Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World

JUNE 21, 2010

Jane Berwick's birthday is July 2.  
Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 7 because of the Independence Day holiday on Monday.  There is no July Board meeting.  
The Kiwanis Foundation of New England continues its partnership with the New England Revolution soccer team.  We can purchase $18 discounted flex tickets (a $4 savings) good for any Revolution home game this season.  All games are Saturday nights and parking is free.    
The next Chamber Business After Hours is Tuesday, July 13 at Canterbury Shaker Village.  
The New England District annual convention is August 19 - 22 at the Holiday Inn Mansfield/Foxborough, Mansfield, MA.  
Thank you notes were read  from Bridget Tevnan (scholarship), Kerry Gaudreau (Youth Service) and Kayla Ham (MVHS Key Club).

Mike Vlahos, Pres,  summarized his trip to Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas.  Mike attended a couple of workshops, voted on proposed amendments and candidates for international office, and attended Jay Leno's performance and Cirque de Soleil's KA.  There were a total of 14 amendments of which seven passed, three failed, three were withdrawn and one was never motioned for a vote.  The slate of incoming officers included President Sylvester "Syl" Neal, President-Elect A. Alan Penn, Vice President Tom DeJulio and Trustees Johnny Johnson, Oscar Knight III and Sue Petrisin.

JUNE 14, 2010

We had one guest - Amy Follansbee who was a guest of Shawna DeFrancesco.  
Andy Davis and Terry Tibbetts have 6/17 birthdays.  
Mike Vlahos, Pres, announced that our trailer was now completed with signage and lettering done by BTA Graphics located in Bow.  

We presented six $500 book scholarships to the following students:
Patrick Gamble - Colby Sawyer College
Rose Harmon - Concord High School
Tara McDonald - Merrimack Valley High School
Kaitrin Newell - Concord High School
Joseph Suchomski - Pittsfield High School
Bridgeet Tevnan - Merrimack Valley High School

June 7, 2010

Keliane Totten has requested  and we have granted a leave of absence through the end of August while she will be on maternity leave.  
Richard Russell resigned from the club.  
We voted to be a “Tee” or “Hole” sponsor, $100, for the Kiwanis Foundation of New England Golf Tournament, taking place on July 30 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough, MA.  
We are looking for a Vice President for the coming year as well as three 2-year Board members.
We also hosted the three Youth Service Award winners for this year: Sarah Freeman-Woolpert (1st Place - Pembroke Academy), Kerry Gaudreau (2nd Place - Bishop Brady) and Maya Clifford (3rd Place - Bow High) who attended with their friends and families.  We presented them with a check and an engraved pen.  

May 24, 2010


Bill Lusting of Global Imaging Solutions presenting an ink cartridge rewards program to benefit our club.

  • Because of Memorial Day, next week's meeting is on Wednesday (6/2)
  • The June Board Meeting is also Wednesday (6/2) at 7am at The Windmill Restaurant
  • The next Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is Tuesday, June 8, at the soon to be opening Residence Inn located at 91 Hall St.
A thank you letter from Child and Family Services was received for our $4,500 contribution to Camp Spaulding.

May 17, 2010

    Barbara Miles of Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center

    Spring Fair - total gross ticket sales were approximately $68,000 compared to $60,000 (approx.) last year.
    Chamber of Commerce - "State of the City" Breakfast is Friday, May 21 from 7:30 - 9:00 at the Grappone Conference Center
    Chamber of Commerce - 5th Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon is June 3 from 11:45am - 1:30pm at the Grappone Conference Center

May 10, 2010

Guests: six Pembroke Academy Key Club members.  They told us about some of their activities this past year.
Ed Orlowski announced the six scholarship recipients.  He said letters went out today notifying all applicants if they were chosen or not.  
Ed also asked members to take Spring Fair posters and discount coupons.  He also had free passes for sponsors.  Gold sponsors get 10 passes, Silver get 5 and Bronze get 2.
Mike Vlahos, President, brought Sponsor forms for our golf tournament for members to take.  I am also attaching that document for you if you are able to add it to our website.  There is also a player registration form and cover letter that should be available shortly.
Business Meeting - Mike Vlahos, President,  reported that the Board voted to change the $2,000 donation to Camp Spaulding Kiwanis Hall to a Camp Spaulding General Fund donation.  I mentioned that two officer positions are open for next year; Secretary and President Elect.

May 3, 2010
Speakers: Rob Hansen (a former member of our club) and Bill Boynton, Concord High School Softball Booster Club.  Current fundraising campaign to raise $5,000 to help pay part of the cost of building new dugouts at the softball field at Memorial Field.

Guests today: four members of the Concord High School Key Club.  They thanked us for our support and told us about some of the activities they were involved with during the past year.
  • There is a free seminar hosted by Merrimack County Savings Bank on May 12  from 10am - noon at The Community Room at Horseshoes Pond Place.  The topic is "Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft and Fraud Scams".
  • A decision has been made to cancel the Yard Sale in the Everett Arena that was planned to take place during our Kiwanis Fair on May 15 and May 16.
  • The following Chamber of Commerce events are upcoming: 5/11 - Business After Hours at Havenwood-Heritage Heights from 5:30pm - 7:00pm, 5/13 - "Franklin Pierce Law School + University of New Hampshire = ?" Breakfast from 7:30am - 9:00am at the Grappone Conference Center and 5/21 - "State of the City" Breakfast from 7:30 - 9:00am also at the Grappone Conference Center

April 26, 2010

Donna Benson reminded everyone this Saturday (5/1) is an Adopt-A-Highway clean-up day starting at 8:30am.
Ed Orlowski announced the Scholarship Committee will meet on Wednesday (5/5) @5:30 at his office.
Donna Benson announced Fair Sponsorships, including commitments, were at $4,100.
Ed Orlowski mentioned Fair posters and discounts were in.  He asked members to take some and distribute.

April 19, 2010
Our speaker was Jim Snodgrass, Executive Director of Second Start.  He brought along two students,
one who had dropped out of high school at 18 and 30 years later is getting her GED.  
The other is a refugee from Rwanda who has been here three years and who spoke five languages but not English.  He has gone through the English As A Second Language Program and is now working towards a GED.

1) Shirley Frost told us that Charlie Averill was looking for help at Kiwanis Park on Tues. AM (4/20).  
2) Ed Orlowski reported that after a slow start with scholarship applications received, by the deadline we had received around 30. 
3) Mike Vlahos reminded everyone that Donna Benson sent out an email about a clean-up day on Sat. May 1 @8:30am along Loudon Rd. and Kiwanis Park.  We will meet in the Everett Arena parking lot on the east side.  
4) Mike mentioned that there was a golf tournament committee meeting last week.  Chris Dunn is developing a cover letter, registration form and sponsor form.  As soon as those are ready, they will be sent to all members and will be posted to our website.  
5) Finally, Mike reminded everyone that next Monday's meeting is our evening meeting.

April 5, 2010

Speakers: Dori Bell and Ellen DeStephano from Child and Family Services Healthy Families Program.

Birthday's this week - Tom Hughes on 4/5, David Bogacz on 4/10 and Larry White on 4/11.
Ed Orlowski mentioned Scholarship applications are down considerably.  The deadline is April 15.  
Shawna DeFrancesco mentioned that members should be gathering items to donate towards the yard sale taking place on May 15 and 16 during Spring Fair.  
Mike Vlahos, President:
1) The Kiwanis trailer has been brought to Arch Equipment in Bow to be refurbished.  
2) Reminded members to make follow-up calls to the Spring Fair sponsors mailing list.  
3) Tomorrow evening is the Chamber's Business Showcase at the Grappone Conference Center.  
4) Tuesday, April 13, is the Chamber's Business After Hours at Granite Ledges.  
5) Mike also read a thank you card from Kathy Kearns of The Circle Program who was a recent speaker.

