President's Welcome
The Rotary Club of London South's President, Bill Young, welcomes you to our club.
 
Are you ready to be an inspiration? At The Rotary Club of London South we work together to make a difference right here in London. Come and join us for a breakfast and enjoy great speakers, laughter, and see the impact Rotary makes around the world. We are always looking for inspired people to join us.
 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 
Four Members of our club attended the District Learning Assembly/PETS held in Sarnia and broadcast to Owen Sound.  President Bill, Vice President Joanne, Kathleen Murphy, Joan Fisher and Jim Thomas attended on behalf of our club.  We heard and up date from DG Jim on progress this Rotary year.  We have turned around the decline in membership and added a significant number of new members and chartered a Passport Club.  As a welcome to the Passport Club, President Bill and Vice President Joanne presented a cheque from our club to provide registration to the Foundation Seminar for the Passport Club.   
 
 
 
DGE Tony reviewed initiatives by RI in environmental issues and the new RI and District strategic plan.  The plans provide for continuity of efforts and sustainability of direction. Emphasis was placed on growing membership, increasing Foundation contributions, expanded reach by clubs and increased public image.  All of these initiatives are linked for DGE Tony's year, DGN David's year and DGNN Erin's year.  DGE Tony pointed out that the Council on Legislation is meeting currently and will require review of by-laws
 
Breakout sessions were provided for membership development, Youth Services, Rotaraction, Service Project Sustainability, and Social Media image management.
Brian Elliot the CEO of Habitat For Humanity Heartland Ontario explained the three main functions of  Habitat for Humanity and their impact.  Habitat's principal functions are 1) Build projects, 2)ReStores, and 3)Family Services.  
 
The Heartland Division employees 75 people and hosts hundreds of volunteers at their projects.  Brian explained the lasting impact of home ownership.  65% of their new owners come from social housing and 60% of those access social services.  With home ownership the reliance of social services is reduced and the educational achievement of children in the program increases.
 
Each family must put in 500 hours of service to the project or community service.  The homes usually take 6 months to complete from concept, land purchase to build completion.  The mortgage is on the house is interest free and his held by Habitat.  The revenue from the mortgage is used to finance further projects.  The houses are priced at fair market value.  The mortgage are based on ability to pay and there is no downpayment. New owners are given an orientation to home ownership which includes budgeting, training on maintaining a home, and how to be a good neighbour.
Kelly Franklin described the use of horses in helping survivors of abuse start their recovery.  However, Kelly brought us so much more information about human trafficking especially along the 400 series of highways.  London in particular is a frequently used stop over spot because of the junction of the 401 & 402 and easily accessible hotels along the Wellington strip.  Some of the statistics Kelly reported were shocking.  Trafficking in you girls is on the rise and has become the second highest level of crime second only to drug dealing.  The median age of girls starting being trafficked is 13.  A pimp can earn $250,000 to $300,000 from a girl in a year.  The girls are recruited by romancing and drugging them.
 
Kelly has trained Police in identification of trafficked girls and other groups.  She provides level one training to seniors because seniors frequent Tim's, McDonalds and other coffee shops where identification can be made.  The solution is stopping demand.  The average "john" is a married man with children, a post secondary education and earning $70,000.
 
To increase awareness of the problem a one hour presentation is being made at all the On Route stations on the 400 series of highways on July 30th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.  July 30th is also the " International Day to End Slavery."
John Matsui talked about his road to being an author.   John was a reporter for the London  Free Press for two decades but left to work on the "YES" campaign during the Quebec referendum on separation.  After the YES campaign he founded a consulting company named Making Headlines and was in the process of winding down the company when he started his career as an author.  With some advice from friends, who were authors, he wrote his first book Late Bite.  He finished the first draft in 16 days and after some editing published it with Amazon.   He has publish three sci-fi novels: Late Bite, Gravity Games, and Lycanthorpe Rising
 John explained the complexities of the publishing business and problems in distribution. He has several books on the way in the sci-fi genre and a number of other creative endeavours including screen plays and preliminary productions of movies.
 
The culture of creative arts in London is strong and could be a new wave of economic expansion in our city.  John gave several examples of the depth of creativity in London such as the 400+ membership in the authors/writing group in the city.  
 
A sense of humour and optimism ran through his presentation. 
It was a busy meeting on March 22 -  Alex Purdom was inducted as our newest member and Dawn Kershaw gave her classification speech. 
Alex induction ceremony was lead by PDG Al Hardy and Alex's sponsor David Kirwin presented Alex with his Rotary pin under the watchful eye of President Bill. After the Induction ceremony all club members greeted Alex with a warm handshake.
 
