NH Club Notes: Garden federation plans meetings throughout NH

January 24. 2018 11:32PM
Steve Farrar, shown on Mount Katahdin in Maine, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, will speak to the Amherst Garden Club about plants in national parks during the club’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 1. (COURTESY)

This year, members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs’ Executive Board will host off-site meetings at various locations around the state in an effort to make themselves more available to their membership and to increase communication and promote idea exchanges as they approach the second half of the 2017-2019 term.

The group, which includes 12 members — NHFGC officers and district directors — experimented with this idea in October. They traveled to Conway to meet with District 1 club presidents and other members representing the Ashland, Mountain (Mount Washington Valley), Littleton and New Hampton garden clubs. NHFGC member clubs are “area garden clubs.” Their names indicate where the clubs were initially formed and where membership meetings are usually held, but oftentimes two to five other towns or cities are represented within that club.

The agendas for these meetings will be based on the initial one that was held in Conway, which the board says was well-received. Considerable information was offered to those attending through PowerPoint presentations and question-and-answer sessions with board members. The board says important and helpful feedback was received during the initial meeting, “making the time and travel expended well spent with plans for future district meetings.”

The next meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 25, in Manchester for all clubs that are members of District 2.

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

Amherst club to host talk on plants in national parks

AMHERST — The Amherst Garden Club will welcome Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar to its daytime meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Route 101.

He will take the club on a pictorial tour of national parks to let the members see how gorgeous the plant life is in these parks. Farrar has extensively explored almost all the national parks in the United States, and the club says his passion for these parks is infectious.

The garden club’s business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by refreshments and the program at 10:30 a.m.

After Farrar’s presentation, those attending are invited to join the club for a casual lunch, which will include a variety of soups and chili, breads and desserts.

The public is welcome to attend the business meeting as well as the program, which are always free of charge.

Anyone interested in Farrar’s talk who is unable to attend the morning program is welcome to the club’s evening meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, when he will speak again. This meeting will take place at Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Road.

If Amherst schools are canceled due to weather, the club’s daytime meeting also will be canceled. If schools are only delayed, the daytime meeting will be held as scheduled.

Bedford club clarifies nonprofit donation process

BEDFORD — The Bedford Women’s Club has a long history of donating money for scholarships and to nonprofits that benefit the Bedford community. The club says its recent fundraising activities have been very successful thanks to the generosity of local merchants, residents and club members.

After announcing the opening of its 2018 round of donations to nonprofit organizations, club officials received questions from some nonprofits and wanted to clarify how they can qualify for donations.

Nonprofits do not need to be located in Bedford and disbursed funds do not need to be used solely in the Bedford community. All that’s necessary is that the nonprofit’s activities provide some benefit to the Bedford community. All nonprofits interested in applying for funds are invited to see the club’s website at www.bedfordwomensclub.org for the donation application. The completed application must be postmarked by Feb. 15.

Manchester artists group sets February meeting

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Artists Association’s next meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s French Building, 148 Concord St.

Art lovers of all ages are welcome to a presentation by artist Michelle Beliveau, who has spent years exploring various mediums and expressive art techniques. She especially loves combining 3D objects on 2D surfaces to create unique pieces of art. She also is an art educator now teaching at E.W. Poore in Manchester.

A variety of artwork will be on display, and light refreshments will be available. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information about the association, visit www.manchesterartists.com.

State Grange to participate in Farm, Forest Exhibition

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire State Grange will have its annual display at the Farm and Forest Expo on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown.

Officials from the State Grange, which is marking its 145th anniversary this year, say the event gives the public an opportunity to learn that the Grange is not only an agricultural organization, but also very involved in the community.

State Agriculture Director Norman Brandt is in need of assistance with the Grange’s booth. For more information about time slots and if you can assist, email Brandt at Fishbrandt@yahoo.com or State Master Chris Heath at ch420@netzero.net.

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