November 13, 2007 - Vol.19, No. 7


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families


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Dick Breton

Where's the red, white, and blue?

I pledge allegiance to the napkin.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Senior Members:
Ed Chertok, Ed Merski, Warren Mitchell, Roger Webster, Paul Normandin, and Peter Karagianis

Sue Nelson with Don
Jamie O'Connor with Dick Metz
Hon. Mem. Dick Breton
Ivy and Seth Leavitt-Carlson, Key Club Advisors
Cherish LaBelle, Key Club President
Kayne Kreitzer, Key Club
Emily Kean, Key Club

A new face: Jamie O'Connor
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


The Laconia High School football team wrapped up the Division IV Championship with a big 35-14 win over Hanover on Saturday afternoon. The win completed the first unbeaten season for Laconia in more than 40 years and captured their first state championship since 1999. The big win brought a big crowd and that helped the Key Club at the snack shack. Larry Murphy, Chet Cilley, and Kathy Calvin were on hand helping out in the shack on Saturday and the Key Club raised more than $2,300! Well done!


A Great Day for a Parade
Paul Cotton will be towing the Kiwanis trailer in the Laconia Christmas Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Paul will also be representing the Santa Fund that day. If anyone else is interested in being in the parade with Kiwanis, please make arrangements to be there. The parade goes down South Main Street from Garfield Street...up through downtown to the train station. Thanks in advance to Paul as he pulls double duty that day.

Children's Christmas Party...
It's that time of year again. Sec'y Kathy Calvin announced the Children's Christmas Party is coming on Monday, December 10th. She said she has the forms for the party if anyone is bringing a child. She will need ages and gift wish lists for Santa. She will have the forms again next week. Please return the forms to her by the meeting on Monday, November 26th...or e-mail her the information at If you need to snail mail them, please send them to the Kiwanis address at PO Box 757 Laconia, NH 03247. Thanks!

Meet the new Key Club advisors...
Ivy and Seth Leavitt-Carlson are the new Key Club Advisors. The couple lives in Melvin Village and both teach at Laconia High School. Seth is an Alternative Education Teacher. Ivy is a Science teacher.


Seth and Ivy Leavitt-Carlson
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Key Club Update
We got an update from the new Key Club advisors, Ivy and Seth Leavitt-Carson. The Key Club will again be participating in Alternate Spring Break this year, helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Thibodeaux, LA...located about 40 miles outside New Orleans in an area that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. This will happen during the February school vacation week. Also...Larry Murphy is working on transportation to and from the airport upon arrival. Cherish LaBelle, the Key Club President, said the club also has other things coming up; including the Polar Express, Help for Hunger and Homelessness, and Salvation Army Bell Ringing.


No drawing....would have been Russ Beane anyway.


Happy Dollars:
Dick Metz gave a happy dollar for recently celebrating his 37th wedding anniversary. Ed Merski gave a buck for becoming "gainfully unemployed." Ed Chertok gave $20 for Phil Bonafide catching the legal issues that would have surfaced in a car raffle, Jim Fortier retiring, and the night he had at the Belknap Mill's 184th Anniversary celebration on Friday night last week. Cherish LaBelle gave a dollar for the help the Key Club got in the snack shack this year from Jim Fortier, Larry Murphy, Chet Cilley, and Kathy Calvin. Roger Webster gave $1 for beating Ed Chertok in 3 straight games of pool. (Insert Paul Newman joke here) In all, $24 was collected.

Kayne says he "cherishes" the work the club did at the snack shack.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Dick is so happy...his dollar is upside down!
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Guest Speaker:
Nancy Childress, daughter of well known artist Robert Childress, spoke to the club. Her father's work is on display at One Mill Plaza. We held our meeting there this week. Some of the highlights of her talk included:
*Robert Childress was born in 1915
*Received first paint set as a boy from his aunt and uncle
*Attended Clemson University.
*Graduated in 1936 with a degree in architecture.
*Worked for advertising agencies painting ads from 1938-1948
*Major clients included Duncan Hines, Campbell Soups, Wonder Bread, Bird's Eye and Agway; among others
*Illustrated Dick and Jane text books in the 50s and 60s until 1968
*Started University Portrait Studio in 1970 and painted 32 schools, most of them Ivy League Universities
*Last painting was Wellesley College in 1981
*Passed away in 1983

There will be a public event at One Mill Plaza Thursday, displaying and offering for sale, the artworks of Robert Childress. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation.


Nancy Childress addresses the membership.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Please ignore the glare from Joe's head.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Joe Adrignola with Nancy Childress.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Dick says: "Here, Dianne...hold this..."
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Grand Theft Auto:
At the conclusion of our meeting, Key Club President, Cherish LaBelle, discovered she had forgotten her car keys in her locked car. Former state trooper, Roger Landry proceeded to take action to "break in" to Cherish's vehicle.
After about 15 minutes of poking, Roger successfully broke in. No word on damage to the car.

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Roger Landry initially pounds his head against the vehicle.

Pull, Poke, Scratch



Heads up



Jim Fortier Retires...


Kiwanis Makes Donation...

Upcoming Schedule:


Monday, November 19th
Steven Beals, Principal of Laconia High School

Monday, November 26th
Karen Thurston of the Blue Star Mothers

Monday, December 3rd
Boards meet, Food Pantry money collected

Monday, December 10th
Children's Christmas Party

Monday, December 17th
Adult Christmas Party at Dick Metz' house. Spouses welcome.


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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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