Weekly Meeting - Brigadier-General Gaston Cloutier, Director General Air Personnel

Brigadier-General Gaston Cloutier has spent the past 40 years in the Canadian Air Force – he loves it so much he said he’d wear blue shorts if they had them. In 1909, the first Cessna flew 30 feet at 65mph – today they have equipment measuring the weather on Mars! Aviation in Canada has come a long way and today provides assistance to 7,000 calls of distress every year, and their disaster response protects victims of floods, earthquakes, and more outside of Canada. The C17 is used for airlift of troops and cargo anywhere in the world, and without refueling; it took 100,000 lbs of supplies to Mexico and came back. The F86 Sabre was a prime fighter in the 50s and 60s and it is being prepared to fly with the Canadian Forces SnowBirds this year. Bg Cloutier is in charge of the ‘Centennial of Flight’ and stressed that we should join in celebrating the accomplishments of the last 100 years.

Attendance: 53 = Members 50, guests 3

“One Can Make A Difference” President’s Rose – Matt McGrath

Matt was introduced to our club in 1974 by the late Hal Wyman, and is one of our club’s Legion of Honour members. He has been an active member for 35 years and is always available to answer questions about our club and supports our many activities. He provides personal support to President Peter and is often like a steady hand... Thank you for your continued support of our club, Matt – you are helping to Make A Difference!.

Raffle

Congratulations to Stephen Smye who won the briefcase donated by Mike Zanon. Thank you all for contributing, $62 was raised for our General Account. Fines $37.

Next Kiwanis Meeting, Friday, May 1, 2009 Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, Laurier Room, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Jim Watson, MPP,, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing "Cities in the 21st Century" The economic and other challenges as well as opportunities they face.

Happy Birthday to you! May 1 – Ken Bickley, May 4 – George Perrin and Glen Vaillancourt, May 5 – Peter Charboneau and Clive Woolley, May 7 – John Callan and Rick Seguin, May 9 – Jan Mansfield, May 12 – Vince Calzonetti, May 17 – Dr. Wilbert Keon, May 21 – Howard Lithwick and Ev Colton, May 22 – Rev. Art Conrad and Gary Flockton, May 27 – Greg Payne, May 29 – Vic Whittaker, May 31 – Rev Peter Coffin.

Committee Meetings

Wed Apr 22 Bon Appetit 7:00 a.m Perkins’ Restaurant Kiwanis Medical Foundation 6:00, 409 Industrial Ave Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Mon Apr 27 Cadets 7:00 pm Cartier Square Drill Hall

Upcoming Luncheons

May 8 Meagan McGrath / Key Club Luncheon

May 15 7:30 a.m. *** Breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Laurier

May 22 Dr. Duncan Stewart, Ceo & Scientific Director and Senior Scientist at Ottawa Health Research Institute / Kiwanis Medical Foundation Luncheon

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of America/Kiwanis International partnership message points Recognizing no single organization can provide remedy to the needs of children worldwide, Kiwanis International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have joined in a memorandum of understanding to serve children, a cornerstone mission for both organizations. * Kiwanis and Boys & Girls Clubs are encouraging clubs and members to work together to foster, nurture and establish a legacy of serving children. * Dave Curry, President of Kiwanis International, and Rick Goings, board chair for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said the partnership “provides great promise for children in communities across the United States.”

Great News for local clubs

The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada has offered grants to Boys and Girls Clubs – if a Kiwanis Club provides $1,000 to their local Boys and Girls Club, the Foundation will provide a one-time $500 grant to the same club. Our Community Services Committee accepted this offer and provided $1,000 which was followed by $500 being sent in our name, to the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club via Executive Director Scott Bradford.

Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region April 6 - May 2, 2009 The Festival has been in continuous existence from 1945 to the present. It was originally known as the Ottawa Music Festival Association until 1985 when the Kiwanis Clubs of the National Capital Region assumed shared responsibility with non-Kiwanian volunteers for the Festival. At that time the name of the organization was changed to the Kiwanis Music Festival. Later the Festival was expanded to include Dance competitions as well as Music. With the incorporation of Dance, the Festival has grown in size from about sixth place in the Province to second place. The Kiwanis Music and Dance Festival Association is responsible for preparing and presenting a competitive Music Festival annually. Altogether, about 10,000 competitors will participate in the Festival. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the Kmdfa, giving over 3, 500 hours of their time each year. --- Highlights Concert May 15, 2009 ---

Salvation Army 2009 Red Shield Breakfast

You Are Invited to attend the Salvation Army 2009 Red Shield Breakfast on Wed. May 27th at 7:30 a.m. at the Westin Ottawa. Their guest speaker will be Frank O’Dea, the founder of the Second Cup, author of “When All You Have is Hope”. Tickets are $60 each / table of 10 is $500. They also have sponsor opportunities starting at $1,500. If you are interested, please contact the Kiwanis office as we will try to organize a table of 10.

Mother's Day Mother's Day is just around the corner. Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis is once again having their fundraiser selling a box of a dozen roses to be delivered on Saturday, May 9th, for only $25. If you want to surprise a special lady, order by May 1st by calling Linda or Ralph Dashney at (613) 235-7108 or email linda_ralph@sympatico.ca. Volunteers are needed to help pack the Roses on Friday, May 8th, and to help deliver them on Saturday, May 9th.

Kiwanis Idol Spring Concert & Dinner

May 17th at the Villa Lucia Dinner Club, 3430 Carling Avenue, Dinner 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Come hear your Top 10 Kiwanis Idol's and enjoy the All-you-can-Eat homemade Pasta Buffet for only $20.00. Idol Concert 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Hope to see a room full of Kiwanians, the room hold's 300 if you are coming please call or email me re tickets I will get them to you or put them aside at the door for you. Thank you, Eldon Fox, Past President Kiwanis Club of Kanata – 613-831-9900 hdoctor@rogers.com PS. FYIwe have two more shows coming up soon - first at the Gloucester Fair May23rd and Dickinson's Days in Manotick June 7th - this event is run by Manotick Kiwanis.

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

Bon Appetit Silent Auction Tues. May 5/09 5:30 – 9:00 Aberdeen Pavilion *** Kiwanis Silent Auction *** Only 8 Days To Go – We are more than half way to collecting our goal of 100 items. Can we do it? Sure, We Can – with your help! If you are able to contribute to this year’s event, or if you are able to obtain an item from your business contacts, we’d be interested in more items for fitness, gardening, cycling, house wares, sports, digital and electronic equipment, etc. Cash Is Accepted too! The Bon Appetit is a terrific event for you to invite your business colleagues and friends. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $75 from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings or give Tom a call at 613-741-0741. The funds raised are vital for our continued support of our sponsored youth and children programs. As one of our 4 major fundraisers, the Silent Auction should be well supported. Thank You to everyone who has already contributed!

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

Kiwanis International “elevator speech”

This is an overview of the organization, its service and work. The name reflects the fact that someone can deliver an elevator speech in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, 30 seconds or 100-150 words). “Kiwanis International is an international organization of member-volunteers who give more than 6 million hours and more than Us$100 million each year to help change the world one child and one community at a time. Any community need can become a Kiwanis service project, especially if the need involves children, who should have the help and the right to lead healthy, successful lives. We believe that helping a child helps the world”. Kiwanis International key messages: Defining statement: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child, one community at a time. Kiwanis members dedicate more than 6 million volunteer hours and invest more than Us$100 million annually in projects that strengthen communities and serve children. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs worldwide organize more than 150,000 service projects locally and globally that include college sponsorships, Read Around the World, and community clean-ups, and involve partners such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, and Children’s Miracle Network. Secondary messages: Kiwanians are service-minded men and women united in their commitment to and compassion for others. The needs of the world are great, and, together, members of the more than 8,000 international Kiwanis clubs accomplish great things for children and communities. - Every day, Kiwanians revitalize neighborhoods, organize youth sports programs, plant trees, erect playgrounds, and perform countless other projects to help children and communities. - The Kiwanis International organization comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members who serve children and communities in 90 countries and geographic areas. - Kiwanis provides an opportunity for budding leaders to form enduring friendships, to offer philanthropic service and to build better communities for generations to come. - Kiwanis is about developing personal leadership skills that can lead to life-changing service—at home, at work, at school, and in communities worldwide. - Since 1994, Kiwanis International’s partnership with Unicef has raised more than Us$80 million in a global fight to eliminate Idd Iodine Deficiency Disorders—the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.