Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Celebrates 80 Years of Service

I send this message to you during our 80th anniversary year.

As one of the city's largest and most active service clubs, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has enjoyed the loyal and enthusiastic support of this community for eighty years. With a membership of more than 250 local business and professional men and women, our Club is one of the largest service Clubs in Canada and # 2 in annual funds raised amongst the 8,600 Kiwanis Clubs worldwide.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa continues to quietly build on its distinguished history through fundraising for such widely supported causes as the annual Kiwanis Duck Race For Tiny Hearts on behalf of CHEO. Its a reflection on this tradition of service that we received the Champions for Children - Most Valuable Player Award from the Children's Aid Foundation in June.

I am proud to draw your attention to our many other activities highlighted on this page. Our Club has contributed millions of dollars to the region with the help of our corporate partners, civic and institutional friends, and a host of other community supporters. Their generosity makes our work possible, and we are eternally grateful for their friendship.

We have always placed emphasis on Young Children - Priority One and we will continue to target children in the fine tradition established with the founding of the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club and Camp Banting for diabetic children more than 30 years ago. If you share our commitment to making this a better place to live, why not check us out?

Members are the foundation, the strength and the inspiration of our Club. Which is why we are constantly on the lookout for individuals whose vision and vigor can assist us in continuing our vital work - and whose involvement with the Club will further enrich the experience of membership for all of us. Please call me at 233-1900 to learn more about membership in the greatest service club in the world.

Sincerely, Ron Wing, President

The Executive of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa President - Ron Wing - London Life 1996-1997

Board of Directors President-Elect - Marcia Saipe - Hillel Academy Vice-President - John Callan - Hamilton/Appotive/Callan Vice-President - Ian Hendry - Paterson Hendry Immediate Past President - David Fair - Stentor Hon. Secretary - Rick Barrigar - Progestic International Inc. Hon.Treasurer - Kent Howie - Scott & Aylen Director - Myrna Beattie - Michael's of Canada Director - Jill Bobula - In-Touch Director - Eddy Cook - Sprint Courier Director - Steve Georgopoulos - Les Suites Hotel Director - Ed Healy - CFN Consultants Director - Sandra Lee - TCS 2000 Inc. Director - Hugh Mackay - Intermap Technologies Ltd. Director - Neil McDonald - Balanced Planning Financial Group Director - Ross McHardy - Royal Bank Administrative Secretary - Rita Harper Kiwanis Club of Ottawa

For further information about the list of activities highlighted in this report, please contact Ron Wing at: Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Suite 601, 63 Sparks Street Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A6 phone: (613) 233-1900 fax: (613) 233-3718 Web site:


DUCK RACE - The Club celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Kiwanis Duck Race for Tiny Hearts at CHEO in 1997, resulting in a contribution of $ 185,102. Total contributions to CHEO on this project to date exceed $ 2.7 million. The 1998 event will be held on May 9th at Hartwell Locks.

HANDS-ON - The major project for 1997 was painting the lower level at St. Mary's Home for women, in conjunction with Kiwanianne Club members who purchased the paint and carpets - over 30 Kiwanians and friends invested 900 hours. Other projects included painting Britannia Safety Village and a Kiwanis Day at the Habitat for Humanity building in Bayshore. The Committee is currently renovating classrooms at Immaculata High School in support of the Investing in Woman's Worth Organization.

IDD - Over 600 people attended the Club's Roger Moore ... James Bond ... Luncheon for IDD last December where a cheque for $ 204,000 was presented to UNICEF by the Kiwanis clubs in the area in support of our Worldwide Service Project.As part of the Club's efforts, we have developed a unique initiative with Corel Corporation that will help Kiwanis eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) by the year 2000. Kiwanis International and its 8,500 clubs around the world are committed to raising $ 75 million US for this project. For every copy of Corel WordPerfect Suite (Corel WordPerfect Suite 7 and Corel WordPerfect Suite 8, upgrade version) that Kiwanis sells, Corel will donate $ 25 US directly to the IDD initiative, through Kiwanis. Call 1-888-4COREL8 for further information or to place an order.

KEY CLUBS & CIRCLE K - The Club currently has 4 sponsored Key Clubs for high school students - at Glebe, Nepean, Lisgar and Sir Robert Borden and will be sponsoring a new Circle K Club at Carleton University in the fall of 1997. These clubs foster young leadership and service within the community.

BENEFIT DINNER - The 1997 Benefit Dinner attracted 378 people to the Corel Centre for a sumptuous dinner, entertainment and silent auction. $62,000 was raised and an additional cheque for $8,700 was presented by the Club's members for the Manitoba Flood Relief program.

LOTTERY CALENDAR - Sale of the Club's 1997 Calendar resulted in $ 10,000 being contributed to the Children's Aid Foundation and $ 10,000 to the Police Youth Association. Since 1995, an estimated 16,000+ students have received the training necessary to respond to life threatening injuries, as part of our $ 50,000 commitment to purchase CPR training mannequins.

MEDICAL FOUNDATION - Seven grants, totalling $ 37,135, have been made during the current year. Recipients include the University of Ottawa for research on Cystic Fibrosis and birth defects, Civic Hospital - final installment on a $ 100,000 photo Catscan project, The General Hospital - a study on psychiatric disorders in teens, Grace Hospital - an Argon Laser & equipment for the eye clinic, Hospice of All Saints - Ergonomics Chairs for the Day Hospice Program for terminally ill patients, the Regional Rehabilitation Centre - computer training and research on wound status in amputees, and the Loeb Research Centre at the Ottawa Civic Hospital for the purchase of a DNA thermocycler to facilitate on-going studies on colon cancer.

KIWANIS MUSIC DANCE FESTIVAL - The Club manages a two week showcase for about 3,000 participants who display their talents and are judged. The Club contributes $1,650 in scholarships. The festival provides a vehicle for the development of young musical and artistic talent in the National Capital Region.

RELAY ON ICE - This fundraiser held as part of Winterlude in February generated $33,277 in 1997 with $16,638 presented to the Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation. Fifty teams and 650 people participated.

SENIOR CITIZENS - A number of senior events were planned and organized, including a Christmas Light Tour in Dec., Christmas Dinner at the Alex Dayton Centre served by Kiwanian volunteers and their families, Bingos, a Boat Tour down the Canal, nominating and recognizing Super Seniors at a Kiwanis Luncheon (seniors helping seniors), barbecues and a wind up Tea at the Chateau Laurier with the Grey Jazz Band and Bill Luxton. This committee touched the lives of some 1,500 seniors this year.

YOUTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES - This committee assists people who have special social, economic, educational or medical needs. The club was able to respond to 100 requests for funding in 1997, including sponsoring 10 visually impaired youth in this summer's Dragon Boat Races.

AIR CADET SQUADRON - Founded in 1943 by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, the 211 Kiwanis Air Cadet Squadron had 125 teenage members in 1996-97. The benefits to our young cadets include the opportunity to acquire leadership skills, work in a team environment and take part in many exciting activities. Many present day commercial pilots got their start through training with this Squadron. Major Bryan Healey was the Commanding Officer for the Squadron and is retiring after 6 years in this volunteer capacity.

SPIRITUAL AIMS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - The Club annually supports 12 children through the Salvation Army's Child Sponsorship Program (1997 grant of $ 2,160), as well as hosting the Salvation Army's Red Shield Campaign Luncheon kick-off in May. In addition, 4 grants were made to theological students to assist their 1997 studies. [<img aling=top src=/gifs/kiwanisgifs/sister2.gif>]

PHOTO - Ron Wing presents a plaque to Sister Betty Ann Kinsella honoring her retirement from the Youville Centre in April, 1997. The Kiwanis Club has been working in partnership with the Youville Centre since 1987 providing support to young single mothers and their children, including granting bursaries for continuing education.

1996 - 97 Standing Committees & Chairperson(s) Air Cadets: Val Berlis, J & H Marsh & McLennan Ltd. Benefit Dinner: Glen Vaillancourt, GV. Vaillancourt Consultants, Darrel Powell Tippet-Richardson Charitable Gift Planning: Robert Houle, Capcorp Planning Ltd. Duck Race: Steve Tanner, Business Depot Education/Historical: Janet Dodds, Coldwell Banker Rhodes & Co. Hands-On: Buck Madden, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Iodine Deficiency Disorders; Ian Peddie, Precision Office Solutions Inter Club Sport & Social; Bob Vergette, Capital Air Conditioning Co. Ltd. Key Club: Jim MacLeod, Instantel Inc. Lottery Calendar: Clive Woolley, Nesbitt Burns Ltd. Major Emphasis: Keith McGruer, Regional Group of Companies Inc. Medical Foundation: Susan Menzies, Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation Membership: Chris Thompson, Capital Stamp Music/Entertainment: Stephen Smye, Bell Canada Music Festival: Barb Perrin, George E. Perrin Insurance Agency Ltd. Programme: Sam Bhargava, U.S.5 Incorporated Public Relations: Richard Munro, Munro & Associates Inc. Relay on Ice: Steven Moore, AT & T Canada Scavenger Hunt: Geoff Godding, Metro Surburban Realty Senior Citizens: Jane Brady, Toronto Dominion Bank Spiritual Aims & International Affairs: Bill More, Roman Catholic Diocese of Ottawa Ways & Means: Rob Tripp, New Beginnings for Youth Youth & Community: Les Morin, Credit Bureau of Ottawa & Hull

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa would like to recognize the efforts of Martin Roque who provided design services in design and layout of the original publication in the Ottawa Citizen on 97.09.20