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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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.

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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 President, Lorna Gunning Fratschko welcomes you to Rotary

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