Weekly Meeting - Joseph Lavoie, Navigator Limited

An inspiring speaker, Joseph Lavoie briefed us on how social media can be a powerful value-add to our overall communication efforts, activating our supporters, and, as a service club, reaching more prospective members. Social media isn’t only about social networking, today it exists as a conversation between people. This started with Blogs where computer users could become authors of their own Blog, allowing them to speak freely. More and more people are spending a lot of time on social networking websites such as YouTube, which was developed by 2 kids who sold it to Google for billions, and Facebook, which was build by a Harvard student. These sites proliferated overnight, allowing people to share photos, news, videos, and minute-by-minute updates of their lives.

Today, over 23 million Canadians are online and over half of them are social networking, with 80% of them are using Facebook. The future of non-profits is contingent on their ability to activate the ‘millennial’ generation, those born after 1980. They grew up with community service work as a curriculum requirements in high school, and know that to be a successful employee; their Cv must include volunteer experience. In order to activate them, we have to be able to reach out to them in a language that they can use. And if you reach out to them using social media, they can share information that they find about your organization with their friends with just one click. A good tool for promoting Kiwanis which will also - showcase the human side of our club / allow others to join an online conversation / make it easy for others to participate / and, make it easy to raise money. Social media is an investment. It’s about developing relationships with members, supporters and the general public. Non-profits need to showcase their passion, and engage our communities using the social media campaigns/tactics that will reach the broadest audience possible. The online world is today’s water cooler – it’s where people gather to talk. We need to be there.

Thank you to Rev Pieter Heerema, from the Calvary Christian Reformed Church, who pronounced the Invocation for today’s lunch. He is a prospective Chaplain for our club, and was a guest of Rev. Harold Johnson.

Thank you to the Music/Entertainment Committee for their presentation of Irish Songs to get us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, and special thanks to George Old who did a solo of Oh Danny Boy.

One Can Make A Difference – President’s Rose - Allan Macintyre Al was introduced to our club in 1985 by former member, Past President Tony Fisher. He was a long-time member of our Senior Citizens and Hands-On Committee helping out at the Seniors’ Barbecues and their Christmas Dinners, and provides hands-on help for most of our projects. A very friendly guy, Al has a terrific sense of humour. He is also quite knowledgeable and is a good supporter of the Kiwanis World Trivia, which he has attended every year since this fundraiser started 13 years ago. He has been an active member of the Bed Race Committee for a number of years, and has shared his talent in building the Beds and attaching the wheels. He agreed to Chair the Bedzzz Race Committee for 2009, and, with the help of the committee, pulled together a successful fundraiser that raised $30,000 for the Community Services of our club. Thank you for your hard work, Al! You are helping us to Make A Difference!.

Raffle

Congratulations to Gary Flockton who won the raffle of a bottle of Irish Whiskey, donated by Peter Nadeau; and to Will Thompson, who won the bottle of wine donated by Jamie Johnson. Also, thank you to Jeremy Moore who donated 2 tickets to the Inter-University Sports Men’s Basketball Championship at Scotiabank Place, which were won by Ian Peddie. $72 was raised for our General Account. Fines/Happy Dollars a whopping $140.40! Thank you

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday, March 20, 2009, 12:15 – 13:45, Senator Joyce Fairbairn on Literacy In 1993, Senator Fairbairn was appointed to the Privy Council and was the first woman to be named Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister with Special Responsibility for Literacy. She continues to be an active advocate for the cause of literacy, initiating national debate in the Senate on Literacy in Canada. “Literacy has been an important cause in my life since I began my first Senate assignment as a member of the Special Committee on Youth 22 years ago. In every region, we were stunned by something we did not expect and knew virtually nothing about, the lack of literacy skills and the enormous impediment to social and economic participation that such an absence of learning opportunity posed, to say nothing of the psychological anguish and the shame. There are still children growing up without an early motivating force to learn.”

Happy Birthday to our March birthday babies … Mar 17 – Tom Beveridge, Mar 19 – Stephen Smye, Mar 29 – Allan Macintyre, and, Mar 31 – Ross Christensen.

Committee Meetings

Wed Mar 18 Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Hotel Community Services (Direct Assistance) 12:00 Kiwanis office Mon Mar 23 Board of Directors, 5:30 Staples 403 Bank Street Wed Mar 25 Bon Appetit Silent Auction 12:00 Algonquin Restaurant International Mon Mar 30 Cadets 7:00pm Cartier Square Drill Hall

Upcoming Luncheons

Mar 27 Cristi Cook – Majority Marketing – “More Women....More Money”

Apr 3 New Members’ Luncheon – "Politics like you have never seen it"

Apr 9 *** Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Laurier (no luncheon scheduled for Good Friday, April 10th)

Apr 17 Rob Boyd, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)

Kiwanis Key Club Committee – Urgent Request

We are potentially in need of a driver to drive a van with Key clubbers from Ottawa to Kitchener, the weekend of April 3-5th. Accommodations and van will be provided. If you can help, please contact Bill Gosewitz at 613-563-5083 as soon as possible.

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bon Appetit Silent Auction Tuesday, May 5, 2009 5:30 – 9:00 Aberdeen Pavilion

The next Committee meeting is on Wednesday, March 25th at 12:00 at Restaurant International at Algonquin College. If You Are Interested in joining this committee, contact Vp Phil Rossy at phil.rossy@rogers.com or 613-592-1230 We need your help to obtain auction items. If you are able to contribute to this year’s event, or if you are able to obtain an item from your business contacts, we’d be interested in more items for fitness, gardening, cycling, house wares, sports, digital and electronic equipment, etc. Think of what you’d like to bid on at an auction. The Bon Appetit is a terrific event for you to invite your business colleagues and friends. 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. In 2008, thanks to the help of our club members and our donors, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $30,000 These funds are vital for our continued support of our sponsored youth and children programs. As one of our 4 major fundraisers, the Silent Auction should be well supported. If you would like to volunteer the day of the event, please sign up on the sheets at the luncheons, or give Phil Rossy a call.

(Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Interclub

The following attended the Kiwanis Club of Bytown Fashion Show on Thursday, March 12/09 – Vince Calzonetti, Ross Hadwen, Sam Bhargava and President Peter Patafie.

***Official Notice - Club Elections Our Club Bylaws state that “the Elections Committee shall send out to each Active and Senior member ‘in good standing’ a nominating ballot, which shall 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 is not in good standing if (‘ a member being two (2) months in arrears in the payment of dues and/or financial obligations). The Club’s Primary Ballot for the elections of next year’s Board of Directors will be mailed out on April 1, 2009.