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Port Arthur Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Prince Arthur Hotel
17 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON  P7A 4K8
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Leadership Thunder Bay!
Guest speaker today was Pat Forrest: manager of Leadership Thunder Bay; her title: " Discover the Leader in You."

In its 16th year, Leadership Thunder Bay continues to provide a very unique 10 month curriculum teaching leadership skills to a diverse group of mainly young people, most of whom (but not all) are sponsored by their employers. There are now almost 300 graduates, including some current and past Rotarians, who have honed their leadership skills, along numerous pathways (process, communication- including public speaking, interpersonal and administrative to name a few).
Benefits accruing were outlined by Pat, and one recent grad Stephanie Reid (now with Tourism Thunder Bay) came in to provide a strong testimonial. Many similar endorsements come form major users such as St. Joseph's Care Group, BDO-Dunwoody, TBRHSC, TB Chamber of Commerce (and many others).

The "admission " criteria were discussed and are quite liberal, and costing as well was outlined.

Information is available at, and

Pat is pictured (centre) with "thanker" Rod Morrison (President-elect) on the right. President Warren Philp (left) introduced Pat  and is seen holding the Joe Vanderwees memorial Christmas tree (generously gifted by Past-President Irene Kozlowski) and will be on view this month.
Today's special guest speaker was the acclaimed Livio Di Matteo: Professor of Economics at Lakehead University; specializing in public policy, health economics, public finance and economic history. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and has many awards and publications to his credit. He is pictured along with President-Elect Rod Morrison (who introduced our guest), and Past-President Brenda Winter (who thanked him). The presentation title today was NAFTA Aftermath: Canada, Trade and the USMCA. This overview of a complex and evolving relationship with Canada and it's trading partners was nicely distilled, clearly linking the many factors both historically (milestones commencing back in 1854 up through the FTA (1988), NAFTA (1994) to the present USMCA) and in present day transactions, policies, economic realities and options for Canada beyond. Clearly trade is vital for Canada. The recent USMCA, though not yet fully ratified, seems to be have been a defensive partial victory (for Canada) of sorts. But, "It's not over til it's over-and it's not over yet." There are certainly some winners, also losers and disruptive dialogue is a certainty amidst the uncertainty. Having opined thus, Professor Di Matteo remains a loyal, fairly optimistic economist going forward. We were pleased to hear that. Time limited to some degree this fascinating presentation and the Q&A session was brief. Rotarians and guests came away certainly very enlightened. Thank you very much Livio.
The new Rotary People of Action banners (inaugurated at the Santa Claus parade) are again displayed..very professionally done and hopefully effective endorsements for Rotary
Today's off-site meeting was at Thunder Bay Country Market (TBCM)
Pictured above is the recent "People of Action"banner developed for Rotary displayed by Warren and Bill Green (R). It was inaugurated recently at the Rotary Goldcorp Santa Claus Parade and carried proudly by our Rotoractors (see photos in our club Facebook 

PA Rotary regularly reports back to it's members and guests on the state of the club's affairs; all aspects included including activities, financials, challenges and of course success stories.

Today the club heard from a number of Directors  and some (not all) are pictured here flanking the 4-Way Test Banner, the Ethics Statement we all cherish, and underlies meetings such as today's.

Far Left: Past-President Kevin Holloway (Club Administration Co-Director) reporting on the updated website (which you the reader is enjoying right now)
Left-centre: Jaro Kotalik on the Rotary Foundation( as Chair) giving opportunities (for world as well as local community service)
Right-centre: Past-President Brenda Winter reporting (as WDC Secretary)on the major successful project the club assisted with this past year: the Wilderness Discovery Centre on Lake Shebandowan. Brenda also chaired today's meeting (President Warren Philp is enjoying a much deserved week off).
Far Right: Chris Bailey: Co-treasurer on our current financials: looking quite satisfactory.

Other important reports today came from Past-President Maria Hudolin on Polio Plus and Shelterbox Canada; President-Elect Rod Morrison on Club Service; Brian Thompson on Club Community Service; and via proxy, Rob Grady on Club Vocational and International Service.
 Remembrance Day Program

Today 's Remembrance Day program included the March of the Colours (RCL Kakabeka Falls #225 and Slovak #129), O Canada, Ritual of Remembrance (D. Silliman), Last Post (Wayne Milloy), Moment of Silence, Lament (Piper Eric Johnson), Laying of the Wreath (Rotarian Don Smith), Rouse (W. Milloy), Act of Remembrance (MC Rod Morrison), In Flanders Fields (Mo Nelson), and a solemn Guest Presentation by Michel Beaulieu, Honorary Colonel LSSR, PhD, CAMP and Chair, Department of History, Lakehead University. Professor Beaulieu returned, having addressed PA Rotary several times before and his "Commemorating Armistice 1914" presentation was a poignant accounting of the local history of  NWO veterans and families/society in general, in the WW 1 campaign (100th Anniversary of the end). The audience is well aware of the importance of remembering the many sacrifices. Discussion included some reiteration of this as the future generations become more isolated temporally. Professor Beaulieu..thank you once again for enlightening our club.

Professor Beaulieu (centre), flanked by MC Rod Morrison, (President-elect of PA Rotary, and who introduced and thanked the speaker..most capably,) and Past-President Brenda Winter (who organized the Colour Party)

Past-president Colin Bruce, and former publisher of the Chronicle-Journal newspaper, spoke from the heart today about the "Future of Print Media (in Canada)." Always entertaining and articulate, nevertheless sobering and journalistically candid and accurate, the presentation of course required the context of the past halcyon days (for Colin, 1970s and 80s) of newspaper production (a delivery tool mechanism) vis a vis newspaper content (the meat of journalism).
President Warren Philp (L) is pictured with Past-Presidents Dave Silliman (lead Rotarian for Dew Drop Inn) and Kevin Holloway (web-site maestro), at the Dew Drop Inn on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of service at this facility. The numbers (of served clients) have grown almost exponentially from the beginning: the rationale remains cogent; the need never -ending.
Cancer Prevention and Screening
Diagnostic Assessment and Recommendations
TBRHSC Prevention and Screening Services

This timely and very important topic was the subject of todays presentation by Cathy Paroschy Harris and Amy Boucher of TBRHSC. Cathy is the Director of Prevention and Screening Services. She is pictured (right) along with Amy on the left, flanking President-elect Rod Morrison, former TBRHSC lead on Public Relations, who invited our guests and introduced them (Doug Shanks,not pictured thanked them).

President Warren Philp is pictured with Rotarian Lori Mitchell, who visted her previous Rotary club recently in Toronto. The banner exchange (with Toronto West Rotary club) was thus re-enacted.
Featured presentation today was by our own distinguished (Past-President) Pritam Lamba, loosely entitled "The Importance of Being a Sikh."
Special guests attending the PORT ARTHUR ROTARY Club Meeting - October 9, 2019

Returning for a brief (birthday present ) stay with former hosts Leslie Savistsky and Warren Philp, was 2014-15 inbound exchange student to our club Jitte Wegbold (pictured with Leslie and Warren) from the Netherlands.
Noted local author and human rights activist Donna White, presented today to the club a "bursting bubbles" style account of CHILD SOLDIERS. This topic is a passion for Donna and meshes with her "The Stones Trilogy."
Today's off-site meeting was an eye opener visit to the entry point at the new St. Joseph's Health Centre (opened in 2007 to provide outpatient programming previously located at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital. It is fashioned onto the south part of St. Joseph's Hospital (the lead centre in NWO for rehabilitation services).
We were welcomed by a number of St. Joseph's staff and in particular, Kim Callaghan; Director of Communications,Engagement and Client Relations (pictured with Rod Morrison (L) President-elect and President Warren Philp (R)).
AT OUR CLUB-September 18,2018
A presentation from HIP (Honouring IndigenousPeoples) provided an insight into the goals of this Rotary initiative. 
Diana Sustawenko (pictured with Kevin Holloway) for St Johns Ambulance 911, supporting young emergency response learners in a variety of practical experience settings
Kevin pictured with Amy Silvaggio (R) and Jocelyn Kloosterhuis, representing Our Kids Count, supporting in- need youngsters, breaking barriers and nurturing families, with 2 fully stocked kitchen kits.
Rotary Field of Greens on the Move!
Rotary Field of Greens on the Move!

In 2009, the Port Arthur Rotary Club sponsored the Field of Greens Community Garden at the Salvation Army Community & Residential Services property on Cumberland Street in Thunder Bay. For eight seasons, the large community garden consisting of about 20 fruit trees, a 'main' section and smaller individual boxes has provided fresh fruits and vegetables to the Salvation Army food bank and to their kitchen.
According to Port Arthur
Induction of Melanie Blanchette as a new member. Welcome Melanie (pictured after the ceremony with Past President Irene Kozlowski(who delivered the "charge"), Bonnie Moore (who proposed Melanie-centre L) and President Warren Philp). Melanie is the Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and brings a wealth of diverse experience to the club.
Rotarian club member from Scarborough, Ontario, Nevine Yassa Sonbol  spoke to us about her 2 passionate international Rotary efforts: 1) The I.C.C. Rotary Inter-Country Committees, dedicated to fostering cultural diversity and unity amongst different countries; already involving several countries including Canada, Italy, Cypress and others, and 2) Roota Zabaleen,  a non-profit organization supporting marginalized women in Egypt. International Service epitomized.

At our club August 14, 2018.

President Warren Philp chaired a well attended meeting today (including several guests/prospective members), anxious no doubt to get in on the membership drive discussion.
Warren is pictured (R) with Past-President Kevin Holloway (L), both working on elements of membership and public relations development through our website, We are transitioning from Sencia Canada Ltd.managed website (Thanks Past President Irene Kozlowski for your 9+ years of hosting) to ClubRunner hosting facilities. Other marketing, social networking and face to face strategies will be used to try to grow the Club.

AT OUR CLUB-August 7, 2018

The club had the pleasure of hearing a dynamic a passionate presentation today by Tracie Smith, Senior Director: Communications, Indigenous Affairs and Engagement, at Thunder Bay District Regional Hospital.
December 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
On the Registration Desk
11-Dec-18 McAuley Steve; Madder, Jim
18-Dec-18 McCluskey, Patti; Dojack, Jackie
25-Dec-18 CHRISTMAS DAY No Meeting
01-Jan-19 NEW YEAR'S DAY No Meeting
Fine Master
Lori Mitchell, First Tuesday of the Month
Art Warwick, Second Tuesday of the Month
Colin Bruce, Third Tuesday of the Month
Doug Shanks, Fourth Tuesday of the Month
Steve McAuley, Fifth Tuesday of the Month
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Trainer
Membership Chair
Club Trainer
Membership Secretary
Public Image Chair
Director - Vocational & International Service
Director - Community Service
Director - Club Service
Youth Service
Club Address
Mailing Address
Port Arthur Rotary
PO Box 33016
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 0B1
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