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Kiwanis Club of Rideau Lunch Meeting

Thursday September 3, 2015 – no guest speaker as of today

Thursday August 20, 2015 – no luncheon.  Members volunteered at The Capital Fair’s Special Needs Day

Birthdays: August 18th Wayne French, September 6th Roy McKain

Anniversaries: August 19th Firma & Wayne French, September 14th George & Marguerite Clifford.

Our guest speaker Jeff Kelly is retired from the Ottawa Police force after 32 years of service.  Jeff has been interested in sports since he was a child growing up in Hull and has always been drawn to the Special Olympics, however, this was put on the back burner until he retired.  Jeff, his wife and daughter previously volunteered with the Capital City Condors, however, he did not support their administration style and left last fall. 

The Ottawa Police Association offered to sponsor special needs hockey and his friend Pat Frost accomplished the impossible and found ice time at the Minto Arena.  Thirty active and retired police officers assist him with “Special Hockey Heroes.” Special Hockey Heroes in a non-profit registered charity that pays no salaries or honorariums.  Their mission statement is “Believe and Achieve – Paying it Forward.”  They offer hockey to children 6 years old and up who have a minimal skating ability and are unable to participate in community hockey teams because of their disability.  This is not only about hockey but about the child gaining self-esteem and new friends. 

Parents are charged $300.00 per child and this covers the cost of the ice. They rely on donations because they just want the parents to be “hockey parents” and not have to worry about fund raising.  Parents with Special Needs children do not have a lot of extra time.  Banquets and tournament expenses are raised through donations. Time Out Bar & Grill held a golf tournament on September 2nd.  The Police Association covered the cost of the jerseys. 

Their goal is to challenge Police Services across Canada to form relationships with special needs children.  They are hoping to get Don Cherry to get the message across.

50/50 -    Frank Heigy drew the 5 of diamonds.  The pot now stands at $50.00

Club News:   In lieu of a luncheon on August 20th - Karen Barton, Firma French, Hugh O’Gorman, Jim Puskas, Brenda Reisch and Peter Valdstyn served hotdogs, drinks and ice cream at the Special Needs Day held at the Capital Fair.

August 29th the 12 annual Rideau Kiwanis golf tournament was held at the Rideau Glen Golf Club in Kemptville.

September 25th – The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-West will be hosting a Wild West Pig

Roast at the Ron Kolbus Centre on Greenview Ave. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40.00 per person.  Please dress in country & western attire.