NH Club News: Goffstown Rotary Club plans food drive Saturday

February 07. 2018 11:09PM
The Exeter Run Club recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Southeast Land Trust of NH. The money was raised during the club’s annual Thanks-for-Giving road race. From left are Diedre McCarty and Anne Torrez, the club’s co-race directors, and Brian Hart, the land trust’s executive director. (courtesy)

GOFFSTOWN — The Goffstown Rotary Club will host its annual Love Your Neighbor Food Drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hannaford supermarket, 605 Mast Road. The drive will help fill the shelves of two food pantries: Goffstown Network and the Weare Food Pantry.

“During the winter months, it can be especially hard for those who are struggling to be able to pay for heating bills, so filling those pantry shelves is one way we can help our neighbors this season,” said Rotary Club secretary Robin Morrell. “We have hosted this drive for several years, and we’re always grateful for the tremendous support we receive from the community.”

Nonperishable foods needed include canned meals such as beef stew or ravioli, tuna, baked beans, soups, rice, pasta, canned vegetables and fruits, tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, dry meal mixes, instant potatoes, baking goods, peanut butter, jelly and pudding. Personal care items also will be accepted.

The club meets weekly at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at The Village Trestle, 25 Main St. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.goffstownrotary.org or look for the club on Facebook.

Parliamentarians to meet next week in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians will meet Thursday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary’s Bank, 200 McGregor St., in the third-floor Ronald J. Roux Board Room.

Networking will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a business meeting and lesson from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Anne Canty will present the lesson on exploring the National Association of Parliamentarians’ electronic newsletter and website. Bring a laptop or tablet if possible.

At the unit’s meeting last month, Joan Prue presented a lesson on “Rules Relating to Assignment of the Floor and Debate.”

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

Exeter Run Club’s race benefits land trust

EXETER — The Southeast Land Trust of NH recently received a $5,000 gift as the primary beneficiary of the Exeter Run Club’s second annual Thanks-for-Giving 5K & 10K Family Run/Walk Road Race on Thanksgiving Day.

The volunteer-led race, which also included a Kids Race, nearly doubled in size from 2016 with more than 1,100 participants.

The club’s board voted to donate $5,000 of the proceeds to the nonprofit land trust, known as SELT, which conserves special places for public access trails in Rockingham and Strafford counties.

“We believe in the impact that trails have on family recreation and fitness as well as believing it is our duty as trail runners to give back towards their upkeep and growth,” said club board member Deidre McCarty, a race co-director. “Donating to SELT was a natural fit.”

Brian Hart, SELT’s executive director, said, “Connecting people to the places they’ve helped conserve is a keystone of our work, and this gift will accelerate our efforts at getting people outside on SELT’s protected places. We’re grateful for the ERC’s generous support that will help SELT develop more trail guides and kiosks for area conservation lands.”

Trail guides and signage have been completed for eight SELT properties, with three more planned this year. Printed trail guides are free to SELT members; but anyone can download the maps from SELT’s website for free at www.seltnh.org.

For about the nonprofit running club, which organizes two regular weekly runs and promotes running, friendship and community giving through road and trail races, go to www.exeterrunclub.com.

Weare Area Writers Guild open to new members

WEARE — The Weare Area Writers Guild will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Weare Public Library’s downstairs Sawyer Room, 10 Paige Memorial Lane.

Guild members welcomed two new people from neighboring towns at their Feb. 2 meeting.

One of the members has become skilled at creating sound bites from dry town reports and shared that with the group. Those attending also continued work on book sequels, learned more about how a hectic newsroom works, helped decide if a life story might be better written as several books or as one, and shared writing tips. They also share recommendations for good reading.

Anyone who is writing and in need of some support is welcome to attend the meetings. For more information, email Sharon Czarnecki at czar5@comcast.net.

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