Guest Speaker Kimberley
Jim Madder and Matt Villella co-hosted our meeting. O Canada was played by Matt from Jurassic Park Raptors Game. Jim gave the Land Acknowledgement.
Kimberley Kennedy, Leadership Thunder Bay Recruitment and Engagement Manager, was our guest speaker today.  Her bio is in our email newsletter.   She was introduced by Matt Villella, a recent president of Leadership Thunder Bay.
Her talk was titled "Re-Imaging Leadership Together, Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence".  We heard about the programming with over 300 alumni including many from our Club. She spoke of her own leadership story, how she became involved herself.
Leadership Thunder Bay is unique in the city.  Its vision is that everone has leadership potential, regardless of position or status.  Participants engage with all types of people, it is very incluisve. They strive to connect with other leaders especially those in charity and non profit. She described two sample "CAPs" – Community Action Projects.  First was "I Have a Voice" which engaged homeless youth in liaison with Thunder Bay Drug Strategy and Thunder Bay Crime Prevention.  Another was the "Age Friendly Snow Angels" with Age Friendly Thunder Bay helping low-income seniors with snow removal.
Kimberley talked about the mechanics of the organization and encouraged all of us to help spread the word.  Some benefits for Rotarians are the action projects and speaking engagements.  There is an upcoming tuition course of 8 learning days.
Leadership Thunder Bay's website is
Jim Madder and other Rotarians attended the District Conference 5580.  See their updates on some of the fine presentations and awards.
David Legge on Field of Greens 2.0:  An excellent team was organized at meeting held in the Journey for Hope Building.  Planting may be done early to mid-June at the he new grounds which are fully equipped and very esthetic. New recruits are welcome for hands-on work!
John Stevenson on Rotary Exchange:  A student from Thailand will be coming.  We still urgently need ask three host families and a Club Counsellor Youth Exchange Officer to check in monthly on the student and help out when John is away.  Contact John.
Bob Tomlinson spoke on the Dew Drop Inn Painting Project.  Things are going extremely well, with just the stairs to finish this afternoon. Bob and everyone at the Dew Drop Inn are very pleased with the results!
Bob Tomlinson spoke on the students selected for RYLA.  Port Arthur has three (from St Ignatius and Superior HS), Fort William Club has three and Lakehead one.
Shelley Crawford reminded us that incoming Rotary International President Jennifer Jones will be speaking in Winnipeg on July 6th.  Please consider going to Winnipeg for this.
Warren Philp spoke on the Waterfront Trail Action Committee.  The WTAC may joining our Club for a Spring Cleanup at the usual sites.  Stay tuned!
David Silliman is looking for members to help out at the Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, April 28th - morning or afternoon shifts.
Happy Dollars donations were masterfully encouraged by Bill Everitt.