Fellow Kiwanians. Here is my first President's Report for the month. For your information, Iwill post this report prior to each scheduled Board of Director's meeting which is normally held during the 3rd week of each month.
"As most of you know, our fiscal new year began on October 1, 2010, with the annual Turnover Luncheon held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The 2009/10Board of Directors under the leadership of President Peter were dischargedby Past Lieutenant-Governor Firma French and the 2010/11 Board of Directorsalong with myself as your 93rd President were inducted by our ownLieutenant-Governor Bill Gosewitz.
For those of you unable to attend the luncheon, I've posted my TurnoverSpeech on our website under the banner "The Big Chair" which is accessibleto ALL members and where members can view the monthly President's report aswell.
Kiwanis Music Festival - This year the Turnover celebration was combinedwith a very special event for Kiwanians. On Saturday, October 2, 2010 anENCORE celebration and concert was held at the Shenkman Theatre is OttawaEast by the Kiwanis Music Festival preceded by a cocktail party with aSilent Auction. The elegant evening was attended by almost 300 patrons andsupporters of our Music Festival with almost $15,000 raised during theevening from the Silent Auction items sold, including a beautiful Baby GrandPiano that sold for $6,000. All of the funds will go toward much neededsupport of the Festival, it's programs and young musicians. This wonderfulevent could not have been successful without the dedicated and earnestefforts of our own Kiwanians, Barb Perrin and Lynda Campbell, who almostsingle-handedly willed this event to it's successful outcome. For this, Iwas proud and pleased to present both Barb and Lynda with my firstPresident's Rose at our Luncheon on October 15th.
New Members - I'm pleased to report that our Membership and CorporateMembership Committee's have already succeeded in bringing in new members toour club. At our luncheon on October 15th, Paul Arnold and James Taylorwere introduced to our club and at our upcoming luncheon on November 5th,new members David Puff and Claude Drouin will be inducted. As mentioned inmy Turnover speech, our goal this year is to bring in at least 15 or morenew members with positive growth for our club. Ross Christensen and hisMembership committee are hard at work making sure that the Strategic Planfor Retention, Recruitment and Growth is being executed.
Board of Directors - Our 1st Board meeting of the new year will be held onOctober 18th at Staples on Bank Street. If any members wish to attend tofind out more about club business, please inform Rita Harper of your wishesand join us for the meeting. This month's meeting will be reviewing eachCommittee's budgets for the year 2010/11 for Fundraising and CommunityServices groups as well as Operations such as Programme, Membership andCommunication. As well, the General Office budget will be reviewed andfinalized for approval for the fiscal year. Also, as has been in placesince inception, Tom Burnie, Project Manager for TV Bingo will update theBoard on progress to date of this new fundraiser.
Justin Trudeau Luncheon - on Monday, October 25th (municipal election day),a special luncheon will be held with MP Justin Trudeau, member for Papineauas our special Guest Speaker. A sub-committee comprised of Helene Crabb,Ross Christensen, Steve Georgopoulos and Bill Gosewitz have been hard atwork all summer long planning for this extraordinary event. Mr. Trudeauwill be addressing over 300 guests on the importance of Youth and theLeadership role they can take in Canadian society. In attendance, will be anumber of Kiwanis youth groups, from Key Clubs, Circle K, High Schoolstudents and special guests. We are very excited and pleased to be hostingthis special event and many Kiwanians and others have sponsored youth groupsto attend. If you have the opportunity, please join us!!
Shred-It Day - Saturday, October 23rd - Our 2nd Annual Kiwanis Shred-It Dayis planned for October 23rd at the Hampton Park Plaza at Carling andKirkwood Avenues. We are expecting to at least double the amount ofcustomers we had last year, with all funds going towards our ChristmasBasket Program for needy families. If you know of anyone needing to shreddocuments or have need of this useful program, come on down and join us aswe have fun watching lots of paper being shredded by the Shred-It people!!
Remembrance Day Luncheon - On Friday, November 5th, we will be holding ourannual Remembrance Day Luncheon at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Our guestspeaker will be Colonel (ret) Pat Stogran, Veterans Ombudsman. This luncheonwill commemorate and honour our War Veterans of all the Great Wars includingour servicemen and women currently in Afghanistan and other arenas of theglobe. We will be joined by the Cadets Color Party who will lead the Marchand share with us their Flag Presentation. We will also be recognizing ourwar veterans who will be joining us and displaying their medals and ribbonsof honor, and sharing with us some of their stories. Please invite a Veteranto lunch, as we show our respect to those who have served.
Yours in Kiwanis,
"A proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa"