Janet Yale stressed how significant CSR– Corporate Social Responsibility - and community involvement serves as a catalyst, rather than a drag on successful business strategy. Being more vigilant about how they commit corporate resources, even in these more challenging economic times, is of significant interest to Telus.
Their mission, as one of Canada’s leading national telecommunications companies, is “to unleash the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace, and on the move”. They recognize that their shared success relies on a collective effort of their 34,000 domestic and international workforce.
Their bottom line also takes into account environmental and social performance, to capture a fuller measure of what they earn, what they contribute and how they are perceived, which beckons continued achievement for the long-term. They seek to recover 50,000 cell phones for recyclying every year, and Tree Canada plants a tree for every cell phone recovered. Csr is a not an expendable element of their corporate approach, even in tougher times, as it is a fundamental part of their corporate Dna.
Their partners, stakeholders, and, very importantly, their team members expect nothing less of Telus. “Community work is the rent you pay for your place on Earth” Janet quoted from Jackie Holzman. Attendance 52 = Members 46, Guests 6
“One Can Make a Difference” - President’s Rose to Ross Hadwen
Ross was sponsored into our club in 1987 by the late Past President Brian (Hap) Nicholds. A 30-year member of the Legion of Honour, Ross has always been an active member of our club, especially on the Music Committee and the Music Festival Committee. He has assisted with many of our Hands-On projects, provided volunteer hours for the Special Olympics and of course, he provides dedicated support to our “Reading Is Fundamental” Program at the Connaught Public School. He has played an integral part in the continuing success of that program, and organizes the readers from our Club, as well as, being the liaison with other local Kiwanis Clubs. A model Kiwanian – and one of the first to sign up to volunteer at the Kiwanis Music Festival, he also helps to coordinate the volunteers. This is a busy job, as the Festival runs for 3 weeks with more than 10,000 children performing at different locations. Thank you Ross, for Making A Difference in our community!
Congratulations to Don Blakslee who won the raffle of a Ceramic Coffee Dish Set donated by Warren Gencher and Brymark Promotions; and, to Barb McInnes, a guest from the Community Foundation of Ottawa, who won the Poker Set, also donated by Warren Gencher. Thank you all for contributing, $60 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $51.
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday, February 13, 2009, 12:15 – 1:45, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa No Guest Speaker, No Head Table, Join us to share in some Kiwanis fellowship and laughter. MacDonald Room - upstairs, Guests Welcome!! Enjoy your Family Day Holiday long weekend!
Notice Of Annual General Meeting Friday, February 20, 2009 – Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Canadian Room (downstairs) 12:15 – 1:45 pm. At this meeting the Annual Report of the Club, and the Financial Statements for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Inc., the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Foundation, and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation, are presented for review by the members. If You have any business that you want discussed, please contact President-Elect Peter Nadeau, who will be the Chair of the meeting, in the absence of President Peter Patafie, who will be out of town. The Annual Reports were distributed at the meeting on Friday, February 6th, and will be available at the meeting on February 13th. All Members are encouraged to attend the meeting on February 20th, and are asked to please bring the Annual Report with you to the meeting.
Happy Birthday to You in February! Feb 9 -Ian Sterling Feb 12 - Robert Houle Feb 19 -Jackie Holzman Feb 22-Sam Bhargava Feb 24-Rita Harper
Mon Feb 9 Program 7:00 pm Ross Christensen’s home Tue Feb 10 Circle K 12:00 Anthony McGlynn’s office Wed Feb 11 Young Childrens’ Projects 12:00 Warren Gencher’s office Golf Tournament – 12:00 Apollo Property Management Thu Feb 12 Key Club 8:00 am Ross McIntyre’s office Wed Feb 18 Bon Appetit Silent Auction 7:00 a.m. Perkins Restaurant Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Hotel Medical Foundation 6:00pm Dominic Ferrarotto’s office Mon Feb 23 Board Of Directors 5:30 at Staples, 403 Bank Street Cadets 7:00 pm Cartier Square Drill Hall Tue Feb 24 Membership 5:30pm Dawn Morewood’s office Wed Feb 25 Direct Assistance 12:00 Kiwanis office
Feb 20 *** Annual General Meeting *** – No Guests please
Feb 27 We Are Relocating – to the Restaurant International at Algonquin College. Guest Speaker: Peter Charboneau, Over the Road.
