AT OUR CLUB March 23, 2021
 
President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 36 members and guest speakers (see intros below) today.
Included were Lakehead Rotary club members Gail Brescia and Sandy Lychowyd (welcome) and Rotoract president Mal Balachandran.
 
Co-hosts (with thanks): Jim Madder and Steve McCauley with tech assistance from Kevin Holloway.
 
O Canada rendition this week was a performance by The Tenors at a Toronto Raptors basketball game (in their halcyon era). Thanks for this lively beginning to Kevin Holloway and Steve McCauley.
President Krysta acknowledged our presence on the Fort William First Nation Territory.
 
RECENT CLUB HIGHLIGHTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  1. Kevin Holloway produced a highlight reel from the recent Virtual Anniversary Dinner featuring a Live Auction. Mike Nitz cleverly entertained and encouraged over $3500 from generous players all to help eradicate polio (the final push is ongoing). Well done Mike.
  2. World Rotoract Week (was last week), but we continue to celebrate the fine current work done by our local Rotoracters.
  3. District Conference 5580 Awards for clubs is being vetted and a number of categories are still up for grabs (contact Krysta or Jim Madder).
  4. Next week’s meeting features a Virtual Rotary Talent Show (Mike Nitz).
  5. March 25th commitment to Dew Drop Inn: the afternoon service is being withheld pending relief in the Covid 19 crisis (D. Silliman).
 
FEATURE PRESENTATION
 
The CATCH THE ACE RAFFLE has commenced: a well designed and time tested fundraiser concept (throughout the province) linking the United Way of Thunder Bay and the Port Arthur Rotary Club.
United Way of Thunder Bay ED and PA Rotarian Albert Brule and his team consists of ErikaMikkola (United Way of TB Special Events Coordinator; pictured) and Jake Behse (Co-op Intern from Con College Business and Marketing program; suited up and pictured as he twirled around!) have  been concocting this exciting new venture with our own committee of Rod Morrison, Bill Everitt and Shelley Crawford.
Cooperation between PA Rotary and the United Way developed with warp speed, said RodMorrison, who walked us all through a Power Point Summary of the Raffle mechanism and along with Albert Brule answered most of the queries. Jake stole the show with his flashy Catch the Ace suit and tie which was a winner in recent media coverage.
 
Their presentation today identified the 4 dedicated beneficiaries (at this time) of the raffle: Dew Drop Inn, Our Kids Count, Shelter House and Roots to Harvest.
This is a progressive draw, that should draw ever increasing participation (i.e. ticket sales) with (an expected and hoped for) prolongation before the Ace of Spades is finally drawn (could be 52nd week or any Thursday evening before!). Individual Rotarians and all their friends and contacts are urged to participate by a) buying tickets, b) sharing this info throughout their networks, and c) helping find weekly supporters ($500 will get a great deal of publicity). This support by businesses will help defray certain event costs and Rotarians are asked to help find supporters as part of our Club’s commitment to the raffle. Contact Bill Everitt if you have ideas.
 
The first week is already underway with over $600 in the till as of this meeting and upticking this afternoon (March 23). The first draw will take place Thursday April 1st.
 
Tickets at www.tbayace.ca
 
A guaranteed jackpot minimum of $5000 (covered by United Way) should be a great incentive, and 50% of the entire input goes to the charities cited (if the pot gets very large, our club Allocation Committee will recommend new beneficiaries).
 
Committee member Bill Everitt reminded us that active participation should be a logical outcome: it is fun, it is easy on-line, and best of all helps our designated beneficiaries greatly. Of course we can all win for ourselves as well. Covid times at home should raise the ante for club members.
 
The meeting concluded with a lively Q & A and “Happy Dollars” session with a number of Rotarians commending the Uway team.
 
Upcoming events/reminders:
 
Diversity Thunder Bay presents 'New Understandings:  Diversity, Inclusion and COVID with Presenter Jesse Wente - Wed Mar 24th from 12 to 1:30 pm  Free virtual even by registering at:   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jesse-wente-new-understandings-diversity-inclusion-and-covid-tickets-139151599179
 
Monthly Dew Drop Service - This Thurs Mar 25th - Please contact David Silliman at silliman@tbaytel.net or 768-5848 if you are available to volunteer this month.
 
PA Rotary Virtual Talent Show - We need your help!  Please contact Mike Nitz (michael.nitz@td.com) to participate in this fun fellowship event planned for our March 30thRotary meeting.  We look forward to your contributions.  Please see attached poster.  Kevin Holloway may also be reaching out to you directly! :)
 
Women in Rotary - 5580 District event - April 1st, 2021 - DGE Kay Biga is promoting an upcoming Zoom virtual event  titled a "Frank conversation on how to attract and retain women members".  Everyone is welcome to attend. There is a Facebook page if you are interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womeninrotarydistrict5580
 
Rotaract Sleeping Mat Project needs your help!  The Rotaract Club is currently creating Sleeping Mats for the homeless community of Thunder Bay. They are collecting old plastic bags (such as grocery bags from Walmart, Safeway, Superstore, ext) to cut into plastic yarn (called "plarn") which are then crocheted into rectangular sleeping mats.   If you are interested in helping crochet they will provide you with the proper sized crochet hook and you will not have to cut your own plastic bags. If you have any questions, please email Andrayaat andrayacolistro@gmail.com or call/text at 807-631-3588. Attached poster for more information.
 
- Register for the 2021 Rotary District 5580 Conference today!  Go to: www.bemidji2021.com and register for free!  There are MANY fantastic sessions planned, and guests are free as well!