Weekly Meeting - Jim Durrell, “Building a New Downtown - Development of the Ottawa Congress Centre”

The Ottawa Congress Centre opened its doors in December 1983. Jim Durrell explained that plans are now underway to revitalize this ‘Grand Lady’ by increasing the building from 85,000 to 200,000 square feet, of which 100,000 feet will be continuous, column-free space. The first decision by their Board was to scrap the original plan of possibly relocating to Lebreton Flats, and to stay in the original prestigious location in the heart of downtown Ottawa, sandwiched between the Rideau Canal, and a major regional shopping centre. The NCCand city planners are working together for the first time, because they have confidence in the people working on this financially prudent project – the senior management, the board, and the project team. Jim’s PowerPoint presentation showed how Colonel By Drive will be adjusted for the change in infrastructure, and how the final product will, no doubt, be the nicest convention centre, and one with the highest environmental designs in Canada. This will definitely rejuvenate downtown and bring it back to what it was 25 years ago; new hotels will be built, new restaurants will open, and this will force us to clean up the Capital City making it more pedestrian friendly. The completion date is late 2010, with the official opening set for March 2011. Great job, Jim! Legion of Honour President Bill was proud to present Jim Durrell with his Legion of Honour Certificate and Pin for 30 years of service to Kiwanis International, and through Kiwanis to his community.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose - Bob Fisher Bob was introduced to our club in 2000 by Les Morin, as Les recognized Bob as a super guy and thought he would be a good addition to our club. He was right. A member of the Kiwanis Medical Foundation Committee since 2003, as well as a Trustee, he provides valuable input on their discussions. As a former Co-Chair of the Seniors/Hands-On Committee, Bob works at the Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast for Seniors every year and also volunteers his wife Suzan, to serve a very early breakfast to 4,000 Seniors, on what would normally be a holiday. He also volunteers every year to serve lunch at our Seniors Christmas Party, definitely a personal sacrifice when you have a spouse and 2 young daughters at home. He is part of the Hands-On gang that volunteers to help out at Camp Smitty and last year he worked very hard transporting what seemed like millions of logs from one location to another. As Honorary Secretary/Treasurer on our Board of Directors this year, he quickly jumped in for our year-end and Budget preparations. This is a very unique business, so you can imagine the different aspects of our accounting, which requires a lot of early morning meetings, and Bob is there for every one. He is usually very quiet and you may even get a little snicker out of him. But, most important, he is an excellent Kiwanian, and he helping us to show that One Can Make A Difference.

Oreo Cookie Award

President Bill was happy to give a bag of Oreo Cookies to Mark Max, for always being there when needed and for providing great lyrics for our Music/Entertainment Committee. Thanks Mark!

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Donna Hicks, who won the raffle of a Cheese Cutting Board and Utensils, donated by Mike Zanon. Thank you all for contributing, $84.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $61.00.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday December 7, 2007 – 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Laurier Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, On K1N 8S7 President Bill Gosewitz, “Pay It Forward II” This is a new type a meeting that we would like to hold periodically, where one of our Club members would be our main speaker, and give a 10-minute talk on a subject of his or her choice, and another 4 or 5 members sitting at the head table would get 2 minutes each to either answer prepared questions about themselves that the President would ask, or give us a talk about themselves, their work, their involvement in Kiwanis or their community, etc. “Meet The Members” is a new segment to help our members get to know each other. The purpose of these meetings is for all of us to get to know each better and also to get an appreciation for the work that you do on your various committees.

Luncheon Line-Up

Sun.Dec.16 Family Christmas Party (see below for details)

Fri.Dec.21 Alumni Luncheon, 90th Anniversary, Invite a guest or former member

Fri.Dec.28 No meeting scheduled

Committee Meetings

Wed.Dec.5 Interclub Sports & Social, 7:00pm, Kathleen Holst’s home Mon.Dec.10 Program, 6:00pm, John Callan’s home Tue.Dec.11 Aktion Club, 6:00pm, Christmas Party, 330 Kent Street Wed.Dec.12 Ycp, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Thu.Dec.13 Key Club, 8:00am, Trane Canada Fri.Dec.14 Project Development, 12:30pm, Staples, 403 Bank Street

Happy Birthday Dec.3 Janet Dodds & Kent Wilkinson

Family Christmas Party

Mark your Calendars and inform your family – our club’s Family Christmas Party will be on Sunday, December 16th, in the Ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. This event is growing as our families grow and last year we had almost 200 people. Be sure to inform your family now so they can book the date. Sunday, December, 16, 12:00 – 2:00pm. We are looking for someone to supply loot bags (small gift bags of candies) for the children at this year’s Christmas party on Sunday, December 16th. We anticipate 70 children. If you can help out, please contact Gary Flockton at Gary.flockton@allstream.com

Health of the Club

Your prayers are requested for Ray Tomblin, husband of Shirley Tomblin, who has been in ICU at the Civic Hospital since Sunday, Nov 25th. He suffered from an abdominal aneurysm and is in critical condition. No visitors are allowed, but Shirley is accepting messages at home 613-837-3938

Key Club - Sir Robert Borden High School - Toy Mountain Challenge November 13 -30. Our Goal is to bring joy to the less fortunate kids in the Ottawa area. Our Hope is to raise $3000.00. Please donate twonies & Canadian Tire money. Our Plan is to buy toys at Canadian Tire and deliver them to the Salvation Army. Thank you for your support. Key Clubbers will be attending luncheons to collect any donations.

Help Wanted for 2008 Bedzzz Race - Kiwanis Bed Building We still need 30 old bikes and old metal beds for the bed race. If you can help out contact: Chair Steve Moore 613-290-6861, email steven.moore@rogers.com Or Scott Bradford 613-232-0925, email sbradford@bgcottawa.org

Christmas Food Baskets

Help deliver the spirit of Christmas to families in need. Once again, Angela Cummings is organizing Christmas Food Baskets for families in need from our community. If you are able to help deliver baskets on Saturday December 22 at 9 am please contact Angie at 613-794-7705 or by email at fundraising@habitatncr.com . Delivery takes only about 1 hour of your time. Families names and contact information will be provided to you. Also, donations can be made through the Kiwanis office. 100% of all money raised goes directly into the Food Baskets and tax receipts will be issued. Each basket costs $75 but any amount is welcome. Donations must be received by December 17. Thank you for your support.

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-West Christmas Breakfast

Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 7:00 am, Macies Best Western on Carling Avenue, across from Westgate Shopping Centre. Guest speaker will be Rabbi Bulka. Entertainment will be provided by participants in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Cost: $17.00 per person. For further information or to confirm your attendance, please contact: Bob Vergette at 613-225-0400 or bobvergette@associateair.ca

Season’s Greetings

“This short message is to tell you how much I enjoyed working and having fun with your clubs during the year 2006-2007. Your positive attitudes and support of my position were very much appreciated. I want to extend my best wishes to you, as immediate past presidents of your clubs, for a wonderful holiday season, and to wish you and your clubs continued success in every aspect of your work and play within the Kiwanis family, and in the work you do within your communities. Please give my best to your club members for a great year ahead, and I hope each and every one of you will have a warm and happy holiday season with your families and friends. Most sincerely yours, in Kiwanis, Shirley Bradley, Immediate Past Lieutenant Governor, Division 12, Ec&C District, Kiwanis International”

Membership Roster

The new Membership Rosters are in and were distributed to members at the last 2 Friday luncheons. Those not picked up were mailed out this week. If you don’t have a copy in a few days, please inform the office. Jan Mansfield’s company Mansfield & Rodney Printing, did a wonderful job putting the roster together! Thanks to Ken Birch for all his work in securing ads to help reduce printing costs and then some ($10,175!) and going Green (see page 4 of roster). Thank you to the members of the club who purchased the ads. If there are any errors in your data, please inform the office, and a note will be put in the eDge.

Cadet Christmas Dinner/Party

The Party is scheudled for Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Connaught Ranges. For more details contact Guy Milne 613-592-1736 or guy.milne@cibc.com

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy of the Club goes out to Chris Thompson, former member of our club, long-time member of Kiwanis, and former member of our Board of Directors, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Thompson, who passed away peacefully, on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the age of 87. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 315 McLeod Street on Thursday December 6, from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Resurrection of our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 1940 Saunderson Drive on Friday at 11 a.m. In memoriam donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Resignations

At the Board meeting of November 19, 2007, the resignations of the following were approved: Sharon Gill, Katie Ng, & Val Wilkins