NH Club News: Meredith Lions members contribute to community

December 14. 2017 12:54AM

Meredith Lions Club President Marie Valliere, left, hands a check to Jim McFarlin and Chris Williams of the Greater Meredith Program's Archie Statue Committee. A small model shows what the statue of the comic strip character, who was created by Bob Montana of Meredith, will look like. The statue will be installed in Community Park next year to coincide with the town's 250th anniversary celebration. (COURTESY)

MEREDITH — Lions International has asked each Lions club around the world to create a legacy project to commemorate 100 years of Lions and promote the next 100 years. The Meredith Lions Club did that earlier this year with the installation of four holly bushes at the Holderness Free Library.

Library director Jackie Heath and Marie Valliere, the club’s president, were on hand to place a marker next to the plants on the north side of the library.

The club also donated to the Greater Meredith Program’s Archie Statue project, which will be a tribute to artist Bob Montana, who lived in Meredith and who created the comic strip character. The club contributed the cost of a bench that will be the seat for the statue, which will be dedicated in 2018 at Community Park. The bench has been finished and is on its way to the sculptor to be fitted with the figure of Archie Andrews.

“The club is very proud to be a part of this community project and can’t wait to see it in Community Park,” Valliere said.

For more information about the Meredith Lions, go to www.meredith.nhlions.org.

Hooksett Garden Club installs new officers

HOOKSETT — The Hooksett Garden Club hosted a ceremony last month at the Hooksett Public Library to install officers for the 2018-2019 term.

N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs President Joyce Kimball performed the ceremony, which NHFGC District II Director Fionna McKenna and club members attended.

The new officers for the two-year term are: Ron Trexler, president; Elena Whitfield, first vice president; Nancy Barrett, second vice president; Doris Sorel, treasurer; Rachel Sweeney, recording secretary; and Paula Harris, corresponding secretary.

The club also had its annual holiday party Dec. 6 at Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store. Rachel Sweeney was presented with the Member of the Year award, which recognized her many contributions to the club. The presentation was followed by a buffet.

The club members’ final activity for the year will be ringing bells today for the Salvation Army. The members each will take one- or two-hour shifts and ring in pairs at Bass Pro Shops in Hooksett.

The members also are thanking everyone who bought wreaths this year, a project that helps support the club.

In addition to the NHFGC, the Hooksett club also is a member of the New England Garden Club and National Garden Clubs. For more information, go to www.hooksettnhgardenclub.org, email hooksettnhgardenclub@gmail.com or follow the club at Facebook.com/Hooksett Garden Club.

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