Through a desire to serve others, Patrick McGarry found his calling as a Funeral Director at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Chapels. Being asked to provide services to people at one of the most difficult times in their lives is a tremendous responsibility and a privilege Patrick is glad to fulfill. With challenges to local ownership coming from across North America, the firm is dedicated to everyday involvement in our community, providing a model of service delivery defined by local customs and values and one that ensures local investments remain in our region.
As the youngest Vice-President ever for the firm, Patrick believes that consumers have a right to know which companies are locally owned, if they are being referred to a cemetery or funeral home and if the person referring them will be receiving a commission for doing so. This is why he has promoted transparency of ownership in the funeral home and cemetery sector, as well as a level playing field in regards to taxation of cemeteries to allow for fair competition. Funeral planning will affect all of us at some point in our lives and hopefully we will have someone like Patrick around to guide us through this emotional maze.
Funeral preplanning can help reduce some of the confusion and heartache that can occur when no plans are in place. There are many questions to be answered and thoughtful preparation can help bring some peace of mind to those who are left behind. Thank you to everyone who participated in the question and answer session!
“One Can Make a Difference” – President’s Rose As Co-Chairs of this year’s Bed Race, for the 2nd consecutive year, Alison Poirier and Gary Flockton should both be walking proud. Their execution of the BedZZZ Race held Saturday, Feb 10th, once again fostered camaraderie amongst our members, as well as reinforcing our strong relationship with the sponsors and teams who participated in the Race. And even more important, they have both been with the club for less than 4 years. Alison was introduced to our club in 2003 by Steve Georgopoulos, and Gary was introduced to our Club in October 2004 by Steve Moore. With the very dedicated assistance of their small yet very strong committee, they were able to meet their Budget, with a Gross Revenue of over $42,000. The company BedZZZ was secured for the 2nd year as the Title Sponsor, and Gary also got his employer, Allstream, to be our Presenting Sponsor. The hours that were put in by the members of this committee were exemplary, and I’m sure they are all happy that the event is over. It was one of the coldest days so far this year but the sun was shining and everyone had a great time. Thanks Alison and Gary for helping to Make a Difference!
President Neil’s Thought For the Week- The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet
Raffle Prize Congratulations to Wendall Hughes, who won the raffle of a $25 gift certificate to Pelican Fishery, donated by Ron Wing; and to Russ Salo, who won the raffle of a golf shoe bag, donated by Tom Pullen. Thank you all for contributing, $86.00 was raised for our General Account. Fine Session $52.25.
Next Luncheon Meeting
Friday February 23, 2007, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Laurier Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7 Dr. Barry Wellar, Distinguished Research Fellow, Transport 2000 Canada, President of Wellar Consulting Inc. “Sustainable Transport: Does Anybody Here Know How to Win This Game?” A Registered Professional Planner in Ontario, Dr. Wellar is the author of more than 100 papers in the transportation-land use domain, and is internationally recognized for his achievements in applied transportation research. His presentation will reflect the contribution he believes the corporate community must make, if Ottawa is to establish the kind of citizen-government-business alliance that is required, to achieve non-trivial sustainable transport practices within the next five years.
Mar.2 Membership Focus Day - Invite a friend/business colleague to learn about Kiwanis!
Mar.9 Wayne French & Mike Walter - Ottawa Landfill Expansion – Waste Management Canada Inc.
Mar.16 Circle K Luncheon
Happy Birthday Feb.17 - Derek Finley Feb.19 - Jackie Holzman & Keith McGruer Feb.22 - Sam Bhargava
Committee Meetings Tue.Feb.20 YCPO Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Wed.Feb.21 Circle K, 12:00pm, Ian Hendry’s office Community Services, 12:00pm, Rideau Place on the River Medical Foundation, 7:00pm, Ferano Construction Fri.Feb.23 Communications, 11:00am, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Mon.Feb.26 Cadets, 7:00pm, Cartier Square Drill Hall
Interclub with Kiwanis Club of Sage Wed.Mar.7 – Woodroffe United Church, 10:00am - Guest Speaker – Jackie Holzman Let's have an Interclub to support Jackie!! Call our office if you are able to attend.
Membership Committee Announcement "Invite a Friend/Colleague to Kiwanis Day on March 2” - Membership recruitment is a club responsibility. Our goal is to bring in 20 new regular member and 12 corporate members for 2007! How can you help? Invite a friend or colleague to our Kiwanis luncheon on March 2, or any Friday leading up to March 2. The prospective member will be a guest of the club so no cost to you! (or you can use a pink chit). Please be sure to inform the office if you are bringing a guest and if they are a prospective member.
Bon Appetit!!! Bon Appetit Ottawa, Kiwanis Silent Auction - MARK YOUR CALENDARS - On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 5:30 - 9:00, our Bon Appetit Silent Auction Committee will be holding our 8th 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. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be obtained from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings. 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, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa gave back over $300,000 to our community through its many fund raising initiatives, and thanks to the help of our club members, the Silent Auction at Bon Appetit raised $29,000. Donor Slips will be available at the luncheons for you to complete, or contact the Kiwanis office to get a form. 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. For more information on this event, contact Co-Chairs Phil Rossy at 288-3131 or Bruno Di Chiara at 613-290-0389
CLUB ELECTIONS are coming! A reminder that we are approaching our Club Elections in the next 2 months and will be sending out the Primary Ballots on March 30, 2007 (already!). Please make sure that your Account is up-to-date at the Kiwanis office, to ensure that you have voting privileges. If you have any questions about the balance of your account, please contact Mike Kruger. Thank you.
Sympathy of the Club Sympathy of the Club goes out to the family and friends of Former Justice Abraham (Abe) Lieff - March 5, 1903 - February 12, 2007 (Abe would have been 104 on March 3rd). Honorary Member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, Abe joined our club in 1943, was Club President in 1950, and was a 60-year member of our Legion of Honour. He was the longest serving member of our club, and still read the eDGE Newsletter weekly, often calling the office to discuss the news of the week. Abe was also brother to the grandfather of the late Adele Gordon, Jack Gordon's wife. Services were held this week in Toronto and Ottawa. Our thoughts are with the Lieff family at this time. Top Large Corps and Winner of the Colonel John H. C. Clarry Trophy #2784 Governor General Foot Guards Cadets Corps are the recipients of the Colonel John H. C. Clarry award this year as “Ontario’s Top Large Cadet Corps.” #2784 was judged by the Ontario League as the Corps that runs the most interesting and effective training program, along with the highest retention rate and strength relative to the size of the Corps community.
Ottawa 67's Season Tickets Do you have season tickets to the Ottawa 67’s??? If so, please contact Bill Gosewitz at 613-563-5083 or email him at email@example.com
Congratulations to former member of our club, Solange Guberman
The Ottawa Citizen, Published: Monday, February 12, 2007 Solange Saragea Guberman, a linguist who speaks five languages, has been appointed a justice of the peace to preside at provincial court in Ottawa. Ms. Guberman has been a consultant policy researcher, working on several assignments for NATO since 1998. She has been director of conferences and special events at the Canadian School for Public Service and a lecturer of French at colleges and universities. She was among 22 justice of the peace appointments approved by cabinet last week and announced yesterday. Nine were new appointments and 13 were promotions of current justices so that they are full-time presiding justices, able to preside at trials under the Provincial Offences Act.
Kiwanis Medical Foundation
The Kiwanis Medical Foundation (KMF) was founded in 1981 through a donation from Dr. Lorne E. MacLachlan. The purpose of the KMF is the “advancement of medical treatment and research and assistance to organizations with similar objectives”. During fiscal 2006-07, The KMF has made sizeable donations to the Diabetes Society of Canada and to the University of Ottawa Digestive Research Group for the study of intestinal abnormalities that can produce life-threatening situations in newborns. Both of these research initiatives are taking place in Ottawa hospitals. For the first time, the Kiwanis Medical Foundation entered a bed in the Winterlude BEDZZZ Race raising almost $3500 along the way. Our bed raced under the capable control of the 2784 Governor General’s Foot Guards Cadets who did a great job and made us very proud. This upcoming June 2007, the Medical Foundation is planning a fundraising event with Mark Max and The Courriers. This promises to be a very exciting event and we are hoping that all Kiwanians will help us obtain a sell-out in a short period of time. The Kiwanis Medical Foundation differs from the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Foundation, which is responsible for conducting charitable activities "for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, the advancement of religion and for other charitable purposes beneficial to the community at large".