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LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB

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he year 1919 saw the world emerging from the Great War and still fighting the deadly Spanish flu pandemic. The average life expectancy for Americans was 55. The 18th Amendment, establishing Prohibition, was adopted. It was against this solemn backdrop that Lebanon, N.H., philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. William S. Carter founded the Carter Community Building Association (CCBA) “for the purpose of furnishing the young people of Lebanon (New Hampshire) a healthful and uplifting club life, following in its line of work that of the YMCA and kindred institutions.” Back then, the CCBA inhabited a single building on 1 Campbell Street. The building was just a couple of years old, and had been used by the Red Cross to assist the families of World War I servicemen. After the war, the Carters opened the building to the public for a variety of sporting events as well as dances and weddings. For Lebanon’s youth, the CCBA provided a much-needed place to blow off steam, socialize, and celebrate. One hundred years later, the CCBA does that — and so much more.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY The CCBA’s 100th anniversary has been a perfect opportunity for Executive Director Shelby Day to take a step back and appreciate how far the center has come over the past century. “It’s been amazing to go back

through the history [of the CCBA] and look through board meeting minutes from the 1940s and 1950s — it really shows how much we’ve grown,” she says. Day has been doing more than sifting through boxes of old documents; she’s been mining her own treasured memories. “I was born and raised in Lebanon, and the CCBA has been home since I was 6 years old,” she says. “My parents, my uncles — we all grew up with the CCBA. I’d come here after school. Later, in my teens, I worked out here with my mom. And now my own children get to enjoy it. So, this is more than a job for me, it’s a way to give back for all the CCBA has given me and my family.” After leaving Lebanon for college and a 19-year career as a student success and wellness professional at a Vermont military college, Day returned to the area and the CCBA about two years ago. While so much had changed in and around Lebanon and at the CCBA since she was a kid, it didn’t take long for Day to feel right at home again. “When I did my final interview in the Carter Community Building, I was at the same table where I’d sit and do my homework as a kid,” she says.

A COMMUNITY RESOURCE As executive director, Day oversees the various daily functions of the CCBA and works in partnership with the many people who are dedicated to the cen›››››

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