October Rotary Economic and Community Development Month
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Rotarians promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions.  Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Rotarians work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Our Club is supporting the London Affordable Housing Foundation with its current development, Nightingale Place, just west of the former Kellogg building, which will feature 42 affordable units, six of which will be fully accessible. 

“The 2018-2019 Hon. Ray Lawson Rotarian of the Year” Award Nominations
The purpose of The Honourable Ray Lawson ‘Rotarian of the Year’ Award is to recognize a member of the Rotary Club of London who is/has been highly involved in Club activities and may have also been active in Rotary District 6330 activities.

Each member is invited to make nominations for this prestigious Award.All Rotarians can make nominations. This Award is open to all members of our Club except any Board Member who sat on the Board of Directors last year: (Jim Swan, Howard Shears, Stephen Knox, Rick Santos, John Boyne, John Finan, Michelle Foote, Malcolm Cocks, Jon Ferrara, Kirk Patterson, Kirk Langford)

and previous recipients: (John Stuart, Jim Belton, John Eberhard, Bob Earley, Jack Scott, Keith Morrow, Bruce McGauley, Jan Delaney, Don Stevens, Rick Coates, Warren Granger, David Brady, Randy Harden, Elizabeth Harris, Marilyn Neufeld, Don Bork, Heather Broadhead, David Elliott).

The Nomination Form can be found on our registration desk or on our Home Page under “Home Page Download Files”.  Please download and forward the Nomination Form by email to Past President Jim Swan, hjimswan@gmail.com with your choice for this prestigious award and the reasons for that choice. Jim will present his recommendation to the Board at its 18 October meeting.

Rotary Youth Exchange Recruitment
Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people, aged 16-18, with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. If you know of a student who would be interested in participating in this program please pass this information on to Randy Harden at randy.harden@gmail.com or Don Bork at don.bork@gmail.com

The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of London President’s Cup Golf Tournament

T H A N K  Y O U!
To the many Rotarians for their support for this week’s tournament:
Rotarian Greg Schinkel - Unique Training and Development for sponsoring the dinner
Rotarian & DGE David Elliott - Sutherland Elliott Ins. Brokers, Thames Financial, Gaiser Elliott Ins. Brokers Big Creek- for sponsoring the BBQ lunch
Tom Delaney GM - Oxford Dodge Chrysler Jeep- our reception sponsor
Rotarian Heather Broadhead - Blackfriar Fiduciary Group- our Hole-in-One sponsor
Rotarian Lori DaSilva-RBC Place - Putting Contest
Rotarian and VP Diane Twynstra - GoodLife Fitness- Men’s & Women’s longest drives
Rotarian David Wells - MNP Accounting.Consulting.Tax- Men’s Closest-to-the-Pin
Dr. Carolyn Dalgity DC - Women’s Closest-to-the-Pin
Rotarian John Finan - Finan Home Service- Marshmallow Drive
Rotarian Elizabeth Harris - Harris Funeral Home - Most Honest Golfers
Michelle Foote-Keith Morrow- Sandy Ronson- Lori DaSilva -Jan Delaney- Bill Barnett-Bob Early-Randy Harden- Harry Joosten
Imperial Coffee(Rotarian Jeff Schiller)- RBC The Vicars Group- Davis Martindale accounts (Rotarian Rick Santos)
Rotarians John Eberhard, Bruce McGauley, Kirk Patterson(2 holes)
Elizabeth Cormier Lawyer, Dr. Carolyn Dalgity DC, Highland Golf Club, WENS Graphics, atPrint

For further info please contact Heather Broadhead heather@bfg-inc.ca       

All funds raised on will go into our Local Community projects.


Our 2019-2020 Youth Exchange Student has arrived
Maria Jose (Majo) Camacaro from Merida, Venezuela arrived at our London International Airport on Thursday. Maria is our inbound Youth Exchange Student for this Rotary year. Her first host family is Ramon and Carmen Marti. Harry Joosten and Kathleen Murphy will be her second host family starting in January.

The Club’s Rotary Bridge Fellowship
The Rotary Bridge fellowship is ramping up for a new season of stiff competition and grand prizes! 

The 2019-2020 Bridge schedule is for one night a month September through June.  All members are welcome to participate. Please contact John Eberhard at: eberhard@uwo.ca for further information.

Food Aid Container sent to Mozambique – Has Arrived!
The container of food aid loaded May 14 has finally arrived at its destination in Biera Mozambique and the Rotary Club of Chimoio is preparing for distribution. Members of our Club participated in the loading of this container.
Email from PDG João received 9 September 2019:
Dear Brian Hall,
First let me congratulate the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, Ontario, especially Brian Hall, for the arrival of the Container. I confirm that Container of 40”, N0NU8200755, blue, arrived in Porto da Beira on August 29, 2019. After dealing with Customs Clearance, was released on Sept. 1.
On 03 September arrived in Chimoio, where it was unloaded on a ground. It is currently sealed with 4 padlocks awaiting joint distribution with INGC in the Villages as planned.
The Club Board will decide the correct and safe date for the distribution. After distribution, the container will be moved to the site where a project will be organized for Club Rotaract de Chimoio, in a suburb of Chimoio.

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Africa Container
On Friday, July 12th Rotarians unloaded an incoming container with furniture, etc, in Exeter from Area 1 in our District and then on Saturday another 40 foot container was loaded with school furniture, books, medical supplies, etc., bound for Eswatini, Africa.

This will be received by the Rotary Club of Manzini,  Eswatini for their Book Centre Project which has inspired and motivated more children in Eswatini to read. Given the introduction of Free Primary Education in Eswatini, most schools are experiencing an influx of new students. Consequently, more and more schools are requesting furniture to cater for the increasing enrolment. The government is unable to provide school furniture to all the schools. So far, the Book Club has received written letters from schools requesting approximately 2,500 desks and chairs.

This was the 88th container organized through the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. Members and friends from our Club and the Goderich club were also on hand to help with the loading of this container.

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.