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MWC Holds Successful Primary Bake Sale

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

MWC Bake sale ladies Jean Beadle and Sue Brown


By Mil Toczko


The primary election finally arrived and that meant the Moultonborough Women's Club had to be ready when the polls opened. Organizer Mary Whiting reports that co-Captains Jean Beadle and Sue Brown opened the MWC bake sale bright and early to have free coffee at 7:00 a.m. for early arrivals.

Throughout the day other volunteers arrived to work and fragrant, fresh baked items kept flowing in.

Just the day before, MWC began the fall season with a meeting at Geneva Point and members were bringing in baked items then to have ready for election day. Voting turnout was pretty good and the bake sale went off extremely well and will add over $1,100 to the Scholarship Fund. The bake sales play a very integral part in raising money for scholarships and has proven quite lucrative. Our success determines the number of scholarships that are awarded and this is where the town comes in. Our town is always very generous and willing to help in buying our products and for this, MWC is most grateful to them. It really does take a village and we have one of the best. Like more info? View our latest on:

A Busy Fall Season Begins for MWC

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

MWC members: Sally Burgeson, Karen Wright and Jill Alexander at September Meeting at Geneva Point

By Mil Toczko



Geneva Point traditionally has been the place the Moultonborough Women's Club usually begins their fall season. It all started many years ago when we used their barn for an annual picnic and auction. The past five years, we moved to their new, comfortable, spacious community center to enjoy greeting old friends after the summer respite. President Trish Conley informed members of the agenda all set for the coming year and it will be a very busy one. She outlined the expectant activity each month and noted that a celebration of the club's 65th anniversary will take in April.


Gayle Russell headed up the Hospitality committee with helpers Irene Colman, Nancy McDonough and Valerie Durland, who arrived bright and early to set up, decorate and start the coffee.  Members brought a brown bag lunch and the executive board provided dessert and drinks. Barb Koehler announced 62 members and 2 guests attended. Cheryl Ulm has graciously offered her home for the "New Members Tea" and invitations have been mailed. This is a lovely event to meet officers and committee chairs and learn more about the club. Marcia Rauch and Gayle Bettinger will be working for our 19th year on "Making Strides Against Cancer" this October. The newest thing is to design and decorate a bra for this worthwhile event. We'll see where that leads to and who will model?

Karen Wright, Rose Kennedy and Sally Burgeson were there to get things started for the annual "Coffee Can Auction", one of the most fun meetings and members love it. There were loads of interesting items to chose from and you never know what you'll end up with.

Nancy McDonough deserves huge thanks for getting wonderful sponsors for our new calendar, which also kept Carol Bamberry, Susan Knapik and Andrea Bonner busy during the summer. Something new; this calendar will have recipes from our own members and will be a great benefit to the scholarship fund. Check out the newest photos by going to:

MWC Fall Season to Begin Soon!

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

By Mil Toczko

Following tradition, the Moultonborough Women's Club will soon commence with their first fall meeting at Geneva Point on Monday, September 8, at 11:30. For many years, we met in their old red barn and since 2007, we now meet in their lovely new community hall. After completing a successful year, Co-Presidents Trish Conley and Eloise Post are most anxious to begin their second term. Board members will supply dessert and drinks and members are asked to bring their own bagged lunch. No speaker this time. instead as usual for our first meeting Karen Wright and her committee will run the fun "Coffee Can Auction". This is when your asked to bring slightly used, unwrapped items for all to view. Members purchase tickets, scan all the articles and decide which coffee can to place their ticket, hoping to win that selected treasure.

During the summer, MWC kept busy with a few ongoing projects. Peg Young, a long time member who has contributed much over the years, generously donated the cost of two tables at the Methodist Church during their yard sale. Eloise Post is also to be thanked for her generous supply of new jewelry she donated at this yard sale, which was a huge help to raise money for our needy general fund. The proposed July 4th bake sale was postponed to the following day due to high winds and rain. Regardless of the weather, organizer Mary Whiting and co-Captains Louise O'Donald and Judy Ballard did remarkably well in adding to the scholarship fund. Gardener Barb Koehler with a team of volunteers kept the Adopt a Spot blooming all summer. Carol Bamberry, Carol Dreyer and Barb Koehler worked diligently on our new booklets to have them printed and ready for fall. Another project to benefit the scholarship fund, Carol Bamberry, Suzanne Knapik, Nancy McDonough and Andrea Bonner took over the renovation of our old calendar. Seeing a need for something different, they've chucked the birthday calendar that has been in existence for 20 years or so and have a newer idea in store for all. Carol truly a great organizer, who tackles new challenges with zeal also chaired the Archive Committee, with dedicated help from Harriet Bicksler, Mitzie Crowe and Mil Toczko. They searched for several months digging up old, musty, yellowed reports and photos to form a history and gather artifacts. Carol and Mil responded to Kathy Garry's invitation and gave a presentation of MWC history at the Moultonborough Historical Society on August 11; showing off our new showcase with MWC treasures to be kept there for all to peruse now and in the future. We are truly grateful to the Historical Society in offering a suitable space for MWC history and artifacts to be housed in their building. It's all right there in the center of town waiting for you to discover. Take time to look us up by going to:

