December 14, 2021 - Vol. 33, No.3



News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families

Date of Meeting: December 14, 2021

Venue: The Belknap Mill, downtown Laconia

The Historic Belknap Mill: All Is Calm, All Is Bright.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Attendance: 10 in attendance: 6 members, 4 guests


Kiwanis Members:
Bill Gile
Betty Ballantyne
Phil Bonafide
Zach Dea
Steve Loughlin
Bob Willey

Jackie Bonafide – Spouse of Phil
Roger Dargy – Guest of Betty Ballantyne
Paulette Loughlin – Spouse of Steve
Rosemary Murphy – Honorary Member

Jackie Bonafide
Roger Dargy
Paulette Loughlin
Rosemary Murphy
Photos by W. Stephen Loughlin and Phil Bonafide

Bill Gile called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm

Invocation & Pledge:
Invocation: performed by Betty Ballantyne
Pledge of allegiance: led by Bill Gile


The members enjoy food and conversation.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Food Pantry: $34 was collected

Happy Dollars: $25 was collected


The table of gifts
Phil Bonafide explains the rules of the Yankee Swap.
Pick #1
Rosemary Murphy drew the #1 pick and got a gift card to Fratello’s.
Pick #2
Betty Ballantyne was pleased to get a Merry Mixing Kahlua gift box.
Pick #3
Zach Dea picks an adult beverage from his bag….
…and then a second.
Pick #4
Bill Gile closely eyes the box that Steve Loughlin picked.
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Bill Gile continues to focus on Steve's gift.
Steve holds up his present: a Grey Goose gift set.
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Bill Gile continues to eye Steve’s gift.
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Pick #5
Phil Bonafide grabs a gift.
Phil is pleased with the bottle of Basil Hayden bourbon.
Pick #6
Like Phil, Jackie Bonafide grabs a bottle. This one is Aravail red wine.
Pick #7
Bob Willey opens a Christmas bag….
...and finds an adult beverage and...
...lottery tickets.
Bob appears ecstatic over his gifts.
Pick #8
Paulette Loughlin grabs a pretty bag of goodies.
Paulette contemplates whether or not to trade.
Paulette decides to trade her pretty bag of goodies for Phil Bonafide’s Basil Hayden bourbon.
Phil opens his new present and finds chocolates and a book (Main Street, New Hampshire).
Pick #9
Bill Gile grabs a big box and quickly heads over to Steve where he enthusiastically grabs the Grey Goose.
Bill examines his gift of choice.
Bill motions to Steve to enjoy the mystery in the box.
Zach Dea and Bill Gile look on as Steve opens his new gift.
Steve displays his new gift: Big Mouth Billy Bass.
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Bill Gile checks to see if Big Mouth Billy Bass bites.
Above photo by Paulette Loughlin
Pick #10
Roger Dargy gets the final draw.
Roger is happy with a bottle of Gnarly Head wine.
Rosemary Murphy, the #1 Draw, had the option to exchange her gift with any gift in the room.
However, she was happy with her Fratello’s gift card, so, the Yankee Swap concluded.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by W. Stephen Loughlin



President Bill adjourned the meeting at 7:20 pm.



Like last year, the Laconia High School Key Club was a major participant in the second annual Celebrate Laconia Lights Festival.

LHS Key Club President, Ella Muller, reported this year, the LHS Key Club members helped put up trees and string them with lights. They also purchased one of the trees to decorate.

Below is a view of the Christmas trees in Rotary Park and Stewart Park many of which the Laconia High School Key Club helped to decorate.

View from Rotary Park
View from Stewart Park
LHS Key Club Christmas tree by day
LHS Key Club Christmas tree by night
Above photo by Ella Muller
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by W. Stephen Loughlin


Former Kiwanian, Roger Landry, extends his best wishes to the members of the Kiwanis Club.

Roger Landry was an active member of the Laconia Kiwanis Club from 1994 through his retirement in 2015. He was president of the Club during the 2011-2012 term and was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year in 2009. Roger and his wife, Pam, now reside in Wells, Maine.

In the spirit of the season, Roger forwarded some pictures from 11/29/15 when he participated with the Kiwanis Club in the 2015 Laconia Christmas Parade. Also included is a picture of Roger and Pam that your bulletin editor snapped on the same date.

Above three photos submitted by Roger Landry
Pam and Roger Landry
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin
EDITOR'S NOTE: Roger Landry continues to follow the Laconia Kiwanis Club and enjoys reading our bulletin.
Best wishes to Roger and Pam in 2022!




Annually, on December 23rd, members of the Laconia Kiwanis Club, together with family and friends, ring the bell in downtown Laconia for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise money for those who need it most in the community providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs.

This past December, 13 groups rang the rang the bell in downtown Laconia. Once again, the Laconia Rotary topped all the volunteers by raising $3,409.18. The Laconia Kiwanis Club raised $1,488.91 coming in 5th behind the Blacktop Saints, the Belknap County Sheriff's Department, and the Laconia High School Key Club & Interact Club who came in fourth place with $1,570.

Below are some of the Kiwanis members, family, and friends of Kiwanis who volunteered their time on December 23, 2021.

Brad Geltz and Scott Laurent greet the drivers..
Brad Geltz rings the bell as Scott collects the cash.
L to R: Brad Geltz, Meredith Michaud, Zach Dea, and Scott Laurent
Betty Ballantyne watches as Roger Dargy nets another donation.
Serving with a smile: Roger Dargy and Betty Ballantyne
L to R: Phil Bonafide, Roger Dargy and Betty Ballantyne
Steve Loughlin with Phil Bonafide
Above photo by Betty Ballantyne
The Winslows on duty
The happy Winslows: Brian, Jr.; Emma; and Brian III
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by W. Stephen Loughlin


Many thanks to Phil Bonafide, Kathy Calvin, Zach Dea, Bill Gile, Ella Muller and Brian Winslow for their assistance with this bulletin.





Tuesday - January 4th - Venue: ZOOM MEETING
6:00 pm - Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday - January 18th: Venue: 3rd floor of The Belknap Mill - Downtown Laconia
6:00 pm - General Meeting with guest speaker Jim Nute from the Mayhew program - Pizza and salad will be served.

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