NH Club Notes: Portsmouth Rotary plans annual golf tournament

June 15. 2018 3:21AM
Scholarship winners and presenters gather at the New Hampshire Mayflower Society's annual scholarship luncheon last month in Concord. From left are society Governor Heather Wilkinson Rojo, Julia Dubisz (holding a photo of her absent nephew Bradford Dubisz), Orrin Bliss, Adam LaBelle, Grace Johnson, scholarship chairman Lew Overaker and Matthew True. (COURTESY)

PORTSMOUTH — The Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s 25th annual golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 22, at the Pease Golf Course.

“We are excited the proceeds of this event will benefit our October 2018 Rotaplast mission to Bangladesh,” said club President Ben Wheeler.

Rotaplast International helps children and families worldwide by eliminating cleft lip, cleft palate and other deformities. Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary teams to provide free reconstructive surgery and care for the children.

Wheeler said the club is fully sponsoring the fall project. The trip is in honor of the late Jim Labrie and his life of service. As Rotary Club president and then district governor, Labrie was instrumental in introducing Rotaplast to Rotarians throughout the Northeast.

Labrie, a Rye businessman and philanthropist who died in 2016, rose above the challenges posed by his own congenital cleft lip and palate to become a successful entrepreneur and community leader, Wheeler said.

The Labrie family provided a $25,000 grant to jumpstart the fundraising, which Wheeler says has been embraced by the club, the district and the community.

This year’s golf outing is chaired by Rotarian Peter Grace. The money raised by the tournament over years has supported the efforts of the club’s Basic Needs Endowment.

Slots are still open for anyone interested in golfing. To sign up, contact Grace at (207) 451-7375.

For more about the club, visit portsmouthrotary.org.

NH Mayflower Society awards scholarships

CONCORD — During the New Hampshire Mayflower Society’s annual scholarship luncheon last month, NHMS Governor Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Manchester led the business meeting and, in conjunction with Scholarship Chairman Lew Overaker, presented certificates and scholarships.

The $1,000 scholarship winners were: Bradford Dubisz of Hooksett, a student at Johnson & Wales University; Adam LaBelle of Manchester, a senior at Southern New Hampshire University; Orrin Bliss of Concord, who plans to attend the University of New Hampshire; Grace Johnson of Bedford, who plans to attend the University of Maine; and Matthew True of Litchfield, who plans to attend the University of Illinois.

Junior Chairman Sandra Taylor-Stockus of Nottingham announced the NHMS Junior essay contest winner was 9-year-old Greyson Hartzband of West Tisbury, Mass., who won a $40 prize.

Three new members were given certificates: Nancy Rondeau, East Andover; Lorie Greenwood, Lebanon; and John J. White, Pelham.

Rojo installed Jo-Anne M. Cobban of Keene as pro tem historian, who replaces Deborah Moore of Concord.

Deputy Governor Anne Vadakin of Rye gave a demonstration in Pilgrim dress and encouraged members to adopt such dress when acting as guest speakers at events or when reading to children about the Mayflower story at local libraries.

Preparations are underway for the 2020 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in Plymouth, Mass. The New Hampshire Mayflower Society, in conjunction with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and other state societies, will participate.

For more about the commemoration and membership, visit NHMayflower.org and the New Hampshire society’s Facebook page.

Meredith Lions selling tickets for duck race

MEREDITH — The Meredith Lions Club’s annual duck race will send about 4,000 rubber ducks cascading over Mill Falls at 4 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Ticket are one for $5 and five for $20. A portion of the proceeds will go to David’s House at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Tickets may be purchased race day until 3:45 p.m. They also are sale at the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce and in front of Hermit Woods Winery on weekends. For more sale locations, call 279-6016 or mail a check to Meredith Lions Club, P.O.Box 1720, Meredith, NH 03253.

The day also will feature food from the American Legion and the Boy Scouts, the opening of a time capsule at 2 p.m. and a raffle.

Lakes Region art group hosts open studio Mondays

TILTON — The Lakes Region Art Association will offer open studio painting and drawing from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through the summer at the LRAA Art Gallery, which is located in the Tanger Outlets, Suite 132, 120 Laconia Road.

The drop-in painting and drawing group is open to people 18 and older who are interested in painting, drawing or in any medium. Beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome. The association says there are no fees, no instruction and no structure. It’s just an Informal gathering of artists, who should bring their own supplies and easels.

For more about the group, go to www.lraanh.org.

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