Photo: Left to right. Selectman David Hughes of Center Harbor; David Buffington President of
Meredith Chapter of Rotary International presenting the award to Seth Ira Stearns, President of the
Centre Harbor Historical Society and Brendan Laffey, Treasurer .
Meredith Rotary Awards Grant to Centre Harbor Historical Society
Money to be used for repairs to the Historical Society building.
Center Harbor, NH – The Meredith Chapter of Rotary International awarded a grant of $500 to the
Centre Harbor Historical Society to repair water damage to the Society’s Building. According to Society
President Seth Ira Stearns, “This grant is a lifesaver for us. The Town maintenance budget is especially
tight this year, and our operating budget is very tight as well. These funds will allow us to make the
repairs needed to protect the collection and prevent any further damage.” He added, “We are extremely
grateful to the Meredith Rotary for helping us out.” The award was presented to the Historical Society by
David Buffington, President of the Meredith Chapter of Rotary. He added, “Helping the local community
is what Rotary is all about; we’re delighted to assist the Historical Society.”
Rotary is a worldwide organization of men and women who are business and professional leaders.
The main objective of Rotary is service in the workplace, in the community and throughout the world.
Rotarians develop and support community service projects to address needs in their local communities
and in the international community. Rotary provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical
standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million
Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary motto is “Service
The Centre Harbor Historical Society was established in 1971. The purpose of the Centre Harbor
Historical Society is the collection and preservation of objects and facts of historical interest to the
town of Center Harbor, New Hampshire. They also participate in projects designed to preserve or
improve the town’s historical image. The Town of Center Harbor owns the schoolhouse building and
symbolically “rents” the space to the Historical Society for $1.00 a year. The society is responsible for
the maintenance of the building.