Weekly Meeting - Vince Bevan, Ottawa Police Chief

All Hail the Chief! The shared values of the Ottawa Police Service and Kiwanis make Ottawa a great place to live, work and play. Our inter-related and deep commitment to the community and children is an investment that will make a difference in the years to come. However, we can and must do more in providing assistance to organizations that support children. 8000 children rely on school breakfast programs weekly. What do these children do for breakfast on the weekend? Protecting children from abuse and neglect as well as promoting safe activity will have a positive impact on the youth in our community. Providing the necessary skills, teaching literacy, numeration and the value of citizenship, will reduce future behavioral problems and bestow upon our youth, the opportunity to become our future community leaders.

President Neil's Thought For the Week: If you look like the photo on your passport then you probably need a trip.

One Can Make a Difference President's Rose: Dominic D'Arcy Dominic joined our club in 1989 sponsored by Past President Tom Spence. His contribution to our club has been invaluable, particularly to our Senior Citizens and Hands-On Committees. He is affectionately known by many as the Singing Policeman and he never refuses to entertain the guests at our Seniors Christmas Luncheon, or during our Seniors bus tours and barbecues. He is a big hit with the children at our Family Christmas Party (which is coming up on December 17th) and the children love to get up on the stage and be a part of his entertainment. He has received many awards including the Key to the City, the Governor General's Award for Community Service, and just recently, the United Way Community Builder Award. Dominic is an Everyday Hero.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Paul Drouin, who won the raffle of a Wolf Blass wine pack donated by Bob Fisher. Thank you all for contributing, $112.00 was raised for our General Account.

Fine Session $62.50.

Next Luncheon Meeting

Friday December 1, 2006,12:30 – 2:00pm, We are moving to:  Sala San Marco, 215 Preston Street (near Gladstone, parking available behind the hall)   General Rick Hillier, CMM, MSC, CD, Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces General Hillier will address what the role of the Canadian Forces is in Afghanistan, some of the challenges facing Afghanistan and its people, and the support network of the men and women of the Canadian Forces, which is an essential ingredient to their success. We will be joined by the 211 Air Cadets and the 2784 GGFG Cadets, who will be marching in the Head Table with their Flag Party.  We will also be joined by many of our sponsored Key Clubbers. Wear Red to support our troops. Join us and invite a guest.  Please inform the office by Wednesday

On the menu: Prime Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables, Pastries, Vegetarian – Eggplant Parmesan

Happy Birthday Nov.27  Harold Moore. We are pleased to congratulate Harold on his BIG 75th Birthday

Committee Meetings Mon. Nov.27 Cadets, 7:00 pm, Notre Dame High School Tue. Nov.28 Bed Race, 12:00 pm, Conference Call; Seniors, 12:00 pm, Good Companions Centre, 670 Albert Street; Membership Recruitment Retention, TBA, David Fair's home

Luncheon Line-Up

Dec 8 Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker – his official visit to Ottawa

Dec 15 No Luncheon Meeting (see December 17)

Dec 17 (Sunday) 12:00-2:00pm, Family Christmas Party Bring your family, friends, your children, your grandchildren! Hot, Sit-down Meal with a Special Dessert / Cash Bar, Entertainment by Dominic D’Arcy and Rising Stars from The Dominic D’Arcy Talent Development Program. There will be clowns, a juggler, elves, and, of course, Santa Claus! Please confirm guests names and children's ages to the office by Dec 11th.

New Membership Rosters are here!   Rosters have now been mailed out or handed to all members.  If you do not have your roster within the next week, please contact the office.  A great big thank you to Ken Birch, who coordinated all the advertising sales, raising $10,000.00 towards the cost of the roster, netting the Club approximately $5000.00.  Thank you as well to the members who purchased advertising.  Extra copies available @ $10.00 each.

Membership - Resignations: At the Board meeting of November 14, 2006, the Board accepted the recommendation of the Membership Committee for the following resignations: Jane Flain, Mike Flint, Solange Guberman, Steve Gummo, David Kardish, Rob Tripp.

Mark Your Calendars! Kiwanis Holiday Party Thursday, November 30, 2006 Cash Bar 6:00 pm, Dinner 7:00pm.  Join us to celebrate the holiday season with your Kiwanis Friends & Guests.  Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau.  $65.00/person.  Your choice of meal: Starter: (1)Creamy winter parsnips & roasted garlic soup with Crème fraiche or (2)Belgian endive with radicchio, mandarin oranges & Stilton cheese Meal: (1)Alberta prime rib with beef au jus or (2)Atlantic Salmon on roasted corn & orange glaze or (3)Vegetarian dish.  Everyone is asked to bring a new or slightly read unwrapped book for children aged 6 – 12 years in support of the children at Connaught School.  Contact the Kiwanis office by Monday November 27th to reserve your tickets and give your meal choice.  For more information contact Lynda Campbell 613-762-6766

Health of the Club Wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Ross Christensen who had surgery  on his back on Thursday, Nov 23. The procedure went well and he is not accepting non-family visitors nor phone calls at this time.   

Sir Robert Borden Key Club – Toy Mountain Toonie Challenge Their goal is to bring joy to the less fortunate kids in the Ottawa area and to raise $2,500.00.  Please bring toonies and/or Canadian Tire money at the December 1 luncheon. 

