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Port Arthur Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet 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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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 www.parotary.com  for more information or email parotary@tbaytel.net 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.
 
 
AT OUR CLUB NOVEMBER 24, 2020

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.

B) GUEST PRESENTATION

Former government geologist and current Project Manager for Mining Services with the Thunder Bay Community Development Commission John Mason (http://www.thunderbay.ca/cedc.htm) 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 bwalmark@tbaytel.net. Preferred payments are via e-transfer to Chris Bailey (Treasurer) at parotarytreasurer@gmail.com . Sellers should email scanned completed sales forms to portarotary@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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 bgreen@tbaytel.net)

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.(nathanael.moulson@forces.gc.ca). 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.

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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)

 
AT OUR CLUB NOVEMBER 3, 2020

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.

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ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

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)

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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.

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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.

It is entitled FACING FORWARD--MASKS ON FOR EVERYONE
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.

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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:
https://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/Register/index.cfm?EventID=77504746&NoCaptcha

     (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:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cf1OMgKXSxyh6Wo_mA568w
 
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:  https://www.ifrm.org/

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

Plenty of creativity to pursue. Thanks Kevin!

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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 (endpolio.org) 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.)
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 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.

GUEST PRESENTATION

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:  https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com/volunteer-opportunities/

Membership Management:  https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com/memberships/

Legacy Club:  https:/www.thunderbaymuseum.com/legacy-giving.

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.

Announcements:

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 https://uwaytbay.ca/event/takemehomedinner/  

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 (https://centrallakesrotary.club/).  

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.

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

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

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GUEST PRESENTATION

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: northernpolicy.ca).

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 policy..it 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)

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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, (www.toastmastwers.org), 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 (mvillel@lakeheadu.ca). 

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).
https://www.nwoinnovation.ca

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).
http://lynac.com/
Kendall highlighted a number of exemplar success stories including: BORDER GIANT https://sites.google.com/bordergiant.com/border-giant-inc/ ( a software program for expediting import/exports at the border); LYNAC Tile and Equipment http://lynac.com/(tile lifters) ; URIDE https://uridetech.com/thunder-bay/(a ride sharing app); ASM Innovations http://www.asminnovations.ca/ (greenhouse shipping..visit Roots to Harvest); Radialis https://rezniklab.lakeheadu.ca/low-dose-positron-emission-mammography/(medical 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!!

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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:
https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?language=en

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. 

 
 
AT OUR CLUB August 11.2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 30 members today and the expertise of co-hosts and tech leads Bob Tomlinson, Steve McCauley and Kevin Holloway made for a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

Following welcomes and acknowledgements, Brian Walmark played a unique Oh Canada performed by a FN school troupe from Winnipeg (Ojibwa-Cree and Métis performers)..see pic.

A moment of silence and testimonial to the recent August 9th passing of former District Governor and club member Paula Timmins was handled by Krysta.

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The feature presentation today was a superb interview gleaned from the TVO Agenda show with host Steve Paiken interviewing Nick Paul, of Community Food Centres of Canada. This video was recommended to us by our  previous speaker Erin Beagle (Roots to Harvest).
 Full video is available at: tvo.org/video/poverty-food-and-covid-19.

The poignant message is something our club wishes to tap in to as a service project.

There is a shocking food insecurity issue affecting 14% of Canadians (4.5 million). Inequality from poverty is the key underlying issue. The point driven home today by Mr. Paul is that "emergency supports" by government and private donations, albeit helpful, are still insufficient to correct the problem. "Food alone will not solve hunger."

Policy and monumental change in our society aimed at connecting peoples in need is the answer. Poverty management from financial security and housing is paramount.

The interview included discussion on how the economy needs to pay workers better, sharing and not hoarding, improving housing and other co-factors in the big inequality equation.

This is a most worthwhile 15 minute viewing. Thanks to President-elect Jim Madder for organizing this.

ANNOUNCEMENTS-Highlights
  1. Fellowship luncheon this coming Friday at 12 noon (Daytonas). Contact Mike Nitz.
  2. Survey on line request re interest in off-site meeting at Wilderness Discovery (W.D.) Camp (Shebandowan) late September (26th or 29th)
  3. Wilderness Discovery report..Bob Tomlinson and others are wiring the new bunkie building..next job Wednesday Aug 12th..contact Bob.
  4. Fort William club (President Cynthia Judge)is inviting all TB Rotary club members out to W.D. 26th of August at 6 pm (contact Bob Tomlinson)
  5. District 5580 Training Lead Committee upcoming (contact Krysta Logozzo Daniele)
  6. Next week will be a business oriented meeting

President Krysta delivered a fun Rotary Trivia Quiz with 10 historical memory joggers.
 The club enjoyed plenty of camaraderie before and at the end of this meeting including" happy dollars"


 
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 25 members and guests today. Co-hosts were: John Stevenson,Bob Tomlinson and Mike Nitz (thanks gentlemen).

President Krysta led with Oh Canada, acknowledgements, and her reflection on the meaningful work being done by Rotary in the awareness campaign and followup re (July 30th)-World Day Against (Human) Trafficking. Members will recall presentations in our recent past from Krysta and Chris Carlson on the topic.

Special guest presentation today was on "The Facilitator's Perspective-Camp RYLA in District 5580) by Matti Pelland, Chair Facilitator for the district and member of the the Bemidji noon Rotary club. 
 She was introduced by president Krysta and thanked by Past-president Brenda Winter, a staunch supporter of RYLA. 
The club is indebted to Matti for her dedication to RYLA. She has been with us also in the past.

Matti's slick presentation covered all the elements, past, present and even future of this remarkable youth leadership camp,started in 1992 in Crookston MN. Over that period, 3,114 campers have strengthened their leadership potential and emerged as bone-fide leaders of the future. Many Rotarian volunteers (261) have participated. Port Arthur Rotary club has been a longstanding supporter and our returning grads have been all exceptionally grateful for the opportunity.

 Matti is pictured along with a slide from her fine Power-Point slide show.

Full details are available for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) at http://district5580ryla.org/ or ryla5580@gmail.com.


Business and Announcement Highlights
 
  1. Krysta commented on the Rotary webinar site (with thanks to Kevin Holloway) that yielded a documentary on the first female Rotary club president Dr. Sylvia Whitlock , in 1982.
  2. Our Port Arthur club won a district award for total annual Rotary Foundation giving in 2019/20.
  3. The Rotary Exchange Student video (with Leo Pernia)  was hailed as inspirational.
  4. The club voted unanimously to sign on to the Thunder Bay Anti-Racism and Inclusion Accord. We will present these findings to the other local Rotary clubs (Canada Club), and beyond the City of Thunder Bay (thanks to Jim Madder)
  5. . Fellowship Chair Mike Nitz is pleased with his survey results. Our first patio outing will be on Friday August 14th for lunch (details..contact our website).
  6. Several members donated friendly dollars celebrating family/personal accomplishments...congrats all.
President-elect Jim Madder chaired today's meeting and also introduced and thanked his long-standing colleague and friend and our guest speaker Ian Howcroft from Orillia who joined us by Zoom.
Shown here are President-elect PA Rotary Jim Madder and Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario.
 
29 attendees enjoyed a fine meeting.

Thanks go out to our co-hosts Kevin Holloway and John Stevenson.
 
Kevin commenced by projecting a fine Oh Canada performed by a number of Canadian Armed Forces military bands. Thanks Kevin.

Jim Madder acknowledged our presence on First Nation territory and reflected on today being "Great Upheaval Day", the Acadian expulsions in Maritime Canada and how this relates to the upheaval from our current viral pandemic. He asked people to reach out to all, including the introverts in the social spectrum.

Announcement Highlights:
  1. Member M.O. Nelson celebrated his 99th birthday July 23rd...outstanding achievement MO!
  2. The Field of Greens received a matching District Grant of $5000, bringing the donation to $10,000.
  3. Wilderness Discovery Camp at Lake Shebandowan is fully booked and thriving
  4. Canada Club recently met and is working on a Rotoract proposal for a highway clean-up; Peace Day planning at the waterfront September 21st; the Anti-Racism Inclusion Accord response from our club to the City of Thunder Bay; Santa Claus Parade planning (uncertainty re go-ahead there); the 4 Way Essay Contest will be repeated after a very successful 2019 session.
  5. Dew Drop Inn report (D. Silliman) - 350 meals prepared.
  6. A fellowship Survey upcoming (how to proceed in this era .. Mike Nitz).
  7. Arpad Zolyomi is nearing home in Romania finally (M. Diegel)
  8. The first Rotary female president to address "Women in Rotary" this Friday (contact K. Holloway how to sign up)
  9. Jim Madder with upcoming meeting highlight speakers
  10. Past-President John Stephenson joyfully announced his upcoming marriage. Wonderful news, John!
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Today, Rotarian Ian Howcroft (ihowcroft@skillsontario.com) addressed us on SKILLS ONTARIO-Leaders in Inspiring Ontario's Future Workforce.

Ian is the CEO of this 30 year old initiative that started in Barrie Ontario and has achieved great success and is now national (SKILLS CANADA).  One very successful tool employed since the inception is "competitions"..to which young people flock and get excited such as the Cardboard Boat competition.

In essence this organization encourages young people and their parents to consider entering the skilled trades and technologies.  The “why” is evident: there are major skills gaps which employers need filled, youth experience high unemployment and both sides need to meet.

The mantra is the 3 C's: Cooperation, Coordination and Collaboration
 
The presentation was inspiring and for many an awakening of sorts to this invaluable resource. All aspects were covered.

The PowerPoint details provided by Ian are outlined in the attachment:

As expected, a relevant Q&A followed.

See www.skillsontario.com for more information.

The club is indebted to Ian for this fine presentation. Jim Madder thanked him on our behalf.

We wish you much success, Ian, in the Covid era, where SKILLS ONTARIO is deftly adjusting in the new virtual learning world.
 
AT OUR CLUB JULY 21, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 37 guests today, including Mary Durwand (5580 District Outbound Exchange Student Coordinator), Mal Balachandran (2020 Rotaract president),Dr. Yolibeth Meijias de Pernia, Dr. Juan Pernia, Carlos and Juan Jr Pernia (family of our guest speaker) and from Slovakia, Magda Forrova (host mom of our featured speaker). 

Co-hosts (with thanks today): Kevin Holloway and Warren Philp.

Oh Canada to commence.

President Krysta warmly welcomed all, acknowledged the land we live on and reflected on her improved viewpoint of life and service during difficult pandemic times.

FEATURE PRESENTATION

Yes, our guest speaker was Leo Pernia, of Thunder Bay (St. Ignatius HS grad, originally from Tampa Bay) and returned Rotary Exchange student from Slovakia. His whole family have been strong Rotary partners.


Leo was introduced and thanked (both very eloquently) by Mat Diegel and John Stephenson, respectively.
 
 His presentation, from afar, included a very fine Powerpoint slide show. His address was first class and well organized.
 It was nicely divided into sections:

1. About Slovakia and his home base in Bratislava:
capital (pop 450,000) and well situated near Austria and Hungary on the Danube river (of note::he was able to visit classic cities like Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest and Vienna. The slides showed a lovely virtual tour of the countryside, cities, architecture, food, customs and more.

2.His Exchange District in Slovakia (2240) :
details about Rotary there and his wonderful host mother Magda Forrova (who was on Zoom here today)

3. His Activities and Adventures:
including exploring Europe from a central hub (see above), soccer, friends and more.

The Q & A explored varied area like: his happy decision to switch from Croatia to Slovakia; Canadians in the district; the difficult language obstacles; soccer at a high level; Rotary volunteering and his future plans.

All in all, a very professional presentation by a fine student ambassador. The audience were impressed. Thanks again Leo and family!

ANNOUNCEMENTS and BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

1. Recent media release re: PA Rotary club allocations (over $17,000) See website for details on the worthy recipients
2. Board decision re meeting venue..on hold due to fluid Covid situation til September
3. TB Anti-Racism Accord. Members will receive info and chance to weigh in.
4. Visioning/Strategic Planning exercise will be developing a master plan.
5. Canada Club meeting this week
6.Wilderness Discovery Camp.. a fulsome report (Brenda Winter). It is up and running. Budgeting is stable but more fundraising essential. Thanks to the Tomlinsons, John Stephenson, Chris Bailey, David Marler and others for recent volunteer work there.
7. Dew Drop Inn (D.Silliman) gearing up for this Thursday 23rd (0930-1230hr)
8.( Mal Balachandran) on Rotaract project making face coverings..great work!

Stay tuned for another highlight reel next Tuesday
 AT OUR CLUB JULY 14, 2020


President Krysta Logozzo Daniele chaired a very successful meeting with 34 members attending, and co-hosted again by John Stevenson, Kevin Holloway and Bob Tomlinson. Of particular note, we again welcomed several members of our new Lakehead University community membership group: Dr. David Richards, Kathryn Davidson and Mark Tilbury.
A dynamic new multi-band rendition of Oh Canada  was followed by Krysta's welcoming remarks and acknowledgements.
 Additionally, she played a nice Rotary testimonial by 2015-16 RI president  K.V. Ravinder (Sri Lanka)
 Emily Lauzon


Our guest speaker today was Emily Lauzon, head of the Community Economic Development Corporation  (CEDC-www.thunderbay.ca/en/CEDC) 
 initiative entitled the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot  ( RNIP: www.,gotothunderbay.ca>immigration.about-rnip>employers).
 Emily is pictured above as well.

RNIP, a 3 year pilot project, was inaugurated in  2019 and is one of 5 such federal immigration screens (for employment) in northern Ontario. It is modelled after a similar mechanism in Atlantic Canada (AIP), although the latter differs in that it is employer driven as opposed to community driven here (RNIP).

Emily's Power Point commenced with "Why"...the answers lie in the demographics in this area: ageing population, low birth rate, exodus of some young workers, and essentially unmet labour needs. We must encourage immigrants, properly vetted (a panel is formed), to keep our economy afloat in many ways.
Emily provided the data and mechanism on how the program works. 
To date there are 25 engaged employers, 100 recommendations available, and 17 positions filled. The idea is to welcome them, and encourage them to stay in these environs.

More details are available on the website.

A very healthy Q & A period covered topics such as: how to keep valued international students here; priority vocations recommended - a spectrum from engineering to technologists to health care and retail services; empowering employers; Covid 19 impact; dealing with potential push back, even hostility; non applicability to landed immigrants; comparison with other Ontario sites (not easy, with numerous confounding variables);and how can Thunder Bay Rotary clubs get involved?(networking skills a big plus).

Jim Madder both introduced and thanked Emily for her fine presentation. Thank you Emily. Thank you Jim!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.A moment of silence and tribute was made for the death of well known Fort William Rotarian and community advocate Bruce Nugent

2. Dew Drop Inn will recruit 8  volunteers for the July 23 session (D. Silliman)

3. Minister Patty Hajdu our Thunder Bay - Superior North MP is holding a virtual Town Hall this Thurs July 16th from 6 to 730pm.

4. Art Warwick personally hand delivered (at home no less) the recipients of the Rotary Citizenship Awards for this year (see listing below). Of note President Krysta received a fine thank note from Sarah Tribe (Hammerskjold CI ) for her watch. The club is pleased to support and honour our youth leadership
ROTARY CITIZENSHIP AWARDS 2020
SUPERIOR- FEMALE     Sara Plummer
                     MALE          Junny Sung
LA VERENDYRE- FEMALE     Mariane Trottier
                              MALE         Eric Vanska
ST. IGNATIUS- FEMALE      Lily Sutton
                           MALE          Adam La Froy
HAMMARSKJOLD- FEMALE     Sarah Tribe
                                   MALE         Aaron Hodgson

5. Upcoming club programming announced. President Krysta spoke of the conundrum to be worked out with respect to venue for meeting/meal resumption with anticipated gradual pandemic re-opening ("mask wearing re-emphasized strongly!)
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele kicked off the new Rotary season with a fine introduction, and welcome to all including our distinguished speaker Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce (chamber@tbchamber.ca).

Co-hosts working the virtual magic were: Kevin Holloway and John Stephenson, and 31 members tuned in.

Following Krysta's strong opening remarks, acknowledgements and warm welcome to all, there was a video  O Canada and then a fine video by the new (2020-21) Rotary International President Holger Knaack extolling his vision of a wish list for world Rotarians for his year..this includes, growth, involvement, improvement, project development; in fact almost "everything".

President Krysta's highlight announcements:



1. As above, her initial personal vision for a strong and committed PA Rotary year.

2. The Club Visioning exercise including a 3-year strategic plan. A recap will be available at the July 28 meeting.

3. District 5580 matching grant application in for $5000 to be applied to the Salvation Army Field of Greens.

4. Club fundraising: Rotary Radio Day adjustments and brainstorming a new fund-raising initiative is happening.

5. The new District Governor is Robert (Bob) McLean, and Assistant DG is Dan Brown (Nipigon Rotary Club)

6. The Club again will work the Dew Drop Inn July 23rd.

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President-elect Jim Madder introduced and thanked later our fine guest speaker today, Charla Robinson (see above). Jim made clear the exceptional resume and work ethic of Charla in this community.

