Weekly Meeting - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail’s National Affairs Columnist

Jeffrey Simpson highlighted the challenges we are facing with an increase in fossil fuel production, population growth, and, lack of political will. Many of the plans that were in place for the past 14 years failed because they were based on false data. In order to plan for the future we must review the past and determine where we failed. We need to know what doesn’t work and then we need to implement applications that we are familiar with in regards to pricing, markets, and regulations. We must discontinue behaviours that are affecting our atmosphere, and put incentives in place to adjust these behaviours now. But this all takes time and we are at the beginning of a long period of adjustment, of learning and experimentation, to learn how to live without the use of emissions and carbons. There will be technological leaps and there will be mistakes made, but we must first admit our mistakes, assume responsibility, and realize what doesn’t work. B.C. is leading the country on facing their responsibilities, and has already imposed a carbon tax. Over time, all provinces will get on board, and work on implementing policies that will correct our errors and eliminate any further damage to our environment.

Lt. Governor’s Award

Congratulations to President Bill Gosewitz who was presented with the award by Lt. Governor David Daubney, for getting the highest club rating in our Division for points earned for the Jan-Mar quarter. These points are monitored by the office and are based on the number of Interclubs we attend, the number of Service Projects we participate in, the number of fundraising projects we hold, and the administration of the club. These numbers are based on Your work in helping your community. Congratulations to you all!

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Ross Hadwen Ross was sponsored into our club in 1987 by the late Past President Hap Nicholds. He is a 30-year Legion of Honour member and has always been an active member of our club, especially on the Music Committee and the Music Festival Committee. As a member on the Hands-On Committee, Ross is available to give a hand wherever our club is involved. He has provided faithful support to our “Reading Is Fundamental” Program at the Connaught Public School and has played an important part in the continuing success of our Rif Program. More importantly, Ross has organized the Readers from our Club as well as being the liaison with the other Kiwanis Clubs in the area, who also provide Readers for the children. Ross is a model Kiwanian as per our Objects of Kiwanis International and assists the club in providing a practical means to build a better community. Thanks for Making a Difference Ross!

President Bill’s Thought for the Week - I couldn’t repair your brakes so I made your horn louder.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Bob Littlemore who won the raffle of a small Perley Robertson totebag with a nice golf shirt and a small flashlight, donated by Anthony McGlynn; and, to Donna Hicks, who won the raffle of a Bytown Brigantine hat and Black Jack t-shirt donated by the Interclub Committee. Thank you all for contributing, $73.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $70.00.

100% Attendance Tabs Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings: Don Blakslee 6 Years President Bill Gosewitz – 8 Years

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday May 2, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Corinne Pohlmann, Vice-President, National Affairs Canadian Federation of Independent Business (Cfib) “Cfib – How we make a difference” Corinne will discuss some of the more significant victories Cfib has secured for its members, in areas like taxation, red tape reduction and shortage of labour.

Luncheon Line-Up

May.9 Key Club Luncheon, Mark Lafleur, Vice-Principal Ridgemont High School

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

Committee Meetings

Mon.Apr.28 Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Wed.Apr.30 Corporate Membership, 12:00pm, Chimo Hotel A reminder to the Elections Council that you will be meeting on Monday, April 28, 6:30pm at the Kiwanis office to count the Primary Ballots. Happy Birthday Apr.28 Grant Yusak May.1 Ken Bickley

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy goes out to Bob Vergette and his family, in memory of his brother, Peter Thomas Vergette, who passed away on Tuesday April 22, at the age of 50. Private funeral services will be arranged for the family. Donations to the Ottawa Humane Society, 101 Champagne Avenue South, Ottawa, On K1S 4P3, Our thoughts are with Bob and his family at this time.

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 Sage on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 David Costford, Kathleen Holst, Jackie Holzman & George Old.

Cadets Committee – upcoming events open to all members

1. The May 21st Parade will be our Star-Level Graduation and the training presentations for the year such as marksmanship qualifications, fitness qualifications and specialty team participation. This parade will take place beginning at approx 1900 hrs and will last until at least 2030 hrs with a small meet & greet afterwards. Dress will be suitable Business Attire at Cartier Square Drill Hall and we will definitely send some official electronic invitations for this.

2. May 28th is our Annual Ceremonial Review and electronic invitations will be sent. The parade will start at approx 1845 hrs at Cartier Square Drill Hall/Festival Plaza with a reception afterwards. Captain Joseph B. Horvath If you are interested in attending please inform Guy Milne, at 613-592-1736 or guy.milne@cibc.com

Aktion Club International Convention

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Bytown Aktion Clubs Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Thursday June 19, 2008 We will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion on Kent Street at 1:00pm for a Meeting, Dinner & Dance. If you can help in any way to make this event a success or if you wish to attend the dinner & dance, please contact Aktion Club Chair, Harold Moore at 613-292-1192 by June 16, 2008.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner

If you want to treat that special lady in your life, once again Ottawa Kiwanis Clubs are selling a dozen roses (delivered on Saturday, May 10th) for only $25. per dozen. You can support Kiwanis and as an extra bonus, $2. from each dozen goes to Cheo!! Contact Ralph Dashney, President of the Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis Club at (613) 235-7108 or at linda_ralph@sympatico.ca before May 3rd or www.kcov.ca..

The Countdown Is On !! Only 10 days to go! 9th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, from 5:30 to 9:00 To date our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee has collected a total of 64 items, valued at $46,468.00. Our Goal is 100 items. If You are able to contribute, we would be interested in more items for gardening, cycling, house wares, sports, fitness, electronic equipment etc… Think of what you would like to bid on at an auction. In 2007, thanks to the help of our club members and our donors, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $26,000.00 (50% return). These funds are vital for our continued support of our sponsored youth and children programs. As one of our major fundraisers, the Silent Auction should be well supported. 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 give Tom a call at 613-741-0741. Volunteers are also being contacted… if You would like to volunteer the day of the event, please sign up on the sheets at the luncheon, or call the Kiwanis office. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Paul Drouin at 613-788-2182 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. Donor bid slips are available by contacting the Kiwanis office.

Engagement

A Kiwanian is a volunteer who agrees to commit their time, talent, energy and resources to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities.