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February 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.


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St Paddy’s Casino Splash Fundraising Event – March 17

You might just find your pot of gold at the St Paddy’s Casino Splash on Saturday, March 17 at Parksville Chrysler. Hosted by the Parksville Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, this event will raise funds for the new splash park located in the Parksville Community Park. 

We hope you will help us keep the spirit of St Patrick alive by supporting this fundraising event. Don’t forget to wear your best St Paddy’s day attire. Bet your fun money at real gambling tables and win prizes. There will be appetizers, music, a wall of wine and raffle draws and a cash bar featuring the best from Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company. Here are the details: 

Who: Everyone welcome (adults only please) 
What: St Paddy’s Casino Splash 
(All proceeds to construction of new splash park) 
Where: Parksville Chrysler, 230 Shelly Road 
When: Saturday, March 17 from 7 to 11 pm 
Why: To raise funds for the Community Park Splash Park 
Tickets: $60 per person, $75 at the door 
Available at Marlin Travel, Parksville Chrysler, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing

The City wishes to thank sponsors Parksville Chrysler and Mount Arrowsmith Brewing and the ongoing support of this project by the Lions and Rotary Clubs.

For more information: 

Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications

P: 250 954-3073

E: dtardiff@parksville.ca

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, opened the meeting this morning with 19 Rotarians in attendance.
Our Guests Were:
Spencer Hancock and Rebecca Marshall
2 Minutes of Rotary
Rotarian Bruce Huxtable informed us on the Habitat for Humanity and the partnership in Lantzville Rotary. Vicky Huxtable has been involved with the society and is seeking volunteers. Habitat for Humanity could be a good partnership with our club in the future.
Jo Dunn moved “our club to provide a $1500 scholarship to Pass/Woodwinds Secondary School in addition to the 2 $1500 scholarships to Ballenas Secondary.”  Seconded and passed
Helen announced salmon sales are done and we grossed $2691.
Gord S and John announced a March 17 St. Paddy’s Casino in partnership with Parksville Lions. All net proceeds will go to the maintenance of the Splash Park. Volunteers are need. Talk to Gord.
The Mid Island Group is meeting to review their mandate. Bill and lynnn will attend on February 17.
A Grant Seminar is being held February 10 at VIU Nanaimo. Need volunteers to attend. Talk to Jo.
Guest Speakers
Spencer Hancock, a member of the Ballenas Interact Club updated us on the following:
Members are attending Arrowsmith Lodge twice monthly and assisting the seniors in various tasks. 
A Community Wide garage sale is coming up and the funds are to be pledged towards the improvement of the outdoor track at Ballenas.
From the sale of handmade Rose Pins the club will be providing food for the hard done by people of Central America.
They have provided Micro Loans to women abroad to help them set up businesses of their own. They have $750 invested so far and these loans are paid back by these individuals over time.
Interact meetings occur at lunch hour at Ballenas Secondary on Wednesdays. You are welcome to attend and the lunch hour is 12:10 to 12:55.
Rebecca Marshall is the president of the Satellite Club which is sponsored by UBC. They hare building their own satellite from the ground up with Spencer being the software and hardware developer. They plan to lift off in New Mexico is they can raise up to $28000 to not build the rocket with all the wonder computer parts  but also to travel to New Mexico. You are welcome to follow them on face book at BALLENAS SATELLITE TEAM here: https://www.facebook.com/ballenassatteam/.
Marcus, Don Luke, Gordon Elliott, Ray, Arthur and Cara!  Everyone, enjoy your special day!
Sergeant at Arms
Ken Armstrong carried out his duties faithfully thus filling the coffers of the club.
Our regular meeting of February 14th is cancelled and we will be attending the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise on the 13th of February. Meet at the Rotary House  Meeting starts at 7AM
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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