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Phyllis Appler GFWC-NH President 2016-2018

Inside Out, Spring 2018

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH,

Time to think about Federation Day, Tuesday, April 24. Since the NH Food Bank in Manchester is not open on weekends, we will be having our Federation Day celebration and service project on a weekday this year. Some of our members work for companies that will give employees a day to volunteer for a recognized charity. Maybe that describes you and your company! This event falls during vacation week, so some of us will be away, but Juniorettes and teachers may be available!


will take you to the Federation Day call and registration form. Within that form is another link that will allow you to register with the NH Food Bank. It seems to say that you will be sorting rescue meat, but only some of us will be doing that. You need to fill out that form, anyway, because it also becomes your waiver. Federation Day will be a good day, with a tour, new information for many of us, a service project, and a lunch provided by the NH Food Bank’s Culinary Arts Job Training Program. Unlike last year, when you had to cook your own meal over a fire at Heifer Farm, this year’s lunch will be cooked for us! So send your registration to Carol Brauza soon so that we can give the Culinary team a good count and be better able to plan our service projects. Many, even most, of our GFWC clubs are committed to fighting hunger through food pantries, soup kitchens, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and other initiatives. The NH Food Bank is a major supplier to most of these groups. Join us and learn more!

It would be great if we could all bring nonperishable food donations to the Food Bank. Things they seem to need most are canned fruit and canned beans, as well as canned chicken, tuna, or other meat.

Many thanks for your active support of Marsy’s Law. I know that many of you reached out to your state senators to ask for their votes on this constitutional amendment guaranteeing the rights of victims of crime in New Hampshire. CACR 22 has passed the NH Senate and will need your help to pass the House. Stay tuned!

With our annual meeting approaching on May 18 and 19, 2018, at the beautiful Inn on Newfound Lake, we need to send out our last GFWC-NH newsletter of the administration. Send your club news, chairman news, district tidbits, or anything GFWC-NH needs to hear to Pat Laughlin patdlaughlin@comcast.net by our April 1 deadline.

Heard that there will finally be a ribbon cutting for the new NH Women’s Prison that replaces the one with very few services for incarcerated women. Having seen the books in the basement at Chamberlin House, I’m wondering whether the Woman’s Club of Concord will need help moving those donated books and setting up the library at the new facility. I know that GFWC has created libraries in many places, but wonder how many prison libraries we have started!

When I snowshoed past the GFWC Butterfly Garden at Benson Park last week, there weren’t many signs of spring. Now, I am more hopeful! Get yourself and your club into the out of doors soon!

Thanks for all of your inside/out support.


Inside Out, December

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH Clubwomen,

It is hard to believe that we have all been so busy since we sent this last newsletter. We have had our amazing Fall Field Arts Tour and revisited Cathedral of the Pines. We have all started our new club years with teas, fund-raisers, fairs, and new and renewed friendships. We have tried to get outside for meetings and other activities, put our gar-dens to bed, and jumped into the holiday season with both feet.

And there are some exciting times ahead! Our GFWC Second Vice-President, Deb Strahanoski, will be with us for Midwinter Meeting, which should have a slightly doggie theme with Ca-nine Companions for Independence and a Puppy Shower. We are working on a dogsled demo, too! Stay tuned! We have been asked to participate in a fashion show at the GFWC Convention in St. Louis, featuring an outfit made of recycled tote bags. So, in addition to the dog items (wish list forthcoming), you might want to go through your tote bag collection and find the grocery type tote bags that you are able to share so that we can create a costume. I think that this project will involve duct tape, and I hope that there are some designers in our group! You did so well with the can sculptures last year that I am sure that you can make clothing out of tote bags. The GFWC Photo Contest happens at this meeting, too, and it’s not too late to take some 2017 photos! Guidelines for the photo contest are in the newsletter.

Not sure that anything can top milking a goat at the Heifer Farm, but maybe sorting frozen rescue meat will come close. We are looking at a Federation Day Celebration and Day of Service at the New Hampshire Food Bank in April. Many of us are involved with food pantries and soup kitchens that partner with the Food Bank, but may not have visited it in person. If you don’t have food on the inside, having fun outside is a lot harder. We will find out all the ways that the NH Food Bank helps residents of our state keep those insides full! April seems like a long way away, and there is lots of good winter outdoor activity between now and then, but plan ahead. The Food Bank is not open on the weekends, so we will probably be celebrating on the actual April 24th Federation Day, a Tuesday. Updates will be posted in Inside Out.

We will be by beautiful Newfound Lake for our Annual Meeting in May. Plan to spend the weekend of May 18 and 19 with your GFWC-NH friends at the Inn at Newfound Lake. It will be a special weekend or a special day, with the installation of our new officers for 2018-20.

Have a wonderful holiday season with family and special friends.


Inside Out, November

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH,

We have much for which to be thankful this year. One of the first on the list is our Jennie Award Winner, Tina Smith, of the Concord Contemporary Club. The Jennie award winner must be actively involved and making a difference, not only in her own local and state GFWC clubs, but also in her family and community. We are grateful for all that Tina has shared with us and with many others as she works hard to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It is hard to believe that she was President of GFWC-NH while holding down two or three jobs most of the time! We are all in awe of what Tina has done, and were very proud that she represented New Hampshire as our Jennie Award winner at the GFWC-New England Region Conference.

There is a new email for our Treasurer, Carol Brauza: cbrauza@gmail.com

We are also thankful for Pat Laughlin and her award winning GFWC New Hampshire Clubwoman Newsletter. If you can get stories about your club, your district, your chairman area, or other GFWC information to Pat by December 1, patdlaughlin@comcast.net ,we will try to have a winter newsletter available with the call to Midwinter Meeting and other important events.

And we are also very thankful for Laura Edmands's fun and different fundraising activities. Because of Laura's resignation, we need a new fundraising team to help raise the rest of our budget through May. Please let Phyllis know if you can help with this important function.

In the meantime, be sure that you have GFWC-NH Midwinter meeting on your calendar for January 20 at the Derryfield Restaurant in Manchester. There is still time to take some amazing photos for our Photo Contest! Watch your Clubwoman Magazine for the calendar pages—New Hampshire is represented this year! 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.

I am thankful for each one of you, for your GFWC clubs, and for all of the wonderful things you do for your communities, both local communities and those communities that are much farther away.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.


Inside Out, September

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Pre Fall Field Amazing Arts Tour edition

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

From our Arts Chairman, Sheila Casey:

Please note since last May the address of Windham NH Park&Ride is now 1 Wall St,, Windham. CVS is the store located at Park&Ride; basic location of original address of Indian Rock Rd. now there is a special entrance. Look for CVS and all will be well! Bus will be departing at 8:30 sharp! Pray for great weather! We will have an awesome day!

Our wonderful well of GFWC history and information, Barbara Lassonde, is going to prepare a history of GFWC’s connection to the Cathedral of the Pines for us, even though she is unable to join us on the trip. Thank you, Barbara!

Bobbie Knickerbocker, International Outreach Chairman, has asked that we collect items for Operation Smile bags and bring them along to Fall Field. We will have a box available on the bus. Here are the items that are needed. This can be as simple as bagging all of the little soaps and shampoos that you might pick up at hotels in your travels! Here is the list. Need is ongoing, so you can always plan your own Operation Smile Collection later within your club. GFWC has its own Operation Smile Mission heading out soon!

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!!

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

Special thanks to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Somersworth for their $500 donation to those trying to come back from Hurricane Harvey in memory of our late GFWC-NH Past President, Bernice Stucker. What a wonderful way to remember her! And then, our treasurer received a check for $1000 for Harvey survivors from the GFWC Candia Community Women’s Club! We know that GFWC Texas will put this money to use right away purchasing specific items for those trying to rebuild their lives after the disaster. Thank you!!

See you Saturday, September 30 for our Fall Field Amazing Arts Tour. A very few seats remain. Let me know if you want one of them.


Inside Out, Harvey Edition

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

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.”

In response to this outpouring of concern, GFWC Texas has established a fund to aid hurricane victims. GFWC-NH Presidents and Treasurers at their officers meeting last night asked that we donate as a state organization. If you as an individual or as a club would like to donate, please send your checks to Carol Brauza, 23 Roy Dr. Hudson NH 03051. Please write “Hurricane Harvey” on the memo line of your check. Once flood waters have abated, the funds will be used by GFWC Texas to purchase crucial items such as food, water, clothing, and household necessities for victims.

Over the last week, we have witnessed incredible acts of generosity as neighbor helps neighbor; as first-responders work tirelessly to ensure the safety of residents; and as people across the country reach out in support. Help is still required to alleviate immediate needs and assist in long-term rebuilding. President Poe thanks everyone who is contributing to these efforts.

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.

Cleaning Kit Materials

  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid: Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned; Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner; Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  • Liquid laundry detergent: One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner: 12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water; No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap: 16-28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener: Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray: 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush: Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes: Handi Wipes or reusable wipes; No terry cleaning towels; Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges: No cellulose sponges due to mold issues; Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads: Remove from wrapper; No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline: One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines; Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags: 33 to 45-gallon sizes; Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves: Should be durable enough for multiple uses; Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves: Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly Directions

Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

Packing & Shipping Instructions

  • Box Weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
  • Complete 2 packing lists: one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  • Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  • Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1.50 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need.

Inside Out - July 2017

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH Clubwomen,

We had a wonderful time at the GFWC International Convention, and were well represented in Palm Desert. We also won some awards!! More information will be available at Summer Board Meeting and at the Fall Field Arts Tour. There are still a few seats available on the Fall Field tour bus. Go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzPXL5OzGkUCRzdBR3NoNnFiTTg/view for the call and sign up!

We are currently without a chairman for the Woman’s History and Resource Center. If you are interested in diving into club and state history of GFWC and would like to help clubs preserve their history, this might be the spot for you. Many thanks to Sandi Jones for her service as Budget Committee Chair. She will be resigning due to family health issues, and we keep her in our prayers. Arlene Creeden will fill out the remainder of the budget committee chairmanship. Thank you, Arlene! Mary McGahan has generously offered to be our LEADS and Leadership Chair for the remainder of this administration, and already is planning! Thank you, Mary.

I would like to continue our support of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund by purchasing a paver like the other three that are on site from GFWC-NH. It would have the GFWC seal on the left. Letters might involve


President’s Project

NH Inside Out


I know that there is a 20-letter limit, 4 lines, but that is without the seal. That is why letters in GFWC-NH are not spelled out. One of the pavers at the site has GFWC written out in full.

Fundraising for the Old Man now is going toward the path around the lake, which seems like a good Inside Out President’s Project in the Capital North District. Cost of the paver is $1000, and if your club, from anywhere in the state, wants to contribute to that as part of the President’s Project, please do! We have done the Seacoast Science Center Audio trail upgrade in the Seacoast District and still need to find a President’s Project for Merrimack South. Ideas welcome! The walker donated in memory of Past GFWC-NH President Bernice Stucker is now assembled and ready to deliver to the Seacoast Science Center.

The next GFWC-NH Clubwoman Newsletter will come out in mid-August. Please submit your articles by August 1! Thank you. You can send them to Pat Laughlin at patdlaughlin@comcast.net Photos are fine, too!

As your summer continues, remember to take your friends or family outside to enjoy New Hampshire’s bounty—picking blueberries, stopping at a local farm stand, or harvesting from your own garden. My usual route when grocery shopping is to hit Smith Farm (where I have a pick out your own CSA) first, then go to the grocery store. I can usually get local eggs as well as fruits and veggies and starter plants for my own garden. When we support Durocher Farm by picking blueberries or pick cherries at Lull farm or stop at that farm stand, we are helping farmers to preserve the open spaces that make New Hampshire such a special place.

We almost have our GFWC-NH calendar set for next year. So far, these are the dates and locations that we know:

August 17, 2017 Summer Board Meeting at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

August 29, 2017 Orientation for Club Officers at Chamberlin House in Concord from 6 to 8 p.m.

September 30, 2017 Fall Field Meeting/Arts Tour. If you have not received the flyer, please go to the GFWC-NH website and print it out and send it in if you want to go.


should take you there.

October 19-22: New England Region Conference at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport in Windsor Connecticut

January 20, 2018: Midwinter Meeting at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester

March 3, 2018: Merrimack South District Meeting

April 14, 2018: Capital North District Meeting

Seacoast District Meeting TBA

May 18-19, 2018: Annual Meeting at the Inn on Newfound Lake, Bridgewater, NH.

June 23-26: GFWC Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri

We still have to decide on Federation Day, but that will be either on April 24 or the Saturday before or after the 24th. This year’s Federation Day at Heifer Farm will be hard to top!

Enjoy your summer!

Phyllis Appler

GFWC-NH President

Inside Out - June 2017

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH Clubwomen,

Annual Meeting at Sargent Camp in Hancock is now a sunny, friendship-filled memory, and I am glad that so many of you were able to see a part of the state that most of us never explore. We have not had many opportunities to deepen our friendships the way that you can by canoeing or toasting marshmallows or modeling bandanas, so hope that all who went enjoyed that. GFWC First Vice-President Marian St. Clair’s talk hit just the right notes, and I enjoyed getting to know her better, too. Very glad that hers was not the canoe that tipped . . . This weekend would not have been possible without the hard work of Jeanne O’Sullivan, President’s Project Chair, who helped with planning and assembled our bandana goodies and activities, Denise Raisenen, Carol Waters, and Anne Engelhardt, who picked Marian up from the airport, Carol Brauza and Anne again who scouted out our site, and our wonderful meals and registration duo, Alison Dillman and Debbie Dunn. Honor Roll was very special, too, and we all appreciate the work that went into that, thanks to Sheila Casey and Sue Phillips from the JAL Club, our membership team. That amazing Honor Roll cake with the life sized lilacs on top was created by Suzanne Roark, one of our speakers at midwinter meeting. suzroark@comcast.net is her email if you need to order an amazing cake! Laura Edmands organized our fundraising so well that we hardly noticed that we raised quite a bit of money during our weekend! We even completed a little bit of business with the passage of a document retention policy. Thanks to the Exeter Area GFWC who passed along this template to us. We also had an exciting announcement about our Fall Field Arts Tour. Thanks to Sheila Casey for setting up this exciting meeting alternative.

Jeanne O’Sullivan has offered to chair our Conservation Community Service Project area, and thinks that it will fit in well with her Inside/Out Chairmanship. Thank you so much, Jeanne! We need some more members on the Fundraising Committee. One person cannot be a committee!! Perhaps you could help with fundraising for just one idea. We could get sponsorships for placemats or programs at our meetings. It has also been suggested that we sell gift cards from stores such as Hannaford and other places through our website and at meetings. Percentage profits vary, and we would need someone to keep track of the cards and transactions. Or you could explore options for selling our cookbooks in local bookstores or online. Think about it, please! We are also currently without a chairman for the Woman’s History and Resource Center and for Leadership/LEADS. Let me know if you can take one of these one-year positions!

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 calaffin@comcast.net .

On Wednesday, June 6, the Lisbon Friends in Council are organizing a trip to the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site. Meet at the parking lot at 10:15 a.m., take a tour, then take a tram ride up Cannon Mountain. Price is $18 but Seniors may get a much better deal! You can bring your own lunch or eat in the café at the top. Sorry for the late notice!

We almost have our GFWC-NH calendar set for next year. So far, these are the dates and locations that we know:

  • August 17, 2017 Summer Board Meeting at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • August 29, 2017 Orientation for Club Officers at Chamberlin House in Concord from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • September 30, 2017 Fall Field Meeting/Arts Tour. If you have not received the flyer, please go to the GFWC-NH website and print it out and send it in if you want to go. https://sites.google.com/view/gfwcnh/documents should take you there. It could fill fast!!
  • October 19-22 New England Region Conference in Connecticut Go to http://www.gfwcct.org/ct-clubs/ to book a room for this conference.
  • January 20, 2018 Midwinter Meeting at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester
  • June 23-26 GFWC Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri

We still have to decide on Federation Day and Annual Meeting, so will post those as soon as we have definite dates.

Did not mean to turn this into a newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you at your club meeting or other event. Feel free to let me know what would be a good time. Next on the list is packing for GFWC Convention in Palm Desert, where it will probably be 100 degrees. Hard to plan for that when it is 47 degrees and drizzling!

Enjoy the beginning of summer.

Phyllis Appler, President


Inside Out - May 2017

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

Hello, GFWC-NH Clubwomen,

Federation Day at Heifer Farm was amazing! Several of your fellow GFWC-NH Club members can now add “milked a goat” to their resumes! We smiled at llamas, supported Heifer with donations and just a few gift shop purchases, cooked over an open fire in Kenya or on a woodstove in Poland, and shoveled just what you might expect in an African cow pen. Thanks to the thirty intrepid GFWC-NH members who celebrated Federation Day in this special way. And we now know who to ask to start the campfire at Annual Meeting!!

Now on to GFWC-NH Annual Meeting at Sargent Camp! Here is your checklist for attending if you are spending the night:

Dress is camp casual—jeans, shirts, closed toe shoes worn with socks, sweatshirts and jackets, with maybe a rain poncho thrown in just in case.

  • Flashlight
  • Bug repellent and sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towel and washcloth (Yes, there are hot showers!)
  • Sit-upon or folding chair
  • Toiletries and any medications
  • Chargers if you need them for phone or camera (Yes, there is electricity!)

If you have not yet registered, please contact Alison Dillman a2dillray@aol.com RIGHT NOW to be included in our Annual Meeting. We will be having our Honor Roll Luncheon at this meeting, so make sure that Sue Phillips has the names of honorees and that you have filled out the little honor roll bio on the form in the back of the GFWC-NH Handbook. And don’t forget to register your Honoree with Alison so that she can attend the meeting! This meeting is a little bit outside the box, so hope that many of us are willing to try something new.

There is still time for tea! Visit the GFWC Portsmouth Women’s City Club for tea tomorrow, Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. Contact 436-1228 for tickets, which are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

GFWC-NH has purchased a walker with a seat in memory of Bernice Stucker, GFWC-NH President from 2000 to 2002. It should arrive soon, and will be assembled and ready for use on the audio trail at the Seacoast Science Center. Thanks to Wendy Lull, recently retired Director of the Seacoast Science Center and member of the GFWC Somersworth Woman’s Club for this idea. The audio trail really is a special experience at the Seacoast Science Center, and now some people who might not have thought they could enjoy it will be able to do so.

Good Luck to the Exeter Area GFWC as they roll out their Expanding Your Horizons Workshoptomorrow for 270 middle school girls! What a day that always is!!

Continue to collect books for the library being created by the GFWC Woman’s Club of Concord for the New Hampshire Woman’s Prison. If you bring them to annual meeting, someone from Concord can take the books to Chamberlain House in Concord.

Be on the lookout for information for our Fall Field Meeting. Save the date, September 30, for a Fall Field Arts Tour.

Phyllis Appler, President


Inside Out - April 2017

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

It’s Spring! Time for Inside Out to really start to bloom! Hope that you will be able to join GFWC-NH as we head for two events that are pretty much “Out.”

The first is our celebra-tion of Feder-ation Day at Heifer Farm, formerly Overlook Farm, in Rut-land, Massa-chusetts. Federation Day always falls on April 24, com-memorating the day in 1890 that 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Wom-en’s Clubs, but we will be celebrating on the following Saturday. Our day will in-clude a tour of Heifer Farm, a walk through the global village, an opportunity to cook a lunch in one of the “countries,” and an afternoon service project. There is also a gift shop available with hand-made items from around the world. This might be a great chance to show a new member how a GFWC partnership works!

The second is our GFWC-NH Annual Meeting, held this year at Sargent Camp in Hancock, New Hampshire on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. You do have to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, but three meals will be provided, plus offi-cial camp snacks. If you don’t want an overnight adventure, you can certainly come for the day on Saturday. That day will include our Honor Roll Luncheon and Celebration of Club Milestones, as well as awards. Our special GFWC guest, GFWC First Vice-President Marian St. Clair, will be our speaker. A garden writer and nature advocate, Marian explores both cultivated landscapes and places of natural beauty with equal enthusiasm. (quote from Marian’s blog, Hortitopia.) We are looking forward to her additions to our special meeting.

Two district meetings will take place in April, so if you have a chance, please at-tend the Seacoast District Meeting on April 8 at the Goodwin Center in Dover and/or the Capital North District Meeting in Littleton. Merrimack South District Di-rector Lori Dwyer conducted a meeting that was exciting and meaningful to all who attended. Thanks to the Nashaway Club for their excellent welcome!!

I want to thank each of you for your won-derful reporting. We are all on a learning curve with our new online system, but with the amazing Sue Phillips at the helm, all reports from presidents, then chair-men, were tallied and sent to GFWC. You are all super! It was fun to see how you incorporated “Inside Out” into so many program areas.

Hope to see you soon! Calls to Annual meeting and Federation Day are attached to this newsletter.

Happy Spring,


Inside Out - March 2017

This message is sent on behalf of Phyllis Appler, GFWC-NH President.

GFWC-NH Inside Out

As always, Thank you comes first! Thank you to all of the presidents and their helpers for writing club reports, to the chairmen for collating the reports and sending them back to GFWC-NH, and to Sue Phillips, who has worked tirelessly to get everything lined up and sent to GFWC by deadline. You are all amazing!

Merrimack South District Meeting was wonderful, with a speaker from Upreach, an amazing equine therapy organization, and another speaker on homeless youth. Operation Smile Dolls and comfort bags for homeless teens also gave us a chance for hands-on participation. Next issue will include call for Federation Day at Heifer Farm.

Here are some dates for upcoming events. The calls for the Capital North and Seacoast District meetings are being sent via email to all Club Presidents and will be available on the GFWC-NH website, www.gfwcnh.org.

March 15: GFWC-NH Newsletter information due to Pat Laughlin

April 8: Seacoast District Meeting at Goodwin Center, Dover

April 22: Capital North District Meeting at Littleton Community House, Littleton.

April 29: Federation Day activities at the Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA.

May 19 and 20: Annual Meeting at Sargent Camp in Hanover NH

June 23 to June 26: GFWC International Convention

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, Palm Desert, California

October 19 to October 22: New England Region, Hartford CT

Hartford Windsor Marriott Airport

Pam Conary, GFWC-NH Education Chair, has sent some time sensitive Education information for us:

The 2017 Expanding Your Horizons S.T.E.M. conference will be held on May 6th at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham. This conference features hands-on workshops with women in the S.T.E.M. fields. Plans for this day long free conference for 6th-8th grade girls are well underway. There is always a need for volunteers that day in the workshops or helping with breakfast and lunch. Last year over 200 girls from 44 middle schools around the state registered. If you are interested in helping in any fashion, please contact the committee at eynhseacoast@yahoo.com

The NH HOBY Leadership Seminar will be held on June 3-5, 2017 at St. Methodios Retreat Center in Contoocook. HOBY is a program that is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. HOBY is also a GFWC partner. If you would like more information on how your club can participate, email me at pamconary.eagfwc@gmail.com and I will send you a copy of the packet.

