President Jim Madder chaired this the last meeting of 2021 on the Winter Solstice. We had a fine presentation from Grand Chief Derek Fox of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and many kind wishes and reflections from members.  We were particularly happy to welcome back Past-President Laurie Tulloch.

Co-hosts: Kevin Holloway and Jim Madder.  Anthem was a charming video found by Kevin Holloway.  Land acknowledgement by Jim Madder

FEATURE PRESENTATION:  Grand Chief Derek Fox of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Grand Chief Derek Fox of Nishnawbe Aski Nation spoke to us today.  NAN represents 49 exceptionally diverse First Nations in northern Ontario of which 32 are fly-in only.  Established in the late 1970s, NAN strives for unity, strength and success and focuses on youth, women and elders, developing harmony and relevant insightful solutions to the many challenges of Indigenous peoples in this area.

Grand Chief Fox grew up in Thunder Bay and loves the city – it is his home base.  His family is from Bearskin Lake.  His father had also been Grand Chief.  Grand Chief Fox has a law degree, articled with our own Doug Shanks at Cheadles, and practiced law for two years before joining NAN.

Clearly an optimist, Grand Chief Fox touched on NAN Territory challenges and the many root causes.  Meeting them will require team effort and resolve.

Rotarians at our meeting responded to his cordial invitation to forge synergies with our Club.  Many questions and suggestions centered on how to get the ball rolling. A meeting in the new year would be a good start. Youth programming in sports and with the Field Naturalists, a possible youth internship in broadcasting with Hector Dougall were a couple of great ideas.

President-Elect Brian Walmark introduced and thanked Grand Chief Fox. Doug Shanks also welcomed him back.

Matt Villella's CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Matt Villella's tech wizardry and Christmas spirit shone through with a very entertaining virtual Christmas Quiz done using  Congrats to the winners all connected to Lakehead U:  David Richards first place, then Mark Tilbury and Mike Nitz close behind!


Seasonal events like the Salvation Kettles, Carol Sing and Dew Drop Inn were and are successful. Catch the Ace's Jackpot will soon be growing – The Christmas Cheer Fund and RFDA are this month's beneficiaries (A. Brulé).

The PA Rotary band and choir rang out Feliz Navidad and We Wish you a Merry Christmas- a great reprise from last year led by Kevin Holloway.

HAPPY DOLLARS:  Many kind thoughts were mentioned, and best wishes for Laurie Tulloch led the charge (Doug Shanks).

LOOKING AHEAD:  Brian Walmark is excited to have Chief Clarence Louie speak to us on January 25th, and a cryptic Star Wars event planned for March 15th.