(Left to Right)  Member Chris Bailey who thanked our Rotaracters, Rotaract members Catherine Kibiuk and Andraya Colistro, and member Kevin Holloway who introduced them.
Kevin Holloway introduced two Rotaracters, Catherine Kibiuk and Andraya Colistro (a long intro but there was much to say) and then the whirlwind duo began!
Andrya Colistro is in her third year biology at Lakehead University with courses in Ecology and Conservation Management.  She likes working outside and generally helping to save the planet.  Her long term goal is to become an Oceanographer; short term goals are scuba diving certification and boating licenses,
Catherine Kibiuk is in her third year of Applied Life Sciences at Lakehead University concentrating on Biomedical Science. She plans to graduate with a Microbiology degree and possibly go into Medicine and become a family doctor.  One of her interests is developing arsenic oxidizing bacteria which may be able to remediate contaminated soils in Northern mines.  She has had interesting courses in DNA molecular methods, pathogenic bacteriology and the like.  She is very involved in the university’s Biology Club, in charge of planning ourtdoor events, volunteers at the Hospital, works part-time at a pharmacy ….

Both of them were very busy with sports in high school and have stayed involved even now.  And if studying, extracurricular events and sports were not enough, they have a dizzying schedule of good works and fun with the Rotaracts.  After listening just to the introductions we began to suspect their days have more than 24 hours in them!
The Rotaracts have raised money for Rotary International to help eradicate polio, been involved in a Teen Challenge, Park Clean Up and Adopt a Highway with Port Arthur Rotary.  Every second month they also do a leadership activity with students in St. James in Grades 3 to 6 learning skills like conflict resolution.   The Rotaracters had a lot of fun being Santa’s Helper – distributing some 50 – 60 presents to local disadvantaged kids.  Every now and then they set up a booth to collect whatever may be needed – toothbrushes for Guatemala, feminine hygiene products for a local shelter.  They also find time to plan events to stay connected to other Rotaracts in the the wider District.
It’s not all just about being good, in the true Rotary way they are also intent fun and fellowship along the way.  Responding to input from the students themselves, they make sure there is a side order of fun in their social events, projects and fund raisers.  When asked for the secret to their well-attended meetings?  “Free snacks.”  It’s certainly plausible if your target audience is university students, but we all suspect that their attendance numbers are boosted by the irrepressible happy energy of these Rotaracts.
There were lots of questions following including:  How can we copy what you are doing? And can we come to your twice monthly Sunday evening meetings?
We applaud these two dynamic students for all they are doing.  Chris Bailey thanked them for all of us.
P.S.  Yes, we can come as guests to their bi-weekly, Sunday evening meetings!