Stuart McCormack, Aktion Club District Administrator, who is a Life Member of Kiwanis International, with an extensive Kiwanis background, was proud to say that the Aktion Clubs have grown from 1 club in Florida to 330 clubs worldwide, including Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. He stressed that although Aktion Clubs are comprised of adults with a disability they also have the ability to care, to love, to give, to Make A Difference! Often, the Aktion Club members take on fundraising and hands-on projects that were previously run by Kiwanis members. They contribute time to the food banks, they assist at bingos, and they have recently embarked on a major Aktion Club project to contribute to Sleeping Children Around the World (Scaw). Every Aktion Club is participating and their goal was to purchase 1,000 bed kits for children in undeveloped countries. Their goal was to do this over a 3-year period, and after only 18 months, they have already purchased 1,400 bed kits. They were very proud to see the photographs of the children who have received the bed kits with the Ottawa Aktion Club sign attached. They follow the same 6 Objects of Kiwanis International and often partner with other organizations and Kiwanis clubs. They now have their own line of clothing that can be purchased at Marks Work Wearhouse.
Chris Gibson, President of the Ottawa Aktion Club, was happy to say that he enjoys the good friends that he has made since joining. Shirley Harris, President of the Bytown Aktion Club, often speaks on behalf of those with a disability and is called “the Mother Hen”. She stressed that we should always respect each another, no matter the disability, and remember to treat others as you would like to be treated, with respect and kindness.
“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Harold Moore Harold is the owner of H&M Property Management was introduced to our club by the late Past President Harry Brown in 1997. One of Harold’s most gratifying accomplishments is having brought the Aktion Club to the point of membership where they needed to break up the Club, and as you know, they now have 2 Aktion Clubs in Ottawa, with a total of almost 200 members. Our Club is responsible for helping to run one of their weekly meetings which are held on Tuesday nights, and Harold is usually working on his own. So… if you can spare a few hours to help out please contact Harold, as you can imagine, he could use some assistance. Harold also helps to coordinate the Bingos, with all proceeds going to support the Aktion club. They are now seeing proceeds of about $2,000 per month. This takes a lot of paperwork, and Harold very meticulously prepares all the application forms and the Lottery Reports to the City of Ottawa every month. Harold, your passion, commitment and leadership to our youth, is an example to us all, You Make A Difference!
President Bill’s Thought for the Week - When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half of the clothes, and twice the money.
Congratulations to Tom Burnie who won the raffle of a Lindenhof German Restaurant gift certificate, donated by the Bon Appetit Committee; and to Jackie Holzman, who won the raffle of a Sheraton Carleton Grill gift certificate, donated by the Sheraton Hotel. Thank you all for contributing, $67.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $48.00.
100% Attendance Tabs
Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings Harold Moore 4yrs, Tom Pullen 10yrs Welcome to our newest member Derek Hyer Derek is a Financial Planner with the Investors Group.
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday June 27, 2008 – 12:15pm – 1:45pm Robert C. (Bob) Lee, President, RCL International Inc. Retired Canadian Trade Commissioner, and published author of The Canada Company and the Huron Tract - 1826-1853 - Personalities, Profits and Politics. "Reflections of a Trade Commissioner" Bob will speak about his 39 years as a member of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (Tcs) in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Dfait) promoting Canadian goods and services, investment and strategic alliances on behalf of Canada and Canadians. In addition to Ottawa and Montreal, he has lived and worked in the United States (twice), Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia and Indonesia. While there is a general perception that public servants are reactive, trade commissioners are amongst those who are paid to be entrepreneurial. Bob will talk about this, along with the opportunities and challenges of living and working abroad. He will also touch on why Tcs is so highly regarded by Canadian business.
Summer Luncheon Line-Up
“As per the recommendation of the Programme Committee and the approval of the Board of Directors, the summer programs have been reduced to accommodate the members and to provide you with more time for your family. Be sure to join us at the many events we have planned for families. Helene Crabb Chair, Programme Committee
Fri. Jul.4 - no meeting scheduled
Thu. Jul.10 - Family Night at Rapidz Ballpark – (replaces Jul 11 luncheon meeting)
Fri. Jul.18 - no meeting scheduled
Fri .Jul.25 - Fairmont Chateau Laurier – Round Table and tour of hotel
Fri. Aug.1 - no meeting scheduled
Fri. Aug.8 - Mexicali Rosa’s at Dow’s Lake for Round Table
Fri. Aug.15 - President’s Meeting, Fairmont Chateau Laurier 12:15pm
Fri. Aug.22 - Family Picnic at RCMP Long Island Camp in Manotick
No committee meetings scheduled until July.
Rapidz Baseball Game Interclub Sports and Social Committee, and Programme Committee invites you to the following Baseball Game on Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 pm. Meal in the restaurant at the Rapidz Stadium, Game at 7:00pm (Rapidz vs. Atlantic City) This replaces our Friday luncheon so we need you to Rsvp to the Kiwanis office as soon as possible so we can Confirm Numbers. Thanks.
Happy Birthday Jun.26 Mike Lundy & Sheri Farahani Mayor's Canada Day Breakfast for Seniors - Aberdeen Pavilion
Urgent!!! Volunteers Needed. Our Community Services Committee is once again looking for at least 20 volunteers to serve breakfast to 4,000 Seniors on Tuesday, July 1. All volunteers must check in for 6:45am and get their t-shirt and cap, and grab a quick bite to eat. Immediately Contact Wayne French on his cell 613-222-7192 if you can help out, and he will provide you with more details.
2008-09 Membership Roster
A notice will be sent out to all members asking you if there are any changes to your information in the roster. Please be sure to return the form to the Kiwanis office by July 15, 2008, as we would like to get the rosters printed for October 1. Thanks.
Committee selection sheets will be sent out to you shortly, asking which Committee you would like to serve on, as of October 1. Be sure to select a committee where you feel you can best serve the club and your community, and one that also will provide you with enjoyment in the club.
Do It For Dad for Prostate Cancer on Father’s Day
A “Big Thank You” to all members who supported me in my run and walk for prostate cancer. There were 57 teams entered and they raised over $160,000.00. The Spence Team came in first with pledges of $19,480.00 (I had a great team). We were rewarded with a suite at the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Once again Thank You! Tom Spence Past President
A Kiwanian is a volunteer who agrees to commit their time, talent energy and resources to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities.