Meeting Responsibilities for 26 February
Greeters - John Boyne and Michelle Foote
Setup - Jim Belton
Registration - Jack Beedle & Sandy Ronson
50/50 Sales: Jan Delaney
Sergeant-At-Arms - John Finan
"A Little Bit About Me"
(no talks scheduled at this time)
Feb 26, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles
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Our 26 February Programme:
On Monday, 26 February our speaker will be Bern Grush. Bern is a Systems Design Engineer (University of Waterloo) and the Toronto author of an authoritative two-part report titled “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation,” that was called “a fascinating and carefully argued report” in a Maclean’s Editorial in November of 2016.

Most of us are aware of the frequent news and hype about self-driving vehicles in the daily media. He will speak to us about whether this new technology is coming soon, and what impact this will have on public transit, parking, congestion, and sprawl. Will this be good or bad?  Will we want to own one or use on-demand robotic taxi and shuttle services? Come and find out whether you should expand your garage or convert it to a spare bedroom.

Bern’s talk is called: “Automated Vehicles: Sooner or Later? Good or Bad? Yours or Theirs?”

We will be meeting at the London Convention Centre at 12 noon in Salon B,B1 on the ground floor.

50/50 Draw
$101.00 as of 12 February  - only 32 cards left in the deck.
Greeters for Monday 26 February:
John Boyne and Michelle Foote.

Greeters for Monday, 5 March will be John Eberhard and John Kozoriz.
Rotary News Today

February is Rotary  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month 
Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.

We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict. We aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Rotarians also address the underlying structural causes of conflict by relieving millions of people suffering from poverty, inequality, ethnic tensions, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources.

In yet another program to achieve worldwide peace, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to attend Rotary Peace Centers to participate in master's degree programs at one of the partner universities. Rotary Peace Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs. There are more than 1,000 peace fellowship alumni are working in over 100 countries. 

Invite others to join Rotary and help spread peace around the world.

Local and World Community Service Committee
On Monday 26 February there will be a combined meeting of the Local and World Community Service Committee for all interested members at 11 a.m. at the LCC. If you are interested but can’t attend please advise Dianne Twynstra at:

The Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self Award 
This prestigious award may be awarded annually in the spring of the year. The purpose of The Jack Burghardt Community 'Service Above Self’ Award is to recognize a member of the Rotary Club of London who is primarily involved as an active community volunteer in “non-Rotarian” activities, and secondarily as an active member within the Rotary Club of London. All current active members of the Rotary Club of London, including Board members, are eligible to receive this award with the exception of the following members who are previous recipients: Bill Barnett, Jim Swan, Heather Broadhead, Bruce McGauley, Randy Warden, Felipe S. Gomes, Jan Delaney, John Eberhard and Jim Belton.

Members of the Club are requested to complete the Nomination Form and forward to the Club Secretary at  by Tuesday, 13 March.  The form can be found at our registration desk or on the home page of our website under “Home Page Download Files”. The final decision rests with the Board.

Start2Finish Invite 
As a follow-up to Kristan Verhaeghe’s presentation on 5 February re the Start2Finish Running & Reading Club program, you’re invited to the Start2Finish BOOK Tales, an adventure in reading on Tuesday 27 February at Wilton grove Public School. RSVP to

Help Haiti Team Report 
Here is video of the Help Haiti Team Report from Monday 15 January’s Club meeting:

East Coast Kitchen Party - save the date - May 11th


The Rotary Club of London President’s Cup Golf Tournament September 19, 2018 at The Oaks Golf Club

On September 19th 2018, The Rotary Club of London will host its first annual Presidents Cup Golf Tournament at the prestigious The Oaks Golf Club in Delaware.

We are looking for your attendance on the golf course, take advantage of our early bird rate of $130 now available, and support to make this event a success.

We are also looking for Sponsorship support.  Sponsorship of the tournament starts at $200 for the longest drive and closest to the pin holes and sponsorships increase incrementally up to the $5000 for the tournament sponsor. Please consider sponsoring the first Annual Presidents Cup Golf Tournament.

All proceeds raised from this event will be put towards supporting our local Community initiatives.

If you do wish to be a sponsor or have golf questions please reach out to Andrew Adamyk in person or email at: .

District Activities:

District Learning Assembly, Saturday 7 April at the Holiday Inn, Sarnia
Who attends? President-elect, President Nominee, Vice President, Treasure, Secretary, All Directors, 2018-19 Chairs for Foundation, Membership, Public Image/Relations, New Generations, Local and International committees, new Rotarians and all interested Rotarians.

District Learning Assembly registration starts at 8:30 with coffee & tea, muffins & croissants AND also includes a Full Market lunch. Program begins at 9:30 sharp and will conclude at 4:00pm.

The cost is $45 Cdn. BUT NOTE, the price increases to $55 after March 15th.  

Register now on District 6330 website.

District Conference, May 4 – 2  in Grand Bend
Fun, Entertainment, and Social Time! Mark the Dates in your calendar and make plans to attend.  The Conference will be held at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.

Register now!  Check the District Website to register and for more Conference details!!


New Member Proposal
The following Transfer Application has been approved by the Board of Directors for further processing:
Carol Townsend, retired nurse.     Transferring from Rotary Club of Toronto Leaside.       
Sponsor: Harry Joosten
Any objection to this proposal must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary by 5:00 pm on Friday, 4 March.

Next Club Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Rotary Club of London Board will be held on Friday, 16 March at 7:30 a.m. in The Salvation Army Centre of Hope Boardroom.
- all members are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings
- to view the Club's Board Meeting Minutes go to our website, Member Login, My ClubRunner, click on View Club Documents.  
Special Recognition

International Youth Exchange Student:.....Juan Ignacio Martinez Rivera, Santa Cruz la Sierra, Bolivia   
Hon. Ray Lawson Rotarian of the Year:.....Heather Broadhead

Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self Award:.....Jim Belton