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  • Rotary Christmas Carol Sing 2015! Gather your family and friends for an evening of song and entertainment in support of the Thunder Bay Christmas Cheer Fund. Location for Port Arthur Rotary ...

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  • The Port Arthur Rotary Club has nominated Brenda Winter as President Elect-Elect. The opportunity for other nominations will be called for at the next Rotary meeting on Tuesday , November 23, ...

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  • Here are some examples of the produce being grown and harvested at the Field of Greens, a garden project at the Salvation Army poperty on Cumberland Street. Thisgarden is a joint project of ...

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  • In keeping with Rotary’s mandate of promoting global peace the three Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay have installed a Peace Pole. It is one of 200,000 planted worldwide. The Peace Pole has ...

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  • On July 9, 2015 the Port Arthur Rotary Club hosted a fabulous Sailing Evening. Twenty club members and a FW guest participated along with 18 guests, boat owners and crew for a total of 39 people. ...

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  • This year, our district conference is in Duluth Minnesota! Port Arthur Rotary Club along with the two other rotary clubs in Thunder Bay and the Nipigon Club are the only Canadian clubs in our ...

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  • Our second make-up meeting was held on Thursday, March 5th at 5pm at the Breakwater Tap House. We had a great time talking about 'What Makes a Great Rotarian' among other things! Thanks for ...

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At Our Club: November 17, 2015


Rotary Christmas Parade Information

Parade Coordinator Laurie Tulloch (left in photo) provided the club with a copy of the Parade Instructions/Emergency Plan. Please click here to download them. Laurie asked that these be read by all participants in this activity. Thunder Bay Police Sergeant Poulter (right in photo) emphasized the importance of being physically and mentally ready to work this event. As well as preparing for the weather, we are asked to study the emergency plan. He also reminded us to bring a well charged cell phone to our assigned station.


Guest Speaker at Today's Meeting

Pictured above on the left is guest speaker Marie Klassen, the Executive Director of the Lakehead Social Planning Council with Rotarian Cheryl-Lyn Lamers, who introduced the speaker. The topic for today was the community service titled '211'. This is a telephone, internet (found at and walk in service found at Victoriaville. The purpose of the provincially funded service is to provide easy access to a variety of questions an individual may have. Examples given included sources for help if you are the victim of domestic violence, to information on where is the Christmas Parade, to where am I if you were suddenly afflicted with dementia. Just dial 211 for answers. 

Also at the meeting the Oktoberfest committee announced that the profit for this year’s event was just under $10,000 with the sponsored charity of ‘Our Kids Count' to get 1/3 and our club to keep the balance. Good work Alexandra Jones and team!

We were greeted at the door today by Bonnie Moore and Bruce Nelson. President Darren Fisk started the meeting with the French National Anthem to commemorate those who suffered and lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Photos and write up by Kevin Holloway.


At Our Club: November 10, 2015

imageThe club had a busy agenda today commencing with a very respectful Remembrance Day Service with members of the Thunder Bay colour guard militia including a presentation on all aspects of Canadian involvement in military actions dating from WW1 to the present deployments in the Middle East by Regimental Sergeant –Major George Romick. He is pictured on the far Right with President Darren Fisk (far Left) and our second presenters for the day (see below for description), Dr, Richard Maundrell, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lakehead University, who introduced the key-note speaker, his colleague Dr. Steve Jobbitt , Department of History, Lakehead University (centre Left and Right respectively). Regarding the first presentation, Captain Romick was introduced by Kevin Holloway, and thanked by Lori Mitchell. Wayne Milloy played a poignant last post on trumpet.

Dr Jobbitt presented on the Refugee Crisis in Hungary and Europe. This timely topic was highly credible, fascinating and very sobering. Dr. Jobbitt had first- hand visitor experience in the very challenging (for migrants and the world) country of Hungary (Budapest and environs).The figures are quite literally mind-boggling and Canada’s albeit noble commitment to bring in 25,000 migrants is in reality a drop in the bucket. This presentation was superb and club members have requested a return visit from Dr. Jobbitt. This global phenomenon is critically important to humanity and likely to worsen going forward. Dr Jobbitt was thanked by Rotarian Bonnie Moore. To view the presentation click here.


The club welcomed back into the Rotary fold :
Jim Crooks (previously in our club) and Jeff Sampson, previously in Rotary in Sudbury.
Darren Fisk (far L) welcomed the lads : Jim (left of centre) and Jeff (far Right). That’s Chris Bailey who introdced Jim. Dave Legge (not pictured) introduced Jeff.
A hearty welcome back, boys.


