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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.


At Our Club September 2nd


On short notice Justin Frape, Senior Manager at BDO Canada, addressed the club. He is pictured with business colleague, friend, and (our) Club President Irene Kozlowski. Mr. Frape has an extensive business entrepreneurial CV as well as a volunteering background (example former Rotarian of the Year with the Lakehead Rotary Club), and is a family man to boot. 

Today, he focussed on the SR & ED program (that he has utilized through BDO and Telos Business Solutions) to connect business that accepts the challenge of (Scientific) Research and(Experimental) Development to forge ahead, especially with the help of the (little known to this point) tax credit program offered through CRA. His clients on average are receiving $60,000 in credits yearly.

Justin, despite a family crisis was relaxed and professional in his presentation. He was introduced and thanked by President Irene and President Elect Darren Fisk, respectively. Good luck on this going forward, Justin.


At Our Club August 26th


President Irene Kozlowski stands with Tim Heney, CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority. Mr. Heney returns to the club with good news about the resurgence of activity (good for all of course) at the Port, at the ‘head’ of the world’s largest inland seaway. Four themes emerged from his very concise presentation:

  1. The resurgence of Canadian grain transportation on the seaway; 
  2. New major reinvestment in infrastructure and vessels (examples include “hands-free mooring” and 15 new and improved lake vessels);
  3. Marine transportation is the most fuel efficient and safest mode of transportation; and 
  4. Superior water levels have rebounded dramatically (and thus a great boon to the industry). 

The Q and A session was lively. Mr. Heney was introduced by Jaimie Mintenko, and thanked by Rob Kerr.


The club welcomed our newest Exchange Student Jitte Wigbold (from the Netherlands). Jitte, only here 2 days, bravely took to the podium and introduced herself. Bravo! Have a great year, Jitte. She was introduced by her new host parent Leslie Savitsky.


At Our Club August 12th


Logan Ollivier and his partner Nicole Konkin flank president Irene Kozlowski at today’s meeting. Logan is CEO and Nicole is “the boss” at Ollivier Strategies, a dynamic new media marketing company, headquartered just down the street. Their mission with clients is to create economic prosperity through strategic communication planning (principally by mastering the new social media dominating the world). Helping to maximize and navigate sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin et al, their clients are one step ahead.

The presentation overviewed the world of social media; it is very fluid, changing rapidly, and apparently mandatory for business success. Apart from business alone, such facts came out as “51% of northwestern Ontario Facebook users are over 50" (Take note Colin Bruce). Nicole and Logan are Saskatchewan products who have found a great home and Rotary service in Thunder Bay. The presentation, like the business they are in, was edifying, charming and rather sobering. Art Warwick introduced Nicole and Logan, and they were thanked by Jim Greenaway.


Youth gave way today to veteran Rotary stalwarts Bert Andreola, (Pensauken, Merchantville, NJ, USA), celebrating ongoing 52 years of perfect attendance, and Joe Vanderwees, happy to back after being in sick bay and looking spry and in great humour as always. Great to have you both out gentlemen.


At Our Club August 5th


Irene Kozlowski, Club President is flanked by Jaro Kotalik (L) and guest speaker, Gerry Martin. 

Mr. Martin is a well- travelled and experienced Anishinabek Elder, by training as a nurse as well as counsellor and advocate for First Nation ethics and general welfare. Mr. Martin has current positions with Confederation College, Lake head University and Matawa Tribal Council. An experienced and sought after speaker, Mr. Martin spoke of the value systems he uses for FN (and non FN) youth et al to promote connectivity with the natural world, his Creator and fellow Canadians. He was introduced by Jaro Kotalik and thanked by David Legge. Meegwitch, Mr. Martin.


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.

Club Info


Irene Kozlowski, 2014- 2015

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Speakers & Meetings


  • Sep 2 - Justin Frape
  • Sep 9 - Jitti - Exchange Student
  • Sep 16 - Peter Marchl - Classification
  • Sep 23 - Doug Sadler - Assante Ministries Canada
  • Sep 30 - Bill Gray - Rotary Major Gifts Advisor


  • Oct 7 - Dr. Michael Wilson - Coronor
  • Oct 14 - Doug Murray, CEO - Thunder Bay EDC

September 23rd

Speaker: Doug Sadler
Guests: Barnabas Rwakatale. Ray Dunn, Mark Moulson

September 16th

GuestsCharles Cairtwill, Merissa Henning
Prospective MemberJonathon Kapp

September 9th

Visiting Rotarians: Joseph Binder, Vootsberg Koflach, Stephen Margarit
Exchange Student: Jitte Wigbold

September 2nd

Visiting Rotarians: Bert Andreola
Guests: Herb Lamda, Binu Dhindsa
Speaker: Justin Frape
Exchange Student: Jitte Wigbold 

Reception Desk Roster

Arrange for a substitute if you can't attend.

Oct 07 Bruce Nelson, Brendan Hardick 
Oct 14 Seppo Paivalinen, Peter Marchl
Oct 21 John Stephenson, Jim Greenaway
Oct 28 Chris Bailey, Nicole Konkin

Prospective Members

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