Welcome to London East. (1955) Dist. 6330

East Coast Kitchen Party


Table #1 - Rotarians....Susan Cassan, Bonnie Hudson, Eva Ryten, Jim Gill, Michelle De Ruiter and guests.
Table #2 - Rotarians....Svetlana MacDonald, Patrick Briscoe, Bob Mann and guests. 
Table #3 - Shirley Anderson, Bill George, Camillia Larouche and guests.

Internet Privacy and Security

Thank you Arthur Majoor for the information on internet privacy and security.

Look up programs like Ghostery or Brave. Clear your cache and cover up your camera. Keep private. You are being watched and tracked.

Limit time on facebook and social media.

Thank you Kathrin Campbell for working our club members through some exercises during the meeting today.  Core strength is so important and so is flexibility. 
Last Night The London East Rotary Club provided dinner to 136 campers and staff at Woodeden Easter Seals Camp.


Last night at our Changeover dinner we inducted Jim Gill as President of London East Rotary.  We also thanked Carolina Berges for her year as President.
We remembered those Rotarians who lost their lives this year - Mike Brandt and John Gillies.
Steve Dietrich was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow for his many years of dedication to Rotary and also for his hours of work he puts into our fundraisers.
It was a fun event, picnic setting and kids were able to play at the park.  Thank you everyone that came to support Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Durbanville is located close to Cape Town, South Africa.  Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province.
London East Rotary collected bicycles and bike parts to send over in a container to The Rotary Club of Durbanville.  It was reported from Durbanville that a total of 204 bicycles were deemed to be complete, usable and suitable for distribution. The bulk of these were distributed to Empowerment Centres.  
Rotary Club of London East is 'MAKING A DIFFERENCE'.

What a day to celebrate

Why make such a big deal out of meeting attendance?
The attendance rules may at times seem unnecessarily rigid, but being present at club meetings is one of the basic obligations a member accepts on joining a Rotary club. The constitutional rules emphasize that Rotary is a participatory organization that highly values regular attendance. When a member is absent the entire club loses the personal association with that member, and the member loses touch with the activities of the club. Attendance is the "glue" that holds the club together and provides the basic framework for service. It is a vital part of the operation and success of every Rotary club.
What is a Paul Harris Fellow?
To recognize a person as a Paul Harris Fellow it is a "recognition of exceptional service."
The Rotary Club of London East would like to thank Susan Storie for all her amazing work as Area 4 - Assistant Governor.  There were many times we called on her for her leadership and advice. 
All the best to you Sue.  We look forward to creating a good relationship with The Rotary Club of Hyde Park.

The Rotary Club of London East prepares meals for 40+ children and youth at El Sistema Aeolian one Tuesday per month. 

We had 5 members helping with cooking, preparing the tables and cleaning up after the meal.

"Service above Self".

El Sistema Aeolian is part of a global movement designed to offer free universal access to an intensive collaborative music program.
Mission: The arts enlighten, inspire and transform individuals, helping us build strong, healthy and vibrant communities. El Sistema Aeolian provides an opportunity for children, youth and their communities to experience a free, intensive, innovative and accessible after school music program. We provide expert instruction in a nurturing, safe and inclusive environment allowing participants to develop their full social and musical potential.

Vision: We see a world in which all children and youth experience the joy and inspiration of music. The skills they will learn are transferable and include social engagement, inclusiveness, leadership, pursuit of excellence and creative learning styles. These skills and pathways will open new horizons and alternative pathways for these young people. It will assist them to achieve their full potential enrich our communities.




The container arrived Friday July 7th.  Thank you Thomas Gunawan for helping us with the framework and teaching Cristian Hall-Berges the best way to load the bikes.  Dennis Urbach for your time on Friday.  Carolina Berges for your organization along with Susan Cassan.  Peter Twynstra from the Rotary Club of Grand Bend for helping us with the understanding of how to pack a container to the brim.  Patrick Briscoe wow you worked so hard the whole day filling every nook and cranny in the container.  Ernesto Chahine and Ali Malayeri and the many other Rotarians and friends of Rotary that helped.  Dagmar and Ruben for preparing the food.  Todd McLeod for the backloader to move the heavy supplies.
What a day.  The weather cooperated.  The music was playing.  We even had Rotarians singing.  It was fellowship at its finest. 
Thank you Werner Humann for introducing us to a project of this nature. 
District 6330 Governor                                                                          August 30, 2015
Please see the attached letter regarding sending bicycles to a third world country.
Werner writes...I have never been involved in a project of this kind, however, our club feels it can be achievable. I hear nothing but difficulties with logistics and other problems of how to approach or find a ROTARY Club in “a third world country” which could assist us. Our intent is to find a club which would be interested in creating an Industry of repairing donated bicycles.
Over the years I have heard much about the shipping of wheelchairs to the third world which only have a four year life span. I have never been convinced by asking questions that there are good wheelchair repair facilities in that country.  If there is, however, this would be a perfect addition to create work and a livelihood for some people to gain a purpose in life for their family.
We feel at our club that proof of a positive interest is necessary for us to be convinced to go forward with this project.
Further more, I can see no problem to do this tenfold by involving a district.  We live in a country, where if the brakes on a bicycle don’t work, it could be the case of purchasing a NEW bike and discard the old one.
I think it would be a very positive idea to attract new members since it has all the elements
“ to make it a better world”
Werner Humann
Representing the Rotary Club of London East  
 “ ROTARY International Bike Project “
East Rotary Club London East is proud to announce:
“Wheels of Friendship for Progress”
We started this sustainable project to help youngsters in a third world country get a bicycle to attend school, and to create a Center for learning to maintain the bicycles.
Just recently we were blessed to find Rotary Club - Durbanville in Cape Town, South Africa, and BEN  BIKES (BIKE EMPOWERMENT NETWORK) http://www.benbikes.org.za/about.php,  an organization that has created 16 Empowerment Centers and trained 55 individuals in bicycle mechanics. Ben Bikes has distributed 22,000 bicycles donated by different countries.
Our Club already has 250 used bicycles, donated by the community as well as wheels, tires and other parts to almost fully load a 40 Ft. shipping container.
The great work of all our fellow London East Rotary Members and friends has taken the project to this point.  There is still work to be done and donations to be received!
We are aiming for Saturday, July 8th to load the container for shipment.  We are counting on the help of our members and friends that day.
This is where you come in!
There is still room for donations of another 25 used bikes; bicycle accessories such as cables, seats, baskets, bells etc.
Urgently needed: used bicycle helmets, especially for children.      
Cash donations welcome for our shipping costs. ($20 or more eligible for charitable tax receipt).
Call the number below to arrange drop off or pick up of donations.
Or, to volunteer your time from 8am-4pm, July 8, on loading day
Carolina Berges 226 927 5485
Thanks for your donations and help!

McIntosh Gallery - Located in the heart of Western University.  The exhibit was Behind the Lines: Canada's Home Front During the First and Second World Wars.


Salvation Army London Ontario

Today our club visited the Salvation Army Village for Lunch and were able to see the tree our Club donated to provide shade on the grounds.
Thank you everyone involved in the organization of this event.  The lunch was delicious and it was nice to be out in the community seeing how Rotary makes a difference.

Thank you Bob Black fromThe Rotary Club of London (Downtown), for sharing your Haiti Project.

The Rotary Club of London (Downtown), Ontario, under the leadership of John Eberhard, eberhard@uwo.ca is expanding its existing generous support and partnership with the people of historic Aquin, Haiti. The Club has launched a multi-year, multi-club project to earn and win significant funds and contributions from all levels of Rotary International. For those who have never visited ...Haiti, Aquin is a city and commune of approx. 100,000 on the Caribbean seacoast, about three hours’ drive southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince. In an otherwise beautiful location, Aquin residents, farmers and fishermen are chronically poor, short of potable water and safe sanitation, and vulnerable to storms, floods, cholera, Zika, maternal and infant mortality.

To its credit, the city has a small Rotary club that John has ascertained is ready and willing to serve as local official host. Therefore, Rotary London members are visiting Canadian and American clubs this spring to explain the project – health, education, fishing, boat-building, mangoes, coffee, honeybees, vo-tech – and garner support to combine forces with Haitian Resource Development Foundation, hrdf.org based in Aquin, and other international donors such as the Kellogg Foundation, based in Michigan.

Hello Fellow Rotarians

After talking with Werner Humann a Rotarian for over 40 years, he brought to my attention something that I have not thought about. As a Rotarian and also a business person I find it hard to attend weekly Rotary Meetings. I keep thinking Tuesday at noon are the times of my Rotary meetings. What I forget to consider is the vast network of Rotary Clubs in London and Area. The fact that there are other clubs in London where I can attend a Rotary meeting....

Mondays I could attend a meeting at the London Convention Centre at 12:00 PM. Tuesday, if I can't make a meeting at noon, is it easier to attend a morning meeting at 7:30 AM at Village Pantry Restaurant in Lambeth? Or perhaps Wednesday a dinner meeting at 6 PM at East Side Marios. If by Thursday I still have not attended Rotary I could go to Westhaven Golf Course for 7:30 AM if it is the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Finally it's Friday, how about a breakfast meeting at Four Point Sheraton for 7:15 AM.

With all these times and places available to Rotarians in London. Why is it we are missing Rotary meetings each week?

Michelle De Ruiter (Rotarian since 2016)

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2017-2018 Theme
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
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Rotary Club of London East delivered over 800 Dictionaries to 3rd Graders in London and Area!!!!!

“The Dictionary Project” was started over eleven years ago in South Carolina when Mary French set out to give a dictionary to every third grader in every school in South Carolina, every year.

The dictionaries are handpicked to fit the needs of young students learning to read and write.

The dictionary has larger print and is small enough for growing hands and contains most words that third graders use.

The 3rd grade was targeted because this is the age when children are beginning to learn the importance of words; in their speech and in their writing.

Having a dictionary of their own gives them ‘word power’ to write essays in later years, to read a book and understand it, and to function in the business world when they grow up.

It will also be a help to teachers and in doing homework.

It is not a children’s book, but one they can keep and use all their lives, helping them to become knowledgeable adults.



Bicycle Project

Bike Project

London East Rotary - El Dorado Rotary Club Bogota


"Bike project set back"


What does this mean?

Delay means time for a grant, our fundraising committee will apply (all applications must be complete by February 2017.


Why is there a delay?

The Rotary Club in Bogota was working with a school "Sena" to set up a course to repair and distribute bikes.

The teachers were organizing to help supplement payment for the shipping container from Cartagena to Bogota. 

We found out that the legal department is saying "they cannot do this".

The El Dorado Rotary Club will now fundraise and approach corporations to raise the $2500


Since we have more time, let's add more value to the project


1. Tool kits to repair a bicycle

2. Donation centre for tools

3. Elderly people not needing tools

4. Drive for more bicycles

5. Bicycle pumps

6. Bike helmets

7. Bicycle bells

8. Reflective tape


Let's continue to grow and organize this Bicycle Project.



Bonnie Hudson (President 2019-20)

Bonnie Hudson
Rotary Club of London East President, Bonnie Hudson welcomes you to our Club. We have a dynamic, fun club with much to offer. We are looking for business and community leaders to join our organization and make a difference to the many people we serve. Where would our community be without volunteers like you? Join us for lunch and find out why Rotary has grown to 1.2 million members worldwide.
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    September 1, 1990
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    September 18, 2010
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London, ON

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