Has Someone Dear to You Been Through Cancer? You’ll Identify With This Performance On 10/29!

Our Goal…

Like other affiliates of the Cancer Support Community, Gilda’s Club New Hampshire will offer free programs and services for men, women, and children impacted by cancer. Our innovative program will be an essential complement to medical care, providing support groups, healthy living workshops, educational programs, and social activities, all free of charge. Our support groups and program will take place in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Support Us

Your support will allow Gilda’s Club to open and offer its support groups and services to individuals impacted by cancer, free of charge. Our evidence-based program will reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and distress. Together we can open the club to empower our members and strengthen their hope.


We’re Hiring!

Executive Director/Development Director Wanted

We are making great progress towards opening Gilda’s Club New Hampshire and we’re ready to hire our first employee! Click here to see and download the job description. For more information about the position or to apply, contact us at info@GildasClubNH.org.


Take a look at this video from Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to see what the clubs are like.



The Actual Dance

The Actual Dance is an award-winning play that moves audiences worldwide to laugh, cry and then cheer. It’s a love story about a husband who struggles as his wife battles breast cancer. The hour-long performance features original music and choreography. We’ll be showing it online via Zoom Thursday, 10/29/2020 at 6:30pm. The Actual Dance is  …

Making Cancer Treatment Decisions Workshop

Gilda’s Club New Hampshire will host Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions – a free, online workshop for people who are in the process of making treatment decisions at any stage in their treatment. Fundamental information about the most current treatments and strategies for making treatment decisions. Cindy Arcieri, MS, APRN, OCN, Director of …


We dream about what our clubhouse will be like. As you can see from these pictures of a few of the other Gilda’s Clubs, they don’t all look alike! Maybe you can help us find the best place….

An appropriate club site will be an important factor in the accessibility, visibility and attractiveness of the club. The clubhouse will be located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We will need about 25 parking spaces and handicapped accessibility. The location should be in a quiet area either near a residential neighborhood or adjacent to a light commercial area. 
Space for exercising and social activities out of doors – preferably at least partially screened from view.
The reception area is the most visible spot where administrative and program functions meet. The receptionist greets members here.
Ideally, the kitchen will be adjacent to the Community Room, but have the possibility of being closed off from it, so that the noise doesn’t interfere with scheduled activities. This will be an activity center with cooking classes, pot-luck dinners, cookie-baking, etc.
Noogieland is the  program for children 3-12 yrs. old. It will have activities with lots of movement, puppet shows, snacks, etc. 
Building Size– The clubhouse can either be an existing building that can be adapted to the new use or be new construction of about 3,000 sq., ft. 

Space for exercising and social activities out of doors – preferably at least partially screened from view.
The Community Room will need to accommodate at least 60 people seated at tables. This room is multi-functional, serving as lecture hall, party place and meeting room. There should be an adjacent kitchen for ease of handling potluck suppers and other social gatherings.
It is ideal to allocate room for a home-like lounge area adjacent to group rooms, where people can gather before or after group meetings, relax, or read. This could be an information-gathering area, with a computer that members can access, and books and videos.


Environment- The clubhouse is not only a meeting place, but the most visible and enduring symbol of the club’s philosophy and program. Builders and decorators of the clubhouse have the task of providing a warm, welcoming, homelike setting. Above all, nothing should suggest an institution, a social service agency, or an office.
The clubhouse’s red door can be any size and shape, just so long as it’s red, red, red. The entry mural should reflect the local culture and make a whimsical statement about Gilda Radner (hiking, fishing, motorcycle?)
Group Rooms- When selecting furniture, try to accommodate everyone’s comfort: supportive straight-back chairs, comfortably cushioned chairs, etc. The room may hold as many as 10 people. 
Art and craft activities have proven to be very popular. Projects can messy and require their own space and serious storage.


