Nourish founder, Sarah Bergs shared her incredible journey from growing up in a game reserve to becoming a leader in transforming lives through Nourish's bold initiatives. From humble beginnings, Nourish has introduced hundreds of children to the wonders of wildlife and the importance of conservation. Nourish provides thousands of nutritious meals and has established a revolutionary, scalable model known at the "Eco Village".Nourish Eco Village is a non-profit NGO located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, near the world-renowned Kruger National Park.


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Cindy Benning, from the Rotary Club of St. Thomas was our speaker this week.  Cindy told us about the upcoming St Thomas Rotary Discovery tour.  This is the third year the club has put on this mystery tour.  The tour starts from Ferguson RV in St Thomas on Oct. 1st and goes on a secret route to visit interesting sites in Southwestern Ontario.  The tour lasts about 3-4 hours.  There are prizes for various activities such as putting and picture taking.
District 6330 Governor for the Rotary year 2023-2024 Sonja Glass visited our club on August 11 and along with President Hector Rodrigues presented Don Fraser with a Paul Harris award
DG Sonja is an extraordinary individual.  She is a retired nurse who worked in critical care, taught nursing at the college level, managed the nursing department in a rural hospital and served as Chief Quality Care officer.
Sonja’s relationship with Rotary started when she and her husband Dave agreed to host a Youth Exchange Student.  They eventually hosted 10 students.  In 2016 they joined the Rotary club of Meaford.  She served the RC of Meaford as Secretary and two terms as President.  In 2021-23 she was the Area 1 Assistant Governor.
Sonja and Dave travel annually to Ukerewe Island in Tanzania to provide volunteer medical services.  So many of the illnesses they saw are caused by water borne diseases that clean water is an important issue for the Island.  With the help of District Grants they have installed 7 wells.  They have also done several initiatives with the local orphanage and hospital to address maternal and child health.
Our Kenyan contact, Deurence, reports that the launch with the sewing machines & additional menstrual hygiene kits went really well. There was a good show of buy-in by the Area Chief, local administration and parents for the work we are doing with your Club's support.  The girls have started the sewing classes.  This week should be their fourth weekend of classes. They do both cohorts on Saturday and Sunday to manage the large number that signed up. The school's account's clerk is supporting me with taking attendance and pictures/videos of the classes. The schools close in two weeks' time for a two-week break.

Suzanne Fratschko Elliot shared with us the important role that this social services organization plays in our community and surrounding areas. Childcan's mandate is to to raise awareness and funds to provide personalized, responsive, and compassionate programs and services to families facing the childhood cancer journey from diagnosis, through treatment, post-treatment care, or bereavement. They make childhood cancer a health priority, fund innovative research, and expand family supports until childhood cancer is eliminated.  Click on the title for links to their website and Suzanne's informative presentation.
On July 6, 2023 London South Rotary said Farewell to our lovely exchange student, Mariela Santiago Deslate from Antique, Philippines shown here with her Dad Anthony, #3 Host Mom Brenda, Mom Carolyn, #1 Host family  Hayley, Mark and Maren Linklater and #2 Host Mom Kathleen.     Mariela's email is tingtingdeslate@gmail.com
Rick Baker, P.Eng, ICD.D  a Waterloo entrepreneur created “Waterloo Intuition & Technology Corporation”.  They bring big-business experiences and innovative ideas to mid-sized businesses, offering consulting services for technology integration and problem-solving.  They assist business leaders in planning and optimizing Information Systems, promoting best practices, and enhancing governance and operations.
Rick is very active in the energy sector. He is leading an initiative where more than 50 senior energy leaders are collaborating in an effort to improve Ontario’s energy future.
Upcoming Events
President's Welcome
Welcome to the Rotary Club of London South, located in London, Ontario.  If you are looking  to help make a change locally, internationally (or both!) you are in the right place.  I invite you to join our club for three reasons:
  1. Help us shine a light on projects to help people around the world.
  2. To listen to selected monthly guest speakers.
  3. To have fun with our members and projects.
We meet regularly on Friday mornings and everyone is welcome.
For more information, please contact me at any time!
Hector Silva-Rodrigues
RCLS President 2022-2024
Hybrid Club Meetings
We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Four Points Sheraton
1150 Wellington Road
London, ON N6E 1M3
(519) 808-2845
Our in-person meetings are at The Four Points by Sheraton but most meetings are via Zoom per link below. REFER TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR SPECIFICS.
Club Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation
Community Service
Interact Liaison
International Service
Rotary to amplify climate action at COP28 in Dubai

Rotary to amplify climate action at COP28 in DubaiRotary will help facilitate collaboration on community-led climate action, and discuss the intersection of climate change and

Leading with heart: Vietnam gets a new Rotaract club

There’s a lot of female energy in the Rotaract Club of One Million Lives Saigon: The charter president, president, and vice president are all women.

Professor Catherine Trail
Oct 13, 2023
Results of the Community Fridge Evaluation
Manju Basnet
Oct 27, 2023
The Law of Consistency and Intentionality
Akhil Antony
Nov 03, 2023
Classification Interview with David Kirwin
Gary Venables Major (Retired)
Nov 10, 2023
Remembrance Day - Playing 'The Last Post and Reveille'
Lorraine Jardine
Nov 24, 2023
Volunteer Experience at Hekima Place in Kiserian, Kenya
John Finan
Dec 01, 2023
The Trades
Sean Horrell
Dec 08, 2023
519 Pursuit Outreach
50/50 Winners
Recent winners of the 50/50 draw
June 2023 Draw
Susan G $1,602
Dec Draw
Charles U $1,220
Projects Update
July 2023
Community Service
  • Partnering with Community Fridge Project 
  • Video Link to Community Fridge https://www.dropbox.com/s/4tiheerfmbm47qj/Community%20Fridge%20Video%20V1.mov?dl=0
  • White Oaks Breakfast program continuing
  • Backpack funding for Children at White Oaks provided
  • Interact club continues to grow
  • London Warms Kits supplied for this winter
  • Sports equipment provided for South London Schools
  • Science Fair funding arranged
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys for NGOs delivered
  • Planning for Earth Day
International Service
  • Kenya Water/Hygiene Project:  5 sewing machines purchased to teach sewing enabling 85 girls to produce hygiene products for sale and more water tables are being constructed to provide clean water. 
  • Mariela 2022-23 Inbound Exchange student  returned to the Philippines 
  • Sponsored refugee family on their way
  • Contributions were made to Sleeping Children Around the World, Shelterbox, Days for Girls
  • Arranging funding for famine in the Horn of Africa and relief in Philippines after typhoon destruction.
  • Providing funding for support in Guatemala relief and Turkey Earthquake
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