Posted on Jun 20, 2019
Members of the Lakehead Rotary Club and their guests attended a special Bar-B-Q to celebrate the past Rotary Year.  The Roast was on, and President Brian Brescia was in the hot seat.  Brian was thanked for a job well done.  He started the change by providing the opportunity to serve our community at the annual Christmas Party, and he seized every opportunity to include humour in the weekly meetings.  Brian celebrated the 25 years of service of Rotarian Mo Papich, and was able to honor Rotarian of the Year Jennifer Kahan.  Brian passed on the President's Pin (donated by past Rotarian Brian Ross) to President Elect Clifford Mushquash.  He is looking forward to Clifford taking over the reigns.
 
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After the meeting, reporter Rotarian Audrey Halvorsen Interviewed both President Brian Brescia and President Elect Clifford Mushquash.  Read excerpts from the interviews below.
 
 Interview with President Brian Brescia
Reporter:  Brian, during the meeting there were a number of references to things you had accomplished.  You certainly have had an impressive year.  If you had to highlight one thing, wh    would you say was your favourite event?
Brian:  It was definitely the Christmas Party - changing it up from the traditional Christmas Party to the work project.  I felt that members of all three clubs really had a great time and       enjoyed the opportunity that they were given to give back to the community.
Editors Note:  The Christmas Party was held at the RFDA.  Participants baked cookies, filled Christmas hampers, and enjoyed Christmas dinner and fellowship.
 
Reporter:  What would you consider was your greatest accomplishment in Rotary this past year?
Brian:  The club was able to grow, and I hope I brought a little humour and humanity to the weekly meetings.
 
Reporter:  Thinking back, how did you feel when you were asked to be President?
Brian:  I had only been a Rotarian for a short period of time and I didn't have a lot of history to fall back on.  A big concern was whether I would be able to dedicate the time and effort to the role.  I had just moved back to Thunder Bay, and I had just started a new job.  The role of President is a huge responsibility.  There were times where it was difficult to manage through that, but I was asked to do it and I accepted it and I did my best to step up to the plate.
 
Reporter:  It does sound like you had a lot of challenges during your year.  How were you able to meet those challenges?
Brian:  I had the support of my wife, Gail, who encouraged me to keep moving forward.  What kept me going - "Rotary is a fantastic organization and helps a lot of people that are not as fortunate as my fellow Rotarians"
 
Interview with President Elect Clifford Mushquash
Reporter:  How do you feel about accepting the position of President of the Lakehead Rotary Club for the upcoming year?
Clifford:  I'm in this interesting space where I'm both excited and a little nervous at the same time.  For myself, personally, it is going to be a busy year.  I am just finishing one degree and preparing to start another, but when the opportunity came up, I said yes.  Having done it before, it is not so much of an unknown.  I'm excited because I see the potential that our club has.  There is always more that can be done, and there are always different areas that we can work in.  I see a lot of opportunity for the club, and I se a lot of different desires from the membership.  They are looking for opportunities to serve, they are looking to connect themselves to the club, and they are looking to connect the club to the community.  I hope to be able to foster those opportunities.
Editors Note:  Clifford was President of the Sioux Lookout Rotary Club for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 Rotary years.
 
Reporter:  You shared your vision and a number of goals for the club in the Four Areas of Service tonight.  How achievable do you consider these goals to be?
Clifford:  I think they are 100% achievable, we just have to work towards them.  They may be ambitious, but when we work together, and when we have proper supports and resources being utilized for our members, it becomes easy to do.
 
Reporter:  Change. Adapt. Now.  Can you explain what this means.
Clifford:  This is the Rotary International President's message which our club has adopted.  Sustainable change starts small, and slowly builds in momentum.  I'm not saying we jump off the deep end.  We might need some more radical change in some areas, less in others.  My vision extends beyond my year.   I would like to position us as a sustainable club, moving forward in the long term.
 
Reporter:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Clifford:  I am excited to serve the club.  I am excited to work with the board and grateful for their willingness to support the club and work with me.  I look forward to working with all the members of the club going forward.