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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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.
Members of the London South Staffed the Red Kettle at the Loblaws on Wonderland
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
Barbra Fraser Presents Mike Lipzinski (a Friend of Rotary) with the "Golden Pancake Flipper" for his help at the White Oaks School breakfast club.