Leadership Sandpoint Hosts a Block Party at Cinco De Mayo


SANDPOINT – Leadership Sandpoint will be holding its annual Cinco De Mayo fundraiser today at the renovated Truby’s.

The goal: to raise funds for the Bonner County Historical Society and Kaniksu Land Trust.

The block party will be “Truby” unforgettable with food and drink from local businesses and a silent auction. The goal is to raise money for both groups to help them in their joint effort with the town of Sandpoint to preserve the character and history of Sandpoint.

The Cinco De Mayo block party will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 113 Main St.

Leadership Sandpoint is a program that gives members the opportunity to learn leadership skills through educational sessions, problem-solving, and activities in an environment of free-thinking and peer-to-peer idea sharing with a common objective: education. Emerging and existing leaders learn about community needs and potential in addition to the dynamics of social and economic challenges, according to the program’s website.

“The other good thing is that it gives you 20 new friends, who are really cool people,” said Sandpoint Leadership class president John Rinck.

Rinck said the program is a great opportunity to learn more about Sandpoint’s history as well as the “nonprofit landscape” and community needs, with a focus on nonprofits. profit that benefits the community.

“One of the things I loved the most about it is the board training,” said class member Darra Collison, “which pretty much describes different ways old Joe Schmo can serve on a board and not completely sink the ship.”

Members go through an application process to fill a class of 20, for the two-year program. Once the class is full, members meet once a month for nine months. The first year focuses on learning new perspectives and developing leadership from expert instructors and community members, while the second year, the previous year’s class not only coordinates the year for new members, but also acts as mentors.

Year One builds up to bundle service projects to raise money for local nonprofits. Sandpoint has witnessed this for over 10 years with the annual Cinco De Mayo block party traditionally held at Trinity in City Beach.

The event will be moved for the first time from Trinity to the Truby Historic Site, now known as the Upstate Sandpoint Building in downtown Sandpoint. This will be the first public event the “Trubys” building has seen since its renovation in 2016 and will also be the location of Trinity’s sister location which is due to open later this summer.

Rinck and Collison encourage anyone to join Leadership Sandpoint next year, not just business owners and community leaders, but community members who may not be as active as the program has the advantage to create better leaders and members of the community as a whole.

“I gained a better knowledge of the different nonprofits in the city in addition to basic housing, food, and I have a better understanding of what they do,” Collison said.

For more information on the Block Party and Leadership Sandpoint, visit the Facebook page or the program website