June 13, 2024 London South Honours Two with a Paul Harris Award       

Below London South President Hector Silva Rodrigues pins Jim Collins from Harvest Hands with a Paul Harris Award for all their contributions to The Community Fridge.  Jennifer Raymer, leader of the Humanitarian Trip to Cuba in February, was also recognized with a Paul Harris Award for all she does with MissionGo.Org.  She is shown here with President Hector, PH Event Coordinator, Al Hardy and Photographer, Jug Manocha.
June 13, 2024 London South Honours Two with a Paul Harris Award Brenda Rouse 2024-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

June 13, 2024 Area 4 Paul Harris & JERODA Awards Night 

Congratulations to Jim Belton, the first recipient of the prestigious John Eberhard Rotarian of Distinction Award (JERODA) for his tremendous accomplishments and a long-time commitment to Rotary.  Presented at the Area 4 Paul Harris event hosted by the Rotary Club of London Hyde Park, Rotary Club of London South, Rotary Club of London, Rotary Club London East and Rotary Club of London Lambeth.
June 13, 2024 Area 4 Paul Harris & JERODA Awards Night Brenda Rouse 2024-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

May 3 2024 - Cross Cultural Learner Centre

Catherine Dorias-Piesko, the Fund Development Manager of The London Cross-Cultural Learner Centre enlightened our Club on why it is the leading newcomer agency in London, Ontario. 

Their primary objective is to enhance the community by providing a range of services and advocating for the success and sense of belonging of individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly refugees and other vulnerable newcomers. Their vast experience is dedicated to helping these newcomers settle, integrate, and thrive in the London community.  For more information, contact Marianne Fischtner, the Newcomer's Speakers' Bureau Coordinator. 

The London Cross-Cultural Learner Centre


505 Dundas Street
London, Ontario | N6B 1W4



May 3 2024 - Cross Cultural Learner Centre Brenda Rouse 2024-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

May 9 2024 - Spring Social Potluck - Cuba update & Farewell to Amy

Members gathered Thursday night for a Potluck Social.  We said farewell to Dr. Amy Sophia Odega as she is moving to Sault Ste. Marie to complete her Psychiatric residency.  She graciously shared her 'Rotary' cake to help us celebrate the birthdays of Barbra Fraser and Jim Thomas.  David Knoppert showed pictures of the recent Humanitarian trip to Cuba led by Jennifer Raymer.  Jennifer was honoured by our Club with a Paul Harris award for her leadership in this project.  Carolyn Murray, Joanne Vergeer and former RCLS member Peggy Vandenberg were also in attendance.   
May 9 2024 - Spring Social Potluck - Cuba update & Farewell to Amy  Brenda Rouse 2024-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Apr 27 2024 - London Tree Planting

Our own Joan Fisher braved the pouring rain on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day by joining the Rotary Club of London,  District 6300 Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound Students and the Westminster SS Robotics Student Team, to plant 150 Trees at Pincombe Pond in London.
Apr 27 2024 - London Tree Planting Brenda Rouse 2024-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Apr 26 2024 - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Fund     Betsy Reilly

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a community book-gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children. Their mission is to instill and promote early literacy, increase school readiness, and increase parental engagement and bonding. Registered children, ages 0 to 5 years old, are mailed a high-quality, age-appropriate book monthly - free of charge to the family. These books foster family reading time, and the love of books, as well as helping to boost early literacy.  Hear from Dolly at Canada Dolly Special Thanks (youtube.com) and you can donate through the London Community Foundation Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Fund — London Community Foundation (lcf.on.ca)                                      
Apr 26 2024 - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Fund Betsy Reilly Brenda Rouse 2024-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

ORDER TICKETS  for the  Paul Harris Area 4 Year End BBQ

 Click to   ORDER TICKETS     NOTE:  The ticket transaction charge may appear as Bambora on your credit card statement.  ie BAM*ROTARY CLUB OF LON  DORCHESTER ON
In addition to Paul Harris Award presentations, the first John Eberhard Rotarian of Distinction Award will be presented to an Area 4 Rotarian honouring exemplary service, leadership, and dedication, who has strengthened camaraderie and inspired excellence in the Area.
ORDER TICKETS  for the  Paul Harris Area 4 Year End BBQ Brenda Rouse 2024-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

April 5 2024  Operation Smile in Colombia - Clyde Hillier           

Former Rotarian, Dr. Clyde Hillier, shown here with SAA David Kirwin, presented a proposal for a donation of $2,000 or more to the Operation Smile Cleft Surgical Programs in Columbia.  Through their outreach, and annual support from Rotary Clubs in Canada, Operation Smile Canada Foundation has earmarked gifts received from Rotary to their  Short-Term Cleft Surgical Programs in Colombia: • Boyacá: June 7 – 8, 2024 • Barranquilla: June 20 – 22, 2024 • Cali: June 28 – 29, 2024
April 5 2024 Operation Smile in Colombia - Clyde Hillier Brenda Rouse 2024-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

April 19 2024  General Insurance Ombudsman             

Bruno De Sando and Madalyn Brochu  informed our club members today on the General Insurance OmbudService (GIO) which is a free, independent and impartial service that helps with property and casualty insurance disputes (such as home, car and business insurance). Many Canadians have questions about their insurance with the growing number of natural disasters across the country, such as wildfires, floods and hurricanes. GIO’s helpful and knowledgeable consumer service officers will answer any insurance questions and provide a guide on what help is available should they come into a dispute with their insurer.  
April 19 2024 General Insurance Ombudsman Brenda Rouse 2024-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Apr 20 2024 - David Knoppert represents RCLS at London EarthFest Brenda Rouse 2024-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Apr 10 2024 - Visiting Harvest Hands

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024 nine RCLS members and friends toured and volunteered at Harvest Hands in St. Thomas, a food distribution centre that rescues surplus food from retailers, bakers and growers and  re-distributes to organizations like our Community Fridge and other organizations, agencies and missions throughout SW Ontario. 
Apr 10 2024 - Visiting Harvest Hands Brenda Rouse 2024-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Mar 22 2024 RCLS Visioning Exercise Continues Brenda Rouse 2024-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Mar 23 2024 District Grant supplements Community Fridge Brenda Rouse 2024-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

 Mar 9 2024  Vision to Success                                       

Seventeen members of London South took time out of their busy schedules on Saturday to participate in a 'Vision to Success' exercise led by DG Sonja Glass and Nurdon Tokoz of Rotary Hyde Park,  Our outbound Youth Exchange student, Kate Witford, attended  as a scribe. 
Although our visioning work is not yet complete on what the Club could look like and where we'd like to be in a few years, we now have great ideas, suggestions and the tools to plan next steps to make our club the ONE others want to join!.
Thanks to Elisa and Kathleen for organizing this great event!
Mar 9 2024 Vision to Success Brenda Rouse 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mar 2 2024  Communication Access Program                 

Natalie and Crystal from The Thames Valley Communication Access Program (TVCAP) confirmed their  dedication in supporting adults in the Thames Valley Region who have acquired communication impairments (speech and language difficulties post-stroke, brain injury or progressive disease). They ensure consistent access to ongoing support for recovery, ultimately optimizing their communication capabilities and quality of life. Our mission is to empower these adults with communication impairments by delivering accessible and impactful communication services through group speech therapy.

info.tvcap@gmail.com   www.tv-cap.ca


Mar 2 2024 Communication Access Program Brenda Rouse 2024-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Feb 23 2024  Roots of Empathy                                               

Allyson Watson told us about Roots of Empathy, a school-based program that decreases bullying and aggression in students as well as increases pro social behaviors.   A volunteer parent and infant are the heart of the program visiting a classroom 9 times in one school year along with an instructor who attends 2 additional classes for each family visit.

The baby becomes the centre for learning empathy and emotional attachment allowing children to explore what they think and how they feel.  This interaction increases positive social behaviour and decreases aggression and depression.  They develop empathy for others, both cognitive empathy, understanding the perspective of other people, and affirmative empathy, the emotional perspective.

www.rootsofempathy.org      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSqP9Vef664

Feb 23 2024 Roots of Empathy Brenda Rouse 2024-02-29 05:00:00Z 0
Feb 2024 RCLS Humanitarian Trip to Cuba Brenda Rouse 2024-02-29 05:00:00Z 0

Feb 9 2024  Melanoma    -   Steve Fine             



In 1998, Rotarian Stephen (Steve) Fine, PhD, and his wife Gail from Peabody, MA lost their 26-year-old son Daniel to late-stage melanoma.

Steve gave up his successful career in the semiconductor industry to create an educational program that is saving the lives of other young people.

He created a website that began as a tribute to his son and evolved into a complete guide to early self-detection and prevention of melanoma, which is curable in its early  stages.

Steve didn’t stop there. He founded the nonprofit Melanoma Education Foundation and created its SkinCheck® curriculum, a class with a lesson plan, video and student handouts that informs students how to self-detect and prevent melanoma. He then developed a seminar to train high school and middle school teachers in how to conduct the class.  See attached links for more information...
Feb 9 2024 Melanoma - Steve Fine Brenda Rouse 2024-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Feb 2 2024 The Grandpa Rules - Dr. Jim Weese Brenda Rouse 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Feb 3 2024  Update on The Community Fridge       

Following up on the research evaluation by Fanshawe college, and the generosity of the Rotary District 6330 Grant, the Community Fridge shoppers have purchased snacks for children. These will be put in our pantry daily by our volunteers for families with school-age children to pick up.  Our research confirmed that the cost for snacks is very difficult to afford for many families.
Feb 3 2024 Update on The Community Fridge Kathleen Murphy 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Jan 9 2024 Kate Witford Outgoing RCLS Exchange Student Brenda Rouse 2024-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Jan 7 2024  Keeping London Warm                                   

On Sunday, 8 RCLS members and 5 Friends of Rotary gathered at St. John Divine Church and assembled 200 packages to help keep London's most vulnerable warm this winter.  The packages included a warm hat, neck gaiter, gloves, socks, hand warmers, thermal sheet, toothbrush, soap, comb, granola bars and wipes.  These packages will be distributed through Ark Aid.
Jan 7 2024 Keeping London Warm Brenda Rouse 2024-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Jan 5 2024  'Worst Christmas Gift ' a Great FUNraiser       

SAA David K and assistant Anette did a great job today raising a total of $600 with the Worst Christmas Gift event.  Members who were not successful bidders of a Christmas gift or were not in attendance, were assigned a 'Christmas sweaters rental fee of  $20' meaning they won a 'one-time rental’ of  the Christmas sweaters for an occasion next holiday season.  See Joan Fisher to book your rental date!
Jan 5 2024 'Worst Christmas Gift ' a Great FUNraiser Brenda Rouse 2024-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Ornament Sales Dec 21 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
RCLS Christmas Party Dec 13 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
John Finan Speaks about The Trades Dec 1 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
LMCA Scholarships Nov 26 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Hekima Place in Kenya      Lorraine Jardine    Nov 24 2023

Lorraine Jardine shared her volunteer experience at Hekima Place in Kiserian, Kenya.  Lorraine went there initially in 2007 and she has been involved with them ever since and now serves on their Board of Directors. Hekima Place has been thriving to educate and empower young girls. For more information, please see their website at www.hekimaplace.org. 
Hekima Place in Kenya Lorraine Jardine Nov 24 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
RCLS tends Salvation Army Kettle Nov 16 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Getting to know New Member Akhil Antony      Nov 3 2023

Sergeant at Arms, David Kirwin's interview with one of our newest members, revealed that Akhil was born and raised in India and worked as a Design Engineer there before coming to Canada where he is pursuing a career as an Insurance Broker.  He hopes to be able to reunite his family by bringing them to London in the future.  Akhil has enjoyed his exposure to Rotary to date volunteering at Rotary Community Service activities and is looking forward to his role as Youth Exchange Officer to support the development of outbound and inbound exchange students.
Getting to know New Member Akhil Antony Nov 3 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Living With Polio Oct 20 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Laws of Intentionality and Consistency Oct 27 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Cuban Humanitarian Trip in Feb 2024 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Utilization Analysis of Community Fridge           Oct 13 2023

Kate Traill, Professor & Program Coordinator at Fanshawe College provided a very informative synopsis from the data collected for the utilization analysis of the London Community Fridge last summer.  Her research team found that the majority of respondents live within a 5km radius of the Community Fridge; nevertheless, a sizable percentage travel significant distances.  Most live in 1 or 2 person households, although 21% report living with 5+ people and 65% of respondents report that they access the Community Fridge at least once a week. See the complete report attached.
Utilization Analysis of Community Fridge Oct 13 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Grand Bend and Area Rotary Clubs Fill 100 Shipping Containers Sep 8 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Update on Kenya Water/Hygiene Project         Sept 16 2023

Joan Fisher reports that because of  RCLS presentations to other Clubs,  we have been able to further help Deurence's Smart Girls initiative in Kenya.  In August, the Sarnia Bluewaterland Rotary Club donated $3,500 for the installation of an additional water cistern which has already been installed at the school.  
Message from the school's principal: "Kindly accept  our sincere appreciation as teachers and students of St.Albert Chiepe Sec.School. The water tank is already installed next to the girls hostel and will help our students get clean water. Thank you so much. God bless you abundantly."
It is a very proud day for us as Rotarians!
Update on Kenya Water/Hygiene Project Sept 16 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House Community Service   Sep 28/23

Thanks to London South Rotarians Anette Grue, Akhil Anthony, Kathleen Murphy and President Hector Silva Rodriguez along with Friends of Rotary, Carol and Joy, who prepared a meal  on September 28th for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House Community Service Sep 28/23 2023-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Nourish Eco Village South Africa -Sarah Bergs  Sep 22 2023

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.


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nourish.org.za

Nourish Eco Village South Africa -Sarah Bergs Sep 22 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Projects and Approvals August 25, 2023 Don Fraser 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Plant Rich Diets Scott Nelson August 18 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

DG's Visit - Sonja Glass                                         August 11, 2023

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.
DG's Visit - Sonja Glass August 11, 2023 Jim Thomas 2023-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Update on Kenya Water/Hygiene Project:   July 2023   

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.

Update on Kenya Water/Hygiene Project: July 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Community Fridge Featured on CBC News July 20 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Childcan - Suzanne Fratschko Elliot    July 14 2023

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.
Childcan - Suzanne Fratschko Elliot July 14 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Technological Advancements - Rick Baker  July 7 2023

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.
Technological Advancements - Rick Baker July 7 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Farewell to Mariela Deslate   July 6 2023

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
Farewell to Mariela Deslate July 6 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Emergency Preparedness - Miranda Bothwell    June 23 2022

Miranda Bothwell, the EMS community relations, and communications officer for Middlesex – London talked about emergency preparedness for EMS events.  Miranda described what happens when someone calls 911 and the actions one can take to increase EMS effectiveness if we must call.
Emergency Preparedness - Miranda Bothwell June 23 2022 Jim Thomas 2023-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Little Footprints Big Steps   Morgan Weinberg    May 12 2023

Little Footprints Big Steps (LFBS) was founded by Morgan in 2011 with a mission to reduce family separations caused by child trafficking.  One in four children in Haiti do not live with their family due to child trafficking.  There are four reasons for child trafficking:
1.  Fraudulent orphanages.  For profit orphanages house 32,000 children and are designed to elicit international funds.  Yet less than 5% maintain minimum standards and only 15% are register officially.  Of the children in orphanages 80% have a living parent.
2.  Child Slavery. Low income families give their child to wealthier families to do chores and other work.  Estimates of as many as 300,000 children are caught in this situation.
3. Street children.  These children are vulnerable to gangs and other abuse.
4. Emergencies such as earthquakes.
Click on the Title to access the complete presentation and links
Little Footprints Big Steps Morgan Weinberg May 12 2023 Brenda Rouse 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Nursing Training in Ukraine  - Joany McDougall    April 14 2023

Joany McDougall, RN, told us about her work with Samaritan’s Purse training nurses in Ukraine. She described training on her third deployment to Ukraine during the war.

Training took place in a parking garage serving as a bomb shelter. In the shelter 4-foot cement culverts tubes covered with sandbags were close at by in case bombs were falling in the immediate area.
Two training sessions took place seven days a week. Joany estimated her group trained 23,600 nurses in diverse topics. During blackouts generators kept the lights on and computers working. Topics covered in the training ranged from treating fractures, burns, ICU operation under difficult conditions, and other trauma situations.
An example of Joany’s burn training was shown. Simulated burns were placed on translators and nurses learned how to apply treatment and dressings in an appropriate manner.

Resilience of the Ukrainian people impressed Joany. Some nurses continued to serve their people despite being bombed out, losing family members and all their possessions. A picture of a bombed-out children’s hospital was shown that continues to operate despite partial destruction from cluster bombs.
Nursing Training in Ukraine - Joany McDougall April 14 2023 Jim Thomas 2023-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Soles4Souls - Jordanna Jones    Mar 31 2023

Jordanna Jones, the owner of three Bioped stores in London, told us about her work for Soles4Souls.  Soles4Souls collects new and used shoes in Canada and distributes them in developing countries through a network of micro-loan companies in the individual countries. 
Children's shoes help children attend school and work more easily in daily chores.  The shoes are sold in local markets with new or newer shoes sold in larger and more prosperous cities and towns and used and shoes in markets in less prosperous communities.

Shoes are also distributed directly to schools in some cases.

Jordanna described her recent trip to Haiti where one of her distributors was able to put her son through university and over time build a new home for her family. 
S4S has distributed 2.3 million pairs of shoes so far and Jordanna estimates the Canadian arm of S4S has collected and distributed 700,000 pair of shoes.  Not only does this endeavour help those in developing countries, but it also keeps shoes out of our landfills.
Soles4Souls - Jordanna Jones Mar 31 2023 Jim Thomas 2023-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Mackenzie McKim - LEN

Mackenzie McKim, the Events and Outreach Coordinator for the London Environmental Network, talked to our club about the mission of LEN and some of the programs they sponsor.
The goal of the LEN is to support the City of London goals for reaching net zero green house gas emission by 2050.  They also help individual  Londoners and company to improve their environmental  impact.
LEN has a range of programs, one of which is Depave Paradise London which aims to remove asphalt parking lots and replace them with more environmentally friendly surfaces.  These surfaces maybe more permeable materials or garden surfaces.  She gave an example of an asphalt removal project at Fanshawe College which changed an asphalt courtyard with permeable materials and a garden with local plants.
Mackenzie told us how we could get involved with the environmental issues locally and recommended their newsletter.  She provided an excellent presentation about LEN and its work.
Mackenzie McKim - LEN Jim Thomas 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Amy Odega our newest member

Our club is pleased to welcome our newest member Amy Odega. 
Amy is transferring from her Rotary Club in Nigeria where she was an active member.  
After her induction and welcome ceremony, our Sergeant  At Arms David Kirwin interviewed Amy about some of the highlights of her life.
Amy was born in Lagos and her parents arranged for her education in various cities in Nigeria so that she would get a broader view of her country.  She became proficient in several Nigerian languages.  She was a top student and participated in various sports in school.  She became Head Girl in high school.  Science was her favourite area of study and she especially enjoyed biology.  This lead her into medical school which she started after high school.  She was able to shorten the length of time to complete her medical degree by attending medial school in the West Indies.  She has a focus on mental health work.
After she completed her studies she married Charles.  Amy and Charles have three children ages 6,4,2.  Three children and working to get certified as a MD in Ontario keep her busy.  
Amy was a charter member of her Rotary club in Nigeria and was an active member, We are looking forward to her contribution to our club.
Amy Odega our newest member Jim Thomas 2023-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work

London South Rotarians cooked meals to be frozen and distributed through the London Fridge.
Rotarians at Work Jim Thomas 2023-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Hand Up in Guatemala

Pat Cavan from the Rotary Club of Wiarton described the work the Hand Up organization is doing in Guatemala.
They have completed a project in Todos Santos which provided two cisterns and new latrines at a school.
Hand Up in Guatemala Jim Thomas 2023-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Against Malaria

Konrad Mayfarth from the Rotary Club of Berlin Bruecke der Einheit a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Action Group Rotarians Against Malaria told us about the work to eliminate Malaria in Africa and around the world. 
He explained where Malaria is common, its disease process and what can be done to eliminate the discease.
Most of the cases are in Africa.
Rotarians Against Malaria Jim Thomas 2023-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Councillor  Skler Franke

We were pleased to welcome Councillor Skyler Franke to our in person meeting.  She represent ward 11 for the 2022-2026 term.  Prior to being elected Skyler was the Executive Director of the London Environmental Network.  
In her presentation she said her areas of focus included affordability, climate planning, city services, establishing a more civil working environment on city council.  
She discussed transit infrastructure, development issues, safety in the city core during question/answer section of our meeting.
Skyler is an open and engaging speaker.
Councillor Skler Franke Jim Thomas 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

London Community Chaplaincy 

Pam Cullen from the London Community Chaplaincy explained the mission of their organization to our club.  The London Chaplaincy works in London's social housing locations and provides a range of services to residents focused on creating a sense of community.  The organization is multi-faith and does not promote any particular religion, but can provide connections to various faith for residents interested in making those connections. 
The Chaplaincy provides activities for youth and adults and social opportunities for residents focused on bringing the diverse backgrounds of residents together to create a sense of community.
London Community Chaplaincy Jim Thomas 2023-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Hendrikus Bervoets

Hendrikus Bervoets, a well know local artist who works in a range of media, presents his some of his most recent work.  He creates collages of photos from pictures has has taken in the forest.  Hendrikus started this project when he took up walking during Covid.  His work features unique combinations of found forest objects and photos of the sky. Some examples are shown below.
In addition to his art work Hendrikus is active in supporting a UN sponsored NGO named 17 colours which is doing educational climate change work in Africa.  He often speaks to large groups of students and gets them involved in understanding climate change using art as a message medium.  The work also helps students understand equality issues and teaches them to be better adults.
He is selling some of his recent works to support 17 colours.
Hendrikus Bervoets Jim Thomas 2022-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Yvone Joubert on Clubhouse App

Yvone Joubert described the Clubhouse App and how it is connecting Rotarians worldwide. Clubhouse App is a new type of social network based on voice—where people around the world come together to talk, listen, and learn from each other in real-time.  Currently a Rotary forum is hosted on the app every Saturday morning for discussion of various topics of interest to Rotarians.  One week it might have a forum on fighting poverty and micro loans or other similar topics which Rotarians are sponsoring.  The App is available on Google Play or the Apple Store.
Yvone Joubert on Clubhouse App Jim Thomas 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Ron Posno-Dying with Dignity

Ron Posno's presentation on Dying with Dignity underlined the importance of planning details for end of life.  Surprisingly, 65% of Canadians do not have a will.  Many have not had a discussion with family members about their wishes in the event of incapacity or suffering from an incurable disease.  Ron talked about the history of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and the status of the legal framework and issues individuals need to take into account.
Ron Posno-Dying with Dignity Jim Thomas 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Aug 6 Business Meeting

The first business meeting of the new Rotary year covered a number of topics including:
  • Membership Development
  • Fundraising
  • Community Service Projects
  • Kenya Water/Hygiene 
Aug 6 Business Meeting 2021-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Erin Scott Living with Lyme Disease

Erin Scott talked about what it is like to live with Lyme Disease. Growing up in Norfolk County and playing in the fields she was exposed to ticks and developed a range of symptoms that went undiagnosed as Lyme Disease for many years.  Doctors were unable/unwilling to accept that the symptoms were Lyme Disease.  When she was finally tested for Lyme using US testing the symptoms made sense as a cluster of symptoms.   She became an advocate for testing and getting the disease recognized in Canada.
Erin Scott Living with Lyme Disease Jim Thomas 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Scale up Grant program James Thomas 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
ADG Howard Shears on DG Erin's goals 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Club Change Over

The Wheel of Rotary keeps turning.  We held our change over meeting on June 25th.  President Anette listed some of our club’ accomplishments during her year as President, Howard Shear ADG administered the oath of office to the new Rotary year officers and In coming President Philippe outlined his objectives for the new year.
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Among the accomplishments during President Anette’s year:
  • Backpacks for school
  • Turkeys for Thanksgiving
  • Keeping London Warm
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Ornament sales
  • RYLA sponsorships
  • Kenya water project
  • Colombia tablets
  • Beirut Hospital funding
  • Sports Equipment for schools
  • RI Foundation targets exceeded by large amounts.
  • Rotaract and Interact sponsorship
  • Bravery Bead Bags
  • Greenhouse for Food Bank
  • Tree planting
  • And much more
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Incoming President Philippe Goals:
  • Increased Fellowship
  • Create a Newsletter!
  • Three new members
  • Increased Social Media presence
  • Hybrid meeting creation
  • Increased number of Paul Harris
  • Include O Canada at our meetings.
  • Having Fun
  • Recognizing Indigenous Lands at meetings
  • Fundraising
  • Celebrating our successes
Club Change Over James Thomas 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Kelly Franklin - Equine Therapy for Survivors of Abuse

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."
Kelly Franklin - Equine Therapy for Survivors of Abuse James (Jim) Thomas 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

John Matsui - Author

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. 
John Matsui - Author 2019-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Alex's Induction and Dawn's classification talk and much more

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.
Alex's Induction and Dawn's classification talk and much more 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

East Coast Kitchen Party Update

Posted by James (Jim) Thomas
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.
East Coast Kitchen Party Update James (Jim) Thomas 2019-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

North Aid to Indigenous People

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.
North Aid to Indigenous People 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Weese 5C Leadership

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. 
Jim Weese 5C Leadership 2019-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Melanie Katsiov - African Canadian Federation

Melanie Katsiov explained the work of the African Canadian Federation in bring together many of the African National groups to work on youth focused activities.  For example, instead of the Ghana and Nigerian groups working separately on a youth project, the ACF can work as an umbrella group to work on projects of mutual interest.  Some of the projects ACF works on are tutoring elementary and high school students, helping parents navigate the school system so African heritage children are not automatically streamed away from the university/college oriented programs.  ACF is also involved in community affairs, sports programs, University programs such as Western Serves.
Melanie Katsiov - African Canadian Federation 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Club Assembly

This week's club assembly focused on fundraising.  Current and potential fundraisers were discussed.  
A member survey will be sent to help establish priorities and plan for the next year.
Fundraising Club Assembly 2019-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Jug's Award

Past President Jug Manocha received a volunteer recognition award from MPP Peggy Sattler on Jan. 24, 2019.  Jug was recognized for all the volunteer work he does in his own quiet way.  He is a photographer at many community events and has been a strong supporter of multi-cultural events in our community.  His support of our club and the many things we do is greatly appreciated and he is a deserving individual for such an award.
Jug's Award 2019-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Special Presentation to Brenda 2019-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

Worst Christmas Presents

A array of tastefully understated items were available for bidding conducted by our Sgt. at Arms at our first meeting in 2019
Worst Christmas Presents 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Days for Girls Update

At the December work day for Days for Girls, Jillian provided an update.  In 2018 2,203 kits were distributed in 12 countries and amounted to 396,540 school days for girls.  The work party converted bolts of flannel into 10 bins ready for washing and further processing.
Days for Girls Update 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

2019  Christmas Party

 Patti and Michael Lake hosted our 2019 Christmas Party.  Thank you Patti and Michael!
2019 Christmas Party 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

David Elliott on Membership and Passport Club

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.
David Elliott on Membership and Passport Club 2018-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

United Way's Kelly Ziegner

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.
United Way's Kelly Ziegner 2018-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Fanshawe's New Downtown Campus

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.
Fanshawe's New Downtown Campus 2018-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Christmas Collectable Ornaments 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day

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.
Remembrance Day James (Jim) Thomas 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Days for Girls in Action

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.
Days for Girls in Action James E Thomas 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
RCLS Thanksgiving Turkey Delivery 2018-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Brenda and Lorna on RI Convention in Toronto

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.
Brenda and Lorna on RI Convention in Toronto James (Jim) Thomas 2018-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Make A Wish

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.
Make A Wish James (Jim) Thomas 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Morris McKinzie

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.
Morris McKinzie 2018-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

Emma Lim's Exchange Year

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.
Emma Lim's Exchange Year 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Seminar for Tomorrow's Leader Studends

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.
Seminar for Tomorrow's Leader Studends 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Project of Significance 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
President Bill's First Meeting 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

President Lorna's Year End Summary

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.
President Lorna's Year End Summary 2018-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Dave Ramsdale on Why He is a Rotarian

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.
Dave Ramsdale on Why He is a Rotarian 2018-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

RCLS plants trees

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.
RCLS plants trees 2018-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Anthony's year as an exchange student

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.
Anthony's year as an exchange student 2018-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Teen Challenge

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.
Teen Challenge 2018-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Brittney Webb - Diabetes London

Brittney Webb from Diabetes London brought us up to date on the impact of diabetes on Canada and London Specifically.  There are currently 11 million Canadians dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions.  90% of these cases are Type 2 diabetes.  Symptoms include always being thirsty, frequent urination, weight change, tiredness, and eyesight loss.  Complications from diabetes include poor recovery from wounds, long lasting bruising, urination, infections resulting in amputations, and blindness.
It is important to have regular physicals to check for diabetes, get rest, be physically active and have a balance diet.
Brittney told us about D-Camps for children from 7 to 17 held at Camp Woodeden.  Campers learn to manager their insulin and have fun just being kids.  It costs $1,000 per week per child to attend this camp which is staffed by knowledgeable medical and sports leaders.
Brittney Webb - Diabetes London 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Justin's Classification Talk

Justin Jaggernauth is a commercial  loans accounts manager for Libro.  He works with firms and arranges mortgages, loans, lines of credit and banking solutions.  Libro is unique as a lender focusing a significant amount of its banking loans in the NGO space.  It looks for social impact loans where the loan will make a significant improvement to the community as a whole.  As a credit union it provides profit sharing to it members.
Justin is a second generation Rotarian; his Father is a Rotarian with more that 25 years of service.  Justin was born and received his basic education in Trinidad and Tobago- he came to London to attend Western.  Justin is an active hiker, traveler, cyclist, and photographer.  He shared some of his adventures with us including a hike up Kilimanjaro.  His service commitments include helping at a hospice in Toronto and assisting his Farther and Mother in service work in Trinidad. In London he worked with Impact Loan and is now working with larger NGO ventures.
Justin's Classification Talk 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Tony Sheard on Streaming Meetings

DGN Tony Sheard shared his experience in streaming meetings.  Several district meetings have been streamed and the response has been favourable.  His own club in Southampton uses streaming to keep members in touch when they are out of town.  He shared some tips on which web services to use, equipment and potential problems.    
Tony Sheard on Streaming Meetings 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Jack Malkin - LMCA

Jack Malkin, Chair of the London Multi Cultural Association, described the work of the LMCA.  London is less multicultural than the national average. Nationally immigrants are 21.9% of the population; London is 19.5% and Toronto is 46.5%.  To increase multicultural awareness the LMCA helps immigrants with employment issues, education, the arts and entrepreneur ventures.  The reason immigrants come to London are: friends and family (56%), Employment (24%) and business opportunity (10%).  LMCA helps with networking, overcoming cultural barriers and language issues.  They also provide a small scholarship for Immigrant students for post secondary education. 
To do their work, LMCA sponsors various events including a Gala and other social events.  
Jack Malkin - LMCA 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Carolyn Ferguson on the Foundation

Carolyn Ferguson, Major Gifts officer for Zone 24 of RI, visited our club to remind us of the importance of Foundation giving.  The three important functions of the Rotary International Foundation are: ending Polio (only 4 cases this year), Rotary Grants (to do the work of Rotary), and fostering peace through Peace Centres.
Carolyn Ferguson on the Foundation 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Al Hardy Wins Big on the 50/50

Al Hardy was the big winner on the 50-50 draw today.  It has been almost a year since anyone drew the joker.  Congratulations Al!
Al Hardy Wins Big on the 50/50 2018-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Heather Peel on Social Media

Heather Peel presented information to our club on how to plan and what tools to use in social media to raise our clubs public profile. Using Facebook, Linked In, Twitter or a blog in a planned social media program we can raise our profile and draw attention to the things we do in London and the wider community.  There are currently 1,958 follower to our webpage.  A planned approach to our target audience can provide news and event information to potential members and the interested London citizens.  Lorna will be heading up this effort for our club.
Heather Peel on Social Media 2018-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

East Coast Kitchen Party

Patti Lake brought us up to date on the plans for the East Coast Kitchen Party.  Looks like a fair good time boyo!!
East Coast Kitchen Party 2018-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Q2 and Foundation Update

President Lorna gave an update for Q2 of this Rotary year.  We are well on our way to qualify for the President Citation.  To date we have exceeded most of the qualifying item, but some must wait until the snow thaws to plant trees and other outdoor projects.  Our fundraising has been successful and next year incoming President Bill will have sufficient funds to fund projects.  Our social media projects is underway and Lorna will chair that effort next year.  During Q3 we will kick off our "Don't Meth With Us" project.  We are having a successful year.
Q2 and Foundation Update 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

London South Curling Team

The London South Curling team competed in the 64th annual CanAm Curling Bonspiel.  This year it was held in Stratford and St Mary's.  Next year it will be held in Raleigh Durham North Carolina.  Canadian overall winners get to compete in the Rotary World Curling Bonspiel.
London South Curling Team 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Demaris Holmes Exchange to Italy

Demaris Holmes, returning exchange student provided an entertaining and inspirational overview of her year as an exchange student in Northern Italy.  Valdora di Mezzo is a a predominately German speaking part of Italy, however she was hosted by two Italian speaking families.  Demaris was enrolled in a linguist school where she studied Italian, French, German and English.  She gave us a presentation of the many trips her host families provided around Italy.  she also took advantage of several exchange student gatherings and visited many European cities.
Her presentation was professional and inspiring.  She is an example of the value of the Exchange program and gives confidence the future is in good hands.  She is exploring several opportunities in University including linguists.
Demaris Holmes Exchange to Italy 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas 2017

The Rotary Club of London South with a variety of Christmas Carols and popular Christmas songs lead by our own troubadour David Kirwin and assisted by President Lorna.  A wine draw was conducted in support of the Rotary Foundation and we enjoyed fun and friendship for our last meeting of the year.
Christmas 2017 2017-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

London Middlesex Victim Services

Brad Thompson, Executive Director of Middlesex Victim Service explained the history and services provided by Victim Services.  In early 2017 the London Middlesex Victim Services was created when Middlesex Victim Services was requested to expand into the City of London.  They are funded by the Attorney General and provides short term emotional support for individuals experiencing tragic circumstances.  These events may include domestic violence, assault, homicide, human trafficking or other events requiring individual immediate support and referral for additional counselling. Victim services has a small staff and in excess of 100 volunteers and provides response within 30 minutes.  They recently partnered with St. Johns Ambulance to provide therapy dogs as an additional support.  In cases of human trafficking they provide transportation home, residential accommodations and tattoo removal.
London Middlesex Victim Services 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Horizons Band

Mary Gillard, conductor of the New Horizons Band described the band's history and objectives.  As a special guest Jim Kirwin was featured in a video of the band.  The London New Horizon Band was the first chapter of this project in Canada.  The band gives individuals who may have played in a school band in their youth a change to pick up their instruments again.  The band also provides individuals who have wanted to play an instruments the chance to learn.  the band's members range from their 20s to 80s.  
The benefits of the band are social opportunities, learning, coordination and mental sharpness.
New Horizons Band 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

2017 Science and Engineering Fair Winners

This week we were treated to three prize winners of the 2017 Science and Engineering Fair.  The three grade 10 &11 student guests presented their projects which one might expect from a Masters level student at university.
2017 Science and Engineering Fair Winners 2017-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Anthony help sell Christmas Ornaments 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Jean Aitcheson Medical Depot and Missions 2017-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Make your Christmas Tree Special 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day At London South

Remembrance Day ceremony at London South was especially inspiring.  After Major Venables from the Salvation Army played "Last Post", Paul Bowes told us about the Invictus Games in Toronto.  Paul was the coach of the wheelchair basketball team.  The athletes he coached overcame war wounds and PTSD.  Paul showed some videos to demonstrate the games and the athletes.  Getting to the starting line not the finish line is the goal of the games. Canada Square at Juno Beach where the Canadian forces landed on D-Day. 
Remembrance Day At London South 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Don"t Meth With Me

Don't Meth With Me.  Rotarians from the Mitchell club told us about the "Don"t Meth With Me" program they have sponsored.
Don"t Meth With Me 2017-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
PDG Diane and AG Helen on RLI 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Carol Evans on Polio 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Elise Nagel - The London Review

Elise Nagel, the publisher of the London Review and Rotary Club of London South sponsored impact loan recipient, brought the club up to date with the progress of the London Review.   
Elise Nagel - The London Review 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
PDG Dennis Dinsmore on the Foundation 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

President Lorna Reviewed Q1

President Lorna reviewed the first quarter accomplishments for this Rotary year.  The various avenue of service have been busy this year: Youth Services- we have a new exchange student (Anthony) with our club; Community Services - has delivered turkeys to various charities around the city and also continued with school backpacks and pancakes; Club services has a number of fellowship events planned including nerf archery, painting night, possible Ax throwing;  Vocational services - dictionaries, impact loan and ethics; International - Shelter Box, Days for Girls. 
Membership is working on various social media platforms.  If that is not enough President Lorna reviewed a number of other initiatives under way including Gardening 4 Bees, tree planting  and "Don't Meth with Me"
Al Hardy reviewed our foundation commitments and the various ways to give to the Foundation and a number of recognition awards available.
President Lorna Reviewed Q1 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Susan Oster Alzheimers Assoc.

Susan Oster from the Alzheimer Association brought us up to date with some of the statistics about Alzheimer and dementia.  There are currently 564,000 individuals with some from of dementia in Canada. Six out of 10 of these individuals will go missing and half who are not found in the first 24 hours will be injured or die.  Most missing individuals are found within a half a kilometer of where they were last seen.
Individuals go missing because of loss of memory, a change in the environment, searching for the past, they have excess energy, can't tell night from day, they are in pain, want to go to work, or can't find a place or similar disorientation.  
Susan gave us tips on identifying someone who may be missing and how to deal with them.  If we encounter someone who is inappropriately dressed for the season, standing still and staring at something or keeps repeating questions, look for a BLUE medical braclet - they may be a missing person.
If we encounter such a person, approach them head on, speak slowly and calmly, ask simple yes/no questions.  If they seem to be a disoriented or lost person, call the police (there is a special 211 number)  
Susan Oster Alzheimers Assoc. 2017-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Liam Martyn - UWO Rotaract

Liam Martyn, VP Liaison for the UWO Rotaract Club described Rotaract at UWO how it functions and contributes to the University and to the City of London.  Rotaract UWO has between 300 and 400 members. They have worked at the Food Bank, and Ronald McDonald House as a way to give back to the community.  The "Annual Day of Giving" links Rotarians and Rotaracters in providing help to disabled and vulnerable Londoners in January is one of the main projects of the club.  Among the other charitable efforts the sponsor is a camp for Juvenile Diabetes. 
To raise funds they sell wrist bands, valentine Day Photos and run a Halloween dance.
The Rotaractors encourage fellowship with regular meeting and squads of 6-8 club members.
Liam's presentation was detailed, professional, and informative.
Liam Martyn - UWO Rotaract 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Young Rotarian of the Year

President Lorna presented Bill Young with the Rotarian of The Year for his work in the club for the Rotary year 2016-2017.
Bill Young Rotarian of the Year 2017-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Life After Politics 2017-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Emma Lim our outbound exchange student

Emma Lim, our outbound exchange student, gave our club a preview of her presentation she prepared for her exchange to Taiwan.  Emma is an excellent ambassador for Canada.  She has been active in her high school career in club programs and was a member of a group examining the impact of global warming on the Canadian North.
Emma Lim our outbound exchange student 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Philippe Morin presents "Rotary School"

