Weekly Meeting - Dr. Jacques Lemelin, Chair Dept. of Family Medicine, “Organizing Primary Care”

Dr. Jacques Lemelin is concerned about the current organizational infrastructure of primary care in our health system. Increasing the number of doctors in itself will not solve the problem. His proposal is to create different care models at a higher level to improve the system using input from involved stakeholders. The goal of the Local Health Integration Networks (Lhins) is to organize primary care services and improve the quality of care and health outcomes. These organizations will help with resource allocation and engage family physicians and others involved in the delivery of primary care, by bringing in their voice to determine efficiencies. This would increase their influence in primary care in the areas of health planning, resource allocation and the health system in general. Lhins are an important part of the evolution of health care in Ontario. Using our medical human resources more efficiently by adding value through support and facilitation, managing delivery of services, and improving performance will enhance continuity of care in our health system and have a significant effect on health care infrastructure.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Ken Miller Ken was a member of our club from 1982 to 2004, then rejoined in 2007 sponsored by Vice President Guy Bourbonnière. He is Co-Chair of our Cadets Committee this year. Ken became very involved with our Air Cadets Committee and has remained a vital part of this committee through the years. He also has a seasonal job, and he does it with a lot a love. Every December hundreds of people, both young and not so young, benefit from Ken’s countless hours of patience and good will. In his role as Santa he also attends various other parties. He is available for any of your parties, and all donations he receives, he donates to the Cadet Committee. On behalf of the members of our club, Ken, we thank you for your reliable assistance and your individual efforts that show how “One can make a difference”.

President Bill’s Thought for the Week Secrets of Life - Spend more time talking to those people over 60 and under 6.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Jeremy Moore who won the raffle of a pair of Vivatar binoculars, donated by Wendall Hughes. Thank you all for contributing, $46.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $97.00.

Next Luncheon Meeting: Friday March 14, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Linda Eagen, President & CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation “Eastern Ontario’s Answer to Cancer” Ms. Eagen is a recognized leader in the not-for-profit sector and has close to 20 years experience as a fundraising and management professional. For more than four years, she has been a committed leader in the fight for cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario – the organization that brings our community together to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer. Eight of our members who are also cancer survivors will join Linda at the Head Table to celebrate the success of beating cancer! If you have family members or friends who are cancer survivors, please invite them to the meeting.

Luncheon Line-Up

Mar.21 No Meeting Scheduled – Easter Long Weekend

Mar.28 Circle K Luncheon – Grete Hale, Chair of Morrison Lamothe

Apr.4 7:30 – 9:00am… We Are Moving…. to the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club for our Golf Tournament Committee Breakfast, 
Danielle Nadon, Tournament Co-Chair for the Cn Canadian Women’s (LPGA) Open Apr.11 Official Visit of the EC&C District Governor Chuck McIlravey
 – all Kiwanis Clubs are invited!

Apr.18 Kiwanis Music Festival / Canterbury High School Choir - James Caswell

Apr.25 Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail’s National Affairs Columnist

Committee Meetings

Mon.Mar.10 Programme 7:00pm Ross Christensen’s home Wed.Mar.12 Young Children’s Projects 12:00pm Ian Sterling’s office Interclub, Sports and Social 6:30pm Dawn Morewood’s office Fri.Mar.14 Project Development 1:40pm at the Fairmont Chateau after luncheon

Happy Birthday Mar 7 – Don Blakslee Mar 10 – President Bill Gosewitz Mar 11 Thomas Burnie Mar 15 Lynda Campbell

Interclub Sports and Social “Chili and Chuckles” - the Interclub, Sports and Social Committee invites You to a *Fun* evening on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the home of Uttra and Sam Bhargava, 84 Rothwell Avenue, Ottawa. The evening starts at 6:30 and $20.00 is all you will pay for Chili, salad, dessert, and wine. This will be a fun evening including a Trivia Contest. Tickets are On Sale Now and can be picked up from Kathleen Holst at the Friday luncheons, or contact Kathleen.

Kiwanis Club of Nepean – The Hon. Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Wednesday, March 12 at the Centurion Conference and Event Center, 170 Colonnade Road S. Cocktails at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:45pm. Kiwanis Club of Rideau – Lt. Governor David Daubney, Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Villa Marconi, 1026 Baseline Road, 12:15pm. For further information, please contact: Bob Garrow or Kathleen Holst.

Club Elections for the Board of Directors for 2008-09 are coming! Our Club By-Laws State that “The Elections Committee shall send out to each, Active, Privileged and Senior member in good standing a nominating ballot, which shall list in alphabetical order, all Active, Privileged and Senior members of the Club”. 
 This list will contain only those names of the Club members in good standing as defined in Article 5; a member is not in good standing if (“a member being two (2) months in arrears in the payment of dues and/or financial obligations”). 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 at 613-233-1900. The Club’s Primary Ballot for the elections of next year’s Board of Directors will be mailed out on March 31, 2008.

Mark Your Calendars !! Less than 60 days to go! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, from 5:30 - 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 9th 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. Eat and drink to your heart's content for only $75.00! Tickets to the event can be purchased from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings or give Tom a call at 613-741-0741. 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, thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Paul Drouin at 613-788-2182 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. Engagement A Kiwanian is a volunteer who agrees to commit their time, talent energy and resources to be actively engaged in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa activities.