March 24, 2008 - Vol.19, No. 26


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families




Chet Cilley

Senior Members:
Ed Merski, and Paul Normandin

Charlie puts his kickstand down and says hello to Kiwanis.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Division Caucus This Weekend:
Joe Collie reminds the club that the Division 6 Caucus will be held this weekend at the Wolfeboro Inn. The event will run from 10am-2pm. Joe will attend. Dianne Roberts says that she will also attend. If anyone else is interested, the event is $20 to cover lunch and the room. Please e-mail Joe if interested at The event serves as a great way to meet members of other clubs and it also is a way to share ideas.


Fund Raiser Update:
Joe Collie promises more information about fairs by next week…and certainly by the board of director’s meeting on April 7th. Brian is making progress speaking with hotels in Daytona and Myrtle Beach, comparing and getting prices and information regarding cancellation policies, etc. Charlie St. Clair also presented Brian and Joe with information regarding Daytona’s Oktoberfest. Charlie was in Daytona for their Bike Week last month.


Reading is Fundamental:
The next RIF is this Wednesday afternoon, March 26th, at Pleasant Street School at 1:30. Randy Brough, Joe Adrignola and Kathy Calvin are signed up and if someone else could join them, they could use the help. Thanks in advance!

Education Fair:
Paul Cotton, Warren Mitchell and Kathy attended the Education Fair at Laconia High School and spread word about the club and our work in the school system. Kathy gave a book to a second grader and asked him to remember that book for next year when he attends RIF.

Bike Rodeo:
Chet Cilley explained that the Bike Rodeo is set for May 10th. Kathy Calvin said that she talked with Kathleen Yale at the Education Fair about the Rodeo and she confirmed the date. SADD is getting prizes and doing other behind the scenes work. At this point, the location is still to be determined. Stay Tuned.

Mike Marsh won $20.00.

Only one of these men is really smiling.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Happy Dollars:
Mike Marsh $3; including 1 for the weather getting warmer, 1 for Russ not winning, and 1 for Larry not winning. Denise gave 1 for her house being worked on. Roger gave 2 for his son being an architecture teacher at Harvard and one for his encounter at the Mexican border. Ask him about the latter. Joe Collie gave one for being able to sleep in due to the Red Sox being on in the morning and pre-empting his WASR morning show.

Joe Collie paws his keyboard.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Roger Landry was pinless.


Guest Speaker:
Karen Dennis is the NH Director of the March of Dimes.
After many years in the for-profit sector, working for Wachovia Bank, Karen was moved by her own daughter’s birth defect, a heart ailment, and went to the non-profit sector working for the American Heart Association. After her time with the AHA, she went to work for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There are 600 people in Virginia, where she was, with CF and only 30,000 in the United States. This brought a fund raising challenge that did not exist at the Heart Association. She faces a similar challenge in her new position in NH, as the organization is still trying to get its name out there and spread word about its efforts. March of Dimes does research on both Cystic Fibrosis and Heart Disease in babies and they focus on all other types of birth defects, too. Their mission is to be a champion for all babies and prevent birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. The organization was founded 70 years ago by FDR and its' initial mission was to find a cure and eradicate polio. They were the first organization to start a Walk program and their WALK AMERICA, now called MARCH FOR BABIES, has proved to be the model for Making Strides and the Heart Walk and the others that you may be familiar with. Their WALK program started in 1970. MARCH FOR BABIES is coming to Laconia and the Lakes Region on Sunday, May 4th at Opechee Park. Larry Poloquin at Gilford Hannaford is the event chair in the Lakes Region. Some NH statistics:

280 babies a week are born in NH.
28 premature
19 below average birth weight
1 dies in the first year
509,000 premature babies are born nationwide each year

Recently in NH: March of Dimes has put in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Family Support Program at CHAD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth). They also hold 8 walks throughout the state and 2 chef’s auctions; 1 in the Lakes Region and 1 in Manchester. Their Bikers for Babies event also raises money in the summer. Motorcycles run from Heritage Harley Davidson to Meadowbrook.

Karen Dennis with the Lt. Gov elect.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, March 31st
Courtney Marshall of the Belknap County Nursing Home

Monday, April 7th
Board of Directors meet. Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, April 14th
Lou Guevin speaks about the Sturgis motorcycle gathering

Monday, April 21st
Jim Morash of Mount Washington Cruises

Monday, April 28th
The Key Club speaks about their Louisiana trip for Habitat for Humanity.

Monday, May 5th
Board of Directors meet. Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, May 12th
Thomas Oetinger, former Laconia Police Chief.

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Joe Collie

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: Joe Collie or Steve Loughlin

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