At Our Club: November 3, 2015

imageThe Rotary-St. James Public School Partnership was highlighted today with Bill Everitt introducing and MCing the description and the major players involved in this project, a 4 year partnership agreement currently entering its third year. Pictured beside Bill (far 

left) in order, are: Brenda Winter (Reading Chair); Brian Thompson (Music Co-Chair); Jaimie Mintenko (Fitness Chair); Elaine Oades (current St. James Principal); Rob Grady (Music Co- Chair) and President Darren Fisk. Missing in the picture are Rob Graham (Guest speakers thanker) and Krysta Logozzo (Rotary Community Services Chair playing a big part).
St. James of interest is the alma mater of our member Dr. Jim Colquhoun (known by the students and staff as” Jim”) and one of a number of dedicated readers. Now with 165 students and a large diversity of students, many with high needs (JK to Grade 6), the school presents many challenges being tackled by a number of dedicated Rotarians involved in the four Focus Areas of Service: literacy, fitness, leadership and community engagement.
Other important groups such as the Salvation Army (breakfast program) and Public Health are partners with the school.
All of the above explained their contributions, with passion and dignity. A response of thanks and gratitude by Elaine Oades was poignant and emotional. She emphasized how important it is for relationships to be developed at different levels including mentors, staff, and the kids (often struggling) themselves.
The program has also expanded with field trips, sporting events, a purchase of snow shoes and book gifts to the kids. A formal evaluation is planned using external analysts from Lakehead University, and a program of community partnership with parents is also in the works.
The club is delighted to assist the school in this ongoing initiative.


The club welcomed back into the Rotary fold :
Jim Crooks (previously in our club) and Jeff Sampson, previously in Rotary in Sudbury.
Darren Fisk (far L) welcomed the lads : Jim (left of centre) and Jeff (far Right). That’s Chris Bailey who introdced Jim. Dave Legge (not pictured) introduced Jeff.
A hearty welcome back, boys.


At Our Club: October 27, 2015 

imageToday the club wed baseball with pride and great exposure of Thunder Bay on the world stage:
Pictured are(L to R): Rob Grady (guest introducer of Warren Philp), Jordan Lester (guest speaker), President Darren Fisk, Maria Hudolin (guests thanked), and Warren Philp (Rotarian and Executive Director-Thunder Bay International Baseball Association). What’s it all about?
The Under 18 Baseball World Cup
Thunder Bay, September 1-10, 2017,

“Thunder Bay to shine on the world stage.”

Warren and board member Jordan Lester (a former PA Rotaract leader) presented on the exciting tournament (with as much impact perhaps as the world juniors hockey tournament). They have toiled hard and long and the club members and guests were treated to a fine preview of this premier event.
Some highlights:

  • 50 games at Port Arthur Stadium and Baseball Central
  • Japan (very important) will be included this time (absent for the recent world juniors here)
  • Truly international representation
  • Major economic and tourism impact for Thunder Bay
  • Cultural events
  • Youth baseball development
  • Sister city involvement (example: Gifu, Japan)
  • Future major league stars showcased

Read more of the details of Warren and Jordan’s presentation at here.
Best wishes to Warren, Jordan and their huge volunteer crew as this huge event goes forward. It will be very gratifying.


At Our Club: October 20, 2015 

imageBrenda Winter and President Darren Fisk are pictured with Mike Wrenshall (far right) following Mike’s presentation on TedX-Thunder Bay. Mr. Wrenshall was a Rotarian in Dartmouth N.S. years ago with a diploma in “Knowitall.” Fast forward to the present as a “technology immigrant,” he has been motivated by the TED experience (which started in Silicon Valley in 1990). Topics like artificial intelligence, driverless cars and laser medical delivery systems turned on his creative juices. Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) with over 2000 free on-line videos by bright and innovative speakers is coming to Thunder Bay, courtesy Mike and his board of local directors as Ted-X (i.e. baby TED). The theme of the Thunder Bay event at TBCA June 10, 2016 will be “what are we waiting for?” All the details are available at www.tedxtbay.comClick here to view Mike's presentation. Mike was introduced by Brenda Winter and thanked by Warren Philp.


At Our Club: October 13, 2015 


The club invited with pleasure the Dougall Media Team for Rotary Radio Day (Monday February 15th, 2016-Family Day) to meet and greet club members and celebrate 50 years with CKPR. President-elect Vonnie Cheng chaired the meeting and is seen with the Dougall Team (Left to right -Rosa Tucci (traffic manager), Linda Linklater (traffic), Daryl Bolton (producer), Brad Hilgers (program director), Stephanie Miller (marketing coordinator), Vonnie Cheng (PA Rotary), Jordan Puzzella (creative writer), Ann Snell (creative director), Bill Hogan (announcer), Andrew Poulson (creative writer) and Cora Cambly (marketing, promotions and web operations director). The scribe apologizes if any of the above are in incorrect order. Kevin Holloway spoke on many of the important allocations (charitable service funding) arising from this our most important fund-raiser. Laurie Tulloch spoke on the history of our association and connection with the late and revered Rotarian Fraser Dougall, and Jim McDonald provided fond recollections and humerous anecdotes referencing Fraser going back to days in school in Winnipeg and at Amethyst Harbour.


