June 8, 2015 - Vol. 26, No.16


News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families


Attendance: 14
12 members, 2 guests

Joe Adrignola

Becky Guyer – Guest of Muff Walker
John Rogers – Guest Speaker

Becky Guyer
John Rogers

From the President:
President John asked if everyone had received his letter, dated June 1, 2015, detailing the changes being made in the Club effective July 1st.  John then asked if there were any comments or questions by the membership.

A Club vote on a needed Kiwanis International Bylaw change was postponed until the next meeting. 

John also announced there are a few slots remaining to be filled for the Bike Week concession.

Motorcycle Week Sign-Up:

The following is a current schedule of members who have signed up to work at the Boardwalk during Bike Week. If you would like to add your name to the list, please indicate the day and time preference and “click” here to send an e-mail to our bulletin editor. Your preference will then be updated into the schedule listed below:


Friday, June 12th
00S E T - U P: 0000Brian Winslow, John Walker, and Phil Bonafide

Saturday, June 13th
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Kathy Calvin and Jeff Beane
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm: John Walker and Muff Walker

Sunday, June 14th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) John Walker
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Larry Murphy and Jeff Beane
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Kathy Calvin and Carole Davis

Monday, June 15th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Brian Winslow
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Phil Bonafide and Larry Murphy
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Betty Ballantyne and Steve Loughlin

Tuesday, June 16th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Brian Winslow
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Phil Bonafide and Larry Murphy
02:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Kathy Calvin and Joe Adrignola

Wednesday, June 17th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Brian Winslow
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Don Nelson and John Walker
02:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Betty Ballantyne and Jim Fortier

Thursday, June 18th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Brian Winslow
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Meredith Horton and John Walker
02:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Kathy Calvin and Robbie Neylon

Friday, June 19th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Brian Winslow
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Larry Murphy and Jim Fortier
02:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Steve Loughlin and Joe Adrignola

Saturday, June 20th
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Kathy Calvin
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Kathy Calvin and Don & Sue Nelson
02:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Joe Adrignola and Steve Loughlin

Sunday, June 21st
Stocking (before 9:00 am) Kathy Calvin
10:00 am - 2:30 pm: Kathy Calvin and Scott Laurent
000BREAKDOWN: Kathy Calvin and Scott Laurent

From the Members:

Kathy Calvin briefed the Club on the third and final round of K.A.R.E.S. events, how the program worked, and how well it had done this year.


Muff Walker had the members close their eyes and mentally transport themselves on a fantasy trip.

Muff Walker excites the group.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

With one eye open, Phil prays for his fantasy.
I can't wait to take my fantasy home.
Photos by W. Stephen Loughlin        


Muff noted the fantasy trip was real at a location looking out at the water in the evening sun with chicken sizzling on a grill. The fantasy trip is a Laconia Kiwanis Club outing scheduled to be held at the South Down Shores Beach House on August 10th. This barbecue social will be held from 6-9 PM. The menu will include BBQ chicken. Members are invited to bring a dish to share, bring a bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer to share.  Most importantly, bring your spouse and bring some friends

Betty Ballantyne briefed the Club on what has been done initially for this year's Roger's Ride fund-raiser, scheduled for Sunday, August 30th.  She is asking for volunteers to populate a committee, and announced the Inn at Mills Falls has again donated a 2-night stay.  We hope to raffle off 500 tickets at a price of $5 per ticket.

Joe Adrignola briefed the Club on the initial meeting of a committee to ensure we will have a presence at the upcoming Pumpkin Fest, being held in Laconia this year on Friday, October 24th.  Joe solicited ideas on what our booth may have, and how we run it.

