President Jim  Madder welcomed members (including Lakehead Rotary Club President Don MacDonald) to an informal business meeting,( a.k.a Update Meeting), which contained so much good discussion on our activities, that several planned elements had to be deferred to the future because of timing limitations.

 Jim thanked our co host team, read a Land Acknowledgement  ( see below) and commenced the program with a fine O Canada (see pic), with thanks to Mary-Anne Mackett and Kevin Holloway.
The Kitchener Waterloo Glee Club is a delight.


(NB: see also President Madder's extensive pre-meeting communique for further details).

1. Past-President Krysta Logozzo Daniele announced that Shelley Crawford has accepted an offer to be nominee for President -Elect-Elect for 2023-24.
The floor is open over the next week for additional nominations (stay tuned).

2. Canada Club Deliberations: 
  • The Rotary Santa Claus Parade appears to be a go for next year (next planning meeting Feb 1)
  • PETS (for Presidents-elect) District training session is open for registration (to be held Feb 24th)
  • PA Rotary Centennial Committee (S. McAuley) will try and engage future Rotary International President Jennifer Jones (of Canada) as a guest VIP of Honour to visit here 
  • the 5580 ROTARY ONE SUMMIT (virtual) should appeal to all club leaders. Link:
  • the Canada Club Anniversary Dinner (End Polio Now) is scheduled for February 24. Auction Donations welcomed: details to follow re admission.
  • "Diversity Thunder Bay is proud to welcome Jody Wilson-Raybold as our 2022 keynote speaker.  Jody's presentation is entitled “Taking Steps to Advance True Reconciliation.” and she will be discussing a variety of topics related to this important public policy issue, including why governments struggle to advance true reconciliation, UNDRIP, racial justice for Indigenous peoples, and addressing our legacy of colonialism, challenges that we may face as a community/individuals, and creating safe spaces to have these important conversations."                    Registration Link:
  • Rod Morrison's fine interview with Sean VanderKlis , on the CBC morning show went very well (on our club making bridges with Indigenous peoples in this area)
3. Dew Drop Inn:
 Dave Silliman reported on another eventful session January 27th

4.Waterfront Trail /Rotary Community Action Team (W. Philp) has new Action Team membership and an expected infusion of significant funding from the City. Rotarians Jim Madder, Donna Ostrom and Janine Chiasson along with lead Warren form a strong core. The Action Team concept has a bright future looking at many other community projects.

5. RYLA (Youth Leadership in Crookston MN) appears to be going ahead in 2022 (3 reps from Thunder Bay) (B Tomlinson)

6. Catch the Ace: Entering week 18 with a jackpot of $6400, Albert Brulé is encouraging ongoing support. Dougall Media is assisting with in kind promotion (thanks to Hector Dougall)

7. Allocations Committee (Chair Judi Turner) has 5 applications in hand and decision making will take place this month.

8. Rotary Radio Day :Our RD ad campaign is doing very well, with the Early Bird segment now terminated, we are about 90 ads short of the 700 goal (Rosa Tucci, Matt Villella, Brian Walmark, Krysta and many more)

President Madder led a fulsome discussion on the complexities of Land Acknowledgement in today's world of earnest attempts at reconciliation.
 Many members had relevant and well thought out opinions, with a consensus emerging that the most meaningful path is to continue same, with timely modifications reflecting positive relationships and intended actions to follow up, not so much a rote or boiler plate statement. It should be thought of as a beginning not an end. Guest speakers in the recent past including Chief Louie (Osooyos FN in B.C.) and Derek Fox (NAN) have been important stimuli for the club to move forward. Hard work by Rod Morrison on the club Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee is helping to propel this end.

10. Happy Dollars: Warren Philp read out 7 months worth of Birthday Greetings and we sang our praise (almost to a symphony back up). This should generate  needed monies to the cause.

 The meeting adjourned right on time at 1300h!