Posted on Oct 11, 2017
Coats for Kids is an annual community service project of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, along with the Ballenas Rotary Interact Club. Our very generous Oceanside community has supported this worthwhile project since 1996 and every year responds to the many youth within our community who need winter coats.
Here is an opportunity for you to clean out your children’s closets and make a much needed donation of new or gently used coats and winter accessories like scarves and gloves to the kids in our community who could really use them to keep warm this winter.
 
DROP OFF
Starting on September 27, 2017, during normal business hours, your donation will be accepted until October 25, 2017 at any District 69 School and the following drop off locations in Parksville, Nanoose and Qualicum Beach:
 
Parksville Kiddie Kollege
Vancouver Island Regional Library, Parksville
Ballenas Secondary School
Kwalikum Secondary School
Oceanside Elementary School
Nanoose Bay Elementary School
Arrowview Elementary School
Springwood Elementary School
Qualicum Beach Elementary School
Building Learning Together (BLT)
Close to You Ladies Fashions
Thirfty Foods
Quality Foods
Parksville Kiddie Kollege
Island Cleaning Supplies
RBC Qualicum Beach
CIBC Qualicum Beach
BMO Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Foods
Qualicum Commons
Coastal Community Credit Union Qualicum Beach
TD Trust Qualicum Beach
 
 
SPONSORS
The Beach Club Resort
Arrowsmith Moving & Storage                       
Suds & Duds Laundromat           
Fifth Generation Cleaners
Coats for Kids 2017 Cara MacDonald 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Sep 01, 2017
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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.
Parksville AM Wins International Award Diana Matsuda 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Feb 20, 2017

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 5 Diana Matsuda 2017-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Feb 18, 2017

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: Day 2 Diana Matsuda 2017-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Feb 14, 2017
Seventeen members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM were joined this morning by guests from the Rotary Club of Parksville (aka Noon Club): President Bonnie Wallis, Robynne Shaw and Teresa Patterson, former member of our Club and today’s guest speaker.
 
 
Bonnie Wallis began our meeting with an announcement of a new fundraiser for the Parksville Noon Club, a Casino Night which will be held on March 11.  Tickets are $50 each and include play money and appetizers throughout the evening. Proceeds will go to Haven House which is currently experiencing funding challenges.
 
 
Two Minutes of Rotary provided Don Luke with an opportunity to talk about a group he has been a part of for many years: the Mid Island World Community Service Group (MIG).  This group consists of 24 Vancouver Island clubs north of the Malahat, each of which contribute $650 annually which is used to assist the international projects of clubs that qualify for District or RI Global grants.  In the eight years since its founding, MIG has funded 53 projects in the amount of $86,750, two of which were our projects in Haiti and Ghana which totalled $2,250.  Currently there are 11 projects awaiting completion in the amount of $20,000 which will bring the total of MIG funding to over $100,000.
 
 
In the current Rotary year, MIG is focusing on two major projects:
  1. Telling the Rotary story – a public information project which is being spearheaded by VIU MBA student, Jessie Zhang from China.  We have met Jessie, and she is indeed a dynamic and enthusiastic young woman.  Each Club is asked to contribute $200 to this initiative if they can.  To date, seven clubs have donated.
  2. RI through the District Grant Committee has asked MIG to undertake a large Global Grant project in the amount of approximately $200,000 US (RI likes big projects). The group thought this amount to be a bit high but is in the process of putting together a project in Ghana to provide blood fridges to seven hospitals at a cost of $100,500 US. The Nanaimo Oceanside Club has taken on the sponsorship of the project with the Sunyani East Club being the host club. The project will require $12,500 from MIG club members of which $3,000 has already been committed by two members.
Don concluded his Two Minutes of Rotary by suggesting that it would be most appreciated by MIG members if Parksville AM could contribute to both these projects.
 
 
Guest speaker Teresa Patterson gave a very interesting talk about herself, her business and the food industry in general.  In her words, she “loves food and people” and Pacific Brimm Café and Catering has been a “fabulous fit” for her.  Pacific Brimm is a community gathering place with the slogan “where friends meet”.  On July 1, Teresa and her son and business partner Brandon, will celebrate their fourth anniversary as Brimm owners.
 
Prior to the Brimm, Teresa was owner of Creek House Restaurant and also worked in food services and catering at The Beach Club and Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet.  The food industry runs deep in her family, and she also spent time in Alberta working in a pizza franchise operation and a café run by her mother.  But the Island is her home and Teresa knew she would always return to Parksville, so upon hearing on June 23 that Pacific Brimm was up for sale, she did not hesitate and was its new owner by July 1, 2013.  She and Brandon are its third owners in a 20 year history, and it has the distinction of being the longest established coffee shop and café in Parksville.
 
 
Teresa handles the catering aspect of the Brimm’s business while Brandon looks after day to day operations.  For Teresa, this means that she “gets to play with food” and bring joy through food to people who may be marking a life event, celebrating a special occasion, or even experiencing a loss.  Weddings, retirements and celebrations of life are a major part of their catering business, and they also have a food truck for community events.  They do not open evenings as they found that the business wasn’t there; however, they do open very early and their cinnamon buns and breakfast muffins are highly recommended.  They have also experimented with events nights such as comedy or music nights, and will soon be offering a pasta dinner event.  While staffing is a challenge, the Pacific Brimm is a fair wage employer, and their focus is always on their customers.  Teresa’s customer service philosophy is communicated to her staff as “We can never afford to lose any regular customers!”
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is currently exploring the idea of a LobsterFest fundraiser, and Teresa has been researching some of the costs and logistics of catering such an event.  She even went so far as to bring in a lobster with melted butter for us to taste – now that’s initiative for you!
 
 
Teresa’s “other hat” is that of Parksville City Councillor which she has done for 10 years.  She is currently serving her third term and is a big advocate for downtown revitalization. 
 
Arthur Wong thanked Teresa and, as a “proud Mom” herself, she was delighted with her speaker’s appreciation gift of the immunization of 10 children against polio.
 
 
Bob Barkley’s joke was cute and undeniably Kay-approved.
 
Our Sergeant-at-Arms this morning was Greg Greenshields who focused on stories in the news rather than “The Rotarian” as Tracy had informed him of how poorly we had done last week.  Unfortunately, we didn’t do much better with the newspaper; however, there were many Happy Dollars, including those for Teresa’s presentation and for having members of our sister club at our meeting, for our streets being cleaned during the recent snowstorms, and for the members of Rotary Team Mexico who will be leaving for their third build on February 15. 
 
 
Final Announcement: We are still in need of members who are travelling to Victoria to deliver supplies to Disaster Aid Canada.  The Beach Club is refreshing its supply of linens, and the old ones are being donated to Disaster Aid.  There are bags and bags of them!  It will take some time to get the backlog cleared out, so if you are travelling to Victoria and have some room in your vehicle, please let Diana Matsuda or the Beach Club Housekeeping Staff know.
 
Next Week’s Meeting: Rotarians will give 5 minute talks on their interests
Sunriser for February 8, 2017 Diana Matsuda 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2016
 
 
2016 COATS FOR KIDS
 
Coats for Kids is an annual community service project of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, along with the Ballenas Rotary Interact Club. Our very generous Oceanside community has supported this worthwhile project since 1996 and every year responds to the many youth within our community who need winter coats.
Here is an opportunity for you to clean out your children’s closets and make a much needed donation of new or gently used coats and winter accessories like scarves and gloves to the kids in our community who could really use them to keep warm this winter.
 
DROP OFF
Starting on September 28, 2016, during normal business or school hours, your donation will be accepted until October 26, 2016 at any of the following drop off locations in Parksville, Nanoose and Qualicum Beach:
 
Parksville Kiddie Kollege
Vancouver Island Regional Library, Parksville
Ballenas Secondary School
Kwalikum Secondary School
Oceanside Elementary School
Nanoose Bay Elementary School
Arrowview Elementary School
Springwood Elementary School
Qualicum Beach Elementary School
Building Learning Together (BLT)
Family Resource Centre
Vancouver Island Regional Library, Parksville
Parksville Kiddie Kollege
 
SPONSORS
The Beach Club Resort
Arrowsmith Moving & Storage                       
Suds & Duds Laundromat           
Fifth Generation Cleaners                       
                                               
 
For more information please contact your local Rotarian:
In Parksville, Cara MacDonald                (250) 927-3781
In Qualicum Beach, Susan Stark            (250) 616-9974
Coats for Kids 2016 2016-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Robots from Rotary Peter McCully 2016-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on May 15, 2016
Guests:
Dave Sampson - Oceanside Auto Appraisers Ltd.
 
Announcements:
 
 
ALS Walk 2016: Sunday, June 5, 2016. Registration starts at 11:00AM, the walk starts at noon. Diana and Massey Matsuda will cook up the hotdogs. Don Goyan and Gord Svenson will set up the tent.
 
Foundation: Lynne wants to remind us that the end of our Rotary year is June 30 and we need to meet our goals by then. We were aiming for $1000 to Polio Plus and have raised over $4000. We committed to $4500 to the Annual fund and are almost there. We are short about $450US. If you can donate please do so by Mid-June and let Lynne know. We are also aiming for EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) and are short by (6) members. Remember, even just purchasing a pack of Foundation Bucks counts as a contribution. Lynne also wants to remind us that if we make a lump sum donation the Club will add recognition points towards your Paul Harris status.
 
 
Garage Sale: Gord Svenson wants to thank everyone who came out to help and would like to recognize Don Goyan and his marketing skills. We raised just over $400! Gord is surprised that we even sold the stuff we did, it’s amazing what people find valuable. President Garry wants to recognize Gord and thank him for spearheading this very worthwhile fundraiser.
 
Pin Recycling: Our installation ceremony is on Saturday, June 18th. If you have pins for positions you will be holding again in our upcoming year please bring them to our next meeting so Cara can recycle them at the ceremony rather than purchasing duplicates.
 
 
Ian! This is a terrible picture of me! Ahhh, vanity...
 
Ghana: Jo will be under the gun to get all of the reporting done, but we ended up with a surplus in our budget, so no more money will be sent. The Sunyani Club is very well connected in the world and is very well funded.
 
 
Oceanside BLT: Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Parksville Community Park – Picnic Shelter Area
Their current WOW Bus is retiring and a new WOW bus is needed.
Join Elaine Young and the BLT team to celebrate OUR bus and the volunteer drivers, as well as learn about the new bus! They will be starting their fundraising campaign soon and want to tell you how you can help them raise funds to outfit a new bus and keep the WOW Bus program on the road.
There will be songs, stories and fun things to do!
Elaine will be there to liaise on behalf of our Club and help Don Goyan BBQ the hot dogs. Hot dogs and drinks are by donation.
 
 
Friendship Exchanges: Diana is still looking for a host for our Swedish guests from June 7 – 9, 2016. If you can host please contact Diana.
 
Guest Speaker:
Dave Sampson – Oceanside Auto Appraisers Ltd.
Gord Svenson introduced our guest speaker. Dave has run Oceanside Auto Appraisers for 20 years. So what is your old clunker worth?
Being a recognized appraiser is different than just your average adjuster.
An adjuster works for ICBC. You usually see them after you’ve had an accident. They look at the car to determine how much it would cost to fix your car. They are experts in analyzing damage and determining the cost of repair.
Appraisers typically look at collectable cars. They are valued on providence, rarity, and the history of the work done on the car. There are varying degrees of restoration. Some are not restored at all and have been kept in really good shape over time.
Dave’s background started in Alberta as a restorer as a hobby while he worked as a Pharmaceutical professional. He got to be known as ‘Dave the Car Guy’. He has restored and/or owned over (45) vehicles. In Edmonton they have private insurance, so you have to have your vehicle appraised to insure it. To become a recognized appraiser you have to actually restore a vehicle. In BC appraisers don’t need to be trained.
Eleven years ago Dave moved his business to Parksville. He is involved in a number of vehicle-related events and organizations including the Van Dusen car show, as a judge at the Seaside Cruisers Car Show and Jaguars on the Island. Dave also searches out cars for specialty purchases and travels around to auctions representing buyers.
 
 
A memorable appraisal was a 1912 Hudson Brass Hero that is owned in Nanaimo. The gentleman restored it himself. It has wooden wheels that he had custom made. The only windscreen is just a little piece of round glass on the drivers’ side. It was the first car to achieve 60 miles and hour.
Dave is appraising cars for Tesla motors. He travels to where the vehicles are that people want to trade in for a Tesla. Tesla has (4) models now that are all electric. It has taken him all over the Island.
He is also and active member of the Specialty Vehicle Association of BC that represents the car owners to government. The SVABC is dedicated to working with individuals, clubs and associations to preserve the vintage and collector type motor vehicle and motor cycle hobby The government is trying to get rid of old cars because they pollute. They had to put an end to that idea.
 
 
 
Appraisals are usually used for sale, sometimes estates, sometimes for financing, and for insurance purposes. Dave will show the value to ICBC so that they don’t give you the ‘book’ value. An appraisal provides a pictorial history for proof if the car is in an accident or stolen. Book values apply to vehicles over 7-8 years. If you try to finance a car that old through a bank they may not give it to you. They are greatly devalued because of their age. These are the cars that most of us drive (well maybe not in this room). Very average models compared to higher end vehicles are all valued the same based on age, power and fuel type. Obviously collector cars are old…but obviously they can be worth 10s if not 100s of thousands of dollars. Kept mint they can be really good return on investment.
Dave also does appraisals for school shop classes. He’ll go back after it’s been restored and appraise it again so they can sell it. He can help Major Norm out when vehicles are offered to him when a tax receipt is required.
Greg Greenshields thanked Dave and presented him with a Polio Plus certificate.
 
 
Joke of the Week: Bruce got a couple of giggles because we all pay taxes…
 
 
Sergeant-at Arms: Eric Walper thinks were all pretty good…so he’ll make up some stuff…
 
 
if you have laces in your shoes pay up…sad, hopeful, and proud dollars for Fort McMurray…Elaine has happy dollars for our amazing youth…Don Luke had a happy dollar for the SOS volunteers who knocked off 1500 tax returns this year…our first week of bottle collections made $101, the garage sale made over $400…if the 50/50 schedule doesn’t work for you go ahead and find someone to switch with, let John and Cara know…we are going to be stretched with Beach Fest too…happy dollars for Dave’s presentation…Diana wants to thank John for his vision with fundraising…Cara is away the end of May so you’re on your own…the Dunn’s had 450-480 people through their place over the weekend for the MARS garden tour…
 
 
Birthdays: Lynne Pearson – May 7
 
Anniversaries: None
 
Next Week’s Meeting: Don Goyan – Classification Talk, Carter Hancock (and mom Kim) – STEP, Deirdre Michael – Honourary Member Induction
 
Sunriser: May 11, 2016 Cara MacDonald 2016-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Mar 29, 2016
In February 2016, Rotary Team Mexico spent 10 days in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico where they built a kindergarten in partnership Live Different, a charitable organization that identifies itself as: 'a movement focused on changing ourselves and the world around us by embracing a lifestyle that cares for people, not stuff.'


Below is a slideshow of this trip, prepared by trip participant, Louise Wright.
 
 
 
To see Rotarians in action, check out the following video clips:

Raising The Walls

 
 

Kindergarten Build - Vicente Guerrero, Mexico Diana Matsuda 2016-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Good Works: Locals Helping in Mexico Auren Ruvinsky 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Corn Mill Sunyani, Ghana Diana Matsuda 2016-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2015
Parksville Uncorked: Arthur Wong, on behalf of the Beach Club Resort presented a cheque for $2,800 to President Diana this morning. This donation will go back in to the Oceanside Community. Thank you to Arthur and the Beach Club for donating the proceeds from the spectacular community event to our Club!
Meeting of April 22, 2015 Cara MacDonald 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2015
In June 2014, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM presented a cheque for $200 to Louise Sosa, founder of the organization Aldea Maya, to use in the Chukumuk Middle School located in the Lake Atitlan area of the Guatemalan highlandsAldea Maya is a non-profit grassroots organization with a mandate to assist the indigenous Mayans to help themselves through education, nutrition, garden projects and micro-loans.  For further information on the great work being done in Guatemala by Aldea Maya, check out their website at http://www.aldeamaya.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hola Parksville AM Rotary: The Home Economics teacher, Sandra, and the students at the Chukumuk Basico want to thank you for your donation that helped us purchase a much needed refrigerator for the school. We really appreciate your donation.
Chukumuk Middle School, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Diana Matsuda 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jan 22, 2015
Guest Speaker:
Randy Spensley – Kidney Transplant Recipient: John O’Brien introduced Randy who runs Owen Business System Ltd. in Nanaimo. Bill Brendon Past President of the Nanaimo Daybreak Club accompanied Randy to help tell this amazing story.
 
Bill donated his kidney to Randy. After his recovery… and in Rotary style Bill asked ‘what can I do about this?’ As such he has been spreading the word about the importance of organ donation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He is honored to be living kidney donor. All he did was lay out flat and count backwards from 100! I you’re under 70 and if you have a relative or close friend you could be a potential donor. Technology today allows for even a close match to donate, it doesn’t have to be an exact match. Bill was big into exercise and physical activity. He had a (6) month recovery with no exercise, but he’s feeling 100% plus with only one kidney working for him.
Randy is the recipient of a kidney transplant…not just any kidney…Billy the Kidney! Randy starts off with a good story. Last week his sister in law Grace anonymously donated her kidney in London Ontario! She as become part of Randy’s story. Randy was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2008. He couldn’t’ eat and couldn’t taste, everything tasted metallic and his blood pressure went up. Dialysis began. There are (2) types of dialysis: Hemodialysis where you go to the hospital and get a blood transfusion 2x per week, four hours at a time. Peritoneal dialysis is done through a tube in the abdomen where dialysate provided through a recycler machine gives (4) ‘oil changes’ per evening over a (10) hour period. He did this for (4) years waiting for a donor. The average wait time is about (5) years currently, so he was actually lucky. He could sleep with it so he was till able to work and do most of the other things he still wanted to do, he was still a young man! He even travelled to Hawaii and Mexico. On one trip he actually ended up doing an exchange in the lobby of a hotel!
 
Around Christmas of 2011 the transplant process began. Bill offered his if Randy’s mother’s wouldn’t work. He said it like he was offering to come and cut his grass. Randy was in disbelief that a friend would come to his rescue. After (6) months of testing and he was determined to be an eligible match. They both went to a lot of counseling prior to the operation. On Monday, June 25, 2012 the transplant happened. As Bill’s wife, Randy and his wife sat in the waiting room the doctor came out and said ‘it looks good your next’. Randy went in, came out and the rest is history. The whole thing was a surreal experience.
 
What happens when the donor comes into your room? It was extremely emotional and a moment he will never forget. It’s inside of you, you can’t see it or feel it, but it’s the gift of life. Bill left the hospital on the Wednesday and Randy was out on Thursday!
 
The average wait time of (5) years is too long for some…and many don’t make it that long. 10,000 people are waiting at any given time. You can be a living or deceased donor. Deceased donation is NOT on your driver license anymore. In order to be a donor you have to fill out donation form or fill it out on line here: http://www.transplant.bc.ca/index.asp
Bill encourages everyone to check and register if you are not already. You need your personal health number to verify and/ or register.
 
Randy’s wife could not donate because she was the wrong blood type. There is an option to Kidney Share where two pairs of people that do not know each other, but are compatible with each other can share their organs with compatible recipients. The more you know about donation, the less intimidated you feel about the prospect of giving.
 
It is now 2015 and Randy feels better than he has in years.
 
Discussion: Randy is on anti-rejection drugs 2x per day. There are many recipients that do not take care and abuse the donation. The (70) year age limit is a guide, but it depends on one’s health, personality, health of the kidney itself, mental state etc.. Life with one kidney…well, he and Bill will not be professional hockey players, but you can live a very good life. Bill is a great example, he’s the picture of health. First determining factor is blood type. From there screening starts, blood analysis, psychoanalysis. They actually ask if the donor expects something in return. How would you feel if something happened to the donor on the operating table or vice versa? The recipient’s kidneys are left in because removal is really complicated and invasive because they’re in your back. To learn more go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada website: http://www.kidney.ca/
Major Norm thanked both Bill and Randy for the insight into their personal story and journey. 
Sunriser January 21, 2015 Cara MacDonald 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Parksville AM Joins Live Different House Build Diana Matsuda 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jan 09, 2015
We are now half way through our Rotary year – we have accomplished a lot in the first half, but we have much more work to do, including the fulfillment of our project in Haiti, the launching of our Community Cooking Classes in partnership with the Salvation Army and the SOS, and our major fundraiser of the year, Taste of Oceanside.  To accomplish all these things, we need to continue the great image work already initiated by our PR Committee, and so the focus of our Club Assembly this month was Public Relations and Social Media.
 
Bob Cummings and Cara MacDonald took the floor to present their Public Relations/ Image Committee Report, entitled: Rotary: An Image Worth Sharing
 
Public Relations:
Informs the community about your club activities, events and services … builds awareness and credibility.
 
Public Image:
What your club stands for and how you are perceived … your club’s image in the community.
 
What are the benefits of an effective public relations plan for your Club?
Enhance the club’s public image, gain support and resources for projects, build links with other community organizations, attract qualified members, recognize Rotary members for their contribution to the community, correct misconceptions about the club and Rotary. We accomplish this through stories on our website, Facebook page and the PQB News.
 
Rotary: Unites leaders to exchange ideas and take action to improve communities everywhere.
 
Update your Website and Facebook Page
Diana, Helen and Cara have taken on the task of managing these PR outlets. It’s up to our members to make it worthwhile. Social media PR is the responsibility of the Club as a whole … and it’s FREE!  Here’s how to get involved:
‘LIKE’ our Facebook page (and join if you haven’t already!)
‘SHARE’ selected posts on our Facebook page
Click on any article or story on our WEBSITE and ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ through Facebook
Click on any EVENT and ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ through Facebook
‘LIKE’ our media sponsors Facebook pages (ie: The Beach/ The Lounge and PQB News)
‘SHARE’ any articles or stories where Rotary is involved
 
Tell compelling stories with consistent messages
Real people, real stories … tug the heartstrings … focus on the WHY, not the HOW… define your impact.

Funding and Resources
Resources to support your club’s PR: Human capital can be more impactful than financial, Club should have a budget line item for PR, partner with other organizations, use social media.
 
PR tactics and tools
What media outlets can you target? Newspaper articles and ads, business journals, local TV/Radio ads and announcements, billboards, club and members’ social media, YouTube, your website and newsletter, community blogs.
 
Rotary Brand Centre: Download the guidelines through My Rotary on the RI website. Create your own club logo (done), use templates as a starting point, use images to inspire your own, use photos. Cara hopes to start utilizing this resource by revamping our Taste of Oceanside poster and passport.
 
1.2 million Members delivering a consistent message = stronger brand = more members, donors, partners = greater impact.
 
Rotary: An Image Worth Sharing Cara MacDonald 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2015
 

In September 2014, a group of Rotarians travelled to Vicente Guererro in the Baja Region of Mexico to build a house for a family, in partnership with the Live Different Builds program. While there, they learned of additional needs in the local school. A Rotary Christmas Project was initiated to collect money for uniforms, playground equipment and school supplies. Our friends of Rotary Jane Walker and Louise Wright took the lead on the project.

We were thrilled with both the interest in our recent Rotary Christmas project to a school in Mexico and the money that was donated. We raised almost $3500 and have deposited the money to the Live Differant account.  We heard just before Christmas that families with children who needed a uniform were  issued with a voucher to purchase a uniform and that they have all done so.  How wonderful!  The remaining money will go toward much needed school supplies and playground equipment.
 
We were so lucky that Tim and Donna Andres have traveled to the Baja and stopped in Vicente Guerrero this week to meet some of the Live Different staff and deliver school  materials  and clothing.  They also went to Zapata where we built a house and had a visit with the family.  Augustina, Policarpio, Jennifer, and Puol must have been so excited to see them!

Tim and Donna are hoping to get some pictures of the school children in their new uniforms when they return in February. We also look forward to hearing how the remainder of the money is spent.

Thank you to all of you who took part in our fund raiser. It is lovely that we can see that our donations are being used so quickly! Together, we have made a  big difference in a small community! 

 

Tim showing Jennifer the photo album from the September 2014 trip.

Tim presenting gifts that he and Donna purchased to Puol.

Send Christmas to a School in Mexico Cara MacDonald 2015-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Summary December 17, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 20 years of good works Jessica Skelton 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Local Rotarians return from Mexico house-building trip Candace Wu 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Get a PSA Test, Ask Some Questions Candace Wu 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Sep 26, 2014
The latest project was spending a Saturday assembling a turkey house for the very inquisitive turkeys that reside in Turkey Town. The turkeys are a favorite with NIWRA visitors. The young and old seem to always spend a lot of time in the area with the turkeys because they are so curious and interactive with guests. The improvements, which were badly needed will be well received.
 
Thank you to our friendly, cheerful team that gave thier time in designing the building, collecting supplies and then coming out and spending a day building our new addition.
 
Rotarians Support Wildlife Recovery Centre Cara MacDonald 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Coats for Kids, you can help Rotary provide warmth this winter Candace Wu 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM would like to thank Mike Squire, City of Parksville Program Manager - Englishman River Water Service for taking the time to make a presentation to our Club. For more information on the new water capture system and treatment plant please visit the Arrowsmith Water Service website: http://www.englishmanriverwaterservice.ca/
Meeting Summary September 17, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Humanitarian Aid - Locals Build House Abroad Candace Wu 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Meeting, September 10, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 03, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Parksvlle AM would like to thank Anne McIntyre from Disaster Aid Canada for her generous donation of Hygiene and Kid Kits to our club. The kits will be distributed to those in need on our Live Different, Hero Holiday trip in September. In return, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM donated $700 to Disaster Aid Canada for a Shelter Box Kit that will be sent to Thailand.
Weekly Meeting September 3rd, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to Stephen Watson, from BC Hydo for making a presentation to our Club this week!
Weekly Meeting August 27, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM was pleased to have Ken Lister from the Oceanside Yoga and Wellness Centre do a presentation to our Club this morning!
Weekly Meeting, August 20, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Dunn on Aug 17, 2014
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Guests:
David and Francis Stock- Past District Governor
Brett Barootes – Rotary Club of Calgary
Ed Fougner – past ADG
Ken Whiteman- ADG
George and Robert Pearson
Moira and Brandon McEwen - 2014 Scholarship Winner
Announcements:
Tracey co chair of Community Service advised the club “Coats for Kids “ -initial pickup would commence on Sept 22 with a final sort on October 20.
Distribution SOS Oct.25.2014: Errington Hall has been confirmed as a second distribution location.
Arthur and the Beach Club have stepped up to provide space for storage and sorting – Thanks to Arthur and the Beach Club!!
 
Gary Cox asked Rotarians to donate books to the Nanaimo Clubs book sale – encouraged members to review the Elder’s College Course Fall Schedule.
 
Gord Elliot asked Members to provide feedback on the Beach Fest hosting project.
 
John O’Brian presented Brent Barootes with an official Parksville AM “Visitors” name tag for his attendance and participation in the clubs activities. Well done Brent!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diana reminded those Rotarians going to Mexico that final payment is overdue! If you haven’t done it do it!
 
David Stock presented Major Norm with a Paul Harris Award for his commitment to the ideals of the Rotary Foundation. Well done Norm!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ADG Ken Whiteman presented Lynne Pearson with a Paul Harris award for her commitment to supporting the Foundation. Congrats Lynne!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon McEwan winner of the 2014 Academic scholship award provided the members with an overview of his future plans: culminating with a Doctor of Medicine.
Meeting Summary August 13, 2014 Jo Dunn 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Aug 09, 2014
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Guests:
David Douglas, OCAC
Brent Barootes – Rotary Club of Calgary West
Brooklynne Barootes – Brent’s Grandaughter
 
Announcements:
Men’s Wellness Clinic Update by John O’Brien: September 27th, 2014. It is a drop-in event at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen from 10AM – 3:30PM. There is an enticement day for those that use the Soup Kitchen regularly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this Saturday the 9th to encourage users to make their way into town on a Saturday. PSA blood sampling is the main focus to detect Prostate cancer, but there will also be a pharmacist, blood specialist, hearing & vision specialists to give check ups for free. Many don’t have doctors in the area. A $5000 budget has been set aside, but we don’t know how many people will come out, so we won’t really know the budget until it’s over. Flyers are available for members to take and distribute/ post around the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blue Tie Golf Day (related to the Men’s Wellness Clinic): A fundraiser for Prostate Cancer awareness and research will take place September 7th at the Morningstar golf course. See Diana for more information or visit their website: http://www.theprostatecentre.org/blue-tie-golf-day-sunday-september-7th/
 
Beachfest: Gord still needed one person for August 12th…and lo and behold Brent, our visiting Rotarian volunteered to fill the spot. Thanks Brent! Gord still needs (3) people for the last shift of 1PM – 5PM on August 14th. If you have thoughts on better times of day that we could be scheduled so that we can more easily fill the time slots let Gord know. Four hours is also a bit long. Gord might suggest going to (4) three hour shifts rather than (3) four hour shifts. Please contact Gord ASAP if you can help out.
 
NIRWA Parking Volunteers: Sign up sheet circulated around tables.
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Ron Dyck – District youth Exchange Committee: The Committee is made up of (12) people that meet once a year. Other communication takes place over the phone and via email. They are currently losing committee members. As such, Ron will become the RYE treasurer (he is currently the assistant treasurer). Ian K Dewer will continue to be the assistant cheque signer and help Ron out. Ron will be recruiting (2) new members to help him out. He presented Ian with a Youth Exchange pin for his contribution. 
Meeting Summary, August 6, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jul 30, 2014
Guests:
S/Sgt. Scott Warren, RCMP
Sandy Whiteman, Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)
Linda Whitehead and her Husband, Past President - Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)
Gerry Swan, Past President - Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)
Dillan Dyck, Helen & Ron Dyck’s grandson
 
Announcements:
District 5020 International Service Project – District 5020 is collaborating with the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation to make a Rotary trip to Panama City in March 2015 to distribute wheelchairs t those in need.  An informational sheet was left on the tables. You can also contact the Semiahmoo Rotary Club or go to the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation website for more information: http://www.cdnwheelchair.ca/mobility-a-polio-awareness-for-panama.html  
 
NIRWA – Parking attendants are required for September 7th. Sign up sheets were circulated at today’s meeting. Check your schedules and get in touch with Diana if you can participate.
 
Scouts Canada is searching for an Area Commissioner for the Central Island. Diana has all of the pertinent information if you are interested. It is a volunteer position.
 
Beachfest: Gord still needs one person for August 8 & 12 and FIVE people for August 14th. Please get in touch with Gord ASAP if you are available.
 
The first 2014-15 Executive Board meeting is tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 31) at 7PM. The agenda has been emailed out.
 
There is a Hero Holiday meeting tonight (Wednesday, July 30th) at Marlin Travel.
 
There is a Men’s Wellness meeting after this mornings meeting.
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Ken Armstrong talked about friendship in Rotary. A key attribute of being involved in Rotary for Ken is friendship. Rotary gives the opportunity to create friendships on a local, district and international level. Attending your own, or other local Clubs meetings and events create lasting and engaging friendships in your own community. Attending conferences, like our own District 5020 conference in Nanaimo in 2015 is a great way to connect with new friends on a District level. Internationally, consider participating in a Rotary Friendship Exchange where 10-12 Rotarians from one district visit another district in another country.
Meeting Summary July 30, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Huxtable on Jul 25, 2014
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Bit of a cloudy day today as President Diana opened the meeting. We had 18 Rotarians in attendance this morning along with 3 guests, Kim Burden of the Rotary Club of Parksville, and our speaker, Jonathon Reynolds. Peter Hann, our Honorary Member arrived from Nanaimo and has promised to visit us again soon, hopefully at our first meeting in August so that he can lead us in a rousing 4Way Test.
 
Announcements:
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) has requested our club’s help in parking cars in conjunction with their Grand Opening of the Family Picnic area on September 7 from 9:30 till 3:00pm.
 
Don Luke reported that a great time was had by all who attended the Boots & Rails festivities in Port Alberni – good wine and an excellent salmon BBQ.
 
District 5020 District Conference will be held in Nanaimo June 19-21, 2015.
 
Gord Elliott reported that Beachfest is going well with everybody showing up for their shifts, but he needs some additional help on August 14, for the 1-5pm shift.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lynne Pearson is still in recovery mode but was able to take a granddaughter on an Alaskan cruise.
 
2 Minutes of Rotary:  Major Norm talked about the Moose Jaw Rotary Club and their wonderful Interact Club. Of course he paid a fine for talking too long!
 
Meeting Summary July 23, 2014 Bruce Huxtable 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jul 16, 2014
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Our President Elect, Garry Cox chaired this mornings meeting while President Diana is out of town.
 
Guests:
Faye Smith – MVIHES
Nigel Gray – MacDonald Gray Consultants, MVIHES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Eric Walper: Interact. When Eric grew up in Smiley, Saskatchewan he remembers participating in the athletic group Kiwanis started started up in the community. Rotary has Interact, which is for 12-18 year olds. They are supported by Rotary, but are self-governed. They can be single gender or mixed and are made up from students from one or multiple schools or community groups. They develop leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others, develop and understanding of the value of individual responsibility and hard work and advance international understanding and goodwill. Interact is a worldwide phenomenon at over 330,000 members.
 
Announcements:
Gord Svenson gave an update on Lynne. She’s doing okay, some remnant tickles from her surgery, but she’s well on her way to recovery.
 
Beachfest: Gord Elliott asked that you take your name tags with you if you like, otherwise you will have to make a stick-on one when you get there. Please make sure you know the dates you’re scheduled for. If you don’t know get in touch with Gord, as we had a few people that didn’t show up for the first night. Don’t push the donation box, they don’t HAVE to pay to enter, whatever visitors feel is appropriate is fine. Gord has a few spots left in July and August. He passed the schedule around again so everyone can double-check their schedules and availability for the 
vacant spots.
Meeting Summary July 16, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jul 08, 2014
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Attendance:
18 Members in Attendance.
4 Guests.
 
Guests:
Sharon Welch – Rotary Club of Nanaimo Downtown
Claude Lavertu – Vice President, Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith
Ken Whiteman – ADG
Raven Pruden – Past President, Rotary Club of Parksville
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
John O’Brien subbed in and did 1 minute and 25 seconds of Rotary to nag at the Club to pay our annual dues. You MUST get a 2014-15 dues invoice from John and PAY as soon as possible. There is an option to purchase meals and rotary bucks in advance. A $25 book of Rotary bucks comes with a tax receipt.
 
Announcements:
The Canada Song – In recognition of Canada Day and the festivities organized by the Rotary Club of Parksville President Diana showed the video of the Canada Song by Chris and Dave Hadfield video. If you missed it you can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVsHt3rBnc
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lynne Pearson is in for minor surgery, our thoughts and well wishes are with her.
 
Boots and Rails: Last call for tickets, Ken Whiteman will take your money. Details are on our website.
 
Beachfest: Gord Elliott asked that the Club step up and sign up for gaps in the schedule on Friday, July 18th which is coming up FAST and future dates in August. Wear your Rotary logo gear. There will be a sign for each group of volunteers. Bring your guest cards. One free coffee per volunteer will be provided (please thank the vendor). The organizers are asking that we only give out one brochure per group of people (they ran out last year). Please note the location of the lost and found and first aid upon your arrival. Know the what’s going on in the park during the dates you’re scheduled for (music, events etc.). $2 donation is suggested for parking, but you don’t HAVE to donate. They are not as worried about people signing guest book this year so you don’t have to push it like we have in the past. The gift shop will be smaller and will be called ‘The Sand Box”.
Meeting Summary July 9, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jun 18, 2014
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Attendance:
21 Members in Attendance.
2 Guests
 
 
Guests:
Ainsley Moore -Vocational Counsellor – Parksville & District Association for Community Living (PDACL)
Barb Read – Executive Director, PDACL
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Cara MacDonald – Streamlining the Duty Roster
 
Due to a recent reduction in membership, incoming President Diana and Cara have discussed streamlining the duty roster for the 2014-15 year. The new duty roster will be executed as follows:
 
Greeter – Ray Walker has generously offered to take over as Greeter. We thank him for taking on this very important role for our Club.
Four Way Test – At the first meeting of every month this will be done as a group.
O’Canada – As Ray will be here every morning to do the Greeter position, he has graciously agreed to begin our National Anthem for us as well on a weekly basis.
Invocation – Rather than having this duty assigned to a member, we will do our Club’s Rotary Grace as a group every week.
President’s Duties - Call to Breakfast, Introduction of Guests by choosing a member from each table with a guest to introduce said guest, and announcement of Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Sergeant-at-Arms - Assigned monthly, Diana has prepared a sign up sheet for this task. If you are doing Sergeant-at-Arms you will not be assigned another duty.
 
