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Port Arthur Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Prince Arthur Hotel (unless otherwise specified)
17 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K8
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There were two equally deserving celebrations today:



OUR FIRST CELEBRATION   today introduced us to Grade 12 student at St. Ignatius school Isabella Bosch who was the winner not only of the local Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest ($500 prize) but also the 5580 Rotary District grand prize winner ($1250 U.S.). 
This is indeed cause for major celebration!  Isabella was accompanied by her dad Richard, and read the essay to members and guests entitled "Consumerism." It was superb.
She spoke about how important it was to be thoughtful in your purchases, and to be kind to your neighbours and the environment by shopping local – and she showed clear links to the Rotary 4-Way Test.   Keep your business and taxes local!  She is pictured centre, flanked by two of the judges, Cynthia Judge (Ft. William Rotary Club) and Art Warwick (Port Arthur Rotary Club) on left and dad Richard Bosch with Past District Governor Roly Turner on the right (who graciously thanked Isabella Bosch).



Isabella Bosch is pictured alone beside a banner on the 4-Way Test.   Congratulations and power to you going forward with these ideals.
 
 
OUR SECOND CELEBRATION   today was introduced by Brian Walmark, Co-Chair of the successful Rotary Radio Day campaign which aired February 17, 2020.  Brian introduced and thanked the many from the club as well as two important partners from Dougall media: Rosa Tucci-Maselj and Daryl Bolton, both with lengthy experience assisting our Club. This year, the goal of 546 ads was met (and topped by one!). 



The group photo shows Rosa Tucci-Maselj at centre with Daryl Bolton just behind her to the right, along with some of the the major players in this year's campaign: including Brian Walmark and last year's chair Bill Ulakovic, team captains, ad selling winners, voicing chair, financial wizards, and more.
Dougall media announced they are raring to go again next year and want us to aim for even higher goals!  Deepest thanks go to the whole team!­



Pictured are Rotarians Jim McDonald (centre) with Warren Philp (left) and Art Warwick (right). Together these three between them sold an astounding 255 ads:  a real testament to their dedication to the cause: Well done gentlemen!­
At Our Club February 18, 2020
 
Our speaker today was a very interesting Youth Worker in Thunder Bay who gave us an overview of some of the issues facing teens and young adults who need a helping hand for access to housing, counselling and the like. 
 
Given the sensitive nature of her work and her clients we are asking Rotarians not to post her name on social media.  Suffice to say, those of us who were at this week’s meeting got a good appreciation for all the work that the Social Services of our city do and we are well served by the knowledge and caring that is demanded of them every day.
 
Thanks to everyone in social work – you do a great job!
 
AT OUR CLUB February 11, 2020



Alexandra (Ola) Calderon, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, presented a compelling story of her interesting life and the evolution of her passion for helping people and fostering social justice through fundraising.

Born in Rome, Italy, she became a refugee from communist Poland. She led a peripatetic life with two siblings fleeing Poland, eventually five siblings in Canada. With a unique educational background and approach to life, she found herself with husband Andrew and now 3 great sons and two rescue cats in a busy and very fulfilling life in Thunder Bay.

Ola explained the basics of giving through the TBCF and encouraged (more) members to get involved.
 
She was introduced by Colin Bruce, and thanked by Jackie Dojack (both Rotarians are also board members of Thunder Bay Community Fund).

She is pictured after this fine presentation (computer glitch handled nicely) along with Colin, Jackie and Past-President / meeting Chair Warren Philp.

Thanks for joining the Port Arthur Rotary, Ola ... you are a real asset to the Club!

Justin Oda and Lindsay KingSleep Educators and CPAP Consultants with Shoppers Home Health Care-WellWise, presented today on OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) and CPAP therapy.

Sleep apnea is a major health care disability, with far ranging ill effects. It has been largely under diagnosed and appreciated up until recent times. It does affect many individuals, and this includes many outside the typical stereotype  (obese middle aged males).

Upper airway collapse/compression of musculature affects many and the manifestations are protean.

Justin and Lindsay comprehensively dealt with the definition, patho-physiology, clinical manifestations, subtypes, the typical "myths" explained, co-morbid conditions associated with OSA: leading to definitive diagnosis via referral (sleep study) and treatment options. 
 Of course leading the treatment options is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This has been a big break through for many an exhausted, poor sleeper, at risk for heart disease, stroke and even death.

