Weekly Meeting - Rob Boyd, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

Rob Boyd explained the mandate of the Oasis Program at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, is to ensure those who are addicted to crack cocaine, are provided with a sense of belonging… They are given a health teaching, they are taught how to safely discard their needles, they are shown how to clean their hands, they are given the warnings about crack use, they have someone to listen to their stories, and they are supported without stigma or rejection – something they live with every day. They want to stop the spread of disease and protect the health of people who use drugs. Many of their clients live chaotic lives and spend most of their time interacting with other drug users, and the clinic is often the only place where they are provided with a sense of normalcy. The potential recovery from their overwhelming addition is closely linked to the cultural attitude toward drug users. No one who is addicted to crack is having a good time – they did not grow up wanting to be a crack addict.

New Member Michelle Hutchinson

We welcomed our newest member, Michelle Hutchinson, Audit Manager with Ernst & Young. Sponsored by Dawn Morewood and Bill Siekierski, Michelle was a member of Circle K University of West Indies and Key Club at Queen’s High School, Jamaica. She is also a Member of Toastmasters. Welcome to the club, Michelle!

Attendance: 43 = Members 41, guests 4

“One Can Make A Difference” President’s Rose - Geoff Godding Geoff was introduced to our club by Steve Moore in 1995. Having been a member of the former Kiwanis Club of South Ottawa, for 4 years, he had no problem adjusting to the high energy and steady demands of being a Kiwanian. Geoff was Chair of our Membership Committee in 2003 and his organizational skills were very useful. The mandate of that Committee is not only to recruit new members, but to increase the involvement of our current members. Assisting with the preparation of the New Members Luncheon is a job that Geoff enjoys, and he has done it for a number of years. As you witnessed with the New Members’ Luncheon 2 weeks ago, a lot of hard work goes into the preparation and, under the direction of Geoff, the new members were successful in providing us with an entertaining program. This New Members Luncheon is a tradition of our club that will bind those new members together for years to come. Geoff also assisted with finding the new location for our Kiwanis office, and after doing all the leg work, he met with our Executive to show his selections, and he donated any commission he made back to the club. Geoff is a strong supporter of our club projects, and is proud to share Kiwanis with his family and co-workers. Thanks for your continued support of our club, Geoff – you are helping to Make A Difference!.


Congratulations to George Old who won the putter in a beautiful gift box, donated by President Peter, and to Dawn Morewood, who won Tickets for 2 to any show at the National Art Gallery until June 30, donated by Kanta Marwah. Thank you all for contributing, $68 was raised for our General Account. Fines $42.

Next Kiwanis Meeting, Friday, April 24, 2009 Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, Canadian Room, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Brigadier-General Gaston Cloutier, Chief of the Air Staff Advisor and Project Officer, Military Aviation and Centennial of Flight Canada’s Air Force has played a major role in the development of aviation in this country, and it will be marking this historic milestone through the “Centennial of Flight”

Happy Birthday to you! … Apr 23 – Sandra Lee, May 1 – Ken Bickley, May 4 – George Perrin and Glen Vaillancourt, May 5 – Peter Charboneau and Clive Woolley, May 7 – John Callan and Rick Seguin, May 9 – Jan Mansfield, May 12 – Vince Calzonetti, May 17 – Dr. Wilbert Keon, May 21 – Howard Lithwick and Ev Colton, May 22 – Rev. Art Conrad and Gary Flockton, May 27 – Greg Payne, May 29 – Vic Whittaker, May 31 – Rev Peter Coffin.

