Weekly Meeting - Key Club Luncheon at Sala San Marco

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is committed to its mentored youth programs. Key Clubs (Kiwanis Educating Youth) are just one such program. Over the past year, Key Clubs from Sir Robert Borden, Lisgar, Nepean and Glebe, have worked together with their advisors forming friendships and raising funds for projects in our community and around the world. Collectively, they raised over $16,000.00 from events such as spaghetti dinners, a trivia night, a 24-hour famine, candy grams, a coin toss, the Great Glebe Garage Sale and the old faithful bake sale. Karen Chen and Kathy Xu, from the Lisgar Key Club, provided us with some excellent entertainment on the piano to wrap up their presentation portion of the luncheon. The Key Clubbers would like to thank all the members of the committee and Chair, Ross McIntyre, for everything they have done for them over the past year.

One Can Make a Difference President’s Roses - Jazmin Bansagi, Kristen Henderson, Kathy Xu and Lam La, Key Club members from Sir Robert Borden, Nepean, Lisgar and Glebe respectively, were presented with their Club President's Roses for their efforts in promoting and assisting in Key Club activities throughout the past year. Thank you all for Making a Difference!  

President Neil’s Thought For the Week - Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Harold Feder, who won the raffle of a multi-sport hydration backpack, donated by Bruno DiChiara. Thank you all for contributing, $45.00 was raised for the Key Clubs. Fine Session $194.81.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday May 25, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ballroom, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7 Former Mayors’ Luncheon – 35 invited!! This will be a major event in the history of our Club. For the first time ever, thanks to the dedication and personal efforts of Vic Whittaker, 35 former mayors, pre-amalgamation, will be joining us for lunch. Also invited are 20 City Councillors and their guests. This will be a luncheon that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS, and, be sure to invite a guest.

Luncheon Line-Up

June.1 TBA

June.8 Read-a-thon – Dr. Alyson Shaw, CHEO

June.15 Kiwanis Medical Foundation

June.22 TBA

June.29 No Luncheon, No Round Table – Canada Day long weekend

Committee Meetings

Mon.May.14 Program, 7:00pm, Peter Charboneau’s home Tue.May.15 Membership, 12:00pm, Tom Pullen’s office Kiwanis Medical Foundation, 5:30pm, Ferano Construction Wed.May.16 Community Services, 12:00pm, Kiwanis Office YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Thu.May.17 Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Happy Birthday May.12 Vince Calzonetti May.17 Wilbert Keon May.18 Jeff Kyle May.21 Ev Colton, Roberta Driscoll, Howard Lithwick May.22 Reverend Art Conrad, Gary Flockton

Upcoming Kiwanis Events

May 18 Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert, Centrepointe Theatre

May 25 Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West Lobster Night, Centurion Conference Centre

June 7 Mega Meeting, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West, Div.13. Location TBD

July 3-7 92nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas

August 9-11 90th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, Kingston, Jamaica

Mesmerizing, a Night of Captivation The Kiwanis Club of Rideau, (which was sponsored by our club in 1955) invites everyone to take part in their First Annual Dinner/Dance. This year’s theme is “Mesmerizing, a Night of Captivation”, with comic hypnotists from the Canadian Hypnosis Centre. The event takes place on Thursday, May 17, at 6:00 at the Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive – a first-rate venue with excellent food and service. The cost is $50 per person which includes dinner. Your Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Board of Directors will have a table and tickets are available by calling the office at 612-233-1900 or tickets can be purchased by contacting Kim Chadsey, 613-230-4663 before May 10. Please note that tickets will not be available at the door, they must be purchased by May 10th.

Garage Sale

The 211 Air Cadet Squadron is having a fundraiser garage sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 - 1:00 at St. Basil's Church on Maitland Avenue at the Queensway. Any item(s) may be dropped off in advance at the weekly Wednesday night meeting at Notre Dame H.S. from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. or early in the a.m. the day of. No articles of clothing please.

Club Kiwanis de Hull Invites you to their 8th Annual Mussels and Fries Dinner Tuesday June 5, 6:30 pm, Chateau Cartier (The old Chaudiere Club) 1170 Aylmer Road, Aylmer *Under The Big Top* Lots of free parking. Tickets are $40.00 per person. All profits go to “La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie” a non-profit organization that welcomes sick Outaouais residents in the terminal phases of illness. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will have a table. If you are interested in joining us please contact the office 613-233-1900 by May 28. (Pasta in a “rosé” sauce is available for those who would rather leave the mussels to others.)

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa – Chamber Music Recital Wednesday, June 6, 8:00pm, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Avenue East, Tickets $15.00 Adults, $10.00 Students/Seniors. Patrick Graham – clarinet, Samuel Bisson – cello, Nadia Boucher – piano All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Tickets are available at the door or contact Helene Crabb 613-247-0500. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert Featuring Kiwanian, Mark Max, Russell Kronick and Anne Steinberg. A magical evening of folk music sing-along favourites. Monday, June 18, 2007, 8:00pm. Library and Archives Canada, 305 Wellington Street. Tickets $50.00. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation. For tickets or more information, contact any member of the KMF Committee (see page 8 of your 2006-07 roster) or contact the Kiwanis office.

Club Elections for your 2007-08 Board of Directors As you know the final ballots were sent to all voting members last week. Please take the few minutes required to complete your final ballot and return it to the Kiwanis office by Friday, May 18. The Elections Council will be meeting on May 22 to count the ballots at the Kiwanis office.

The Y Women of Distinction Awards

The Y Women of Distinction Awards shall be presented on Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Congress Centre. Two of the nominees, Bettina Choo and Anusha Jahagirdar, are former members of our Key Clubs and Circle K Clubs. Bettina Choo was a former president of the Nepean High School Key Club, and was responsible for the institution of the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser that continues to bring in 1000’2 of dollars for the charitable beneficiaries chosen by the Club. She also joined, and became the president of the University of Ottawa Circle K Club and was responsible, through a lot of hard work and despite the misgivings of the Circle K Committee, for the enormously successful music in the schools program that has continued after her graduation. She is now attending medical school at McGill University and has been attempting to start a Circle K club there. Anusha Jahagirdar was an active member of the Sir Robert Borden High School Key Club and subsequently joined the University of Ottawa Circle K Club where she became the Club’s co-president last year. This spring, at the regional Circle K convention, she was elected the Lieutenant Governor for the Eastern Canada Region, for the coming year, by her peers. Congratulations Bettina and Anusha!

One Can Make a Difference - Read-a-thon

Below is an excerpt from an email received by Lee Scott, from a teacher at Cambridge Street School, a participant in the Kiwanis Precious Minds Read-a-thon Note from Lee: “Julie Harris-Smith teaches a group of 15 learning disabled children at Cambridge School. Her class won books for being the class that read for the most minutes during Read-a-thon. The Read-a-thon motivated so many of her students to read that she was in tears when I visited the school she was so grateful for the Read-a-thon program. For divine fate, a boy in her class, who has serious language learning challenges, won the bike donated from Canadian Tire. He was motivated to read as he really wanted to win. The entire school cheered when his name was drawn as they all know the challenges he faced to accomplish his goal of reading during Read-a-thon. The Canadian Tire donation of bikes has a very positive impact on motivating the students to read city wide. We will be sure to thank the Canadian Tire reps, David McClenahan and Glen Anderson at the Read-a-thon luncheon on June 8, as they are donating bikes again next year and the students are thrilled! “The read-a-thon is such a worthwhile program and certainly benefits all students in the school. It gives the student body an opportunity to work towards a group cause and they can do it at their own individual levels of ability. It was the first time in my 25 years of teaching that I have been part of the program. It was wonderful to see the school in a "buzz" over reading. So many kids already enjoy reading but this event brings reading to the forefront in everyone's minds and was a fun, exciting couple of weeks! Thanks Lee, for all you do to help our little Cambridge Community School. It is very much appreciated! Looking forward to next year!”

Julie Harris-Smith, Cambridge Street School