Pam Cullen from the London Community Chaplaincy explained the mission of their organization to our club.  The London Chaplaincy works in London's social housing locations and provides a range of services to residents focused on creating a sense of community.  The organization is multi-faith and does not promote any particular religion, but can provide connections to various faith for residents interested in making those connections. 
The Chaplaincy provides activities for youth and adults and social opportunities for residents focused on bringing the diverse backgrounds of residents together to create a sense of community.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of London South created over 200 kits for distribution  to the homeless in
London.  The kits included gloves and mitts, hats, space blankets, hygiene products, snacks and other things to help our homeless citizens stay more comfortable in the cold.  The kits are distributed by London Cares.
Kathleen Murphy and Al Hardy replenished the community fridge with food obtained from Harvest Hands.  This food is harvested from suppliers who would otherwise send the food to the dump.  A win/win for the fridge and the environment. 
Past District Governor David Elliott provided an overview of the Rotary International Foundation.  With special emphasis on Polio Plus.  He also provided an overview of how district designated funds provide grants both locally and world wide.
There are multiple ways to give to the Foundation including one time contributions, Regular monthly contributions through Rotary Direct, contributions to the endowment fund, contributions through wills and insurance and donations of other types of assets.
The Rotary Club of London South all time giving is $221,110 to the Foundation. 
All these contributions help the Foundation to "do good in the world."
The Biannual Canada Scotland curling exchange resumed after a long Covid delay.  The rinks from Scotland attended a Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph and were thrilled to meet and chat with Fling officer Tom Hennessey, the 100 year old RAF veteran who walked 100 miles to raise funds for veterans.
Afterward curling luncheon and curling games were held at the London Curling Club.  Guests included Rotarians from London East, The London Club, St Thomas, Woodstock, Simcoe  and Ingersoll.  
One of the Scots team entertained with a recital of Bobbie Burns Tam O'Shanter. The outcome of the curling was a victory by the Canadians in the aggregate score.
District Governor Mike Chaffee visited our club in a hybrid meeting.  DG Mike reminded us of the challenges facing Rotary Clubs.  Among the challenges were: Membership, Foundation Giving, Community awareness of Rotary, and diversity.
DG Mike gave several examples of how to grow membership.
Members of The Rotary Club of London South, The Passport Club and Friends of Rotary planted 1,000 Tulips bulbs at the Veterans Remembrance Garden near the Veterans Memorial Highway.  We are looking forward to seeing them bloom in the Spring.
Hendrikus Bervoets, a well know local artist who works in a range of media, presents his some of his most recent work.  He creates collages of photos from pictures has has taken in the forest.  Hendrikus started this project when he took up walking during Covid.  His work features unique combinations of found forest objects and photos of the sky. Some examples are shown below.
In addition to his art work Hendrikus is active in supporting a UN sponsored NGO named 17 colours which is doing educational climate change work in Africa.  He often speaks to large groups of students and gets them involved in understanding climate change using art as a message medium.  The work also helps students understand equality issues and teaches them to be better adults.
He is selling some of his recent works to support 17 colours.
Deidre O'Connor presented an overview of the Rock Steady Boxing program.  This program is designed to help individual with Parkinson's disease with a range of symptoms including balance, strength and vocal strength.  RSB started in Indianapolis with 6 participants and now has over 80,000 participants.
The London program operates from a space in Ilderton.  Participates work in a circuit training mode which focuses on functional movement and includes vocalization to mitigate voice changes.
Boxers train to work on: Hand-eye Coordination Flexibility Optimal Balance Core Strength Agility Rapid Muscle Fire Improve Mental Focus Improve mood/reduce stress Vocalizations Friendly Competition
On Oct 5th Anette hosted a welcome party for our new exchanges students, their hosting families, and club members.  Ting Ting (who prefers to be called Mariella) is sponsored by our Club and is from the Philippines and  Nanda who is sponsored by the London Club is. from Switzerland.
Rith from the Rotary Club of Battambang Cambodia explained their plans for a RI Global Grant to refurbish a school, provide training for teachers for an early learning centre for children with intellectual learning challenges.
The school building is in disrepair and will be upgraded.  Below is a picture of the current school and a projection of what the upgrade will look like.
Patti Lake brought us up to date with the community fridge project.
A location for the community fridge has been obtained at St. John the Divine at 390 Baseline West.
The community fridge will be the first in London although many other communities in Ontario and Canada have these projects.
At a special BBQ hosted by Kathleen and Harry, Deurence told updated us on our Kenya project.  Deurence gave a description of her early life and way she got involved in “Smart Girls”.  Jillian Johnston from DFG also attended.  A cheque for six thousand dollars was presented to  Deurence and a collection for girls school uniforms raised $660.
Winning Ticket for the Elton John Concert Drawn
Joan Fisher reached into the bin and drew the winning ticket for the Elton John Concert.  The winning ticket package included Via One transportation to Toronto, a Night’s stay at Harbour Castle Hotel and seats for the concert at floor level near the stage.
Susan Lindsay, the coordinator for the Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair, and four students presented their work at this year’s fair.
Katie Buchel presented her work on angular momentum in diving.
Kevin Shao presented his work on robotics using AI, machine learning coupled with visual systems to sort items.
Nathan Jansen presented his work on the effectiveness of various corrosion treatments.
Caden Oilphant presented his study of the effectiveness of different kinds of face masks in limiting the spread of bacteria.
Jane Korvairkova described her experience as a foster child from starting in a stable home with her biological family that broke down to being placed in foster care.  As a ward of the province she was moved to several different homes.  At 16 she petitioned to be emancipated and started her remarkable journey by working, saving, and travelling to her current successful position.  Along the way she studied at the London School of Economics, enrolled at Western and is now pursuing a PhD.
Jane is currently a candiate for the provincial riding of London Fanshawe
Jane founded Child Welfare Policy Action Committee Canada (Child Welfare PAC), a group that fights for major systemic change in child welfare policy with hard numbers and cold facts. As policymakers come and go in the welfare system, the same ideas keep being tried and used and tried again, and the results remain the same.
The current system results in a 60% drop out rate from High school and a 1% rate of university graduation.  Many foster children age out and enter the adult world into poverty.
Child Welfare PAC focuses on policy research based in four areas:
  1. Evidence-based policymaking based on impact measurement of outcomes. Without measurement, you cannot know if policies or programs work.
  2. Trauma-informed service for youth in care. Foster kids experience high levels of trauma; effective support needs to reflect this.
  3. The sealing of child welfare files to protect privacy. Juvenile offenders currently have greater privacy protections than foster kids in Canada.
  4. Increasing social mobility through post-secondary access. This is the only evidence-based pathway to levelling the playing field for foster kids.

