Another fully subscribed meeting today with 38 attendees!
 
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed everyone, especially Rotarians Dan Brown (Assistant District Governor for 5580 from the Nipigon club), Mark Tilbury, David Richards and Kathryn Davidson (LU community members) and Kathleen Lynch, President and Rob Zuback, Director Advancement, Communications & External Relations (Confederation College...see highlight presentation below).
 
Thanks to co-hosts John Stevenson and Kevin Holloway (Zoom).
 
Thanks also to Kevin Holloway for a brilliant O Canada rendition by a Toronto Gospel choir performing at a Leafs-Jets hockey game at Scotiabank Arena (during Black History Month).
 
Krysta acknowledged our meeting site on First Nation Territory (Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850).
 
ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
 
  1. There was a wellspring of heartfelt thanks for the end product and great success ofRotary Radio Day 2021 (yesterday). All were very appreciative of the  big team effort. It was the most successful campaign in our 55 year history with Dougall Media (a full briefing is in store next week). Time to celebrate.
  2. Past-President Rod Morrison conducted the follow-up prerequisite nomination exercise that ended in Mary-Anne Mackett being acclaimed as President elect-elect for 2022-2023. Congratulations to Mary-Anne are extended by all.
  3. Assistant District Governor Dan Brown joined us from Nipigon and provided insight into the Rotary Foundation need for members to contribute monetarily. There was also a serious business update on the (prolonged) Global District Grant process involving funding for ramp replacement at the Wilderness Discovery Centre (Shebandowan).
  4. Advanced notice re club service at the Dewdrop Inn coming up February 25th
  5. Please refer to President Logozzo Daniele’s February 15 communique linking members to a host of other activities.
  6. Next meetings feature: Feb 23 Brian Walmark with RRD “Debrief” and March 2: a joint meeting with a Sault Ste. Marie Rotary Club with guest, Dr. Verna, Medical Director of NOSM.
 
FEATURE PRESENTATION
Past President Rod Morrison introduced (and later thanked) our distinguished guest speaker today, President Kathleen Lynch of Confederation College (www.confederationcollege.ca)
 
The club is delighted to have the College on board as new Community PA Rotary members. Kathleen was accompanied by Rob Zuback today.
 
Her presentation provided a fine overview of the College in all its iterations commencing with the New Strategic Plan (Kaa-arokaatekin).
 
Starting with the “Numbers” (see screenshot), she expanded on the Impact on the Region, the 4 Pillars in the Negahneewin Vision, all with emphasis on the huge territory served (size of France, including 88 Indigenous Communities).  Advanced Flexible Technology makes programming so influential (of course the new TEC HUB Centre on the Thunder Bay campus, whose vision was realized by our President- elect Jim Madder), is a large factor in this evolution.
 
The entire presentation is available at the following link:
 
 
A brisk Q & A followed.
 
The meeting concluded with Past President Warren Philp handling the “Happy Dollars” (including his own tribute to Con College and LU attendees as well as Rotary Radio Day and Dan Brown (ADG) bright lights.