Weekly Meeting - Corinne Pohlmann - CFIB

May 2 Luncheon– Corinne Pohlmann explained that CFIB is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that represents the interest of more than 105,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada. CFIB prides itself on making a difference – for the small businesses and entrepreneurs who are powering our economy and, in turn, making a difference in their communities. Small business owners live in their community, support their community, and employ people in their community, and when times are tough, they stay in their community, and they account for almost 50 % of Canada’s Gdp, 60% of total employment, and 70 – 80% of the net new jobs created over the past five years. CFIB has a network of almost 200 district managers who collectively visit more than 4000 small business owners every week. 500,000 jobs were created in 2002, primarily, by small and medium-sized businesses. They are Canada’s secret weapons. CFIB is also looking into long-term tax relief for its members. They are calling on government to create a multi-year tax cut plan for personal income taxes, as well as cutting fuel taxes. Succession is a very personal and even emotional process for a business owner, and the need to plan is critical because for many it is their primary source of income for retirement. CFIB has been calling on governments, financial institutions, advisors and others, to help business owners successfully sell their firm, or pass it on to the next generation. But even more importantly, Cfib has been working to make business owners aware of what they need to do to prepare and has provided them with some tools to help them get started. (Past President Mike Lundy mentioned that he passed his business over to his son, with the help of the CFIB) For more information on CFIB visit: www.cfib.ca

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Paul Drouin Paul is Vice-President at Raymond James – wealth management – and was sponsored into our club in 2005 by President-Elect Peter Patafie. Without delay, he worked behind the scenes supporting our Bon Appetit Committee. He also spent some time working on the Helping Hands Committee, which was a new initiative that did not take off, and a difficult job for a newer member. This year Paul agreed to be prime Co-Chair of the Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee, and is working alongside Director Bruno DiChiara, and the members of their very small committee. Paul is doing a great job in leading his committee members, who have all worked very hard soliciting club members for items, and putting a personal effort into getting items from their own contacts. I’m sure Paul has contacted everyone he knows, and, as he mentioned, just Ask, and many people will be pleased to contribute. They have obtained over 110 items with a value of almost $58,000, to be bid on at the Bon Appetit Silent Auction event on Tuesday. Thanks Paul, for assembling a good team, for being a good leader and for Making a Difference! President Bill’s Thought for the Week When I asked my accountant if anything could get me out of this mess I am in with my taxes, he thought for a long time and said, “yes, death would help”

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to our guest, Nathaniel Lewis, Governor of Circle K for Ec&C District, who won the raffle of a Gift basket of wine and glasses donated by Hassa Mirchandani. Thank you all for contributing, $100 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $54.

New Member Botho von Hampeln

We welcomed a new member - we Welcomed Back Botho von Hampeln, who had transferred to the Perth-on-Tay Kiwanis club in 2006. Botho said he enjoyed his time with Perth as they are wonderful people, but he missed his friends at the Ottawa Club. Born in Berlin 75 years ago and immigrated to Canada in 1955, he will be married to Helga for 50 years in October and they have one daughter Cora. Retired owner of Time Communications, Botho tried unsuccessfully to retire more than once, and started a new business in Balderson. Welcome Back, Botho #210!

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday May 9, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Mark LaFleur, Vice-Principal, Ridgemont High School "Hanging around until you've caught on" (Robert Frost)… is a philosophy which Mr. Mark LaFleur abides by in his career, as an educator attempting to make a profound difference in the lives of his young students, as they undergo the trials and tribulations of teenage life. With over 20 years experience in the education profession, he has gained both a savvy and an understanding on how to solve the issues that exist in the Ocdsb today. Currently, Mr. LaFleur is involved with many initiatives at the school board, including character development, student services and the education committee, all of which have allowed him to better himself as Vice Principal of Ridgemont High School. He's creative, he's talented, and he's innovative. Come out to see this all-around guy give you his two cents on our City's blossoming school board.

Luncheon Line-Up

May.16 ***No meeting scheduled, Victoria Day Long Weekend***

May.23 Cadets Luncheon, Lt. Colonel Foster

May.30 Semi-Annual General Meeting, All members are encouraged to attend, No guests please

Jun 6 To Be Announced

Jun 13 Legion of Honour / New Members’ Induction

Jun 20 Aktion Club – Stuart McCormack

Jun 27 President’s Luncheon and Meet the Members

Committee Meetings

Wed.May.7 Interclub, 6:00pm, Kathleen Holst’s home Thu.May.8 Key Club, 8:00am, Ross McIntyre’s office Mon.May.12 Board of Directors, 5:30pm, Staples Bank Street Program, 7:00pm, Wayne Beaudoin’s home Tue.May.13 Golf, 12:00pm, Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club Wed.May.14 Ycpo, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Happy Birthday May.4 George Perrin & Glen Vaillancourt May.5 Peter Charboneau & Clive Woolley May.7 John Callan & Rick Seguin May.9 Jan Mansfield

Sympathy of the club

Sympathy of the club goes out to Peter Nadeau and his wife, Helen Cooper, in memory of Helen's mother, Teresa Margaret Cooper, who passed away at the age of 79, on Friday, May 2, 2008. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 580 Eagleson Road, Kanata, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Funeral at St. Martin de Porres Church for Mass of Christian Funeral, on Wednesday at 10:30am. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Our thoughts are with Helen and Peter, and their family at this time.

Programme Committee

Results of the survey about our luncheon Start Time -- In favour of 12:00 Start -22; 12:15 start-19; 12:30 start-14; Speaker before lunch-28; speaker after lunch-28. Total number of replies for Time was 55 and Speaker 56. One person had no preference about time and indicated so. The Programme Committee recommends a 12:15 start with the speaker after lunch, unless otherwise required, and the meeting will run until 1:45. This will take effect on June 6th The Program Committee is looking for someone who is able to make contact directly or indirectly with former Prime Minister Paul Martin. He has become an advocate of something he is calling “social enterprise”. Basically it is about the importance of the charitable, non-profit and voluntary sectors in Canada and their large economic impact. The committee would like to try and get him to speak at a luncheon in the fall. Please contact Helene Crabb at 613-247-0500.

Attention All Kiwanis Musicians

George Old, a relatively new member and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Rideau, is a retired high school music teacher. He has some fairly basic scores of a number of popular songs written for “B” flat instruments (clarinet, trumpet, tenor sax, soprano sax), “E” flat instruments (alto sax, baritone sax) and “C” instruments (piano, guitar, bass, banjo). He would like to try and get a group of Kiwanians together who might be able to play at a luncheon meeting maybe 3-4 times a year. If you have an interest in doing something like this, please call George at 613-224-6806.

Interclub, Sports and Social Committee Get Ready for the Summer! More information will follow but for now mark your calendars… May.29 Sail on the Tallship Black Jack $30.00, includes light dinner (sandwiches, fruit, cheese) dockside at Britannia Yacht Club followed by sail on the river. On shore cash bar available.

Jun.21 Bbq at Dawn Morewood's home in Metcalfe Jul.24 Golf and Bbq at Bob Vergette's Christie Lake cottage Aug.22 Rcmp Camp - Family day sports and Bbq - joint event with program committee

Interclub

The following attended an Interclub at the Kiwanis Club of Bytown on April 27: Helene Crabb, Kathleen Holst, Jackie Holzman, Dawn Morewood & Barb Perrin.

Kiwanis Club of Pembroke Charter Night May 10, 2008. It is a dinner and entertainment evening at the Best Western Hotel, Pembroke, 6:00pm. Tickets are $50.00 each and can be reserved by contacting Jay McLaren, President, Kiwanis Club of Pembroke at 613-732-4301 or mjaym2@hotmail.com or Past President Brian Hugli at preventionpays@renc.igs.net

Message from President Bill - re: Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation and Kanta Marwah scholarship in Medical Physics. As you know, on Friday, April 18, 2008, I kept my promise and my barber Shaved My Head Bald! We are now at $8,710 of our $10,000.00 goal, but we are still $540. short. Thank you very much, to those who have made a contribution to date! Currently, we have 112 Active members, 53 Senior and 7 Honorary members. Donations to this initiative have come from 23% of our members. It would appear there are still 100 members who have not responded to the call for support of this initiative. If every one of those members who have not responded would send $50.00, we would surpass our goal. I am confident that our members will come through for the remaining amount, and assist Your President in reaching our goal. Please contact the Kiwanis office to make a contribution to the scholarship fund – and remember the following: 1. You will receive a receipt for Income Tax purposes; 2. 100% of the funds go to the scholarship initiative; 3. Giving in its purest form expects nothing in return. Our deadline is approaching and we require the funds no later than May 5, 2008. Your support is greatly appreciated.

President Bill Gosewitz Young Children’s Projects - 2008 Read-a-thon Registration Update: Total of 195 schools (46,085 students) have registered as of April 30, 2008 •42 Ottawa schools (18 new schools) •122 Other Canadian (121 new schools) •31 International (31 new schools) www.kiwanisreadathon.org A resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with Ocdsb, Occdsb, the Ottawa Public Library and Ottawa Public Library Foundation. Contact: Read-a-thon Coordinator, Lee-Ann Scott, Phone: 613-290-5504 email: info@kiwanisreadathon.org