Weekly Meeting - Membership Day

From our longest serving member, Allan Castledine, to our youngest member Alison Poirier, member testimonies noted again and again how tremendous it feels to enjoy oneself while at the same time, giving back to the community.  Kiwanians feel a sense of civic duty to get involved in helping people that might otherwise fall through the cracks.  

Whether supporting youth mentorship programs such as the Cadets, Circle K and Key Club, or reading one on one to children at Connaught Public School, Kiwanis brings out the best in this amazing group of individuals.  The Kiwanis family provides an avenue for its members to give back to the community and at the same time builds relationships between like minded individuals.  The warmth, laughter and camaraderie at our weekly luncheons, illustrates that at Kiwanis, “One Can Make a Difference” and enjoy doing so.  

“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose –  Tom Spence Tom as introduced into our club by the late Past President Hap Nicholds in 1976, and is a 30-year member of our Legion of Honour.  In 1978-79 Tom was elected as a member of the Board of Directors and served as our Club President in 1983-84.  He is very well known by everyone, as he is the first person you see at our Friday luncheons, and we thank him for his reliability.  He is one of our many past presidents who continue to support our projects with as much dedication as he did when he joined 31 years ago. Tom makes a commitment to sell hundreds of tickets and his ability to juggle the many different jobs of Kiwanis never ceases to amaze.  Celebrating his 72 birthday on March 6, Tom has been working with Surgenor’s for 52 years and is working on 32 years of perfect attendance.  Tom’s invaluable dedication and assistance to our Club is Making a Difference.

President Neil’s Thought For the Week - A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in Canada.  Well, there's a very simple answer.  Nobody bothered to check the oil. We just didn't know we were getting low.  The reason for that is purely geographical.  Our oil is located in Alberta, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and B.C.  Our dipsticks are located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Barry Weatherdon, who won the raffle of a special gift basket, donated by the Membership Committee.  Thank you all for contributing, $86.00 was raised for our General Account.  Fine Session $33.00.

Next Luncheon Meeting:   Friday March 9, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Adam Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa,  ON K1N 8S7   Wayne French- Market Area Manager for Eastern Canada / Government, Municipal and  Community  Relations, Mike Walters - Senior Director of Landfills for Eastern Canada, Waste Management of Canada Corporation  Ottawa Landfill Expansion

Luncheon Line-Up

Mar.16 Circle K Luncheon, Julius Riungu, “Grit and Determination” (An awesome story)

Mar.23 Dr. John Dick – “Cancer Stem Cells: Getting to the Root of Cancer”

Mar.30  New Members’ Luncheon

Committee Meetings

Wed.Mar.7  YCPO, 12:00pm, Ian Sterling’s office  Thu.Mar.8 Key Club, 8:00am, Trane Canada  Mon.Mar.12     Program, 7:00pm, Wayne Beaudoin’s home  Tue.Mar.13  Membership Recruitment & Retention, 7:00pm, Myrna Beattie’s office, 2370 Walkley Road

Happy Birthday  Mar.3 – Bob Littlemore & Sandra Presley,  Mar.4 – Dominic Ferrarotto, Mar.5 – Elliot Melamed,  Mar.6 – Tom Spence & Father Barry McGrory,  Mar.7  Don Blakslee

JOIN US FOR an Interclub – Kiwanis Club of Sage – Wednesday, March 7 – Woodroffe United Church, 10:00am, Guest Speaker – Jackie Holzman ONLY  

59  Days to go! .... 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.   This is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, or for your business associates, while supporting one of our  major  fundraisers.  Last year, thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000.  ** New Members are encouraged to give us a call if you have any questions or if you are able to volunteer to work at the auction.  This is an easy, fun job and you get to enjoy the food and beverages.  ** Over 2,000 people are wooed by more than 90 of the region’s top Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries, and this event sells out every year. 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-Chairs Phil Rossy at  613-288-3131 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. 

Chief Vince Bevan Retirement Dinner Wednesday, March 28, 2007,  Ottawa Congress Centre, Reception 6:00pm, Dinner 7:00pm.  Tickets $150.00.  Deadline to purchase tickets is March 16.  For information and to purchase tickets please contact, Kathy Burns, 613-236-1222 X5542 or burnsk@ottawapolice.ca  website: www.ottawapolice.ca

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Presents - The Courriers in Concert.  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).

Good News Network  

Congratulations to our Sponsored Circle K Clubs! 1) Our University of Ottawa Circle K Club - Heart of the City Piano program,  was featured in a two page spread in the January 2007 issue of the CKI Magazine.  Visit the following link to read the article in its entirety: http://www.circlek.org/circlek/magazine/0107spotlight.asp 2) Anusha Jahagirdar was elected Circle K District Governor for EC&C. 3) Anusha Jahagirdar and Bettina Choo were both nominated for the National Capital Region YMCA-WYCA Woman of Distinction Award, Young Woman of Distinction Category. 4) Anusha was also nominated for the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

Message from Shirley Ayers, Lt. Governor Division 12 “Last fall, I had five books of 10 tickets each to sell from the district.  They were in aid of sponsored youth programs and were $10 each.  The prize was $1500 cash or return fare to Jamaica for the district convention next August and two nights' hotel accommodation.  I sold the books to the first five clubs that I installed (the new officers and directors) and turned the books and stubs in to the District Office before Christmas.  The winner was chosen in St. Lucia in February at the District Convention and she is Esme Ford, Past Lt. Gov., Trinidad and Tobago Division.  She plans to use the prize to go to the convention in August.  Thanks for the participation from Division 12!”  Sincerely, Shirley Phillips Ayers ayerssp@magma.ca

One Can Make A Difference

In 1985, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation (KMF), awarded a grant of $2,500.00 to assist a young doctor to write the first book he wrote which was exclusively for Children's Pain, (there were many books on pain but his was the first one exclusively on Children's Pain).  The grant from our KMF was a big boost for someone just starting out in the field.  This book received international acclaim.  On October 26, 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he now resides.  You may recall Dr. Patrick McGrath, Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Paediatrics, and Psychiatry, who spoke to our club in June 2004 at the KMF Luncheon.  On January 1, 2007, Dr. Patrick McGrath accepted the appointment of Vice-President, Research, IWK Health Centre, in Halifax.  His parents are Jean and Matt McGrath. Thanks Kiwanis!!!

Dear Les Morin, Thank you so much for the mattresses you have sent me.  We are very happy about them.  I really appreciate that.  Now my children sleep in a very good condition and they get a very good sleep.  Also, please thank Phil Rossy, Alison Poirier and Pat Charbonneau for helping. Sincerely   Parent

Precious Minds: Making Another Difference in the Lives of Children  

Following up on its success in launching our video entitled Never Shake A Baby, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa went back to experts on early childhood development in 1999-2000 to discover current issues concerning the lives of children.  The advisors, reflecting on the success of our club’s Never Shake A Baby project encouraged our club to undertake another, similar project to better promote the importance of literacy by encouraging families to read to their young.  With a new challenge in hand, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa was again off and running. Thanks, at least partly, to the success of our Never Shake A Baby project governments responded positively; and our club raised the necessary funding of $150,000 from the National Literacy Secretariat, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and CHEO to cover the cost of development of a new video to be titled Precious Minds.  

Kiwanis committee chairman Ken Nelson saw the need for some full time effort to drive the promotion of Precious Minds as well as to continue the sales of Never Shake A Baby. The Kiwanis Club hired Derek Finley on a contract basis to drive our sales strategy with a goal to sell 10,000 videos. Individual Kiwanis clubs from Thunder Bay to Illinois and beyond signed on as distributors. The Ontario government purchased copies for all Ontario day care centers, libraries, and community centers. Derek converted this educational project into a combined educational and fundraising project when he sold then Ontario Minister John Baird on the idea of providing a video to each family of each newborn child in Ontario for the next two years. The sale of 260,000 videos for $2.00 per copy meant the education of 260,000 families over the next two years and a huge windfall of over $100,000 for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.  Derek recently identified and chatted with one of the families that received the video from the government when he spotted a copy of the video displayed in a garage sale.   Again, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa proved that “One Can Make a Difference”. We now have two educational products (with current technology) focused on making a difference in the lives of children. Will we be content to simply process ongoing weekly orders (mainly for our Never Shake A Baby product)? Will we choose to revitalize our marketing of these two products? Will we again approach our early childhood experts to update ourselves on the needs of children and then to again demonstrate that “One Can Make a Difference”?     

eDGE Newsletter editor - Micheal Kruger