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

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.

Will Stewart from Stay Work Play NH--Guest Speaker at Dinner Meeting - 03/21/2018
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We were joined by guest speaker Will Stewart the Executive Director of Stay Work Play NH during our March 21st dinner meeting. With his skills as a published author and extensive background in journalism and community services, Will is a natural exponent of the Stay Work Play NH mission which focuses on working "collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the State as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities."

Will indicated that the Stay, Work and Play NH organization was established...

Community Impact Award 2018 - Girl Scouts Troop 10085 - 03/18/2018
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Big CONGRATS and BEST WISHES to The Girl Scouts of Troop 10085 who are to receive Hooksett's Community Impact 2018 Award on April 3rd at the Hooksett Kiwanis annual Community Leaders Banquet.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 10085 are High School Juniors who have been together since Kindergarten. In addition to working hard in High School, participating in activities such as band, sports, and working part-time jobs, they have provided outstanding service to our community.

Examples of its community service include landscaping and building a sign for the Cawley Middle School Outdoor Classroom, landscaping and painting a sign at Underhill School, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, planting a...

Hooksett Foundation 2018 Scholarship Program - 03/16/2018
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The Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Scholarship program for graduating seniors of the Hooksett community!

The James Walter Scholarship is available to any Hooksett senior who has attended Hooksett schools, and has lived in Hooksett for the past three years. The late Mr. Walter was a member of Hooksett Kiwanis and a Past Advisor and member of Circle K. The Kiwanis Scholarship will award $1,000 to two outstanding seniors who have made a difference in the community during their high school years.  Please include the following as part of the application submission:

Large Business of the Year 2018 - Merchants Automotive Group - 03/14/2018
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Merchants Automotive Group is a family-owned organization based in New Hampshire with over 50 years of experience. Its Fleet Management has more than 40,000 vehicles under lease and management throughout all 50 States. It provides fleet management and leasing solutions for more than 800 businesses and the federal government. It is the largest family-owned independent pre-owned car dealer in New England, and has been voted the #1 NH Used Car Dealership for 20 years.

Merchants maintains a basic philosophy to continually give back to the community. It has built a corporate culture that celebrates community involvement, investment, and volunteering. It supports local based charities to create a more...

Municipal Employee of the Year 2018 - Donna Fitzpatrick - 03/09/2018
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Donna joined the town in the Community Development Office where she was a lead coordinator for the office working with developers and potential businesses. Her current position as the Administrative Services Coordinator is unique and demanding. She provides administrative support functions for the Town Council with a wide variety of responsibilities. She also serves as the Human Resources Coordinator for the Town, a position that was once a full-time position within itself. Here she is responsible for all employee benefits management, assisting Department Heads in administering personnel policies, hiring, assisting with union contracts and a myriad of other details.

Donna approaches her work...

Adult Volunteer of the Year 2018 - Tammy Hooker - 03/06/2018
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Tammy is a vital member of many volunteer groups in Hooksett. These include the Library’s Board of Trustees, Friends group, Boy Scout Troop 292 and Hooksett Unit of the Salvation Army. In each of these roles she brings a level of dedication, enthusiasm, humor, and organization that is unmatched.

In her years as Library Trustee, Tammy served as Secretary and member of many Board subcommittees. While she is adept at all trustee responsibilities: reviewing policies, overseeing personnel issues, analyzing expenses, and managing physical plant, Tammy is also the first to volunteer when things need to get done. She caters library events, hosts the annual mother- daughter teas, and sorts...

Middle School Educator of the Year 2018 - Bernadette Olsen - 02/28/2018
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Bernadette Olsen is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Cawley Middle School, where she has served for five years, making a profound impact on the students, parents and Hooksett Community. She has been devoted to providing students with a well-rounded, authentic middle school experience. Bernadette is diligent in supporting students in order for them to achieve academically, socially and emotionally. One of her greatest qualities as a teacher is her ability to develop highly engaging instructional activities that are relevant for today’s students. Skills learned in grades 6-8 provide students with skills for life after school.

Another attribute is her ability to always find something...

Youth Volunteer of the Year 2018 - Katelyn Howe - 02/25/2018
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Katelyn Howe is a senior at Manchester Central High School who has already accomplished much in her short life. Prior to attending Central, she was a high achiever at Cawley Middle School where she achieved high honors, participated in the Builders Club and excelled in multiple sports. At Central she is a member of four National Honor Societies, achieved excellence in band and sporting activities, written for the Little Green newspaper, volunteered for multiple organizations, and excelled in leadership positions.

Katelyn participates in the Central Key Club, where she performs community service, including bellringing, working at the Manchester Marathon, preparing goodie bags at Christmas for...

Guest Speaker Richard Ross Presents Camps Mi-Te-Na & Foss - 02/21/2018
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Hooksett Kiwanian Richard Ross was our featured speaker for our February 21st dinner meeting. Richard attended Fork Union Military High School as well as North Georgia's Military College. Richard served as wrestling coach and instructor for the YMCA for 25 years and still serves as referee for several wrestling organizations. He's a current member of the Hooksett Budget Committee, and loves stock car racing. He was Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na and maintains close ties to the camp which is in its 50th year of operation. The audience was so impressed by the quality of the camp's programs and facility upgrades that they asked whether adults could also enjoy use of the camp.