AT OUR CLUB September 1, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 31 members and guests (the latter including our speaker, also Mal B (Rotaract President) and Shelley Crawford)

Suitable acknowledgements and Oh Canada were rendered, and President Krysta reflected on the September Rotary International theme of Education and Literacy, a key focus of PA Rotary. A video from RI complemented this message. This is a most different "academic year" (Krysta).

Kendall Williams, Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, provided a fine "report card." on the amazing work being done on behalf of support (in all facets)of young business entrepreneurs in this area (now expanded to an office in Kenora as well as in Thunder Bay).

NOIC is a vital Not for Profit economic development organization to support entrepreneurship (whether small, medium or start-up businesses).

The Focus is" Ideas, People, Innovation."
The presentation covered all aspects of the organization (embraced by many members personally..including Jim Madder, past president of Confederation College: the physical  hub for NOIC, and who introduced Kendall).

We heard about the mechanisms available for supporting these young businesses, the funding, staff involvement and special interest for example in youth development (eg the intensive 3 month costarter program, and youth oriented BizKids and Tech Kids "camps/placements).
Kendall highlighted a number of exemplar success stories including: BORDER GIANT ( a software program for expediting import/exports at the border); LYNAC Tile and Equipment lifters) ; URIDE ride sharing app); ASM Innovations (greenhouse shipping..visit Roots to Harvest); Radialis imaging for breast cancer): all noble enterprises.

Past President of NOIC Board of Directors Mike Nitz, thanked Kendall eloquently..he visions another Jeff Bezos emerging!!


Krysta again encouraged members to examine the Visioning Exercise and get involved. There are numerous opportunities:
 one such involves Rotary involvement in tackling sex trafficking. Our FB page (Matt Diegel reporting) highlighted the grant for "Speaking Out" addressing awareness programming for indigenous kids, and middle/high school children in this challenging era.

The WHO officially declared Africa a POLIO Virus free zone...finally.. an extraordinary achievement with RI being instrumental!

Our PA Event Calendar will be available shortly

Rotarian Kishore Sakhrani has camping backpack gear for donation to suitable party : enquiries welcomed)

Dew Drop Inn service August 27th saw 350 meals prepared (Dave Silliman). Thanks to Bob Tomlinson for tireless work at constructing cabinetry and plexiglass screening!

Shelter House thanked our club for our allocation of funds supporting their roofing repairs (a "golden shingle" received) (Kevin Holloway).

The Peace Day virtual celebration (Peace Pole site not available) will take place September 21 (Lakehead Rotary is the lead this year)

Prostate Cancer Awareness month news was presented by Bill Everitt (PSA testing can be arranged free of charge if Bill)

Jackie Dojack updated the club on the Well Being Committee (re: members unable to attend)

Mike Nitz advised on a potential fellowship event assisting the Alexander Henry Museum campaign (contact Mike)

Kevin Holloway and Jaro Kotalik are hatching a plan to have TBSO assistant conductor Maria Fuller perform with chorus  a rendition of "Lovely Thunder Bay" newly resurrected music composed in 1923 by B. Gunton Smalley. Wouldn't this be unique!!

 The meeting ended on a very cheery note under the baton of our own conductor Krysta Logozzo Daniele