President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 41 members and guests today.
 
It was a busy job for hosts Kevin Holloway, Bob Tomlinson and Mary-Anne Mackett.
 
Mary-Anne Mackett played O Canada and Krysta acknowledged our presence on Fort William First Nation Territory.
 
Announcement Highlights:
1.  Dew Drop Inn service of January 28th:  280 patrons served at club cost of $197 (D. Silliman)
2.  Rotary Radio Day Update (February 15th): Thanks are certainly in order to the many making this year one of the best - over 700 ads sold nearing the deadline!
3.  Fellowship Quiz Night of January 26th. A fun time had by all 30 members who joined in - thanks to Rod Morrison for organizing it.
 
Keynote Presentation:
 
PA ROTARY CLUB ALLOCATIONS for 2020-21 Budget year cycle: Allocations Chair and Past President Kevin Holloway (pictured) honoured our recipients in an effective Zoom style presentation. $9625 was approved for the very worthy organizations.
All were present to accept and thank the club except Peter Panetta of the Underground Gym who was unable to join our virtual meeting.
Kevin put together and chaired a most interesting, enjoyable and meaningful celebration. World Community Services Chair Steve MacAuley called the Allocation Committee a “well oiled machine.”
 
Here are the Allocations made:
Organization
Attending the meeting:
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT FUNDED
Underground Gym and Youth Centre-
(Peter Panetta)
Provide Gym Equipment such as workout equipment - previous equipment was destroyed in the fire. 
Canadian Children’s Asthma Society (NW ON Branch)
 
Claudio Monteleone
And Kim Coreau
 
Asthma Education Program.  Support requested for resource packages for classroom presentations on asthma to local school children - age 7-9. Hope to visit 50 classrooms (about 1750 children) (When allowed due to pandemic) 
Childcan (Childhood Cancer)
 
Kathleen Barnard
Early Literacy Project for Children with cancer.  Support for mailing costs of one book per month for the 3 children in NW Ontario. Childcan has a partnership with Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
United Way of Thunder Bay
‘Facing Forward Mask Initiative’
 
Albert Brule
This project will help underwrite the cost of providing reusable masks to vulnerable community members to help reduce risk of wider community spread. Funds donated will be used to purchase and distribute reusable masks.
LU Scholarship
 
Rotarian Mark Tilbury,
 and Kathryn Davidson
LU Silver Jubilee Scholarship Top Up– an award to a high ranking student entering Lakehad University in any program.  Funds to top up the amount.
Northwestern Ontario Regional Science Fair
 
Brieanne Olibris
Funds typically support 2 Rotary-sponsored awards as well as the general operation of the science Fair. The awards are Rotary Preserve Planet Earth Award and Peace & Sustainable Development Award. Our funds also support the bids for 5 students to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Festival, and purchasing the materials for the Science Olympics – a group science challenge activity for the participants of the non-competitive Beginner fair. The Gold level of support ($500) has been the traditional level of support by our club.  For 2021 The local contest will be virtual, but the national contest may be in person.  TBA
Thunder Bay Robotics
 
Kai Fucile Ladouceur and Jaden Niivila
 
Funds to purchase robotic equipment to be used to prepare students for next years to STEAM competition (STEAM fields are defined science, and technology, interpreted through engineering, and the (liberal) arts, and based in mathematics)
Eco Superior
 
Sue Hamel
Three Projects funded:
1. Eco Superior would  offer Re-Wilding for Wellness Forest Therapy Walks for 3  small groups of youth or, front line workers, in the Spring of 2021.
2. Beautify Eco Superior 562 Red River, support for a local artist to paint a mural on their building
3. Initiate a Paper straws project. donate to local restaurants, to support their transition out of using single use plastic straws.
Beautification of Thunder Bay
Project
Rotarians: M.A. Mackett, J. Madder, B. Winter, B. Green, S. Crawford
To work with the city planner – identify 5 spots that Rotary could assist in beautifying,
 
Some views from our meeting:
 
ChildCan with Kathleen Barnard: provides a book a month to kids up to age 5, as educational and support aides.
 
 
  • United Way Thunder Bay providing 3000 multi-layered masks to individuals otherwise unable to utilize Covid protection masks in the “Facing Forward” For You For All program (Albert Brule).


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NWO Regional Science Fair projects (Brieanne Olibris)
 
All recipients gave us a good overview of their respective missions and thanked P.A. Rotary for the financial assistance.
 
The meeting concluded with a spirited “Happy Dollars” session, all positive news.
 
Next week the Club will welcome Moira MacPherson of Lakehead University as guest speaker.
 
A great meeting!