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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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President Kysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 36 members and guests to this jammed packed mid-winter meeting. Notable guests included our guest speaker, Sudbury Rotarian Ian Lane (see bio below), David Roberts (Dean of Business School, LU), Rob Zuback (Confederation College), Nick Nyman (Chartwell Retirement Residences), Lori Mitchell, former ED at the Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre and club member ( now in Toronto) and former Assistant District Governor and club member Maria Hudolin (B.C.)
Rob (Con College), Nick (Chartwell) and David (LU) are all representing PA Rotary Community partners with notably, Confederation College and Chartwell becoming recent members. The club is thrilled with these new partnerships.
NB:  a suitable celebration and (novel) “induction” ceremony for these esteemed new members will be executed at an appropriate date going forward.
Co-hosts (with thanks today) were: Kevin Holloway, John Stephenson and Krysta Logozzo Daniele.
A fine O Canada with 11 language groups was played by Kevin Holloway and showcased Canadian diversity.
Krysta acknowledged our meeting being held on Fort William First Nation territory.
Announcement Highlights:
  1. Rotary Radio Day (55th edition) campaign is moving along nicely. Chair Brian Walmark is encouraged by sales. A CKPR produced videom was shown.  It was remarked that each ad takes combined HR of 6-8 hours production time. Many of the Family Day Hour donors (sold out) had FB logos shown today..
  2. Dew Drop Inn service upcoming: January 28. Volunteers to contact D. Silliman.
  3. Club meeting January 26th is a fellowship style Quiz lieu of a noon meeting. (Rod Morrison).
Induction of New Members:
Dr. Paul DeBakker and Gary Ferguson (ED of the Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre) were welcomed into the fold with introductions by Dave Legge and the formal charge being read by Past President Kevin Holloway. Gary and Paul bring strong new impact to the club, both with extensive prior experience in helping people in diverse capacities.
Ian Lane, Rotarian from the Sudbury Sun Rise club and Business Manager (Clinical Research Administration) with the Health Sciences North Research Institute (Sudbury) presented remotely from his home base, on the Northern Ontario Health Innovation Cluster.
Ian was introduced and thanked by President-elect Jim Madder, who has interacted with Ian through Confederation College’s Innovation Centre.
The “Cluster” is a great “coming together partnership” consortium, seeking to address the underfunded ($295M) gap in research funding in the north. The skillful docs and scientists are certainly available at the various sites. Ian discussed details of the various Phases, with for example a Registered Persons Database (with appropriate privacy ensured) and Indigenous Data Profile system being highlights. The concept, dynamics and early results a extremely encouraging. Our club is impressed. Thank you Ian.
The meeting closed with a heads up on upcoming meetings: Quiz night (Jan 26), Allocations Presentation (Feb 2) and a special Lakehead University presentation Feb 9)
Ian provided a bio overview of himself and his message:
President Krysta Logozzo welcomed a big crowd today of 41, including several guests and new Rotary members from Chartwell Retirement Residences (see below feature presentation), as well as Dr. Paul DeBakker and Corinne Dystevick-Graham.
Warren Philp and Mike Nitz were co-hosts. Mike proved his fancy bookcase backdrop was real by showing off his fancy Michael Jordan Rotary TD sneakers – neato!
O Canada was played and Krysta acknowledged our presence on the Fort William First Nation.
Two relevant videos were played with Warren Philp’s help: Rotary and Covid-19  (which also highlighted the Rotary Polio Plus campaign), and Rotary membership, international and local (see screenshot of a Rotary Peace Fellow).
Announcement Highlights:
  • Rotary Radio Family Day update by Brian Walmark: sales are moving nicely and we are shortly entering the production phase. Thanks to all in this big endeavour.
  • Upcoming events include PA Rotary Quiz Night at 7 pm January 26th (no noon meeting) and virtual anniversary dinner for the Canada Club Rotary clubs February 26th (contact Mike Nitz).
Feature Presentation:
Past-President Rod Morrison introduced and thanked our newest Community Member Rotarian, Chartwell Retirement Residences (Thunder Bay).
Manager Nick Nyman (pictured) exchanged greetings and introduced fellow managers K.C. Craig (also pictured) from Chartwell Isabella, Rena Maxwell (Chartwell Hilldale) and Collen Fayle (GM of two properties). This new partnership is very exciting and enlarges the Club’s reach to relevant important community organizations.
Michael Gravelle MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North knows Port Arthur Rotary and what it does for the communities he serves.
Clow Darling has been Thunder Bay’s source for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning for over 80 years. Port Arthur Rotary can relate to this! We have been a service organization in Thunder Bay since 1924, 96 years. Both Clow and PA Rotary are still going strong! We each have our role in making Thunder Bay a great place to live, work and play.
Thanks to Charlene and Shawn at on Memorial Avenue for becoming a "FAMILY HOUR" Sponsor for our Rotary Radio Family Day on 91.5 CKPR Official. This means Dulux will be the featured company in advertising during one hour of programming on 91.5 CKPR on Family Day in February.
Thanks to Patrick Trevisanutto and Half Way Motors group for three "Family Hour" Sponsorships of our ongoing Rotary Radio Family Day fundraising campaign.
Half-Way Motors Nissan, Half-Way Motors Powersports and  Half-Way Motors Mazda has stepped up in a big way to be part of our annual fundraiser. 
Rotary Radio Family Day on 91.5 CKPR Official is Port Arthur Rotary's biggest annual fundraiser. Visit  for more information or email if you would like to buy an Ad. #serviceaboveself Take advantage of Early Bird Specials if your ad(s) are purchased before December 30th. Help us help the community!! #RotaryRadioFamilyDay
Thanks to two "Family Hour" Sponsors of our ongoing Rotary Radio Family Day fundraising campaign.
First, Memorial Home Hardware  and secondly, Rotarian Leslie Savitsky and her Memorial Avenue businesses Super 8 by Wyndham and Choice Hotels EconoLodge
Rotary Radio Family Day on 91.5 CKPR Official is Port Arthur Rotary's biggest annual fundraiser. Visit  for more information or email if you would like to buy an Ad. #serviceaboveself Take advantage of Early Bird Specials if your ad(s) are purchased before December 30th. Help us help the community!! #RotaryRadioFamilyDay
“Rotary Radio Family Day” Ad Rates for 2021 Campaign
  1. “Family Hour” – (15 ads x 30 seconds) $975 donation,
    1. Early Bird ($750 if order placed before Dec 30th, 2020).
  2. “All in the Family” – (1 ad x 60 seconds) $100 donation,
    1. Early Bird ($85 if order placed before Dec 30th, 2020).
  3. “Family Ties” - (1 ad x 60 seconds) $65 donation,
    1. Early Bird ($50 if order placed before Dec 30th, 2020).
* Rotary Radio Day will air on 91.5 CKPR on Family Day, Monday February 15, 2021.
Port Arthur Rotary wants you to know why we raise money through fundraisers like #RotaryRadioFamilyDay.
Looking back to 2000, we have supported upwards of 80 organizations and causes.
Simply put, WE LOVE THUNDER BAY!  #serviceaboveself #peopleofaction #rotary
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed back into the new happier year 34 members and guests, thanked our co-hosts (Bob Tomlinson, Mary-Anne Mackett), and paid respects to a much liked Rotarian, Fred Baker who recently passed away after a lengthy illness. Others who knew and loved Fred well also paid tribute (Mo Nelson, Bill Everitt and Martti Tenander).
Special guests today included Dan Brown (Nipigon Rotary Club and Assistant District Governor 5580), Mal Balachandran (Rotoract president) and Dr. Paul DeBakker (prospective new member).
As per custom, O Canada was rendered and President Krysta acknowledged the land we are living on (Fort William First Nation).
  1. Mal Balachandran reported on the Rotoract Clothing et al drive for Teen Challenge, as well as the Deck your Biz Challenge: both very successful.
  2. Brian Walmark updated us on ROTARY RADIO DAY (Feb 15, 2021). Several prominent members (including Bill Everitt and Art Warwick) are promoting novel ideas for sales. It is essential that all members contribute in various ways to reach our goal ($27,000 last year was a benchmark). We do have a way to go. Over the next 2 weeks , members should reach out to a minimum of 5 prospects for ads.
  3. Rod Morrison on “membership”: the club is looking at welcoming Matawa Education Centre, Chartwell Residences, and Confederation College as potential members in several forms in the new year. Stay tuned. The club is paving the way to exciting partnerships in the community.
  4. David Silliman reported on our service at the Christmas Eve Dew Drop Inn: David particularly thanks all the volunteers there who do daily service throughout the year...quite remarkable.
  5. Rod Morrison previewed some novel social oriented meetings on the new year calendar; as much as one per month. This January 26th, the meeting will be in the evening—a Quiz Night...Rod confirms it will be a blast.
And also, Rod is looking at Zoom tutoring from Kevin Holloway to make his upcoming meetings more efficient and enjoyable.
Presentation 1
Warren Philp has his thinking cap on and is doing the heavy early lifting on proposals for our club’s 100th anniversary in 2024. He has a fine team already assembled under him.
He circulated to all members a fulsome list with a diverse spectrum  of tangible possible projects , some with substantial price tags, but with many possible partnerships aiding the cause, examples, the City of Thunder Bay (with Werner Schwar), Magnus Theatre and the Waverley coalition (for projects at Waverley park) and many more. 
Areas like the waterfront, the Salvation Army Field of Greens renewal, natural Rotary playground, splash pads and more are all under preliminary consideration. Integrating the club interest in Indigenous partnership is seen in others such as a monument to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Kevin Holloway, Allocations Chair, reminded us that some funds have been awarded (to be ratified soon) for beautification project work.
Members are encouraged to read Warren’s full communique for all the other ideas. Warren welcomes all those who can contribute...sign ups have occurred already.
Presentation 2
President Krysta presented on the club: 2020 “A Year in Review”
Life is different: the club has done admirably, given the reality of Covid. She gave a thoughtful fulsome list of successful projects, engaging fellowship events and a commendation to those who aided us in the virtual interaction at so many levels that kept us motivated and grounded regardless of the new realities.
Her Power Point presentation summarized our year admirably.
Happy Dollars
Doug Shanks was Happy Dollars Facilitator today (not Sargent at Arms).
Numerous members contributed with a wide variety of personal, fond thoughts and thanks.
President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele cordially welcomed 30 Rotarians and guests to a very festive, fun-filled fellowship style meeting today - our last meeting for 2020.
Special guests included Assistant District 5580 Governor Dan Brown (Nipigon), Past-Presidents Maria Hudolin (B.C.) and John Stewart, as well as Dr. Paul DeBakker.
Thanks go to our Zoom hosts doing the essential tech work: Jim Madder, Kevin Holloway and Steve McCauley.
O Canada was sung by an inclusive First Nation youth choir, with heritage shots from Winnipeg (with thanks to Brian Walmark).
Krysta acknowledged we meet on the lands of the Fort William First Nation Territory following the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850.
Business Highlights:
  • Dew Drop Inn service is on...December 24th (David Silliman)
  • Rotarian Fred Baker is in our thoughts at this time
  • The 4 way Test Essay resulted in all 3 winners being students of St. Ignatius School (Mary-Anne Mackett our rep on the committee, Ken Boschoff that school’s liaison)
  • The St Jame’s School virtual Pen Pal experiment is off and running and early results are very promising and novel (Mary-Anne Mackett at the helm, thanks all for submissions!)
  • The Allocation Committee (thanks to Kevin Holloway as Chair) has completed their recommendations and Board approvals are being considered, with results to come.
  • The Rotary Carol Sing on behalf of Christmas Cheer Fund was very successful. Revenue figures are pending (Dave Silliman)
  • District requests for contribution suggestions were circulated by President Krysta.
  • Keep up efforts to support Rotary Radio Family Day!
 White Elephant Gift Exchange
Under the direction of Fellowship Chair Mike Nitz and elf-aid Albert Brulé, this was a blast! Lots of fun, laughs and surprising gifts were enjoyed by all (see screenshots of a few of them). Jim Madder seemed the most gobsmacked, and can we say pleased? by his secret Santa gift🤣.
The Rotary House Band Re-incarnated
Our annual Christmas party required an extraordinary effort at virtual carolling. Kevin Holloway was very much up to the task with new VIDEO PAD technology. He spliced together the voices and guitar accompaniment for Feliz Navidad and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (special thanks to Kevin, Bill Ulakovic and Doug Shanks (guitars and vocals), Daves Legge and Silliman (voice), and President Krysta (tambourines and smiles). Well done, team, and a big hand for countless hours of toil for Kevin. Watch ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
Watch ‘Felix Navidad’.
Happy Birthdays and Happy Dollars:
Brian Thompson was again in rare form with birthday greetings and humour giving us a whole new meaning to “Carols / Carol’s” at Christmastime.  He generated some funds for Dew Drop Inn with “Happy Dollars”. This was an opportunity for members/friends/family to thank their chums for a great job done in a precarious 2020.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all:
Be safe, be wise, considerate and loving...


Amanda Pacholczak,  a Grade 12 student at St. Ignatius High School, was awarded the $500 top prize in the Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest.   She applied the principles of the 4-Way Test in her essay titled “Vacationing Abroad: Ethical or Not”.   In addition to this top award, Pacholczak’s essay will be entered in the Rotary District 5580 Essay Competition for an opportunity to win another $1,100 USD.

In addition to Amanda Pacholczak’s first place prize, Veronica Pacholczak was awarded a $200 prize for second place, and Spencer Lenardon was awarded a $100 prize for third place.   All three prize winners are Grade 12 students at St. Ignatius High School.

Rotary is the world’s largest and oldest humanitarian service network.   There are four local Rotary clubs in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon area and a Thunder Bay Rotaract club.   Membership includes and welcomes individuals who are interested in serving their community and making a difference in our world.   Our clubs work to serve and financially support local and international initiatives with a primary focus on health, water and sanitation, literacy and education, community development and peace.

Rotary Clubs around the world offer this Essay Contest as an incentive to young people  to develop their skills of self-expression and as evidence of a sincere interest in the ideals of our youth.   All students in their final two years of high school are eligible to participate.

The essay can deal with any topic of the student’s choosing, but it must apply the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test:

   Is it the TRUTH?

   Is it FAIR to all concerned?


   Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Rotary 4-Way Test was first conceived in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression by a Chicago businessman who was faced with the challenge of saving a major company from bankruptcy.   Looking for a way to save the company, he sought a short yardstick of ethics that could be used.   Company personnel were asked to learn the test and to observe it as a guide to every aspect of business.   As a result, a climate of trust and goodwill gradually developed among dealers, customers and employees, and the 4-Way Test was credited with returning the company to a thriving status.

The 4-Way Test has inspired safe driving programs, crime and drug reduction activities, and has been the subject of countless secondary school essays.   The message has appeared on roadside billboards, bronze plaques and has been translated into more than 100 languages.

Amanda Pacholczak’s winning essay was chosen by a panel of judges from the four local Rotary Clubs and the local Rotaract Club.   Her essay is now being submitted to compete against essays coming from the remainder of the Rotary 5580 District , which includes North Dakota, Northern Minnesota, and Northwest Wisconsin.

For more information, please go to and the Social Media channels of the four local Rotary Clubs and Rotaract, or contact Cynthia Judge, Essay Contest Chair, President, Fort William Rotary Club.

Well done all essay writers!


Today’s meeting was hosted by Kevin Holloway with Bob Tomlinson and Mary-Anne Mackett co-hosting.
President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele acknowledged our place on 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty Lands, and welcomed 35 members on the Zoom platform. Guests included today’s speakers Jeff Gibson and  Ryleigh Dupuis as well as Linda Penner all of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Rotarian Bill Bartley of Canmore Alberta and Dr. Paul de Bakker.
Kevin Holloway shared an outstanding version of O Canada by The Tenors, formerly known as The Canadian Tenors. Truly uplifting!
Bill Green reported on the successful Salvation Army Kettle drive participation. Contact Salvation Army directly as they could use more volunteers in this last week.
David Silliman reported on the success of the wonderful Virtual Carol Night. Some 352 people tuned in and money was raised for the Christmas Cheer Fund.  Access the presentation on Vimeo at will; it will also be aired on Shaw Cable and on Rotary Radio Family Day! Terrific exposure. David noted Diana Hannaford-Wilcox’s dedication to the production of this event with many fine local musicians and personnel creating excellent content. Great work by musicians and well put together by Kevin Holloway! 
Mark Tilbury reported on the Global District Scholarship grant – who won it and how. A Masters student from Fargo, N Dakota will head to Edinburgh to her degree Occupational Therapy with  District and national funds of up to $50,000.
Warren Philp stepped in for Brian Walmark whose mother recently passed away to report on Rotary Radio Family Day ad sales: 15 of over 40 members have sold 300+ ads. We need more participation so we are exhorted to help tackle some 450 past prospects and our own immediate networks to seek support. Bill Everitt has tips on getting out there and challenged us all to even give $100 personally to support this effort.  Think of how much we have saved paring down all our typical social activities during the Pandemic… Good point, Bill!
Reminder: Re Volker & Sandi Culinary Adventures cooking demo this Wednesday at 7 pm: see Website for details.
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO)
Guest presenters Ryleigh Dupuis (GM and Executive Director) and Jeff Gibson (retiring Comptroller and former principal horn) were introduced by Mary-Anne Mackett. Their joint presentation was spirited, frank and encouraging. Covid-19 required a big shift from live to virtual performances and interestingly enough the virtual offerings meant not only significant local viewing but audiences from across Canada and as far away as Chile and Switzerland.  Our orchestra has the highest level of support from the community of any orchestra in Canada; other orchestras rely more on ticket sales and government support.  The Hilldale Church and Magnus theatre are strong partners as well.  Great to hear!
Rotarians were then privileged to view the premiere of an outstanding Christmas video ‘Imagine the Town of Bethlehem’ arranged by TBSO resident conductor Maria Fuller. Musicians played in the Hilldale Church and the choir sang in outdoor venues throughout the city.  Beautiful, inspiring, moving - it was all of those things. There was a lively Q&A before Mary-Anne Mackett thanked them both for their talk to our Club on relatively short notice.
Warren Philp made a pitch for happy dollars and members responded: shout-outs to the TBSO and Covid vaccine roll out getting started.
President Krysta reminded us tomorrow is the Holiday Event Cooking with Volker, next week is a social Zoom meeting with a White Elephant gift exchange and music. There is a break after that with no meeting on December 29th.
Upcoming events/reminders:
- Wed Dec 16th, 7 to 8 pm – NEW DATE Rotary Holiday Event Virtual Cooking Class "Adventures in Cooking with Volker and Friends" Volker Kromm and Sandi Krasowski will prepare a European Christmas dinner.  Cost $20, all proceeds to RFDA, recipes sent out after.
Fri Dec 18th NEW DATE to leave gifts on porch – for the Dec 22nd Holiday Meeting White Elephant Gift Exchange -  LAST CHANCE to join in -
- Dec 29th Meeting cancelled.
- PA Rotary CENTENNIAL - Its hard to believe that our club's 100 year anniversary is around the corner!  At this week's meeting Warren will tell us about a committee that is forming and will be looking for Rotarians to get involved.
Rotaract Holiday Drive - Our local Rotaractors are hosting a Gift Drive in support of Adult and Teen Challenge Thunder Bay.  Items can be dropped off until Dec 20th, 2020.  Details included on the attached photo. 
- Deck Your Biz - Thunder Bay Rotary Clubs and Rotaract are hosting "Deck Your Biz" a Festive Business Window decoration contest! We are asking local businesses to decorate their storefronts and submit a picture. The winning business window will win $1000 dollars to the charity of their choice. This also comes with bragging rights!  Details included on the attached photo.   
Radio Day Family Day -  2 weeks left before 2020 pricing ends!    Please email campaign Chair Brian Walmark if you have any questions   
President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 36 Rotarians and guests today. Guests included Bill and Jan Dickerson and their Dana who was our Guest Speaker, Paul DeBakker, Mal Balachandran and Mary Durward (Rotary District 5580 Youth Exchange lead from Minnesota).
Zoom Co-hosts: Warren Philp, Bob Tomlinson, Kevin Holloway. Thanks, Gents.
President Krysta commenced with a respectful land acknowledgement after O Canada was played – thanks Bob Tomlinson.
Kevin Holloway played the Dew Drop Inn video, a small masterpiece created by Kevin Holloway and a host of Rotarians showing how prep is done by our cheerful club members in the current Covid-19 environment with screens, PPE and “take out” style lunch. 
Kevin Holloway was M.C. of the show and our Fort Severn FN community member, Chief Paul Burke joined in as well as Past President Vonnie Cheng and Rotarian Brian Walmark and others.  Lots of fun!
Port Arthur Rotary has served at this site for 25 years.  Our Club is a well-oiled machine here with consistent good spirits.  Thanks go out to the large number who made this video possible.
Back in 2005-2006, Dana Dickerson was chosen by the District to be our Club’s Rotary Outbound Exchange Student to France.  Today she recapped “A Year in (not Provence) Romans” which was an exhilarating experience in three host homes in southeastern France in the foothills of the Alps.
Dana was introduced by a former and veteran Thunder Bay host parent for inbound students, Past President Warren Philp.  Rotarian Doug Shanks, another former host, provided a summary of our involvement in this program.  The first Rotary Exchange Intern in Rotary generally was in 1929.  Our Club’s first Exchange Student were in 1979 and it remains a vitally important program. These young people have been great ambassadors in promoting world peace and understanding, and Dana was and is great example.
President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 35 members and guests today. There was a highly-anticipated presentation by Georjann Morriseau, Chair of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (see picture). Guests included Mal Balachandran (Rotoract President), Dr. Paul DeBakker, Frank Daniele and David Richards (corporate member from Lakehead University).

Thank you Zoom hosts Bob Tomlinson, Mary-Anne Mackett and Kevin Holloway.

After our national anthem O Canada was played,  President Krysta acknowledged the Indigenous nature of the land we live and work on.


Georjann Morriseau
is the current Chair of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board and the well-known former Chief of the Fort William First Nation. She has an extensive and well-recognized background in aboriginal law, including policing, native justice and teaching. Georjann has worked with and consulted at all levels of federal, provincial and municipal government. She was eloquently introduced and later thanked by PA Rotary Past-President John Stephenson, who has had a long-time relationship through FORM Architects with Ms Morriseau.

Given her extraordinary schedule and responsibilities, she responded off the top, that "sleep is overrated these days," thanking our Club for the invitation and indicating that a brief overview concerning her role and the current situation in Thunder Bay was in order, followed by a more meaningful Question and Answer style interactive dialogue. Pretty soon, the Zoom "Chat Box" was overwhelmed with questions!


President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 33 members and guests (the latter including Roger Drcar of Lakehead Public Schools Student Success Teaching Department, Frank Daniele, Alyson MacKay of Lakehead University, Shelley Crawford (see below), and our special guest speaker John Mason).

Cohosts (with thanks today): Bob Tomlinson, Steve McCauley and Jim Madder. Tech lead again was Kevin Holloway.

O Canada and land acknowledgements by President Krysta were followed by:

A) Induction of new member to Port Arthur Rotary: Shelley Crawford

Shelley was introduced by proposer Mary-Anne Mackett, who outlined Shelley's long career in arts administration including consulting and teaching as well as fund raising and arts development in Canada and abroad. The "charge" was delivered by Past-President Brenda Winter who welcomed her with an overview of Rotary and its obligations and rewards and will act as her Mentor. President Krysta did a virtual "pinning" and the Club informally welcomed her with open arms.
Shelley thanked the members for their kind reception and looks forward to fellowship and service within this organization.


Former government geologist and current Project Manager for Mining Services with the Thunder Bay Community Development Commission John Mason ( provided a wide ranging overview of the many mining operations in play in northwestern Ontario. He mentioned included current producers and exploration companies and major highlights of many important mines. In all, they have a big impact on economic life in this huge geographical area of Northwest Ontario.

Photographs showing:  1. John Mason and associate going over mining maps.   2. Screen shot showing the significant scope of business inter-relationships at one business alone (Newmont Musselwhite) with 390 suppliers!   3. Overhead view at the mid tier New Gold Rainy River site.

AT OUR CLUB November 17, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele today (on Zoom) welcomed 30 members and guests (including Mal Balachandran, Shelley Crawford and former 5580 Assistant DG and PA Rotarian Maria Hudolin (in B.C).
 Co-hosts today were Kevin Holloway, Brian Walmark, Warren Philp and Krysta Logozzo Daniele
Krysta properly acknowledged the land we are living on.

Kevin Holloway played an invigorating O Canada from Toronto Raptor's Jurassic Park...enjoyed by all.

Our lead presentation today was on the subject of Rotary Radio Day (February 15, 2020-Family Day), by esteemed Chair Brian Walmark.

Brian's enthusiasm is palpable. His "Sales Pitches"are already generating some early returns and helpful messaging tips were provided.
The target sales milestones and many rewards were again mentioned.

 Some of the dedicated sales members such as Bill Everitt spoke on individual success strategies, based on a personal approach to prospects.
Albert Brulé, ED and CEO of Thunder Bay United Way has suggested a mechanism for the club to direct assignment of Rotary donated dollars to charities allowing for individual donor charitable tax receipts--stay tuned. Can this be worked into RRD?

Materials have been circulated and members are encouraged to contact Brian at Preferred payments are via e-transfer to Chris Bailey (Treasurer) at . Sellers should email scanned completed sales forms to


 Note: Members should (also) peruse President Krysta's fulsome communique of November 16th for a more fulsome overview of the club' s many activities

1. The Rotary Christmas Social this year (recall last year's rocking good time with Danny Johnson et al) will be different. It will be virtual with the Lakehead Rotary Club as lead.
On December 9, via Zoom, Adventures in Cooking will be presented with Chef Volker Kromm (Lakehead club and RFDA CEO) along with journalist Sandi Krasowski putting on a great culinary show. Tickets will ben $20 per attendee and charitable receipts available. 

2. The club Salvation Army Kettle service needs a few more sign ups. (Bill Green at

3. Dew Drop Inn Service is November 22 with 0930-1200 noon and 1230-1530h slots (contact D. Silliman)

4. The St. James Project is moving ahead slowly but surely. A partnership between the local kids and a school at Fort Severn FN is promising (thanks to Brian Walmark, Chief Paul Burke and Mary-Anne Mackett)

5. The Wellness Committee report involved some discussion on the scope and nuance involved in keeping our kin together in uncertain times, emphasizing many variations such as individual sensitivities and circumstances  (J.Dojack, D. Legge, K. Holloway). Covid times can exacerbate the issues.

6. The Allocation Committee structure and function was reviewed by Chair Kevin Holloway with a vision tba for this years cycle. Committee members will be coalescing soon.

7. Interesting meetings upcoming were outlined. The December 29 Rotary meeting will be cancelled...all can take a breather. December 22 is still on.

8. Certain members will be involved in video promos for the club (Warren Philp gave a fine demo today on the spot... WE are Rotary//WE are People of Action...thanks W.P.)
9. An update on the District grant process for the Wilderness Discovery Centre and channeling of pledges indicated a stay tuned approach.
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele chaired a very moving Remembrance Day Service meeting engineered by co-hosts Warren Philp, Mike NitzBob Tomlinson and with special thanks to Kevin Holloway and Jim Madder for organizing:

1. A moving video of Elgar's Nimrod (Enigma Variations) performed by an Irish string quartet.

2. A stirring O Canada performed by multiple Canadian Armed Forces Bands

3. The Last Post, Minute of Silence and Reveille

4. Port Arthur Rotarian M.O. Nelson, WW 2 Canadian Navy Veteran reading In Flanders Fields at the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Memorial to the 52nd NW Ontario Battalion Canadian Expedition (North Cumberland St)

3. A heartfelt and educational presentation by special guest Lt. Commander Nathanael Moulson, Commanding Officer, Canadian Naval Reserves headquartered at HMCS GRIFFON.( The presentation enlightened everyone on the scope and impact of the Griffon throughout it's history and strong partnership within the community.  See pictures of :LtC Moulson, the Griffon regiment of yore, the HMCS Port Arthur, and a modern reservist, part of the "Force Generation" Lt Camille Hamm (a NOSM med student). The club is very much indebted to LtC Moulson for this high energy overview of the HMCS Griffon and it's many important manifestations to life locally and all of Canada.


The meeting also discussed important club initiatives including stepping up to support the Salvation Army Kettle Drive Service (Steve McCauley and Bill Green), Rotary Radio Day (Brian Walmark) and "Happy Dollar" contributions for excellence (Bill Everitt)


President Krysta Logozzo Daniele chaired a meeting celebrating two important members of the Rotary family: celebrating the life of cherished former member Jim Mucklow and hearing from our remarkable former inbound Rotary Exchange student Nora Lorenz.
Co-hosts today: Bob Tomlinson and Mary-Anne Mackett (thanks folks).

Some 31 members and guests attended including Nora Lorenz, Jack Rigby, Past President of Chatham Kent Rotary and brother in law of Bill Everitt, Maria HudolinShelley Crawford and Rotoract President Mal Balachandran.

O Canada was sung virtually by a handful of Rotarians, taking over when Mary-Anne's “shared screen” got glitchy.  Krysta acknowledged the land we are living on.

A very touching tribute and minute of silence took centre stage in memory of our late, revered former Port Arthur Rotarian Jim Mucklow who died peacefully at home Wednesday October 28th. A detailed obituary was shared with Rotarians on line by President Krysta.

Jim was a 12 year veteran member who was instrumental in his love and support of the Rotary Youth Exchange program; chairing numerous committees and hosting 9 students over the years. Many of Jim's best moments were captured by dear friend Past-President Bob Tomlinson. There were many testimonials from fellow Rotarians. Jim will be deeply missed by our Club and our condolences go out to Cindy, their kids and family  

Another touching presentation was made from Berlin, Germany by the 2009-2010 Rotary Exchange Student to our Club Nora Lorenz.

Past President Doug Shanks and his wife Karen were her spiritual (host) parents and she became their German "daughter”. Doug took great pleasure in welcoming her back and thanking her today.

Nora at age 15 was an outstanding rep from her home north of Hamburg, Germany. She spoke eloquently on the exchange impact on her life: her skills developed rapidly and it gave her a head start on creating what is now a global network of associates and friends.

Nora needed three additional years beyond her stint here to graduate and went on to university in Gottingen, further schooling in Seoul South Korea, internship in Brussels and Copenhagen, a Masters in economic and educational policy at the Freie Universtat in Berlin, then to the UK at the London School of Economics (LSE) and finally to the UNESCO Institute for life-long learning in Literacy and Program Consulting / Policy.

Nora's slide show had highlights of her busy Canadian life in Thunder Bay. She made many friends and life long associations. Doug and Karen Shanks and their family are deeply appreciative and have continued this connection over the years – each travelling to see the other’s family at home and holiday locations. The club wishes Nora all the best going forward. The Club is keen to continue with this very important service to our global youth.


1. Salvation Army Kettle Service is upcoming (December 5 and 12) at 2 locations. Volunteer sign up sheet is available (Bill Green).

2.  Rotary face masks still available (Leslie Savitsky at the Econolodge)

3.  Rotary Carol Sing will be a virtual hour-long show this year, December 3 at 7 pm.  Fort William Rotary Club is partnering with us (David Silliman)


Doug Shanks was not done yet:  he opened the floor for a number of very happy dollar donations.
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 31 members and guests for an entertaining and fruitful meeting featuring presentations by our own Albert Brulé and Kevin Holloway.

Welcomed guests and new/old Rotarians included Bill Bartley (Rotary club - Canmore AB), Mal Balachandran (President Rotoract), Shelley Crawford and Mark Tilbury (LU corporate PA Rotarian ).

Cohosts were: Jim Madder, Steve McCauley (with thanks for O Canada and a great personal mug shot Steve), Bob Tomlinson and Kevin Holloway.

Krysta introduced our presenters after an appropriate land acknowledgement.


Albert Brulé is a fellow Port Arthur Rotarian and CEO of United Way Thunder Bay. His new initiative is a brilliant collaboration with PA Rotary, United Way Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay Community Foundation, the City of Thunder Bay and recent major donor Numont Musslewhite mine.

The goal:  Make quality face masks available to all vulnerable citizens of Thunder Bay who need them for protection against Covid-19

Phase 1 has been sanctioned by TB City Council and involves procurement and distribution of 75,000 masks for adults and 1300 for kids.  
Distribution network organizations on board include RFDA, Ontario Native Women's Association, Dew Drop Inn, Shelterhouse and others.  Rotarians are invited to support the cause.

Phase 2 is a long term commitment to distribute cloth masks of high quality to vulnerable people.  They will be sold for $14.99 apiece with 25 minimum allotments online, and this will cover one's own purchase and providing cloth masks free to vulnerable people.  Contact Albert for two local outlets for individual sales.  Albert detailed the various options including purchase and donations: a seriously practical and fun way to help those in need.

The club thanks Albert for his creative leadership in developing this program.


Past President Kevin Holloway has been scouring via the internet, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ROTARY, all around the world and voila!

Four excellent new programs (amongst hundreds) were outlined.  Some of these come from Kevin's snowbird club in SW Florida (Marco Island) 
Read about:

1. Women in Rotary :
    (a) Jennifer Jones (a Canadian nominated for Rotary RI president in 2022):  Jennifer Jones is making history as the first female president of Rotary International, nominated to serve in 2022-23, and she will be speaking to us live on October 30, 2020 at 1:00pm EST as part of the Infinite Possibilities: Women in Rotary series.  Anyone is welcome to participate.  Rotarians, invite your non-Rotarian friends to spend an hour of their day listening to one of the most brilliant and inspiring Rotarians you will ever come across.  Register with this link:

     (b) A virtual West Africa Project Fair:  The West Africa Projects Fair (WAPF) is an annual event that offers Rotary clubs in Western Africa  the opportunity to share their projects with Rotary members from across the world. International visitors meet project host clubs, learn about their community’s priorities, and explore partnership opportunities. Join us this year for the first Virtual West Africa Project Fair, 9-13 November 2020.

Register with this link:
2. Marco Island Rotary Christmas drive through parade

3. A virtual Rotary choir with international fellowship of musicians:  In early April, the fellowship decided to perform music together in a virtual choir. The Virtual Rotary World Choir, under the direction of John Ackenhusen, a musician who lives near Seattle, Washington, USA, now meets online every Saturday morning. Members receive rehearsal material in advance, and then converge via Zoom to listen to the accompaniment and sing their parts. We then email our voice memos to John, who uses digital audio and video work stations to put the four-part harmony pieces together so that they are synced perfectly.  If you are interested in joining in:

4. The Thunder Bay Rotary Peace Pole Polio Plus on FaceBook.

Plenty of creativity to pursue. Thanks Kevin!


Announcements and more:

1.Dew Drop Inn report (David Silliman): 347 people served on October 22, 2020.
2. Fall Clean Up (Steve McCauley): 9 Rotarians (and others in spirit) helped clean Cumberland St. with Eco-Superior friends.
3. St. James Literacy service (Mary-Anne Mackett). M-A reported on programming under review with principal Angelina Tassone: includes rather exciting and practical covid-friendly ideas like "pen pals" and Rotary guest speakers offering "life snippets".  Stay tuned.
4.World Polio day fundraiser at Nipigon Rotary club was successful
5. Rotary branded face masks now available at Dew Drop Inn and Econolodge (thanks to Leslie Savitsky)
6. Rotary Radio Day...this week (B. Walmark) gearing up: Homework is to draft your pitch to contacts.
7. And last but not least October Birthday celebrations and Happy Reports (Brian Thompson) always welcomed and enjoyed by all.
One extraordinary tribute to our Past-President Judi Turner was a big highlight.
Eight very hardy and enthusiastic Rotarians gathered at the Boulevard Lake parking lot Saturday morning to complete a cleanup of the park and Cumberland from Gibson Ave to Granville Ave.

