Weekly Meeting - Circle K Luncheon – Grete Hale, Chair of Morrison Lamothe

Grete Hale was so delighted to be speaking to our club and shared some stories about her family. Born in Ottawa, and recognized with a multitude of awards, including Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1998 and 1997 Woman of Distinction Awards from the Ym-Ywca, Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award in 2001, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002, and, the Order of Canada in 2006, we were delighted that Grete could join us to speak to our sponsored youth. Her dad was Cecil Morrison – ‘the Happy Baker’, of Morrison Lamothe Bakery, and a former member of our club. He built the first seniors housing in Ottawa, contributed to lower rental housing, and was a strong supporter of his community. Her mom also contributed to the community, and shared in his message to their children, “All we ask of our family is that they are contributors”. She was proud to share her garden with anyone who needed a spot for their fundraisers, and often they would have 10,000 visitors over a 6-week period. The children helped with the success of her garden - the daily weeding - and she believed that we must do the same in our community, and weed out unhappiness. Grete was proud to speak of the work done by the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the new Beechwood National Memorial Centre - the new multi-faith Memorial Centre, “In the spirit of unity in diversity, we’ve created an inclusive sacred space where Canadians of all faiths can honour their loved ones.”

Our sponsored youth did a great job running the Kiwanis Circle K Luncheon meeting and, kudos to Joan Meade, President of the uOttawa Circle K Club, who was a terrific Chair! They have been very busy, as was noted during their club reports, and are actively contributing to several different causes and doing a great amount of community service work. Joane says “The key is teamwork, and Circle K truly is a place where peers become family”. Circle K Thought for the Week “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellowmen; and along those fibers as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to a guest of the club who won the raffle of an official Olympic sweatshirt, donated by Ian Hendry; and to Harold Moore who won the raffle of a kitchen utensil gift basket, also donated by Ian Hendry. Thank you all for contributing, $114.00 was raised for our Circle K Clubs. Fine Session $142.00.

Next Meeting

Friday, April 4, 2008 – 7:30am – 9:00am. We Are Moving…. to the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, One Hunt Club Road, Ottawa Golf Tournament Committee Breakfast featuring Danielle Nadon, Tournament Co-Chair for the Canadian Canadian Women’s (LPGA) Open, August 11-17th at the Ottawa Hunt Club Sponsored by Canadian National Railway and conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the CN Canadian Women’s Tour is one of North America’s premier developmental tours, attracting rising Canadian and international female golf professionals as well as top female amateurs. The only women’s developmental tour in Canada, the CN Canadian Women’s Tour offers a great forum in which to hone competitive edge while competing at premier locations across Canada for significant prize money and exemptions into the CN Canadian Women’s Open, Canada’s only LPGA Tour event.

Luncheon Line-Up

Apr.11 Official Visit of the Ec&C District Governor Chuck McIlravey. Our Club’s 90th Anniversary – all Kiwanis Clubs are invited!

Apr.18 Kiwanis Music Festival / Canterbury High School Choir - James Caswell

Apr.25 Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail’s National Affairs Columnist

Committee Meetings

Mon.Mar.31 Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Wed.Apr.2 Interclub Sports & Social, 7:00pm, Helene Crabb’s home Corp. Membership, 12:00pm, Chimo Motel Mon.Apr.7 Bon Appetit, 11:30am, Staples Bank Street Tue Apr 8 Community Services, 12:00pm Kiwanis office (no meeting on 16) Wed Apr 9 Young Children’s Projects, 12:00pm Ian Sterling’s office Thu Apr 10 Key Club, 8:00am Trane

Happy Birthday Mar.29 Allan Macintyre / Mar.31 Ross Christensen / Apr.3 Bob Horlick

New Payment Options for Luncheons – effective April 1, 2008 As per the letter from President Bill Gosewitz that was emailed or mailed to all members on March 20, 2008: “As suggested at our Annual General Meeting on January 25, 2008, the Board of Directors agreed it was time to take a good hard look at our current payment system for our weekly luncheons. Many of you indicated that you would like to see an alternative to the existing Prepaid Luncheons system. The Membership Committee, under the leadership of Peter Charboneau, was assigned the task of developing alternative payment options. The committee had many long discussions, and then shared their suggestions which were then approved by the Program Committee, and then by the Board of Directors. The options were well thought out with the main concern being to give our members a choice, while ensuring no financial burden to the Club.” I am pleased to announce the 3 New Payment Options Below, which we feel will offer you welcome alternatives. We are hoping most members will choose option 1 or option 2. Please inform the Kiwanis office of your choice before April 1, 2008, and submit your payment by cash, cheque or credit card. An email to ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org is acceptable. Every Active, Senior, and Honorary member is to select one of the following 3 options: Option 1 - Prepay $26.00 x 12 = $312.00 for April 1 – June 30th - Payment due in full by April 1/08 Option 2 - $30.20 x 10 meetings = $302.00 Must be paid in full. Are good for one year from date of purchase. Can be used for guests. Option 3 - Pay At The Door $33.00 Details of these options were included in the letter sent out on March 20th. Invoices will Not be sent out. The letter included a form which is what you would use to indicate your choice when you provide your payment. If you did not receive the letter please contact Rita Harper. Thank you. President Bill Gosewitz

Interclub Sports and Social Chili & Chuckles

Sam & Uttra Bhargava- Thank you so much for being utterly gracious as 40 people invaded your home on Saturday to enjoy our Chili & Chuckles. Not once did we feel anything less than completely welcomed. You are a wonderful example of generosity of spirit. Kudos to the kitchen team, John Callan, Myrna Beattie (the idea lady), Ross Hadwen and Donna Hicks; thanks for cooking up a terrific meal and within budget! Thank you to everyone who stayed to clean up afterwards, and a special thanks to Shirley Tomblin for putting the "Chuckles" in the evening. Kathleen Holst, Chair

Kiwanis Club of Belleville

We will be holding a joint 85th Anniversary Celebration and Governor's Banquet on Friday April 18 at the Banquet Centre at 1 Alhambra Square in Belleville. A social hour will commence at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and may be ordered and picked up at the door. Thanks for your support, PLG Ralph Porter.

Kiwanis Club of Rideau

The following attended an Interclub on Thursday, March 27, 2008, organized by Bob Vergette: Allan Castledine, Lt. Governor David Daubney, Ross Hadwen, Kathleen Holst & Bob Vergette.

Mother's Day Roses

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you want to treat that special lady in your life, once again Ottawa Kiwanis Clubs are selling a dozen roses (delivered on Saturday, May 10th) for only $25. per dozen. You can support Kiwanis and as an extra bonus, $2. from each dozen goes to Cheo!! Contact Ralph Dashney, President of the Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis Club at (613) 235-7108 or at linda_ralph@sympatico.ca before May 3rd or www.kcov.ca. Order forms will also be available at your table at our April 11 meeting.

Kiwanis Conventions

The Executive will decide on the attendees from the Board of Directors, and other members are also invited to attend. If you are interested, please contact the Kiwanis office for more information. - Kiwanis International Convention, June 25-28, 2008, Orlando, Florida - Kiwanis District Convention, August 7-9, 2008, Niagara Falls, Ontario Another reason to register soon for Niagara Falls – a challenge from District Governor Chuck McIlravey: “Every Kiwanis member or guest who registers on or before April 25, 2008 will receive a beautiful white baseball cap with a coloured Ec&C Logo as a thank you gift”. Thanks - Governor Chuck

Mark Your Calendars !! Only 40 days to go! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, from 5:30 - 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 9th Annual Silent Auction at the Bon Appetit Food and Beverage Extravaganza at Lansdowne Park. Over 2,000 people are wooed by more than 90 of the region’s top Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries, and this event sells out every year. Eat and drink to your heart's content for only $75.00! Tickets to the event can be purchased from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings or give Tom a call . The Kiwanis Silent Auction showcases over 125 items and we are asking All members to consider providing items in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off. This is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, or for your business associates, while supporting one of our major fundraisers. Last year, thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Paul Drouin or Bruno Di Chiara. Donor bid slips are available by contacting the Kiwanis office.

Engagement

A Kiwanian is a volunteer who agrees to commit their time, talent, energy and resources to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities.