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October, 2015: Panoramic View of West Haven Golf & Country Club House (Picture taken by Mike Wibbing) 
We meet at West Haven Golf & Country Club every first and third Thursday morning of the month at 7:30am.  Join us for a hot breakfast and awesome speakers in the company of friends overlooking one of the most beautiful locations in London. 
Historical Rotary Office Opened at Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Saturday August 7th was the perfect day - sunny with some cloud and not too hot - for the grand opening of Fanshawe Pioneer Village's new storefront attraction that includes a Rotary office modeled after Paul Harris's office in Chicago circa 1917; a tinshop; and, new boardwalk connecting the Rotary office with the general store and print shop.  Our club was well represented with several members in attendance, which is appropriate because we launched this initiative.
Golf Hole Sponsorships
We are seeking hole sponsors for our upcoming golf tournament.  The cost is $250 and the business name will be prominently displayed at one of the 9 holes in the "nine & dine" tournament.    
Please click here for the Hole Sponsorship Request Letter
Our Rotary Club Hosts Community Outdoor Movie Night
July 22nd @ Confederation North Park
RCLHP Annual Community Paul Harris Fellowship Award
Barb Robins presents Rachelle Coleman (far left) and Donna Szpakowski (far right) with Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition award
Each year the Rotary Club of London Hyde Park awards a member of the Hyde Park community with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of their "Service above Self" and daily expressing Rotary's high ethical standards as embodied within our Four Way Test:

Of the things we think, say or do:

1.   Is it the TRUTH?

2.   Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4.   Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

This year's recipients are: 
Donna Szpakowski, Executive Director of the Hyde Park Business Association; and,
Rachelle Coleman, Executive Director of the North West London Resource Centre.
on receiving Rotary's highest
community recognition award
Oh!  What a Night!
2017 Winetasting & Food Pairing  was a Rip Snorter
For those of you who don't know Aussie, "rip snorter" means "great or fantastic" and our sold out June 10th Australian Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Fundraising Event was an overwhelming success, due to the efforts of a lot of people. Former LHP Rotarian John McDonald, serving in the capacity of Master of Ceremonies, kept the evening moving flawlessly. West Haven did not disappoint. Chef Darrell prepared a superb menu -6 courses plus dessert and coffee/tea- to compliment the Australian wines selected by our wine expert extraordinaire Malcolm Cocks. Jennifer and her wait staff kept the evening moving smoothly delivering food to the tables and removing the empty plates with precision.
Celebrating Canada's 150th & TRF"s 100th Birthday
On Saturday, June 3rd our club joined the Hyde Park Business Association's community celebration by providing a huge birthday cake for 250 people.  The community celebration focus is around the unveiling of the outdoor community piano, painted by local high school students, to be used by anyone in the community.  The date was chosen to coincide with the global "100In1Day" community celebration.This year's theme was Canada's 150th birthday and the students did a marvelous job painting the piano.  The community event included music by "The Young at Heart" choral group and Pearson School of the Arts; presentations by Mayor Matt Brown; London West MPP Peggy Sattler; and, Ward 7 Councilor Josh Morgan.  In addition to the cake Kelsey's restaurant and Ivanopoblano (organic Mexican food) provided fresh cooked food.  The North West London Resource Centre gave out free samples of ice cream from "The Scoop", located on Gainsborough Road.  To entertain the children - young and old - Phil Arnold put on an amazing "Punch & Judy" puppet show and the fire department stopped by with one of their trucks. 
"The First Cut". 
President Steve cuts the birthday cake for our first customer 
So, What Did Your Club Do in 206/17?
During her official visit, District Governor Diane challenged our club (and all of the other clubs in D.6330) to prepare a "brag board" of all their accomplishments and activities during the 2016/17 Rotary year.  She even provided each club with a board to use.  As usual, our club was and still is extremely active.....so much so that not everything we have done and will be doing until the end of June could possibly fit onto the board.  The image below is of the completed board that is roughly divided between Fundraising; Community; Membership; and, International.  It includes posters, pictures, and stories of our many varied activities over the past year.  It is just too bad the board wasn't twice as big so we could fit in everything. 
Joanne Teske and Barb Robins
On Saturday April 22, 2017 over 120 Rotarians and their partners celebrated the Rotary Foundation's Centennial at Museum London. Seven members of London Hyde Park Rotary were present (President Steve Teske, Barb Robins, Lillian and Don Reid, Sue Storie, Fran Eberhard and David Knoppert), along with their wives and husbands. Don Reid, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and his wife Lillian were invited to a special reception with the Vice President of Rotary International, Jennifer Jones, prior to the evening event. Following a general reception where Rotarians from all over District 6330 were able to mingle, a lovely dinner was served. John and Fran Eberhard were honoured as members of the Bequest Society during the after dinner ceremonies. The absolute highlight of the evening was an inspirational presentation from Jennifer Jones. The next large gathering of Rotarians will be the District Conference that will be held in St Thomas at the end of May.
Barb Robins and Malcolm Cocks
District 6330 Conference 2017
Good afternoon:
Hope you are all enjoying this winter .......... whether in the sunny south or staying home to enjoy the sunny, snowy weather.
Rotary District 6330 Conference 2017 is fast approaching.  As we continue the planning, we would like to offer each of you the opportunity to be recognized as a 'table sponsor'.  With a cash donation of $100.00, your name and/or business name,will be displayed on a dinner table of the weekend as well as a sponsor recognition on the posters and large screens.
If you are interested, please send me a return email by March 15th advising of your commitment and include the exact name/names that you would like to be printed on the recognition.  
Your cheque payment should then be forwarded to:  Helen Campbell, Chair, 41 Dyer St, St. Thomas, ON N5R5K2 no later than April 15th, 2017.  (I plan to be at the Leadership meeting March 4th as well as TTT/PETS so this might be a great opportunity to either discuss further or provide me with your information and payment.) (Our Club is not a registered charity so this donation will help to offset some of the conference expenses.)
Please note:  Due to the exclusivity of the Redtail Golf Course, there will be no ‘hole sponsorships’ available this year. 
We genuinely appreciate your generosity to help make this conference one to remember for the fun, fellowship, food  and friendship and look forward to seeing you all in St Thomas May 26th and 27th.
Kind Regards,
Helen Campbell, Chair
Rotary District 6330 Conference 2017
This dinner is open to everyone!!

