June 17, 2005 – Kiwanis Honored by City – Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown Presented With Special 150th Anniversary Year Service Recognition Award By The City Of Charlottetown On June 9, 2005 In celebration of its 150th Anniversary Year, the City of Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation in Canada, awarded a number of Recognition Awards recently to Organizations and Individuals for their special contribution in making Charlottetown “A Better Place to Live”. The Awards were presently by His Worship, Clifford Lee, Mayor of the City of Charlottetown, at a special Awards Ceremony held on June 9, 2005. The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown received one of thirteen Awards that were presented that evening.In presenting the Award, the following testimonial was read:
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown was started in September of 1947. The Club has been involved in hundreds of projects over the years across the province.
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown has strong ties to the City of Charlottetown and the Province of Prince Edward Island but a special relationship has grown between the club and the city’s Victoria Park, a landmark in the city. One of the first contributions was in 1948 and 1949 where the Club donated to the Playground Commission of Charlottetown with help for the rinks. The Kiwanis first large involvement in Victoria Park was the construction of the first swimming pool in 1952. In 1955 the Kiwanis Dairy Bar was opened and this year will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Year of Operations.
The club built the Kiwanis Little League Ball Diamond in 1985 and has sponsored the Kiwanis Dairy Bar International Tournament for the last number of years. In 2000 the Club replaced the old wading pool with new state of the art water equipment. This has been a beautiful attraction for the children who visit Victoria Park in the summer time. That same year the club also planted 12 Maple trees in Victoria Park. Public washrooms were also added to the Dairy Bar in 2003. Over the years park benches have been installed throughout the City including along the tremendously used harbour boardwalk and the walkway from the boardwalk up to the roadway.
In 2002 the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown assisted in the construction of the beautiful flower garden in Rochford Square. This flower garden proves to be a very popular spot for our residents and for the tourists who visit our beautiful City.
The club has donated to many other projects in the City and the Province such as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Prince County Hospital, Bursaries to UPEI, Holland College, all senior high schools, the # 60 Confederation Air Cadet Squadron, PEI Provincial Music Festival, and hundreds more over the last 58 years.
The clubs latest and largest project to date was in December of 2004 that saw the Kiwanis Club open its doors to the Abe Zakem House, an affordable housing project. This was in conjunction with different partners including the City Of Charlottetown, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada.
In recognition of their dedication in making this community a better place to live, it is a privilege to honour the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown with this Award of recognition for service in our community.
The Award was proudly received by Denis Dunne, President of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, on behalf of the club and its members.
June 5, 2005 – Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown makes IWK Donation. The above picture was taken during the IWK Telethon on ATV that took place on June 4 & 5 at the Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown. Accepting the $1000.00 chq. from Denis Dunne(Club President, right), is Dr. Lynn MacLeod of PEI, on staff at the IWK and co-host of the telethon show. Besides describing our club and how we fundraised this amount, Denis spoke of the personal story of his granddaughter “Neleigha” who was born at the IWK on the April 10th of this year. Denis’s my daughter-in-law Lorena was rushed to the IWK on March 18th, where Neleigha was born. She was 29 weeks and weighted 2lbs., 15 ounces at birth. Today she is 37 weeks and weights almost 5 lbs. Dr. MacLeod was also familiar with Lorena and Neleigha, as she is working in that section of the hospital.
May 24, 2005 – Guest Speaker – This week’s program featured a presentation on public relations by Mike Wedge, who is a senior manager at Human Resources Skills Development (formerly HRDC). For this presentation, it was obvious that Mike did a fair amount of research about Kiwanis, based on the detailed handout that he prepared. The bottom of page one shows an impressive list of credentials, so he is certainly well qualified on the subject. But our knowledge about Mike’s expertise is through his involvement with the Air Cadets. He is Chair of the National Public Relations Committee for the Air Cadet League of Canada.
Public Relations was singled out as a high priority need in our Annual Club Analysis, so Mike’s
presentation was meant to give us a “kick start” on what needs to be considered for more effective
ways of getting our name out there. Essentially, establishing a successful public relations program
depends on following these six steps:
1. analyse the club’s current situation
2. define PR objectives
3. define target audiences, internal & external
4. develop an action plan with measurable and quantifiable outcomes
5. allocate a budget
6. Evaluate success
Finally, Mike reminded us that Kiwanis has lots of available information on this subject.
April 29, 2005 – White Cross Bingo – In lieu of a regular meeting this week, the club hosted a bingo night for the White Cross Society. It is part of the Canadian Mental Health Association that promote good mental health and advocates for social change on behalf of its members. Most live in group homes or institutions. The bingo was held at Bingo Country on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m, with approx. 75 eager participants. While this was definitely not a “high stakes” bingo with big prizes – the most for any game was five dollars – you couldn’t tell that from the players obvious excitement.Pictured above(left) is Monty Gautreau, club member, calling bingo. Pictured right are members Terry Walker (back to camera), Mark Hodson and Sherry Spence, working behind the scenes to serve the pop.
April 8, 2005 – Stan MacPherson and Barb Dunphy-Gotell from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation were invited to give us an update on the current fund raising drive for a new CAT Scan machine. Stan is Chairman of the board of directors and Barb is the Foundation’s Managing Director. The Foundation will be one of the beneficiaries of the club’s profit share from the Home Show.
In his opening remarks, Stan noted that for a small club we’ve had a major impact in the community through our special projects and generous donations. He added that our club has donated over seventy thousand dollars to the QEH Foundation up to this point. The goal for installing a new CAT Scan is $1.6 million dollars. So far, approximately $970,000 has been raised. Organizers hope to reach the goal by the time the 21 hour telethon QEH equipment drive on the weekend of April 23 & 24 is over. Our club volunteered to help out on the 23rd by answering phones. Call Gail if you are interested in helping.
Assisted by Barb using a Power Point type presentation, Stan elaborated on the benefits of the new “CAT”, as it is called. The presentation showed some striking examples of the machine’s “state-ofthe-art” capacity for sharply defined images in colour. It will be one of the first of its kind in Canada, taking only seconds instead of minutes to complete a scan and thereby reducing stress on patients. The existing model is fifteen years old, is much slower, has less clearer images and only in black and white. Because of its enhanced capabilities, the new CAT will also be used to do heart imaging, eliminating the need for a new $1.5 million “Angio Suite” that had been high on the priority list. So, in effect, it will be a “two for the price of one” deal.