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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Upcoming Events
The Rotary Club of London South with a variety of Christmas Carols and popular Christmas songs lead by our own troubadour David Kirwin and assisted by President Lorna.  A wine draw was conducted in support of the Rotary Foundation and we enjoyed fun and friendship for our last meeting of the year.
Brad Thompson, Executive Director of Middlesex Victim Service explained the history and services provided by Victim Services.  In early 2017 the London Middlesex Victim Services was created when Middlesex Victim Services was requested to expand into the City of London.  They are funded by the Attorney General and provides short term emotional support for individuals experiencing tragic circumstances.  These events may include domestic violence, assault, homicide, human trafficking or other events requiring individual immediate support and referral for additional counselling. Victim services has a small staff and in excess of 100 volunteers and provides response within 30 minutes.  They recently partnered with St. Johns Ambulance to provide therapy dogs as an additional support.  In cases of human trafficking they provide transportation home, residential accommodations and tattoo removal.
Elaine Cassidy joined us on Dec. 8th to collect the Joy Full socks our club created for the Men's mission.  Elaine started this project several years ago by creating 75 pairs of socks filled with personal items such as toiletries, razors, shaving cream and other items for distribution by the Men's mission.  This initial collection ensured a Christmas present for the residents that year.  The program has grown to the point the mission has enough supplies to last until the summer each year.  Also shown are the items collected by members and donated by Four Points Hotel.
London South welcomed its newest Rotary member on December 15, Justin Jaggernauth from Libro Credit Union.  Justin was inducted by Jim Thomas and pinned by President, Lorna Gunning.
Mary Gillard, conductor of the New Horizons Band described the band's history and objectives.  As a special guest Jim Kirwin was featured in a video of the band.  The London New Horizon Band was the first chapter of this project in Canada.  The band gives individuals who may have played in a school band in their youth a change to pick up their instruments again.  The band also provides individuals who have wanted to play an instruments the chance to learn.  the band's members range from their 20s to 80s.  
The benefits of the band are social opportunities, learning, coordination and mental sharpness.
This week we were treated to three prize winners of the 2017 Science and Engineering Fair.  The three grade 10 &11 student guests presented their projects which one might expect from a Masters level student at university.
Remembrance Day ceremony at London South was especially inspiring.  After Major Venables from the Salvation Army played "Last Post", Paul Bowes told us about the Invictus Games in Toronto.  Paul was the coach of the wheelchair basketball team.  The athletes he coached overcame war wounds and PTSD.  Paul showed some videos to demonstrate the games and the athletes.  Getting to the starting line not the finish line is the goal of the games. Canada Square at Juno Beach where the Canadian forces landed on D-Day. 
Don't Meth With Me.  Rotarians from the Mitchell club told us about the "Don"t Meth With Me" program they have sponsored.
Elise Nagel, the publisher of the London Review and Rotary Club of London South sponsored impact loan recipient, brought the club up to date with the progress of the London Review.   
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.
London South President, Lorna Gunning Fratschko welcomes you to Rotary

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London, ON  N6E 1M3
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