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Come join us at the Moultonborough Public Library’s Annual Book Sale on Saturday, July 9th beginning at 9am for the opportunity to purchase a few scrumptious delights! All proceeds go directly to the Scholarship Fund.
|Posted on June 21, 2022 at 8:55 AM|
It was a lovely afternoon at the Geneva Point Conference Center when the Moultonborough Women’s Club gathered for the Annual Banquet to celebrate seventy-two years. A delicious luncheon, catered by Geneva Point, was enjoyed by seventy members. Dotti Simpson, Parliamentarian, presided over the candlelit Installation Ceremony of Officers as members looked toward the 2022-2023 year. A slide show presentation choregraphed by Libby Reichlen, Historian and VP, showcased the club’s achievements and social events over the years. The MWC Woman of the Year award was presented to Harriet Bicksler. A faithful member of the MWC, she has held the offices of Director, President, VP and Corresponding Secretary as well as chairing the Donations, Town Meeting Lunches and Bake Sale Committees. Harriet has served as Historian and was a member of the Scholarship committee for many years as well as many others. Congratulations to Harriet and all the officers of the Moultonborough Women’s Club.
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April brought Cara Sutherland from Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm to the monthly meeting of the Moultonborough Women’s Club. “Along with a description of the working farm/museum, Cara spoke of the interpretive focus of the facility going forward, which will include agricultural literacy, medical history, the changing environment and “farmsploration” (self-guided activities) for visitors’ enjoyment at little or no cost,” said Susan Reepmeyer, MWC Recording Secretary.
The May meeting featured Tracy Waterman from The Lakes Host Program which “is the first line of defense in keeping our lakes free of invasive plants and animals. Clean water, happy wildlife, and stable property values depend on a healthy lake, free of invasive species.” The program is seeking volunteers, if you are interested in getting involved by being a part of this worthwhile effort or if you would like more information go to nhlakes.org.
The Moultonborough Women’s Club celebrated the Kentucky Derby with their own fundraising event. “About 60 men and women gathered for an evening of fun and dressing in ‘Derby Fashion.’ Some of the activities included scratch tickets, basket raffles and corn hole! All money raised benefited the Moultonborough Scholarship Fund. In addition, a delicious dinner was served,” said Kimberly Ziegele. Check out the website and Facebook page for photos of the fun.
Over $1,100 was collected for the MWC Scholarship Fund at the May elections in Moultonborough. A special thank you to the community for its consistent generosity. On July 9th this year, the MWC will hold its annual bake sale at the Moultonborough Public Library’s Book Sale. Many tasty treats will be offered! Come early!
Members will gather at Geneva Point this year for the June luncheon. Each year, the June meeting has been a special social gathering with the annual Installation of Officers Ceremony and the presentation of the MWC Woman of the Year Award.
|Posted on May 7, 2022 at 4:20 PM|
As a newcomer to the area, I wanted to find out what opportunities were available for helping out in the community. I discovered one of them, the Moultonborough Women's Club (MWC), when I was invited to their February meeting, at the Moultonborough Function Hall on Old Route 109, by Carolyn Minahan of Moultonborough. She introduced me to co-presidents Pamela King and Julie Osgood, as well as other members.
Long tables were festively decorated in a Valentine's Day theme by committee members, a raffle table was available, and members had a chance to visit before lunch. Lunches are catered by Senior Meals at a cost of just $2.00 per meal, which is included in the $30 annual membership dues. Volunteer hostesses from the club provide desserts. Many committee members keep the meetings and events running smoothly.
The February meeting featured an interesting presentation by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. President Don Berry and Deputy Director, Anna Boudreau, showed the many local properties protected by the work of the trust. One of the biggest properties that they have helped to preserve, over 5,000 acres, is The Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in the Ossipee Mountains of Moultonborough.
The MWC is dedicated to promoting civic, educational and social activities. According to their Facebook page, “they actively network and fundraise for the community needs" in the Moultonborough area. Established in 1950, the nonprofit organization has made a positive impact for local students, charities and businesses in the community. Mary Dominguez, a three-year member, said that the club is "a committed, faithful group." Members have the opportunity to share their skills and work with women of diverse talents and backgrounds.
The club has over 100 members with 40-60 members regularly attending meetings, who actively network and fundraise for the community needs of the surrounding area. Members come from Lakes Region communities such as Sandwich, Tuftonboro, Center Harbor, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake, Ossipee, Meredith, Gilford, Laconia and more. This year, meetings are in person, and many were happy to be back together again. The club meets on the first Monday of the month, September through June. The first meeting, in September, is a raffle. Everyone brings a like-new item to add to the raffle. This is a fundraiser, run by the Ways and Means Committee and it is a fun start to the year. The money raised goes to the club's scholarship fund and to the operating budget.
Upcoming luncheon meetings are at 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of the month, at the Moultonborough Function Hall. Interlakes Community Caregivers, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Moultonborough, will speak at the meeting in March. In April, the featured speaker is Cara Sutherland from Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth. May's speaker is Tracy Waterman from The Lake Host Program, where volunteers sit at launches on Lake Winnipesaukee and other lakes to inspect incoming boats so that invasive plants don’t come in.
June is the annual banquet and installation of officers which will he held at the Geneva Point Center Moultonborough. Presentation of the 2021-2022 Woman of the Year Award also takes place at the annual banquet. "The June general meetings have been a formal affair with our Installation of Officers Ceremony," said Leslie Ann Angelo, corresponding secretary and publicity chairwoman. "Last year we were forced to hold our meeting at the Sandwich Fairgrounds due to Covid and although it wasn't the special event as in years past, it was such a blessing to be able to see each other in person and not on a ZOOM screen.” “We usually try to have speakers from a variety of organizations, from nonprofits, companies and local businesses.” said club director and past president, Deb Kumpf. “Susan Doherty-Funke is our member who is also very involved in the Red Cross as a volunteer.” Doherty-Funke spoke to the club a few years ago about her experiences with what the local emergency services do, such as for house fire. “She will be back next year to talk about the inner workings of the Red Cross,” said Kumpf.
Fundraising is a big focus of the MWC. "We raise funds for Moultonborough Academy," said co-president Pamela King. Moultonborough Academy is a public school, grades 7-12. There are 231 students and 31 teachers. This year is the fifth year in a row that the school has been ranked among the best high schools by U.S. News and World Report, according to the school's website, www.ma.sau45.org. Committed to helping graduating seniors in need from the Moultonborough Academy, scholarships provide funds for attendance at an accredited college or vocational school for at least a one-year term. Adult learners are also welcome to apply. Applications are due April 15 and should be postmarked no later than May 31. Since 1960, the MW has given over $202,000 in scholarships. Many local businesses are also generous sponsors of the MWC Scholarship Fund.
Also, sponsorships are not always just monetary. In October, Chelsea Francek spoke to members about The Circle Program, a camp for underprivileged Lakes Region girls on Newfound Lake in Hebron. The girls are sponsored to come to the camp and they are matched with a mentor. The mentors continue to meet with the girls throughout the year. That relationship can extend through graduation from high school and longer. “Many club members have either graduated from the program or are mentors,” said Kumpf. These relationships enrich the lives of the girls and their mentors.
In October, the MWC team walks in Moultonborough in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Deb Kumpf and Nancy McDonough are in charge of organizing this event. To date, the club has raised over $141,000 for the American Cancer Society by participating in the walk each year. In the fall, sixteen walkers collected over $7,200 in donations for the charity, the seventh highest fundraising team in New Hampshire for 2021.
Monthly, club members can donate Items or money to a local charity “These are in addition to annual donations the club makes to nonprofit organizations who complete our Donation Request Form," said Kumpf. The annual charity this year is the Lakes Region Food Pantry's Emergency Fund.
"Every year the MWC participates in the Meredith Village Savings Bank's Mitten Tree, the American Cancer Society’s Strides Walk, Altrusa's Festival of Trees and at the Moultonborough Library's Book Sale, we hold a bake sale fundraiser," said Angelo. Bake sales are also held at the local elections and Harriet Bicksler oversees the annual town meeting box lunch.
Angelo said that a tea is given in the fall to welcome our new members. The club plans a Gala every other year and a Kentucky Derby party on the off year. May 7 is the date for the Kentucky Derby party this year. There will be a dinner, games, photo booth, hats contest and a TV set up to watch the derby.
Each year, the MWC chooses an Outstanding Woman of the Year to honor one of their members. Endowed by an anonymous donor in 2019, the award celebrates a woman who has been very involved in MWC and has demonstrated exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and service, high level of volunteerism, and inspiring achievements, Kumpf explained. In 2021, Janet Schurko was honored for her many accomplishments and her compassion. She is the Remembrance Committee chairwoman, sending cards and messages to members, veterans home and nursing home residents and Meals on Wheels homebound recipients. She and a team of members knitted and delivered 175 scarves, mittens and hats for Meredith Savings Bank's Mitten Tree Project in December, among other generous acts of kindness.
Members can get together weekly, on Fridays, for walking, hiking or snowshoeing together in the Lakes Region. Members rotate selection and leadership of the walks so that they can explore their favorite trails. Especially during the pandemic, members have been happy to get outdoor exercise with friends and enjoy the beauty of the area.
If you would like to be a part of a fun, active and caring group, interested women are welcome to join the club for a meeting. Meetings begin with lunch, a speaker of interest, followed by a business meeting.