BOOK BAG FUND One of the goals of the St. James School - Port Arthur Rotary partnership is to enhance literacy through reading. The 'Book Bag' fund will help students who wish to buy a book ...read more
SHELTERBOX REFLIEF CHARITY On November 26th, Assistant District Governor and Club Member Maria Hudolin did a short presentation on ShelterBox, (http://www.shelterboxcanada.org) the international ...read more
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE see roster below. Coverage this Saturday November 30th and next Saturday December 7th. Locations is the LCBO on Dawson Road and Grandview Mall (river street inside)....read more
ROTARACTORS AND INTERACTORS need help selling Sandbags the weekends of the 7th and 8th and 14th and 15th, contact Jaimie Mintenko to help.
ROTARY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Tuesday December 17th at the Prince Arthur, Bernie Baxter will have tickets next week.
ROTARY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING slated for Sunday December 22nd at 7 pm at St. Paul's United Church on Waverley St.
CHRISTMAS PARADE: To Port Arthur Rotarians and Friends, On behalf of children of all ages let me thank you for the work you have done for the Rotary Christmas Parade. Without you, and the things ...read more
OKTOBERFEST: Thank you Thunder Bay, Ontario for your support for the Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary Club's first Annual Oktoberfest held Friday October 11th at the CLE Coliseum!!! The committee ...read more
FACEBOOK PAGE: Our Facebook page has more photos of our events and comments are posted by various Rotarians. Click the Facebook icon on the right hand side of this page to visit.
At Our Club December 10th
(Exceptional) Regional Cancer Care Thunder Bay was eloquently presented today by Joanne Lacourciere (pictured in the middle), Program Director, Regional Care Centre, and Glenn Craig (far left), President and CEO TB Regional Health Sciences Foundation. President Turner and Rotarians Justine Bertrand and Kevin Holloway (Board member to Foundation) introduced and thanked our distinguished guests. A fine overview of cancer care in Thunder Bay and its 13 satellite network dealt with prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and palliative care. The Foundation has launched its giving campaign, asking $6 million from the community. High tech capital investments were outlined in depth (including new radiation machines, state of the art diagnostics like PET CT and others). Exceptional Donors +Exceptional Research, Diagnosis and Treatment equal Exceptional Outcomes. This was an exceptional presentation and many questions resulted.
At Our Club December 3rd
Special Events Coordinator for Thunder Bay, Paul Burke, presented today on the plethora of event services provided by the City to not-for-profits (“one-window for organizers”). The City offers equipment, grants (primarily to start-ups like PA Rotary’s Oktoberfest) and major events), workshops, licensing, bookings, planning guides, visitor information, and more. All very impressive. Paul showed a video of one successful event, the Special Olympics, Ontario Winter Games (2011). Paul is pictured with President Turner and colleagues Jackie Dojack and Krysta Logozzo of PA Rotary. Further info: thunderbay%23ca|pburke and www.thunderbay.cal/event services
At Our Club November 26th
Chair Bill Everitt of the PA Rotary-St. James School Project and President Turner signed off on an impressive multi-year project today with St. James Elementary School Prinicipal Marla Poulin, to provide a range of co-operative services for the low income students. Pictured with them is club Director of Community Services Krysta Logozzo. Literacy including reading and comprehension “one on one,” music and sports opportunities are to be provided that would otherwise not be feasible for these children. There is plenty of excitement on both sides for this new community service.
At Our Club November 19th
President Turner, Heather Minthorne and Marilyn Leiterman of the club join RYLArians Kathleen Brooks, Tony Gunka, Jessica Kerchak and Jacqueline Desimone for today’s review of the July 2013 RYLA session in Crookston Minnesota. The Leadership camp for young teens had a very successful 22nd year program under the guidance of many dedicated Rotarians including our own Brandon Otway. Our RYLA team presented a well- coordinated summary (helped by Power-Point), clearly articulating team work and building skills and learning the all- important “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” Youth leadership remains a key focus of our Rotary club.
At Our Club November 12th
Everything you want to know about Rotary savant and club trainer, Jim McDonald, spoke today during Foundation month about the Rotary Foundation (TRF) and keyed on the Annual Fund. He was encouraging the Every Rotarian Every Year concept as well as Polio Plus to be part of member’s year end charitable giving consideration. Jim can be reached as desired for a copy of his PowerPoint presentation. Additionally there was discussion on moving forward the concept of establishing a separate club Foundation to allow for members and other donors to enjoy the benefits of the club having charitable donation status. Apparently about 100 other clubs in Canada have already gone this route.
At Our Club November 5th
In advance of November 11th, the club held it’s Remembrance Day Service today. Cory Pollock, Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Legion Br #5 did the readings and played Last Post assisted by the Legion Colour Guard. President Judi Turner read out the timeless “In Flanders Fields,” and a fine video was also shown depicting Canadians in action in the several conflicts encouraging us all to never forget their sacrifice.
At the Club Oct. 29th
At today’s business meeting, still alive and breathing, Jim McDonald outlined the Club By-Law amendments as recommended by the Board of Directors. Members passed all of these resolutions with a minimum of discussion, all being rational and beneficial to the club.
At the Club Oct. 22nd
President Turner is pictured with Wayne Fletcher, Chair of the TB Flood Disaster Relief Fund, who is no stranger to Rotary and to the community at large. Mr. Fletcher’s comprehensive update consisted of
- A chronology of events (complex indeed) and
- His personal reflections on this unique and highly challenging effort to assist those amongst the most vulnerable in the whole of TB.
His sub-title may have been the “Good (plenty by dint of hard work), the Bad, and the Ugly.” In the end the committee (all volunteers) had to deal with a municipal disaster involving about 1100 homes, and simultaneously with the provincial government to free up funding; the benefit being financial aid of maximum $1000 going to 429 eligible claims. This would assist with replacement of bare essentials. The hoops to overcome were enormous; the net effect (final payment this past spring) gratifying. President Turner introduced Wayne and he was eloquently thanked as a community stalwart by Bob Backstrom.
Triumphant Oktoberfest Fund Raising team headed by Mike Nitz, seen presenting a cheque to President Turner for over $20,000, to a huge round of applause at the club meeting today.
At the Club Oct. 15th
President Turner (left) with Patti Hajdu, Executive Director of Rotary-Shelterhouse, Thunder Bay.
Ms Hajdu succinctly detailed the unique services provided at Rotary-Shelterhouse, including the feeding of up to 700 clients per day requiring 20,000 tons of food per year and accepting anyone 24 hr per day, even if intoxicated. This extraordinary challenge again highlights the plight of many unfortunate Thunder Bay residents. Ms Hajdu touched on the new Managed Alcohol Program, allowing clients to consume on a measured and supervised basis while allowing time for crises to settle down. She likened the services provided as equivalent in the city to basics we all take for granted such as water , sewage and electricity. The circumstances of one’s birth play a dominant role as a life determinant. Ms Hajdu has a You-Tube video of interviews with actual clients available by link to club members that describes the Shelterhouse's managed alcohol program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exaIP5TUZNw. Ms Hajdu was introduced by Bill Everitt and thanked by Bob Tomlinson.
Rotary-Shelterhouse invites members and the community to contribute to a major fund-raiser cash raffle, grand prize being $30,000.
PA Rotary President
Judi Turner, 2013- 2014
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