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Port Arthur Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Prince Arthur Hotel
17 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON  P7A 4K8
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Port Arthur Rotary
PO Box 33016
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 0B1
Cancer Prevention and Screening
Diagnostic Assessment and Recommendations
TBRHSC Prevention and Screening Services

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

The entertaining but very thoughtful, informative (and sobering) presentation started with a Cancer Prevention Quiz, and moved to the details of the major cancer forms that are a major focus of Cancer Care Ontario: namely Breast, Cervical and Colo-rectal. The epidemiology and basics of pathology were outlined, then the screening/prevention methods. Prostate and skin cancers (especially malignant melanoma) were also detailed. is the website promoted by the presenters (and Rod), for personalized action (planning). (1-800-461-7031) provides details regarding the mobile (bus) screening programme.

Absolute basics in day to day prevention were of course highlighted; including smoking cessation (incl avoiding 2nd hand smoke); activity off the couch daily;150 minutes minimum of heart pumping exercise per week; healthy food choices (1/2 a plate of veggies and fruits, plus a glass of water!!); and minimal alcohol intake.

Unfortunately the stats for cancer in this area are not favourable. Our guests work hard to mitigate this situation. Good luck carrying on, Cathy and Amy. This is a great hospital function.

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

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

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

At our club August 14, 2018.

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

AT OUR CLUB-August 7, 2018

The club had the pleasure of hearing a dynamic a passionate presentation today by Tracie Smith, Senior Director: Communications, Indigenous Affairs and Engagement, at Thunder Bay District Regional Hospital.
October 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
On the Registration Desk
16-Oct-18 McCluskey, Patti; Savitsky, Leslie
25-Oct-18 Mitchell, Lori; McEachern, Joe (Oct. 23rd meeting postponed)
30-Oct-18 Silliman, David; Bailey, Chris
Fine Master
Lori Mitchell, First Tuesday of the Month
Art Warwick, Second Tuesday of the Month
Colin Bruce, Third Tuesday of the Month
Doug Shanks, Fourth Tuesday of the Month
Steve McAuley, Fifth Tuesday of the Month
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Trainer
Membership Chair
Club Trainer
Membership Secretary
Public Image Chair
Youth Service
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Off-Site Meeting
Oct 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Dew Drop Inn: St. Andrew's RC Church
Rotarian Colin Bruce
Oct 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Future of Print Media
Dr Michel Beaulieu, LU; Rotarian Mo Nelson
Nov 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Remembrance Day Service
President Elect Rod Morrison
Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Annet Maurer, Manager, TBCM
Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Offsite Meeting: Thunder Bay Country Market
Dr. Livio DiMatteo, LU
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement