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The Circle Way and WOrld Cafe Seminar!

Join Kline Seminars and its Partners for…

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Members or employees tired of the same old meetings?

Have meetings that are a waste of time?

Want more engaging, productive and empowering meetings?

This new one-day program is expanded to include an introduction to both Circle and World Cafe. Two very different structured methods that can work separately or together to solve complex problems. Both methods can efficiently collect input from small and large groups of people and still have every voice heard and respected.

Any boss can hold a meeting. Collaborative leadership is a little more complex and a lot more rewarding. Learn to create more trust, more engagement, and more honesty. Tap into the previously unshared knowledge of your members and employees. Harvest the collective wisdom of your entire team, while creating more accountability and more sustainable action. This workshop is a low-cost, one day introduction to some of the methods from our “Art of Hosting” suite. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to sample the training and still take home valuable tools you can use right away.

– Create an environment of engagement.

– Build trust, breakdown hidden agendas and secrets.

– Create a sense of purpose and accountability.

– Harvest more wisdom.

– Create accountability and efficiency through your group dynamics.

– Increase your capacity to solve complex problems.

Who should come: Ideal for community leaders, board members, teachers, business owners or managers, health care workers, legal professionals, mediators, ministers and parents – Anyone who holds meetings with groups of people!

Replace boring with valuable.

Circle is the foundational practice supporting all Art of Hosting Methodologies.

“The Art of Hosting is a practice that heals the broken relationships between people.” – European Commission official

Our team of trainers study and practice Circle Process, along with a suite of facilitation practices, referred to as “Art of Hosting”. Art of Hosting training is quite frequent and popular in Europe and Canada and parts of the US. It is finding footholds in the Eastern US and we are bringing it to New Hampshire.  

Would you like to hold better meetings?

Since the discovery of fire, humans have gathered in circle to tell stories, share ideas and solve problems. Today, our work circles have morphed into rectangular tables and the fire has been replaced with a PowerPoint presentation. One speaker tells the story. Meanwhile, members or employees seek more meaning and leaders seek more engagement. Relight the fire, back into the center of our circle. It happens when we face each other and have a different kind of conversation.

Join  us Friday, August 15th from 8:00AM – 3PM, at The Residence Inn by Marriott for a new, full-day seminar called Introduction to Circle Meetings and World Cafe.  We are inviting all meeting facilitators we believe will benefit from the program to join us.  This program is our gift to the community – pay just $79 which includes the workshop, materials, coffee and lunch. By comparison, Regular multi-day Circle and other hosting training averages over $200 per person per day!

Questions? Call my personal cell #: (603) 986-8541.

For information about the full 3 day, 2 evening Art of Hosting workshop this fall, see Collaborative Leadership at http://www.klineseminars.com For more information about Art of Hosting worldwide, visit http://www.Artofhosting.org



Inspirational Event Will Kickoff the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®

On Wednesday, July 30th, 5:30pm mingle 6:00-7:00pm program community leaders, business employees, volunteers and cancer survivors will join the American Cancer Society at the North Conway Community Center to pledge their support to fight breast cancer. During an inspirational Kickoff marking the beginning of North Conway’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event season, breast cancer survivors, local doctors and American Cancer Society volunteers will challenge the community to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer by getting involved in the Making Strides of North Conway. Anyone interested in forming or joining a team or just to learn more is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided by Flatbread Company.
Mark your calendars for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, October 19th at Whitaker Woods Home Site. The event will unite the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of prevention and early detection, raise funds for the fight to end breast cancer, and commemorate more than two decades of making a difference in the fight to end breast cancer. There is no fee to register.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive4.5 mile walk (with a 2 mile option) that unites hundreds of women, men and children in the community to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer while offering hope to all people facing the disease. The North Conway walk route takes walkers through North Conway Village along Route 16 South to Depot Road, back north on the North/South Road to Mechanic Street to Pine Street and then into Whitaker Woods for the last 2.5 miles.

In 2013, the American Cancer Society celebrated its 100th birthday – 100 years of saving lives and recognizing the lifesaving progress made. Join us and make a commitment to get loud by taking more action. Silence won’t finish the fight – only action will. By supporting Making Strides you can take action and help the Society to finish the fight against breast cancer.

Planning Committee volunteers are also needed for this volunteer driven fundraising event. Join us to help to organize and recruit teams or individuals; seek community support; coordinate logistics, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Conway 2014 is sponsored by many very supporting businesses, including our Flagship Sponsor The Penguin Gallery of North Conway. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To find out more about the planning committee, sponsor the event, sign up to participate in the event or learn how you can volunteer in other ways, call Leah Hartman, 2014 Volunteer Event Chair at 370-8382 or email cocogirl6595@yahoo.com. You may also reach Pamela Ritchie, Staff Partner at 603.763-4432 or pamela.ritchie@cancer.org. For more information or to register for the walk please visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/northconwaynh.


80’s Boogie Nights with the White Mt. Waldorf!

Dance the night away with the White Mountain Waldorf School!


Founded in 1984, the White Mountain Waldorf School has been offering an excellent choice in education to families in and around the Mt. Washington Valley. Waldorf is one of the fastest growing independent, non-sectarian, educational movements worldwide. A choice in education ensures that families have an opportunity to choose a quality-learning environment that best serves the needs of their children.

Our mission at the White Mountain Waldorf School is to instill creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

We currently have elementary school openings, grades 1-8 and the first 8th grade class graduated in the spring of 2010. We also have openings in our early childhood programs in which we offer: Parent/Infant program, Parent/Child Program, Toddler Program, Nursery Program, Kindergarten, Parent-Education Series and Afternoon Care. Visit our website at http://www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org to learn more about our growing school or visit us on facebook.

3rd Annual BE KIND Fest Returns

Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County Presents
Be Kind Festival for 2014!

Kids today, what are they getting into now?! Last time we checked, they were giving out

Cara Chase Photo Michael Kline Nancy Russo and Mary Ellen Holmes lead the parade of Smiles
Cara Chase Photo Michael Kline Nancy Russo and Mary Ellen Holmes lead the parade of Smiles

flowers and giving away hugs. What’s this world coming to?! Strangers receiving a free hug have been known to break down into tears of gratitude. Some admit they have not had a hug in years. Meanwhile, researchers say that we need 4 hugs a day to survive, 8 hugs to maintain and 12 hugs per day to grow. From first-hand experience, we know this is a very popular concept for the huggers and the hug-ees. Lessons on hugging technique and etiquette, is of course provided first. What else are kids and their adults up to these days?

“Cookies for first responders, flowers for nursing home residents, smiley balloons for strangers on the street, and many other Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) will once again spread outward from Kindness Headquarters in Schouler Park Saturday, May 17th. The RAK is only a part of the Festival. BE KIND Fest 2014 begins on Friday evening with a new feature this year, replacing last year’s butterfly release. The new event, Candles of Hope, will begin at 6pm on Friday, with music, poetry, a few short and powerful motivational speakers and a ceremony of candles for the candlelit labyrinth, each representing hope. Sponsor a candle to express your hope for those who have passed, for those suffering, for yourself, your loved ones, your community, and the world. Everyone is invited to sponsor a candle of hope, write an intention to hang on the tree of hope, and reflect or meditate on their intention while walking the labyrinth, placing their candle along the path of hope.

“This is our 3rd event”, explains event co-founder Michael Kline, “each year the event grows as more people are drawn to the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits of kindness. It’s a passionate message that all of humanity seems to be craving.”

The Random Acts of Kindness rally begins at 8am on Saturday, followed by activities all day. By mid-day, food will be a big draw, followed by a high-energy, grand drumming circle led by professional facilitator Michael Wingfield. The public is invited to bring drums or anything to bang on, to join this super-fun and powerfully uplifting event that represent human connection and communication at a very deep level.

The free concert in the park on Saturday night will be Entrain, a very popular band throughout New England, who has played locally a number of times and is always a hit. A great source of valley pride, the Kennett High Drum line will set the stage perfectly as the opening act.

Not just a community festival worth supporting on its own merit, this is also a fundraiser to support local non-profits. This year, all the proceeds will support Visiting Nurse, Home Care and Hospice of Carroll Country and Western Maine, a critically valuable resource for locals. Sandy Ruka, Executive Director of The Visiting Nurses explains “In an age where we are inundated by negativity and tragedy, our agency is honored to help create such an event emphasizing the best of who we are as individuals and a community.”

Kline expands on the benefits “everyone benefits as we raise the level of consciousness for all mankind, starting with ourselves and our small corner of the world. We directly offer the message of kindness to our local schools, workplaces, non-profits, visitors and community at large.” Festival sponsors include The Memorial Hospital, Settlers Green, Great Glen Trails, Crest Autoworld, Soyfire Candle, Grants Supermarket, Country Consulting Group, Kline Seminars and many others who contribute financially to make this happen.

