Helping the Meredith Chamber of Commerce decorate the outside of their office are left to right:  Former President Carol Gerken, Chamber Staff Stephanie Whiting, 1st Vice President MaryAnne Skawinski, and President Sylvia Detscher.


Altrusan Kerry Raymond shown with just a few of the 75 toys collected for Toys for Tots


Altrusa members are gathered around one of our "Giving Tree" so named because participants take an ornament off  either tree and make a donation to the non-pro'sfit  listed on the back.

 Left to right are: Community Service Co-Chair Nancy Law and members Vickie Carty and Vivien Mitchel at the Meredith Hannaford's.



And shown here at EM Heath's Supermarket in Center Harbor with  the second GIVING TREE .  Left to right:   Nancy Law and Vivien Mitchell.

"Giving is not just about making a donation.  
It is about making a difference."

Kathy Calvin, CEO and President United Nations Foundation


                        "Giving is not about making a donation.  It is about making a difference."  
                                                                                                                         Kathy Calvin, CEO and President United Nations Foundation

Collections of household products for Belknap House on 
     "Make a Difference Day"

Altrusa members gathered at Jacki Taylor's office.  Left to right: Community Service Committee Co- Chair Nancy Law, Co-Chair Kathy LaPoint, committee members Vivien Mitchell, Jacki Taylor and Connie Van Dam.

.....​and shown here making the delivery to Belknap House are left to right:  Co-Chairs Kathy LaPoint and Nancy Law along with Altrusa President Sylvia Detscher


Here are Pat and  Nancy donating their blood to the Red Cross at St. Charles Church in Meredith​

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

Left to Right:  Kathy LaPoint, former 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.  


     Our Community Service  Committee                   delivered sandwich/wraps to New   Beginnings staff and their guests for all the          good work that all of them are doing.

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 that was a big hit and has continued on ever since, currently taking place 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 has been postponed due to the conditions we are going through at this time.  We do hope you are all healthy and look forward to seeing  you soon.  




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 Trees 

This year was to be our 25th Anniversary of our annual Festival of Trees but due to Covid 19 this year it will be somewhat different.

We are planning a virual FOT.  We will fill you in right here with all the particulars when it is finalized.

I know many people are going to be disappointed and we are as well but the times are dictating some of the choices we have to make for the safety and comfort of everyone.  Please do stay tuned for more information.

 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. Fogel, New 

Hampshire Poet Laureate.  Ms. Vogel instructed the students of Inter-Lakes school district 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

A number of years ago some Altrusan's had an idea for a gleaning new project.  It involved the act of collecting crops from farmers fields.  It was immediately embraced by John Moulton.  John generously agreed to support this project in providing fresh vegetables to the local food pantries and other well-known, non-profit organizations in our area. When it started Altrusans actually picked the veggies in the fields.   Eventually we moved inside and took from that day's picking of vegetables.  Every Tuesday evening's in the summer, Altrusa members box the various vegetables, load their cars and deliver the produce Wednesday morning to local food pantries and other non-profits working to help those in need.

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 Bobbi Smyth. 

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. 
  3. 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.
  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. NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen:  In honor of 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.
  6. Monetary Donations to the following non-profit organizations in the Lakes Region.  To name at least a few they are: Community Caregivers,The Circle Program,Turn up the Heat, the Meredith Community Center Summer Camp program, Lakes Region Visiting Nurses and Interlakes Community Care Givers.  

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 annually supports the works of the Pemi-Baker Literacy Program that focuses on filling gaps in the literacy needs in the Plymouth area with a volunteer-based tutoring program.  Each year Pemi-Baker hosts a fundraising spelling bee and Altrusa has enthusiastically supported this event with a financial donations and club teams, all in costume with creative names to match, such as: Stellar Spellers, Dalmatian Spellers, Siskateer Spellers and the Spelling Bees.