State of the Union

As all of you will appreciate we are again having a very active year in the life of our club. I want to update you on a number of activities...

Fundraisers

To date we have had great success with our three fundraisers thanks to hard working chairs, committees and the members in general. Dream of a Lifetime, Partners in Caring, and the Brier have all exceeded out expectations. Coming in the next few weeks we have the Kiwanis Farm Boy Duck Race for Tiny Hearts at CHEO and the Silent Auction in conjunction with Bon Appetit. Both need the active support of each and every member of the club in order to continue our record of success. Please solicit an auction item for Bob St. Louis and his committee and also get behind Chris Thompson and Brian Kloppenburg to sell our quota of Duck Tickets either individually or by volunteering to staff one of the selling opportunities at shows.

Programme

I hope you will all agree that we have had excellent speakers this year thanks to our hard-working Programme Committee under the leadership of Chair Jean Filion. We have received some recognition in the media for our efforts and we are attempting to ensure even more in the future. We have some exciting programmes yet to come. Your attendance at our Friday luncheons signals your approval and at the same time makes it easier to attract high quality speakers. In the last quarter our attendance including makeups was just over 70%, a level we haven't achieved in quite some time.

Conventions

President-Elect Richard Munro and Vice-President Rick Barrigar will be representing our Club at the Kiwanis International Convention in Taipei, Taiwan, June 23 -27. A large contingent will be attending the District Convention in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, July 22 - 29, as we are hosting the District Convention next year in Ottawa with at least 1000 attendees expected. At both of these events we expect to showcase our already successful Precious Minds video.

Community Service

The Young Children Priority One Committee has been at it again. Flushed with the success of the Precious Minds video the committee, under the direction of Chair Ken Nelson, has undertaken a pilot project to carry out Hearing Screening for young children. The two fully subscribed clinics held to date have identified a number of children who have been referred to CHEO for further testing and possible treatment. Given the success to date the committee will no doubt be recommending an ongoing program be carried out by the club. Under the leadership of Ross Hadwen our Reading is Fundamental Program is continuing at Connaught Public School. Ross needs more readers, so please consider volunteering a hour or two a week for this rewarding program.

Elections The primary ballots are out for this year's election for the Board of Directors and Club Officers. Please remember to complete your ballot and return it to the Kiwanis Office immediately so that your vote will help us select our slate.

President Ed Healey