|Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM|
By Mil Toczko
The Moultonborough Women's Club was very pleased to welcome Guy Giunta, a well known landscaper and lilac expert from Sanbornton to speak to our members, on Monday, March 3, with 54 in attendance. We have Program Chair Dotti Simpson to thank for engaging this wonderful, down to earth man, who related all that you need to know about growing our lilac state flower. Giunta serves as Commission Chairman for the Governor's Lilac and Wildflower Commission and over the years, has partnered with New Hampshire garden clubs, schools, youth groups and other public organizations to promote planting of lilacs and wildflowers throughout the state. A powerpoint show all about lilacs was shown with the assistance of our President Trish Conley. Guy had some good tales to tell along with the slides. One interesting, helpful thing we learned about pruning, is to prune the dead wood from the base and not the top. This way new shoots will begin to appear at the base. We all found Guy most charming and many members were anxious to get lilac advice from him. Guy gave out lovely, informative booklets all about the lilac planting, care, pruning, fertilizing etc. Everything you will ever need to know about lilacs.
Hostess Gayle Russell arranged with Donna Grow to serve a delicious, heartwarming roast pork with all the trimmings. Nothing could be better on a cold winter day. Even Mr. Giunta raved about the delicious luncheon and oh, those mashed potatoes! Then came the desserts chaired by Sherry Weene with helpers: Janine Broadhurst, Dawn Smith, Susan Merrifield, Carol Bamberry, Eloise Post and Jane Coyne. They set up a beautiful table with scrumptious desserts which included: refreshing fresh fruit, always a hit, blueberry bread, decadent chocolate truffle cake, chocolate mint brownies, decorated St Pat's cup cakes, a lucious key lime pie. Cookies consisted of chocolate chip, lemon sugar and coconut macaroons. Jeannine Royer, our in house decorator had St. Pat's decorations galore with shamrocks and green centerpieces.
President Trish Conley had designated the March charity would be donations to the Lakes Humanity Society and members were most generous in bringing a huge amount of necessary items for these sheltered animals, where there is always a need.
March guests were: Martha Billings, Tao Wan Rudkin, Justine Cantone, and Ann Foley. Guests are always welcome to visit and enjoy our comraderie. You will find be surprised to find a huge wealth of information on MWC by going to: moultonboroughwomensclub.org.
|Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM|
By Mil Toczko
The Moultonborough Women's Club have a busy week with two important events scheduled. On March 11, they had a bake sale at the polls on election day and then the same week, on Saturday, March 15, they plan a bag lunch sale at the town meeting at the Moultonborough Academy. Cecelia Hansen is organizing the bargain lunch for the sixth time. Imagine six years, that's dedication. This helps voters to be able to have a nice lunch without leaving the building and a very nice lunch it will be. For $5, you get a sandwich of your choice, a cookie, a bag of chips, an orange or apple. Plus a free bottle of water donated by Crystal Geyser will be available. There will be a large variety of sandwiches to chose from: ham salad, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, ham & cheese and peanut butter and jelly for the kids. You need not go home or seek out another dining place. Just stay put and enjoy a healthy lunch without leaving the building and... best of all, you will be aiding the MWC Scholarship Fund. All proceeds from our bake and sandwich sales go directly into the scholarship fund to be able to award scholarships to your deserving children each June, MWC works to better our community and does splendidly with help from the community. Last June five scholarships were awarded and we would love to be able to do the same this year. More information about MWC can easily be found on our wonderful web site by going to: moultonboroughwomen'sclub.org.
|Posted on March 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM|
By Mil Toczko
Former President Dottie Simpson of the Moultonborough Women's Club is in charge of out March 3 program and has arranged to bring Guy Giunta Jr., a well known landscape specialist from Sanbornton to give an interesting talk on "For the Love of Lilacs" and will be held at the Lions Hall on Old Rt 109. Giunta serves as Commission Chairman for the Governor's Lilac and Wildflower Commission and partners with New Hampshire garden clubs, schools, youth groups, and other public organization to promote planting of lilacs and wildflowers throughout the state. The Governor's Lilac Commission was established by Governor John H. Sununu in 1984 to promote extensive planting of lilacs throughout the state. In an effort to help beautify New Hampshire's highways, the Commission has taken on the additional responsibility of purchasing and assisting in planting wildflowers. Giunta has been Supervisor in the Department of Transportation for the past 26 years.
Members will learn more about lilacs, our state flower.
