January 24, 2005 - Vol. 16, No. 17

 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families


Warren Mitchell

Senior Members
Peter Karagianis, Paul Normandin, Carroll Stafford

Pres. Paul Cotton presents Exec. Dir. Dianne Zawacki, Teen Center, with a really big check for $1500.

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


The Experiment
Sr. Member Bob Turner advises that he is recuperating at home but hopes to be back to the club as soon as he can. And "hi" to everyone.

Blast from the Past
Hon. Member Dick Breton passed on a couple documents from the club's past he unearthed in his recent move. Of note was that fact that at one meeting 71 members were in attendance. And we sent 26 to a District event. Membership, membership, membership...

Ed. Bill Holman from a Christmas past

Scan by W.S. Loughlin


Look at all those members.

Scan by W.S. Loughlin


You Are Notified
Pres. Paul Cotton has called for a special Boards meeting Monday, January 31, 2005. On the agenda is approving the Treasurer's Report.

Win a Classic!
Pres. Paul Cotton is looking into us selling tickets at the Northeast Snowmobile Expo, Springfield, Massachusetts. The sign-up sheet went around again for our next roadshow at Rockingham Race Track, Salem, New Hampshire. Saturday, January 29--Set-up: Paul Cotton, __________; 10a-2p: Paul Cotton, Phil Bonafide, Warren Mitchell; 2p-6p: Michael Bastraw, Don and Sue Nelson. Sunday, January 30--10a-2p: Roger and Pam Landry, Larry and Rosemary Murphy(?); 2p-5p: Paul Cotton, Warren Mitchell. After that we have the bike expo at the World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Friday, February 4--1p-9p: Paul Cotton, Larry Murphy. Saturday, February 5--10a-4p: __________, __________, __________; 4p-9p: Don and Sue Nelson. Sunday, February 6--10a-4p: Paul Cotton, Roger and Pam Landry.

Coming Along
Bob Selig writes that the Library Annex should be complete in June and the renovations to the original section in the fall.

Fundraising Ball
Immediate Past Pres. Warren Mitchell advises that we received a request from Lakes Region Day Care to help with a proposed Bikers' Ball during Motorcycle Week.

At Long Last
Pres. Paul Cotton noted the safe return of the wayward sippy cup from the childrens' Christmas party to Sr. Member Carroll Stafford.

Sr. Member Carroll Stafford with a pause that refreshes.

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


Sec.'y Kathy Calvin reports that our next Reading Is FUNdamental appearance will be February 16 at Elm Street School.

Sgt.@Arms Roger Landry found John Stow pinless and Chet Cilley pinless and late.

Warren Mitchell, $14

And the cash goes to Immediate Past Pres. Warren Mitchell.

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


Happy Dollars
Warren Mitchell had $2 for winning the above; one from Larry Murphy for the New England Patriots winning the AFC Championship Sunday last; Carroll Stafford for getting his sippy cup back; and Roger Landry for Sandy Stafford not having to clean up spilled milk anymore now that Carroll has his cup back.

Guest Speaker
This writer introduced Warden Jane Copland, Laconia Facility, N.H. Dept. of Corrections, to the club. She has been in corrections since 1979 and served at every state facility. In 1979 there were 200 incarcerated, now there are 2600 in four different facilities. Each inmate costs the state around $25,000. 48% of prisoners are sex offenders and the same percentage return to the system at least once after release. The Laconia facility provides work crews to the community including the Humane Society and Gunstock Area. They have a staff of 125 who receive 8 weeks of specialized training. There are 247 prisoners there, compared to 2000 in Concord.

Warden Jane Copland, Laconia Facility, N.H. Dept. of Corrections and Pres. Paul Cotton

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


My Story
by Sr. Member Ed Chertok
About three weeks ago, I noticed some of the trim on the back of my car had sprung out of the chrome channel it was in and I could not put it back. So I stopped at a garage along the main highway that goes through Margate, Florida. It was a quiet day, the proprietor was sitting at his desk. I told him what I needed to have done, he put my car on a hoist and, as it went up, he noticed the Shrine emblem on the back. He looked at me asking something like, "How come?" I briefly explained that the Shrine was a social organization whose main purpose was to help children with physical problems and said to him, "Are you an Egyptian ?" He is a good looking man with dark hair and a light tan complexion. He said, "No, I am an Iranian. I am a mechanical engineer," and as the conversation developed, he told me that he was working for the foreign oil companies in Iran making $ 5,000 a month as a young man for several years with no taxes until the revolution in 1911 when the new government took over everything (also conscripting all those like himself to register and work for the government). So, he and his wife, a bank officer, along with their son left the country, settling in Maryland where he went into business and became a U.S. citizen. When he reached the age of sixty, he and his wife decided that the winters were too cold in Maryland, so he decided to retire to Florida. His wife, a few years younger, continues to work in banking. After two years, he found life too boring, so bought the garage business (repairs cars and does body work). As we talked I said, "Being a businessman on the main drag of Margate across from Walmart, Bank of America, and close to the city hall, you should belong to Kiwanis." He said, "What is that?" Had never heard of it or Rotary, Lions, etc. I tried to explain and then said, "Let me take you to the local club as my guest so you can get a feeling of what Kiwanis is all about." I advised him to go onto his wife's computer at home and look up Kiwanis.org which evidently he did. He was my guest a week ago. When I introduced him I said, "Members of this club, I have brought Andy as my guest, he is a prospect for Kiwanis membership, now it is up to you to close the sale." He was given an application. Tonight when I attended the meeting, he was there and had just handed the secretary the completed application along with a check for a hundred dollars. When he saw me he said "Ed, I have been talking to my neighbor business man and he is interested in becoming a member." People have to be asked. The interesting fact is that when he came into the club he recognized several people and they knew him. Margate's Fire Marshall, a club member, had inspected his business a week before, another city official had seem him at the city hall, the branch manager of the bank directly across the street goes by his place everyday. One factor that has helped this small club is that the new secretary is a former Rotarian who knows what has to be done and does it. Enjoy the beautiful snow while we have had to endure a couple of days that got down into the fifties. My regards to all.

Monday, March 7
Boards meet; NISE

Monday, February 28
Our speaker will be School Resource Officer Kathleen Yale, Laconia Police Dept.

Tuesday, February 22

Monday, February 14
Supt. Joe Panarello, Belknap County House of Corrections will speak.

Monday, February 7
Boards meet; NISE

Monday, January 31
Program Director Ed Orlowski, Child and Family Services, will speak on Camp Spaulding; special Boards meeting.

Warren Mitchell gets special treatment from Catherine Contigiani.

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


Michael Bastraw

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: Michael Bastraw or Steve Loughlin

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