President's Report - January 2011

Happy New Year to All Kiwanians!! May you all have a Healthy & Prosperous New Year in the service of the Children of the World!

Here is my first report for the New Year.

1. What a fabulous luncheon we had last month on December 17th. We had the distinct privelige to honouring 3 of our longest serving active members, Allan Castledine, Barry Weatherdon and Vince Calzonetti.  Many family members, friends and past President's took time out of their busy schedules to attend this luncheon as we continue with our theme for this year to "Honour The Past, Build The Future".  As well, Allan introduced a new member, Frank Nisi, to celebrate our theme.  How's that for Engagement!!

2. Our 1st meeting of the New Year, was held at the Fairmont Chateau on January 7th with guest speaker, John Baird, MP for Ottawa-West/Nepean and a Cabinet Minister for the PC's.  We had an excellent turnout of 84 members and guests to start off the new year with a bang.  An excellent luncheon.  Let's keep up the improved attendance.  If you are coming to our meetings on a regular basis, then pick up the telephone and call a member friend of yours who hasn't come out for a luncheon in some time.  You'd be surprised and pleased to see some new faces and renew their acquaintance!!

3.  As most members are aware, new Election By-laws were passed last June, which for the coming fiscal elections and year for 2011/12 will reduce the size of the Board of Directors down from 9 directors to 7.  As well, a Nominating Committee will be struck which will recommend a slate of members for election to the Board in all positions except that of President Elect.  As such, I have asked Immediate Past President, Peter Nadeau to Chair a Nominating Committee comprised of 7 senior members and Past President's.  This committee will make it's recommendations known to the general membership at least 2 weeks prior to our Annual General Meeting.  The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2011 to be held @ 4:00pm at the Ottawa Airport Hilton Garden Inn.  In addition to Club Elections, the Annual Report will be presented by Honorary Secretary-Treasurer Peter Charboneau.  As well, members in attendance will receive a full report and update from Tom Burnie, Project Manager for the TV Bingo.  We will then vote on whether or not to make TV Bingo a permanent fundraiser of the Club.   I urge All members to attend this important meeting as this is your opportunity to make your choice for Club Officers and to participate in the democratic process of Club business. 

4.  Our Kiwanis TV Bingo resumed its regular Monday night schedule on January 10th and will continue each and every Monday evening @ 7:00pm on Rogers Cable 22 right through to June 27, 2011 to complete our 1st full season.  Starting with the last Monday in February to June, a Super Bingo will be held with $1,000 prize for the 1st 3 games and $2,000 prize for the full card.  As well, we have doubled the # of cards available for sale from 3,000 weekly to 6,000 giving us much greater opportunity to improve revenues.  Many of the Quickie stores were selling out rapidly as we struggled to keep up with the initial demands for bingo cards.  The excitement generated with the public is certainly encouraging and our TV Bingo committee is working very hard to make this important fundraiser a success.  Certainly, the Board of Directors and many members are aware of the strategic and financial importance of the success of this fundraiser for the future continued success of our Club and our service projects.

5. On January 8th, I attended LG Bill Gosewitz's 1st Division 12 caucus along with LG Germain Barr for Division 13.  Many club officers and President's attended and all of us are working as hard as we can to focus on club initiatives including growth in Membership.  Many of the smaller clubs are struggling to stay relative and healthy in their areas of the Ottawa Region and Valley and without membership growth, we will all decline to a point of no return.  For this reason, I've asked Membership Chair Ross Christensen to re-new and re-energize his Membership Retention and Recruitment plan for 2011.  We must meet our fiscal goal this year of bringing in 10-15 new members or more to maintain our current status and size.  Many members are aware that since 1995 we have declined in membership from over 250 members to less than 160 including honorary members and chaplains.  We absolutely must bring in and retain new members to remain a viable, healthy Kiwanis Club!!  This is my goal as well as LG Bill and LG Germaine for 2011!

6.  Upcoming Events this Winter!!

Join us on Saturday, February 5th for our Annual Winterlude Bedzzz Race at Dow's Lake!! Co-chair's Alison Hunter and Tyler McCabe are once again working very hard with their committee to make this important fundraiser a successful and fun event.  The media exposure on televsion and radio for our club is priceless.  Come out for some family fun!!

Your Interclub Sports and Social Committee is planning on renewing our annual Mont Ste. Marie weekend in the latter part of February.  Watch for this announcement and plan for it.  It will be a fun family weekend and it looks like we have plenty of snow for excellent skiing. 

7. And last but not least, I'd like to remind All members that if you are not currently serving on a Service, Fundraising or Operations committee for our club, you cannot be engaged as an active and productive member.   Please consider joining us as we need your continued support and engagement.  Many of our committee's do not have enough members to support their efforts.  Key Club, Circle K, Programme, Membership, Corporate Membership and others all need your service and time!!!

End of Report.