Looking for a way to BE KIND? The BE KIND FEST is looking for sponsors and helping hands. Call Sandy Ruka, Executive Director at 603 356-7006 or Erin Wright, RN at 603 986-0152. Be sure to check out the Be Kind Fest website http://www.bekindfest.com and like them on Facebook for the latest updates!

Save the Date for The Laura Foundation’s Spring Fundraiser!

Save The Date for the Laura Foundation for Autism & Epilepsy’s Annual Fundraiser!
Friday, May 23
The Laura Foundation for Autism & Epilepsy’s 4th Annual Evening at the
Stone Mountain Arts Center (SMAC)

ENTERTAINMENT: This year we are honored to have the Fryeburg Academy Jazz Band opening up the evening. We are also thrilled to have Juston McKinney, the VERY funny comedian entertain us. Juston has done an assortment of high profile programming from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and gigs on Comedy Central and TBS.

Auction items include resort lift tickets, specialty items, golf passes, gear and trips to auction off… one of the live auction items is a Lodging/Lift ticket package to Jackson Hole, WY!

Here are the quick details…
1. Date: Friday evening, May 23rd. Cocktails begin at 6:00 PM
2. Details: Cocktail party (beer and wine), dinner, gratuities, silent auction (& live auction items) with music and entertainment… all inclusive for $75 (that includes beer and wine!)
3. Where: Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME (approximately 15 minutes from North Conway)
4. How to sign up: To sign up or to get more information on our web-site’s event page (www.thelaurafoundation.org).

Details on where the $$$ is going…
CONSTRUCTION: We are building an adaptive sports and recreation center for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities here in New Hampshire. There are none like it in New England. Through grant money, events like this one, and generous donations, Phase 1 is pretty much wrapped up (winterization and expansion of an existing building). We are now focusing our fund-raising on finishing our barn, with a court, climbing wall and stalls.

PROGRAMMING: We will continue programming in the summer of 2014 with our social skills/adaptive PE/therapeutic horseback riding program for children attending School Administrative Units 9 and 13, as well as the Fryeburg, Maine district. Through grant acquisition, this programming is free of charge to the children attending. For the 2014 summer we will add on a Friday Night Social/Dinner for high school students on the spectrum.

The mission of The Laura Foundation is to provide funding to develop and support therapeutic recreation and educational programs that enrich the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders. With your help, we are reaching our goals!

Top 7 Ways to Ski for a Cause in Mt. Washington Valley

Throughout the month of March, there are many opportunities to make a difference on the slopes and trails by participating in the following March events and competitions, all of which support local and national charities and a range of great causes.

  1. Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash – March 14: The longest running, pro-style giant slalom ski race in the United States, the 41st Annual Red Parka Challenge Cup Race will be held at Attitash on Friday, March 14. This race is a renowned amateur ski race with a unique format that allows competitors to race dual slalom head to head. Proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Ski Program, which gives children throughout Mt. Washington Valley the opportunity to learn to ski. For information and registration forms for the event, visit www.redparkapubchallengecup.com.
  2. Carl Johnson Ski-A-Thon at Great Glen Trails – March 15: Carl Johnson, a great friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. This event is held in his honor, and in his spirit, it’s all about fun! Competitors will ski as many laps as they can on the 5 km course at Great Glen Trails from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, while raising money through pledges. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association, and all racers are encouraged to raise additional funds for the ALS Association. Prizes awarded for the most laps skied and the highest amount pledged, plus an award for the wackiest tights! More information about the event can be found here.
  3. Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore – March 7, 8 & 9: The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore is unlike any ski race in history, combining the best of skiing today with the nostalgia of yesterday while honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Hannes Schneider. Schneider brought his renowned skills to North Conway and Cranmore in 1939. Those participating in the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup help fund the collection and conservation of skiing heritage on display at the New England Ski Museum. The Meister Cup is a Dual GS race open to individuals ages 13 and up. The Dual GS competition will be on Saturday, March 8, with additional events occurring throughout the weekend, including a torch light parade, ice carving contest, silent auction and vintage ski wearing contest. More information can be found here.
  4. Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak – March 2: Join in on the fun at the 12th Annual Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak and support Hear ME Now, a program which helps children and adults with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Put together a team, gather pledges from family and friends, and enjoy a fun day of competition and camaraderie on Sunday, March 2.
  5. AbilityPLUS Ski-A-Thon at Wildcat – March 8This full-day event on Saturday, March 8 includes a ski- and ride-a-thon at Wildcat, family-friendly après ski party, silent auction, games, crafts, raffle prizes and more. Register as an individual or a team, with prizes awarded for the most money raised and the highest number of runs. All the money raised supports AbilityPLUS, a nonprofit organization providing year-round adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with all manner of disabilities throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. More information can be found at http://www.abilityplus.org/mwvfundraiser_14.php.
  6. Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine – March 21 & 22: This 24-hour ski-a-thon will start at King Pine on Friday, March 21 at 4:00 pm, with proceeds benefiting one of King Pine’s own, Cynthia Verrill. Eleven-year old Cynthia is the daughter of Stacie and Kevin Verrill, both of whom work at King Pine. Cynthia was born with a rare disease called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and the goal of Cynthia’s Challenge is to help raise enough money for a service dog to detect seizures before the onset, allowing Cynthia to live life more independently. Skiers can register as teams or four or five, with prizes given away every hour during the event. Registration fees include dinner, breakfast and lunch, 24-hour lift ticket, snacks and beverages, and twenty four hours of fun on the slopes. A flyer for the event can be seen here.
  7. Shawn Smith Ski For Youth Fundraiser at Attitash – March 15 & 16: The fun starts on Saturday, March 15 with a fundraiser at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort with two bands, raffles, silent auction and spin the wheel fun. On Sunday, March 16, the racing begins at Attitash at 11:00 am with categories for racers from 6 to 60+. There will also be face painting, a golf ball throw and an awards ceremony in Ptarmigans Pub. For more information, click here.

Settlers’ Green Outlet Village To Host Food Drive for Vaughan Community Service

In honor of National Canned Food Month, Settlers’ Green Outlet Village will host a food SettlersGreen2drive at the Settlers’ Green Customer Service Office to support Vaughan Community Service, a non-profit organization that maintains the North Conway area food pantry.

Customers can bring in 10 or more cans and receive a bounce back certificate, good for $10 off any purchase made at Settlers’ Green.  The Food Drive will be based at the Customer Service Office during its regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

shopping2“We encourage canned or boxed food of any amount to help support the cause,” said Laura Tuveson, marketing and event assistant at Settlers’ Green. “We want to reach our goal of 1000 non-perishable items and support the local non-profit during the nine-day span of the food drive.”

There is a limit of one coupon per customer for the duration of the food drive, while supplies last, and must be applied toward a future purchase. There is no expiration date and the coupon is good at any store or restaurant at the shopping center.  For more information and a full listing of events at Settlers’ Green, visit settlersgreen.com.


Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, located in North Conway, New Hampshire, is a 60-plus store outlet center with a unique village setting offering landscaped courtyards, cafés and restaurants, and a wide variety of outlet shopping experiences including Coach Factory, J. Crew Factory, Banana Republic Factory Store, Nike Factory and more. 


Happy Holidays from the MWV Chamber!

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

Here Are 10 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2014!

1) Seeing ALL of our members at our 2014 After Hours

2) Chowing down at the 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff
3) Ensuring our members make the most of their membership by holding

4)Providing members with the tools to visually stimulate online visitors with CGI web videos or web enhancements

5) Showing support at all the local community events

that make this town unique

6) Starting the summer off right with themed vacations

7) Traveling to Italy with our super-saving “Splendors of Italy” vacation

8) Giving members an edge with Coggno’s affordable online trainings

9) Opening our valley to over 400 businesses
at the Business to Business Expo – the best party of the year


10) Graduating our seventh class of Leadership MWV

We are so grateful that we all get to enjoy the wonderful resources
Mother Nature has provided to Mt. Washington Valley, making this the best place on Earth to live, work and play! Happy Holidays!


The deadline to sign up for Cranmore Cares is January 1st!


Cranmore Mountain Resort introduces a day of consideration and caring for our community we live, work and play in. Cranmore Cares was created with the initiative to have skiers and community members gather at Cranmore Mountain Cranmore 12-12-09-1Resort for an event where local non-profits are represented. This is an event for non-profits to share their mission statement, upcoming events, ideas and visions. Furthermore this event fosters new relationships, as event attendees can sign up for volunteer opportunities, memberships and more. Cranmore Cares is occurring on Saturday, January 11th from 11am to 2pm. 


We are excited to extend an invitation for your non-profit to come and be a part of Cranmore Cares. There is no charge to participate. We look forward to working with you to create enthusiasm and involvement for your particular non-profit!



Non-profits can sign up by emailing events@cranmore.com or calling

603-356-5543 ex. 352

Caroline D. Pope

Events Coordinator


P-603.356.5544 ext 352


Cranmore Mountain Resort

1 Skimobile Rd

North Conway, NH 03860

Volunteer Appreciation at MWV Arts Association!


Join us for a
Volunteer Appreciation Coffee this Tuesday

 see, learn, and connect with the visual arts

Contact Us

P. O. Box 1603
North Conway, NH 03860

16 Norcross Place
(Lower Level)
North Conway Village, NH





Phone: 603.356.2787


 Office Hours:

Thursday – Saturday

10 am – 3 pm 



Please join MWV Arts Association this Tuesday, November 19th from 10am to Noon for a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee and Refreshments in the Downstairs Gallery At Norcross Place, adjacent to the North Conway Train Station.  This is a great time to meet other MWVAA volunteers and learn about the variety of ways in which you can help out by donating a bit of your time.

There are always lots of ways in which you can help keep Arts Alive in the Mount Washington Valley: helping committee members set up shows, by doing graphics, helping with fundraising as well assisting members with the standard type of things like stuffing envelopes and other office-related tasks.


This is a great way to make new friends and to find ways of giving back to your community.  Please come and enjoy some homemade goodies, have a hot cup of coffee and see what we’re all about!  We hope you’ll join us!


JP Goodwin
Nancy White Cassidy
MWVAA Co-Presidents





37th Annual Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer Event, Scheduled

The American Cancer Society’s Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer will be taking place

Young members of team “When Pigs Fly” enjoying their day at the Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer.
Young members of team “When Pigs Fly” enjoying their day at the Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer.

on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Mount Cranmore Resort, North Conway.   Volunteers interested in serving on the planning committee are needed now. Join other area residents to help organize this fun and meaningful event.

Race to Beat Cancer is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a day on the slopes and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society.   Whether you’re a recreational skier, a snowboarder, a downhill racer, a tubing enthusiast, or just want to help in the fight against cancer, you can join this worthwhile event.

Participants gather donations from friends and family and enjoy a fun-filled day on the slopes.  Minimum contribution of $75.00 per participant ($50.00 for those 17 and under) includes a full day lift or 2 hour tubing pass.  To register  and for more information please go to http://www.cancer.org/racetobeatcancer or call Kathy Metz, American Cancer Society, Community Executive at 603-356-3719 or Kathy.metz@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

Enjoy Flatbread Pizza with the WMHBRA & Learn to Weatherize Your Home


Next WMHBRA Meeting: November 12 at 6pm

Sponsored by Demilec Spray Foam

What is the best way insulate or weatherize your home?

With the rising cost of heating fuel, insulation is one of the investment that upgrading at the time of building process is where you will earn your money back.

What is the best way to insulate my custom home? Renovation? Spec house? Retrofit? There are many different factors to take into consideration. The design of the home? How do we meet the new more stringent codes? Lot location and surroundings i.e. heavily wooded, high traffic area, strong wind area. And of course there is always the budget.

Do I use fiberglass? Cellulose dry or spray applied? Spray foam open or closed cell? Or even a hybrid system? It is smart to think about insulation as early as possible in the planning process. Doing different applications of insulation could save you money in framing or with your heating system. It could also change your needs in your HVAC system.

Come learn more and ask Scott of Superior Insulation and Ryan Theriault of Demilec USA any questions you may have!

Monthly meetings are held in the Legends Room at Eastern Slope Inn beginning at 6 pm.  
Members $15, non-members $20, which includes pizza and salad from Flatbread Company
and plenty of opportunities for networking!
The Board of Directors meets at 4:30 pm and all are welcome to attend.

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual WMHBRA Christmas Party!
Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 6pm 
Black Bear Lodge – 456 Glen Ledge Rd, Glen, NH
(pictured above) 


*Hors D’oeuvres, BYOB, a “Cranky” Swap, and more.

Bring your significant other, a WRAPPED gift (see below), and – if you’re REALLY brave – your ugliest Christmas sweater!

“Cranky” Swap – Think Yankee Swap, with a twist. This is the ultimate in regifting! Here’s your chance to take something that’s been lying around your house unwanted, or that impulse buy you’ve never used – wrap it up and let someone ELSE deal with it! (and have a TON of laughs as you do!)

Please RSVP to Heather as soon as possible.

all her at 356-3392.
White Mountain Home Builders and Remodelers Association
email us at: info@whitemountainhomebuilders.com