|Posted on March 18, 2021 at 1:30 PM|
The Moultonborough Women’s Club welcomed Sue Bowker to its March meeting. Sue leads the Nashua chapter of Days for Girls, an organization dedicated to delivering monthly items to girls and women around the world who are missing adequate necessities. Volunteers sew and assemble kits with reusable items to be distributed locally and globally. DfG brings education to women who are unprepared for this time in their lives. Items to girls in middle schools and high schools across this country are also provided. In 2021 this in still an issue and MWC is partnering with Days for Girls in this outreach. If you are interested in learning more or lending a hand, financial or otherwise (no sewing experience required) please contact daysforgirls.org
Our hiking group has been meeting weekly at various local trails and has been enjoying being outside and getting some great exercise. Castle in the Clouds’ Falls of Song is the destination this week and they have recently snowshoed on the trails at Geneva Point, around Page Pond and through the Chamberlain Reynolds trails by Squam Lake.
We’re looking forward to our upcoming spring Zoom meetings. In April we’ll learn about the interesting programs at Prescott Farms, and in May local author Eileen McNamara, author of Eunice, The Kennedy Who Changed the World will be our speaker.
|Posted on February 17, 2021 at 12:15 AM|
Moultonborough Women’s Club - Trish Conley, Cheryl Ulm and Amy Corston ventured out in the 20-degree temperatures for the first snowshoeing event of the year thanks to the new snow. The air was fresh and the sun strong as these determined women enjoyed excellent conditions at the Page Pond Trails in Meredith. Geneva Point was discussed as the next site.
On Monday February 1st, the MWC welcomed Katie O’Connell, experienced yoga instructor and owner of Dragonfly Yoga Barn in Sandwich. As the winter white settled into the area, the members settled into a calming relaxation session. Not able to gather in person the monthly meeting was held via ZOOM as Katie taught breathing techniques, yoga stretches and postures to calm body and soul. While COVID-19 restriction`s have reduced the opportunities to gather onsite, Dragonfly’s classes and workshops have been expanded online, with local members and participants from California to Great Britain. Katie has led numerous retreats internationally as well as at the Barn and looks forward to traveling again to Ireland and India.
Sue Bowker will speak on behalf of Days for Girls International at the March meeting. Eileen McNamara, a local author, and Prescott Farms are also on the spring schedule. The MWC looks forward to meeting in person in June, arrangements have been made at the Sandwich Fair Grounds for the group to reunite under the pavilion.
|Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:50 PM|
The Moultonborough Women’s Club focused on the future as gardening in the 21st century was the topic at January’s meeting featuring speaker Donald Grandmaison of lēf Farms. The local green house and its use of hydroponics, a process in which plants are grown in a small amount of soil, roots extending into nutrient infused water, was featured on New Hampshire Chronicle. Hydroponics allows for faster growth and healthier plants and has enabled the farm to supply fresh lettuce to the northeast year-round including our local EM Heath and Hannaford stores.
Scheduled for the month of February is Katie O’Connell, an area yoga instructor, who will conduct an online class for group participation. Although still restricted to ZOOM meetings through the spring, the club hopes that the June meeting will take place outdoors under the sunshine. Only walkers have been able to meet regularly, snowshoeing activities have been curtailed by lack of snow. All those who participate in the club’s indoor activities look forward to a time when the club will be able to again meet in person.
Recapping December 2020. Despite COVID, the club had a busy month. A special thank you to Janet Schurko for coordinating with the MWC members, donations to the Moultonborough Public Library’s ‘Children’s Christmas Trust’, an outreach to provide toys and gifts for Moultonborough families each year. Also, gift cards, toys and wrapping paper were collected by Deb Kumpf, Pam King and Julie Osgood and delivered to Waypoint in Laconia for their annual Christmas drive. Our knitters and crocheters; Amy Corston, Susan Doherty-Funke, Sheila McCleery, Julie Osgood, Janet Schurko and Peg Young donated their time and talents to this year’s virtual Mitten Tree program by the Meredith Village Savings Bank. Thank you to all our members who so generously contributed to these worthwhile programs.
