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The Kommunicator Bulletin published by the Kiwanis Club of Manchester, NH

December 2012 Kiwanis Club of Manchester, PO Box 987, Manchester, NH 03105

A message Gregg Flegal

from the


Hello Kiwanians, Welcome to the 92nd year of the Kiwanis Cub of Manchester. I am honored to act as your President for the coming year. Joining Kiwanis is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s my hope that I can give our club the satisfaction and joy that I received a since joining in 1994. Back then, I had no idea how Kiwanis made a difference in the quality of life for children. I was unfamiliar with many of the areas that we support locally, regionally and worldwide. Oh, have my eyes been opened! I also didn’t anticipate the friendships and personal bonds that I would make by working with such a dedi-


Keith Raho

got a friend:

INSIDE THIS ISSUE A Message from the President 1 You’ve Got a Friend 1 Upcoming Meetings & K Events 2 Board of Directors 2 Scenes from Kiwanis 3 NE District Governor Visits 4 ELIMINATE Project update 4 New Members 5 Celebrate with a Child 6

cated group of individuals. The people that I have met in this club are amazing! Kiwanians work hard for what we feel is important― helping children. At the same time, we have fun, we make new friends and we gather the satisfaction that comes from having an impact on our community. So, take a moment to enjoy this newsletter, to relive the fun of past events and to learn about the new ways we can fulfill our mission of giving back. Most of all, thank you for all that you do!

The Kiwanis Mentoring Program

The Kiwanis Club of Manchester is a family, so it comes as no surprise that Manchester Kiwanians work hard to make new members feel welcome and at ease. “I have quickly and easily blended into the club because so many members have been warm and welcoming to me,” commented Corri Wilson, one of Manchester Kiwanis’ newest members. “In particular, my sponsor and mentor, Tom Kallechey, has kept in touch directly with supportive emails.”

The Kiwanis Club of Manchester provides a short-term mentoring program to all new members. The objective is simple: to pair all new members with a committed Kiwanian who can show them the ropes and make them feel at home. “Since I joined the Kiwanis in the early fall, Mike Arrison has been my mentor.” began Scott Minichiello. “He is very good at filling me in on all the Kiwanis events, and informing me on how each event is run. CONT. page 5

Page 2 The Kommunicator Upcoming Meetings & K Events December 3 12 PM Kiwanian, Rick Petersen presents the FBI Civilian Training Program December 13 8:30 AM Board of Directors meeting at Hampshire First Bank― all are welcome December 17 5:30 PM Aurore Eaton from the Manchester Historic Society speaks



Maria Curran


The Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Meeting minutes from October and bank statements were reviewed and approved. Financial Report Operating Acct. $ 6,579.38 Foundation Acct. $ 6,235.01 Parking Account $ 2,775.09 Event Acct. – SMB $ 12,034.95 TOTAL $ 27,624.43 Donations: The Board voted to approve the recommendations by the Donation committee, as presented by Shannon Sullivan, to help fund the Circle K club from UNH with $100. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for December 13th at 8:30 am at Hampshire First Bank. All Club members are invited and encouraged to attend board meetings.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Macy’s, Manchester December 4,6,11,13 Contact Shannon Sullivan for times and to volunteer ( Celebrate with a Child December 8 11– 1:30 PM Page 6 for more information Walk with a Child WalMart, Bedford December 10 & 11 6-8 PM Volunteers needed, contact Rob Dionne for more information (

Winners of the 2012 10K Raffle. From left to right: Robert LaRochelle,

Carmelle LaRochelle, Shannon Woodward, Lauren and A.J. Lambert. It was a family affair: Carmelle is Robert’s, Mom. Robert is Lauren’s, Dad.

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October 26, Chateau Restaurant- THe annual Ten K Dinner & Raffle, hosted by the Manchester Kiwanis CLub was a sold out event, attended by over 150 eager individuals vying to win $10,000. This year, there were four lucky winners for the big prize (see page 2), and not many others walked away without a consolation, lucky bucket, or 50/50 prize. The big winner of the night was definitely the Club, which raised over $8,900 for future community projects.

IOctober 8, Girls INC- The Club brought along a large check as Girl’s Inc. hosted our annual installation of the board and officers. The check for $15,000 was the last payment in the Club’s Major Emphasis commitment. Café Lauren and the entire Girl’s Inc. facility was recently renovated.


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September 22, Radisson Expo Center - Manchester Kiwanis, sponsored the appearance by the Fire Department at the annual Day for Kids, presented by the Manchester Boy’s and Girl’s Club.


August 29, Radisson Expo Center - Kiwanians rolled up their sleeves at the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive. Above, Georgine from the Red Cross prepares Lou Catano. Eight members of the Club donated. Altogether, almost 1700 donors appeared generating 1,481 pints of useable blood benefitting about 4,500 people!

Photos courtesy of Tom Kallechy

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NE District Governor Angelica Ladd



New England District Governor, Frank Dennett, visited the Manchester Club at the luncheon meeting on November 5th.

Dick Letendre Bill Weidacher Dottie Gove Jen Indeglia

Governor Dennett outlined his priorities for his year of service, which include increasing membership in the district, raising money for the Eliminate Project, and encouraging Kiwanians to reach their full potential through leadership development.

35 years 20 years 14 years 4 years


In a recent Yankeewanian article, Governor Dennett had the following to say, “If we are committed to membership growth, if we are passionate about the Eliminate Project, if we challenge ourselves to be better Kiwanians and leaders, then we will “Go the Distance” for Kiwanis and we will have a successful year.” The Governor challenges all members to sponsor at least one new member by July 2013, personally contribute at least $180 to the Eliminate Project, and look for opportunities in the Club to take on a leadership role.


Dick Letendre Dec. Fred Savage Dec. Renee Charney Dec. Paul Tetu Dec. Mike Arrison Dec. Steve Scheiner Dec.

easy ways to build membership in


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Talk about Kiwanis whenever the opportunity presents itself. East Timor



eliminate maternal

and neonatal tetanus Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The World Health Organization recently conducted validation surveys in East Timor and Tanzania, and the results show that both countries are now validated as having eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). More newborns and mothers’ lives are now free from the anguish of tetanus. Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 27 countries. Other countries that have recently validated the elimination of MNT include Liberia, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau. MNT still remains a deadly threat in 32 countries. The final push to eliminate MNT globally will require $110 million and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. Thank you for your commitment and support.

Show your enthusiasm and pride in the organization and the work we do, and wear your Kiwanis pin and Kiwanis-branded clothing whenever possible.

Offer your friends and business contacts – consistently and fre-

quently - the opportunity to get involved with Kiwanis, and remember that it truly is an opportunity. Think of the ways in which your Kiwanis membership has enriched your life, and tell your friends about them. Why wouldn’t we want to share such an enjoyable and rewarding experience with our friends?

SAVE THE DATE! Thurs, January 31, 2013 Shorty’s Share Fair Night for Manchester Kiwanis fundraiser & Mixer

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New Members Corri Wilson Corri is a Kiwanis veteran, becoming a member of the Circle K at Geneseo State University in New York, and includes a term as Governor of the Kiwanis New York District. After moving to New Hampshire, Corri was the first woman member of the Kiwanis Club of Nashua and served as an officer. After several moves around the state, she joined the Hooksett Kiwanis, and was Club’s advisor to the Builders Club at the Cawley Middle School. Corri holds a Master of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University, where she is a Lecturer in Sport Management. She coached youth sports, supports the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, is a member of the Manchester West High School Athletics Booster Club, and volunteers for the Hooksett Food Pantry. Currently, Corri is our Club’s advisor to the West High Key Club. Corri lives in Hooksett with her husband of 22 years, Alex. Their daughter Ariel, is a sophomore at Suffolk University, and son Joshua, is a senior at West High.

Scott Minichiello Scott is a New Hampshire native, having grown up in Bow. He graduated from UNH and moved to Manchester in 2005. Since then he has been in the finance business. Currently, Scott is an Advisor at Merrill Lynch. An active guy, he enjoys running, cycling, tennis, golf, and snowboarding. In the summer, Scott enjoys spending time at the family house on Winnipesaukee. Scott has a passion for helping individuals. He is fulfilling that ambition by serving on the Club’s, Eliminate Project Committee. MENTOR, from page 1 “[Mike] follows up quickly on emails that I receive from the club to make sure that understand them, and to ask if I’m interested in volunteering. So far I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with the club and the mentor program,” Scott continued. Being a mentor is easy. A Mentor Kiwanian is paired with a new member, and is their main point of contact for a few weeks. Mentors keep the lines of communication open, encourage participation in events, introduce new members and sit with them at meetings, and, most importantly, mentors ensure new members take advantage of every opportunity the Kiwanis Club of Manchester has to offer.

“We never want a new member to walk into a meeting or an event and feel out of place because no one is there to greet them and make them feel at home,” commented seasoned Kiwanian and Mentor, Tom Kallechey. “It’s working... It’s very clear that mentoring is a critical component to engaging and retaining members, and it’s been very satisfying to watch the program become a success.” If you would like to become a mentor to any incoming members, please contact Keith Raho at 603-621-3473 or

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Cynthia Harrington

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Kiwanis Club of Manchester will host the 6th annual Celebrate with a Child event on Saturday, December 8 from 11AM– 1:30 PM at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. This is a very special day for thirty boys and girls from Manchester who may not otherwise experience the holiday or receive gifts. Kids range in age from four to nine years-old, and many are being raised by a single parent. We will provide various craft stations for the kids to express their creativity, and they will have the opportunity to select a small gift to wrap and bring home for a loved one.

2011’s Celebrate with a Child’s guests. You can be a part of the fun too!

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Face Painting (no artistic skills needed) Help at the wrapping station to wrap the gifts that the children select for a loved one Stay with a small group of children as they rotate to each fun station and more...

After a pizza lunch, they will enjoy story time, sing holiday songs and spend time with Santa as he gives each child goody bags filled with toys.

Some of Santa’s Helpers will come from area Key Clubs, but we need Kiwanians too! You won’t regret seeing the smiles of the children. It’s a very humbling and heartwarming way to spend a few hours and to see our Kiwanis funds at work. Here is how you can help:

If you are interested in spending a few precious hours helping at this year’s Christmas party, please contact Cindy Harrington-cell 867-9861 or email

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Help with hand washing Help assemble crafts/ornaments with children (kits provided) Help frost and decorate cookies Help children create and decorate holiday cards

Special thanks to Brian of Permanent Vacation, who will play his guitar and lead the children in song, Rob Dionne, who made the arrangements for Santa to join our party, and to Marilyn Charbonneau’s daughter, Stephanie, who is an elementary school teacher and will assist with story time and helping at the event.

Kiwanis Accolades Congratulations to Emile Beaulieu, who was awarded the David P. Goodwin Lifetime Commitment Award at the Easter Seals of NH’s 2012 Annual Celebration of Giving Dinner for his continuing support. Emile’s dedication to Easter Seals of NH spans almost five decades and includes a term as Chairman of their board in 1977. We’re inspired by and proud of you, Emile.

Thank you to Mason Young, who celebrates his 35th year of service to the Manchester community as a Kiwanian!

Congratulations to Keith Raho and his lovely wife, Joycelin, on the birth of their first child, Sophie Joy. Little Sophie was born on October 4, 2012. Best wishes to the new family.

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