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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Upcoming Events
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 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:
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.
This year's Ornaments have arrived featuring The London Life Building and Novack's.  A limited number of previous year's ornaments are also available for sale.  To purchase Click Here    #LdnOnTree   
Margarita Jimenez told us about her family experience living with a mother who contracted polio as a child of 7 or 8 in Columbia.  While many children in her village died of the disease, Margarita's mother survived and was able to lead a more normal life.  She had 9 children and raised a family in a typical manner.  She is now 86 and is experiencing post-polio symptoms.  No longer able to walk with a cane or walker, she uses a wheelchair. She is an example of the reason Rotary keeps working on ending polio in the world.
Kathleen Naylor joined us from Dartmouth, NS and presented information on Child Marriage in Canada.  Marriage is a Federal jurisdiction but provinces are able to enact legislation as long as it conforms to the minimum standards set by Federal legislation.  The minimum age for marriage set by the Federal Civil Marriage Act is 16 years of age.  The legislation provides for penalties aiding or participating in the celebration of marriage of individuals und the minimum age (16) set by the act.  
Various provinces have adopted higher standard, for example 17-19 year of age.  However, marriage of individuals  16 and 17 year's old is legal.  In addition there is no prohibition of such young people living together with others but not in an "official" marriage.  There are various considerations now being studied around setting the minimum age at 18 which is the standard in most of Europe.
Terry Gillis, President and CEO described Ahria's approach to organizational consulting and outlined the three critical factors in developing an dynamic organization.  
At our September 18 club assembly we reorganized our avenues of service in accord with the strategic review results.  Now we have two avenues of service - International and Community.  Club members selected the respective avenue in which they wish to participate and budgets were set and discussed.
PL Gupta told us about the Ekal education movement in India.  Ekal provides one room education for children in rural and tribal India in more than 100 thousand villages and provides basic education to three million children.  For $500 30 children are provided with a teacher, a blackboard and some supplies for a year.  Ekal education is the first step out of poverty and on to the regular education system.  Our club has supported Ekal and will continue its support.
Hector introduced himself to the club with a description of his life in Columbia and his immigration to Canada.
He is from a large family of seven children.  He has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Hector started working in banking after High School and attended University while working at the bank.  He graduated from University as a system engineer, continued to work for the bank and also taught at University for ten years.
After immigrating to Canada, Hector set up a computer consulting business for several years.  This led him into a manufacturing company for systems work where he was promoted to General Manager.  The recession caused the manufacturing company to have troubles and Hector decided to change careers.  He gained his insurance broker credentials and is now a broker at Sutherland Elliott.
Hector has set some goals for himself as a Rotarian.  He want to work at developing a satellite club for the Hispanic community and work on projects helping children and elders.
To find out more about Columbia Hector provided two youtube links:
Hector is a welcomed addition to our club and has shown his willingness to  get involved right away. 
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London South President, Anette Grue Welcomes you to Rotary
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