Our Guest Speaker on Jan. 15th, 2020 was Dr. Tom Ristimaki.  Tom shared his history with Rotary from the time he was in Selkirk and heard of the opportunity to be an exchange student for a year.  He applied, was chosen and spent a year in Japan returning to Kimberley for his grade 12 year.  Tom's involvement with Rotary was later enhanced when he was chosen for RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program.  In the years following Tom helped at the summer RYLA camps as a leader.  After graduating from University Tom applied for and was successful in obtaining a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which helped fund his Doctorate in Linguistics  Tom's involvement with Rotary continued when he became one of the Key Note speakers at the Rotary District 5080 Conference in Kimberley in 2006 and the following year, a Key Note Speaker at the Rotary International Conference in Salt Lake City.  As we often joke, Tom knows more about Rotary than most of our Rotary members.
On this visit to our club, Tom explained his present involvement with Purcell International Education company.  As he shared with us this company is planning a multi-million dollar investment in Kimberley.  The plans call for a Boarding School for Canadian and International Students on and beside the Kimberley Golf Course in Marysville.  The exciting plans for this school are amazing and we are sure to have Tom back for additional updates as construction starts and the students start arriving.