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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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. 
 Patti and Michael Lake hosted our 2019 Christmas Party.  Thank you Patti and Michael!
Ornaments for 2018 and 2017 may be purchased at:
Boutique Firenze, 189 Adelaide St. S.
Wine Worx, 971 Commissioners Rd. E
Young & Co. Fine Jewellery, 6010 Col. Talbot Rd.
Ceeps and Joe Kool's Ornaments are sold at their locations 
David Elliot brought us up to date on Rotary membership and the new Passport Club.  World wide membership declined below 1.2 million members for the first time this year but quickly regained the previous level after some new clubs in Asia were chartered.  Changes to the RI By-laws have added flexibility to membership and removed some barriers to membership.  Membership options have allowed for family and corporate membership.  
The passport club is a district club which allows Rotary to fit into one's personal situation and permits members to participate where ever they are.  This club structure may help past members to rejoin Rotary and individuals who travel frequently to maintain their connection to Rotary.
David challenged us to consider sponsoring a satellite club focused on groups usually not participating in Rotary such as Latino groups or Arabic groups.
Kelly brought us up to date with the United Ways work in Elgin and Middlesex.  UW is coordinating the work on the Mayor report on poverty in London and region.  London ranks 3rd in Canada for the number of children living in poverty - approximately 70,000 individuals live in poverty in our region.  UW is the coordinator for discussion/action groups working to reduce key components leading to poverty.  There are groups working on transportation, mental health, addiction, job readiness and other critical issues.
On Nov. 23 our club visited the new downtown campus.  Starting with a light breakfast we toured the labs and kitchen of the state of the art culinary skill training facility in the old Kingsmills location.  The tour guided by the site director James Smith blends the heritage of Kingmills modern industrial culinary equipment.  The old tin plate ceilings, the pneumatic tube system and the old safe are a few of the features kept on display next to up to date communication and training tools.
Carolyn Young, Director of Continuing Studies at Western described the extensive continuing studies programs and Western's role
as the bridge between the University and the global community.  There are 284 courses provided by Western and 2,713 students are taking advantage of the programs around the world.  There are certificate programs and general interest programs in diverse topics including - Project Management, Conflict Management, Business, Art Appreciation, language and other personal development topics.  The French program is extensive including residential French language week and two week programs in Quebec.  If there is a professional or personal growth interest you have Western has a program to fit.  The Continuing studies facilities are located downtown in Citi Plaza.
Major Gary Venerables playing of the "Last Post"  was a moving tribute to those of served in the War To End All Wars and those who served in other conflicts.  He gave us a history of the Last Post from its starting in the 1790's as part of army life to mark the final rounds of inspection and end of the day  to today's memorial.  The the cease fire on the 11 hour of 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of WWI which cost 40 Million lives.  Major Venerables also answered question about the Coronet , the British bugle, the American bugle and the Salvation Army.  Various members mentioned family member who served in wars.
Days for Girls which out club supports both financially and by helping to create kits, distributed 167 reusable feminine hygiene  to grade six girls in Guyana.  The kits were distributed to girls three schools are were enthusiastically received.  Jillian Johnston, team leader for DFGs in London lead the effort and found a local source that may be used to set up distributor.
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.
London South President, Bill Young welcomes you to Rotary

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