New Year Kicks Off for LWC


It’s a new year for the Litchfield Women’s Club and women of all ages and interests in the community are invited to come to the club’s annual membership drive open house event on Tuesday, September 11 for a wine and fondue evening. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at Stage Crossing, which is located directly behind Aaron Cutler Memorial Library in Litchfield.

Co-presidents Jean White and Pamme Boutselis will lead a brief, informal meeting and offer an overview of the club and its upcoming calendar of events for 2012-2013. The club’s major focus is on community, scholarship and friendship, and upcoming activities include a Ladies Night Out to Florence’s Restaurant in Merrimack, the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, the annual fall roadside cleanup, Santa’s Workshop holiday breakfast and much more in 2013. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved and bring new ideas to the table as well, yet no pressure to do more than one is interested in.

The Litchfield Women’s Club is a nonprofit community service organization, which has been in existence in its current format in Litchfield since 1988. The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September through June at 7 pm. Most general meetings are held at the Litchfield Middle School library with the exception of the annual membership drive event, the club’s holiday party in December and June dinner. Stay abreast of LWC activities and events by ‘liking’ the Litchfield Women’s Club on Facebook, following the club on Twitter or its blog, For additional information, contact

Women with an interest in learning more are welcome to visit any LWC membership meeting, and are invited to bring along a friend when they do!

Puffins (a recipe that garnered a lot of praise at our 2012 “Meet the Candidates” event)



This was just one of the tasty treats at our 2012 “Meet the Candidates” event this year. Lori Martin was kind enough to share the recipe with us.


1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup butter  from Lori Martin

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk (plus a tablespoon or two more)

For dipping:

1/4 cup butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup white sugar


Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat egg, butter, vanilla and sugar until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat in milk until smooth. Fill each cup of lightly greased muffin tin 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes (11-12 for mini muffins), or until a light golden color, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool 1-2 minutes and remove from pan.

For dipping:

Melt butter. In separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. While puffins are still warm, dip each one in butter, then in sugar mixture, coating thoroughly. Serve warm, or allow to cool and store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

Alteration: I made these as mini muffins this weekend and they were even better! The cinnamon and sugar topping was in perfect proportion to the bread part of the muffin. I baked them for 11-12 minutes instead of the full 20 minutes in the mini muffin tin. YUM!

LWC Member Spotlight: Lori Martin


Occupation:  Administrative Assistant/Special   Education at Griffin Memorial School How long have you been an LWC member?   Originally joined in 1992 and was active for quite a   few years, then rejoined about 5-6 years ago.

What activities have you been involved with as a member? All of them, from playgroup to Summer   Festival and pancake breakfasts.

What do you look forward to each year and why? The breakfasts, because I get to see so many community members. Or if you are talking in general, Spring, because it always feels like a fresh start or new adventure!

Name a guilty pleasure you love. Spending a day doing the things listed below!

You have a full day just for you – what would you do? I love to cook, make jewelry and read so to have a whole day to do my own thing and not worry about anyone else is a treat!

LWC gets busy in 2012


Well, here we are well into the year 2012. I believe time is moving in fast forward. It seems that it was just yesterday that we were all up to our ears in Christmas preparations.

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, then Spring and Easter. Remember to put Saturday, March 31st, on your calendar for the Bunny Breakfast. It will be here before we know it.  Maureen Lascelles is currently organizing Candidates Night and we’ll have details out to you as soon as they are set.

We had a lovely time at our ladies night out at Cotton in Manchester on January 26th. It was really great just being together and talking in a relaxed setting with a cocktail and great food. Hopefully when we plan our next one, more of you will be able to attend.

Unfortunately we had to cancel the Manchester Monarch’ s Pink in the Rink due to lack of interest. Maybe we can try again next year.

Thanks to you wonderful ladies for all that you do for the community and let’s keep up the good work!!

LWC Member Spotlight: Brenda French


Occupation: Senior Member Services Coordinator at   TCIA; Owner, French Firewood Sales & Property Maintenance; Independent Sales Rep – AVON; and   wife, mother, sister, step-mother, grandmother,   step-grandmother, daughter, aunt, friend, cousin, etc.

How long have you been an LWC member?  Not exactly sure when I joined, late ’90’s or ’00?

What activities have you been involved with as  a member? Co-Chair, Membership, Adopt A Highway, Blood Drive, Easter Bunny Breakfast& Santa’s   Workshop, June Dinner Chair.

What do you look forward to each year and why?  The Membership Drive Meeting..that is always fun!

Name a guilty pleasure that you love.  Lounging in the pool, listening to country music on a nice summer day.

You have a full day just for you – what would you do? Stay in my lounge wear, take naps, catch up on DVR list…do you see a pattern here of lounging? …only because my life is so hectic working full-time, running an AVON business and Firewood/Property Maintenance business. Now I have a grandson and love spending time with him!

LWC Does PINK in the RINK Again This Year!


It’s PINK IN THE RINK once again, and LWC members, their friends and family are invited to join in the fun!

The Monarchs Care Foundation and Catholic Medical Center are teaming up for Pink in the Rink, and invite the public to join them on Saturday, February 11 for this special Monarchs hockey game which will raise awareness and benefit the fight against Breast Cancer through the Monarchs Care Foundation, Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Breast Care Center at Catholic Medical Center.

The ice is literally turned pink and the entire team wears bright pink hockey gear that evening. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to show their support, too. It’s a fun night of Monarchs hockey and the cost is $22 per ticket. Jean White is heading up this outing. You must contact Jean prior to January 20 if you would like tickets. Email her at for additional details.

LWC Prepares for a Special Visitor


Lincoln Godzik visits with Santa Claus in December 2010 at LWC's annual Breakfast with Santa

It wouldn’t be December in Litchfield without a special visit from Santa Claus. Each year, the Litchfield Women’s Club welcomes Santa and his many fans and friends with a delicious all-you-can eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

This year’s big event will be held on Saturday, December 10 at the Litchfield Middle School from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is just $2 for children, age 10 and under and $4 for everyone else over 10 years of age. The hearty breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

Santa arrives each year by fire truck, with his merry elves, at 9 am and will be available for pictures from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to bring along cameras to capture the moment, and a $2 donation will be gratefully accepted to the Litchfield Women’s Club community fund.

What to do while you’re waiting to see Santa or are done with breakfast? There’s lots of fun games, tempting basket and gift certificate raffles, special guest readers from Griffin Memorial School and Santa’s Sweet Shoppe with lots of seasonal goodies to enjoy at the event or bring home for later. Mrs. Claus plans to visit as well to chat with youngsters and serve up tasty cookies.

Each year, the Litchfield Women’s Club’s breakfast with Santa benefits the nonprofit’s community fund which assists those in need in Litchfield, provides ‘scholarship’ money so middle school students can attend class trips, allows LWC to donate to other organizations in town, and assist wherever and whenever possible in the community.

The Litchfield Women’s Club is an independent nonprofit community service organization for women of all ages. The focus is on community, scholarship and friendship, and the club brings women together to share their interests, talents and enthusiasm to benefit the community and enable personal growth for its members.

The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in October, November, February, March, April and May at the Litchfield Middle School library at 7 p.m. Club socials are held off-premise in a variety of locations in September, December, January and June. LWC will host its annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 13 at Stage Crossing Clubhouse at 6:30 pm. New members are always welcome. To learn more, come to a meeting or email

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