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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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CLUB VISION STATEMENT

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.

 

CLUB MISSION STATEMENT

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
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is selling Hardy Buoys packaged smoked salmon nuggets. Local wild Pacific Salmon in one pound frozen packages for only $20. Funds raised to go toward Parksville Splash Park. Ideal for Christmas giving. Call Don at 403-391-2762 to get yours. Supply is limited at this great price so act now!

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.

Rotary Team Mexico: Mission Accomplished

Rotary Team Mexico are on their way home after completing their mission to contribute to the building of a Community Centre in the northern Baja, Mexico.  While undoubtedly tired and a bit worse for wear, they are surely feeling a huge sense of accomplishment and a feeling of satisfaction that they have made a difference in the lives of many in the community of Vicente Guerrero.
And since Rotarians never quit until the job is done, then the job must be done.  Well done Team!
For more about their last day on the job ...
 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 8

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
A highlight this morning was a chance to visit the kindergarten we built last year. Jo mounted the Rotary sign above the main door.

 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 7

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
 
This morning several of us had the privilege of working with the two women (Maria and Anna)  who coordinate the Senior's Centre. We helped prepare a lunch of chicken soup and tortillas,  served the seniors, played Mexican Bingo, and helped with cleanup.
The seniors (and some of their grandchildren) are so excited and appreciative of the new facility they will soon inherit.  Construction has been a true collaborative effort!

 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 6

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
Everyone put in an exceptional effort today and much was accomplished.  The building is taking shape!

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 5

 
With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
We woke up to the sun rising over the mountains and it was the start of a beautiful day. The heat dried out the mud and roads and allowed us to accomplish much more than the previous two days of rain.  Photo above shows Bill Rawlins sifting sand with his enthusiastic helper.
 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 4

 
With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
We had more rain last night which meant a wet build site and muddy roads and shoes this morning.  Photo above shows Jane Walker trying to sweep the water out.
 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 3

 
With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
The anticipated storm hit us last night with lots of rain and high winds . One of the sleeping quarters was flooded; good thing it was Bill, Jo, and Garry who got wet! With the sun shining again, Joyce Wright works with Elias, one of our local experts.
 

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 2

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.

Today was a busy one as we were anticipating a storm late afternoon.  There was lots of work completed on the roof and, with luck, we hope to finish it tomorrow. There were challenges with nonstandard dimensional materials and constant wind and blowing sand. Electrical is proceeding well as is the smooth coating of the interior walls. The bathroom cinder block walls are almost finished.

Rotary Team Mexico on the Job Site!

Rotary Team Mexico has arrived in Vicente Guerrero for their third annual Live Different Builds project.  This is a unique collaboration between Live Different and two organizations from the local community who are working to build a community centre which will provide a meeting place for both senior citizens and children of the Zapata area.
 
Our President, Helen Dyck, opened the meeting at 7AM after returning from vacation all refreshed.

We were pleased to welcome the following guests:
Casey Reumkens,  Ballenas Interact Club Member, Elise Elston,  Ballenas Interact Cub Member
Courtenay Allen,  Salvation Army, Major Cindy Hamelin,  Salvation Army
 
Announcements:
Jo Dunn quickly discussed the 2 scholarships we do annually. One scholarship for academic and one for  technical.
 
Soap for Hope always needs drivers to take the supplies to Victoria. Let Diana know if you are going.
 
We still have Candied Smoked Salmon available for sale.  SELL< SELL....... Posters are available as well as one will be sent to your email.
 
Gord Svenson advised December 20th meeting is our gathering when a special visitor arrives. Kids eat free. Also, the 50/50 portion will go to the haven House Society.
 
SPECIAL EVENT #1:  Helen was very happy to announce we have surpassed $10,000 in our recycling program! For Grace Alexander-Pope’s participation, the club awarded her a PAUL HARRIS Fellowship! Congratulations Grace!!!
For leading the recycling program, DIANA MASTUDA was given her 5th PAUL HARRIS Fellowship by the club. Congratulations and thank you Diana!
A thank you also goes to Arthur Wong from the Beach Club for allowing our club to recycle their bottles and cans!
 
SPECIAL EVENT #2   Elections. The following were elected:
                  President                                    William C Rawlins
                  President Elect                                    Ray Walker
                  Treasurer                                    Steve Alexander-Pope
                  Secretary                                    Cara MacDonald
 
Our first GUEST speakers today were Casey Reumkens and Elise Elston. Both were sponsored by us for RYLA and they made a presentation of the highlights to thank our club. They learned a lot about leadership and different styles.  Elise is accepted into the LONG TERM EXCHANGE PROGRAM in the Qualicum Beach Club.
Our second guest was Courtenay Allen from the Salvation Army.  The army now has a website that includes all their volunteer areas and if you are ringing the bells you can go to the section on kettles and see which time is open. If you login after setting up your account, you can see when you are scheduled. The site is parksvillesalvationarmy.ca  They need more volunteers in all areas.
 
No Sergeant at Arms today so Helen asked John O’Brien to fleece the flock which he accomplished.
 
Birthdays:  Sandra Herle   December 06 and Bob Barclay Dec 21
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:10AM
Respectively submitted by Ron Dyck
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
 
 

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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