TJC Season 3: The Seven Oaks of St. Joseph

As we approach our Season 3 kickoff on 9/1/23, I’m asking you to consider going ALL IN with us this season. Here’s what I mean by ALL IN. Commit to coming to all nine breakfasts that run from September ’23 to May ’24. Prioritize them. Schedule them. Show up and participate. Go ALL IN.

Here’s the thing. Whether people are aware of it or not, we have a lot of positive momentum building in our community right now. Now is certainly not the time to grow complacent! We must capitalize on our momentum and double down on our effort. Toward that end, I believe this next breakfast series has the potential to add to the momentum in a very powerful way. I have hopes that some truly amazing things can happen this year as we partner with the Community Alliance to promote the Imagine St. Joseph 2040 vision/action plan. This could be a year that goes down in history as a trajectory changing moment for our city because of the impact we made together. I really believe that.


YOU are the it factor. It won’t happen without the committed participation of leaders like YOU. We need leaders who will plant a flag and meaningfully decide, “You know what? I’m ALL IN on joining with other leaders from across St. Joseph who want to participate in making us a thriving community. And TJC Season 3 is how I’m going to demonstrate that commitment. One breakfast per month for the next nine months. I’m ALL IN.”

If a bunch of leaders from all different sectors of the community made that kind of commitment, who knows what could happen? The possibilities are endless, but it will take people who are willing to go for it. Join us.

If not you, who? If not now, when?

Here is the calendar for Season 3. We’ll see you on 9/1/23.

Partners in Purpose –

Wes Simmons

P.S. – If you are interested in joining us but your schedule doesn’t allow you to make every breakfast, you are still very welcome to come as often as you can. The series will be produced and available in Podcast or Video as it has in the past.

Looking back, here’s where we’ve been…

Season 1

We conducted our first round of breakfasts centered on the “Life-Cycle of the Dream.” This 7-part presentation likened the life-cycle of an oak tree to the life-cycle that our dreams go through as we pursue them. Both start like a seed and go through a growth process from Survival to Stability, from Stability to Success, and from Success to Significance. The purpose of the series was to unite leaders from across different sectors so we could begin dreaming about a preferred vision of the future for our community.

Season 2

We hosted 9 leadership breakfasts centered on “The Seven Grand Oaks of the Community.” We made the case that all seven “Grand Oaks” (sectors) of our community need to reach a place of significance if we are to thrive. We dedicated one breakfast each of the following sectors: Arts, Athletics, Business, Education, Healthcare, Government, and Nonprofit. The purpose was to continue building relationships while learning about the “Restorative Purpose” of each. It was designed to help each of us value the other’s unique role in creating a thriving community culture.

Looking ahead, here’s where we’re going…

Season 3

On 9/1/23, we will launch the final 9-part series of this trilogy. This season, it will be all about “The Seven Oaks of St. Joseph” and it will center on the specifics of our community. As we revisit each of the Seven Grand Oaks, you will:

  1.  hear a compelling dream/vision cast for each sector of our community, presented by your community leaders
  2. understand the current state of each sector in our community (survival, stability, success, or significance), and the plan to level up in pursuit of the dream/vision
  3. be inspired to get involved and be given practical ways to make a mark

The Challenge

Earlier I said we are looking for people to go ALL IN. The best way to do that is to commit to attending ALL of these important breakfasts. We don’t want people to just show up for the one breakfast that applies to you and YOUR sector. We want all sectors to value and support each other so that we might become a better TEAM. After all, Together Everyone Achieves More.