Weekly Meeting - Charles Austin, Principal at Pinecrest Public Schoo

Charles Austin beamed with pride as he showcased the Pinecrest Public School of 400 students, and with good reason. As the school Principal, and with the help of private enterprise, he turned the school around from 500 school suspensions a year to less than 25. Recognizing that the school was in bad need of supplies, and that their library had 70% of books dated in the 60s, he realized that they had hit rock bottom, and he made it a personal challenge to Do Something!

He talked with the teachers and the parents and they devised a plan. They formed a Parents Committee that would be a bridge between the school, the parents and the community. They reached out to all and asked for the inclusion of all students and their families. He discovered that there are grants available from places like Chapters and Kiwanis, and he obtained funding. He showed the students their potential, and encouraged them to be the best that they can be. They upgraded their school library, and they purchased band equipment encouraging every student to play. He allowed them to dream about their future, and he gave them hope.

President’s Rose: Les Morin, with a hidden sense of humor (did he ever look like Phil with those glasses on!), has been at the front line of our community’s needs for a few years. He was Chair of the Youth & Community Services Committee in 1997-98, continued to work with the committees these past few years, and agreed to be Chair of the Sub-committee this year. He continues to review the requests received, and has personally visited families to address their needs.

We welcomed our newest member, Russ Salo, General Manager of Johnsons Environmental Products, who was introduced by Peter Patafie. Congratulations to Peter, who has brought in a total of 9 new members to our club, all of whom are still very active members. Russ and his wife Adrienne have 2 children, Richard 3 and Jessica 1, and Russ enjoys playing guitar, riding his Harley, and has a black belt in karate. He is a member of the Shriners and is a free Mason. He is also a commissioned officer with the Cadets league and will join our Cadets Committee.. Welcome, Russ!

Phil’s Thought for the week: “What we do in life, echoes in eternity”.

Next Club Meeting: Friday, March 17, 2006, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Laurier Room. St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon featuring Ottawa Valley’s Favorite Storyteller, Joan Finnigan A playwright, a poet, a scriptwriter, a journalist, a nationally recognized “social historian”, Joan is a crafter of words, a painter of verbal landscapes, and a gatherer of stories. A bit of a lass with a wild tuft of white hair, rosy cheeks and a welcoming smile, at 79 years of age, Joan is a captivating personality. Her Irishness, nurtured at the knee of her father, Frank Finnigan, the famous NHL hockey star of the ’20s, coupled with a passion for literature, helped her grow a fascination with the fabric of rural life. Inspired by her mother, schoolteacher Maye Horner, who brought to the family all of the classics, Joan has become one of Canada’s ‘premier’ recorders of living history.

The Kiwanis Music Committee will be “On Stage” – get your green ties out and join in the signing of some Irish favorites! Please inform us if you are bringing a guest. Click here to inform the office: mailto:ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org

On the menu: Parmesan Crusted Fillet of Sole, Potatoes and Vegetables, Cappuccino Mousse Cake

Head Table, March 17th 1. Peter Charboneau 2. Janet Dodds, Introduction 3. Joan Finnigan, Guest speaker 4. Vice-President Peter Patafie 5. Rev. John Moor, Invocation 6. Kathleen Holst, Thanker 7. Bob Fisher 8. Grant Yusak, guest book

Attendance on Mar 10: Active 56 /117* (*does not include 13 on LOA) Seniors 7/54 Guests 8 Hon/Staff 4 Total 75

Raffle Prize: Congratulations to Bob Vergette who won the bottle of Chivas Regal donated by Albert Monsour. Thank you all for contributing, $102 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $36

100% Attendance Tabs Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings: Phil Rossy 4 Years perfect attendance Kathleen Holst 7 Peter Patafie 13 Rick Barrigar 16

Happy Birthday to You! Mar 10 - Bill Gosewitz Mar 15 – Lynda Campbell

Committee Meetings Mon. Mar. 10 Program 7:00 pm Lorne Usher’s home Wed. Mar. 15 Community Services 12:00 Rideau Place on the River Medical Foundation 7:00 pm Ferano Construction, 409 Industrial YCPO 12:00 Ian Sterling’s office, 56 Sparks Ste 700 Mon Mar 20 Board of Directors 5:45 Staples Tue Mar 21 Golf 12:00 Ottawa Hunt Club Corporate Sponsorship 5:00 Tom Pullen’s office Wed Mar 22 Circle K – 12:00 Brymark

LUNCHEON Line-Up

Mar 24 Circle K Luncheon – University of Ottawa Piano Program “Virtuoso Pianists! A program not to be missed!

