August 21, 2006 - Vol.17, No. 47

 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families

15 with several others in Lakeport with “Tilly”

Ed Merski

er Landry
Senior Members
Peter Karagianis, Ed Merski, Paul Normandin, Roger Webster, and Howard Bacon

Vi Adrignola with Joe Adrignola

Photo by Steve Loughlin

Tilly the Titan Update
The “Corpse Flower” bloomed Monday afternoon and the excitement was apparent as several hundred people made their way to Lakeport to see it.

Photo by Steve Loughlin

For more pictures of this historical event, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Publicity Machine
The flower could not have brought the club any more publicity. Aside from great local coverage on WMUR-TV and in the local papers, the flower story hit the AP wire and made it to the Boston newspapers. Also…several NH radio stations mentioned Tilly on Friday and once it hit the wire, all NH television/radio stations had the story available to their news departments.

Quotable Quotes:
" I didn't do it this year because I am too fat."
John Stow on why he didn't ride his bike up Mount Washington this year like he did last year.

On The Corpse Flower:

" It smells like my running shoes." -- Sheriff Dan Collis

" We did it in Lakeport so the smell would just blend in." -- Joe Collie

" Are you saying Lakeport smells like Dan's sneakers?" -- Don Nelson.
" The plant was grown by Gilford resident Rick Odello." -- Channel 9.


Motorcycle Update…
The bike is still at Meredith Harley. Paul Cotton reports that most of the ‘06’s have dropped in price and now parallel our bike. It may be time to come down more in price. The next move will be decided by the board at the next board meeting on September 5th, in the meantime, if anyone knows someone who may want the bike, or if you would like to make an offer, please let President Joe Collie or Motorcycle Chair Paul Cotton know.

Schedule Reminder
Hard to believe, but in 2 weeks, it’ll be Labor Day Weekend. We will not be meeting on Monday, September 4th, but instead we will get together on Tuesday, September 5th. The boards will meet and NISE money will be collected.

Roger Ballantyne Update
The following is a detailed update on Roger Ballantyne’s health…in his own words:

We met with Doctor Michael Atkins and Dr. David McDermott. They head up the clinical trials for metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the only hospital in Boston conducting these type of clinical trials. The doctors interviewed me and reviewed my medical history dating back 10 years. They have accepted me into the clinical trial - provided my heart, CAT scan and liver tests do not reveal any new abnormalities. The plan would be for me to start four weeks after my radiation treatments end. This would mean approximately the end of September.

The treatment involves my being hospitalized in Boston for one week receiving massive doses of Interleukin-2 every eight hours. This is a chemical that the body makes to fight cancer - only it doesn't make enough when you have as much cancer as I do. I return home for a week only to return the next week for a second week of in-hospital treatments. The treatments are pretty intense and require hospitalization because of the side effects. Capillary leak syndrome and hypotension require constant monitoring. The other side effects include flu like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry heaves, and red and dry skin that will result in skin peeling. sounds like a fun four weeks. The week at home after each in-hospital stay is pretty uncomfortable until the body returns to normal from the massive doses of the Interleukin-2.

I am anxious to get the treatments started. The other options aren't very appealing. The doctors at Beth Israel feel that I have a good chance of having a successful outcome. About 8% of the clinical trial participants have complete remission and 25% have partial remission. The 10 years between my occurrences and the fact that I have clear cell tumors makes me a good candidate for success. The hip replacement and reconstruction of my pelvis went well. I am walking with a cane and just about able to do everything except ride the motorcycle. I can get on it - I just can't get off of it by myself. My pain has decreased and I am not taking oxycontin at this time. I am thankful for this and my quality of like has improved tremendously over this past spring. Elizabeth has started me on my daily house chores and it feels good to be productive once more.

Your concern and continued prayers are appreciated. I could not have made it this far without your support.
Roger Ballantyne

Installation 2007
The Installation dinner will be held on Monday, October 2nd. All members and spouses are invited. We will also invite some past presidents and members. This may also be a good event to invite prospective members to. The evening will consist of the installation of the new treasurer, the new first vice president and the new second vice president. Also, new members of the board of directors will be installed and the Legion of Honor recipients will also be recognized. The Ned Roberts Award for Kiwanian of the Year will be handed out as well. Plans will be in the works over the next few weeks with President Joe Collie heading them up.
The menu at this point consists of a Prime Rib dinner. The cost will be $20 per person. More to follow…

Monday, September 25th

Monday, September 18th
A representative from the Special Olympics will speak.

Monday, September 11th
A representative from the Victim’s Restitution Fund will speak.

Monday, September 4th
No meeting. Labor Day. We meet Tuesday, September 5th. Boards meet, NISE collected.

Monday, August 28th
Expect a wrap on the Corpse Flower Fundraiser.


A pictorial reveiw of the "Corpse Flower"

By: W. Stephen Loughlin


The writer had the opportunity to follow the progress of Tilly the Titan over the last two weeks. During that time I took over 600 pictures of Tilly and many of the people who worked so hard to make this presentation possible. The following are a few of the pictures taken of this special event.


Thursday August 17, 2006 AM.

Kiwanis Past President Joe Adrignola makes opening comments to the media. From l to r: Eileen Cabanel, Laconia City Manager, Suzanne Stiles, LRGHealthcare, Joe Adrignola, Suzanne Rountree, media correspondant.

Suzanne Stiles makes comments to the media. From l to r: Suzanne Stiles, LRGHealthcare VP Administration & Supply Services, Eileen Cabanel, Laconia City Manager, Lou Ricciardiello, Joe Adrignola, Michael Kitch, Daily Sun reporter, Suzanne Rountree, media correspondent.

Lou Ricciardiello (blue shirt and white hat) makes his comments to the media.


Thursday August 17, 2006 PM

Tilly the Titan is secured for the move from the greenhouse in Gilford to the Lakeport Fire Station. l to r: Bob Abbott, Dennis Whitcher, Roger Landry, Pam Landry.


Workers look out of the greenhouse thorough the section of the wall that was removed. L to R: David DiMuzio, Gary Drake, Roger Landry.


Roger Landry gently lifts Tilly.


Roger Landry moves Tilly toward the pick up truck waiting outside the greenhouse. Lou Ricciardiello looks on (blue shirt and white hat).


Roger Landry lifts Tilly into the pickup truck.


Tilly is safely placed in the pickup truck. Gary Drake (standing on rear of forklift) supervises.


Dennis Whitcher screws on the rear wall of the specially constructed compartment that houses Tilly. Bob Abbot watches from inside.


An additional wall is secured in place. Lou Ricciardiello records the event.


The greenhouse walls are reinstalled and the final wall is placed on the compartment that houses Tilly.


At 1:04 p.m., Sheriff Dan Collis begins the procession from Gilford to Laconia.


At 1:20 p.m., the procession crosses Stark Street on to Union Ave.


At 1:23 p.m., Tilly safely arrived at the Lakeport firehouse.


The walls are removed from Tilly’s traveling house.


Tilly is carefully moved into the firehouse as Bob Abbot looks on.


Roger Landry assists in guiding the forklift into the firehouse.


Sheriff Dan Collis smiles as the mission has been successfully completed.


Thursday August 17th through Wednesday August 23rd

The crowds trickled in during the first four days of the viewing. Then, on Monday August 21, the crowds grew larger as the flower began to open.


The sign outside the firehouse advised the public that Tilly was blooming.


Joe Adrignola makes calls to advise his associates of the BIG event.


Joe Adrignola and his family demonstrate their pleasure on seeing Tilly at her best.

The crowd observes Tilly’s bloom.


Tilly is a crowd pleaser.


Kevin Sperl, of The Citizen, takes a closeup of Tilly’s leaves.


Close up of Tilly’s leaves.


Looking down into the flower are from l to r: Lou Ricciardiello, Sandy Marshall, and Gary Drake.


Tilly’s interior.


Sandy Marshall, LRGH Community Affairs and Volunteer Service Coordinator, is interviewed by WMUR TV news anchor, Scott Spradling.


This picture was taken of the hole that was cut into the base of the flower after it bloomed. Deep inside the flower, the male and female flowers are separate, with the females clustered at the bottom. Once they are ready, the males above them release pollen.


Pictures by W. Stephen Loughlin


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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