Rotary Club of Corner Brook

The Spinner April 5 2018

Notes from the Rotary Luncheon Meeting   April 5 2018
President Andre chaired the meeting
Today 11 Rotarians were at the meeting giving 31% attendance.
Club Business
Executive Meeting
An executive meeting will be held in the next couple of weeks.
Rotary Auction 
Rotarians should have contacted their assigned businesses for donations by now and should be collecting in the donations.  Let President Andre know if there are any concerns or problems.
Guests and Guest Speaker
Program–chair Brent welcomed his guests Suzanne Dawe and Joanne Kendrick from WIC and then introduced his guest presenter Sharon McLennon, director of the newly formed Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre (WIC).  
 This Centre is based in and is in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook. Through a slideshow, Sharon gave an overview on the Centre and its mandate which to quote from their handout states “ AIC provides a coordinated, central point of access to engage government, career and employment services providers, skills development organizations and stakeholders in the business and community sectors.  The goal is to help research and test new and innovative workforce development models that make direct links to increasing individual employability.
Sharon went on to speak of some of the challenges affecting the Newfoundland and Labrador labour market.  WIC plans to drive change so the provincial workforce is the right workforce in the right sectors for prosperity.  
She outlined the work of WIC that is to provide proposal based funding for applied research projects, to be a central repository and central access point for innovative employment and training practices, to disseminate this body of knowledge to stakeholders via training sessions and finally to engage a network of labour market partners to facilitate idea exchange, research opportunities and innovative approaches.  She continued by speaking of the projects that are already being funded and agencies and businesses that would be eligible for funding. 
The strategy and aim of WIC is to encourage sustainable prosperity and growth in the province using innovative researched methods. 
Martin thanked Sharon for her interesting and informative talk after she had answered several questions regarding other Centres throughout the region and country.
Andre adjourned the meeting.
Dates to Note
Rotary Auction
The Corner Brook Rotary Auction will be held on May 5 at Marble Mountain The theme will be Mexican as Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is an annual celebration in Mexico.More details will follow.
Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 5020 -Vancouver Island & Washington State (coast) May 9 - 24, 2018.
Message from PDG Tom McCaughey:
As we get closer to the departure date for our return visit to District 5020, we now have openings for others who may wish to join the team. This will be from 9th May on Vancouver Island and wind up on the 24thin Seattle, Washington.
As you will recall a team from this district visited us last fall. Many of the comments that we have received have been full of praise for the hospitality that they received.  Our contact there has provided us with a wonderful program.
Contact PDG Tom McCaughey if you wish to have more information. dgtom7820@gmail.comor 709-682-7259