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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. 
The world is zeroing in on the end of polio — by stopping people at bus stops, airports and train stations
Children get the polio vaccine in their house in Kabul. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries that saw new cases last year.

Children get the polio vaccine in their house in Kabul. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries that saw new cases last year.  

(TOMAS MUNITA / The Associated Press)

This year will likely be the last to see new cases, and only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s a huge step toward official eradication, which has only ever happened once before.

When Ramesh Ferris was born in southern India in 1979, there were an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 new cases of polio being recorded around the globe each year.

At 6 months of age, he became one of them.

“The polio virus paralyzed my legs,” he says.

Then, two things happened that were tantamount to miracles, says Ferris, who would become an activist in the fight against the disease.

“I came to Canada, where I received corrective surgery … and learned to walk for the first time at the age of three and a half,” says Ferris, who was adopted at age 2 by Anglican bishop Ron Ferris of the Yukon.

Do you have any New Year Resolutions?  Check out some "Rotary" suggestions on the next page......
Community Collaboration Project: Budweiser Gardens Toy Drive
For the past few years our Rotary Club has partnered with Budweiser Gardens in support of Childcan, the Childhood Cander Research Association through a raffle draw held at Budweiser Gardens.  The winners for the 2017 raffle are as follows:
First Prize: Luxury London Knights suite valued at $1700: 
Winner is Fred Fortese
Second Prize: A luxury London Lightning Basketball suite, valued at $800 
Winner is Alex Fleming. 
Also, over $3200 worth of toys were donated to Childcan by generous Londoners.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and/or donated toys to Childcan. 
You have all contributed to helping the children in our community who are or may soon be battling cancer. 
Here We Grow Again!
Induction of 3 new members
From Left to Right: Assistant Governor Sue Storie; New Members: Madison Vergeer, Han Jung, and, Ken Wall; President David Knoppert
We are excited to introduce 3 new members to our club during our December 7th meeting.  These new Rotarians are already making a difference as they each take an active role on one of our various committees and community projects.  We now have 19 members plus 5 Honourary Members. 
Club Members Sheldon & Lillian staffing the Salvation Army Kettle at Remark Fresh Market
Each Christmas season members of our club staff the Salvation Army Kettle at Remark Fresh Market for 2 Saturdays - one in late November and one in early December.  In 2016 the Salvation Army Kettle at the Remark location raised $38,111.98, a significant increase from the $25,894.28 raised in 2015.  The 2016 Kettle program raised a total of $648,173 in London, easily surpassing the goal of $500,000.  Hopefully, the generosity of Londoners will be repeated this 2017 Christmas season.
Our Float in the Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade
The Tomato Soup Band
The Hyde Park Santa Claus parade was held this morning (Saturday, November 25, 2017) along Gainsborough Road .  This annual tradition is becoming more popular each year as more and more local groups participate in the parade with floats; dancing; and, music.  Thousands of families line the parade route, many bringing canned goods for the food bank, and receiving candy treats from parade participants.  The parade this year featured some fabulous floats (including our own) and was almost an hour in length.
Members Steve; Lillian; Myung Joon; and, Carl walked in front of our float.  Lillian & Steve are holding our banner in the above picture.
More pictures from the parade can be found on the next page of this story....
DG Martin Ward Official Visit
Thursday, September 21, 2017
DG Martin Ward & Partner, Mary Ruston
Join us this Thursday morning for D6330's 2017-18 District Governor Martin Ward's official visit to our club. 
DG Martin's Editorial from the September issue of "The Bridge":
Where did the summer go? Welcome home to those that have been away for the summer.
It's hard to imagine that the children in our families and our neighborhoods will soon return (or have already returned) to school. September is a busy time as we get back to regular routines at home, at work, and in our Rotary club. 
Apropos to this back to school time of year, September is Basic Education and Literacy month for Rotary. Most, if not all, clubs in our district actively support literacy projects both in their communities and internationally. We can be proud of our many achievements in literacy including just a couple of examples like the Grade 3 Dictionary project supported by many of our clubs, and international projects that furnish and supply schools where there is great need.
We are encouraged to support Basic Education and Literacy projects as a primary area of focus through our Foundation. Our Foundation enables Rotarians to help ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by involving local and international communities to support programs that provide basic education and literacy throughout their community, by increasing adult literacy in communities, by working to reduce gender disparity in education, and by supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.
Hyde Park Rotary Supports Community by Building a (Scare)Crow
The Rotary Club of London Hyde Park is one of over 30 local businesses to sponsor the building of a scarecrow by Parkway Gardens with all proceeds going to the North West London Resource Centre.  For $100 the talented staff at Parkway Gardens created and built the "Rotary Scarecrow" for our club. 
The sponsored scarecrows will be on display at the Garden Centre until October 28th when they will be judged by a panel of scarecrow aficionados.  If you would like to sponsor a scarecrow please contact the Parkway Garden Centre at 519-657-7360 or by email at contact@parkwaygardens.ca
Hyde Park Community Outdoor Movie Night
Featuring "The Little Prince"
Friday September 8th.
Approximately 35 residents joined us on a clear, cool night at Coronation Park North with their blankets, sleeping bags, and tent to enjoy the animated movie "The Little Prince".  This community event was hosted by the Rotary Club of London Hyde Park and supported by the Hyde Park Business Association and North West London Resource Centre.  The City of London provided all of the equipment, including the blow-up big screen and a support team.  They did a fantastic job!  Ward 7 Councillor, Josh Morgan, introduced the movie and drew the winning ticket for the movie raffle so a lucky resident could take the movie home.  We also sold a few chips and juice boxes for a toonie. 
The experience of watching a movie outside under the stars was wonderful.  I only wish I had dressed a bit warmer - actually a lot warmer.  A thin summer jacket simply wasn't enough.  I was envious of everyone else who had warm clothing and blankets. 


Connecting employers to immigrant talent for economic prosperity.

Our speaker on Thursday September 7, 2017, Nelida Forero from Immploy spoke about a solution to today's shortage of skilled workers that will only get worse.  The good news is that untapped talent is already here.  Most Canadian immigrants have professional training, making them an asset to companies and their communities, bridging the gap between the labour market demand and the limited supply.

Immploy links employers to effective tools and resources for recruiting, hiring, and retaining skilled immigrants.  Employing international talent today will build stronger businesses and stronger communities for tomorrow.  That's why hiring immigrants is the right thing to do - it makes for good business.

Immploy provides 2 basic services: 

  1. Job Matching:  Connecting immigrant talent with local businesses seeking skilled employees
  2. Mentoring:  Matching volunteer mentors with an immigrant in their field.
For more information about Immploy and its programs please review the powerpoint presentation found in the download section on the home page or contact Nelida Forero at NelidaF@immploy.ca
RCLHP 13th Charity Golf Fundraiser a Magnificent Success
The Hyde Park Rotary Club of London held their annual golf tournament on August 23rd at West Haven Golf & Country Club. This was the first year holding a “9 & Dine” format whereby participants play 9 holes followed by dinner, prizes and an auction with 40% of the proceeds to be contributed to Wellspring.
On top of golfing on a great course, there were three grand raffle prizes each consisting of 8 bottles of wine, 6 bottles of beer, and $65 in cheeses that raised over $1,800. In addition there were 6 live auction items that raised $1,090.  We also received $5,500 in sponsorships from our Corporate Sponsor, Scotiabank, and the 14 hole sponsors.
With perfect golfing weather and an incredible dinner put on by the wonderful Westhaven staff, the event was a great success!  The event raised over $9,950 of which $4,000 will be used to support Wellspring!  With over 40 door prizes (see image below) to be drawn nearly everyone went home with a prize. 
Our next "9 & Dine" golf tournament will be held on Wednesday August 22, 2018 also at West Haven Golf & Country Club.  If you wish to be informed about this event when registration opens, please reach out to David Knoppert via email.
2017 "Nine & Dine" Golf Tournament Raffle Winners
John PetersSheila SmirleRichard Rastin


Congratulations to the winners!

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
Continuing Story of Lloyd Henry Parker

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West Haven Golf & Country Club
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