As 2017 has come to a close, we spent some time as a staff reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, 2017 was a tremendous success in many ways. It was hard to cull down our list, but below are some highlights from our program year that were made possible by your support.
82 girls and teens attended one of our 3 residential camp sessions
We increased STEM curriculum (including a partnership with the Newfound Lakes Region Association providing Eco Tours on Newfound Lake) and our library at camp.
The purchase of two AED’s (defibrillators) was made possible with your support.
New and gently used clothing donated provided our girls and teens with a “pre-school” shopping experience, fondly known as Circle Filene’s Basement!
25 teens experienced (for many) their first Symphony thanks to the generosity of the New Hampshire Music Festival.
4 Circle teens transitioned to our “Leaders in Training Program" (LIT’s), in which they worked on developing their leadership skills and added nurturing support to their fellow Circle girls.
Circle girls and teens participated in several community service projects such as: Circle Camp clean up days, NH Marathon water stations and registration, Serving over 300 seniors at the Meredith Rotary annual holiday dinner, making and delivering cards for veterans, etc.
150 guests helped celebrate our 25th Anniversary milestone at our Silver Jubilee Party on August 19th at camp
86 (yes 86!) mentors have dedicated countless hours, driven unimaginable combined miles in efforts to nurture our Circle girls “sparks” and present them with opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.
A newly created “Angel Fund” has been established for Circle girls– used to support activities and life needs that fall outside the scope of our program.
During teen camp, 12 high schoolers embraced their roles in being leaders through role modeling and supporting first year teens, providing community service at the Hebron Fair and venturing in our annual overnight at Camp Onaway.
The family of one of our newest girls reported after camp that since her return she seems like a different girl. She is more patient with her siblings, listens better, and offers to help at home.
74% of our registered Triathletes and ALL sponsors chose to donate or defer to 2018 their race and sponsorship fee; making the canceled event a success (truly amazing).
We continued our partnership with Girls at Work (GAW). Under the direct instruction of Director, Elaine Hamel, our girls and teens were empowered and built confidence through building projects with the use of power tools!
Circle Alum Kendra returned to camp this year, engaging the girls and teens in movement, yoga and journal writing.
Amanda Pawlik, a local actress, taught the girls different ways to use their voices on the stage, but most importantly in their everyday lives through her “Using Your Voice” Workshop