AT OUR CLUB JUNE 16, 2020

Today's meeting was attended by 31 members and guests, and was hosted, with thanks, by Warren Philp and Mike Nitz.

 From the United Way (Thunder Bay) press release of Aug 12. 2019:

"Albert Brulé appointed to tackle Thunder Bay's most pressing social issues."
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This is a good intro for today).

Recently transferred Rotarian (from London and Grande Prairie AB clubs); Albert returned to the (virtual) podium in an uplifting reprise of his earlier (September) address to the club, on the scope and current /future activities of this keystone organization addressing the core issue of poverty.
He has introduced many new creative energies since commencing his new role in September 2019. "A Community Impact Plan" has spawned an effective collaborative approach with many partners. The approach is novel, ambitious and aspirational. It is far beyond simple fund-raising.

Albert's presentation clearly presents a much needed approach to the issue of poverty and its many manifestations.

A more recent successful partnership with the TB Community Foundation (the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund: Respond/Recover/Rebuild ) is a great example of cooperation and team building (along with Rotarian Ola Calderon of TBCF no less). 25 organizations have benefited 7000 individuals already, with input and  assistance from the federal government as well.
 The future holds many exciting innovations as well:( some involving youth engagement)

United Way and it's many programs can be reached at: uwaytbay.caDonations are encouraged of course.

 Our club is thrilled to have Rotarian Albert on board, for obvious reasons.

Thanks Albie for your energy and professionalism (Dave Legge..introducer and thanker) .

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Business and Announcements

1. President Morrison reflected on his term (# 1...) always salient
2. Rotary visioning survey for all members encouraged (electronically) and the dedicated visioning group is about to go to work (Krysta Logozzo Daniele)
3. Fees due date reviewed.
4. The club Indigenous collaboration is moving ahead.. several speakers are potentially booked for the new Rotary year.
5. Arpad Zolyomi was again delayed..now flying out June 29th.
6. A potential award for LU student in ethics proposed (Jaro Kotalik).