The balance of the tasks to be assigned weekly will be reduced to (6) positions:
 
1. Two Minutes of Rotary
2. Introduction of Guest Speaker (it will be your responsibility to either research the speaker prior to the meeting or engage our guest speaker at the meeting prior to their presentation to gather the information for an introduction).
3. Thank Guest Speaker and present a Polio Plus certificate (I will prepare the certificate and give them to Diana to sign prior to the presentation)
4. Joke of the Week
5. Fifty-Fifty
6. Meeting Scribe (this does not have to onerous, point form with the main items covered in the meeting is all that is required. Some will do more, some will do less, it’s nothing to stress about).
 
There are a number of members that are unable to perform certain weekly tasks, namely Meeting Scribe, for various reasons. Cara will circulate an email of the above list of duties to the Club membership. Please respond to let me know which tasks you are unable to perform.
 
If you are unable to perform your assigned role it will be YOUR responsibility to find a replacement. Please let Cara and Diana know who will be taking over for you once you find someone.
 
Announcements:
Access Oceanside Association (AOA), ‘Night of Enlightenment” dinner and silent auction fundraiser is on June 27th, 2014 – 6PM – 9PM at the Quality Bayside Resort. Tickets are available at Life Support Assisted Living Services or through AOA members (p. 250-954-0309). MLA Michelle Stilwell is the Guest Speaker. Life Support (owned by our own Greg and Tracy Greenshields) have recently hired someone with a disability (very apropos given our guest speaker this morning) and have learned that they don’t want to be inspirations they just want to participate and contribute to society like everyone else.
 
Beachfest: Gord Elliott will send out an email with the spaces left to fill if you need to check your calendars.
 
Installation: $30 per person, please pay Diana.
 
Port Alberni Boots and Rails is on July 16. Diana circulated a sign up sheet this morning for our membership. All Area 3 Clubs are invited. There will be a train ride from the Port Alberni train station, a tour of  a mill and a winery. Ken Whiteman ADG is organizing the event. Tickets are $40 per person.
 
Card for Cookie: A card was circulated this morning which will be presented to her at installation.
 
NIRWA Family Day: Saturday, June 21. We will be taking care of the concession and parking. The schedule was circulated at this morning’s meeting to those who signed up. 
 
Sunriser June 18, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jun 18, 2014
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Attendance:
21 Members in Attendance.
2 Guests
 
Guests:
Ainsley Moore -Vocational Counsellor – Parksville & District Association for Community Living (PDACL)
Barb Read – Executive Director, PDACL
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Cara MacDonald – Streamlining the Duty Roster
 
Due to a recent reduction in membership, incoming President Diana and Cara have discussed streamlining the duty roster for the 2014-15 year. The new duty roster will be executed as follows:
 
Greeter – Ray Walker has generously offered to take over as Greeter. We thank him for taking on this very important role for our Club.
Four Way Test – At the first meeting of every month this will be done as a group.
O’Canada – As Ray will be here every morning to do the Greeter position, he has graciously agreed to begin our National Anthem for us as well on a weekly basis.
Invocation – Rather than having this duty assigned to a member, we will do our Club’s Rotary Grace as a group every week.
President’s Duties - Call to Breakfast, Introduction of Guests by choosing a member from each table with a guest to introduce said guest, and announcement of Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Sergeant-at-Arms - Assigned monthly, Diana has prepared a sign up sheet for this task. If you are doing Sergeant-at-Arms you will not be assigned another duty.
 
The balance of the tasks to be assigned weekly will be reduced to (6) positions:
 
1. Two Minutes of Rotary
2. Introduction of Guest Speaker (it will be your responsibility to either research the speaker prior to the meeting or engage our guest speaker at the meeting prior to their presentation to gather the information for an introduction).
3. Thank Guest Speaker and present a Polio Plus certificate (I will prepare the certificate and give them to Diana to sign prior to the presentation)
4. Joke of the Week
5. Fifty-Fifty
6. Meeting Scribe (this does not have to onerous, point form with the main items covered in the meeting is all that is required. Some will do more, some will do less, it’s nothing to stress about).
 
There are a number of members that are unable to perform certain weekly tasks, namely Meeting Scribe, for various reasons. Cara will circulate an email of the above list of duties to the Club membership. Please respond to let me know which tasks you are unable to perform.
 
If you are unable to perform your assigned role it will be YOUR responsibility to find a replacement. Please let Cara and Diana know who will be taking over for you once you find someone.
 
Announcements:
Access Oceanside Association (AOA), ‘Night of Enlightenment” dinner and silent auction fundraiser is on June 27th, 2014 – 6PM – 9PM at the Quality Bayside Resort. Tickets are available at Life Support Assisted Living Services or through AOA members (p. 250-954-0309). MLA Michelle Stilwell is the Guest Speaker. Life Support (owned by our own Greg and Tracy Greenshields) have recently hired someone with a disability (very apropos given our guest speaker this morning) and have learned that they don’t want to be inspirations they just want to participate and contribute to society like everyone else.
 
Beachfest: Gord Elliott will send out an email with the spaces left to fill if you need to check your calendars.
 
Installation: $30 per person, please pay Diana.
 
Port Alberni Boots and Rails is on July 16. Diana circulated a sign up sheet this morning for our membership. All Area 3 Clubs are invited. There will be a train ride from the Port Alberni train station, a tour of  a mill and a winery. Ken Whiteman ADG is organizing the event. Tickets are $40 per person.
 
Card for Cookie: A card was circulated this morning which will be presented to her at installation.
 
NIRWA Family Day: Saturday, June 21. We will be taking care of the concession and parking. The schedule was circulated at this morning’s meeting to those who signed up.

Meeting Summary June 18, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jun 11, 2014
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Today our Incoming President, Diana Matsuda Chaired the meeting for President Bruce Huxtable who was out of town playing with his grandchildren.
 
Guests:
Louise Sousa – Aldea Maya
Sharon Welsh – Rotary Club of Nanaimo Downtown
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Gord Svenson – How can we sell Rotary? Some of us sell our own products. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have an enormous base of followers that can be accessed by everyone. Gord gave props to Diana and Cara for the development of a great website for our Club. Visual videos are a great way to get the point across. Images make it real, and show true emotions. Images may help our Club engage the public and new members at our fundraisers and service events. As we get older 35% of us have friends drop in less and less. Socializing once a week (ie: Rotary meetings)  is proven to extend the lifespan of the elderly. Young people can be turned off by a weekly meeting commitment because fo their busy lives. So do we HAVE to meet every week? Or could we meet once a month and do something in the community the other (3) weeks? We have to engage young people. Our routine is familiar and hasn’t changed in (25) years. We need to think creatively about what we do and how we run our Club.
 
Announcements:
2014-15 Installation is a second meeting of the week on June 20th. Diana had a sign up sheet on front table. It will be $30 per person at Arrowsmith Hall in Errington. Arrowsmith Hall is located on the Coombs Fairgrounds at 1014 Ford Road.  Please to the following link for map and directions to the hall: http://www.coombsfair.com/location.php
 
Port Alberni Boots and Rails is on July 16. All Area 3 Clubs are invited. There will be a train ride from the Port Alberni train station, a tour of  a mill and a winery. Ken Whiteman ADG is organizing the event. There will be a sign up sheet for our Club which will be sent to Ken. Tickets are $40 per person.
 
Beachfest: Sign up sheets were on the tables this morning. Contact Gord Elliott.
 
Membership Dues: Invoices were provided again this week if you didn’t get one. We need payment ASAP (before the end of June).
 
Lynne Pearson presented Louise Sousa (Aldea Maya) with a donation of $200 as part of our International endeavors. The group rebuilt a middle school in the village of Chukumuk near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala that was decimated by a landslide. Louise presented beautiful nature paintings done by the Grade 8 & 9 students of the village. Paintings will be auctioned off at their Appy and Auction fundraiser. It is $20 per ticket on June 22 at the Arrowsmith Golf Club  and are for sale at Art Glass in Parksville or email Louise at aldeamayaca@gmail.com. Louise believes in education that includes creative arts and crafts as part of the education system. They now have more than (100) students enrolled. This is the first time the village has had education past grade (9) ever. Butterflies and flowers are a common theme throughout the paintings as calendars from north America were used as inspiration. In the process of teaching these children to paint, the instructor with a background in psychiatric counseling discovered her own talent for art and now sells her work.
 
Hero Holidays: Diana and Bill attended the Qualicum Beach Club meeting this week. The trip is on-line now here http://livedifferent.com/hero-holiday/trips/parksville-am-rotary-club. The password is: rotary (all lower case) for all information. There is a simple 4-step process for registration. The minimum number of participants has been met, so it’s on!
Meeting Summary, June 11, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracy Greenshields on Jun 07, 2014
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It was lovely to see many guests attend our Rotary Meeting this morning. It was cool and cloudy outside, but warm and sunny with all our Rotary friends.
 
Cara gave an interesting speech during her 2 minutes of Rotary. She gave us a  the historical synopsis of the water well technology, that dates back to China; it was quite informative as well.
 
Lynn spoke about the foundation. She brought in the foundation bucks.These tickets cover fines, happy/sad dollars. The money purchased for the tickets goes to the foundation. For $25, you can get a tax receipt. Lynn also mentioned it is the last call for white boxes this year.
 
Ray gave us a friendly reminder that the ALS Walk is June 8, 2014. Assistance is needed with set up. There will be tents for a BBQ, cooking and food. As well there will be a volunteer truck available.
 
John handed out a prepaid meal sheet.  He also mentioned about invoices being due. Basically, everyone needs to check if they have paid and are up to date.
 
Joe briefly mentioned installation will be June 20, 2014. The day after installation is the NIWRA Family Day concession . Joe read names off the list. If you didn’t sign up, please sign up. Please wear your rotary gear.
 
See Gord Elliot for Beach Fest and sign up as well.
 
The Heart & Stroke Bike raised $2100. Great job done by all.
 
One of our guests this morning is Sharon Welsh from Forward House-Mental Health & Addiction (VIHA). They offer client centred services on contract in Parksville. It is always good to know what services are offered in our community, as often times we are unaware of what is around us.
Meeting Summary, June 4, 2014 Tracy Greenshields 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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This week’s meeting with 26 in attendance was kicked off with Jo Dunn leading us in song with the national anthem which flowed into Ken Armstrong’s invocation . As this was the first meeting of the month Peter Hann provided us the lead for our 4 way test which for the things we think, say or do:
 
 
 
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Guests in attendance at today’s meeting were Sandy & Mary-Lou Wightman from the Semiahmoo Rotary Club who presented our club with a banner from their club and in return after a bit of a search (as our club’s banner was hidden) Bruce Huxtable presented a banner from our club in return.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 minutes of Rotary was presented by Gord Elliott who was later fined as his 2 minutes was more like 1 minute of Rotary. Gord Elliott gave a summary of Beachfest 2014 and passed around a list of 9 dates where we need 6 or 7 volunteers for 4 hours per shift or if we can get more volunteers we can break up the 4 hour shifts into 2 hour shifts. Spouses and family are more than welcome to participate. This year’s Beachfest has less charities manning the event which means we should see higher revenues from our participation. 
Meeting Summary, May 28, 2014 Arthur Wong 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Thumbnail photo shows a breakfast morning shot of the beach in front of our meeting place - how lucky are we! President Bruce opened the meeting at 6:59 AM with 19 members present; there were no guests. No guests resulted in a rush by members to the breakfast table to be first to the eggs-benny.
 
Announcements:
  • Present Bruce announced that there were now three members who had signed up to participate in the Big Bike Ride on June 3rd. Each of the three riders were now soliciting donations from members and collection envelopes were available to receive such.
  • Gord Elliott reported that planning was underway for Beach-fest and that the Club would be on duty for 8 to 9 shifts during the Festival.
  • Gord Svenson informed us that the turkey shed to be constructed at the Wildlife Recovery Center would now be built in September.
Angela Dadoush used Two Minutes of Rotary to report on activities at the 4-H-Club competitions, at which Rotary Club members acted as judges. She spoke about how gratifying it was to interact with the young people; even though the judges suffered from the cold weather, the kids did not. She reported that a bond is being developed between Parksville AM Club and the 4H group.
 
Kay Burgoyne introduced our guest speaker of the morning, our very own Major Norman Hamelin.  Major Norm enlightened us with his life journey to the City of Parksville and our Rotary Club, in descending order. He and his wife, who is also an officer of the Salvation Army, have served the Army from one coast of Canada to the other. At many of those postings, he has been a member of the local Rotary club. One club membership took him on a Rotary humanitarian trip to Nigeria to help in the eradication of malaria which included, among other things, the distribution of mosquito nets. When in Nigeria, he met a village elder whose life had been changed by both the local Salvation Army and Rotary groups in his village. Small world!

Major Norm also informed us of a young man whose life was in danger from his alcohol habit but was turned around by finding a renewed faith through the Salvation Army and Norm’s guidance. Major Norm also informed us that he was not always “Major Norm” but started his adult life as a heavy machinery mechanic, working in mining and lumber camps and a hydro project in northern Canada. At one point, his wife wanted them to join a church group to help with spiritual guidance for their children. Norm met a Salvation Army member at a Ducks Unlimited auction, and the rest is history. An amazing journey, not yet completed.

 
Bob Cummings thanked Norm for his talk and commented on how, through giving of oneself through service clubs and/or faith groups, we can make a difference in the world.
 
Present Bruce presented a motion to the Club that had been approved by the Executive to create “Foundation Dollars” that could be used to pay fines imposed by the Sarjeant as well as “happy and/or sad dollars”. The “dollars” would be sold in books of 25 with the proceeds to go to the Foundation in the buyer's account. The motion was amended to test the use of these “dollars” for a trial period of six months. The pros and cons were discussed. Pros: tax receipt from Foundation, Foundation receives additional donations, members still have the option to use actual dollars. Cons: Club Administration could lose up to $1,600 in additional funds. The motion was approved by the members present.
 
Gord Elliott brought a smile to our faces by his story (aka joke) of two elderly ladies' expectations of ladies baseball in heaven, and the results of one of them going there to find out.
 
The Sergeant continued to embellish his reputation by extracting dollars from unsuspecting members. But honestly Sergeant, fining for wearing stripes and getting a haircut is really scraping the bottom of the barrel!!
 
There being no additional business to come before the meeting, the President terminated the meeting at 8:10 am (approximately!) with a toast, “to the good of Rotary.”
 
Sunriser - May 14, 2014 Don Luke 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Huxtable on May 07, 2014
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Teachers and students at Parksville Elementary School have a new classroom library set of books thanks to a recent $2800.00 donation by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM. These books are for independent reading and will be available for reading in class and at home in order to help increase reading skills.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Many families don’t have the resources to ensure their children have access to interesting and skill appropriate books.  Although students may use the school library, this does not always provide the correct level of reading material to help them advance their reading skills. This donation helps to bridge that gap.
The books are now in use and will be redistributed to the students’ new schools upon the closure of Parksville Elementary School.
Rotary clubs throughout the world have adopted Literacy as one of their main areas of focus and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM is pleased to be able to participate in this venture.
Rotary Club Buys 1000 Books to Support Literacy Bruce Huxtable 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on May 07, 2014
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Attendance:
20 Members in Attendance.
 
 
 
 
 
Guests:
Kim Burden – Rotary Club of Parksville (former member of our Club)
Bob Sommers – Sommers Piano and Organ Sales Ltd. (Charter member of our Club)
Doug Slowski – Rotary Club of Lantzville (Charter member of our Club)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
No TMR today, Angela will give us an update on the 4-H competition and judging that took place on April 24th.
 
Announcements:
Rotary Club of Parksville: May 16th is the Mosaic Youth Talent Show. Tickets are $15 at Cranky Dog and Bosleys in Parksville and Mulberry Books in Qualicum Beach. Funds raised are given back to the winner as a bursary for continuing education in the performing arts.
 
Rotary Club of Lantzville: Their Annual Golf Ball Drop is June 6th. The ticket number corresponds with a golf ball to be dropped by helicopter over the Fairwinds Golf Course. The ball that lands closest to the hole wins. The $20 ticket includes $5 coupons to (5) restaurants in Nanaimo.
 
District Conference: Diana and Don went Whistler. We were awarded the Literacy Award, and Strategic Goal award. Our district Youth Exchange committee won a gold award thanks to Helen and Ron Dyck.
Scholarships: The scholarship committee has (25) applicants and (92) pages of information to sift through this week to narrow down the applicants to (4) possible candidates for our Academic and Vocational Scholarships at Ballenas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride: June 3. This in conjunction with the Parkville Club and apparently we are not keeping up our end of the participation. This is the link to register on line: http://www.bigbike.ca/site/c.8oLGKOPnE5LQH/b.8856027/k.8F25/Join_a_Team.htm. Team Captain: Kim Burden, Team Name: Rotary Club of Parksville, City/ Province: B.C. & Yukon. Kim will drop of hard paper copies for those that are afraid of the internet.
 
Fire & Ice: We had (5) members helping in terrible weather (apologies, I did not get the complete list of volunteers from our Club). They had the longest line of any food vendor. Arthur and Pauline Wong walked by and helped them through the chaos last minute.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunriser May 7, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on May 07, 2014
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Attendance:
20 Members in Attendance.
 
 
 
 
 
Guests:
Kim Burden – Rotary Club of Parksville (former member of our Club)
Bob Sommers – Sommers Piano and Organ Sales Ltd. (Charter member of our Club)
Doug Slowski – Rotary Club of Lantzville (Charter member of our Club)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
No TMR today, Angela will give us an update on the 4-H competition and judging that took place on April 24th.
 
Announcements:
Rotary Club of Parksville: May 16th is the Mosaic Youth Talent Show. Tickets are $15 at Cranky Dog and Bosleys in Parksville and Mulberry Books in Qualicum Beach. Funds raised are given back to the winner as a bursary for continuing education in the performing arts.
 
Rotary Club of Lantzville: Their Annual Golf Ball Drop is June 6th. The ticket number corresponds with a golf ball to be dropped by helicopter over the Fairwinds Golf Course. The ball that lands closest to the hole wins. The $20 ticket includes $5 coupons to (5) restaurants in Nanaimo.
 
District Conference: Diana and Don went Whistler. We were awarded the Literacy Award, and Strategic Goal award. Our district Youth Exchange committee won a gold award thanks to Helen and Ron Dyck.
Scholarships: The scholarship committee has (25) applicants and (92) pages of information to sift through this week to narrow down the applicants to (4) possible candidates for our Academic and Vocational Scholarships at Ballenas.
 
Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride: June 3. This in conjunction with the Parkville Club and apparently we are not keeping up our end of the participation. This is the link to register on line: http://www.bigbike.ca/site/c.8oLGKOPnE5LQH/b.8856027/k.8F25/Join_a_Team.htm. Team Captain: Kim Burden, Team Name: Rotary Club of Parksville, City/ Province: B.C. & Yukon. Kim will drop of hard paper copies for those that are afraid of the internet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire & Ice: We had (5) members helping in terrible weather (apologies, I did not get the complete list of volunteers from our Club). They had the longest line of any food vendor. Arthur and Pauline Wong walked by and helped them through the chaos last minute.
Meeting Summary May 7, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Apr 30, 2014
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Attendance:
24 Members were in Attendance at the Salvation Army Citadel.
 
