President Vonnie Cheng had the floor today with her reflection on Rotary comradeship using the classic theme of 'I'm OK, You're OK' (Thomas Harris, 1969). The subtext was: Rotarians have a positive ...read more
The Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay are supporting the Joe Vanderwees Mini Golf Tournament. The photo shows the Media Launch of this event with Rotarian Mary Anne Commuzi speaking on the far left, ...read more
Rotary Radio Days 2016 was a great success - It is the campaign's 50 year anniversary! Thanks Thunder Bay!
The Port Arthur Rotary Club has nominated Brenda Winter as President Elect-Elect. Vonnie Cheng is our upcoming President and will begin her year on July 1, 2016!
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At Our Club August 30, 2016
Erin Beagle, Executive Director of Roots to Harvest (pictured in the above photo with President Vonnie Cheng), gave an impassioned presentation on the programs offered by the non-profit organization to help introduce and mentor marginalised youth to the workforce. Funded by various community partners, Roots to Harvest provides paid work opportunities to economically and socially challenged youth through the ‘Summer Jobs for Youth’ employment program with YES Employment Services. Roots to Harvest Interns, aged 15-18, work together to plant, tend, harvest, sell and donate sustainably grown vegetables produced from the Urban Market Garden. Working at local farms alongside farmers helps to develop self confidence and social skills while gaining job experience on different aspects of farming in the North. The Summer Food Interns also work with the Shelter House and other organizations such as Dew Drop Inn, Good Food Box, and Community Garden Collective to prepare meals (with fresh food grown by the Interns), stock shelves, pack food boxes, and clear more land for gardening. During the school year, several of the summer youth stay on to work part-time with Roots to Harvest, in the Academic Year Program (AYP). Connections made with the non-profit and social service sector provide Interns with references and potential employment beyond the farming season.
In addition to their “Corngoma” garden at Cornwall and Algoma Streets, Roots to Harvest managed gardens at several high schools, which dovetails with their Farm to Cafeteria Thunder Bay initiative in partnership with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Lakehead Public School cafeterias. Bringing together community organizations, producers, distributors, decision makers, teachers, students, chefs and good food, Farm to Caf Thunder Bay aims to produce local, tasteful, healthy and fresh meals to high school students. Roots to Harvest also work year round with classes of school children to promote food literacy.
Roots to Harvest, in short, is about helping young people and the community through gardening and the production of healthy locally grown food. Their major challenge is the lack of ongoing funding to meet the staffing needs.
At Our Club August 23, 2016
Speaker Maria Hudolin, pictured above (centre) with President Vonnie Cheng (left) and President-Elect Brenda Winter (right) who introduced her.
Maria Hudolin, Club member and active Rotarian at the local, District and International level, regaled us with anecdotes, beautiful photos and video clips of her recent 24 day visit to India. She was accompanied on that trip by her husband Jack and her niece, club member Krysta Logozzo.
They were part of a Rotary Friendship Exchange that took them to Tamil Nadu (in the southern part of India) where they were generously hosted by members of two Rotary clubs there.
Then on to New Delhi to participate in a National Immunization Day where they assisted in administering polio vaccine to hundreds of children, an ongoing project supported by Rotary worldwide. The final part of their stay was spent touring with other Rotarians from Australia, Brazil and Canada ending in Mumbai.
Our District 5580 has close connections to several Indian communities having contributed to Global grants that have been used to build schools and assist with many other projects. It was rewarding for Maria to see first hand what Rotary has to offer to these communities.
Maria was very impressed by the warm welcome they received everywhere they visited in this “land of contrast,colour and sound” and looks forward to hosting visitors from India on the upcoming reciprocal Rotary Friendship exchange in our District in a few weeks time.
At Our Club August 16, 2016
PA Rotarian Mike Nitz, Regional Manager Small Business, Northwestern Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada, was today's celebrity speaker on the ABCs of Social Media Technology: how it is impacting the lives of everyone on earth. Mike is a firm convert and expert on all facets of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and others; an unalterable way of like for especially the new "Net Generation." Factoids from his Power Point clearly point out the reality of for example: 2/3 of the world population using social networks. He described the 80/20 rule currently extant; that 80% is being used for true social contact, with 20% for business.
Also that technologies like this website are even falling behind FB et al for business transactions.
Pictured is Mike, towering above Bonnie Moore (who thanked Michael) and President Vonnie Cheng (whose intro included a monumental reflection on technology..then, in the 60s, now and future). The audience were fascinated, some with consternation. Thanks Mike and good luck with your busy interactions.
At Our Club August 9, 2016
Pamela Cain presented today on the Thunder Bay Heritage Advisory Committee. She is pictured with Doug Shanks (far left) who Introduced Pam, Brian Thompson (who thanked her) and on far right President Vonnie Cheng. A thorough outline of the goals and function of this committee enlightened the audience. Many heritage buildings were cited and the public is encouraged to access them on walking tours (such as "Doors Open" upcoming September 10th, 10 am-4pm). Pam's extensive background in museum and heritage buildings was manifested. Our thanks for "instilling pride" (Brian Thompson's quote) was evident.
Doug Shanks and wife Karen are pictured with Wiebe Lorenz, visiting from Germany. Members will recall our fine inbound exchange student, sister Nora Lorenz, back in 2009-10. The Shanks have developed a lasting bond with the Lorenz family.
Newest member Dr. Marlon Hagerty is pictured with President Cheng after an intro by David Legge. Marlon is a radiation oncologist at TBRHSC and a transfer from the Rotary Club of Halifax. Warm wishes Marlon for your exciting career here and fellowship/service in Port Arthur Rotary.
At Our Club July 26, 2016
Dr. Matt Tocheri, distinguished Canada Research Chair in Human Origins at Lakehead University and Research Associate in the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, (and from Thunder Bay!!), presented on his ground braking research on Homo floresiencis, popularly known as Hobbit man; recently discovered at Liang Bua on the island of Flores in Indonesia.
The dating methodologies that challenge anthropologists are of great scientific interest. The 1 meter tall adult skeleton represented an earlier hominid line, quite possibly having arrived in that location a million years ago from Africa and likely predates modern man. The findings have had enormous impact on the whole field of hominid evolution. Discussion on the importance of studying the evolution ( or devolution ?) of human diversity was exceptionally poignant.
Dr. Tocheri was generous in his commentary and was welcomed by the club. He is pictured here (the tall handsome guy in the middle) with from left to right: Irene Sottile (FW club and Assistant District Governor); Brenda Winter (PA club President-elect); Deb Warner (District 5580 Governor-Elect from Virginiatown MN...(welcome Deb); Vonnie Cheng, club President and Fred Baker, thanker and family connection.
Click here to view Dr. Tocheri's presentation. You can also listen to Dr. Tocheri's his Quirks and Quarks interview on Bob MacDonald's podcast of April 2, 2016: http://www.cbc.ca/1.3516742. The club was honored and delighted with Dr. Tocheri's presentation and we wish him well with ongoing work on this project.
At Our Club July 19, 2016
Lennie Hampton (pictured with President Vonnie Cheng) presented today on insights into the function, purpose, benefits et al of credit unions. Ms Hampton is Regional General Manager of Rapport Credit Union (formally Ontario Civil Service and Provincial Alliance ( a merger) credit unions). "Strength in numbers" came through loud and clear for the (international) credit union system. She was introduced by Bill Everitt and thanked by Jeff Sampson. Thanks very much Lennie. A copy of Lennie's presentation is coming soon.
At Our Club July 12, 2016
Allocations Chair Kevin Holloway (pictured seated front row, with President Vonnie Cheng), performed his "Holloway Hour" of presentations of cheques to a number of exceptionally worthy Thunder Bay organizations as mandated by our Rotary Club service function.
Kevin provided recipients an opportunity to speak as well as adding Rotary context. The value of each allocation was made apparent to the audience:
From left to right (standing):
(Rotarian) Mary-Anne Comuzzi; for George Jeffrey Children's Centre-Joe Vanderwees Memorial Mini-Golf Tournament (honouring our late member Joe Vanderwees as well of course):
Gwen O'Reilly (Executive Director) and Sherry Scott(coordinator) for Good Food Box Program; healthy food boxes for poor and marginalized people; donation assisting the establishment of storage huts at the Moose Hall location:
Diane Sustawenko (Executive Director-St, John Ambulance) for Camp 911 (medical first response programming camps for young people):
Levina Collins and Rosalind Lockyer (Board member and Executive Director of PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise) for continuing programming in assisting women entrepreneurs:
Joan Williams and Barb Philp (Executive Director and Board member of Hospice Northwest) for assistance with the 5th Annual Hike for Hospice, a major fundraiser:
Brieanne Olibris for Northwestern Ontario Regional Science fair 2016-a gold level sponsorship for a fine young student scientist (contact K. Holloway for details):
Unable to attend and not pictured: Danielle Griffin for Hope Air -2 flights for low-income Canadians having to travel by air for healthcare.
All recipients expressed their thanks and gratitude. Some were repeat recipients. The club wishes them well in their respective community service efforts.
At Our Club July 5, 2016
Newly minted President Vonnie Cheng had a full slate at her first meeting and commenced with a fine reflection on the meaning of Rotary and our club.
Today we were privileged to meet and hear the 2016-17 District 5580 Governor Herb Schmidt (AM-FM club of Fargo-Moorehead ND, USA) along with his charming wife Bonnie. They are pictured together on the left beside ADG Irene Sottile (Fort William club who introduced Mr. Schmidt), Past-President Darren Fisk, President Vonnie Cheng, Brenda Winter (President-Elect) and Rob Grady (who thanked the DG).
DG Schmidt was gracious in his praise for our club (and other Canadian clubs) and thanked us for the hospitality.
He overviewed the massive problems requiring service and help throughout the world, then focussed on a number of areas he personally wishes to champion within the District. These included: improved service activities for indigenous peoples under all 6 avenues of service; RYLA flexibility and their special needs; youth protection; membership challenges; and "daring to be different" (i.e. innovative and fresh thinking).
He was warmly received and initiated a spirited discussion with Mike Nitz on the topic of membership recruitment and retention going forward..lots to consider here. The club thanks DG Schmidt for his visit and we look forward to his leadership this Rotary year.
DG Schmidt presents a Certificate of Appreciation to past DG Roland (Roly) Turner, specific to his past work as Chair of the Grants Committee; now taking on the Ethics Chair. Judi Turner, his soul mate is there as well. Well done sir!!
At Our Club June 28, 2016
They are pictured above as follows (L to R):
Anne-Helene Kerner, Darren Fisk, Vonnie Cheng (assuming presidency next meeting),Cindy Mucklow (host parent mom for A-H), Paula Timmins (host-parent for A-H), Jim Mucklow (host dad for A-H), and Hannah Rochow (grand-daughter of Paula Timmins and a Paul Harris Fellow).
Anne-Helene has had a wonderful year here and her address (accompanied by one of her A-H Kerner You-tube videos of the District Conference) was testimony to a vibrant young student who has profited greatly by her exchange year. She spoke very honestly from the heart about her fears and challenges and successes, all part of an effort the entire program can be proud of. Mat Diegel (Exchange Chair) spoke at length about her maturation and the club peppered her with questions about her experience and future (outgoing of course, with repeat Grade 12, later cinema ). At this time A-H thanked all club members (" I know all of you (almost)") and said " I am not (now) scared to talk." There was some ambivalence in her parting comments about returning to France. Very strong host parents: the Mucklows, and Paula Timmins (see picture) were present and very proud of their charge. She was given a well deserved warm standing ovation.
Another standing ovation came for President Darren, completing a hard fought year with excellence and "110%" dedication to hard work for the club. His standards have been very high and his final "reflection" epitomized that facet of his fine leadership. Well done Darren. He was welcomed by the past-presidents to the next phase. Incoming President Vonnie Cheng then congratulated Darren and promised to carry the club's fortunes forward.
At Our Club June 21, 2016
David holds BA, MSW, MBA and PhD degrees and will soon be Assistant Dean at the university. He is pictured here along with (from Left to right): Peter Viitala (thanked the speaker); Brenda Winter (introduced the speaker), and President Darren Fisk (far right).
The talk focussed on Professor Richards' research into the fascinating world of organizational behaviour, as based on well accepted "attachment theory" in the workplace.
The presentation was fascinating and the Q &A period reflected that. Brenda Winter introduced Professor Richards, and he was thanked by Peter Viitala.
He can be reached at: lakeheadu%23ca|drichards. To read his bio, click here. To view his presentation, click here.
AT OUR CLUB June 14, 2016
Dr. Elaine Chow; DDS, of OASIS Family Dental (501 Edward St N in a newly converted church), graced the podium today to overview modern general dentistry in Thunder Bay.
Dr. Chow had a Power Point as well as video audiovisual assist to explain everything from first dental exams and advice for babies brushing to complex technologies involving crown, bridge, implant restorations, dental hygiene, "Invisalign" bracing and advice on how to best utilize your dental insurance to improve your oral health..
