The Fortarian. Rotary Club of Thunder Bay April 7, 2010 (Thunder Bay) 2009/2010 Board of Directors

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1 The Fortarian Rotary Club of Thunder Bay April 7, 2010 (Thunder Bay) 2009/2010 Board of Directors President: Treasurer: Secretary: Directors: President Elect: Dave Knutson Past President: Joan Krisko Jill Zachary Boris Cham David Murray Arun Dighe Beverly Knutson Jodi Phillips Solade Nicol Fiona Skogstad Irene Sottile Meets: 3rd Monday of each month Lakehead University, Room RC 3012, 7 pm Allocations Committee Chair: Peter Stetsko Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month Weiler, Maloney, Nelson, Board Room, 12 noon Rotary House Lottery Committee Co-Chairs: Bob Hookham & Walter Seabearg Meets: 1st Tuesday of each month Weiler, Maloney, Nelson, Board Room, 12 noon They re Back After having been greeted at the door by Ted, had your money taken by Gloria, and had a pleasant meal; which included very fancy desserts of such things as strawberries with chocolate vests! (I was not sitting with Ross and Bert, but I am sure it is safe to report that they didn t partake of any!), it was time to start the meeting. President Jill started by tapping a glass with the gavel (I gather the bell and the cards had not yet made it back, safe and sound, from their adventure to West Thunder Community Centre.) and her usual insightful words of wisdom. We were happy to see that Darren Roberts had once again accompanied Gordie to the meeting. After the meeting, Darren met with Craig, Chair of the Membership Committee to have a chat about Rotary. Weekly Dinner Meetings Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Travelodge Hotel Airlane 698 W. Arthur St. Thunder Bay, ON Address Editor P.O. Box Thunder Bay, ON Canada P7B 6T6 Fiona Skogstad We sang O Canada and the grace while Joan played the keyboard. Fiona gave the toast but didn t think she heard Ted saying the usual, I hope she likes water. 1 P a g e

2 It was nice to see that members are slowly drifting back, from being away. Last week, Dave Murray and Jerry Williams were back from sunnier (or at least in most years) climes looking hail and hearty. This week it was Robert Moore; back from Florida. Now we are just waiting for Brian and Jenny to return. The Joint District Conference As usual, esteemed District Governor Ajoy had some good news. He knew a man, who knew a man, who had some more rooms at the Delta for $139 per night. Armed with that information Irene signed up for the conference. DG Ajoy will get us all there yet, but I am left wondering who will be in Thunder Bay to sell tickets that weekend? Who s Your Famer? Jerry introduced Matthew Baughman, an organic farmer who runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in the Whitefish River valley, south of Thunder Bay. Matt, and his wife April, run Boreal Edge Farm as a CSA farm where 100 local families buy shares of the farm s produce, which for 14 weeks in a year, is brought to a central location for pick-up. Each week, in the growing season, a member receives a box of 40 varieties of inseason vegetables. The Push is On The next few days will be very busy trying to get all the tickets sold before 4:30 pm Sunday, into the drum before the first early bird. They must have been completely processed and in Peter s office by 8 o clock Wednesday morning. Fiona will need all the help she can get with data entry and checking and verifying on Monday and Tuesday night. The concept of community supported agriculture started in Japan and very quickly spread through Europe and over to North America. It is good for the local ecosystem, the local economy and small farms as the risk of farming is accepted by the group. As a member you will also be welcome to go out to the farm and participate in the production of the crops or as a city dweller just soak in the farm experience If you are interested in purchasing a share please Matt at or phone him at Irene thanked Matt. 2 P a g e

3 The Fun Continued As Ross went up to the podium to act as finemaster a murmur went around the room. Boris was sure that Ross was going to centre out a quit a few people, as Boris felt we had been picking on Ross in recent weeks. As it turned out we all had to pay if we hadn t had the liquid that Ross had had for dinner. Sharon lead us in a hearty rendition of Smile- Sing a Song while many of us remembered Al Hope, whose favorite song it was. What a fine looking bunch of guys we are! member, he wants to sell tickets and is willing to work shifts at the house. Thanks Al, you know you are welcome back any time. Ted was being encouraged to come out to the house to sell. He said he couldn t because his leg hurt, but Terry thought that might bring out some people who would buy sympathy tickets. Announcements Jill had a list of upbeat announcements: First she reminded us that GSE Team Japan, would be coming this Saturday evening at 9:00 pm. Pleas go out to the airport to welcome them. (Their full schedule is attached to the end of the newsletter). Next she read a heartfelt thank you letter from Lindsay, a student who received our $4,000 Northern Ontario School of Medicine Bursary given to a student enrolled at the Thunder Bay campus who indicates an interest in practicing medicine in Northwestern Ontario. The House Lottery Bob Hookham says that we are 60% sold out and doing well, but we could do better; indicating that were are ahead of last year but not doing quite as well previous years. This coming weekend is expected to be a busy one, as it is the last chance to buy a ticket before the early birds start. The advertising and the remotes will be geared to that message. Walter was looking for more volunteers as we need all three tables manned on each shift this weekend. There was word that even Al Wrightsell can t resist the call of our House Lottery. Although no longer a Following that was an invitation to attend the Red Shield Fund-raising Dinner. If you wish to go, contact Jill Then there was a lengthy letter from a small regional clinic in India, of which Jill just read a small part, that expressed thanks for the sweet water wells we funded and letting us know how much of a difference they had made in many people s lives. Finally, Jill let us know that Central Lakes Rotary Club had has helped to sponsor our club in Sierra Leone by giving us US$500. There was some laughter around the room at the irony that US and Canadian dollars had reached par on that day. 3 P a g e

4 Back to our Regularly Scheduled Program As K.S. worked his way up to the podium for lighter side, Ross warned him not to start laughing until after he had told the joke. As usual K.S. s jokes were most amusing, but surprisingly clean but he couldn t resist just one little giggle as he started the jokes. As stated earlier there were no cards for the fifty-fifty draw, so there was a special secret number to be guessed in order to win the $95.50 in the pot. This was such a unique way to run the draw, that this scribe forgot whose ticket was drawn, but whoever it was didn t guess the secret number. If the winner lets me know who they are, I will publish their name next week. Coming Up.. For now, upcoming programming will be a left as an interesting surprise for you to enjoy when you get to the meeting. Sat & Sun. April 10 & 11 Open House Sat April 10 th to Sat April 17 th GSE Team Japan Detailed program attached below. Wed April 14 th First Early Bird $5,000 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, REMEMBER SERVICE ABOVE SELF Lottery House P a g e

5 GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE SCHEDULE TEAM JAPAN DISTRICT 2760 VISIT TO DISTRICT 5580 CANADA & THE U.S.A. THE ROTARY CLUBS OF THUNDER BAY (FORT WILLIAM, PORT ARTHUR AND LAKEHEAD) WELCOME YOU! The City of Thunder Bay is strategically located near the geographical centre of Canada on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is the 10th largest city in Ontario and the largest metropolitan centre in Northwestern Ontario. The population of Thunder Bay is approximately 110,000 and is made up of a diverse multi-cultural base. The economic foundation includes a unique combination of shipping, forestry, education, tourism, and medical and technology services. Thunder Bay offers the splendor of northern wilderness mingled with sophisticated urban pleasures that give every visitor endless opportunities for entertainment, adventure, and relaxation. Natural attractions include the distinctive Sleeping Giant rock formation and the thundering Kakabeka Falls, as well as Fort William Historical Park, a re-creation of the world s largest fur trading post and one of Canada's Top 10 Visitor Sites. TEAM JAPAN SCHEDULE FOR APRIL 10 17, 2010 SATURDAY APRIL 10, 2010 Team Japan arrives in Canada at 9:30 PM at Airport Greeted by District 5580 Welcoming Committee, Rotary dignitaries & host families Brief Welcome meeting at the home of Ajoy & Hannelore Chatterjee, 205 Huntsmen Court Team members to return home with host families SUNDAY APRIL 11, 2010 Rest day 6:00p.m ~ 9:00p.m A day for the team to rest and acclimatize. Host families, please do not schedule activities for your guests Welcome Team Japan to District 5580 Gala Dinner with DG Chatterjee, Rotary dignitaries, host families, GSE district committee chair and outbound team Japan member 9:30 p.m Return home with GSE host families 5 P a g e

6 MONDAY APRIL 12, 2010 Breakfast with host families (host families to arrange transportation to City Hall for 9:55 a.m.) 10:00 Tour of City Hall with City Clerk John Hannam 11:00 Meeting with City of Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson 11:45 Rotary Chauffeurs to provide transportation to Old Fort) 12:00 Old Fort William Cultural Heritage Site 12:15 Lunch at Old Fort 1:15 Old Fort William Tour Introduction to Aboriginal Culture Native Elder, Historical Craft 4:30 Rotary Chauffeurs to provide transportation back to host families Dinner and evening with host families TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2010 Breakfast with host families (Host families to drop off team to front lobby of Airlane Travelodge Hotel) (Team to wear closed toed/sturdy shoes for Bombardier tour) 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tour of Bombardier (transported by Rotary Chauffeurs) 11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Port Arthur Rotary Club Lunch Meeting Team Japan Presentation 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Vanderwees Greenhouse Tour 4:30 p.m. Kakabeka Falls Photo Stop 5:00 p.m. Return to host families for dinner 8:00 p.m. Magnus Theatre Performance (gratis tickets courtesy of The Chronicle Journal available to 1 member of the host family to accompany your GSE guest. Host families to provide transportation) 10:00 p.m. Return home with host family WEDNESDAY APRIL 14, 2010 Breakfast with host families Vocational Days (separate schedule included Host to drop off guest at designated time & site) Rotary Chauffeurs to pick up and take for lunch & drop off at afternoon site. Following afternoon vocational visit chauffeurs will pick up and take to Airlane hotel 5:00p.m. 5:30pm. - 7:30p.m Arrive at Airlane Travelodge Hotel to set up for Team Japan Presentation to Fort William Rotary Club Fort William Rotary Club Dinner Meeting - Team Japan Presentation Return home with host families 6 P a g e

7 THURSDAY APRIL 15, :00a.m. 9:00a.m. Lakehead Rotary Club Breakfast Meeting Team Japan Presentation Valhalla Inn (host families to arrange morning drop off at Valhalla) *Team to bring casual/warm/hiking clothes & sturdy footwear to change into* Following breakfast Rotary Chauffeurs will escort team to: Terry Fox Monument Eagle Canyon Suspension Bridge & Zipline Picnic Lunch ~ Tailgate Style! 2:30 4:30 Fort William Curling Club ~ Learn to play Canada s Favourite Sport! 5:00 Curling Club s Famous Chinese Food Dinner (Host families welcome) 7:00 Return home with Host Families FRIDAY APRIL 16, :45a.m. Team Japan & Host families for Breakfast at the Hoito Host Families to drop off guests at 8:45 A.M. at the Hoito with option to stay & join us for breakfast *Team to bring warm clothing & sturdy footwear for outdoor adventure* 10:00a.m.- 11:15a.m. Shopping on Bay Street 12:00p.m.- 2:30p.m. Norwest Outdoor Adventures ~ Adventure Team Building & Exploring in the great Canadian Wilderness (Picnic Lunch) 3:30p.m. 6:00p.m. Return to host families by Rotary Chauffeurs (Arrange for guests to have a key if you are at work) OPEN HOUSE FAREWELL PARTY Hosted by District Governor Ajoy Chatterjee and first lady Hannelore Thunder Bay & Nipigon Rotarians & Families Welcome to the home of: Ajoy and Hannelore Chatterjee 205 Huntsmen Court Meet Greet, Mingle & Munch with Team Japan before they depart for Minnesota (Host families to provide transportation) SATURDAY APRIL 17, 2010 Team Japan departs at 10:00 AM for Duluth Minnesota USA Transported by Rotary Chauffeurs Lunch at Lutsen By The Lake 12:30 P.M (U.S. time) 7 P a g e

8 VOCATIONAL DAY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 Team Leader: Noriko Nakata 9:30AM ~ 11:30 AM Thunder Bay Multicultural Association Contact: Rosalind Macki 1:00PM ~ 3:00PM Confederation College English as a Second Language Program Contact: Melissa Seymour, International Student Advisor Team Member: Natsuyo Kajiura 9:00AM ~ 11:15AM Our Lady of Charity Elementary School Contact: Principal Ms. Jane Petrone Classroom Teacher: Mr. Shawn VanHatten Smart Board teaching techniques in a grade 6 classroom 1:00PM ~ 3:30PM Superior High School Contact: Principal Mr. Wynn Fletcher Teachers: Karen Gowanlock & John Tom View Secondary School computer classroom & teaching techniques Team Member: Takashi Nomura 9:00AM ~ 11:15AM Cook Engineering Contact: Rtn. Dave Knutson 1:00PM ~ 3:00PM Confederation College Aviation Centre of Excellence Contact: Paul de Oude, Quality Assurance Manager (Tour) Contact: Melissa Seymour, International Student Advisor Team Member: Katsutoshi Watanabe 9:00AM ~ 11:15AM Cook Engineering Contact: Rtn. Dave Knutson 1:00PM ~ 3:00PM Confederation College Aviation Centre of Excellence Contact: Paul de Oude, Quality Assurance Manager (Tour) Contact: Melissa Seymour, International Student Advisor Team Member: Takanori Iwase 9:00AM ~ 11:15 AM Lakehead University Contact: Dr. Mathew Leitch, Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment 1:00PM ~ 3:00PM Junior World Baseball Championship Overview 8 P a g e

9 THUNDER BAY HOST FAMILIES Thunder Bay Dates: April 10 ~17 CANADIAN INBOUND GSE CONTACT INFORMATION: Team Leader: Noriko Nakata 5580 District Governor Ajoy & Hannelore Chatterjee 205 Huntsmen Court P7G 1K2 Phone: (807) Team Member: Natsuyo Kajiura Dan & Sharon Ventrudo 301 North Lillie Street P7C OA6 Phone: (807) (home) (807) (cell) Jill Zachary Office: Lakehead University 955 Oliver Road, Canada P7B 5E1 Phone: (807) Fax: (807) Home: 413 Amethyst Crescent, Canada P7C 1T2 Phone: (807) Team Member: Takashi Nomura Susan Pilatzke & Family 214 Caribou Crescent P7C 5Z4 Phone: (807) TRI-CLUB GSE COMMITTEE Jill Zachary Dan Ventrudo Solade Nicol Julie McArdle Leslie Savitsky Gary Kushner Team Member: Katsutoshi Watanabe Jodi Phillips & Family 528 Ryerson Place P7C 5R9 Phone: (807) Cell number: Team Member: Takanori Iwase Warren & Barb Philp 14 Elizabeth St. P7A 4J5 Phone: (807) Work (807) Home (807) Mobile 9 P a g e