Weekly Meeting - Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker

The Best is yet to come! Kiwanis International President, Nelson Tucker, stated that "As an organization, it is time to celebrate! We must extend our appreciation to the members who invited new members to join; the clubs that sponsored new Kiwanis clubs; the club presidents, governors, and district leaders, for their support and leadership to grow the organization; and the membership growth teams for re-energizing our growth efforts. We have established a strong foundation and must continue our commitment to achieve 1 million members by 2015."

Thank you to Governor Ed Kelly for attending and to the members of Kiwanis Clubs of Ottawa-West, Perth-On-Tay, Bytown, Kanata, Ottawa-Vanier, Aylmer-Pontiac, Hull, Rideau & Manotick as well as our Key Club visitors.

President Neil's Thought For the Week - You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.

One Can Make a Difference – President’s Rose – Guy Milne Guy joined our club in 2002 sponsored by Ted Parsons. Always available to help out with the Cadets projects, Guy now chairs the Cadets Committee which incorporates both the 211 Air Cadet Squadron and the 2784 GGFG’s Cadets with close to 350 youths participating. Guy maintains a strong relationship with the Commanding Officers and ensures a smooth interaction between the two Cadet Corps and our Club. We were very proud of the Cadets Flag Party last week, when General Rick Hillier was our guest speaker. Thank you Guy for “Making a Difference” with all the behind the scenes work to ensure a successful presentation by the Cadets.

Raffle Prize Congratulations to Jan Mansfield, who won the raffle of an exercise ball, donated by Wendall Hughes, and to Derek Finley, who won the raffle of a John McDermott CD, donated by Marlene Murray. Thank you all for contributing, $92.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $29.21.

Next Friday - December 15, 2006 there is NO Luncheon Meeting because... Sunday, December 17, 2006, 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ballroom for the Annual Family Christmas Party Entertainment will be provided by Dominic D’Arcy and Rising Stars from The Dominic D’Arcy Talent Development Program. There will be clowns, a juggler, elves, and, of course, Santa Claus! If you are bringing a guest, click here to inform the office: mailto:ritaharper@ottawakiwanis.org Please bring a toque, scarf or mittens for needy children

On the menu: Traditional Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Vegetables, Dessert, Chicken Fingers & fries for the children. $28.00 adults, $20.00 children

Luncheon Line-Up

Jan.5 To be announced

Jan.12 Mayor Larry O’Brien, new member and guest speaker!

Jan.19 Rod Bryden, President, SC Stormont

Jan.26 Annual General Meeting, No guest speaker, no guests please.

Feb.2 To be announced

Feb.9 Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Feb.16 Kiwanis Medical Foundation

Committee Meetings

Mon.Dec.11 Program, 6:30pm, potluck, Lynda Campbell’s home Tue.Dec.12 Bed Race, 12:00pm, Apollo Management Wed.Dec.13 YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office Thu.Dec.14 Key Club, 8:00am, Trane Happy Birthday Dec.9 Angela Cummings Dec.10 Ron Vincent Dec.14 Jeremy Moore Dec.15 Jim Durrell Dec.16 Matt McGrath & Bruno Di Chiara

The Cadets joint Christmas Dinner

All Kiwanis members are invited to join the Cadets at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre (off Carling Avenue about 2km West past Moodie Drive) Mess Hall Facilities - 4 Snider Road at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2006. Dress will be CF Uniform or Business Attire/Jacket and Tie. Cost for this "Turkey and all the trimmings" Dinner will be $10.00 per Kiwanis member as well as for each of their guests. Payment can be made in cash to Mrs. Norma Cross or Mr. James Taylor at the dinner on the evening of the 16th. Please RSVP to Norma at: n.cross@sympatico.ca to confirm your attendance for our final number of meals to be ordered. If you have any other questions, please contact Guy Milne, Cadet Committee Chair, at 613-592-1736.

28th Annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors Monday, December 25, 2006, 11:00am, The Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert Street. Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Live entertainment with Dominic D’Arcy, “The Singing Policeman”. Bring a friend and enjoy the celebration. Seating is limited, get your seats early. Tickets are $8.00 per person and are available from The Good Companions, 670 Albert Street, 613-236-0428 or contact Sandra Presley at 613-726-1131. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa & The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club - Partners in Caring Game Proceeds of the evening go to YM/YWCA, Roger’s House and Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Youth initiatives.

Wednesday February 14, 2007. Hat Trick Sponsorship and Face-off Sponsorships are still available. Last year we ran out of bonus game tickets so remember to get your ticket order in early. These seats will only be held for us for a limited time (Note that these tickets will be for the Sens vs. 2005-06 rookie of the year Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals on January 16). For more information please contact Tom Spence 613-741-0741

Thanks Kiwanis!

Thank you for assisting the Kiwanis Key Club of Sir Robert Borden High School for the funds they collected at our luncheon on December 1. A total of $378.00 was contributed to their Canadian Tire Toy Mountain gift program for needy children at Christmas.

Salvation Army Christmas Kettles

Thanks go out to Les Morin, Bob Garrow, Bob Alyea, Rocco D’Angelo, Ross Hadwen and Don Blakslee for braving the elements at the corner of Sparks and O’Connor while collecting much needed donations for our kettle campaign.

Congratulations to Steve Georgopoulos Steve was named as the 2006 recipient of the Don Blakslee Hotelier of the Year Award from the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association. The award recognizes a hotelier who has demonstrated outstanding leadership to his hotel as well as being active in the broader tourism industry.

Kiwanis Bedzzz Race

The 27th Annual Kiwanis Bedzzz Race Committee is an engaged group of Kiwanians that will Make a Difference during Winterlude 2007. The Bedzzz Race is a unique event that allows Kiwanians to get together with their friends and family to spend a day outdoors during Winterlude where the theme of the day is fun. Team registration costs $300 but this fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more. There are great prizes to be won as well as bragging rights for the year. Teams of five (four horses and one rider) compete in the race and are required to build and decorate their own race bed. Limited beds are available for purchase of $100 (no delivery- you must pick up). Teams compete in a minimum of 2 heats with a potential for up to 5 races. 2006 Champions, the International Union of Elevator Constructors - Local 96, plan to defend their title this year. 2006 Best Decorated Champions, the Gordon Group, are sure they will be crowned 2007 champs. The 2006 Fundraising Champion team at Apollo Property Management challenges all participants to out-pledge them this year. Last year’s race had 46 teams, netting the Club $41,500.00 and we are looking forward to another successful year. To date this fundraiser has brought in over $120,000.00 for the Club, which has helped to support our youth mentorship programs and other Kiwanis initiatives. On February 10, 2007, enter a team, come on out and volunteer on race day, make a pledge, or just simply come out and enjoy the day’s activities. For more information visit the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa website and click on the Bedzzz Race link http://www.bedrace.ottawakiwanis.org

Alison Poirier, Gary Flockton Bedzzz Race Committee Co-Chairs