October 20, 2008 - Vol.20, No. 3


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Dianne Roberts

Senior Members:
Dennis Denoncourt, Carroll Stafford, Ed Chertok, Ed Merski, Peter Karagianis, Jim Fortier, Roger Webster, Howard Bacon, and Paul Normandin

Sheriff Craig Wiggin and, new member, Tom Knox

vvvvvvnSheriff Craig Wiggin......................................Tom Knox

Photos by W. Stephen Loughlin

The Lodge Update:
Brian reminds all that signed up for The Lodge fund raiser that we need social security numbers of people that are willing to participate. These people were asked to see Brian after the meeting.

ATV Raffle:

Joe Collie reports that the ATV winner came and collected her prize at HK Powersports in Laconia over the weekend. Stephanie Desrochers was joined by her husband Albert and three grandchildren: Maeghan Smith, Amelia Szelog, and Zachary Szelog. Here’s a picture of the happy winner and her family.

Front row: l to r: Amelia Szelong, Maeghan Smith, and Zachary Szelong
Back Row: l to r: Albert Desrochers and Stephanie Desrochers
Photo by Joe Collie

Kiwanis KARES:
There was a Kiwanis KARES reading at Elm Street School this morning. Kathy Calvin reports that she was joined by Chet Cilley, Colleen Danforth from the Boys and Girls Club, Dick Metz and Sue Laramie from Laconia Public Library. The next KARES is scheduled for December at Woodland Heights. Kathy is still waiting to hear back from Pleasant Street School.

Interclub Opportunity:
Lt. Gov. Joe Collie will be attending the Mt. Washington Valley Club’s meeting on Wednesday, November 5th. The election will be over by then! Anyway…if anyone is interested in going with him, it could be a good opportunity for an Interclub. If you can make it, please let him know by November 3rd. Send an e-mail to joecollie@gmail.com.

Fund Raising…
Dick Metz asks for the club’s permission to put together a business plan to pursue two fund raising options: one would be a motorcycle raffle and a raffle for Red Sox chair and a Patriots chair and sports memorabilia. Paul Cotton suggests a committee be formed to calculate the club’s interest and capabilities. The committee consists of Dick Metz, Dianne Roberts, Larry Murphy, Joe Collie, and Paul Cotton. Larry points out that his phone number is 524-9596 and if you have any concerns to bring to this meeting, call him and he’ll share it with the group.

New Member:
Brian Winslow introduced Roger Landry. Roger called upon Dick Metz to introduce
our new member, Tom Knox. Dick says he has known Tom for a long time and works with him on the Belknap Mill committee. Tom is President of Components for Manufacturing in Laconia. He said that he was involved in civic organizations in Ohio and considers it an honor to be part of our club.

Opportunity Knox as Pres. Brian welcomes our newest Kiwanian, Tom Knox.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

$23 to the winner. And the winner is Brian Winslow!

Pres. Brian is the lucky winner.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Happy Dollars
Brian gave 1 for winning and 1 for Joe Collie’s work with the ATV winner this past weekend. Joe Collie gave $1 for the ATV winner collecting her prize and 1 for winning the Best Newscast award at the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Golden Mike Award Banquet last Friday night. Ed Merski gave 1 for his tests coming back negative and Ed Chertok gave 2 for getting out of the hospital…though Ed noted that while he was on the way out of LRGH, Peter Karagianis was on the way in.



Guest Speaker:

Craig Wiggin, Belknap County Sheriff, spoke to the club. Craig started his law enforcement career in Bristol and then worked for the Laconia PD. After that, he worked a long time for the New Hampshire State Police and retired in 2005 as Major of the Ops Bureau. He then worked in fraud investigation for AIG and for Meredith Village Savings Bank. He re-entered law enforcement 18 months ago as Belknap County Sheriff after the resignation of Dan Collis. He spoke to us about the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group. The team was formed in 2003 after a grant from Homeland Security. The oversight of the team is done by a board of the chiefs of police from each town in the county. The team achieved its SWAT 1 and Hostage Rescue certification in May 2004. Right now, the group is providing first responder training to area police departments for active shooter situations. Right now, there are 23 active members on the team.

The unit operates from a TOC…Tactical Operation Center. It is a mobile command center and was purchased with a Homeland Security Grant. They also have a fully armored BearCat that is bullet proof up to rocket propelled grenades. They take this on each call so they can drive right up to homes and offenders that may fire at them.

Roger, Craig, and Brian: As you can see, Kiwanis is on both sides of the law.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


..............................Joe Collie


Awards were handed out in twenty categories at the annual Golden Mike Awards sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB) on Friday, October 17, 2008 at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord. This year's first place winner, in the radio category of "Newscast: Over Five Minutes" went to: WASR-AM The Morning Report with Joe Collie.

Joe Collie - WASR's morning mouth
Photo by Monique Coppola from WKXL

Established in 1954, the New Hampshire Association (NHAB) of Broadcasters is the only voluntary, statewide trade organization serving the Granite State's over-the-air radio and television stations. The Association's key responsibilities include assisting its members with general and broadcast-specific business challenges and assisting in the networking of fellow broadcasters. The NHAB aims to promote broadcasting as a viable and exciting career choice by offering annual scholarships and maintaining an online database of available jobs for individuals searching for a career in radio or television, as well as the opportunity to post a resume online.

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, October 27th
Detective Jeff Stieglar, Laconia Police Department

Monday, November 3rd
Boards Meet and Food Pantry money collected

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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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