Our social time starts at 11:30 followed by luncheon at noon. Hostess Gayle Russell has arranged a roast pork catered luncheon with Chef Donna Grow and Sherry Weene will be in charge of our infamous desserts. Working along with Sherry are: Janine Broadhurst, Carol Bamberry, Dawn Smith, Susan Merrifield and Eloise Post. It's always interesting to see what tempting treats they come up with. President Trish Conley has designated March charity donations will be for the Lakes Humanity Society and suggests the following would be appreciated by the animals: bleach, paper towels, laundry detergent, trash bags, old towels, sheets, soft soap, baking soda and natural peanut butter.
We have one more winter month to endure and then the hope of spring will begin to germinate.
Guests are always welcome and more up to date information about MWC can be had at: moultonboroughwomensclub.org.
|Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM|
Voting Day, March 11
By Mil Toczko
The Moultonborough Women's Club will be at the voting polls bright and early on March 11,voting day at the Life Safety Building. Scholarship chair Judy Ballard and Harriet Bicksler will have coffee and muffins ready for the early bird voters starting at 7:00 a.m. Barb Koehler, Mary Whiting and other members make up an energetic crew of volunteers who provide coffee and home-baked goodies all day long. The team is working on a wonderful surprise providing it comes to fruition, as the idea is still in the works and we're keeping our fingers crossed to try something new. Having a bake sale on election day is traditional with MWC and has always helped in funding scholarships. Members will be busy baking a variety of goodies and there should be something for every taste. Pies are always in demand and sell very fast, followed by our ever popular coffee cakes. Whopee pies are whisked off the counter immediately. There will also be all sorts of cookies, muffins and frosted cakes. The scholarship committee usually comes up with some surprises like homemade fudge and sometimes delicious sandwiches. The purpose of MWC is to promote civic, educational and social activities. Over the years, awarding scholarships has become our pet project. MWC has done exceedingly well in this aspect having awarded $79,800 since the year 2000. Remarkable what a group of women can accomplish with the generous help from its community. A surprise awaits you when you check out our fine web site by going to: moultonboroughwomensclub.org
|Posted on February 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM|
By Mil Toczko
Co-Presidents: Eloise Post, Trish Conley, Folklorist Becky Rule, Program Organizers: Harriet Bicksler & Mil Toczko
With sixty four in attendance on Monday, February 3rd, the Moultonborough Women's Club rang with peals of laughter during the performance of Becky Rule, a well known humorist and folklorist. Becky, with an effervescent sense of humor, shared quite a few New England stories and had enthusiastic audience participation. Believing these New Hampshire stories should be preserved and shared, she began collecting them 20 years ago and has over 100 performances each year. A recent highlight in her remarkable achievements was when she was awarded an honorary doctorate from New England College for storytelling and her contributions to New Hampshire. She brought along some children's books she authored and was delighted to sell all but two. The books, beautifully illustrated and would make delightful gifts for grand children. Her performance exceeded expectations and was given a standing ovation. Need I say more? This engagement was made possible by Harriet Bicksler applying and obtaining a NH Humanities Council grant and the public was invited to attend free of charge.
Gayle Russell made arrangements with Chef Donna Grow to cater a delicious chicken pot pie luncheon with side dishes of brussels sprouts and beets. Donna never fails to have it all put together flawlessly to serve at noon. Sue Bacon graciously took on the dessert chair and her helpers were: Jill Alexander, Marcia Rauch, Diane Schneider, Judy Ballard, Marion Roche, Jean Beadle and Mil Toczko. With decorating assistance from Jeannine Royer, they transformed the hall using pink hearts and lovely red flowers on each table. These ladies came up with some mighty fine delectable dishes such as: A bowl of fresh fruit, chocolate cake, best ever coffee cake, strawberry cheese cake, apple pie, creamy marshmallow raspberry bars, chocolate cookies, raspberry squares and delicious, peanut butter fudge. Always difficult to make choices as it's all so very tempting.
Co-President Eloise Post had designated February the month to donate to the Lakes Region Food Pantry because of their need. Members obliged by bringing in many bags of goods for this good cause and a few items for their thrift shop.
Co-President Trish Conley announced that our raffle Apple iPad Air for $20 or the Apple iPad mini for $10 are still available by calling: Trish 320-6476 or Carol 731-1942. Remember only 100 of each will be sold, so there is a very good chance of winning. Drawing will be February 14, at the Verizon Store in Center Harbor and the proceeds will go into the scholarship fund. Great information always on line at: http//www.moultonboroughwomensclub.org/ipadraffle.htm
Dessert Cmte: Jill Alexander, Marcia Rauch, Diane Schneider, Judy Ballard, Mil Toczko, Chair: Sue Bacon