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.  

Altrusa In Action

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

communities over the years .


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: Feb 26th, 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 Smyth. 

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, Sistakarteer Spellers (aka: The Three Muskateers), The Dalmation Spellers (aka: 101 Dalmations)

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.  Community Caregivers:  Monetary donations.
  3. The Circle Program:  Monetary donations.
  4.   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.
  5. Golden View Health Care: Hosting teas, making and delivering May Baskets, hiring entertainment for an afternoon, talking with  residents and recording their stories for posterity.
    NH Veterans Cemetery
    To honor our veterans who have kept this country safe, we volunteer to place an American Flag beside each grave site for the Memorial Day celebration.


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.

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.

Homebound Deliveries 

March 15, 2019

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

May Whale of a Sale

Pemi Baker Spelling Bee

March 15, 2019

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.

Farm to table

March 15, 2019

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

New President and Vice President installed

March 15, 2019

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

June Installation Meeting

March 15, 2019

Newly Installed Officers and Board Members for next Biennium

Whale of a Sale

March 15, 2019

Happy and wet pricing the treasures

Whale of a Sale

March 15, 2019

More happy workers

May 2014 Community Dinner

March 15, 2019

Altrusans served over 50 neighbors at this event

Hermit Woods

March 15, 2019

Wine Cellar Tour

Hermit Woods Winery Tour

March 15, 2019

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

Cultural Arts Committee

March 15, 2019

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

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

March 15, 2019

Magician Jim Goren is shown with his granddaughter Caroline

Altrusa's Literacy Tree

The Noel Shoppe Crew 

March 15, 2019

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

19th Annual Festival of Trees

March 15, 2019

Another beautiful and successful Festival

Donation to Golden View

March 15, 2019

Altrusa donates hairdos to Golden View residents

Jan 2015 Community Dinner

March 15, 2019

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

Donation to 'Turn up the Heat"

March 15, 2019

Altrusa donates $1500 to 'Turn up the Heat'

Donation to 2015 Easter Egg Hunt

March 15, 2019

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

Altrusa Donates $500 to Circle Program

March 15, 2019

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

Altrusa donates to Community Caregivers

March 15, 2019

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

Scholarship Recipients 2019

March 15, 2019

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

Memorial Day Flags

March 15, 2019

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

Farm to Table

March 15, 2019

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

Donating to Food Drive

March 15, 2019

Member, Barbara Goren, shown accepting donation for food pantries

Food Drive, Oct 10, 2015

March 15, 2019

Altrusa holds a Food Drive to benefit local food pantres

Sock donation to homeless 

March 15, 2019

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

Pemi-Baker Literacy Spelling Bee

March 15, 2019

Altrusa's team 'Cast a Spell' and 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

Our newest Members

March 15, 2019

Pat, Cindy, Kathy and Susan

Altrusa donates to :  'Turn Up The Heat'

March 15, 2019

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


March 15, 2019

Pictured: LR-CERT

Janet Gulezian serving guests

March 15, 2019

Guests enjoying another delicious meal

Altrusans prepare dinner

March 15, 2019

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

Kindergarten Bags

March 15, 2019

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

District One Conference, April 2019

March 15, 2019

Some of our members enjoying Conference last April 2019

First Pizza Cook Off

March 15, 2019

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

Best Pizza Cook-Off Winner

March 15, 2019

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.

March 15, 2019


March 15, 2019

Oed on May, 19th at Hart's  Turkey Farm Restaurant

Cow Pie Bingo 2016

March 15, 2019

A fun event for the entire family.

Zienzele Foundation

March 15, 2019

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.

Bobby Barrels

March 15, 2019

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.

Farm to Table Program

March 15, 2019

Each Tuesday in the summer members of Meredith Altrusa meet at Moulton's Farm where John Moulton  provides produce  that we box and bring tand deliver the following morning to area food pantries, the Moultonborough Lions Club, Salvation Army, Carey House, and Calvery Baptist Church in Meredith. 

Homebound Deliveries

March 15, 2019

Once a month members of the club deliver books to homebound patrons of the Meredith library. 

March 15, 2019

Got Lunch Program

March 15, 2019

In connection with the Got Lunch Program,members of our club, on the first  Monday of each month in June, July and August  join the Got Lunch Program in  Meredith packing up a canvass bag or two, based on the number of kids in the home.  We deliver fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods, a loaf of bread with a coupon for $5.00 to purchase milk.  Our club adds Scholastic Readers to the bag for the kids to read and enjoy. 

Ben and Jerry's Fundraiser

March 15, 2019

Each year Ben and Jerry's at Mill Falls selects a non profit to receive a percentage of the proceeds from the customers who purchase a one or two scoops in a cone/dish for just $1.00 or $2.oo .