NH Club Notes: NHFGC’s annual meeting Wednesday in Derry

May 17. 2017 9:44PM
New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs’ officers gathered last month to plan the federation’s 84th annual meeting, which will take place Wednesday at Birch Wood Vineyards in Derry. From left are District IV Director Blanche Garone, a Derry Garden Club member; President Jane Goodwin, an Atkinson Garden Club member; and First Vice President Joyce Kimball, a Bow Garden Club member and the meeting chairman. Representatives from all six District IV clubs attended the planning meeting. (COURTESY)

DERRY — The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs will have its 84th annual meeting Wednesday at the Birch Wood Vineyards in Derry. The meeting was planned and will be hosted by its District IV clubs: the Atkinson, Derry, Epping, Fremont, Sandown and Windham area garden clubs.

Attending will be club presidents and other representatives of NHFGC’s 20 garden clubs in the state, which together have about 1,100 members.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Pathways,” a nod to early 20th century poet Robert Frost, who wrote many of his poems on rural life in New England while living at his farm in Derry. The day’s agenda will include a presentation by local historian Rick Holmes, a published author and story-teller who will share his vast knowledge of Frost. Floral arrangements interpreting a selection of Frost’s famous poems also will be on display, courtesy of several District IV club members.

In addition to the organization’s annual business meeting and luncheon, a presentation of national, regional and state awards earned by the New Hampshire clubs during the previous year is planned, followed by the installation of the 2017-2019 NHFGC Executive Board. The installing officer will be Maria Nahom of New Milford, Conn., immediate past director of the New England Region of Garden Clubs.

NHFGC is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides education, resources and statewide networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic beautification, and civic and environmental responsibility. For more information about NHFGC and its member clubs, visit www.nhfgc.org.

Strafford club’s plant and garden accent sale May 27

STRAFFORD — The Strafford Garden Club’s plant and garden accent sale is planned from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road.

The club will offer locally grown plants, herbs and heirloom vegetables. Garden-related arts and crafts will be for sale upstairs.

Raffle tickets for $1 will offer a chance at prizes donated by local businesses. Money raised will help beautify town gardens and provide a college scholarship.

Else Cilley DAR to recognize essay contest winners

NOTTINGHAM — The Else Cilley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday at the chapter-owned Nottingham Square Schoolhouse, 1 Ledge Farm Road. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The program will include a presentation of awards to the chapter’s Christopher Columbus Essay, American History Essay, and Junior American Citizen contest winners, followed by the chapter’s annual history trivia game.

The chapter’s first meeting of the year last month at the Nottingham home of Regent Katherine Fernald featured a virtual tour of the Children’s Attic, which is sponsored by the N.H. State Organization DAR, in the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C.

The general business meeting included reports from several committees, including American History, Junior American Citizens and Schoolhouse. New business included plans for a celebration of the four general monument in Nottingham Square on Saturday, July 15.

The DAR is a nonprofit lineage-based service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the country’s struggle for independence. They work to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Nottingham-area women who are interested are welcome to attend one of the chapter’s meetings. For more information, go to www.elsecilley.nhsodar.org.

Parliamentarians meeting today in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians will meet today at St. Mary’s Bank, 200 McGregor St., in the Ronald J. Roux Board Room on the third floor.

Networking will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m. and then the lesson.

Phyllis Gagnon is scheduled to present a lesson on “Rules that Govern Organizations: Charter, Bylaws, Standing Rules.”

Augie Stratoti, Registered Parliamentarian, presented a lesson on “Duties of Officers and Their Reports” during the unit’s meeting last month.

For information, email Rev. Henry Beairsto at hbearist@tds.net.

Meredith Lions to host talk on managing money

MEREDITH — The Meredith Lions Club is sponsoring a free talk on Tuesday by David A. Kutcher, president of DAK Financial Group, on controlling your money.

The talk, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center and last about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

Topics will include how to ensure your retirement money won’t run out and financial strategies for today and the future. No reservations are required.

To learn more about the Meredith Lions, call 279-6016.

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