LACONIA — The Kiwanis club of Laconia is bringing back a motorcycle ride that ran for 3 years in honor of former Kiwanis President Roger Ballantyne, and successfully raised $12,000 for local and national charities.
Roger Ballantyne passed away as a result of kidney cancer, and his wife Betty, along with family, neighbors and friends, started the ride in his honor. After a one-year hiatus, it is being brought back with a fund-raising goal of $5,000 all for the Kiwanis Club Charity Fund. The date of the ride is Sunday, August 25, beginning and ending at Rotary Park.
The ride will feature a beautiful 75-mile course, riders will be greeted with coffee and a light breakfast snack, and ends with a BBQ picnic at the park. Kevin Halligan of the Village Bakery and Laconia Local Eatery will be preparing the food.
The Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting children-related charities in the Lakes Region, to include; Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Gilford Youth Center, Got Lunch! Laconia, Laconia Little League, Laconia Youth Soccer, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Kiwanis K.A.R.E.S. (Kids And Reading Equals Success, an elementary school reading program), Circle Program, Mayhew Program, Laconia Anti-Bullying Program, DARE, and RVYSEF.
Ballantyne was well-known in Laconia. He was a 30-year Kiwanian. A former Marine and a West Virginia University grad, Roger returned to Laconia and became a Middle School teacher, Senior VP of HR at Citizen's Bank, Adult Ed teacher for 28 years, and also Taylor Community Director of HR until retirement. He was also the father of four and was devoted to children and children's causes.
Riders will be asked for a $25 registration fee to participate. In addition, Kiwanis has secured a donation which will allow them to sell raffle tickets to win a two-night stay in one of the new Lodge accommodations at Church Landing in Meredith. Tickets will cost $5 each and will be available for purchase at NAPA Auto Parts 580 Union Avenue, Laconia, Greenlaw's Music 633 Main Street, Laconia, Wedbush Securities, 569 Main St., Laconia, All My Life Jewelers, 639 Main St., Laconia, and Irwin Ford/Toyota, 59 Bisson Ave., Laconia. Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 25. Only 500 tickets will be sold to increase one's chances of winning. The drawing will be done following the ride at Rotary Park.