Weekly Meeting - Declan Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada

Declan Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada, talked about the warm and friendly relationship we have shared dating back centuries to when the first Irish immigrant was recorded in the 1663 census. The Irish economic miracle is a remarkable success story which has seen a declining population increase by 600,000 since 1990. Government, union and employer partnerships, mixed with liberalized economics, have opened the door for massive investment, creating clusters in the pharmaceutical, IT and financial services sectors. Ambassador Kelly was delighted to inform us that on May 8, the Northern Ireland Assembly would elect a 12-member administration marking the beginning of a new era of politics in Ireland and thanked Canadians for assisting in the process.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Hassa Mirchandani

Hassa joined the Kiwanis Club of Westboro in 1968 and was later introduced to our club in 1992, sponsored by Ken Birch. Hassa has spent time on many committees including Membership, Key Club, Senior Citizens, Bon Appetit and the former TV Auction. He can always be counted on to provide a trip and hotel package for our Bon Appetit or Golf silent auctions and he generously supports many of our other projects. We are proud to have Hassa as a member of our club. His personal dedication to our club and community is “Making a Difference”.

Chair Bill Gosewitz’s Thought For the Week - We have to celebrate diversity. We have to embrace difference not look at it in a threatening way. Tolerance is fundamental to human society. At the end of the day, we are all much better placed when we are getting along with each other.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Geoff Godding, who won the raffle of a birdfeeder, donated by Jack Warner; to Bob Bender, who won the raffle of a 2007 diary from the Embassy of China, donated by Katie Ng; and to Ambassador Declan Kelly, who was presented with the raffle of a Courriers CD, donated by Mark Max.. Thank you all for contributing, $96.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $172.00.

NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING

Friday May 4, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7 Dr. Pierre Turgeon (former member) Professor, Academic Psychologist, University of Ottawa, (retired) Director, Clinical Programs, The Phoenix Network Inc. Counterspin: Learning to Dance with the Stress in our Times “Forty years of Study in a twenty-minute talk”

Luncheon Line-Up

May.11 Key Club Luncheon

May.18 No Luncheon or Round Table scheduled – Victoria Day Long Weekend

May.25 Former Mayors’ Luncheon – 35 invited!!

Happy Birthday Apr.28 Grant Yusak May.1 Ken Bickley

Committee Meetings

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

Upcoming Kiwanis Events

May 18 Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert, Centrepointe Theatre

May 25 Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West Lobster Night, Centurion Conference Centre

June 5 Kiwanis Club of Hull Mussels and Fries Dinner, Chateau Cartier

June 7 Mega Meeting, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West, Div.13. Location TBD

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

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

Garage Sale

The 211 Air Cadet Squadron is having a fundraiser garage sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 - 1:00 at St. Basil's Church on Maitland Avenue at the Queensway. Any item(s) may be dropped off in advance at the weekly Wednesday night meeting at Notre Dame H.S. from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. or early in the a.m. the day of. No articles of clothing please.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert Featuring Kiwanian, Mark Max, Russell Kronick and Anne Steinberg. 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) or contact the Kiwanis office.

ONLY 1 Day to go! .... Goal 100 items!!! Collected to date = 77 Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 5:30 - 9:00. 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. 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-Chair Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389.

Mother’s Day Roses Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-Vanier

Once again, the Club is offering beautiful red roses for Mother's Day (May 13). For only $25 (taxes and delivery included), Kiwanians of their club will hand-deliver one dozen red roses, wrapped and boxed, to any location within the Ottawa and Gatineau city limits. Proceeds of this annual event help support the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The roses are beautiful, the value is unbelievable and the cause is deserving. Contact Linda Clifford-Dashney 613-992-0189 or email cliffl@sen.parl.gc.ca Linda is also willing to drop off orders at our May 11 luncheon if asked to do so.

Mesmerizing, a Night of Captivation

The Kiwanis Club of Rideau, (which was sponsored by our club in 1955) invites everyone to take part in their First Annual Dinner/Dance. This year’s theme is “Mesmerizing, a Night of Captivation”, with comic hypnotists from the Canadian Hypnosis Centre. The event takes place on Thursday, May 17, at 6:00 at the Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive – a first-rate venue with excellent food and service. The cost is $50 per person which includes dinner. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Kim Chadsey, 613-230-4663 before May 10. Please note that tickets will not be available at the door, they must be purchased by May 10th.

One Can Make A Difference - The Circle K Piano Program continues, See a portion of an email below from Bettina Choo. “Hi everyone!! I have to email all of you because I'm having a great piano program planning day. Yesterday, the McGill Student Federation sent out an email that contained an ad about the piano program. Within the last 24 hours, I've received 40 emails from interested volunteers!! So, after seeing all those emails, I got down to business with bugging Yamaha. I had been emailing them weekly for the last while, but today they finally told me that they could lend us 27 keyboards (enough for 3 schools - which means I have to find another school) for the year, essentially solving all my problems! It still means I've got to find some funds for headphones and books, but I think that can definitely be figured out. I'm also going to be speaking at the Rotary Club of Montreal's breakfast on May 22nd“. Bettina Choo

Interclub On Tuesday, March 13 the following attended an interclub at the Kiwanis Club of Naples, Florida: Rick Barrigar, Dominic D’Arcy & Ian Peddie.

Good News Network Ottawa, April 27, 2007 -- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment: The Honourable Paul B. Kane, a partner with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP in Ottawa, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice R.P. Boissonneault (Sudbury) who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Mr. Justice Paul Kane received a Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) from University of Ottawa in 1971 and a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Loyola College in Montreal in 1967 and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1973. Since then he has practised in both English and French with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP. His practice expertise is in the areas of civil litigation, particularly corporate and commercial law, insolvency, employment and labour law, medical malpractice, labour arbitrations and sports arbitrations. Mr. Justice Kane has acted as an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada's Bar Admission Program teaching courses in civil procedure, debtor and creditor rights, construction liens and corporate law. He is a speaker on various legal issues and acts or has acted as Chairman for the Board of Directors of the SCO Health Service Inc. and of the Vanier Institute of the Family. CONGRATULATIONS PAUL!