Our Club, Our Community

In Part Two of our series on Our Club, Our Community, we focus on major events that have taken or will take place in the year 2000. So mark your calendars, and get involved in these great activities.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Kiwanis Clubs in Divisions 12 and 13 of Kiwanis International were corporate sponsors to the Canadian Special Olympics 2000 Winter Games involving some 600 athletes. The Winter Games which were held in Ottawa and environs in January 2000 were the first Millennial event for the National Capital. In the true Kiwanis tradition, over 250 Kiwanians and their friends donated hundreds of volunteer hours to the Games, especially in our Kiwanis sponsorship of the floor hockey tournament. From refereeing, to announcing the Games, to assisting the athletes, our volunteers were there, along-side over 1,000 other volunteers who helped ensure the success of the Games.

In order to meet our $50,000 commitment to the Canadian Special Olympics 2000 Winter Games, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa held a fundraising Jim Durrell Roast. What a great event it was - 525 tickets were sold making our first event of the new millennium a smashing success.

On February 1, 2000, Kiwanis/Senators "Partners in Caring" Kiwanis members, friends and family watched our own Ottawa Senators play the Boston Bruins at the Corel Center. A 50/50 raffle draw held on January 29 and February 1,2000, netted a best-ever contribution.

The 2000 Kiwanis Music Festival has been in continuous existence since 1945. It was originally known as the Ottawa Music Festival Association until 1985 when the Kiwanis Clubs in the National Capital Region assumed shared responsibility with non-Kiwanian volunteers. With the incorporation of Dance, the Festival has grown in size from about sixth place in the Province to second place. The Festival has maintained a steady growth in number of entries ever since.

Kiwanis Duck Race 2000 for Tiny Hearts at CHEO, the largest duck race in the world, has helped raise over $3 million for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The 13th annual Duck Race for Tiny Hearts at CHEO operated by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for CHEO will be run on May 13, 2000. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and CHEO will be thanking the corporate sponsors and dealers for their support at our April 14th Duck Race Luncheon at Capone's Eastside. Come out and meet the Ducklings and Coach Quackie and all of our corporate sponsors. Don't forget to buy your tickets and take some home to sell to family and friends.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will be hosting its 2nd annual Silent Auction event on Tuesday May 9th, 2000. The event is in association with Bon Appetit! Ottawa, the outstanding Gourmet Wine and Food Extravaganza. The funds raised will support the wide range of projects run by the Club. Bon Appetit is a high-quality, value-packed evening of fun, one of the best and most popular deals in town. An admission price of $50 (half of which is tax-deductible) admits you to a culinary extravaganza with all the food, wine and beer you care for, as offered by some of the best restaurants, winery and brewery services in town! The superb Silent Auction offerings will include a car lease, fine artwork, quality jewelry, outstanding hotel, travel and restaurant packages, electronics, value-packed local services and so much more!

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will be hosting its 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in August, 2000, at the Ottawa Hunt Club. The net proceeds from the tournament will be directed towards sup-porting community service projects, principally those supporting the Kiwanis Major Emphasis of 'Young Children - Priority One'. Krys Rudko Chair of Public Relations Committee