Dawn Kershaw gave her classification speech.  Dawn Rotary history extends back to her mother who was the London Club's Administrative Secretary. As a child she stuffed envelopes for the March of Dimes at the Rotary office and later she was an exchange student in Germany.  Dawn returned to study law in university and obtained a bachelor's in law at U of T and a Master's in Law at Dalhousie  and along the way obtained a BA.  
 
Dawn practiced law in Stratford and London for several years before taking on adjudicator roles in several tribunals including Human Rights, licensing appeals and the parole board.
 
She met her husband Steve through a contact she made in Nepal on a walkabout.  They have a daughter who is interested in dressage and skating.  Dawn brings an interest in international affairs to our club and will serve on the international committee and will be hosting an exchange student from Brazil next Rotary year.
 
Ron Posno described living with dementia.  Ron was in a small plane crash and suffered a concussion that left him in a coma for 12 days.  Concussions lead to some type of dementia in 80% of cases.  He was diagnosed with Minimum Brain Disfunction (MBF).  There are now half and million cases in Canada and it is seldom discussed.  The toll on families and care givers is significant yet we don't discuss it.  
 
Ron described the three stages of dementia and the importance of planning for the future if diagnosed.   He also talked about how to respond to someone with dementia- not "being sorry" but being a listener and showing support.  The key is living in the present and enjoying was individuals can do not what they have lost.
 
Ron highlighted the importance of having a life plan, including a will and health care advocacy.
Patti, Kathleen and Lorna brought us up to date on the planning for the East Coast Kitchen Party on May10th.  Patti gave directions in making an ugly stick.
Lorna Gunning Fratschko and Brenda Rouse proudly display the trophy they won at the Cambridge Rotary Bonspiel on March 7 with teammates Sandy Ronson and Harry Moffat
On March 7, Kirk Langford enlightened our Club informing that communicating with LGBT students is no different than any other Exchange Student. As a teenager, Kirk was an outbound exchange student to Brazil and spoke openly about his "coming out" during third year University.   Kirk is currently the District Public Relations Coordinator and Outbound Coordinator for Youth Exchange Students.
On March 1, Brenda Rouse shared her unique experience of being one of 22 Curling Rotarians from Ontario who were home hosted in thirteen cities in Scotland for the month of November 2018.  They played 19 games against the Scots in 13 different ice rinks ranging from 8 sheets in a shopping mall, arenas shared with ice hockey and skating, a converted potato storage shed, two curling rinks contained within a hotel and a barn transformed into a curling club called Greenacres.  Despite these challenges, the Canadian tour team of 16 men and 8 women reigned victorious.
 
This Rotary Friendship Curling Exchange has been going back and forth across the “pond" for 62 years. Initially, teams from Quebec, eastern Ontario and New York State participated but the tour has now evolved to the present day format of 22 Rotarian curlers from Ontario exchanging with Scotland every two years.  Over the years, the Tour has achieved legendary status as a test of skill and stamina and has been called the “trip of a lifetime”.  It has been responsible for building strong friendships with teammates and with Rotary hosts. It really is a magical combination of Rotary and Curling fellowship as the team met participants in Scotland who had toured in Canada up to 30 years ago and still remain in touch with some of their hosts.
 
A new team from Scotland will be visiting the London area in mid November 2020 which is a great opportunity for Club Members to get involved by hosting.
Ken Smid and Christine Lefebvre joined us to discuss North Aid's mission.  Ken described the living conditions in many of the northern reserves and the lack of opportunity facing young people.  60% of children live below the poverty line. Poor overcrowded housing, lack of suitable water, poverty and expensive food costs are part of the problem.  Ken suggested part of the solution is self government and self determination.  North Aid has sponsored " A Taste of Indigenous Canada" dinners to raise funds for their programs.  Among the programs North Aid has sponsored is hockey exchanges and medical supplies sent North.  There are six reserves on the Thames; this is a possible joint project.
 
Christine described the significance of the dress and symbols she brought with her.  She presented a program to London school children later in the day.
 
 
Joan returned from her friendship exchange to Columbia and encouraged all of us to partake of these exchanges.  While in Columbia Joan attended a project fair where numerous worthwhile projects in Columbia were outlined. 
Michael Tesfay described his work with Western Heads East (Rwanda).  During his trip to Rwanda to help set up the probiotic yoghurt kitchen at the University of Rwanda. These probiotics contain a bacteria which helps the immune system fight HIV. 
 
