Weekly Meeting - Circle K Luncheon - St. Patrick's Day

Julius Riungu, a member of the Carleton University Circle K, was motivated to organize a book drive similar to the U.S. group who donated books to his school in Kenya when he was 11 years old.  He recalled receiving magazines and books and the impact they had in improving his knowledge while inspiring his dreams and creativity. 

Today, over 20,000 books have been collected, affecting the lives of 20,000 people.  Education is the key to success for this program, and is essential to changing the lives of the recipients of these books.  His continued focus to deliver educational materials to institutions such as high schools is providing limitless possibilities to improve education in Africa, proving that one is the Kiwanian who takes the time to “Make a Difference”. 

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose –   Sarah Saliba and Amile McDonald

Congratulations on receiving the President’s Rose go out to Sarah Saliba, from the University of Ottawa Circle K, and to Amile McDonald, from the Carleton University Circle K. 

Chair’s Thought For the Week - You see things and you say “Why?”  but I dream things that never were, and I say “Why Not”.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Scott Bradford, who won the raffle of a pair of tickets to a concert featuring the “Blind Boys of Alabama, donated by Howard Lithwick; and to Anusha Jahagirdar, who won the raffle of a portable tool kit, donated by Ian Hendry & Hendry Warren LLP.  Thank you all for contributing to the Circle K raffle, $54.00 was raised.  Fine Session $170.00.

Next Luncheon Meeting - Friday March 23, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Adam Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa,  ON K1N 8S7   John E Dick, PhD Senior Scientist, Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology Toronto General Research Institute   “Cancer Stem Cells: Getting to the Root of Cancer”  

Luncheon Line-Up

Mar.30  New Members’ Luncheon

Apr.6     Not Scheduled – Easter

Apr.13   Dr. Steve Mahoney

Apr.20   Cadet Luncheon

Committee Meetings Tue.Mar.20 - Bon Appetit, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River - YCPO Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Wed.Mar.21 - Circle K, 12:00pm, Ian Hendry’s office - Community Services, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River - Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Ferano Construction Fri.Mar.22 - Communications, 11:00am, Fairmont Chateau Laurier (pre-lunch)

Upcoming Kiwanis Events

April 7 International Kiwanis Day (watch for more info in next week’s eDGE)

April 10-28 2007 Kiwanis Music Festival, various locations across Ottawa

May 18 Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert, Centrepointe Theatre

July 3-7 92nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas

August 9-11 90th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, Kingston, Jamaica

Happy Birthdays Mar.17 – Tom Beveridge  *65*,  Mar.19 – Stephen Smye,  Mar.26 – Paul Kane,  Mar.28 – Marcia Saipe,  Mar.29 – Allan Macintyre,  Mar.31 – Ross Christensen

ONLY  46 Days to go! .... Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 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.    **  The Kiwanis Silent Auction, showcases over 125 items and we are asking ALL members to consider providing an item in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off.  CASH DONATIONS are accepted and you will get a tax receipt.   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.  ** New Members are encouraged to give us a call if you have any questions or if you are able to volunteer to work at the auction.  This is an easy, fun job and you get to enjoy the food and beverages.  ** 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 call Tom at  613-741-0741.  For more information, contact Co-Chairs Phil Rossy at  613-288-3131 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. 

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert.  A magical evening of folk music sing-along favourites.  Monday, June 18, 2007, 8:00pm.  Library and Archives Canada, 305 Wellington Street.  Tickets $50.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation.  For tickets or more information, contact any member of the KMF Committee (see page 8 of your 2006-07 roster).

CLUB ELECTIONS are coming! A reminder that we are approaching our Club Elections in the next month and will be sending out the Primary Ballots on March 30, 2007 (already!).  Please make sure that your Account is up-to-date at the Kiwanis office, to ensure that you have voting privileges.  If you have any questions about the balance of your account, please contact Mike Kruger. Thank you

Health of the Club Former member Art Moody is at home recovering from illness.  A longstanding member, Art could use some cheering up from his Kiwanis friends.