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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Foundation Director
Past President
Avenues of Service Director

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Two of our very own London South members shared their desire and experience to be a live organ donor.  Both Kathleen Murphy and Patti Lake gave the selfless gift of donating one of their kidneys to a complete stranger.  Shown here with Patti and Kathleen are  Rotarians, Dep Beaupre and Sarah Burgers,  who told their emotional stories on being the recipient of a much needed kidney from other donors.
Carolyn Ferguson, Major Gifts officer for Zone 24 of RI, visited our club to remind us of the importance of Foundation giving.  The three important functions of the Rotary International Foundation are: ending Polio (only 4 cases this year), Rotary Grants (to do the work of Rotary), and fostering peace through Peace Centres.

Sixty years after he helped mass produce the polio vaccine in England, a Rockwood, Ont. man is celebrating news from the World Health Organization that the disease could soon be a thing of the past.

In February, Alex Kanarek came across a WHO statement that said reported cases of polio were at "an all-time low in 2017," and that we are "closer to polio eradication than ever before."

That news prompted him to write the following message on his Facebook page:

"In 1958, exactly 60 years ago, the British government started vaccinations against polio with vaccine manufactured by two British companies, Glaxo and Burroughs, Wellcome. I was a member of the Wellcome team that developed and produced the vaccine... Nothing I have done since can match that in terms of my direct effect on children's health."

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Tracy Church, a researcher and consultant to non-profits described the changing environment for fundraising for non-profits and charities. 82% of Canadians donate to charities.  The average family in London donates $1,673 annually to charities.  The demographics of donors is changing.  Previously churches were the beneficiaries of donors, but as church attendance declines the nature of donations is changing.  Tracy underlined the importance of knowing donor demographics and donor objectives.  Board members, employees, and volunteers must be able to articulate the mission of the organization clearly to donors.  Those involved in charities must also give to the charities to show their support and commitment to the mission of the organization.  Philanthropist have varying motivations for giving - foremost is making an impact.  Tax receipts for donations is low on the priorities of donors. Some philanthropists prefer to remain anonymous, Tracy reviewed the reasons for this including a desire to keep personal information private from other charities, fundraisers, and family.  She gave many helpful hints for fundraising.
Al Hardy was the big winner on the 50-50 draw today.  It has been almost a year since anyone drew the joker.  Congratulations Al!
Juliette Coughlin from DeafBlind Ontario described the services provided by her organization and then demonstrated with Rotarian volunteers some of the challenges working with this dual limitation.  Al Hardy played the intervenor (ears and eyes) for patient Kathleen Murphy wearing ear plugs and a blindfold.  DeafBlind Ontario supports individuals who are deaf and blind to live a more independent life.  They provide trained intervenors to help individuals with this dual limitation, find ways to communicate and experience a enriched life experience and some cases employment.  There are 19 homes in Ontario supported by DeafBlind with several in London.  Juliette outlined how they work and showed a moving video featuring individuals in the program and then volunteers
Heather Peel presented information to our club on how to plan and what tools to use in social media to raise our clubs public profile. Using Facebook, Linked In, Twitter or a blog in a planned social media program we can raise our profile and draw attention to the things we do in London and the wider community.  There are currently 1,958 follower to our webpage.  A planned approach to our target audience can provide news and event information to potential members and the interested London citizens.  Lorna will be heading up this effort for our club.
Patti Lake brought us up to date on the plans for the East Coast Kitchen Party.  Looks like a fair good time boyo!!
President Lorna gave an update for Q2 of this Rotary year.  We are well on our way to qualify for the President Citation.  To date we have exceeded most of the qualifying item, but some must wait until the snow thaws to plant trees and other outdoor projects.  Our fundraising has been successful and next year incoming President Bill will have sufficient funds to fund projects.  Our social media projects is underway and Lorna will chair that effort next year.  During Q3 we will kick off our "Don't Meth With Us" project.  We are having a successful year.
The London South Curling team competed in the 64th annual CanAm Curling Bonspiel.  This year it was held in Stratford and St Mary's.  Next year it will be held in Raleigh Durham North Carolina.  Canadian overall winners get to compete in the Rotary World Curling Bonspiel.
Demaris Holmes, returning exchange student provided an entertaining and inspirational overview of her year as an exchange student in Northern Italy.  Valdora di Mezzo is a a predominately German speaking part of Italy, however she was hosted by two Italian speaking families.  Demaris was enrolled in a linguist school where she studied Italian, French, German and English.  She gave us a presentation of the many trips her host families provided around Italy.  she also took advantage of several exchange student gatherings and visited many European cities.
Her presentation was professional and inspiring.  She is an example of the value of the Exchange program and gives confidence the future is in good hands.  She is exploring several opportunities in University including linguists.
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.
London South President, Lorna Gunning Fratschko welcomes you to Rotary

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We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Four Points Sheraton
1150 Wellington Road
London, ON  N6E 1M3
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