Meeting Responsibilities for 25  February
Greeters - Dave Wells and Warren Granger
Setup - Keith Morrow & Jim Belton
Registration - Keith Morrow & Sandy Ronson
50/50 Draw - Jan Delaney or Keith Morrow
Sgt-at-Arms - Malcolm Cocks
"A Little Bit About Me"
February 25 - David Wells
March 4 - Bob Earley
March 11 - Auckland Thawe
March 18 - Michel Kouassi
March  25 - Felipe Gomes
April 1 - Jim Foote
April 8 - Charlotte Dingwall
April 15- John Boyne
April 29 - Adam Swan
May 6 - Dianne Twynstra
May 13 - Van Robson-Hayes
May 27 - Jim McCabe
Feb 18, 2019
Family Day
Feb 25, 2019
Rental housing supply in London and throughout Ontario
Mar 04, 2019
Possible Local Major Projects Presentations and Discussions
Mar 11, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 25, 2019
Apr 01, 2019
Canabis Laws
Apr 08, 2019
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Our 18 February Programme:







Our 25 February Programme:
Our speaker will be Tony Irwin, President and CEO at the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO), the voice of Ontario’s rental housing industry.

With low rental vacancy rates across the province and continued uncertainty about London’s volatile housing market, it’s becoming more difficult to meet increasing demand of quality long-term housing choices for Ontarians.
London’s rental vacancy rate is slightly improved from last year, at 2.1% up from 1.8%, but it’s clear more needs to be done to keep up with the demand new housing-seekers from the GTA and new immigrants. Ontarians need policy solutions from all levels of government that will stimulate vital new rental supply and reduce pressure on prices for both traditional home ownership and rental.
FRPO’s President & CEO Tony Irwin will address the issue of Ontario’s insufficient rental housing supply head-on, discussing potential short-term and long-term solutions.

We will be meeting at the London Convention Centre in Salon B,B1 on the Ground Floor.
50/50 Draw
$140.50 as of 11 February.  Only 23 cards left in the deck.
Greeters for Monday 25 February:
Dave Wells and Warren Granger.

Note: Greeters for March 4th are Bob Earley and Michelle Foote. 
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.

63rd     Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction, Monday, 1 April 2019
The 2019 Dinner will be held at London Convention Centre on Monday, 1 April.

Confirmed guests:
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - 2 time Olympic and 3 time World Ice Dance Champions, will be recognized as “2018 Sportspeople of the Year”.
- Ray Bourque - Hockey Hall of Famer, Former member of the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche..
- Cameron Hartman - TVCC 2019 Client Ambassador.
Sponsorship packages have been sent to all members. Here are a couple of opportunities for members and/or their firms:
a) they are starting a ‘sponsor a school’ program this year to sponsor schools to attend the dinner. The sponsorship is $1,500 per school which is a full table.
b) Silent Auction Prizes.
For other sponsorship opportunities please see the event’s website:
If you are interested or would like more info please contact Ryan Robinson at:
Tickets are available on the event’s website:
The Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction supports the work of Thames Valley Children's Centre and is proudly
sponsored by the Rotary Club of London and the London Sports Media. 
“We’re All Stars” Luncheon
As part of the Sports Celebrity Dinner on Monday, April 1st, earlier in the day at the London Convention Centre the children & youth with special needs from Thames Valley Children’s Centre will enjoy a pizza luncheon with a number of the sports and spectra celebrities. 10 to 12 Rotarians are needed to help set up, serve the pizza, and clean up from 10:30 to 11:30 approx.  If you are interested in volunteering for the “We’re All Stars” luncheon please email Jim Belton at
Club Dates to Remember for 2019:
The Rotary East Coast Kitchen Party, Friday, May 10th at the Hellenic Centre.

The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of London President’s Cup Golf Tournament, Monday, September 16th at The Oaks Golf Club.

District 6330 Dates to Remember for 2019
Rotary Club of District 6330 Passport Charter Party Saturday, March 2nd  at 12:45 to 3:00 pm
They would like to invite you to attend their Charter Party!!  Come celebrate the newest Club in the District at the ATRIUM CAFÉ, 1519 Military St, Port Huron, MI.  Lots of free parking.  https://atriumcafe. net/
Seating is limited, so please RSVP to ASAP.  And then a list of menu items will be sent for you to choose from.

The Rotary Learning Assembly, Saturday, April 13 at the Holiday Inn, Sarnia.  Open to all members (new and experienced), Board members, etc. The cost is $65 Cdn. BUT NOTE, the price increases to $75 after March 16th.  Registration will close after April 7th.  Register now on District 6330 website at:
Rotary Leadership Institute Saturday, 11 May – 8:30 AM to 4”00 PM,
At Trillium Mutual Ins. Co., 495 Mitchell Road South, Listowel,  N4W 0C8  
The Rotary Leadership Institute Program’s ‘Rotary Learning and Information’, consists of three parts, I, II and III, to be taken progressively. Each part is a one day seminar, those taking Part II must have completed Part I; to take Part III, Part II must have been completed. The Parts are divided into 6 modules of approximately 55 minutes each. Attendees register for one part only at a cost of $75.00 which covers light breakfast, breaks, lunch and materials.
TO REGISTER: (PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY). Email to  and specify your Club name, Part I, Part II or Part III, and indicating that you will bring cash or cheque payable to “R.L.I. District 6330”, with you to the seminar.  We know it is early, but lets get a great jump on the registration before it is filled--- this is a very central location to accommodate as many participants as possible....early bird prize for the first 2 registrants for each class!!!  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Register before Saturday, 1 May 2019. 
Classes are limited to 16 participants.
Courses are fun, topical and interactive. They are geared towards members and leaders who wish to be knowledgeable about Rotary and be more effective in their businesses and their Rotary Club.
The District Conference, June 13, 14, 15 at The Marriott Townplace Suites, Kincardine
Deadline to register is June 5, 2019 – check out details at

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.

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!

Next Club Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Rotary Club of London Board will be held on Friday, 15 February at 7:30 a.m. in the One London Place 2nd floor Board Room, 255 Queens Avenue.
- 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:....Damian Wegner, Bialogard, Poland

Hon. Ray Lawson Rotarian of the Year:.....David J. Elliott

Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self Award:.....Bob Earley