Weekly Meeting - Senator Joyce Fairbairn on Literacy

“Literacy is the foundation of everything we do” stressed Senator Joyce Fairbairn, who has been an advocate of literacy for many years. Traveling across Canada early in her career she started to debate on literacy – “our country’s hidden shame”, and was pleased when the National Literacy Secretariat was founded. It is necessary for each and every person to reach their potential and to have a productive life. Statistics have not improved in the past 3 decades and today, nine million adults in Canada do not function at literacy levels needed to get a good job. What about the citizens who can cast a ballot, or a senior citizen who can’t read their medication?. We should no longer be ‘the great enablers’ and improving literacy must be a national priority. This is the 150th Anniversary of the literacy movement in Canada dn organizations like Kiwanis need to reach out to their community and promote awareness of literacy issues.

Thank you to the performers from the Kiwanis Music Festival; 20-year old Kodi Cannon who sang for us with Mark Ferguson on Piano. We were surprised to hear Kodi’s voice knowing that he has had no formal training and has been with the Festival for only 2 years! Attendance 46 = Members 36, guests 10

Raffle

Congratulations to Mary Lynn McCurrach from Senator Fairbairn’s office, who won the raffle of a great jacket donated by Mike Zanon. Thank you all for your contributions, $70 was raised for our General Account. Fines/Happy Dollars $71! Thank you

One Can Make A Difference – President’s Rose - Helene Crabb

Helene joined our club in 2004 sponsored by Vice-President Martin Diegel. In her professional capacity she provides translation for many communications, and we are fortunate that she provides some of the translation for our club. She is a very involved member and volunteers for many of our hands-on projects, and is a pleasure to work with. Last spring she took on the personal task of organizing another Music Recital at Ottawa University, where talented youth were showcased, including her own daughter. This was Helene’s own initiative as a way for her to contribute to our club. This year she agreed to Chair the Programme Committee for the 2nd year in a row. This is a demanding job with a lot of input from a very forthright committee. Helene is doing a great job coordinating the speaker line-up, she provides excellent minutes of her meetings, and she inspires collaboration from her committee members. Thank you Helene! You are Making A Difference!

Next Luncheon Meeting, Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:15 – 1:45 Cristi Cooke, Majority Marketing, “More Women – More Money” The founder of Majority Marketing, Cristi believes that in order for men to sell more, it would be helpful if they had more information about how women buy. Therefore, Majority Marketing’s core purpose is to show businesspeople how to sell to women. With some of Canada’s and Europe’s largest financial institutions and law firms as her clients, Cristi’s program has helped clients achieve as much as a 30% increase in sales. Join Cristi and her great sense of humour combined with a wealth of serious research, as she shows you the top strategies you need to know about selling to women.

Upcoming Luncheons

Apr 3 New Members’ Luncheon – "Politics like you have never seen it"

Apr 9 *** Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Laurier (no luncheon scheduled for Good Friday, April 10th)

Apr 17 Rob Boyd, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

Committee Meetings

Mon Mar 23 Board of Directors, 5:30 Staples 403 Bank Street Wed Mar 25 Bon Appetit Silent Auction 12:00 Algonquin Restaurant International Mon Mar 30 Cadets 7:00pm Cartier Square Drill Hall

Happy Birthday to our March birthday babies … Mar 29 – Allan Macintyre, and, Mar 31 – Ross Christensen.

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

Can You Help The Rotary Club Of Ottawa

We received a request from the Rotary Club of Ottawa, which was approved by our Board of Directors, for us to approach our membership. They are looking for host families to help them accommodate 220 students coming to Ottawa from across Canada to participate in their club’s Adventure in Citizenship program, now in its 59th year. They are short accommodation for 40 students. The students spend 4 days participating in this program designed to develop their potential as leaders, from May 3 -6, 2009. The Host family would be required to drive them to their location in the morning and to pick them up at night for 3 days – on the 4th day they just drop them off. Rotary has 65 members and is seeking some assistance to help these youth. If you can help, please contact Rotary directly at 613-860-1521 and ask for Margot Nicholls - or email her at rotaryottawa@magma.ca Please indicate to Margot that you are with the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Thanks for your consideration of this request – they will really appreciate your help.

(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

If You Are Interested in joining this committee, contact Vp Phil Rossy at phil.rossy@rogers.com or 613-592-1230 *** 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. In 2008, thanks to the help of our club members and our donors, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $30,000 These funds 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. If you would like to volunteer the day of the event, please sign up on the sheets at the luncheons, or give Phil Rossy a call.

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

At the Board of Directors meeting on March 23 the Board approved the following 1. Resignations: a) Lee Barette, transferred to Freedom 55 Financial in Toronto b) Jeff Kyle, Ottawa Senators. Corporate membership pending for 2 new members from the Ottawa Senators. 2. New Application Michelle Hutchinson, Audit Manager with Ernst & Young, sponsored by Dawn Morewood and Bill Siekierski. Michelle was a member of Circle K Univ of West Indies and Key Club at Queen’s High School, Jamaica. Member of Toastmasters. If You Have Any Objections, please send a note to President Peter Patafie, no later than April 3, 2009.

Official Notice - Club Elections

Our Club Bylaws state that “the Elections Committee shall send out to each Active and Senior member ‘in good standing’ a nominating ballot, which shall list in alphabetical order, all Active and Senior members of the club.” This list will contain only those names of the Club members in good standing as defined in Article 5, a member is not in good standing if (‘ a member being two (2) months in arrears in the payment of dues and/or financial obligations). The Club’s Primary Ballot for the elections of next year’s Board of Directors will be mailed out on April 1, 2009.

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-West Annual Lobster Fest

The Lobsterfest is just around the corner and we are looking again for your support this year. Bring along friends and family and enjoy the fellowship, great food and a superb band. Friday, May 22/09 Centurion Centre, 170 Colonnade Road. Social Hour 5:30 /Dinner 6:30 / 8:00 Dancing to the tunes of the Stevens&Kennedy Band, and again we will have a silent and live auction and surprises!!” Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by calling 613-787-9977. “We look forward to hearing from you. See you there! Germaine Barr, President, Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-West (formerly Westboro)

Sympathy of the Club

Sympathy of the Club goes out to the family of Roger Phillion who passed away in Florida on February 28, 2009. Many of our club members will remember Roger as the Duck Race man who drove the Duck Bus and sold Duck Race tickets to everyone!.. He was an avid volunteer for Cheo, selling ducks for the children and also a Kiwanian with the Kiwanis Club of Westboro. A celebration of Roger's life will be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2009 in the Beechwood National Memorial from 10 am - 11 am, followed by a Service in Memory in the Sacred Space at 11 am. Interment in the National Military Cemetery.