Weekly Meeting - New Members’ Luncheon – Fun, Fun, Fun!

The New Members made it through their own initiation – to share in the coordination of a Kiwanis luncheon, to pick a theme, and most important, to Have Fun! This was the first convention of the Ganja Party, organized to choose their leader.

We were pleased to see Michael Phelps (Robert Sirotek) all decked out in a Speedo (ahem), looking for endorsement, but he kept disappearing for a ‘smoke’. Following this we met Union Jack from the Ndp, PaulUshion from the Green Party, and MaryWanna from the Marijuana Party. The script was terrific, and the laughter that we were promised, followed long after the meeting ended. And to top it all off, President Peter was searched by Ottawa police, a baggie was found!?, and he was taken from the room with a sniffer dog!

This was a great skit presented by the new members – and we saw how much fun they were having Mike Lafontaine(moderator), Darren Fleming, (on audio visuals), Greg Plazek(logistics and police), Dave Trigger, Derek Hyer, Francois Cronier(we’ll call him Mary now!) and Bernie Shinder. Thank you all for the entertainment!. Thank you as well to Geoff Godding, who did this when he first joined, and enjoys it enough that he helps coordinate it every year!. Great job you guys!

Attendance 56 = Members 54, guests 2

Raffle

Congratulations to Neil McDonald who won the wonderfully soft Patafie’s blanket donated by President Peter. If you are lucky enough to get one of these… Thank you all for contributing, $78 was raised for our General Account.

Next Kiwanis Meeting, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa Thursday, April 9, 2009, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Round Table Buffet Breakfast, MacDonald Room (upstairs) Reverend Pieter Heerema, Pastor of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church “Easter and Passover” Please note the Kiwanis office will be closed Friday, Apr 10 and Monday, Apr 13

Upcoming Luncheons

Apr 17 Rob Boyd, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

Apr 24 Brigadier-General Gaston Cloutier, Director General Air Personnel, Canadian Forces ‘ Centennial Anniversary of Flight in Canada’

May 1 To be announced

May 8 Meagan McGrath / Key Club Luncheon

May 15 Breakfast

May 22 Dr. Duncan / Kiwanis Medical Foundation

Committee Meetings

Wed. Apr 8 Bon Appetit Silent Auction - 7:00 a.m. Perkins Restaurant Young Children’s Projects – 12:00 Warren Gencher’s office Mon. Apr 13 Programme – 7:00 pm Lorne Usher’s home Tue. Apr 14 Circle K – 12:00 Anthony McGlynn’s office Direct Assistance 12:00 Kiwanis office Golf 12:00 Apollo Property Mgmt

Happy Birthday to you! … Apr 5 – Bob Vergette, Apr 8 - Ian Peddie, Apr 9 – Howard Whittaker, Apr 10 – Larry Haffner, Ken Nelson, Apr 11 – Don Keyes, Helene Crabb, Apr 23 – Sandra Lee

Come & Join us for Easter Brunch! Sunday, April 12, 2009 11:00 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport - A Family Event - Featuring a Delectable Food Buffet with Prime Rib, Maple Roasted Ham Carving and Omelet Station, crepes and waffles, fruit platters, fresh baked goods, salads, soups, and so much more! There will be an Easter Egg hunt on the main floor of the hotel – bring the kids!Thank you to Alison Poirier and her General Manager, who have offered the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa $5.00 from every Adult ticket sold, to the 1st Easter Buffet to be held at the New Hilton Garden Inn. – Reservations are required. Call Alison at 613-288-9010 to reserve your spot. $39.95 Adults, $12.95 children 12 and under. Note: There will be only 1 seating at 11:00am. 2400 Alert Road, Ottawa, ON. The Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport www.ottawairport.hgi.com is conveniently located at the South End of the Airport Parkway. To access the Parkway, take Bronson Avenue South from the Queensway (Highway 417) East or West off ramps. Ottawa East From the East End of Ottawa, exit Highway 417, at Walkley Road West to the Airport Parkway. The turnoff is on your left, directly after the Oc Transpo bus ... View all directions, map, and airport information

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)

Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region April 6 - May 2, 2009

