President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele cordially welcomed 30 Rotarians and guests to a very festive, fun-filled fellowship style meeting today - our last meeting for 2020.
Special guests included Assistant District 5580 Governor Dan Brown (Nipigon), Past-Presidents Maria Hudolin (B.C.) and John Stewart, as well as Dr. Paul DeBakker.
Thanks go to our Zoom hosts doing the essential tech work: Jim Madder, Kevin Holloway and Steve McCauley.
O Canada was sung by an inclusive First Nation youth choir, with heritage shots from Winnipeg (with thanks to Brian Walmark).
Krysta acknowledged we meet on the lands of the Fort William First Nation Territory following the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850.
Business Highlights:
  • Dew Drop Inn service is on...December 24th (David Silliman)
  • Rotarian Fred Baker is in our thoughts at this time
  • The 4 way Test Essay resulted in all 3 winners being students of St. Ignatius School (Mary-Anne Mackett our rep on the committee, Ken Boschoff that school’s liaison)
  • The St Jame’s School virtual Pen Pal experiment is off and running and early results are very promising and novel (Mary-Anne Mackett at the helm, thanks all for submissions!)
  • The Allocation Committee (thanks to Kevin Holloway as Chair) has completed their recommendations and Board approvals are being considered, with results to come.
  • The Rotary Carol Sing on behalf of Christmas Cheer Fund was very successful. Revenue figures are pending (Dave Silliman)
  • District requests for contribution suggestions were circulated by President Krysta.
  • Keep up efforts to support Rotary Radio Family Day!
 White Elephant Gift Exchange
Under the direction of Fellowship Chair Mike Nitz and elf-aid Albert Brulé, this was a blast! Lots of fun, laughs and surprising gifts were enjoyed by all (see screenshots of a few of them). Jim Madder seemed the most gobsmacked, and can we say pleased? by his secret Santa gift🤣.
           
The Rotary House Band Re-incarnated
Our annual Christmas party required an extraordinary effort at virtual carolling. Kevin Holloway was very much up to the task with new VIDEO PAD technology. He spliced together the voices and guitar accompaniment for Feliz Navidad and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (special thanks to Kevin, Bill Ulakovic and Doug Shanks (guitars and vocals), Daves Legge and Silliman (voice), and President Krysta (tambourines and smiles). Well done, team, and a big hand for countless hours of toil for Kevin. Watch ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ https://vimeo.com/493917750
Watch ‘Felix Navidad’. https://vimeo.com/493921970
Happy Birthdays and Happy Dollars:
Brian Thompson was again in rare form with birthday greetings and humour giving us a whole new meaning to “Carols / Carol’s” at Christmastime.  He generated some funds for Dew Drop Inn with “Happy Dollars”. This was an opportunity for members/friends/family to thank their chums for a great job done in a precarious 2020.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all:
Be safe, be wise, considerate and loving...