MARCH 29, 2010

Governor's visit as well as a Division Caucus.  In addition to Governor David Koohy, there was Lt. Governor Monika Bryant and District Treasurer Bill Jenkins.  There were a total of 35 guests including members from the Claremont, Hooksett, Hudson and Manchester clubs.
Members with perfect attendance were recognized.

1) we will not have a booth in the Business Showcase on April 6 because it was sold out by the time we tried to register;
2) 2) Donna Benson wants to remind all members to review the Spring Fair Sponsor mailing list and select businesses to make follow-up calls.
We also voted to proceed with a golf tournament to be held on August 19 at Canterbury Woods Country Club.

MARCH 22, 2010

Speaker: Chief Robert Barry of the Concord Police Department.

March 29, 2010 - Evening Meeting:
Division Caucus, we will be hosting the Division Caucus with Governor David Koohy and Lt. Governor Monika Bryant expected to attend
Recognition of members with perfect attendance.  

Anita Wernoch reminded members to sign up for a minimum of three shifts at the Spring Fair.

Golf Tournament: Chris Dunn, Stonescapes LLC, made a presentation about a possible golf tournament, in August to be held at Canterbury Woods, to benefit our club.  We will vote at the March 29 meeting on whether to participate in this event.

MARCH 15, 2010
Skip-a-Meal - Community Service event at Women Infant and Children (W.I.C.) Program

MARCH 8, 2010

Fundraising Committee will be meeting on March 3 at 5:30 at the offices of Hall, Morse, Anderson, Miller & Spinella
Anita Wernoch has begun sign-ups for Spring Fair manpower. Anita is providing all members with a copy of the manpower shifts that need to be filled for the Spring Fair.  Please select at least three shifts and let her know of your selections.
Community Bridges is having a fundraiser on March 25 at Red River Theater.  They are showing "The Collector of Bedford Street"
Business After Hours is on Tuesday (3/9) at the American Red Cross.
Next Monday (3/15) is a Skip-A-Meal so there is no meeting.
Youth Service Awards - Jane Cipriano is looking for help with that committee.  Please contact Jane if you are interested.


We will be recognizing members with perfect attendance at the March 29 evening meeting.
At the March 22 meeting, we hope to have Chris Dunn attend to answer questions about a possible golf tournament in August to benefit our club.
The Pembroke Academy Key Club is holding a Global Roots fundraising dinner at the Common Man Restaurant on March 20.  Please contact Shirley Frost if you are interested in purchasing tickets.
Donna Benson has sent members a copy of the Spring Fair Sponsor mailing that recently went out.  She also provided a copy of the mailing list and has asked members to select around 10 businesses to contact for follow-up.

President Mike Vlahos reported the following from our Board meeting:
Reviewed a request from Community Bridges for sponsorship of a fundraising event on March 25.  We decided to pass on it.
We voted to participate again in the Chamber Business Showcase on April 6.
We are looking into options for replacing our member badges with magnetic ones.
We will have a table at the Concord Young Professional Network's event at NHTI on March 16.  Bull Lustig and Keliane Totten have volunteered to attend.
We discussed a possible golf tournament being organized by Chris Dunn to benefit our club.
We selected the March 29 (originally set for March 22) meeting to recognize members with perfect attendance.
Shirley Frost reported that we made $111 from the sale of Monarchs tickets for Kiwanis Night.


We approved $300 to weld a bracket and attach our sign to the Red Blazer Restaurant sign.

MARCH 1, 2010

Fund-raising Committee will be meeting on March 3 at 5:30 at the offices of Hall, Morse, Anderson, Miller & Spinella
Anita Wernoch has begun sign-ups for Spring Fair manpower
Community Bridges is having a fundraiser on March 25 at Red River Theater.  They are showing "The Collector of Bedford Street"
The next Board meeting is Wednesday, March 3.

