President's Welcome
The Rotary Club of London South's President, Joanne Johnson, welcomes you to our club.
Are you ready to connect to the world? 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 locally and around the world. We are always looking for inspired people to join us.

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Upcoming Events
Linda Badke presented her classification talk at our July 26th meeting.  Linda grew up in Montreal, graduated from Queens and started teaching deaf children in Winnipeg.  After several years in Winnipeg she moved to Ontario and ended her teaching career in Dorchester teaching various split grades from 1 to 4. 
Alex Purdom gave us some insight to his family and his profession.  Besides being a Golf player at a high level, Alex showed some high level work he has done on the CN  Tower walk, including leaning backwards over the city of Toronto.  He has a long family history with Western and is a member of a fraternity his grandfather helped establish in the 1940's.
On a professional level Alex described the long run performance of various investment strategies and results of fund managers. Despite the relatively indifferent performance of fund manages, individual investors perform even worse due to their short term focus and trying to time the market and loss aversion attitudes.  His firm endeavours to make an impact on their client's,   whether it is investing for retirement or helping to finance a child's education. Alex provided detailed review of market performance and long range perspective. Their approach is understanding a client's goals, making a plan, acting on the plan, and monitoring progress.
Jim Waite, coached National Olympic  men's curling teams in the 1998, 2002 2006 and 2010 Olympics.  He provided a behind the scenes stories about the men's teams and Olympic curling.  We found out why the team in Turin was called Team Canada and not Team Gushue.  The pressures and expectations of the teams add to the competition.  Jim shared stories about phone calls from the the Prime Minister, joys and sadness of some of the Olympians, and the trill of the opening parade of athletes.  
Jim also brought some paraphernalia from past Olympics including uniforms and the torch carried by volunteer runners across Canada.  Jim ran his quarter mile segment in St. Thomas.
Although he did not mention it in his presentation he is the coach of the National Mixed team that won Gold in Worlds in Kelowna in 2018.
The July 5th meeting had a packed agenda.  District Governor Tony Sheard's official visit to the club coinsided with our club change over meeting.  We were hououred to have the DG swear in President Joanne and the board of directors and avenue of service chairs for the new Rotary year.  Past President Bill started the meeting as his last official act and he thanked the club for supporting him in a successful year which saw our membership grow and our fundraising increase.
DG Tony explained his goals for increased membership, expanded promotion of the things we do, support for the Foundation, success through integrity, inclusiveness, diversity and "DOGOODERY".  He challenged us to participate in his Rotary Glasses photo promotion.
Andrew Kozacuk and Teta Dore, students we sponsored for the "Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders" gave us their evaluation of the Seminar.  Both student came away from the weekend charged up and positive about the experience.  They made new friends, overcame initial wariness about meeting so many new people.  The Seminar included motivating speakers, learning about leadership and finding out kindness and caring is contagious.  One experience in caring was the "blind lunch", in which one student was blindfolded and others helped them to get their lunch.  Both felt it was a life changing experience and made them more positive in their life and return to school.
Our offsite meeting at Museum London was a success.  We met for breakfast in the cafe follow by a guided tour of some of the exhibits and "back room" collection. The tour was lead by Brian Meehan the Executive Director  of the museum.  We saw the finished construction that was underway at our last visit.
The art collection incorporates local paintings and renderings starting in 1839 with watercolours by garrison officers stationed at what is now Victoria park to current art work from local artists.  The collection also includes group of seven paintings, Paul Peel works, and many important donated items.  The tour took in some of the permanent displays and special exhibitions.
We saw the vaults where art is stored to protect it from heat and humidity.  
We visited the vast collection of historical items the museum houses to keep London's history alive. 
A great off site meeting and tour.
Dr. Frederking, Dean of Academics  Brescia College at Western, outlined the changing character of University Education.  Educators, students, and employer expectations are all in flux.  In the past, the lecture format was the main method of delivering educational content.  Now, students come to the classroom equipped with extensive resources at their fingertips via Google and other resources and expect more from their educational experience. The "Ivory Tower" has disappeared. Fewer educators are on a tenure track and their relationship to the University is therefore different.  Employers expect graduates to come to the workforce with the ability to work effectively others and analyze problems with critical thinking. 
Brescia tries to provide an technical education with a strong ethical foundation which will prepare students with the ability to face a changing environment.  Work is changing Brescia is preparing women for occupations which will develop that can not be currently envisioned. 
Recently packed kits are being sent to Senegal with the aid of a District Grant from our club and packed by these volunteers.
Past President Lorna brought us up to date with her career developments.  Since finishing her Master's thesis, Lorna has created the LGF Group to manage all of her creative and business activities.
Lorna has used her thesis as a basis for a new book dealing with euthanasia  and the many complex ethical and emotional issues surrounding Medical Assisted Dying.  The working title of the book is "It Takes a Village".  It is her hope the book will encourage dialogue.  Judging from the meeting the topic certainly will encourage discussion.
She is working on a number of other projects including a "here comes the sun" event and the "Save and Impact" program with Schooley Mitchell which allows her clients to direct up to 10% of her billing to a charity,
Lorna is busy as an author, business person, Mother, Grandmother and Rotarian.
Jay Lawrence and Nicole Kamiki described the importance of basketball their lives and their experience in growing up in South Africa under apartheid.  Jay outlined the development of the YFC basketball program from a "place to hang out" to a more competitive level of sport.  The program grew and changed from a casual pickup games to an organized competitive league in the Compass league.  He emphasized coaching as a mentoring and connection process that will help young men be better men, husbands, fathers and individuals.  The basketball program has taken young men from the Glen Carin and other economically disadvantaged areas and allowed them to develop travel and have new experiences.
Nicole described her experience growing up in South Africa at the end of apartheid, going to school in a "white" school sponsored by Germany, and playing basketball at a high level- including the national team.  She was scouted by an American coach and given a scholarship to a university in Tennessee where she completed her undergraduate education.   She wanted to do graduate level studies and she searched out Canadian universities that would provide scholarship opportunities and found an opportunity a Western.  Nicole completed her Ph.D and is a researcher at Western.  Her husband plays basketball with Jay and discussed the Compass basketball program with him.  They are developing a program for young women to play in a league and hopes to provide the same character development the young men have seen.
It was a busy day for Rotarians at London South.  Our regular meeting's speaker was Mike Crosby from the Greenhouse Academy.  The GHA is a commercial greenhouse that focuses on growing plant material and young people.  Mike noted that there is a 20% dropout rate in some classes and students have a difficult time relating to the workplace.  The GHA links the education system with a commercial organization and helps students understand a work environment.  They plant seedlings, answer the phone and help with some of the commercial aspects of the business.  Other organizations such as TLC landscaping, Blue Jay Irrigation,  and Unilock have joined with GHA to demonstrate to students that careers can be built in the horticultural and related businesses.
In addition to an interesting speaker Kevin Blaney presented Jessica Blaney with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her graduation from Fanshawe and overcoming several obstacles.
At White Oaks Public School a volunteer appreciation luncheon was held in recognition of volunteers who help out at the school- including our pancake crews.  We were treated to a number of tunes played by members of the band, a stomp dance presentation, and presentation by the drum club.
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. 
London South President, Joanne Johnson welcomes you to Rotary

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