|Posted on December 8, 2020 at 8:55 AM|
The Moultonborough Women’s Club participated in its first cooking class as local pastry chef, Jennifer Clifford, turned personal ZOOM instructor for our December meeting, taught the group the art of French Macarons. As head baker at Moultonborough’s Cup and Crumb since 2015, Jen has had much experience in the field and in 2019 showed off her baking skills on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. She spoke of the auditioning process, travelling to Los Angeles and being filmed in the Holiday competition, as she shared her recipe and many baking tips for perfecting these delectable treats. Asked if we would again see her on the Food Network, she smiled and said she would like to. A big thank you to Jen for such an enjoyable meeting.
Deb Kumpf updated the club’s Making Strides figures; this year our walkers collected donations of $3,587.84. To date the MWC has raised $141,171.84 walking for the American Cancer Society. Congrats to the ladies who through the years have worked so diligently for this cause; your efforts have truly paid off.
|Posted on November 15, 2020 at 4:25 PM|
Or should I say Season’s Greetings?? I can hardly believe it (wasn’t Halloween only about a week ago??) but here we are, planning our MWC Holiday giving for 2020.
Unfortunately, since we can’t meet due to COVID, the Moultonborough Santa Fund Committee decided to ask the Women’s Club to participate a little differently this year in bringing the joy of the season to our local kids in need. In lieu of purchasing physical gifts this year, we need to participate by making monetary donations and the Committee will do the actual toy shopping according to the children's wish lists received.
Monetary donations should be in the form of a check written to:
“The Children's Christmas Trust”and mailed to the " The Children's Christmas Trust"c/o Moultonborough Public Library, PO Box 150, Moultonborough, NH 03254. Please include a note in the envelope with your check stating that you are from the Moultonborough Women's Club and your donation is for TOYS for the Moultonborough children. These donations need to be received by November 20.
If anyone has questions please email or call Janet Schurko. Please do not text as she can't receive them.
Here’s another reason to get in touch with Janet! If anyone is knitting or crocheting, or willing to contribute store-bought hats, mittens or scarves this year for the Meredith Village Savings Bank MITTEN TREE, please email Janet and let her know. We also need to donate some of those hats, mittens or scarves directly to the Santa Fund Committee to put with the coats and boots that the Committee buys for the kids. Anyone interested in this should email her, as well.
If you really like to shop for kids presents, don’t worry!!! We have an opportunity to do that, too! As in years past, we are also supporting Waypoint in Laconia and there are 18 kids who need us this year. You can buy specific things based on suggestions from the Parent Aid Director at Waypoint or you can buy gift cards for the older kids or for the parents to use to buy gifts for their kids.
According to the Director, in the past they have found gift cards (Wal-mart, TJ Maxx, Tangier Outlet or Dollar General) to be most helpful.for the older teenagers. Also, makeup, beauty products etc for them. The younger kids are easier...diaper and wipes and toiletries are always needed. Warm clothes, hats, mittens etc. Toys are always a welcome gift as they don't usually have many of things due to prior homelessness and DCYF removal. Legos, play dough, remote controls, games, etc are good for the middle age kids. They also play with Paw patrol, Ryan’s world, Lego kits for older and younger kids, Frozen princesses, dirt bikes, motor cross, hot wheels, craft kits, Toddlers are easy as they like any toy on the market.
Last Name A-D - 6 kids ages 10-17 including 3 boys ages 10 and 11, a 16 yr old girl and a 17 year old boy and girl;
Last Name E-L - 6 kids ages 4 -8 years including a 4 yr old girl, 5 yr old girl & boy, 6 yr old boy and girl and an 8 yr old boy;
Last Name M-Z - 6 kids newborn – 3 years old including 2 kids under age 1, a 2 yr old boy and a 3 yr old boy and girl
You can decide to buy gift cards, clothes or toys based on the suggestions, as you wish. Nothing should be wrapped but including wrapping materials would be wonderful. Deb Kumpf and Pam King have generously offered to be the drop-off points for our donations and the gifts need to be received by whomever is more convenient for you by December 8.
I hope this gives everybody plenty of options to give because there is so much need! Happy shopping