Weekly Meeting - General Rick Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

General Hillier informed us that Afghanistan is a beautiful country with incredible scenery, however, decades of war and death have basically destroyed everything in its path.  There is an enormous desire among the people for something different other than war.  The stability being provided by the Canadian Forces is bringing rebirth to their centres of commerce. Canadian soldiers are winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and have given them hope for the future.  There are always significant risks associated in these types of operations but the brave men and women under General Hillier’s command are resolved to continue their mission.  We can make a difference.  They cannot do their work without our support.  When our sons and daughters are walking their duty trails, they cannot think of anything better than knowing we have them in mind.  Show your support.  Wear red on Fridays or better yet, you can post a message online at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/Community/Messageboard/index_e.asp  

Congratulations to GGFG Cadet Chief Warrant Officer, She-Yang Stephane Lau-Chapdelaine for being awarded the Walsh Memorial as the top Cadet in Ontario out of 5000 Army Cadets, representing 110 Army Cadet Units across Ontario.  CWO Lau-Chapdelaine has been promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2784 GGFG Cadets and now leads a unit of 120 young people.  

President Neil’s Thought For the Week Experience is a wonderful thing.  It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.  

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Lane Bourbonnière, daughter of Guy Bourbonnière, who won the raffle of a $25.00 gift certificate to Maxwell’s Restaurant, to General Rick Hillier who won the raffle of a $25.00 gift certificate to Buffalo Charlies, both donated by Walter Krepski and to Steve Georgopoulos, who won the raffle of a Legion Red T-shirt, donated by Warren Gencher.  Thank you all for contributing, $74.00 was raised for our General Account.                                                                                                                          

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday December 8, 2006, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ballroom Kiwanis International President Nelson Tucker   We are pleased to host the Luncheon for KI President Tucker’s official visit to Ottawa.  We will be joined by our EC&C District Governor Ed Kelly and many guests from Kiwanis Clubs in Division 12 and 13.  Be sure to join us to share in the Kiwanis spirit and hear more about what Kiwanis International plans for the years to come.   Join us and invite a guest. We hope to be joined by Interclubs from all Kiwanis Clubs in Divisions 12 and 13!

On the menu: Pink Peppercorn-Roasted Chicken Breast, Potatoes, vegetables, Pecan Pie

Luncheon Line-Up

Dec 15 No Luncheon Meeting (see December 17)

Dec 17 (Sunday) 12:00-2:00pm, Family Christmas Party Bring your family, friends, your children and your grandchildren!  Hot, Sit-down Meal with a Special Dessert / Cash Bar,  Entertainment by Dominic D’Arcy and Rising Stars from The Dominic D’Arcy Talent Development Program.  There will be clowns, a juggler, elves, and, of course, Santa Claus!  Please confirm guest's names and children's ages to the office by Dec 11th.

Committee Meetings Mon.Dec.11    Program, 6:30pm, potluck, Lynda Campbell’s home Tue.Dec.12     Bed Race, 12:00pm, Apollo Management Wed.Dec.13    YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Thu.Dec.14     Key Club, 8:00am, Trane

Happy Birthday Dec.3  Janet Dodds & Kent Wilkinson  Dec.6  David Fair

Health of the Club Wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Ross Christensen who had surgery on his back on Thursday, November 23. The procedure went well and he is recuperating at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and is not taking calls or visitors at this time.  

Holiday Party

Thank you to the organizers of the November 30 Annual Holiday Party for our club members at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.   This offered us a chance to share in the holiday spirit with our fellow members, which was very enjoyable.

Kiwanis Hockey Night at the Vault Kiwanis EC&C District Office are organizing a "Kiwanis Hockey Night at the Vault" with our Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker, on Saturday, December 9, at 3pm at ScotiaBank Place, to see our Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers.  Come for the Fun, the Action and leave with another great Kiwanis Experience.  Tickets are $90 plus tax for 100 level seats.  Please contact the EC&C District Office at 613-727-0107 to reserve your seat.  Call early, seating is limited.  See you at the Game!  

Christmas Food Baskets Since 1998, this program has helped make Christmas better for over 400 families in our community.  Through the generosity of various companies and their employees they have provided each family with an entire weeks worth of groceries. If you or your company is interested in joining this great holiday program please sign up.  100% of money raised will go directly into the food baskets.  Each family sponsored costs $75.  Your company is responsible for providing a volunteer to deliver each food basket sponsored.  They will provide you with the names and addresses of the families as well as coordinate the purchase and assembly of the food baskets. Dates to remember: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - All money must be received by the Mission Saturday, December 16, 2006 - Delivery Day If you have any questions, or to offer your support, please contact Angela Cummings, Program Coordinator, at 613-558-4646.  (Note: Tax receipts will be provided by the Ottawa Mission.  The Mission only provides tax receipts, they do not run the program or provide the names of families.)

28th Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors Monday, December 25, 2006, 11:00am,  The Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert Street.  Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Live entertainment with Dominic D’Arcy, “The Singing Policeman”.  Bring a friend and enjoy the celebration.  Seating is limited, get your seats early.  Tickets are $8.00 per person and are available from The Good Companions, 670 Albert Street, 613-236-0428 or contact Sandra Presley at 613-726-1131.  

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa & The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club - Partners in Caring Game Proceeds of the evening go to YM/YWCA, Roger’s House and Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Youth initiatives.  Wednesday February 14, 2007.  Hat Trick Sponsorship and Face-off Sponsorships are still available.  Last year we ran out of bonus game tickets so remember to get your ticket order in early.  These seats will only be held for us for a limited time (Note that these tickets will be for the Sens vs. 2005-06 rookie of the year Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals on January 16).  For more information please contact Tom Spence 613-741-0741.  

Hockey Tournament Wrap-up On November 17-18, a ragtag collection of Kiwanians participated in the First Annual Ottawa Senators Alumni & Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Hockey Classic at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata. Before even stepping on the ice the team was struck with misfortune as no less than 5 players were forced to drop out with various aches and pains, including yours truly with the gimpy ankle. That said, we were able to ice a full team that competed hard in all three games. Rumour has it that we were the runaway winner for the highest average age per player award. We are also proud to say that despite losing all three games we were within a converted touchdown of winning every game. More importantly, we shared a lot of laughs, a few beers and a great time was had by all. On top of that the event was a fundraiser for the expansion and rejuvenation of Camp Smitty, a cause near and dear to all our hearts.  Thanks to all the players who participated, to President-Elect Bill Gosewitz and his First Lady Joanne who came out to watch and to Jamie Johnson for coming out to snap some great photos. Looking forward to next year if they’ll have us back.   Harold Feder - “Coach by Default”  

Thanks Kiwanis! “Hello.  I am 16 years old.  I had an AVM with complications.  It has left me with many deficits.  I am not able to use my right arm and right leg like I was use to.  I now walk with a cane and my balance is not good.  Someone needs to be with me at all times.    I am now aphasia which means I have a difficult time communicating and I am no longer able to read.  I must also learn to write with my left hand because of the loss of feeling in my right hand.  I will require a special assistant once I return to school to help me with my schoolwork since I am not able to read.    I would like to thank you very, very much for the equipment that your organization provided for me.  With your help my life will be a little better so thank you for helping me and my family.”  

T.D. Did you know?? Read-a-thon is an exciting Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Literacy Project specially designed for K - 8 schools. The goal of Read-a-thon is to help children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 become better readers and better learners by nurturing a joy of reading.  Through Read-a-thon, students are challenged to read more at home and at school. Special classroom activities and school-wide events help children share the reading experience and have fun doing it!   This Read-a-thon website provides everything you need to launch and run a Read-a-thon in your school: step-by-step implementation materials; easy-to-do ideas for classroom and school-wide activities; all student handouts, including materials for communicating with your school community, the media and other target audiences. [<p>]For more information contact Lee Scott, Read-a-thon Coordinator 613-290-5504 info@kiwanisreadathon.org