Hello and welcome to the web site of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West. Thank you for your interest in us. This, our new site, is a work in progress and we encourage you to visit us periodically as we update and expand information.
The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West is one of over 8000 clubs in 70 nations with membership in excess of a quarter of a million people working to serve others. Chartered in September of 1998 the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West has a membership of over two dozen dedicated volunteers.
We are a luncheon club, meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month, 12:00 pm at Restaurant 1274 located in Macies Best Western Hotel on Carling Avenue across from the Westgate Shopping Centre.
As President it has been my pleasure to see our club continue to expand its membership and support so many projects in our community with both human and financial resources. Whether we’re raising funds in the Spring at our Lobsterfest or in the Fall at our Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Evening, whether we’re collecting student supplies through our Kiwanis/Staples School Bus Program or funding the needs of our local schools, whether we’re serving seniors where they live or serving dinners to those less fortunate, whether we’re assisting in programs for the developmentally challenged or sponsoring Kiwanis student KClubs in our high schools, whether we’re helping to rejuvenate a neighbourhood park or contributing to help ensure an entire community is a better place, The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West is a place where you can help others while enjoying the fun and fellowship of a great bunch of dedicated and likeminded volunteers.
We have been tagged as “The Little Club Who Could”. A very apt description. We may not be able to change the whole world, but we can sure help change our little corner of it, one child and one community at a time.
Why don’t you give us a call or drop in and be our guest for breakfast some Wednesday. We think you will find our club a great place to make a difference. You can contact our club line at 613-787-9977 or me directly at 613-794-8796. We look forward to seeing you.
President, Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West
History of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West
The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West was started with gusto. Twenty seven people crowded into the Barrhaven Restaurant with a view to becoming members of this unique Kiwanis Club. It was April 1988. The Kiwanis Club of Manotick had recognized the potential for another Kiwanis Club in the growing west end of Ottawa. As soon as Kiwanis International removed the gender restriction, (can you believe, men only), they sponsored the first Ottawa Kiwanis breakfast club. It was also the first mixed gender club and the first group to have a woman as a President. Later, this same club would have one of its members become the first women Governor for Eastern Canada and the Caribbean.
The name of the club was the Kiwanis Club of Carleton when it was chartered; however, it was changed in 2003 to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West to better reflect the area of the city where the club was concentrating its activities.
It has always been a less formal, practical and innovative club with an emphasis on its members having a good time while doing good works.
During the twenty years of its existence, many hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to improve the local communities, as well as help eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disorder on a global scale. Some, but certainly not all of the club’s projects and support over this time has been; The Youville Center, The Salvation Army, CHEO, The Kiwanis Music Festival, The Carlington Community and Health Center, Dovercourt Community Center, The Ambassadors Hockey League, The Palliative Care Outreach Program, Annavale Nursery School, local schools and literacy programs as well as sponsoring a Key Club at Bell High school and an Aktion club (Kiwanis for challenged individuals).
The main fundraiser for the club has been its annual “Lobsterfest”. One of the last Fridays in May is set aside when the whole club works very hard to serve four hundred to seven hundred people to a delicious meal of three lobsters, salads, and desserts. Silent auction, art auction as well as dancing to the Stevens and Kennedy band rounds out the evening.
The size of the club has never varied greatly – anywhere from twenty-six to forty members. However, the influence and the community service provided by the club have far outstripped the size of its membership.
Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West
1485 Laperriere Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7S8