GFWC-NH Celebrates 120 Years of Serving and Improving

October 30, 2015

 

Staff photo by Laurie Jasper  GFWC NH hat ladies, from left:  Judy McPhail, Sheila Casey, Jeanne O’Sullivan, Linda Twombly, Joann Prue, Rebecca Rule, and Laura Edmands (who was dressed as founder Lilian Carpenter Streeter).

Staff photo by Laurie Jasper GFWC NH hat ladies, from left: Judy McPhail, Sheila Casey, Jeanne O’Sullivan, Linda Twombly, Joann Prue, Rebecca Rule, and Laura Edmands (who was dressed as founder Lilian Carpenter Streeter).

by Laurie Jasper

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs New Hampshire held its Fall Field Meeting and 120th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 24, at SERESC Conference Center in Bedford, N.H.  GFWC-NH President Tina Smith welcomed over 50 members to the day-long event, themed “Renew.  Rebuild.  Rejuvenate.”

Following the business meeting in the morning, special highlights in honor of the 120th anniversary included a video message of appreciation from Senator Kelly Ayotte, a reading of a proclamation from Gov. Maggie Hassan by Tina Smith, and retrospective speeches about past presidents and junior directors, during which current members portrayed several leaders from GFWC-NH’s past who played pivotal roles in GFWC-NH history.

Special guest Rebecca Rule, a New Hampshire author, humorist and storyteller, shared a special presentation after lunch entitled “Strong Women with Attitudes,” delighting the audience with her charming stories, subtle wit and quaint New Hampshire accent.

GFWC-NH Hudson member Laurie Jasper displayed a portion of her vintage hats collection she inherited from her aunts, which were appreciated and worn by many throughout the day.  In fact, Rebecca Rule selected a lovely hat to wear throughout her program, quipping that her talk was about, “Women with Attitudes and Hat-itudes.”

“Yankee humor is my specialty.  You have to be smart to put it together,” Rule said with a grin.  “With a lot of my humor, people don’t actually laugh until the next day,” she said, to immediate laughter.

GFWC–NH was founded by Lilian Carpenter Streeter on Oct. 24, 1895, in Concord.  GFWC is an international women’s organization that is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  The list of accomplishments and projects is long and varied over the 120 years, from the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, and the Clean River Project to the Kindergarten Bill and even the purchase of a war bomber during World War II.

Hudson has two GFWC NH Clubs, GFWC Hudson Community Club and GFWC Hudson Junior Women’s Club, which were both represented at the meeting.