March 9, 2009 - Vol.20, No. 23

News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families





Rev. Gary Kosmowski from St. Joseph's Church of Laconia

Déjà vu:e

A return engagement to Lou's greenhouse.
Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin

Senior Member:
Ed Merski

Pam Landry, wife of Roger

Friends of Lou:
Gary and Stephanie Drake, Diane Simoneau, Steve and Marie Dalcell, and Rev. Gary Kosmoski

Gary Drake

Stephanie Drake

Diane Simoneau

PPam Landry

Steve Dalcell

Marie Dalcell

Rev. Gary Kosmoski

Kiwanis KARES:

Below are some of the pictures of the readings that took place on March 5th at Pleasant Street School. Pictures courtesy of Chet Cilley.




No 50/50 this week


Happy Dollars:

Guest Host:
Our guest host was Honorary Kiwanian Lou Ricciardiello who welcomed the Kiwanis Club to back to his greenhouse in Gilford. Many Kiwanis members will recall, in August 2006, Lou Ricciardiello was successful with the blooming of “Tilly,” a rare flower, the amorphophallus titanium also known as the “corpse flower.” When it is in full bloom, the “corpse flower” smells like rotting flesh.

Thanks to the generosity of Lou Ricciardiello, the Kiwanis Club and employees of Lakes Region General Hospital teamed up and organized a public viewing event that resulted in a major fundraiser for both organizations. A pictorial review of that fundraiser was highlighted in the Kiwanis Kronicle, dated 8/14/06, and can be viewed by “clicking” here.

In 2006, “Tilly” was the sixth corpse flower to bloom in the world and the fifth in the United States. Up to that time, some 110 blooms had been recorded since the first at the Royal Botanical Gardens in London in 1889, of which less than a third had occurred in the United States. What made Lou’s flower unique was the fact that apart from “Tilly,” all the other blooms were cultivated by institutions mostly botanical gardens and universities making Lou the first individual ever to raise a blooming corpse flower.

Subsequent to Tilly, Lou Ricciardiello has been quite successful is growing many corpse flowers. In one room of his greenhouse about 300 of the “rare” breed are presently growing. In another section of his greenhouse, Lou was proud to show us his 28th corpse plant that is just days away from blooming. That new plant is expected to be a larger broader plant that “Tilly."


Comparisons of Tilly to the new plant:
The bulb on Tilly was 120 pounds. The bulb on the new plant weighs 225 pounds.
Tilly’s height was 82 to 85” the new plant, which is still growing, is presently 80 inches high.
The girth of Tilly, when it was closed was 128 centimeters. The new pant is 141 centimeters. That means, once the new plant blooms, later this week, it should be bigger than Tilly.

L to R: Pres Brian Winslow, Lou Ricciardiello, and Sec. Kathy Calvin.
Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin

More Greenhouse Pictures

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Ready to bloom

Lou shows his pineapple plant

Lou shows his Australian grass tree which is nearly 100 years old

Joe can't get enough of the smell

A room full of 300 smelly plants

The group listens to Lou



















Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, March 16th

Monday, March 23rd
Jane Bergeron, Organ Donor Program guest of Roger Landry

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Joe Collie

Kiwanis Kronikle is a weekly publication of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, N.H., P.O. Box 757, Laconia, N.H. 03247-0757. We meet Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Country Club Rd., Gilford, N.H. Please call your President or Secretary about any Member or family member in case of illness. Email: Joe Collie or Steve Loughlin



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