November 24, 2013
It’s that time of year again for our Annual Fund Drive.
Since we had to abandon the plant-sale method of raising funds, we basically must now depend on whatever donations we can muster up from our members. Most of our members are “Life Members” and therefore annual dues revenue is minute. Accordingly, this is why we need financial help from as many of our Life members as possible plus from any of our dues-paying members that wish to help.
We have many ongoing projects, including the documentation of our 23 cemeteries within Center Harbor. These projects, as well as the Society’s overall administration, do cost money.
On this occasion, you are hearing from me due to the fact that our Society’s presidency has recently changed from Seth Stearns to Roland Garland, effective Jan.01.14. I assume all of you, are very grateful for the great job Seth has done for many years. It’s not an easy task. I hope all our members do wish Roland great success with this endeavor.
Finally, as a show of confidence with our new leader, I am asking all of you to please donate as best you can to this fund. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by this writer. Also, please try to have your donation reach the Society before the end of December so that we can get you listed on the Donor list in our 2014 Book.
Brendan Laffey, Treasurer.
Meredith Rotary Awards Grant to Centre Harbor Historical Society
Money to be used for repairs to the Historical Society building.
Center Harbor, NH – The Meredith Chapter of Rotary International awarded a grant of $500 to the
Centre Harbor Historical Society to repair water damage to the Society’s Building. According to Society
President Seth Ira Stearns, “This grant is a lifesaver for us. The Town maintenance budget is especially
tight this year, and our operating budget is very tight as well. These funds will allow us to make the
repairs needed to protect the collection and prevent any further damage.” He added, “We are extremely
grateful to the Meredith Rotary for helping us out.” The award was presented to the Historical Society by
David Buffington, President of the Meredith Chapter of Rotary. He added, “Helping the local community
is what Rotary is all about; we’re delighted to assist the Historical Society.”
Rotary is a worldwide organization of men and women who are business and professional leaders.
The main objective of Rotary is service in the workplace, in the community and throughout the world.
Rotarians develop and support community service projects to address needs in their local communities
and in the international community. Rotary provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical
standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million
Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary motto is “Service
The Centre Harbor Historical Society was established in 1971. The purpose of the Centre Harbor
Historical Society is the collection and preservation of objects and facts of historical interest to the
town of Center Harbor, New Hampshire. They also participate in projects designed to preserve or
improve the town’s historical image. The Town of Center Harbor owns the schoolhouse building and
symbolically “rents” the space to the Historical Society for $1.00 a year. The society is responsible for
the maintenance of the building.
CENTER HARBOR BANDSTAND
Center Harbor takes pride in having the oldest continuous town band in the state.It was founded by Stephinus Kelley, Nov., 1878, and led by him for 25 years. The first bandstand stood on the site of the town hall. Occasionally concerts were given at the Mayo Farm, (Waukewan Rd.), on the shoreline of the lake, Time brought deterioration to the old bandstand , and for years the weekly summer concerts were held in the first station.
During the planning for Center Harbor’s 200th anniversary, it was suggested a new bandstand be built to honor the town and the bands’ existence. Funds for the
project were at zero! Many gifts of both money, hours of volunteer labor and material went into the making of the bandstand. It was designed by Chris Williams, local architect.
The bandstand was designed to deliver sound toward the audience., The railing inserts convert in summer to sailboat design , and evergreens in the winter. A copula is lilt at night that accents its beauty. An amphitheater with granite seating compliments this outstanding landmark. It was completed in 1997. – cost $60,000.