St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes - March 10, 2021
Attendance: Scott C., Al, Sandy, Diane, Bill, Ann, Mark, Sue, Bob, Helen, Roger, Dagmar, Paul, Brian, Wade, Roland Regrets: Natalie Guests: Lyndsay Rice - YWCA
Welcome - President Scott @ 5:30 pm O' Canada 4 Way Test
Guest Speaker - welcome by Wade
Lyndsay Rice - YWCA - Project Tiny Home/Youth Independence Program
Lindsey identified a number of programs offered by YWCA but indicated that she would speak about the two programs introduced by Wade. Lindsey did share a video that enlightened members about the dimensions of homelessness for women and youth. Tiny Hope Project
The Tiny Hope Project is a collaboration between YWCA and Doug Tarry Homes to purchase property and build accessible housing in St. Thomas including 20 tiny homes and 20 apartments. The Tiny Homes Project will be environmentally appropriate with features such as solar heating and market gardens. There will also be community programs for those residing in the tiny homes and apartments. The project has purchased property in St. Thomas but is seeking to raise 1.25 million. Information about fundraising can be obtained by contacting Lindsey at email@example.com Youth Independence Program
This program is funded by 100 people who care. The program has been developed to address youth struggling with trauma and homelessness. This is a 12-week life skills program for youth.
Members had questions of Lindsey about both programs.
Al thanked Lindsey for sharing the information about the important and needed work around both programs. Al suggested that we might be hearing from Lindsey in the future regarding funding needs for the Tiny Hope Project.
Financial - Helen
Fundraising - Paul
International - Mark F
Local Community Service - Sandy
Sandy led the discussion about the list of needs for Inn Out of The Cold given their move. Bob suggested that there might be a bidding program to address the needs of IOTC, and we would draw in the public including past Shamrock Shuffle participants through social media, estate funding and other service clubs in St. Thomas. At next week’s meeting devoted to committee reports, a plan will be developed to address this fundraising need of IOTC.
Rotary Youth Exchange - Al G
Al indicated that 3 students have applied for RYLA, and he will remind the others of the leadership opportunities offered by RYLA.
Administration - Bill C
The Dictionary Project Committee has just started to work on a literacy project.
Bill indicated that upcoming meetings would be: Committee Meetings, David Elliot on future Rotary planning and Southwestern Public Health- training for handling needles for April 24 – must be trained to participate on Environment Day with St. Thomas Rotary Club joining us if COVID permits