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Kiwanis Club of Tehachapi


Catherine Smirnoff

Kiwanis member, Phyllis Belcher, enjoyed the talk by Tracy Keefe on Leadership Principles.

People who speak positive and hopeful messages for young people are vital to the well being of our country. This is the message which Tracy Keefe delivered to Kiwanis members and guests.

Keefe is a former US Navy helicopter pilot who also served as project manager at China Lake Naval Weapons Base. She is well versed on the subject of leadership because she taught leadership principles to Navy personnel. After retiring from the Navy, she and her family moved to Tehachapi three years ago where she is employed as Human Resource Manager for World Wind Services.

Keefe was pleased to speak to the Kiwanis Club because she recalled winning a $1,000 scholarship when she graduated from high school. That money enabled her to get started on earning a degree from Boston University. She was happy to learn that the local Kiwanis Club gives a scholarship each year to a Tehachapi High School graduate.

Keefe said everyone has the potential to be a leader. Being interested in the well being of others fosters a sense of confidence. "You don't have to be perfect," she said. She urged the audience to look for ways to mentor young people at work, within the family and community.

Under Keefe's guidance World Wind Services has established a mentoring program among their personnel. It encourages employees to learn from one another and enables them to advance within the company. It makes for a pleasant working environment and contributes to the success of the company.

Kiwanis meets each Wednesday at noon at Big Papas. Their goal is to provide service to the community and improve the lives of children and young people. Lunch is followed by a short business meeting and then an interesting speaker such as Tracy Keefe. Call (661) 822-5379 for more information.


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