November 24, 2008 - Vol.20, No. 7


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Joe Collie

Senior Members:
Peter Karagianis, Warren Mitchell, Roger Webster, Ed Merski, and Howard Bacon

Katherine and Warren share a drink, a smile, and social security benefits.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

John Moriarty, Belknap Mill

Holiday Parade:
The club will participate in this weekend’s Laconia Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 30th. Paul Cotton will be towing the trailer and Larry Murphy will be helping out. If anyone else is interested in helping out, be there at 12:30 Sunday. Parade starts at 1pm.


Christmas List's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
Brian Winslow reminded the club that Kathy Calvin needs to be soon as possible... of the names of kids that will be attending the Kiwanis Children's Christimas Party, which is scheduled for Monday, December 8th. Kathy needs to purchase gifts well in advance of the party. Please return forms to Kathy as soon as possible. If you don't have a form, please contact Kathy this week if you plan on having a child attend. Please call (527-9182) or email Kathy Calvin ASAP with the necessary information on the child you plan to bring. Necessary information includes the following: Full Name of the Child, Boy or Girl, Age of Child, Hobbies or areas of interest of the child.

Adult Christmas Party
The Christmas Party for grownups will be held at Pheasant Ridge the following Monday, December 15th. A fun night of holiday cheer and a Yankee Swap is planned. Gifts should not exceed $10 as usual. Please plan on attending as this will be the last meeting before 2009.


Where we eatin’?
The club had a discussion about whether or not to eat at The Galley during the months that Pheasant Ridge will be closed. As reported in last week’s bulletin, the club would be charged $12.99 per meal. Right now, we pay $12 per meal. Roger Webster also mentioned Woodside at Taylor Community. He said that he spoke with the folks there this afternoon and will be gathering more information about that and hopes to have it for us next week. Brian Winslow said that he talked with Contigiani’s and there is an existing contract that included January and February at Joe Adrignola’s place at One Mill Plaza. Brian’s thought was that we stick it out this winter and revisit the idea of moving our winter meetings next year when we negotiate our contract for next year.

Franklin Interclub:
Past President Warren Mitchell told of the good time the interclub group had in Franklin last week. Warren, Kathy Calvin, and Paul Cotton accompanied Lt. Governor Joe Collie to Franklin. As reported in last week’s bulletin, the Franklin Club is very active with 2 efforts for Christmas time underway right now. They are doing a toy distribution with Santa the first weekend in December and providing gifts for Franklin residents that are in the area’s nursing homes. Their other community efforts include a rabies clinic and an auction that is held at the Franklin Opera House. Dan Phelps is the president of the Franklin Club and they meet at the Soda Shoppe. They have been invited to join us at one of our meetings in the future

Key Club Spaghetti Dinner:
Don Nelson and Sue Nelson, Joe Collie, his mother and daughter, Kathy and John Calvin and Patty Jeane, all attended the Key Club fund raiser last Wednesday. It was a spaghetti dinner at the high school and was attended by roughly 100 people. The event featured a presentation on homelessness in the US and the proceeds from the evening went to area food pantries. In all, more than $400 was raised. Way to go, Key Club! The meal was pretty good, too!

Salvation Army Stars:
Kathy Calvin reports that there are a number of stores that are not taking stars this year. Stars symbolize gifts for needy area children. She says that she has stars and she asks members if they are interested in taking stars and helping out some of the area kids, please let her know.

Stars and Stripes just in time for the holidays.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Bell Ringing:
We will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Tuesday, December 23rd. A signup sheet will be circulated in the coming weeks, so please check your schedule and see when you might be able to ring the bell for the kettle. As in the past, we will ring from 9-5 and we will work in 1 hour shifts with 2 Kiwanians per shift.


$21 to the winner….and the winner is…

John has many tickets...but...
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Tom Knox has the winner.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Tom Knox, like Fort Knox, holds the money.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Happy Dollars:
Lt. Gov. Joe Collie gave $5 happy dollars: 1 each for Paul Cotton, Warren Mitchell, and Kathy Calvin attending the Franklin Kiwanis meeting with him last week, 1 for the spaghetti dinner that the Key Club organized last week as a fundraiser for the Food Pantry…more than $400 was raised, Kathy Calvin and Don Nelson were also there. The last was for Paul Cotton picking up the tab for Joe’s meal at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting last week.

Tom Knox gave 2 for winning the 50/50 and Paul Cotton gave 2 for his youngest son turning 40 tomorrow (Tuesday). Ed Merski gave one because he is now gainfully unemployed.

Guest Speaker:

John Moriarty, Executive Director of the Belknap Mill spoke to the club. John is also Vice Chairman of the Laconia Public Library. He raved about the Kiwanis Children’s Room and told us that the room is a wonderful addition and is being used wonderfully to serve the community. As for the Mill, John says that he was a trustee for a long time and now is the Executive Director. He says he feels like Victor Kiam and Remington Shavers…"I liked the company so much, I bought it!”

John says the bell from the Belknap Mill has a direct link to Paul Revere, as the bell was cast by one of his assistants. Dick Metz brought up the Children’s Program and John explained that the program is guided to 4th graders in the state. They turn the clock back to 1818 and they have the kids work a day at The Mill as if they were working there as a Mill worker there in the 1800s.

The Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile Mill in the United States. The American Industrial Revolution began in Waltham, Massachusetts and the same investors helped to build the Belknap Mill in 1823. Finding that the Mill was too far from Boston to be profitable, it was spun off and was a knitting Mill during the Civil War. It closed in 1969. Peter Karagianis led the effort to save the Mill in the early 1970s and kept it unaltered.

Aside from being a facility of historic importance, the museum is on the first floor and the second floor houses an art gallery. The third floor is the Rose Chertok Hall and private and public functions are held in the hall. John Moriarty went on to explain that The Mill’s fund raiser is currently underway and they are selling holiday stocking with the grand prize being $4,000. Tickets are $100 and you get to keep the sock! They are selling only 125 of these socks and the winner will be drawn on December 14th. For more log onto,

John Moriariy sells socks for cash: isn't that money laundering?
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

L to R: Dick Metz, John Moriarty, and Pres. Brian Winslow
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, December 1st
Boards Meet and Food Pantry money collected

Monday, December 8th

Children's Christmas Party

Monday, December 15th
Adult Christmas Part

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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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