Weekly Meeting - Annual General Meeting – No Guests please

President-Elect Peter Nadeau carried out a good AGM with 54 attendees. Now that his hair has grown back, Immediate Past President Bill Gosewitz gave a brief summary of his year, and what a great year it was for Bill! Peter gave special thanks to former Honorary Treasurer Bob Fisher for his presentation of the Financial Statements for our 2007-08 year, and to current Honorary Treasurer Bron Vasic who presented the 2008-09 Budgets, and to Rita Harper for ensuring the audit was done in a timely fashion and the Annual Reports were delivered to all members.

Thank you to Past President Wayne Beaudoin for acting as our Club Parliamentarian. Most importantly, Peter thanked all members for attending our AGM and for asking many questions – there will be follow-up on these items by the Board of Directors at their next Board meeting. Thank you for your participation - it shows your engagement as a member - who agrees to commit their time, talent, energy and resources, to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities

Attendance 54 = Members 53, staff 1

President’s Rose – One Can Make A Difference – Bill Gosewitz Immediate

Past President Bill Gosewitz was introduced to our club just 10 years ago, by Les Morin and Lt. Governor Sam. He proved to be an ideal member and an excellent contribution to our membership. He was elected to the Board in 2003-04, serving as President in 2007-08 and knowing the job ahead of him, he had some ideas ….. First he started giving away cookies – Oreos – just because they are his favorite. A simple idea and one that helped us share some fun and laughter. Then he shared his personal motto with us and it was the Theme of his year - “Pay It Forward”. As he stated when he was our guest speaker two years ago, “Think of a way that you can help another person, or two, or three.” He is always thinking.….. Then he gave us a challenge to raise a total of $90,000 with the Bedzzz Race fundraiser or he would shave his head. With the help of Dr. Kanta Marwah, the Kiwanis Medical Foundation and the members of this club, we met his challenge… and he shaved his head, like promised. The $50,000 raised was matched by Carleton University for $100,000 to establish the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation and Dr. Kanta Marwah Scholarship in Medical Physics, at Carleton. One of our club legacies – one of Bill’s ideas… Bill’s message is the reason we are working in Kiwanis. Like many past presidents of our club, he is still engaged, and has proven to us that his commitment continues even after his presidency. As President, he had an active year, and worked with a strong Board of Directors who made some difficult decisions, all made with the health of the Club in mind. He worked hard to have a successful year with a positive surplus; he concentrated on strengthening our membership and, on restoring our community involvement. Past President Bill, we thank you for your commitment last year, for providing us with some entertainment and challenges, and for Making A Difference in our community!!

Raffle

Congratulations to Geoff Godding, who won the raffle of a Waste Management Canada toy truck, donated by Wayne French. Thank you all for contributing, $80 was raised for our General Account. No fine session.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:15 – 1:45 We are relocating to…Restaurant International, at Algonquin College, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Building H, 1385 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa, On (Access the Restaurant by turning east onto Navaho Drive from Woodroffe. The Restaurant is a few doors down on your right. Parking is free in front of the Restaurant)

One of our own members, Peter Charboneau, Publisher, Over The Road Magazine, “The Perfect Storm, Can you visualize empty shelves in your grocery store? If you got it, a truck brought it! And soon, there won’t be enough trucks” On the Menu Basque Pepper Salad, Grilled Salmon served with vegetables, Apple Strudel

Happy Birthday to our March birthday babies

Mar 1 – Martin Diegel, Mar 3 – Sandra Presley and Bob Littlemore, Mar 4 – Dominic Ferrarotto, Mar 6 Tom Spence and Father Barry McGrory, Mar 7 – Don Blakslee, Mar 10 Bill Gosewitz, Mar 11 – Tom Burnie, Mar 15 Lynda Campbell, Mar 17 Tom Beveridge, Mar 19 – Stephen Smye, Mar 29 – Allan Macintyre, Mar 31 – Ross Christensen.