Committee Meetings

Mon. Apr 20 Board of Directors 5: 30 Staples 403 Bank St. Wed Apr 22 Bon Appetit 7:00 a.m Perkins’ Restaurant Kiwanis Medical Foundation 6:00, 409 Industrial Ave Corporate Membership 12:00 Chimo Mon Apr 27 Cadets 7:00 pm Cartier Square Drill Hall Upcoming Luncheons May 1 Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing May 8 Meagan McGrath / Key Club Luncheon May 15 7:30 a.m. *** Breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Laurier May 22 Dr. Duncan / Kiwanis Medical Foundation

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Martin Diegel)

Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region April 6 - May 2, 2009

The Festival has been in continuous existence from 1945 to the present. It was originally known as the Ottawa Music Festival Association until 1985 when the Kiwanis Clubs of the National Capital Region assumed shared responsibility with non-Kiwanian volunteers for the Festival. At that time the name of the organization was changed to the Kiwanis Music Festival. Later the Festival was expanded to include Dance competitions as well as Music. With the incorporation of Dance, the Festival has grown in size from about sixth place in the Province to second place. The Kiwanis Music and Dance Festival Association is responsible for preparing and presenting a competitive Music Festival annually. Altogether, about 10,000 competitors will participate in the Festival. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the Kmdfa, giving over 3, 500 hours of their time each year. Highlights Concert May 15, 2009 Community Services Committee request

Can you spare a few hours? What? Spring Carnival at Roberta Bondar Public School on Lorry Greenberg Drive. When? Saturday, May 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. How? Activities for volunteers: Set Up, staff the ticket booths, games, Bbq and clean up. Please wear something with your Kiwanis logo . 2-hour shifts are negotiable Confirmed: Bob Horlick, Jack Warner, George Old

3 More Volunteers Needed. If You Can Help? Please contact George Old. Salvation Army 2009 Red Shield Breakfast You Are Invited to attend the Salvation Army 2009 Red Shield Breakfast on Wed. May 27th at 7:30 a.m. at the Westin Ottawa. Their guest speaker will be Frank O’Dea, the founder of the Second Cup, author of “When All You Have is Hope”. Tickets are $60 each / table of 10 is $500. They also have sponsor opportunities starting at $1,500. If you are interested, please contact the Kiwanis office as we will try to organize a table of 10.

Mother's Day is just around the corner Ottawa-Vanier Kiwanis is once again having their fundraiser selling a box of a dozen roses to be delivered on Saturday, May 9th, for only $25. If you want to surprise a special lady, order by May 1st by calling Linda or Ralph Dashney at (613) 235-7108 or email linda_ralph@sympatico.ca

(Committees in this area under the leadership of VP Phil Rossy)

Bon Appetit Silent Auction Tues. May 5/09 5:30 – 9:00 Aberdeen Pavilion, Only 13 Days To Go – We are more than half way to collecting our goal of 100 items. Can we do it? Sure, We Can – with your help! If you are able to contribute to this year’s event, or if you are able to obtain an item from your business contacts, we’d be interested in more items for fitness, gardening, cycling, house wares, sports, digital and electronic equipment, etc. Cash Is Accepted too! The Bon Appetit is a terrific event for you to invite your business colleagues and friends. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $75 from Tom Spence at our Friday meetings or give Tom a call at 613-741-0741. The funds raised are vital for our continued support of our sponsored youth and children programs. As one of our 4 major fundraisers, the Silent Auction should be well supported. Thank You to everyone who has already contributed!

(Committees in this area under the leadership of President-Elect Peter Nadeau)

Kent Wilkinson

Kent had back surgery last week due to a Compressed Fracture of three vertebrae. During the operation, cement was injected into his spine to strengthen his back, and he is waiting results of other tests. He is going into his G.L. Myles store, but on a reduced schedule. A card was circulated at the luncheon and sent to Kent, with our best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Good News Network

Congratulations to Lynda Cambpell, who was named as an Ultimate Achiever at the President’s Circle level by Coldwell Banker.

Sympathy of the Club

Shannon Reynolds - Many of our club members will remember Peter Reynolds a member of our club from 1992-96. He and his wife Margaret hosted a party this past weekend to celebrate the life of their daughter, Shannon, 42 years of age, who passed away on April 9/09 after a long battle with Leukemia. Our thoughts are with their family at this time.