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


Officers 2016-2017:  

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


Charles Breen
Al DeLuca
Michael DeLuca
Ed Kelley
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 22, 2017

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


Foundation Officers

David Louis, President
Colleen Coco, Vice President
Jessica Colcord, Treasurer
Glenn Rogers, Clerk


Colleen Coco
Maria Consoli
Al DeLuca
Brian Firth
David Wilson

Coming Attractions: 

:Luncheons on every Thursday at Palmer's through the summer and beyond

Kiwanis International convention in Paris, France, in early July

New England and Bermuda District Annual Meeting in Hyannis the weekend of August 24

Judy Benz has been approved for membership and will be inducted soon.

Kiwanis will be working with other service clubs on a joint effort to purchase rocking chairs for the Special Care Nursery at Lawrence General Hospital

Happy dollars for quick healing go to Brother Rene, Al DeLuca and Ed Kelley

Printed below is the speech John Pearson, Humanitarian Award winner, would have delivered at the ceremony had the opportunity been appropriate:

"June 8, 2017

Thank you, Kiwanis, for the generous recognition you have given me. It’s nice to get an award for doing something you love to do! And it’s a great honor to be included in this amazing group of people you have recognized for Humanitarian awards.

I absolutely cannot accept this award without acknowledging the support and collaboration of ACT’s 15 member board of directors, our Executive Director Denise Johnson, and our most active founding member, Susan Stott.

There’s a quotation from the anthropologist Margaret Mead that many of you know. I’ve used it often in thank-you letters to contributors to Andover Community Trust.

She said:

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”

She was talking to us. To You. And to me. And she was talking about taking ACTION.

For 25 years Andover Community Trust has advocated for economic diversity and for houses people can afford in Andover. I’ve been privileged to serve on ACT’s board for the last 16 years. We think we’re making a difference. We’re building our 7th permanently affordable home right across Haverhill Street from the YMCA and the Kiwanis award event. All of our homes are permanently affordable because of our Land Trust model and its ground lease provisions. ACT owns the land. Our homeowners own their home.


Honoring WWII hero and eternal Kiwanian George L. Street in representation of all veterans on Memorial Day, 2017

We do this because the few, caring people who support ACT believe in economic diversity and in creating opportunities for families. To own a home. To actively participate in the Andover Community. To educate their children in Andover schools.

And of course there are other beneficiaries. Four of our seven homes have been built by students at the Greater Lawrence Technical School. So their lives are being enriched, even transformed, as well. And we believe that we are all enriched by diversity and broad opportunity.

So, thank you Pat, my wife. And thank you Luke & Sam & Emily, our children, for putting up with me spending all those hours and evenings out of the house, away from the family.

And thank you, Kiwanis, for this award and for all you are doing; you, and everyone working to make our world a better one.

John Pearson"

-- Printed here at the permission of the author.

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Andriolo, Joseph
Archambault, Robert
Begley, Celeste, *
Benson, B. Clark 
Breen, Charles *
Carroll, John H., Jr.,*  
Clark, Robert, ***
Coco, Colleen (Lawrence General Hospital) (President)
Consoli, Maria (The Savings Bank)
Colcord, Jessica (Enterprise Bank)
Cruz, Ezequel "Zeke" (Pentucket Bank)
DeLuca, Al,  * (Lifetime Membership)
DeLuca, Michael R.
DeLuca, William P., Jr. 
DeLuca, William P., III  



Doherty, James D., Jr. (Jay), *
Draper, Rosemary
Erwin, David
Fater, Neil (Challenge Unlimited)
Felter, Timothy L.  *
Ferrante, Jeffrey
Finlayson, Gary **
Firth, Brian
Firth, Linda (Lowell Five)
Kapelson, James
Kelley, Ed *
 (Enterprise Bank)
Louis, David
Major, Brian
MacDougall, Robert

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

Corporate memberships noted.

Martinez, Gladys (Reading Cooperative   Bank)
Marusich, Timothy
Mora, Lindsey
O’Brien, Mary-Elizabeth   “DeeDee” * (Challenge Unlimited)
O’Donoghue, Mary T.,  * **
Pierce, Michael R.,  * 
Rigby, Richard
Ritchie, Jane M.,  * *
Rogers, Glenn, *  *****
Roy, Brother Rene D.
Shank, Jeffrey,
Stapinski, Stephen E., *
Stewart, Steve * ****
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.