July 30, 2001 - Vol. 12, No. 44

 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families


Roger Landry

Senior Members
Roger Webster, Ed Chertok, Howard Bacon, Roger Ballantyne, Dick Breton, Peter Karagianis, Bob Turner

Jeff Pearson, Stafford Oil Company partner, with Warren Mitchell

What Ever Happened to Those Radio Guys?
by W. Stephen Loughlin
Gary Howard, former station manager of WEMJ radio, joined the Laconia Kiwanis Club in the 1970's and remained a member until about 1982. Gary moved on from both the radio station and as a member of the club when WEMJ was sold to the McCann family in 1983. Jim McCann, the new station manager joined the Laconia Kiwanis Club in January 1983 and stayed in the club until 1988 when the station was sold. While Gary Howard and Jim McCann were general managers of WEMJ they assisted the Laconia Kiwanis Club with public service announcements and often opened the air waves through Kiwanis Radio Day, an annual advertising event that had been a major fundraiser of the club. Today, Gary Howard and Jim McCann work together at New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord. Both are involved in Corporate Relations, which is the sales division of NHPR of which Jim is Director. Jim resides in Rye and Gary lives in Bedford. I recently met up with Jim McCann and caught him in my camera lens.

Jim McCann

Photo by W.S. Loughlin


In Memory
Pres. Don Nelson called for a moment of silence in remembrance of former member, Don Buckley who passed. Retired from I.B.M., Don leaves three daughters and wife, Olive. Condolences to the survivors.

Installation '01
V.P. Phil Bonafide is planning to hold our annual installation dinner on the regular meeting night of Monday, September 24.

Win a Classic!
Fundraising Chair Phil Bonafide reports we are still looking for someone to underwrite the cost of the next motorcycle raffle's tickets. This will be around $500 and the sponsor would appear on every ticket. He is also looking at some possible dates to sell tickets at Walmart this fall.

Be Our Patron
V.P. Phil Bonafide reports that the ads are starting to come in for the bulletin. The ad linked to their own website is $100. If we need to make a custom page up for them, it costs an additional $50. Members are encouraged to pick up a form from Phil and sign up some new sponsors.

Pres. Don Nelson says that we are shooting for Monday, October 1 to hold our golf tournament at Pheasant Ridge Country Club.

Food Trailer
V.P. Larry Murphy is planning to take the motorcycle trailer to Gilford Old Home Day, Saturday, August 25, in lieu of the Food Trailer. He will be away for two weeks but doesn't anticipate any problems and wants everyone to plan on "having a good time."

Happy Birthday to Us
V.P. Larry Murphy says that we may be to late celebrate our 75th Anniversary next May or June. Stay tuned.

Chair Warren Mitchell has rescheduled the Berlin trip for Tuesday, August 21.

Don't Show Up
We will not be meeting on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). The club and Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 4.

Ed Chertok, $20

Sgt.@Arms Roger Landry found John Grocki, Warren Mitchell, Larry Murphy, and Dick Breton (though he wore it all day) pinless; Chet Cilley tardy.

Happy Dollar
Chet Cilley had a dollar for his wife, Gracie, being nominated for New England Cancer Society Motivator of the Year; Ed Chertok for Nancy Parrott talking him into buying more 50/50 tickets; and Roger Webster for getting a banana as a tip for driving the trolley, he then regaled us with a Shaggy Dog joke.

Guest Speaker
This writer introduced Sr. Member Roger Ballantyne as our speaker. As Chairman of the Lakes Region General Hospital's Board, he has been working on the proposed merger with Franklin Hospital over the last few months. The incentive was to keep the Franklin facility operating as a community hospital and avoid L.R.G.H. and Concord hospitals being over loaded. (L.R.G.H. saw over 70 emergency cases the last Saturday night of Motorcycle Week alone.) Time is of the essence as some of the physicians are leaving as intake drops. A Letter of Intent has been issued pending resolution of some governance questions. The proposal is to have two boards from each requiring a supermajority of both for major changes. They should hear from the Attorney General's office by the end of the summer on antitrust clearance.

In Two Weeks
Stan Garfield, Garfield Pest Control, will be our guest speaker.

Next Week
The Boards meet; NISE

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 on any Member or his family in case of illness. Email: Michael Bastraw or Steve Loughlin

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