Posted by Maria Hudolin on Jul 02, 2019

President Rod Morrison kicked off what will be a fine year, with a varied potpourri of " shout outs" as well as club business debate on several current issues.

Pictured is Matt Diegel (centre) a most worthy recipient of ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR, along with President Rod and Past President Warren Philp. Matt has been a tireless, passionate, club spokesperson for youth and chair lead on Youth Exchange for many years. He has successfully resurrected the incoming program with a new student arriving in September from Romania. Your toil is highly appreciated Matt on this challenging file. Congrats.

 Wilderness Discovery (Handicapable Action) Centre club liaison (and WDC board Secretary) Past President Brenda Winter is pictured with Past President Bob Tomlinson, another tireless essential piece in the restoration journey...virtually completed now, (next up the new "bunkies"). Bob attended the Open House on the weekend..packed and astounded attendees were present..and the camp is fully booked already through July! This timely update was most welcome on this cheery summer day.

Welcomed back was Brandon Otway, the current Past President of the Grand Rapids Rotary club in MInnesota (and also current Assistant District Governor). Brandon has epitomized Rotary ideals for many years. He is an educator/administrator in Grand Rapids, married with a 4 year old and  is back helping his Thunder Bay parents with heavy lifting jobs as a Christmas present. Way to go Brandon! He is pictured with President Rod alongside Rotarian Jim Madder, who did the intro.
It was a great first meeting of our new Rotary year!