Guests:
None
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
There was no TMR this week.
 
Announcements:
Major Norm: Our club has developed a strong relationship with Leanne Koop of the Prostate Centre. It sounds like the Men’s Wellness Day is a go for the fall. Greg and Tracy Greenshields from Community Services will pick up ball for the rest of the process.
 
Hero Holiday (Live Different): Bill Rawlins and Diana Matsuda provided information sheets on the tables (Diana followed up via email) this morning. If anyone is interested the sheet will give you enough information to start planning your trip. Helen Dyck will help with getting us cheap flights without a million layovers. There might be a possibility of getting a group deal. About (7) people from our Club have expressed their commitment to going. The next step is to hit the other (5) local clubs right after Victoria Day weekend. We will show the videos we saw a few weeks ago as well as a new one from the 2014 Mexico trip. It is (7) minutes and includes testimonials from corporate sponsor participants from Westjet and Boston Pizza. These are organizations that have gone as adults and they express whey they participated. Lynne and Don will take it to the Mid-island group as well. As we build numbers the price comes down. Discussion: There used to be big emphasis on youth, is that still the case? Yes, but now there is a lot of adults wanting to do private charters. They used to have (15) trips a year, now they have done up to (47) trips because of private adult charters. If we have child or grandchild we can bring them? 14 years old is the youngest without an adult accompanying them, but there is no age limit on who can come.
 
Fire & Ice is this Saturday. Bruce will send out more information when he gets it. We will be helping them prepare and serve pork sliders.
 
Big bike Ride: Al will have sign up sheets next week.
 
May 15th is the Youth Talent Show sponsored by the Parksville (Noon) Club.
 
Our exectutive meeting is next week, May 6th.
 
Reading Buddies are to be at Parksville Elementary School at 9:15am Thursday, May 1 for a photo opportunity with Staff and students to celebrate our donation of the new reading program for the school. Keep your eye out for an article to be written by President Bruce and photo in the PQB News.
Meeting Summary April 30, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2014
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is initiating a trip to Mexico to build a house as part of Live Different's Hero Holiday program.  The Club invites Rotarians from all Oceanside clubs to join them and make a difference.  Meet amazing people, make lifelong friends, and help create change through the power of hope.  As we work together with families and communities, our world will be changed in more ways than we could have ever imagined!

Trip dates are September 15-24, 2014 and we will be building a house for a family in Vicente Guererro, Mexico, located in the San Quintin valley on the west coast of the Baja Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean side.  For further details on this project, please contact Rotarian Bill Rawlins at bill.rawlins@gmail.com.  For an overview of a similar type of project, take a look at the video below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Plan Hero Holiday Diana Matsuda 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Apr 18, 2014
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Attendance:
25 Members in Attendance
1 Guest
 
Guests:
Rudy Terpstra, Principal Ballenas Secondary School
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Ron Dyck – Youth Exchange programs were started in 1927 by the Rotary Club of Nice France. Our Club has been involved in the program since 1995. District 5020 has supported the program since the early 60’s. The slogan for youth exchange came out in 1945: “Every Rotarian as an example to youth”. They watch and learn from us. Many Rotary Clubs are funding drug and alcohol education in schools. We have contributed to DARE in the past. Ron has just finished matching (35) students for this year. Turkey and Columbia are new countries looking to our District for guidance as to how the short-term exchange is organized.
 
Announcements:
President Bruce: There is one open meeting coming up in 2-3 weeks. Would we like another technology day? How does everyone feel about it? John thinks the program is good information, but is there enough interest in the Club (considering how many fines the Club received for NOT using the website in the past)? Ian wants to learn about Facebook. On May 21st, bring your laptops and tablets. Helen, Diana and Cara will work together to do a Facebook 101 presentation.
 
NIRWA: Jo Dunn - Don Tardiff was going to head up the construction of a turkey pen but has informed him that he is unable to. We will need someone with some skills in terms of construction to lead team to get the work done this summer. If you are willing to lead the project let Jo or Bruce know.
 
Taste of Oceanside: Eric – We grossed $16,000 at door and paid out $9,000 so in total we raised about a $7,000 net profit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bill Rawlins is home from Haiti. It is HOT there. He got sunburned through his shirt. The crew built a house for family of (5). The father of the family is a police officer. They also build about a (40) foot section of a security wall around a school. It was a tough go as the crew had to climb a mountain just to get to the top to do the work. A local engineer designed the wall to earthquake code. (15) mostly Westjet employees worked on it. It was an incredible (5) week stint. They also purchased rolls of material for the school uniforms that we paid for while they were there. Lynne and Bill are talking about the content of a district grant that will support this school in Haiti.
 
Big Bike ride: Tuesday, June 3 around noon at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. We have (4) riders singed up already. The sign up sheet was circulated again. Each rider needs to raise $50.
Sunriser April 16, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Apr 18, 2014
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Attendance:
25 Members in Attendance
1 Guest
 
Guests:
Rudy Terpstra, Principal Ballenas Secondary School
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Ron Dyck – Youth Exchange programs were started in 1927 by the Rotary Club of Nice France. Our Club has been involved in the program since 1995. District 5020 has supported the program since the early 60’s. The slogan for youth exchange came out in 1945: “Every Rotarian as an example to youth”. They watch and learn from us. Many Rotary Clubs are funding drug and alcohol education in schools. We have contributed to DARE in the past. Ron has just finished matching (35) students for this year. Turkey and Columbia are new countries looking to our District for guidance as to how the short-term exchange is organized.
 
Announcements:
President Bruce: There is one open meeting coming up in 2-3 weeks. Would we like another technology day? How does everyone feel about it? John thinks the program is good information, but is there enough interest in the Club (considering how many fines the Club received for NOT using the website in the past)? Ian wants to learn about Facebook. On May 21st, bring your laptops and tablets. Helen, Diana and Cara will work together to do a Facebook 101 presentation.
 
NIRWA: Jo Dunn - Don Tardiff was going to head up the construction of a turkey pen but has informed him that he is unable to. We will need someone with some skills in terms of construction to lead team to get the work done this summer. If you are willing to lead the project let Jo or Bruce know.
 
Taste of Oceanside: Eric – We grossed $16,000 at door and paid out $9,000 so in total we raised about a $7,000 net profit.
 
Bill Rawlins is home from Haiti.It is HOT there. He got sunburned through his shirt. The crew built a house for family of (5). The father of the family is a police officer. They also build about a (40) foot section of a security wall around a school. It was a tough go as the crew had to climb a mountain just to get to the top to do the work. A local engineer designed the wall to earthquake code. (15) mostly Westjet employees worked on it. It was an incredible (5) week stint. They also purchased rolls of material for the school uniforms that we paid for while they were there. Lynne and Bill are talking about the content of a district grant that will support this school in Haiti.
 
Big Bike ride: Tuesday, June 3 around noon at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. We have (4) riders singed up already. The sign up sheet was circulated again. Each rider needs to raise $50.
Meeting Summary April 16, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cummings on Apr 10, 2014
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Meeting called to order by President Bruce 7:00 AM ish.  Followed by a patriotic national anthem, sung by the club, to a stained Canadian Flag. Sgt Ian accused, that it was President Bruce’s responsibility to keep the flag clean, but we all agreed that it was the Sergeant-at- Arms Responsibility. Helen Dyck will try to clean the flag.
 
Guests: Paula Miles.
 
Two Minutes of Rotary
Arthur Wong : Reviewed The Rotarian Magazine which came into being  January 1911. This magazine was designed to exchange ideas, and report on events important to Rotarians. Approximately 1.2 million magazines are published each month.  Arthur told many notable people have written in the Rotarian.
 
Gary:  4H Club needs judges for their upcoming event on April 24/14 6:00PM. Apparently Simon Cowell was busy.
Meeting Summary April 9, 2014 Robert Cummings 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Garry Cox on Mar 26, 2014
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There was an extra 'buzz' in the air prior to today's Rotary meeting with everyone waiting in anticipation of our many special guests to arrive since today was designated " Member Recruitment Day". Several potential new members were invited to today's meeting to hear our several special speakers give their own personal and emotional meaning of what not only what Rotary is about but also, their reasons for joining and remaining as a member of Rotary.

 

Our guests today included Raven Pruden, the President of the Rotary Club of Parksville's 'noon' club or 'the other club' as we like to call them! Raven was not only a guest but assisted as one of our speakers of the day. Other guests and hopefully, potential future members of our club, included Ken Fanning; Peter McCully; Doug Banks; Ryan Madson; Bill Wiersma; Roxanne Kivi; Lisa Leger and Phil Shoesmith. 

 

Announcements: 

Helen and Lynne gave an update on our Taste of Oceanside plus what to expect when we arrive for our duties on Saturday evening. There will be tickets sold at the door if needed.

 

President Bruce advises that our April 30th Rotary meeting is going to be held at the Salvation Army instead of our usual Beach Club location. Also, that the District Governor is planning a Salmon barbecue for July 16. Further details on both events will be forthcoming.

 

Doug Banks, Parksville Fire Chief, advises that on Saturday the Grumpy Old Men Hockey Tournament will be held at the arena in Parksville. Although this is in direct competition with our Taste of 

Oceanside event, people can take both events in during the same evening if they wish to do so!

