Weekly Meeting - Peter Tilley, Ottawa Food Bank

‘What's on the menu?', is most likely our daily dilemma, and it's hard to believe that many families in our community rely on the Ottawa Food Bank to get their basic meal. Peter Tilley pointed out that they have a warehouse with 10,500 square feet at 1317 Michael Street and 43,000 people rely on this service every month. Their territory is from Stittsville to Rockland to Casselman, and a family can only go to the Food Bank once a month for a 3-4 day supply. Only 10% of their budget comes from government funding, with 90% from general donations. Working with partner organizations that can provide bulk purchases, allows $1 in donations to equal $5 in food going back into the community. Healthier food is also provided for families, ensuring that the basic food guide is followed.

Families don’t choose to live in poor conditions and they did not wish this upon their children – that is why the Ottawa Food Bank is there – to help them through the difficult times and to make sure they do not have to choose between the other necessities of life and food. Thank You to everyone who contributed to the pot being passed around.. $623.50 was collected from our members and guests.

eDge Correction Missed last week! Thank You Santa!! The one who is always certain to get the children screaming in delight when he walks into the room... thank you for your contribution to the party, Ken Miller! Photos taken by Kanta Marwah at the Kiwanis Family Christmas Party will be available if members wish to purchase a print from the office

One can make a difference – President’s Rose – Peter Nadeau

President Peter was pleased to invite President-Elect Peter Nadeau to the podium and thanked him for his support so far this year. He was introduced to our club in 1990 by Past President Tom Spence, and due to due to business pressures, resigned from our club in 2000, then rejoined our club in 2002. He was appointed Honorary Secretary of our Board of Directors for 2003-04 and in 2004-05 he was elected to the Board as a Director. In his capacity as a Lawyer, he is often assigned tasks which require his professional expertise, often advising us in areas of a controversial nature. This year Peter was elected to the position of President-Elect. He never misses a Board meeting, or the separate Executive Meetings which are held at 7:00 a.m., and he is always there when needed. He is devoted and committed, and offers strong support to President Peter.

Raffle

Congratulations to 2 Key Club students who won a Norman Rockwell book donated by Kathleen Holst and the Ottawa Senators tickets donated by Past Lt. Governor Rick Barrigar. David Daubney won the raffle of 2 tickets to the Nac Orchestra donated by Jackie Holzman. Thank you all for contributing; $127 was raised for our General Account.

Next Kiwanis Luncheon

Friday, December 19, 2008 12:15 – 1:45, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, Adam Room Annual Kiwanis Alumni Luncheon ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so come join friends old and new at the second annual Kiwanis Club of Ottawa alumni lunch this Friday. Some 200 former members have been invited and we want you there to welcome them. Cocktails, round table lunch, Mark Max’s incomparable lyrics as rendered by the music committee, a lively happy dollar and fine session. No Head Table 12:00 – 12:30 Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar 12:30 – 1:00 Lunch will be served 1:00 - 1:45 Music Entertainment, Happy Dollars…. Feel free to walk around the room to greet friends.

Committee Meetings

Mon Dec 15 Board of Directors 5:30 Staples 403 Bank Street. Wed. Dec. 18 Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo [<p>]Luncheon Line-up Dec 26 No luncheon meeting scheduled Jan 2 No luncheon meeting scheduled Jan 9 President's Meeting - Membership 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

Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program

We Need Approximately 20 More Drivers for December 20. This year we have undertaken to continue the great work which was started 10 years ago by our Fellow Kiwanian Angela Cummings. We have been collecting pledges and to date we have collected $5,600 and are expecting to provide food baskets for 60 families in need. Remember the sage words…..’Giving In Its Purest Form…Expects Nothing In Return’. (Secret Santa). Our delivery of the food will take Place on Saturday, December 20th from the Food Basics at Hampton Park Plaza (Carling and Kirkwood) We are in Need of More Drivers to deliver the baskets. This project will take Only One Hour Or Two of your time and you will be providing the true meaning of Community Service to those in need within our community. Please Contact Bill Gosewitz To Volunteer – Bill Gosewitz greygoose@rogers.com with the headline – Christmas baskets.

Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

December 25 - Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors – 11:30 am, Thursday, December 25 – The Good Companions Centre at 670 Albert Street will feature Traditional Turkey Luncheon with all the trimmings. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased from Past President Neil McDonald, Sandra Presley, or the Good Companions Centre at 613-236-0428 Volunteers are needed as follows: a. Wed. Dec.24, 10:00 – 12:00 - to set up the room (10 people required) b. Thu. Dec.25, 11:00 – 2:00 - to serve the meal, and help with clean up (10 people required) If you can volunteer for either day, please contact Neil McDonald at 613-725-2128 or by email neil@capitalbenefit.ca Thanks for helping us to Make a Difference! (Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Membership Rosters Are Here! The new rosters are here and they look great! Thanks to Jan Mansfield and MansfieldRodney Printing. www.mansfieldrodney.com Thank you to Ken Birch and Don Keyes for their personal efforts in obtaining advertising for the Roster and thank you to the members who purchased an ad. These funds cover all the roster costs and contribute to our General Account. Remember to pick up your copy if you come by the Kiwanis office –they will be available at the December 19th Luncheon. The balance will be mailed. Extra rosters cost $10 each.

Health of the Club

Ken Birch is in the Ottawa General Hospital, Room 5108, and is happy to accept visitors.

Rob Thompson is recovering from double-bypass surgery, and is doing well. He is no longer in the hospital and can be reached by email robert.d.thompson@international.gc.ca

Art Conrad is at the Elisabeth Bruyere Centre, Room 636, 43 Bruyere St., and is recuperating from a broken hip. He is accepting visitors and expects to go home on Dec 23rd. 613-562-6262

Father Bill More accepts visitors at the Madonna Nursing Home at Room #266 – 1533 St Joseph Blvd. Orleans. His direct line is 613-590-3261

Vic Whittaker had a heart attack flying back from London, England, and the plane had to land in Nfld. He then flew to Ottawa and had heart surgery. He is doing well and recuperating at home.

Good News Network

Congratulations to Harold Moore on the birth of his 1st Great Grandson who was born to his grandson Dylan Moore and Justina. Wyatt Moore was born on November 21st!

Programme

President's Meeting Friday, January 9th - 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!

Interclub

f you are interested in attending an Interclub, where a few members of our club attend a meeting of another Kiwanis Club, please contact Bob Garrow, Chair of the Interclub Committee. Bob will be keeping an eye on upcoming meetings and they will be noted in the eDge when an Interclub is organized. (Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bedzzz Race Saturday, February 7, 2009 - The Committee is happy to announce that Bedzzz is returning once again to be the Title Sponsor of our Bed Race, with Allstream as Presenting Sponsor and Opl as a Gold Sponsor. Every year this event captures the attention of more and more participants and registered Bed Race Teams are increasing. For 2009, the Committee goal is 60 teams - why not organize your Team and register early! More teams means higher net proceeds, which will be used to increase our Community Services funding. Bedzzz Race 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 at 613-234-1142, or Michael.zanon@standardlife.ca

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 at 613-741-0741 if you are interested in buying tickets – he will also have them at our Friday luncheons.