Moultonborough Women's Club


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MWC Plans Banquet at Bald Peak

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Harriet Bicksler, in-coming new President with Eloise Post, out-going co-President of the MWC.


By Mil Toczko



Thanks to the efforts of Marlene Taussig and Gayle Russell we have a new venue for our annual Moultonborough Women's Club banquet, which will be held on Monday, June 1. These two ladies put their heads together and came up with a lovely menu for all to enjoy. This happens to be MWC 65th Anniversary and what could be nicer to celebrate our banquet at Bald Peak for the very first time? Gayle reports 80 reservations have been made and are now closed. At our May general meeting our Nominating Committee consisting of: Barb Koehler, Mitzie Crowe and Sue Bacon presented the club with a new slate of officers, which was unanimously voted in. Following tradition, Parliamentarian Dotti Simpson will be ready to install these club members who are eager to begin a new phase as officers. They are: President Harriet Bicksler, Vice President Barbara Hawkins, Recording Secretary Judi Soja, Corresponding Secretary Sue Bacon, Treasurer Pat Keegan, Directors 2016 Carol Ross Bamberry, 2017 Mitzie Crowe, and 2018 Eloise Post. New chairpersons to serve will be announced during this time for the coming year. Out going Scholarship chair Mary Whiting will announce the scholarship awards for the coming year and introduce Carole O'Hara, a new member, who will head up the scholarship committee.

After searching old records, we now have an accurate account of money donated throughout the years toward scholarships and are very pleased to announce that with the $8,000 given this June, the total reaches $160,350. All because of some devoted, hard working, caring women.

A "Spring Gala" will be coming up soon after our banquet.  On Friday, June 12 the Gala will be held at the Lions Hall. Carol Ross Bamberry and Jill Alexander two gifted organizers have teamed up and have been working for a few months with total immersion on this special event. This is our second silent auction and have an enthusiastic team with plenty of vim, vigor and vitality to make this evening even more exciting. Auction items have been arriving daily and they have a lovely, wonderful assortment of unusual items to offer the public. Tickets are a donation of $20 per person and are going fast so plan to get yours soon. There will be free appetizers, music for dancing and promises to be an exciting evening to draw a convivial and happy crowd of new and old friends. Interested in learning more? Go to our web site at

MWC Has Great Fun with Hats & Slippers

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Norma Taatjes entertains MWC with hats & slippers.


By Mil Toczko



The Moultonborough Women's Club met on Monday, May 4 for their monthly luncheon meeting at the Lions Hall.  Seventy five members and guests were present to enjoy a delightful spring lunch of hearty beef soup and choices of ham salad, chicken salad and tuna salad along with a nice, green salad provided by Chef Donna Grow and her well trained team.

Jill Alexander was in charge of bakers to provide delicious, decadent desserts. That group consisted of: Justine Cantone, Caroline Bailey, Sue Brown, Jean Heckman, Pat Vanderhoef, Joanne Wilhelm, Sarah Lindberg, Valerie Durland, Louise O'Donald. and Diane Schneider. The dessert table was full of nice surprises with fresh fruit, a delicious orange pudding, peanut butter cookies, cheese cake squares, fruit salad cake, wonderful lemon cup cakes, unbelievable brownies and mini cheese cakes. Such a wide variety on this bountiful table attracting much grazing.

Co-President Eloise Post had engaged humorist Norma Taatjes as entertainment and she wowed the club. Norma has entertained for the past 36 years and believes that laughter is the key to good health, lowering blood pressure, revitalizing and energizing ones physical and mental health, which in turn relieves stress and worry. She has lived in Milton, NH for the past 53 years, is a mother of five, grandmother of 16 and great grandma of two. Norma was hilarious with a collection of hats and the oddest, huge, sloppy slippers changing both often, which always brought more laughter. She had a huge collection of jokes and stories and the audience loved her.

Mitzie Crowe of the Nominating Committee read the new slate of officers and without any further ado, the slate was unanimously voted in. Our annual banquet is coming June 1 and we have Gayle Russell and Marlene Taussig to thank for making arrangements at Bald Peak, which will be a new venue adventure.

Carol Bamberry explained the "Wine Pull' and gave other details on the up-coming Summer Gala to be held on June 12 at the Lions Hall for a great, fun evening, which includes music, dancing and a silent auction. Many unique auction items are already coming in promising some delightful surprises and tickets are selling FAST at $20 p.p., be sure to get yours.

