Scott Bradford noted that October 3rd has been named Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Day, and that 200,000 kids have been served by the Club. Many are underprivileged and have serious problems but with the help of the Boys and Girls Club, they have been steered in the right direction. He stressed the need for a safe and healthy environment that many of the kids they serve don’t have – instead they have addicted parents, poverty, obesity, mental health issues, neglect, bullying, discrimination, and some are victims of war.
The Club gives them a chance to improve their lives, with role models who treat them with respect, and help them find their confidence. Constable Matt Clarke, of the Ottawa Police Services, grew up in the neighborhood of the Foster Farm Community, and gave first-hand account of how his life changed when he joined the Club, and how they are a lifeline to many children. They helped him get his feet on the ground and now he knows that ‘the sky is the limit’.
One Can make a Difference – President’s Rose - Wayne French
Wayne was Chair of the former Benefit Dinner Committee and the Duck Race Committee, and was a very instrumental part of the Duck Race, transporting Coach Quacky. In 1998 he came up with the idea of a Duck Bus and arranged with Blue Line to donate the bus to sell duck tickets all over the city. Wayne was elected to the Board, served as Director for two years and was elected Vice-President in 1994-95. He spent time on many other committees, including Music, Programme, Interclub Sports and Social, and Senior Citizens. He has attended many Interclub meetings, and since his wife, Firma, is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Bytown, he also tags along for some of their club events. For Canada Day, Wayne is the coordinator for our club’s volunteers for the Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast, where our club serves breakfast to over 4,000 Seniors. He does this quietly and without much fuss. This year, Wayne has agreed to Chair the Kiwanis Medical Foundation Committee, to work with the trustees and assist with requests for medical research and treatment. Wayne, Thank You for helping us to Make A Difference.
Congratulations to Tom Spence and Bob Vergette, who each won the raffle of a Ball Cap donated by Warren Gencher, and to guest Digger MacDougall, who won the raffle of a case of beer brought back from Naples by Wayne Beaudoin. Thank you all for contributing, $50 was raised for our General Account. $69 from the Fine Session. Thank you.
Next Kiwanis Luncheon, Friday, November 28, 2008 12:15-1:45 p.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, Adam Room General W.J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces “The Canadian Forces today, our mission, and our challenges within the current international situation with an Afghanistan context” The world is witnessing an ever-changing security environment and often economic situations reflect security. The Canadian Forces have a vital role to play in support of domestic operations and making enormous contributions throughout the world. General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, will highlight the Cf role in working with other government agencies in Canada, arctic sovereignty and our contributions to the international mission in Afghanistan. Family care and support as well as force retention efforts have become important issues and priorities for the CF. The CF is preparing today for the challenges of tomorrow.
Note: Our Sponsored Key Clubbers will be at this Friday’s luncheon (Nov 28) to collect Canadian Tire money for their Toy Mountain initiative. If you have any Canadian Tire money at home, why not bring it in for this great project. Cash can also be donated and the Key Clubbers will use those funds to purchase toys for Toy Mountain. Thank you!
Mon Nov 24 Cadets 7:00 pm Cartier Square Drill Hall Wed Nov 26 Direct Assistance 12:00 Kiwanis office Kiwanis Medical Foundation to be announced to committee.
Luncheon Line-up - Be Sure To Join Us and Invite A Guest….
Dec 5 Round Table at Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Dec 7 ** Sunday – Family Christmas Party 12:00 – 2:00 Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Dec 12 Peter Tilley, Ottawa Food Bank
Dec 19 Members Christmas Party – more to follow soon
Dec 26 No Luncheon Meeting scheduled
Sympathy of the Club
Sympathy of the Club goes out to Harold Feder and his wife, Lynn, in memory of Lynn's mother, Yetta Rockman, who died suddenly on November 18th, at the age of 75. Funeral was held in Montreal on Friday, November 21st. Our thoughts are with Lynn and Harold, and their family at this time.
Health of the Club
Rob Thompson suffered a heart attack while playing hockey last Monday and thankfully, the goalie, who is a fireman, performed CPR immediately. There was also a defibrillator available which they used to get Rob’s heart started. He has recovered well with no complications and there is no permanent damage - Rob phoned the office on Monday to give us an update. Rob was in the Critical Care Unit at the Heart Institute last week and is now in a regular room. He has had an angiogram and they will be deciding the next steps to take this week. No Visitors at this time please.
