AT OUR CLUB October 13, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 29 members and guests (the latter including Carolyn Oleksak, Shelley Crawford and our guest speaker Tim Heney) and thanked cohosts Warren Philp and Mike Nitz. 
Following welcoming remarks, O Canada and acknowledgements, Krysta reflected on the positive impact of the club on a number of city organizations we support such as the Dew Drop Inn, Salvation Army, United Way and the TB Community Foundation.

Members were reminded to tune in on Oct 24th regarding World Polio Day ( and November 5th for a District 5580 Virtual Summit (see Krysta's previous email).

Steve McCauley promoted "Spring into Fall" a partnership between the City and Eco-Superior: volunteers welcomed.

Host Doug Shanks provided an update on our Rotary exchange student of 2009-10 Nora Lorenz (Germany). Very positive

Bill Everitt gave a fulsome report on deliberations on the club "Happy Dollars" tradition (longstanding). The new paradigm promotes a positive recognition platform (and no longer fines for miscreants).  During Covid times, members are keen to express their gratitude by donating for positive news items of whatever ilk, all on an honour system.

Today's guest speaker: (returning on a very regular basis to our advantage) Tim Heney, CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority. Tim is pictured below

The Port Authority has become a great success story, with Thunder Bay enjoying status as the most strategic(full service) port in the world's largest inland  waterway.
 Mr Heney had a fine PowerPoint slide show describing the mechanics, the up to date figures (one such example among many  being 7,246,778 tonnes exported in 2019); the components (7 Grain elevators, 3 dry and 2 liquid bulk storage, 1 general cargo (Keefer), 1 shipyard/drydock and 1 cruise ship terminal). All have activity going on now.
This year has been the best overall in 27 years (grain is up 14% although coal and potash are down).
Modernization and infrastructure upgrades are proceeding and with the western wheat board elimination, improved grain movement here (with upgraded technology and a skilled work force to boot.)
 In summary the Port Auuthority is a major economic development mover in this area.

 The Q&A session was  lively.

 Chris Bailey warmly introduced and thanked Mr. Heney. He no doubt will be back in the future to our delight.

A link to the Authority website was kindly provided for further information by Krysta yesterday.