Jan. – March 2005

March 18, 2004 – Another successful PEI Home Show was recently held in Charlottetown. This has been and will continue to be a major fund raiser for the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, and we look forward to another great show next year to be held in March 3rd to 5th, 2006. For more information please visit our PEI Home Show online with Master Promotions.

Above are pictures taken during ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Show on Thursday evening(March 10th, 2005). People in the photo, left to right, are: Abe Zakem – Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, Robert Ghiz – Liberal Leader & Leader of the Official Provincial Opposition, Jeanette Wakelin – PEI Chapter Vice Chair of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, John MacLean – Chair of the 21 Hour Equipment Drive Eastlink Telethon of the QEH Foundation and Dennis Dunne – Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown.

March 15, 2005 – Our club recently held the regular Tuesday evening meeting at the new Upper Room on Richmond St. Judy Campbell – Manager of the Upper Room. was our Guest Speaker and Tour Guide. Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs on the completion of this fine project.

March 15, 2005 – Our club recently visited with the 60th Air Cadet Squadron. The above picture is a cheque presentation to Commanding Officer Ray Gaudet. We co-sponsor with the 201st Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada. Click here for more info…

March 9, 2005 – Ernie Stavert, President of the PEI 55 Plus Games Society, was invited to speak about the Society’s purpose and goals. There may have been the allusion that many of our members are candidates for the Society, but we were assured that this wasn’t a recruiting drive. It so happens, though, that our President Denis is also an active member of the PEI 55 Plus Games Society and a colleague/friend of Ernie’s. He simply thought that Ernie’s presentation might make for an interesting part of our regular meeting program. The Society’s objectives are to promote active participation by seniors in sports and recreation; and to encourage physical and social achievement through participation and friendly competition.

Ernie showed two brief videos as part of his presentation. The first was a promotional one about
the PEI 55 Plus Games Society. It was formed in 1998 and there are now approximately 600
members across the Island. They have games in different areas of the Island every year, organized
by the host group. Games and events include: badminton, curling, bowling, golf, lawn bowling, swimming, cycling, hockey, scrabble, crokinole, horseshoes and tennis.

The other video was about the National Games that were held in Yukon last year (which Denis
attended). Ernie noted that each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec and Newfoundland/Labrador, has its own 55 Plus Games Society. They in turn are part of a national
organization called Canada Senior Games. The movement (so to speak) started in western Canada
in 1998 and has quickly grown in numbers and influence. The National Games are held in different
provinces/territories every two years. In 2002 they were held in Summerside.

February 18, 2005The Home Show Support Your Community – March 11, 12 and 13th, 2005

It’s with great pleasure that the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown presents the 17th Annual Kiwanis PEI Provincial Home Show! We’re proud of our show, proud of how it has grown, and proud of how much it means each March to the people of Prince Edward Island. It’s the first sign of spring each March – The PLACE PEOPLE GO to source products and services for their homes. The PEI Provincial Home Show has a successful track record, an excellent reputation, a fine venue, and many, many loyal participants. We’re delighted you’ll be a part of it.

For you, the PEI Provincial Home Show is a chance to make important contacts and sales, to build customer loyalty, to introduce new product lines and re-establish existing ones. For Kiwanis, the show is a key fundraiser, helping us to help the people of Prince Edward Island. These
days the work we do is more and more important as governments reduce their support for local activities. 95% of all funds raised go towards community projects, with the balance supporting International Fund Raising efforts. Thanks to you and the thousands of people who beat a
path to the door of the Civic Centre, we are able to continue this important work.

See you there!
Allan Watts, Grant MacLeod, Denise Doiron Chairmen – Kiwanis Provincial Home Show 2005

January 31, 2005– Two young women from an organization called Canada World Youth were our invited guests this week. Galina and Amy (we didn’t get their last names) are seen here with Andy Normand, our newest member. They are staying with host families in Charlottetown doing volunteer work for local non-profit agencies and taking part in educational opportunities as part of their learning
experience. Their group consists of six Canadians and six Russians. Amy is from Alberta and Galina is from Kaliningrad, a remote part of Russia near Poland. She is holding an image of the Russian flag in this photo.

