Weekly Meeting - Former Mayors' Luncheon

Mayor Larry O’Brien is creating a culture of success at City Hall and noted that the legacy of former mayors is their success in developing a loving, caring city with capable, thoughtful citizens. From the first mayor of Ottawa, John Bower Lewis, to today, not much has changed in the way of priorities. Back in 1857, the top two issues of the day were taxes and transportation.

Dominic D’Arcy, “The Singing Policeman” paid tribute to the mayors’ service over the years, with a newly written song titled “The Old Grey Mayors”. M.P.P. Jim Watson was at his best, enlightening those present on each of the former mayors and how they have each served their community so well. “We all have an obligation to give back to our community and each of you has had an impact on so many different fronts.”

President Neil thanked Vic Whittaker and Program Chair, Lynda Campbell, and the office staff for their work in ensuring a successful event.

Attendance 244 = Active 74 / Senior 18 / Guests: 152

OTTAWA THEN & NOW books, signed by the former mayors are available for $50.00 each. Call the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa if you are interested in purchasing a book.

President Neil’s Thought For the Week: It’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot tougher to Make a Difference.

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose – Vic Whittaker Vic joined our Club in 1974, sponsored by former member Dave Thelen. Vic approached the Club with the idea of hosting a luncheon to pay tribute to all the former mayors of the Ottawa region, while celebrating Ottawa’s 150th anniversary. He spent many hours walking through City Hall confirming invitations and fielded continuous phone calls resulting in his own list of 110 very special guests. Vic has the gift of friendship and his respect and admiration for his fellow man is evident by those in attendance at this historic luncheon. In addition to calling everyone personally or going to see them, Vic approached his personal associates to be sponsors of the luncheon, covering the costs for the special guests, boutonnieres, photographers and the special souvenir photo that each former mayor will receive. Vic practices the Golden Rule, which is one of the Objects of Kiwanis International, and we are happy that he is a member of our club. Thanks for Making a Difference, Vic!

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Phil Rossy and Don Blakslee, who each won the raffle of beautiful gift basket from Aspen Gift baskets, donated by Vic Whittaker’s committee; to Michael Watson, who won the raffle of a CD of Nan Mouskouri’s music, donated by Steve Georgopoulos; and to Bruno DiChiara, who won the raffle of a Rideau Canal book, donated by John McQuarrie. Thank you all for contributing, $174.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Meeting

Monday June 4, 2007, 12:00 – 1:30pm, at Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
 Colonel By Room Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is proud to welcome guest speaker NANA MOUSKOURI, Ambassador for UNICEF Nana Mouskouri will speak about her work with Unicef Tickets $50.00 for guests Kiwanis members who PREPAY their luncheons still require a ticket, but no additional charges for lunch. Contact the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa to reserve your tickets. To assist with catering, we need confirmation of all attendees, including our club members and their guests BY WEDNESDAY May 30/07. Corporate Sponsorship packages are available, contact Dawn Morewood, Tom Beveridge, Ian Peddie or Steve Georgopoulos

Luncheon Line-Up

June.8 Read-a-thon – Dr. Alyson Shaw, CHEO

June.15 Kiwanis Medical Foundation

June.22 TBA

June.29 No Luncheon, No Round Table – Canada Day long weekend

Committee Meetings

Mon.May.28 Board of Directors, 5:30pm, Staples, Bank Street Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall Upcoming Kiwanis Events June 7 Mega Meeting, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West, Div.13. Location TBD July 3-7 92nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas August 9-11 90th Annual Kiwanis EC&C District Convention, Kingston, Jamaica

CONGRATULATIONS to the Board of Directors for 2007-08 Past President Sam Bhargava, was pleased to announce, on behalf of the Elections Council, the Board of Directors for 2007-08: President: Bill Gosewitz President-Elect: Peter Patafie Vice-Presidents: Guy Bourbonnière Harold Feder Directors: Bruno DiChiara Martin Diegel Ross McIntyre Dawn Morewood Peter Nadeau Barb Perrin Alison Poirier Phil Rossy Doug Wilson Also, President-Designate Bill Gosewitz is pleased to announce his appointment of Bob Fisher as Honorary Secretary-Treasurer.

Happy Birthday May.26 Ken Birch May.27 Greg Payne May.29 Vic Whittaker Jun.3 Peter Nadeau

Club Kiwanis de Hull Invites you to their 8th Annual Mussels and Fries Dinner Tuesday June 5, 6:30 pm, Chateau Cartier (The old Chaudiere Club) 1170 Aylmer Road, Aylmer *Under The Big Top* Lots of free parking. Tickets are $40.00 per person. All profits go to “La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie” a non-profit organization that welcomes sick Outaouais residents in the terminal phases of ill-ness. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will have a table. If you are interested in joining us please contact the office 613-233-1900 by May 28. (Pasta in a “rosé” sauce is available for those who would rather leave the mussels to others.)

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa – Chamber Music Recital Wednesday, June 6, 8:00pm, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Avenue East, Tickets $15.00 Adults, $10.00 Students/Seniors. Patrick Graham – clarinet, Samuel Bisson – cello, Nadia Boucher – piano All proceeds got to our Club. Tickets are available at the door or contact Helene Crabb 613-247-0500. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert. Featuring Kiwanian, Mark Max, Russell Kronick and Anne Steinberg. 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

Goes out to Allan Castledine and his wife Marjorie, in memory of Marjorie’s sister, Helen Foster, who passed away last week in her 91st year. Private family services were held.

Good News Network

The Swearing-In Ceremony of The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul B. Kane as Judge of the Superior Court of Justice by The Honourable Chief Justice Heather J. Smith of the Superior Court of Justice will be held in Courtroom “A”, Court House, 155 Elm Street, Sudbury, Ontarion on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 3:30pm. Reception hosted by the Sudbury District Law Association to follow.

Mr. Phil Rossy had been promoted from his position as General Manager at Chartwell Classic Rideau Place on the River to Associate Vice-President, Opearations for the Eastern Ontario Region. Phil’s region will consist of all Ontario retirement residences including and East of Pembroke and Kingston. Congratulations Phil!