President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 31 members and guests for an entertaining and fruitful meeting featuring presentations by our own Albert Brulé and Kevin Holloway.

Welcomed guests and new/old Rotarians included Bill Bartley (Rotary club - Canmore AB), Mal Balachandran (President Rotoract), Shelley Crawford and Mark Tilbury (LU corporate PA Rotarian ).

Cohosts were: Jim Madder, Steve McCauley (with thanks for O Canada and a great personal mug shot Steve), Bob Tomlinson and Kevin Holloway.

Krysta introduced our presenters after an appropriate land acknowledgement.


Albert Brulé is a fellow Port Arthur Rotarian and CEO of United Way Thunder Bay. His new initiative is a brilliant collaboration with PA Rotary, United Way Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay Community Foundation, the City of Thunder Bay and recent major donor Numont Musslewhite mine.

The goal:  Make quality face masks available to all vulnerable citizens of Thunder Bay who need them for protection against Covid-19

Phase 1 has been sanctioned by TB City Council and involves procurement and distribution of 75,000 masks for adults and 1300 for kids.  
Distribution network organizations on board include RFDA, Ontario Native Women's Association, Dew Drop Inn, Shelterhouse and others.  Rotarians are invited to support the cause.

Phase 2 is a long term commitment to distribute cloth masks of high quality to vulnerable people.  They will be sold for $14.99 apiece with 25 minimum allotments online, and this will cover one's own purchase and providing cloth masks free to vulnerable people.  Contact Albert for two local outlets for individual sales.  Albert detailed the various options including purchase and donations: a seriously practical and fun way to help those in need.

The club thanks Albert for his creative leadership in developing this program.


Past President Kevin Holloway has been scouring via the internet, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ROTARY, all around the world and voila!

Four excellent new programs (amongst hundreds) were outlined.  Some of these come from Kevin's snowbird club in SW Florida (Marco Island) 
Read about:

1. Women in Rotary :
    (a) Jennifer Jones (a Canadian nominated for Rotary RI president in 2022):  Jennifer Jones is making history as the first female president of Rotary International, nominated to serve in 2022-23, and she will be speaking to us live on October 30, 2020 at 1:00pm EST as part of the Infinite Possibilities: Women in Rotary series.  Anyone is welcome to participate.  Rotarians, invite your non-Rotarian friends to spend an hour of their day listening to one of the most brilliant and inspiring Rotarians you will ever come across.  Register with this link:

     (b) A virtual West Africa Project Fair:  The West Africa Projects Fair (WAPF) is an annual event that offers Rotary clubs in Western Africa  the opportunity to share their projects with Rotary members from across the world. International visitors meet project host clubs, learn about their community’s priorities, and explore partnership opportunities. Join us this year for the first Virtual West Africa Project Fair, 9-13 November 2020.

Register with this link:
2. Marco Island Rotary Christmas drive through parade

3. A virtual Rotary choir with international fellowship of musicians:  In early April, the fellowship decided to perform music together in a virtual choir. The Virtual Rotary World Choir, under the direction of John Ackenhusen, a musician who lives near Seattle, Washington, USA, now meets online every Saturday morning. Members receive rehearsal material in advance, and then converge via Zoom to listen to the accompaniment and sing their parts. We then email our voice memos to John, who uses digital audio and video work stations to put the four-part harmony pieces together so that they are synced perfectly.  If you are interested in joining in:

4. The Thunder Bay Rotary Peace Pole Polio Plus on FaceBook.

Plenty of creativity to pursue. Thanks Kevin!


Announcements and more:

1.Dew Drop Inn report (David Silliman): 347 people served on October 22, 2020.
2. Fall Clean Up (Steve McCauley): 9 Rotarians (and others in spirit) helped clean Cumberland St. with Eco-Superior friends.
3. St. James Literacy service (Mary-Anne Mackett). M-A reported on programming under review with principal Angelina Tassone: includes rather exciting and practical covid-friendly ideas like "pen pals" and Rotary guest speakers offering "life snippets".  Stay tuned.
4.World Polio day fundraiser at Nipigon Rotary club was successful
5. Rotary branded face masks now available at Dew Drop Inn and Econolodge (thanks to Leslie Savitsky)
6. Rotary Radio Day...this week (B. Walmark) gearing up: Homework is to draft your pitch to contacts.
7. And last but not least October Birthday celebrations and Happy Reports (Brian Thompson) always welcomed and enjoyed by all.
One extraordinary tribute to our Past-President Judi Turner was a big highlight.