Upon arrival, our target area appeared to be rather clean, however as we ventured out to do the work, a fair amount of litter was found.

Total bags gathered:

9 Garbage Bags
3 Recycling Bags
5 Shopping Carts
1 very pristine Soft Ball - found by Warren of course

We were fuelled with Tim’s Coffee and calorie-free doughnuts courtesy of Bruce Nelson…thank you Bruce.

The Team:

Krysta Logozzo-Daniele David Marler
Warren and Barb Philp Jim Madder
Mary-Anne Mackett Bruce Nelson
Steve McAuley
Brian Walmark - who was with us in spirit but a bit
under the weather Saturday AM.
At Our Club October 20, 2020
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele captained a fun meeting today highlighting two major serious club initiatives: The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus and the Kick Off to Rotary Radio Family Days 2020.  We also honoured several award recipients.  There was plenty of banter in the social half hour or more leading up to the formal start.

Our Zoom hosts were Kevin Holloway and Mary-Anne Mackett. Thirty-one members and guests attended.  We started with a rousing O Canada performed by Walk Off the Earth, talented multi instrumentalists (thanks to Mary-Anne if you liked it).

Acknowledgements and welcomes to guests Past Presidents Maria Hudolin and John Stewart, Rotoract President Mal Balachandran and Carolyn Oleksak. A special welcome to Past President Leslie Savitsky too!

Announcement Highlights:
1.  Dew Drop Inn service October 22: contact David Silliman to volunteer.
2.  Highway Cleanup with Eco Superior on October 25 10 AM to noon: contact Steve McCauley.
3.  World Polio Day October 24
4.  Nipigon Rotary Club Zoom celebration Oct 24
5.  Rotary brand face masks to club members coming soon.
AT OUR CLUB October 13, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 29 members and guests (the latter including Carolyn Oleksak, Shelley Crawford and our guest speaker Tim Heney) and thanked cohosts Warren Philp and Mike Nitz. 
Following welcoming remarks, O Canada and acknowledgements, Krysta reflected on the positive impact of the club on a number of city organizations we support such as the Dew Drop Inn, Salvation Army, United Way and the TB Community Foundation.

Members were reminded to tune in on Oct 24th regarding World Polio Day ( and November 5th for a District 5580 Virtual Summit (see Krysta's previous email).

Steve McCauley promoted "Spring into Fall" a partnership between the City and Eco-Superior: volunteers welcomed.

Host Doug Shanks provided an update on our Rotary exchange student of 2009-10 Nora Lorenz (Germany). Very positive

Bill Everitt gave a fulsome report on deliberations on the club "Happy Dollars" tradition (longstanding). The new paradigm promotes a positive recognition platform (and no longer fines for miscreants).  During Covid times, members are keen to express their gratitude by donating for positive news items of whatever ilk, all on an honour system.

Today's guest speaker: (returning on a very regular basis to our advantage) Tim Heney, CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority. Tim is pictured below

The Port Authority has become a great success story, with Thunder Bay enjoying status as the most strategic(full service) port in the world's largest inland  waterway.
 Mr Heney had a fine PowerPoint slide show describing the mechanics, the up to date figures (one such example among many  being 7,246,778 tonnes exported in 2019); the components (7 Grain elevators, 3 dry and 2 liquid bulk storage, 1 general cargo (Keefer), 1 shipyard/drydock and 1 cruise ship terminal). All have activity going on now.
This year has been the best overall in 27 years (grain is up 14% although coal and potash are down).
Modernization and infrastructure upgrades are proceeding and with the western wheat board elimination, improved grain movement here (with upgraded technology and a skilled work force to boot.)
 In summary the Port Auuthority is a major economic development mover in this area.

 The Q&A session was  lively.

 Chris Bailey warmly introduced and thanked Mr. Heney. He no doubt will be back in the future to our delight.

A link to the Authority website was kindly provided for further information by Krysta yesterday.
AT OUR CLUB October 6, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 29 members and guests including Shelley Crawford, Mal Balachandran (Rotoract President), Peter Burke (Fort Severn FN corporate member), Mark Tilbury (LU corporate member) and our guest speaker Bruce Morrison).

Co-hosts today were Bob Tomlinson and Mary-Anne Mackett (first for M-A!).  Thanks owed to Kevin Holloway for tireless Zoom training and mentoring (for some time now).

Krysta reflected on Thanksgiving - its meaning for Rotarians in particular - and encouraged us to reach out to our many adjuncts for Rotary Reconnect Week such as RYLArians and 4 Way Test writers of the past. This is also Economic and Community Development month in Rotary International.


Bruce Morrison (brother of our Past President Rod Morrison) is an international expert in nuclear power plant development, currently working out of Abu Dhabi, capital of United Arab Emirates.

AT OUR CLUB September 29, 2020

We had a well-attended virtual meeting ably hosted by Kevin Holloway and Brian Walmark.  Vonnie found some new Zoom tricks – see the Outtakes below.  The Anthem was our Indigenous / multi-lingual version with great slide show put together by Brian Walmark.

Our Guest Speaker today was Scott J. Bradley Executive Director of Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, introducedand thanked by Laurie Tulloch.


Scott previously worked for US Air Force Museum in Dayton,Ohio – a fabulous place to visit when you are next there, specializing in uniforms, firearms and munitions.  There are also aircraft of course. Laurie reminds us how museums bring history to life.

Scott has a BA and Master of Arts in history and puts his education and experience to great effect for the our Thunder Bay Museum which has restarted the fall lections series on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  Check out also the Thunder Bay Culture Days 25 September to 25 October with social engagement, webinars, pay what you events.  On October 24 there will be behind the scenes day video tours.  The fundraiser is the Classic Car Raffle, for those vying for a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Upcoming exhibits include a Wendell Beckwith Exhibit. Wendell attempted to live as a hermit but had many guests. His experiments, artifacts and film clips will be presented. 

Upcoming also is a John Bouchard Exhibit

The Thunder Bay Museum will have a new Vision, undergoing an exciting re-examining and re-imagining of the long term exhibits strategy and collecting plan, the partnerships (for example with Magnus, Tourism Thunder Bay etc.) andfundraising based on a multi-cultural, inclusive and diverse society.  Thunder Bay has evolved and changed and the Museum will be reflecting that.  

Volunteer, Membership and Legacy Club are available on-line or call the museum:

New Volunteer Website:

Membership Management:

Legacy Club:  https:/

The Museum had been closed for months and re-opened this summer.  Drop in visits and of course income went down.  Covid-19 has been a huge challenge and the work is underway looking at new opportunities. 

Questions include: how and when outreach to schools can resume. Internet access is not a sure thing for people visiting the museum, for schools or for kids at home.  

Volunteers have a role – pre-Covid-19 there were some 500 volunteers.  The museum couldn’t open without 25 showing up every day. Currently, volunteer opportunities are available for Maintenance, special events, docents, artifact card typing, newspaper scanning, booth attendance when in person eventsstart up again, for summer camps – and bingo if it ever starts up again!  

The question and answer topics led to discussion about local World War I and II veterans who made donations and ensuringinclusion of the Indigenous and women war participants in those exhibits.

Laurie Tulloch expressed our thanks for Scott Bradley’sinteresting overview.


