Weekly Meeting - Dr. Steve Mahoney

Steven Mahoney, Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) wants to get everyone involved in reducing the number of workplace injuries and deaths to zero.  To date they have spent $7 million on a new ad campaign to create awareness.  With approximately 1500 injuries occurring weekly in Ontario alone, a collective effort will be required from CEO’s to part-time workers.  Join him on the road to zero and help reduce workplace injuries and keep premiums to a minimum.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose

Geoff Godding was introduced to our club by Steve Moore in 1995.  Having been a member of the former Kiwanis Club of South Ottawa for 4 years, he had no problem adjusting to the high energy and steady demands of being a Kiwanian.  Geoff has great organization and communication skills.  He was Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee in 2002 and in 2003 he agreed Chaired the Membership Committee.  The mandate of that Committee is not only to fetch new members, but to increase the involvement of our current members.  Since this is a job that Geoff enjoys, it was his responsibility again this year to lead the New Members Committee.  As was seen by the New Members’ Luncheon 2 weeks ago, a lot of hard work goes into preparing for something like that and the new members, under the direction of Geoff, were very successful in their presentation.  Last year, Geoff also assisted with finding a new location for our Kiwanis office.  Geoff is a strong supporter of our club projects, and is proud to share Kiwanis with his family and co-workers.  Thanks for Making a Difference, Geoff!

President Neil’s Thought For the Week - Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Russ Salo, who won the raffle of a book titled, “Secrets From the Vinyl Café”, donated by Jackie Holzman: to Bob Littlemore, who won two seasons passes to the Kiwanis Music Festival, donated by the Club; and to Kathleen Holst, who won a Courriers CD, donated by Mark Max.  Thank you all for contributing, $86.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon meeting Friday April 20, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room Cadets Annual Luncheon This is the luncheon where both of our Sponsored Cadet groups get to showcase their talents.  The Governor General’s Foot Guards Cadets will be providing a Drill Team Presentation and the 211 Air Cadet Squadron will showcase their Cadets Band.   We will also hear from 2 Cadets who will share with us their experiences with the Cadets.  The Raffle and the Fine Session pot will both be given to the Cadets so please remember to be generous.   Come out and support the young men and women of our Sponsored Cadets!

Happy Birthday    Apr.15   Doug Wilson

100% Attendance Tabs  Congratulations to the following who were recognized for attending 52 meetings: Alison Poirier 4 yrs.,  Ross McIntyre 5 yrs.,  Bill Gosewitz  7 yrs.

Luncheon Line-Up

Apr.27    Excellency Delcan Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland

May.4     Dr. Pierre Turgeon, Wings of Phoenix

May.11   Key Club Luncheon

May.18   No Luncheon or Round Table scheduled – Victoria Day Long Weekend

May.25   Former Mayors’ Luncheon – 35 invited!!

Committee Meetings

Mon.Apr.16    Program, 7:00pm, Ross Christensen’s home   Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Tue.Apr.17  Bon Appetit, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River Wed.Apr.18     Community Services, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River, Circle K, 12:00pm, Ian Hendry’s office  Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Ferano Construction Mon.Apr.23    Board of Directors, 5:30pm, Staples, 403 Bank Street Tue.Apr.24  Bon Appetit, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River   Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management  Membership Retention, 7:00pm, TBA  

Welcome to the Club! – We introduced two new members on April 13, 2007.  Lee Barette is a Financial Advisor with Freedom 55 Financial and was introduced by Jim Durrell.  Greg Plazek is a Corporate Sales Manager at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and was introduced by Ron Wing.

Upcoming Kiwanis Events

April 10-28  2007 Kiwanis Music Festival, various locations across Ottawa

April 24 Citizenship Court, see details below

May 18 Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert, Centrepointe Theatre

May 25 Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West Lobster Night, Centurion Conference Centre

June 5  Kiwanis Club of Hull Mussels and Fries Dinner, Chateau Cartier

July 3-7  92nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas

August 9-11 90th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, Kingston, Jamaica  

Citizenship Court hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa

On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will host a reception service for “New Canadians” at 1:30pm.  The Court is located at 200 Catherine Street, Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Parking is available on the property. Volunteers should arrive at 12:45pm.  This is a big day for “New Canadians” and we are there as a club to offer a big welcome, coffee, tea and, of course, cake.  Please contact Bob Horlick at 613-277-3516 if you are available to volunteer for this event.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert Featuring Kiwanian, Mark Max.  A magical evening of folk music sing-along favourites.  Monday, June 18, 2007, 8:00pm.  Library and Archives Canada, 305 Wellington Street.  Tickets $50.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation.  For tickets or more information, contact any member of the KMF Committee (see page 8 of your 2006-07 roster) or contact the Kiwanis office.

Sympathy of the Club Sympathy of the Club goes out to Patti & David Fair, in memory of Patti’s father, Mr. Douglas Fraser, who passed away at the age of 88 on Wednesday Aprill11, 2007.  Private family services will be held next week.  Our thoughts are with Patti, David and their family at this time.

Club Elections - Primary Ballots Don’t forget to fill out your primary ballots and return them to the Kiwanis office by Friday April 20th, close of business.  The Elections Council will be meeting to count the ballots on Wednesday, April 25th.

ONLY 18 Days to go! .... Goal 100 items!!! Collected to date = 49 Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 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.    **  The Kiwanis Silent Auction, showcases over 125 items and we are asking ALL members to consider providing an item in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off.  CASH DONATIONS are accepted and you will get a tax receipt.  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 call Tom at  613-741-0741.  For more information, contact Co-Chair Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389.

Cadets Sponsorship Committee Update

Both Cadet units have been busy this year achieving various accomplishments both academic and physical.   The Army Cades (2784, Governor General's Foot Guards) and the Air Cadets (211 Air Squadron), came together for our Walkathon fundraiser in November and again at Christmas for our Annual Christmas Dinner.   The Kiwanis 211 Air Cadet Squadron We currently have 70 Cadets in the Squadron.  The Cadets recently participated in the Vimy Ridge National Parade - Easter Monday here in the Capital, commemorating the anniversary of our victory at the famous battle.  We are particularly proud of Cpl. Cole who recently earned a silver and bronze medal at the National Cadet Biathlon Championship in Whitehorse.  The Squadron performed very well in the recent Ottawa Area Shooting Championship, greatly improving our score over last year, with Cpl. Cherwick earning a bronze medal. 

Thus far, the Cadets have had three Flying days with three more scheduled for the months of April and May.  The Squadron has activities scheduled throughout the week including Range, Drill, Band practice and a regular Parade night each Wednesday at Notre Dame High School in Westboro.  We have a Tag Day – one of our major fund raising activities scheduled for Saturday April 21st. Any members willing to help out with driving Cadets and chaperoning for the day are urged to contact Guy Milne at 613-878 9984.  

The Kiwanis 2784 GGFG RC (Army) Cadet Corp

We currently have 147 Cadets in the Unit.  Cadet Chief Warrant Officer She-Yang Lau-Chapdelaine recently participated in the 90th Anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Re-dedicating of the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France as a Canadian Youth Ambassador.  The Club generously granted $500.00 to support his travel expenses along with other sponsors.  The Unit received many awards this past year, including the General Quinn Music Award given to Master Warrant Officer Serfges, who placed 3rd in Canada in a recent competition.  The Colonel Perron Physical Fitness Award was granted to CWO Lau-Chapdelaine and Sergeant Hopkins.  We are particularly proud of the Unit receiving the General Howard, General Walsh, Lord Strathcona, Colonel Clarry Legion Medal of Excellence and Army Cadet Service Medals.  The Unit earned distinction at the recent National Star Certification Exam, which is a rigorous testing of Cadets' knowledge and physical fitness levels; having three of our Cadets take the top three spots in Eastern Ontario!  The Unit is very busy with numerous community service requests and typically has planned activities four to five times weekly, including Band and Rifle item practices and a regular Parade night each Wednesday at Cartier Square.  The Army Cadets will be holding a Tag Day fundraiser on Saturday April 14th.   Thank you to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for their generous support of our youth.  

Guy Milne,  Chair - Cadets Sponsorship Committee The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa