New Hampshire Club News in Brief

March 19. 2014 7:35PM
The Dover-based Margery Sullivan Chapter of DAR presented the N.H. DAR Profile Award to member Margaret Sumner, center. Joining her for the presentation are Inez DiMambro, chapter vice regent, left, and Pat Holt, regent. (COURTESY)

Margery Sullivan DAR presents Profile Award

DOVER — The Margery Sullivan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented the N.H. DAR Profile Award to Margaret Sumner at its March 3 meeting.The award recognizes DAR members who most personify the N.H. Society of DAR theme of “Celebrating and Strengthening a Lasting Profile of Patriotism and Service.”

A 40-year DAR member, Sumner has served as chapter regent, chairman of the American History, DAR Schools and DAR Good Citizen committees and is current chairman of the Women’s Issues Committee. She was responsible for the chapter’s American History Teacher of the Year, Raymond Gamble, taking top state honors. At the state DAR level, she co-chaired the DAR Good Citizen Committee.

Sumner has been a fifer with the Newmarket Militia since 1974. She and her late husband, Donald, traveled the Revolutionary War trails, reenacting the battles.

She also is past president of the Durham Historical Society, where she serves as curator. She has volunteered at Operation Blessing in Portsmouth and as a Pease Greeter, and she has done school programs on the life of families during the Revolutionary War.

Society’s talk to explore the history of NH bridges

EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Historical Society will host a program at 7 p.m. Friday by Glenn Knoblock on “Historic Iron and Steel Bridges in New Hampshire.”

The free program, which is open to the public, will take place in the society’s main building at 1014 Province Lake Road in Center Effingham.

Knoblock, a Wolfeboro resident, moved to New Hampshire almost 30 years ago and has been researching and writing about state history ever since. Thirteen books later, his topics of interest have ranged from the history of brewing beer in the state to its historic burial grounds; an upcoming 14th book covers the history of American clipper ships.

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period, refreshments and the society’s monthly business meeting. For more about the program, call Sheila T. Jones, vice president, 539-4071. For other inquiries, call Paul D. Potter, president, 300-2224.

Manchester Toastmasters club plans speech contests

MANCHESTER — Top of the Town Toastmasters will host its annual International Speech and Table Topics contests from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Manchester Community College Room 238, 1066 Front St.

International Speech contestants will match wits as they try to impress the judges and entertain their audience with a topic of their choice. Table Topics contestants will be judged on their ability to speak off the cuff, as they respond to a question unknown before they come to the podium.Winners will advance to the Area 16 Toastmasters contest.

The Manchester contest is open to the public and free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 540-9504.

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