November 26, 2007 - Vol.19, No. 9


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families


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Roger Landry

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

Dave Cooley and Gary Desrosiers with The Lodge at Belmont

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Photos by W. Stephen Loughlin


Hey Kiwanis...THANKS!
We received a thank you note from the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation regarding our sponsorship of their community spelling bee on November 8th. The event was a big success. It raised more than $8,000 for the organization. The thank you made special mention of Dick Metz and Oh Boy Toys for his contribution. Well done!

Party Time...
The Children's Christmas Party will be in the big room at Pheasant Ridge on Monday, December 10th. Please RSVP to Kathy Calvin with your child or grandchild's name and age. Also let her know a toy they may be interested in. Santa will be there so bring the kids for the fun! If you haven't turned in a slip to Kathy yet, e-mail her at At press time, only 4 children were signed up for the party.

The same night... the Children's Party is the Santa Fund Auction gala kickoff. The event is black tie optional. On board already are: Joe Adrignola, Chet Cilley, Paul Cotton, and Dianne Zawacki. The Christmas Auction begins the next day. This special event is designed to be a "kick off" for this year's campaign.

Speaking of Party Time...
The Kiwanis Christmas Party, hosted by Roger Landry, will be at Dick Metz house on Monday, December 17th. The cost will be $25 per person. Spouses welcome. There will be an open bar. A sign up sheet was circulated and will be again next week. Please check your schedules as Dick needs a head count. If you do not know the way to Dick's house, the big red one on Sleeper Hill a few doors down from Landry Estate, we'll have directions in the next bulletin. Hope to see you there and thanks to the Metz' for opening up their home to the Kiwanis Club.

Speaking of Dick Metz...
Dick Metz put himself in line for 2nd Vice President at the meeting this week. The club voted and approved him unanimously. This completes our roster of officers and directors. Dick will be president of the club beginning October 2009. Click here to hear the club's reaction to Dick's announcement. Anyone want to be president in 2010? Anyone?


Be at next week's meeting....
Please try and attend a very important meeting next week. The club has been presented a fund raising opportunity at The Lodge in Belmont in which we have the opportunity to take a certain percentage of their take on specially disginated Charity Nights. Discussion and vote are expected at the meeting next week, so please be in attendance if possible. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The club will again ring the bell for the Salvation Army. We will do this, as we did last year, in front of Bloom's Variety on Main Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday, December 22nd. The schedule is as follows:

9am - 10am:
Ed Merski, Roger Landry
10am - 11am:
Carroll Stafford, Paul Normandin
11am - noon:
Don Nelson, Chet Cilley
noon -1 pm:

Denise Dow, Larry Murphy
1pm -2 pm:
Lori Dickson, Dianne Roberts
2pm -3 pm:
Kathy Calvin, Warren Mitchell
3pm -4 pm:
Dick Metz, Howard Bacon
4pm -5 pm:
Makena Collie, Joe Collie

Kathy Calvin, $25

Kathy Calvin, a Hawaiian sunset, and a Kiwanis coconut.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Nobody asked.

Happy Dollars:
Kathy Calvin for winning the 50/50. Dick Metz gave a happy dollar for seeing Charlie St. Clair. CSC recently underwent back surgery. Dick reports that he is doing well and will be back on his feet soon. He said he misses everyone and he sends along a hello. Larry Murphy gave a buck since all his sister in law's boxes are now gone from his garage and he can park his car in there...finally!

Chet Cilley was late and Paul Cotton was pinless...and hairless.

Guest Speaker:
Karen Thurston of the Blue Star Mothers spoke to the club. The organization was founded by an Act of Congress in 1942 to recognize mothers of soldiers that were serving in the military. Karen has a son that was in Mosul, Iraq. He joined the US Army in 1999 and was deployed in 2004 and served 15 months as an MP at a checkpoint. He was there for the big mess hall bombing in Mosul that we heard so much about in the news. The NH Chapter of Blue Star moms started with 5 mothers in New Hampshire. It is one of 127 chapters in the US and the dues are $10 a year. Recently, the group got a section of NH Route 202 in Hillsboro named for the Gold Star Mothers. A Gold Star Mother is a mom of a soldier that has died in combat. Karen explained that the organization recognizes moms of soldiers in all conflicts, past and present, dating back to World War One. The organization is a 501-C3. There are currently 37 Gold Star Mothers in New Hampshire, dating back to the first Gulf War in the early 1990s. Besides support, Blue and Gold Star moms assist in the transition as soldiers return to everyday life following their time in the conflict. This year, they will be displaying Christmas Trees at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, the town of Pittsfield, and the Belknap Mill in Laconia to display the names of the soldiers that are currently serving from New Hampshire. Please email Karen if you should have any questions regarding the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire.


Blue Star Mom, Karen Thurston and President Dianne
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin




Peter Karagianis...




Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, December 3rd
Boards meet, Food Pantry money collected

Monday, December 10th
Children's Christmas Party

Monday, December 17th
Adult Christmas Party at Dick Metz's house. Spouses welcome.


NOTE: During January and February, we meet at One Mill Plaza...

Monday, January 7th
Boards meet, Food Pantry money collected

Tuesday, January 15th
Key Club Advisors

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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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