Weekly Meeting - Member Christmas Party

What a pleasure it was to see a number of former Club members, who joined us for lunch to meet up with old friends. Thank you to Mark Max who lead the Music Committee - following the solo by Stephen Smye on piano - and highlighted historical moments in our Kiwanis history. Their presentation was entertaining, and provided some insight into our history for our newer members.

Raffle

Congratulations to Don Blakslee who won the raffle of a gift basket donated by Ian Peddie; to Bill Gosewitz who won the bottle of wine donated by Rita Harper; to guest Bob French, and Greg Plazek, who each won a Kiwanis pin; and, to Mike Moore who won the Kiwanis earrings. Thank you for contributing, $75 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $57 Auction – Thank you to Mike Moore who was the high bidder at $100 for 2 Ottawa Senators tickets donated by Bob Fisher. Thank you for donating, Bob.

The Kiwanis office will be closed from 12:00 Dec 24 to January 2, There will not be an eDge Newsletter during this time

Next Kiwanis Luncheon

Friday, January 9, 2009 12:15 – 1:45 Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, Adam Room President's Membership Meeting President Peter will be our own Kiwanis Trivia Game Show Host with plenty of prizes as part of this Membership Luncheon. We are encouraging full attendance of our Members and it is the perfect lunch to bring a prospective member! Welcome in the New Year with a Music Presentation by "Trio Con Brio of Ottawa, Ontario", First Place winner of the Chamber Group Category at the 2008 National Music Festival. Pianist Silvie Cheng, Cellist Daniel Parker and Violinist Mitchell Gibbens-Schneider.

Upcoming Luncheons

Jan 16 ** Relocating to Algonquin College - International Hospitality Restaurant

Jan 23 Michael Chambers

Jan 30 Jim Estill (Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)

Christmas Food Baskets

On Saturday December 20th, 27 drivers (both Kiwanians and friends of Kiwanis) met at Food Basics at Hampton Park Plaza to deliver 58 baskets (180 boxes of food) to 58 families in need within the Ottawa area. The program this year raised $5500. These people provided the true spirit of Christmas – giving to others. Thank you to all for your support this year, we learned a number of lessons which will allow next year’s program to run smoother and be more successful. Special thanks to Larry Allen at Food Basics and his staff for their assistance, the Christmas Exchange, Caldwell Centre and Habitat for Humanity, and to Neil McDonald, David Trigger and Angela Cummings for their organizing support.

Circle K Convention 2009

Our Club’s sponsored Circle K clubs shall be hosting the Circle K District Convention in Ottawa, with the tentative dates being February 20-22, 2009, and they need our help. In particular, they need assistance in the of defraying their costs by financial sponsorship at various levels, the donation of gifts as “door prizes”, and incentives for early registration, assistance with the printing of program agendas and other materials. Also, anyone who wishes to donate Air Miles to assist Circle K members to fly here from the east coast, that would be appreciated. Finally, our Circle K Clubs would also like to have at least 2 Kiwanis members to sit on different Committees for the convention. Contact Howard Lithwick.

Key Club Raise $4,500

Congratulations to our sponsored Key Clubbers at Sir Robert Borden High School, who raised more than $4,500 for their Toy Mountain contribution. They went shopping at the Canadian Tire in Bells Corners, who provided them with discount shopping, and delivered the toys to the Salvation Army Toy Centre. They also stayed and worked to sort out the toys.

Salvation Army Kettles

Thank you to the following who rang the bells and collected donations on behalf of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal Walter Boyce, Ross Hadwen, Guy Bourbonniere, Kathleen Holst, Tom Spence, Kanta Marwah, Neil McDonald. (Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bedzzz Race

Saturday, February 7, 2009 The registration forms are now available on our club website www.bedzzzrace.ottawakiwanis.org The Committee is looking for temporary warehouse space from December to February to build the beds for the race. They are also looking for a Volunteer welder to weld the bike forks to the bed frames. If you are able to offer any assistance or know someone who may be in a position to provide warehouse space, please contact Mike Zanon.

Partners In Caring

Thursday, February 24, 2009 - The Ottawa Senators Hockey Foundation offers their Partners In Caring project to our Club for the Ottawa vs Carolina game on February 24, 2009. Tickets are discounted by 35% off gate price for Kiwanis making our club $20-$25 on every ticket sold. Also, for every 10 tickets sold to this game, 2 free tickets are received for another game. Past President Tom Spence will be selling the tickets for Feb 24th, with his son Jeff. Please contact Tom if you are interested in buying tickets – he will also have them at our Friday luncheons. (Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Good News Network

Congratulations to Neil and Linda McDonald, on the birth of their first granddaughter, Avani Alexis, born to their daughter Kelsey and her husband Prasanth Tella. She weighed in at 7 lbs 3oz.

Prepaid Luncheons

January to March 2009 luncheons (12 x $26) $312.00 – due in January. Those members who chose to Prepay for their luncheons, are asked to send a cheque to the Kiwanis office for payment, or send us a note to process payment on your credit card. Invoices will not be sent out, so if you require an invoice for payment processing, please let the office know. Thanks. Parking at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Effective January 1st we will be paying $10.00 for the parking passes we purchase from the Fairmont. This cost must be passed on to the members therefore, at the January 9th luncheon, parking will cost $10.00

Committee Chairs are encouraged to submit current reports on the activities of your committee to this newsletter.

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