Dr. Black gave an excellent portrayal of the current challenges in Russia, both economic and on international affairs. He noted that their new president is taken seriously and is a real reformer with market reform as a major priority. Their inflation in under control, they have better relations with North America, and they have a special place in their heart for Canadians. He stressed the demographic problems including population decrease and more that 40% below poverty.
New Members' Induction Ian Hendry gave a very special welcome speech to the new members with the theme, "You've made the right choice". Ian highlighted their conscious decision to actively build a better community -to make a difference - and that Kiwanis is the vehicle to make it happen.
Thought For The Week: The best time to win a war is before it starts.