Weekly Meeting -Michael McCracken, Chair and CEO, Informetrica Limited.

Mike McCracken indicated that there will – most likely – be a recession in 2008, both in Canada and the US, but we will recover quickly. We are experiencing a sharp reduction in employment opportunities, more forced mergers, a strain on the corporate financial sector, difficulty for individuals to borrow money, and difficulty in government. There is a list of existing issues affecting the economy – pandemics, terrorist attacks, financial meltdown, and strain on manufacturing. Consumers are pulling back their spending, automotive purchases are being delayed, and we are all practicing caution in our financial decisions, which affects the entire economy. Just look at the infrastructure and you can see the wear and tear, which is more than the usual potholes problem. Water systems need to be upgraded, pipeline systems are in increasingly bad shape, and water treatment has been an issue for some time. There will be opportunities in the recovery - we will see a reduction in oil prices, lower interest rates, and there are still more tax cuts to come in Canada. The government will be looking for ways to reduce energy, businesses will be asked to reduce their consumption, and consumers will be called upon to act – bring a bicycle to work, walk, or take the bus. Canada will need to think about those people without a pension, and how to eliminate poverty for their families.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Peter Charboneau Peter joined our Club in 1991 sponsored by the late Distinguished Lt. Governor Jack Gordon. He has been a committee chair for many of his 17 years in Kiwanis, from chairing the New Members’ Committee then going on to Chair the Spiritual Aims and International Affairs Committee, the Ways and Means Committee for 2 years, the Program Committee, and then the Membership Committee for two years in a row. Peter stepped up to the plate this year, and agreed to be the Chair of the Membership Committee, once again. This is a busy committee, with a full agenda. As you know, in addition to recruiting new members, membership retention and engagement is also very important, and Peter and his Committee are working hard to keep our membership increasing. His business acumen and common sense approach have been invaluable to our club. He is a devoted and caring member of our club, and its members, and he always has a sense of the larger picture. Peter, thank you for your leadership in Making a Difference in our community!

Thank You to Gerry Arial, owner of The Silver Rose, for his contribution of providing the Rose for our weekly luncheons. 196 O’Connor Street, Ottawa 613-238-8236 www.thesilverrose.com President Bill’s Thought for the week A fine is a tax for doing wrong – a tax is a fine for doing well. Raffle Prize Congratulations to Matt McGrath, who won the raffle of a replica Waste Management truck, which seemed to be a hot item amongst the audience, donated by Wayne French. Thank you all for contributing, $70.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday January 25, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Laurier Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, On K1N 8S7 AGM- Annual General Meeting At this meeting we will be reviewing our audited Financial Statements for our last fiscal year ended September 30, 2007,
 and looking at our Budgets for the current year. Other new developments will be highlighted and there will be time for questions from the floor. If you have any items you want added to the Agenda for discussion purposes, please contact President Bill Gosewitz at bill@e-canadianmortgages.com or at his office 613-563-5083. Or you can call the Kiwanis office at 613-233-1900. Remember to bring the Annual Report that you picked up on Friday. There will be a few copies available. Please review the Report and if you have any questions, contact President Bill. *** No guests at this meeting please – and Full Attendance is encouraged. ***

Luncheon Line-Up

Fri.Feb.1 Bill Gowling, Sos Emergency Response Technologies, and Semi-Automatic Defibrillators

Fri.Feb.8 President's Meeting

Fri.Feb.15 No Luncheon Scheduled, Family Day Long Weekend

Fri.Feb.22 Medical Foundation Luncheon - Dr. Tony Hakim

Fri.Feb.29 Ken Bickley, “Laughter”

Committee Meetings

Tue.Jan.22 Bed Race, 12:00pm, Conference Call Fri.Jan.25 Communications, 10:30am, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Mon.Jan.28 Membership, 7:00pm, Peter Charboneau’s home Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Tue.Feb.29 Bed Race, 12:00pm, Tba Wed.Jan.30 Corporate Membership, 12:00pm, Chimo Motel

Happy Birthday Jan.20 David Costford Ross Hadwen & Russ Salo

100% Attendance Tabs

Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings: Patrick McGarry 2yrs., Barb Perrin 2yrs., Stephen Smye 2yrs., Geoff Godding 4yrs., Wayne Beaudoin 20yrs.

Health of the club President-Elect Peter Patafie is now at home, but still No Visitors and No Phone Calls please! He is recuperating and needs plenty of rest and care from his family.

Club Photographs

Jamie Johnson has loaded some great photographs from our Alumni luncheon to our website. Click [<a href="http://www2.ottawakiwanis.org/~kco/2007/2007-12-21Anniversary/index.html">here</a>] to view.

Interclub

January 22, 2008, 6:00pm, Kiwanis Club of Manotick, Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick. For further information or to confirm your attendance, please contact: Bob Vergette at 613-225-0400 or bobvergette@associateair.ca

Hungarian Night Interclub

Sports and Social Committee, is pleased to invite you to a Hungarian Night Saturday, January 26, 2008, 6:00 pm Sold Out Interclub, Sports and Social Committee Asks??? 1. Are you interested in curling at the Nepean Sportsplex in late February? 2. Are you interested in skating at Scotia Place in late February? Sign up sheets will be on the tables at our weekly luncheons or call the Kiwanis office if you are interested. For further information, please contact: Bob Vergette at 613-225-0400, bobvergette@associateair.ca or Kathleen Holst 613-721-4141 or holstkr@aol.com

Resignation

At the Board of Directors meeting on January 14, 2008, the Board approved the recommendation of the Membership Committee to accept the resignation of Major Larry Jones, who retired from the Salvation Army Grace Manor in December, and has moved to Orillia, Ontario. We thank Major Larry, who was one of our Honorary Chaplains, for providing his heartfelt Invocations at our weekly meetings.

Support for our sponsored youth Amy Pressman - Amy is a recent graduate of Carleton U and is an alumnus of the Carleton University Circle K Club as well as the Key Club at Sir Robert Borden H.S. She has just moved to Kelowna, B.C. She is hoping that some of us may know members in a Kiwanis Club there or indeed may have friends in Kelowna that she could contact to help in her job search. She has a BA in Criminology but is a quick study and very competent. Amy is most appreciative of any help we could provide. She can be contacted directly at 1-250-707-0830 or amypressman@gmail.com. You can also contact Val Wilkins at 613-254-7172 or v.wilkins@rogers.com.

Membership – New requirement

As per the approval of the Board of Directors at the Board meeting of November 19, 2007 - 'all future new Kiwanis members are subject to a Police Records Check, and any cost, would be added to the Initiation fee'. The applicant can apply for this by contacting the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222 or their website www.ottawapolice.ca - and since they will be “a Volunteer primarily serving the vulnerable sector of the population” there should be no cost. Applicants will require a letter from our office stating that they are seeking a Police Records Check for the purposes of volunteering. Our Membership Application Form now has that stipulation noted on it, so that should suffice.

President Bill Gosewitz 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.