MARCH 25 MEETING OFF SITE: The regular club meeting on March 25, 2014 will not be held at the Prince Arthur Hotel. Please stay posted for more details as to the new location for that date.
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At Our Club February 25
Allocations Chair Laurie Tulloch and President Judi Turner today presented cheques to several very worthy recipient local organizations. Pictured are: Brandy Allard ( for Multiple Sclerosis Society of Thunder Bay); Dr. Patricia Gilles (for Northwestern Ontario Regional Science Fair): and Bruce Nugent of Lakehead Public Schools, Catherine Forbes of Westgate CVI Counselling and Jacqueline Dyck, Westgate student (for We Stand Up Conference).
At Our Club February 18th
Deb Comuzzi, VP for External Relations, and Mark Tilbury, Alumni and Community Relations Director, of Lakehead University, presented today on “Mapping the future of Lakehead University (next year being the 5oth anniversary).” Pictured are also Vonnie Cheng of the Alumni Association and president Judi Turner.
From humble beginnings as the Lakehead Technical school, the University now boasts a faculty/staff of over 2000, and student enrolment of 9700 students. It is renowned for its student services and safe and intimate learning environment. With 10 faculties (including the new 3 year Law program) and well developed PHd and Masters programs complementing undergrad programs, the University has a high profile magnet effect at drawing international students (which assist on funding).
The presentation was comprehensive and very well received. “Exceptional and Unconventional” 2012-13 Annual Reports were provided at the tables.
Ms Comuzzi was introduced by Vonnie Cheng and thanked by Seppo Paivalainen.
A hearty welcome to new Rotarian Dave Grady, pictured here with beaming Dad Rob along with Past President Kevin Holloway (who read the riot act) and President Judi Turner.
Dave’s bio was well received and he will thoroughly enjoy membership fellowship and service to the community.
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs , honourary club Rotarian, presented an extraordinarily thorough State of the City address to the club today (pictured with President Judi Turner). The address focussed on his vision of the transformation of the city, and covered diverse areas of physical and social infrastructure, Presuming financial inputs from other levels, he is optimistic about the Event Centre; he believes the Mining Readiness strategy in partnership with the CDEC (also working hard on other business development) will see fruit shortly. Initiatives toward a cleaner and greener city ( examples; anti-littering, and Earth Day )were highlighted, and much needed work with the City Aboriginal Liaison committee, drug and poverty reduction strategies are key issues for Mr. Hobbs. And there was much, much more!
The address was very well received. His Worship was generously thanked by Joe McEachern.
At Our Club February 4th
Mac Squires presented today on “Forest Fires and Boreal Plant Succession”, a fascinating discussion highlighting the benefits of natural forest fires as preconditions for new (and diversified) growth in the boreal forest. Mr. Squires is a seasoned independent forest auditor and consultant, regularly educating the public in the Chronicle-Journal, and sorting out misconceptions about the presumed evils of forest fires and timber cutting. He is flanked by Alex Matiece, himself a veteran forester, who introduced Mac, and President Judi Turner. It was a treat having an experienced forest scientist enlighten the crowd today. Mr. Squires was thanked by Cheryl-Lyn Lamers.
The club welcomed 16 year old Igor Wessler, our outstanding exchange student. Igor and his parents recently arrived to experience Canadian winter from São Paulo (via Milwaukee Wisconsin). They brought greetings to us in Portuguese from Brazil. Mrs. Wessler is an active Rotarian in her own right. On the right are President Judi Turner and host parent Paula Timmins.
At Our Club January 28th
Rotarians Bob Tomlinson David Legge, Jaimie Mintenko and Judi Turner celebrate with new Rotarians (inducted today): Logan Ollivier, Nicole Konkin, and Cheryl-Lynn Lamers (left to right—the youngsters). Plenty of energy and service commitment is being infused into the Port Arthur Rotary Club.
At today’s business portion, Rotarian Warren Philp presented a tutorial on the PA Rotary website: how to navigate and make best use of the site, and as well utilize the PA Rotary Facebook page.
At Our Club January 21st
President Judi Turner is pictured with past president Don Chase and newly inducted member, Rob Kerr, executive Director of the Salvation Army, Thunder Bay. The club welcomes Rob and looks forward to his friendship and service.
Past District Governor Roly Turner, and Chair of District Foundation, tutored the club today on the Rotary Foundation, i.e. “Where Your Money is Going”. Roly has fine-tuned his presentation to a concise and understandable format. Our club has excellent results within the district.
At Our Club January 14th
Erin Beagle, Coordinator with Roots To Harvest, was today’s guest speaker, pictured here with President Judi Turner. Roots to Harvest is an innovative and creative not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting and executing various programs of food production and local dissemination, with a focus on involving young people (many from challenging backgrounds) connecting them to food and the earth and basics of farming, otherwise taken for granted. Formed in 2007, and part of the Food Security Research Network at LU, the organization has met its goals and beyond. There are many philosophical parallels with our club relating to youth engagement, empowerment and sustainable, and a healthy food supply in this area. Erin was introduced by Bob Backstrom and thanked by David Legge.
At Our Club January 7th
PA Rotary started the new year with a formal presentation on the PA Rotary-St. James Elementary School Partnership, now gathering even more (very successful) steam. Pictured here are PA Rotary Committee members Krysta Logozzo, Bill Everitt (Chair), Jaimie Mintenko, Brian Thompson, Rob Grady and Brenda Winters (L to R). Seated (L to R on right) are St. James reps Deb Mayotte (Teacher) and Marla Poulin (Principal). The 3 year commitment was reviewed and cleverly encompasses all of the goals of the club Visioning Exercise of 2013: Literacy, Youth, Leadership, Community, Aboriginal Issues and Fitness. This “high needs” school is a perfect fit for the club Service mandate to Thunder Bay. Details (there are many) can be supplied by any of those pictured above. All of us are delighted with progress to date and looking forward to advancing the project into the future.
PA Rotary President
Judi Turner, 2013- 2014
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4th: Bonnie Moore
11th: Jim Milne
18th: Ed Long
25th: Off Site Meeting TBA
1st: Gladys Berringer
Visiting Rotarian: K.S. Joseph - Fort William
Exchange Student: Igor Wesslar
Prospective Member: Sam Logozzo
Guest: Janis Beebe
Exchange Student: Igor Wesslar
Speakers: Mark Tilbury, Deb Comuzzi
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