Dr. Chandra Sankurathri gave a clear presentation of the hardships of 75% of the population of India who are living in rural villages, and well below the poverty line. The state of Andhra Pradesh boasts an enormous 75 million of India's inhabitants and most of them are illiterate. Thirteen million children do not attend school, 47% of children under 5-years old are malnourished and 1.5 million children die before they are 1-year old.
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Sankurathri in memory of his wife and 2 children, the MSMF and Sankurathri Foundation are examples of how a tragic misfortune has been transformed to breed creation and reconciliation for many. The Foundation understood the needs of the rural people and launched two projects focusing on Education and Health Care, which are free to all children. They provided nourishment for the mind and nourishment for the body with nutritious meals focusing on necessary proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Since 1992 there have been 1,000 high school graduates of which many are pursuing higher education. The eye institute has screened 145,000 children and 600 have had corrective surgery. Their continual innovation and strength is due to the support of several volunteers who have made immense contributions, and to the many doctors from the U.S. and Canada who travel to India to provide their volunteer services.
FOR OUR JEWISH MEMBERS, L’Shanal Tovah “Have a Sweet Year”!
Welcome to our Club! - President Sam welcomed our two newest members. Bob Bender was introduced by his sponsor, Ian Hendry. Bob is the Manager of Commercial Banking with TD Canada Trust. Donna Hicks was introduced by her sponsor Myrna Beattie. Donna is the Executive Director for Habitat For Humanity NCR. WELCOME to the club Bob & Donna!
Raffle Prize – Congratulations to Peter Nadeau and Paul Drouin, who each won the raffle of a golf umbrella, and to Lee Storm, who won the raffle of a golf accessories bag donated by Tom Pullen. Thank you all for contributing, $86.00 was raised for our General Account.
Fine Session $85.00.
NEXT LUNCHEON MEETING:
Friday September 29, 2006 12:30 – 2:00pm, Chateau Laurier, Adam Room
***Turnover Day ***
Thank You President Sam Bhargava and Welcome President Neil McDonald
The Board of Directors will be seated at the Head Table and Lt. Governor Ron Coulson will be discharging President Sam and the Board for the current year. Our new Lt. Governor for Division 12 will be Shirley Ayers, and she will be inducting the new Board of Directors and your new President Neil. Come out to enjoy a Video Presentation of our activities in the past year, and to say Thank You to last year’s Board of Directors and Welcome in the New Board of Directors.
On the menu: Pesto-Baked Tilapia (mild white fish), Rice and Vegetables, Coconut Cream Pie
100% Attendance: Congratulations to the following who was recognized for attending 52 meetings: Hassa Mirchandani – 24 years
COMMITTEE MEETINGS Mon.Sep.25 YCPO Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Management Cadets, 7:00pm, Notre Dame High School Wed.Sep.27 Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Dominic Ferrarotto’s office Thu.Sep.28 Music Committee practice, 7:30pm, Good Companion’s Centre
Sep.29 Turnover Day - Thank you to President Sam and his Board of Directors & Welcome to President Neil and his Board of Directors Come and join us celebrate the end of another Kiwanis year! Happy Birthday Sep.22 Mark Max Sep.24 Reverend John Moor Sep.25 Brian McGarry Sep.27 John Harcourt
*** TURNOVER DAY COCKTAIL RECEPTION *** Join us on Friday, September 29th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. to say Thank You to President Sam Bhargava and the Board of Directors for 2005-06, and Welcome to President Neil McDonald and the new Board for 2006-07. Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau (Aylmer), QC Cocktails in the Founders’ Room with Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar ALL ARE WELCOME $15 each. Call the office to reserve your tickets!
Kiwanis Administration - $ $ $ $ $
Our Kiwanis fiscal year-end is September 30, 2006. All members’ accounts must be up-to-date at year end. The quarterly luncheon invoices for July – September and any other outstanding amounts, are to be paid in full before September 30. If you have any questions about your account, please contact Mike Kruger at the office. Thanks.
INTERCLUB AND SUPPORT OUR OTHER KIWANIS CLUBS
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West Installation of Officers and the changeover from Lt. Governor Dave Lochead to Lt. Governor Penny Mount. Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Cost $10. RSVP to Ron Heinbuch 225-3047 or email@example.com
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 – Kiwanis Club of Bytown installation ceremony at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. One of our 13 sponsored clubs, we will have representation from our Board and President Neil will be seated at their head table. Inform our office if you wish to attend.
Saturday, October 21, 2006 - Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-Vanier Charter Night, at the Centre Francophone, 270 Marier Street in Vanier. Cocktails at 6:00, Dinner 6:30. Big Time Murder Productions will be performing a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, there will be door prizes, and a silent auction. $50 per person call Gisele Vallee 749-6382 evgs.
*** THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF HELPING HANDS' *** - over $37,000 collected with more pledged! On OCTOBER 14, 2006, we will be celebrating the success that we have achieved during the 1st year of the “Helping Hands" initiative. The celebration will take place in Gatineau Park on Saturday, October 14th in the form of a Kiwanis Club of Ottawa walk in support of Helping Hands. We would like to thank all of this year’s supporters, and Kathleen Holst’s team, by participating in a WALK in their honour. We would like as many members as possible from our club, with their families, to join us for this day of celebration, fun, and fellowship. Arrangements will be made for a picnic after the walk, where we can discuss our ideas for next year’s Helping Hands program. If you want, you are also welcome to have the office fax you a pledge form, for your friends to sponsor your walk, to close out this year’s program. Pledges are not mandatory for your participation in the walk and picnic. It is much more important for you to attend the event. The format of the picnic is for each family to bring their own food and beverages. Please come out to, not only celebrate the past year, but to encourage Paul Drouin, our new CHAIR of the Helping Hands Committee, and his team for next year’s program, which will be so important to help fund our many initiatives.
President Sam Bhargava If you would like to work with Harold Feder to form a Kiwanis hockey team to participate in the Ottawa Senators Alumni Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Hockey Tournament, November 17-19, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW and we will inform Harold once all replies are in. Benefits of forming a team as part of the Team Smitty (net revenue from the Tournament supports Camp Smitty) AKtion Club - Which is now under our Community Services Committee.
Almost single-handedly, Harold Moore has Chaired the AKtion Club Committee and he has helped the Club grow from one club to two with 200 members in total. They now hold their Tuesday night meeting EVERY week and this requires Kiwanis representation and assistance. We sponsored the first AKtion Club in Ottawa in 2000 thanks to the vision of Tom Assaly who brought the idea from Florida. We offer support, provide guidance and leadership to the group of Developmentally Disadvantaged Adults as a co-sponsor with OCAPDD (the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) and Kiwanis Clubs from Ottawa-Vanier, Nepean, Ottawa West, and Sage. The Associated Canadian Travelers and OCAPDD also run one meeting. Therefore, the Ottawa Club only has to sponsor a meeting every seventh week. (Sponsoring means supplying 3 to 4 Volunteers and help to clean-up at approx 8 pm., and supply entertainment). IF YOU are interested in sharing your leadership skills with the members of our sponsored AKtion club, please contact Harold Moore at 248-1834. This would also allow Harold to share some of the responsibility of serving the meals and clean-up with other members in our club. They meet every Tuesday, at 6:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent Street, so why not join them for a great meal and be proud of your Kiwanis support. The next Ottawa Kiwanis Sponsor night is October 31 (Halloween). Kiwanis Volunteers Please COME FORWARD and call the office. This is Community Service at its best!