MWC Visits Town Historical Society

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

MWC reveals new showcase at the Moultonborough Historical Society

Kathy Garry, Caroll Bamberry, Mary Bare and Mil Toczko


By Mil Toczko


A few months ago, Kathy Garry contacted Carol Bamberry and offered space and a lighted showcase to the Moultonborough Women's Club to display their artifacts and history at the Historical Society in Moultonborough. What a wonderful surprise, an offer too good to refuse. MWC doesn't have their own building and has no place to store old records, photo albums and the like. Members are only willing to keep so much paraphernalia for short periods at their homes. Therefore, things easily get lost or misplaced. Carol, known for her organization skills got right to it and formed an Archive Committee and engaged Harriet Bicksler, Mitzie Crowe and Mil Toczko to help comb through old, musty, yellowed records. Quite a challenge lay ahead but the four delved right in meeting often and finding important, and some surprising data. Carol divided the information into different departments, which helped to form the history. Old photos albums were found and secretarial and treasury reports noting the amounts of scholarships awarded. We learned that scholarships began in 1960 and we were able to total amounts awarded each year totaling an amazing $152,350. This past June we gave the most ever in one year by awarding $10K in scholarships. We learned that MWC has done loads of good work in the community, countless times helping children. One interesting thing was a campaign to get rid of unsightly junked cars along the roads in town.

On Monday evening, August 11, our showcase was ready with embellished artifacts; a few frames of photos of interesting events had been placed on the wall for all to peruse. Carol Bamberry and Mil Toczko were invited to give a presentation of MWC history to the Historical Society. MWC is very grateful to the Historical Society in allowing us to share a space in their lovely, well kept building. Tons of things are lovingly displayed: clothing, old appliances, even ancient sleighs, sleds, wagons and a most unusual huge, must see Kona weathervane. Far too many back in time articles to mention. Excellent way to show children the hard work men and women endured in the past. If you have never visited the Moultonborough Historical Society, your missing a lot. You will be pleasantly surprised with all the well organized historical items that are awaiting you to discover. Serendipity!

Neither Wind or Rain Stops the MWC

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

The July 4th Parade and many other town events were canceled because of high winds and rain.

As planned, the Moultonborough Women's Club showed up on the 4th, with husbands Jay O' Donald, Dick Russell and Fred Whiting to help set up the tent for their annual bake sale at the Moultonborough Library's gigantic book fair. They had no tent stakes or heavy plastic sides and had to postpone due to gale force winds and heavy rain. Returned Saturday (their third attempt) to start over and hope for the best. The persistence of organizer Mary Whiting, Louise O' Donald and Gayle Russell paid off with the usual team effort. The sales were slightly below the usual due to the weather but still enough to proudly add to the scholarship fund almost another $1,000. All went home happy and grateful to MWC members who bake wonderful, delicious goodies and make a variety of sandwiches to sell to accommodate those who have lunch there. MWC highly appreciates the generosity of the Moultonborough Library, who allows us to share in their huge book fair, where thousands of books are offered at reasonable prices right on the premises. Thanks also to the town who supports both MWC & the library in cooperation and generosity. Big hugs to the helping husbands, who set up, take down and chip in the clean up. A great, hard working team. This past June, we awarded $10,000 to students and have begun to refill our coffers to be able to do the same next year. Recently we rented two tables at the Moultonborough Methodist Church tag sale and were successful in selling jewelry, scarfs and purses donated by MWC members. As a service club, besides awarding scholarships we donate $1500 each year to local community charities and usually at each meeting our president designates a charity and members bring in whatever is needed for that particular charity. Such as: toys for needy children, needed items for the animal shelter, needs for abused women's shelter and items for our veterans. To view photos and learn more about MWC go to: