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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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  • Every fourth Thursday of the Month, members of the Port Arthur Rotary Club can be found at the Dew Drop Inn. . We start the morning at 10:00 am to prepare the meal and are usually finished by ...

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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.


At Our Club: March 24, 2015 


Dr. Rob Foster, guest speaker is pictured with President-elect Darren Fisk, Jitte Wigbold our Rotary Exchange student from the Netherlands, and good friend Rotarian Warren Philp.

Dr. Foster was our club out-bound Rotary Exchange student for 1983-84. He presented on “ Rotary Youth Exchange-A Personal Perspective.” He made it clear that this experience was life-transformational. A bright lad even to begin with, the time spent in France (Aix-Les-Bains), primarily with one host family, was a further catalyst in forging a career as a respected biologist, scientist, field naturalist and consultant, currently co-owner of Northern Biosciences,” headquartered in Thunder Bay. Along the way he has studied and worked as a Rhodes scholar (Oxford, England), in Africa, the far east and more. The relationships made with many,( of course with his host family) have been lasting and powerful. Our Youth Exchange program was on grand display today. Warren Philp introduced Rob, and he was thanked generously by another old buddy Mike Douglas.


At Our Club: March 17, 2015 


imageDr. Andrew Dean, Dean of Science and Environmental Studies at Lakehead University, addressed the club today and is pictured with President Irene Kozlowski. The 50th Anniversary LU awareness campaign was highlighted in considerable detail. The university hopes to connect with over 30,000 alumni. Many impressive accomplishments were outlined. With 2 campuses (both on lakes—see the emblem) in Thunder Bay and Orillia and top ranked research faculty and students (Professor Dean is particularly keen on encouraging undergrad research students), the future looks bright. In the Lakehead there are now 10 faculties and 86 programs. Dr, Dean was accompanied today by Sarah Jane Walker. He was introduced by Bill Ulakovic and thanked by Brenda Winter. Both were eloquent in their welcome and thanks.

Today Warren Philp explained clearly why he became a Rotarian.


At Our Club: March 10, 2015 


Edward Meijer, Manitoba and NW Ontario Regional Director of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and Lieutenant-Colonel Barb McManus (CFLC Liaison Officer) announced the bi-annual reward recipients from local organizations (government, business, and educational). The awards recognize civilian employers and academic institutions that have shown support toward employees or students who are also Reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces. The strong relationship between Reservists and their employers was again highlighted.

  1. Best Practices in Employer Support-Public Sector: OPP (Superintendent Ron van Straalen)
  2. Best Practices in Employer Support-Educational: Department of History, LU (Dr. Michel Beaulieu)
  3. Best Practises in Employer Support-Large Organization: Iron Range Bus Line (Eric Lehto)
  4. Best practices in Employer Support-Small Organization-Gerber Construction (Micha Gerba)
  5. Best Practices in Employer Support-Provision of Military Support: Kal Tire Thunder Bay (Blair Scott)


President Irene Kozlowski is pictured with Karl and Kerry Everett (centre) and Fort William Rotarian Jill Zachary following Karl’s presentation on an upcoming District 5580 trip to several sites in Bolivia, June 12-21, 2015. The Everetts hail from the Harbortown Duluth club. Rotarians are invited to join the visit to several project sites side tours to environs such as Machu Picchu. Contact :


A fine and meaningful thank you was delivered by Fred Baker.

At Our Club: March 3, 2015 


Matthew Miedema (on left ) and Jim Kibiuk (on right) flank president Irene Kozlowski after today’s presentation on the (remarkable) topic of capturing (the otherwise obnoxious) methane gas that forms at landfill sites (John St), and recycling this for electricity generation. Matthew is a project engineer with the City of Thunder Bay, and described the process of methane capture (there are 75 vertical extraction wells). Thunder Bay Hydro Project manager Jim then showed how the gas can be then used to generate electricity. The local facility employs local contractors and businesses. 3.2 MW of electricity is generated by harnessing 263 million cubic feet of (harmful green-house gas) methane. This presentation was a welcome eye-opener. The audience was impressed. Mr. Miedema and Mr. Kibiuk were introduced by Krysta Logozzo and thanked by Vonnie Cheng. It is hoped this technology proliferates into the future.

Today, Bill Ulakovic explained why he became a Rotarian... eloquently!!


At Our Club: February 17, 2015 

imageHis Honour Mayor Keith Hobbs (an honourable Rotarian as well), joined us today for his annual and highly anticipated City Address. Mayor Hobbs is pictured here with PA Rotary President Irene Kozlowski.

Mayor Hobbs’ theme was” SIDE BY SIDE”. This motif characterizes his quest to create a caring, inclusive, and welcoming community. His comprehensive overview clearly demonstrated his passion for the city and achieving these goals. Virtually all the bases were covered. The many highlights were balanced with frank discussion on the social ills we are all familiar with. A very lively Q & A period followed. Mr. Hobbs was introduced by an excited President and thanked by his enthusiastic relative-in-law Bob Tomlinson.


At Our Club: February 10, 2015 


Past Presidents of the Club Colin Bruce and Maria Hudolin, told the club members today why they became Rotarians. The passion and continued dedication remains unabated.



At Our Club: February 3, 2015 


Our guest today was Matt Pearson, pictured with President Irene Kozlowski. Matt is GM of Sleeping Giant Brewery Thunder Bay, very much a success story in the independent craft brewery business, and expanding daily. Matt outlined the inside story of the craft brewing business. Sleeping Giant has a big profile in Thunder Bay , and is now tied as highest rated brewery in its class in Ontario. 1500 HL (hectalitres) per year are enjoyed through various outlets, with new brews coming. Sleeping Giant has been a strong partner with Port Arthur Rotary in making Oktoberfest a premier fundraising event.
Matt was introduced by Darren Fisk and thanked by Dave Legge.


At Our Club: January 27, 2015 


Valarie Midgley returned to the club to update us on her burgeoning businesses emanating from “The Whole Nine Yards.” She is pictured with President Irene Kozlowski and Mom Barb, and as well with Irene and Rotarian Bob Tomlinson (displaying unique bibs). Valarie is now specializing in custom clothing for disabled clients with mobility concerns through “Carefree Clothing.” All manner of consultation is available. Her business diversity also includes catering (example-The Pampered Chef), classes and workshops). The smorgasbord can be viewed at Joe McEachern introduced Valarie and Barb, and they were appropriately thanked by Jim Mucklow.


At Our Club: January 13, 2015


The Staal Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament was featured today. Pictured are organizer/speakers Scott Smith (a Dorion lad), Mike Tallari, alongside chair, club President-Elect Darren Fisk. The Staal Foundation Open was a huge success in 2014: not just a high level development PGA Tour event (156 players), but a fine impact event for Thunder bay tourism and the economy.

See for full details including the 2015 event summary, at Whitewater GC, July 16-19, 2015. The presentation was comprehensive; statistics were impressive (examples: 1.8 million dollar boost to the TB economy; $133,000 raised for charities (cancer prominent); 12,000 guests; 500 volunteers).

Scott and Mike can be reached at staalopen%23ca|scott and staalopen%23ca|mike respectively. Kevin Holloway handled the introductions and Mike Douglas the thank- yous. Plenty of energy, fun and good promotion.


At Our Club: January 6, 2015


Today’s speaker Scott Garner, Municipal Accessibility Specialist with the City of Thunder Bay, is pictured with Club President Irene Kozlowski.

Click here to see the Accessibility Plan on the City's website. Scott accurately described the magnitude and importance of disabilities in Ontario and Thunder Bay (1.85 million in Ontario) and legal requirements for provision of accessible aid for these residents. The Ontario Disability Act (2001) and later the updated Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (2005) provide the legal requirements, now really for every business. The topics covered were comprehensive, including : Thunder Bay Advisory Committee activities; Compliance requirements; Information and Communications for the Disabled; Employment; Design of Public Spaces, and Transportation options.

Scott was a most informative speaker; he was introduced by Bob Backstrom and thanked by Leslie Savitsky.


At Our Club: December 30, 2014


President Irene Kozlowski delivered a thoughtful reflection on aging and respect for seniors, on the last meeting day of the year. She then proceeded to play an interesting video by New York Times best selling author Dan Buettner on How to Live to Be 100 +.

Aging myths are dispensed with and “Blue Zones” at several world locations are used as templates for longevity (one example-Okinawa, Japan).
One salient common denominator is that successful long livers exist in tight knit groups or “ tribes”. The President alluded to our “tribal” Rotary club as a good example.

The video is available at:
Happy New Year all.


New Member Michael Douglas Inducted!
President Irene (far left) along with Dr. David Legge and Jaimie Mintenko were pleased to welcome another new member, Michael Douglas, to their club on Dec. 30th.


