Hollis Woman’s Club Newsletter

February 2015

President’s Corner:


Greetings Fellow Members;

I am enjoying this snow because my husband is using the snow blower and I am inside not shoveling, an evil revenge.  That is true love for Valentine’s Day.   I think it is great Merrimack has put out an arrest warrant for Punxsutawney the PA beaver who predicted six more weeks of winter.  I always say to friends what is a normal New Hampshire winter? Because I have lived here seven years and not one of them has been a normal one yet! And this is coming from a Minnesota girl. Just think, 19 more days until daylight savings time. Hard to believe that spring should be right around the corner.  With more sunlight and warmer temperatures, people are getting excited to be more active, to get out and get something done. Well, I am challenging you to get something done for the club.  We need you to share your time and talents for the club. There are many positions for you to consider.  Take a look below and see how you can offer your help to the club.

I was so proud to see so many ladies stand up and wear red in honor of Go Red for Women and fight against heart disease; the number one killer in women.  You raised over $307.00 for the American Heart Association for our monthly charity. 

We were very fortunate to hear from our President Tina Smith, member of the Concord Club and Sheila Casey our District Representative, member of the Salem Club. They were here to support and help promote our district meeting on March 7 at the Hollis Congregational Church starting at 9:00 a.m.  Look below for more details and I hope to see you there. Make our club proud by attending!

We still need members to help with forming a nominating committee. We need at least three members.  Six board positions need to be filled:  1st VP of Membership, Hospitality, Auditor, Historian, Programs, and Publicity.

We also need Co Chairs for the Strawberry Festival, Inside Worker Chair, Outside Workers Chair, Hulling Chair and a Co-Chair for Baking, Co Solicitations Chairs.

It is time for you to contribute to the club with you time and talents. It is time for you to see how you can best help out the club. Please consider taking on a leadership role and volunteer for the good of the club. This club can only function if we all volunteer. There are no paid positions, just payment made in rewards by volunteering.

Fondly, Kimber Harmon


Health Tips

Chronic inflammation is the source of many diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease, which makes it the leading cause of death in the U.S.

High insulin levels promote inflammation and speed up your body’s aging processes, and insulin resistance is a hallmark of most chronic diseases. Avoiding sugars and grains, and getting regular exercise are two of the most potent ways to help normalize your insulin levels and avoid insulin resistance. Eating a Mediterranean or Asian diet works best for reducing inflammation.

Sugar Smart Tip: Don't exceed the American Heart Association's recommended sugar levels, which are 5 teaspoons for women (20 grams); For reference, a can of soda generally contains up to 12 grams of sugar; a single slice of whole wheat bread contains up to 2 teaspoons of added sugars.

The distribution of calories you take in should be as follows: 40 to 50 percent from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat, and 20 to 30 percent from protein.

On a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, adult women should consume between 160 to 200 grams of carbohydrates a day, Protein should be between 80 and 120 grams, 600 calories can come from fat – that is, about 67 grams. This should be in a ratio of 1:2:1 of saturated to monounsaturated to polyunsaturated fat.



·         We are looking for woman who would like to be a LEADS Applicant.  The application for the Leadership Education and Development Seminar are due by March 1.   The LEADS candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a full day of activities the day before the official opening of the June GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.  GFWC will cover a portion of the expenses including: stipend of $250.00, one-half of room charges for two nights at an official convention hotel, and breakfast and lunch during the LEADS program.

·         Save the DATE April 16, 2015 - 120th Anniversary Party for the Woman’s Club of Somersworth.

·         Read Across America is held on March 2 in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Our GFWC President Babs Condon will be reading to children in honor of this program.  She is encouraging all members and GFWC clubs to do something on this special day. Maybe you as HWC member can find some great cause to participate to encourage our youth on the importance and enjoyment of reading.  Maybe our members of our two book groups would like to do something.

·        A state GFWC Mah Jongg Tournament will be held in Wolfeboro, NH May 21st.  Please contact Donna Settino at blueberry25hill@aol.com.


If you know a member who needs a card or a need, please send Jeanne Cleveland an email.  Thoughts go out to Carol Barth and Chris Furman who are recovering from surgeries and speedy healing to Ginny Brooks, Kat McGee, and Noreen Polus.


Generosity Forms Wonderful Communities


Hollis is hosting this year’s district meeting Saturday, March 7 at the Hollis Congregational Church starting at 9am.   Please join your board in entertaining women from other area clubs. Hsui Norcott will teach us all how to make a lapel floral pin.  Cost to our members is only $15.00. Please make your check payable HWC and send it to our PO Box 1042. We need to know our head count for preparing the lunch.


Proposed Dues Increase


The budget committee met and realized in a few short years our surplus will run out. We need to create a balanced budget and therefore feel an increase in dues is needed at this time.  Several years ago the state raised their dues by $2.00.   We have made it an option in the past to have members pay this increase, most choosing not do so. That means less money for us to cover our expenses. Membership has made it clear that they would like to continue giving money to charities like the scholarships, bus run, art enrichment at the middle and high schools, plus fund a yearly charitable committee.  We pay  $18.00 to GFWC NH and National, which allows us to keep $12.00. We are hoping to increase that by $5.00 So that we can continue to contribute to all the charitable organizations and cover club expenses. We have been relying on the festivals and the yard sales to do that and it is getting to become more of a challenge.   An increase of $5.00 is .41 month.  A vote will be taken at the March meeting.




Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 7:  HWC will host the District 5 & 7 Meeting at the Hollis Congregational Church starting at 9am.


Wednesday, March 11:  General Meeting – Hollis Congregational Church at 9am. 

















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