HOLDERNESS — Meredith Rotary Club President Elect Richard Gerken and Secretary Teresa Forbes presented Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod with a $5,000 check in May that will support the Science Center's Nature Matters Capital Campaign. Their donation matched another $5,000 gift made by Meredith Rotary in June 2014 for the campaign.
Meredith Rotary Club and the Science Center have had a very close and fruitful relationship over many years. A new sign at the River Otter Exhibit acknowledges the club's financial contributions and annual supply of fish left over from its annual Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. The otters and other animals at the Science Center enjoy eating the fish, which are frozen in chunks and fed to the animals throughout the year.
In 1989 to 1991, Meredith Rotary Club gave $30,000 to the support the construction of the Raptor Exhibit. In 2000, the Rotary gave $15,000 for the construction of the amphitheater where the popular "Up Close to Animals" presentations take place five times a day during July and August. In 2006, Meredith Rotary matched a private donation that funded the rehabilitation of the Upper Pond, where students attending school program field trips such as "Wet and Wild" learn about water and wetlands.
"We are very grateful to the Meredith Rotary Club for their continued support of the Science Center for over 25 years," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "They have helped us grow into what we are today and their support ensures our growth in the future."
"The Meredith Rotary Club is pleased to have participated in the growth and success of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center over the years" said Richard Gerken, President Elect of Meredith Rotary. "The Science Center is a tremendous community resource for residents and visitors alike. Watching the faces of youngsters exploring the exhibits and viewing the animals is a special treat to behold. We are proud to be able to serve the community through supporting the good works of the Science Center."
The Meredith Rotary Club was founded in 1928, and established the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby as the major fund raiser in 1978. The funds that are raised through the Derby and the Golf Classic enable the club to support the local communities with donations to local food pantries; visiting nurses; community caregivers; scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students; hands on building, remodeling and town beautification projects; and other worthy causes.
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