The Festival has been in continuous existence from 1945 to the present. It was originally known as the Ottawa Music Festival Association until 1985 when the Kiwanis Clubs of the National Capital Region assumed shared responsibility with non-Kiwanian volunteers for the Festival. At that time the name of the organization was changed to the Kiwanis Music Festival. Later the Festival was expanded to include Dance competitions as well as Music. With the incorporation of Dance, the Festival has grown in size from about sixth place in the Province to second place. The Kiwanis Music and Dance Festival Association is responsible for preparing and presenting a competitive Music Festival annually. Altogether, about 10,000 competitors will participate in the Festival. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the Kmdfa, giving over 3, 500 hours of their time each year. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has 2 locations that we need to staff with volunteers. It’s a great opportunity for You to listen to the music and witness the great talent in our city. - Apr 14-18 St. Timothy’s Church at 2400 Alta Vista Drive. - Apr 22-25 Mennonite Church at 1830 Kilborn Avenue. 3 Hour Shifts are 8:30 – 11:30 , 1:00 – 3:00, 6:30 – 9:30 pm We need volunteers to sell the tickets to the audience as they enter – this is an ‘easy sell’ If You are able to staff one of the shifts, please contact Ross Hadwen at 613-225-8179 or inform the Kiwanis office.

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bon Appetit Silent Auction - Tuesday, May 5, 2009 5:30 – 9:00 Aberdeen Pavilion Kiwanis Silent Auction – One Of Our Major Fundraisers *** We need your help to obtain auction items. If you are able to contribute to this year’s event, or if you are able to obtain an item from your business contacts, we’d be interested in more items for fitness, gardening, cycling, house wares, sports, digital and electronic equipment, etc. Think of what you’d like to bid on at an auction. The Bon Appetit is a terrific event for you to invite your business colleagues and friends. 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 funds raised are vital for our continued support of our sponsored youth and children programs. As one of our 4 major fundraisers, the Silent Auction should be well supported.

(Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Club Elections

The Primary Ballots for the Election of next year’s Board of Directors, were sent out last week. They must be returned to the Kiwanis office no later than the close of business on Friday, April 17, 2009. An electronic copy was also sent with instructions on how to vote and return your ballot to the Kiwanis office. The Elections Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at the Kiwanis Office, to count the ballots. Following that, the Final Ballots will go out. Please do your part as a member of this Club, and Vote

If you have any questions about the elections, do not hesitate to contact Immediate Past President Bill Gosewitz, as Chair of the Elections Council, or any of the Past Presidents. Parking at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier As of March 1st we are charged $10.00 for the parking passes purchased at the Fairmont. This cost must be passed on to the members therefore, parking passes for our luncheons is now $10.00. You have the option of purchasing a group of tickets from our office and bypassing the line-up…. Response to Comments at our Annual General Meeting Our AGM ended with a discussion on the future of our Club and a number of the comments require additional response. Your Board of Directors has considered these comments and after our discussions and consultations with others have the following responses: 1. Bob Vergette commented on the number of interclub visits taking place.

At the March 20 luncheon the Interclub and Social Committee conducted a small survey to find out what kind of activities the members were most interested in. 2. George Perrin noted that the dues and fees at our Club were expensive. This is a strategic issue that the Board has been struggling with for some time. The Board has been continuously looking for ways to reduce the operating cost of the Club with some success. The costs for the luncheons however cannot be reduced unless we are prepared to alter our present format. An upcoming survey of the membership will give each of you an opportunity to contribute your ideas on this and other issues. 3. Tom Burnie suggested a regular business meeting at which Club issues could be discussed. At present we have two such meetings each year, the AGM and the semi annual business meeting. This idea has been forwarded to the Programme Committee. 4. Bernie Shinder spoke to the issue of raising money for our Club with life insurance policies. This is an initiative that has existed in our Club for some time and is known as our Legacy Fund. Approximately $82k is in the fund today and there are four additional insurance policies on the lives of Kiwanians - the premiums of which are paid for by those Kiwanians with donations to the Club. 5. Ken Miller, Jackie Holzman and Don Blakslee all made comments regarding the need for the Club to establish or re-establish (in reference to the Duck Race) a major project which all of our members could participate. While the Club is constantly searching for new ideas, at present the Club holds 3 large fund raising events every year; the Bedzzz Race in February, the Bon Appetit Silent Auction in May, and our Golf Tournament in August. These projects are in need of additional support from our members, both to help generate sponsorship to raise money and to volunteer to help run the event. Additionally, our service projects need additional help from our members. Very soon, the Kiwanis Music Festival will need volunteers as will the Read-a-thon. Please consider contributing some of your time to these worthy projects.