NH Club Notes: 'Cruising Downtown' event raises $55,000

September 13. 2018 11:15PM

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Rotary Club’s 2018 “Cruising Downtown” annual classic car show raised $55,000 to support youth activities in Greater Manchester.

The event, which was held Labor Day weekend, took place on a closed portion of Elm Street, side streets and Victory Park. It attracted more than 800 registered vehicles and an estimated 40,000 spectators.

“Cruising Downtown” is an annual event that the Manchester Rotary Club tries to improve each year, with months of planning preceeding each iteration. New sponsors and new ideas are always welcome.

Contact President Sue Manchester at smanchester@sheehan.com or Cruising Coodinator Ron Fournier at ronstoyshop@aol.com with comments, criticisms or suggestions for next year.

Manchester-Nashua Lions to host gala dinner

MILFORD — The Manchester-Nashua Lions will present a gala dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road.

Past International Director Dr. Patti Hill from Canada will be the guest speaker. Hill has been endorsed for International Third Vice President to be elected in Milan next July.

The gala will commemorate the Manchester and Nashua clubs’ contributions to their communities and Lions International.

The Manchester Lions Club was chartered on June 15, 1923, making it the oldest Lions Club in New Hampshire.

In the early days, projects included funding expenses at Camp Foster, a camp for underprivileged boys; grading a local athletic field; sponsoring a concert by the U.S. Marine Corps band; providing a radio to a local home for girls; and hosting an auction to finance college education for two high school students.

By the mid ‘60s, the mission changed to include individuals of all ages with developmental and physical challenges at what is known today as Camp Allen.

Today, Manchester residents continue to rely on the Lions for assistance with vision screening and hearing aids as well as eye glass recycling.

Heading into the 95th year, Manchester will focus on projects of Lions International and District 44-N.

The club, over the years, sponsored 13 clubs in the state. The most notable was Nashua, charted as the state’s second Lions club on Sept. 26,1923.

Like Manchester, Nashua has had a long history of service to residents in the Gate City. Meeting local needs dominated the early years.

In 1954, the club undertook a major building project that came to be known as The Friendship Club. Led by former Mayor Mario Vagge, a meeting place for adults with physical and emotional needs were provided a place to meet socially several times a week. Current members Al Savage and Jim Stellos worked on the building project.

For more than 70 years the club has hosted the Nashua High boys’ basketball team at the end of their season win or lose and recognition of teachers, police officers and firefighters of the year have been added to the program schedule.

The club also played a role in the creation of Camp Pride in Alton, providing funds for construction of a bunkhouse and financial assistance over the years. Their scholarship program was reinstituted last year and this past May the Union Leader recognized them with a Granite State Legacy award.

For more information, contact Ed Lecius at 603-321-6458.

Gilford Harvest of Quilts set for Sept. 29-30

GILFORD — The Belknap Mill Quilters Guild Quilt will host its annual Harvest of Quilts Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Gilford Community Center, 19 Potter Hill Road.

The show will features hundreds of quilts, vendors, attic treasures, a Guild Boutique Corner with handmade gifts, a penny sale with more than 45 baskets, door prizes throughout the day, and the Harvest Cafe with homemade soups, wraps and cookies.

Admission is $7. Proceeds from the show support various community projects in the Lakes Region.

For more about the quilters guild, go to www.bmqg.org.

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