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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 in a light commercial area adjacent. It can’t be in an area that is zoned residential.

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. The greatest need for large spaces is in Noogieland, the kitchen and in the Community Room.

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, while paying close attention to what each detail conveys to members and visitors about the nature of the program. Above all, nothing should suggest an institution, a social service agency, or an office.

Space for exercising and social activities out of doors – preferably at least partially screened from view.

Make it warm and welcoming. Consider windows above head height (for privacy) on interior walls to let light through to open work areas and hallways.

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?)

The reception area is the most visible spot where administrative and program functions meet. The receptionist greets members here, but also answers the phone and frequently performs clerical tasks.

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.

Group Rooms- When selecting furniture, try to accommodate everyone’s comfort: supportive straight-back chairs, comfortably cushioned chairs, etc. Keep in mind that weak or disabled people may have difficulty getting up from some styles of cushioned seating. The room may hold as many as 15 people. Pictures should be unobtrusive and pleasant

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.

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.

Art and craft activities have proven to be very popular. Projects can messy and require their own space and serious storage.

Noogieland is the  program for children 3-12 yrs. old. It will have activities with lots of movement, puppet shows, snacks, etc. Although we will not be license as such, this part of the building will meet construction requirements for child care facilities. Capacity: 10-15 children and staff.

Gilda's Club New Hampshire, PO Box 1246, Laconia, NH 03247  (603) 387-6775  [email protected]