NH Club Notes: NHFGC presents awards during annual meeting

July 13. 2017 1:09AM
Manchester Garden Club members attended the N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs' annual meeting and luncheon at the Birch Wood Vineyard in Derry. Seated is member Gerda Cote. Standing from left are Roz Lockwood, Diane Beaudry, Fiona McKenna, Elinor Terrell, Gail York and Winnie Schmidt. (COURTESY)

DERRY — The N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs honored its clubs and members during its 84th annual meeting and awards luncheon.

Sandown Garden Club won the Margaret M. Hartford Conservation Award for outstanding work in conservation and/or conservation education; the Eva Shirley Award for a civic development project; the Governor’s Award for the greatest contribution toward the beautification of a town or city; and a National Garden Clubs’ first place Certificate of Commendation for conducting the most comprehensive project on butterflies for the club’s Butterfly Way Station.

Derry Garden Club won the Joyce Kimball Horticulture Award ($25) for stimulating an interest and better understanding of horticulture to the public; the Take a Child by the Hand Award ($50) for having done the most to involve children in garden-related activities; and the National Garden Clubs’ Certificate of Commendation for Yearbook and Certificate of Merit for publicity press book.

Other garden clubs receiving awards:

Barbara Colp Garden Therapy Award ($25): Old Homestead.

Debbi Nutter Landscape Award: for highest-scoring landscape project incorporating native plants: Mountain.

Diane McMillen Membership Award: for the highest increase in membership in 2016: Old Homestead.

Community Improvement Award for Civic Development: Manchester.

Community Improvement Award for Roadside Improvement: Atkinson.

Yearbook Award: Small-size club: first place, Hooksett; second, Fitzwilliam. Small/medium club: first, New Hampton; second, Bow. Medium club: first, Atkinson; second, Peterborough; third, Old Homestead; honorable mention, Goffstown, Manchester and Windham. Medium/large club: first, Derry. Large club: first, Mountain; second, New London.

Scrapbook Award: Small club: first, Fitzwilliam; second, Fremont. Small/medium club: first, Goffstown; second, New Hampton. Medium club: first, Derry; second, Bow; third, Atkinson. Medium/large club: first, Old Homestead. Large club: first, Opechee; second, Mountain.

NHFGC Community Star Award: for a person who is not a garden club member for contribution to a community: District 1, Russ Lanoie, nominated by Mountain; District 2, Dan Freeman, nominated by Bow; District 4, George Vargish, nominated by Sandown.

Silver Seal Citation: for a member for special contribution to the work of the local garden club: Susan Johnson, nominated by Bow; Linda Dowal, nominated by New Hampton; Ellen Witherell, nominated by Atkinson; Patti Mazzone, nominated by Ashland; Bonnie Flahive, nominated by Manchester.

85th Anniversary Certificate: New Hampton and Fitzwilliam.

55th Anniversary Certificate: Peterborough.

20th Anniversary Certificate: Hooksett.

NHFGC President’s District Award: for a district that has most advanced the objectives of the NHFGC and National Garden Clubs in the previous year: District II garden clubs of Bow, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester and Opechee.

Other winners of awards from the National Garden Clubs also were recognized.

Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit: for procedural publication “Say What,” Ashland.

Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit: for membership publication, first place, Hooksett.

Certificate of Appreciation: for membership publication, extra large club, Mountain.

Certificate of Merit: for radio and/or TV for its “Art in Bloom” production, overall winner, Mountain.

Certificate of Merit: for publicity press book, Opechee.

Member Award of Honor: which may be awarded one per region per year for outstanding volunteer efforts over five or more years to a club and community in one or more of these areas: civic development, horticulture therapy, youth activities, conservation, landscape design, horticulture, floral design, or all-around excellence: Blanche Garone, Derry Garden Club.

National Garden Clubs’ Photography Contest: Cathy Ahrens, Bow Garden Club, finalist. Two of her photos were selected to be displayed during the NGC’s national convention in Richmond, Va. One of her photos was the national president’s first choice.

White Mountains DAR plans patriotic meeting

whitefield— The White Mountains Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Whitefield Public Library, 8 Lancaster Road (Route 3 North). This will be the chapter’s Patriotic Day. 

The guest speaker will be Chris Laurent, a family nurse practitioner, Vietnam War veteran and retired U.S. Navy captain. 

The public is invited to join the members for the meeting at 1 p.m. or just for the program at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

For more about the meeting or the DAR, call Assistant Treasurer Elaine LaDuke at 444-5948 or Membership Chairman Marsha Stewart at 837-9513.

The Else Cilley Chapter, DAR will sell raffle tickets for this handmade bench glider during a celebration Saturday of the Four Generals Monument in Nottingham Square. (COURTESY)

Cilley DAR to celebrate monument’s anniversary

NOTTINGHAM — The Else Cilley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Four Generals Monument in Nottingham Square, which was donated by the chapter.

The public is invited to join in the festivities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the Nottingham Square lawn and in the Nottingham Schoolhouse.

At the chapter’s June meeting, members completed plans for the celebration and also listened to articles about the dedication celebration in 1917 for the 16-foot tall granite statue of a minuteman that has the names of four generals from Nottingham engraved on each side of its square base: Joseph Cilley, Henry Dearborn, Henry Butler and Thomas Bartlett.

The festivities will include information about the generals, tours of the schoolhouse, light refreshments and music by members of the Nevers’ Second Regiment Band, who will play during the celebration, just as their predecessors did 100 years ago.

The chapter also will sell tickets for a raffle of a handmade bench glider. The winner will be drawn at Nottingham Day in September. Money raised will support the upkeep of the chapter-owned schoolhouse.

Nottingham-area women interested in joining the DAR may attend a chapter meeting or go to www.elsecilley.nhsodar.org for more information.

NH State Grange offers Grange Family Weekend

The N.H. State Grange plans its 38th annual Grange Family Weekend from Friday, July 28, to Sunday, July 30, at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford.

The Grange has a block of campsites reserved in the Boardwalk area. Gunstock’s campground has an outdoor pool, two bath houses with free hot showers. Campers can play in two playgrounds, fish in a pond and hike through the wetlands boardwalk or on miles of hiking trails. Kayaks, paddle boats and mountain bikes are available to rent.

The Grange schedule also includes bingo, cribbage, campfire activities and time to relax with Grange friends. Anyone planning to attend is asked to bring something to share for a potluck supper Saturday evening.

To reserve a spot, contact State Grange Overseer Robert Trombi at 762-2971 or robert.trombi@gmail.com as soon as possible. Grange members are encouraged to invite nonmembers to attend and see what the Grange is all about.

WWI show-and-tell planned in Effingham

EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Public Library invites the public to share World War I family history, artifacts or memorabilia during an informal show-and-tell at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Participants also may preview an exhibit of World War I items on loan from the Effingham Historical and Preservation societies.

People are welcome to discuss how their family was involved with the war or affected by it, both at the front and on the homefront, and show and describe war artifacts and memorabilia.

The free program is the second in a series of programs and events at the library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the war. Refreshments will be served.

The library is in the historic Effingham Town Hall, 30 Town House Road. For more information, call the library at 539-1537 or email effinghamlibrary@gmail.com.

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