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?  
CAA Thunder Bay Audrey Halvorsen 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes

Meet Carol's Guest - Will Moore
 
Will is a senior broker at World Financial Group in Thunder Bay.  The goal of this organization is to educate and help families.  Through their charitable trust, they are able to acquire matching funds for any fundraising that helps families.
 
Anniversary Dinner Report
 
Rotarians from all local clubs (Fort William, Port Arthur, Lakehead, Nipigon, and Rotaract) as well as our exchange student were represented at the Anniversary Dinner, hosted this year by the Fort William Club.  Stephen Margarit chaired the meeting with his usual blend of fun and facts.  The food was good, and the cake was very large...very, very large.  Each club spoke on their achievements over the past year, and how they are making meaningful change in Rotary.  The Port Arthur Club granted a Paul Harris Fellowship to Dr. Chris Lai.  Although many of us have heard of Dr. Lai's great accomplishments in cardiology, many  may not know of the years he has volunteered to improve our community.  Throughout the evening, a number of toonie auctions were held... and Bill went home with a bottle of Scotch.  All funds raised at this meeting go Polio Plus.
 
Meeting Sponsor
IG Wealth Management
 
Fines & Happy Bucks
Allan Kozlo helped extract $30 from participants at the meeting through fines and happy bucks.  There were so many things to be happy about.
As a special thanks for hosting our meeting, all funds collected this morning were donated to the RFDA. 
In total we donated $410 to the RFDA today!
 
Next Meeting
Gail Brescia has volunteered to help Sandy with the chairing of the meetings for March 5 and March 12.
March 5 will be held at the Valhalla.  As usual, check the TVs for the room location, or follow the sounds of friendly comradery.
March 12 will be held at Thyme Restaurant, 42 Cumberland St S. Thunder Bay
 
Foundation Minute
Foundation Minute for the Week of March 2, 2020:
Submitted by Corliss Klaassen, Zone 28 & 29 Foundation 
     Editor: Olabisi Gwamna
     Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant ,IA
     District 6000
 
Welcome to Rotary International Water & Sanitation Month.  During the month of March, The Rotary Foundation wants Rotarians around the world to Focus on initiating, sponsoring and supporting water and sanitation projects.  With this month’s emphasis The Rotary Foundation is ensuring that this particular goal receives all needed support. Rotary clubs in District 5050, which includes British Columbia and state of Washington, are joining forces with the Zenith Rotary of Lome, Togo to apply for a Rotary Global Grant. Through association with The Dignity Toilets, the grant will purchase 100 new above-ground composting toilets.  Since 2017, more than 100 such toilets have been constructed under the leadership of Nor’Wester Rotary member, Doc Reiss of Port Angeles, Washington USA.  These toilets are designed to convert human waste into fertilizer.  Addressing the Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary Club, Reiss explained the significance of the project. According to him, “the toilets mean that families don’t have to relive themselves in the fields, where flood waters would increase unsanitary conditions and there are threats of snakes, scorpions and other predators. For every toilet built, it lowers the occurrence disease, helps protect ground water and keeps a family out of the fields.” The Rotary Clubs of District 5050 another international district also encompassing Canada and USA will contribute a total of $15,000 which will be matched by District 5020 bringing the total to $30,000. The Rotary Foundation will provide an additional $22,500 making the total amount raised to $52, 500. With each toilet costing $425, these funds would be enough to build more than 100 toilets between 2020 and 2021, providing between 600 and 800 people with toilets.
 
So far, during the 2019-2020 year, TRF has spent $18.7 million in grants for Water and Sanitation projects worldwide.
 
In the past 5 years, TRF has spent $100,657,464 in grants for projects involving Water and Sanitation.
 
To donate, go to: www.dignitytoilets4togo.org
 
 
 
Meeting Notes Audrey Halvorsen 2020-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Meditative Moment

As we meet today at the RFDA, our thoughts go to those that do so much to help feed the hungry.
There are many ways to help.
When she was growing up, Sandy remembers visits at Grandma's house were always filled with guests.
As she grew older, she asked her mother, "Who are those people Mom?"
"They are hungry dear, and Grandma feeds them."
 
Meditative Moment Audrey Halvorsen 2020-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Anniversary Gala

Lakehead Rotary Meeting on February 20, 2020 is cancelled.
Come celebrate the 115th Anniversary of Rotary at the Da Vinci Centre on February 22, 2020.
 
 
Just click on the link to order your tickets today.  That was easy!
See you there.
Rotary Anniversary Gala Audrey Halvorsen 2020-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
SPIRIT OF THUNDER BAY - 2020 Clint Kuschak 2019-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

DECEMBER DREAMS - 2019

Posted by Clint Kuschak on Nov 20, 2019
A&W Restaurants and Lakehead Rotary proudly present the annual DECEMBER DREAMS fine art and crafts show at the CLE Coliseum on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th.
 
DECEMBER DREAMS - 2019 Clint Kuschak 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Bay Village Coffee

Posted on Oct 10, 2019
The members of Lakehead Rotary took a step out of the ordinary with our off-site meeting at Bay Village Coffee
Bay Village Coffee Audrey Halvorsen 2019-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

TERRY FOX RUN 2019

Posted by Clint Kuschak
Lakehead Rotarians presented the annual TERRY FOX RUN in Thunder Bay on Sunday, September 15th
TERRY FOX RUN 2019 Clint Kuschak 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Clifford

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
The countdown is on!  There are only a few more days until our President, Clifford Mushquash, celebrates his birthday on July 20th.  Clifford has challenged all Lakehead Rotarians to celebrate the occasion by making a dollar-per-year donation of $32USD to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund.
Our Foundation's mission is "to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvements of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty."  Your donations help the Rotary Foundation Fund service projects throughout the world.
Please click on the following link to donate and make Clifford's birthday wish come true.
Happy Birthday Clifford Audrey Halvorsen 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

A YEAR ENDS...A YEAR BEGINS

Posted by Clint Kuschak on Jun 27, 2019
 
At his final Rotary Meeting of 2018/19 President Brian Brescia shared a moment with President-Elect Clifford Mushquash to reflect on the change in Rotary's Theme.  President Brian's year followed RI President Barry Rassin's Theme - BE THE INSPIRATION and President Cliford's year will follow RI President Mark Maloney's Theme - ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD.
 
A YEAR ENDS...A YEAR BEGINS Clint Kuschak 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Jennifer Kahan Audrey Halvorsen 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

Passing of the Gavel 2019

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.
 
Click the "Read More" button for an exclusive interview with Brian and Clifford!
Passing of the Gavel 2019 Audrey Halvorsen 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
SHRIMP FEST 2019 Clint Kuschak 2019-03-31 04:00:00Z 0