Club News

Festival of Trees

The Meredith 20th annual Festival of Trees will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club 166 Waukewan Rd. (off Rte 3) Center Harbor during the first weekend of December 2015.  Attendees can enjoy the sights of custom designed Christmas trees, share some cookies and cider, visit "The Noel Shoppe" filled with gifts created by local artisans and buy chances on themed raffle baskets.  The Festival runs Friday, December 4th from 2PM to 6PM, Saturday, December 5th from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, December 6th from Noon to 4PM.    Proceeds from the Festival of Trees support Interlakes Christmas Fund, Moultonborough Santa Fund, area food pantries, scholarships and other Altrusa community service projects. And...the club donates approximately 50-60 decorated Christmas trees annually to needy families.

Altrusa of Meredith welcomes more Christmas tree entries for its Festival of Trees on December 4-6

The 20th annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by Altrusa International of Meredith, will once again turn Waukewan Golf Club’s BarN into a winter wonderland. The magic will happen on Dec 4-6.  The traditional holiday delight will take place with the help of approximately 50 area families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations who decorate fabulous trees to delight visitors to the Festival. Trees might be elegant, whimsical, traditional, or decorated with handcrafted ornaments, but all will be awe inspiring. Past themes have included A Partridge in a Pear Tree, A Frozen Christmas, Glamor, If I Could Turn Back Time - An Old Fashioned Christmas, and an Italian Feast. This year’s themes will be just as varied and wonderful. Some of the trees are submitted just for display and several will be raffled to let lucky winners take some of the magic home. The majority of the trees will be donated to needy families. The recipients are selected by service agencies such as the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, the Moultonborough Santa Fund, Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, New Beginnings and the Department of Health and Human Services. Approximately 40 families who would not otherwise have a Christmas tree will take home a beautifully decorated fully lit tree. This year’s trees will include "Gingerbread Christmas", "The Holly and the Ivy", and "Owl Be Home for Christmas”. Altrusa will be happy to receive more entrants for the Festival to add to the great ones that have already been pledged. Anyone who still wishes to submit a tree to the Festival, whether for donation or display, should call Diane at 707-4050. The deadline for filing an application to enter a tree is November 20.  Several more families or businesses can have the joy of adding to everyone’s holiday delight.  Income from the Festival of trees allows Altrusa, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, to help agencies such as the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund and  the Moultonborough Santa Fund provide holiday joy for area families as well as funding area food pantries, adult scholarships, and many other projects to build a better community. Learn more about Altrusa at 

 Boots to be collected at Edward Jones Investments to avoid frosty feet

Feet of all sizes walking the streets of Meredith this winter will stay warm and dry. That is the goal of Altrusa’s boot collection program. Members of Altrusa International of Meredith are collecting serviceable boots in all sizes to keep toes toasty. The staff of the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry told Altrusa’s Community Service chair Barbara Goren that along with nutritious food their clients need winter boots.Anyone who has outgrown or unneeded children’s or adults’ boots can bring them to Altrusa’s collection site at Edward Jones Investments, 14 Main Street in Meredith. This collection will be ongoing throughout November. Early donations will assure that our neighbors have dry feet when the first snows fly. The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry will distribute the boots to neighbors in need.

Altrusa of Meredith will host community dinner on November 18

Altrusa of Meredith announces that its popular community dinner will be held earlier in the month of November because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Neighbors of all ages are invited to the Meredith Community Center at 5pm on November 18th 2015.The fabulous Altrusa cooks will chase the seasonal chill with coffee or tea at 5, followed by a home cooked dinner at 5:30. Dinner will include steaming chili, salad, and homemade corn bread.  For dessert, what could say autumn in a tastier way than freshly baked gingerbread with whipped cream?  The community dinners welcome anyone who would enjoy a home cooked meal in the company of neighbors. Altrusa hopes that guests will enjoy not only good food but also making new friends. The dinners are free, but any donations are gratefully accepted.


Our guests are asked not to arrive before 5 p.m.  People cannot wait in the hallway at the Meredith Community Center.  Families are picking up children from daycare and observing fire department regulations for everyone’s safety is important!  We want to be sure we can accommodate everyone who wants to join us for dinner, so please call Alison at 279-9918 for reservations. Leave your name, number of people, and a call back number. We look forward to seeing you!





Hosting District Conference 2016

The Meredith Club members will be joining forces with the members from the Carroll County Club and the Laconia Club to host the District ONE Conference.  The conference will be held April 29,30, and May 1st in North Conway, NH.  It will be attended by Altrusa members from all over New England, Quebec and Bermuda.

Mini Fundraiser:  Members sold hot dogs, chili and chili dogs at the annual Weenie Weekend. 

Service Projects:   

Farm to Table:  Club members pick up surplus vegetables from Moulton Farm every Tuesday evening. On Wednesday mornings the surplus items are delivered to area food pantries. 

Food Programs:  Members support area food pantries financially and with food donations.  The Club has started Community Dinners once a month to provide a hot home cooked meal to those who are hungry or isolated.

Distribute Books:  Members distribute books to mothers and preschoolers through WIC.  They distribute books to adults and children at soup kitchens.  They distribute books via kindergarten bags and deliver library materials to homebound residents

Reading Program:  Members read to children in daycare and provide books for children to bring home.

Scholarships:  Scholarships are awarded to adult learners who wish to go back to school.  In 2015, 6 scholarships were awarded to non-traditional students and one scholarship was awarded to an Astra club member.

PO River Clinic Project:  Members provided $1500 in seed money to install fresh water filtering system at the health clinic in PO in Liberia.

Emergency support:  Club provides emergency clothing, household supplies and other assistance to families referred by Town Welfare Officers or Fire Depts.

Family Art Day:  Members are collecting art supplies for a community art day.

Financial Support:  Club provides financial support to Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor, Interlakes Community Caregivers, Turn up the Heat, New Beginnings, Salvation Army and many others

Award goes to club at International Convention

The Meredith Club received $100 award from Altrusa International at the convention held in Rotorua, New Zealand in July 2013.  The club was recognized for their outstanding work in the community.

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