FEBRUARY 17, 2010

Today's meeting was on the light side.  Light in attendance and light on the agenda.  

Anita Wernoch had an announcement: St. Jude's ranch for Children has helped neglected and abused children for many years.  They live on the Ranch, and there are many success stories of college graduations and thriving careers.  For more than 30 years, the Ranch has been recycling used greeting cards into new cards.
With the holidays behind us, the Ranch is looking for all types of greeting-card FRONTS that have no writing on the back of them.  Cards for every holiday are welcome, and angels and teddy bears are especially in demand.  The children cut down the card fronts and make them into new greeting cards, which are then sold online and in the Ranch gift shops.  The kids are paid 15 cents per card that they make, and the money goes into their personal accounts.
You can help by sending them greeting card FRONTS ONLY.  The fronts must be able to be trimmed to fit the Ranch's 5" x 7" backs, and cards are being accepted through February 28, 2010.  the address is:

                        St. Jude's Ranch for Children
                        Recycled Card Program
                        100 St. Jude's Street
                        Boulder City, NV   89005

Anita also mentioned she is in charge of Spring Fair manpower and she will be starting sign-ups shortly.  
Donna Benson had us fold and stuff envelopes for the Spring Fair sponsorship letters.  Because of the light attendance, our speaker agreed to reschedule for another time.
President Mike Vlahos will be away next week so Ed Orlowski will be running the 2/22 meeting.

FEBRUARY 8, 2010

Speaker: Michael Horne, Director of the NH Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen

Seth Tucker who previously was a guest in August, and
The Hooksett Kiwanis Club had a total of seven including the speaker. 

Shirley Frost was collecting money for tickets sold and any unsold tickets for the Kiwanis Night with the Monarchs.  
Mike Vlahos announced tomorrow evening's, 02/09/10, Concord Chamber Business After Hours at the Gateway Center.  
Mike also mentioned that we had received a letter of thanks from the Capital Regional Food Program for our annual donation.

FEBRUARY 1, 2010

Speakers were Deandra Perruccio and Scott Fitzpatrick from Plus Time NH - Youth Environmental Service Team.

Fred Burgess from Centrix Bank,
Alexandra Breed from McLane Law Firm, and
Sally Crosby from Concord Hospital.
Monarchs tickets for Kiwanis Night with the Monarchs on February 20.
Business After Hours on 2/9 at the Gateway Center,
Sunrise Conference
Men's and Women's Final Four Basketball Tournament of the SUNRISE CONFERENCE will be at NHTI on February 27 & 28.  Posters are available to put up at your business and there are six complimentary tickets if anyone is interested.  
The February Board meeting is Wednesday (2/3) at 7am at the Windmill Restaurant.

JANUARY 26, 2010

Speaker: Ed Orlowski from Child & Family Services who updated us on Camp Spaulding.

Shirley Frost announced again the Monarchs tickets sales,

Mike Vlahos announced that the New England District Circle K Convention was taking place at the Holiday Inn in Concord from February 26 - 28.  

Mike also announced our February Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, at 7am at the Windmill Restaurant

January 19, 2010

Speaker: Bernie Marchowsky of George's Custom Clothing

Guests were, Anna Marie & Bernie Sparks of Sparks Employment Group.


  • Chris Pappas announced there would be a Car Show meeting on Thursday, 1/21/10 at 5:30pm at Grappone Ford.
  • President, Mike Vlahos, announced that on 1/27/10 the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a 2010 Economic Forecast luncheon at the Grappone Conference Center from 11:45am - 1:00 pm.
New member induction: William Lustig

