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
Brenda and Lorna talked about their experience at the RI Convention in Toronto.  Brenda described the opening session and the daily plenary sessions held in the Air Canada Centre.  Because 25,00+ Rotarians and guests attended and the ACC only holds 18,000, the opening sessions were held in two groups.  She described some of the speakers and the high quality of presentations. Lorna talked about exploring the range of service opportunities in the house of friendship.
Stephanie Field and Erin Bhatia joined our club for breakfast to explain the history, process, and successes of the Make A Wish organization.  Since 1986 Make A Wish in Southwestern Ontario has been granting life changing wishes to children with critical illnesses and creating joy for these children in the 16 counties of SW Ont. The process of granting a wish starts with identifying a qualified child through referrals, the family is visited by volunteers to discover a child's heartfelt wish.  If the wish fits the policy volunteers and staff go about creating a plan for wish experience.  When the wish plan is executed - joy is created for the child.  
Stephanie and Erin gave several examples of successful wishes.  Make A Wish is supported by fund raising and does not receive any government help.
Morris McKinzie presented information about his military career and educational efforts to remind young people of RCRs military history.  Morris told us about his training at Gagetown in driving and mortar firing.  After boot camp he was assigned to NATO in Germany. The NATO was in Europe to act as a deterrent to Russian expansion.  This posting allowed him to travel throughout Europe from the Baltic to Spain.  He was later posted to a UN peacekeeping effort in Egypt.  Upon his return to Canada he left the forces to become an engineer with CP.
Emma Lim, our out bound exchange student for last year shared her experiences in Taiwan with our club.  During her year in Taiwan and Tiapai she stayed with three families.  One of her favourite activities was hiking.  She shared photo of spectacular vista and daring cliff side hikes. While in Taiwan she experienced several earthquakes.  A picture of a three story building damaged by earthquake was dramatic.  Emma talked about her school, the transportation system and the food.  Evening food markets were one of her memories of Taiwan.  The Rotary Club she was sponsored by in Taiwan had 600 member.  The meeting were more formal than ours and monthly a very formal dinner dance was held.  Emma is a good ambassador for our Club and Canada.  With young people such as Emma in our country we are in good hands.
District Governor Jim Schlatman visited our club and outlined his goals and vision for this Rotary year.  Jim explained the new theme "Be The Inspiration" was created by RI President Barry Rassin and incorporates a wave, sail, and mast.  The power of a wave is important in everything we do and a wave is irresistible.  
Jim's view is Rotarians are people of action as noted in the new vision statement.  He urged us to make sure our club image is strong and inspirational.  We should also focus on membership development and foundation contributions.
We were also pleased to have Jillian Johnston from Days For Girls explain her groups efforts for the benefit of DG Jim.
After the meeting we visited the park benches at Glen Carin Park which finally had a plaque installed to recognize our 25 anniversary.
We were honoured to have Leah Turcott and Jack Dunn attend our meeting Friday and hear their report about attending the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders in May. We sponsored three students including Leah, Jack and our exchange student Anthony.  Leah and Jack attend South Secondary School and were selected by their guidance counselor because of their active participation in school life at South.
They talked about the inspiring speakers, team building events and the new friendships they made.  They learned that leadership can be available to anyone they just have to reach out and try.
President Lorna provided a year end summary for our club activities this Rotary year.  A short recap of her summary is: we participated in 21 service projects, donated 577 volunteer hours, spent $20,771 in charitable efforts, increase our giving to the Rotary Foundation by 25%, and maintained our membership level at 21.  A full power point presentation will be added to this story later this week.
David Ramsdale explained after almost 30 years in Rotary he is still active and keeps in touch with friends he has made over the years.  Rotary has allowed him to travel world wide and have adventures in places such as Norway where he hiked with a ex-exchange student, learned to flyfish and enjoy long nights of daylight.
Members of the Rotary Club of London South joined Rotarians from the London Club and community members in helping Reforest London plant trees in South London.  In under two hours 275 trees native to this area were planted in Paul Haggis park.Kathleen  and Harry's Syrian family joined in the activity.
Anthony our exchange student provided us with an overview of his year in Canada.  His presentation started with his first week and lead us through his many experiences.  He has had an exciting year including teaching other exchange students to ski, getting involved with community events and enjoyable trips to cottage country and to Washington D.C..  His trip to cottage country included catching his first fish and in Washington he took in many of the important monuments such as the Lincoln monument and the MLK monument.  He has had a full year and is now off for a West Coast tour of the US to see California and the Grand Canyon.  We are looking forward to hearing his trip description and his impression of the West.  We he returns we will have BBQ in his honour.
Mark Pope, Executive Director of Teen Challenge London, told about the programs operated by Teen Challenge.  They operate 9 locations in Canada to assist individuals needing recovery from addictions.  The 12 month program for adults operates out of a facility in Lambeth and provides counselling and personal growth programs with include faith based study, work and physical fitness.
Our Club visited Museum London on May 24th.  Brian Meehan, Executive Director of the Museum guided us on a tour of the museum after our breakfast at the cafe.  The new multi-use space provided a dramatic view of the Forks of The Thames.  This new space is scheduled to open in July.  Following the view of the new multi-use area we followed Brain for a tour of the current exhibits:  they included Voices of the Chief's Point (original recordings and artifacts from the Saugeen Nation), BGL installations, and Kelly Jazvac installations.  The museum is a hidden gem and opening it up to the forks will  be a big hit.
Brittney Webb from Diabetes London brought us up to date on the impact of diabetes on Canada and London Specifically.  There are currently 11 million Canadians dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions.  90% of these cases are Type 2 diabetes.  Symptoms include always being thirsty, frequent urination, weight change, tiredness, and eyesight loss.  Complications from diabetes include poor recovery from wounds, long lasting bruising, urination, infections resulting in amputations, and blindness.
It is important to have regular physicals to check for diabetes, get rest, be physically active and have a balance diet.
Brittney told us about D-Camps for children from 7 to 17 held at Camp Woodeden.  Campers learn to manager their insulin and have fun just being kids.  It costs $1,000 per week per child to attend this camp which is staffed by knowledgeable medical and sports leaders.
Justin Jaggernauth is a commercial  loans accounts manager for Libro.  He works with firms and arranges mortgages, loans, lines of credit and banking solutions.  Libro is unique as a lender focusing a significant amount of its banking loans in the NGO space.  It looks for social impact loans where the loan will make a significant improvement to the community as a whole.  As a credit union it provides profit sharing to it members.
Justin is a second generation Rotarian; his Father is a Rotarian with more that 25 years of service.  Justin was born and received his basic education in Trinidad and Tobago- he came to London to attend Western.  Justin is an active hiker, traveler, cyclist, and photographer.  He shared some of his adventures with us including a hike up Kilimanjaro.  His service commitments include helping at a hospice in Toronto and assisting his Farther and Mother in service work in Trinidad. In London he worked with Impact Loan and is now working with larger NGO ventures.
DGN Tony Sheard shared his experience in streaming meetings.  Several district meetings have been streamed and the response has been favourable.  His own club in Southampton uses streaming to keep members in touch when they are out of town.  He shared some tips on which web services to use, equipment and potential problems.    
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
London South President, Bill Young welcomes you to Rotary

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