Weekly Meeting - Official Visit of the EC&C District Governor Chuck McIlravey for the 90th Anniversary

District Governor, Chuck McIlravey, is the Director of Finance for the Boy Scouts of Canada and has been with Kiwanis since 1982 when he joined Kiwanis in East York. He was club secretary for 13 years and is a Vice-President of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada. As Governor, Chuck is responsible for 300 clubs, and his message reminded us that we are not working alone…each club works under the umbrella of Kiwanis International and if we work together we’ll be much stronger. Many clubs cleaned their membership of those who don’t participate or pay their dues, and overall membership will increase again. We must be ready to embrace change and look forward. Don’t look in the rear-view mirror, Look Ahead. There is still a lot of poverty, even if you don’t see it, and we must help out and give 10% to clubs outside our local Kiwanis area.

The EC&C’s future project is to join with UNICEF in their fight against HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. We did it with Iodine Deficiency Disorders and eradicated this disease in many countries, there is no reason we can’t do the same with Hiv/Aids. Another program the EC&C District is supporting is with CNIB to supply Braille rulers to school children and each one will have the Kiwanis logo attached. We need to promote Kiwanis and there are many resources available through Kiwanis International website. http://www.kiwanis.org

Thank you to our Music/Entertainment Committee for the musical recognition of our 90th Anniversary – it is always fun to listen when Mark Max and the Music Committee take the stage. Thank you also to Past President Allan Castledine, who highlighted many of the projects we have supported in the past 90 years. It is amazing what can be done when all members are contributing to our club projects. “Ordinary people performing extraordinary work!” That’s Kiwanis!

President-Elect Peter’s Thought for the Week - A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Raffle Prize

Congratulations to Howard Whittaker who won the raffle of a copy of the book, Ottawa Then & Now, signed by all the Mayors prior to amalgamation, donated by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa; and to Lt. Gov. Pierre Coderre, who won a bottle of GlenLivet Single Malt Scotch, donated by Eric Cosgrove. Thank you all for contributing, $83.00 was raised for our General Account.

Next Luncheon Meeting Friday April 18, 2008 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Canterbury High School – VOCUM, Voices Of Canterbury United in Music Conductor James Caswell VOCUM is a group of talented and devoted young singers, mostly from the grades eleven and twelve vocal classes. These students work enthusiastically and energetically throughout the year to provide enjoyable music in many different styles and genres, from classics to modern, motets to madrigals, jazz to pop, and everything in between. Under the direction of James Caswell, Vocum is active in the community and performs regularly at competitions and events in the Ottawa area.

Luncheon Line-Up

Apr.25 Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail’s National Affairs Columnist, “Canada’s Climate Change Challenge”

May.2 To be announced

May.9 Key Club Luncheon

May.16 No meeting scheduled, Victoria Day Weekend

Committee Meetings

Mon.Apr.14 Program, 7:00pm, Lynda Campbell’s home Tue.Apr.15 Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Wed.Apr.16 Circle K, 12:00pm, Ian Hendry’s office Fri.Apr.18 Project Development, 1:40pm, Fairmont Chate4au Laurier Mon.Apr.21 Board of Directors, 5:45pm, Staples Bank Street

Happy Birthday Apr.11 Helene Crabb & Don Keyes Apr.15 Doug Wilson

Citizenship Court

The Direct Assistance Committee will be sponsoring a Citizenship Court on Tuesday April 15, 2008, 1:30pm at 200 Catherine Street. We are looking for volunteers to help out. Free parking is available. For details please contact Bob Horlick at 613-828-8010 or roberthorlick@hotmail.com

Club Elections

The Primary Ballots were emailed and mailed out to all voting members on April 8. You have a choice to either complete the ballot and return by email, or wait until you receive the mailed copy. All ballots must be returned to the Kiwanis office no later than April 25/08 Important Note As per the decision of Elections Council in 2006-07, in an attempt to increase voters, as well as to make it easier for you to vote, you have the option of completing the Primary Ballot sent out by email and returning it to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa by email, only to the attention of our Administrative Manager, Rita Harper. If you have any questions about this email process, please don't hesitate to contact Rita. If you have any questions about the Elections, please contact Elections Chair, Past President Neil McDonald at 613-725-2128 x 224, or you can call any Past President as they make up the Elections Council. New Members are also encouraged to call their sponsor, if they have any questions.

Interclub Sports and Social Kiwanis Club of Sage – Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 10:00am-11:30am, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue (just north of Carling Avenue). For further information, please contact Jackie Holzman at jackiefh@rogers.com or 613-729-9710.

Kiwanis “One Can Make a Difference” Charity Golf Tournament

Jamie Johnson was good enough to put together a video of our 2007 tournament (see link below). A couple of months ago the committee requested this resource to promote our tournament. Feel free to email it out if you think it would be helpful in getting sponsorships or players. Jamie - thanks very much for doing this. http://www.golf.ottawakiwanis.org

Mother’s Day Roses

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you want to treat that special lady in your life, once again Ottawa Kiwanis Clubs are selling a dozen roses (delivered on Saturday, May 10th) for only $25. per dozen. You can support Kiwanis and as an extra bonus, $2. from each dozen goes to Cheo!! Contact Ralph Dashney, President of the Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis Club at (613) 235-7108 or at linda_ralph@sympatico.ca before May 3rd or www.kcov.ca. Order forms will also be available at your table at our April 11 meeting.

Kiwanis Conventions

The Executive will decide on the attendees from the Board of Directors, and other members are also invited to attend. If you are interested, please contact the Kiwanis office for more information. - Kiwanis International Convention, June 25-28, 2008, Orlando, Florida - Kiwanis District Convention, August 7-9, 2008, Niagara Falls, Ontario Another reason to register soon for Niagara Falls – a challenge from District Governor Chuck McIlravey “Every Kiwanis member or guest who registers on or before April 25, 2008 will receive a beautiful white baseball cap with a coloured EC&C Logo as a thank you gift”. Thanks - Governor Chuck

Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 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. 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 give Tom a call at 613-741-0741. The Kiwanis Silent Auction showcases over 125 items and we are asking All members to consider providing items in the area of $200 or more to be auctioned off. 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. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Paul Drouin at 613-788-2182 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389. Donor bid slips are available by contacting the Kiwanis office.