April 13, 2009 - Vol.20, No. 28

News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families





Senior Members:
Warren Mitchell, Paul Normandin, Peter Karagianis, Carroll Stafford, Roger Webster, Ed Merski and Paul Cotton

Officer Liza Levin, D.A.R.E Officer

Roger Webster

Hey Kiwanis....Thanks...
President Brian read a thank you letter from the Belknap Mill for our club sponsoring a table for their upcoming fundraiser, Life's A Beach: Private Collections Showcase, which will be held on Friday May 8th at 6:30 p.m. Brian reported we have 6 tickets to the event and are available to any members on a first-come first served basis. Please let President Brian know if you are interested in attending.

Brian is having a beach of a time trying to give away these tickets.
Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin


Hey Kiwanis....Thanks Again...
Kathy Calvin showed off thank you notes from Kiwanis Kares Kids.

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Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin

Bike Rodeo Brief:
Mike Marsh updated all regarding the Bike Rodeo…expensive horns…24” bike.

The sign-up sheet will continue to go around in the coming weeks. Please check your schedule and help us out on that day if you can. The Bike Rodeo is one of the most visible events the Laconia Kiwanis Club does in the community, so let's all get involved. Again, the Bike Rodeo is May 9th at Levitt Park on Elm Street in Laconia.

50 50...
$15 to the club and $14 to the winner..

... Officer Liza Levin draws the winning ticket...

This is the one time you want Liza to have a ticket for you.
Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin

...and the winner is...
................... ................. Phil Bonafide and Steve Loughlin

There was a lawyer and a banker...stop me if you've heard this one.
Photo by Carroll "Col. Butchie" Stafford


Happy Dollars:
$2 from the winners, $1 from Kathy Calvin because her daughter won a tennis match.

No fines this evening

Guest Speaker:

Officer Liza Levin from the Laconia Police Department spoke to the club on the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program.

Officer Levin graduated from UNH with a BS in Family Studies; she worked for child and protective services for a while, then she worked at UNH security for 3 years before coming to the Laconia Police Department about seven years ago.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

Locally, Officer Levin reported there are about 260 kids enrolled in the program. Schools participating in the program include: Holy Trinity, Laconia Christian, Pleasant Street School, Elm Street School, and Woodland Heights School. Officer Levin noted that Laconia drug use is prevalent so she makes sure to cover drug resistant education for the following: Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana, Inhalants and Methamphetamines.

Officer Levin told a story about an overdose call on Easter many years ago where an individual died. In one of her recent classes she realized that one of her D.A.R.E. students was a member of that family and she worried about his circumstances. At the end of each 8 week session the students write essays and draw posters, Officer Levin was touched by this student's essay and the realization that he had to work extra hard to stay away from drugs because of his family situation.

The D.A.R.E. program runs on a very tight budget, they are in the red right now. They require funds to purchase items that are important to the D.A.R.E. curriculum, example: Stickers, T-shirts, Pencils, pins, DAREn the lion, and to keep the 20 year old D.A.R.E. truck running.

You can read more about the D.A.R.E. program by going to their national website by clicking here.

Officer Liza Levin and Joe Adrignola
Photo by W
. Stephen Loughlin


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. Stephen Loughlin



Simplicity stated, Joe puckers up for a birthday kiss.
Photo by Howie Chandler


Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, April 20th

Monday, April 27th
Lakes Region Emergency Response Team

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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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