The principle is quite simple.. a customized mask applies positive pressure that stents open the constricted airway: the proper oxygenation resulting creates a much desired clinical benefit.

 The talk was well received and a healthy dialogue continued past the noon hour. 

Justin and Lindsay are pictured around President Rod Morrison (in the centre). On the left flank Is Mat Diegel who thanked the speakers and revealed his own personal journey. On the right flank is Jaro Kotalik, an MD with personal experience also, who introduced the guests.
At Our Club January 28, 2020
 
A very special induction ceremony today welcomed Chief Paul Burke (Fort Severn First Nation) as lead in a PA Rotary new initiative at "Community Membership."
 
Pictured surrounding Chief Paul Burke (centre) are Past District Governor Roly Turner, Past-President Warren Philp (left), 2019-20 President Rod Morrison, and Brian Walmark, close friend and mentor to Chief Paul Burke. Thanks also to Rotarian Chris Bailey, who laid much of the groundwork for this occasion behind the scenes with his professional expertise.

The club is honoured to have Chief Burke, his brother and others from this remote community enter the Rotary fold.

The ceremony involved a welcome introduction, biography and significance of this partnership, a "charge" and exchange of Rotary pin/certification, handshakes etc. and a standing ovation.
 
Congratulations to Chief Burke. He spoke of his commitment to Rotary and expressed thanks for this important partnership.

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Also at our meeting today, President-Elect Krysta Logozzo-Daniele presented a comprehensive and very sobering overview of Rotary District 5580's entry in awareness and potential Service opportunities under the challenging topic of "Ending Human Trafficking"

President-Elect Krysta Logozzo-Daniele is pictured with President Rod Morrison.
 
The presentation clearly opened eyes of all present into the serious issue of trafficking (both sex and labour) as it exists throughout our society. Further Rotary follow-up guest presentation on the management of same in Thunder Bay itself will follow.

Members and guests heard of the definition, the geographical and human scope, the methods used by perpetrators, the characteristics of the victims themselves, how to spot human trafficking (red flags et al), and the big challenge - how to end it.

Tackling Human Trafficking can involve participation by Rotarians in raising awareness, education, reducing risk factors and curtailing demand. These are all major challenges.

A visit to www. rotaryendht.org is well worth follow-up perusal..  The END HT website is Step One for awareness.

Krysta's  presentation was powerful. One could hear a pin drop. Thank you Krysta for this excellent beginning.
AT OUR CLUB January 21, 2020

The fine work of the non-profit, volunteer (par excellence) Hospice Northwest (not to be confused with St Joseph's care Group Hospice) was on display today as result of the presentation by strong support volunteer, business consultant Melissa McClement.

Hospice Northwest 
is not in the clinical management game, but in the provision of a plethora of services providing compassionate support to people and families dealing with end of life ((care and reality).

We learned of the 4 essential Service Areas: 
1. Caregiver Buddy (long term chronic illness clients)
2. Grief and Bereavement (trained counsellors at work)
3  Quick Response team (immediate support in crises)
4. Journey Home Team (a new program focusing on clients with housing vulnerability issues).

Hospice Northwest has a large and growing network of volunteers and clients. Currently in Thunder Bay alone there are about 282 clients.

Certainly fundraising is of importance (a registered charity) but maybe more important is "friendraising."
Rotarians and citizens in general can help the cause by social posting, word of mouth, fundraising and more (eg 50/50 draws etc).

Our own Sue Bailey had the floor to add expert, experiential nuggets as a veteran volunteer and expert on the subject (Sue was a 2016 Order of Ontario inductee for her pioneer work in this area).. She developed the curriculum for the Rapid Response Team and now the (new) Journey Home program.
Complex inter-familial situations at the bedside for example are assisted by the Hospice Northwest volunteers acting as neutral 3rd party counsellors.

This was a powerful presentation..an impressive volunteer based service so important to Thunder Bay is available.

Melissa is pictured beside the Rotary banner along with club member ( and thanker) Brian Thompson (far R- veteran social worker himself ), Sue Bailey (in pink) and( far L), President Rod Morrison.

 Check out Hospice Northwest  for details at www.hospicenorthwest.ca
Dr. Christopher (Chris ) Lai, Director of Curans Heart Centre, a full spectrum,( "One Stop for Cardiac care") model, may have surprised the members and guests today, by not speaking directly about cardiac health, but his topic "Cannabis Babies" was well worth it indeed.

Dr. Lai has a wealth of experience in holistic care in general. His career in cardiology is nonpareil.
Today he enlightened us on the history, pharmacodynamics, neurologic ramifications and societal impact of cannabis use in the reproductive stages of life.
 Most have heard of FASD and opioid withdrawal in newborns. What about "weed" though?

The big questions are: how safe is cannabis use in pregnant women and their offspring at and after birth all the way up to say 18 years of age?

Though cannabis use in adults in moderation for whatever indication/reason is not in the same league as say heroin for addiction, chronic use in pregnancy and youths is fraught with danger. Many believe it is a developmental neurotoxin that can result in various neurologic disorders and predispose to mental health problems galore later in life.

 Dr Lai made this serious topic come to life. His infectious humor added to what was a memorable occasion.

Chris was suitably introduced and thanked by his old buddy, Rotarian Bruce Nelson. They are both pictured along with President Rod Morrison.
 
(Left to Right)  Member Chris Bailey who thanked our Rotaracters, Rotaract members Catherine Kibiuk and Andraya Colistro, and member Kevin Holloway who introduced them.
 
Kevin Holloway introduced two Rotaracters, Catherine Kibiuk and Andraya Colistro (a long intro but there was much to say) and then the whirlwind duo began!
 
Andrya Colistro is in her third year biology at Lakehead University with courses in Ecology and Conservation Management.  She likes working outside and generally helping to save the planet.  Her long term goal is to become an Oceanographer; short term goals are scuba diving certification and boating licenses,
 
Catherine Kibiuk is in her third year of Applied Life Sciences at Lakehead University concentrating on Biomedical Science. She plans to graduate with a Microbiology degree and possibly go into Medicine and become a family doctor.  One of her interests is developing arsenic oxidizing bacteria which may be able to remediate contaminated soils in Northern mines.  She has had interesting courses in DNA molecular methods, pathogenic bacteriology and the like.  She is very involved in the university’s Biology Club, in charge of planning ourtdoor events, volunteers at the Hospital, works part-time at a pharmacy ….

 
A festive celebratory mood today, off the top with the trio of Bill Ulakovic (guitar), Kevin Holloway(guitar, bass guitar and trombone) and Doug Shanks (on his prized Taylor guitar) providing a wonderful musical ambience: see photo..plenty of tricky jazz chords.


Two important celebrations followed:

First, the introduction of our newest member Alexandra (Ola) Calderon into the club. Warm welcome Ola; new Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. The picture shows Ola and husband Andrew (right) along with Past-president Colin Bruce, who introduced and sponsored Ola, Krysta Logozzo-Daniele, President-elect and Chair of today's meeting, and Past-president Kevin Holloway, who read the charge to Ola.
An appropriate standing ovation and big welcome followed.


Second, a wonderful presentation by our in-bound student from RomaniaArpad Zolymia (pictured with Student Exchange Chair Mat Diegel).
Arpad is already a world traveller, now studying at St Ignatius and fully involved in everything available. The presentation on Romania was outstanding. There was a great deal of humour from Arpy and  interesting material provided on this fascinating country.
Warm regards for the whole year and Xmas Arpad!
Science North is a vital educator for youth in the north (for 35 years). The 2 sites in Sudbury are highly acclaimed. In Thunder Bay and environs (meaning the far north et al), the fine programming is expanding from the early days at Old Fort William, to Victoriaville and now far beyond. 

Strategic Planning Manager Marilyn Grudniski presented a polished overview of Science North in this region and it's expansion dream going forward.
Small groups of dedicated blue-coated scientists present a large array of science programming  through public and school outreach to those kids who desire it, all who need it and even adults, with a strong focus on reaching indigenous clients.
Programming is designed to be interactive, challenging and relevant to large numbers. Emily Kerton, senior scientist has been the spearhead for the past 10 years. There are many well executed events, including festivals, workshops (including remote learning at FNs), summer science camps and much more.
Currently the Board of Directors are engaged in planning for a possible new, major "physical presence" Science Centre in Thunder Bay (or even later in Kenora). The need is there.

Rotary is henceforth informed and any assistance in spreading the word or other means of assisting is welcomed.

 Marilyn is pictured with Past-President Bill Everitt (L) who introduced Marilyn, President Rod Morrison, and Rotarian Brian Thompson (R), who thanked the speaker by reiterating the importance of science teaching for youth in this area. Best wishes to Science North-TB into the future.


In addition, today was Kick-off Day for Rotary Radio Day(s), our major club fundraiser, supporting our service work. This year's co-chairs Brian Walmark and Bill Ulakovic as well as guests from Dougall Media 91.5 CKPR who for so many years have hosted us were on hand to rejuvenate and empower members for sales for the upcoming Rotary Radio Day of February 17th 2020.
There are a number of fun inducements added to this year's edition. New contributors supporting our work are encouraged to join in.

Pictured are Bill and Brian in the background, with old pals from CKPR 91.5, (L to R), Ann Snell, Rosa Tucci and Crystal Shields.
 

On behalf of the 3 Thunder Bay Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club, we would like to thank all the volunteers, floats, police and sponsors for making the 29th Annual Rotary Santa Claus Parade such a success! 

Without the support of so many community organizations, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a remarkable event. The parade is the kickoff to the holiday season and it was great to see so many people and kids along the route. 

Already looking forward to the 2020 Parade during the City's 50th Anniversary. It will also be the 30th Annual Parade. Mark your calendars for Saturday November 14, 2020 at 10 am. Visit www.fwrotary.ca for more information.



District 5580 Foundation Chair Keith Brokke (accompanied by wife Lynne) presented a comprehensive and very informative review today on the history, mechanics and results (most impressive) of the Rotary Foundation, relevant internationally, but specifically to District 5580.

The district is huge (174,000 sq miles) with 66 clubs and over 2700 members.

Keith is also the nominee elect for District Governor 2021-22. He was introduced by our own veteran Foundation Grant expert (Past DG himself) Roly Turner. These two have a long and successful partnership in Grant development and execution.

In essence, Rotary Foundation Giving goes in three directions: 1.the  Annual Fund; 2. Polio Plus and 3. Endowment Fund
The multiple giving options were again discussed with a club focus on Every Rotarian Every Year and Paul Harris Fellowships. Our club holds up well.

Keith detailed the Grant opportunities (via the Annual Fund): 1. District Grants (for local community projects, 2. Global Grants (formerly Matching Grants) and 3. World Community Service Grants..the unique "bricks and mortar"projects in diverse countries such as Guatemala (schools), Navajo country USA, Kenya and Chad (water), India (cervical cancer screening, Haiti (water filters), and many others. Very satisfying Service above Self..

Rotary is a top internationally rated  Foundation. The monies donated are wisely spent on helping large numbers of people and Keith and Lynne Brokke have brought this home again (Roly Turner has also of course schooled the club on this topic).

The club extends thanks to the Brokkes for their dedicated work. They are pictured with (L to R), Chair and President-elect Krysta Logozza Daniele (who mastered the job today), Sandy Lychowyd (Lakehead Rotary club and Area 16 Assistant District Governor), Past DG Roly Turner (Port Arthur Rotary club who introduced his good friend) and Jaro Kotalik (PA Rotary club Foundation Chair, who thanked the speaker) 
 
Today's Remembrance Day Service was highlighted by the return to the podium of Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor and Assistant Vice- Provost (Academic), Lakehead University. His topic specifically was: "World War 2 and the Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands": another great history lesson from an accomplished historian-story teller, keen on  preserving what happened and what it means in our present and future.

The impact of the numerous individuals from our area who enlisted and/or participated in the WW2 effort was a stark reminder of their sacrifice. The detail thereafter on the liberation of the Netherlands in the Battle of Scheldt was interesting and gratifying history.

A solemn opening to the day with last post, rouse (thanks to Kevin Holloway) and reading of "In Flanders Field" (M.O. Nelson) set the stage for Dr. Beaulieu. Michel was also accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel David Ratz, Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (our main contributor to the war effort), who has also presented here in the past.

Pictured are the key participants today (L to R): Our thanks to all:

President Rod Morrison, Don Smith (Veteran), Lieutenant-Colonel David Ratz, Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Past-President Brenda Winter (who introduced our speaker), and Veteran M.O. Nelson who read "In Flanders Field."
 
Scribed by David Legge
AT OUR CLUB OCTOBER 29/2019

Text by Brian Walmark
Photos by David Legge

Today's guest speaker at Rotary PA, Darth Vadar, spoke on Anger Management.  This project was inspired by the work of Evan Burrell, a Rotarian from Australia.  Evan is an actor and Super Rotarian who was a keynote speaker at the 2019 District Conference in Minot, ND.  He spoke on "Let's have fun in Rotary." His enthusiasm was infectious and Brian Walmark took up Evan's challenge to shake up the speaker series at local Rotary Clubs.  There was a lot of work and many Rotarians took up Evan's challenge and transformed his vision into reality.  The green light was given by President-elect Krysta Logozzo and President Rod Morrison who championed this project from the beginning.  Brian Walmark wrote the script and voiced the original recording with a lot of coaching from Daryl Bolton of Dougall Media who shared his years of professional experience and technical skills at the studios at 87 North Hill Street.  The recording was then given to Zenon Waschuk who worked his audio magic and transmuted Brian's audio file into the voice of Darth Vadar.  Kevin Hollaway acted as stage manager and operated the audio equipment to bring Vadar's voice to life in the Provincial Room of the Prince Arthur Hotel.  Thanks to the managers and staff at the Prince Arthur Hotel who supported us in every way!  Thanks to Noble Thomas and his team for videorecording Vadar's speech on Anger Management. And a special thanks to Michael Nitz.  Without him, today's speech would not have been possible. 

Lord Vadar with protagonist Brian Walmark

Vadar cuddles a Past-President (Brenda Winter)


Cast of characters in this phantasmagoria

Doug Murray, CEO  of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC...www.ThunderBayCEDC.ca), returned for his "yearly" state of the (economic) city address..always welcome at Rotary and most informative.

Starting with the Strategic Plan (2019-2022), he focused on several important and topical areas:
-a new partnership with the (City) Tourism Thunder Bay, setting up a tourist investment committee
-a comprehensive review (aided by a pie chart) of the labour force characteristics in the city (a very big issue). The cyclical ups and downs are mitigated latterly by improved diversification in employment. Examples: health care and services are now a large percentage item. There is also potential expansion for the retail/wholesale sector. Education (with the influx of international students) is significant. Mining employment carries potential if workers can locate residence here in TB.

The big overriding problem casting a pall however remains--labour shortage!. A classic example would be the burgeoning health care sector (with an ageing population) but a real dearth in nurses, PSWs and more.

Solutions? One exciting new program in the works (from the feds) is the "Rural and Northern Immigration Project." Eligible employers can connect with selected immigrant, skilled workers from anywhere around the world. Of course the trick will be to keep these workers here after their initial contract obligations are fulfilled.
Doug Murray's presentation was as timely and important as you can get. The Q and A afterwards could have gone on for an hour.

Doug is pictured with his old school chum Past -President Doug Shanks (who introduced him), Past-President Art Warwick (who thanked him) and President Rod Morrison.

 The club thanked Doug and wished him well in retirement.

AT OUR CLUB OCTOBER 15, 2019


Who better to represent the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada- Lake Superior District Chapter, today, than guest speaker and Fundraising Coordinator Marc Larocque?

Marc  was diagnosed with MS in 2005 after a bout of optic neuritis and following some puzzled clinical assessments.
He has most certainly had his ups and downs, and spoke candidly today of his journey.

He reiterated the importance of this common but very disabling neurologic disease in the Thunder Bay area and Canada (the highest rate in the world). The local chapter is very active in programming, fundraising and raising public awareness. 

In addition, PA Rotary allocated, this past year, funding to assist in a fine video, that was viewed today by the club attendees.
There is a lot going on in support and fundraising. All revenues remain local.

General information is at: info.ontario@mssociety.ca.
Questions? Support?--contact msnavigators@mssociety.ca (www.mssociety.ca1-844-859-6789).

The club is indebted to Marc for his hard toil and courage with MS and the MS Society of Canada.




Marc was supported today by Sandy Lychowyd, Regional Director (pictured with Marc on the right), Laurie Tulloch ,veteran MS advocate and local Fundraising lead (Pictured on left) along with PA Rotary President Rod Morrison.
AT OUR CLUB October 8, 2019
 
Program Director Caroline Fanti from the MSK (Musculoskeletal) Centre of Excellence opened many eyes today on this "award winning" Regional Orthopaedic program, operating out of the Thunder Bay Regional HSC coordination the Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora and Fort Frances hospitals and all centres in the region.
 
