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Port Arthur Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
on Zoom until further notice, In Normal Times: Prince Arthur Hotel
17 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K8
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AT OUR CLUB July 20, 2021: Guest Speaker Trisha Klus

President Jim Madder welcomed 32 plus members and guests to this mid-summer meeting including Mackett clan: Larry, Anne, Janice, special  presenter Trisha Klus and also joining in was artist Mary Conley.   Zoom co-hosts: Warren Philp and Mary-Anne Mackett. The anthem: Anishnabee Warrior Sisters at a Jets hockey game.

PA Rotary Club President-Elect Mary-Anne Mackett introduced her sister Trisha Klus from Cobble Hill B.C. On hand were sister Janice and parents Larry and Anne.  Trisha told us about her exciting life as one of the first female aircrew in the Canadian military in the 1980s.

Trisha Klus is a lettering and book artist with art is in the Special Collections Library at University of Victoria, the National Library for Legal Deposit, private collections and elsewhere. Happily settled in Cobble Hill, B.C., she talked about her former life - being an officer and one of the first women aircrew in the Canadian Military.

Kevin Holloway and PA Rotary WDC Secretary Bob Tomlinson put together a little video showing the camp is almost finished.  Large ramps, staff housing are big projects.  A lot of hard work and determination at the camp!
More service opportunities:
President Jim Madder welcomed 38 plus members and guests: (notable welcomes to Rita Komendant, Trisha Klus, Janice LeBoeuf, and Erika Mikkola- new associate member from United Way, Thunder Bay).


 Gerry Racey: President of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, veteran biologist from MNRF and expert on terrestrial and wetland eco-systems, presented today on


This fascinating "photo essay", complimented by a fine slide show, covered the gamut of history, purpose, planning, execution, and the many challenges and rewards of ice road construction in the far north. 

The immensity of the area, the gradually narrowing of the production schedule time window (climate change in action), landscape and environmental impacts and connectivity to remote communities was all highlighted in this very thorough overview by Gerry. His  background in ecology and communication/teaching skills were on full display today.

He was introduced by David Legge and thanked by Shelley Crawford.


1. Allocation Chair Judi Turner announced the next round of recipients in the successful United Way/Port Arthur Rotary Club Catch the Ace draw proceeds: 
Evergreen, a United Neighbourhood
March of Dimes
Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay

2. Erika Mikkola (United Way of Thunder Bay) invited participation and fellowship at the UW/PA Rotary Community BBQ: July 22 (1100-1800h) (

3. Dew Drop Inn service opportunity: July 22 (D. Silliman)

4. Completion of new Rotary Year Board of Director preambles with input from Krysta Logozzo Daniele (Past President) on fundraising, Mark Tilbury (lining up a video promo), Jaro Kotalik on RI Foundation opportunities for Paul Harris Fellowships, and Mary-Anne Mackett (President-elect) on upcoming programming.

5. Brenda Winter eliciting "happy dollars" for  good tidings re our location in times of forest fires, and the soccer cup final.
Jim Madder, new PA Rotary President, started off what promises to be a great year with a packed agenda!  The reorganized Board is off and running, giving a snapshot of what we’re doing and where we will be going in the new Rotary year:

2021 ROTARY CITIZENSHIP AWARDS have been made to the four local high schools.  Congratulations to all the female and male student recipients!
Hammarskjold High School:  Mia SURKAN, Kohl JOHNSON
La Verendrye High School: Marylyn TRAORÉ, Liam SCOTT
St. Ignatius High School: Vanessa DANIELE, Sebastien PARADIS
Superior High School: Dorian KENDALL, Tyler TURK
Upcoming Events:
Guest Speaker July 13:  Gerry Racey, President, Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, “Winter Roads”
Guest Speaker July 20:  Ret’d Capt. P. Klus, “The first women air crew in the CAF”
Catch the Ace:  The Ace is still out there!  Jackpot heading to $14,000.  Follow Warren’s How-To on increasing odds by creating groups to pool funds.  $10 for 10 numbers but $80 for 500 numbers!
Community Service – July 22:  CommUNITY BBQ:  Help out or just come out to the United Way TBay and RFDA’s Community BBQ at 570 Syndicate Ave S. 11AM-6PM on July 22nd, co-sponsored by PA Rotary and Superior Hearing.
Community Service – July 22: Dew Drop Inn:  Fourth Thursday of each month, sign up for AM or PM shifts – David Silliman
AT OUR CLUB June 29, 2021 – President Krysta passes the Gavel to Incoming President Jim Madder

Today, President Krysta Logozzo Daniele chaired then passed over her gavel and bell to incoming President Jim Madder, in a great celebration for a very fine year of leadership, spirit and meaningful Rotarian team work, all for service and fellowship.
Gary Mack and Alan Forbes, spouses and co-owners of Bay-Village Coffee were our featured speakers today.  Their eatery of excellence won the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award, and they told their story of falling into the business - they bought the shop, did some fix ups, dashed off for a week of barista training in Toronto and opened the doors the next week!  Success soon followed.  Coffees, teas, outstanding home-made food, community spirit, local love and fundraisers – served with fun and smiles every day!  
AT OUR CLUB June 22, 2021 – Rotary Club Business

President Krysta Logozzo welcomed a full house of 40, including several community members, new members and guest presenters.
The mood was celebratory as we covered recent Allocations to the community (see separate post) and Guest Speakers Gary Mack and Alan Forbes, co-owners of Bay-Village Coffee (see separate post.)

Port Arthur Rotary is happy to be part of Thunder Bay's North Core Revitalization!
We just installed four garden boxes at the corner of Red River Rd and St. Paul St., planted along four themes:
Best for Bees, Best for Butterflies, Best for Birds and Best for Bellies.
    President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 34 Rotarians and our guest speaker, acknowledged our presence on Fort William First Nation and chaired our new family member inductions (below).

    Co-hosts were Kevin Holloway and Mary-Anne Mackett

    Kevin H played O Canada from the Bell Centre, Montreal (adoring fans present in real time)

    FEATURE 1:
     The club welcomed new Family Membership Rotarians: Donna and Bill Ostrom, and Janine Chiasson/Patrick Morash (pictured). Warren Philp recruited these amazing folks, and introduced them all,( til out of breath), summarizing their numerous interests and commitment to community and service. Brenda Winters read the "charge" and they were ceremoniously pinned by President Krysta. The club saluted all four in this new era of membership. They will certainly enjoy Rotary.

    FEATURE 2:

    Rotary Peace Fellow Freddie Huppé Campbell, a proud Métis from Kimberley B.C. became connected to Rotary in Bismarck, N.D., and went on to obtain a Global Grant Scholarship, spending a year in Durham U.K.
    With a strong educational background in conflict resolution and peace initiatives as well as environmental action, with special focus on Indigenous-non Indigenous relations, she is carving out a special career in this field.
     One close by notable "Indigenous Clean Energy" example involves a solar energy project at Gull Bay First Nation. Currently based in Ottawa, she heads up the Global Hub program there.

    Her energetic and very articulate presentation was very well received by the members and a lively Q and A followed. Her work provides hope for her people looking "7 generations" into the future... as well as connecting Indigenous peoples and their vast knowledge of the environment and Rotarians.

    Freddie was introduced and thanked by Rod Morrison. For him, and all of us, this was a "terrific learning experience, and she is a great role model." Freddie is happy to connect anyone at all to her work and has a podcast in the offing.


    Announcement Highlights:

    1. Albert Brulé was happy to announce the 2nd recipient ($1444) in the United Way/ PA Rotary Catch the Ace draw, being Roots to Harvest. United Way Ace-Man and CEO Erin Beagle are shown at the photo op. The jackpot continues to climb (about $11,500). Well done all. Keep up the support.
    2. President Elect Jim Madder announced that the 2021/22 budget has been approved. Dues are unchanged.
    3. Mary-Anne Mackett updated us on the Rotary-City of Thunder Bay  Beautification Project garden boxes; about to be installed at the St. Paul/Red River Rd corner. UPS is supplying appropriate signage.

    Happy Dollars:

    Plenty to celebrate with Warren Philp at the lead. Our new members received accolades in this matter.
    President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed a full house of 42 members and guests including Rita Komendant (Jaro K); Donna Ostrom and Janine Chiasson (Warren P); Sharon Godwin and Catherine Hurley (Shelley C), Kishore Sakhrani (from Hong Kong) and Maria Hudolin (BC)

