President's Report - April 2011

My Fellow Kiwanians,

Well, Spring has finally arrived after a long winter, although it's still very cold this late in April.  However, I'm sure that May flowers and warm temperatures will bring out the best in us as Kiwanians as we continue to celebrate the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa!

Here's a short list of uncoming events you should make note of and attend as dedicated club members!!

1.Annual General Meeting - Thursday, April 28, 2011, 5pm @ Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport

This important meeting will be to review the Annual Report for 2009/10 under the guidance of Past President Peter Nadeau.  As well, we will review this year's Budget for 2010/11 followed by other club business including a report from Tom Burnie on this year's big fundraiser, Kiwanis TV Bingo.  Following this presentation, Peter Nadeau will introduce the slate of Nominess for next year's Board of Directors as proposed by the Nominating Committee led by Peter Nadeau.  Since no other nominees were brought forward, the slate will be acclaimed and voted on by the Membership.  Other Club business affairs will also be discussed at this year's AGM for Member's only.

2.Kiwanis Bon Appetit Silent Auction - Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Once again, join us @ 5:30pm at Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park as we celebrate our 11th Annual Kiwanis Silent Auction at Bon Appetit Ottawa's food and beverage extravaganza!!  Each year, our Club holds this Auction as one of our major fundraiser's at the back of the hall during this event.  We'll have over 100 items of value to auction such as art, jewelery, electronic items, gift certificates, and hotel and dining packages to attract our guests.  Led by Co-chairs Dave Donaldson and Bruno Di Chiara, this committee is working hard to make sure we are successful once again in this endeavour.  We need to support them by soliciting an item of at least $200 in value for auctioning.  Please support Dave, Bruno, the committee and many volunteers who work so hard each year to make this event a successful venture.  Please come out and join us as we welcome in Springtime and the Tulip Festival!!

3. May 13, 2011 - Kiwanis Key Club Luncheon

The Annual Key Club Luncheon meeting will be led by Buck Madden and Rob Sirotek and the Key Clubs from Sir Robert Borden H.S., Lisgar Collegiate, Glebe Collegiate, and Nepean High School.  The committees' are working hard to put on this annual luncheon and it would be wonderful to show them our club's support and endorsement.  I will be unable to attend the luncheon as I'll be at the Eastern Canada and Caribbean Convention along with Vice President Alison Hunter in Collingwood, ON. 

3. May 27, 2011 - Ottawa Convention Centre Luncheon

Join us as we hold a very special luncheon at the new Ottawa Convention Centre!! Our Guest Speaker will be our own Jim Durrell, Member and Past Mayor of the City of Ottawa.  Following our luncheon in this beautiful brand new building, Jim and his staff along with General Manager Pat Kelly of the Convention Centre will be providing us with a tour of the building highlighting the features and benefits of our new showcase property in Ottawa.  I look forward with great anticipation to this luncheon and would encourage all members to bring our guests and those members who have not been out to a luncheon recently!! Please help us to celebrate not only Ottawa's new showcase Convention Centre but also our great Club!!

And finally I want to end my brief report with a reminder that our Club continues to be declining in Membership and my focus this year as it has been all year is on bringing in new members who will not only be engaged in club business but also actively serving on committees' and contributing in a meaningful way each and every day as Kiwanians.  Please continue to practice your "Elevator Speech" every day in the chance that you'll get to use this pitch in a constructive fashion by bringing in a new member!!  My thanks to Ross Christensen, Chair of Membership Committee and Derek Finley, Chair of Corporate Membership who continue to work hard each day with their committee's in bringing in new members.  We need to give them our support and encouragement as we attempt to regain the dominant position we once held in the Region and country as the largest and most vibrant and productive Kiwanis Club in Canada!! 

Yours in Kiwanis, 

Phil Rossy
93rd President