Altrusa International Club of Meredith

Leading to a Better Community

The Hannaford Charitable Foundation mission is to invest in creating and sustaining healthy communities

providing support to non-profit programs that focus on the improvement of root causes impacting

the quality of life for neighbors, customers and associated.

Left to right: Altrusan, Nancy Law, Meredith Hannaford Store Manage, Joe Gentile, and Altrusa President Kathy LaPoint

From May 1st through May 31st these reusable bags are available for $2.50 of which $1.00 of each bag purchased will be donated to Altrusa.

Altrusa receives donation from Maxfield Real Estate

Left to Right: Kathy LaPoint Altrusa President, Cindy Day Altrusa Treasurer Annie Stanford Maxfield RE. Missing from the picture is Lisa Merrill of Maxfield RE. Both Annie & Lisa chose the Meredtih Altrusa Club as their local non-profit to donate 2% of their overall sales commission this year.

Meredith Girl Scout Troop 58666 Helps at our monthly Community Dinners and donated 116 boxes of GS Cookies to every guest.

Back row left to right: Madisyn Nicoli, Abby James, Jacy Rain Hodgdon, Evelyn Champagne, Heather Gray, Amy Horne, Caroline Snyder. Front row left to right: Lillian Synder, Emma Olden, Felicity Horne, Rachel Matthew, Brielle Richards, Sophia Torres, Stella Paltanavich, Kaylee Dustin, Emma Gumpert, and Anika Suckling.

Meredith Altrusa's newest members and their sponsors. March 2019

Left to right: Sponsor Phyliss Hamblett to Kerry Raymond, Sponsor Shirley Currier to Marie Stevens, and Sponsor Linda French to Beth Miller

Almost everyone is familiar with the Toys for Tots Project. Started by the U. S. Marine Corp. This wonderful project gives toys to kids all over the country who might not otherwise receive any toys at Christmas. In almost every town in every state has a drop off location. Ours was Edward Jones located on Main Street. Jacki Taylor in the middle of the picture is the owner/operator of Edward Jones.  

Our involvement has been in conjunction with a the Inter Lakes High Schools' Interact Club.

Altrusa's New Addition to Their Wienie Weekends

L to R Altrusa Member, Paula Trombi and President, Laurie Brothers are shopping local – purchasing a portable Webber Grill and rolling coolers from Richard Carlson, Manager of the Meredith Aubuchon Hardware Store.

Look for Altrusa members at the summer craft fairs grilling our popular hot dogs on our first ever NEW grill!

Altrusa Scholarships

Each May Altrusa gives scholarships to women and men 25 or older who are seeking to further their education or to start a new career path. Pictured are some of our 2018 recipients.

Wise and Wonderful Women

Lakes Region Visiting Nurses hosted a day to celebrate women at the Meredith Community Center. Altrusans (l-r) are Carol Gerken, Kathy LaPoint, Paula Trombi, and Susan Amiss.

Heart and Hand Thrift Shop Donates Grill to Meredith Altrusa

Members of Altrusa International Club of Meredith are

grateful for the recent grant from The Heart and Hands

Thrift Shop. This generous gift will help to support Altrusa’s hot dog sales during the Meredith summer craft

fairs. Sample the Lakes Region’s Best hot dogs and chili in

May, August and September!

Pictured are Laurie Brothers (President of Altrusa), Tom Withal (Board member of Heart and Hand), Kathy LaPoint (Incoming President) and Carol Gerken (Past President of Altrusa)

Altrusa District Conference, Portland Maine

At the end of April, clubs in District One

gathered in Portland, Maine for a 3 day

conference. Pictured left are Hilda Schmidt and Carol Gerken, both past presidents of Altrusa International of Meredith NH.

Meredith Astra Scholarship Recipient

At their May business meeting, the Altrusa Club of

Meredith was proud to award a scholarship to ASTRA Club member, Kaitleyn Gable. The Astra Club, which is sponsored by Altrusa, is a volunteer community service based organization for young adults ages 12 to 25. Kaitlyn shared an essay with the membership and her proud parents on what ASTRA has meant to her and how it has prepared her for college. She will be attending Dartmouth in the Fall, with an anticipated major in the field of biological research.

Kindergarten Bags

Each year Meredith Altrusa collaborates with the local schools to create "Welcome to Kindergarten" bags filled with learning activities for incoming Kindergarten students. The bags are given to children at Kindergarten Orientation. Pictured left are teachers and members of Altrusa.

Poetry in Action

Altrusa sponsored a visit by Alice B. Vogel,

N H Poet Laureate, during the month of April. Ms.

Vogel instructed the children of Meredith Public

Schools on poetry writing over a two day period

as well as addressed the community during an evening


Food Drive

In March Altrusa was busy holding their semi annual food drive. The community was most generous in donating non perishable items. Twenty three boxes were collected, packaged, and distributed to the food pantries in Meredith and Moultonborough.

Festival of the Trees

Our annual Festival of the Trees was a three

day event during the first weekend of December with

raffle baskets, goodies, and over 50 trees on display

most of which were donated after the event.

Toys for Tots Drive

Toys for Tots started in 1941 to collect new and used toys for children. The Marine Reserve Unit is the official group that sponsors the program. It is now an international group. For the last several years, the Marines have collected only new toys. The Lakes Regions Marines collected 2500 toys last year. The Toys for Tots logo was created by Walt Disney. Bob Patenaude, the commander of the Lake Region unit, was our special guest at Altrusa's Thanks for Giving dinner.

Festival of the Trees Preview Party 

This year's Preview Party of the Festival of the Trees will be held on November 30th from 5:30-8 PM. While held in the beautiful barn at Waukewan Golf Course, the night will consist of a silent auction, raffle baskets, and a variety of hearty hors d'oeuvres created by local businesses. Pictures from left to right are Kelly Joyce and Lauren Yang of Lakehouse Boutique Catereres, Roger Rist of George's Diner, Julie Guerre Bourgeois of Giuseppe's Pizzeria, and Jeff Mills of Moulton's Farm. 

100 Hour Challenge

 Ann Rash, our District Governor, presented our president, Laurie Brothers, with a certificate for our club's participation in the 100 Hours of service for Altrusa's 100 birthday. More than half of our members volunteered at least 100 hours outside of Altrusa initiatives. Patti Williams (left) and Helen Robinson (right) were two of those recipients.

October Dinner Guests

At our October dinner meeting, Carol Gerken presented District Governor, Ann Rash (center), and Governor Elect, Linda Ring (left), with a 2018 calendar commemorating Meredith 250th anniversary.

Fall Weenie Weekend

Our fall Wienie Weekend fundraiser was a huge success. Hot dogs and chili are on the menu. The Weenie Weekends are held in May and in October during the Castleberry Fair in Meredith.

Altrusa Monthly Dinner Meetings

The third Tuesday of the month members meet for dinner at an area restaurant. Many months there is a speaker from the community as well. Pictured to the left is our September dinner meeting held at Walter's Basin in Holderness.

Ben and Jerry's Fundraiser

Ben and Jerry's partnered with Altrusa this summer. A percentage of the sales of a given day were given to Altrusa to be used to farther their initiatives. Carol is pictured receiving the check from manager, Liz.

Got Lunch Program

In connection with the Got Lunch Program,members of our club, along with a future Altrusan, met each Monday morning through the summer to assemble lunches to be used through the week for children who were in need. 

Literacy Committee Partners with Olympia Sports

The Literacy Committee and Olympia Sports teamed up to provide backpacks for those in need just in time for the beginning of school. Each backpack was filled with school supplies such as markers and notebooks.

Homebound Deliveries

Twice a month members of the club deliver books to homebound patrons of the Meredith and Center Harbor libraries. Pictured to the right is Kathy Bagley visiting one of our patrons.  

Garden Club Tour

The ladies are dressed and ready to go to attend the Garden Club Tour this summer.

Farm to Table Program

Each Tuesday in the summer members of Meredith Altrusa meet at Mouton's Farm. John Moulton is most generous in providing produce to us which the club, in turn, boxes up and delivers to area food pantries, the Moultonborough Lions Club, Salvation Army, Carey House, and Calvery Baptist Church in Meredith. Pictured to the right is Altrusa member Lisa Davis delivering the produce to Sharon Haire and Pastor Roger Brown at Calvery Baptist Church. 

Bobby Barrels

Each week during the summer an Altrusan waters and deadheads the planters at Lake Waukewan. The plants can be seen by the boat launch and are in honor of past Sister Bobby Smyth.

Zienzele Foundation

Altrusa has developed a partnership with the Zienzele Foundation which aids children in Zimbabwe who have lost parents through HIV. The Foundation works with the Zimbabwe women who create baskets to be sold in the United States. Altrusa has sold many baskets on several occasions to promote this endeavor. All monies are sent directly back to Zimbabwe to cover the school costs for the orphaned children.

Food Drive June 3, 2017

Community Service Committee organized a food drive for the local community food pantries. (Pictured left to right: Cindy and Judy

Outdoor Winter Clothing Drive in conjunction with ILES

Jackets, Snow Pants, Hats, Gloves, Mittens & Scarves are needed New or gently used - All Sizes! Drop off locations: Edward Jones Investments 14 Main Street, Meredith Meredith Village Savings Bank Route 25, Meredith Monday 9/26 thru Monday 10/17

Cow Pie Bingo 2016

A fun event for the entire family.

Altrusa Scholarship Awards, May 2016

Bonnie Ireland is awarded scholarship by Altrusa member Pat Moriarty

Marian Touhey Scholarship

Kristen Powell receives scholarship from Altrusa member Phyllis Hamblet

Dr. Jeannette Ritzenthaler Scholarship

Ann Marie Welch receives the Dr Ritz scholarship from Altrusa member Betty Cook

Best Pizza Cook-Off Winner

L to R: Barbara Goren, Best Pizza Cook-Off Pizza Chair with Cook-Off winner,Gregg Grant, Wine’ing Butcher Kitchen Manager. Pizza paddle designed by Altrusan Kelly Bennett.