Celebrate The Rotary Foundation's Centennial with our very special guest and keynote speaker Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones!! (see bio on next page)

$75.- pp (approx. 55.- USD)
Black Tie Optional
Have you registered for this once in a lifetime event?
Then click here to register before the event is sold out:
Your help is needed! Volunteers 
required for the following event.
Global Literacy Container Loading
Mar 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Brian Hall 519 238-6116
Thames Valley School Board Warehouse
951 Leathorne Ave
London, ON Canada
N5Z 3M7
Volunteer Income Tax Clinic
For 2016 Income Tax Returns
At the Sherwood Library
(Sherwood Forest Mall)
(Offered by the CRA and Rotary Club of London Hyde Park)
9:30am to 4:30pm, March 3, to April 28, 2017 (except April 14)
9:30am to 12:30pm, March 4 to April 29, 2017 (except April 15th)
There are income limits and some other restriction.
Call 519-473-9965
for more information
Medical Mission to Mexico Presentation
Thursday, January 5, 2017
This morning club member David Knoppert gave a wonderful presentation on his recent medical mission trip to the Lake Chapala region of Mexico.  This mission was a joint Rotary Festival City Stratford and Rotary Ajijic, Mexico project to provide medical clinic support to the people in the villages in the hills around Lake Chapala.  The 24 member team provided health and hygiene teaching, reading glasses for those with close vision deficit, physiotherapy assessments and treatments, medical assessment and treatments by Physicians and Nurses, limited lab testing and full pharmacy support. To View David's powerpoint presentation go to:  Mexico Medical Mission Presentation or the file download section on the homepage.
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David and "pharmacy staff" in a well stocked farmacia at the Women's Clinic in Ajijic
The Scrooge Diary Cocktail Theatre Event a Great Success
The audience was beguiled by Phil Arnold's performance as Scrooge at our Christmas Cocktail Theatre event at West Haven Golf and Country Club last Friday, December 11th.  It was almost as though Ebenezer Scrooge had walked out of the pages of Dicken's timeless classic: "A Christmas Carol."
The performance was preceded by a cocktail party with wonderful h'orderves prepared by West Haven's world class chef. 
It was a magical evening for the 71 guests who attended.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  What a way to kick-off the Christmas season. 
                                   Ebenezer Scrooge with LH Parker
We even made some money from this event, raising just over $500 (final numbers are still being tabulated) with 50% of the proceeds going towards the Alzheimer's' Society and the balance supporting our Rotary community projects.
Club Members Staff Salvation Army Kettle
Left to Right: Members Mike Wibbing and Carl Silke
Once again club members volunteered to staff the Salvation Army kettle located at Remark Fresh Market (Oxford & Hyde Park Rds.) for two hour shifts on Saturday November 26th and December 3rd.  This year volunteering was so popular that some members didn't get a chance to sign up because all of the available spots were taken.
Club Inducts 3 New Members
Left to Right: Neil Holt (sponsor); Carl Silke (new member); Barb Robins (sponsor); Lauren Quinlan (new member); David Knoppert (sponsor); Sheldon Hines (new member)
At our December 1st meeting we inducted 3 new members (see picture above).  Carl is a retired teacher from Oakridge secondary school; Lauren is a student at Western studying business accounting; and,  Sheldon is an investment adviser with CIBC Wood Gundy and has volunteered teaching sailing to disabled children. His father and grandfather were Rotarians.
Continuing Story of Lloyd Henry Parker

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London Hyde Park

Service Above Self

First & Third Thursday of the month @ 7:30am
The Rotary Club of London-Hyde Park
West Haven Golf & Country Club
7038 Egremont Drive
London, ON  N6H 5L2
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