Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Altrusa Internation Convention 2017 - Nashville

Four members of our Club traveled to Nashville TN to attend the 100th Birthday Celebration and International Convention of Altrusa International.  It was a remarkable 3-day event with 650 Altrusans from all over the world.  Representatives of the clubs in India, New Zealand, Canada and every state in the Union were there providing insight into the broad sweep of Altrusa service.  The keynote speakers were interesting, the food delicious, and the Grand Ole Opry performance amazing.  Altrusa even had a special welcome on the big screen at the Opry!  We toured the city of Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium (original Opry House), the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the botanical gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  We have many photos and look forward to sharing our experiences.

Carroll County Club members at the Ryman Auditorium with the statue of musician "Little Jimmy Dickens"

District One members on costume night - with our 100 "glasses".

Members of the Carroll County Club and the Quebec City Club enjoying drinks in the hotel garden.
District One members, including 3 past-governors, at the banquet.

About 500 Altrusans attended the Grand Ole Opry performance on Saturday.

Scholarship to Tin Mountain Summer Camp

Donna Dolan of Tin Mountain accepting the donation from Altrusa of Carroll County.
In June our Club donated $150 to Tin Mountain Conservation summer camps for a scholarship for a needy child.  This will enable a child to enjoy the outdoors and learn about environmental stewardship here in the White Mountains.

Monday, June 26, 2017

International Scholarship Award

Through our member, Cathy Baybutt and her cousin, Peter Duston, we learned the story of Bishmita Dahal of Budhatum, Nepal.  Fourteen-year-old Bishmita will be leaving her home, devastated by earthquake, to study at Washington Academy in East Machias, Maine.  Washington Academy is providing a full academic scholarship to Bishmita based on merit- a strong academic record, her excellent English skills and motivation to study medicine.  However, medical insurance and travel expenses are not covered by her scholarship.  In June, Altrusa of Carroll County awarded Bishmita a $500 scholarship to assist with these costs and awarded an additional $500 grant to the small school in her village which had been destroyed in the earthquake.  We have recently learned that this grant will be used to install a toilet in the school.  We will continue to share Bishmita's story and progress at school.
Children in Budhatum, Nepal.

Celebration of New Member and Board Installation

At a lovely dinner at Remick Farm Museum on June 12th, our Club welcomed our newest member, Beth Wheatley Dyson, and installed Lisa Maggiolo as Treasurer and Ellen Andreano as Board member.  Good food, much laughter and wonderful Altrusa friendships made it a special evening.

Kathy, Beth, Nancy, Barb and Cathy

Barb, Peg, Lisa, new Treasurer, Ellen, new Board member, Nancy

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Plant Sale a Success!

On a bright and sunny Saturday, June 3rd, Altrusa of Carroll County worked with the Friends of the Cook Library in Tamworth selling perennial plants and books.  As one of our major fundraisers in which we partner with the Cook Memorial Library, we were happy that business was brisk.  The Calendar Raffle was also a success and Diane will have final numbers for us soon.  Many thanks to the Library for hosting this sale, and many thanks to our members who worked hard digging, potting and selling.
Donna, Beth, Diane and Kathy ready for business.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Plant Sale and Planters

Our annual Plant Sale and fundraiser is planned for Saturday, June 3rd at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Center.  Many members have been digging and potting perennials and today a small group worked on making 12 cement planters which will be offered for sale.  Diane Robinson got everyone organized, bought the mortar mix and taught a small group of us how to make these popular planters.  Don't forget to come to the Plant and Book Sale on June 3rd - and bring a friend!
Ruth Stevens, Lisa Maggiolo, Cindy Hyatt, Pat Kehoe up to their elbows in burlap and cement.

Diane Robinson, Master Mortar Mixer!

Habitat for Humanity Women's Build

At this annual event, Altrusa of Carroll County provides breakfast and lunch for the hard-working women and men at the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build.  This year 40 women and 10 men came to work at the build site in Madison at Sokokis Pines.  On this bright sunny day, the work crew framed the walls and began sheathing them.  Our lunch was enthusiastically received, especially the cookies!  Many thanks to all those who baked and served and the Community Market who helped to provide the food.
Marsha Brown, Beth Dyson, Sue Battles, Kathy Somerville setting up at the build site.

Sue Battles, Ruth Stevens, Pat Kehoe setting up lunch.

Builders enjoying a great lunch!