Altrusa In Action

These pictures depict some of the  service activities we have done for our 

communities over the years .

Altrusa Receives Donation from 
Maxfield Real Estate's   
"We Care Program"

Left to Right: Kathy LaPoint, Altrusa President, Cindy Day, Altrusa Treasurer, and Annie Stanford of Maxfield Real Estate. Missing from the picture is Realtor Lisa Merrill.  Annie & Lisa chose the Meredtih Altrusa Club as their local non-profit, which means they donated 2% of their overall yearly sales commissions our club.


Toys for Tots

Almost everyone is familiar with the Toys for Tots Project, started by the U. S. Marine Corps.  Every state has  drop off locations, and ours is the Edward Jones office owned and operated by Jacki Taylor.  

Wise and Wonderful Women

On the left is Altrusan Connie Van Dam delivering May Baskets to New  Beginnings staff for their guests .

Heart and Hand Thrift Shop Donates 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!

The Altrusa Literacy Committee Christmas Tree

Every year our club has a literacy tree at the Festival of Trees.  The kids can choose any book from under the tree and read it themselves, or an Altrusa member would be very happy to read it to them.  The book is our gift to them so they can continue to read it at home.  Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Our Annual Donation of 

K - Bags

Our Literacy Committee is shown here with the Inter - Lakes Kindergarten staff holding K-bags for incoming kindergartners.  


In the spring of 2014, our Community Service Committee had the idea of starting monthly dinners for local residents. It was decided to have a three - month trial beginning that June, July, and August.

It was a big hit and has continued on the 4th Wednesday of each month all year round at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive. Doors open at 5 pm; dinner is served at 5:30 pm.

There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. 

The 2020 schedule follows: Mar 25th, April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th, July 24th, Aug. 26th, Sept. 23rd, Oct. 28th (Nov. & Dec. TBD).




Here's to the Past, Present, and Future 

"Never erase your past, it shapes who you are today, and will help you to be the person you are tomorrow"

by  Ziad K. Abdelnour

These are our ongoing and some of our past activities

2020 Festival of the Trees 

This December 4th, 5th, and 6th, we will be celebrating our 25th Annual Festival of Trees  at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor.  It's a winter wonderland of amazingly beautiful and very creative Christmas trees. Usually, over 50 trees are displayed.  At the end of the event most trees are donated to local families.  A few are auctioned off.  There are also themed raffle baskets available.  Complimentary cookies and cider are for our guests' enjoyment.  Please bring your relatives, neighbors, co-workers, your children and grandchildren to our Silver Anniversary Celebration.

Toys for Tots Drive

Toys for Tots started in 1941 to collect new and used toys for children. The Marine Corps 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 Toys for Tots logo was  designed by Walt Disney. 

Poetry in Action

Altrusa sponsored a visit by Alice B. Vogel, N H Poet Laureate.  Ms. Vogel instructed the children of the Meredith Public Schools on poetry writing over a two - day period, as well as addressing the community during an evening event.


Awarding Annual Scholarships is our passion.  It's where we can help non-traditional students  continue education in either their current field or start in a new field of endeavor. 

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. 

Got Lunch Program

Members of Altrusa volunteer for this worthy program delivering weekly lunches every Monday, June through August, to qualified families in the area.  We also provide reading material such as  the Junior Scholastic magazines. 
Farm to Table Program

John Moulton of Moulton's Farm provides  fresh vegetables to the local food pantries and other well-known, non-profit organizations in our area. Every Tuesday in the summer, Altrusa members box the various vegetables, load their cars and deliver the produce Wednesday morning.

Bobby's Barrels

Each week during the summer, an Altrusan waters and deadheads the planters at Lake Waukewan boat launch.  We do this to honor the memory  our sister Bobby Smythe. 

Meredith Community Center's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

We have for many years donated candy and helped fill the plastic eggs for the many kids who love to come and look for them.

Food Drive

We host many food drives.  All items are  donated to the Meredith and Moultonborough Food Pantries.

In conjunction with other non -profits:

  1. Inter-Lakes Elementary School: helping to collect new or gently-used winter clothing
  2.  Meredith Rotary Club: Coordinated with Rotary's Inter-Act program by collecting and donating hundreds of socks for the homeless. 
    Golden View:  Hosting teas, making and delivering May baskets to the residents,
    talking with residents and recording their stories for posterity and hiring entertainment for their afternoon pleasure.
  3. Zienzele Foundation:  Selling the beautifully hand made baskets which aid the children who have lost parents through AIDS.  All monies go back to Zimbabwe to cover the school costs for the orphaned children. 
  4. NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen:  In honor our ​veterans who have kept this country safe, we have volunteered to place an American Flag beside each grave site for the Memorial Day celebration.
  5. Monetary Donations to the following non-profit organizations in the Lakes Region:
    . Community Caregivers
    . The Circle Program
    . Turn Up the Heat

Ben & Jerry's Fundraiser

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Store in Mill Falls partners with Altrusa and other non-profit organizations by donating a percentage of the sales of a given day to further their initiatives .

Homebound Deliveries

Once a month the a member of the Literacy Committee delivers books to home-bound  patrons of the Meredith Library  and return to the library the previous month's books.

The Pemi-Baker Spelling Bee

Altrusa contributing to another non-profits fundraiser. Each year in October the Pemi Baker Literacy Program hosts a fundraiser for at Plymouth State University. Altrusa has had a team for the past 4 years with names of the teams such as: The Spelling Bees, Stellar Spellers, Siskateer Spellers, Dalmatian Spellers .