AT OUR CLUB NOVEMBER 24, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo-Daniele welcomed 33 members and guests (the latter including Roger Drcar of Lakehead Public Schools Student Success Teaching Department, Frank Daniele, Alyson MacKay of Lakehead University, Shelley Crawford (see below), and our special guest speaker John Mason).

Cohosts (with thanks today): Bob Tomlinson, Steve McCauley and Jim Madder. Tech lead again was Kevin Holloway.

O Canada and land acknowledgements by President Krysta were followed by:

A) Induction of new member to Port Arthur Rotary: Shelley Crawford



Shelley was introduced by proposer Mary-Anne Mackett, who outlined Shelley's long career in arts administration including consulting and teaching as well as fund raising and arts development in Canada and abroad. The "charge" was delivered by Past-President Brenda Winter who welcomed her with an overview of Rotary and its obligations and rewards and will act as her Mentor. President Krysta did a virtual "pinning" and the Club informally welcomed her with open arms.
Shelley thanked the members for their kind reception and looks forward to fellowship and service within this organization.

B) GUEST PRESENTATION

Former government geologist and current Project Manager for Mining Services with the Thunder Bay Community Development Commission John Mason (http://www.thunderbay.ca/cedc.htm) provided a wide ranging overview of the many mining operations in play in northwestern Ontario. He mentioned included current producers and exploration companies and major highlights of many important mines. In all, they have a big impact on economic life in this huge geographical area of Northwest Ontario.

    
Photographs showing:  1. John Mason and associate going over mining maps.   2. Screen shot showing the significant scope of business inter-relationships at one business alone (Newmont Musselwhite) with 390 suppliers!   3. Overhead view at the mid tier New Gold Rainy River site.

 
 
This area of Ontario has many mining projects for a full gamut of gold, palladium, battery metals and compounds such as lithium sulfate, iron and other base metals.
Mr. Mason was very optimistic about the diverse resource capabilities going forward. We are well resourced here, especially in the City of Thunder Bay itself, with 500 linked businesses here alone, transportation, cultural amenities and workforce skills. Not unexpectedly, there are ongoing challenges such as the need for roads to remote locations, electrical transmission (progress being made), global competition, worker and management personnel retention and market volatility. The overall prognosis is quite rosy.

A lively Q and A period ensued with issues like public acceptability of, for example, a lithium processing plant on our waterfront, environmental regulation from relevant ministries, educational opportunities for workers and more.

Once again, the Club thanks John for updating us on this very important sector in our lives.

C) ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Refer to President Krysta's comprehensive email summaries for details on the basics cited below:

1. Dew Drop Inn service November 26 (recruits still required. D. Silliman)
2. 4 Way Essay contest: few submissions received to date. Onward and upward (M-A Mackett)
3. November is Rotary Foundation month (J. Kotalik)
4. Salvation Army Kettles: 4 additional souls required (B. Green)
5. Virtual tri-club holiday party is December 9th: a cooking class with proceeds to RFDA
6. Rotary Carol Sing Dec 13 (D. Silliman)
7. PA club Dec 22 meeting "White Elephant Gift Exchange" (please confirm M. Nitz has your address and knows you are participating). This promises to be a blast!
8. Rotary Radio Day: early returns are very positive from a handful of elves. Members encouraged to move on selling ads.

D) BIRTHDAYS
  
Brian Thompson congratulated November birthday members and his joke on an egregious food item which causes the most long term harm ("wedding cake"!) held irony for one of the birthday boys and drew titters.
 
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