At Our Club: December 16, 2014


Nathan Korstanje, guest speaker today, is pictured with President Irene Kozlowski.
Nathan works front-line with L’Arche Canada (, the international organization that matches caring individuals with “core” members who have intellectual disabilities in (ideally) life-long relationships promoting mutual growth and exchange of “gifts”. Awareness was a key to the presentation. L’Arche started 50 years ago under Jean Vanier (son of Canadian Governor General George Vanier). Nathan has become involved at one of the (6) Vancouver homes and is keen on starting LArche in Thunder Bay. A video was shown (using the Beatles All You Need is Love), and a lively Q and A period followed. The website is a good starting place to follow up on this humanitarian organization. Nathan was introduced by Jaro Kotalik, and thanked by Jonathon Knapp.


Past President Judi Turner, President Irene Kozlowski and Past President Maria Hudolin display a Shelterbox Hero 2014 certificate presented to the club for a  $3000 giving achievement by our club. Shelterbox International provides shelter and supplies in areas around the world in conflict and natural disaster zones.


At Our Club: December 9, 2014


Paul Deighton is pictured with President Irene Kozlowski. Paul is Chairman and President of the Board of the Corporation of the Dew Drop Inn (at St. Andrew’s R.C. church). Mr. Deighton presented a clear picture of the state of the Dew Drop Inn kitchen along with a comprehensive summary of the history (It served its first meal, and thereafter, every day of every year to present, in February 1981), current operations and statistics. Approximately 66,000 meals are projected for 2014, over 200 meals per day. That’s a lot of dishwashing. That’s also a lot of need!

The current dishwasher is expiring and the Board has launched a $49,000 campaign to install a new state of the art dishwasher (with a 1 minute clean and sanitize cycle), along with extensive infrastructure changes to the kitchen and of course dishwasher requirements itself. A fine pamphlet was circulated to members. Our Rotary club has been a long- time supporter of this important community project (harken back to George Burns days!). Donations are gratefully accepted and charitable receipts are available. Mr. Deighton or Rotarians such as Lead Dave Silliman can be reached for follow-up.
Mr. Deighton was introduced by Dave Silliman and thanked by Jim Mucklow.


Dave Grady (right) is congratulated by Roly Turner and President Kozlowski on being presented a Paul Harris Fellowship. This prestigious award confirms David’s commitment to both world Rotary Service and to his personal generosity. Well done Dave!


At Our Club: December 2, 2014


Club Rotarian Michael Nitz found time in his busy schedule to unveil to members the Young Professionals Network of Ontario. Pictured here with Club President Irene Kozlowski, Mike and fellow Thunder Bayite Nathan Lawrence co-founded YPNO ( as an innovative, across Ontario, umbrella organization of under 40 professionals dedicated to “ providing assistance and facilitating collaboration amongst chapters to help ensure the active engagement of Young Professionals in their communities.”

Last week to acclaim at Queen’s Park Toronto, Michael and Nathan et al met with the premier and some ministers to launch the “Meet Us and Hear Us Campaign.” A great deal of help was obtained locally, including Sencia Canada in developing the website (refer to the link above). The new logo is particularly impressive, showing interconnectedness in blue( professionalism), green (growth) and orange (energy).

YPNO is the product of many energetic local professional programs; SHIFT and local and provincial Chambers of Commerce to name a few. Outstanding work and vision Michael (introduced and thanked most appropriately by Darren Fisk and Rima Cieslik!


Rotarians Brian Thompson (of Flipper Flanagan fame ) and Rob Grady (of Second Time Around fame), “drum up” business and excitement for the December 21st, Rotary Carol Sing at St. Paul’s United Church. This annual musical potpourri supports the Christmas Cheer Fund and is a family musical must for the holidays. Be there!!!


 At Our Club: November 25, 2014


Returning Rotary Youth Leadership students from their July 13-19 camp in Crookston, Minnesota, presented at today’s meeting. Pictured (from L to R) Heather Minthorne, Club Facilitator, Tatyana Cool, President Irene Kozlowski, Amber Ziebarth and Kristen D’Angelo. 

148 students attended (12 Canadian), all from Grades 11-12. As previously they were divided into “families” of 7-9, each with 2 facilitators, and experienced a plethora of leadership activities, all comprehensively covered today by Tatyana, Amber and Kristen. There were social opportunities of course, and life-long leadership friends and development benefits. The club was honoured. Heather Minthorne introduced the girls and they were thanked by Darren Fisk.


