General Federation of Women's Clubs

New Hampshire


2016-2018 GFWC-NH President Project

Enjoy turning your club Inside Out!! Learn more

2018 Summer Board Meeting soon on July 17!

Call with Details

A Final Inside Out

2018 Executive Board for GFWC-NH

Meet the 2018-2020 Executive Board for GFWC-Nh

Anne Englehardt, GFWC NH President, Jeanne O'sullivan President elect, Beth Roth, Vice President, Mary McGann Corresponding Secretary, Denise Raisanen Recording Secretary, and Carol Brauza, Treasurer. Picture from the installation ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Anne's President's Project is "Nurturing Good Mental Health Through Awareness"

Club news - wow what a fundraiser!

The Concord Contemporary Club had a wonderful fundraiser, the Mr Concord event recently raising $15,000! for The Crisis Center of Central NH.

Mary McGahan of GFWC CCC says, " I'm so happy to tell you that tonight at our GFWC CCC meeting I had the great privilege to present a check for $15,000 to Paula Wall, the Executive Direct and Karen McNamara of the Crisiss Center from the proceeds of our Mr. Concord Pageant fundraiser. As you can see from the first picture Paula was over come by the amount. We both had a few happy tears. What a great event for such a worthwhile organization."

Put November 30th on your calendars for Mr. Concord 2018.

Mary, Fundraising Chairman says, " For those of you who were able to attend this year THANK YOU so much for being a part of this check."


Those who participated in the Fall Field Art tour were asked to bring Smile Bag supplies for Operation Smile. Items valued at $331.70 were donated, filling four boxes! Many thanks to members and clubs that contributed.

Bobbie Knickerbocker, International Outreach Chairman

Fall Field Arts Tour is this coming Sat, September 30th

The Fall Field Arts Tour is this coming Saturday, September 30th. We have a few updates! Read the full details

Operation Smile is in need of the following items to include in each patient's Smile Bag:

After receiving surgery, each child receives a Smile Bag, the perfect gift to cheer up a healing child. Smile Bags are filled with small personal care items as well as toys, stickers and a mirror to see their new smile. We want the smile on the inside to match that new outside smile!!

  • Small shampoo (.85 to 1.4 oz size, screw-on top only)
  • Small comb (no rat tails)
  • New wash cloth
  • Bar of soap (small hotel size)
  • Travel-sized toothpaste (at least 6 months from expiration date)
  • Child-sized toothbrush (single package)
  • Small stuffed animal (Beanie Baby® size)
  • 8-pack box of non-toxic crayons
  • Thin 8.5” x 11” coloring books
  • Small square mirror (approximate size 3”x 3”)

Empowering Women Through Community Service

Open Forum

Proudly Sponsored by GFWC – The Dover Area Woman’s Club

DATE: Wednesday, September 13

TIME: 6 – 8PM

PLACE: Dover Public Library, 2nd floor


GFWC – Dover Area Woman’s Club works with some of the best and most remarkably empowered and inspirational women in our local community serving as leaders in non-profits and volunteer service organizations. Come join us for a fun, open forum and hear them share their personal stories and the successes of their organizations.

Confirmed guests include:

  • Clair Bloom, Founder and Exec Dir End 68 Hours of Hunger
  • Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, Exec Dir NH Children’s Trust
  • Debra Altschiller, Community Outreach Coordinator HAVEN
  • Patty Falconer, Children’s Librarian Dover Public Library
  • Renee Touhey-Childress, Dir Dover Children’s Home
  • Phyllis Appler, President GFWC-NH

How do we build the best communities for ourselves and others? Where can you fit in? Membership not required but stop in. Listen. Bring some friends. And have some cake! It’s going to be our birthday!

GFWC Clubwomen!! Our Dover Area Club extends our Invitation to you all. We’d Love to see you at the Forum

Please call Donna Maskwa, Dover Area Co-President, 603-502-8606 for info/questions.

Inside Out, Harvey Edition

Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey (from GFWC Website, modified for GFWC-NH)

September 5, 2017

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have come to the aid of those affected by the devastating flooding in southeastern Texas. Many of our own clubwomen have been impacted and many are offering assistance. GFWC Texas President Patti Poe says, “I have received phone calls and emails from all over the United States from the smallest clubs to state presidents asking what they might do to help in Texas.”

If your club wants to help by creating cleaning kits (flood buckets), they can be taken to St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, which is a Kit Depot. You can also take them to a GFWC state meeting and we will make sure that the kits get to Merrimack.

Let's help other club women help their communities.

Read More about Donations and making a Cleaning Kit using 5 gallon bucket.

Summer Board Meeting Was Held - Press Release

The Summer Board meeting was held Aug 17 at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd, Portsmouth, NH . The grounds were absolutely beautiful on that calm warm day. Food was prepared by the Leadership Club. Many things were discussed, including being classified as a nonprofit recipient of funds from future events at the new Salem poker room and casino charitable gaming club. It was nice to see those that attended.

Members reported about the GFWC meeting that was just attended in Palm Springs, California. GFWC-NH won many awards. See pictures for more details on awards.

In the spirit of INSIDE OUT this webmaster took the opportunity to take a walk and capture through images the beautiful surroundings. Please peruse the pictures and check out the Urban Forestry Center in the future. It was amazing the differences of the scenery changing from floral, forests, marsh, compost, fields.

Plan ahead!!

Here is the schedule as best as we have it right now. More details in the actual Calendar

Communications and Public Relations

GFWC Chairman

Carol Waters

News and Notes

Have you signed up for News and NOTES from GFWC? Its a great way to stay informed of with GFWC activities.

Sign up is at the bottom of this GFWC Page.

Read the June Inside Out

Here’s an Inside/Out Meeting idea: Curt Laffin, a volunteer with the American Chestnut Foundation, will be happy to come to your club meeting to talk about the restoration of the American Chestnut. He is also interested in working with clubs to set up American Chestnut information areas, complete with growing chestnut trees! You can email Curt at .

The Annual meeting in May will be here.

It's a sleepover for those interested. Fri May 19 - Sat May 20. View Call


at WCC in Concord

An Update on the Correctional Facility for Women

And Introducing Dismas House of NH

Thursday, April 20 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please join the Women's Club of Concord to hear Assistant Commissioner of Corrections Helen Hanks talk about the status of the women's prison in Concord. The long-delayed prison project is scheduled open this fall, although hiring issues could delay that target further. Learn what sort of programs and facilities will be offered to the women in the prison located behind the men's facility on North State Street. The new prison was first promised in the late 1980s after a group of female inmates sued the state and won. The state moved the inmates to an overcrowded, "temporary" facility in Goffstown — the former jail — while plans for a permanent solution were put together. In the meantime, the Woman's Club and other non-profit groups have volunteered at the temporary facility to provide programming and other activities that are not offered.

The WCC is also pleased to welcome Sara Lutat, the Director of Dismas House of New Hampshire. Dismiss House helps create safe communities by offering formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance and the tools to transform their lives. Sara will be joined by a formerly incarcerated woman who will talk about her experiences.

We hope you will join us : 44 Pleasant St., Concord, NH

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Here are three ....

1. Expanding Your Horizons S.T.E.M conference May 6

Read more in March InsideOut

2. The NH HOBY Leadership Seminar will be held on June 3-5, 2017 at St. Methodios Retreat Center in Contoocook.

Read more in March InsideOut

3. Attention Knitters! Donations Coordinator of the Pease Greeters, recently let us know that they are desperate for hats!

Read more in March InsideOut

An inside out activity!!

The Great Backyard Winter Bird Count takes place between February 17th and 20th. If anyone is interested you can get more information by going to You can count for 15 minutes or hours; all counts welcome and will help researchers learn about how birds are doing and what we can do to help them. The New Hampshire version, the Backyard Winter Bird Survey, takes place February 11 and 12. will have forms for you to print and instructions for doing the count. And of course, count your hours for next year’s Conservation Report.

(from the January Inside Out newsletter. Read more )

Three backyard winter birds at a bird feeder, cardinals and chickadee

House Bill 106

Thanks to all of you for your active opposition to House Bill 106, which would have required corroboration in sexual assault cases. The sponsors are no longer supporting the bill.

(from the latest Inside Out newsletter. Read more )

From the Mid-Winter Meeting held Jan 14, 2017

It was fun to make the food pantry sculptures. Some good laughs and creative minds! A woman, a pinwheel and a Coliseum. Wish some pictures of inside the coliseum were taken! Food was carefully repacked and donated to food pantries in NH.

New Website

This is our new website it just went live today 1/12/17. There are still a few more things that are being updated, so please bear with us as this happens. If you have suggestions or comments please send them to me, Lynne Abt at

We have a meeting coming up on January 14th. Hope to see you there.

FUNdraising at Mid Winter Meeting

Surprise Purse Silent Auction!! We request that each club bring a new or gently used purse with a surprise inside, total value greater than $20. The surprise inside could be jewelry, a gib certificate, movie tickets, etc.

We will also have a 50/50 Raffle

Food Pantry Sculpture at Mid Winter Meeting

Members are asked to bring 6 to 10 cans for building the Food Pantry Sculpture! Cans will be divided among member-related food pantries!! Extra cans from members not attending are also welcome.

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