At Our Club January 28, 2020
 
A very special induction ceremony today welcomed Chief Paul Burke (Fort Severn First Nation) as lead in a PA Rotary new initiative at "Community Membership."
 
Pictured surrounding Chief Paul Burke (centre) are Past District Governor Roly Turner, Past-President Warren Philp (left), 2019-20 President Rod Morrison, and Brian Walmark, close friend and mentor to Chief Paul Burke. Thanks also to Rotarian Chris Bailey, who laid much of the groundwork for this occasion behind the scenes with his professional expertise.

The club is honoured to have Chief Burke, his brother and others from this remote community enter the Rotary fold.

The ceremony involved a welcome introduction, biography and significance of this partnership, a "charge" and exchange of Rotary pin/certification, handshakes etc. and a standing ovation.
 
Congratulations to Chief Burke. He spoke of his commitment to Rotary and expressed thanks for this important partnership.

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Also at our meeting today, President-Elect Krysta Logozzo-Daniele presented a comprehensive and very sobering overview of Rotary District 5580's entry in awareness and potential Service opportunities under the challenging topic of "Ending Human Trafficking"

President-Elect Krysta Logozzo-Daniele is pictured with President Rod Morrison.
 
The presentation clearly opened eyes of all present into the serious issue of trafficking (both sex and labour) as it exists throughout our society. Further Rotary follow-up guest presentation on the management of same in Thunder Bay itself will follow.

Members and guests heard of the definition, the geographical and human scope, the methods used by perpetrators, the characteristics of the victims themselves, how to spot human trafficking (red flags et al), and the big challenge - how to end it.

Tackling Human Trafficking can involve participation by Rotarians in raising awareness, education, reducing risk factors and curtailing demand. These are all major challenges.

A visit to www. rotaryendht.org is well worth follow-up perusal..  The END HT website is Step One for awareness.

Krysta's  presentation was powerful. One could hear a pin drop. Thank you Krysta for this excellent beginning.