John L. and Doris M.
Saturley were known for their generosity when it came to causes near and dear
to their hearts. The philanthropic couple not only donated funds but
volunteered many hours to various boards, committees and associations.
Their passion for giving was remembered at the annual meeting at New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home dba Presidential Oaks on Wednesday during which the gift from the Estate of John L. and Doris M. Saturley was accepted. Son, Paul E. McCully, administrator of the estate, was on hand Wednesday, September 28, representing the Saturley Family to present the donation.
“My parents gave to
a lot of charities. This is where they’d hope to spend their final years. I can
see why they did give their largest donation here, their true legacy would be
to Presidential Oaks,” said McCully. “This marks the 25th anniversary of when (John) was President of the board and this coming year he would’ve been 100, so it seems very fitting to do this now.”
Mr. Saturley was
born in North Pembroke on July 21, 1917. He graduated from Pembroke Academy and
Concord College of Business.
Mr. Saturley, who
spent 45 years with Concord Lumber and served as President of the New Hampshire
Retail Lumbermen’s Association, was past President of the New Hampshire Odd
Fellows Home Board of Trustees. He joined Pembroke Grange No. 11 at age 14
where he held many positions and remained a member for the next 82 years.
The Saturley family believed in their community. A member of the First Congregational Church of Pembroke, Mr. Saturley served on the Pembroke School Board for 15 years, was President of the New Hampshire School Boards Association, a Trustee to Pembroke Academy, was named a Trustee to the University of New Hampshire by Governor Walter Peterson, served on the Pembroke Budget Committee in addition to his dedication to the Odd Fellows.
McCully said he is hoping the gift from his parents will be used in some building, remodeling or updating capacity, since his father was very active on the home’s building and grounds committee.
“It would be nice to see some kind of remodel or addition in a new room, something with a plaque that reads "'donated by John and Doris Saturley,'” said McCully.
With more than
130 years in Concord, Presidential Oaks, known as the New Hampshire Odd Fellows
Home, offers affordable, accessible retirement living, assisted care and
skilled nursing and rehabilitation to seniors. Presidential Oaks now offers
private accommodations to skilled rehabilitation patients and a discount for
veterans in our Retirement Living accommodations. For more information or to
schedule a tour, call 225-6644, visit www.presidentialoaks.org or find us on
Photo: Paul McCully, on behalf of the Estate of John L. and Doris M. Saturley, presented a donation to Presidential Oaks CEO Anne Purington during the Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home on Wednesday, Sept. 28. John Saturley is past President of the Board of Trustees.