First Pizza Cook Off

at Meredith Community Center. Proceeds to benefit Rec Department Summer Camp

District One Conference, April 2016

Meredith Altrusa Most New Members

Meredith Altrusans

Several memners attended District One Conference in No. Conway NH

District One Conference, April 2016

Some of our members enjoying Conference

Astra Club attends Conference

Astra Scholar

Altrusa awards scholarship to Alaina Duchin

Kindergarten Bags

Each year our Literacy Committee assembles bags to be distributed to incoming kindergarten classes in Meredith, Sandwich and Moultonborough

Altrusans prepare dinner

Altrusa hosts Community Dinners on the last Wed of each month at no cost to attendees

Janet Gulezian serving guests

Guests enjoying another delicious meal

Astra Club donates to Hospital

Astra girls made and donated fleece blankets to LRGH Family Birth Center

Altrusa donates to "CERT" the Lake Region Community Emergency Response Team

Pictured: LR-CERT

Altrusa donates to 'Turn Up The Heat'

L to R: Barbara Goren, Carol Gerken and Laurie Brothers

New Member Installation

Fall 2015

Our newest Members

Pat,Cindy, Kathy and Susan

Pemi-Baker Literacy Spelling Bee

Altrusa's team 'Cast a Spell' were the winners of the Spelling Bee. Altrusa had 2 other teams in the event: The Spelling Bees and the Stellar Spellers. Kudos to all

Sock donation to homeless

Altrusa along with Meredith Rotary Ineract Club donated hundreds of socks for 'Helping the Homeless'

Bessie, the star of our biggest fundraiser

Cow Pie Bingo!

Cow Pie Happens!

Lynn showing off Cow Pie shirts for Cow Pie Bingo

Food Drive, Oct 10, 2015

Altrusa holds a Food Drive to benefit local food pantres

Donating to Food Drive

Member, Barbara Goren, shown accepting donation for food pantries

Covered Bridge Presentation by Arnold Graton

presented by Altrusa & Community Garden Club

Preparing food for Aug Community Dinner

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Farm to Table

Members collect food at Moultons Farm to distribute to food pantries, etc

Memorial Day Flags

Several Altrusa members traveled to Veterans Cemetary in Bow NH to assist in placing flags on Veteran's graves

Scholarship awarded to Astra member

At our May Dinner Meeting , we awarded 6 scholarships to non-traditional students

Scholarship awarded to Astra member

Astra President, Kylie Dickinson, receives Astra scholarship from Altrusa Scholarship Chair, Lorraine Cahill

Altrusa donates to Community Caregivers

Community Service Chair,Barbara Goren, presents check to Caregiver Director, Ann Sprague

Altrusa Donates $500 to Circle Program

Altrusa president, Carol Gerken, and Community Service members, Susan Amiss and Barbara Goren present check to Cirlce Exec Director, Kathleen Kearns

Donation to 2015 Easter Egg Hunt

Altrusa donated $200 to the annual Easter Egg Hunt that is held @ Meredith Community Center

New Members Installed

At our Feb 2015 meeting, we installed new members: Ann Marie, Doris and Judy

Donation to 'Turn up the Heat"

Altrusa donates $1500 to 'Turn up the Heat'

Jan 2015 Community Dinner

Some of the Altrusa and Astra helpers at the free Community Dinner hosted by Altrusa @ the Meredith Congregational Church

Donation to Golden View

Altrusa donates hairdos to Golden View residents

19th Annual Festival of Trees

Another beautiful and successful Festival

Altrusa's Literacy Tree

The Noel Shoppe Crew

wonderful local and handmade items were for sale at the Fsetival of Trees

Magic and Mittens ~ Special Children's Event at 2014 Festival of Trees

Magician Jim Goren is shown with his granddaughter Caroline

Cultural Arts Committee

Kudos to committee for a fun, interesting event at Hermit Woods Winery

Hermit Woods Winery Tour

The Cultural Arts Committee hosted a lovely event at new winery on Main St in Meredith

Hermit Woods

Wine Cellar Tour

May 2014 Community DInner

Altrusans served over 50 neighbors at this event

Whale of a Sale

More happy workers

Whale of a Sale

Happy and wet pricing the treasures

June Installation Meeting

Newly Installed Officers and Board Members for next Biennium

New President and Vice President installed

Outgoing president, Lisa Davis, is about to pass gavel to incoming president, Carol Gerken. Incoming Vice President is Jeanne Claridge

Farm to table

Altrusa is a partner with John Moulton of Moulton Farms to provide fresh produce to local food pantries.

May Whale of a Sale

Pemi Baker Spelling Bee

On the evening of February 15th 2013, three teams (nine club members) from the Meredith Altrusa Club participated in the First Annual Pemi-Baker Literacy Task Force Spelling Bee “Letters, Lyrics, & Laughter” at The Common Man in Plymouth, NH.

Homebound Deliveries

Twice a month Altrusa members deliver Meredith library books to homebound patrons which continues one of our inititives in promoting literacy in our community.