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At Our Club July 29th


l-r, President Irene Kozlowski, Past President Bernie Baxter, Brenda Winter, Brendan Hardick, Jim Greenaway, and Jim Mucklow
Two new Rotarians welcomed today!. Brendan Hardick who was introduced by his sponsor Brenda Winter and Jim Greenaway introduced by his sponsor Jim Mucklow. President Kozlowski and Past President Bernie Baxter took part in the ceremony. The club is delighted with our new members, both of whom are already engaged as members!  ( see below for a good example).


The guest presenter was also inducted just today: Brendan Hardick of Scrimshaw and Scott LLB law firm has been working with Brenda Winter and others on a new in-house club Youth Protection Policy, under the authority and requirements of the Ontario Child and Family Services Act. Brendan outlined the reporting requirement (Section 72) for child abuse, based on the legal test of reasonable grounds, to a Children’s Aid Society. There was discussion on the internal club reporting/ mechanism policy (once an obligatory report is to be made to CAS). Several case reports highlighted the issues. Q and A also touched on possible offences for failure to report and possible ramifications re privacy concerns. The club is doing due diligence to a high, professional degree in an area important to the club. Brendan was introduced (again) by Brenda Winter, and thanked by Jaimie Mintenko.


At Our Club July 22nd

President Irene Koslowski stands proudly with Haruka Ono (of Chiba..near Tokyo, Japan). Haruka delivered an emotional and passionate farewell to the club today having completed her term as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and achieving an Honours Bachelor of Social Work, at Lakehead University.

Haruka’ s unique leadership qualities were pre-eminent. She has a unique skill at connecting on a meaningful basis with many of the Anishinabek students that she worked with (in the “peer leadership program) at schools such as Dennis Franklin Cromartie and Matawa. The rewards, given patience, and listening, were inestimable. Some transformative changes took place and long-term friendships forged.

Her successes are an inspiration to Rotarians and there were numerous teary eyed members attending this meeting who could see her unique qualities in facing the challenges of cross-cultural racism, and lost opportunities.It is hoped that Haruka, who appealed greatly to all who got to know her, will return to this area given suitable employment, or at a minimum, visit us in the future. Warm thoughts were expressed by many, including Fred Baker and Bill Everitt, who introduced and thanked her respectively.


At Our Club July 15th


Dressed in green (“I’m green at this” you’re not), Club President for 2014-15, Irene Kozlowski is congratulated by a beaming out-going President Judi Turner. Irene paid tribute to all members including the Executive Board and PP J. Turner for their confidence in nominating her for the presidential position this year. Irene had a strong belief in Rotary right from her introduction in 2003. Her inaugural address was stirring and passionate, invoking the Four Way (ethical) Test of Rotary and challenging members to “Light Up Rotary” in whatever way suits them. Irene employs a “strength finder” to assist people in finding a meaningful presence within the club. Irene’s opening reflection was poignant: a moment of silence for all to contemplate the value of Rotary. All agreed that Irene is off to a fine start indeed!


At Our Club July 8th


Melanie Rasich, (centre) PA Rotary's returning Exchange Student from Thailand, shared her experiences from her year abroad. A captivating presentation featured several aspects of her time in this exotic country. Watch for a copy of her presentation to be attached here soon. YEO Matt Diegel introduced Melanie and Alexandra Erickson thanked the speaker.


At Our Club June 24th


President Judi Turner’s year is up. What a great job. At her self-described “swan song”, she thanked many, took only a modicum of credit for herself, and produced a 9 page summary of her very busy year. A standing ovation ensued. Here she is pictured with the two other powerhouse female Past-Presidents of the club: Maria Hudolin (2003-4) and Leslie Savitsky (2006-7). And then this coming year, another fine  female president (stay tuned!!).


Outgoing President Judi Turner presents Bill Green with Rotarian of the Year award. Bill has been an outstanding Rotarian for many years. The award is richly deserved. Congrats Billy.


At Our Club June 17th


Today, Allocations Chair Laurie Tulloch paid tribute to several worthy Thunder Bay organizations. Club contributions were received by  (L to R) Diana Sustawenko  (St Johns Ambulance); Tara Monteith (Diabetes Association for Recreation, Enrichment and Support); and June Bjorn Boyer and Pat Carli ( representing Northern Hearts). Also pictured is President Judi Turner. 


At Our Club June 10th


Another celebration of youth today: first up were Shelby Rooney and Matthew Jollineau (pictured above with president Judi Turner). These two outstanding students represented Australia at the recent MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) in Winnipeg. Their debating and diplomacy skills earned them “Best Delegation” status. Today they were appropriately feted (note: Matthew’s parents were in the audience). The issues they debated were timely and well received (Women and violence, Syria, Indigenous Peoples etc). Rotary is delighted to have supported them. They have bright futures. Jamie Mintenko, club MUNA rep was beaming. Great job organizing this J!


Second up, was the second act of Igor Wessler , our fine Exchange Student from Brazil, seen here, festooned in his Rotary jacket. His year in Thunder Bay was outlined. “the worst winter he has ever experienced” was actually a treasured experience. The club thanked Igor for being an excellent student ambassador.


At Our Club June 3rd


Segment 1 of Igor Wessler’s Exchange Student farewell address today was special. Hailing from Serto Catarina (District 4650) Brazil (or is it Brasil?), and formerly from Sao Paulo (pop. 19, 223,897), Igor has done a masterful job of integrating into a much different culture and geography (see above). At 16, an extraordinary young man. He will say more next week. He was warmly introduced by Mat Diegel and thanked (also warmly) in Portuguese!! By Patrick Boileau.


At Our Club May 27th



Today was a celebration of youth (High School Volunteerism ) and hard work at the Dew Drop Inn (Rotary volunteerism).

Pictured are group shots (some containing Youth Recognition Chair Rob Grady who did a super job of introducing the students and their supervisors, parents etc. and President Judi Turner): La Verendrye, St. Ignatius, Superior CVI and Hammarskjold.

The final image shows Dew Drop Inn stalwart volunteers Brenda Winter, Maria Grady, Sharon Belcher, Sharon MacAdam, and chair Dave Sillman.

This was a very warm and fuzzy meeting on a warm, sunny spring day.


At Our Club May 20th


Ellen Mortfield, Executive Director of Eco-Superior Environmental Programmes, Thunder Bay (, returned to the club today, to present on the many fine environmental stewardship programs gracing Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. She is pictured with Board member John Stephenson, who introduced Ellen, and club President Judi Turner. Members, though familiar with Eco-Superior, were updated on Waste, Litter and Recycling; Water and Lake Superior; Chemicals and Health; Environmental Education; Biodiversity and Greenspaces; and Regional Programs (eg. Food Strategy). 

2 exciting new ventures invite possible Rotary involvement: the new Sustainable Community Resource Centre (to replace the older buildings on Red River Rd), and on July 13th , the inaugural 5 km “Open Walk” on Algoma St from John St to Boulevard Lake. More on these projects to follow. A lengthy Q & A followed Ellen’s presentation. Thanks for returning, Ellen. She was thanked by Peter Marchl.


At Our Club May 13th


New member Cheryl-Lyn Lamers is pictured with President Judi Turner following her presentation today. The Murillo girl from a close knit family has had a marvelous series of world travel adventures, jobs and cultural exchanges, positioning her well for her current position as Alumni Relations and Special Events Coordinator for Confederation College. Her enthusiasm and joi de vivre was clearly evident today. Introduced by Jamie Mintenko, she was then thanked, after a lengthy Q & A period, by Mat Diegel.


 At Our Club May 6th


President Judi Turner welcomed Douglas Semple as guest speaker today. Doug hails from Kasabonika First Nation and from an early age had a yearning for cross cultural experience and volunteerism. He accomplished this by visiting Cebu, the Phillipines and fortuitously became involved in a Christian school (BECCA). There he taught, monitored, assisted, even spoke at a graduation class. The experience for Mr. Semple, who holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, was transformative. Warm intro and thanks were provided by Chris Bailey and Roly Turner respectively. Interested parties are encouraged to donate to Mr. Semple’s cause. Contact the club for further information.


Club Info


Irene Kozlowski, 2014- 2015

Message from the President Click Here 

Past President Reflections Click Here 

Complete this form to join us for a Tuesday lunch meeting.

Speakers & Meetings


  • July 15/2014:  Irene Kozlowski's first meeting as President
  • July 22/2014:  Haruka Ono - Ambassadorial Student from Japan
  • July 29/2014:  t.b.d.



June 24th 

Visiting Rotarian: Kishore Sakhrani 
Guests: Brendan Hardick, Jim Greenaway

June 10th 

Exchange Student:  Igor Wessler 
Ambassadorial Student: Haruka Ono

Guest Speakers: Marianne and Steven Jolleneau, Carlo Cappello, Frankie Veneruz, Shelby Rooney, Matthew Jollineau

Guests: Jeff Lipton, Jim Greenaway, Brendan Hardick, Inge Doodeman, Erwin Dol

June 3rd

Visiting Rotarian: Stephen Margarit
Exchange Student: Igor Wessler
Guests: Jeff Lipton, Melissa Courte, Jim Greenaway, Judi Childs

Reception Desk Roster

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 5th - Mathew Diegel & Alexander Jones

12th - Bill Green & Rob Grady

19th - Kevin Holloway & Jaro Kotalik

26th - Colin Bruce & David Legge


Prospective Members

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