At Our Club: November 18, 2014


President Irene Kozlowski welcomed back Gladys Berringer,Executive Director of Our Kids Count Thunder Bay, which continues to champion the innovative program Roots of Empathy (previously highlighted at this Rotary Club). The concept involves Kindergarten to Grade 8 students observing a selected 2-4 month old baby (and parent), in a range of activity situations over time, building empathy capacity. Though instructors have declined recently, the program remains extant in 22 Thunder Bay schools, though not yet universal locally. The organization sees it as part of mental health programming.  Club members are very positive and supportive. Gladys was introduced by Jaimie Mintenko and thanked by Jim Greenaway.


At Our Club: November 11, 2014


Remembering the many sacrifices of Canadians during several world conflicts, the club, under President Irene Kozlowski, put on a touching service at today’s meeting. This included a fine video as well as a number of Club Directors reading letters sent home by soldiers to loved ones. These were highly emotional and poignant reminders for all in attendance on this important day in Canada.

At Our Club: November 4, 2014


Rotarian Rob Kerr, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Salvation Army Complex, is pictured with wife Shelley (chaplain at SA) and Club President Irene Kozlowski. Major Kerr gave a passionate and heartfelt overview of the SA in Thunder Bay, with its plethora of programming for the many deserving clients. Some (not all) of the many facets covered included: the Habitat Program (on Pearl St); the Food Bank; the Breakfast School Programme; the Soup Van; Christmas Dinner; the Anger Management Program, and many more. This winter will be challenging, the Emergency Shelter already has 42 (extra) residents sleeping on mats! Rob was introduced by Darren Fisk and thanked by SA volunteer Board member Dave Silliman.


Charles Cirtwill LLB and Policy Analyst with the Northern Policy Institute (3rd left), and Jonathon Knapp, Sales manager, Wasaya Airlanes (2nd from R), were inducted into the club today (Jonathon was re-welcomed, having been a member several years ago). They are pictured with Dave Legge, Jim Madder, Irene Kozlowski and Seppo Paivalainen, who sponsored and helped these two with the ceremony today. The club wishes them well and welcomes them indeed.


Another very successful Oktoberfest was honoured with Alexandra Jones presenting “results” along with Matt Pearson of Sleeping Giant Brewery, (our major partner), Darren Fisk, Jaimie Mintenko, and Krysta Logozzo. Great work and here’s to O-3 next October!


At Our Club October 28th


Paul Pepe, the congenial Manager of Tourism Thunder Bay returned today to update the club on the multi-faceted plan to make Thunder Bay “Canada’s Premier Outdoor City.” Pictured here with Mr. Pepe is another keen proponent of Thunder Bay, club President Irene Kozlowski.

Mr. Pepe’s presentation was high on energy and enthusiasm for the present and future and he made a good business argument for the area being on the leading edge of tourism development in Ontario. Areas covered included: accommodation and culinary, public art, the waterfront revitalization and the new event centre (to name just a few!).

The figures speak for themselves and improvements will attain and surpass the goal. “If every visitor to Thunder Bay spends even an extra $10 more, then the tourism economy would swell by $5.28 M annually and create 73 new jobs.
Art Warwick introduced and Joe McEachern thanked Mr. Pepe.


At Our Club October 21st


President –elect Darren Fisk (left) is pictured with guest Mark Smyk, a practising geoscientist with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. Mark is the resident geologist and program manager of the Ontario Geological Survey. He gave a superb overview today on “Mineral Exploration and Current Mining Highlights in Northwestern Ontario”. This included a primer on the mining “sequence,” the essentials of the mining economic cycle (currently in a downturn especially for the “junior” developers), and details of all the mining projects both active and exploratory in this important geologic territory. Gold remains the number 1 sought after mineral with Goldcorp’s interests in Red Lake and Musslewhite , as well as residual ore at the Williams mine (Barrick Hemlo) leading the way.

Mr. Smyk’s presentation was comprehensive and served as a great tutorial on this important northern Ontario resource. He even of course opined on the Ring of Fire project..indeed a few years off, with access infrastructure and stakeholder consensus still big issues on the table.
He was introduced by Martti Tenander and generously thanked by Mo Nelson.


At Our Club October 14th


President-elect Darren Fisk welcomed CEO Doug Murray of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CDEC) as guest speaker today. Mr. Murray, a former Rotarian, was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has major experience in the area of community development. Accompanied by a CDEC Strategic Action Plan (2014-2017) brochure and well-crafted video, Mr Murray outlined the strengths and challenges of Thunder Bay and environs. He  highlighted the strategic plan for reaching out and promoting/coaching business into the future. Several industries are foci within the big plan:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Retention and Expansion (including Succession Planning)
  • Innovative Manufacturing
  • Training and Education
  • Logistics and Supply Hub
  • Social Enterprise
  • ICT
  • Regional Food and Film
  • Mining Readiness Strategy (MRS)

Mr. Murray was hopeful and enthusiastic in answering audience questions. He was introduced by Krysta Logozzo, and thanked by Alex Matiece. Check the CDEC website:


At Our Club October 7th



President Irene Kozlowski welcomed Dr. Michael Wilson, Regional Supervising Coroner- Ontario North Region, as guest speaker today. Dr. Wilson is in charge of all coroner’s cases in the region (size of France and then some). He ensures the facts are accurate, the conclusions (forensically) correct and that the families and (the public where applicable) are made aware of the results; and whether there is a public safety issue involved. His fascinating presentation included several real cases, illustrating the operation (including teamwork) of the death investigation system in Ontario, the conclusions and what the practical recommendations were. He was introduced by David Legge and thanked by Doug Shanks.


At Our Club September 16th

imagePeter Marchl, CFP at Normaxx Financial Services, presented, as a new member, on “ a little glimpse of Peter Marchl.”
Peter dispensed with macroeconomics and talked more about his personal and volunteering life. He emigrated here from Uxbridge Ontario with wife Ashley and immediately embraced life in Thunder Bay. Apart from his business life, Peter is current president of SHIFT, and toils endlessly at home renovations, sailing, curling, even hunting and fishing. The club is delighted with Peter. Chris Bailey, his sailing patriarch, introduced Peter, and he was thanked by Logan Ollivier.


Look it's Past District Governor
Roly Turner from our Club!

Congratulations to Past District Governors Roly Turner (Port Arthur Rotary Club) and Dave Smette (Jamestown, ND Rotary Club) on your District Awards!


At Our Club September 9th


In the centre is Jitte Wigbold, our club’s (shy?) 17 year old Exchange Student from Hengelo, the Netherlands. Jitte, in Canada but a week or two, hams it up with her host parent Leslie Savitsky (wielding the gavel to call for order), and flabbergasted President Irene Kozlowski (trying to restore dignity to the proceedings). Jitte did her initial presentation to the club on her family (Dad a business owner, Mom a health professional, an older sis and younger bro); Holland, her home town (80,000 population situated near the German border), her local school set-up, and Dutch life in general. In Thunder Bay she is attending Hammerskjold High School and living with the Savitskys. She was thanked for the presentation by Peter Marchl.



President Irene Kozlowski is delighted to present Joe McEachern and Vonnie Cheng with prestigious Paul Harris Fellowships, verifying their commitment and generosity in Rotary. Congratulations to both.


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  • May 19

Guest Speaker 
Madison Ranta
Casey Huduma

Shelby Rooney

  • May 12

Visiting Rotarian
Claudio Monteleone

Exchange Student
Jitte Wigbold  

Ashley Andren
Danielle Andrusky 
Laura Liu 
Frank Carpino 
Jordan Niemi 
Russ Johnston 
Alexandra Campbell 
Katie Plummer 
Caitlin Mundy 
Teodora Toddsia 
Claude Camirande 
Isabelle Paradis 
Brianna Van Rassel 
Mathew sloan 
Jennifer Smith 
Hannah Smith 
Eric Watson 
Anton Demetrackopolous 
Jaqueline Dyke 
Jessica Galarneau 
Catherine Dyck 
Carlos Pernia

  • MAY 5

Visiting Rotarians
Stephen Margant
Erwin Wigbold
Korl Wahl 

Exchange Student
Jitte Wigbold  

Guest Speaker
Ian Hodgkinson 

Ashley Andren

Upcoming Speakers

  • May 26: Dr. Campbell, Cyclotron
  • Jun 02: Jitte Wigbold, exchange student
  • Jun 09: Maria Hudolin, Guatamala School
  • Jun 16: Directors Reports
  • Jun 23: Irene Kozlowski, final meeting
  • Jun 30: TBD
  • Jul 28:  Ryan Correy, A Purpose Ridden

Reception Desk Roster

Arrange for a substitute if you can't attend.
  • Jun 02: Johnnie Debakker, Alexander Jones
  • Jun 09: Bob Tomlinson, Jamie Minteko
  • Jun 16: John Stephenson, Bonnie Moore 
  • Jun 23: Dave Silliman, Jim Mucklow
  • Jun 30:  Brendan Hardick,  Chris Bailey

Prospective Members

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