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Tom Thibodeau and Lori Pedretti

Tom Thibodeau and Lori Pedretti are teaming up to host a series of inspirational speaking sessions in Westby.

The series of meetings to promote community in the city of Westby, is being continued with guest speaker Tom Thibodeau taking center stage again for another series of three inspirational and educational meetings beginning, Thursday, March 15.

Westby Mayor Danny Helgerson, Michele Engh and Lori Pedretti invite you to join Thibodeau, a distinguished professor from Viterbo University, in some engaging conversations on topics that impact the community of Westby.

The March 15 meeting will begin with a 5:30 p.m. meal provided by Blane and Mary Charles, at Borgen’s Cafe, before the main speaker portion of the event at 6 p.m.

The March 15 topic is designed to enhance the health and well-being of the community by developing collaborative ways in which to serve our area businesses, churches, students, elderly, and parents with disabled children, farmers, etc. Thibodeau will continue to teach the basics of leadership skills which can be applied in organizations, families and communities and ways in which to nurture and sustain it.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Building and fostering healthy relationships among community members;
  • Helping students to grow as leaders and future stake holders of Westby;
  • Keeping area businesses alive & enhancing tourism;
  • Supporting projects already in place & building from other initiatives;
  • Identifying additional needs & how we can work together to help them succeed;
  • Building relationships within our school and neighboring schools;
  • Embedding compassion into our children and towards one another;
  • Discussion about the community space in Westby;
  • Bring energy back to Westby Revitalization; and
  • Bring awareness to the initiatives already in place, who is involved & how we can help.

RSVP by March 10 for the meal only portion of the March 15 event. Contact Lori Pedretti at (608) 606-3119 or email her at or Michele Engh at (608) 632-2360 or email her at

Save these dates for the final two events scheduled for Thursday, April 5 and Thursday, April 26. More information forthcoming closer to the actual events.


Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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