Committee Meetings

Mon Feb 23 Board Of Directors 5:30 at Staples, 403 Bank Street, Cadets 7:00 pm Cartier Square Drill Hall Tue Feb 24 Membership 5:30pm Dawn Morewood’s office Wed Feb 25 Direct Assistance 12:00 Kiwanis office Thu. Feb 26 Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Hotel Mon. Mar 3 Circle K 12:00 Anthony McGlynn’s office

Upcoming Luncheons

Mar 6 Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Economist Bank of Canada, “The Bank of Canada’s Response to the Global Financial Market Turmoil”

Mar 13 Joseph Lavoie, Navigator Limited

Mar 20 Senator Joyce Fairbairn on Literacy

Mar 27 Cristi Cook – Majority Marketing

Apr 3 New Members’ Luncheon – Fun, Fun, Fun!

Apr 9 Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Laurier

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)

Circle K Convention 2009

The 2009 Circle K Convention took place on the weekend of February 20- 22, 2009, at Carleton University, with our Carleton Circle K Club being the host club. The Convention was an unqualified success in all aspects and the credit goes to the following three individuals who put in a ton of work to make it happen. Michael Martin, the Convention organizer, is a past member of the Carleton University Circle Club, and is now a Kiwanian with the Nepean Kiwanis Club; Lisa Wilder, the current President of the Carleton University Circle K Club, (her second time doing so) and will be the chairperson of our Circle K Day luncheon; Katherine Strynatka, is a member of the Dalhousie University Circle K Club and attended all planning meetings by telephone.

The convention was attended by students from Carleton University, Clemson University in South Carolina in the U.S.A., Dalhousie University, George Brown College, McGill University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick and Waterloo University. They were very fortunate to receive presentations from our own Jackie Holzman (the keynote speaker), Professor Gerry Cammy, and Gennie McNicol, the current co-President of the Nepean High School Key Club and her club member Rasha Al-Katta, because these presentations were at the very highest level. Comments from the students about Jackie s remarks were that her presentation “defined” what a keynote presentation should be, in terms of its brevity, its substance about the City of Ottawa and getting involved, and her specific reference to a former Circle K Club member, Bettina Choo, and current Key Club Co-President, Gennie McNicol; both Professor Cammy and Gennie McNicol, and Rasha Al-Katta, had the Circle K Club members in the palms of their hands during their presentations. The Convention brought pride to the organizers, to our hosting Circle K Club and to our Club as a whole! Please take the opportunity to congratulate Michael and Lisa when they attend our Circle K Day luncheon on Friday, March 6th at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Yours in Kiwanis, Howard Lithwick

Kiwanis sponsored Key Club at Nepean High School is having their 9th Annual Spagetti Dinner March 5th 2009, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm in the Nepean High School Cafeteria Cost: Children under 5 are free, Students in advance $5, Adults in advance $7.50, Students/Adults at the door $10. All proceeds go towards the Guatemala Stove project. http://www.guatemalastoveproject.org/ Thank you :) from Gennie McNicol

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bon Appetit Silent Auction Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – Welcome to Co-Chairs Phil Rossy and Bruno DiChiara who will be leading this committee. The next Committee meeting is on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 a.m. at Perkin’s Restaurant. This is a great event and one of our 4 major fundraisers. If you are Interested in joining this committee, contact Vp Phil Rossy.

(Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy of the Club goes out to the family and friends of former member, John Norton age 60, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, February 20, 2009. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Calzonetti. Devoted father of Jonathan and Justin, Son-in-law of Vincent Calzonetti and the late Elinore. John was a proud and dedicated member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa from 1988 to 2006 and will be remembered by all. Services were held on Monday, Feb 23rd. Our thoughts are with their family at this difficult time.

Interclub, Sports and Social Curling - The Committee will be holding a mixed Curling evening at the Nepean Sportsplex on March 18, 2009. This is a fun evening and starts at 5:00 and ends at 7 00 pm. The cost is $5.00 per person. If anyone is interested call Bob Vergette or Bob Garrow.

Fashion Show

The Kiwanis Club of Bytown is hosting a fashion show on Thursday, March 12th, at the Hunt Golf & Country Club, at noon. Fashions will be by Marianne's (Westgate) and Pat Flesher Furs, and jewellery by Audrey Farber Jewels. Tickets are $45 each and lunch will consist of quiche, salad, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets - Firma French if You Can Help Their Club By Promoting This Event, Thanks!