One Can Make a Difference

Round Table Breakfast

We had a good turnout of 40 for breakfast at the Rideau Tennis Club.  

President Wayne was pleased to welcome back returning members Ann Max of Productive to the Max, former member 9 years (1993 – 2002),  who was sponsored by Stephen Tanner and her brother Mark Max,  and Botho von Hampeln, former member 33 years (1981-2014), who is now retired from Time Communications, and was sponsored by President Wayne and Stephen Tanner.  

We also welcomed a new Corporate Member to the Club, Scott Hunter, Associate with the OTUS Group, sponsored by Tom Pullen and Clive Woolley. A second representative from OTUS is still to be determined and will be introduced at a later date.

Congratulations! to Tom Pullen who was the recipient of the President’s Rose and for being an active past president of the club.

Staples School Supply Drive

The Staples School Supply Drive is now on! 

This is a Kiwanis Club of Ottawa project, and a few Staples stores in Ottawa show our club as the charity. They can also take cash donations which are turned over to supplies to be given to the schools of Kiwanis’ choice. It’s EASY for everyone to buy a few items and drop them into the bus.  It doesn't take much for us to support the children in need in the community.    Thank you!

Member Spotlight President - Lt. Governor Phil Rossy

Phil was sponsored into our club in 2000 by Steve Moore and former member Byron Martin. Phil, a strong leader in our club, has chaired our Interclub, sports and Social Committee, our Community Services Committee, Bon Appetit, Golf Tournament and other events. Phil, being the dedicated Kiwanian that he is, when he became immediate Past President, took on the major task of coordinating the events that will culminate in this weekend’s ELIMINATE Project fundraiser.

One Can Make a Difference - Barb Perrin

The President’s Rose President Alison honoured Kiwanian Barb Perrin with this week’s President’s Rose. Barb joined our club in 1990, has served on the TV Auction, the Duck Race, Direct Assistance, the Kiwanis Music Festival, been a Board Member for 4 years, chaired our Community Service Committee, and organized a Golf Tournament silent auction last year that raised $17,000.00.

She has also served as the Director responsible for the Interclub Sports and Social Committee.

The next time any of us thinks that we are too busy to do something, we need to think about Barb Perrin and make the time, just as she has done on many occasions.

President’s Rose - Dawn Morewood

Dawn is an Investment Advisor and Vice-President of RBC Dominion Securities, and was introduced to our club by former member Murray McKeage in June 1999.

She subsequently joined the Duck Race Committee and the Programme Committee and eagerly accepted the job of organizing the Annual Family Party at the Chateau. Any member who has Chaired the Programme Committee appreciates the amount of work and time involved in organizing our Friday luncheons.

President’s Rose - Lynda Campbell

The President’s Rose President Alison honoured Lynda Campbell, she who works so hard as Chair of our Program Committee and strives to make a difference in the lives of others.

Lynda was introduced to our club in 1993 by former member Bill Cowie. She immediately became part of the Duck Race and Membership Committees, and was happy to coordinate the 100 or so volunteers required for Duck Race Day. She is a former Chair of the Senior Citizens Committee, and helped out at the Seniors’ Annual Tea, acting as one of the hosts for our 400 or so Senior guests.

President’s Rose - Jamie Johnson

President-Elect Peter Charbonneau highlighted the work of Jamie Johnson, owner of RKIL, who joined our Club in 1989, sponsored by former member Bob Kingham. Jamie served on our Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001.

He played an essential role in the Public Relations of our club for many years, and continues as Chair of Communications this year. Jamie used his very extensive knowledge in the computer field to bring the Club into the 21st Century, setting up and managing both our Club and TV Bingo websites. Jamie has been serving on our Strategic Planning Committee since 2001.

Thanks go to Jamie this year, as well, for stepping up and Chairing our Bed Race Committee. With his networking last year, we were able to secure Accora Village as a major sponsor of the event, along with MTS Allstream, a company that has sponsored this event for 5 years.

With the support of the participants, our sponsors and donors, and the Bed Race committee, we were able to raise $50,000 gross revenue from this year’s bed race on February 2nd with 40 bed racing teams, up from 29 last year.

President’s Rose “One Can Make a Difference” Bill Gosewitz

In 1999 Les Morin and Lt. Governor Sam Bhargava introduced Bill to our Club.

Much of his time was devoted to our sponsored youth Circle K Committee, and providing mentorship. He and his wife, Joanne Mazerolle started the Mazerolle-Gosewitz-Wood Kiwanis Circle K Endowment Fund, which provides direct benefits to University students, in the way of scholarships.

An ardent golfer, he is a regular member of our Charity Golf Tournament Committee and contributes to their committee meetings. He always enters a team and often contributes to the auction. He is a regular participant in most of our club projects and contributes to all of our fundraisers.

When he became our 90th Club President on October 1, 2008, he was aware of the job ahead of him, and he had many ideas… 

  • We remember he started giving away cookies – Oreos – just because they are his favorite. A simple idea and one that helped us share some fun and laughter.
  • Then he shared his personal motto with us and it was the Theme of his year - “PAY IT FORWARD”. As he stated when he was our guest speaker two years ago, “Think of a way that you can help another person, or two, or three.” He is always thinking
  • Then he gave us a challenge to raise a total of $90,000 with the Bedzzz Race fundraiser or he would shave his head.

With the help of Dr. Kanta Marwah, the Kiwanis Medical Foundation and the members of this club, we met his challenge. And he shaved his head, like promised. $50,000 of that was matched by Carleton University for $100,000 to establish the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation and Dr. Kanta Marwah Scholarship in Medical Physics, at Carleton. One of our club legacies – one of Bill’s ideas…

Like many Past Presidents of our club, he is still engaged, and has proven to us that his commitment continues even after his presidency.

He works tirelessly with the organizing team to organize our Christmas Food Basket program, and participates in every stage of it, organizing the food, packing the boxes, picking up supplies and volunteers, and delivering the food. He also works hard collecting donations and gets many of his business associates to contribute each year to the tune of about $2000.

He was Lt Governor in 2010-11 and was a great ambassador for Kiwanis. He has also started a new Satellite Kiwanis Club with the Kiwanis Club of Bytown and organizes their meetings.

Bill, we thank you for your commitment, for providing us with some entertainment and challenges, and for keeping Kiwanis on your front burner.

We commend Bill for all of the hard work that he has done for our Club and other Kiwanis Clubs, and on behalf of the members of our club, President Alison presented Bill with this week’s President’s Rose. BILL, YOU HAVE DEFINITELY MADE A DIFFERENCE

President’s Rose - Tom Burnie

President Alison gave her President’s Rose to Tom Burnie. Tom, a former President of the Kiwanis Club of Medecine Hat Alberta, has dedicated an awesome amount of his time and project management expertise to a combination of Kiwanis projects ranging from our TV Bingo fundraiser to training sessions and manuals for the restructuring of our Club to address new not for profit regulations coming our way. A well deserved rose to a very deserving Kiwanian!