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Lakehead Rotary

Engaging Thunder Bay in Rotary

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
331 Harold Street N
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4C7
Regular morning meetings are suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Club is holding hybrid bi-weekly meeting until further notice. Contact person for details on upcoming meetings: Clint Kuschak
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Rotarians of Thunder Bay are proud to host a new event in support of the Regional Food Distribution Association [R.F.D.A.]
with Celebrity Chefs Sandi Krasowski and Volker Kromm
in a live cooking show via ZOOM
on Wednesday, December 16th
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register in advance online—use this link:
$20 per person
As we take time on October 24th to observe WORLD POLIO DAY, join in for a GLOBAL UPDATE in a youtube video premiering at 9:00 a.m.  Here is the direct link to this GLOBAL UPDATE:
In addition, test your personal knowledge on polio with a quiz prepared by one of our Club's Members.  The answers to this quiz are provided by Rotary International.  Here is the direct link to this quiz:
If you have any difficulty accessing the quiz with this link, paste the link into your browser.
Pastors Melody and Gary Macsemchuk, founders of
Grace Place, receive Honorary Paul Harris Fellows
certificates and pins from
President Sandy Lychowyd
on behalf of Lakehead Rotarians
This award is established by the Board of Lakehead Rotary to recognize a Member who has exceeded expectations, provided exceptional service to the Club or Community as a Rotarian, or who is recognized by fellow Members for a significant achievement as a Rotarian in the current Rotary Year.  It is not intended to recognize a Member for successive years of achievement or service though this may be acknowledged as the Rotarian of the Year [ROY] is recognized in the current year.  Members may receive this honour more than once.
Lakehead's Board of Directors is honoured to recognize LORI MARTINEAU as Lakehead Rotary’s ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for 2019-2020.  Lori’s nomination was unanimously approved and applauded by the Board.
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?  
Volker Kromm and Tanner Harris treated us to an excellent breakfast at the Regional Food Distribution Centre (RFDA)
 They also let us know some of the things that are happening at the RFDA
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.
MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) - Flying for Life
Imagine yourself travelling on the isolated roads of North Western Ontario.  Your car breaks down, there's no cell service, you are alone.  You wait, and then a car drives by, the good Samaritan stops and provides assistance and all is well.  Now, imagine instead of NW Ontario you are in Angola, Africa.  The nearest town is 200 miles away and you need medical attention.  There are no roads.  You have to walk.  This is one of the situations where MAF can help.  MAF was created in 1945 after a few WW II veteran pilots wanted to use their planes for good.  Fast forward to 2020 and WAF has 130 airplanes and a lot more missionaries, who are helping isolated and remote people in over 30 countries world wide.  They bridge the gap between the developed and the developing world.  Not only do they provide transportation for medical assistance, they haul supplies to isolated communities and provide healthcare and support to people in these remote locations.
Our guest speaker for our meeting on January 30, 2020 was Albert Brule, the CEO of United Way Thunder Bay.  We have always known the United Way as an umbrella fundraising organization, but what do we know about the impact the United Way has on our community.  Albert introduced us to the new 2020 Campaign - #UNIGNORABLE.  The goal of the campaign is to eliminate poverty in Thunder Bay.  This may sound like an ambitious goal, but every small win moves us closer to that goal.
Our guest speaker today was our very own Maya Fillion, daughter of Rotarian Allan Kozlo.  Maya travelled to Japan and South Korea this summer as part of her studies at Queen's University.  Working as part of the marketing team with Education First, Maya helped encourage Japanese students to attend international English-speaking schools.  Maya met people from all over the world during this internship in Tokyo
Congratulations to Olavi Jarvela for receiving a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1.  Making the presentation are Georgina Voulgaris and Karl Ratz.
The members of Lakehead Rotary took a step out of the ordinary with our off-site meeting at Bay Village Coffee
Lakehead Rotarians presented the annual TERRY FOX RUN in Thunder Bay on Sunday, September 15th
Do you like food?  Do you like stories? Do you like adventure?
Then you should check of Seek Adventure and Tours, a locally owned business with a passion for all 3!
Sue Hamel, Owner, Lead Seeker and Soleful Guide walked us through a visual presentation of a guided tour with Seek.
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