May 27, 2008 - Vol.19, No. 35


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Brian Winslow

Ladies went to the food line first as Dianne declared it “Ladies Night.”

Senior Members:
Ed Merski, Roger Webster, Howard Bacon, and Ed Chertok

Joanne Merski

Joanne Merski seems happy that Ed took her to dinner.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Fund Raising Recap

This past weekend, the ATV Raffle made its way to Gunstock and the Laconia Nationals Hot Rod Show. Selling tickets over the weekend were: Denise Dow, Lori Dickson, Roger Landry, Warren Mitchell, Kathy Calvin, Phil Bonafide, and Joe Collie. Hats off to Roger Landry for transporting to and from Gunstock. Brian Winslow was helpful with setup, signage, and tickets. We raised $1,007 over the weekend.

Next stop: Bike Week. A sign up sheet will be circulated next week. Please check your schedule and see when you might be available to help sell tickets. Unlike in the past, we will not be down on the boardwalk all week, but only the first weekend and Thursday through Sunday the second weekend. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th and Thursday June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd. After Bike Week, there will be about a month before we start taking the ATV units to the fairs. More to follow. Please remember to check your schedules for Bike Week.

Reading is FUNdamental…

Kathy Calvin reports that there is a RIF event on Friday, June 6th at Woodland Heights from 9:30-11am. A sign up sheet will be circulated next week…please check your schedule and join the fun if you can make it.

was taken and the trip wascut. The ATV raffle was accepted
Denise Dow wins $22.

Denise Dow is the LUCKY DOG that took the pot this week. (Check out her shirt)
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Happy Dollars:

Denise gave 1 for winning the 50/50 and 1 for being on vacation.
Joe Collie gave one for turning 30 over the weekend.
Larry Murphy gave a happy dollar for his upcoming 50th college reunion. He majored in mathematics…using an abacus!
Steve Loughlin gave a happy dollar for Joe turning 30.


Ed Merski collected 25 cents from Roger Landry for leaving early. He also collected a dollar from Ed Chertok since Ed Merski found Ed Chertok’s 30 year Kiwanis pin in the parking lot.

Ed Merski auctions off this pin to pay for Joanne's dinner.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Guest Speaker:

Steve Loughlin introduced Tom Oetinger, former Laconia Police Chief, as our guest speaker. Tom is now the Outreach Coordinator for the Merrimack Valley Region of Granite State College. GSC used to be the College of Lifelong Learning. Part of the University System of NH, GSC is different because it has no campus, but 9 learning center around the state. They focus on adult learners. 90 percent of the student body is part-time adults students that work full time. The average age of a GSC student is 37. More than 80 percent of the students have some college experience and have transferred their credits to GSC to finish their education.

Tom himself was a graduate of CLL, before it was changed to GSC. He said that he learned as much from fellow students and their life experience as he did from the professors. GSC is primarily a four year school. They do offer 2 year degrees. He left brochures and business cards. Only about 3 percent of the new students at GSC go right out of high school. All courses are either weekends, evenings, or online. He said the university is geared toward students that either did not start college or started college but never finished because “life got in the way.” This could be because of schedule obligations, financial restrictions, or other reasons. The website for the school is GSC is the most affordable 4 year degree college in the state at about $900 per course. Tom said if you went full time, it would run about $8,000 a year.

To send an email to Tom Oetinger, "click" on to Tom's business card below:


Pres. Dianne forgot to wear her yellow tie for this picture.

L to R: Tom Oetinger, Pres. Dianne Roberts and Steve Loughlin
Photo by Joe Collie




............................Charlie St. Clair...again...
The Laconia Citizen, on Wednesday May 28th, featured a picture of Charlie and Jennifer at their recent book signing...

Laconia Motorcycle Week co-authored by Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson


Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, June 2nd
Boards Meet and Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, June 9th
Richard Grenier, Superintendent of the Belknap County Dept. of Corrections

Monday, June 16th

Monday, June 23th
Jason Stickney, chronic diseases


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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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