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March 2018
Rotary Re-enactment
In the year 1905, Rotary founder Paul Harris asked the question "Why not have a fellowship composed of businessmen from different occupations, without restrictions on politics or religion?”  The following re-enactment by members of the Willoughby Theatre was staged at the Rotary District 9685 Conference on February 23, 2014, 109 years after Rotary became a reality.  Click here to view a 7 minute video of the beginnings of Rotary
Nicholls Park Revitalization Project
Click here to view the Nicholls Park Revitalization page on Facebook.

The purpose of the page is to create a forum for students and community members who are interested in volunteering, and to help promote the project through the community. 

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Canada's First Peace City - December 19, 1997

Parksville AM

Engage Rotary Change Lives

We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00AM
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC  V9P 2H5
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Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. is a service club of community leaders who work within the local and world community to make a difference.



Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. provides service to our community and advances world understanding by building on the strengths of our members.


What's Happening
Rotary Team Mexico is on the job site. This build will be two and a half times bigger than our previous structures. Everyone is pumped and ready to work.
Rotary Team Mexico charging up for another day - Rotarians help out in the kitchen.


It was a day of painting, painting and more painting ... of framing, sheeting, construction of door frames, and the installation of a giant beam .. and a few "owies" along the way. We left the job site with 5 walls up and 3 ready to go tomorrow. 

We also had an opportunity to work alongside some of the teachers who will be using the adult education centre when it is completed. We also learned more about the programs that will be taught there - agriculture, baking, sewing, computers, veterinary science and many more. Classes will run 40 hours and will provide young adults with opportunities in their chosen field or the impetus to start their own businesses.There is currently no such facility in the community and the need is great - the first classes are scheduled to begin a week after the building is completed.

After a long hard day, we are treated to a "muy delicioso" meal, lovingly prepared by Anna and her kitchen crew: (L to R) Dina, Teresa, Isabel, Anna and Pepe.
Rotary Team Mexico - today we gained a new appreciation for the ancient Egyptians as we raised and moved 3 massive walls using only human power and coordinated effort. At the end of another day of painting, hammering and sawing, we stood back in amazement to see this 1300 square foot structure begin to tower over the desert landscape.

Rotary Team Mexico:Day 4 - Electricity was in the air as wires were pulled and electrical boxes installed. And the dust was flying as drywall panels were put up and mudded, in an atmosphere resembling organized chaos. Those not afraid of heights ventured back up on the roof which will be completed by the end of the day tomorrow. Back in the Live Different trade centre, door frames were completed in preparation for delivery to the site tomorrow. 

The teachers who will be using the centre have worked alongside us every day, and the excitement is growing. By noon tomorrow, we will be halfway through our build. Dedication Day is February 12, and the pressure is on!

Rotary Team Mexico : Day 5 - The team continues to work together like a well oiled machine, despite the fact that members are falling victim to a mysterious Mexican plague and are dropping like flies - 4 down and 13 to go. But as one goes down, another rises to take his or her place, and we are delighted to announce that the roof is nearly complete and the entire classroom has been drywalled, trimmed and painted.

Rotary Team Mexico works in partnership with Live Different, a Canadian non-profit organization which does humanitarian work in various parts of the world and which lives by the motto, "life is about people, not stuff".

Andrew and Dawn Bernardi are Live Different's managers in Mexico, making sure that all the pieces come together for every build. They are organizers, construction supervisors, material sourcers, mentors and friends. They look after our accommodation and meals, they keep us safe, and they liaise with the local community to ensure that the projects we undertake meet the greatest community-identified needs. They carry out their duties with passion and commitment, and are an inspiration to us all. Photos show Dawn and Andrew being presented with a mosaic symbolizing last year's build created by Deidre Michael and a quilt designed by Louise Wright, both members of Rotary Team Mexico. 

Dawn and Andrew are joined in their life's work by Felipe and Elias who act as Live Different on-site building staff members and translators. These young men bring their solid construction skills, their enduring patience, their passion for making their community a better place, and their sparkling smiles.

Rotary Team Mexico wishes to thank Andrew, Dawn, Felipe and Elias, without whom "Build 2018" would not be possible.

Rotary Team 6: Day 8 - Today was the last full day of our build, and we would be remiss if we did not mention a integral part of our team. Jim McFarlane has been with us as a volunteer on our last 3 builds. He is a Canadian citizen, living in California, and he is a fan of Live Different and the humanitarian work they are doing in Mexico. Volunteering for a Live Different build means a 16 hour non-stop drive, and Jim has done it 6 times. 

Jim has a background in construction, and he is an invaluable source of information, technique, and safety procedures ... oh, and he has a sense of humour and some great stories too. Jim believes in "giving back" and he has been known to buy cakes for kindergarten children or windows for our Centre that he thought should be added, even when they weren't in the budget. 

Jim made us promise that we would mention that he loves working with Rotary Team Mexico, and specifically that "the women in the group work really hard"! As far as we're concerned, it's a mutual admiration society. Thank you Jim for your kindness, your enthusiasm, and for your many contributions to the success of this build.


Rotary Team Mexico: Day 9 - After eight and a half days of sawing, hammering, framing, painting, roofing, tiling, grouting, drywalling, trimming, inserting doors and windows and installing electrical outlets, dedication day arrived and the teachers of Brigade 54 are now ready to start putting their building to use. As one teacher so eloquently stated, we are all leaving a piece of our hearts in this structure. The teachers will now ensure that it is cared for and fully utilized for the benefit of the whole community.

Tributes were also paid to the young student architects, Jesse Avagas and Gisel Villa, who spoke of their joy at seeing their design move from paper to reality where it will offer not only training, but hope for other young adults like themselves.

The teachers had arranged for a delicious lunch, capped off by a fabulous cake made by Vicki, the baking teacher. "Muy rico" indeed! And with the building already in use, Rotary Team Mexico signs off for now, but not forever.





Parksville AM Wins International Award!

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is the recipient of the 2016-17 Floyd and Sandra Olson International Award for its work in the Mexican community of Vicente Guererro!
The Olson Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Floyd and Sandra Olson. In 2011, the Foundation decided to establish an Annual Award to the District 5020 International Club of the Year. The award was intended to both honor the club of the year and to encourage other clubs in international projects either on their own or in partnership with other clubs.
Three clubs are recognized annually with this award, with second place going this year to the Rotary Club of South Cowichan and third to the Rotary Club of Oak Bay.
In the award announcement, the following rationale was provided by the Olson Foundation:
Parksville AM clearly demonstrated that it is the 2016/17 International Club of the Year. It has a record of building on previous efforts, sustainability and measurable outcomes. Additionally, Parksville AM, for a medium size club had an incredible number of members actually visit and participate in a number of projects.
For an overview of the project that led to this award, please see our daily reports from Mexico below.
Our President, Helen Dyck, was back at the helm this morning welcoming 21 Rotarians and 1 guest.

We were pleased to welcome Jim Coulter from Saskatoon.
President Helen advised The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise is selling tickets at $10 and you could win a cruise. While we have decided not to take part in the direct selling of tickets, we are urged to help sell them or at least purchase one for ourselves.
Lynn Pearson, Foundation Chair, presented Ray Walker with his 5+ Paul Harris and Steve Alexander-Pope received a Paul Harris.
John O’Brien, ADG, presented a Certificate of Accomplishment to our Club from the Rotary Foundation for our contributions etc.
Diana Mastuda advised the Uncorked event needs drivers on March 8 and 9th. Let her know if are willing.
Garry Cox took the floor to advise the RCMP Musical Ride will occur on August 21st and 22nd in the evening. On Monday march 5 a meeting will happen with RCMP to inspect the site and all are welcome. Contact Garry if you would like to attend. John O’Brien will Co Chair, Steve-Treasurer, Ray Ticket Controller, Laurie and Don signage and media, Ron concession  along with Elaine and Interact. Tickets will be sold thru Marlin Travel, Close to You and of course by all.
Gord Svenson and John O’Brien advised the Casino Night of March 17 is approaching quickly. This joint project with the Lions Club is raising funds for the maintenance of the splash park. Volunteers are needed and if you can donate a could of bottles of wine for the wine wall raffle. Call them when you have your bottles and they will pick up.
John O’Brien, Sergeant at Arms willingly and expertly fined all those in attendance..No mercy was shown and our operating income rose!
A Happy Birthday goes to Cara and Tania.
Next meeting is March 14th
Respectively submitted by Ron Dyck

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is active in the international community. In 2015, the Club supported the construction of a shed to house a corn mill in Sunyani, Ghana. This was necessary to protect the machine in the wet rainy season in order to ensure the harvest of the corn crop. This project was a partnership with the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North and the community of Nanketiwa in the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.

In 2016, the Club is undertaking a second project in Ghana, this time to provide desks and white boards in classrooms at Wawasua School. Stay tuned for photos when this project is completed.






Parksville AM Working at Home and Abroad

Rotary consists of neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. Below are some of the current projects supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM:

In the Community ...
• Rotary supports children through "Coats for Kids", SOS programs for children, and through "Building Learning Together" initiatives such as Munchkinland and the WOW Bus.

• Rotary supports youth through partnerships and scholarships Secondary School, through drug awareness education, through local 4-H groups, and through a bi-annual trades fair for high school students.

• And Rotary supports those going through sickness and hard times through the ALS Walk, the Parksville Mental Health Group, diabetes and cystic fibrosis foundations, and the Salvation Army.

Around the World ...
• International projects supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM include the provision of mosquito nets and the building of fencing and latrines for a school in Ghana.

• The Club also supports Project Amigo, an initiative in Colima, Mexico that supports literacy programs and provides access to vision care.

• Through Disaster Aid Canada, the Club helps fund emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

• Rotary launched its Polio Plus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to 250, and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease

We're This Close!

To encourage public support for the effort to eradicate polio, Rotary has welcomed a select group of celebrities and other notable figures to join a new public awareness campaign: "This Close." Participants including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, actor Jackie Chan, Queen Noor of Jordan, golfer Jack Nicklaus, Grammy Award-winning musicians Angélique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and conservationist Jane Goodall explain that "we're this close to ending polio."

Rotary in the News
Rotarians part of frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame': https://www.theguardian.com/…/polio-in-pakistan-the-frantic…
Click the link and check out page A3 for our contribution: http://www.pqbnews.com/eeditions/?iid=i20160617090833354
Flip to page A7 of the March 1, 2016 eEdition:
Check out page A22 for a recap of this 'very emotional experience': http://www.pqbnews.com/eeditions/?iid=i20141014102438818
Check out page A15 for the latest article on the Live Different Humanitarian Trip in Mexico:
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