Sweets build scholarship fund
MOULTONBOROUGH - Cookies, cakes and all sorts of delectable, homemade goodies translate into cash for the Moultonborough Women's Club. That cash is in turn donated to community nonprofit groups and distributed through a scholarship fund for area students.
Since 2001, the Women's Club has raised more than $73,000 towards its scholarship fund through bake sales.
On Tuesday, club members manned the kitchen and counter at the town's public safety building as voters came in to vote and town elected officials and staff oversaw balloting. Sales from the election day bake sale were expected to reach $1,000, perhaps less than prior election day's where turnout was more robust. Members noted that the bake sale during the national presidential election raised $1,600.
Club members Dotti Simpson, Mary Whiting, Marsha Rauch and bake sale chair Judy Ballard set up a plentiful display of goodies at 7 a.m. Some of the favorites went quickly, like 28 whoopie pies that were reserved before they hit the sales table. Decorated cupcakes, cookies, homemade fruit pies, fudge, hermits, carrot, lemon and spice cakes all sold at reasonable prices - $1 for two peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes, for instance - but members say generous citizens sometimes will hand over $20 for a donation.
"Last year we awarded $9,000 in scholarships," said Ballard. Since the fund was established, 72 students have received scholarships, which are open to students in surrounding towns, not only Moultonborough, and to students who decide to return to college after an absence.
But above and beyond aid for educational purposes, the club also designates a Charity of the Month to which members donate food, personal products, toys and supplies to groups in need.
Simpson said the group also provides opportunities for women to get together and experience a sense of fellowship. During monthly meetings, the club hosts special guest speakers or performers.
For those who may want to mark their calendars for future Moultonborough Women's Club sales events, bake sales are held during elections in September, November and March, and in July in conjunction with the Moultonborough Public Library's annual Book Sale.
The club welcomes new members from the region; membership includes residents from Sandwich, Tuftonboro, Center Harbor, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake, Ossipee, Meredith, Laconia. For more information, visit the club's web site at: moultonboroughwomensclub.webs.com, or contact Club President Carol Ross Bamberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.