Thanks for your support! Kiwanis Hockey Night at the Vault Kiwanis EC&C District Office are organizing a "Kiwanis Hockey Night at the Vault" with our Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker, on Saturday, December 9, at 3 pm at ScotiaBank Place, to see our Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers.  Come for the Fun, the Action and leave with another great Kiwanis Experience.  Tickets are $90 plus tax for 100 level seats.  Please contact the EC&C District Office at 613-727-0107 to reserve your seat.  Call early, seating is limited.  See you at the Game!

Christmas Food Baskets Since 1998, this program has helped make Christmas better for over 400 families in our community.  Through the generosity of various companies and their employees they have provided each family with an entire weeks worth of groceries. If you or your company is interested in joining this great holiday program please sign up.  100% of money raised will go directly into the food baskets.  Each family sponsored costs $75.  Your company is responsible for providing a volunteer to deliver each food basket sponsored.  They will provide you with the names and addresses of the families as well as coordinate the purchase and assembly of the food baskets.  Tax receipts will be provided by the Mission. Dates to remember: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - All money must be received by the Mission Saturday, December 16, 2006 - Delivery Day If you have any questions, or to offer your support, please contact Angela Cummings, Program Coordinator, at 613-558-4646.

Volunteer Roundup!!! Salvation Army 2006 Christmas Kettle Campaign, "Giving Hope Today" - Each Christmas, the kettle campaign raises essential money to fund programs and services that give hope and support to vulnerable people across our city.  The Salvation Army thanks us for our support, as participation from our club is integral to the success of the kettle campaign.  Our Club has been asked to staff the Kettle at Zellers on the corner of Sparks and O'Connor for 2 days: Tuesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 7, both days from 11:00 am to 2:00pm.  Volunteers are needed for 1 hour each day.  Please call the Kiwanis office if you can spare an hour, or sign up on the sheets that are on the tables on Friday. 

In addition to the benefit of helping thousands of people in our community, the Service Club raising the most money during the campaign will be presented with the ‘No-Bell’ Award at our Annual Red Shield Breakfast to be held at Algonquin College on May 4, 2007

Hello from Major Max We are well settled in to our home and all the work is completed so we can entertain now.  So nice to be near the grandchildren (10 houses away). I am working as needed at the Funeral Home in Sutton, playing in the local Salvation Army Band and going to Tim Horton's whenever I want to.  Will do some Kettle work here over Christmas. Nice to volunteer for a change.  I really miss the fellowship of Kiwanis so in that regard send my greetings. I will pop into a Friday Luncheon in the new year.     All the best. Major  Max  Bulmer, 52 Larch Lane RR2, Pefferlaw, ON, L0E 1NO

Did You Know ?? In 1953, one of our former members, Gordon Currie, who was a diabetic, talked the club into operating a camp for young people with diabetes since they could never attend a summer camp as other kids did, because of their special dietary and insulin needs.  He approached one of our members, Dr. Ralph McKendry, then Head of the Endocrinology Department at the Civic Hospital, and Ralph agreed to organize the first camp for diabetic children in Canada, which we called Camp Banting.  Counselors, a Program Director, as well as all the cooks, were hired by Kiwanis. Kiwanians helped set up the camp and made regular visits there during the two-week period.  18 youngsters were registered the first year.  When CHEO was built (with our own Sid Lithwick, as the Architect) the staff took over the medical part of the camp and operated it until it was finally turned over to the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1987.  Our club operated Camp Banting for 34 years; there were over 100 young people attending the camp then and 13 Diabetic Camps were operating in Canada at that time.  One of our club’s greatest projects!   

The Declaration of a Global Ethic - Thank you to Harold Feder for his Invocation speech on November 24.   Originally from the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions, September 4th, 1993, in Chicago, IL. Excerpts were read at San Francisco's Day of Remembrance, September 17th 2001.  

We Declare:   We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole, and so we have respect for the community of living beings, for people, animals, and plants, and for the preservation of Earth, the air, water and soil.   We take individual responsibility for all we do. All our decisions, actions, and failures to act have consequences.   We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. We make a commitment to respect life and dignity, individuality and diversity, so that every person is treated humanely, without exception. We must have patience and acceptance. We must be able to forgive, learning from the past but never allowing ourselves to be enslaved by memories of hate. Opening our hearts to one another, we must sink our narrow differences for the cause of world community, practicing a  culture of solidarity and relatedness.   We consider humankind a family. We must strive to be kind and generous. We must not live for ourselves alone, but should also serve others, never forgetting the children, the aged, the poor, the suffering, the disabled, the refugees and the lonely. No person should ever be considered or treated as a second-class citizen, or be exploited in any way whatsoever. There should be equal partnership between men and women. We must not commit any kind of sexual immorality. We must put behind us all forms of domination or abuse.   We commit ourselves to a culture of non-violence, respect, justice, and peace. We shall not oppress, injure, torture, or kill other human beings, forsaking violence as a means of settling differences.   We must strive for a just social and economic order, in which everyone has an equal chance to reach full potential as a human being. We must speak and act truthfully and with compassion, dealing fairly with all, and avoiding prejudice and hatred. We must not steal. We must move beyond the dominance of greed for power, prestige, money, and consumption to make a just and peaceful world.   Earth cannot be changed for the better unless the consciousness of individuals is changed first. We pledge to increase our awareness by disciplining our minds, by meditation, by prayer, or by positive thinking. Without risk and a readiness to sacrifice there can be no fundamental change in our situation. Therefore we commit ourselves to this global ethic, to understanding one another, and to socially beneficial, peace-fostering, and nature-friendly ways of life. We invite all people, whether religious or not, to do the same."