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NEECA Store where you
can order a variety of
customized NEECA items.

2015 "Spring Spruce Up" Day
Scheduled for April 18th


If you visited NEECA towards the end
of last year, you hopefully noticed that
our fall work day up there produced
some pretty impressive results.  

The Food Booth received a new coat
of paint, along with the equipment
storage shed and picnic tables, and
both the food and membership
booths were the recipients of shiny
new roofs.  We also cleaned the
weeds out of the back of the
grandstand and painted the
announcement board.  A couple of
brave souls even tackled the
daunting task of "de-junking" and
organizing the equipment shed!  All
in all, it was a very productive day.








But....as much as we got done,
there's still PLENTY left to do!  The
park is getting used more and more
every year, and a couple of other
organizations have already contacted
us about renting it this year.  All the
more reason for us to put our "best
face forward" and make sure NEECA
looks as good as possible.

Therefore, we have scheduled a
Spring Spruce Up Day for April
18th.
 If we could get 15 or 20
volunteers up there for even 3 or 4
hours, it's absolutely amazing how
much we can get accomplished.  So
we are calling on all our members to
come up and give a few hours of your
time that day.  I realize time is often a
precious commodity, but
volunteering a couple of hours to
help support NEECA could certainly
be considered time well-spent.  We
always seem to have the same core
group of 7 or 8 members show up,
but it's not fair to expect them to keep
doing all the work and we need the
other 170+ members who are
capable of helping out to show up
every now and then.








So please save the date of April 18th
and plan to take part in our work day
at NEECA.  We work, but we also
have lots of fun!
New NEECAWear Now Available!

Thanks to the artistic creativity of NEECA member Susie
Feldman, and the efforts of Sue Ellen Mowcomber to turn a great
idea into reality, we have some really lovely new options
available for NEECA t-shirts.  Susie was able to create a horse
from "NEECA" and we have incorporated her design onto some
great looking shirts in a variety of color combinations.  These
shirts are available for sale at most NEECA sponsored events,
or email brycarmansfield@aol.com if you would like to order
one.  Design is pictured to left.
2014 Fall Social Closes Out Another Successful Year for NEECA
For the last decade or so, the Fall Social traditionally is the last official event of the year for
NEECA, and this year was no exception.  Nearly 100 members and guests attended the Fall
Social, held once again at the Athol-Orange Elks Club.  Coordinator Kathy D'Orto did her usual
stellar job of putting together a well-organized and enjoyable evening.














Participants were able to mingle with friends while enjoying a wonderful meal put on by
Affordable Catering of Orange.  After the meal, NEELMCC President Caroline Mansfield
recapped the accomplishments of the year, along with recognizing the numerous
coordinators and volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.  We were very
pleased to report that the events and fundraising activities sponsored throughout the year
resulted in nearly $15,000 being raised for further NEECA development.
THANK YOU!
In Memory...... the local horse community lost
a well-known and beloved member in
November of 2014.  Don Roberts of Hardwick
was an avid horse enthusiast, former
member and supporter of both the Barre
Riding and Driving Club and NEECA, and all
around good man.  He is shown in picture at
left doing what he loved to do best, spend the
day with friends getting ready to go out on a
beautiful trail ride.

RIP Don, you will be missed.
Please
click here to read a poem written by
Don a few ago as part of a profile on him in
Helen Hill's book, "Still Riding at 80."
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH AT 6:30 PM










Every year NEECA members like to start off the new season with a general meeting that
allows us to reconnect with each other, briefly touch upon the events and projects from
the prior year and, most importantly of all, discuss what we have planned for the new year!

NEECA's development continues to progress, with each year seeing more use of the
facility, and more improvements to the venue
.  We have some projects already in mind for
2015 and look forward to sharing them with the membership for their input and approval.


We would like to begin this year's meeting at 6:30 so that we can go over NEECA business,
and still allow time for a guest speaker presentation (to be announced soon.)  We hope
you can join us, and please feel free to bring a friend.  Our meetings are open and we
welcome anyone who would like to join us.  Meeting will take place at the Environmental
Center, 100 Main Street in Athol.  Hope to see you there!

PLEASE NOTE THAT 2014 NEECA MEMBERSHIPS ARE EXPIRED AS OF 12/31/2014.  
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF NEECA BY RENEWING YOUR
MEMBERSHIP.  ALL MEMBERSHIP DUES GO TOWARDS FUNDING PROJECTS UP AT THE
PARK IN ORDER TO KEEP NEECA'S DEVELOPMENT CONSTANTLY MOVING FORWARD.  
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.