Our permanent goal is to help underprivileged children improve the quality of their lives.


Officers 2017-2018:  

James Kapelson, President
Colleen Coco, Immediate Past President
Linda Firth, President-elect
 Brian Firth, Vice-President
Glenn Rogers, Secretary
Maria Consoli,  Treasurer


Charles Breen
Al DeLuca
Michael DeLuca
Ed Kelley
David Louis
Robert MacDougall
Jeffrey Shank
David Wilson

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence

A 501(c) 3 Organization

Internationally Recognized Distinguished Club 2011-2012

Serving Greater Lawrence for  Ninety


P.O. Box 3068  Andover 01810 

The Kiwanis Weekly Newsletter

June 28 2018

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.


Foundation Officers

 President Colleen Coco
 Vice President Brian Firth
Secretary Glenn Rogers
 Treasurer Jessica Colcord



Colleen Coco
Maria Consoli
Al DeLuca
Brian Firth
David Wilson

Celebrating a nation based on fundamental principles -- liberty, justice, equal opportunity and freedom from religious discrimination

Firemen honorees from Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and North Andover and Anthony Sakowich Lifetime Achievement Award winner Al DeLuca and other celebrities at the Awards event on June 14

Events Covered

Awards event, June 14

Andover Bike Rodeo  June 16

Lifetime Service Award

Election of Boards and Officers for 2018-2019

June 28 -July 1 International Convention in Las Vegas

Ed Kelley proposed that the Club put together 100 bags of materials, including rubber duckies,  that come free from the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and use them for the children in the recreation unit that the club has provided in the pediatric trauma unit at Lawrence General Hospital.

The Club voted to adopt the following officers, directors and trustees for the fiscal year to begin October 1, 2018:

President Linda Firth; president-elect Brian Firth, vice-president, Bob MacDougall, immediate past president, Jim Kapelson, secretary Glenn Rogers, treasurer Maria Consoli and directors Bob Archambault, Michael DeLuca, Ed Kelley, David Louis, Lindsey Mayo, Jeffrey Shank, and David Wilson for the Club, and

Trustees Colleen Coco, Maria Consoli, Al DeLuca, Brian Firth, and Bob MacDougall for the Foundation.

The current trustees in attendance then voted to have Jim Kapelson as president, Brian Firth as vice-president, Glenn Rogers as Secretary and Jessica Colcord as treasurer of the Foundation for 2018-2019.

Jeffrey Shank, recipient of the Life Member recognition award and presenter Al DeLuca at meeting on June 28.

Individuals who achieve Life Member Status are those who perpetuate the Objects and objectives of Kiwanis International.

Al stated that Jeff "has contributed and still contributes much time and energy to this club's success."

The award is made possible by the donation from the Club or an individual in the amount of annual dues the Club or recipient would have had to pay Kiwanis International for the next fifteen years.  Jeff's dues for that time are waived.

Jeff was honored also by the presence of his wife, Debbie, his sons and daughter and son-in-law.  He remarked how happy he was to have his family present; Linda Firth quipped "he should be happy to have his whole family here without having to pay for their meals."

Awards for service within the Club were presented by President Jim to Jessica Colcord, David Louis, and Deedee O'Brien.

The Club also presented a check in the amount of $1,600 to Methuen police volunteers to use for trophies and shirts for the youth who participate in their Arlington District summer program.  This has become an annual award by Kiwanis.

According to their spokeswoman, this contribution relieves the need for support to come from another source and enables play, participation, team work and partnership between the authorities and the youth.

This program has been a great success.

Club president James Kapelson, Al DeLuca and son Michael

Al presented the Club's Distinguished Service Award to president Jim Kapelson on June 7.  He gave a second award  to Jeff Shank during the same meeting.


Jeb Koehler talked in a very entertaining way about "Keep Kids Safe" program that he runs at the Lawrence Boat House.  The objective is to have every child able to swim and to introduce them to a variety of other activities all of which are not related to water safety.  About 2,650 children are serviced during the summer on a typical day.  His next objective is to partner with the Boys and Girls Club and the Stevens Foundation to provide similar activities to children they do not reach now, mainly those who live in South Lawrence.   Jeb has 43 people on his staff and about sixty volunteers.  They will look for our support too.

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Andriolo, Joseph
Archambault, Robert
Benz, Judith
Benson, B. Clark 
Breen, Charles *
Carroll, John H., Jr.,*  
Coco, Colleen (Lawrence General Hospital) *
Consoli, Maria (Lowell Five)
Colcord, Jessica (Enterprise Bank)
DeLuca, Al,  * (Lifetime Membership)
DeLuca, Michael R.
DeLuca, William P., Jr. 
DeLuca, William P., III  



Doherty, James D., Jr. (Jay), *
Edgerly, Peter
Erwin, David
Fater, Neil (Challenge Unlimited)
Felter, Timothy L.  *
Ferrante, Jeffrey
Firth, Brian
Firth, Linda (Lowell Five)
Heim, Brad
Kapelson, James  (President)
Kelley, Ed *
 (Enterprise Bank)
Louis, David *
Major, Brian

* Past President
** Past Distinguished President
*** Past Distinguished Secretary
**** Past Lieutenant Governor
*****  Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor; Hixson Fellow

Corporate memberships noted.

MacDougall, Robert
Martinez, Gladys (Reading Cooperative   Bank)
Mayo, Lindsey
O’Brien, Mary-Elizabeth   “DeeDee” * (Challenge Unlimited)
Pierce, Michael R.,  * 
Rigby, Richard
Ritchie, Jane M.,  * *
Rogers, Glenn, *  *****
Roy, Brother Rene D.
Shank, Jeffrey,
Stapinski, Stephen E., *
Wilson, David, *

“The Objects of Kiwanis International” 

1.      To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.

2.      To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships

3.      To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

4.      To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

5.      To provide, though Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

6.      To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.