Her main areas of focus were:

1. The Anti-Racism and Inclusion Accord which can be found at http://tbchamber.ca/advocacy/anti-racism-accord and
2. Covid-19 Now: Guidance and Resources for Business, the Chamber's approach to help pandemic affected business found at http://tbchamber.ca/covid19

Both of these initiatives were covered in detail with the help of a PowePoint slide show.

The details are available at the Chamber website at http://tbchamber.ca

Re the Anti-Racism Accord, the Resource Guide is now available. Re Covid and business there is extensive data on the local impact which is quite severe in terms of business revenue losses and lost employment. Charla acknowledged the essential and successful application of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy in keeping many businesses afloat (58% uptake).

Members engaged fully in the Q and A period, actively encouraged by Charla.  Topics included: explanation of the Wake the Giant program embracing indigenous students; port shipping (a big uptake in business is a highlight); the Chamber approach to the minimum wage proposal (the prior 29% boost with insufficient lead time was seen to be untenable but a universal basic income is supported by the Chamber; recognition and support for non-profits (positive relationship); opportunities for immigrant employment (huge); Chamber prognostication for the future "reopening": we must accept the new normal including face mask protection, and clarity and consistency in messaging  is paramount.

This was an auspicious first Rotary meeting for the new year. Well done Krysta and members. A most appropriate testimonial was provided by Past-President Rod Morrison.
A bittersweet final day as President for Rod Morrison- he proved again a consummate leader in handling the agenda, appropriately thanking many colleagues and passing the baton to incoming President Krysta Logozzo Daniele.

32 Rotarians were on hand to congratulate Rod on an exceptional year and welcome President Krysta.

Bob Tomlinson was lead host with a littler help from his friend, Past-President Kevin Holloway. All attending proudly wore Rotary togs of one sort or another (many in the Rotary toque on a summer day).

There was a lengthy list of speakers, all in unique Rotary points in their Service lives:

1. Rod honoured Lori Mitchell, outgoing ED at Salvation Army for her 5 years of excellence at the helm there. She moves on to be area commander for 22 "ministries" in the Toronto GTA as well as some northern locales. Lori graciously thanked everyone for their support and this was reciprocated.

2. Rod thanked all his Committee Chairs for yeoman service over the year..indeed as we all know, exceedingly challenging considering the pandemic.
Rod once again showed his skill as an interpreter of service with his farewell reflection. The many positive achievements of the club were reviewed in considerable detail (see below).

3. Following consultation, Rod made the announcement of our club (dual) ROTARIANS OF THE YEAR: Chris Bailey and Warren Philp.

Chris has had a very strong hand as co-treasurer (along with Leslie Savitsky) including great skill at professional advice on money matters, compelling preparation and communication in all the same. Hearty congrats to Chris (pictured),

Past-President Warren  was described by Rod as a multiple driver in many club activities and a major public face in the community representing Rotary.  (Modest Warren is also pictured in his unique Rotary beer club shirt). Again, congrats Warren.

4. Business announcements: included updates on membership stats for the year, the Dew Drop Inn Commitment (Dave Silliman), Arpad Z's final departure June 29th to Romania, and the Rotary Visioning Exercise under Blaine Johnson (Krysta LD)..a presentation to follow.

5. Rod Morrison delivered a final farewell reflection..as always poignant and relevant to the club and it's mission:(Rod is pictured). He will continue on as Past-President always willing and able to pitch in for the club. His virtual "fête" was made by Warren Philp, a fine testimonial to his leadership, a promise for an improved one later, in person, and instructions for Rod to open a gift from the club; a fine RI plaque honouring him as outgoing president. 
 Of note Rod issued a special thank you to Kishore Sakrahni (Hong Kong Rotary and Shuniah resident) for introducing him to the club in 2016..and with a meteoric rise to leadership thereafter.
 Nice job Warren 
The meeting closed right on time! The attendees were energized. Thank you Rod for a very fine year in such challenging times! 
AT OUR CLUB JUNE 23, 2020

At our penultimate Rotary year Zoom meeting today, President Rod Morrison welcomed 32 members plus guests.
Of significance; guest speakers (see below) and Rebecca Tanaka (RI administrator in Evanston HQ, Illinois-Chicago area) and Katherine Buggenhagen  were on hand from the United States.
 
Rod's reflection today served as an opportunity for guests to hear about the club's Indigenous Strategy going forward...exciting and very progressive.
 
He also quoted Einstein: " What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than prejudice." Apt indeed.

 
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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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