Rotary Club of London South

President's Welcome
The Rotary Club of London South's President, Lorna Gunning Fratschko, welcomes you to our club.
We are a dynamic fun club with much to offer our members.   We are looking for business and community leaders to join our organization and make a difference in our community and the world.  Where would our community be without volunteers like you?  Join us for breakfast and find out why Rotary has grown to 1.2 million members serving communities worldwide. 
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President Lorna reviewed the first quarter accomplishments for this Rotary year.  The various avenue of service have been busy this year: Youth Services- we have a new exchange student (Anthony) with our club; Community Services - has delivered turkeys to various charities around the city and also continued with school backpacks and pancakes; Club services has a number of fellowship events planned including nerf archery, painting night, possible Ax throwing;  Vocational services - dictionaries, impact loan and ethics; International - Shelter Box, Days for Girls. 
Membership is working on various social media platforms.  If that is not enough President Lorna reviewed a number of other initiatives under way including Gardening 4 Bees, tree planting  and "Don't Meth with Me"
Al Hardy reviewed our foundation commitments and the various ways to give to the Foundation and a number of recognition awards available.
Susan Oster from the Alzheimer Association brought us up to date with some of the statistics about Alzheimer and dementia.  There are currently 564,000 individuals with some from of dementia in Canada. Six out of 10 of these individuals will go missing and half who are not found in the first 24 hours will be injured or die.  Most missing individuals are found within a half a kilometer of where they were last seen.
Individuals go missing because of loss of memory, a change in the environment, searching for the past, they have excess energy, can't tell night from day, they are in pain, want to go to work, or can't find a place or similar disorientation.  
Susan gave us tips on identifying someone who may be missing and how to deal with them.  If we encounter someone who is inappropriately dressed for the season, standing still and staring at something or keeps repeating questions, look for a BLUE medical braclet - they may be a missing person.
If we encounter such a person, approach them head on, speak slowly and calmly, ask simple yes/no questions.  If they seem to be a disoriented or lost person, call the police (there is a special 211 number)  
District Governor Martin Ward made his visit to our club and delivered his message of preparing for change.  The DG asked us to examine the way we conduct meeting, our club culture, our expectation of members and how we communicate and evaluate if any of these things act as a barrier for new or potential members.
Our club welcomed Anthony and celebrated his sixteenth birthday with him at a BBQ held at Kathleen and Harry's.
Liam Martyn, VP Liaison for the UWO Rotaract Club described Rotaract at UWO how it functions and contributes to the University and to the City of London.  Rotaract UWO has between 300 and 400 members. They have worked at the Food Bank, and Ronald McDonald House as a way to give back to the community.  The "Annual Day of Giving" links Rotarians and Rotaracters in providing help to disabled and vulnerable Londoners in January is one of the main projects of the club.  Among the other charitable efforts the sponsor is a camp for Juvenile Diabetes. 
To raise funds they sell wrist bands, valentine Day Photos and run a Halloween dance.
The Rotaractors encourage fellowship with regular meeting and squads of 6-8 club members.
Liam's presentation was detailed, professional, and informative.
Murray Hunter described the Gardening 4 Bees imitative he is heading up.  With a grant from the London Foundation, Murray has assisted a number of organizations to create public gardens to attract pollinators.  Gardens have been created at churches, law firms, city parks and other locations.  As a result there is an increase in pollinators at these locations by as much as four times.  In addition to gardens, Gardening 4 Bees has hosted seminars, published papers, and is sponsoring Beefest.  Gardening 4 Bees is looking forward to more public gardens in parks, Fanshawe pioneer village and other locations.
President Lorna presented Bill Young with the Rotarian of The Year for his work in the club for the Rotary year 2016-2017.
Emma Lim, our outbound exchange student, gave our club a preview of her presentation she prepared for her exchange to Taiwan.  Emma is an excellent ambassador for Canada.  She has been active in her high school career in club programs and was a member of a group examining the impact of global warming on the Canadian North.
Philippe Morin presented a draft version of "Rotary School" that will be used to help potential members understand the details of the Rotary World, Rotary's values, objectives and structure.  He explained how our club fits into the Rotary World and the projects our club under takes.  The presentation outlined the expectations and obligations a club members can expect.
President Jug turned over the gavel to incoming President Lorna on our June 30th meeting.  Jug's name was placed on the Past President's plaque as our 28th club President.  In addition the the change of President, a new slate of club officers was sworn in by AG Sue.
Randy Warden, President of the Vimy Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, presented an overview of the 100 Celebration of the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge.  Canadian forces took the ridge after the French and British failed to overwhelm the entrenched Germans in the Great War.  The victory did not come lightly, 10,600 casualties  including 3,600 killed occurred.  Veterans of the battle we known as Byng's Boys and they were among the founders of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire which is the predecessor of the modern legion. 
Randy explained the formation of the Vimy Branch occurred when a schism occurred in the Legion over leadership.  The Vimy Branch meets twice per year and is made up of officers of the forces.
Ray Gabel - Former Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing - Hardlines presented the history of Home Hardware and described the qualities that set Home Hardware apart from their competition. 
Kapil Lakhotia, CEO of the London Economic Development Corporation, explained the functioning of the LEDC and its recent accomplishments. The City of London, unlike most other cities, outsources its economic development to a private for profit company - LEDC.  The city measures LEDC's performance with a number of measures including: employment, investment attracted, number of projects implemented, grants, property taxes for new projects, and attraction of talent.
For 2016 1,550 new job were created with the help of LEDC and $70M expansions were implemented.  LEDC focuses on five areas for development and has identified technology as one its high priorities.
Kirk Langford, a Rotarian in the London Centennial club, talked about his expedience as an exchange student.  Kirk was an exchange student to Brazil in 2006 and it was a life changing experience.  The impact of the exchanges for Kirk is it allowed him to see things through a new lens and to be aware of the cultural filters we all have.  Simple things such as hand gestures have different significance in different cultures.  He made life long friends through the exchange.  He said exchanges help lead to peace because "you can't shoot your friends".
Deb Harvey, Executive Director of the Grand Theater gave an enthusiastic presentation on the history and up coming season of on of London's premier attractions.  the Grand was built in 1901 and has gone through many changes in its 100+ years.  It has been a theater, cinema amateur theater and is now a professional production theater.  The building was purchased by Ambrose Small in 1905 holding 1,800 seats and was a road house featuring touring companies.  In 1919 Small sold the theater for $1 million walked out the door and was never seen again.  Still today rumours abound that his ghost haunts the theater.  
In 1971 the theater changed from an armature theater to the professional theater and became the Grand Theater.  The Grand has had many notable artistic directors including Robin Phillips and Martha Henry.  Many well known actors have strut the board including W.C. Fields, Sahara Bernhardt, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Maggie Smith, and William Hutt.
The current Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum claims London as his home town and has created an outstanding line up for next season.  Some the productions will be Once, A Christmas Carol, Silence, Blind Date, A Thousand Splendid Suns. and Chariots of Fire.  Deb and Dennis's enthusiasm will lead to a successful season.
Philippe Morin, Continuing Education Manager for CollegeBoreal explained the role and extent of courses and services provided by the College.  CollegeBoreal is a community college providing college post-secondary education and apprenticeship programs in French. The college provides these courses through 7 campuses and 35 access centres.  The access centre in London is located in Citi Centre.  In addition to post-secondary and apprenticeship programs the College provided new comer services in French and employment services in French.  The College has been in existence since 1995 and 17,000 diplomas have been awarded.  The college is expanding in SW Ontario and will soon open an access centre in Sarnia.
Ken Wilmott attended our club this morning to deliver our portion of the Area 4 District Grant for the Area Dictionary Project.  Ken described the dictionary project results for this year.  5,926 dictionaries were delivered to grade Threes in the Thames Valley School District, the Catholic School District, French Schools, Independent Schools and ELS schools.  This the largest dictionary project in Canada and our club delivered 20% of the dictionaries.
Krista Vaughan from Hope's Garden described the services provided to individuals with eating disorders. Some of the disorders Hope's Garden provides services to are Anorexia Nervosa, binge eating, and other control/compulsive behaviours such as excessive exercising.  Individual and group counseling, art therapy, library services, and drop in meetings are available to clients.  In London for a variety of reasons eating disorders are above the national average.  Eating disorders in Canada are reported as 1.5% of the the population, but in London the rate is 5.5%.  The client base is predominantly female, but males also are clients.  Hope's Garden is a NGO with no government funding and depends on donations and volunteers to provide services.
DG Diane visited our club to tell us about the upcoming conference in May and the Celebration of the Foundation in April.  The conference is packed with informative speakers and fun events.  The Celebration of the Foundation on April 22 will feature Vice President of RI Jennifer Jones past RI President Wilf Wilkinson and recogition of contributors to the Foundation.
PDG John Eberhard outlined how our club can help Haiti in its recovery from earthquake and hurricane devastation.  Several Rotary clubs are joining the local Rotary club in Aquin Haiti.  The 2010 earthquake and the aftermath of hurricane Matthew.  The combination of these events destroyed the fishing industry, beekeeping, agricultural industry, schools, and community buildings.  Small financial contributions can result in significant improvements through various foundations including the Rotary Foundation.  Programs such as boat building, bee hive construction, mango processing, fishing equipment production can be funded through these foundations and make a difference in the lives of some of the 1.5 million homeless in Haiti.
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