March 31, 2008 - Vol.19, No. 27


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families




Mike Marsh

Senior Members:
Peter Karagianis, Ed Merski, and Warren Mitchell

Guest Speaker:
Courtney Marshall, Nursing Home Administrator

Fund Raising:
Brian Winslow and Joe Collie gave a fund raising update. Joe told the club about the fairs he had researched, should we opt to do an ATV raffle. With attendance at these fairs projected to be huge, and Mother Nature helping us out, the possibility exists that we could do Bike Week and just 3 or 4 of the biggest fairs and have a substantial fundraiser. Brian also mentioned a trip package and a 50/50 raffle to sell tickets for during Bike Week. A decision should be made next week on which direction we will take as a fundraiser for the year.

Joe Collie gives his blessing to Larry Murphy.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Hey Kiwanis…THANKS!
We received a thank you from the Girls Scouts for our donation to their campership program. We made a $200 donation. We also received a thank you from the Faith, Hope, & Love Foundation for allowing them to speak at our meeting on March 17th. They remind us that their benefit dinner is April 12, 2008 at the Belknap Mill. If anyone is interested in attending, please RSVP by April 1st.


How are ya, Governor?
Joe Collie reports that he was selected as Lt. Governor elect at the Division 6 caucus in Wolfeboro on Saturday. Joe was the only nominee, just like the Republicans this year. Anyway…Lt. Governor training is the first weekend in May in Hyannis, MA. An update on some of the other things discussed last weekend will be given next week. One more bit of information regarding this: Ralph Jolie from the Dover Club was elected as Lt. Governor for 2009-2010, almost assuring Joe only has to do it for one year.

Reading is Fundamental was at Pleasant Street School. Joe Adrignola and Randy Brough helped Kathy Calvin. The Pleasant Street School librarian said that it was the most exciting one yet. The next distribution is scheduled for May at Elm Street School.

Comedy Night:
Kathy Calvin reports that LHS Band Comedy night will be April 11, 2008 at LHS. Three Boston comics will be presenting their comedy. The proceeds will benefit the band and tickets are $7 each.

Joe Adrignola and Catherine Contigiani, $19.

Joe Adrignola's 50/50 dance worked again!
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Happy Dollars:
Joe Adrignola and Catherine Contigiani each for winning the 50/50.

Joe Adrignola for being pinless.


Guest Speaker:

Courtney Marshall is the administrator at the Belknap County Nursing Home. Marshall said that, in the first two months on the job, he has been impressed by the facility and the staff. He said the annual state survey was held last week and the nursing home passed with flying colors. He said he is proud of the staff for their turning around the facility following a negative survey two years ago. BCNH is one of the few nursing homes that are not Medicare certified. Marshall said that they are going through the process of applying for Medicare certification. He said this would bring a higher reimbursement rate and better serve the tax base. Another area being enhanced is staffing. With the nursing shortage, nurses can go and work wherever they want to. For this reason it is important that BCNH be a positive place to work to retain employees. Marshall lives in Grantham, NH.
He said after years at other nursing facilities, he finds that government run facilities are best when run correctly and that the Belknap County Nursing Home is being run correctly. Prior to BCNH, he worked in Hanover, Unity, and in Maine. Right now there are 94 beds… there are 93 residents. Nearly a full house…In her “real life”, President Dianne Roberts is the Director of Nursing at the Belknap County Nursing Home.

Dianne may be our boss...but this guy is her boss!
BCNH Administrator Courtney Marshall with President Dianne Roberts, who is also the Director of Nursing at BCNH.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, April 7th
Board of Directors meet. Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, April 14th
Lou Guevin speaks about the Sturgis motorcycle gathering

Monday, April 21st
Jim Morash of Mount Washington Cruises

Monday, April 28th
The Key Club speaks about their Louisiana trip for Habitat for Humanity.

Monday, May 5th
Board of Directors meet. Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, May 12th
Thomas Oetinger, former Laconia Police Chief.

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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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