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. ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqiBLqY2Slg ). 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 (www.msf.ca) 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
Kishore 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).
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.
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
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: http://www.tbrri.com/article/the-cyclotron-and-its-role-in-medical-research-and-diagnostics-211.asp
At Our Club: May 19, 2015
The 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
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 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/guardian-angels-leader-has-first-talk-with-thunder-bay-police-chief-1.2900907. A hearty round of applause followed after Kevin Holloway’s thoughtful thank you.
On 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 (www.hospicenorthwest.ca) 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:
- Access and Success (both very important; 1500 students graduate per year and geographic challenges are met)
- Aboriginal learning (over 30% of students have an aboriginal background)
- 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
Irene Kozlowski, 2014- 2015
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Ryan Correy, adventure cyclist and author of "A Journey Ridden"
Kishore Sakhrani, Hong Kong Island Rotary
Siobhan O'Malley, Doctors Without Borders
Robert Kilgour, Canadian Red Cross
Dr. Ingaborg Zehbe, Robert Jackson, & Melissa Togtema, Thunder Bay Research Institute
- Sept 1: Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Vice Provost, Aboriginal Affairs, Lakehead University
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