Regular Meeting April 22nd

Stefanie Yeoman from the Library will be our speaker on April 22. Stefanie will share with us her hope for a summer Reading Buddies program, along with a bit of a demo. She anticipates the program running online during July and August. Reading times would be flexible for each Buddy pair.
The program will be aimed at students in grades 1-4. Google Meet is the software that will be used. Participants will use a shared screen so both participants see the same content.
If Kiwanians are interested that would be great although they will also be looking across the community for volunteers. Experts not required.
It’s good to see that this program, pioneered by Kiwanis, will continue although in a different format for the next while. Join us on the 22nd to learn more.


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Meet Dave Richie

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The 75th Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival

The 75th Annual Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival is officially underway!
For the next two weeks you can enjoy our local talent virtually. In total we have 165 entries in the Junior and Senior Piano, Vocal and Musical Theatre disciplines.

The adjudicators will review these performances as well and make their comments and mark them. The results of these adjudications will be added to the Program probably by next week.

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Steak BBQ Leamington

Kiwanis Club of Leamington is holding their annual steak BBQ again this year. at your house. Due to Covid they can’t host us but if you would like to support them they’ll have fresh seasoned steaks available on Saturday May 1st 10am – 2pm for fresh steaks.Frozen orders can be called in at any time to arrange pick up.
Price: 2 for $30. Please have your order in before April 26th. All you have to do is cook them. Dick Roe has offered again to pick them up if you’re interested. To order, call Bryan at 519-965-1557 or email to,
Let Dick know if you want him to pick them up for you, 519-354-9578

Sponsorships 2021

The deadline for applications for two 2021 Kiwanis scholarships was March 31. As a result no more applications will be accepted.

The Scholarship Committee has a challenging job to assess the many applications and select the two recipients.

Thanks is extended to all who circulated the information to qualifying students.

Speaker Jim Gary

Jim Gary, Past President, Past Lieutenant Governor (Division 4) and current Webmaster of the Kiwanis Club of Forest City – London was last Thursday’s speaker. Many members of the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent will remember Jim as the District Coordinator for the Kiwanis partnership with UNICEF to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus worldwide. We were once again congratulated on our club’s commitment to that project and the District success of achieving 99% of the goal, the highest in Kiwanis International.

Jim is the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District (ECC) Trustee representing Region A which spans from Windsor to Niagara for Divisions 3, 4, 5 and 6. Trustees work directly with Lieutenant Governors, not clubs. Although Jim prefers the role of cheerleader and supporter, he acknowledged that in an organization as large as ours, there needs to be administrative oversight, as provided by Trustees with the leadership of the District Governor, Dr. Delores Lewis of the Barbados. The role of Trustee is a 3 year term with focus on budget and finance, constitution and bylaws, and advance planning. As a member of the long-term strategic planning committee, Jim is working on establishing an equitable divisional structure which might necessitate some changes to the organization in the future. Eastern Canada and the Caribbean Divisions range from 3 to 25 clubs with significant geographical distance and distinct needs between them.
One of the highlights for Trustee Jim is the up-coming ECC Convention which will be conducted virtually May 14-15. Jim commented on the low registration fee of $25 and the importance of utilizing our 3 Delegate votes to elect a new Kiwanis International Trustee, with a very difficult choice between two Past Governors – Phil Rossy & Hope Marks. We will also be electing the District Executive for 2021-22. The keynote speaker on Day 1 is Steve Siemens (a past President of Kiwanis International) – always a dynamic, entertaining and informative speaker with a Kiwanis heart. Organizers hope for 600 attendees and it is an excellent way to find out more about how our District operates – in spite of the limitations on gatherings, social interaction and relaxed connections with Kiwanis friends.

Jim shared his pride in the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District as the fastest growing District in the Americas with new clubs forming and new members joining in spite of the challenges of the pandemic. He made reference to the new clubs in Petrolia and Port Stanley.

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Email addresses

We can now have email addresses with or as domain. Let me know if anybody would be interested.

Jim Garey speaker 25 March 2021

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Dr. Ian Johnston

We are all aware of the stereotype that doctors have poor penmanship. Well, those handwritten doctor notes and medication orders are on the way out as our area’s hospitals move into the modern age for managing health information. At our club meeting on Thursday, March 11, Dr. Ian Johnston, Chief Medical Information Officer at the ChathamKent Health Alliance (CKHA), told us about the e-Volve project – an exciting transformation initiative that improves efficiency and patient safety.

“When you think about what happens with that paper, it’s actually a bit crazy,” said Dr. Johnston. “Perhaps you can read it, perhaps you can’t. If I write a series of orders on that piece of paper, some of it will need to go to the lab, some of it will need to go to the pharmacy, some of it will need to go to the nurse, some will need to go to x-ray. So it’s really a big deal to get these handwritten things all over the place.”

Dr. Johnston said the other issue with the old system was that the patient chart could only be accessed “in person.” Now, thanks to e-Volve, paper has pretty much disappeared using this modern system. Doctors enter orders on a computer and those orders are electronically sent to the appropriate locations (e.g. lab, pharmacy). Also, the patient chart is now electronic and can be accessed by the patient’s entire care team from anywhere an internet connection is available. “We’re doing a much better job discharging our patients and making it clear what the plan is down the road,” stated Dr. Johnston, saying improved patient health outcomes is the point of moving to this electronic system.

The e-Volve project began in 2018. In fall 2020, Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington was the first hospital to “go live,” followed by CKHA and HotelDieu Grace Hospital in Windsor a few weeks later. Windsor Regional Hospital will go live in April 2021. We thank Dr. Johnston for providing his informative presentation about a very important topic. If you wish to view the recording of the entire meeting follow this link to the recording on our website.