Good News Network
Congratulations to Ian Hendry, Partner of Hendry Warren Llp Chartered Accountants, who won the “Professional Services of the Year” Award at the Chamber of Commerce Ottawa Business Achievement Awards on Nov 20th. Congratulations also to Eric & Geri Cosgrove of Royal LePage Performance Realty, who was one of the Finalists for the ‘Professional Services of the Year”. Congratulations also to Dominic Ferrarotto of Ferano Construction, Steve Georgopoulos of Les Suites Hotel, and Ian Sterling of Doherty and Associates, who were nominated as Finalists for the ‘Business Person of the Year’, which was won by Cyril Leeder of the Ottawa Senators.
Supporting HIV Aids project
As part of Unicef/Kiwanis Project to combat Hiv/Aids in the Caribbean Countries, each Kiwanis club has a target of $1,200 per year, which will be matched by the Kiwanis Foundation. Personal donations are also accepted. The target is $1,000,000 over 3 years. You are welcome to place an order for Yellow Shirts at a price of $25 with Lt. Governor Sam Bhargava. These are finely-tailored Cotton shirts available in Long and Short Sleeves for both men and women. Excellent value for your money and part of the proceeds will go to a very worthy cause of helping Hiv Aids Children in the Caribbean. The shirts are available in Small to Xxxl. Please email your order to Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org The shirts will be brought from Jamaica in early February
Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program
For the past 10 years our very own Angela Cummings has been spearheading a program to prepare and deliver Christmas Baskets to families in need within our community. The Direct Assistance Committee has been asked by Angela to assist this year and we are looking to make even more of an impact in the community. A donation of $75 will provide a basket of food to feed a family of 5 – there are many families in our region who need our help at this time of year. We are asking for your help in 2 possible ways. Ask your friends, family or corporations to make a donation to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa – we will need a list of donors and full addresses along with their donation amount, to provide a charitable tax receipt. Please be aware 100% of the funds will go to this program. All donations must be confirmed by December 5th to provide time for us to arrange the baskets and all funds must be received by December 12th December 20th – we need volunteers to help deliver the spirit of Christmas to the families in need. We will meet on Saturday morning at the Food Basics at Hampton Park where boxes will be loaded into vehicles and delivered – To confirm your availability please send an email to Bill Gosewitz at email@example.com with the headline – Christmas baskets.
Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors
The dinner is at 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. Thanks for helping us to Make a Difference!
Kiwanis Christmas Party (Members)
Sold Out Friday, November 28, 2008 Villa Lucia
An Evening Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein
The Kiwanis Club of Kanata presents ”An Evening with the new Justice Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein”. Justice Rothstein will be speaking on the workings of the Supreme Court Tuesday, December 2nd 2008, Kanata Legion, 70 Hines Road, Kanata. Reception 6:00 p.m, Dinner 7:00 p.m Beef Tenderloin & Salmon. $30.00 at Door, Program 8:00pm - Guest Speaker Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein Funds raised to the Kanata Food Cupboard! Donations of baby food & Diapers would be appreciated
If you are interested in joining an Interclub with a group from our club, please contact Bob Garrow. Kanata Kiwanis Idol Christmas Party Sunday December 14th, Kiwanis Idol Christmas Party, 5 pm Dinner, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm entertainment at Villa Lucia Supper Club, 3024 Carling Ave. tickets $4 Annual Family Christmas Party
The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa invites you to attend the annual Family Christmas party, Sunday, December 7, 2008, 12:00 – 2:00 Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ballroom, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa *** Hot Sit-down Meal with a Special Dessert / Cash Bar *** Entertainment by Dominic D’Arcy and his Rising Stars, Clowns, jugglers, elves and, of course, Santa!! To help us order the correct amount of food and enough “goodie bags” for the children, please fax the following information to the Kiwanis office at 613-233-3718 or email your guests’ names to firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to reserve a table of 8, please inform the office. If you don’t have 8 people at your table, why not invite another Kiwanian and their family to sit with you.