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History of the Kiwanis Club of Rideau

The Kiwanis Club of Rideau (Ottawa) Inc. was organized on October 28, 1955 with 30 members, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

Our Club received its Charter from Kiwanis International on January 17, 1956 with 45 charter members registered. Charter members currently with our Club include : Sam Edelson Dave Molot Bill Joe Tsin Van.

Since its inception, our Club’s fund raising projects have raised in excess of $3.0 million dollars, which along with over 600,000 hours of voluntary service, have been contributed locally, nationally, and internationally to help those less fortunate.

Some examples of major donations are as follows:

  • $200,000 to the R.O.H. Psycho-Geriatric Facility 
  • $100,000 to the C.H.E.O Neo-Natal Research Laboratory 
  • $100,000 to the Civic Hospital for CATSCAN Equipment 

 Other donations of smaller amounts have been donated to: 

  • The Queensway Carleton Hospital, 
  • The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, 
  • Vincent Massey Bandstand, 
  • The Ottawa-Boys & Girls Club- Britannia Unit, 
  • The Ottawa Police Force Canine Unit, 
  • The Ottawa Police Crime Prevention Van, 
  • Camp Trillium Building Fund, 
  • Children’s Aid Society and hundreds of other worthwhile charitable causes and organizations.

In grateful recognition of Member’s individual contribution to their Kiwanis Club and community, and with the recommendation of the Rideau Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis International bestowed the status of “Life Member” to:

  • Abe Bookman 
  • Norm Lesh 
  • Frank Gray 
  • Dave Molot 
  • Bill Joe 
  • Norm Veary 
  • Bill Yatco 
  • Sam Edelson 
  • Tsin Van 
  • Bud Ainsworth 
  • Abe Miller 
  • Ben Karp

We are Proud to Recognize our Past Presidents:

  • 1956 Archibald Newman (Charter President) 
  • 1957* Gordon Weedmark* 
  • 1958 Thomas Nelles 
  • 1959 William Sprott 
  • 1960 Cameron Weagant* 
  • 1961 Bernard Karp* 
  • 1962 William Joe 
  • 1963 Jessen Wentzel 
  • 1964 William Bangs 
  • 1965 Cliff Moore * 
  • 1966 Stewart Hindle 
  • 1967 David Molot 
  • 1968 Sam Edleson 
  • 1969 Reic Robbins 
  • 1970 Howard Warren 
  • 1971 Harry Talbot
  • 1972 Jack Pleet 
  • 1973 John Jevons 
  • 1974 David Hyman 
  • 1975 George Rhodes
  • 1976 Tsin Van 
  • 1977 Orville Kerr 
  • 1978 William Kincaid
  • 1979 William Yatco * 
  • 1980 Ford Croner 
  • 1981 Ray Dallimore 
  • 1982 Robert Wiens 
  • 1983 Cliff McAuley * 
  • 1984 Vic Ridding * 
  • 1985 Ted Best 
  • 1986 Heinz Schwellnus 
  • 1987 Gerry Couglan 
  • 1988 Brian Higgerty 
  • 1989 Bruce McLennan 
  • 1990 Ron Lahey 
  • 1991 Ron Foster 
  • 1992 Rene Melancon 
  • 1993 John Kelly * 
  • 1994 Willie Odendaal 
  • 1995 Ron Shouldice 
  • 1996 Roy McKain * 
  • 1997 Norm Veary 
  • 1998 Ken Duff 
  • 1999 John McCarney 
  • 2000 Michael O’Connor 
  • 2001 Jamie Chapman 
  • 2002 Mark Arbique
  • 2003 Tony Provenzano 
  • 2004 Eldon Fox 
  • 2005 Hugh O'Gorman 
  • 2006 George Old * Past Lieutenant Governor, Division 12 EC&C District 3
  • 2007 Joel Edelson
  • 2008 Jacques Dallaire
  • 2009 Kim Chadsey
  • 2010 Nick Kaethler
  • 2011 Jim Puskas
  • 2012 Frank Hegyi
  • 2013 Brenda Reisch
  • 2014 Peter Valdstyn
  • 2015 Firma French
  • 2016 Jim Puskas
  • 2017 Jim Puskas