Weekly Meeting - The Honorable Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West Nepean

The Honorable Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West Nepean, talked to us about the perfect storm developing in our health care system. With baby boomers aging, living longer and, in general, less fit as a society, he stressed the importance of our individual responsibility for taking better care of our health and that of our children. In 2004, 28% of Ontario children and youth and almost 60% of adults were overweight or obese, costing our health care system approximately $1.6 billion annually. In 1992, 34% of Ontario's budget went towards health care. This has increased to 46% in 2007. The barrage of video games and Internet access are just some of the causes for the 300% increase in child obesity over the past 15 years. Also, diet, nutrition and exercise, or the lack thereof , play a big part. In June 2005, the Ontario government created the Ministry of Health Promotion to deliver programs that promote healthy choices and healthy lifestyles. By creating a culture of wellness, we will have fewer customers for our hospitals and increased savings as taxpayers. To learn more about a healthy Ontario, you can visit their website at http://www.healthyontario.com

One Can Make a Difference President’s Rose - Harold Feder

Harold Feder joined our club in 1996 sponsored by Barb Perrin. He was Chair of the Youth & Community Services Committee in 1999-2000. Harold’s concern for his fellow human definitely shone through on the committee, for as you know, the members of the Youth & Community Services committee must often correspond with those less fortunate in our city. He was Chair of our Sponsored Youth - Circle K Committee in 2000-01. He is still involved with the Circle K and a committed supporter of the students. In 2003-04 Harold was elected to serve as on our Board of Directors. His professionalism and his attention to detail make Harold an excellent Board member. This year, Harold accepted the position of Chair of our Strategic Planning committee which provides guidance and clarity to our organizational structure and future plans for our club. He also found time to put together a Kiwanis hockey team, and they will be playing in their second tournament of the year on April 11-15. Harold has been referred to as being ‘very grounded’, and he is often approached for guidance by our members. Thank you for Making a Difference Harold!

President Neil’s Thought For the Week - Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Ian Sterling, who won the raffle of a stainless steel thermos and cups with coffee, donated by Dawn Morewood. Thank you all for contributing, $82.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $48.10.

NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING

Friday February 9, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room. Valentine’s Day Luncheon with Capital City Chorus, 45 male voices to serenade you! The Capital City Chorus is a premier men's performing chorus, with close to 100 active members, based in Ottawa, Canada's Capital Region. The chorus performs a large repertoire of songs, the core of which are fine old songs in the barbershop style, but which also include popular tunes, songs from shows, gospel songs, hymns and anthems. Invite your spouse, partner, special friend or bring a guest! *** Please inform the office by Tuesday, if you are bringing a guest.***

Luncheon Line-Up

Feb.16 Patrick McGarry, McGarry Family Chapels, Hulse Playfair & McGarry

Feb.23 To be announced

Mar.2 Membership Focus Day - Invite a friend/business colleague to learn about Kiwanis!

Committee Meetings Tue.Feb.6 Bedzzz Race, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Thu.Feb.8 Key Club, 8:00am, Trane Canada Mon.Feb.12 Program, 7:00pm, TBA Tue.Feb.13 Bon Appetit, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River Membership Engagement & Retention, 7:00pm, Barry Weatherdon’s Wed.Feb.14 Partners in Caring Game!

Happy Birthday Feb.4 Sally Burks Feb.5 Rick Barrigar & Rob Thompson Feb.6 Barb Perrin & Max Kilongozi

Bed Race message from President Neil McDonald

The Board of Directors will once again have a bed in the Bed Race – if we can find someone brave enough to sit on the bed!.. I am asking you, on behalf of our team, “The HeadBoards”, to please take a minute and consider making a pledge to our Team. This is an easy way for you to support the Bed Race fundraiser and to save your Head Boards from being on the bottom of the list of pledge seekers!

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa & The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club - Partners in Caring Game We will be putting together a group to sell 50/50 tickets on February 14. Bring a friend along to help out. All you need is a loud voice. We still need 6 or 7 more sellers so if you can help, contact Jackie Holzman 613-729-9710 or email her at jackiefh@rogers.com Proceeds of the evening go to YM/YWCA, Roger’s House and Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Youth initiatives. Wednesday February 14, 2007. Hat Trick Sponsorship and Face-off Sponsorships are still available. Last year we ran out of bonus game tickets so remember to get your ticket order in early. If you are not interested in purchasing 10 tickets (with two free tickets), please consider buying a two or four ticket package. If you cannot attend, Tom Spence has arranged to donate tickets to the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs. For more information please contact Tom Spence 613-741-0741.

Membership Committee Announcement "Invite a Friend/Colleague to Kiwanis Day on March 2” - Membership recruitment is a club responsibility. Our goal is to bring in 20 new regular member and 12 corporate members for 2007! How can you help? Invite a friend or colleague to our Kiwanis luncheon on March 2, or any Friday leading up to March 2. The prospective member will be a guest of the club so no cost to you! (or you can use a pink chit). Please be sure to inform the office if you are bringing a guest and if they are a prospective member.

Kiwanis Idol Red Carpet Showcase – Saturday, February 10, 2007 All the best Idol's from the last three years. This will be a great Kiwanis event with a lot of media. The singers will all arrive in limos on the Red Carpet. Don't miss this Kiwanis Night at Centrepointe Theatre and support Kiwanis Idol as well. Tickets prices are: Adult $20.00, Youth $15.00, Student Rush tickets day of $10.00 and are available through Centerpointe Box Office or online at http://www.centrepointetheatre.com/index_en.html

CLUB ELECTIONS are coming! $$ A reminder that we are approaching our Club Elections in the next 2 months and will be sending out the Primary Ballots on March 30, 2007 (already!). Please make sure that your Account is up-to-date at the Kiwanis office, to ensure that you have voting privileges. If you have any questions about the balance of your account, please contact Mike Kruger. Thank you.

Bon Appetit!!! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - MARK YOUR CALENDARS - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 5:30 - 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 8th Annual Silent Auction at the Bon Appetit Food and Beverage Extravaganza at Lansdowne Park. 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. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be obtained from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings. The Kiwanis Silent Auction, showcases over 125 items and we are asking ALL members to consider providing items in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off. This is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, or for your business associates, while supporting one of our major fundraisers. Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa raised over $300,000 through its many fund raising initiatives, and thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000. Donor Slips will be available at the luncheons for you to complete, or contact the Kiwanis office to get a form. New Members are encouraged to give us a call if you have any questions or if you are able to volunteer to work at the auction. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Phil Rossy at 288-3131 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389

Wanted!!! If you or your company has recently purchased one of the newer presentation projection devices, consider donating your old overhead projector. Several schools are in need of these projectors for their lessons. Please contact Ross Hadwen at 613-225-8179 or ross.hope@rogers.com