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Community Stories

The Rotary Theme for this year is Rotary Making a Difference. Tonight some members from the communities we serve were here to tell us about how are donations from our club make a difference to their programs.

Bob Bossdorf from the Freedom Food Pantry told us that this is an all volunteer group with 30 to 40 volunteers.  They serve Freedom, Ossipee and Effingham and have been active for about 20 years. They provide about 2000 meals a month. People can come every two weeks. The towns that they serve have been generous in providing them with funds so the money our club gives them goes to help buy the fixings for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.

Elizabeth Rhyme, Freedom Library Director, started a once a month movie and pizza night for kids. She encouraged the students to come to the library directly from school so they could ride the bus. She soon discovered that since they were coming directly from school she needed to provide an after school snack. Our club has been providing the money for these healthy snacks that she serves. She has now also added some activities and crafts to fill the time until the movie and pizza.

Donna Sargent runs the Ossipee Concerned Citizens group. They serve 7 towns in the area with a child care facility as well providing meals at the their facility in Center Ossipee during the week and congregate meals once a week in Tamworth and Moultonbrough. They also run the Meals on Wheels Program. They get money for the state, federal and local town governments for the senior nutrition programs and do their own fund raising. Our donation helps with the Santa Claus Program that provides winter clothing and a gift to children. Last year they helped 125 children have a happier Christmas. Donna closed her talk by saying, “Feeding people is not a waste of money.” 

You can find more information on all three groups by visiting their websites.


We also recognized one of our scholarship winners, Savannah Billings. Her brother, Sheldon, was the other winner but could not come to the meeting because he was working. Savannah was with her dad, Connie Billings. She will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall. She is looking forward to school but has not yet chosen a major. Sheldon will be at Johnson State in Vermont. We hope to hear from both of them after their first semester at school.

Congratulations to Jayne Britten who received a Plus 2 Paul Harris award. Jayne has continued to give the RI Foundation and now has contributed $3000.00 dollars. 

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