There were numerous relevant questions from the members and overall, the presentation was highly enlightening. Pictured from left to right: President Darren Fisk, Jackie Dojack (who introduced our guest); Dr. Elaine Chow (guest speaker); and Leslie Savitsky (thanker). Thanks also to President-elect Vonnie Cheng for the timely invitation.
Dr. Chow can provide (provisionally) a link to her presentation upon request at : oasisfamilydental%23ca|info
AT OUR CLUB May 31, 2016
Keira Purdon attended today (pictured with her certificate and teacher, Alex Kraft Wilson far right) as winner of the Rotary 4 Way test Essay Contest. Of course, she read it to acclaim. Entitled "Karat" it explored the karate way of life in Okinawa Japan and it's parallel to the Rotary 4 way test. She was thanked by Dave Silliman (far left) and introduced by test organizer Brenda Winter. President Darren Fisk is also present. Hearty congratulations to Keira!
Jamie Mintenko, beaming Rotarian and organizer deluxe of the Rotary sponsored Model United Nations Association (MUNA) delegation is pictured with (from far left to right): Shelby Rooney (former delegate and now facilitator), Spencer Reynolds (grade 12, St. Ignatius); Ashley Little (grade 11, Winston Churchill); Alex McCubbin (grade 11, Winston Churchill); and President Darren Fisk (far right).
Our guests reported with great enthusiasm on their roles as delegates representing Turkey and Chile. Objections, goals and methodology of the conference were explained as well as examples of many of the motions debated, passed and or rejected. Many lessons learned. Collaboration was essential.Talking about solutions to world problems was far more relevant than kids talking about Instagram. The club is again indebted to Jamie for her superb effort for this valuable experience for our student leaders. Their presentations give us all great hope for the future.
AT OUR CLUB May 24, 2016
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, the first female elected MP from Thunder bay Superior North riding and first female Minister of the Status of Women, graced the podium today (on a return visit) to present on her role as Minister and MP, focussing on her voice for northern Ontario at the cabinet table.
She was introduced by one of her former teachers, Art Warwick; describing her in the following context:" Daisies bloom where there is room."
Minister Hajdu discussed her role as a conduit between the everyday citizen and the complex bureaucracy in Ottawa along with her "huge caseload." She also covered a lot of ground discussing her passion re the challenges of gender (in) equality and assisting the vulnerable in our society.
Seppo Pavalainen expressed the club's feeling of pride and honour in her accomplishments and respect for Rotary in his thank you , after a brief but salient Q & A discussion. Click on this link for her bio.
AT OUR CLUB May 10, 2016
Rob Grady presided over this year's Rotary Recognition of Youth In Service Awards, to 4 north Thunder Bay high school students of exceptional merit. For each recipient Rob gave a brief description of the numerous volunteer and leadership activities. Each school was also represented by an appropriate teacher,
See below for the worthy folks with Rob and beaming teachers...great leaders already..congratulations:
(Left to right): Michael Coccimiglio, Jennifer Moscall-Maki, Rob Grady, Adeline Geng, Abigail Proteau, Beatrice Boch (teacher)
Ecole secondaire catholique de La Verendrye:
(Left to right): Claude Camirand (teacher), Denise Malette, Rob Grady, Keara Brunet, Gabrielle Chenard. (Stephanie St. Jacques-unable to appear)
Superior Collegiate Vocational Institute:
(left to right): Justine Hawkins, Jacob Zavitz, Rob Grady, Cameron Surkan, Megan Reppard, Russell Johnston (teacher)
(Left to right): Maggie Wilberforce, Rob Grady,Jett Johnson,Jamie Philp (teacher), Rylee Mose )unable to appear).
AT OUR CLUB May 3, 2016
Dr. Michel Beaulieu and Captain David Ratz presented today on the fascinating topic "The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior-The POW Experience at Camp "R." Dr. Beaulieu is the Chair of the Department of History at Lakehead University. Captain Ratz is Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Regiment and lectures on Canadian military history at LU. The book (see picture below) was started by Dr. Ernest Zimmerman and completed post-humously by our guests and details the internment civilian camp for a mixture of thought to be undesirables (1150 men and boys), sent to purgatory in the remote north by British tribunals, with very questionable rationals. Labelled a "Nazi" camp, it was far from that in reality. It was located at Red Rock and was one of several notorious camps of similar (but with differences) ilk in the northwest. The talk was distillation into 20 m inutes of the 300 page book which will surely be read by many in the audience...truly fascinating. Our guests were introduced by Krystal Logozzo and thanked by Rob Grady.
AT OUR CLUB April 26, 2016
Ryan Mackett presented today on the diverse activities of the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority (LRCA): 101 on conservation authorities in Ontario; LRCA mandate, functions; and overview of the 8 visitor facilities in the immediate Thunder Bay area. Ryan is pictured with President Darren Fisk on his right and "thanker" Peter Viitala to his left. Ryan is the LRCA Community Stewardship and Public Relations officer and performs many functions for the organization. The variety of watershed, flood plain, erosion and waterway conservation activities were enlightening to the audience as well as the many opportunities for exploring the prime sites open to the public for nature appreciation, birding, kayaking et al. Respect for the properties is key and the Explore Pass is highly recommended. There was an active Q&A period following the talk. Old buddy Bob Tomlinson introduced Mr. Mackett. To read Ryan's bio, click here. To view Ryan's presentation, click here.
Kevin Holloway is pictured with Maria Hudolin receiving his Paul Harris plus 2 pin for his ongoing financial support to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations and thanks, (past-Pres)Kevin!
AT OUR CLUB April 19, 2016
Brendan D. Hardick, partner at Scrimshaw Scott LLP, presented today on his life and profession as a (primarily) civil litigation lawyer. Brendan joined the club about 1 1/2 years ago. He is pictured (centre) with President Darren Fisk (L) and thanker Lori Mitchell (R). (Warren Philp introduced Brendan and is not pictured). Brendan reviewed the fundamentals of law practice in Canada (and Ontario), and some figures on numbers belonging to the Law Society (of Upper Canada), issues and challenges in practice and his own pathway moving forward. This includes branching out into mental health law. Brendan's family are socially conscious and responsible and he is enjoying service within Rotary. A very healthy Q&A followed the talk, with a minimum of difficult legalese. Brendan is a big asset to the club and will be joining the Board. He has already crafted with other Rotarians, a Youth Protection Policy for the club members. To read Brendan's bio, click here. To view Brendan's presentation, click here.
AT OUR CLUB April 12, 2016
Distinguished Assistant Professor Karen Drake of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University addressed the club today on the historical background of Canadian Aboriginal sovereignty, keying on the 3 modes of sovereignty acquisition (doctrines): 1. Conquest , 2. Cession (Treaties) and 3. Discovery. The presentation logically revealed the misinterpretations between the European and Indigenous people leading to flawed treaties and complex issues of (in) equality endemic today. A review of the early "wampum belt" contracts that seemed to promise future fair alliances, and subsequent government "conquest" approach, along with fundamental differences between the English and FN peoples on the meaning of land, were but examples of Professor Drake's powerful essay (links to be provided). She is pictured with President Darren Fisk and Bill Everitt to her right (Bill thanked Professor Drake), and Laurie Tulloch on her left (who introduced our speaker). To read Karen's bio, click here. To view Karen's presentation, click here.
President-elect Vonnie Cheng, John Stewart and President Fisk are pictured with the original axe used to christen the famous "Outlaw Bridge" crossing the Pigeon River at the Scott Highway. This artifact has been in John's possession and was handed over today prior to the centennial celebration.
Maria Hudolin presents a Paul Harris +6 pin to Roly Turner, just completing his distinguished term as District Foundation Chair. Outstanding indeed, Roly.
AT OUR CLUB April 5, 2016
Ashley Priem, longstanding environmentalist at Eco-Superior presented a timely and sobering account today on the Eco-Superior "Idling Campaign," detailing the nasty business of motor vehicle idling and it's effect on GHG emissions. Cognizant of the fact that most of us depend on fossil fuel vehicles she described the reasons why Canadians idle, why much is unnecessary, and then timely, simple recommendations for reducing the plague. Cumulative small actions add up. Reducing warm up idling to maximum 30 seconds on cold days is but one practical suggestion .Did you know that just 1 litre of gas burned emits 2.4 kg of C02? Or that vehicle transportation accounts for 35% of GHG emissions in Ontario? This was a succinct and very informative presentation. Ashley appears (middle L), accompanied by Seppo Pavalainen (far R) , and Lori Mitchell (middle R): thanker and introducer (both passionate) respectively, and President Darren Fisk (far R). Thank you again Ashley. To view Ashley's presentation, click here. To read Ashley's bio, click here.
Our delightful exchange student Anne-Helene Kerner (front R) is pictured here with sisters Lucie and Marie, and mom (Dr.) Nathalie and dad (Dr). Gilles progressing R to far L,; along with, at the back: (far R to Left), Mat Diegel (Exchange Chair), Jim Mucklow (current host dad), President Darren Fisk, and Paula Timmins (more recent host parent). The Kerner clan is intact (save one brother) and enjoying Thunder Bay hospitality on their short sojourn here from France, visiting Ann-Helene. Bienvenue!
AT OUR CLUB March 29, 2016
The Honourable Michael Gravelle returned today before a big and appreciative audience to provide a 2016 update of his role as MPP: Minister of Northern Development and Mines.
Much at home at the club, he thanked Rotarians for their work and got on to expand on his pledge (over 5 successful elections dating back to 1995) to make a positive difference. He emphasized his formula of working tirelessly for building and rebuilding partnerships and gaining trust, respect, even good humour in relationships (in short, necessity in "getting it right").
He spoke of his government's investments in highways, the permanent $120M fund for forestry and mining as well as the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund ($100 M-annually).
His discussion of the Ring of Fire project was optimistic, notwithstanding the major challenges of remoteness, infrastructure and aboriginal partnership building.
There was some time for selected Q and A including discussion on the Nipigon bridge, and newcomer to Ontario settlement issues.
Shown here are Mr. Gravelle, flanked on his right by (thanker) Martii Tenander and President Darren Fisk, and on his left by President-elect Vonnie Cheng (who introduced the Minister).
AT OUR CLUB March 22, 2016
He is pictured here with President Darren Fisk (far L) and thanker (Brian Thompson (far R). Brian was not kidding in describing Jeff's life as "frenetic"( in a very positive way). He was introduced by Dave Legge.
Jeff is currently the Director of Employment and Programs at Confederation College, and as a large division of the College, administers Employment Ontario Contracts and oversees a big network of folks in the north west, providing resource support to all kinds of employers and employees, (cost free through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities). Jeff rejoined PA Rotary (previously with Rotary in Sudbury)recently having once again found a great home in TB with his wife working at LU and kids (4) loving it here.
Jeff self describes as a management and leadership "nut", entrepreneur and sportsman (high level rugby player) and delights in problem solving in organizations.This of course translates to volunteer service, and Jeff is in position to assist Port Arthur Rotary (given precious time off the road, and prioritizing family et al).
Welcome back to Rotary, Jeff.
The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise was the subject of today's address by (founding) Executive Director Rosalind Lockyer (centre), pictured here beside her PARO fund-raising chair (to her left) Levina Collins. At the far left is Brenda Winter who introduced our guests, Rob Grady (far right) who thanked the guests and president Darren Fisk (right of Ms Lockyer).
PARO stands for "I am ready" and is a unique, very impressive organization, ( head- officed in Thunder Bay but serving all of northern Ontario and down to southern Ontario): providing business networking support for women's businesses, employing a unique funding assistance model, empowerment strategies, social and moral support. It is grass-roots oriented and a registered charity. Donations are welcomed.
The concept of a small (4-7 women) peer lending circle has been very successful (now totalling 73 such groups) as the basis for the above "movement." Ms Lockyer showed a video with testimonials and delivered an eloquent and certainly passionate overview. The club was honoured with her presence. Full information is available at : www.paro.ca. Impressive accomplishment statistics are there. The organization is certainly "making a difference."
AT OUR CLUB March 8, 2016
Coffee lovers were treated to a seminar and plug on fine coffee, the important points, and the new business of Jamie Nichols, Roastmaster at ROSE N CRANTZ (www.RnCcoffee.ca). He is pictured here with some beans, beside President Darren Fisk (far L), Vonnie Cheng in daffodil yellow (introducer) and Judi Turner (thanker far R). Jamie has gravitated into the field of coffee with an interesting background and philosophy:
“Love the coffee you drink and drink the coffee you love”. This is the philosophy that Jamie has believed in for many years, even before he began roasting coffee. Educated and trained as a cartographer and GIS specialist, Jamie inadvertently started his own business in 2013. It began as a hobby and a quest for a great cup of coffee made at home. Word of a new coffee roaster in Thunder Bay spread quickly and RNC coffee can now be found in multiple retail and restaurant locations around town. Jamie has spent the last three years learning everything he can about the art and science of the coffee industry. He is passionate about his craft and eager to share knowledge and ideas with anyone and everyone in their pursuit of the perfect cup.
