Dr. Brian Leonard is a vigorous advocate of blind people, which he explained as he reflected on his 31 years of clinical practice, teaching, research and volunteer work. He stressed that he was the ‘luckiest person in the room’ since his job offers him a chance to work with great people and very good technology, in the treatment of ophthalmology.
Of the 37million people who are blind, 28million of them are needlessly blind. In third world countries, their blindness is often a fatal condition since it goes untreated, and many of them first lose their jobs, marriage, and their families. Dr. Leonard is also a licensed pilot and has participated in over 50 ORBIS International volunteer surgical mentoring missions in developing countries worldwide. ORBIS’ mission is to preserve and restore sight, by using their flying eye hospital to treat blindness and by teaching volunteer surgeons, who come from all over the world, 20% of them currently from Canada. They rely on a special breed of surgeons who must be gifted and caring, be respectful of local customs and language barriers, be willing to work with a team spirit, and offer mutual respect to each other and their patients.
Treatment is available to anyone and currently 22.5 million people have had their sight restored. For more information visit www.orbiscanada.ca
President Neil’s Thought For the Week - The members who command the best service at your golf club either have the lowest handicaps or the highest bar bills.
Congratulations to John Reid, guest of Vic Whittaker, who won the 50/50 raffle and donated his prize to pledge Tom Spence and his “Do It For Dad” walk. Thank you all for contributing, $35.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $41.00
Circle K Scholarship
Bill Gosewitz was proud to present the University of Ottawa Circle K Woods-Mazerolle-Gosewitz scholarship for $500.00 to Anusha Jahagirdar. Anusha was very thankful for the inspiration she has received from Kiwanis and Circle K which she will remember “for the rest of her life”.
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7 Ottawa-Carleton Association For Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) will speak with us about their work with AKtion Clubs in Kiwanis International AKtion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. The mission of Kiwanis International sponsored AKtion Clubs is: to provide these adults an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills, to serve their community, to be integrated into society, and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities. AKtion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process. The AKtion Club can benefit its members in many ways through service and recreational events. These activities enable the members to: participate in the active life of the community, provide an opportunity to contribute to the community, develop mechanical, creative, and intellectual abilities, social interaction awareness, improve self-esteem, develop leadership skills, and achieve personal and service goals.
Jun 29 No Luncheon, No Round Table – Canada Day long weekend
Jul 6 **Breakfast at the National Art Gallery 7:30 – 9:00AM – Including a Tour of the Renoir Exhibit - Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kanta Marwah, there is no extra cost to members to attend the Gallery and see the Exhibit. Guests will pay $35 which will include a tour of the Renoir exhibit. **
Jul 13 Semi-Annual Business Meeting - IF YOU HAVE ANY TOPICS that you want addressed at this meeting, please inform President Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone his office at 613-725-2128 x224. Note that he will be attending the Kiwanis International Convention from July 2 – 9th.
Tue.Jun.19 Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management, Program, 7:00pm, Lynda Campbell’s home Wed.Jun.20 YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Ferano Construction Fri.Jun.22 Communications, 11:00am, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Mon.Jun.25 Board of Directors, 5:30pm, Staples, 403 Bank Street Wed.Jun.27 Membership Retention/Engagement, 6:00pm, Myrna Beattie’s office
Jun.14 Jack Warner Jun.15 Victor Ferreira
100% Attendance Tabs
Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings: Bruno DiChiara 4yrs, Tom Pullen 9yrs, Lynda Campbell 11 yrs, George Perrin 16yrs, Sam Bhargava 17 yrs NOTE: Our special Luncheon to recognize the anniversary of our Legion of Honour members and to formally induct our New Members who joined in the last year, will take place on Friday, September 21, 2007, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Mark Your Calendars! Summer is here! Now that summer is upon us, Casual Business Dress has returned, which means gentlemen must wear a jacket to our luncheons, however, a tie is not required. The ladies of the club must also adhere to Casual Business Dress, and dress appropriately. A jacket and tie is required if you are seated at the head table.
WANTED – USED BIKES
The Bedzzz Race Committee needs your help!! If you come across an old bike grab it, we need bike parts, specifically 24/28 inch wheels and forks. The Bedzzz Race Committee with the help of the Hands-On Committee will be building 15 Race Beds for the February 9th, 2008 Bedzzz Race. These new racing beds will be sold to new teams who want to participate but do not have the time or means to build their own. We will be building these Race Beds during the summer and fall so keep your eye out for USED BIKES – New teams mean more pledges and higher revenues for the club. CAN YOU HELP US – if you have old bikes or come across ones in a Garage Sale, pick them up and call: Al Macintyre – (613) 232-2200 x4020, or Steve Moore – (613) 781-7196
Health of the Club – Rita will be away from the office June 22 – July 9, as she will be having carpal tunnel surgery on her left wrist.
This was read by a young girl at our Kiwanis Luncheon on June 8, 2007 “ Dear Kiwanis, Ms. Cameron and Ms. Thompson, I was never a reader until activities about reading came along. Since I have been at Connaught Public School for eight years, I know how the Kiwanis, the Principal and teachers help every child in need of help. Even in kindergarten I got help and many other kids did too. Since I couldn’t read in kindergarten, I loved having someone read to me. One of the reading activities that Kiwanis organizes is the Read-a-thon. Some of you may have heard of the Read-a-thon before, but if not, the read-a-thon is where music plays for about one minute (and the music that plays is based on a subject --for example, surfing music). After the music plays, we drop doing anything else and read until the music comes back on again. We do this for a week. This year we had three read-a-thons. At Connaught, we always love when someone at Kiwanis helps us! Yours truly, KB”
Precious Minds Making Another Difference in the Lives of Children
Following up on its success in launching our video entitled Never Shake A Baby, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa went back to experts on early childhood development in 1999-2000 to discover current issues concerning the lives of children. The advisors, reflecting on the success of our club’s Never Shake A Baby project encouraged our club to undertake another, similar project to better promote the importance of literacy by encouraging families to read to their young. With a new challenge in hand, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa was again off and running. Thanks, at least partly, to the success of our Never Shake A Baby project governments responded positively; and our club raised the necessary funding of $150,000 from the National Literacy Secretariat, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and CHEO to cover the cost of development of a new video to be titled Precious Minds.
Kiwanis committee chairman Ken Nelson saw the need for some full time effort to drive the promotion of Precious Minds as well as to continue the sales of Never Shake A Baby. The Kiwanis Club hired Derek Finley on a contract basis to drive our sales strategy with a goal to sell 10,000 videos. Individual Kiwanis clubs from Thunder Bay to Illinois and beyond signed on as distributors. The Ontario government purchased copies for all Ontario day care centres, libraries, and community centres. Derek converted this educational project into a combined educational and fundraising project when he sold Ontario Minister John Baird on the idea of providing a video to each family of each newborn child in Ontario for the next two years. The sale of 260,000 videos for $2.00 per copy meant the education of 260,000 families over the next two years and a huge windfall of over $100,000 for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Derek recently identified and chatted with one of the families that received the video from the government when he spotted a copy of the video displayed in a garage sale. Again, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa proved that “One Can Make a Difference”. We now have two educational products (with current technology) focused on making a difference in the lives of children. Will we be content to simply process ongoing weekly orders (mainly for our Never Shake A Baby product)?
Will we choose to revitalize our marketing of these two products? Will we again approach our early childhood experts to update ourselves on the needs of children and then to again demonstrate that One Can Make a Difference