Weekly Meeting -St. Patrick's Day - Joan Finnigan - Storyteller

Last week's meeting – Mar 17 Joan Finnigan, a lass with a tuft of white hair, is definitely a wonderful lady to spend time with, as she has many, many stories to share.  She has collected over 400 autobiographies and biographies of the old entertainers from ‘up the line’ and is proud to be part of the uniqueness of the Ottawa Valley, which is not quite the same anywhere else. From Timmins, to Kirkland Lake, from Carp to Brockville, from Eganville to Temiscamine, there are some of the most interesting personalities from across Canada.

Joan shared some of her funny stories that she has captured over the years in her 30 books, and noted that the Ottawa Valley was 85% Irish at one time. You don’t say!? 

Thank you to the Music Committee, who did a great job for St. Patrick’s Day and got the whole room to sing along.

President’s Rose:   Bill Gosewitz, who is Vice-President on our Board of Directors, has definitely made his mark on Kiwanis.  Starting with the Mazerole/Gosewitz/Wood Kiwanis Circle K Endowment Fund which provides direct benefits to University students by way of scholarships, and his continuous support of our Bon Appetit and Golf fundraising projects, to name a few, Bill has no doubt when it comes to supporting our Club. As he once said, “Pay It Forward” and think of a way that you can help another person, or two, or three.

Peter’s Thought for the week: Love is grand, divorce is a hundred grand. OR One tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor

Raffle Prize: Congratulations to Kathleen Holst who won the bottle of Irish Whiskey donated by Bob Vergette, and to Doug McGregor who won a book donated by our guest speaker . Thank you all for contributing, $150 was raised for our General Account.

Fine Session brought in $122 – thanks to Past Presidents Brian Reinke and Ron Wing

Next Club Meeting:

Friday, March 24, 2006, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Laurier Room. Circle K Luncheon Piano Program Virtuoso Pianists! program not to be missed! This program will feature young pianists who are part of the University of Ottawa Circle K Piano Program,  a project that provides children in beacon schools with an opportunity to learn music. The project has been featured on both CBC and CTV. The luncheon will be hosted by our dynamic members of the Circle K clubs that we sponsor. COME ON OUT AND BE PROUD! Please inform us if you are bringing a guest.

Click here to inform the office: mailto:ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org

On the menu: Roasted Lamb Leg, Tomato Fava Beans, Potatoes, Opera Cake  

Head Table, March 24th 1. Trish Bernier 2. Daniel Afram 3   Julia Rosewarne (Introducer) 4. David Rubinoff (Guest Speaker) 5. Bettina Choo (Chair) 6. Andrew Paterson (invocation 7. Sheri-Lynn Fraser ( thanker) 8. Warren Gencher 9. Sarah Speevak 10. Trevin Stratton - guest book Greeters: Zoe Gervais and Tyler Mair

Attendance on Mar 17: Active 50 /129* (*does not include 16 on LOA) Seniors 12/54 Guests 17 Hon/Staff 4 Total 83

Happy Birthday to You! Mar  17 - Tom Beveridge Mar 19 Stephen Smye Mar 26 – Paul Kane Mar 28 - Marcia Saipe Mar 29 - Allan Macintyre Mar 31 Ross Christensen

Committee Meetings Mon Mar 20 Board of Directors 5:45 Staples Tue Mar 21 Golf 12:00 Ottawa Hunt Club Corporate Sponsorship 5:00 Tom Pullen’s office Wed Mar 22 Circle K 12:00 Brymark

LUNCHEON Line-Up

Mar 31 New Members April Fools Luncheon What are they up to now? Do you Dare?

Apr 7 His Excellency Lu Shumin, Ambassador of China to Canada Continuous development in the relations between our countries. Book your guests now, as seating will be limited!

Apr 13 (THURSDAY) Round Table join us for a nice lunch and bring a potential member

Apr 21 Cadets Luncheon Apr 26(WEDNESDAY) Dr. Robert Poupart, Principal of Bishop's University Kiwanis Conventions

Open to all members: April 7-9, 2006 Eastern Canada Key Club Convention, Crown Plaza Hotel.

June 28 - July 2, 2006 91st Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Montreal QC

August 3-5, 2006 89th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, St. John's NFLD

May 11, 2006 EC&C AKtion Club Conference, Casa Loma Castle, Toronto, ON

BON APPETIT Kiwanis Silent Auction Tuesday, May 2, 2006 Aberdeen Pavilion We will be joining forces again this year with the Bon Appetit’s annual gourmet food and wine extravaganza.  This is a wonderful social event so bring your family, friends and business associates to enjoy the food and fellowship.  Our Silent Auction committee needs the assistance of our members to obtain items for the Auction.  Any assistance you can give would be great! The WISH LIST: Golf Clubs Bicycles Jewelry, Furniture Kitchen Aid Mixer, Computers, Barbecue, Camping Equipment, Spa Package, Canoe/Kayak Cellphones, Televisions,Helicopter/Plane Ride&,Fishing Equipment, Hot Air Balloon Ride,Keyboard,Playoff Tickets,Guitar,Laz-y-Boy

President Sam declares, MARCH IS HELPING HANDS MONTH This is an important fundraiser for our club – Every bit counts and its success is based on the efforts of all of us.  Enriching the lives of the people in our community is our club mandate and this fundraiser will directly improve the lives of many.  Sponsored youth, young children, seniors, and the disadvantaged, all rely on our support. Contact Kathleen Holst, Chair of the Helping Hands Committee, at 226-6580, if you have any questions, or any member of the Board of Directors. I can be reached at 834-3647 or email us.bhargava@sympatico.ca

FUNDS Pledged $25,500 Collected $9,575 Helping Hands would like to thank the following people for submitting their pledges for our walk-athon this September; President Sam Bhargava Vince Calzonetti Eddy Cook Jane Flain Martin Diegel Helene Fortin-Crabb Bill Gosewitz Bill Harsh Kathleen Holst Kanta Marwah Dawn Morewood Bill Siekierski Alan Smith Lorne Usher Ron Wing Rita Harper We are one more step closer to the finish line.  GET YOUR PLEDGES IN!

“MUSIC FOR THE MIND Get your tickets !!  The Kiwanis Music Festival and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation present an evening of music and wine appreciation with  a sommelier from Groovy Grapes. Guests will learn about regions, pairing and decanting, while listening to wonderful musical presentations.  Thurs. Mar 30, 2006, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Black Tie optional. Tickets $100 and you will receive a Tax Receipt for the donation portion of your ticket.  Call the Kiwanis office to reserve your ticket A

FRIENDLY REMINDER $$ The Primary Ballot of the Club’s Elections for the 2006-07 Board of Directors,  will be mailed out on April 7, 2006 to all members “in good standing”.  Our Club By-laws state that “The Elections Committee shall send out to each Active, Privileged and Senior member in good standing, a nominating ballot which will 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 being two (2) months in arrears in the payment of dues and/or financial obligations. If you have a BALANCE owing on your account, please be sure to bring it up to date by March 30th. If you need to discuss your account, please call us at 233-1900.  Thank you.

OUR COMMITTEES ARE THE HEART OF OUR CLUB and how we get work done. Because the committees are so important, we want members and guests to have a better understanding of the work that you do, and we are introducing a segment in our weekly luncheons, called Committee Snapshots. The committee chairs will have an opportunity to give a 2-minute overview on what is going on in their committee.  Each Committee Chair will be required to give a Committee Snapshot which will be coordinated by Rita Harper. (NOTE:  if any member of the Club knows of a Potential Member and wants some assistance, please contact Rita as her  role has increased to include working with the Membership Committee and she will be the main contact for Potential Members.)

Sympathy of the Club goes out to Harold Moore and his wife, Norma, in memory of Norma’s sister, Helen LaRose, who passed away at the age of 68. Funeral services held on Monday. Our thoughts go out to Norma and Harold at this time.

“MUSSELS AND FRIES DINNER” – Once again the Club Kiwanis de Hull invites you join them  * UNDER THE BIG TOP *, beside the golf course, on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, 6:30 p.m. at the CHÂTEAU CARTIER (THE OLD CHAUDIÈRE  CLUB), 1170 Aylmer Road, Aylmer. Cost is only $40 and you get to share in the Kiwanis fellowship.   Free parking The “MUSSELS AND FRIES DINNER”, gives all profits to “La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie”.  Please note that we will service Penne and salad for those who would rather leave the mussels to others !  “La maison”, is a non-profit organization, that welcomes sick Outaouais residents in the terminal phases of illness.  The philosophy of “La Maison” is to respond to their needs in a comfortable, family-oriented environment.    Last year, the Hull Kiwanis presented  “La Maison” with  close to $15,000. and this year, they are aiming for $17,000!  As Public Relations Director for this event, Robert Normand is inviting and encouraging all clubs in Division 12 to send an interclub to this dinner.  COME AND FLEX YOUR MUSSELS WITH US FOR A GREAT CAUSE, AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!For information, please call Robert Normand at 771-0984.

FREE to a good home due to the owner's allergy, "Smudge", a 12-year-old fixed female feline. She has no front claws and cannot scratch furnishings. Smudge has lived her entire life indoors and is afraid of her own shadow, but is very affectionate and vocal once she gets to know you. Comes with litter box, litter and two-part feeding dish. Available for pickup almost immediately at mutuallly convenient time. Call Larry Haffner at 724-3878.