His presentation covered a plethora of interesting facts including: coffee as the most traded agricultural product in the world; “Fair Trade” vs” Organic”; brewing rules; buying advice and more (hint- avoid pod-plastic containers: poor quality coffee and highly polluting!).
The presentation was very informative and entertaining. Jamie brought in samples of his fare for Rotarians. Best of luck into the future, Jamie!
AT OUR CLUB March 1, 2016
Captain Lori Mitchell, Executive Director of the Salvation Army, Community and Residential Services, spoke today about her personal and work history with the Salvation Army, She is pictured here with President Darren Fisk (far L), Dave Silliman (far R and SA Board member) who introduced Lori, and Brendan Hardick (who thanked Captain Mitchell). Lori is an experienced leader within her church (Salvation Army), and enjoys working with the public for the good of the unfortunate; also a fine speaker and even entertainer (she sang O Canada at a Blue Jays game!).Her background is extensive, with ordination in 1984, and a number of postings, including parole and hospital chaplaincy.She came to Thunder Bay in June 2015 with husband Don (who commutes) and several kids.
Her presentation on the Salvation Army was superb, outlining the “Identity”,” Mission” and extensive plethora of programming, some very much innovative (example, the new Life Progressive Housing project, hopefully managing residents to become independent citizens over a two year program). Other highlights (of many),were an announcement re the new soup van (funding halfway completed, and the new website just inaugurated (www.satbcars.com).
The club is delighted to have Lori in our midst.
AT OUR CLUB February 23, 2016
Doreen Boucher, Executive Director of the Sexual Abuse Centre-Thunder Bay (www.tbsa.org) was today’s guest. She is flanked by President Darren Fisk (far left), and introduced by Paula Timmins (right centre) and thanked by Jim Crooks (far right). Ms. Boucher delivered a powerful address on the reality of sexual abuse in Thunder Bay District, with a plethora of statistics. Many of these were rather shocking to some in attendance. Given 35 years plus of experience in this field Doreen was highly credible and forthright. The scope and definition has expanded for the definition; now including conventional rape, also child abuse, sexual harassment and cyber abuse. One excellent vignette was offered by Ms. Boucher, demonstrating many of the clinical principles of this important societal challenge. There was a healthy Q & A period and a great deal to ponder in the presentation. The club is indebted to Doreen for coming today.
AT OUR CLUB February 2, 2016
Exchange Student Anne-Helene Kerner presented to the club sharing information about her life in France and her exchange year so far. Pictured here are Matt Diegel, Anne Helene, and President Darren Fisk.
AT OUR CLUB January 26, 2016
Charla Robinson (pictured here with President Darren Fisk), President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, presented today on the Chamber Annual Update. It was a fine overview of their positive work done in 2015 and looking forward into the future. Ms Robinson focused on the 4 core pillars of Chamber activity: advocacy; networking; communication and education.
The scope is impressive. Liaison with business, government (including the important leaders involved) and public is essential and geared to the unique needs of business in this area. She touched on a plethora of specific activities. Meeting with the province re carbon trading (cap and trade) and its import to business was just one example. Seeking solutions using external models like the successful Osoyos FN model in B.C. was another.
Chamber marketing and networking activities such as the “shop local..choose Thunder Bay” campaign and the popular monthly after-business get-togethers were mentioned. The organizational links to TB SHIFT was mentioned. Active Rotarian Nova awards were acknowledged.
A fulsome intro and thank you were provided by Marilyn Leiterman and Colin Bruce respectively. Ms Robinson was deemed as a tenacious champion for small business in the community by Mr. Bruce.
Fort William Club Past President Jill Zachary presented today on “The Bolivia Connection,” detailing in grand style her June 2015 “travel with a purpose” District 5580 Service project experience in rural Bolivia. Jill has extensive experience in international Rotary service, dating back to her early days as Group Study Exchange District Coordinator and her profession of social work assistance to deserving peoples around the world.
She is pictured with president Darren Fisk, and Heather Minthorn (right centre) who introduced Jill (and proclaimed Jill was a force in her joining Rotary), and Bonnie Moore (who thanked Jill) on the far right. The group is showing off an exquisite hand woven and embroidered fabric from the vibrant Pisac market, located in the Sacred Valley of the Inca's, in Peru. Pisac is one of the largest markets in the country and a vast kaleidoscope of colour and culture.
The talk highlighted first and foremost the fine work at 7 major water reservoir projects in Bolivia, all 100% successful, with the Mano A Mano International Partners. In a land very high up with either drought or heavy rain seasons, crop growth is extremely challenging. Extreme poverty and transportation issues abound.
The experience was of course pure Rotary international service and cultural experience at its best. The people were superb. There were hair raising episodes on the roads and opportunities peripherally to see wonders like Machu Picchu in Peru en route. Rotary collaborations extend to medical clinics and an upcoming school project which the Fort William Club and partners are raising $17,000 USD to proceed with.
Rotary collaborations with Mano a Mano extend to medical clinics and water reservoirs projects. The Satellite Club of Fort William Rotary is hoping to proceed with the school project in Guitarrani and is seeking funding partnerships with other Rotary clubs in our district to make this a reality.
AT OUR CLUB January 12, 2016
President Elect Vonnie Cheng is pictured with today’s guest speaker, Erin Moir, Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator with Eco-Superior Thunder Bay.
Her presentation was entitled “Keep it Simple” and outlined many interesting (and often concerning) facts about a bevy of household cleaning products; their constituents and relevant hazards to person and the environment. Much of the discussion focussed on “labelling” and how marketing and lack of regulation make for untoward and sometimes serious harm. Everyone should be better informed especially in that on average, $1200 is spent per person on these products yearly.
The overview was most edifying. One example would be the seduction of so-called antibacterial soaps (no better than soap and water) containing “triclosan” a known hormone disruptor apart from even possible effects on antibiotic resistance et al.
Erin spoke comprehensively on the topic and supplied examples of simple and safe alternatives (examples: vinegar, lemon juice, glycerin).
Her complete Power Point presentation can be found by clicking here. You can read her bio here.
Lori Mitchell introduced Erin and she was thanked by Art Warwick. A very healthy Q&A session was included.
AT OUR CLUB - January 5, 2016
Guest speaker today was pharmacist Bryan Gray, owner, operator and progressive educator at River Terrace Medical Pharmacy. The location is on Golf Links Rd below the new Fort William Clinic.
Bryan's focus is on the new generation pharmacist (such as himself), beyond simple pill dispensing and now into areas such as medical reviews (as a screening tool), strategies with implementation with patient clients, home visits, pharmacy integration with programming and more (including anticoagulant screening (warfarin INR), smoking cessation programming and bone densitometry.
Modern technology assists greatly with computerized drug interaction screening. However the personal touch, face to face still holds sway... so he encouraged everyone to partner with their pharmacist.. A lively Q and A followed. Bryan was introduced by Brenda Winter (pictured on right with Brian in the middle and President Darren Fisk on the left), and thanked by Martti (he lives with pharma). Thanks Bryan, and please return.
To view Bryan's bio, click here.
New Rotarian Peter Viitala entered the Rotary family at our first 2016 meeting with fanfare. Here he is fêted with (Left to Right) President Fisk, Peter, Past President Seppo Paivalainen, and proposer PP Dave Legge. The club welcomes Peter. Congratulations.
At Our Club: Dec 29, 2015
Roly Turner, current (in his 4th year) Rotary District Foundation Chair, delivered a masterful explanation of the Rotary Foundation. Specifically his Power Point presentation (see link) was entitled “ an Introduction to the Programs and their Funding.” This is essential material for all members wishing to familiarize themselves with the “big” picture of Rotary internationally; highly regarded as a foundation globally. He was introduced by Laurie Tulloch (very comprehensively) and thanked by Bob Tomlinson. To view Roly's presentation, CLICK HERE.
Allocations Chair Kevin Holloway (far L) was pleased today to present cheques to another round of worthy community recipients: Marissa Tamasi , a dietician at TBRHSC-Renal Unit on behalf of the renal unit “Hamper Program;” Mitchel Van Kannel on behalf of the MS Society (Lake Superior Chapter) re their “Client Services Program;” and (Rev) Ray Dunn on behalf of Nu-Vision’s “multicultural Youth Counsel” working with other agencies such as TB Police and Dilico in a local Thunder Bay neighbourhood. Reverend Dunn thanked Rotarians on behalf of the whole group, and reminded us that he was a Rotary student award recipient 60 (sixty) years ago! Kevin and the club are delighted with assisting these community service partners.
At Our Club: Dec 22, 2015
Maria Hudolin Past ADG (L) and Irene Sottile (R), Assistant District Governor 5580 are flanking Colin Bruce, recipient of a prestigious Paul Harris #3 pin.
Congratulations and thanks to Colin for his long time support of Rotary.
Bob Tomlinson, dressed in red, thanks Prince Arthur Hotel ‘s Richard Toffanello for yet another year of faithful service in setting up the rooms for club meetings, serving food and attending to various and sundry requirements of Rotarians. Richard announced he would like to continue in this domain another year. Thanks Richard.
Returning RYLA students Hilary MacDougall (middle) and Beth O’Neill (R), are pictured with President Darren Fisk following their presentation on their experience at the RYLA leadership camp in Crookston MN. Entitled “The Road to Leadership-Our RYLA Experience”, the girls spoke of the numerous leadership activities the camp is famous for. Working together as a team, collaboration, effective teen strategies and social skills were but some of the areas discussed. This camp is a vital part of our Rotary youth programming. The girls (with family in attendance), where encouraged to continue as ambassadors, even club facilitators.
At Our Club: Dec 8, 2015
At this festive meeting, we warmed up to the dulcet song of our exchange student Anne-Helene Kerner, singing classic French songbook, including Vive le Vent D'hiver, accompanied by Rob Grady (L) and Kevin Holloway (R) on well practiced guitasr.
Kevin Holloway then introduced and thanked recipients of recent club allocation funding. Pictured are (left to right): President Darren Fisk, Shannon Whidden, Executive Director, TB Symphony Orchestra (for kid's music education programming); Ed Long, Prostate Cancer Support Group (for essential promotion); Ellen Orchard and Kim McNiven, LU Interprovincial Student Society (for its programming), and Kevin Holloway, Rotary Allocations Chair. On behalf of the happy recipients, (Rev) Ed Long thanked our club. This is what we do!!
Judy De Cicco, Executive Director, Thunder Bay and District Humane Society, presented today on "Take the Lead-the TB and District Spay and Neuter Clinic." She is pictured (at right along with president Fisk and colleague Sue Rob of TBDHS). Ms DeCicco is clearly passionate about animals, and the program will help tackle the large overpopulation of pets. She detailed the many impacts of overpopulation (with the logarithmic stats rather staggering),the benefits of spay/neuter clinics and early successes with the 70 dog model, being "fixed" and adopted successfully out to homes in southern Ontario.
The project is in 3 phases with the new building to become the only dedicated unit between North Bay and the Manitoba border. $2.2 M in capital funding is required. PA Rotarians are asked for support. Contact Judy at www.tbdhs.ca for details. Links to the presentation follow.
At Our Club: Dec 1, 2015
President-elect Vonnie Cheng chaired today's meeting and is pictured with guest speaker John Pateman, Chief Librarian and CEO of TBPL.
Though John did answer questions on the library in today's frenetic world, his specified purpose was to "enlighten" members on a special community initiative entitled the "World War 1 Thunder Bay Project."
TBPL is partnering with a number of interested groups to provide a web based portal to help us remember the role of Thunder Bay in the great (WW1) war.
John has a personal story relevance in that his home town in Kent England had an advanced hospital of 1000 beds that treated (very well) 25,000 Canadian soldiers. Of the 88 buried there, one was from Thunder Bay. Of special note, Thunder Bay is the "City of the Poppy," with the official adoption of this name taking place at the Prince Arthur Hotel, Jul 5, 1921.
At Our Club: November 17, 2015
Rotary Christmas Parade Information
Parade Coordinator Laurie Tulloch (left in photo) provided the club with a copy of the Parade Instructions/Emergency Plan. Please click here to download them. Laurie asked that these be read by all participants in this activity. Thunder Bay Police Sergeant Poulter (right in photo) emphasized the importance of being physically and mentally ready to work this event. As well as preparing for the weather, we are asked to study the emergency plan. He also reminded us to bring a well charged cell phone to our assigned station.
Guest Speaker at Today's Meeting
Pictured above on the left is guest speaker Marie Klassen, the Executive Director of the Lakehead Social Planning Council with Rotarian Cheryl-Lyn Lamers, who introduced the speaker. The topic for today was the community service titled '211'. This is a telephone, internet (found at 211north.ca) and walk in service found at Victoriaville. The purpose of the provincially funded service is to provide easy access to a variety of questions an individual may have. Examples given included sources for help if you are the victim of domestic violence, to information on where is the Christmas Parade, to where am I if you were suddenly afflicted with dementia. Just dial 211 for answers.
Also at the meeting the Oktoberfest committee announced that the profit for this year’s event was just under $10,000 with the sponsored charity of ‘Our Kids Count' to get 1/3 and our club to keep the balance. Good work Alexandra Jones and team!
We were greeted at the door today by Bonnie Moore and Bruce Nelson. President Darren Fisk started the meeting with the French National Anthem to commemorate those who suffered and lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Photos and write up by Kevin Holloway.
At Our Club: November 10, 2015
The club had a busy agenda today commencing with a very respectful Remembrance Day Service with members of the Thunder Bay colour guard militia including a presentation on all aspects of Canadian involvement in military actions dating from WW1 to the present deployments in the Middle East by Regimental Sergeant –Major George Romick. He is pictured on the far Right with President Darren Fisk (far Left) and our second presenters for the day (see below for description), Dr, Richard Maundrell, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lakehead University, who introduced the key-note speaker, his colleague Dr. Steve Jobbitt , Department of History, Lakehead University (centre Left and Right respectively). Regarding the first presentation, Captain Romick was introduced by Kevin Holloway, and thanked by Lori Mitchell. Wayne Milloy played a poignant last post on trumpet.
Dr Jobbitt presented on the Refugee Crisis in Hungary and Europe. This timely topic was highly credible, fascinating and very sobering. Dr. Jobbitt had first- hand visitor experience in the very challenging (for migrants and the world) country of Hungary (Budapest and environs).The figures are quite literally mind-boggling and Canada’s albeit noble commitment to bring in 25,000 migrants is in reality a drop in the bucket. This presentation was superb and club members have requested a return visit from Dr. Jobbitt. This global phenomenon is critically important to humanity and likely to worsen going forward. Dr Jobbitt was thanked by Rotarian Bonnie Moore. To view the presentation click here.
The club welcomed back into the Rotary fold :
Jim Crooks (previously in our club) and Jeff Sampson, previously in Rotary in Sudbury.
Darren Fisk (far L) welcomed the lads : Jim (left of centre) and Jeff (far Right). That’s Chris Bailey who introdced Jim. Dave Legge (not pictured) introduced Jeff.
A hearty welcome back, boys.
At Our Club: November 3, 2015
The Rotary-St. James Public School Partnership was highlighted today with Bill Everitt introducing and MCing the description and the major players involved in this project, a 4 year partnership agreement currently entering its third year. Pictured beside Bill (far
left) in order, are: Brenda Winter (Reading Chair); Brian Thompson (Music Co-Chair); Jaimie Mintenko (Fitness Chair); Elaine Oades (current St. James Principal); Rob Grady (Music Co- Chair) and President Darren Fisk. Missing in the picture are Rob Graham (Guest speakers thanker) and Krysta Logozzo (Rotary Community Services Chair playing a big part).
St. James of interest is the alma mater of our member Dr. Jim Colquhoun (known by the students and staff as” Jim”) and one of a number of dedicated readers. Now with 165 students and a large diversity of students, many with high needs (JK to Grade 6), the school presents many challenges being tackled by a number of dedicated Rotarians involved in the four Focus Areas of Service: literacy, fitness, leadership and community engagement.
Other important groups such as the Salvation Army (breakfast program) and Public Health are partners with the school.
All of the above explained their contributions, with passion and dignity. A response of thanks and gratitude by Elaine Oades was poignant and emotional. She emphasized how important it is for relationships to be developed at different levels including mentors, staff, and the kids (often struggling) themselves.
The program has also expanded with field trips, sporting events, a purchase of snow shoes and book gifts to the kids. A formal evaluation is planned using external analysts from Lakehead University, and a program of community partnership with parents is also in the works.
The club is delighted to assist the school in this ongoing initiative.
The club welcomed back into the Rotary fold :
Jim Crooks (previously in our club) and Jeff Sampson, previously in Rotary in Sudbury.
Darren Fisk (far L) welcomed the lads : Jim (left of centre) and Jeff (far Right). That’s Chris Bailey who introdced Jim. Dave Legge (not pictured) introduced Jeff.
A hearty welcome back, boys.
At Our Club: October 27, 2015
Today the club wed baseball with pride and great exposure of Thunder Bay on the world stage:
Pictured are(L to R): Rob Grady (guest introducer of Warren Philp), Jordan Lester (guest speaker), President Darren Fisk, Maria Hudolin (guests thanked), and Warren Philp (Rotarian and Executive Director-Thunder Bay International Baseball Association). What’s it all about?
The Under 18 Baseball World Cup
Thunder Bay, September 1-10, 2017,
“Thunder Bay to shine on the world stage.”
Warren and board member Jordan Lester (a former PA Rotaract leader) presented on the exciting tournament (with as much impact perhaps as the world juniors hockey tournament). They have toiled hard and long and the club members and guests were treated to a fine preview of this premier event.
- 50 games at Port Arthur Stadium and Baseball Central
- Japan (very important) will be included this time (absent for the recent world juniors here)
- Truly international representation
- Major economic and tourism impact for Thunder Bay
- Cultural events
- Youth baseball development
- Sister city involvement (example: Gifu, Japan)
- Future major league stars showcased
Read more of the details of Warren and Jordan’s presentation at here.
Best wishes to Warren, Jordan and their huge volunteer crew as this huge event goes forward. It will be very gratifying.
At Our Club: October 20, 2015
Brenda Winter and President Darren Fisk are pictured with Mike Wrenshall (far right) following Mike’s presentation on TedX-Thunder Bay. Mr. Wrenshall was a Rotarian in Dartmouth N.S. years ago with a diploma in “Knowitall.” Fast forward to the present as a “technology immigrant,” he has been motivated by the TED experience (which started in Silicon Valley in 1990). Topics like artificial intelligence, driverless cars and laser medical delivery systems turned on his creative juices. Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) with over 2000 free on-line videos by bright and innovative speakers is coming to Thunder Bay, courtesy Mike and his board of local directors as Ted-X (i.e. baby TED). The theme of the Thunder Bay event at TBCA June 10, 2016 will be “what are we waiting for?” All the details are available at www.tedxtbay.com. Click here to view Mike's presentation. Mike was introduced by Brenda Winter and thanked by Warren Philp.
At Our Club: October 13, 2015
The club invited with pleasure the Dougall Media Team for Rotary Radio Day (Monday February 15th, 2016-Family Day) to meet and greet club members and celebrate 50 years with CKPR. President-elect Vonnie Cheng chaired the meeting and is seen with the Dougall Team (Left to right -Rosa Tucci (traffic manager), Linda Linklater (traffic), Daryl Bolton (producer), Brad Hilgers (program director), Stephanie Miller (marketing coordinator), Vonnie Cheng (PA Rotary), Jordan Puzzella (creative writer), Ann Snell (creative director), Bill Hogan (announcer), Andrew Poulson (creative writer) and Cora Cambly (marketing, promotions and web operations director). The scribe apologizes if any of the above are in incorrect order. Kevin Holloway spoke on many of the important allocations (charitable service funding) arising from this our most important fund-raiser. Laurie Tulloch spoke on the history of our association and connection with the late and revered Rotarian Fraser Dougall, and Jim McDonald provided fond recollections and humerous anecdotes referencing Fraser going back to days in school in Winnipeg and at Amethyst Harbour.
President-elect Vonnie Cheng along with Cora Cambly and Ann Snell are seen about to cut the celebration 50th anniversary cake.
At Our Club: October 6, 2015
Dr. Tory Tronrud, Director, Curator and Archivist of the Thunder Bay Museum presented, today, an excellent overview of the evolution of Health Care in Thunder Bay. He is pictured here, from left to right with President Darren Fisk, President-Elect Vonnie Cheng (who introduced him), Tony Tronrud, Leslie Savitski (who thanked him) and Frank Gerry, President of the Board of Directors for the Thunder Bay Museum.
Dr. Tory Tronrud’s talk was based on the detailed Public Health records for Port Arthur and Fort William and is the theme of a current exhibit at the Thunder Bay Museum. Numerous cases and anecdotes were provided to illuminate the improvement in our local health care. Our twin cities suffered through numerous diseases, epidemics and quarantines during the past 100 years. The improvement of medical care through the discovery and availability of antibiotics, sanitation, x-rays, pasteurization of milk and even the closing of schools, churches and brothels were cited at different points in the talk. A most captivating and educational presentation for all who attended.
Click here to view The Thunder Bay Museum’s webpage. Frank Gerry, Museum Board President invited club members to a Victorian Tea at the museum to be held the last Sunday in November. He also noted that the vintage car selected for their raffle was a 1972 Corvette Sting Ray.
At the reception desk were Dave Grady (whose business recently received NOBA’s Company of the Year award) and Nicole Konkin (who will be moving to Alberta – this was her last meeting with our club - good luck Nicole!)
Laurie Tulloch- notice of the Christmas Parade to be held on Sat. Nov 21- please let Laurie know if you are not available. Kevin Holloway – Fall cycle of Allocations to commence shortly. Committee members to be verified by Krysta Logozzo. Allocation committee to meet by email to develop recommendations.
Irene Kozlowski: Next meeting we will host a large group from CKPR in preparation of the Radio Day fundraiser.
Photo and write up courtesy of Kevin Holloway.
At Our Club: September 29, 2015
Returning exchange student Christopher Donald Ruby (aka CJ) presented on his life changing year in Thailand. He is pictured in the red jacket (festooned with pins) alongside Darren Fisk (President- far left), Anne-Helene (our new Inbound Exchange student from France -centre), Mat Diegel (Exchange Student Coordinator-2nd right) and CJ’s "Mom” Marilyn Leiterman (far right). This was an extraordinary year for CJ, a bit scared to leave (his sheltered life here), very different and matured on return. He became truly immersed in Thai culture and language, and felt almost disoriented on returning. His mantra was “ Although we are far apart, we are still under the same sky.” His experiences were exotic and there was no distracting technology like Wi-Fi (how about a monkey landing in his canoe and stealing his water supply leaving him dehydrated?) His main locus was in Chiang Mai and he had access to 27 other Rotary exchange students. The audience was quite enthralled as noted by thanker Krysta Logozzo. CJ was introduced by Mat Diegel. To view CJ s presentation , click here.
At Our Club: September 22, 2015
Past President and Assistant District Governor Maria Hudolin presented an informative and entertaining primer on the Rotary Foundation. Maria is the new Foundation Chair and is pictured with President Darren Fisk (left), Jim McDonald (District Rotary Annual Fund Chair), and PP and DG Roly Turner (District Rotary Foundation Chair). Maria made it short, simple and descriptive (i.e. KISS and TELL) and with a subtitle: TRF is Our RF: a simple way to give globally.
The giving is essential to the future of the organization and can be tailored to each member’s budget. Members can contact Maria for a full disclosure of the presentation. She was introduced by Vonnie Cheng and thanked by Bill Green.
At Our Club: September 15, 2015
Carolyne Dowdell, General Manager of March of Dimes Canada, presented today along with partner, Vocational Rehab Specialist Mike Blackwood. They are pictured with President Darren Fisk. The overarching topic is provision of employment and community services to people with disabilities, of which there are many, often not obviously apparent. March of Dimes started in the 1950s, with mothers collecting dimes for polio survivors. Our speakers effectively lobbied for understanding of disability in our society, and assisting with vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. There was a nice video entitled Rotary at Work, which highlighted the above. Our guests were introduced by Jim Mucklow and thanked by Judi Turner.
At Our Club: September 8, 2015
Michelle Allain, medical bioethicist at TRHSC, St. Joseph’s Care Group and the Northwest CCAC, presented, today, an excellent overview on bioethics, entitled “Ethics on Call.” She is pictured here with president Darren Fisk after the meeting. In describing the role of bioethics in health care organizations, she stressed that there are often “not simple answers.” Indeed the talk began with the famous Runaway Street Car scenario, which when altered slightly, changed (and confused) the respondent outcome evaluations. She overviewed the domains of practice, she works within, and yes agrees it’s “complex.” A robust Q & A period followed and there was rapt attention. She was introduced by Cheryl-Lyn Lameres and thanked by Dave Silliman. Click here to view the presenations. Click here to view Michelle's biography.
At Our Club: September 1, 2015
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, vice-provost for Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, presented today on “Truth or Reconciliation?" As a tireless advocate for First Nations justice and equality, the talk focussed on numerous issues facing her indigenous brothers and sisters all across Canada including: the challenges for youth, the background “Great Law” and 7 Teachings, Idle (K)No(W)More, Historic Trauma, the advances at Lakehead University, the Reconciliation process, Youth vs Elders inclusion, recent successes and more. Very optimistic! There are many stereotypes however yet to be dismantled and many conversations well into the future. She pointed out for instance that there are over 11,000 indigenous Canadians with PhDs! As expected there was a very healthy Q & A session. Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux was introduced by Brenda Winter and thanked by Jaimie Mintenko.
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
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