AT OUR CLUB-May 26, 2020

Today's special guest speaker was Cindy Paypompee, family counsellor, and consultant in the Human Trafficking Program at Beendigen Services.

Beendigen (Ojibway for "come in") is a broad spectrum umbrella for numerous services within Thunder Bay addressing a wide array of social issues. Among them is the Anishinabe Women's Crisis Home (807-346-HELP (4357). Other programs, housed at different sites (Beendigen Head Office is in Fort William First Nation: www.beendigen.cominfo@beendigen.com) can be perused on the internet.

Ms Paypompee was professonally introduced and thanked by Matt Diegel as well as President-elect Krysta Logozzo Danielle and President Rod Morrison. These Rotarians have met our speaker in the past and a partnership commenced.

A brief bio for Cindy is appended.

She spoke to us via Zoom Link and was assisted by a Power-Point set organized by co-host Kevin Holloway.
Today's lead Zoom host was Steve McCauley. President Rod Morrison chaired the meeting and as in the past brokered a seamless transition of all the necessary elements.

The scope of services offed by Beendigen is remarkable. Although Human Trafficking in it's myriad disguises was highlighted, Beendigen also does extensive work in providing housing, prenatal support, awareness counselling in many forms, family support and much more.
Financial support comes from many sources including government and not for profit organizations. Our own United Way (and TB Community Foundation ) is also strongly supportive (www.uwaytbay.ca).

Cindy handled a wide array of questions. Our club supports her work (we have had a definitive presentation on Human Trafficking itself in the recent past at Rotary). She is available to assist and answer questions anytime.Our sincere thanks and best wishes going forward are extended to Cindy.

Business Highlights and Announcements:

1. Rotary District 5580 has awarded us $1000 US for pandemic related help. The board has converted to Canadian dollars and came up with $750 to each of the Salvation Army and the Dew Drop Inn.
2. The Dew Drop Inn will be assisted this week by 8 Rotarians re: meal prep.
3. President-elect Krysta Logozzo Danielle attended the PET visioning exercise. Members are encouraged to join her (virtually) for an upcoming think tank on developing a club 3-5 year plan.
4. Our fine Rotary exchange student Arpad Zolyomi was on hand to bid farewell and was thanked by President Rod and our own Rotary Exchange lead Matt Diegel. His final "presentation" is slated for June 9th from Montreal.
5. Anyone able to contribute to a further Covid mask sewing project can contact the club.
6. The club is awaiting a decision from the City re a renewal of the Rotary Santa Claus parade.
7. Wilderness Discovery continues to fund raise and look at future assistance with construction work (example wiring of the new "bunkies.").
8. Notices are upcoming re annual dues renewals.