President-elect Vonnie Cheng along with Cora Cambly and Ann Snell are seen about to cut the celebration 50th anniversary cake.


At Our Club: October 6, 2015 


Dr. Tory Tronrud, Director, Curator and Archivist of the Thunder Bay Museum presented, today, an excellent overview of the evolution of Health Care in Thunder Bay. He is pictured here, from left to right with President Darren Fisk, President-Elect Vonnie Cheng (who introduced him), Tony Tronrud, Leslie Savitski (who thanked him) and Frank Gerry, President of the Board of Directors for the Thunder Bay Museum.


Dr. Tory Tronrud’s talk was based on the detailed Public Health records for Port Arthur and Fort William and is the theme of a current exhibit at the Thunder Bay Museum. Numerous cases and anecdotes were provided to illuminate the improvement in our local health care. Our twin cities suffered through numerous diseases, epidemics and quarantines during the past 100 years. The improvement of medical care through the discovery and availability of antibiotics, sanitation, x-rays, pasteurization of milk and even the closing of schools, churches and brothels were cited at different points in the talk. A most captivating and educational presentation for all who attended.


Click here to view The Thunder Bay Museum’s webpage. Frank Gerry, Museum Board President invited club members to a Victorian Tea at the museum to be held the last Sunday in November. He also noted that the vintage car selected for their raffle was a 1972 Corvette Sting Ray.


At the reception desk were Dave Grady (whose business recently received NOBA’s Company of the Year award) and Nicole Konkin (who will be moving to Alberta – this was her last meeting with our club - good luck Nicole!)


Laurie Tulloch- notice of the Christmas Parade to be held on Sat. Nov 21- please let Laurie know if you are not available. Kevin Holloway – Fall cycle of Allocations to commence shortly. Committee members to be verified by Krysta Logozzo. Allocation committee to meet by email to develop recommendations.

Irene Kozlowski: Next meeting we will host a large group from CKPR in preparation of the Radio Day fundraiser.

Photo and write up courtesy of Kevin Holloway.

 At Our Club: September 29, 2015 

imageReturning exchange student Christopher Donald Ruby (aka CJ) presented on his life changing year in Thailand. He is pictured in the red jacket (festooned with pins) alongside Darren Fisk (President- far left), Anne-Helene (our new Inbound Exchange student from France -centre), Mat Diegel (Exchange Student Coordinator-2nd right) and CJ’s "Mom” Marilyn Leiterman (far right).  This was an extraordinary year for CJ, a bit scared to leave (his sheltered life here), very different and matured on return. He became truly immersed in Thai culture and language, and felt almost disoriented on returning. His mantra was “ Although we are far apart, we are still under the same sky.” His experiences were exotic and there was no distracting technology like Wi-Fi (how about a monkey landing in his canoe and stealing his water supply leaving him dehydrated?) His main locus was in Chiang Mai and he had access to 27 other Rotary exchange students. The audience was quite enthralled as noted by thanker Krysta Logozzo. CJ was introduced by Mat Diegel. To view CJ s presentation , click here.


At Our Club: September 22, 2015 

imagePast President and Assistant District Governor Maria Hudolin presented an informative and entertaining primer on the Rotary Foundation. Maria is the new Foundation Chair and is pictured with President Darren Fisk (left), Jim McDonald (District Rotary Annual Fund Chair), and PP and DG Roly Turner (District Rotary Foundation Chair). Maria made it short, simple and descriptive (i.e. KISS and TELL) and with a subtitle: TRF is Our RF: a simple way to give globally.
The giving is essential to the future of the organization and can be tailored to each member’s budget. Members can contact Maria for a full disclosure of the presentation. She was introduced by Vonnie Cheng and thanked by Bill Green.


At Our Club: September 15, 2015


Carolyne Dowdell, General Manager of March of Dimes Canada, presented today along with partner, Vocational Rehab Specialist Mike Blackwood. They are pictured with President Darren Fisk. The overarching topic is provision of employment and community services to people with disabilities, of which there are many, often not obviously apparent. March of Dimes started in the 1950s, with mothers collecting dimes for polio survivors. Our speakers effectively lobbied for understanding of disability in our society, and assisting with vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. There was a nice video entitled Rotary at Work, which highlighted the above. Our guests were introduced by Jim Mucklow and thanked by Judi Turner.


At Our Club: September 8, 2015

imageMichelle Allain, medical bioethicist at TRHSC, St. Joseph’s Care Group and the Northwest CCAC, presented, today, an excellent overview on bioethics, entitled “Ethics on Call.” She is pictured here with president Darren Fisk after the meeting. In describing the role of bioethics in health care organizations, she stressed that there are often “not simple answers.” Indeed the talk began with the famous Runaway Street Car scenario, which when altered slightly, changed (and confused) the respondent outcome evaluations. She overviewed the domains of practice, she works within, and yes agrees it’s “complex.” A robust Q & A period followed and there was rapt attention. She was introduced by Cheryl-Lyn Lameres and thanked by Dave Silliman. Click here to view the presenations. Click here to view Michelle's biography.


At Our Club: September 1, 2015


Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, vice-provost for Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, presented today on “Truth or Reconciliation?" As a tireless advocate for First Nations justice and equality, the talk focussed on numerous issues facing her indigenous brothers and sisters all across Canada including: the challenges for youth, the background “Great Law” and 7 Teachings, Idle (K)No(W)More, Historic Trauma, the advances at Lakehead University, the Reconciliation process, Youth vs Elders inclusion, recent successes and more. Very optimistic! There are many stereotypes however yet to be dismantled and many conversations well into the future. She pointed out for instance that there are over 11,000 indigenous Canadians with PhDs! As expected there was a very healthy Q & A session. Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux was introduced by Brenda Winter and thanked by Jaimie Mintenko. 

Click here to view Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux's bio and click here to view the presentation.


At Our Club: August 25, 2015


Senior cancer researcher Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe (2nd left), (Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute) and two of her PhD candidate students, Melissa Togtema, and Robert Jackson, are pictured with President Darren Fisk (far left) after their tripartite presentation on Human Papillomavirus (HPV): “Screening & Prevention, Basic Science and Next Generation Therapy”. Dr. Zehbe is known and respected for her close collaboration with her students, who clearly showed their own passion for this important research, involving several forms of cancer. Mr. Jackson described the basic biology of the HPV, and Ms Togtema discussed applications to potential therapies (avoiding the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy). Dr. Zehbe coordinated all aspects into a general overview, including a discussion on her projects screening vulnerable populations for HPV-related cancer. They were introduced by David Legge and thanked by an old chemistry “professor” Lauri Tulloch. Click here to view Dr. Zehbe's lab poster.


President Fisk welcomed Anne Helen, our new inbound Exchange Student from France, here pictured with host parent Jim Mucklow (Cindy Mucklow was also on hand today). The club looks forward to a great year with Anne.


President Fisk welcomed aboard our newest Rotarian, a “transfer” from the Toronto West club, Captain Lori Mitchell;  the new Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community & Residential Services (Salvation Army). Lori is already getting involved in the Field of Greens project at site and will be a dynamic addition to the club.


At Our Club: August 18, 2015


Today’s keynote speaker was Rob Kilgour (middle), District Branch Manager of the Canadian Red Cross, assisted by Dave Wright, Transportation Co-ordinator, (to Rob’s left). Also pictured: President Darren Fisk (far left), Doug Shanks (who thanked the speakers) and Brian Thompson (far right) who introduced the speakers. The work of the great humanitarian Red Cross Service is well known internationally, but at the local level such as in Thunder Bay, the mandate includes (as tasked by the local LHIN) to provide transportation services for needy seniors (a rapidly increasing demographic). The local CRC depends heavily on volunteers to accomplish the goals set out in the presentation. Click to view Rob’s bio/ mandate  and the PowerPoint presentation. There was a direct offer to members to consider volunteering, and members were clearly interested.


At Our Club: August 11, 2015


Siobhan O’Malley, RN at TBRHSC (Labour and Delivery) and passionate dispenser of maternal and other medical aid with Doctors Without Borders (Medicin Sans Frontiers), presented today on the MSF Emergency Mission to South Sudan. This was a very moving account complete with slide show and video (see ). There was no sugar coating the realities of extreme poverty, displacement, all forms of violence and the challenge of providing health care to extreme suffering individuals. Siobhan has participated to date in 3 missions with MSF (also working in Myanmar).
She is pictured after the meeting with President Darren Fisk (far left), and her buddy from Rotary Group Exchange-Tasmania Heather Minthorn (who introduced our speaker), as well as Chris Bailey,(far right), who thanked her.

MSF ( was founded in Paris in 1971 with the broad mandate: humanitarian activities, bearing witness and speaking out, and provision of medical care. The work is onerous and dangerous, the rewards completely transformative. Ms O’Malley would go back in a heart beat. The audience were enthralled even though shocked by conditions over there. The Q & A period was lengthy as anticipated.
The club thanks Ms. O’Malley for sharing this outstanding service with us.


