Weekly Meeting - Dr. John Dick

Dr. John Dick provided us with a fascinating look at his world-renowned research on cancer stem cells and the development of cell repopulation assays using the NOD/SCID mouse model.  Along with his research team, they have developed a model for studying the human blood system.  Until the development of this model, studies of the human hematopoietic system and diseases of the blood were limited because there was no method to study the development of the human blood system. This model has transformed the study of stem cells and allowed for a more complete understanding of normal and cancerous blood systems.  This will allow for the development of therapies that kill cancer stem cells and provide hope in the prevention of cancer. 

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose –  Mike Moore Mike was introduced to our club by former member Don Evans in 1975 and is a 30-year member of our Legion of Honour.  He has participated on many of our committees ranging from our Music Committee to our previous Benefit Dinner Committee, then on to our Golf Tournament Committee.   Mike was an excellent chairperson and set the stage with a strong team and a template for future chairs to emulate.  Over the last few years, the golf tournament has become the Club’s largest fundraiser raising over $60,000 every year to support our ongoing projects.  Mike’s guidance and ongoing personal commitment to attracting both sponsors and participants, ensures that the golf tournament consistently maintains the high standard of effectiveness which we all now take for granted.  Thanks for Making a Difference Mike!

Chair Doug Wilson’s Thought For the Week - I would rather do and not promise, than promise and not do.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Ross McIntyre, who won the raffle of a revolving spice carousel, donated by Ken Birch; and to Ken Miller, Clive Woolley, Patrick McGarry and Cathy James-Zelney, who each won two passes to the Ottawa Golf Show donated by Donna Hicks at Habitat for Humanity .  Thank you all for contributing, $106.00 was raised for our General Account.  Fine Session $216.00.

NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING

Friday March 30, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Adam Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa,  ON K1N 8S7   New Members Luncheon   This is the luncheon where the new members who joined in the past year choose a funny theme, which could be absolutely anything and they run the entire luncheon.   The theme is always a secret to everyone except the President and he has been sworn to secrecy, so the  best thing for you to do is come out to the Luncheon and see what they have cooked up for us this year.  

Luncheon Line-Up

Apr.6  No Meeting – Easter/Passover Long Weekend

Apr.13 Honourable Steven Mahoney, Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

Apr.20 Cadet Luncheon

Committee Meetings

Mon.Mar.26  Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall  Wed.Mar.28 YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office 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 Birthday   Mar.26 – Paul Kane,  Mar.28 – Marcia Saipe Mar.29 – Allan Macintyre Mar.31 – Ross Christensen

100% Attendance Tabs

Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings:  Ross Christensen – 5 yrs, Rick Barrigar – 17 yrs

ONLY  39 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. 

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy of the Club goes out to Jim Durrell, in memory of his father Allan Durrell, who passed away at the age of 85.  Services were held on Sunday, March 25.  Our thoughts are with Jim and his family at this time.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert.  Featuring Kiwanian, Mark Max.  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.

CLUB ELECTIONS are coming!   The Primary Ballot of the Club’s Elections for the 2007-08 Board of Directors, will be mailed out during the first week of April 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!).  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.

Interclub March 28 - Kiwanis Club of Sage Guest Speaker John Baird  Minister of the Environment 

GgFG CADETS - From the CO:  Capt. Joe Horvath: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR NSCE CANDIDATES! I have received official word from our Detachment Headquarters in Trenton and they report that all thirteen of the Governor General's Foot Guards Cadet Company National Star Certification Candidates have passed their Phase One Examination and will now be advancing to the Phase Two practical portion.  The historical average mark in Phase One testing within Canada has been 76% with four Cadets passing as a Unit average. As you can see below, the GGFG Cadets' lowest mark was 82% with a Unit (and I will have to check into historical Provincial/National results) first-ever perfect mark of 100% by Sergeant Jade HOPKINS! We have also, for the first time in our history, had thirteen of you pass Phase One... the most ever!   Sergeant Jade HOPKINS 100% Sergeant Cassandra CARTER 99% Sergeant Cassandra HARGRAVE 99% Sergeant Christina BELWAY 98% Colour Sergeant Étienne DRAPEAU 95% Master Corporal Heather MADDEN 95% Master Corporal Christa MARTEL-PERRY  95% Master Corporal Sebastian UNIAT 92% Sergeant Bradley HOLT 88% Sergeant Daniel FLORA 86% Sergeant Guy-Olivier LAMBERT 85% Sergeant James CROSS 84% Sergeant Amélie ASBOTH 82%   Congratulations again to all, you have been working very hard for four years+ towards this achievement.