AT OUR CLUB March 14, 2023


Kerry Berlinquette has a wealth of experience in the travel and event business in Thunder Bay. She self describes as a "self appointed community ambassador." 

Her address amply confirmed her passion as an altruist promoter for good in the community, focusing on the brilliant initiative Empower the North (www.empowerthenorth.cawith 3 things to pledge in Thunder Bay.
 President elect Albert BrulĂ© is also CEO of United Way of Thunder Bay and the force behind this program. He introduced Kerry. 
Kerry recently spent 3 weeks in Kenora in discussion with and leading a class with Indigenous people looking for a positive way forward: highly successful for both sides: an example of her unselfish passion to help.

She went on to explain the power (Empower the North) of individuals (Rotarians being a great cohort example) coming up with novel ideas on acts of kindness leading to action and a reward system with the those providing the acts eligible for a monetary prize for their own gift to a charity of choice. Kerry's example of her own involves collecting clean, recycled, decent clothing in various sizes that she will package in sets of three (by size) to give to the  Elizabeth Fry Society for clients facing the outside world, applying for work, going to court etc. Ingenious.

The presentation was well received and full of energy, generating many questions and plaudits. She was thanked by President Walmark. Kerry has presented to the club before and is welcome back anytime.


   Upcoming events of importance (contact-Shelley Crawford): Thunder Bay Rotary clubs Membership Recruitment Drive/Social at Sleeping Giant Brewery-April 15/23. Details to follow.
   Leadership Forum and Community Workshop (Leading with Purpose, Passion and Resilience)  Saturday May 6th, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thunder Bay Art Gallery. A strong panel of city leaders lined up.
   Upcoming Rotary meetings: May 28th with Warren Philp Club Trainer, learning the essentials of the club and Rotary in general
   May 9th with Peter Watt (from Johannesburg S.A.) on stories about international shipping and commodity trading, a fine raconteur.
   Tri-district Rotary Conference in Brainerd MN April 29: a great way to meet kindred spirits from 5580, 5590, 5960.