Hector Silva Rodriguez shared insights to his native country of Colombia.  The past reputation of Colombia as a dangerous place has been overcome by the population.  Colombia is now a destination for tourists to  discover the diversity of the country.
A YouTube video was shown describing the top 10 places to visit in Colombia.  To view the video, go to:
We were honoured this week to hear about the work Michael Tesfay is doing in Rwanda.  Michael is the Global Grant Scholar we sponsored for his master’s degree studies in Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh.
Michael moved to Kigali after completing his studies at Edinburgh.  He joined the Rotary club of Kigali Virgnua and is working to setup a Tele-mental health line for Rwandans. 
Juan Gallego from the Rotary Club of Chelsea, Massachusetts brought us up to date on the Colombia water project.  Phase One of the Global Grant for this project is complete with 5 wells drilled in this water scare region.

The project included purchase of a water drilling rig to develop wells for communities in need.  Because these wells are relatively deep, hand pumps cannot be used.  Pumps and filter systems are powered by solar panels and the local community is taught how to maintain the wells and make effective use of the water.  To sustain these wells each family is charged a small amount which is held in reserve for the future repairs and maintenance.

Phase Two is to drill 4 more wells and will cost $US 160,000.  $US 29,000 has been raise so far. 
Our meeting had and enthusiastic description of the support we can expect from our partners in the greenhouse project-Diabeat-it.  Diabeat-it is an NGO providing support for healthy living in Canada and Belize. Mystery Furtado,  a nurse who leads programs in Canada and Belize, to combating poor nutrition and diabetes support for people of colour.
In concert with the Food Bank the Rotary Club of London South and Diabeat-it secured a location at the Western Fair to erect a greenhouse which will provide fresh vegetables to participants and others in need.
Our club meeting on Feb. 18 provided and update on the Kenya Water and Girl Empowerment project.  We were delighted to be joined by Deurence Onyango by zoom from Kenya. She is the sparkplug for this project in Kenya.  In addition to being and active Rotarian, Deurence founded the "Smart Girlhood" mentoring program which helps keep girls in school by providing menstrual information and supplies.  Deurence and our club members have promoted the project to other clubs and organizations.
The project's pilot project provides information and a start up system for a small village in Kenya with limited clean water.  Water tables made of corrugated metal use the sun's power to purify water in PET bottles.  This water can be used for drinking or washing reusable menstrual kits.
Sue Storie described the recycling project the District 6330 Passport Club created.The Passport club is collecting and finding partners to recycle and reuse various item including batteries, milk bags, egg cartons, crayons, yarn and felt and other items.
If you have these items contact Sue or other Passport member to arrange recycling or to find a partner to help recycle such as London Ontario Reduce Reuse & Recycle
Upcoming Events
President's Welcome
The Rotary Club of London South's President, Hector Silva welcomes you to our club.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of London South, located in London, Ontario.  If you are looking  to help make a change locally or internationally (or both!) you are in the right place.  I invite you to join our club for three reasons:
  1. Help us shine a light on projects to help people around the world.
  2. To listen to selected monthly guest speakers.
  3. To have fun with our members and projects.
We meet regularly on Friday mornings and everyone is welcome.
For more information, please contact us at any time!
Leveraging expertise: Shelterbox

ShelterBox: A desire to help, a global relief partner, opportunities to respond after disastersShelterBox, an internationally known disaster relief organization and one of Rotary's key partners, originated as a Rotary club

6 Rotary members honored as People of Action: Champions of Inclusion

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Projects Update
Community Service
  • Partnering with Community Fridge Project a new video will be available soon
  • White Oaks Breakfast program continuing
  • Backpack funding for Children at White Oaks provided
  • Interact club continues to grow
  • London Warms purchasing starting
  • Determining which schools to be selected for School Sports equipment
  • Science Fair funding arranged
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys for NGOs delivered
  • provided funding for Mission Services
International Service
  • Kenya Water/Hygiene Project  Water our Main project  is entering phase II in which we purchase sewing machines to teach sewing and enabling girls to produce hygiene products for sale. 
  • Marielle Inbound Exchange student from the Philippines has arrived and is active in her school and as a participant in our club projects
  • Outbound student now in Taiwan  
  • Sponsored refugee family on their way
  • Contributions were made to Sleeping Children Around the World, Shelterbox, Days for Girls
  • Arranging funding for famine in the Horn of Africa and relief in Philippines after typhoon destruction.
  • Providing funding for support in Guatemala relief 
50/50 Winners
Recent winners of the 50/50 draw
Sept Draw
David E. $1,530
Dec Draw
Charles U $1,220
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London South President, Hector Silva 
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Fridays at 7:15 AM
Four Points Sheraton
1150 Wellington Road
Meetings are being held electronically until further notice
London, ON N6E 1M3
Meeting once a month at the Four Points. Consult the coming events section for upcoming dates of in person meeting. Other meetings are by zoom along with a once a month "Fun" meeting.