November 8, 2010 - Vol. 22, No. 3


News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Phil Bonafide

Taylor Williams - Laconia Key Club
Alex Haley - Laconia Key Club
Abagail Teichert - Laconia Key Club
Jack Batchelder - Guest of Joe Adrignola and potential new member
Eliza Leadbeater - Interim Executive Director - Belknap County Economic Development Council
Bryan Halperin - Executive Director - The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Michelle Cardinal - Incoming member (representing the Laconia Police Department)
John Markland - Incoming member

Taylor Williams
Alex Haley
Abagail Teichert
Jack Batchelder
Eliza Leadbeater
Bryan Halperin
Michelle Cardinal
John Markland

Photos by W. Stephen Loughlin

We had some unfinished business to attend that was leftover from the Installation last month.

Roger Webster was awarded a Legion of Honor plaque for 30 years of membership in the club.

Larry Murphy was awarded a pin for four years of perfect attendance.

After 57 years of membership in the club, Howard Bacon received a pin for one year of perfect attendance.

The highlight came when Larry Murphy was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year and shared a rousing story about a fun day at the car dealership with his sister-in-law.

Congratulations to all.

Thankfully 30 years didn't bring a 30 minute speech.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Howard has been in Kiwanis longer than Kathy has been alive!
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

3 eyes, 2 Kiwanian of the Year winners, 1 trophy, 0 hair.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

We gave Larry a standing ovation - but he kept standing.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Holiday Parade:
President Mike asked the club about participating in the annual Laconia Holiday Parade, which will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving - November 28th. The parade starts at 1 from Wyatt Park and rolls up South Main Street, through downtown, to the train station. Paul Cotton indicated that the Laconia Kiwanis trailer will be in use - being used to collect toys for the Santa Train and then delivering the toys to the Santa Fund office. Dick Breton suggested members assemble with classic cars, as we have before. If interested or available, please let Mike know. We will discuss again at our meeting of November 22nd.
For more details on the parade, "click" here.

President Mike Marsh reminded all that the annual Yankee Swap will be held at Pheasant Ridge on December 13th. Please limit the price of your gift to no more than $10. Also - the night of the Yankee Swap, a limit will be put on how many times you can pass unwanted gifts around. Paul Cotton says "that's stupid." Should be a fun time so come ready to share some Holiday Cheer on December 13th. In lieu of a kids' party - we will donate $250 to the Salvation Army Kids Stars program at Pleasant Street School.

Kiwanis KARES:
Kathy Calvin reports that there were 2 Kiwanis KARES readings recently. One was at Pleasant Street on Friday, November 5th - the other at Elm Street on Tuesday, October 26th. There were about 60 kids at each event and the next one is scheduled for Woodland Heights in December. Don and Sue Nelson, Chet Cilley, Larry Murphy, and Kathy Calvin participated. Thanks to all!

Turkey Plunge:
Kathy Calvin reports that she will be part of the annual Turkey Plunge to benefit the Salvation Army. She will be taking a dip in Weirs Beach on November 20th - which is next Saturday. She had a pledge form for anyone that was interested in donating to her brave effort. She encourages you to come out and see the brave souls go into the cold water that day - all for a good cause.
For more information on the event, please "click" here.

Key Club Update:
With the 3 Key Club members in attendance, Kathy recounted an emotional story of a homeless woman in Concord - she said the bus stops at her tent every morning and takes her 2 kids to school. The tent is behind a strip mall in Concord. Kathy went with the Key Club on November 2nd and served meals to the homeless at the Friendly Kitchen in Concord.

Ring the Bell:
We will be doing the bell ringing and kettle collection for the Salvation Army as we have in years past.

Our scheduled date is Thursday, December 23rd and a sign up sheet will be passed around at the next meeting on November 22nd.


50 50:
Mike Marsh won $19

Mike has a new baby to save for - this will help.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Free Meal:
Steve Gorse won.

Happy Dollars:

Mike Marsh gave 2 - 1 for winning and 1 for Joe Adrignola not winning.
Joe Collie gave 6 - 4 for daughter Sophie turning 4 today, 1 for daughter Makena moving back to Laconia, 1 for his new job: on December 13th he will be the Executive Director of the Waterville Valley Region Chamber of Commerce.
Ed Merski gave 1 for being gainfully unemployed.
Don Nelson gave 2 for his recent retirement.
Joe Adrignola gave $5 - 1 for each guest and potential member in attendance at tonight's meeting.
Roger Landry gave $10 in honor of the Key Club members and the future club members in attendance.
In all - $26 was collected.

Roger Landry was pinless - and hairless.

Installation of new members:
We welcomed two new members to the Kiwanis family this evening:

John Markland is the Gilford Police Chief. He has been with the GPD for 22 years. He and his wife, Donna, live in Alton.

Michelle Cardinal is the Laconia Police D.A.R.E. officer. Michelle is a "corporate member" meaning her organization, in this case the Laconia Police, is the actual member and a different officer may attend each week based on scheduling.

John was brought in by Roger Landry and Michelle and the Laconia PD by Joe Adrignola.Welcome John and Michelle.

Past. Lt. Gov. Joe Collie commented on how he enjoyed meeting police officers this way rather than the other way....don't ask him what that means.

Joe Adrignola is very pleased as he installs an additional member
who can contribute to his future 50/50 winnings.

Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Roger used to be a cop - John still is. Now they are BOTH Kiwanians.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

President Mike Marsh in the middle of a police line-up.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Guest Speakers:
We were presented a Power Point on The Winnipesaukee Playhouse by its Executive Director, Bryan Halperin. Bryan talked about the playhouse and its move from its current Weirs Beach location to a remodeled campus at what used to be the Annalee doll complex.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a Professional, Community, Educational, and Youth theater all in one. In its current location, it seats 84 people - but has no expansion potential, limited backstage space, no public gathering space. In the new location, at the former Annalee doll complex, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will have a New England Style barn as its main theater house, plus an outdoor amphitheater, storage facility, and a place for staff housing. For additional information on The Winnipesaukee Playhouse "click" here.

Eliza Leadbeater of the Belknap County Economic Development Council (BCEDC) talked about the capital campaign to raise funds for the project, which consisted of $500,000 in tax credits from the NH CDFA - Community Development Finance Authority. They have sold about $430,000 in less than 2 weeks. The project should be finished sometime in 2011. For additional information on the BCEDC "click" here. For information on the Tax Credit Program "click" here.

Eliza Leadbeater needs only 1 hand to explain tax credits.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Bryan Halperin uses both hands to explain the WP's move to Meredith.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Below are a few of the slides shown during the presentation:

President Mike and our guests speakers are all smiles.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Board of Directors Meeting:
Secretary Kathy Calvin read minutes of the board meeting of October 12th, which were read and accepted. Highlights include:
*** The general and charity fund were approved as read 
*** Carol Davis was approved for membership
*** John Bancroft, Eddie Cantin, Bill Kosmos, Nancy Williams Hunt were all approved as Honorary Members
*** Kathy Calvin was appointed secretary
*** Joe Adrignola, Mike Marsh, and Roger Landry were approved as signers on the bank account
*** $72 was approved for Roger Landry and Mike Marsh to attend Leadership Training in Conway on 11/20.
*** $150 was approved to be a Rally Patron for Bike Week 2011
*** On 10/25 - the board approved payment of $50.00 to assist the LHS Key Club with their donation in supporting the LHS Performing Arts.

Tonight's meeting was adjourned at 7:46 pm.

Excellence in Broadcasting:
Once again, Joe Collie was in the news for his award winning programs on radio station WASR. This
may be the last radio award Joe accepts since he will soon be moving on to a new non-radio position.

Perhaps the last radio award for Joe Collie as he'll soon be barking up a new tree.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Halloween night, a young boy named Brian and his sister, Emma, made an appearance at the Loughlin front porch:

Darth Vader and a young Princess are accompanied by another character. For a clue to his identity, "click" here.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Saturday November 20th
Turkey Plunge - Weirs Beach- Cheer on Kathy Calvin who will participate in the plunge

Monday November 22nd
Club Meeting - Guest Speaker: Cameron Hobbs - Gilford resident and Eagle Scout will make a presentation on Healthy Living in the Lakes Region

Saturday November 28th
Laconia Holiday Parade - starts at 1 pm from Wyatt Park - we need Kiwanis volunteers to march

Monday December 13th
Club Meeting - Christmas Party with Kiwanis Yankee Swap

Thursday December 23th
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army


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Kiwanis Kronikle is publication of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, P.O. Box 757, Laconia, NH 03247-0757.
We meet the second and fourth Monday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Country Club Road, Gilford
Please call your President or Secretary about any member or family member in case of illness. Email: Joe Collie or Steve Loughlin