Club Notes: Nashaway club to host GFWC-NH district meeting

February 15. 2017 8:22PM
The Nashaway Woman's Club will host the General Federation of Women's Clubs Merrimack South District meeting Saturday, March 4. The club's members include, sitting from left, Pauline Selfridge, recording secretary; Linda Twombly, president; Debra Grooms, first vice president; Sheila Selfridge, treasurer; Gail Landry, corresponding secretary; and Karen Krueger, second vice president; and standing from left, Claire Grooms, assistant treasurer; and Rosemary Ippolito, Celeste Desrosiers, Marge Siesicki and Bobbi Knickerbocker, delegates to the Board of Managers. (Courtesy)

Nashaway club to host GFWC-NH district meeting

NASHUA — The Nashaway Woman’s Club, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary, will host the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Merrimack South District meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St.

In addition to the Nashaway Woman’s Club, the GFWC-N.H. Merrimack District represents the Amoskeag Community Volunteers of Manchester, Brookline Women’s Club, Candia Community Woman’s Club, Hollis Woman’s Club, Hudson Community Club, Hudson Junior Woman’s Club, Junior Alumnae Leadership Club in Manchester, Salem Woman’s Club and Wilton/Lyndeborough Woman’s Club.

The day will begin with registration and a breakfast buffet, followed by a business meeting from 9 to 11 a.m.

Project Wild, a wildlife-focused conservation education game, will be led by Phyllis Appler, GFWC-N.H. president. Karen Kersting, executive director of the UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, will be the first of two guest speakers.

Lunch will be served at noon. Guest speaker Erin Kelly, program director for Child and Family Services, will discuss the Street Outreach Team for homeless teens. Then those attending will have the choice of filling comfort bags for homeless teens with items including scarves, mittens, toiletries and inspirational reading material or making Operation Smile dolls, which are used by therapists to help alleviate fear in children before medical procedures. The nonprofit Operation Smile provides free surgery for children suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate.

Anyone is welcome. If interested in attending, contact Sheila Selfridge, registration and reservation chairman, at or 889-4700.

Founded in 1890, the GFWC traces its roots to 1868 and journalist Jane Cunningham Croly, who formed a women’s club called Sorosis after being denied entrance to an all-male press club’s dinner honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue a federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24,1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

GFWC is a service organization with community service programs that span all areas of the lives of members, their families and communities: arts, conservation, education, home life, public issues such as domestic violence and international outreach.

Reprisal DAR members part of Newport parade

NEWPORT — The Reprisal Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution participated in the annual Newport Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday.

The chapter rejoined the parade four years ago after a long hiatus. The members say their participation is in memory of former chapter regent Jean Ouellette.

Members in the parade were Kim Chandler of Hancock; Dottie Giddens of East Lempster; Laura McCrillis Kessler of Newport; Pat McCabe of Lempster; Venita Nudd of Newport; and Susan Swan of Croyden.

The DAR is a women’s patriotic organization with more than 180,000 members and about 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.

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