President Krysta Logozzo welcomed a big crowd today of 41, including several guests and new Rotary members from Chartwell Retirement Residences (see below feature presentation), as well as Dr. Paul DeBakker and Corinne Dystevick-Graham.
Warren Philp and Mike Nitz were co-hosts. Mike proved his fancy bookcase backdrop was real by showing off his fancy Michael Jordan Rotary TD sneakers – neato!
O Canada was played and Krysta acknowledged our presence on the Fort William First Nation.
Two relevant videos were played with Warren Philp’s help: Rotary and Covid-19  (which also highlighted the Rotary Polio Plus campaign), and Rotary membership, international and local (see screenshot of a Rotary Peace Fellow).
Announcement Highlights:
  • Rotary Radio Family Day update by Brian Walmark: sales are moving nicely and we are shortly entering the production phase. Thanks to all in this big endeavour.
  • Upcoming events include PA Rotary Quiz Night at 7 pm January 26th (no noon meeting) and virtual anniversary dinner for the Canada Club Rotary clubs February 26th (contact Mike Nitz).
Feature Presentation:
Past-President Rod Morrison introduced and thanked our newest Community Member Rotarian, Chartwell Retirement Residences (Thunder Bay).
Manager Nick Nyman (pictured) exchanged greetings and introduced fellow managers K.C. Craig (also pictured) from Chartwell Isabella, Rena Maxwell (Chartwell Hilldale) and Collen Fayle (GM of two properties). This new partnership is very exciting and enlarges the Club’s reach to relevant important community organizations.
Nick and KC used Power Point to give us an overview of Chartwell, the largest private retirement home operation in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and B.C. with over 200 residences, 16,000+ employees and 30,000 residents. There are 289 clients in four Thunder Bay Chartwell residences:  Thunder Bay Arundel, Isabella, Glacier Ridge and Hilldale.
The presentation was wide-ranging, with emphasis on responsible measures during the Covid pandemic and major differences between Retirement and Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. Benefits were outlined in detail.  Rotarians are already familiar with Chartwell...for example, Kevin Holloway and fellow brass players have entertained in person and now on-line!.
A healthy Q & A period filled in the blanks and the new members were welcomed. Readers and members alike can contact or call 1-855-844-3923 for full information.
This meeting concluded with “Happy Dollar” celebrations under the guiding hand of Bill Everett.