President's Welcome
The Rotary Club of London South's President, Anette Grue welcomes you to our club.
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Are you ready to open a "Door of Opportunity"? The Rotary Club of London South opens opportunities for fellowship, service locally and internationally, and for personal growth in a challenging time.  While providing service to the London area we also provide international service in Rotary's seven areas of focus.  To find out more, enjoy some fellowship, and make a difference in the world join us.
 
 
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Jerry Pribil, owner of the Marienbad restaurant, discussed the problems of the restaurant industry during the pandemic and complexity of reopening.
Jerry talked about the problems of the open/shut process of Ontario’s pandemic response.  Opening for short periods and closing quickly caused food waste and staff layoffs.  The Marienbad donated unused food to the various hostels in London, but the on again off again operation caused his cooking staff to look for more permanent work elsewhere.  Jerry and family took on the problem by making their own meal delivery and doing what they could to maintain staff.
He also talked about the problems of homelessness in downtown and his efforts to put a human face and compassion to those on the street.
He had several suggestions for making the recovery easier for restaurants such as the LCBO changing policy to charging restaurants the wholesale price of liquor.
The Marienbad will be one of the featured buildings for our ornament collection this year.  The building’s history and its unique chimney sweep feature are a unique part of London’s history.
 
His presentation was a useful insight to the problems of the hospitality industry.
Sporting equipment was purchased and delivered to three area schools.  They will be ready for the new school year in September in the post pandemic future.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Daly provided an overview of the history of treaty rights for First Nations from first contact to the current situation.  Brian works in the Indigenous Rights area of the law with McKenzie & Lake.  He has worked this area of the law for 25+ years including residential school settlements, hunting, and fishing rights and land acquisition.
Treaty rights from first contact have taken different forms.  The early French relations were based on peace and friendship, while the British approach was one of land surrender. Our current system is based on the British model. 
Most of the treaties establish resident areas on reserves which set aside land for bands live on.  Traditional rights for areas of traditional use are not covered by these land surrender treaties, but the courts have ruled on various rights for traditional use, and they can conflict with the Lan Surrender treaties.
The Indian Act also presents additional areas for conflict since the Act requires an elected band administration and this may conflict with traditional leadership roles.
Our constitution adds an additional complication since while once section of the constitution provides affirmation and recognition of First Nations right another section can override these rights through the justification principle.
Brian gave examples of where these conflicts have arisen in places such as Caledonia.   
The results of this complicated mix of rights and legislation along with historic racism have resulted in high levels of incarceration, poverty, and other social problems.
 
Dani Bristow brought us up to date with Shelterbox's development and activities.  Our club has supported Shelterbox for many years and it has evolved from the classic tent and equipment in a box to a much more flexible system.  Shelterbox started in 2000 providing a box for 8 to ten families and now works in 97 countries with warehouses ready for deployment of supplies in at risk areas.
 
The organization now provides the basic shelter box  as well as Shelter Tool Kits for reconstruction of existing homes, and aid kits for help in needed areas.  They are trying to expand into areas where gaps exist in provision of aid including covid handwashing stations and masks.
 
The classic box now costs $C1,200 and the tool kit costs $C150
Sarah Stewart and Elsie Morden talked about their anti-bullying charity and its work with schools.  
 
Elsie was subjected to bullying as a child which included getting her hair cut while she was at a sleepover and harassment at school.  The bullying led to depression and other problems.  She found an outlet in music and became a professional singer and songwriter.  
 
She has developed a program for school children and put it on across the country. .
We were treated to a sample of her singing as part of her presentation.
 
Sarah is helping her promote the charity as part of her university studies.
 
Doug Thompson from the Stratford Club and David Knoppert form the Hyde Park club brought us up to date with projects underway by Commit in Nicaragua.  Doug talked about the importance of environmental action and encouraged members to join ESRAG.  David talked about the Justa stove project they are working on.  The Justa stove ( a rocket stove) can be installed for approximately $300 and cuts the wood fire fuel consumption in half while reducing respiratory illness, eye issues, and burns.  The stove also has a metal cooking surface improving the cooking function.  David is currently cycling across Canada to raise fund and interest in this project.  We were able to reach him near St Johns Nfld close to the end of his journey.
Jon Reid told us about his father Jack's history as a POW in Japan and his later life.  Jack Reid was educated as a Doctor and joined the Canadian Army at the beginning of WWII and was stationed in Hong Kong with the Canadian Army.  He was captured in 1941 when the Japanese invaded Hong Kong.  He was a POW in Hong Kong for a year and in 1942 was taken to Japan to serve in the shipyards.  He was tasked by the Japanese to keep the POWs strong enough to work as slave labour in the shipyard.  He was able to keep many POWs off work to save them from exhaustion. 
 
When US bombing started he was relocated to another POW camp where he was interned along with other British and Dutch POWs.  During this internment not only did he save POWs lives but he was able to compose music with other POWs who became life long friends.
 
He was liberated in 1945 and returned to Canada to take up his medical practice.  After starting restarting his medical practice in Toronto he moved to Vancouver.  While working in Vancouver, and before his family joined from Toronto, he met a nurse and started a second family.  This complex relationship with two families continued for some time until his first family returned to Toronto.  This complex man suffered from maladies brought on by his WWII internment and died at the age of 65.
 
The children of the two families made contact and were able to bond in a strong relationship.
Jennifer Hassan, Branch Manager for St. John's Ambulance in London presented information about the organization's history and services.  While many are familiar with the first aid training they provide, the full range of services is impressive.  They provide medical first responders at events and a range of first aid training for specific environments such as law enforcement, marine, mine rescue, baby sitters, and pet first aid.  In addition they provide mental health training, wilderness training and therapy dogs.
 
St John's Ambulance's 900 year history includes working in 42 countries and started a priory in Canada in 1982.
 
This organization is a significant contributor to the quality of life in Southwestern Ontario and Canada as a whole.
Maggie MacNeil, Olympic Champion, described her journey from a young child entering her first competition to winning an Olympic medal.  Along the way she was world champion 14 times big Ten Champion, 2020 Big Ten Swimmer of the year, 2020 CSCAA academic all American and University of Michigan female of the year and many more awards.
 
Maggie described her workouts and a typical day starting with an early morning training session and lasting late at night to work on her studies.  All this is more complicated with Covid.
 
The discipline and time management it takes to accomplish all these awards is inspiring
Covid reduced the ability of St Patrick's students to share sports equipment.  The London South Community Service Committee provided funds to purchase Basketballs, Volley Balls, Soccer Balls and Tennis Balls to provide exercise opportunities for students.  Hector Silva-Rodriguez and family delivered the equipment to the school.
 
 
At the the March 5th Business meeting a wide range of topics were discussed.  The International Service Committee is reviewing a clean water pilot project in Kenya.  Community Service  plans for a possible District grants fund sports equipment for school in the South of the city. Committee also plans to houour World Environment day with tree planting.
Various fundraising project were discussed with the club including our successful ornament project, specially created tulip bulbs to sponsor Polio Plus, and other fundraiser which require additional investigation 
 
 
Allison Graham talked about mental health tips during the Covid pandemic.  Included in her new book "Take Back Your Weekend" she noted with the increased of  zoom and other social media, we do not have time to take a break and recharge.
 
Some of her tips to reduce stress included focusing on reducing the barriers to performance such as worry, self judgment, and negative self-stories.  To overcome these barriers she suggested increasing our self awareness of stressors, getting over trying to complete and ever expanding to-do list, and exploring our efficiency of we do.
 
To get over zoom fatigue her tips were to 1) hide the self view, 2) provide a buffer between meetings, 3) evaluate if another mode of communication might be better (phone calls, email, etc.) 4) have a different location for work zoom calls and social calls.
 
 
PDG Dennis Dinsmore presented his "Three Hat" description of the Rotary International Foundation which explains the various buckets funds donated to the Foundation go into and their function.  Donations can to into the Endowment Fund, the Annual Fund or a Restricted Fund.  Each has its own application with Dennis described.  He encouraged us all to be annual sustaining members of the foundation.  The easiest method is the automatic monthly donation which provides an regular amount to the foundation and a regular Canadian tax receipt is issued.  This can be arranged at the "donation" button on My Rotary. 
 
Dennis' full power point presentation will be archived on the Club runner document area.
 
Paula Morand was our guest speaker on Feb. 5th.  She is an motivational speaker, author, and media producer and sales.  Paula talked about her new book and vision to be bold and dream big.  Her emphasis is to eliminate the reasons we fail.  Identify what holds of back from achieving our dreams and work on removing the obstacles 
 
The annual "Worst Christmas Present Auction" featuring many of the favourites such as the Monkey Bowl, Flamingo Cookie Jar, and Suggestive Festive Sweaters raised almost $500 for the club.  At the same time we exceeded our goals for the RI Foundation contributions to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus.
 
 
John Saunders from SEEM presented key ideas for personal emergency preparations.  As individuals we need to have a personal plan for potential emergencies.  Most common emergency evacuations involve fire or weather events.  Among John's tips were:  1) conduct a "what if" , 2) have an evacuation and assembly plan, 3) have a contact list someplace safe,   4) scan important documents and photos that can not be replaced and put them on a thumb drive.  He suggested going to emergencyontario.ca for a check list.  
 
He also talked about generators as backups in power outages and "bug out bags".
 
This was a good reminder of how fragile our lives can be and what it takes to recover
Several Rotarians and friends have sewn 317 bravery bead bags for the local  children’s treatment center.   Children who undergo tests and procedures earn beads that are stored in their bag till they can make a bracelet or necklace.   The bags are colorful and something the children treasure.  Another example of Rotarians making a difference.
Lt Col (Ret) Ian Haley gave us a short history of London's 1st Hussars and the Holly Roller Tank.  The 1st Hussars were established in 1856 and served in the Boer War, WWI,WWII, and peace keeping missions including Afghanistan 
 
The Holly Roller Tank, which sits in Victoria Park as a monument, landed at Juno beach on June 6th 1944 and fought to liberate France, Belgium, and Holland.  The 1st Hussars lost 346 tanks but the Holly Roller survived some damage, was repaired and fought to the end of the war in Europe. 
 
At the end of the war, the 1st Hussars were granted the privilege of returning the tank to Canada. It was located in front of the Armoury on Dundas and in the Western Fair prior to taking its current location.
 
The Holly Roller is in need of restoration due to corrosion that has damaged the interior of the tank.  In June of 2021 the tank will be transported to Fanshawe College for restoration.  A new pad for the tank will be installed in the park while the restoration is going on and it will be put back in place for the 150th anniversary of the Hussars.  
 
A major fundraising initiative is underway to restore the Holly Roller which is estimated to cost $250,000.  This tank is oldest of the 11,388 Sherman M4 tanks in the Western Hemisphere that was built in Grand Blanc MI.
 
The Holly Roller is an important monument to Canada's WWII efforts and needs to be conserved.
 
Rotarians from London South packed 100 kits for distribution to the homeless in London.  Each kit contained a Hat, Mitts or gloves, two pair of warm socks, sanitary wipes, Kleenex, a space blanket, a fleece neck gaiter, and a granola bar.  The kits are distributed by hand to homeless by an agency in London with direct contact to homeless individuals.
 
 
Steve Sauder from the Upper Thames River Conservation brought us up to date with the impact of Covid on the operations of UTRCA.  Some of the activities of the organization have been complicated by the social distancing requirements of Covid.  For example, soft shell turtle egg collection has been complicated since the collection process is usually carried out by two people working closely together.  Other activities dependent on volunteer have been reduced.  The Authority's office is restricted to 25% of staff, but many programs are outside and still in operation.  Significant  work in improving water quality on Cedar Creek was accomplished with dam removal and stream enhancement with riffles pool creation.  Work is underway to create an Oak Savanna at Kiwanis Park.  Steve described several special bird sightings.  While the work has been changed by Covid, UTRCA has found new ways of carrying  out its mandate.
 
Rotarians and special helper packed kits for distribution to the homeless this winter.  Each kit contains a tuque, gloves/mitts, two pair of thermal socks, a fleece neck gaiter, space blanket, sanitary wipes, Kleenex, and a granola bar.
PDG for District 4271 (Columbia) Sonia Uribe made a powerful presentation on the strength of Rotarians in action.  She told a story of Rotarians work to provide clean water in one of the poorer Departments of Columbia.  Rotarians were called "Gods Returning"  because they kept their promises unlike politicians.  In one community a water well gave people a new way of life - allowing women and children do other things instead of walking for an hour to collect polluted water, grow gardens, wash, and have water for animals.
 
Sonia also showed how her foundation benefited people with Spinal Bifita.  Individual were given mobility with wheel chairs that allowed them to get an education and the foundation provided virtual learning opportunities.
 

 
Deurence Onyango told us of the power of the Rotary Foundation Global Grants in providing clean water in Kenya through WASHRAG (Water and Sanitation and Hygiene ).  She worked with a community on Remba Island in Kenya.  By conducting a proper situation evaluation, engaging the community and providing training for maintenance of equipment, a sustainable water and sanitation project provided a significant improvement in local health and life.  The project involved drilling a borehole well, water storage and water filters  and treatment powered by solar panels.  Her story was an inspiration and an example of the value of Rotary Global Grants.  Global Grants are funded partly by our ongoing contributions to the annual fund of the Rotary Foundation
 
On November 6th we celebrated Remembrance Day early with President Anette leading the meeting with a reading of the tribute to the fallen.  Philippe Moran recited "In Flanders Fields" in both official languages.  Major Venables played Last Post.  Later we acknowledge family members who served.
Elinor Schwob and Paul O'Connell from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada told us about the history, programs and research of the organization.  Elinor who is the Southwestern Ontario Area Manager said the 128,000 individuals living with blood cancer have a five times greater life expectance than they would have since the 1960s.  The major fundraising event for the organization is the "Light the Night Walk".  35,000 people participated in the walk on Oct. 24th.  $4.8 Million was raised in Canada and $205,000 was raised by the walk.  To view what the event is like click on the following You tube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6--6VMk7l4.
 
 
The funds raised by this event help fund support programs, support groups and research. Paul O'Connell who is the medical and scientific engagement manager,  described the types of research now underway.
C-T cell immuno Therapy, Precision medicine targeting an individuals unique cancer, and potential of vaccines for cancer.  Research has been hindered by Covid since researchers must keep social distance and disinfect shared microscopes, etc.  Work is underway using AI to provide information to individuals with targeted information exactly when they need it.
 
There will be a national Leukemia conference Nov. 16 to 20.
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