Living all over the world, Former Lt. Governor James Bartleman has seen first-hand how ordinary citizens, and service clubs with social justice concerns, provide resources to those in need. He reflected on his own childhood growing up in Port Carling and is a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation. His mother, who was aboriginal, and his father, a white man, were determined to live their life, no matter how poor they got, without welfare. His first exposure to reading was the wonderful comics and books that he and his brother found in the dump. Living in a tent, on the road to the dump, provided them with easy access to a cornucopia of items – another man’s treasure… He learned to read by matching the actions in the comics with the words in the bubbles. Racism was everywhere, and being able to read when he went to school, meant that he was able to envision a future, which many in the village could not do.
Meeting a librarian, and always reading whatever he could, he did very well in school and was given an opportunity to go to university. He was asked by the Prime Minister to be the Lt. Governor of Ontario, and he pursued three priorities eliminating the stigma of mental illness, supporting anti-racism initiatives, and to encourage Aboriginal young people. He used his background experiences to assist others, many who had no hope, and during his term as Lt. Governor, implemented aboriginal literacy programs for 5,000 native children, and 36 summer reading camps for children in Ontario’s north. He is the author of four best-selling books and donates all the book royalties to the causes he promoted as Lt. Governor.
One Can make a Difference – President’s Rose - Warren Gencher When he joined the cub, Warren Gencher immediately volunteered to work with the Circle K Committee and learned how Kiwanis can assist the University students to focus on the fundamentals of community as part of their learning. He Chaired the Circle K Committee and continued to work with them for 3 years. He is a committed and supportive member, and when he was approached last year to coordinate the volunteers for the Bed Race Committee, he had no idea how difficult a job that could be. But, he did it and had a great time doing it. We were happy that he agreed to be Chair of the Young Children’s Projects Committee this year. He can be very proud of the accomplishments of this Committee, as it is always thinking ahead in ways to improve the lives of our children. Warren, thank you for Making A Difference by assisting with our Kiwanis projects.
Raffle Congratulations to Stephen Smye, and another guest of the club, who each won a raffle of a couple of books donated by Life and provided by Warren Gencher. Thank you all for contributing, $70 was raised for our General Account. President Peter was pleased to provide a sample of hot peppers since he doesn’t eat Oreo cookies!
President Peter’s thought for the week - A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, and a little less than his share of the credit.
Next Kiwanis Luncheon
Friday, October 24, 2008 12:15-1:45 p.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, Adam Room Marina Nemat, “Human Rights in Iran”, After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Marina was arrested at the age of 16 and spent 2 years as a political prisoner in Tehran, where she came very close to execution. Be sure to call a member you haven’t seen for awhile and offer to drive them to the luncheon.Guests are welcome! $33.00 per person. Parking $9.00
Luncheon Line-up - Be Sure To Join Us and Invite A Guest….
Oct 31 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”
Nov 7 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 28 General W.J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces
Mon. Oct 20 Membership 5:00 Dawn Morewood’s office Board of Directors 5:30 pm Staples 403 Bank Street, 2nd floor boardroom Wed. Oct 22 Direct Assistance 12:00 Kiwanis office Mon. Oct 27 Cadets, 7:00pm Notre Dame High School
Ottawa Vanier Charter Night
Another opportunity for you to spend an evening with the District Governor at Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis' 50th Charter Night on Saturday, October 25th. A “Murder Mystery Night and Dinner” -- Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person. Centre Francophone de Vanier, 270 Marier Avenue. Tickets available email Eric Gagnon or IPP Ralph Dashney by Wed. October 22nd.
Manotick Charter Night
Kiwanis Club of Manotick – 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.