L to R:  Bill Everitt who thanked speaker, Program Director Caroline Fanti, MSK Centre of Excellence, Laurie Tullock who introduced speaker, PA Rotary President Rod Morrison

Gone are the days of lengthy waiting periods and disconnected care in orthopaedic medicine. The new "hub and spoke" model allows for much-improved connectivity between clinicians, patients and the treatment facilities, providing patient-centered, equitable care in a reasonable, timely fashion (prioritized by triage) to individuals everywhere in the region, close by or remote.
AT OUR CLUB OCTOBER 1, 2019

(New) District Governor Richard C. (Rick) Bricker is pictured holding up the map of the massive District 5580 zone, along with wife Susan, Assistant DG Sandy Lychowyd, PA President Rod Morrison (far L) and PA Rotary Past Presidents Roly and Judy Turner. Roly is also a past District Governor.

(New) District Governor Richard C. (Rick) Bricker (rotaryrick1953@yahoo.com) has travelled with wife Susan from his Brainerd MN Club to introduce his visionary year and invigorate our club commencing his new District 5580 year.

His address confirmed a most interesting and eclectic personal background including his Dry Cleaning businesses, his appreciation for the huge challenges of child/youth abuse in all its forms and his joy at joining the Rotary family in 1986.

 
Albert Brulé, CEO of United Way Thunder Bay http://uwaytbay.ca introduced himself to the club and explained both his own motivation and passion for United Way Thunder Bay, as well as detailing the innovative, new "Help Make Them #Unignorable" Campaign. 

The campaign this year has inaugurated a catchy colour background (Pantone coral-orange), with distinctive foci on Hunger, Domestic Violence, Homelessness and Education Inequality. In other words, changing the conversation (slightly) from strictly dollar accumulation to community impact  (problem issues listed) as the overarching mission.

At the conclusion Albert could clearly see connections between the service work of Rotary and the community building of United Way. Alignment and synergy is there.
Information material was made available.

Albert is pictured with President Rod Morrison, who introduced and thanked our guest. Thank you Albert.
Peace Day Ceremony, September 21, 2019
(Tai Chi Garden, Prince Arthur's Landing)

Under a somber sky, yet a glorious fall day, a beautiful Rotary Peace Day Ceremony underscored the necessity for strong advocacy for peace in a troubled world.
There were many contributors, pictured below.
Thanks to Rotarians from all Clubs in Thunder Bay and to all guests for coming out. 
Let's Give Peace a Chance!
Thunder Brass welcomed the crowd.
 
Chair Fort William President Stephen Margarit explains the history of the Rotary Peace Pole.
 
Mayor Bill Mauro speaks on world conflict and peace initiatives.
 
Clifford Mushgquash, Lakehead Rotary Club President.
 
Nancy Proulx, President, Francophone Association of Northwestern Ontario.
 
 
 
 
Rachel Sebesta singing "Imagine" with Kevin Holloway on guitar.
 
Archdeacon Deborah Kraft reflects on Peace.
 
Kevin Holloway, Rachael Sebesta and Rotarians singing John Lennon sing "Give Peace a Chance". 
Laying flowers by the Peace Pole.
 
 
Take down by the Rotaractors.
 
Apologies:  missing a photo of  Irene Sottile, Chair Rotary Peace Day Ceremony delivering a message from District Governor Rick Bricker.
 
Today’s meeting was all about "building community! My name is Kerry Berlinquette -- I love Thunder Bay."  Thus commenced today's energetic presentation by the entrepreneur behind Destination Thunder Bay, (www. destinationtbay.ca).
 
ABACO, Bahamas
 
Reality check time today with a presentation on ABACO, Bahamas: Before and after Hurricane Dorion.

Stephen and Rhonda Bill know the area well. They taught at the Agape Christian School there from 2005-2009. They know the area as a beautiful part of the Bahamian archipelago and it's beautiful people. They are now back in Thunder Bay, but are right up on the massive catastrophe that has beset the island with hurricane Dorion.

Their slide show..before and after was stark and despite the hurricane psyche of the people (stoic to say the least), this one was like a "bomb went off." Sustained 180 mph winds. Massive destruction of infrastructure, nature and human lives.
 
 
It will take years to rebuild and months to claim the dead.

There are many ways outsiders can help. Stephen and Rhonda catalogued a number of pertinent agencies including one they support: MSC http://www.msccanada.org  Other notables include Shelterbox Canada (a Rotary International project partner) http://www.shelterboxcanada.ca and the Red Cross https://www.redcross.ca

They are pictured (centre) flanked by Past-President chair of today's meeting Warren Philp(centre-left), Past-President Laurie Tulloch (far L, who thanked the speakers) and Rotarian Brian Walmark (who introduced them and stressed how Rotarians can step up as people of action and escape being "comfortably numb."
 