Mar 6 Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Economist Bank of Canada, “The Bank of Canada’s Response to the Global Financial Market Turmoil”
(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)
Circle K Convention 2009
Our Club’s sponsored Circle K clubs shall be hosting the Circle K District Convention in Ottawa, with the tentative dates being February 20-22, 2009, and they need our help. In particular, they need assistance in the of defraying their costs by financial sponsorship at various levels, the donation of gifts as “door prizes”, and incentives for early registration, assistance with the printing of program agendas and other materials. Also, anyone who wishes to donate Air Miles to assist Circle K members to fly here from the east coast, that would be appreciated. Finally, our Circle K Clubs would also like to have at least 2 Kiwanis members to sit on different Committees for the convention. Contact Howard Lithwick, at 613-726-2675(work) or 613-727-6238 (home)
Circle K – Carleton University “Our Club is organizing a Book Drive”
For the next few weeks, we will have collection bins all over campus where people can drop off used textbooks (and other books appropriate for adults). The organization who is helping us run the book drive is Better World Books, and we have selected Books for Africa as our recipient. Here is the website http://betterworldbooks.com/Partners/BooksforAfrica.aspx Any help spreading the word would be greatly appreciated. If You Have Any Books to donate to their cause, they can be dropped off at the office of Ian Hendry – Hendry Warren Llp, 442 Gilmour Street, Ottawa. 613-235-2000
Direct Assistance – A request was received by Chair Neil McDonald from a newly arrived Chinese couple, who have moved into a small apartment which came with a very uncomfortable single bed. They are looking for a queen sized bed with a comfortable mattress. If You are able to help, please contact Neil McDonald at 613-725-2128x 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)
Here are some great photos taken by Jamie Johnson on Saturday. Results of the Bedzzz Race will follow in the next edition of the eDge Newsletter.
Partners In Caring Thursday, February 24, 2009 - The Ottawa Senators Hockey Foundation offers their Partners In Caring project to our Club for the Ottawa vs Carolina game on February 24, 2009. Tickets are discounted by 35% off gate price for Kiwanis making our club $20-$25 on every ticket sold. Also, for every 10 tickets sold to this game, 2 free tickets are received for another game. Past President Tom Spence will be selling the tickets for Feb 24th, with his son Jeff. Please contact Tom at if you are interested in buying tickets.
Bon Appetit Silent Auction Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – Welcome to Co-Chairs Phil Rossy and Bruno DiChiara who will be leading this committee. The next Committee meeting is on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 a.m. at Perkin’s Restaurant. We are looking for more members to join this committee as they require more participation from the club. This is a great event and one of our 4 major fundraisers. If you are Interested in joining this committee, contact VP Phil Rossy.
(Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)
Curling Interclub, Sports and Social
The Committee will be holding a mixed Curling evening at the Nepean Sportsplex on March 18, 2009.This is a fun evening and starts at 5:00 and ends at 7 00 pm. The cost is $5.00 per person.. If anyone is interested call Bob Vergette (email@example.com) or Bob Garrow firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Bytown is hosting a fashion show on Thursday, March 12th, at the Hunt Golf & Country Club, at noon. Fashions will be by Marianne's (Westgate) and Pat Flesher Furs, and jewellery by Audrey Farber Jewels. Tickets are $45 each and lunch will consist of quiche, salad, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets are available through Firma French at email@example.com, or 613-837-4078.
Fine Dining for You and Your Valentine
Friday February 13th, Restaurant International at Algonquin College. Cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:00pm Sold Out