January 12, 2010

Todays meeting was our monthly Business Meeting.  President Mike Vlahos presented Chris Pappas with a long overdue 30-year member pin and certificate.  Mike also reported on last week's Board Meeting.  The following items were acted on or discussed:
     * We approved new member, Bill Lustig.  We had planned to do his induction today but due to car trouble, he was not able to attend.
    * Andy Davis and the Fundraising Committee will be exploring the possibility of having a Motorcycle Rally fundraiser starting in 2011.  This may be a good tie-in to the Motorcycle event that has been held in previous years in the arena during Spring Fair.
    * Kiwanis trailer.  Bill Tracy of Arch Equipment in Bow is willing to refurbish it for only the cost of materials.  Chris Pappas and Mike Vlahos will work on getting it down to Arch as soon as possible.
    * We have not been able to recognize members for perfect attendance because past records have been lost.  Ed Orlowski has sent a couple of emails requesting information from members.  He has had some response.  The Board recommended sending one final email with a deadline.  We can then order perfect attendance tabs and schedule a date to recognize members.
    * We voted to approve a $100 donation to Stephanie Allen to attend an alternative Spring Break in Orlando, Fl performing community service.  Stephanie is a former Pembroke Academy Key Club President and a student at Stonehill College.

January 4, 2010

Our speaker was Peter Brankman who talked about tax law changes for 2009 and 2010.

We had several guests for our meeting.
John Turbyne brought Ray Miner from First Colebrook Bank.  
Anita had Bill Lustig there for his third meeting.  Bill submitted his membership application and payment.  Stephanie Allen from Stonehill College and Past President of the Pembroke Academy Key Club told us about the Alternative Spring Break in which she will be taking part.  She will be travelling to another part of the country as a volunteer helping out.  
Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, current President of the Pembroke Academy Key Club, told us about the club's recent activities.
Announcements included:
Ed Orlowski who told us there would be a Spring Fair Committee meeting next week, most likely on Thursday (1/14).  
Shirley Frost reminded everyone she has tickets for the Kiwanis Night with the Monarchs on February 20.  Club President Mike Vlahos mentioned this Wednesday, 1/06, is a Board meeting, and
next Tuesday (1/12) is the Chamber's Business After Hours, to be held at Community Service Council of NH located at 79 Sheep Davis Road.  
Mike also presented Immediate Past President Jane Berwick with her gift, Past President badge and pin.

DECEMBER 28, 2009

Canceled due to inclement weather.

DECEMBER 21, 2009

Reminder that this coming Monday, 12/28/09,  is an evening meeting. 

Our speaker was Karen White who spoke about the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life that will take place at NHTI in Concord on June 11 & 12, 2010

DECEMBER 14, 2009

  • Tickets are available from Shirley Frost for Kiwanis Night with the Manchester Monarchs scheduled for Saturday, February 20 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  
  • At last week's joint holiday meeting with the Rotary Club of Conord on 12/8, we presented the Capital Region Food Program with checks totaling $3,875.  
  • This past Friday (12/11) and Saturday (12/12), we rang bells at Wal-Mart for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.  
  • On Saturday (12/12), we provided help at the Concord Boys & Girls Club Annual TV Auction, their largest fundraiser of the year.  
  • Last Thursday (12/10), the Fundraising Committee met to discuss ideas for another fundraising event.  The idea of a motorcycle ride was presented and received overwhelming support.  This idea was presented by Andy Davis who will prepare a summary outline that will then be presented to the Board for consideration.
  • At the Board meeting on 12/2, John Udaloy and Jane Berwick were approved as Senior Members.  
  • There was some discussion about the Spring Fair.  There were a couple of open sub-committee chair positions still open.  Some of our Board members volunteered to fill those positions at the Board meeting.  
  • There was also discussion about perfect attendance for last year.  Apparently, our records have been lost and Ed Orlowski has asked members to let him know how many years perfect attendance they had.  Response has been minimal.  We will continue to get the word out that members need to let Ed know.

DECEMBER 8, 2009 (Annual joint Kiwanis and Rotary Christmas meeting)

We donated $3,875 to the Capital Region Food Program, a combination of funds raised at this years car show, $3,000, and individual donations from club members.  In previous years the car show has budgeted $3,700 for the Capital Region Food Program, however due to inclement weather and a competing show the same weekend, this years car show revenue did not match previous years.  With club member contributions we have been able to exceed previous year donations!
  • Reminders for those who volunteered to show up for their assigned times on Friday (12/11) or Saturday (12/12) at Wal-Mart for the Salvation Army bell ringing,
  • the Concord Boys and Girls Club auction on Saturday (12/12), and
  • Kiwanis Night with the Monarchs on February 20, 2010 - Tickets are $14 and $12 for children under 12.

November 30, 2009

Next week's meeting is the Joint Rotary/Kiwanis Holiday Lunch on Tuesday, 12/08/09, at the Bektash Shrine Center.
Next Tuesday, 12/08/09, is the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours.  This month's event is at the Grappone Conference Center.  In lieu of payment, one can bring four cans or non-perishible food items for admission.
Nick Wallner's picture appeared in the November 24 - 30 issue of the Concord Insider.
The annual Christmas parade took place on November 21.  Our club was a band sponsor and Chris Pappas and Mike Vlahos carried the Kiwanis banner.  Chris and Mike were accompanied by Mike’s wife Diane and their English Bulldog, Bubba.
February 20, 2010 is the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Night with the Monarchs.  Silver Level tickets at $14 for adults and $12 for children (12 & under) for this game versus the Providence Bruins are available by contacting Shirley Frost (  Our club will receive a portion of the sales proceeds from the tickets we sell.

November 16, 2009

We met for our Skip-a-Meal at the Women Infant and Childrens (W.I.C.) program and packed 135 boxes of food/3 pallets.

November 9, 2009

Brenda Litchfield – reminder about signing up for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign bell ringing on Friday (12/11) & Saturday (12/12) at Wal-Mart.  

Shirley Frost announced that Saturday, February 20, 2010 is Kiwanis Night at the Manchester Monarchs games.  We will be getting an allotment of tickets to sell with the club earning $2 for each ticket sold.

We also had two Key Clubbers from Pembroke Academy who updated us on what they have done and what they have planned this year.  The Pembroke club raised about $300 for the CROP Walk.  They collected for UNICEF, attended the Pumpkin Fest at SNHU for Camp Sunshine, and raised money at a haunted house.  They were active for Key Club week around the school with random acts of kindness messages, bring a friend to Key Club meeting, etc.  Next week is Prematurity Awareness Week and they will have information posted on school bulletin boards.  The Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, one of their biggest events, is 11/21 and they are busy getting in-kind donations for it and handing out flyers for the dinner. 

Mike Vlahos, President, announced that due to our participation in the Skip-A-Meal, there will be no regular meeting on 11/16.  
Also on the evening of 11/16 is the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner.  The Citizen of the Year will be honored.  The speaker is Ron Claiborne, anchor of Good Morning America Weekend Edition.  The event begins at 5:00 P.M. at the Grappone Center.

November 2, 2009

Shawna DeFransesco brought Lynn Petry of Dalyn Solutions.

Shawna celebrates a birthday on November 7.

    * Shirley Frost announced that the Pembroke Academy Key Club is holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens on Saturday, November 21.
    * Chris Pappas mentioned that the Boys and Girls Club Auction has been moved from Saturday December 5 to Saturday December 12 and it will be held at the Green Street Community Center, not at the Boys and Girls Club.
    * Anita Wernoch let us know that former Concord Kiwanian Bob Wilson contacted her from Florida to request a membership directory.
    * President Mike Vlahos read a thank you letter we received from the President of NH HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership) for our donation.  Included with the letter was a patch recognizing our club as a 2009 sponsor.
    * Mike Vlahos announced that the Board of Directors November meeting is this Wednesday, November 4, at The Windmill Restaurant.

Heather Faria, Executive Director and Shannon Camara, Director of Communications from the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA were our speakers. 
They gave us a broad overview of the programs offered and spoke in detail about the Sadie Project.  The Sadie Project partners dogs and teens with socialization issues at the Child and Family Services Group Home.