AT OUR CLUB-June 25, 2019

Our feature presentation on President Warren Philp's last day was provided online by Karen Kendrick-Hands, a Rotarian from Madison Wisconsin, representing and promoting an important new initiative promulgated at RI by new president Barry Rassin: the Environmental Sustainability-Rotary Action Groups (www.esrag.org). The idea is quite simple..time to buy in across the Rotary world: implement new projects with environmental sustainability the key and crucial underlying determinant. This may or may not (by all Rotarians) be construed as a new pathway internationally. It makes eminent sense (it was noted Barry Rassin hails from Bermuda, in danger from climate change). Karen is a lawyer and life long environmental advocate. She spoke passionately about the need to get on board and urged our club to partake (we already do have a history favourable to the concept).
Full details are available at the ESRAG website above. The club thanks Karen in Madison, Wisconsin, Joe Wasielewski of our club (board member for international activities), as well as Kevin Holloway for setting up the contact/connection IT. They are pictured with President Philp. Also pictured is Karen Hendrick-Hands.


The club then welcomed (Past-President) Kevin Holloway as the latest Paul Harris award recipient..this occasion a very generous 3 star level. Well done  Kevin. Thank you.
 Kevin is pictured with Past-President Bob Tomlinson, who read the "charge," President Philp, and Jaro Kotalik, Rotary Foundation chair for the club.


A stirring end of term "reflection" by President Warren Philp for a superb year at the helm resulted in a (well deserved) standing ovation.
Warren's accomplishments are numerous and a substantial legacy to this club going forward. He then welcomed our new President Rod Morrison to the podium. Rod's "I had a dream"..aka Martin Luther King, also included a sweat..large boots to fill, but newly minted President Rod Morrison is the man to move the momentum forward. Among the accomplishments cited by Rod (of Warren), many are noteworthy and include: improved communication strategies, the new indigenous welcoming strategy, the community membership concept, strong relationships with the other clubs, and strong fellowship opportunities. There were more. Rod was generous in his praise and heartfelt.
See picture  below of the two after the pinning ceremony.

Present also today in spirit and Rotary service were the new incoming presidents of the Lakehead and Fort William clubs: Clifford Mushquash (pictured far L) and Stephen Margarit (far R)  with Warren and Rod. Great team --gentlemen!