Philippe Morin presented a draft version of "Rotary School" that will be used to help potential members understand the details of the Rotary World, Rotary's values, objectives and structure.  He explained how our club fits into the Rotary World and the projects our club under takes.  The presentation outlined the expectations and obligations a club members can expect.
Philippe Morin presents "Rotary School" 2017-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
President Lorna presents club goals at Club Assembly 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

Randy Warden on Vimy Celebration

Randy Warden, President of the Vimy Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, presented an overview of the 100 Celebration of the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge.  Canadian forces took the ridge after the French and British failed to overwhelm the entrenched Germans in the Great War.  The victory did not come lightly, 10,600 casualties  including 3,600 killed occurred.  Veterans of the battle we known as Byng's Boys and they were among the founders of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire which is the predecessor of the modern legion. 
Randy explained the formation of the Vimy Branch occurred when a schism occurred in the Legion over leadership.  The Vimy Branch meets twice per year and is made up of officers of the forces.
Randy Warden on Vimy Celebration 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Ray Gabel - Home Hardware

Ray Gabel - Former Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing - Hardlines presented the history of Home Hardware and described the qualities that set Home Hardware apart from their competition. 
Ray Gabel - Home Hardware 2017-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Kapil Lakhotia, CEO LEDC

Kapil Lakhotia, CEO of the London Economic Development Corporation, explained the functioning of the LEDC and its recent accomplishments. The City of London, unlike most other cities, outsources its economic development to a private for profit company - LEDC.  The city measures LEDC's performance with a number of measures including: employment, investment attracted, number of projects implemented, grants, property taxes for new projects, and attraction of talent.
For 2016 1,550 new job were created with the help of LEDC and $70M expansions were implemented.  LEDC focuses on five areas for development and has identified technology as one its high priorities.
Kapil Lakhotia, CEO LEDC 2017-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Kirk Langford on Exchange Students

Kirk Langford, a Rotarian in the London Centennial club, talked about his expedience as an exchange student.  Kirk was an exchange student to Brazil in 2006 and it was a life changing experience.  The impact of the exchanges for Kirk is it allowed him to see things through a new lens and to be aware of the cultural filters we all have.  Simple things such as hand gestures have different significance in different cultures.  He made life long friends through the exchange.  He said exchanges help lead to peace because "you can't shoot your friends".
Kirk Langford on Exchange Students 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Membership Workshop 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Deb Harvey - Grand Theater

Deb Harvey, Executive Director of the Grand Theater gave an enthusiastic presentation on the history and up coming season of on of London's premier attractions.  the Grand was built in 1901 and has gone through many changes in its 100+ years.  It has been a theater, cinema amateur theater and is now a professional production theater.  The building was purchased by Ambrose Small in 1905 holding 1,800 seats and was a road house featuring touring companies.  In 1919 Small sold the theater for $1 million walked out the door and was never seen again.  Still today rumours abound that his ghost haunts the theater.  
In 1971 the theater changed from an armature theater to the professional theater and became the Grand Theater.  The Grand has had many notable artistic directors including Robin Phillips and Martha Henry.  Many well known actors have strut the board including W.C. Fields, Sahara Bernhardt, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Maggie Smith, and William Hutt.
The current Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum claims London as his home town and has created an outstanding line up for next season.  Some the productions will be Once, A Christmas Carol, Silence, Blind Date, A Thousand Splendid Suns. and Chariots of Fire.  Deb and Dennis's enthusiasm will lead to a successful season.
Deb Harvey - Grand Theater 2017-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Philippe Morin on CollegeBoreal

Philippe Morin, Continuing Education Manager for CollegeBoreal explained the role and extent of courses and services provided by the College.  CollegeBoreal is a community college providing college post-secondary education and apprenticeship programs in French. The college provides these courses through 7 campuses and 35 access centres.  The access centre in London is located in Citi Centre.  In addition to post-secondary and apprenticeship programs the College provided new comer services in French and employment services in French.  The College has been in existence since 1995 and 17,000 diplomas have been awarded.  The college is expanding in SW Ontario and will soon open an access centre in Sarnia.
Philippe Morin on CollegeBoreal 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Ken Wilmott on the Dictionary Project

Ken Wilmott attended our club this morning to deliver our portion of the Area 4 District Grant for the Area Dictionary Project.  Ken described the dictionary project results for this year.  5,926 dictionaries were delivered to grade Threes in the Thames Valley School District, the Catholic School District, French Schools, Independent Schools and ELS schools.  This the largest dictionary project in Canada and our club delivered 20% of the dictionaries.
Ken Wilmott on the Dictionary Project 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Worst Christmas Auction 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Juliette Coughlin from DeafBlind Ontario 2016-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Lia Karidas describes London event for Canada's 150 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Kathleen draws a luck card 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Club Photo 2016 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians -"Partners for Life"-Canadian Blood Services Angelo Bucciarelli 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Gary CK Huang visits London, Ontario Angelo Bucciarelli 2015-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Draw Results

We had our 2nd annual successful Golf Draw and here is a list of our lucky winners. Tickets were sold with an opportunity to win golfing opportunities at a variety of golf courses. Our Grand Prize was at Tree Tops Resort in Michigan. Congratulations to our winners!
Winner’s Name Prize
Rene Zwinkels Grand prize, Tree Tops Resort
Robert Ramsdale Hickory Ridge GC
Ginny Poon Caradoc Sands GC
Bryon Crouch Ridgetown GC
Elizabeth Galbraith Arkona Fairways
Roberta Kerwan Mitchell GC
Dwayne Johnson Echo Valley GC
Bill Eansor Pine Knot GC
Rick Steeper Maple Ridge GC
Debbie Collins Iron Wood GC
Mike Dale Oakwood Resort
Golf Draw Results 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0