An incredible story was told by Marina Nemat, who grew up in Tehran and had a normal, happy childhood, with girlfriends who wore bikinis and loved shopping. After the revolution and the government changed, everything changed around her. At 16 she was arrested, along with 1,000s of others, who were put in jails built for 100s. Survival occupied her mind as she was tortured daily, and she remembered her family and the music she enjoyed to keep from feeling worthless. She was a victim of repeated rape and one of the interrogators married her, and then she was allowed to go on leave with him to visit his family, who treated her nicely. After he was assassinated and she was freed, Silence became a member of her family, and of society, since there was never any discussion of her torture. She was never allowed to speak of when her life changed and was told that her dying mother wanted her to know that she forgave her, for bringing this shame onto her family. Now married to a wonderful man, and living in Canada with their children, she wants to share her story, since forgiveness is impossible without talking. Her next book is on recovery.
One Can make a Difference – President’s Rose - Lynda Campbell Lynda has spent time on many committees, including Duck Race, Membership, Senior Citizens, and Ways and Means, also Chaired Programme for 2 years, and was the Honorary Secretary on the Board in 2000. She is professional and courteous, and is always a pleasure to work with. She volunteers for many of our Hands-On projects with the same commitment and enthusiasm. She was elected to the Board of Directors this year, and is the Director responsible for liaising with the Program Committee. Thank you, Lynda, for your dedication and loyalty to our club, and for Making a Difference.
Congratulations to Hassa Mirchandani who won the raffle of a bottle of pickled vegetables donated by President Peter, and, to Ted Parsons, who won the raffle of a Book “Life 100 Photographs that Changed the World” donated by Life and provided by Warren Gencher. Thank you for contributing, $85 was raised for our General Account. Note The Kiwanis office depends on the members of the Club to provide raffle prizes in the area of $25 value. The raffles raise about $3000 a year for our General Account which helps to cover our administrative expenses. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please contact the office. Items can be certificates to dinner, books, tickets to the theatre, gift baskets with coffee, chocolates, etc.
President’s Thought for the Week - As a son handed his father his poor report card, he asked, “Father what do you think is my trouble – heredity or environment?”
Next Kiwanis Luncheon Friday, October 31, 2008 12:15-1:45 p.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, Laurier Room Michael Geist, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa, “Why Copyright? The Fight for Canada’s Digital Future” Also - Official Visit of our Eastern Canada and Caribbean, District Governor, Sheron Cameron-Dunn who is visiting us from Kingston, Jamaica. She will be joining the Head Table and sharing in our Kiwanis luncheon. There will also be a table set up for past Governors and Lt. Governors.
The Hindu Festival of Lights, is the epiphany of showing gratefulness to the almighty for blessing with wealth and wisdom. It is the time of illuminating every soul on the earth with the light of love and affection. For our members who are celebrating the Hindu Festival on Tuesday, October 28, we wish happiness and prosperity to you and your family and friends, as you celebrate Diwali .
Mon. Oct 27 Cadets, 7:00pm Cartier Square Drill Hall
Luncheon Line-up - Be Sure To Join Us and Invite A Guest….
Nov 7 Remembrance Day Luncheon – with Cadets Color Party presentation. Guest Speaker Gordon Pimm, author of Leo’s War – the letters of Leo LeBoutillier are a touching look into the life of a heroic First World War soldier.
Nov 14 Jean Vaillancourt, Manager of Operations for the 2009 Iihf World Junior Championship to be held in Ottawa. Jean is an accomplished women's hockey coach.
Nov 21 Scott Bradford, Ottawa Boys and Girls Club
Nov 28 General W.J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces
Dec 5 Round Table at Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Dec 7 ** Sunday – Family Christmas Party 12:00 – 2:00 Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Dec 12 Peter Tilley, Ottawa Food Bank
Dec 19 Member Christmas Party – more to follow soon D
ec 26 No Luncheon Meeting scheduled
RIF Book Presentation
You are invited to join us on Thurs, Oct 30th 10:00 a.m. Governor Sheron Cameron-Dunn will be presenting the Book Awards for the Reading is Fundamental program at Connaught Public School, 1149 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa, ON, K1Y (Directions - Turn north on Parkdale Avenue to Gladstone Avenue. Turn east onto Gladstone Avenue. Connaught Public School is on the north side of the street.. Parking is located behind Connaught Public School. Enter the school parking lot from Rosemount Avenue. For more information, contact Ross Hadwen.
$ Financial Notice $ to all members
At the Board meeting of October 20th, the Board of Directors approved the proposed budgets for the Community Services Account (Foundation), and, the General Account (Service Club / Administration). We are pleased to announce that, at this time, there will not be an increase to the Membership Dues, or to the Luncheon Fees. The Membership Dues for 2008-09 will remain at $330.00 per member (no increase since 2005). Invoices will be forwarded to members in the next few days and those members who have given the office the authority to do so, will have their credit cards charged directly. The Luncheon Fees remain unchanged 1. Prepaid - For those members who had selected this option as set up in June 2008 – the amount will be $26 x 12 meetings = $312.00 for October – December 2. Members who had selected the virtual Booklet of 10 tickets at $302.00 will be contacted on an individual basis, when they are out of (virtual) tickets. We keep a running total and can let you know at any time how many tickets you have left. 3. Members who chose to Pay $33 at the door are reminded that they are expected to attend the Friday luncheons. Our goal is a minimum of 70% attendance from all members.
Board of Directors – Elections update
We are saddened to announce that Vice-President designate – Doug Wilson – has resigned from the club for personal reasons. In light of the recent circumstances, Past President Neil McDonald, Chair of the Elections Council, revisited the election results and approached the candidate who would have received the most support from the club for the position. That person, Martin Diegel, has been approached and accepted the position of Vice-President. Please join me in welcoming Martin as a member of our executive team. Martin will be handling the Community Service Committees of our club, while Vice-President Phil Rossy will be handling the Fundraising Committees and President-Elect Peter Nadeau will be handling the Operations Committees.
Kiwanis Club of Manotick Charter Night
You are invited to join the members of the Manotick Kiwanis at their Charter night on Saturday, Nov 8th, at the Carleton Golf and Country Club from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Toni Bosic Band. If you are interested in joining an Interclub, please contact Dawn Morewood at email@example.com or 613-749-9849
The Kiwanis Club of Orleans Halloween event
"Skreamers" is doing fabulously well. Already 900 customers have been through their Barn of Terror. If any Kiwanians would like to volunteer to help at this event (this is your big chance to legally scare children after all), please let me know, as we are overwhelmed with our success and could certainly use a few more hands. Skreamers will be opened from this Friday, Oct. 24th, every night right through to and including Friday, Oct. 31st at Proulx Farm, 1865 O’Toole Road, (near Innes and Trim). Cost is $10 per person, featuring Scary Wagon Rides, the Haunted Barn, and the Creepy Canteen. (Younger children take warning – this is scary!) You can check out their website at www.skreamers.ca If you are interested in more information, contact Marilyn Dow, President, Kiwanis Club of Orleans firstname.lastname@example.org