Monday, Nov 2nd, welcomed guest speaker Lisa Kolody, Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation (WECF).
The meeting was called to order by President Gerry who also welcomed guests as well as members of the Windsor-Walkerville Club who were doing a passport visit.  Guest speaker, Lisa Kolody, Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation (WECF) was introduced by Janice Forsythe.  Lisa began by advising members that the WECF has existed for 40 years, yet not everyone knows much about it.  It was established to manage donors’ legacy funds and to provide grants to support local community projects.  The first focus of WECF was waterfront development.  Today the Foundation has assets of over $19 million with the awarding of $9.5 million in grants to local charities.  Covid-19 has resulted in $100,000 in donations to local charities.  Initiatives by WECF include Inspiration 100, Random Acts of Kindness, Vital Signs, Leave a Legacy and Community Grants.
Vital Signs is released annually and is a snapshot of the quality of life in the community.  Residents are requested to comment on issues relating to employment, food security, housing, belonging and leadership and health.  Results are using available in the spring, however, with Covid-19, stats will not be released until late November.  Mental health issues continue to be high-priority with residents. 
Random Acts of Kindness Day is Friday, November 6 and members were encouraged to do something nice for someone, expecting nothing in return.  Anyone receiving Meals on Wheels will be enjoying a cookie, compliments of WECF.  Inspiration 100 is an exclusive group of one hundred community-minded leaders who contribute to the Endowment Fund held at the WECF.  This organization oversees grants to local charities.  WECF is also a partner in the RotaryYouth Exchange Scholarship set up as a legacy project of this Rotary Club.
Lisa was honoured with a Link in the District 6400 Peace Chain which recognizes her commitment to the community.