AT OUR CLUB-April 28, 2020

We were pleased to have two distinguished guest presentations today:

A: Dr Stewart Kennedy (Exec VP of Medicine and Academics, as well as Incident Manager for Covid 19, at TBRHSC).

 Via Zoom and with the assistance of the Rotary tech committee (Kevin Holloway, Warren Philp et al)and with thanks to Tracie Smith of TBRHSC, Dr. Kennedy provided a welcomed overview on the current covid -19 situation at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center and Thunder Bay area. 
Dr. Kennedy is a veteran Thunder Bay physician and award winning medical educator and hospital administrator.
 His message was clear and cogent: this area is being served well by the the collaborative team approach with low numbers of illness and mortality. 
Of course the situation remains complex, fluid and dynamic. Caution and active surveillance ongoing is mandatory.

There was a Q and A involving Rotarian David Legge asking generalized questions. Dr.Kennedy will be on hand for Part 2 of this session next week as questions of a more clinical and science based nature are offered up.

 The club is very grateful for Dr. Kennedy  providing time for this service.  He was introduced and suitably thanked by President Rod Morrison. Please find the video on the Club's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/parotary or by clicking on 



Dr. Stewart Kennedy

B. Erin Beagle, Executive Director of Roots to Harvest (www.rootstoharvest.org) since it's inception (and a notable Rotary Paul Harris Fellow), then provided her own fine overview of the hugely expanded role and scope of her "hands on for food security" organization that has become a huge force in this area. 

 Erin Beagle

Especially since March break (into Covid-19 territory), Roots to Harvest has been in full throttle, with about 430 food packages going out per week from a large kitchen/warehouse involving a small army of employees (10|), community gardens, student and refugee volunteers and a  fine network with numerous not for profits in the community. The need is great. No questions are asked. The Thunder Bay Community Foundation-TB United Way alliance is helping in many ways including financial assistance. There are currently 13 food distribution sites, both in town and rural.
 Erin is pictured in her element. Her tireless work was outlined in a welcome intros and a very fine thank you by Past-President Lauri Tulloch.
Thank you again Erin.

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Business highlights today:

 There were over 40 attendees today and President Morrison welcomed new member Mark Tilbury from the corporate partner/member Lakehead University. Great to have you on board Mark. 
Matti Peland former District RYLA rep from Thunder Bay was on hand also from Bemidji, MN. Welcome Matti

 Matti Peland

1. A bittersweet tribute to Rotarian Lori Mitchell, moving on to Area Commander charge in Toronto (Salvation Army). Lori is a huge force wherever she goes. Her work here especially with the new Center for Life building project is exemplary
2. Dave Silliman reported on the last Dew Drop Inn session (8 Rotarians thanked)
3. David Silliman is proposing another Adopt-a-Road cleanup along N. Cumberland St  May 23rd. Stay tuned.
4. Brian Thompson honoured the April birthday folks (Brian Walmark was visioned on his mule at the precipice...thank God!) Arpad Zolymi, our long suffering exchange guy had his on April 5th