Weekly Meeting - Mayor Larry O’Brien

We welcomed our newest member, Mayor Larry O’Brien and put him to work immediately as our guest speaker for the day.  Some of the new Mayor’s goals include improving public safety and transit, and a 0% tax increase, as well as, creating a culture of excellence at City Hall.  It will be a challenge on all fronts.  The Mayor said that councilors let the public down when they voted to end their scheduled budget meetings. The Mayor is mindful of the people living quietly in the background and knows that they are cognizant of the effects of tax increases.  The taxpayers should expect a lot more from their municipal politicians and encouraged everyone to challenge their representatives.  A challenge indeed, however change is inevitable, and it looks like that is the new focus coming from the top.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Jamie Johnson Jamie joined our club in 1989 sponsored by former member Bob Kingham.  Jamie used his extensive knowledge in the computer field to bring the club into the 21st century and set up an impressive website which he still updates daily.  The site allows public access to our current events and now sees 8000 hits per week.  Jamie has served on our Board of Directors and since 2001 has been part of our Strategic Planning Committee, which is responsible for ensuring our club maintains its premier service, both to the community and to our members, while adhering to the Objects of Kiwanis.  Jamie plays an essential role in the public relations of our club and has agreed to be Chair of the Communications Committee this year.  Thanks Jamie, for Making a Difference and keeping us on track

President Neil’s Thought For the Week:  You can always tell a wise man by the smart things he does not say 

Raffle Prize Congratulations to our guest John McQuarrie, who won the raffle of a lawn chair, donated by Bob Bender of TD Canada Trust; to Tom Spence, who won the raffle of the book “Reinventing Government”; and  to David Daubney, who won the raffle of a bag of City of Ottawa goodies, both donated by our newest member, Mayor Larry O’Brien.  Thank you all for contributing, $92.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday January 19, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room  Rod Bryden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Plasco Energy Group Inc.   "The Plasco Energy Process:  Energy From Waste"   Plasco applies plasma arc technology to produce synthetic gas from various feed stocks, including municipal solid wastes, and uses that gas to generate electricity.  Mr. Bryden will talk to us about its technology, and how it can turn an urgent need into a major social, environmental and economic asset.  

Luncheon Line-Up

Jan.26 Annual General Meeting, No guest speaker, no guests please.

Feb.2 Membership Focus Day, Invite a friend/business colleague to learn about Kiwanis

Feb.9 Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Happy Birthday Jan.12   Bob Garrow,   Jan.14   Mike Zanon,   Jan.15   Rocco D’Angelo

Committee Meetings

Mon.Jan.15 Board of Directors, 5:30pm, Kiwanis office Tue.Jan.16 YCPO Golf, 7:30am, Apollo Property Management, (4th floor) Wed.Jan.17 Community Services, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River                       Circle K, 12:00pm, Ian Hendry’s office  Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Ferano Construction Thu.Jan.18 Key Club, 8:00am, Trane Canada  

Welcome back everyone! As you know, each Friday we raffle an item with the proceeds going to our General Administration Account.  Last year over $3,000 was raised in this manner.  These items are provided by our members and are a good way for you to get some recognition for you or your company.  If you would be interested in donating a prize for a Raffle (no more than $25 value) please inform the office.  Right now 'the cupboard is bare'

100% Attendance Tabs  Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings:  Gary Flockton 2yrs,  Angela Cummings 2yrs,  Derek Finley 9yrs,  Wayne Beaudoin 19yrs!

Welcome to our newest member – Mayor Larry O’Brien Welcome to the Club! January 12, 2007,Larry O'Brien, Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa & The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club - Partners in Caring Game We will be putting together a group to sell 50/50 tickets on February 14.  Bring a friend along to help out.  All you need is a loud voice.  If you can help, contact Jackie Holzman 613-729-9710 or email her at jackiefh@rogers.com   Wednesday February 14, 2007.  Proceeds of the evening go to YM/YWCA, Roger’s House and Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Youth initiatives.  Hat Trick Sponsorship and Face-off Sponsorships are still available.  Last year we ran out of bonus game tickets so remember to get your ticket order in early.  These seats will only be held for us for a limited time (Note that these tickets will be for the Sens vs. 2005-06 rookie of the year Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals on January 16).  For more information please contact Tom Spence 613-741-0741.

Third Annual Yuk Yuk's Comedy Night for Parkinson's - Saturday, January 27, 2007 7:30pm, Tudor Hall, 3750 Bowesville Road (Next to the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club)  Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.  Tables of ten available.  No individual reserved seating.  For tickets contact Larry Haffner at 613-724-3878 or email  elh-jvh@rogers.com  What better way to spend a cold January Saturday evening than in the warm, laugh-filled company of your family and friends while supporting the Parkinson's Society of Ottawa?  There is ample free parking, accessible facilities for disabled persons, and the Hall is fully licensed. Snack foods will be available.

Kiwanis Idol Red Carpet Showcase – Saturday, February 10, 2007 All the best Idol's from the last three years.  This will be a great Kiwanis event with a lot of media.  The singers will all arrive in limos on the Red Carpet. Don't miss this Kiwanis Night at Centrepointe Theatre and support Kiwanis Idol as well.  Tickets prices are: Adult $20.00, Youth $15.00, Student Rush tickets day of $10.00 and are available through Centerpointe Box Office or online at http://www.centrepointetheatre.com/index_en.html

Good News Network We now have 200 schools registered for the Read-a-thon and more are joining every day!  Thanks to the great work of our Read-a-thon coordinator, Lee Scott (wife of Howard Whittaker) www.kiwanisreadathon.org

The 27th Annual Kiwanis  Race, presented by MTS Allstream is on!!! Due to this year’s wacky weather, the BEDZZZ Race Committee would like to advise everyone that the new location is confirmed at the Queen Elizabeth Parkway between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street.  We will proceed with this contingency plan and if at the last moment the canal opens, we will relocate back to our usual location at Dow’s Lake.