Weekly Meeting - General W.J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces

Thank you to our sponsored Cadets for their contribution to the luncheon and for marching in the head table with our special guest, General Walt Natynczyk. The Chief of Defence Staff was proud to note that he started in the Cadets, and told our Cadets that they’ve made the best choice of their lives, with an opportunity to be leaders.

Before he joined our luncheon he was visiting soldiers at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, who were in a vehicle that was attacked 10 days before in Afghanistan, and he is continually inspired by the men and women in uniform. He stated that, for the first time since the Korean War, the Canadian Forces is growing - and with growth comes modernizing and improving the lives of their soldiers and their families.

An ‘operational team’ which operates from Toronto, provides emergency help for crises such as the Red River Flood and the Ice Storm. The Search and Rescue Team provides help across the country for lake mishaps, aircraft crashes, and other emergencies, and are called out at least three times a day. They will be there to support the Rcmp for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and they are providing security daily for the ships transporting food. They are providing Hope, through operations like the one that trained 200 police in Afghanistan, which took trust to work through many cultural differences. General Natynczyk reiterated that the Canadian Forces is making a change and will continue to grow from its 8,000 regular and 6,000 rescue soldiers. He stressed that this is a career with adventure for young people, providing a chance to learn leadership and to serve Canada. It is the finest Forces in the world and Canada is setting the standard. Before he closed, General Natzyczyk asked us to think about the men and women of the Canadian Forces – on the high seas and at the corner of the sphere. Think about their service and their sacrifice.

One Can make a Difference – President’s Rose - Bob Fisher

A Director on our Board of Directors, Bob Fisher was introduced to our Club by Les Morin in 2000. Les recognized that Bob was a super guy and knew he would be a good addition to our club. Bob has been a member of the Kiwanis Medical Foundation Committee, since 2003, as well as a Trustee. With his financial expertise, as Manager of Private Banking at the Bank of Nova Scotia, he provided valuable input on the committee discussions. He was Co-Chair of the Seniors/Hands-On Committee for 2 years, and worked at the Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast for Seniors every year, and even volunteered his wife Suzan to join him to serve breakfast to the 4,000 Senior Citizens, at 7:00 in the morning. He also volunteers every year to serve lunch at our Seniors Christmas Party, on Christmas Day, and he is part of the hands-on gang that volunteers to help out at Camp Smitty each year. Last year Bob was appointed the position of Honorary Secretary/Treasurer for our Board of Directors’. This year he was elected to serve as a Director on the Board of Directors. You Make A Difference Bob.

Raffle

Congratulations to Wayne French who won the raffle of a beautiful gift basket of goodies donated by Past President Vince Calzonetti; and, to Ggfg Cadet McHattie, who won the gift basket donated by Lilliane Cosette from the Hilton. Thank you all for contributing, $110 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $100. Thank you.

Next Kiwanis Luncheon

Friday, December 5, 2008 12:15-1:45 p.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa (upstairs) MacDonald Room Round Table, No Guest Speaker, No Head Table Join us and share in some Kiwanis fellowship and laughter Guests are welcome!

Family Xmas Party Sunday, December 7, 2008, 12:00 – 2:00 Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa invites you to attend their Annual Family Christmas Party at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ballroom. Entertainment by Dominic D’Arcy and his Rising Stars, clowns, facepainting, juggler and, Santa! A traditional turkey dinner with a special dessert / cash bar. Chicken Fingers and Fries for the children (Vegetarian and Fruit plate options available). RSVP by Wed. Dec 3rd To help us order the correct amount of food and enough “goodie bags” for the children, please fax the following information to the Kiwanis office at 613-233-3718 or email your guests’ names to ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org

Kiwanis Luncheon - Friday, December 12, 2008 12:15 – 1:45 Peter Tilley, Executive Director, The Ottawa Food Bank / La Banque d'alimentation d’Ottawa Although we’ll never see hunger in Canada at a level that we do in third world countries, it does indeed exist here in Canada. Watch for more in the Dec 5th eDge….

Committee Meetings

Mon Dec 1 Interclub, Sports and Social 6:00 Rideau Carleton Raceway Tue Dec 2 Circle K, 12:00 Anthony McGlynn’s office

Luncheon Line-up - Be Sure To Join Us and Invite A Guest….

Dec 19 Alumni Christmas Party at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier – 200 former members have been invited. Remind them to join you for lunch, if you meet them! Be sure to confirm your own attendance for catering purposes.

Dec 26 No Luncheon Meeting scheduled

Jan 2 No Luncheon Meeting scheduled

$$ Money Vote

At the Board of Directors meeting on Nov 17th, approval was given for the Direct Assistance Committee funding of $5,000 for St. Joseph’s Parish – St. Joe’s Supper Table. These funds will be used as part of their kitchen renovation project and to update their stove/oven. This has been approved by the Direct Assistance Committee members. There will be a General Membership Money Vote at the luncheon on Friday, December 12.

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy goes out to Guy Milne, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Isabel Milne, who passed away on Saturday, November 29, at the age of 87. At Isabel's request there will be no visitation or service. For those wishing, memorial donations to Carleton Lodge, 55 Lodge Road, Nepean, On, K2C 3H1 would be appreciated. Our thoughts are with Guy and his family at this time.

Supporting HIV AIDS project

As part of Unicef/Kiwanis Project to combat HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Countries, each Kiwanis club has a target of $1,200 per year, which will be matched by the Kiwanis Foundation. Personal donations are also accepted. The target is $1,000,000 over 3 years. You are welcome to place an order for Yellow Shirts at a price of $25 (short sleeve) or $30 (long sleeve) with Lt. Governor Sam Bhargava. These are finely-tailored Cotton shirts available in Long and Short Sleeves for both men and women. Excellent value for your money and part of the proceeds will go to a very worthy cause of helping Hiv Aids Children in the Caribbean. The shirts are available in Small to Xxxl. Please email your order to Sam at us.bhargava@rogers.com The shirts will be brought from Jamaica in early February

Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program

Please confirm donations by December 5 A donation of $75 will provide a basket of food to feed a family of 5 – there are many families in our region who need our help at this time of year. We are asking for your help in 2 possible ways. Ask your friends, family or corporations to make a donation to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa – we will need a list of donors and full addresses along with their donation amount, to provide a charitable tax receipt. Please be aware 100% of the funds will go to this program. All donations must be confirmed by December 5th to provide time for us to arrange the baskets and all funds must be received by December 12th December 20th – we need volunteers to help deliver the spirit of Christmas to the families in need. We will meet on Saturday morning at the Food Basics at Hampton Park where boxes will be loaded into vehicles and delivered – To confirm your availability please send an email to Bill Gosewitz at greygoose@rogers.com with the headline – Christmas baskets.

Interclub Attendance

The following members attended the Rideau Club meeting on Nov 26th: Sam Barghava, Rick Barrigar, Ross Christensen, Bob Garrow, Bill Gosewitz, and Patrick McGarry

Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors – 11:30 am, Thursday, December 25 – The Good Companions Centre at 670 Albert Street will feature Traditional Turkey Luncheon with all the trimmings. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased from Past President Neil McDonald, Sandra Presley, or the Good Companions Centre at 613-236-0428 Volunteers are needed as follows: Wed. Dec.24, 10:00 – 12:00 - to set up the room (10 people required) Thu. Dec.25, 11:00 – 2:00 - to serve the meal, and help with clean up (10 people required)

If you can volunteer for either day, please contact Neil McDonald. Thanks for helping us to Make a Difference!

If you are interested in joining an Interclub with a group from our club, please contact Bob Garrow. An Evening with Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein Kiwanis Club of Kanata presents ”An Evening with the new Justice Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein”. Justice Rothstein will be speaking on the workings of the Supreme Court. Tuesday, December 2nd 2008, Kanata Legion, 70 Hines Road, Kanata. Reception 6:00 p.m, Dinner 7:00 p.m Beef Tenderloin & Salmon. $30.00 at Door, Program 8:00pm - Guest Speaker Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein Funds raised to the Kanata Food Cupboard! Donations of baby food & Diapers would be appreciated

Kiwanis Club Of Ottawa - West Annual Christmas Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, December 3, 2008 7:00 a.m at Macies Best Western on Carling Avenue, across from the Westgate Shopping Centre. Guest speaker will be Dr. Michael C. Birmingham, Ph.D.Executive Director, Carlington Community & Health Services. Entertainment will be provided by participants in the Kiwanis Music Festival.