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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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.
Morris McKinzie presented information about his military career and educational efforts to remind young people of RCRs military history.  Morris told us about his training at Gagetown in driving and mortar firing.  After boot camp he was assigned to NATO in Germany. The NATO was in Europe to act as a deterrent to Russian expansion.  This posting allowed him to travel throughout Europe from the Baltic to Spain.  He was later posted to a UN peacekeeping effort in Egypt.  Upon his return to Canada he left the forces to become an engineer with CP.
Emma Lim, our out bound exchange student for last year shared her experiences in Taiwan with our club.  During her year in Taiwan and Tiapai she stayed with three families.  One of her favourite activities was hiking.  She shared photo of spectacular vista and daring cliff side hikes. While in Taiwan she experienced several earthquakes.  A picture of a three story building damaged by earthquake was dramatic.  Emma talked about her school, the transportation system and the food.  Evening food markets were one of her memories of Taiwan.  The Rotary Club she was sponsored by in Taiwan had 600 member.  The meeting were more formal than ours and monthly a very formal dinner dance was held.  Emma is a good ambassador for our Club and Canada.  With young people such as Emma in our country we are in good hands.
District Governor Jim Schlatman visited our club and outlined his goals and vision for this Rotary year.  Jim explained the new theme "Be The Inspiration" was created by RI President Barry Rassin and incorporates a wave, sail, and mast.  The power of a wave is important in everything we do and a wave is irresistible.  
Jim's view is Rotarians are people of action as noted in the new vision statement.  He urged us to make sure our club image is strong and inspirational.  We should also focus on membership development and foundation contributions.
We were also pleased to have Jillian Johnston from Days For Girls explain her groups efforts for the benefit of DG Jim.
After the meeting we visited the park benches at Glen Carin Park which finally had a plaque installed to recognize our 25 anniversary.
We were honoured to have Leah Turcott and Jack Dunn attend our meeting Friday and hear their report about attending the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders in May. We sponsored three students including Leah, Jack and our exchange student Anthony.  Leah and Jack attend South Secondary School and were selected by their guidance counselor because of their active participation in school life at South.
They talked about the inspiring speakers, team building events and the new friendships they made.  They learned that leadership can be available to anyone they just have to reach out and try.
President Lorna provided a year end summary for our club activities this Rotary year.  A short recap of her summary is: we participated in 21 service projects, donated 577 volunteer hours, spent $20,771 in charitable efforts, increase our giving to the Rotary Foundation by 25%, and maintained our membership level at 21.  A full power point presentation will be added to this story later this week.
David Ramsdale explained after almost 30 years in Rotary he is still active and keeps in touch with friends he has made over the years.  Rotary has allowed him to travel world wide and have adventures in places such as Norway where he hiked with a ex-exchange student, learned to flyfish and enjoy long nights of daylight.
Members of the Rotary Club of London South joined Rotarians from the London Club and community members in helping Reforest London plant trees in South London.  In under two hours 275 trees native to this area were planted in Paul Haggis park.Kathleen  and Harry's Syrian family joined in the activity.
Anthony our exchange student provided us with an overview of his year in Canada.  His presentation started with his first week and lead us through his many experiences.  He has had an exciting year including teaching other exchange students to ski, getting involved with community events and enjoyable trips to cottage country and to Washington D.C..  His trip to cottage country included catching his first fish and in Washington he took in many of the important monuments such as the Lincoln monument and the MLK monument.  He has had a full year and is now off for a West Coast tour of the US to see California and the Grand Canyon.  We are looking forward to hearing his trip description and his impression of the West.  We he returns we will have BBQ in his honour.
Mark Pope, Executive Director of Teen Challenge London, told about the programs operated by Teen Challenge.  They operate 9 locations in Canada to assist individuals needing recovery from addictions.  The 12 month program for adults operates out of a facility in Lambeth and provides counselling and personal growth programs with include faith based study, work and physical fitness.
Our Club visited Museum London on May 24th.  Brian Meehan, Executive Director of the Museum guided us on a tour of the museum after our breakfast at the cafe.  The new multi-use space provided a dramatic view of the Forks of The Thames.  This new space is scheduled to open in July.  Following the view of the new multi-use area we followed Brain for a tour of the current exhibits:  they included Voices of the Chief's Point (original recordings and artifacts from the Saugeen Nation), BGL installations, and Kelly Jazvac installations.  The museum is a hidden gem and opening it up to the forks will  be a big hit.
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