Mary Whiting and the scholarship committee will be going over applications for scholarships, which will total $8,000 this year. MWC members work hard all year to be able to award these large sums to Moultonborough students regardless of age. We also want to be sure to thank Mary Lamprey Baer, who happens to be the daughter of the founder of MWC Elizabeth K. Lamprey and was most thoughtful in her generosity to donate $250 to our scholarship fund at our 65th Anniversary party. She did the very same at our 60th Anniversary, both in remembrance of her mom. The town has been simply wonderful in their generosity during our fund raising events and we are very thankful to them. New library books will be purchased in memory of two dear members; Mackie Heinrich and Pat Putnam, who recently passed away. We have followed this policy for many years. Anniversary photos plus other interesting items are posted on our web site at:


MWC Plans Another Spring Gala Fundraiser

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Front row: Marcia Rauch, Mal Merrill, Eloise Post, Dotti Simpson, Carol Ross Bamberry

Back row: Diane Schneider, Judi Soja, Susan Knapik, Jill Alexander, Dawn Smith

By Mil Toczko



As usual, a lot is going on behind the scenes at the Moultonborough Women's Club. It's been two years since our first "Silent Summer Auction"; now big plans are forming with some new ideas to make it even a more fun evening for all to enjoy and at the same time raise needed money for our coffers. This challenging event is being Co-Chaired by Carol Bamberry and Jill Alexander assisted by a large, dynamite team. The gala, open to the public will take place on Friday evening June 12, at the Lions Hall on old Rt 109. Tickets are $20 per person, which will include free catered appetizers, dance music and some fantastic, unusual auction items to bid on. It's an inexpensive evening to have fun, enjoy friends and get out those dancing slippers.

The Hat Lady to Visit MWC

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

By Mil Toczko


Co-Presidents Trish Conley and Eloise Post have engaged humorist Norma Taatjes also known as "The Hat Lady" to entertain members of the Moultonborough Women's Club on May 4th, at the Lions Hall on Old Rt 109S at 11:30. For the past 36 years, she has entertained many audiences with her fun program. Norma believes that laughter is the key to good health, lowering blood pressure, revitalizing and energizing ones physical and mental health, which relieves stress and worry.

She goes on to say laughter is a special gift and aging is inevitable so why not face it with a sense of joy and gratitude through the wonderful gift of laughter. She is a mother of five, grandmother of 16 and great grandma of 2 and has lived in the small community of Milton, NH for 53 years.

Gayle Russell has arranged to have a catered luncheon of soup and sandwiches prepared by Chef Donna Grow and her efficient kitchen help. Gayle will be available to collect $30 for our June 1 banquet at Bald Peak. MWC annual dues of $30 may also be paid at this time payable to MWC and mark the event on each check. This facilitates easy bookkeeping. Co President Eloise Post will be looking for good used purses,scarves, jewlery and small knick knacks for the sale coming up June 27. There is NO Charity of the Month for May, however, we are asking members to bring their completed Donation Forms for the MWC Spring Gala for any item or service that they plan to donate to the Silent Auction planned for Friday, June 12th.

Mary Whiting of our scholarship committee reports that applications are available to Moultonborough residents regardless of age.

Barb Koehler will have a new slate of officers ready for members to vote upon for the coming year.

With the snow gone, parking should be easier but it's still a good idea to car pool.

Our web site is full of interesting information, check us out at

A Most Convivial Gathering for MWC

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Co-President Eloise Post, Harriet Bicksler, Peg Young at MWC 65th Anniversary Party

By Mil Toczko



The Moultonborough Women's Club held their monthly meeting on Monday, April 6 , with 66 in attendance and celebrated the club's 65th anniversary year as well. It all began in 1950, when a handful of women decided to form a club and try to do some good in their town. Elizabeth K. Lamprey was one of the founders and MWC was pleased to have her daughter Mary Lamprey Bare present as well as Erin Plummer, editor of the Meredith News and several Past Presidents: Betty Costello, Noel Ainscow, Mil Toczko, Cecelia Hansen, Dotti Simpson and Carol Ross Bamberry. The Anniversary Committee consisted of only four women: Harriet Bicksler, Eloise Post, Jeannine Royer and Mil Toczko. each having something special to do.

Harriet sent invitations out, made place cards and gave an abbreviated club history. Eloise Post made all the special individual chocolate cakes with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. She also took care of corsages and fresh yellow roses. Jeannine Royer, our reliable in house decorator came through with lovely table decorations and special table settings. Even brought in her own gold flatware for the head table. Mil Toczko had 625 photos of the last 5 years and made an interesting, fun 24 minute DVD for all to enjoy with gracious help from tech specialist Suzanne Fullerton of our elementary school. A hilarious skit by Jane Harrington as "Charlene" Maxine's sister took the stage and wowed the crowd.

It began with a catered luncheon provided by Chef Donna Grow, who has a reputation for good food and her dependable well trained staff. Donna had a moist, succulent, roast pork with stuffing and dark, rich gravy, plus all the accouterments. The regular dessert committee didn't do any baking because Eloise Post made all the individual mini bundt cakes herself. Instead Peg Young, Mal Merrill, June Hall, Barbara Hawkins, Mary Louise Eaton, Tao Wan Rudkin and Suzanne Knapik brought in fresh fruit which combined, made two huge bowls. Another surprise was contributed by Suzanne Knapik, who made lovely chocolate lollipops with the number 65 imprinted. As a souvenir, a small frame with the last sentence printed of our club collect was given to each member and yellow roses were given to April birthdays. The congenial enthusiasm was overwhelming, a most enjoyable day. And... that my friends was how we celebrated our 65th Anniversary. Check out our informative web site by going to: