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Phyllis Appler GFWC-NH President 2016-2018


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

GFWC-NH

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

GFWC-NH



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,

Phyllis

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

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/warmth-for-warriors-knitted-hat

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

Thank you again!

Phyllis


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!!

Phyllis


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