Snowy Blustery Day in Thunder Bay
The Lakehead Rotary Club met on March 5, 2020 at the SKAL lounge, Valhalla |Inn, Thunder Bay. It is a blustery snowy day in Thunder Bay despite promises of an early spring. A big thank you to Gail Brescia who has stepped up for the month of March to chair the Lakehead Rotary club meetings. Gail welcomed all members present to the meeting and also welcomed the guest speaker Kerry Kirkkunen from CAA to the meeting.
Paul was asked to say a few words. He provided club members with an overview of the current boil water advisory situation on First Nation reserves in Canada. One of Rotary International goals is to improve access to clean water and the experience of this need is very relevant in Northwestern Ontario. In particular Northwest Angle 33, a First Nation community near the Manitoba border is currently undergoing upgrades to the water system at a cost of $12.2 million dollars. This project when finished will eliminate the need for bottled water  as the only source of clean water for the 200 community members who have been under this boil water advisory for 5 years. Approximately 50 First Nation reserves in Canada with a large proportion in Northwestern Ontario have been under a boil water advisory for years. The federal government has stated it projects that water systems will be updated for all reserves by 2021. It is hoped that this goal is a reality for individuals living on reserve with poor water conditions across our region and across Canada. 
CAA Thunder Bay
Kerry Wirkkunen grew up on the west coast and moved to Thunder Bay to go to school.  While studying diligently, she met the man who would become her husband, and has grown permanent roots in our community.  She has studied both Business Marketing and travel & Tourism.
Kerry current works for CAA North & East Ontario.  CAA was first established in Canada in 1903.  It is a not-for-profit member-based organization with over 6 million members across Canada. Emergency Road Services were added in 1930.  CAA is much more than Roadside Assistance; did you know?  
1. Roadside Assistance - Did you know Roadside Assistance covers you no matter what vehicle you are in?  Whether you need a battery boost, flat tire replacement, fuel delivery, car lockout service, or travel and accident assistance.  They will even drive you and your vehicle home once each year (similar to Operation Red Nose).  You can even get bicycle assist in Ontario.
2.  Rewards Program - Did you know that you can get discounts on purchases or extra services from participating merchants as part of the Rewards Program?  Did you know you can collect CAA points when you make purchases at these merchants?
3.  CAA Insurance - Did you know you could purchase insurance from CAA.  This includes home, auto, travel, health & dental and life insurance.
4.  CAA Travel - Did you know you can still get trip kits from CAA?  Next time you go on a road trip, go into the local branch to see how they can help.
5.  CAA Plus Membership - Did you know that the CAA Plus membership covers service calls for up to 200 km of towing distance?  Or you can take a ride home up to 25 km?  Or that you can get coverage for motorcycles and bicycles as well as vehicles?
6.  CAA Premier Membership - Did you know with the Premier Membership your towing distance could be increased to 320 km?  and if you break down away from home, your expenses can be covered up to $600 per day.
7.  CAA Travel - CAA provides travel assistance through qualified Travel Consultants.  There are special trip packages, such as the Solo Travel Club where you don't pay the single supplement.  CAA also provides travel talks, where you can learn about trips you may be interested in booking.  Coming soon:  AMA Waterways - Mar. 24/20;  Rocky Mountaineer - Apr. 7/20; Viking River Cruises - May 7/20
To learn more, click on this link to go to the CAA North and East Ontario website.
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Be the Inspiration
Lakehead Rotary
Engaging Thunder Bay in Rotary
We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Valhalla Inn [ask front desk for room location]
1 Valhalla Inn Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7E6J1
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Jennifer Kahan
February 1, 2018
3 years
Olavi Jarvela
February 1, 1985
36 years
Russell Hampton
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