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Kiwanis Club of Bytown Honors Bill Gosewitz

The members of the former Kiwanis Club of Bytown presented President Bill Gosewitz with the Walter Zeller Award, the highest award that is possible to give by Kiwanis International. The award was given to Bill by the former members of the Bytown club – those who were still there when it closed down this past year. Bill is carrying on as president of the new satellite club which is very busy with fundraising for Kiwanis. Bill is taking the Bytown club in a different direction and he will no doubt do so very successfully. 

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Rogers TV raise funds for Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Ottawa

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, in partnership with Rogers TV, is proud to announce a donation of $15,000 to help construct a Rogers Raising the Grade Technology Centre within the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa’s McCann Clubhouse on McArthur Avenue. The money was raised through the Kiwanis TV Bingo program.

Raising the Grade offers students access to tools to help them with their education and career path, including computers and high-speed Internet access, and educational software. The Raising the Grade website includes tools that match students with their ideal career based on their interests, and also helps them discover new interests and career possibilities.

At the technology centre, students can discover their interests, shape their careers and plan for their future. They are matched with a mentor or volunteer to help them choose the right high school courses, study and work on homework, and apply to colleges and scholarships. For the past 30 years, Rogers has focused on youth and education as the two pillars of its corporate giving. The company launched the Rogers Youth Fund Initiative last year, partnering with dozens of youth-centred organizations across the country to help Canada’s youth get the most out of their education.

“Our mission with these centers is to ensure our youth know that, with education, anything is possible,” said Colette Watson, vice-president of Rogers TV. “We can tell our kids—all kids—dream big and aim high. Because as Rogers late founder Ted Rogers used to say at the end of every speech, ‘The best is yet to come!’”

The new educational technology centre will be located at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa’s McCann Clubhouse on McArthur Avenue. A second centre already exists at the Police Youth Centre Clubhouse on Prince of Wales Drive.

It is through the various fundraising activities like Kiwanis TV Bingo and its strategic community partnership with Rogers TV that helps the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa support worthwhile organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Direct Assistance Committee coordinates the review and approval of various funding requests from assigned community groups or eligible individuals. Projects and organizations are assigned funding based on criteria that are consistent with the Kiwanis mandate of helping to build a better community.

Kiwanis TV Bingo airs every Monday night on Rogers Cable, channel 22. Game cards can be purchased at Mac’s convenience stores across Ottawa for $3.00. The proceeds help fund Kiwanis programs, which include programs for youth and seniors. For more information, please visit www.ottawakiwanistvbingo.org.

News on former member Reid McGruer from his dad Keith

Some of the KCO members will remember that my son, Reid, was an active member when he was in Ottawa. On October 1st, he became Lt. Gov. of his Division in Vancouver. After moving to Vancouver, he took the lead to re-vitalize the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver. The club, like many "flagship" clubs, had not renewed itself with younger members and was in danger of going out of existence. Reid brought in a group of younger business people, broke new ground in both fund-raising and service programs and restored good Kiwanis protocol and developed interesting meetings.

 A graduate of Queen's University, Reid began his business career at London Life in Ottawa, under the guidance of PLG Ron Wing. Since moving to Vancouver, he has risen to the position of Regional Director. Last year, he was given additional responsibility for the London Life operations on Vancouver Island.

 Reid, now 44, is a 3rd generation Kiwanian. His late grandfather, David McGruer, was Governor of what was called the Ontario-Quebec-Maritimes District in 1961. Twenty years later in 1981-82, Reid's father, Keith, was one of the youngest governors of our E.C. & C. District.

 With the Internationl Convention being held in Vancouver in 2013, Reid will undoubtedly have a busy year in Kiwanis.

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa supports 4H Beef Showperson at Metcalfe Fair

In the photo is Charles Caldwell(Carleton County), Kiwanis member Arthur Morewood,  and the Judges  Cole and Jill Harvie, (husband and wife team) from Olds,  Alberta
Charles won the Champion Senior Beef Showperson Award sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa(Red ribbon and Trophy)
He was also the Reserve Grand Champion Overall Beef Showperson(Blue Ribbon)
Thank you to you and The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for Supporting the  Regional 4-H Show.  Your generosity is truly appreciated.    Wendy Molenaar

211 Ottawa Kiwanis Air Cadets Annual Review - Reviewing Officer Allan Castledine

Since November 1942, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has proudly sponsored the 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. Our Hall of Fame member Vic Castledine was the first Commanding Officer and Allan Castledine was recruited as the first cadet.

As the Squadron starts their seventieth year they honored Allan Castledine.

A small set of photos are available here, and a full set here.

The cadets put on an excellent parade with several cadets being honored with awards.

Congratulations To Kiwanian Jim Durrell ! Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Durrell is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former mayor of Ottawa is also known for his sporting legacy, having been instrumental in bringing the Ottawa Senators to the region and serving as the franchise's first president. He also oversaw the expansion of the Ottawa International Airport and construction of the Ottawa Convention Centre.