February 12, 2018 - Vol. 29, No. 7



News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: All members invited to attend

Venue: Hector’s Restaurant & Lounge

Attendance: Seven Board members (President Bill Gile, Treasurer Scott Laurent, Secretary John Walker, Immediate Past President Meredith Michaud, Betty Ballantyne, Phil Bonafide, Steve Loughlin) and two regular members (Kathy Calvin and Muff Kruse)

Board meeting at Hector's Restaurant & Lounge
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

REMINDER: All members are welcome to attend our Board meetings. Thank you, Kathy and Muff for your participation!

From the President:
President Bill conducted the Board meeting, which began with Scott Laurent presenting the Treasurer's Report.

Bill reviewed the current meeting plan with the first meeting of the month being the Board of Directors meeting to be held at Hector's (with a meal if desired) and the second meeting of each month to include a program, and to be held at the Community Room of the Laconia Fire Department. Meals will be brought in, buffet style, and members will reimburse the Club individually.

From the Members:
Phil Bonafide advised the Club of our gaming dates of April 11-22, two 5-day periods, which has been historically netting the Club over $8,000.

Meredith Michaud reported on plans for a revised format for our May Bike Rodeo Safety Day. We will be partnering with the Elm Street School PTO and will attempt to partner with the Laconia Police Department as well. Kathy Calvin, Betty Ballantyne, Kara Stanley and Meredith Michaud make up this important committee.

John Walker noted we are all set with the City of Laconia regarding Bike Week registration. Letters will go out this month to seven retail establishments requesting spring water donations for the event.

Steve Loughlin led a discussion, which resulted in adding Joe Adrignola to our list of Honorary Club members.

Betty Ballantyne reviewed the program schedule for the next several months, which are as follows:
• March: Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
• April: Salvation Army
• May: Boys & Girls Club
• June: Belknap Mill

Funding and Correspondence:
Meredith Michaud reviewed correspondence received in the past month. Board discussion ensued regarding financial support.

•The Lakes Region Community Service Foundation request resulted in a Board decision to invite these folks to a future meeting to describe the activity of their Foundation.

• Camp Mayhew will receive $500 to support their programs.

• The Outreach Ski Program will receive a $150 donation to support transportation expenses for the remainder of this season, and will be told to get to us earlier for consideration of more support next year.

• The Key Club will receive a $1,500 donation to assist with expenses for nine members attending the New England Key Club DECON (District Educational Conference) April 6-8, 2018 in Springfield, MA. (For more information on this conference, “click” here.)

• A new community awards program to highlight accomplishments by students will receive a $250 donation. The program name is Spirit of Hope & Kindness.

• The PAWS (Providing Awesome Weekend Suppers) program at Pleasant Street School will receive an additional $500 following a presentation by school Principal Dave Levesque at our Feb 26th meeting (For more information on the PAWS program and the original donation by the Laconia Kiwanis Club “click” here.)


Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.



Don't Forget:
Our next regular meeting will be held at the Laconia Fire House on February 26th.

The Laconia Fire House is the place to be for our next regular
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin



A few hours before tonight’s meeting, former Kiwanian Roger Webster was seen enjoying himself at the Taylor Community. Roger, who retired from the club in 2016 had been a member for 36 years. He served as president for the 1992-93 term.

Roger Webster sends his greetings to his friends in the Kiwanis Club.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Kiwanian Kathy Calvin is pleased to give the Club an update on the unique job of her daughter, Patty Jeanne.

For the newer members, who may not know her, several years ago, Patty Jeanne assisted the Laconia Kiwanis Club at our Children’s Christmas parties and our Bike Rodeos.

Patty Jeanne Calvin with her mom at the 2007 Bike Rodeo,
which, at that time, was held in downtown Laconia
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

After graduating from Laconia High School in 2010, Patty Jeanne attended UNH where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Pre-Veterinary Studies. In 2017, she graduated from Moorpark Community College in Moorpark, California (with a certificate in Exotic Animal Training & Management). She is currently employed as an Animal Care Specialist at Tiger World in Rockwell, North Carolina.

From her earliest age, Patty Jeanne has taken a likening to animals of all sizes, especially cats.

Below left, 16-month-old Patty Jeanne is enjoying the company of her cat. In the right picture, 16-month-old Hercules is enjoying the company of Patty Jeanne.
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Photos courtesy of Kathy Calvin












Monday - February 26th Venue: Laconia Fire Department Community Room - 848 North Main Street, Laconia
6:00 pm - Club Meeting - Dave Levesque, Pleasant Street School Principal will discuss the PAWS program A MEAL WILL BE SERVED!

Monday - March 12th Venue: Hector's Restaurant & Lounge - 53 Beacon Street West., Laconia
6:00 pm -
Board of Directors Meeting - all members invited to attend

Monday - March 26th Venue: Laconia Fire Department Community Room - 848 North Main Street, Laconia
6:00 pm - Club Meeting - Guest Speaker: Leslie Ari, Fund Development Director of Central N
H VNA & Hospice

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