Lorne Vis returned to present on life in agriculture-Thunder Bay and what a busy and fulfilling life it is with many a challenge. He is pictured (centre) along with friend Dave Silliman (left, who introduced Lorne) and Kevin Holloway (right, who graciously thanked Lorne). Lorne's day typically begins at 5555h and ends very late. Primarily a dairy farmer, he, spouse and his sons epitomize the hard work ethic of days of yore. Topics dealt with today focussed on the (world class) quality control measures for his milk, impact of free trade arrangements including NAFTA (threats et al) and the family business. The family of four are driven and are fine advocates for the agricultural industry (they also deal with seeds, hay and art). This was a special event and the club is indebted to Lorne for educating and energizing us. Steve McCauley returned to the podium for our first meeting of 7568 for a very spirited classification talk, described by one member as a perfect such accounting.
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Steve included a great deal of background from London area beginnings to Toronto, to Calgary and Fort MacMurray and back to Thunder Bay (spouse Deb's homestead). Steve had a successful career in business management with BMO, then Shell and has a strong volunteer ethos serving him well in Rotary and other humanitarian causes. To boot, he and Deb have strong family, community and activity interests. He is pictured with President Brenda Winter (left) and Rod Morrison (President elect-elect) who thanked Steve. Veteran Fort William Rotarian, ( Past President )and international Rotary worker bee Jill Zachary, presented to day on the impressive Guitarrani School building project in Icla, Bolivia, completed and inaugurated in June 7567.
The construction and its challenges in land-locked Bolivia at 68,555 feet altitude was substantial. The result was quite outstanding. The fine video clearly showed the joy of the community and kids benefitting. Jill is shown centre with PA president Brenda Winter and our own international answer to Jill, Roly Turner, who graciously thanked Jill. Bravo Jill and Team Mano a Mano.
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Our newest member Elizabeth Laughton, inducted today, is pictured moments afterward, quite unscathed, with Doug Shanks, who read the almighty charge. Liz was introduced to the club by her uncle, Rotarian Bob Tomlinson. Hearty congrats and welcome Liz! Ministry Bee Inspector Rob Rupert provided a very entertaining AND informative (for the amateur biologists) presentation on honeybees (order hymenoptera). The talk outlined the anatomy of the colony and beehive set-up, the reproductive physiology, commentary on ecology including verroa infestation and importance of the pollinators in this era.
Time permitted a fine overview with some question period. We could have gone on a lot further. Rob is pictured here with introducer Dave Silliman, thanker Colin Bruce (far left) and President Brenda Winter. Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO), Gerald McEachern presented today on the new and exciting TBSO, reincarnated again as the crown jewel of culture in Thunder Bay (in its 57th year). Port Arthur Rotary has long supported the TBSO with funding for projects such as new timpani drums, acoustic shields, outreach education and much more through dedicated club members.
Gerald presented the cool and not so cool facts about the orchestra, with innumerable benefits to the city and music lovers and yes numerous challenges, especially financially. TBSO is working hard to keep the music alive. Gerald's philosophy is infectious and based on a pyramid model with education at the bottom next, excitement and uniqueness at the pinnacle. He was introduced by Rotarian Jeff Sampson (current VP on the TBSO Board) and thanked by supporter Dave Legge (past Board member and VP). The club Remembrance Day service today commenced with the March of the Colour Party (Port Arthur Branch #5), Ritual of Remembrance, Last Post,, Moment of Silence, Laying of Wreath, Flanders Fields (MO Nelson) and Rouse.
Ignatius high school attended the 655th year Vimy commemoration in France), spoke in depth on the history of local Thunder Bay area military in the first and second WW (extensive and underappreciated), as well as the experience of youth in visiting this important setting.