The Builder for October 20th

The Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound gathered at the Inn on the Bay with 16 Kiwanians and five guests in attendance. Guests included Rob Hassard, Ernie Kovacs, Karen Conley, Jacinda Rudolph and Ronan Bryson.

Kiwanians Paul Matthies and Fred Druyf were our greeters at the door. President Susan Davey asked Past President Andrew Drury to read the Objects of Kiwanis. Karen Conley was the lucky number draw winner with PLG Linda van Aalst collecting the donations to the fines' box. A Santa Claus parade committee meeting was held immediately after the gong.


Speakers' Corner!

L to R: Ronan Bryson and Jacinda Rudolph from Launch Pad, Hanover

President Susan introduced our guests from Launch Pad in Hanover. Executive Director Jacinda Rudolph played us a brief video created by their co-op student Ronan Bryson.

She went on to explain the concept of the youth activity and technology centre, based upon the idea of the Fusion Centre in Ingersoll.

Launch Pad was created as an after school program to help youth gain skills and confidence.

The centre is run by a local board made up of a wide variety of community members. There are currently 6 staff members, along with many volunteers from the area who donate their time and talents.

There are currently 262 members, with the majority of participants from 12-15 years of age. When they sign up as a member, they indicate the activities they are interested in. This helps Launch Pad create programs to meet the needs of its members.

Ronan outlined his activities with Launch Pad, sharing his passion for photography and videography. You can see more about his work by connecting here.

Phase 2 of the project has its grand opening on November 8th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. They will unveil the commercial learning kitchen that was born out of a request by Launch Pad members for cooking classes.

Our speakers were thanked by K Sean McMurray for their amazing enterprise to support youth in their area.


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

At the Board of Directors meeting, Joan Chandler of Sheatre made a presentation about a new play created in cooperation with high school students. The play is part of a violence prevention program for youth to foster diversity and respect for differences. It centers on the struggles of LGBTQ youth and the impact of bullying and homophobia. The Board voted to sponsor a local school show for $2100. The cheque presentation will be made to Sheatre at a club function in the near future.


K Sean McMurray and K Paul Matthies will be working with a committee to create a survey of our membership. Your opinions are valued so stay tuned on when that will be coming your way.


Our Kiwanis volunteers are an intrepid lot. Neither wind, nor rain, nor tornado conditions will keep a volunteer like K Kerry Ann Weaver from attending the Builders' Club in Collingwood. She was able to take them their club supplies and present the pins to the club members, despite the lack of electricity. The two hour trip home was a trek to find a passable route because of downed trees. We know that their teacher sponsor, Rob Potter appreciated her efforts to be there.

The students have many events planned for the year ahead. They will have a popcorn day to raise money to buy games for senior's home, Movember (wearing a moustache) to raise funds for Cancer research, a skip a meal for the Salvation Army, a car wash and a movie night for Parkinson Research. They have a busy agenda planned.


Best wishes in advance to RT Gail Norris and PLG Brian Mckeown on their wedding to be held on October 29th. They will enjoy Bardados afterwards.


Help is Needed!

K Paul Matthies and K Fred Druyf are our regular door monitors. There will be times when they wish to escape the winter weather. PP Gord Harris and DP Bob Miller have both offered to pitch in. Should others wish to help out, just let K Paul or K Fred know.


DS Julia Levine will once again be departing for the sunny south after Christmas. While away, she will still create the Builder but needs eyes and ears to take notes about our meetings. Should any Ks be willing to help in this regard, one meeting or more, please let Julia know. A big thank you to PLG Linda van Aalst for volunteering to take minutes for Julia at our Board meetings during her absence.