Virtual RED BADGE NEW MEMBER--Ian Davies & Julie Pontes--please reach out via ZOOM chat with an energetic Rotary welcome!!
Meeting Responsibilities:
Zoom Host - Don Bork
Registration - Sandy Ronson
Sgt-at-Arms-Jim Swan
Fine payment-via interact e-transfer, refer to recent broadcast email to all members for details or contact Keith. NOTE-the interact e-transfer options for members now includes fines/dues/bottle drive proceeds & donations and upcoming tulip fundraiser. Refer to recent Clubrunner email to all members.
A little bit about me:
April 19th--Ramon Marti
May 3rd--Ian Davies
It costs nothing to send an eCOG to a friend/prospective member/neighbour. Please advise Jim Belton of names/contact info.
Having difficulty accessing and using Clubrunner, the platform RCL website runs on. See Clubrunner supplied link and information at the very end of the eCOG. 
Rotary Satellite Club meeting details----not currently meeting at the Fox and Fiddle due to C-19, but but join them via ZOOM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm.. see details on the Facebook Page, the link is:
Have a suggestion for an eCOG-Bulletin article/story, please let Keith know.
Apr 12, 2021
'Rotary's Parliament' and 'A Little About PEI'
Apr 19, 2021
The London Food Bank and the Covid-19 Challenges
Apr 26, 2021
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
May 03, 2021
Finding homes for surrendered, abandoned, unwanted or displaced Golden Retrievers
May 10, 2021
May 17, 2021
May 24, 2021
May 31, 2021
Our new campaign being launched this spring
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Spring Bottle Drive
Apr 01, 2021 – May 31, 2021
View entire list
Rotary News Today
Also celebrating the Rotary International founder Paul Harris' birthday on April 19th
Here are the details:
Time:  The Zoom meeting will “open” at 11:30 am for those that want to socialize before the meeting which starts at 12:00 pm.

Meeting ID: 666 121 982
Password:  030500
If you want to dial in via telephone — you can use: +1 647 558 0588 Canada
Our speaker on April 12th will be Duncan C. Conrad. Duncan was born in Dartmouth Nova Scotia and was educated at Saint Mary’s and Mount Saint Vincent University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. During his career Duncan has been involved in the Health and Social Service Field as a Social Worker, Correctional Services Counsellor and has held senior level positions in Veterans Affairs Canada, National Office until his retirement in 2005. He now operates Conrad Consulting and Conrad’s coastline Tours. Duncan joined Rotary in 1995, serving as president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty in 2001-2002, and governor in 2005-2006. He was District Foundation chair in 2007-09, Polio Plus chair 2010-11, Chair of the District’s Paul Harris Society 2008-2011, then District Representative to the RI Council on Legislation in 2010 & 2016, and presently the Chair of the RI Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He has been recognized by the zone with three RI Director Awards for his work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.  He was awarded the True Rotarian Award and the Heart of the District Award, plus being the RI President’s Representative for his district at several conference around the world. While Rotary is his passion Duncan has been and continues to be active in other community organizations including The National Association of Federal Retirees where he has served as  the National Director for PEI,  Director for The Montgomery Theatre , Scouts Canada, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Team UPEI, Island Trails s and the Canadian Haemophilia Society.  He and his wife Linda have been married for 50 years both enjoying Rotary Fellowship and travel.
--The Jack Burghardt Community "Service Above Self" Award--
Nomination period extended  to April 12th
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. For much of the 1970s Jack Burghardt anchored CFPL-TV’s FYI News at 6 p.m. In 1981 he won the Federal by-election in London West. Following federal politics, Jack entered municipal politics winning a seat on the Board of Control in 1985. As he garnered the most votes, he attained the position of Deputy Mayor and was re-elected to both positions in 1988 and 1991. In 1974 Jack joined our Club and became one of our Sergeants-At-Arms, an extremely successful one!  Jack helped out with a variety of committees including the Easter Seals campaigns. Following Jack’s death in 2002 the name of this award was changed to The Jack Burghardt Community ‘Service Above Self’ Award. 
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, Jim Belton, Bob Earle, Ron Posno and Harry Joosten. Members of the Club are requested to complete the Nomination Form and forward to Club Secretary, Jim Belton, at  by Monday, April 12th.  The form is can be found the home page of our website under “Home Page Download Files”. The final decision rests with the Board. 
Rotary Club of London bottle drive date postponed to May 1st
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021. Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Get involved: volunteer at one of the locations; drop off empties collected from friends and family; return your empties and donate the funds: donate $25.00.
Volunteers: 2-3 to unload cars at each of 2 locations, 2-3 to sort at each location, 2-3 with trucks to transport empties to the Ice House, and 1-2 at the Ice House to load skids. In total - 12-14 volunteers on April 3rd just to cover off the day from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. More volunteers means shorter shifts.
Locations: 50 Finsbury Cres (Gainsborough & Wonderland Roads area); and 17 York Street (Downtown London); Ice House (south of 401 and Wellington Road). Contract Lori to volunteer  519-902-6286.
NOTE: online banking e-transfer bottle proceeds and donations to Sandy as per recent Clubrunner email to all members--password   mybottles  
One of D.G. David's key District Conference activities this year is the D6330 Environment Day which is scheduled for Saturday April 24th. At that time Rotary Clubs throughout our District will be undertaking a variety of different Environment related activities. In honour of this day the Rotary Club of London and The Rotary Club of London Satellite are conducting a joint tree planting event from 9 AM to 1 PM. We are doing this with the direction, support, assistance and guidance of ReForest London. They will supply and deliver 150 native trees and shrubs ranging in size from 2 ft. to 6 ft. in height and chosen specifically for the site at which they will be planted. Two ReForest London staff will plan and run the event for us completing required logistics issues including site planning and coordination with City Staff, obtaining utility locates, site preparation, ordering mulch, etc. and two "Tree Specialist" volunteers to assist with event setup, tree planting and staking. All necessary equipment will be supplied and delivered to the site including protective tree wraps, shovels, pruners, gloves, rakes and wheelbarrows. ReForest London provided 3 different sites and the Board of the Club has selected the one designated as "Hyde Park Rotary Link" which is located on the south side of Gainsborough Road and west of Hyde Park Road in an area which is part of the Hyde Park Storm Water Pond and Canterbury Park. In order to sign up for this event and to comply with COVID-19 protocols for contact tracing of participants we need to provide full names, addresses, email and phone numbers.  Here is a link which you can click which will take you to a form that will collect this information. A form needs to be completed for each participant. If you are completing the form for others (e.g. spouse, teenage children, etc.) once you have completed your own form you will receive a confirmation email and on that email just below your confirmation will be another link that you can click to add another participant. 
Again and depending on what Colour restriction level London is under at the time of the event we will be limited to the number of participants. Under Orange we will be allowed up to 45 participants and Under Red we will be restricted to 21 participants. So please sign up soon so you do not miss out on this activity. Once we have our participant list more details will be provided as we approach the day for Tree Planting.
A Club member is required to act as the Club's Captain of Tulip Sales. The Club has committed to receive/sell 100 boxes (of 25 bulbs each) of Tulips.  Please contact Lori for details.  
Weekly Coffee Klatch
Since the Province has extended its Stay-at-Home directive, we decided to set up a weekly Zoom “Coffee Klatch” each Thursday from 10:30 to 11:15 am.
Bring your own coffee of course.
Phone one-tap:
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID:
881 5266 2961
Weekly President;s Cocktail Hour
President's Virtual Cocktail Hour which will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m.   
Support for Majo’s Extended Stay / Post-Secondary Education in London, Canada
As most RCL members are aware, Maria Jose Camacaro Figueroa (“Majo”) was sponsored by our club as a Rotary Youth Exchange student for the 2019-2020 academic year (Grade 11 at HB Beal Secondary School).  Because of the Covid pandemic and also due to the political and economic circumstances in Venezuela, Majo could not go home last summer and, indeed, has no option to return there any time soon. If you would like to view a video message from Majo, click this DropBox link:
Five local couples have taken turns hosting Majo for this extra extended year and she has been enrolled for Grade 12 at Beal, graduating with a full Ontario high school diploma in June. She has been accepted into the Interior Design program at Fanshawe College with classes starting in September 2021. Majo has also submitted her application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to extend her study visa and for permission to work (part-time during school and full time during summers). We anticipate little trouble finding accommodation for Majo during her upcoming studies but would appreciate some help in funding her substantial tuition costs as she is required by Fanshawe to register as an international student.  (A short time ago, Majo’s parents had to flee Venezuela, leaving home and business, and cannot provide financial support.) How can you contribute? Our Rotary Club of London Foundation has an Education Fund.  The Foundation Board has authorized that amounts from this Fund can be used for post-secondary tuition through direct payments to Canadian colleges and universities, Fanshawe included.  Contributions to this Fund receive a Canadian charitable donation tax receipt.  To make a donation:
1)-Send a cheque payable to the “Rotary Club of London Foundation” (put “Education Fund” on the memo line of the cheque)
2)-Use your credit card at (a CanadaHelps webpage dedicated to our Foundation, enter “Education Fund” in the message field)
3)-Via Interac email to (no need to set up security question or answer, funds go direct to our club and are then forwarded to the Foundation, put “Education Fund” in the message field)

Next Club Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of London Board will be a Zoom meeting on April 14th-Wednesday-4:30PM
- all members are welcome 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.
ZOOM link and codes are 
Need help accessing and utilizing Clubrunner, see comment and link provided below from the service provider.
For regular members and club execs alike, to begin by reviewing our short 'cheat sheet' of CR basics found here:
Special Recognition Student:
International Youth Exchange Student:....Maria Jose (Majo) Camacaro, Merida, Venezuela
Rotary Global Grant Scholar......................Roberta Piazza, Pisa, Italy
Hon. Ray Lawson Rotarian of the Year......Stephen Knox
Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self Award....Harry Joosten

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