Lakes Region Scholarship:

Steve Loughlin gave a report on the recipients of scholarships funded by the Laconia Kiwanis Club. He noted that applicants given priority are students that participated in Key Club. The following received scholarships:



Lily Chanthasak
Anne Dionne
Emilie Maddocks
Rebecca Sirois
Abbie Teichert
Graduated HS
Mass. College of Pharmacy
University of Rhode Island
University of New Hampshire
Husson University
Bryant College
Social Work
Occupational Therapy
Actuarial Math


Steve also reported that the Laconia Kiwanis Club handles the administration of the Smith Memorial Scholarship, which was established in honor of Charlie Smith. Charlie Smith was a Laconia Kiwanis Club member during the 1970’s into the early 1990’s. Because of his active participation and hard work, he was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year in 1982 and again in 1988. Charlie was renowned and respected as an agriculturist and specialist in soils, grasses and hays. While still a student at UNH, he opened Smith’s Apple Orchard in Belmont, which later became one of the areas first “pick your own” orchards. (The orchard was sold to present owners Rob and Wende Richter in 1985.) As a Laconia City Councilman during the 1980’s, Charlie was a major proponent for upgrading the outdated cinder track at Opechee Park. The new track was named Smith Track for Charlie Smith and Erwin Smith (former Laconia track coach) “in honor of their years of service and dedication to youth.”

Details on the recipient of this year's Smith Memorial Scholarship is listed below:

Mikayla Minor
Graduated HS
University of New Hampshire
Environmental Conservation



Happy Dollars:

$14 to the winner

Becky Guyer draws the winner while Phil Bonafide looks on.
hoto by W. Stephen Loughlin

And the winner is....Betty Ballantyne!

Betty Ballantyne accepts her winnings from Becky Guyer.
hoto by W. Stephen Loughlin

Food Pantry/Free Meal: $72/ Jim Fortier


Happy Dollars:

$4 from John Walker: $2 each for our two guests this evening.
$1 from Betty Ballantyne for winning the 50/50.
$1 from Steve Loughlin for Becky Guyer being a guest and for her husband being a member of the "Rockin' Daddios".
$1 from Phil Bonafide for Howard Bacon being in attendance.

$1 Howard Bacon for not having his pin. Phil waived the fee to defend, and paid the fine on Howard's behalf.

Guest Speaker:
Betty Ballantyne introduced our guest speaker, John Rogers of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE). John has been a Gilford resident for 16 years. Prior to that, he operated an apple orchard near Lancaster, New Hampshire.

John Rogers presented his program, a Better-Together-inspired bicycle exchange in Laconia, currently located on Court St. Donations of bicycles and/or money are always appreciated. To date the exchange (LABE) has given out over 150 bicycles to residents either referred by an in-town agency or as walk-ins. Some bikes are for sale as well, to ensure client buy-in of the bike. Being an exchange, clients can also trade to get a larger or more suitable bike. LABE bikes are labeled and relationships exist with local police and pawnshops to ensure no scamming of the exchange occurs. John has presented to several local groups, and is scheduled to present to the City Council as well, as he advocates for transforming Laconia into a more bike-friendly city.

For more information on the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange, check out their website by “clicking” here.




John Rogers accepts a "thank you" gift from Betty Ballantyne in appreciation of his presentation.
hoto by W. Stephen Loughlin


Tonight's meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

Our next meeting, which is June 22nd, will be our last meeting at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club. Thereafter, unless otherwise noted, we will be meeting at the Laconia Police Department in the Community Room. Refer to venues below.





Saturday - June 13th through Sunday - June 21st - Venue: ON THE BOARDWALK with our annual fund-raiser

Monday - June 22nd - Venue: Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Gilford
Club Meeting - guest speakers - Brandee Loughlin & Shanna Saunders topic: Re-imagine Laconia

Monday - July 13th - Venue: Laconia Police Department - Community Room
Club Meeting - guest speaker - TBA

Monday - July 27th - Venue: Laconia Police Department - Community Room
Club Meeting - guest speaker - Ed Pierce - feature writer for the Laconia Citizen

Monday - August 10th - Venue: Southdown Shores, Beach House, Laconia
Club Meeting - Summer Outing including spouses and guests

Monday - August 24th - Venue: Laconia Police Department - Community Room
Club Meeting - guest speaker - TBA


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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: John Walker or Steve Loughlin