According to the web site description, “Canada World Youth designs and delivers international
educational programs for youth with a focus on volunteer work and community development in a
cross-cultural setting. It was founded in 1971 by the Honourable Jacques Hébert with the mission
of expanding the role of youth in developing their communities and promoting world peace.”
Amy and Galina’s group is involved in the “Core Program” which lasts six to seven months and
includes two phases: one in Canada and one overseas. In this case, they spent three months in
Russia before coming here. The cost involves a $250 participation fee. As well, they must fundraise$1950. Training tools and material are provided. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants between 17 and 24 years of age. In addition, the program looks for youth who:

• Are open-minded

• Have good judgment

• Can adapt to a variety of situations

• Are ready to donate their time and enthusiasm

Galina, showed some pictures and other items from her country. In an interesting local twist when asked if she met any Russians living in PEI, she replied that she had met one young man. Turns out that he is a hockey player with the “Rocket” and boards with Joe Hickey and family! For further information on the Canada World Youth, visit their site at www.cwy-jcm.org

 

January 25, 2005 – Guest Speaker Nicole Phillips, the new Executive Director of Special Olympics PEI, shown here with President Denis, gave us an overview of the organization and their future plans. Nicole replaced Angela Marchbank, the well known and long-time Executive Director, who took a leave of absence last April. Special Olympics is a world-wide, community based, non-profit organization that provides sport training and competitive opportunities for individuals who have an intellectual disability. Nicole made the point that the programs are not intended for the physically challenged, such as wheelchair athletes. There are other organizations devoted to their needs. She also stressed that Special Olympics is not just about sports and games. But through the medium of sports, they provide “training for life” in helping intellectually impaired people feel good about themselves and to realize their potential in leading fuller and more satisfying lives.
The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games were held in PEI last February and, despite a major snow storm in the middle of it, Nicole said that it turned out to be great success thanks to the many volunteers who helped out. This year the Winter Games will be in Japan and two SOPEI athletes
will be going, along with their program director. It takes a lot of money to operate these programs, Nicole says, and fund raising is always a big concern. This year their goal is $200,000, with the majority of it being private donations and sponsorship by the corporate sector, service clubs and other organizations. Less than five percent of their funding comes from government, Nicole said. Our club has been a major supporter in past years and this will be on the agena of our next board meeting.

 

January 19, 2005 – Charlottetown Kiwanis Members will observe Kiwanis International’s 90th Birthday during the week of January 16 – 22, 2005, according to Denis Dunne, President of the Charlottetown Club. “Our club felt that a good way to observe this anniversary is to show by example the service that Kiwanis provides here and around the world, in that regard, our club will be holding a fund-raising Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, January 22nd, in aid of Tsunami Disaster Relief in South East Asia. The proceeds will go to UNICEF in keeping with Kiwanis International’s focus on children. Details about the pancake breakfast location and times etc. have been advertised”.

The first Kiwanis club was chartered on January 21, 1915, in Detroit, Michigan. Today, Kiwanis has grown to number 8,250 clubs and 280,000 members in 94 countries around the world. Kiwanis clubs sponsor community service projects and raise funds to meet local needs. Last year, Kiwanis Clubs around the world raised and spent more than $100 million on community service activities, with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of young children. Kiwanis members also donated
almost six million volunteer hours to these service activities. This money and time supported almost 150,000 Kiwanis projects to meet community needs.

The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown was chartered in 1947 and has a current membership of 24 men and women. An example of one of the club’s most prominent service projects is the recently completed Abe Zakem House, an Affordable Housing Project in downtown Charlottetown. Abe
Zakem House, so named in honor of a long-time Kiwanis member, is a local project that meets the needs of our community. This approximately $1.5 million project was made possible by a very substantial financial commitment from the club, as well as support from the three levels of government involved. To finance projects such as this, the club has three major fund-raising activities: joint ownership of Bingo Country with the local Shrine Club; the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Home Show in
March; and the Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park. Besides providing financial support to numerous worthy local causes over the years, the club co-sponsors #60 Air Cadet Squadron and sponsors a “Key Club”, a “junior” Kiwanis club at Colonel Gray High School.

Kiwanis International’s continuing service focus is called “Young Children: Priority One.” Under this theme, each Kiwanis club is encouraged to sponsor significant projects that serve the special needs
of young children from prenatal development to age five. Kiwanis clubs around the world are also conducting the first Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund. Kiwanis has raised more than $75 million to assist nations in eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation in the world today.

As Kiwanis International marks its 90th anniversary, Kiwanis funds are now at work in almost 100 nations, and UNICEF estimates that Kiwanis-funded IDD programs are protecting more than 75 million newborn children from diminished mental skills each year.

January 14, 2005 – Pancakes you say! The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown and Town and Country Restaurant will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7h00am to 11h00am on Saturday January 22nd, 2005 at the Town and Country. 219 Queen Street Charlottetown. “Donations Only” so please come and help us help the victims of the Asia Tsunami. Funds will be donated through UNICEF.

January 14, 2005 – Kiwanis celebrates it 90th Anniversary Kiwanis International turns 90 on January 21. One day is not enough to celebrate nine decades of service, so January has been named Kiwanis
Public Awareness Month. To celebrate the 90th anniversary Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown inducted its first new member of 2005. Welcome to Kiwanis Andy Normand.

Dr. Joe Hickey is Andy’s sponsor , Andy and Denis Dunne, President Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown

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