New Hampshire Club Notes

May 21. 2014 6:41PM
The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs is getting ready for its 81st annual meeting on Wednesday. From left, Michele Mensinger, NHFGC president, Audrey Vargish, Sandown Garden Club president, and Bea Heinz, District IV director, gather at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, where the meeting will be held. 

Garden clubs federation plans annual meeting

SANDOWN — The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs’ 81st annual meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown.

The NHFGC’s District IV, which includes the towns of Atkinson, Derry, Fremont, Sandown and Windham, has planned and will host the meeting. Representatives of 21 garden clubs, which count more than 1,100 members, will attend.

Special guests will be Linda Nelson, president of National Garden Clubs Inc., Marissa McCoy of Massachusetts and Jacqueline Connell of Connecticut.

The meeting’s theme is “Fruit of the Vine.” Nancy Walton of Zorvino Vineyards will give a presentation on the history of the winery. The program will include the naming of Life Members, a special memoriam in honor of members who have died, the installation of new district directors, the giving of awards to winning clubs for the projects and activities of this past year and a preview of the upcoming NHFGC Flower Show, which is planned on June 20 and 21 in Concord.

Bow Garden Club’s annual plant sale set for Saturday

BOW — The Bow Garden Club will host its annual spring plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road.

Annuals, perennials, vegetable starters and hanging plants will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Bow High School Scholarship Program, the club’s ongoing civic beautification efforts and various community and environmental projects the club undertakes year to year.

Garden club members will be available to provide assistance and advice about selecting plants and how to plant them.

For more information, contact club President Kerry Buckley at 225-9103 or or go to

Salvation Army auxiliary installs new officers

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary announced and installed new officers for 2014-2015 at its 34th annual Blue Bonnet Luncheon on May 6.

The new officers are Rosemarie Ducharme, president; Sylvia Crete, vice president; JoAnn Marcussen, secretary; and Doris Phillips, treasurer.

Dowsers convention planned in Vermont

Lyndonville, Vt. — The American Society of Dowsers’ 54th National Dowsing & Metaphysical Convention is scheduled from June 4 to 9 at Lyndonville State College. The convention is open to the public.

The conference, which is a chance to learn what dowsing is about, will feature more than 50 workshops, lectures and events.

The keynote speaker will be Bradley Nelson, author of “The Emotion Code.” The keynote dowser will be Susan Collins, past president of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, a consultant and author of several books.

The American Society of Dowsers has more than 60 chapters nationwide, including three in New Hampshire — the White Mountain Dowsers in Plymouth, the Littleton Area Dowsers Group and Living Waters in Claremont. For more information or to sign up, go to

Manchester club presents student art, music awards

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Woman’s Club recently presented $300 awards to one art and one music student from each of the three Manchester public high schools.

This year winners were:

• Central High School: Kendra Gahara for art and Anna Ambrogi for music.

• Memorial High School: Cierra Vigue for art and Michael LeClerc for music.

• West High School: Crystalline Reynolds for art and Eric Desmarais for music.

LeClerc and Desmarais performed two musical selections for the club, and Vigue presented some art projects.

The club’s next luncheon meeting is Friday, June 6, at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, beginning with an 11 a.m. social, then the 12:15 p.m. lunch, followed by as business meeting.

The meeting will feature the academic scholarship awards presentation and the installation of the club’s new board of directors and incoming president.

For more information, go to or contact Doris Proulx at 623-5600.

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