President Shelley Crawford chaired a busy, very interesting meeting with a reflection on the changing and adapting times in the club. Matthew Diegel's Land Acknowledgement was  very thoughtful.
The club welcomed back Kishore Sahkrani and guests Rupert Klein (Lakehead University) and Jenny Leadbeater (CMHA).

Feature Presentation:
Dan Turk of Little Bea Sailing Adventures (www.littlebeasailing.ca) was introduced by John Stephenson as a sailor spirit for adventure, educator and craftsman.
Dan hand built his Class Globe 580 sailboat  in his garage, lovingly over 15 months, and from Halifax sailed it solo to Portugal. He had a wonderful experience and is moving on to global competition with experts, culminating in transatlantic and then world tours in November 2024 and February 2025 (as the only Canadian).There will be "tracking" available to keen observers at home.
Importantly Dan uses the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education system to impart his knowledge, exceptional skills and passion for education to kids (no fees)  along the way. These are disadvantaged youth  at risk. This not for profit work is an essential part of Dan's ethic. His overview of this lifestyle is most impressive and drew considerable interest from attendees. 
There are numerous online references including YouTubes of his adventures.  Photos show, Dan, John and a map of the big MINI Globe Race, showing the scope of this big event.
 

Reports/Announcements:

  • President Elect Procedure (Matthew Diegel)...no further nominations: Hector Dougall is PE Nominee for 2025-26
  • Waterfront Trail Cleanup (Warren Philp) A significant effort on June 1 with over 20 bags of garbage collected along a big stretch of the the trail. All three clubs were active.
  • LRCA Waterfront Planting (Marg Woods)  On June 1 the environment committee worked with Lakehead Conservation Authority to plant indigenous plants long a part of the waterfront trail. 
  • Salvation Army Field of Greens II Planting (David L and Paul D) Club members and friends donated plants for 12 giant boxes and with the residents at the Journey to Life Centre planted them on a drizzly  June 3 morning, then shared a lunch to celebrate the effort.
  • LAUF Foundation (Matthew D) We will welcome this new community member at our next meeting! 
  • Dave Silliman: Adopt a Highway (clean-up) saw 12 Rotarians clean up our stretch of highway - an annual service event and solicited Dew Drop Inn recruitment for June 27th

Upcoming/Ongoing Events:

  • Wednesday June 19 Dr. Paul Berger on Climate Change Confederation College 7-8:30 pm ( Shelley C)
  • Sunday June 23 Tapestry Women's Network and Roots Community Centre Ethnic Food Picnic (at the Moose Hall) 12-4 pm
  • Tuesday June 25 final Club Meeting of Rotary year:  Passing of the gavel, special award presentations, new member gifts and plenty of fun!... (and some important planning work with Matt V)
  • Museum PAR Centennial exhibition closes June 23; please visit it on main floor.
  • Group of Stephen Exhibition on at the AG – thanks to many of those artists, we raised significant funds at our Gala auction and thanks to David for sponsoring their table. 
  • PA Rotary Annual Golf Tournament (best ball and excellent fellowship) with dinner -Tuesday, August 22 (Doug Shanks)
  • Country on the Bay- volunteers urgently needed to man the (4) tents (fellowship and club fundraising plus live music). Contact Lori -Ann Kozlo (lkozlo@itec2000.com) (Bob Tomlinson)
  • Happy Dollars ( Doug S)
  • Pride Thunder Bay Parade, Waverley Park, volunteers needed Saturday 14