Weekly Meeting - Allison Fisher, Executive Director, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

WOW!  The “Women of Wabano”, Allison Fisher, Carlie Chase and Bev Souliere entertained us with traditional aboriginal drums and harmonies.  Wabano is an Algonquin word meaning, “New Beginnings”, which is what Allison Fisher is working so hard to achieve at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (www.wabano.com).  The destructive impact of residential schools on aboriginal children has produced multiple generations with no memory of a family life.  Subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse among other things, the children or “sacred gift” are now adults and have a hard time developing trust, self-concept or traditional spiritual beliefs.  Generations of experiences have not been passed on.  Surprisingly, the Indian Act of 1876 is still enforceable. There is a collective responsibility to make changes and help to create some sense of belonging, provide opportunities and most important, to have the courage to tell the truth.  

President Neil’s Thought For the Week: It’s easy to make a buck, but it’s a lot tougher to Make a Difference.  

President’s Rose “One Can Make a Difference” Introduced to our club in May 2002, Doug Wilson immediately became involved with our Seniors/Hands-On Committee and took on the leadership role of Chairing the Committee in 2003-04.  Doug organized the inaugural Camp Smitty Hands-On project and our members continue to participate in the project each year, making a difference to the kids who use the facility. Doug has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2004-05.  This past summer, Doug once again led a strong committee for the Charity Golf Tournament, resulting in another successful fundraiser with over $66,000 being raised.  Doug is an excellent Kiwanian who believes in the ideals of Kiwanis and who promotes the success of the club in all that he does.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Rob Thompson, who won the 50/50 raffle of $46.00 and donated it to The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health..  Thank you all for contributing, $46.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday November 3, 2006, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Chateau Laurier, Adam Room   Dr. David Atkinson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University "Shaping our future leaders: the challenges of universities today" Head Table Friday November 3, 2006 1.   David Urie 6.   Mark Max 2.   Glen Vaillancourt 7.   Kanta Marwah 3.   Roberta Driscoll 8.   Bob Bender 4.   David Atkinson 9.   Derek Finley 5.   President Neil McDonald 10. Anthony McGlynn , Guest Book

On the menu: Beef Stroganoff with Traditional Garnish and Noodles, Alsatian Apple Tart

Committee Meetings Tue.Oct.31 AKtion Club, Halloween Dinner, 6:30pm Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent Street Volunteers Needed - to help serve and host.  Wear a costume if you wish!

Wed.Nov.1 President’s Training Session, 5:30pm, Capone’s Eastside,  All Board members, and all Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs, are asked to join us on Wed. November 1st, at Capons Eastside, for the President’s Training Session.  We will have dinner and proceed with a few presentations on Membership and our Strategic Plan, and you will be on your way home by 8:00 pm.  

Luncheon Line-Up

Nov 10 Remembrance Day Luncheon - Veterans are asked to join us to be recognized. Our Cadets will be performing and we will hear from Past President Lorne Smith. Invite a VETERAN that you know to join us for lunch.

Nov 17 Al Hatton, President of theUnited Way ofCanada/CentraideCanada

Nov 24 Vince Bevan, Ottawa Police Chief

Dec 1 General Rick Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces 

Dec 8 Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker – his official visit to Ottawa

Dec 15 No Luncheon Meeting (see December 17)

Dec 17 (Sunday) 12:00-2:00pm, Family Holiday Party – Bring your family, friends, your children and your grandchildren!

Happy Birthday November 1 Larry Nelms, November 3 Lorne Usher & Patrick McGarry

Roster Changes Frank Hegyi,  Cistel Technology Inc. 200 Colonnade Road, Unit 8, Ottawa, ON, K2E 7V7 Tel: 613-526-9967  Fax: 613-723-8502 fhegyi@cistel.com   David Daubney - new office fax 613-941-9310   Eric Cosgrove - new business address: 610 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON  K1S 4E6 613-526-3936    fax 613-788-2130   Will Thompson - new office address: 131 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON   K1P 0A1

EC&C District Office - Kiwanis Convention Cash Draw 1 Return Airfare, 4 Nights Hotel Accommodations, Registration to Jamaica Convention August 2007 or $1500.00 Canadian Cash.  Tickets $10.00 each.  Contact our office if you wish to purchase a ticket. 613-233-1900 or email:  office@ottawakiwanis.org

Kiwanis Club of Manotick - Charter Night at the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club on Friday, 3 Nov 2006. Tickets are only $35, which includes a meal & entertainment (DJ). Cocktails are served at 6:00 pm, with dinner at 7:00 pm. If you would like to help us celebrate, please reply to Ron Bishop, Vice-President, Manotick Kiwanis, rbishop@dundeewealth.com  by Friday, 27 Oct. 2006.

Good News Network

Thanks for your support - The "Just One Person" fundraiser honouring Jim Orban was attended by two tables of Kiwanians.  A total of $35,000 was raised at the pre-game dinner which is being matched by Ottawa U for a total of $70,000.  The funds will be used to establish a bursary at Ottawa U to financially assist a deserving young person coming out of an Ontario foster home. The Club thanks those who contributed to the event.

Staples Business Depot recently collected 350,000 school supplies valued at over $400,000.00 to help make the back to school season easier for children in need to start their school year off right.  Connaught Public School and the St. Joes Women’s Centre were selected as the recipients of items collected at the 403 Bank Street location managed by Kiwanian Stephen Tanner.  Thank you to all members of our club who contributed.

Read-a-thon Sponsors and Kiwanis Champions

As of October 24, 2006 we have a record number of new schools that have registered for the Kiwanis Read-a-thon 2006-2007.    In Ottawa we have 34 schools registered, 10,000 students (6 new schools). Read-a-thon brochures and an email from the directors of education were sent out to both boards this week so this number will increase.   In October I contacted school boards across Canada to tell them about the Kiwanis Read-a-thon. Due to this campaign and several List Serves for educators the news about our program is spreading fast.  In Canada we have 39 schools registered, 9,400 students with several schools in Nunavut (38 new Canadian schools). We are missing schools from PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador to make the Read-a-thon pan Canadian. I’ll work on getting all provinces later this week!   Internationally we have 46 schools registered, 12,000 students: Bahamas (26 returning schools), Jamaica (returning), Philippines (new), South Africa (returning), Sri Lanka (returning), United States (several new some returning), and Zimbabwe (new).    In total, as of October 24, there are 119 schools registered—reaching approximately 31,400 students.   Congratulations to you all for your donations, sponsorships, volunteer work and commitment to improving the lives of children in Ottawa and around the world. This is a wonderful story of a local grass roots project that has grown beyond imagination!   Lee Scott Kiwanis Read-a-thon

Thanks Read-a-thon from the desk of the High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa  

Dear President McDonald, Thank you very much for your letter of October 16, 2006 in which you thank Tracy Tustin and the teachers, students and families from Cornwall Hill College in Irene, South Africa who participated in 2006 Kiwanis Read-a-thon.   Tracy Tustin has made us all proud by taking the initiative of bringing the Read-a-thon program to our school and inspiring 350 students to focus on literacy for three weeks.  I wish her all the best in her endeavors and hope she will continue to inspire students not only in her school but also in other schools around the area.    Thank you for your interest in promoting literacy in South Africa.   Sincerely, Dr. Abraham Nkomo High Commissioner