Dew Drop Inn has a fundraiser:  order on line for Friday October 2, 2020 with fixings and dessert, all funds going to Dew Drop Inn. Order on-line at  

Main Course: St. Anthony’s signature meat loaf with mashed potatoes smothered in their made from scratch gravy (optional on the side) a seasonal medley of roasted root vegetables and a Bennett’s Bakery dinner roll.  Dessert: Little Doo’s Farm Blueberry Crisp made with TLC and local blueberries.

Please contact Krysta for making pledges in support of our grant application for the Wilderness Discovery by end of day today September 29, 2020.  Please send in your PLEDGE today – ask Jaro for details if there is any confusion.  You can make your donation later at the Rotary Foundation when the grant is approved and has a grant number - make sure you look for and mark in the proper place that you are a Canadian donor to get the proper tax receipt.

A lot of good work is being done by volunteers at the WDC and things are progressing well. 

Dew Drop Inn day organized by David Silliman saw a good day serving some 430 people – much more than in the past. The community is generous with food and Port Arthur Rotary bought some extra items as requested and suggested by the Dew Drop Inn.

Rotaract is doing a clothing collection – good clothes, new undergarments etc. or money to buy clothes at Value Village – for use by the Hospital for patients who need clothing items on discharge.

Christmas Parade is unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.  The CP Holiday Train is also cancelled.  The Parade of Lights may still be going ahead with some changed.  

September 30, 2020 is the annual Orange Shirt Day.  Please check FaceBook and our website for details.

Brian Thompson sent out Happy Birthday greetings for all the Rotarians who had their special day during the past few months - gift-wrapped in a funny tale and we shared Happy Dollar news.

Some 30 members and guests joined our meeting on line this week.  Our able technical hosts were Kevin Holloway and Bob Tomlinson.

We had a very special Rotary guest this week:  Rotary 5580 District Governor Bob McLean.  We would normally have an opportunity to meet the DG in person, but instead we welcomed him virtually from his home in Central Lakes Minnesota (  

We started our meeting with both the American and Canadian anthems to honour our guest and each other. O Canada was the lovely Indigenous version sung by First Nations Technical School in Winnipeg, Manitoba singing in Inuktituk, Michif, English, French and Ojibwa, with Brian Walmark’s PowerPoint. Beautifully done and becoming a Club favourite!

Our guests today included Gary Ferguson, the new Executive Director of Salvation Army

Mal Balachandran, Club President of Rotaract, our favourite BC member Maria Hudolin. 

We briefly acknowledged the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  Her long and illustrious career truly displayed the values that Rotary espouses.

The Virtual Peace Day was very well done yesterday.  Brian Walmark, Brenda Winter, Kevin Holloway, Jim Madder, David Silliman and Mal Balachandran were all thanked for all their efforts in making the virtual Peace day an amazing success.  Michael Gravelle, Patty Hajdu and Chief Peter Collins were among the many illustrious guests. 

Announcements included that our planned Wilderness Discovery Centre in site meeting will have to be delayed to next Spring.  Instead, next week’s meeting will include our Guest Speaker  Scott Bradley, of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. 

Roly Turner introduced our Guest Speaker Rotary 5580 District Governor Bob McLean who hails from “The little Club that does”.  He has been very active in all levels of Rotary and volunteered also in other roles. He is one of the founders of Resilient Living Campus, an advocate of vibrant communities and lifelong learning.  The good ship 5580 is does well with him at the helm!

Bob McLean congratulated our group, having joined in on the directors’ meeting before the general meeting.  He also praised the current Rotary International President Holger Knaak and his wife as the epitome of positivity. Rotary is our passion, not our job. We are at a major crossroad across the world.  We have four major Priorities at the moment:

#1:  How do we expand rotary:  who is not around the table? What are the areas of need and purpose which are not being addressed? 

#2: Visioning project:  Where are we going to be in the future?  Our club is well on its way having already done its Visioning exercise, rare among the District 5580 Clubs  – kudos!

#3 – Ending polio:  WHO recognized Rotary for its tireless efforts helping the African continent become free of wild polio.  Last month started up immunizations again.  Much success!

#4 – “M&M”s:  Making membership meaningful and memorable.  Keep putting the Fun in Fundraising. There are no Rotary cops.  Give things a try.  Be as creative as you want. 

Why did you join rotary?  Most often it was because “I was asked. I was invited.” 

Why have you stayed? Often it is because the people in our club are warm and inclusive and doing good works.  Bob McLean spoke about the passion many fellow Rotarians have for what we do. Truly:  “Individually we can do little, together we can move mountains.”  It is a worldwide fellowship with the club as the most important component. Rotary is In 220 countries, 35,000 clubs. The most important element is the engaged Rotarian. 

Mission Statements of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are similar.  The Rotary Foundation is ranked the top charity in the world for transparency and effective use of funds.

Rotary’s new Vision Statement is: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.” He encouraged us to go on one of the international conventions, well worth attending.  As the Founder of Rotary Paul Harris said, “If Rotary is to realize its proper destiny, it must be evolutionary at all times, and revolutionary on occasions.” 

At its core, Rotary is about peace-building, health, water, maternal health, literacy, numeracy. 

October 24th is World Polio Day.  Can we build awareness and funds and have fun doing it?

Bob ended with a thought for the last weekend in April, 2021, our next District Conference to be held in Bemidji, MN April 29 to May 1, 2021

Bob McLean was thanked by President Elect Jim Madder for his fantastic presentation today and his wise words during the Peace Day ceremony yesterday.

AT OUR CLUB September 15, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 28 members and guests today (including Charles Cirtwill our speaker, Mal B our Rotoract President, Gary Ferguson,  E.D. at Salvation Army and Shelley Crawford).
 Thanks are in order to hosts Warren Philp and Jim Madder.

Krysta and WDC Board member (PA Rotary ) Brenda Winter delivered a fine reflection on the Wilderness Discovery Camp; it's history, it's current extraordinary reincarnation and the very successful outcome of provision of a high quality recreational retreat for mobility challenged people on Lake Shebandowan. Key individuals {Bob Tomlinson, Dave Silliman amongst others|} and were duly thanked for their tireless effort. Details of ongoing budgeting for the final touches include roofing and handicapped ramp replacement (from the camp level down to the beach). A number of excellent donations, fundraisers and Rotary and government grants are in the offing. The Camp has obtained charitable status and donations are welcomed. An offsite meeting for the club is tentatively scheduled for September 26th. The other partners included are also celebrating (HAGI, Kinsmen and others).

Oh Canada was again performed by the indigenous student group from Winnipeg and suitable acknowledgements made.


1. Wilderness Discovery events..see above.
2. Rotary (virtual) Peace Day Monday September 28th at 5 pm.
3. Thunder Bay Anti-racism/Inclusion Accord is being presented (Jim Madder/Charla Robinson)
4.Dew Drop Inn service opportunity: September 24th (4-5 in a.m. and similar for serving in afternoon (Dave Silliman)
5. Rotaract club (Mal B reporting) held first meeting: 5-10 new members. Mask project has commenced- mask sewers requested
6 Hearty congrats to Mike Nitz: recent engagement to Stephanie Ash in Niagara on the Lake



Charles Cirtwill returned today (a previous speaker and PA Rotarian) to update us on COVID 19 and Our Community.

