George Old introduced guest speaker Bill Gowling, a long-time friend, even though he is not good at darts. Bill was a member of our club for 15 years, and still considers Kco one of the best clubs, with a strong sense of character. Sos Emergency Response Technologies opened their Ottawa office in 1979, and has grown to more than 70 offices across Canada servicing 40,000 customers. An authorized dealer for the Red Cross, they provide a wide range of life-saving equipment, first-aid kits and supplies, and defibrillators and services to help your business prepare for any emergency. Bill stressed that heart attacks still account for a high percentage of all deaths and it is sad to note that many of them could’ve been prevented. He demonstrated how to use the Lifeline Aed semi-automatic external defibrillator, which uses advanced biphasic technology that automatically adjusts the shock delivery to the person’s individual needs. Weighing only 4lbs this device is similar to a small backpack and the system will verbally walk you through how to use it. Legislation was recently passed protecting health care providers and other individuals, who use the machine on someone else, ensuring there is no liability.
We welcomed our newest member Mike Lafontaine, who was sponsored by Vp Harold Feder and Peter Charboneau. Former member of the Kiwanis Club of Orillia from 1992-1994, Mike is a Sales Manager at Td Commercial Banking and his first posting was at the Sparks St branch downtown in 1989. He and his wife Debbie, whom he met at the Td Bank during his first posting to Ottawa, have 2 children, Reid 14, and Renée 12. They moved around Ontario and just recently moved back to Ottawa and now live in Stittsville. Mike enjoys cooking, golf, travel, and curling. Thank you to Td Bank and former member Bob Bender, who introduced Mike to Kiwanis. Welcome to our club, Mike!
Membership Sheets – We Miss You! A page was placed at each table at the Friday luncheon of February 1st, listing those names of members who we have not seen in a year. Those members who signed their names beside them, are encouraged to call them and talk to them on the phone, and invite them to join you for lunch. Why not offer to drive them and be their host? We miss everyone who has not been out in some time, and we’d be so happy just to see them again. If they can’t come to the next luncheon, keep in touch as they will also be happy just to get the phone call.
“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Frank Hegyi Frank was introduced to our club in 1994, after 22 years with the Kiwanis Club of Gordon Head, in Victoria, Bc. During his time there, Frank served as President, Lt. Governor of their division, Circle K Administrator and was elected as Kiwanis International District Governor of the Pacific North-West District for 1990-91. His extensive experience working with Circle K helped in the revitalization and restructuring of the Circle K Clubs in the Ottawa area. He also loves to cook and with his wife Rose, put on a Hungarian Dinner Feast for our Interclub Sports & Social Committee on January 26. Unfortunately, his home could not fit every member of the Club. Frank is a published author of many technical manuals and is currently involved in writing another very special book. A prostate cancer survivor, Frank is working with Max Keeping & Jackie Holzman to provide hope and moral support in a reference book for those that are newly diagnosed. You will hear more about this at our March 14 luncheon meeting. Frank’s leadership, assistance to our Club and to the sponsored youth of Kiwanis continues to Make a Difference! President Bill’s Thought for the week What do our pets think of us? We come home from the grocery store with bags full of chicken, pork and beef, they must think we are the greatest hunters ever………..
Congratulations to Mike Moore, who won the raffle of a Waste Management men’s jersey, donated by Wayne French. Thank you to Patrick McGarry who donated 2 tickets to the John Mellancamp concert at Scotiabank Place, which were quickly auctioned off and won by Russ Salo for $100. Thank you all for contributing, $67.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $42.00.
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday February 8, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Laurier Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, On K1N 8S7 President Bill Gosewitz - President's Meeting Why Kiwanis? President Bill Gosewitz will lead the meeting with a short talk on why the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is a great club… Meet the Members: We will also be hearing from Howard Whittaker, Dawn Morewood, and Ken Nelson, who will share a bit about themselves, and how Kiwanis has enriched their personal lives. Bring A Guest…. Share the club with your colleagues - Spread the word about community service. Why not call a member you haven’t see in awhile and offer to pick them up so they can join us for this meeting.
