Archive | May 2009

Robin Boyd of Motherhood Incorporated Citizen of the Year

We at Motherhood Incorporated are so proud of Robin Boyd everyday, but for this we are especially proud! Well done Robin!


By LAUREN SAUSSER Union Leader Correspondent

HOOKSETT, NH — Robin Boyd may be many things, but an attention-seeker she’s not.

That’s why it came as such a shock when this mother-wife-volunteer-Web designer got a call from Hooksett Lions Club President Alden Beauchemin letting the Hooksett native know she had been chosen as the town’s Citizen of the Year.

“He gave me the news and, of course, I was surprised,” Boyd said. “I was hoping for another person in town to be the award winner, and I thought he was calling me to tell me that person had won.” But it was Boyd’s exemplary record of community service, especially with her lifelong commitment to the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, that caught the attention of the Lions Club committee that selects the Citizen of the Year. She is the 50th resident to be honored with the distinction since the program’s inception.

Mike Dibitetto, who spearheaded the selection committee this year, said the submissions were substantial and Boyd’s accomplishments stood out among them all.

“Community service is probably the No. 1 issue for the Hooksett Citizen of the Year,” Dibitetto said. “Robin has been exemplary. Her service is outstanding.” But for Boyd, community service is her second nature. She started off Girl Scouting in Manchester when she was little, because no troop existed in Hooksett. Eventually, her mother and a friend got together and established a local troop that Boyd joined.

She continued scouting throughout high school and college. Currently, she oversees all 18 Hooksett troops — approximately 165 scouts — as the Hooksett service unit manager.

“I think what’s special about Girl Scouting is the fact that a girl can find what’s special about her at her own pace. She can find her own strength. She learns about herself and about others,” Boyd said. “She’s not being compared to anyone else. She’s not in competition. She’s learning to be who is she and who she wants to be in her future. That’s so empowering.”

Boyd, a part-time graphic designer who works on Web-based projects from her home in Hooksett for a company in Los Angeles, is also supports the Lions Club and is active on the town’s Old Home Day Committee.

She and her husband, Stephen, raised two, now grown, children, Ross and Emily, in town.

“I think no matter how big Hooksett gets or how diverse Hooksett gets, we always seem to have a neighborly core,” Boyd said. “I think we still think like a small town. We seem to stay in touch with each other one way or another.”

Women & Friendships by Lisa Mendell

By Lisa Mendell

I just read The Girls from Ames. It is the story of a group of ordinary women who built an extraordinary friendship. With both universal insights and deeply personal moments, it is a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by or so I believe. I should be able to finish the book today ~ I have about 40 pages left.

It shows the dynamics of friendship and how you can have lasting, meaningful friendships throughout your whole life. It reinforces for me the importance of my friends and how girlfriends keep us healthy and sane. (Most of the time!)

For more, go to ~ The Girls from Ames is by Jeffery Zaslow

How Kids Learn Cooperation by Lisa Mendell

By Lisa Mendell

I came across an article in my email that I thought some might benefit from and it’s called How Kids Learn Cooperation. Some of the areas they touch on are:

  • Raising cooperative children- Cooperation—working in harmony with others to achieve a goal—is vital not only to a happy, successful life but also to a more peaceful and harmonious world.
  • Tuning into your child – The seeds of cooperation are planted very early, when parents tune in and respond to their young child’s needs.
  • Sharing – kids begin the process of learning to share even though it may take a few years to sink in. Why? Sharing some of their possessions is an early precursor to sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • A few good rules – Having a few simple rules in the context of loving family relationships gives kids a strong foundation for working together with others.

That just touches on a few. For more, go to

How To Learn From Failure by Lisa Mendell

By Lisa Mendell

Last month I featured an article on how to make your mind up to succeed, which I had read in Reader’s Digest. This month I thought I would give my thoughts on a related articled entitled 5 Winners Teach Us How To Learn From Failure. One person that is spotlighted is author JK Rowling, who I alluded to in my last post. Part of what she said was….

“She related a story about a young woman who gave up her dream of writing novels to study something more practical. Nonetheless, she ended up as an unemployed single mom “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless.” But during this rock-bottom time, she realized she still had a wonderful daughter, an old typewriter, and an idea that would become the foundation for rebuilding her life.”

For more of the article go to

Knowing how to approach failure can indeed be the first step to success!

Incurable Optimist by Lisa Mendell

By Lisa Mendell

Michael J. Fox will be on TV this Thursday, May 7th, in a special titled Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. He will interview different people and it should be a very uplifting experience. This special ties in with his new book, Always Looking Up. For more information, go to The special airs on ABC at 9 PM Central, 10 PM Eastern. For other times, visit the above link.