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Lakes Region Community Services Receives Statewide Management Award

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is proud to announce that the agency has received the 2013 Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. LRCS Executive Director Christine Santaniello accepted the award on September 20, at the Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit.

This award is given annually by The Corporate Fund in tribute to Walter J. Dunfey, New Hampshire business leader and philanthropist. Walter J. Dunfey was a successful entrepreneur and business executive, a co-founder and director of Dunfey Hotels (now known as Omni International Hotels) and subsequently The Dunfey Group.

The Corporate Fund 'Dunfey Award' in partnership with the NH Charitable Foundation recognizes that management in the nonprofit sector is among the most demanding and most important work in our society. Often, effective management within the nonprofit community goes unrecognized. This 'Excellence in Management' award is presented for outstanding management skill and talent within the nonprofit sector.

"The Corporate Fund Nonprofit Management Award applications were very impressive," said speaker Cameron Tease of Markem-Imaje, who presented the award. "It was difficult to make a decision among the distinguished list of nonprofits. The winners stood apart for their excellence. LRCS really impressed the judges with its nimble and innovative work in job development, its depth of commitment to those it serves, its success in selling tax credits to 37 area businesses for its relocation, its caring management practices for a staff of 350 and the effective leadership all around."

Upon reflecting on this honor, Santaniello commented that the dedication and hard work of all agency employees have played a role in achieving this recognition.

"I am extremely proud of the work of all of the LRCS employees," said Santaniello. "As I have said on more than one occasion, everyone associated with the organization contributes their piece to the whole. No one person is solely responsible for the success or trials of the organization. So while I accepted the award on behalf of the organization, it is a tribute to everyone who plays a role in supporting the families and individuals we serve. I am very proud of this organization and who we are."

As a recipient of this award, LRCS also receives and unrestricted award of $3,500. The agency's Board of Directors has decided that these funds will go to the LRCS Employee Assistance Fund in honor of the employees that made this possible.

Lakes Region Community Services is a private nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders and their families.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties.

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Women Inspiring Women Organizing 4th annual Statewide conference

MANCHESTER — Tory Johnson, best-selling author and a Good Morning America contributor, will be speaking at the 4th Annual NH Conference for Women which will be held on November 8 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The NH Conference for Women is hosted by Women Inspiring Women, the largest organization for women's empowerment, personal development, business resources and networking in the Granite State.

The day will feature five other dynamic speakers on the topics of leadership, mindset, time management/productivity, health/wellness and stress management. Complimentary relationship, career and wellness mentoring is available along with 40+ exhibitors. Registration is $99 per person and includes lunch and each guest will receive a copy of Tory Johnson's best-selling book, The Shift.


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After school classes offered at the Arts Collaborative

MEREDITH — After School Arts Classes are currently being conducted at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio on Wednesdays for 1st-4th grades and Thursdays for 5th–8th grades from 3:30-5 p.m. each afternoon. 

Recent education reforms that emphasize achievement in reading and math, severe budget cuts are making quality arts learning opportunities within public school systems increasingly limited. After school enrichment opportunities, like those offered at The Arts Collaborative help parents to supplement their children's learning experience. Creative achievement reinforces positive self esteem, persistence, responsibility, team work and confidence.

"Doing something in his or her own way with encouragement and support is not often possible or practical within large classrooms or within hectic family schedules that need to accommodate necessary tasks and responsibilities. I like to provide that safe place for students to take risks, to get messy, and to experience the satisfaction and joy in making their own discoveries, " said instructor Heidi Little.

The Arts Collaborative also houses a gallery and showroom of fine handcrafted furnishings and art work nearby for student inspiration. The warm and spacious teaching studio offers a variety of ongoing expressive arts classes and workshops for all ages and abilities as well as a weekly Open Studio night for adults and teens.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. For more information visit www.theartscollaborative.net or contact Heidi Little at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-707-1860.

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Tilton-Sanbornton Democrats to meet

SANBORNTON — A joint meeting of the Sanbornton and Tilton Democratic Committees is planned for Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the upstairs meeting room at the Sanbornton Public Library, Meetinghouse Hill in Sanbornton.

Kate Miller, Meredith, Chair of the Belknap County Democrats. will attend and discuss preparations for the mid-term elections and other plans. All Democrats from the two towns are invited to attend. For further information, call Gail Morrison, Sanbornton Democratic Committee Chair, at 296-4596.

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