 
Our Guest Speaker today was Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, NOA (Northern Ontario Angels (www.northernontarioangels.ca)
 
(Left to right:  Past-President Warren Philp, Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, NOA, Past-President John Stephenson and Rotarian Mike Nitz (BDC).
 
Created in 2005 (the northern Ontario sector) to be a catalyst angel organization (not for profit) as a gateway and facilitator connecting entrepreneurs and investors, NOA is a remarkable success story with currently 400 investors in 293 "deals" involving over $131 million. Previously there was an identified "equity gap " for investor readiness. NOA is thus a driving force in growing the business sector (and creating jobs), with a real emphasis on technology "founder" companies. Some cogent examples in the mining and medical sectors were outlined as well as the methodology (primarily convertible debentures) to secure funding.
 
BUSINESS MEETING TODAY AT OUR CLUB
 
 
We had good news today at our meeting, in new connections made, ongoing ones doing well and discussions of where we might like to go. 
 
Brian Walmark and Warren Philp were able to announce today that Fort Severn will be our Club's first Community Member!  We look forward to new and fruitful ties between individual members of  the Port Arthur Rotary and the members of the Fort Severn First Nation community.  Thank you to both Brian and Warren!  http://fortsevern.firstnation.ca
 
Our club continues to support the Dew Drop Inn lunch program, helping to feed 280 people for a sit-down meal, and a further 130 bagged lunches for the very frugal sum of $138.  Both morning and afternoon shifts saw 11 volunteers - members and guests of members of our Club.  Thanks as always to the volunteers and Dave Silliman for keeping that commitment on track!  https://dewdropinnthunderbay.ca
 
Our talk today focused inwards as we got a good overview of how our members responded to the recent survey. President-Elect Krysta Logozo Daniele with President Rod Morrison gave us a detailed look at the survey results and led a thoughtful discussion of where we would like to go as a Club.  Fellowship, making an impact in the community and learning while having fun are front and centre.  Thank you Krysta for the anything-but-dry statistical report!  Call or email Krysta for any further comments you have. 
AT OUR CLUB August 20, 2019

Our 4 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) reps presented today. As anticipated, it was a rewarding affirmation of leadership in high school students of Thunder Bay.
The general themes included overall individual impact, camp mission statement, individual "favourite times" and "being comfortable about being uncomfortable" with it's many implications for growth.
Another catch phrase this year was " the FISH Philosophy"-Catch the Energy, Release the Potential"

Fine individual reports were received by:
(see photo):

(Left to right with facilitators Bob Tomlinson and Doug Shanks): 
Maija Walmark (Superior CVI); Haley Kelly Sample (Westgate); Jamie Paulozzo-Thom and Evan Owen (St. Ignatius ).

Of note was an excellent Q and A session with well articulated responses from the students. Congrats all!

In addition, Past President Art Warwick introduced his guest Gareth Aegard (Hammarskjold HS) winner of a Rotary Citizenship Award. They are pictured separately. Well done Gareth.
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10-Mar-20 Calderon, Alexandra; Grady, Robert
 
17-Mar-20 Kotalik, Jaro; Bruce, Colin
 
24-Mar-20 Wasielewski, Joe; Diegel, Matthew
 
31-Mar-20 McEachern, Joe; Savitsky, Leslie
 
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
President
Past President
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Secretary
Treasurer
Co-Treasurer
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Trainer/Honouring Indigenous Peoples
Club Service
Club Administration
Director - Vocational Youth & International Service
Director - Community Service
Director - Fellowship
 
Club Address
Mailing Address
Port Arthur Rotary
PO Box 33016
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 0B1
www.parotary.com
www.facebook.com/PARotary
 
Speakers
MP Patty Hajdu
Mar 03, 2020 11:45 AM
New Year's Address
Michael Nitz
Mar 10, 2020 11:45 AM
Classification Talk
Mayor Bill Mauro
Mar 17, 2020 11:45 AM
City of Thunder Bay
President, Confederation College - SUCCI
Mar 24, 2020 11:45 AM
Confederation College - SUCCI
Airin Stephens
Mar 31, 2020 11:45 AM
Culture Kitchen
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