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Meeting of  December 7, 2010


  Don Chase and Frank Zanatta were on the door/reception desk;

. The meeting opened with O Canada (gentleman Joe Vander Wees at the piano) followed by a special reflection by President David Silliman 

   The guest speaker was Ellen Mortfield from Eco-Superior.   


   Eco – Superior started in 1994 and encourages environmental stewardship. They have a variety of programs which include energy savings, transportation, Chemicals and health, greenspaces, waste and litter, wise water use, water protection.  They have a lending library and resource centre with items such as the Kill-A-Watt meter and a community newsletter distributed in April and October.  Their retail sales include rain barrels, recycling bags, organic seeds, travel mugs and more.

The Eco-Superior resource centre is located at

562 Red River Road,  on Bus Route #3.


It was exciting to hear of the efforts in environmental stewardship led by Eco Superior.  Ellen was introduced by David Legge and thanked by Johnny De Bakker.   







President David Silliman thanks Guest Speaker Ellen Mortfield from Eco Superior


Leslie Savitski presented awards to groups winning the best float awards:



Scouts Canada-Thunder Bay Area

Susan McCutcheon and William Morrison


Red Friday Bikers Group

Danielle Chivers-Wilson, (Bill Chivers-Wilson -not in the photo) and Gina Spooner


Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon (Thunder Bay Aboriginal Head Start)

Karen Mason and Annie Oskineegish


Governor's Award

Presenting the award is District Governor Roly Turner presenting to Sergeant Deb Tully, Ontario Provincial Police North West Region




There was quite a list of announcements including reminders of meetings coming up and the Christmas Party on Dec. 21. Tickets are available from David Legge for $25 each. Please purchase your tickets next week.  

Next week, December 14, will be conducted by the retention committee and Rotarians will be encouraged to sit with their buddy teams.  There will also be a presentation by Ryan, our exchange student.


Rick Clara in a festive hat, highlighted the entertainment for the upcoming Rotary Cariol Sing on Dec 19 at 7:15 pm.
See the poster - click here



We were reminded of the opportunity to contribute to the shoe boxes for patrons of the Dew Drop Inn and of the change for change container.


Jim McDonald reported that the Roteract club was able to sell their 500 bags of sand in record time on the weekend.


District Governor, Roly Turner presented Bob Backstrom with his Paul Harris Fellow.  

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Pres. D. Silliman lost his notes in the mad scramble at the podium and so had to wing it for the rest of the meeting following the guest speaker and parade awards.  He had a lengthy reflective moment which was combined with the welcome and took note of the celebration of Hanukka and a recognition of Pearl Harbour Day as well as commenting on Bassie Kargbo’s visit to Sierra Leone.  

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