributed over the years and do hope some day this terrible disease will be eradicated. A big thank you goes to Sherry Weene, who was coruageous enough to not only design but to model a bra to raise additional money. Now ladies... that takes guts!

The book "Great Houses of New England" has been purchased for the library in memory of our recently deceased member Alice Ellingwood, who served as an officer of MWC for many years and will be truly missed. Get well wishes and many prayers are sincerely sent to Cecelia Hansen, who recently had open heart surgery and is doing well. Our web site is kept up to date with our activities. Check it out at