Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Fall Projects

 At our November meeting along with initiating new members, we had guest speaker Katie Young from Believe in Books and an update from Deb Weinstein of Starting Point. Donations were given to both organizations.

Deb and Beth show the food donations for Starting Point's Grace House Kitchen

Comfort bags for Grace House  include personal care items and a note of encouragement

This donation should help the Journey to the North pole Program

Welcome New Members

On November 1, our club welcomed to new members, Theresa and Juanita. Last spring member Pat McCoy met Theresa when she went to register to vote. Theresa, new to the area inquired about various opportunities and pat filled her in on the work Altrusa does in Carroll County. Theresa jumped right in and was initiated at this November meeting. Juanita is a neighbor of Nancy Spaulding. Juanita has been impressed by Altrusa and also visited several meetings got involved in a project and also officially joined us. The number one way to increase membership is by personal invitation.

New member Theresa with her sponsor Pat
Membership Committee and the new initiates and their sponsors

Nancy sponsor to new member Juanita

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Celebrating 3 Clubs

 On Tuesday, October 18 our Carroll County club hosted our Tri Club party, the first since pre Covid times. Members of our club as well as Meredith and Laconia gathered at River's Edge Restaurant in Ossipee to celebrate our mutual service to our communities. Laconia was the original club which then lead to the creation of the Meredith Club and eventually to our Carroll County Club. We had an informative talk given by Michele Brooker and Kim Poirier from Northway bank. They discussed popular scams and how to best prevent ourselves from being victims of internet and banking scams. Socks were collected for the Meredith club to give to the HS for their sockathon. Our district One Vice Govenor joined our celebration. It was a joyous and energy filled event!

Michele and Kim talk about scams

Club Presidents with Rita Cote District Vice Govenor

Socks for the Sockathon

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Bring on the fall!

 We are deep in the midst of autumn leaves, cold nights and warmish days. I love fall; it's probably my favorite time of year mostly because of the beautiful leaves. It's also a time when our activities and meetings get into full swing and we gather to discuss new projects and enjoy one another's company.

If you are looking for a fun and educational activity this weekend consider taking a ride on Saturday the 15th down the Kanc to the Russell Colbath House where they will celebrate Heritage Day from 10-3. Our own Nancy Spaulding and Pat McCoy will be leading games from way back when while re enactors will fire their Civil war cannon at 11, 1, and 3.  There will be two ladies spinning and dying yarn, a gentleman demonstrating axes and other wood making tools, a docent giving tours of the historical house, someone cooking on the open hearth and a musical group playing old time songs.

Packers meet the 4th Thursday to pack over 100 bags

Contributing to End 68 Hours of Program

Meetings provide an opportunity for us to socialize as well as hear about and support our various programs. 

Upcoming events: Tuesday October 18- Tri Club party with Meredith and Laconia- River's Edge 5:00PM 50/50 raffle, sock collection and learn about cyber scams.

Thursday, October 27- Packing End 68 Hours of Hunger bags 

Tuesday, November 1 Club Meeting where we will collect sneakers, all shapes sizes and conditions as well as food and personal care items for Starting Point Grace House. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Summer Summary

 Wow! The summer has flown by so quickly. It seems like just last week we gathered for our annual meeting at River's Edge Restaurant in Ossipee where we thanked outgoing officers and board members, welcomed new officers for both our club and foundation and celebrated Sue Battles with a 15 year member pin. 

Pat and Cindy prepping the craft table

Even in the midst of our summer activities we gathered to host the 2nd Summerfest party for the foster families in Carroll County and continued to have a table at the Farmer's Market in Tamworth. 

         Crafts and Face painting were very popular!

Favorite at the Farmer's Market were Cathy Baybutt's homemade jams!

Altrusa friend Kathy shares her painting skills                        

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Spring Projects

Our Comfort bags stuffed with personal care items and a note of encouragement

Notes, Cards games for Soldiers





What do notes, shampoo and books all have in common? They are all part of our ongoing projects to support soldiers, victims of domestic abuse and entice youngsters to read! Throughout the Spring, Altrusans have been busy writing notes to soldiers  for our Support Our Soldiers project, preparing and delivering to local preschools our Make Way for Readers bags and putting together Baby book bags to be given to local newborns and their families. Many hands make for light work and it is always a great social gathering too!.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Supporting our local Non- Profits


This past month our club created and delivered several comfort bags to Starting Point's Grace House. Each bag contains personal care items as well as a personal note of encouragement. The bags are given to the guests who engage the services of Grace House. Imagine leaving in the middle of the night seeking shelter and you have nothing but the clothes on your back. No time to gather the simple essential items, like shampoo, body wash etc. A comfort bag is helpful in feeling a but cared for at a time that can be very full of emotion. Thank you Altrusa sisters for shopping, gathering and delivering these special bags.

Cathy, Nancy and Donna present Deb with the first bags



At our March meeting board members from Jen's Friends gave a presentation about the support they give to for families experiencing cancer. They gave a brief history of the organization and we learned that they currently support 75 families and spend nearly $30,000 a month through food, gas, rental assistance. Often families have huge medical bills and the support from Jen's friends for basic needs means that medical costs can be paid for by the family. Since this is an all volunteer organization means that 100% of 

funds raised are directly used for family support. Altrusa is proud to donate to this organization and we hope to provide hand s on support at one of their events.