Official Call to Mid-Winter Meeting Saturday, January 20, 2018
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Rd, Manchester NH
Members are asked to bring recycled tote bags for creating a tote bag inside/outfit.
We will also have a Doggie "shower" for Canine Companions for Independence. Items from the
CCI wish list include the following:
- Nylabone - Galileo Original Flavored Dog Chew Toy (X-Large/Super Size)
- Goughnuts – Originial Dog Chew Ring (we use green and black)
- Peanut Butter (please make sure it doesn’t have xylitol in it)
- Ground canned dog food (we use Eukanuba, but will welcome any brands)
- Treats (any brand)
- Natural Balance Rolled Dog Food
- Classical Music CD’s for the dogs!
Upcoming Annual Meeting
And don’t forget to put that GFWC-NH annual meeting on your calendar for May 18 and 19, 2018, at the beautiful Inn on Newfound Lake. More details are coming soon, but with installation and opportunities for inside out activities, it will be a wonderful weekend.
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
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.
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.
Communications and Public Relations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 ....
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 www.birdcount.org. 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. http://nhbirdrecords.org/%20bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/ 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 )
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.
This is our new gfwcnh.org 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 email@example.com.
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.