Weekly Meeting -Key Club Luncheon

Last week’s meeting – Mar 24 … wow…The “Heart of the City Piano Program” that is being coordinated by our sponsored Circle K students at the University of Ottawa, highlighted a few of their talented piano players and everyone in the room was stunned. Bettina Choo, one of the University of Ottawa Circle K students, brought this idea forward, and with a grant of $25,000 that we obtained from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, she was able to put this program in place in at least 7 beacon schools, and more to follow. Children are given piano lessons at no charge and 28 volunteers are devoting their time to this project. David Rubinoff, from the York St. Public School, was also very instrumental in this program, and showcased some of the best students.

The Circle K students at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, both presented good reports on their club activities. They also presented $500 to our Club’s sponsored project at the Connaught Public School, as they had a surplus in their Convention account. We thank them all for their hard work and commend them for their dedication to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Next Club Meeting: Friday, March 31, 2006, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Laurier Room. New Members’ April Fools Luncheon Just what are they up to now?? NO ONE KNOWS! Remember how trying it was for you as a new member? *** COME FOR THE SHOW *** It promises to be a lot of laughs –you don’t want to miss this one. Please inform us if you are bringing a guest. Click here to inform the office: mailto:ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org

On the menu: Slow-Roasted Alberta Beef, Vegetables and Potatoes, Seasonal Berry Flan

Attendance on Mar 24: Active 48/127* (*does not include 13 on LOA) Seniors 8/55 Guests 33 Hon/Staff 2 Total 91

Raffle Prize: Congratulations to Wayne Beaudoin who won the telephone/headset donated by Warren Gencher; and to Mike Moore, who won the 2 passes to the Museum of Civilization donated by the Circle K Convention Committee.

Thank you all for contributing to the Raffle and the Fine Session; over $400 was raised for the Circle K Committee to be split between the two groups.

LUNCHEON Line-Up

Apr 7 His Excellency Lu Shumin, Ambassador of China to Canada “Continuous development in the relations between our countries” - Book your guests now, as seating will be limited!

Apr 13 (THURSDAY) Round Table – join us for a nice lunch and bring a potential member

Apr 21 Cadets Luncheon

Apr 26 (WEDNESDAY) Dr. Robert Poupart, Principal of Bishop’s

University Kiwanis Conventions – Open to all members: April 7-9, 2006 Eastern Canada Key Club Convention, Crown Plaza Hotel.

June 28 - July 2, 2006 91st Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Montreal QC

August 3-5, 2006 89th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, St. John’s NFLD

May 11, 2006 EC&C AKtion Club Conference, Casa Loma Castle, Toronto, ON

Max Keeping Birth Date Bowlathon – April 2, 2006 – Max’s bowlathon is scheduled for its 12th annual event at Merivale Bowling Centre. As many as 900 people take part in this every year and raise much needed funds for the Max Keeping Foundation. You can sponsor a lane or register a team of six by calling 228-9577. Space is limited! Win prizes! Support Max and help the kids.

CRIMESTOPPERS - President Sam Bhargava has agreed to be locked up for at least one hour on Wed. April 5th at St. Laurent Shopping Centre. You can help your community by supporting Crime Stoppers, who work toward a safer community. Won't you help to keep President Sam off the streets, by making a pledge to BAIL OR JAIL? YOU CAN mail your cheque directly to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 1198, Stn B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R2 Be sure that you indicate it is "Bail for Sam Bhargava” (on behalf of Neil McDonald, President of Crime Stoppers)

SALVATION ARMY - Sally Ann Special – On Friday, April 7th 57 Restaurants in the city (so far) will be contributing $2 per meal served, to the Salvation Army. Walter Boyce, owner of Kristy’s Restaurant will include his restaurant as one of the participants who will be contributing $2 FOR EVERY BREAKFAST SERVED AT KRISTY’S, to the Salvation Army. Walter will also be personally matching the funds given by his customers, and hopes to see all Kiwanians at Kristy’s for breakfast (809 Richmond Road, Ottawa). Keep an eye out for the signs at all the Restaurants, and if you go out for dinner on April 7th, pick the Sally Ann Special.

Membership – Resignation – At the Board meeting of March 20th, we accepted the resignation of Mark Charron.

“Maharaja's Ball” will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at the Ottawa Congress Centre. The black-tie Maharaja's Ball will raise funds for "Defibrillators for Ottawa"– to support CPR training and to place 30 – 40 defibrillators in strategic locations locally. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa seeded the idea and some of our members are helping in the overall direction and running of the Ball, after discussions at the Board. Dr. Nalin Bhargava (President Sam’s nephew) is leading this project and he has provided a link to their website: www.maharajasball.ca