Weekly Meeting -Annual General Meeting

Thank you to the Membership Committee for their presentation and for the questions from the members.  President Neil gave special thanks to Albert Monsour for his presentation of the Financial Statements and to Bill Gosewitz for presenting the budgets, on behalf of the Board of Directors, and to Rita and Mike for ensuring the audit was done in a timely fashion and the Annual Reports were delivered to all members. 

Thank you to Past President Wayne Beaudoin for acting as our Club Parliamentarian.  Most importantly, President Neil thanked all members for attending our AGM - it shows your interest, obligation and dedication as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose Immediate Past President Sam Bhargava was introduced to our club in 1987 by former member Ron Peterson.  Providing active hands-on participation, Sam has worked for many committees over the years.  He chaired the Young Children Priority One Committee and led the way in the development of the “Never Shake a Baby” video project, a project that has realized thousands of videos sold throughout North and South America.  He was also instrumental in the development of our second video project “Precious Minds” Nurturing Literacy in the Early Years.  His eagerness and dedication to Kiwanis, from the local Clubs to Kiwanis International is commendable.  His strong leadership and business sense ensured a successful year, and the Board continues to follow the plans he put in place to Make a Difference in our community.

President Neil’s Thought For the Week:  Some people are like blisters, they don’t show up until the work is done

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Glen Vaillancourt, who won the raffle of two tickets to the Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night for Parkinson’s and to Allan Castledine, who won the raffle of the 50/50 draw.  Allan donated his winnings to the Kiwanis Medical Foundation.  Thank you all for contributing, $37.00 was raised for our General Account  

NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING: Friday February 2, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room,  1 Rideau Street, Ottawa,  ON K1N 8S7 The Honourable Jim Watson, M.P.P. Ottawa West – Nepean, Minister of Health Promotion   "Canada's expanding waistline - why health promotion matters"

On the menu: Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry with Bok Choy and Basmati Rice, Maple Mousse & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Luncheon Line-Up Feb.9 Valentine’s Day Luncheon, Capital City Chorus, 45 male voices to serenade you!  Invite your special friend or bring a guest!  Please inform the Kiwanis office by Tuesday if you are bringing a guest.

Feb. 16 To be announced

Feb.23 To be announced

Mar.2 Membership Focus Day -  Invite a friend/business colleague to learn about Kiwanis!

Committee Meetings Mon.Jan.29 Cadets, 7:00pm,Building 164 at the Rockcliffe Base-Address 164 Via Venus,Room 114  Fri.Feb.2 Communications, 11:00am, Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Happy Birthday Jan.26   Phil Rossy,  Jan.28  Les Morin,  Jan.29  Steve Georgopoulos,  Jan.31  Eric Cosgrove

Bed Race message from President Neil McDonald

The Board of Directors will once again have a bed in the Bed Race – if we can find someone brave enough to sit on the bed!..  I am asking you, on behalf of our team,  “The HeadBoards”, to please take a minute and consider making a pledge to our Team.  This is an easy way for you to support the Bed Race fundraiser and to save your Head Boards from being on the bottom of the list of pledge seekers!

Food & Wine Tasting Event Wednesday, February 7, 2007 – La Roma Restaurant in support of The Wings of Phoenix Brain Injury Rehabilitation Association is pleased to sponsor a Food & Wine Tasting Event.  Join us for an evening of fine Italian Cuisine, unique wines and a silent auction.  Reservations are required.  Please call 613-234-8244.  Tickets are $75.00/person plus tax and gratuity.

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa & The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club - Partners in Caring Game We will be putting together a group to sell 50/50 tickets on February 14.  Bring a friend along to help out.  All you need is a loud voice.  If you can help, contact Jackie Holzman 613-729-9710 or email her at jackiefh@rogers.com  

Proceeds of the evening go to YM/YWCA, Roger’s House and Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Youth initiatives.  Wednesday February 14, 2007.  Hat Trick Sponsorship and Face-off Sponsorships are still available.  Last year we ran out of bonus game tickets so remember to get your ticket order in early.  These seats will only be held for us for a limited time (Note that these tickets will be for the Sens vs. the 2005-06 defending Stanley Cup Champion, Carolina Hurricanes on February 28).  For more information please contact Tom Spence 613-741-0741.

Membership Committee Announcement

"Invite a Friend/Colleague to Kiwanis Day on March 2” - Membership recruitment is a club responsibility.  Our goal is to bring in 20 new regular member and 12 corporate members for 2007!  How can you help?  Invite a friend or colleague to our Kiwanis luncheon on March 2, or any Friday leading up to March 2.  The prospective member will be a guest of the club so no cost to you! (or you can use a pink chit).  Please be sure to inform the office if you are bringing a guest and if they are a prospective member. Kiwanis Idol Red Carpet Showcase – Saturday, February 10, 2007 “I would like to encourage all the clubs in Divisions 12 and 13 to announce this event and to urge attendance to support the participants and winners in "Idol".  They have worked very hard, and continue to do so. 

Plus, a Mel Osborne Award, given by the only Canadian International President ever, Glenn Bagnell, was awarded for best marketing of a programme in North America and the Caribbean this past year.  Let's have a huge attendance at Centrepointe Theatre on February 10 to enjoy and clap for these young people!”   Sincerely yours in Kiwanis, Shirley Phillips Ayers, LG, Division 12

All the best Idol's from the last three years.  This will be a great Kiwanis event with a lot of media.  The singers will all arrive in limos on the Red Carpet. Don't miss this Kiwanis Night at Centrepointe Theatre and support Kiwanis Idol as well.  Tickets prices are: Adult $20.00, Youth $15.00, Student Rush tickets day of $10.00 and are available through Centerpointe Box Office or online at http://www.centrepointetheatre.com/index_en.html

CLUB ELECTIONS are coming! A reminder that we are approaching our Club Elections in the next 2 months and will be sending out the Primary Ballots on March 30, 2007 (already!).  Please make sure that your Account is up-to-date at the Kiwanis office, to ensure that you have voting privileges.  If you have any questions about the balance of your account, please contact Mike Kruger. Thank you. 

Good News Network

Congratulations to Pat Kelly, Dean of Algonquin College's School of Hospitality and Tourism, on his appointment as the President of the Ottawa Congress Centre.  He was selected after a Canada-wide search from a list of six finalists.

Bon Appetit!!! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - MARK YOUR CALENDARS - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 5:30 - 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 8th Annual Silent Auction at the Bon Appetit Food and Beverage Extravaganza at Lansdowne Park.  Over 2,000 people are wooed by more than 90 of the region’s top Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries, and this event sells out every year. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be obtained from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings.  The Kiwanis Silent Auction, showcases over 125 items and we are asking ALL members to consider providing items in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off.  This is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, or for your business associates, while supporting one of our major fundraisers.  Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa gave back over $300,000 to our community through its many fund raising initiatives, and thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000.   Donor Slips will be available at the luncheons for you to complete, or contact the Kiwanis office to get a form.  New Members are encouraged to give us a call if you have any questions or if you are able to volunteer to work at the auction.  For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Phil Rossy at 288-3131 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389

Thanks Kiwanis! Dear Friends:  Thank you for your recent gift-in-kind, offered in support of homeless and hurting people in our community.  Your donation is very much appreciated.  Every day, we see just how much the partnership of friends like you means to the people we serve.  Thank you to all the members who donated clothes and winter wear through the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa office.  

Yours truly   Mary Kange Development Officer, The Ottawa Mission