Weekly Meeting - Robert C. Lee, President RCL International Inc., “Life as a Foreign Diplomat as Trade Commissioner for Canada”

Robert (Bob) Lee reflected on his 39 years as a member of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Services in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he was responsible for promoting Canadian goods and services, and investment and strategic alliances. Trade commissioners are amongst those public servants who are paid to be entrepreneurial and Bob had to promote Canadian products and the sale of those products, as well as research other opportunities in trade matters. Travel was one of the exciting benefits of being a Trade Commissioner and he had the opportunity to live in United States, Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia, Indonesia, as well as Montreal and Ottawa. This was also a challenge for his family with three children, as he was posted every 2 to 3 years and often had to find a home after arriving in his new location, and set up new doctors, dentists, schools, auto mechanics, etc. as well as seek spousal employment if it wasn’t already available. He had to be organized, focused, and flexible. He enjoyed networking with many different types of people, and, attended many events where there was always wonderful food, which he explained was responsible for his extra pounds. His wife, Young-Hae Lee, who was one of our guests, was a tremendous support to Bob, and is the President of the Canada Korean Society, so she also promoted bilateral relations.

One Can Make a Difference President’s Rose – Barb Perrin Barb has grown up with Kiwanis since her dad, George, has been an involved member of our club for 45 years. She has been on our Board of Directors for the past 2 years and was re-elected to serve as a Director again for the new Kiwanis year starting October 1. Barb has participated on many committees - Tv Auction, Benefit Dinner, Ways and Means and Duck Race. She assisted with the start-up of our former Charitable Gift Planning Committee, now called the Legacy Fund Committee, which is a way for members to contribute to our Club through private donations. She contributes to the Bed Race Committee, and was happy to bring along her teenage son to assist with the bed building, and, on the day of the Bed Race. Since 1995-96 she has worked closely with the Kiwanis Music Festival Committee and has been our liaison with the Music Festival’s Board of Directors for more than 10 years, reporting regularly to our Board. Each year our Club provides 3 scholarships for music students, and our Music Festival committee has also increased our support to include funding of $5,000 for operations. Kiwanis encourages young people to excel in their musical talent and the late Past President Sol Max would certainly agree with our contribution and support. There are up to 10,000 children participating in the Festival now, and this is a major undertaking for the Kiwanis Music Festival organizers, who are mostly volunteers. Barb is working very closely with the organizers now, as they are preparing for some administrative changes in the next few years. They made a recent presentation to our Board of Directors, explaining the depth of the work required, and Kiwanis may be looking at a more involved participation from every Kiwanis Club. Barb, thank you for your commitment and leadership to our youth, you set an example to us all, and You Make A Difference!

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Bob Garrow and Will Thompson, who each won the raffle of 2 gift certificates for $25 to the Lone Star, donated by the Bed Race Committee; and to Steve Tanner who won the raffle of a beautiful tissue box cover from Hong Kong donated by Dawn Morewood. Thank you all for contributing, $62.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $38.00.

President Bill’s Thought for the Week Swimming – what real men do while boys play football.

Next Kiwanis Meeting

Thursday, July 10, 5:30pm, Family Night at Rapidz Ballpark (Note replaces July 11h luncheon meeting) Supper 5:30 pm Game 7:05 pm Food & beverage voucher $10 each Game ticket $ 4 each Pre-paid members will automatically receive 2 food & beverage vouchers + 1 game ticket. For your guests, they can simply pay for the game ticket of $4.00, and they can purchase their food on-site off the menu. Parking $5 (payable at the booth upon arrival) We’ll meet in the picnic area. Please R.S.V.P. to the Kiwanis office 613-233-3718 or email Helene Crabb by Monday, June 30th President Bill will be throwing the opening pitch and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will be recognized for 90 years of service to the community. It is a family activity and we would like to see many Kiwanians and their families in attendance. If people only want tickets and no food vouchers, that is perfectly acceptable. We want a crowd to cheer President Bill and the Rapidz!

Summer Luncheon Line-Up

“As per the recommendation of the Programme Committee and the approval of the Board of Directors, the summer programs have been reduced to accommodate the members and to provide you with more time for your family. Be sure to join us at the many events we have planned for families. Helene Crabb, Chair, Programme Committee

Fri. Jul.18 - no meeting scheduled

Fri. Jul.25 - Fairmont Chateau Laurier – Round Table and tour of hotel 12:15 – 1:30

Fri. Aug.1 - no meeting scheduled

Fri. Aug.8 - Mexicali Rosa’s at Dow’s Lake for Round Table 12:00 – 1:30 Fri.

Aug.15 - President’s Meeting, Fairmont Chateau Laurier 12:15 – 1:45 Fri.

Aug.22 - Family Picnic at Rcmp Long Island Camp in Manotick, 2:00 – 8:00 PM

Committee Meetings

Wed. Jul 2 Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Hotel Mayor's Canada Day Breakfast for Seniors - Aberdeen Pavilion

Urgent!!! Volunteers Needed Our Community Services Committee is once again looking for at least 20 volunteers to serve breakfast to 4,000 Seniors on Tuesday, July 1. All volunteers must check in for 6:45am and get their t-shirt and cap, and grab a quick bite to eat. Immediately Contact Wayne French on his cell 613-222-7192 if you can help out, and he will provide you with more details.

Note re Office Administration

As was announced at our Annual General Meeting in January, the Board of Directors made a strategic decision to reduce our administration costs this fiscal year. Effective today, Mike Kruger is no longer working at the Kiwanis office. We thank Mike for his service to the Club and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Due to our reduced summer schedule for meetings, we will be inviting Mike back to a luncheon in July or August, so that we can give him our proper goodbyes. The Board encourages members to provide regular volunteer time, if possible, to assist with some of the duties in the Kiwanis office. We trust the members will come forward and volunteer when they can, as the office provides a very needed resource to keep our club operations, community services, and fundraising projects running smoothly. Please inform Rita of your availability. President Bill Gosewitz

Happy Birthday Jun.30 Barry Weatherdon Jul.1 Ed Mulkins Jul.8 Albert Monsour

A Kiwanis fundraising opportunity

‘Classic Amusements’ is offering to put on a “Carnival Fun For the Whole Family” with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, and is looking for a location. We are in the process of trying to find a shopping centre parking lot or suitable large outside location for this event, as we are only responsible for finding the location. The proposed date is the first weekend in August. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Kiwanis office at 613-233-1900 As Soon As Possible.

Interclubs

The following attended an Interclub at the Aktion Clubs Ottawa West & Bytown on Thursday, June 19, 2008 Helene Crabb, Lt. Governor David Daubney, Kathleen Holst, Harold Moore, & Dave Trigger. 2008-09

Membership Roster

A notice will be sent out to all members asking you if there are any changes to your information in the roster. Please be sure to return the form to the Kiwanis office by July 25, 2008, as we would like to get the rosters printed for October 1. Thanks.

Committee Selection Sheet

Committee selection sheets will be sent out to you shortly, asking which Committee you would like to serve on, as of October 1. Be sure to select a committee where you feel you can best serve the club and your community, and one that also will provide you with enjoyment in the club.

Good News Network – Congratulations!! to Jackie Holzman Jackie is the recipient of the first honorary diploma ever awarded from the School of Business, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality at Algonquin College.

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.