AT OUR CLUB September 15, 2020

President Krysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 28 members and guests today (including Charles Cirtwill our speaker, Mal B our Rotoract President, Gary Ferguson,  E.D. at Salvation Army and Shelley Crawford).
 Thanks are in order to hosts Warren Philp and Jim Madder.

Krysta and WDC Board member (PA Rotary ) Brenda Winter delivered a fine reflection on the Wilderness Discovery Camp; it's history, it's current extraordinary reincarnation and the very successful outcome of provision of a high quality recreational retreat for mobility challenged people on Lake Shebandowan. Key individuals {Bob Tomlinson, Dave Silliman amongst others|} and were duly thanked for their tireless effort. Details of ongoing budgeting for the final touches include roofing and handicapped ramp replacement (from the camp level down to the beach). A number of excellent donations, fundraisers and Rotary and government grants are in the offing. The Camp has obtained charitable status and donations are welcomed. An offsite meeting for the club is tentatively scheduled for September 26th. The other partners included are also celebrating (HAGI, Kinsmen and others).

Oh Canada was again performed by the indigenous student group from Winnipeg and suitable acknowledgements made.


1. Wilderness Discovery events..see above.
2. Rotary (virtual) Peace Day Monday September 28th at 5 pm.
3. Thunder Bay Anti-racism/Inclusion Accord is being presented (Jim Madder/Charla Robinson)
4.Dew Drop Inn service opportunity: September 24th (4-5 in a.m. and similar for serving in afternoon (Dave Silliman)
5. Rotaract club (Mal B reporting) held first meeting: 5-10 new members. Mask project has commenced- mask sewers requested
6 Hearty congrats to Mike Nitz: recent engagement to Stephanie Ash in Niagara on the Lake



Charles Cirtwill returned today (a previous speaker and PA Rotarian) to update us on COVID 19 and Our Community.

 Charles is the Founding President and CEO of the Northern Policy Institute (NIP:

NIP interacts with all 780,000 citizens in the huge northern Ontario area covering 13 zones, 144 municipalities and spread out over 807,000 km 2.
 Charles has obviously travelled extensively but is now based in Thunder Bay. NIP interacts with northerners offering evidence based discussion and possible solutions to answer "what we need" (NIP does not create is a think tank).

Charles presentation is comprehensive and highly instructive as to where we stand vis a vis our economy, the differential effects bad and sometimes good on the various sectors, and where improvements are (often sorely )needed : an example, there is a significant ITC gap in this region holding back progress, and there are many outlying areas deficient in resources for people such as income tax filing, long term care and day care for kids. See the complete talk with the accompanying link. Click for Presentation

The presentation was very well received and Charles responded well to his audience questions

President-elect Jim Madder introduced Charles and also had "the last word" in thanking him (x 3).

 Thanks for your return visit Charles and best of luck educating our comrades here in the north.