At Our Club: August 4, 2015

imageKishore Sakhrani (Hong Kong Island South Rotary club), delivered a wonderful address at today’s meeting entitled Canada-Hong Kong, a History of Families and Friendship. Mr. Sakhrani visits Thunder Bay every summer and attends our meetings with generous gifts and today as mentioned, a very illuminating and entertaining overview of Hong Kong. His CV is extensive, and his experience in business (MBA at Richard Ivey School of Business a part of the CV) at the international level with its contacts around the world including Thunder Bay made for a memorable address. There were a plethora of interesting factoids comparing Hong Kong and Canada (all the way from GDP growth rate to bamboo scaffolding making for efficient apartment renovations, to high finance, cost of living, and the environmental impact of cars and fast food/meat indulgence… but a sampling). Why he asks, does Hong Kong work? Simple answer-it has world class everything, and taxation is minimal (the only major drawback being high property taxes). Yes, air pollution as well. Mr. Sakhrani’s gifts were, finally, started to be auctioned off today, by Laurie Tulloch. Fine intro and thank yous were afforded by Vonnie Cheng and Warren Philp (who pleaded with Kishore to come back regularly and continue his international business diplomacy).

Click here to view the presentation. 


At Our Club: July 28, 2015


Chair (President-Elect) Vonnie Cheng is pictured with Ryan Correy (centre) and partner Sarah Hornby (right) following Ryan’s presentation on “A Purpose Ridden,” outlining his career to date as one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists. His first substantial ride (100 miles per day) was with his dad at age 13. He later became inspired by the amazing Terry Fox. His cycling passion became a “purpose.” Among more recent adventures: 25,000 km from Alaska to Argentina; the Race across America at over 450 km per day.

Ryan self-challenges and the extreme hardships allow him to triumph by “going the distance.”He is also a consultant/guru with Hammer Nutrition Canada, which markets science evidence based healthy nutrition for super endurance athletes. He brought along his new book ‘A Purpose Ridden” for perusal/purchase outlining the many adventures he has experienced. Ryan was introduced by Krysta Logozzo and thanked by Matt Diegel (with a preface by Jim McDonald outlining his lowest of lows in parallel). 


President-Elect Vonnie Cheng presents a $500 cheque to the Club Foundation Chair Maria Hudolin on behalf of the Sun Life Financial National Volunteer Program. Many thanks to Vonnie and Sun Life.

image President-Elect Vonnie Cheng receives a generous cheque from Bert Andreola (New Jersey, U.S.A.) of $ 500 for community work at the club’s discretion. Bert has a phenomenal record of 54 years “perfect attendance.” The club is grateful indeed. Bert was his usual humble self again today, complete with trademark tam-o’-shanter.


  At Our Club: July 21, 2015


Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, presented today on their diverse programming offered to assist new immigrant families ( and refugees) in Thunder Bay.  She is pictured above with President Darren Fisk. Literature cards were provided as well; in a nutshell, welcoming service helping to settle newcomers. Integrate them and adjust to their new life in Canada. Partner Agencies include: Northwest Employment Works, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, P.R.O. Kids-Thunder bay and the Diocesan Office of Refugee Services. In the early days, the focus was on refugee settlement; currently it targets connecting people to the appropriate services. There were numerous areas that the club was made aware of; examle- interpreter services for 57 languages (plus 4 aboriginal), and working with CDEC for employment opportunities. Cathy was welcomed by Vonnie Cheng ( a long time buddy) and thanked by Jim McDonald.


Rotarian Alexandra Jones is co-chairing the September 26th, newly expanded Oktoberfest in Thunder Bay. She shows off a promo sheet with President Darren Fisk. The event is an all- day affair with several partners’ events in the daytime (including Motors and Muscles and a fitness challenge with Fresh Air Experience to name just 2). The dance at night does involve, yes, beer, along with 2 bands to attract a big throng. PA Rotary has been toiling away to make this a huge success. Stay tuned.


At Our Club: July 14, 2015


Rotarian Charles Cirtwill (we think spelled correctly), is pictured with President Darren Fisk following his presentation today on the Northern Policy Institute; a complete overview. Charles is the Founding President and CEO of the very important (for Northern Ontario) independent, evidence-based think tank that makes recommendations on a wide variety of issues facing the north. Charles has a background in Political Science, Law and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has found a new home in Thunder Bay having gravitated from Halifax N.S. The presentation was succinct and explained the workings of the NPI; also with a dose of reality for northwestern Ontario. As expected an appreciative audience asked numerous questions. Charles is a real credit to our club. He was introduced by Kevin Holloway and thanked by Dave Legge. Click here to view his presentation.



At Our Club: July 7, 2015


Craig Loughery (pronounced Lock’-Err-EE), 5580 District Governor presented to the club today ( his inaugural address for his district no less..we are honoured). He is behind wife and fellow Rotarian Diane (far left) and Assistant District Governor Irene Sottile (Fort William Rotary Club) as well as newly minted PA Rotary President Darren Fisk (who’s reflection confirmed he is a Mark Twain adherent)… great first meeting Darren.
DG Loughery demonstrated his oratory skills with a concise 5 part talk on: 1. Membership; 2. The District Conference in Bismark N.D.; 3. A Paul Harris Fellowship celebration with PA Rotarian Marilyn Leiterman (see below); 4. Volunteer openings at the District level; and 5. The RI theme for 2015-16- Be a Gift to the World (incorporating the classic “Service Beyond Self”). Mr. Loughery was introduced and thanked by President Fisk and Past-President Maria Hudolin.


Marilyn Leiterman’s unselfish and determined work as advocate for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (prevention and treatment), was rewarded today with a Paul Harris fellowship; here presented by DG Loughery and Past-President and ADG Maria Hudolin (well done Marilyn).


Captain Kevin Holloway along with sailors Nicole Konkin and Rene St. Jacques, ham it up in promo for this coming Thursday night’s Rotary sail at the marina. Sea Shanty practice was a big hit today. Ahoy to all mates!


At Our Club: June 30, 2015




Madame President Irene Kozlowski graciously chaired her year- end meeting today to acclaim and many a tribute. A splendid year it was, and terminated by a heart-felt reflection (the 4- Way Test) as well as many tributes to her fellow Rotarians. Brenda Winter accepts Rotarian of the Year Award from Irene Kozlowski; a very hard-working and deserving recipient. Well done Brenda! 


Irene is flanked on left by President-Elect,(taking the podium next week), Darren Fisk (congrats to you Darren) and Past-President Judi Turner (great meeting arrangement Judi).



Jim McDonald receives 3 plus year Paul Harris pin from Maria Hudolin (her 7 plus year pin awarded today), with President Irene looking on. Jim and Maria, both Past-Presidents epitomize the Rotary ideal. Congratulations to both.


At Our Club: June 23, 2015


On her second to last meeting day as President, Irene Kozlowski (third from right) was acclaimed and thanked for an outstanding year by Rotary Assistant District Governor Irene Sottile (far right).

The meeting also featured presentations of another cycle of funding allocations from our club to worthy community recipients: Mike Nitz (far left) for United Way; Margaret Hajdinjak (third from left) for the 5th Annual Out of Darkness Memorial Walk; Mary Anne Comuzzi (middle) for the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre 2015 Soapbox Race for kids; and Nadine Turcotte (second from right) for Our Kids Count –Roots of Empathy Celebration (May, 2015).

Allocations Chair Kevin Holloway ( second from left) thanked all those participating, including the worthy recipients and fellow Rotarians. There were 12 approved allocations for this Rotary year.


At Our Club: June 16, 2015


Today at Rotary three Directors: from the left  Krysta Logozzo, Brenda Winter, Laurie Tulloch  presented  reports about their portfolios. President Irene notified the Club that Leslie Savitsky and Karen Marconi (absent) will present at a later date.


At Our Club: June 9, 2015


Past President Maria Hudolin (pictured at right) spoke about her March trip to Monterrico Guatemala as part of a World Community Service project that involves District 5580 Clubs: Superior, Duluth Harbortown, Duluth 25, Fargo, Port Arthur Rotary and the Vista Hermosa Club in Guatemala. The project was the continuation of a school construction project started last year and is jointly sponsored by Districts 5580 and 4250. Total project costs were $9000 US Dollars. Maria's costs to participate in the 10 day project was $2200 US Dollars that included air fare, land costs and incidentals. Maria spoke about her 17 years in Rotary and this being the first international service project that she had been involved in. She highly recommended the experience to the audience. Maria was introduced by Acting President Brenda Winter (pictured at left) and thanked by Past President Art Warwick.


At Our Club: June 2, 2015

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Our club exchange student, Jitte Wigbold (the Netherlands), delivered her final address today to a large and appreciative (and emotional?) crowd of members and guests. Simply put, an outstanding year (almost completed) by an endearing and very mature student rep from her country. The club is very proud of her. Pictured with Jitte are host parents (Warren and Barb Philp—happy 25th today), President Irene Kozlowski, host parent Leslie Savitsky, and Exchange Chair Matthew Diegle.



Allocations Chair Kevin Holloway presented a round of very deserving recipients of Port Arthur Rotary funds for excellent community work. The club is pleased to support these fine organizations. Pictured are (Past-President Holloway and President Irene Kozlowski) along with:

  • Harbour Youth Services awarded for literacy, represented by program members Joanne Tomlinson (second  from far left) and Genevieve Veltri (second from far right); 
  • St. John’s Ambulance awarded for Summer Camp 911, represented by Diana Sustawenko (immediate left of centre); 
  • Walk with Doc, represented by Pat Carli (centre); 
  • North West Science Fair represented by Brienne Olibris (far right). 

At Our Club: May 26, 2015


Dr. Michael Campbell, Director of Research Operations at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (and adjunct professor of chemistry at Lakehead University) returned today to follow up on the cyclotron project, now completed and ready for inaugural operations in making medical isotopes for radiopharmacy and providing a huge boost to patient care as well as research and business opportunities of major scope in the Thunder Bay area. He is flanked by Rotarian Past-President Kevin Holloway (also on the Regional Foundation Board) and President Irene Kozlowski.

The presentation covered all facets of the project including the science, the bunker site construction with research labs and production areas, and many aspects of the overall impact to the community; an astounding achievement all around. The Q &A period as expected was most informative.
“Dr. Mike” was thanked by David Legge. Is it possible to get him back yet again, that would be wonderful?For more detail, including a virtual tour, check out:


At Our Club: May 19, 2015

imageThe 2015 Rotary 4-Way Essay Contest winners are pictured here: far right is winner Madison Ranta (Grade 12, Churchill), and centre right , runner up Casey Hudyma. They are flanked by President Irene Kozlowski, Brenda Winter, Essay Contest facilitator, and President-elect elect Vonnie Cheng (who delivered an eloquent thank you) . Third place winner Amber Ziebarth (on “My Dream for Equality”) was not able to make it today.
All submissions were outstanding. Brenda Winter, in introducing the winners noted that “having students “write” is becoming unusual.” Rotary is very proud of all 3 winners.

  • Madison’s essay was on the Thunder Bay People Project, an essay coupled with a photography based survey of citizens using chalkboard responses to the question “what are you most thankful for?” She skillfully correlated her results with the 4 way test. Her presentation was very succinct, relevant and charming. Click here to read her essay.
  • Casey’s essay was on NWOSSA: Student Leadership for the Soul. Click here to read her essay.
  • Amber's essay was on equality: My Dream for Equality. Click here to read her essay.


At Our Club: May 12, 2015

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Hannah Smith
Eric Watson
Anton Demetrakopoulos
Jacqueline Dyck

La Verendrye 

Jessica Galarneau
Isabelle Paradis 
Brianna van Rassel
Mathew Sloan

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Superior CVI  

Alexandra Campbell 
Katie Plummer 
Caitlin Mundy 
Teodora Todosia

St. Ignatius

Ashley Andrea
Danielle Andrusky
Laura Liu
Jordan Niemi

Rotarian Rob Grady introduced students from the 4 north end high schools (along with their teacher reps and even a parent), who received distinction awards for volunteerism from the club. Rob read off outstanding contributions for each student. They were suitably thanked by another Rotarian (educator) Past President Laurie Tulloch. Many, many talented kids were honoured with thousands of volunteer hours tallied up. The pictures above include Rob and current club President Irene Kozlowski. Congratulations to all…future and present student leaders.


At Our Club: May 5, 2015


Guardian Angels lead for Thunder Bay Ian Hodgkinson is here pictured with Mayor Keith Hobbs. Mr. Hodgkinson delivered a truly passionate speech on his life and it’s many vicissitudes. Then a wee bit on the Guardian Angels. His lows and highs went the gamut from student days at PACI (under Principle and today’s introducer Art Warwick) to wrestling icon El  Vampiro and rock star in L.A. to a slide downward then back up as a leader of the Guardian Angels, Thunder Bay branch. A more fulsome report can be reached at A hearty round of applause followed after Kevin Holloway’s thoughtful thank you.


imageOn hand today was Jitte Wigbold and her family from The Netherlands; having a wonderful time and reunion with their daughter. Dad Erwin is seen with Mom Ellen, brother Joppe, Jitte; and host parents and family members Leslie Savitsky, and the Philps-Barb, Warren and their daughter Emily. Rotary flags were exchanged and a small ceremony was held on Remembrancer day and Liberation Day in the Netherlands.


At Our Club: April 28, 2015


Hospice Northwest ( was on full display today. Pictured (left to right: Club President Irene Kozlowski; Rotarian Mary Anne Comuzzi..generous supporter and donor; Joan Williams, Executive Director of Hospice Northwest; and Barb Philp of the Rotary family and Hospice Board member).

Warren Philp introduced his wife Barb, who outlined her interest in this fine support organization and details of the “Hike for Hospice” fundraising event at Boulevard Park, Sunday , May 3rd. She challenged the club to form its own team and church goers are ok-ed to participate. Executive Director Joan Williams then provided a clear and cogent overview of the not for profit organization (previously Via Vitae), describing it’s holistic approach to recruiting and training volunteers to assist with clients and families facing death. A brochure was circulated. Mary Anne Comuzzi spoke from her heart on the great value of Hospice Northwest and pledged a very generous sum (she was thanked appropriately). Matthew Diegel thanked the presenters, again verifying the value and need for these services.


At Our Club: April 21, 2015


President Irene Kozlowski is flanked by Jill Zachary (PP, Fort William club and international Rotary facilitator of renown) on her right, and Maria Hudolin (the very first Port Arthur Rotary Club female President as well as recent 5580 Assistant District Governor): all in a festive mood after their presentation today on the new and improved “Rotary Friendship Exchange.”

