Weekly Meeting - Kiwanis Music Festival / Canterbury High School Choir - James Caswell

“Now that’s a Choir!” was one of the comments heard as we listened to the Canterbury Girls Choir with Director James Caswell. Their Renaissance pieces were almost angelic and with the addition of violin and cello, we were in awe. A wonderful variety of voices that captivated the audience, who then asked for an encore, which was provided without a glitch. No wonder they are known as one of the best choirs in Canada!

Steve Moore, Chair of the Bedzzz Race Committee, reported on the success of the Bedzzz Race with a gross revenue of just over $46,000!! He thanked the sponsors of this year’s event and recognized all of the volunteers and participants in the race. This was just the beginning….

“ Off With His Hair” President Bill explained the challenge that he put out to the Club, to raise $60,000 from the Bed Race. A whopping thank you to Dr. Kanta Marwah who met the challenge and donated $20,000. This was matched with a donation of $20,000 by the Kiwanis Medical Foundation, and the remaining $10,000 needed will hopefully be filled by Kiwanis members. Photos of the Presidential shaving can be found here. Our $50,000 funds will be matched by funds from Carleton University, to provide an instant 100% return on the money! The funding of $100,000 will be set-up as an Endowment Fund account listed as the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation and Dr. Kanta Marwah scholarship in Medical Physics. The interest earned on the funds will be used each year to award a scholarship up to $10,000, in perpetuity. Thank you to everyone who is participating!

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Kanta Marwah Kanta was introduced to our club by Past President Sam Bhargava in 2003. Kanta joined the Program/Interclub Committee, the Seniors/Hands-On Committee, and the Kiwanis Medical Foundation. Kanta continues to participate on several committees. When she is asked to volunteer, she is right there… with consistent good humor and eagerness that is usually seen in a young child. Many of us have seen Kanta at every event that we attend, and to give you an idea of her contribution to the club, in addition to attending every Friday luncheon, some of her hands-on work for the past year include Interclubs at other Kiwanis clubs, assisting at the Seniors Christmas Luncheon, working at the Bedzzz Race at Dow’s Lake, assisting at the golf tournament, and scraping or painting at Camp Smitty…. She is also our Club photographer. Kanta is a big part of today’s hair raising experience. She has worked hard on establishing the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation and Dr. Kanta Marwah scholarship in Medical Physics and we are glad that she brought this idea forward. Her interest in Community Service is commendable, and the work that she is doing, is Making A Difference in our community.

President Bill’s Thought for the Week - For those of you with hair, at least when I wake up tomorrow and look in the mirror, I’ll see a cute bald guy.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Bob Turpin, guest of Gary Flockton, who won the raffle of a 3 piece Bbq set in a nice carrying case with Bbq cookbook, donated by Rita Harper, and a hand-turned wooden bowl donated by Botho von Hampeln. Thank you all for contributing, $95.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday April 25, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe & Mail “Canada’s Climate Change Challenge”

Luncheon Line-Up

May.2 Corinne Pohlmann, Vice-President of National Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (Cfib)

May.9 Key Club Luncheon, Mark Lafleur, Vice Principal, Ridgemont High School

May.16 No meeting scheduled, Victoria Day Long Weekend

May.23 Cadets Luncheon

May.30 To be announced

Committee Meetings

Mon.Apr.21 Board of Directors, 5:45pm, Staples Bank Street Mon.Apr.28 Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Wed.Apr.30 Corporate Membership, 12:00pm, Chimo Hotel

Happy Birthday Apr.23 Sandra Lee Apr.24 Darren Fleming

Sympathy of the Club goes out to Past President Vince Calzonetti in memory of his wife, Elinore, who passed away on Thursday, April 17. A member of the original Kiwanis Kl Club which was for the wives of Kiwanis members, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bytown, Elinore was also mother-in-law of former member John Norton. Visitation will be at Hulse Playfair and McGarry on McLeod Street, on Sunday from 2-5:00 and 7-9:00pm. The funeral Mass will be on Monday, at 11:00am the Resurrection of our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 1940 Saunderson Drive, Ottawa. As an expression of sympathy, flowers or memorial contributions to the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. Our thoughts are with Vince and his family at this time.

Club Elections

The Primary Ballots were emailed and mailed out to all voting members on April 8. You have a choice to either complete the ballot and return by email, or wait until you receive the mailed copy. All ballots must be returned to the Kiwanis office no later than April 25/08 Important Note As per the decision of Elections Council in 2006-07, in an attempt to increase voters, as well as to make it easier for you to vote, you have the option of completing the Primary Ballot sent out by email and returning it to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa by email, only to the attention of our Administrative Manager, Rita Harper. If you have any questions about this email process, please don't hesitate to contact Rita. If you have any questions about the Elections, please contact Elections Chair, Past President Neil McDonald at 613-725-2128 x 224, or you can call any Past President as they make up the Elections Council. New Members are also encouraged to call their sponsor, if they have any questions. A reminder to the Elections Council that you will be meeting on Monday, April 28, 6:30pm at the Kiwanis office to count the Primary Ballots.

Citizenship Court

The Direct Assistance Committee sponsored a Citizenship Court on Tuesday April 15, 2008, 1:30pm at 200 Catherine Street. We assisted in the introduction of 78 new Canadians. Thank you to the following volunteers for coming to help out. Bob Horlick, Kanta Marwah, Harold Moore & George Old.

Interclub Sports and Social Kiwanis Club of Sage – Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 10:00am-11:30am, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue (just north of Carling Avenue). For further information, please contact Jackie Holzman at jackiefh@rogers.com or 613-729-9710.

Kiwanis Key Club at Sir Robert Borden High School Fundraising Dinner Theatre

Friday April 25, 2008 or Saturday April 26, 2008 at Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Road Mocktails at 6:30pm, Dinner at 7:00pm Your presence is the only present we need (Please advise us if you would like meat lasagna, vegetarian lasagna or a Passover meal) Our sponsored Kiwanis Key Club at Sir Robert Borden High School is combining forces with their school’s drama department in an attempt to raise funds for their much-in-need foods department that is unable to fundraise to restore some of their aging kitchen. If You Are Interested In Attending the Dinner Theatre, contact Eugene Zubryn, Sir Robert Borden High School, Languages Department, 613-829-5320 (x541, vm656) or e-mail at eugene.zubryn@ocdsb.ca if you are interested in a table or tickets. Tickets are $10.00 each

Mother’s Day is right around the corner If you want to treat that special lady in your life, once again Ottawa Kiwanis Clubs are selling a dozen roses (delivered on Saturday, May 10th) for only $25. per dozen. You can support Kiwanis and as an extra bonus, $2. from each dozen goes to Cheo!! Contact Ralph Dashney, President of the Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis Club at (613) 235-7108 or at linda_ralph@sympatico.ca before May 3rd or www.kcov.ca.

Mark Your Calendars !! Only 18 days to go! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, from 5:30 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 9th Annual Silent Auction at the Bon Appetit Food and Beverage Extravaganza at Lansdowne Park. 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. The Kiwanis Silent Auction showcases over 125 items and we are asking All members to consider providing items in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off. This is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, or for your business associates, while supporting one of our major fundraisers. Last year, thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000. We are only half way to our goal – and we need your help with obtaining items. If you can help out, please contact the office and we’ll provide a Donor Slip. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Paul Drouin at 613-788-2182 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. Donor bid slips are available by contacting the Kiwanis office. Engagement A Kiwanian is a volunteer who agrees to commit their time, talent, energy and resources to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities.