October 1, 2010 TURNOVER DAY "HONOUR THE PAST, BUILD OUR FUTURE" By Phil Rossy, 93rd President
Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Head Table Members, my Fellow Kiwanians, Honourable Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for coming today to recognize all of the efforts oflast year's committees', board members and Executive and to welcome andsupport the incoming Board, Committee Chairs and Executive for 2010/11.
I'm pleased and thankful to have my family with me here today; my beautiful wife, Dianne, along with my son David, his wife, Jennifer, and Breanna, ourgranddaughter. Also, my youngest son, Ryan, with his new bride, Susan.Missing today, but not forgotten is our 2 grandsons, Tristan and Gavin andmy daughter, Leigh-Ann and her husband, Dave, who live in Coquitlam, B.C.For today is one of my proudest moments and to share this with my family hasgreat personal meaning. I want to recognize my boss, Mike Traub, VP forRiverstone Retirement Communities and to thank him for his support andencouragement as I embark on this journey as your President for the next 12months.
I am truly honoured to serve you and this great Club of ours, along with ourincoming Board of Directors and Executive. While there are many challengesahead of us in the coming year, we are ready and eager to take on thesechallenges and seek success and accomplishments.
I'm inspired by what our Club has accomplished in 2009/10 under ImmediatePast President Peter's leadership and guidance, and with this in mind, mytheme throughout this coming year will be to "Honour the past, build ourfuture!" For it was the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius who stated, "Why dowe shrink from change? What can come into being except from change?" AsKiwanians, we need to resist the appeal of the status quo, because we are inthe business of change - change for the better, one child and one communityat a time. Our club has only one direction, from "Good to Great!"
Just think of all the accomplishments this great Club of ours has achievedthese past 93 years!! Funding The Grace Hospital, Camp Banting, Ottawa Boys'& Girls Club, the Air Cadets, the Kiwanis Medical Foundation, the AlexDayton Centre, and the Youth Services Bureau, instituting crosswalks forpedestrians in the 1920's, the Soup Kitchen Live program in the 80's & 90's,the '88 Grey Cup party that raised over $70K for the Medical Foundation.These are our honoured "paving stones" for the years' ahead. "Honour thepast, build our future"!!
But we have much more to do and accomplish, and I need YOU to bere-energized and re-engaged to meet our challenges. In just 5 short weeks,our 1st KCO TV Bingo commences on November 8th on Rogers Cable 22, and everyMonday night after that until next June. Our future!! We have theopportunity to raise $300,000 or more with 31 TV Bingo nights. Just thinkof what we could do with these funds and how with your help under theleadership of Tom Burnie, Steve Moore, Gary Flockton and Deidre Powell, wecan accomplish together with this Fundraiser?
As approved by our Members this year and set in new Club By-Laws, I willtask Immediate Past President Peter Nadeau to establish a NominatingCommittee to produce a slate of candidates for Board positions includingPresident Elect, VP's and Board Directors. This will take place no laterthan 2 months prior to the AGM held in March and April of next year.
To continue improving communication with each other, Jamie Johnson and RitaHarper are working hard to improve our website for information and updateson club and committee meetings, posting minutes for all members to view. Aswell, we'll post Board minutes to keep you informed of Board decisions or toaccess new Membership forms or donate funds to our service projects. Fornew members joining us, the online Roster will help them to access Membersquicker and to understand how our club operates and improve theirorientation. "Honour the past, build our future."
This year as last year, I want to continue to focus on the activities of ourcommittees. For that, I need you to have an active role to play and thatyou feel engaged in the business of our club, whether that be a CommunityService project such as the new Ottawa Boys & Girls Key Club under theguidance of Buck Madden and Rob Sirotek or the TV Bingo project. Committeework has always been the "heart" of this Club and if you're not presently ona committee, then you need to think about how you can contribute better tothis service organization. For without your 100% commitment to Kiwanis, andour Club, there is no meaning to being a member without engagement.
During luncheon meetings, I will periodically re-introduce "Roll Call" byasking senior members and Past Presidents' to step up to the microphone andI will also look into having bar services at our luncheons. "Honour thepast, build the future."
And we must grow by bringing in new members through our Membership andCorporate Membership committees'. I want to pledge to Ross Christensen andDerek Finley my continued support and focus throughout the year.
And when I think of our club going from "Good to Great", I think about lastweek's Mayor's debate where over 75 guests heard about what this Club meansto the City of Ottawa and what we've done these past 93 years. "Honour thepast, build our future."
Finally, I want to end my speech with an Irish blessing....
"May you live a long life full of gladness and health,With a pocket of gold as the least of your wealth. May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true:The kindness you spread keep returning to you."
"A proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa"