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NAVIGATORS-April 5,12,19/2011

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MEETING of APRIL 5, 2011

Reception desk: Cheryl Merlo and Johnny Debakker.

 Scribe: Joseph Wasielewski.


 Paul Harris Fellow: Johnny Debaker was awarded a surprise Paul Harris fellowship compliments of Maria Hudolin.


Guest speaker: Alexandra Erickson, our returning Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.

Alexandra summarized her year on the Gold Coast in Queensland,Australia by showing a creative audio/video collage of her 14 months there which allowed a glimpse of the weather, sites and people.

Her host Rotary club was the Southport club. Rotary clubs she attended had an average of 20-40 members and carried out effective fundraising and community service projects, for example, distributing colon cancer screening kits.

She showed famous surfing beaches, the Sydney Opera House, the Twelve Apostles eroded limestone rock cliffs in Victoria, etc.

Interesting locals included an aboriginal man playing a didgeridoo who helped Alexandra remove a bug from hair and then he promptly ate it! He did offer her half, but no takers there.

For an adrenalin rush Alexandra experienced surfing, bungee jumping and sky diving.

All that aside she had a productive academic year at Bond University, graduating first in her class and receiving a Master's Degree in Business Communication.

Well done Alexandra and all the best in your future endeavors.

(This is an example of our Rotary Foundation dollars at work, ie. Rotary funds Ambassadorial Scholars US$26,000 for their academic year abroad.

Each year there are 2-3 scholarships available for qualified candidates in our District. Applications are submitted about a year and a half prior to the scholarship year.)

She was proudly thanked by District Governor Roly Turner.





MEETING of APRIL 12, 2011


Reception Desk: Chris Bailey and Rima Cieslik.

 Scribe: Joseph Wasielewski.


Guests:CKPR Staff responsible for Rotary Radio Days-Ann Snell, Rosa Maselj, Elizabeth Calabrese, Ryan La Via and Kristy King.


Acting President Maria gave a summary of our Rotary Club projects over the years including: 1921-long distance telephone service;1924-Christmas Cheer Fund and initiation of the midway at the Lakehead Exhibition;1926-donation for trees on Memorial Avenue as a memorial to those killed in WW1;1930-Milf fund created to provide milk to school children during the depression;1980-contributed to the Canada Games Complex diving tower;1983-donated to complete the band shell in Waverly Park.


Doug Thom discussed the wide International distribution of the Rotarian Magazine.


Art and Laurie recognized the Dougall Media Staff in attendance for their great efforts in making Rotary Radio Days a grand success with 666 ads sold.


Laurie presented a check to Mr. Eiji Tsubouchi for the George Jeffries Children's Centre.


Laurie collected happy dollars as fines master.



Maria presented details of the "DANCE FOR MEMORIES" community dance event taking place from 12noon to 8pm on Saturday May 7, 2011 in support of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. There will be celebrity DJs and a couple of live acts and recorded music from various decades. Registration can be done online at or you can pick up registration material at the Alzheimer Society office or call Maria at 345-3801.


50/50 draw pulled Judi Turner's ticket and she selected the 9 of spades.


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