Mar 31 New Members’ April Fools Luncheon

Apr 7 - to be confirmed

Apr 13 (THURSDAY) Round Table – join us for a nice lunch and bring a potential member

Apr 21 Cadets Luncheon Apr 26 (WEDNESDAY) Dr. Robert Poupart, Principal of Bishop’s University

Kiwanis Conventions – Open to all members: April 7-9, 2006 Eastern Canada Key Club Convention, Crown Plaza Hotel.

June 28 - July 2, 2006 91st Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Montreal QC

August 3-5, 2006 89th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, St. John’s NFLD

May 11, 2006 EC&C AKtion Club Conference, Casa Loma Castle, Toronto, ON

President Sam declares, MARCH IS “HELPING HANDS” MONTH This is an important fundraiser for our club – Every bit counts and its success is based on the efforts of all of us. Enriching the lives of the people in our community is our club mandate and this fundraiser will directly improve the lives of many. Sponsored youth, young children, seniors, and the disadvantaged, all rely on our support. Contact Kathleen Holst, Chair of the Helping Hands Committee, at 226-6580, if you have any questions, or any member of the Board of Directors. I can be reached at 834-3647 or email us.bhargava@sympatico.ca

President Sam FUNDS Pledged $25,500 Collected $9,225

BON APPETIT – Kiwanis Silent Auction – Tuesday, May 2, 2006 – Aberdeen Pavilion We will be joining forces again this year with the Bon Appetit’s annual gourmet food and wine extravaganza. This is a wonderful social event so bring your family, friends and business associates to enjoy the food and fellowship. Our Silent Auction committee needs the assistance of our members to obtain items for the Auction. Any assistance you can give would be great! The WISH LIST: Golf Clubs Bicycles Jewelry Furniture Kitchen Aid Mixer Computers Power tools Barbecue Camping Equipment Spa Package Tires Canoe/Kayak Cellphones Televisions Helicopter/Plane Ride Fishing Equipment Hot Air Balloon Ride Keyboard Playoff Tickets Guitar Laz-y-Boy

$$ A FRIENDLY REMINDER $$ The Primary Ballot of the Club’s Elections for the 2006-07 Board of Directors, will be mailed out on April 7, 2006 to all members “in good standing”. Our Club By-laws state that “The Elections Committee shall send out to each Active, Privileged and Senior member in good standing, a nominating ballot which will list, in alphabetical order, all Active and Senior members of the Club”. This list will contain only those names of the Club members in good standing - as defined in Article 5 “a member being two (2) months in arrears in the payment of dues and/or financial obligations”. If you have a BALANCE owing on your account, please be sure to bring it up to date by March 30th. If you need to discuss your account, please call us at 233-1900. Thank you.

OUR COMMITTEES ARE THE HEART OF OUR CLUB and how we get work done. Because the committees are so important, we want members and guests to have a better understanding of the work that you do, and we are introducing a segment in our weekly luncheons, called Committee Snapshots. The committee chairs will have an opportunity to give a 2-minute overview on what is going on in their committee. The first Snapshot was given on Friday, by Ross Christensen, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, and he will be coordinating the Committee Snapshots with the Chairs. (NOTE: if any member of the Club knows of a Potential Member and wants some assistance, please contact Rita Harper. Rita’s role has increased to include working with the Membership Committee and she will be the main contact for Potential Members.)

OFFICE MOVE: Kiwanis office will be moving to 1283 Algoma Road in the last week of March. Peter Patafie has offered to provide some moving supplies and the truck, but we need some volunteers to help move the furniture. If you are able to provide a few hours after 6:00 pm on March 28th and 29th, please contact Rita.

“MUSIC FOR THE MIND Get your tickets !! The Kiwanis Music Festival and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation present an evening of music and wine appreciation with a sommelier from Groovy Grapes. Guests will learn about regions, pairing and decanting, while listening to wonderful musical presentations. Thurs. Mar 30, 2006, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Black Tie optional. Tickets $100 and you will receive a Tax Receipt for the donation portion of your ticket. Call the Kiwanis office to reserve your ticket

Roster Changes - please cut this out and paste in your roster Williams, Shawn Commercial Insurance Broker Bradley's Insurance (Stittsville) Ltd. 1469 Stittsville Main Street, Box 1234 Stittsville ON K2S 1B3 Ph. 836-2473, Ext. 236 fax 831-1672 swilliams@bradleysinsurance.com

POTENTIAL MEMBERSHIP – Steve Gummo, Branch Manager at TD Canada Trust at Billings Bridge, Steve is co-sponsored by Jane Flain and Ted Parsons. OBJECTIONS, IF ANY, must be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Club, no later than March 20, 2006.