News stories about Hooksett Kiwanis and its members, including news published in the Hooksett Banner, Union Leader and other print media.

Matt Mowry from Business NH Magazine - Featured Speaker at Dinner Meeting - 06/06/2018
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Matt Mowry, Editor of the Business NH Magazine, was our featured speaker for this week's dinner meeting. Matt oversees the Best Businesses to work in NH program and the Businesses and Business Leaders of the Year. He is a board member for both the Capitol Center for the Arts and Manchester Young Professional Network.  

Matt delivered a phenomenal talk, detailing the current business climate in NH with loads of fascinating statistics, including the fact that Walmart is currently the largest employer in NH and 80K+ workers who live in NH cross the border to work in MA.

Hooksett Kiwanis at the Fisher Cats Game 2018 - 05/18/2018
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Kiwanis Night at the Fisher Cats game was quite the hit. Congrats to Barry Cogan who answered questions in a trivia contest that won him a couple of T shirts. Way to go Bob Willey who had the honor of throwing the first pitch!

It was a chilly night for the eager fans at the game, but Kiwanis sold a lot of raffle tickets, including 50/50 for the Fisher Cats with one of the biggest pots ever!!

Guest speaker Kris Frank Talks about Organ Donation - 05/17/2018
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Thanks to our guest speaker and fellow Kiwanian, Kris Frank, Senior Donation Coordinator for New England Donor Services, we were treated to a moving and eye-opening account of her role in organ donor services. The stories of the lives that are saved by the generosity of organ donors was very touching, giving us all pause to seriously consider becoming an organ donor.

She indicated that we can join the donor registry by visiting, or if you’re an iPhone user, you can register right from the native Health App.

Two Community members address Kiwanis Club - 05/17/2018
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Article in Hooksett Banner about two recent speakers at Kiwanis Club meetings: Amanda Grappone Osmer, CEO of Grappone Group and Will Stewart, Executive Director of Stay, Work and Play.

Hooksett Kiwanis Honored with Distinguished Club Award - 05/06/2018
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Kiwanis International  has awarded the Hooksett Kiwanis the Distinguished Club Award for 2016-2017. Due to the rigorous criteria for a club's eligibility for this award, only 11 clubs (7.5%) in New England & Bermuda achieved this distinguished status last year. Congratulations are in order to the immediate Past President, Todd Rainier, and to the entire club for receiving this award!

Hooksett community leaders honored by Kiwanis - 05/03/2018
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On April 3, nearly 200 gathered in the Conference Dining Center at Southern NH University to honor several Hooksett Community Leaders. The event was sponsored and organized by the Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation. Doris Labbe served as emcee. Recipients and presenters were as follows:

  • Tammy Hooker, Adult Volunteer of the Year, presented by Mary Farwell and Mac Broderick.
  • Katelyn Howe, Youth Volunteer of the Year, presented by Fred Bishop.
  • Shannon Baldoumas, Elementary Educator of the Year by Principal Ben Loi
  • Bernadette Olsen, Middle School Educator of the Year by Principal Matt Benson
  • Donna Fitzpatrick, Municipal Employee of the Year, presented by Heather Rainier
  • Merchants Automotive Group, Large...

Kid's Kloset Cleanup - 04/19/2018
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Front page article in Hooksett Banner about Boy Scout Troop 292 performing cleanup of the Hooksett Kiwanis Kids Kloset.

Amanda Grappone Osmer, fourth generation CEO of the Grappone Auto Group, spoke to a capacity crowd Hooksett Kiwanis meeting! - 04/18/2018
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Amanda Grappone Osmer, fourth generation CEO of the Grappone Auto Group, spoke to a capacity crowd at the Hooksett Kiwanis meeting on April 18 at New England’s Tap House Grille. She is a down-to-earth young woman leading a multi-million-dollar organization with 340 employees, whom she refers to as “Team Members”. She provided a brief history of her family’s involvement in the auto business, starting with the gas station opened by her great grandparents, Rocco and Emmanuelle Grappone in 1924. The business has grown to five new-car dealerships in Bow NH. With the unfortunate passing of her brother, she refers to herself as the “last man standing” in her...

Details for 2018 Kiwanis Community Leaders Awards - 03/28/2018
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Ninth Annual Kiwanis Community Leader Awards - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Southern New Hampshire University  [View/Print Map]
2500 North River Road 
Manchester, NH Dining Center (Upstairs)

6:00 PM Social Hour    
7:00 Dinner    
8:15 Awards

Men-suit/sports jacket/tie (no jeans/no sneakers); Women: Dress/pants suit/skirt (no jeans/no sneakers)

Park in Lot 26-C behind the Dining Center.  If you would like to take a shuttle, there will be a van with “Above And Beyond Daycare” on it at the bus stop near this parking lot.  You can also walk between the Library and the Dining Hall to the front...

Georgette Peltak welcomed back to Hooksett Kiwanis Family!! - 03/21/2018
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At our March 21st dinner meeting Georgette Peltak was warmly welcomed back into the Hooksett Kiwanis Family by Barry Cogan, our current President, after having taken a hiatus from the Club due to family commitments. She was the 100th member of the Manchester Kiwanis Club back in the 90s when she made Manchester her home and was inducted by our very own Fred Bishop. She is currently serving as co-advisor to the nascient Key Club at Pinkerton Academy and is looking forward to being part of Hooksett Kiwanis once again.