 Charles is the Founding President and CEO of the Northern Policy Institute (NIP:

NIP interacts with all 780,000 citizens in the huge northern Ontario area covering 13 zones, 144 municipalities and spread out over 807,000 km 2.
 Charles has obviously travelled extensively but is now based in Thunder Bay. NIP interacts with northerners offering evidence based discussion and possible solutions to answer "what we need" (NIP does not create is a think tank).

Charles presentation is comprehensive and highly instructive as to where we stand vis a vis our economy, the differential effects bad and sometimes good on the various sectors, and where improvements are (often sorely )needed : an example, there is a significant ITC gap in this region holding back progress, and there are many outlying areas deficient in resources for people such as income tax filing, long term care and day care for kids. See the complete talk with the accompanying link. Click for Presentation

The presentation was very well received and Charles responded well to his audience questions

President-elect Jim Madder introduced Charles and also had "the last word" in thanking him (x 3).

 Thanks for your return visit Charles and best of luck educating our comrades here in the north.
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 29 members and guests today, including our speakers, Mal B (Rotoract President), Past President John Stewart and Shelley Crawford.   Kind hosts, with thanks, today were Bob Tomlinson and Kevin Holloway.

Today's O Canada featured a fine community youth orchestra and President Krysta reflected on the myriad challenges we continue to face during these very fluid pandemic times. Despite same, Rotary continues its good service work (many club activities cited).

Summary of Announcements/Business (contact individuals or websites):

TB Chamber of Commerce: Live meeting with Minister Hajdu Sept 9; Amazing Place Treasure Hunt-Sept 10

United Way of TB (Albert Brulé): No Show Gala Sept 17th.  On-line donations replace material gifting.

Terry Fox Run (Lakehead Rotary club) Sunday September 20, 2020.

Hike for Hospice Northwest Sept 13 (contact or even join Jaro Kotalik).

Dew Drop Inn Service (D Silliman) Sept 24

Kishore Sakhrani-has 2 backpacks for suitable recipient (Contact Kishore)

Wilderness Discovery..ongoing hands-on work still available and fun!! (Bob Tomlinson)


Guest Presentation:

Matthew Villella a Distinguished Toastmaster) on Toastmasters International 
(including 6 local clubs) and the new partnership with like-minded Rotary International. Co-presenting with Matt was Area 1 Director of the TB clubs Yvonne Roussel, and Toastmaster in the Nanabijou club Rami El-Mawed (all are pictured below).

Toastmasters number 358,000 in 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Started in 1924, (, there are numerous "common ground" parallels with Rotary in service with an emphasis on individual professional development, good ethics and fostering skills and self-confidence in public speaking.

"Rotarians have great stories to tell.
Toastmasters know how to tell them"

Toastmasters is an inexpensive organization to join and make new connections and develop skills within a sympathetic and caring group. 
Local clubs are commencing a "speechcraft " course on September 29th for 10 weeks (virtual). No holds barred. Rotarians are welcome and some have already signed on. Matt can be contacted anytime ( 

Of major note Toastmasters International has partnered with Rotary International...many common goals and a global impact.

Dave Legge introduced and thanked Matt, Rami and Yvonne. This is important service being provided to many people interested in self-improvement.

We welcome their continued partnership, even membership in our club. The international and local club websites are all easily accessible for fine detail, including sign up.

The Q&A period featured a delightful vignette from Bill Everitt and his experience with Toastmasters in New Zealand years ago.
AT OUR CLUB September 1, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 31 members and guests (the latter including our speaker, also Mal B (Rotaract President) and Shelley Crawford)

Suitable acknowledgements and Oh Canada were rendered, and President Krysta reflected on the September Rotary International theme of Education and Literacy, a key focus of PA Rotary. A video from RI complemented this message. This is a most different "academic year" (Krysta).

Kendall Williams, Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, provided a fine "report card." on the amazing work being done on behalf of support (in all facets)of young business entrepreneurs in this area (now expanded to an office in Kenora as well as in Thunder Bay).

NOIC is a vital Not for Profit economic development organization to support entrepreneurship (whether small, medium or start-up businesses).

The Focus is" Ideas, People, Innovation."
The presentation covered all aspects of the organization (embraced by many members personally..including Jim Madder, past president of Confederation College: the physical  hub for NOIC, and who introduced Kendall).

We heard about the mechanisms available for supporting these young businesses, the funding, staff involvement and special interest for example in youth development (eg the intensive 3 month costarter program, and youth oriented BizKids and Tech Kids "camps/placements).
Kendall highlighted a number of exemplar success stories including: BORDER GIANT ( a software program for expediting import/exports at the border); LYNAC Tile and Equipment lifters) ; URIDE ride sharing app); ASM Innovations (greenhouse shipping..visit Roots to Harvest); Radialis imaging for breast cancer): all noble enterprises.

Past President of NOIC Board of Directors Mike Nitz, thanked Kendall eloquently..he visions another Jeff Bezos emerging!!

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 32 members and guests today; including our 3 presenters (see below), Mal (president of Rotoract) and Gary Ferguson, new ED of the Salvation Army.
Co-hosts today: Warren Philp and Mike Nitz: tech lead Kevin Holloway: thanks gents.

O Canada was played today by a consortium of Canadian military bands.

President Krysta paid appropriate acknowledements and reflected on this Rotary Membership and Extension month, accompanied by a video from the Chicago Rotary Club extolling international Rotary...(welcoming new recruits of course).

President-elect Jim Madder introduced 3 important contributors to the Thunder Bay integration scene, from the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA): Anita Parks, (NWO Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator) and colleagues Anita Muggeridge and Nicole Croes: employment counsellor and "newcomer-partner matchmaker" respectively. See head shot images.

Left to right:  Stacey Parks, NWO Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator, Anita Muggeridge, Employment Counsellor and Nicole Croes, "newcomer-partner matchmaker"

The meeting closed in excellent time following a few congratulatory Happy Dollar contributions.
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele chaired a business meeting today, featuring a fulsome report on the club Visioning Exercise, aka Strategic Plan for the next 3 years.

27 members attended and the tech boys John Stevenson and Kevin Holloway ensured a faultless transmission. Thanks gents.

Following the welcomes (including to former club President now a member of Lake Country Rotary in the Okanagan, BC Maria Hudolin) and O Canada (introduced again by Brian Walmark involving students from Winnipeg both indigenous and non), we had a most relevant reflection by Krysta on taking care of one's mental health during Covid-19. The key is happiness  as a function of good relationships/social connectedness and the quality therein. Reducing loneliness is a key ingredient.
"Auntie" Maria Hudolin linked us to a fine TED talk on this very subject, well worth watching:

VISIONING 2020 for the Port Arthur Rotary Club summarized results from the District and in-house deliberations re the next 3 years...where will we be then and by what route?
Four major priorities, each with goals, made this a succinct and cogent exercise for members to digest and ponder on. President Krysta is looking for a "clear path." forward. The challenges are there, we need the commitment to fulfill them. Our members will receive the full presentation for their review and input. 

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The sad truth about altruism is that there aren’t enough altruists

The people who fill the truly essential roles in society are often in short supply

History: Rotary in Spain survives challenges

After successfully establishing a presence in Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary expanded its reach to mainland Europe with the chartering of a club in Madrid, Spain, on New Year’s Day 1921.