NH Club Notes: Stratham Historical Society awards 5 scholarships

July 05. 2018 7:31PM
Bob Libin, left, past International Lions Club director from Multiple District 20, installs Nashua businessman Mike Francoeur as president of the Nashua Lions Club. Francoeur will lead the club into its 95th year of service to the Nashua community. (COURTESY)

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society presented its Winfield L. Foote Award for Academic Excellence to five graduating high school seniors.

The recipients and the colleges they plan to attend are: Kaley Coburn, Thomas College; Elizabeth Philbrook, St. Anselm College; Sophie Ropp, the University of New Hampshire; David Scamman, Norwich University; and Weston Su, Haverford College.

Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

These awards were made possible by the generosity of the late Winfield L. Foote, a longtime Stratham resident and a strong supporter of historical society. To date, the society has awarded about $70,000 to students.

Each year, two or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded to applicants who meet the society’s criteria.

Applications are available every February for public and private high school seniors who are Stratham residents and for students from surrounding communities who are enrolled in the SAU 16 School District. Awards also are offered to college/university rising juniors and seniors and to graduate students who qualify.

Applications for the awards for high school, college and graduate levels can be found at the society’s link on the town of Stratham website — www.strathamnh.gov — by clicking on Boards & Committees, then Historical Society, then Stratham Historical Society Scholarships.

Sandown Garden Club calls annual plant sale a success

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club says turnout was great for its 11th annual plant sale this month, helping to make it a success.

Club members arrived at the Sandown Fire Station shortly after 7 a.m. to set up more than 900 plants for the sale, which got underway at 9 a.m. Members sold locally grown perennials and organic herbs and vegetables, and new this year, bird nesting houses and succulents.

The Plant Sale Committee thanks everyone who came to the sale, which is an important fundraiser for the nonprofit club. The money raised helps fund club programs and enables members to maintain several town gardens.

The club’s mission is to spread the knowledge of gardening, increase the beauty of Sandown’s public and historic grounds, encourage preservation of native plants species and promote respect for and conservation of the environment.

For more about the club, which is a member of both the N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

Nashua Lions Club names Lion of the Year

NASHUA — Nashua Lions Club member Paul Bergeron was named the 2018 Lion of the Year by outgoing President Kamal Masand at the club’s annual awards night this month at the Doubletree by Hilton Nashua hotel.

Bergeron was cited for his work as club treasurer the past two years and for stepping up to serve as a vice president for the next two years.

In addition to this award, Masand and Lion David Fredette were presented with Melvin Jones Fellows while Fran Hendrickson and Martha Ackerman received Granite State Fellows recognitions.

Businessman Mike Francoeur succeeds Masand as club president.

The Nashua Lions meet on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway.

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