    Zoom hosts: President-Elect Jim Madder and Warren Philp.  O Canada recording of Faith B and Mallory R, Tech Voc. H.S., Winnipeg, thanks Brian Walmark. Land Acknowledgement: President Krysta.
    Meeting HighlightsIndigenous Children Deaths at Residential Schools by Brian Walmark - see separate posting - and Catch the Ace with United Way; Wilderness Discovery Camp; Spring Up to Clean Up, Membership Committee, Age-Friendly Inter-Generational Volunteering and Future Speakers.
    Nathan Lawrence returned to the podium with an interesting and insightful  Update on the Thunder Bay Real Estate Market. Nathan has been involved in all facets of local real estate and is a Thunder Bay community advocate.  He is currently with Royal LePage Lannon Realty, DLC Mortgage Excellence and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
    Using statistics and experience he laid out our local housing challenges.  We have an unbalanced market leading to social impacts that are not going to be solved overnight.  Homes in the $300,000 range are urgently required (especially to young first time buyers and immigrants and employees looking to move here) yet there is a very short supply.  It is very much a sellers’ market: high demand and low supply.  
    On this gloriously sunny first day of June, President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 33  PA Rotarian members and guests including prospective member Donna Ostrom, Mal Balachandran (Past-president Rotoract), Dan Brown (Assistant DG 5580 and Nipigon Rotarian, and our special guest (see next post) Nathan Lawrence.

    Mary-Anne Mackett and Bob Tomlinson were our Zoom hosts.  The anthem sung by with Walk Off the Earth had a fitting hockey theme. (Maybe next year, Leaf fans!)
    Krysta’s Land Acknowledgement was followed by a heartfelt reaction to the news that remains of 215 children were found at the Kamloops residential school.  We had a moment of silence.  Krysta asks us individually and as PA Rotary to seek paths to reconciliation.  She is open to conversation and strategies.
    The St. Joseph Care Group has provided Care, Compassion and Commitment in Thunder Bay and District since 1884, now in the three general divisions of rehabilitation, senior's care and addiction-mental health services.  Just about anything that is not acute care.

    Past-President Rod Morrison introduced Tracy Buckler, soon to retire as its President and CEO.  She has had a long and distinguished nursing career culminating with the last 16 years at the helm of the STCG.  Tracy touched on the extensive network of resources, SJCG’s renewed commitment to working with Indigenous peoples and the great success they have had in managing and mitigating Covid-19 risks.
    President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 41 Rotarians, Guests, Rotarian Community Members, Rotoract Past-President Mal Balachandran and Kishore Sakhrani from Hong Kong.  She then acknowledged our presence on Fort William First Nation.

    Zoom hosts were Kevin Holloway and John Stephenson; Kevin played a lively O Canada by the Sultans of String.
    Our Guest Speaker was Tracy Buckler - see separate ClubRunner / FaceBook post.
    • First of all, congratulations to Shelley Crawford and Mark Tilbury for joining the PA Rotary Board as of July 1st!
    • Catch the Ace Raffle co-sponsored with Thunder Bay United Way – Week 8 (Albert Brulé and Shelley Crawford):  The progressive jackpot is $7680 and climbing. This week is sponsored by LiUNA Local 607.
    Check out the Chronicle Journal:  In today’s edition, paper or digital subscription, you’ll see Ian Pattison’s interesting article in the Then & Now section.  From the Thunder Bay Museum and City Archives, we discover the Port Arthur Rotary Club’s role in the history of naming Memorial Avenue to commemorate the fallen soldiers of WWI and having 450 trees planted along the route.  The name is still there but the trees are gone.  Find out why!
    Rotary Community Action Teams (RCATS)

    We have an exciting new concept:  Past President Warren Philp set out how a proposed Rotary Community Action Team could bring together many groups for a key initial project - a new and enhanced Waterfront Trail.  Rotary Clubs began the Waterfront Trails project in 1992.  Now the City is working on waterfront beautification and environmental upgrade, with potential backing by provincial and federal governments.  An RCAT would form a fourth pillar.  Contact Warren with any questions and comments.


    Brian Walmark introduced Matt who has a passion for community service volunteerism. Past-President Vonnie Cheng read the Rotary Charge, President Logozzo Daniele pinned Matt by Zoom. Good wishes and a hearty welcome to Matt were extended by all.

    Port Arthur Rotary’s Centennial Project 1924-2024
    Past President Warren Philp announced our 100th anniversary project: the Community Room at the new waterfront Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
    There is a great deal to look forward to with this big waterfront jewel that will benefit Thunder Bay and area. Thousands of visitors will learn of our Club’s history every year as they enjoy the view from this meeting space.
    Centennial Chair, Warren Philp was assisted by Committee Members Steve McAuley, Shelley Crawford, Bill Everitt, Matt Diegel, Kevin Holloway and Leslie Savitsky.  Questions or comments can be directed to Warren Philp.

    On a related note:   Rotary in Thunder Bay – Video from the archives
    Social Media Consultant Laura Coronado
    Laura Coronado spoke on the topic of Social Media and Marketing at the Port Arthur Rotary meeting today.  Introduced by Brian Walmark. Laura analyzed how our Club is using its media platforms, the ClubRunner website and Facebook.  

    Laura was born and raised in Columbia, South America where she worked for over 10 years for a telecommunications company as an account manager.  Since moving to Canada, she has lived in Toronto and Thunder Bay.  She has been studying marketing at Confedertion College for the past two years.  Prospective Rotary Member Matt Villellahas been her social media instructor.  She plans to pursue her studies at Lakehead University in the Fall.  “I am not an expert rather I am an eager learner” she says.
    President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 31 members and guests today. The land acknowledgement and national anthem were followed by our feature presentation by Social Media Consultant Laura Coronado.


    Our Club and two Members of our Club received District Awards in last week’s District Conference.  Congratulations to Kevin Holloway and David Silliman for excellence in a wide variety of service activities.  Way to go!

    1 - Distinguished Rotarian in Vocational Service - David Silliman, Port Arthur Rotary
    2 - Distinguished Rotarian of the Year - Kevin Holloway, Port Arthur Rotary
    3 - Fort William and Port Arthur Clubs tied for First in Inter-Organizational Service
    4 - Fort William and Port Arthur Clubs tied for First in Inter-Club Service
    5 - Port Arthur Rotary First in Rotary Public Image
    6 - Port Arthur Rotary First in Rotary Foundation giving ($7920) for Club size 31-60
    President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 32 Rotarians and Guests (some soon-to-be Rotarians) to a fellowship-style meeting. 
    Zoom co-hosts were: Jim Madder, Warren Philp, Mary-Anne Mackett, Steve McAuley – thanks to all.

    Mary-Anne played O Canada and Krysta duly acknowledged our presence on Fort William First Nation territory.

    1. District 5580 Awards were announced at conference last night. Our club received awards for (1) Inter-club service, (2) Inter organization and second place for (3) Public Image. Our local Rotoract Club received an excellence award. Fantastic!
     The District Conference continues today with free registration and virtual presentations.
     2. The Catch the Ace Raffle partnered with the United Way: the minimum sales threshold has been surpassed and the jackpot growth starts in earnest.  Albert Bulé and Shelley Crawford gave advice on how to promote growth and interest. Increasing sales are key.

    3. Dew Drop Inn report for April 22 session:  a smooth operation prepping in the morning and serving in afternoon.  Most are vaccinated. (Dave Silliman)

    4. Wilderness Discovery Camp: sign up for the golden opportunity to serve: cleanup and prep – and take a look at the remarkable project before the clients arrive: Saturday May 22 at 10 AM sharp.  Contact Bob Tomlinson who will be formally in charge July 1st.  Congrats to Brenda Winter on her role, now stepping down after a fine 4 year stint.


    Chair Mike Nitz has again come up with a very strong Share the Love" program: Club members gave shout-outs to their favourite local businesses and entrepreneurs.

    President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 36 guests, including Dr. Marg Woods and Donna Ostrom (special welcomes!)

    We had a rousing O Canada today, recorded at a Maple Leaf-Habs hockey game in pre-Pandemic days - exciting! Thanks to Kevin Holloway.

    Krysta gave a land acknowledgement to Fort William First Nation: we are celebrating this and every meeting on their land.

    1. Rotary-Eco-Superior’s Spring Up to Clean Up project has been deferred to May 20th (thanks to Steve McAuley, organizer)
    2. CATCH THE ACE ticket sales are reaching a level where there will be no risk of having to pay the guaranteed jackpot – and then watch it grow! Members are thanked for efforts and urged to continue the fine work. (Rod Morrison and Albert Brulé)
    3. Dew Drop Inn service opportunity this Thursday 22nd (contact D.Silliman).
    4. Next week is a fellowship meeting. Mike Nitz will ask members to give a shout out to their favourite local business. Something different and informative for all!
    5. Wilderness Discovery Camp Clean Up commences 10 AM sharp TBay time on Saturday May 22: easy, hands-on work and a chance to preview the revived site without guests.  (Bob Tomlinson)

    Chair Warren Philp (pictured), assisted by members of his hard working core committee, outlined the process of selecting a grand meaningful project to celebrate our 100th anniversary that would meet Rotary goals and be financially feasible. In addition to core committee members, an additional 7-member focus group reviewed the fulsome materials provided, adopted relevant criteria and came up with a scorecard.
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    Doug Shanks, First Tuesday of the Month
    Bill Everitt, Second Tuesday of the Month
    Warren Philp, Third Tuesday of the Month
    Brian Thompson, Fourth Tuesday of the Month
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