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October 2013 – Germaine Barr Receives Walter Zeller Fellowship Award

In 1940, one year after the Kiwanis International Foundation was established as a legal entity, Walter Zeller made the first donation: 25 Canadian silver dollars that he hoped would turn into the foundation’s nest egg.

This donor’s dream came true. Auctioned for US$625, his coins launched the Kiwanis International Foundation’s worldwide service efforts. Thousands of donors later, the foundation has grown into a multi-million dollar organization that awards grants to Kiwanis clubs and underwrites life-altering worldwide service projects.

A native of Waterloo County near the city of Kitchener, Zeller was the founder of the Zellers chain of thrift stores. He began his business career in 1912 with a job as a stock boy with the F.W. Woolworth Company, and was later the General Sales Manager for the Metropolitan chain of stores for New York. He was considered by co-workers to be energetic, forthright, and magnetic, and served as director-at-large of the National War Savings Committee and a special advisor to the chairman of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.

Zeller gave much of his life to philanthropy, serving as the Montreal Director of the YMCA and staying involved in many capacities with his Kiwanis club. He served as the Montreal President and Governor of the Quebec-Ontario-Maritime District.

On behalf of The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International is proud to honor Walter Zeller’s commitment to service by creating the Walter Zeller Fellowship. This very special recognition is designed exclusively for The Eliminate Project.

And on behalf of this Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West, I am honoured to present this award to our esteemed Germaine Barr to recognize her energy, dedication and commitment to Kiwanis, our club in particular, and to all those who have benefited due to Germaine’s devotion to help those in need.




June 6, 2012
Special guest speaker at the Club’s regular breakfast meeting featured Hannah Beach, founding Director of the Dandelion Dance Company. Hannah also founded and directs a school of creative movement for children: Tournesol Dance. For Hannah, facilitating these programs and dancing and sharing with children is when she says she feels most connected and inspired.

June 1, 2012
The First Regional Meeting of Region C held in Belleville, Ontario. Representatives from various Clubs attended this very successful event to honour District Governor Janet Atkinson Des Roches and to get acquianted with fellow Kiwanians in other Divisions. The Regional Meeting included a caucus meeting, a gala dinner and a training session for Presidents and Secretaries in Division 2, 11, 12 and 13 by Certified Trainers Penny Mount, DLG and Jay McLaren, DLG.

May 11, 2012
Yet another successful LobsterFest! There were 450 people in attendance this year – an increase of 20% over last year. The Silent Auction featured a host of interesting items, the band got people up and dancing, and of course the lobster and chicken were scrumptious! LobsterFest generated an overall profit of approximately $12,000. These funds will enable the Club to support community programs for those in need. A special cheque presentation of $2,000 was given to Christie Lake Kids. Sincere thanks to those who organized and volunteered their time. Grateful thanks to our Gold Sponsor “Greenbank-Rideau Animal Hospital” . And a special thanks to all who attended. We hope you will join us again next year so mark your calendars for LobsterFest 2013 on May 24th.

March 7, 2012
Carole Gagne, Executive Director of Christie Lake Kids gave an informative talk on what this 90 year old organization is all about. Among other things, Carole talked about their Skills Development Programs, their mandate to help only those youth in need and their Active Pursuit Approach. Accompanying Carole was Darnell Kennedy, camp director at Christie Lake Camp. Darnell, 18, is a long time member of the camp having been a participant for the past 9 years. Darnell brought his passionate, personal and heartwarming story of how Christie Lake Camp changed his life. A truly memorable morning at the club.

February 1, 2012
John Rapp, Dovercourt Recreation Centre, spoke at the Club’s breakfast meeting and updated members on Dovercat’s African cousin, the Africat! While Dovercat embodies a joyful spirit, positive energy and love of fun, people and activity, Africats are unique and special hand-crafted stuffies made in Uganda by women who support children affected by atrocities in Uganda. Open this link to learn more…


December 7, 2011
The Club’s annual 2011 Christmas Breakfast was another success! The fellowship, guest speaker Dave Brown (retired journalist), remarks by Rev Ken MacLaren (Ottawa Innercity Ministries), entertainment by a young winner of the Kiwanis Music Festival, and Elke McCumber’s lively “fine” collection were excellent. Thanks go to Club member Suliman Chadirji Suliman for his time and effort in capturing these wonderful memories for the Club. Check out the pictures:

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January 5, 2011
Jay McLaren, Past Lieutenant Governor, Division 13, presents the Lieutenant Governor Banner to David Schiller, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West, home club of the current Lieutenant Governor, Germaine Barr. The presentation took place on January 5, 2011, at the first regular club meeting of the new year.


November 25, 2010
President David and Marnie Francis laid a wreath to honour our fallen soldiers at the Westboro Legion’s War Memorial. It was a very moving ceremony.

President David and
Marnie Francis

November 20, 2010
A dozen or so members plus family and friends turned out at Parkdale United Church to serve about 100 meals to our less fortunate neighbours at the church’s“In From the Cold” event. This was followed by a time of food and fellowship at the Newport Restaurant for those volunteers able to attend.

Ron Heinbuch Penny and Rick Mount Happy Volunteers

November 19, 2010
Faye Beaufort, Anita MacLean and Bill Newman along with David and Susan Schiller helped out at the “World Trivia Night” held at Lansdowne Park. Over 1500 participants and 100 volunteers filled the Cattle Castle to raise over $51,000 for the Champions for Children Foundation. What a great time!

November 4, 2010
Club members presented a $1,500 cheque to Alice Donachey, Principal of the Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Public Schools. The funds will be used for their Breakfast Club.

Cheque Presentation

November 2, 2010
“Good morning everyone. I just wanted to let you know that this morning was the installation of our new board.

Thank you to Carin Goodman (returning secretary), Anita MacLean (returning treasurer), Marie Francis (returning director and current President Elect), Rick Mount (returning director representing membership committee) Ron Heinbuch (returning director representing house committee), new director Faye Beaufort (representing community service committee) and new director Kathy Jones (representing communication and public relations committee).

Thanks also to our retiring directors, Janet Bowes (community service) and Gary Ludington (communication and public relations). Your efforts have helped to make this the healthy club that we are today.

And a special thank you to retiring board member Germaine Barr, last year’s past president and now LG of Division 13. Your guidance and mentorship meant much to me during my initial year as president. We are fortunate to have your leadership in the division this year.

Fellow Kiwanians, we have a strong board representing a vibrant club. Here’s to a great year ahead.

David Schiller”

November 2, 2010
Club members presented a $1,500 cheque to W.E. Gowling School this afternoon. These funds were earmarked for their Borrow a Book Program. Members had a great time and were warmly welcomed at their assembly where the cheque was presented. They also had an excellent tour of the school by Brian Begbie, the Principal.

Children at W.E.Gowling School W.E.Gowling School Library Members at W.E.Gowling Assembly

October 22, 2010
Yuk Yuk’s Third Annual Comedy Night was a resounding success with lots of great entertainment, good food and plenty of laughter. The winner of the 50/50 draw just happened to be Anneka McVie, President of LePage Manor, an organization that the Club supports!

50/50 Winner with President David Schiller and Comedian Martha Chaves People Enjoying the Show

October 6, 2010 
Installation of the Club’s 2011 President, David Schiller, by our new Lieutenant Governor, Germaine Barr.

Installation of this year’s President, David Schiller, by our new Lieutenant Governor, Germaine Barrs
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