The Spirit of NH Awards -VOLUNTEERS- honors individuals, groups, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses from across NH who go above and beyond the call to serve. Residents, Ed and Am Rogers, were honored this year on Nov. 1, in Concord, NH.
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers resided in the New Hampshire town of Harrisville for many years, during which time they were both heavily involved in the Volunteer Fire Department, actively participating in actual firefighting as well as fire prevention training. Knowing them, it is highly probable that they participated in many other activities as well. Upon retirement they moved into the Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community (now known as Birch Hill) where they immediately involved themselves into a variety of volunteer activities. While I can no longer cite them in chronological order, they included, but are not necessarily limited to such things as taking over the very popular indoor golf tournament and making it into an art form, as well as expanding it to as many as four annual tournaments, each with a different format. They ran those tournaments for more than 10 years. Additionally, they ran the weekly putting contest, again occasionally changing the format and calculating the handicaps. Also for many years. They took over the management of the Friday night social held at the “Coop.” This involved stocking the bar, arranging for resident volunteer bartenders, clean-up crews, etc. This they also ran for probably 12 years or so of their entire 15 years of residency. Additionally, they also arranged for special events in the “Coop,” such as New Year’s Eve parties, birthdays, holidays and the like. Both Ed and Am served as members of the Resident Council at various times. Ed volunteered to staff the “Country Store,” a place where residents can buy gifts and basic food items. Am volunteered to help staff the In-House TV station. Additionally, she was often the pianist for special events such as Memorial Services, Holiday observances, or for anything else for which she may be asked. She could often be heard playing just for fun and for the listening pleasure of anyone who happened to be in the area. In the entire history of Birch Hill Retirement Community, it is doubtful to me that there has been anyone who has contributed more to the quality of life of the residents, than Ed and Am Rogers. They are richly deserving of any recognition that one can think of.
A Big Congrats and a Special Thank You to Ed and Am!