January is Rotary Vocational Service Month  
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service.

Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:

  • aspire to high ethical standards in their  occupation;

  • recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and;

  • contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.

When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession. Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace. During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service.

1 January – 30 June 2019 Dues – NOW DUE! 

Dues invoices have been distributed.  It would be most appreciated if those members who have not yet paid would bring their Dues to our next meeting, OR contact Sandy Ronson with your credit card information.

Please have your dues paid by January 16th as a Dues Outstanding Report will be made at the January 18th Board meeting.

HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR INVOICE-STATEMENT? - please advise Sandy Ronson immediately.

Thank You.

Lightning Basketball 50/50 Ticket Sales
Our club will be selling the 50/50 draw tickets at the Saturday 16 February London Lightning vs Sudbury Five basketball game at The Bud. We require 14 volunteers to sell these tickets prior to the start of the game until the start of the second half of the game. If you would like to help with the sales please contact Jan Delaney at jandelaney@rogers.com

17th Annual Rotary-Western Rotaract Day of Giving – Saturday, January 19th 
The Day of Giving is an annual one-day event where student volunteers and Rotarians assist the elderly and disabled citizens in the London community. It will be held on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.​ Volunteers will meet at 10:00 AM in the King’s College cafeteria (266 Epworth Ave). Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Rotarians are welcome to volunteer as drivers. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail dayofgiving@gmail.com

Here is the link to sign-up online:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQ66YwnBDEoCnFv55VW-XZTUXvISiwQKEZW3VLbt7IAI5Unw/viewform

Dates to Remember for 2019:

The Rotary East Coast Kitchen Party, May 10th at the Hellenic Centre.

The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of London President’s Cup Golf Tournament, September 18th at The Oaks Golf Club.

Start2Finish Running & Reading Club Volunteers
The Start2Finish Reading and Running Club Program is one of our Club's local service projects for this Rotary year. 

Start2Finish is looking for volunteers to help, on a consistent basis. It's an after-school program that runs at the following 5 TVDSB locations on the days indicated from 3:30pm to 5:30pm:
Wilton Grove (Adelaide and Southdale) - Tuesdays
Wilfrid Jury (Sarnia and Wonderland) - Tuesdays
Woodland Heights (Springbank and Wonderland) - Wednesdays
FD Roosevelt (First and Oxford) - Wednesdays
Trafalgar (Trafalgar and Hamilton) - Wednesdays

The first half of the club is devoted to physical activity and the second half is literacy.  All volunteers are not runners - there are ways to support the kids without actually running. The highest needs, for volunteers, are at Wilfrid Jury and Wilton Grove.  They have a high percentage of Western student volunteers, who are away most of December, reading week, and from spring exams on.  Those times they are extremely low on volunteers at that club.

Please forward any questions on to Kristan who is happy to answer anything!   

Heather Broadhead has a Volunteer outline for those who wish more information. heather@bfg-inc.ca

Local Lager - Rotary Beer Fundraiser
Here’s where you can stock up on your Rotary beer for all those upcoming summer BBQ’s!!!”   

Only at these Beer Stores: 
 1199 Oxford St. W, London     
 1080 Adelaide St N., London
 1005 Wellington St., London     
1225 Wonderland Rd. N, London
 1014 Talbot St., St. Thomas
Local Lager is also available at the Marienbad Restaurant.

Rotary Club of Burton, MI “Thank You”

“We received your check today for the Rotary Avoidable Blindness Project in the amount of $500.00 US funds.  Please thank your club for their support on this project.  It is greatly appreciated.  
Sincerely,   Dr. Brad Habermehl, Avoidable Blindness Chairman”

The Burton Rotary Club is chairing for the 19th year the Avoidable Blindness Project in Empalme’, Sonora, Mexico.  They have a continued partnership with the Emplame Rotary Club where they travel with a group of volunteer Rotarians, family members, and friends along with optometry students to examine over 2,000 patients. 

At our October Board meeting it was agreed we would forward approximately 100 eyeglasses and US$500 for this project. The used glasses will be cleaned, disinfected, and categorized for patients they examine in Mexico.  Each patient will also receive sunglasses and reading glasses as well.


Breakfast of Champions Award Recipient
This past Tuesday at the Breakfast of Champions, organized by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Middlesex branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the two Champion of Mental Health Awards were presented by CMHA Middlesex.  They recognize a group and an individual who make significant contributions to mental wellness in our community.

Mental health advocate Kristen Legault-Donkers, a psychology student at King’s University College, received the ‘individual’ award for the series of books she published on depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorder geared to children. Through a partnership with our Rotary Club the books will be distributed to 100 elementary schools in the Thames Valley District School Board. Congratulations Kristen!