NH Club News: Rye Lions Club donates telescope to science center

January 12. 2018 12:23AM
Henry Beairsto, left, outgoing president of the White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, hands the gavel to the newly elected president, Phyllis Gagnon. (COURTESY)

The Rye Lions Club donated a telescope viewer to the Seacoast Science Center for use by visitors to the center and Odiorne Point State Park. Club members recently gathered with science center President Jim Chase at the center. Seated are Donna Gould, left, and Michelle Ryan. Standing from left are Arthur Ditto, Carl Packer, Mike Tecce, Alan Gould, Randy Tompkins, Chase and Jack Reid. (COURTESY)

RYE — The Rye Lions Club recently donated a SeeCoast Mark I Telescope to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. The viewer will be installed this spring on the seaside lawn of the center in Odiorne Point State Park.

The telescope has an optical power of 20X, which makes objects and views appear 20 times closer. The club says the telescope is ideal for long-distance viewing for points of interest in the Gulf of Maine, wildlife viewing and coastal birding.

The viewer will be free and available to the public. It will bring four lighthouses — Portsmouth Harbor, Whaleback, Star Island and Boon Island — into clear view, as well as the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Wood Island, the Isle of Shoals, and the shoreline of Kittery, Maine.

Seacoast Science Center President Jim Chase said, “We are thrilled to accept this generous gift from the Rye Lions Club. The viewer will connect visitors to our coastal environment in a new, exciting way and be a catalyst for countless teachable moments.”

The Seacoast Science Center is located in Odiorne Point State Park at 570 Ocean Blvd.

Parliamentarians to meet Thursday in Manchester

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

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

Joan Prue, Registered Parliamentarian (RP), will present a lesson on “Rules Relating to Assignment of the Floor and Debate.”

At the group’s November annual meeting, a lesson was presented on “Boards and Committees.” Officers also were elected and appointments made.

The officers are: Phyllis Gagnon, president; Augie Stratoti, RP, vice president; Anne Canty, secretary; and Jim Eddinger, treasurer.

Appointed to positions were: Marilyn Pratt-Holmquist, chaplain and historian; Gail Thomas, auditor; and Joan Prue, RP, parliamentarian.

Appointed to the Education Committee were: Canty, Stratoti, Cheri Casper and Bill Roy.

For information, email Phyllis Gagnon at randpgagnon@myfairpoint.net.

Club invites charities to apply for donations

BEDFORD — The Bedford Women’s Club, which has a long history of providing funds to nonprofit charities serving the Bedford community, is inviting charities to apply for a donation from the club.

Qualifying nonprofits may be based outside Bedford but must use the donated money within Bedford.

Any nonprofit interested in being considered for a donation should go to www.bedfordwomensclub.org for a donation application form.

Completed forms must be mailed to: Bedford Women’s Club, ATTN: Charitable Contributions Committee, P.O. Box 10015, Bedford, NH 03110. All questions on the application must be answered, including a statement of how the donated funds will be used in Bedford. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15. Donations to the selected nonprofits will be disbursed in May.

Stratham society sets date for Spring Appraisal Day

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society has scheduled the date for its 27th annual Spring Appraisal Day, also known as the “Stratham Antiques Road Show.”

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the Morgera Community Room at the Stratham Fire Department, 4 Winnicutt Road.

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