Feb.15 No Luncheon Scheduled, Family Day Long Weekend
Feb.22 Medical Foundation Luncheon - Dr. Tony Hakim, Program Director, Neuroscience, Ottawa Health Research Institute
Feb.29 Ken Bickley, “Laughter”
Mar.7 Dr. Jacques Lemelin, Chair Dept of Family Medicine, “Organizing Primary Care”
Mar.14 Linda Eagen, President & Ceo Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Mar.21 * No Meeting Scheduled – Easter Long Weekend
Mar.28 Circle K Luncheon – Grete Hale, Chair of Morrison Lamothe
Mon. Feb 4 Bon Appetit 11:30 Staples Tue. Feb 5 Bed Race Conf Call 11:30 details to follow Wed. Feb 6 Interclub Sports and Social, 7:00 pm Kathleen Holst’s home Thu. Feb 7 Key Club 8:00 am Trane Fri.Feb.8 Past Presidents' & Executive Breakfast, 7:30am, Kristy's Restaurant Project Development 1:40 Fairmont Chateau, following luncheon Mon Feb 11 Board of Directors’ meeting 5:30 Staples, 403 Bank Street Tue Feb 12 Program 7:00pm Frank Hegyi’s office, 200 Colonnade Rd. #8 Wed Feb 13 Young Children’s Projects 12:00 Ian Sterling’s office
The Bedzzz Race Presented by Allstream for 2008
The 28th Annual Kiwanis Bedzzz Race Committee is an engaged group of Kiwanians that will Make a Difference during Winterlude 2008. The Bedzzz Race on Saturday, February 9, is a unique event that allows Kiwanians to get together with their friends and family to spend a day outdoors during Winterlude where the theme of the day is fun. Team registration costs $300 but this fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more. There are great prizes to be won as well as bragging rights for the year. Teams of five (four bed pushers and one rider) compete in the race and are required to build and decorate their own race bed. Limited beds are available for purchase of $200 (no delivery- you must pick up). Teams compete in a minimum of 2 heats with a potential for up to 5 races. Many teams are returning so the beds get faster, better decorated and the fun-factor is always high. Last year’s winner - WelcommInns - plan to defend their title this year. 2007 Best Decorated Champions – The Lord Elgin Hotel - are sure they will be crowned 2008 champs. The 2007 Fundraising Champion team - Apollo Property Management - challenges all participants to out pledge them this year. Last year’s race had 32 teams (this we are looking at 50 teams!), netting the Club $41,500.00 and we are looking forward to another successful year. To date this fundraiser has brought in over $150,000.00 for the Club, which has helped to support our youth mentorship programs and other Kiwanis initiatives. On February 9, 2008, enter a team, come on out and volunteer on race day, make a pledge, or just simply come out and enjoy the day’s activities. For more information visit the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa website and click on the Bedzzz Race link http://www.bedrace.ottawakiwanis.org If you wish to come out and support our work by volunteering, you are most welcome. Steve Moore Scott Bradford Bedzzz Race Committee Bedzzz Race Committee Co-Chair Co-Chair
Health of the club
President-Elect Peter Patafie is at home recuperating and is now feeling up to calls.
Interclub, Sports and Social Committee Asks??? 1. Would you care to curl at the Nepean Sportsplex Wednesday February 20, from 5 to 7pm? Cost is $10.00 per person. Family, teenagers+ and friends welcome. Free parking. 2. Would you care to skate at ScotiaBank Place Friday February 15, from 7 to 8pm? Cost is $10.00 per person. Family and friends welcome. Free parking in Ymca lot. Sign up sheets will be on the tables at our weekly luncheons or call the Kiwanis office if you are interested. For further information, please contact: Bob Vergette at 613-225-0400, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen Holst 613-721-4141 or email@example.com
Reading Is Fundamental (Rif) Book Presentation – Connaught Public School “I will be attending the Connaught Public School/Kindergarten book presentation on Tuesday, February 5, at 10:00 am and again at 2:00 pm. I am looking for 10 Kiwanians for each session to join me and share the joy and see the excitement of the children for this event. This is what Kiwanis is about – making a difference in the life of a child! I believe every Kiwanian should see this. Please inform the Kiwanis office, and indicate which session you will be able to attend”. Thank you! President Bill Gosewitz
Cancer survivors invited to participate in new book project Frank Hegyi, Roslyn Franken, Max Keeping and Jackie Holzman are cancer survivors. They believe that while living with cancer is challenging, cancer can be beaten. Early diagnosis, diets and healthy lifestyle are all important elements for surviving cancer. But the most important way of reducing the number of persons dying with cancer is by finding cures through medical research. Hence, they are writing a book in order to provide an easy reference to newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as to give them hope and moral support by sharing their stories of survival. Profits from this project will be given to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to support cancer patients and medical research. They would like to invite you to help them in this project by sharing your story of how you have coped with the challenges of living with cancer. To participate, please contact Lianne Wand at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613-247-3527. Please share this invitation with those you think may be interested. Published: Friday, January 25, 2008, The Ottawa Citizen