President Shelley Crawford welcomed guests Ian MoorfieldPriscilla Mankwa Owusu and Harold Wilson (back now at Confederation College).

Our scheduled speaker John Andras, (on behalf of the Honouring Indigenous People (HIP) Y2Y 2025-26 Conference possibility for Thunder Bay District) was unable to make flight connections but will lead the discussion at the Canada Club meeting January 25th (see below). The inaugural Turtle Lodge HIP at Selkirk Manitoba in 2023 was a big success. Our own Olivia Kembel will be our own district rep for the upcoming HIP in B.C!

In Lieu, our newest member Brent Boyko deftly stepped up for a "classification" talk on his vocation (engineering) and his many contributions to the community.
Brent s pictured holding a news clipping of his days as outbound Rotary Exchange student to Japan.
This very interactive presentation was a delight and the club warmly welcomes Bret on board.


Doug Shanks gave a timely lesson on the essence of our newly incorporated Port Arthur Rotary Club charitable organization status, emphasizing it's arms length relationship to the club itself. The numerous regulations for charitable status organizations were outlined, and how important it is to abide carefully by them. Doug cautioned transactions to proceed with caution first consulting/vetting with the new board executive.

Brian Walmark and Matthew Diegel conducted a follow-up call for nominations for President-elect. None forthcoming, the club ratified the position for Matt Villella. Congratulations Matt.

Upcoming Events:


Thursday January 25

    • Dew Drop Inn (morning and afternoon shifts)
    • Canada Club in-person Meeting at 5:30 pm Thunder Bay Art Gallery (all welcome) Important discussion re HIP Conference 2025

Tuesday February 13:

Club Meeting Speaker TBA

Tuesday February 27:

Club Meeting Allocations Presentations – Judi Turner

Board Meeting 4:30 pm

Friday March 1

Tentative opening reception of Museum 100th PAR Anniversary Exhibition (Time and date tbc)

Thursday March 7:

                        Talking About the Tough Stuff Speaker Series, Confederation College Lecture Theatre, 7 pm

Saturday April 20

                        THE GALA!!!! Save that date – info and ticket sales starting very soon