On May 25, with much enthusiasm from a full house, Laconia Rotary celebrated the first group of new members inducted into the Club through the Business Connection Program. Pictured left to right (standing): Jennifer Anderson and Tara Shore (Belknap Mill Society); Carmen Lorenz (LACLT); Kevin Conway (sponsor); Rod Dyer and Bret Allard (Wescott Law) and (front): Tricia Patten (LRCS) and Caitlin Meaney (LACLT).   
Laconia Rotary chartered in 1925 and one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the country, is enjoying a surge in membership. On Thursday, May 25, the Club inducted 8 new members with 4 more officially joining next week.
“As a result of new membership options for businesses and organizations offering flexibility that helps to mitigate the growing demands on people’s time, our membership has grown over 30% this year - from 42 to 55 members,” commented President Joanne Piper Lang. “The Laconia Rotary Club has a proud history of serving the community through fundraising, charitable giving and service projects and many of our members are long serving community leaders. We are delighted to welcome new members to help carry forward this legacy,” added Lang.
Six businesses and organizations joined the Club through the Business Connection Program initiative launched by the Board of Directors and aimed to re-introduce Rotary to those who value community service. Supporting Laconia Rotary with new members are: The Belknap Mill Society; Laconia Area Community Land Trust; Lakes Region Childcare Services; Melcher & Prescott Insurance; Meredith Village Savings Bank and Wescott Law.