Thank you all for a great year. It was an honour and a pleasure to be your President in the 84th year of this VENERABLE Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. All club members should be very proud of the work undertaken in our community each year and particularily now in light of recent tragic events that have made a sense of community more important than ever.
I want to thank the executive and the Board Members all of whom have provided loyal support and hours of hard work to guide the actions of the club. As I noted in my closing remarks, the club has again had an extremely successful year in fundraising thanks to the hard work of the Chairs and their committees.
Already a new fundraising year is underway with the opening of the hockey season and our Partners-in-Caring initiative to sell Senators' 10th Anniversarary Booklets and our Octoberfest. I hope you will all give these the same support as you provided last year.
We welcomed almost 20 new members to our club this year thanks to the work of the Membership Committee. I hope that these new members will find a home in Kiwanis that is both welcoming and satisfying.
We also welcomed The Governor General's Foot Guards Cadet Corps as another sponsored youth activity. Our Aktion Club received it's Charter and our sponsored Kiwanianne Club has elected to charter as The Kiwanis Club of Bytown. Congratulations to both these Clubs. I know that I have enjoyed, and I hope you have as well, the excellent programs this year, put together by our talented and resourseful Program Committee.
Administration has been a major challenge this year with Rita's departure and the other changes in our office. We welcomed Joanne Muckle as our new and very capable General Manager, and more recently Laura Johnson as Administrative Assistant whose talents we have seen in the office before. One of the ongoing concerns we should all have is to balance the workload in the office so that work can be accomplished within office hours. I was very proud of the send-off we provided to Rita and her husband Andy. She certainly deserved it.
I want to wish President Richard and his Administration all the very best for this our 85th year as it will be a very busy one with the visit of the International President next month and the EC&C Convention in Aug 2002. I know you will give Richard the same excellent support you provided to me.
Yours in Kiwanis,
Past Pres Ed