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Golf tournament helps Rotary help the community

Debbie Crowley looks on as Torrie Whitcher putts during the Tilton-Northfield Rotary’s fundraising golf tournament Thursday. The two women, along with Betsy Webber and Judy Cookman, made up the team Chip Ins. Meghan Siegler. (click for larger version)
August 25, 2010
TILTON — For the 17th year, the Tilton-Northfield Rotary hosted community members and businesses at Lochmere Country Club to raise money for the charities it supports.

The golf scramble tournament, one of the Rotary's biggest fundraisers, was held under clear skies last Thursday.

"It's a good mixture of people within the community that came out to support (the Rotary)," Rotary President Betty Arsenault said.

The tournament used to be held on Saturdays. Arsenault said this was the first time it was held in the middle of the week, as the club wanted to "try it both ways."

"We're a little light on golfers," Rotarian Donna Hosmer said, "but fundraising is on par with last year."

The 68 golfers enjoyed great golf weather as well as courtesy snacks and drinks brought to them via golf cart.

"Everyone's having a great time out there," Hosmer said.

According to Rotarian Pat Clark, before the first tournament was held in 1994 the club had provided scholarships to college students but not for young adults getting into the trades. The money raised at the golf tournament goes specifically to vocational scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers such as nursing or heating and plumbing.

"When we first started this, it was for scholarships, and I said, 'I'm not going to produce lawyers, doctors and Indian chiefs,'" Lochmere Country Club owner Jerry Chaille said.

Along with the golf scramble, the Rotary recently started a Pet Photo Contest fundraiser that has already become a highly anticipated event each spring.

"One of the things that make us proud is the fact that 100 percent of the money we raise goes into local and world wide charities," Clark said.

The Rotary was the first area organization to sponsor a Tilton-Northfield Little League team. It also hosts an annual kids fishing derby at the Tilton School Pond.

"The fishing derby is fantastic," Arsenault said, noting that it's a totally free event and draws more than 100 kids each year.

The Rotary also hosts a senior fall foliage tour, provides holiday food baskets, and sponsors music for the Savina Hartwell Summer Concert Series, camperships for kids at the Pines, and school-to-career partnerships. It also provided the fishing pier at Riverfront Park, among other gifts it has bestowed on the community.

"What we bring in pretty much stays in this area," Arsenault said. "The need in the area is so great."

On an international level, the club has joined in the worldwide Rotary effort to eradicate Polio and helped supply temporary housing units for Haitian relief.

"Of late, with the economy on the ropes, funds have been somewhat down but not by much," Clark said. "We are thankful for the many businesses that have been with us from the start and for the new ones along the way. With their support, we have been able to stretch a dollar and deliver an abundance of services both locally and worldwide."

The Tilton-Northfield Rotary averages around 25 active members.

"We all step up to the plate as need be," Arsenault said.

Members are required to uphold the club's mission, which is, as Clark put it, "to embody ethical standards in our business practices and in our lives while fostering world peace and understanding."

With club presidents lined up for the next four years, Arsenault said the Rotary will continue to make a difference in the community.

"I can see us taking off and flying," she said.

The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Lochmere Country Club. A list of the weekly speaker is available at www.tnrotary.org.

"All these little projects that people don't see happening, happen," Arsenault said. "It's a lot more than just a weekly meeting."

The results of the golf tournament are as follows:

First place team: Tilton School team with Pat Norton, Ken "Coach" Hollingsworth, Gavin Faretra and Jim Clements

Second place team: The Ed Paige team, with Ed, Bill Hurd, Gary Mercier and Curt Wentworth.

Third place team: Arvidson Chiropractic made up of Tim McCain, Terry Nashida, Ron Noyes and Barry Arvidson

Honorable Mention: AutoServ's Team, headed up by Brigid Gaudet, with Carolyn Gaudet, Annie Crane and Maureen O'Donnell

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