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At Our Club April 22nd

imageAt today’s relaxed business meeting, the club welcomed new Rotarian Peter Marchl, pictured here beside colleague Chris Bailey, who introduced him. President Turner and Past-President Colin Bruce were also involved in the ceremony.

 At Our Club April 15th

imageClimatologist Dr. Graham Saunders presented to the club today on Weather Whys as how this applies to the Thunder Bay district response to climate change. Though all attendees were familiar with the media/internet lens on this huge global problem, some, if not many, were not well informed on how it is already impacting our own area. Graham as always, provided an insightful, scientifically accurate, and entertaining take on the subject, and this was appreciated by the club, especially given time constraints. We hope to have more time with Graham in the future. He was introduced and thanked by environmentalist members Dave Legge and Dave Silliman respectively.

 The club welcomed back the CKPR 91.5 team on hand for a well-deserved thank you for their continuing and unflinching assistance in making this year’s Rotary Radio Day another major fund-raising success. Past President Art Warwick reviewed the recent and more remote history of this venerable relationship. The professionalism and collegiality of the CKPR team is much appreciated. Unfortunately Rotarian Fraser Dougall could not make today’s meeting.

 At Our Club April 8th

imageThe Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was highlighted today. Pictured are Charla Robinson, President (middle) along with Tony Muzzin, Chamber Membership Recruitment Director and President Judi Turner. Ms. Robinson clarified the purpose of the Chamber; it’s aim to help business prosper through influencing community change. The 4 Pillars of Service where all dealt with concisely with examples of interest to members: networking, communication, education, and advocacy. There is a real plethora of events going on, and the Chamber is active engaging all levels of government in its advocacy role. Mike Nitz introduced the President and she was thanked by Brian Thompson.

 At Our Club April 1st

imagePresident Judi Turner is pictured with Gladys Berringer, Executive Director of “Our Kids Count” (OKC) following her presentation.
OKC is a unique program for primarily young parents focussing on assisting disadvantaged young families pre and post- natally in the area of food preparation skill acquisition and hence proper food security and early age nutrition. OKC will develop a community “planning team” to this end and also encourage shut-in families to socialize and interact to gain self-assurance and knowledge. The program is currently run out of the old RFDA building on McKenzie Street and does get some funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the United Way. This is volunteerism at its finest at a level where early intervention is so important. OKC can be reached on www., and Ms Berringer was introduced by Alexandra Erickson-Jones and thanked by Nicole Konkin

 At Our Club March 25th


Today’s meeting was held at the Bight Restaurant. There was no formal speaker, but a highlight at the festive affair was recognition of member Colin Bruce’s well-deserved retirement, and the memorable party held this past week at the TBCA. President Judi Turner presented an outstanding Rotary-style testimonial of Bruce that was well received by the big crowd. Judi was generous in thanking Warren Philp of our club for his professional speech writing in this matter.

 At Our Club March 18th

President Judi Turner is pictured with (Rev) Ed Long, President of the local chapter of Prostate Cancer Canada Network (TB), or PCCN-TB ( Ed is a master of presenting difficult material in a relaxing, very informative manner; here the topic of prostate cancer. His own story was illuminating. His explanation and overview of this major topic was done comprehensively and with humour. He welcomed interested parties to the 3rd Thursday of each month meetings at 55 Plus Centre. The key is communication. The Q & A session extended well past meeting time. Thanks Ed (E.D.)! Lauri Tulloch introduced Ed and he was thanked by Dave Grady.

 At Our Club March 11th


Financial assistance was provided today to two worthy recipients: Mary Anne Comuzzi (for George Jeffrey Children’s Centre-soap box derby fund-raiser), and Margaret Hajdinak (for Out of the Darkness Walk). Flanking Mary Anne and Margaret are Club President Judi Turner and Allocations Chair Lauri Tulloch.


President Judi Turner is pictured with Jim Milne, Founding Director of the Northwestern Ontario Aviation Centre following the NOAHC presentation today (a fine Power Point presentation (link to follow) presented by colleague David Kemp). This 8 year old organization is situated at 430 Waterloo St and is open the public Sundays, 1-4 pm.

The mandate is concise: preserving and celebrating the history of aviation in the northwest, through the collection and preservation of artifacts and stories of the persons and events that made this region unique in aviation history. The discussion focussed on PLACES, PEOPLE and PLANES, many of whom are iconic and legendary. Insights into the pioneers, the planes built at Can- Car, the evolutionary changes in aviation, et al, were clearly enunciated by Mr. Kemp.
Bert Ventrudo (a long-standing aviation enthusiast/pilot) introduced the guests and they were subsequently thanked by Rob Kerr.

 At Our Club March 4th


Rotarian Bonnie Moore, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, presented today on the history and mechanics of the Foundation, providing simple, effective ways for individuals, families and organizations to leave lasting legacies within the community ($3 million has been distributed to many worthy recipients since the Foundation was founded in 1971 by Prue Morton). Flanking Bonnie at today’s meeting pictured are President Judi Turner and Board member Janis Beebe. Our club has a strong presence in the Foundation both in administration leadership and community-minded donors (example: the Shirley H. & M.O. Nelson Fund).



Club Info


Judi Turner, 2013- 2014

Message from the President Click Here 

Past President Reflections Click Here 

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

Club Speakers & Meetings


22nd: 5S Meeting
29th: Haley Irwin


6th: TBD
13th: TBD
20th: Ellen Mortfield
27th: 5S Meeting


3rd: Igor Wesslar's Presentation
10th: Model United Nations Assembly Students
17th: 5S Meeting
24th: President Hands Over Gavel

March 18th 

Visiting Rotarian: KS Joseph
Exchange Student: Igor Wessler
Ambassadorial Student: Ed Long
Prospective Member: Peter Marchl

March 25th 

Exchange Student: Igor Wessler

Reception Desk Roster

If you are unable to attend, please arrange for a substitute.

Apr 22nd

Bob Tomlinson
Vlad Plpescu

Apr 29th

Bruce Nelson
Michael Nitz

Prospective Members

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