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July 21, 2008 - Vol.19, No. 43

 

 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families

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Attendance:
24

Invocation:
Warren Mitchell

Senior Members:
Roger Webster, Peter Karagianis, Warren Mitchell, Ed Chertok, Howard Bacon, Paul Normandin, and Ed Merski

 

Guests:
Ben Pearson with Grandpa Warren Mitchell

Warren shows Kiwanis his Fountain of Youth experiment.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Ben tells Grandpa "just stick to this bottle..."
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Berlin Road Trip
Warren Mitchell reminds the club of the Berlin Interclub, scheduled for tomorrow night: Tuesday, July 22nd. Signed up to make the trip are Warren Mitchell, Howard Bacon, Dick Metz, Ron Penn, Jim Fortier, and Larry Murphy. Mark Liebl and Dick Breton want to go up on motorcycles, so they are weather permitting. If it rains, they won’t make the trip on bikes. A full recap of the trip, and hopefully a stolen Berlin bell, is expected at next week’s meeting.

 

ATV Raffle
A sign up sheet was circulated for this weekend’s Stratham Fair. On the schedule for this event:

STRATHAM FAIR

For information on the Stratham Fair, click here.
For directions to the Stratham Fair, click here.


Date: THURSDAY, JULY 24-SUNDAY, JULY 27
SET-UP WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD OR THURSDAY, JULY 24TH BY 7AM:

SET-UP:
Warren Mitchell and Jim Fortier

THURSDAY, JULY 24th
10am- 2pm: Larry Murphy and Ed Merski
02pm- 6pm: Larry Murphy and Ed Merski
66pm-10pm: Larry Murphy and Ed Merski

FRIDAY, JULY 25th
10am- 2pm: Roger Landry and Pam Landry
02pm- 6pm: Kathy Calvin and Ed Chertok
66pm-10pm:__________ and __________

SATURDAY, JULY 26th
10am- 2pm: Denise Dow and Lori Dickson
02pm- 6pm: Kathy Calvin and Jim and Arlene Fortier
66pm-10pm: Kathy Calvin and __________

SUNDAY, JULY 27th
10am- 2pm: Kathy Calvin and Brian Winslow
02pm- 6pm: Brian Winslow and ___________
66pm-10pm:__________ and __________
BREAKDOWN
*:Warren Mitchell and Jim Fortier

*BREAKDOWN: SUNDAY JULY 27th or MONDAY MORNING JULY 28th

CHESHIRE FAIR

There was a scheduling error for the Cheshire Fair coming up the following week. If the club wants to participate, we must be there for all 5 days and not just the final 3. We have been circulating a sign up sheet for just the weekend: Friday through Sunday, August 1st -3rd, but we must fill the first 2 days as well in order to be included. Past President Joe Collie passed around a revised sign up sheet.

For information on the Cheshire Fair, click here.
For directions to the Cheshire Fair, click here.


Date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 -SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
SET-UP TUESDAY, JULY 29th

TUESDAY, JULY 29th
xxx Set-Up: Joe Collie and Brian Winslow

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30th
11am- 5pm: Larry Murphy and ______________

65pm-10pm:Roger and Pam Landry

THURSDAY, JULY 31st
x11am- 5pm: Larry Murphy and _____________
65pm-10pm: Joe Collie and Kathy Calvin

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st
11am- 5pm: Don and Sue Nelson

65pm-10pm:Larry Murphy and Brian Winslow

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd
11am- 5pm: Denise Dow and __________
65pm-10pm: Kathy Calvin and __________

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd
11am- 3pm: Kathy Calvin and ___________
03pm- 7pm: Jim and Arlene Fortier
Breakdown:Jim and Arlene Fortier

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Hey Kiwanis…THANKS!
We received two thank you notes this week. One from Community Health and Hospice for our recent donation and one from Alisha at the Youth Services Bureau for the opportunity to speak to our club last week. You’re welcome!

Helmets for all…
Dianne Roberts lets the club know that we donated bicycle helmets to Kathleen Yale of the Laconia Police Department for their block party event at Dartmouth Street. We gave her about 8 helmets to distribute to kids at this event.

50/50:
$25 TO THE WINNER
And the winner is….Ben Pearson!

Ben wins the 50/50. Youth Rules at Laconia Kiwanis.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Happy Dollars:
Ben gave 1 for winning the 50/50. Brian Winslow gave a happy dollar for the club’s donation to the Young Family Program at CH&H. Ed Chertok gave a happy dollar for a good phone call. Charlie St. Clair gave a happy dollar for being at the meeting.

Warren and Ben smile while Roger and Peter sleep.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Fines:
Roger Landry was pinless and Warren Mitchell was pinless. 50 cents was collected.

 

Guest Speakers:

Steve Loughlin introduced Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson from the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. They have just published a book about the history of Motorcycle Week. Charlie showed several pictures of Kiwanians at Bike Weeks past, including Carroll Stafford, Peter Karagianis, Ed Chertok, and Paul Normandin.

Charlie said that this past Bike Week saw numbers that were down about 10-15 percent, the second straight year the event saw a decline. Charlie said the economic situation put a strain on many folks, some of whom would limit the number of days they were in Laconia. Charlie said most sponsors have said they will be back in 2009, when Bike Week will run from June 13th through June 21st. Next year, it will end on Father’s Day, which it did not do this year.

Jennifer said the first picture in the book was of all the bikes lined up on Lakeside Ave during the first Bike Week in 1916. The book was a three year project, with the last year consisting of more constant work pulling everything together. Anderson describes the book as a “labor of love.” She says that it is the only history of Bike Week. Charlie says the first printing sold out and they are in the process of printing more. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing and sells for $19.99. If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of the book at the same price, contact Charlie or Jennifer via email by clicking here.

Book authors, Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson with Steve Loughlin
Photo by Brian Winslow

Bike Week in pictures....
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

 

This photograph may be one of the only known pictures of the first gypsy tour that came to Laconia and
Weirs Beach in 1916. This photograph is of Lakeside Avenue taken from the boardwalk just north of the
Boston and Maine Railroad station. The surface and layout of the roads during this time period meant
that people could spend an entire day for a 100-mile trip. Most of the riders were from Massachusetts. It
is believed that up to 150 motorcycles and riders made the trip. The gypsy tour was organized by
motorcycle shops in southern New England.
Photo from the book, Laconia Motorcycle Week

This group from the Bay State Motorcycle Club of Massachusetts arrived for the gypsy tour at Weirs
Beach in 1918. Local reports estimated that 300 motorcycles arrived for the tour, but it is unclear if all
were members of the motorcycle club. The street on which the motorcycles are parked is Lakeside Ave.
The photograph is looking north. In the center top of the photograph is where the Weirs Beach General
Store is today. Lake Winnipesaukee is on the right-hand side. This street was not paved at the time. Most
of the riders and their passengers were wearing their Sunday best clothes. (Check out the photo below.)
Photo from the book, Laconia Motorcycle Week

This picture, taken in 2007, is a similar view of the Lakeside Ave. picture shown above.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Fritzie Baer is shown here in 1954 with Peter Karagianis on his left and John O'Shea, the owner of the
O'Shea's Department Store in downtown Laconia. They are in the men's hat department getting the new
red hats for the Red Hat Brigade. The Red Hat Brigade helped open many doors of support from people
in the area for motorcycle week.
Photo from the book, Laconia Motorcycle Week


Community support for the AMA gypsy tour and the 100-Mile National Championship Road Race was
spearheaded by many community leaders. They spent many hours at meetings and on site during the rally
working to ensure the success of the gypsy tour and the race. From left to right are Hugh Bownes, Peter
Makris, Jack Sawyer, Peter Karagianis, and Ed Hoagland. (See picture below.)
Photo from the book, Laconia Motorcycle Week

On June 13, 2008, at a press conference held at Meredith Harley-Davidson dealership, long time Kiwanian
Peter Karagianis, and the late Peter Makris were given the 2008 Fritz Baer Award for outstanding contributions
to motorcycling and to the success of Laconia Motorcycle Week.

Gov. John Lynch congratulated Peter Karagianis (second from right) and Cynthia Makris (second from left),
who accepted the 2008 Fritz Baer Award on behalf of her father. Pictured L to R: Jennifer Anderson, Makris,
Gov. John Lynch, Karagianis, and Charlie St. Clair.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

 

Paul thinks the man in this photo