The idea of international cross-cultural exchanges by small groups of Rotarians is not entirely new, dating back to 1944. The new improved version is being rolled out in earnest at the upcoming District Conference in Duluth, MN. “Team” reciprocal exchanges would be roughly 10-12 in number (Rotarians plus/minus significant others) over 10-14 days, and “Individual” visitor exchanges are also planned (usually over about 7 days). The idea is of courser a win-win admixture of adventure, fun and best of all international experience and friendship generation with like- minded Rotarians around the world. By 2015/16 a Thunder Bay “outbound” exchange with India (Tamul Nadu and new Delhi)is in the planning stages. Full details are welcomed by contacting Jill and Maria. Les femmes were introduced by a smiling Seppo Paivalainen.


At Our Club: April 14, 2015



Confederation College President and Rotarian Jim Madder is pictured with President Irene Kozlowski.
Jim presented at today’s meeting on “the Role of Confederation College in the Northwest; What Does the Future Hold?”
The College provides varied education resources in Thunder Bay and 8 smaller campuses in 70 communities.
The major foci include:

  1. Access and Success (both very important; 1500 students graduate per year and geographic challenges are met)
  2. Aboriginal learning (over 30% of students have an aboriginal background)
  3. Serving Northwestern Ontario, but increasingly drawing from southern Ontario, example the GTA.

Jim explained the importance of “synchronous learning” and the achievements of “upgrading” students (i.e. elevating their successes from lower grade levels to graduation). Key Performance Indicators include 91% employer satisfaction and 89% student found employment..2nd in the province). There is room for more as well. 400 international students (17 countries) find their niches here.
Dr. Madder is understandably enthused. The audience were impressed and a fine Q & A period took us through the hour. Jim was introduced and thanked, suitably, by Art Warwick and Laurie Tulloch respectively.



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At Our Club: April 7, 2015 


The Honourable Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Northern Development and Mines, returned today for a congenial update on his government and Northern Ontario: a “summary of priorities of his Ministry.” Pictured here with President Elect Vonnie Cheng (who chaired the meeting), Michael confirmed that he “was feeling like a million bucks.” Indeed he spoke with his usual passion and looks great too. A concise overview of many northern projects was of interest; Mr. Gravelle averring that Premier Wynne has made it clear that Northern Ontario is a priority for the government. Of special interest was the recent announcement of a Northern Industrial Electricity rate program as well as a hydro rebate for low-income families. The Ring of Fire was discussed as well where significant movement has occurred; the project is not “just on hold.” Numerous other new mining projects have sprung up, that the public may perhaps be less aware of. The Q and A was relevant. Mr. Gravelle was introduced by Krysta Logozzo and thanked by Cheryl Lamers. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year, Michael.


At Our Club: April 1, 2015 

imagePast District 5580 Governor Roly Turner is flanked by wife Judi (Past President) and current Assistant District Governor Irene Sottile, at today's meeting.

Roly stepped in for current District Governor Jim Ozbun for “the shortest DG speech in history.” Perhaps, but it was concise. His overview of the many club activities and contributions to the community (both in Thunder Bay and internationality) conveyed his respect and pride for the club. This holds also individually for his spouse and ADG Irene Sottile. The address was roundly approved by members and guests.

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Recent Guests

November 24

Keith Nymark, President, 
Coalition for Waverley Park

November 17

Sargeant Glen Porter
Thunder Bay Police
Marie Klassen, Lakehead Social
Planning Council

November 10

Remembrance Day Ceremony
Royal Canadian Legion 
Port Arthur Branch 5 Colour Party
Capt. George Romick
Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
Dr. Steven Jobbitt, Dept. of History 
Lakehead University

Upcoming Speakers

  • Dec 1:  John Pateman, Chief Librarian/CEO, Thunder Bay Public Library
  • Dec 8:  Kevin Holloway, Allocation Committee, & Judy Decicco, President of Thunder Bay District Humane Society & Vice Chair of SPCCA
  • Dec 22:  Hilary McDougall and Beth O'Neil, RYLA Participants
  • Dec 29:  Roly Turner, District Rotary Foundation Chair
  • Jan 12:  Erin Moir, EcoSuperior Environmental Programs
  • Jan 19:  Jill Zachary, Fort William Satellite Club
  • Jan 26:  Charla Robinson, President, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Feb 9:  Amber Prairie and Diane Mitchell, Habitat for Humanity
  • Feb 23:  Doreen Boucher, Exec. Director, Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse Centre of Thunder Bay

Reception Desk Roster

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  • Nov 24: Rene St.Jacques, Johnnie Debakker
  • Dec 01: Bob Tomlinson, Alexander Jones
  • Dec 08: John Stephenson, Jamie Minteko
  • Dec 15: Dave Silliman, Bonnie Moore (Maria)
  • Dec 22: Brendan Hardick, Jim Mucklow
  • Dec 29: Peter Marchl, Chris Bailey


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