Meeting Speakers
Sep 18, 2019
Former World Kickboxing Champion
Sep 25, 2019
The Memory Project - His Story of Military Service
Oct 02, 2019
Club Activities Discussion
Oct 09, 2019
District Update
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RCOS eBulletin – September 11, 2019
Lunch meeting was held at KS on the Keys      Scribe: Scott Vetter
Eva Hammond, RC Ottawa
  • Quora - Night at the Races: October 20, but notify Alex by Oct 4. A fun night to support the Shepherds of Good Hope, tickets are $70.
  • RC Ottawa West is looking for people to deliver their mums on October 2, 3, 4, and 5. It is a major fundraiser for them and RCOS deliverers would help our club as well.
  • Ottawa ROtary Home is having its annual Whisky & Wine fundraiser on Friday September 27. Master appreciation classes, much sampling, tasty nibblies, live and silent auction. A great opportunity to meet people and mingle overlooking Elgin St at the KPMG offices. See more.
  • The RCOS website Projects page has been added is being updated. If your committee has a project that should be added, please send info to Scott.
  • Our club will be donating $1000 to Shelter Box to help with the serious problems post Dorian in the Bahamas.
  • Just a brief note that Eva Hammond is collecting underwear for female prisoners in Rwanda (Small and Medium sizes). Eva has been doing this for several years and always reaches her goal of 1400 pairs. Buy a multi-pack and bring them to our next meeting.
50/50 Draw
Bernie looked after our 50/50 draw; Moe had the winning ticket and his draw was fit for a King, alas a Joker would have been a better fit. Pot sits at $160.
Happy Bucks
Rosemary collected our happy bucks... and she hasn't been seen since.
Guest Speaker
Sgt. Mahamud Elmi
Moe has spoken to us before about the Somali Hope Foundation and its remarkable achievements of a school in Bursalah, Somalia. Today he told us of his upbringing in Somalia, his journey to avoid war, and his emigration to Canada.
Mahamud was born in rural Somalia, the eldest of 10 children. His parents couldn't feed the entire family, and his mother felt that Moe, with his observant, affable and self-reliant nature, was the best candidate to be sent to live with his grandparents when he was 5 and then to his aunt's in Mogadishu for schooling. Soon after arriving, the war forced his aunt's family, with Moe, out with no more than the shirts on their backs.
They traveled to the Kenya border and spent years in the refuge camp n Dabdab. His aunt's family were sponsored y family in Montreal, leaving Moe on his own in Dadaab. His aunt immediately started the process of adoption and sponsoring Moe to bring hom to Canada as quickly as possible.
Moe came to Canada in 1996, as a teeenager with no formal educatin. However, his determination and hard work helped him to graduate from high school here in Ottawa at the same time as his cohorts. He went on to study Police Foundations at St. Lawrence College, and started with the Ottawa police as a student.
A truly remarkable and inspiring story from an impressive individual and much appreciated RCOS member.
President-elect Sam ended the meeting promptly at 1:30pm
RCOS_Sgt Mahamud Elmi
Sgt. Mahamud Elemi