Meet Our Leaders

Pat Anderson
Past President, Founding Board, Gilda’s Club Madison Wisconsin; Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired; Past-President and Treasurer, Laconia Rotary Club
John Perley
John Perley

Retired CEO of the Champlain National Bank, Plattsburgh, NY; Director, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Champlain National Bank;
Trustee; Laconia Public Library; Director. Laconia Historical & Museum Society
Margaret Donnelly

Serial Entrepreneur (JitterJam, AlignMeeting);
NH Charitable Foundation Lakes Region Advisory Board;
Laconia Human Relations Committee;
Welcoming NH Working Group
Jeff Fisher
Vice President

President & General Manager, Northeast Communications Corporation

Rod Dyer

Attorney, Wescott Law, PA Former Mayor of Laconia, NH
Chairman Emeritus – Bank of New Hampshire

Sue Vincent
Gilda’s Team Leader

Former Administrative Assistant to Chief Information Officer – LRGHealthcare;
Institutional Review Board Liaison – LRGHealthcare;
Former Medical Staff Coordinator – LRGHealthcare;
Founding Member – New Hampshire Association Medical Staff Services
Jennifer Anderson
Faculty, Lakes Region Community College & Plymouth State University;
Deputy Director, Laconia Motorcycle Week Association; Secretary, Laconia Rotary Club
Joanne Piper Lang

Fundraising and Communications Consultant;
Past VP of Development and PR for Lakes Region Community Services;
Past President and Secretary Laconia Rotary Club;
Leadership Lakes Region graduate.

Our Goals

• To secure a safe, home-like clubhouse (about 3,000 sq. ft.) where nobody stays overnight, but in the daytime it will provide a healing environment away from medical settings, where those affected by cancer can have a refuge from the stress of dealing with serious, life-threatening illness. • To be open to the public, offering programs and services for people affected by cancer, by 2021.

Our Mission

The mission of Gilda’s Club New Hampshire is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Our Vision

We will have Gilda’s Club New Hampshire as an active affiliate implementing the Cancer Support Community program, which is the gold standard of psychosocial support for people affected by cancer.

Our History

Gilda Radner (for whom our club is named), was one of the original comedians in NBC’s Saturday Night Live shows.  There she created several enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner.

When diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986, Radner sought support from The Wellness Community. She called for similar support-focused organizations to be available not only on the West coast, but everywhere. Unfortunately in 1989, Gilda passed away.

In honor of Gilda’s legacy, her husband Gene Wilder, and Joanna Bull, along with friends and family, founded Gilda’s Club in 1991. The first local Affiliate organization, Gilda’s Club New York City (GCNYC), opened its iconic Red Door in 1995. Since then, additional locations have opened worldwide.

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, a groundbreaking report on the importance of addressing the social and emotional needs of individuals facing cancer, rather than just their physical needs—an idea The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide had both been implementing for many years. This eventually sparked merger discussions between the two organizations, which aimed to increase operating efficiency and reduce overall costs in order to provide greater resources and influence.

In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged, becoming a united organization under the name Cancer Support Community. CSC is dedicated to its mission of providing emotional support and psychosocial care for individuals impacted by cancer, including their families and friends. In addition to the clubs, the organization has developed online the Cancer Support Helpline, the Cancer Experience Registry and greatly expanded the Frankly Speaking About Cancer educational materials and radio shows. Further, CSC piloted an inaugural hospital-integrated model. Through all of these developments, CSC has worked to further expand its services so that “no one faces cancer alone”. Furthering CSC’s vision is their Research and Training Institute, which was born out of the necessity to better understand the complete needs of people with cancer and their caregivers and to improve the cancer experience. The Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research to gain evidence for improving cancer care. CSC’s Cancer Policy Institute is engaged in public policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. Using the perspective of patients and grounded evidence, the Cancer Policy Institute strives to ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive care for all patients, quality as a central theme, and research as a critical priority.


“Cancer gave me a membership into an elite club I’d rather not belong to.” Gilda Radner
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner (Columbia Pictures Industries, 1982)