Michael worked on a number of projects while in Rwanda including a Days for Girls distribution of 146 kits.  He worked with Les Enfants de Dieu to help street kids rejoin society.  They provide food, shelter and education to boys who are street kids.  He developed a partnership proposal for them and set up a Gofundme page. 
 
The small donation we provide before he left was used to give shoes to needy students in the program.  
 
Our support of Days for Girls and Western Heads East pay off in ways that we do not anticipate. Michael's presentation gave us insight into to how our donations to programs impact people on the ground.
 
Jim Weese summarized his research and writing  about leadership.  He found there are five critical features of good leaders: Credibility,  Contagious Enthusiasm, Compelling Vision, Charismatic Communication, and Culture Building.
Jim gave examples of each of these features and provoked questions about leadership.  In her thank you to Jim Kathleen reflected on the similarity of Rotary to the factors Jim outlined. 
A highly contested bowl off was held this past Thursday.  Two randomly selected team competed to bowl the best total score.  The Blaney Blasters faced off against the Rouse Rumblers.  The Blasters held the early lead after the first game but were unable to withstand the juggernaut of the Rumblers in the second game.  The Rumblers where the over all winners.  Some on the action is depicted below.
 
Melanie Katsiov explained the work of the African Canadian Federation in bring together many of the African National groups to work on youth focused activities.  For example, instead of the Ghana and Nigerian groups working separately on a youth project, the ACF can work as an umbrella group to work on projects of mutual interest.  Some of the projects ACF works on are tutoring elementary and high school students, helping parents navigate the school system so African heritage children are not automatically streamed away from the university/college oriented programs.  ACF is also involved in community affairs, sports programs, University programs such as Western Serves.
 
This week's club assembly focused on fundraising.  Current and potential fundraisers were discussed.  
A member survey will be sent to help establish priorities and plan for the next year.
Past President Jug Manocha received a volunteer recognition award from MPP Peggy Sattler on Jan. 24, 2019.  Jug was recognized for all the volunteer work he does in his own quiet way.  He is a photographer at many community events and has been a strong supporter of multi-cultural events in our community.  His support of our club and the many things we do is greatly appreciated and he is a deserving individual for such an award.
Samantha Mascotto and Erin Donnelly presented the Sunshine Foundation from the perspective of a participant and the Foundation's administration.  Samantha lives with Cystic Firberoses and takes up to 40 pills a day as an adult.  As a child she felt very isolated because of her disease and the treatment routines associated with it.  Daily percussion treatments along with medication set her apart from other children.  During her treatments she often listened to Disney productions to pass the time.  When she was accepted to Sunshine's trip to Disney it changed her life.  She met other children with medical conditions many of whom had worse conditions.  Sunshine changed her world view and gave her an experience she will always cherish.
 
Erin explained the selection process for the foundation's granting a wish and the foundations goals and scope country wide.
Scott Forbes brought us the story of the International Justice Mission's efforts to free slaves and protect children for sexual exploitation.  Some 40 million people are enslaved in the world toady.  India and some parts of Africa are the centres for this activity.  People can be enslaved for debts owing from generations before.  Slaves and bought and sold to work off debts they have little knowledge about.  IJM is working in 14 countries helping educate police, justices and others involved in the justice system about fundamental legal process and at the same time actively working to free slaves.  Slaves work in agriculture, brick kilns, quarries and factories.
 
One of the initiatives IJM has deals with cyber sexual exploitation  of children.  In the Philippines and parts of Asia and Africa western sexual predators can direct children to have sex or preform sexual acts for a fee on the web.  IJM  has been working to end these crimes and bring predators to justice in western jurisdictions.
A array of tastefully understated items were available for bidding conducted by our Sgt. at Arms at our first meeting in 2019
At the December work day for Days for Girls, Jillian provided an update.  In 2018 2,203 kits were distributed in 12 countries and amounted to 396,540 school days for girls.  The work party converted bolts of flannel into 10 bins ready for washing and further processing.
Morgan Marks, a peace fellowship scholar studying at The University of Queensland in Australia, explained the Masters program she is in and the local practicum where she is working.  Morgan gave us her history of working in the America Corps and the Peace Corps in the US.  She described her interest in peace and community development.  Her talk was a reminder of the work the RI Foundation in one of the six areas of focus. 
 
 
 
 
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