To Our Knitters:

Joanne Schlotter, Donations Coordinator of the Pease Greeters, recently let Denise Raisanen, Exeter Area GFWC Club, know that they are desperate for hats! Forty-seven flights have gone through Pease this year and both the men and women soldiers love the warmth and comfort of our hand-knitted, Made-in-the-USA hats.

If you do not knit, a donation of yarn and patterns to your local senior centers would be great. They DO NOT need to be wool or specific colors.

Possible Patterns: http://warmthforwarriors.com/knit.html


Email Denise if you have any questions: draisanengfwc@gmail.com

Thank you again!


GFWC-NH Inside Out - Jan 2017

New Hampshire Inside Out for January

First, I want to thank you all for your fantastic participation at Midwinter Meeting. Whether you brought purses and gift cards for our silent auction or bid on them, brought cans of food (about $500 worth of cans,) helped build amazing can sculptures, went to the effort of taking, mounting, and submitting photos to the photo contest, asked good questions, updated us on your area of expertise, or just talked to a new GFWC-NH friend, thank you! And many, many thanks for submitting your club reports. Whew!!

In case you were not at the meeting, we missed you! Here are the dates for upcoming events:

March 4: Merrimack South District Meeting at First Baptist Church, Nashua

April 8: Seacoast District Meeting at Goodwin Center, Dover

April 22: Capital North District Meeting at Littleton Community House, Littleton.

April 29: Federation Day activities at the Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA.

May 19 and 20: Annual Meeting at Sargent Camp in Hanover NH

June 23 to June 26: GFWC International Convention

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, Palm Desert, California

October 19 to October 22: New England Region, Hartford CT

Hartford Windsor Marriott Airport

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.

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.

Now bundle up and go outside!!


GFWC-NH Inside Out - 2016

The theme for this year’s administration will be “New Hampshire Inside Out.” What are some ways that we can encourage New Hampshire’s residents to move from inside to the great outdoors so that they can appreciate and enjoy those things that make New Hampshire such a wonderful place to live? Jeanne O’Sullivan will be President’s Project Chair, so she will also be sharing ideas with you.

Some projects are those that we can work on together. We have found that we have a legacy from Bernice Stucker’s administration, money raised for her president’s project, the audio trail at the Seacoast Science Center. The Seacoast Science Center can only spend that money on the audio trail, and we want to make it useful again. So at our Fall Field Meeting on October 22, we will meet at the Center, revisit the audio trail, and find out how we will be able to bring it back to become a useful teaching tool that gets visitors outside the building to learn about the natural history and people of the area.

In the spring, we hope to move Federation Day outside at the Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Sights and smells of the world of Heifer will connect us to Heifer families.

Within your own club, you can find ways to move people to the outside in many of our community service areas:

Arts: When you are outside, take pictures! You will be all set when the photo contest rolls around at Midwinter Meeting!

Conservation: Obvious! Use the resources from our GFWC Partner, The Nature Generation, to encourage kids and adults to learn about nature. Create a butterfly garden! Donate books about nature to your schools. Maybe you could set up a geocaching site in a GFWC park or other place important to your club. Send a kid to camp!

Education: Create Outdoor Learning Centers with your schools. Help provide funding for field trips, or offer to chaperone if needed.

Home Life: Start a walking group in your club! Build wheelchair accessible raised beds at your senior center or a local nursing home. Maybe that nursing home could use some bird feeders, too! Learn about therapeutic horseback riding!

International Outreach: Help refugee families start or become involved in a community garden. Teach a child from a place without snow how to enjoy all that white stuff!

Public Issues: Help a veteran at the VA Hospital in Manchester enjoy the lilac gardens there in the spring. Who planted them??—GFWC- New Hampshire.

Enjoy turning your club Inside Out!!

Phyllis Appler

President, GFWC-NH

Signature Project

The signature project of GFWC National is Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness.

Think about running a program in regard to this or to make a donation to this fund.

Learn more for more details at gfwc.org