Don Missen is the Canine Manager at the Ottawa International Airport. He has been a dog handler for 15 years and a police officer for 30 years. He and his partner Samson seek out explosives that people might try to sneek through our airport.
Don gave us an overview of the dog training and explosive sniffing procedures then brought his talk to life by bringing in his German Shepherd partner Samson who proceeded to find three hidden explosives in our meeting room.
Samson becomes very excited at the start of each work session when Don puts the “working” collar around Samson’s neck, immediately starts searching for explosives. When Samson finds explosives, he instantly calms down and sits beside the explosives. Samson’s big reward for each explosive find is a chance to play with his favourite Rubber toy.
Other dogs at the airport search for money, drugs or smuggled food. Imagine what a money sniffing dog could do for our fine sessions!
Special Presentation: ELIMINATE maternal/neonatal tetanus
The Need For ELIMINATE Lt. Governor Phil Rossy (District 12) and Lt. Governor Gary Coulombe (District 13) gave us an overview of this project of Kiwanis International and UNICEF.
The project is intended to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. A baby dies every 9 minutes in Africa, usually of an excruciating death.
To eliminate MNT more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized at a cost of US $110 million.
Fundraising for ELIMINATE
We are being asked to play our part in raising funds for this project. We have an opportunity to do so on Saturday, May 4th when an ELIMINATE Gala will be held at the War Museum bringing together members and guests from 20 Kiwanis clubs in Divisions 11, 12, 13. Tickets are $125 per person for Kiwanians and spouses or $250 per person for other guests.
Watch for more details, including mystery guest names.
The joint efforts of our Circle K students at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University have raised and pledged $1000.00 for a bed (since raised to $1300) for the ELIMINATE project. Thanks to great leadership from Carleton Circle K President Rachel Morewood, daughter of Dawn and Arthur Morewood and to Lynda Campbell who sponsored the Circle K bed.
Kiwanis TV Bingo
The committee needs more volunteers to assist with TV Bingo ticket distribution, as well as, to work on the phones and computers at the Rogers TV studio during the Monday night TV Bingo game. Please note that no broadcasting knowledge whatsoever is required to help out. If you are able to lend a hand, please contact Will Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-741-1058.
Kiwanis Christmas Food Basket Update
(Past Lt. Governor Bill Gosewitz) “In spite of the nasty surprise we received from Mother Nature (34cm of snow and ice) – we were able to complete our successful 2012 campaign in support of 200 families. Thank you to the volunteers from Kiwanis, Costco and Friends who made this happen.
Over the years we have seen an increase from 30 families to 200….absolutely amazing. This year we delivered over 25,000 pounds of food (11,425 kg) - over 650 boxes of food to 200 families reaching 822 people in need. The Christmas Exchange, who provided us with the names of most of the families, received many calls of thanks – perhaps we made a difference in someone’s life.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your help and support with your donations, and especially our friends at Costco, Shred-It, Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc and Ray Otten’s group at Re/Max. This event is truly a team effort done in the true spirit of the season. It isn’t done for publicity or notoriety – it is done in the hopes of making a difference. Remember - Pay it Forward – Giving in its truest form – expects nothing in return.”
Thank you to Ian Peddie, Neil McDonald, Dave Trigger, and all the Kiwanis members and other volunteers who assisted with this project. Ian Hendry also played a big role this year by coordinating the Key Clubbers and Circle K students to participate this year. Not only did he recruit them, supervised them at Confederation H.S. and fed them, but he brought his 3 sons who worked tirelessly.
Photos can be seen by clicking here http://www.ottawakiwanis.org/home-page/christmas-basket-deliveries.html
Mont Ste. Marie Ski Weekend
Allan Castledine announced the 2013 version of this traditional fun event to be held one month from the date of this meeting, which takes us to the weekend of March 1st-3rd. Where else can you get two nights accommodation, a round robin dinner and two breakfasts and for only $40.00, not to mention a great deal of fun? This year’s hosts are the Castledines and Frenchs.
To register, call Wayne French or Allan Castledine.
President Alison thanked Bob for his dedication to the club and his personal contributions to our projects since joining in 2006. He is past Chair and still an active member of the Interclub, Sports and Social Committee. He attends every luncheon and assists at the Registration Table. He is an active member of the Program Committee and works on our Communications Committee with Jamie Johnson, writing meeting summaries for our website and serves as a zone manager on our TV Bingo.
Bob is also responsible for our February 15th speaker from H’Art of Ottawa.
President of our club in 1994-95, Wayne is still a very active member. He attends most luncheons, even when he skates down the canal to join us at the Fairmont, and is an active member of our Program Committee. He is on our Action Committee whose mandate is to look at our club’s strategic planning, and, corporate financial and other reporting requirements. Wayne is also our backup photographer and backup piano player.