Meeting Summary, March 26, 2014 Garry Cox 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Variety and Quality at a Reasonable Price in Parksville Cara MacDonald 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
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The Sargent of Arms tried to delay the meeting by talking with the President but it didn’t work.
19 members, in attendance with no guests.   Tracy is back!!!!!!
 
Member meeting;  Gary has agreed to approach Lise Leget.
 
 
Taste of Oceanside: tickets are moving, get out and sell yours, if not bring them back next week.
Get posters out.
 
Two minutes of Rotary Don called in sick so President Bruce read part of an Email from Bill Rawlins thanking the club and members for the donations last week it was very emotional.
 
We received a letter from Daniel Prince a recipient of a scholarship who let us know what is happening in his life.
Meeting Summary March 12, 2014 Ray Walker 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Mar 05, 2014
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There were a lively group of 22 Rotarians in attendance this morning, along with ADG Kenn Whiteman.  Peter Hann started off the meeting, leading the members in an enthusiastic recitation of the Four Way Test.
 
 
 
The following announcements were made:
  • Taste of Oceanside is fast approaching.  Members were urged to help distribute posters, sell tickets, donate silent auction items, and indicate their preferences on the volunteer sign-up sheets
  • The Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club’s Spring Ball will be held on March 22.  Tickets are $75 apiece, but we will receive a discount to $70 if we can put together a table of 10.  Helen Dyck has tickets if you are interested.
  • Major Norm presented a certificate of appreciation to the Club for all those who worked on the Kettle Campaign in December.  There was an appreciation lunch held recently.  Unfortunately the invitation was not received by everyone, but Ken Armstrong attended on behalf of the Club.  The lunch will become an annual event; in the meantime, Norm brought chocolate hearts for all the members.
Meeting Summary March 5, 2014 Diana Matsuda 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Feb 28, 2014
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There were 21 members in attendance at The Beach Club, joined by Andy Telfer and Jane Williams from the SOS who will be our guest speakers this morning.
 
Two Minutes of Rotary was delivered by Peter Hann, complete with broken toe, which allowed him the privilege of leaning against the podium to tell the members about the origin of the Rotary bell and the authority afforded to the President who wields the gavel.  Later, John O’Brien questioned whether the method of acquiring the bell met the “Four Way Test”, but that’s another story!
 
Meeting Summary February 26, 2014 Diana Matsuda 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
On January 8th, Lynne Pearson, Director of International Services for the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Campbell River.  The Campbell River Club had been raising funds for a portable vision examination tool, an auto refractor, which is being provided to Project Amigo in Colima, Mexico.  Project Amigo will use it when optometrists from Canada and Mexico examine over 1100 people each time they visit for one week.  The auto refractor will allow them to serve even more patients during a week.  Dr. Flood, a Campbell River optometrist, has participated in these vision missions.  The Rotary Club of Parksville AM contributed $1500 towards the auto refractor in the 2011-12 Rotary year.
 
Photo shows Lynne Pearson, Director of International Services, Rotary Club of Parksville AM; Dr. Tanya Flood, Project Amigo; Mark Degagne, President, Rotary Club of Campbell River;  Director of International Services, Rotary Club of Campbell River
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Posted by Gord Svenson on Feb 20, 2014
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This morning Aaron Kana from the Calgary Crowchild club visited the club, enjoyed the eggs benedict and hopefully left the meeting with an appreciation of the work Diana puts into the club web site.
 
Two minutes of Rotary was abbreviated slightly by Ray who announced that the US government is adding $205 million in the drive to eradicate polio.  The total the US has contributed over the campaign amounts to approximately $2.3 billion.  Despite everyone’s efforts, polio persists in war zones and remote tribal areas.  However the campaign is “this close” and we will continue to sustain our efforts and support.
 
Don’t forget the District 5020 Conference is scheduled for May 2 through 4 in Whistler.  Speak with President Bruce if you are attending.
Meeting Summary, February 19, 2014 Gord Svenson 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
 
Thank you to all of the participating restaurants, sponsors, volunteers and silent auction donations for making Taste of Oceanside 2014 another successful fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Parksville AM!
 
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Posted by Cara MacDonald on Feb 13, 2014
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Attendance:
22 Members in Attendance
Guests:
Gem Munro – Amarok Society
Mike Haas – Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Kirk Walper – Taste of Oceanside Update: (10) vendors have committed – Butlers at the Mansion, Cha Ch’a Java, Chameleons, Lefty’s, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Coast Cake Company, Pacific Prime, Art’s Café, Deez Bar & Grill and Cedars. Eric will be looking for volunteers from the club along with spouses, family members and friends.  A sign up list will be circulated soon. Tickets are available from Helen. Work hard at selling your tickets. Posters will be coming soon.
Meeting Summary, February 12, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Walker on Feb 06, 2014
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The Sargent of Arms tried to delay the meeting by talking with the President but it didn’t work.
19 members, in attendance with no guests.   Tracy is back!!!!!!
Member meeting;  Gary has agreed to approach  Lise Leget.
Taste of Oceanside: tickets are moving, get out and sell yours, if not bring them back next week.
Get posters out.
 
Two minutes of Rotary Don called in sick so President Bruce read part of an Email from Bill Rawlins thanking the club and members for the donations last week it was very emotional.
We received a letter from Daniel Prince a recipient of a scholarship who let us know what is happening in his life.
Sunriser March 12, 2014 Ray Walker 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Improve Your Life and Others with the Rotary Club Cara MacDonald 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Feb 06, 2014
There were 19 members and no guests at our monthly Club Assembly.  Peter started off the meeting by leading the members in a rousing rendition of the Four Way Test.

Angela Dadoush gave us an excellent “Fifty four seconds of Rotary”, telling us about “Wheels for Learning”, an ongoing project of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario that provides bicycles and other items to children in need in Cambodia.  In addition to 2,328 bicycles, the project also distributed rice and mosquito nets to Cambodian families.  Although later fined by the Sergeant for going under her allotted two minutes, Angela’s economical delivery got the message across!
Meeting Summary, February 5, 2014 Diana Matsuda 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Jan 29, 2014
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There were 18 Members in attendance, with guests ADG Kenn Whiteman and our guest speaker, Leanne Kopp from The Prostate Centre.
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Kay Burgoyne – The Object of Rotary
In some areas of the world, weekly Rotary club meetings begin with all members standing and reciting the Object of Rotary. This statement, which comes from the Constitution of Rotary, is frequently seen on a wall plaque in Rotarians' offices or places of business. The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The statement then lists four areas by which this "ideal of service" is fostered: "through the development of acquaintance as the opportunity for service; the promotion of high ethical standards in business and professions; through service in one's personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.
Sunriser January 29, 2014 Cara MacDonald 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda on Jan 23, 2014
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There was an enthusiastic group of members in attendance this morning in the Sand Dollar Room.  Our sole guest and guest speaker was Peter McCully from the PQB News.  Following breakfast, the meeting started with some humour as our jokester, Arthur Wong had to leave early.  This was Arthur’s first joke as a new member, and he performed admirably.
Moving on to more serious things, Jo Dunn took his Two Minutes of Rotary to talk about Awareness Months. 
Meeting Summary January 22, 2014 Diana Matsuda 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Clubs Lead Fundraising for Philippines Cara MacDonald 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Luke on Dec 26, 2013
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The December 18, 2013 meeting was called to order by President Bruce at 7:02 AM. He can be forgiven for the slight delay as he had to work his way through the large numbers present, for our club, to the podium. There were 28 members present plus 21 guests, ranging in age from 3 years and up. Consequently members had to wait for a considerable length of time for their turn at the breakfast buffet, consisting of chocolate chip pancakes plus bacon, eggs and other goodies, while the guests lead the way.
 
Meeting Summary December 18, 2013 Don Luke 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald on Dec 04, 2013
Attendees, members, guests:
21 Members in attendance
1 Guest: Arthur Wong, GM The Beach Club
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
John O’Brien: December is Family Month: Build Trust by following through with promises. Show Commitment by sharing traditions, making time for family events and making sacrifices for one another. Communicate by talking to eachother about important decisions, day-to-day activities, school and work. Strong families cool down after disagreements before responding by talking about possible solutions to problems by working together. Grow Through Crisis by learning from bad experiences realizing that good can come out of the most stressful circumstances. Spend Time Together talking, reading, playing, walking, cooking etc. Special times involving closeness include reading a bed-time story or tucking your child into bed with a kiss. Have fun as a family by making plans together for family trips and parties. Humour and laughter are important to help reduce stress. Show love and affection, children need to know that they are loved. Show that you care by saying “I love you” or “I’m happy we’re in this family together”. Give hugs and show affection in other small ways. Enjoy remembering family stories.
Sunriser December 4, 2013 Cara MacDonald 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kay Burgoyne on Nov 26, 2013
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There were 20 members present this morning with one guest, Arthur Wong, Beach Club Resort General Manager. Ray Walker started us off with our Anthem, and Major Norman Hamelin gave the Invocation. 
 
Lynne Pearson gave us 2 Minutes of Rotary, speaking about the Polio Plus program which started in 1985.  Today, only three countries are still battling polio; Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  The Gates Foundation is a huge donor and  will match donations  2 to 1 up to 35 million dollars.   More than one million Rotarians have donated their time and energies to combat this dreaded disease, including our very own Don Luke, Angela Dadoush and Diana Matsuda.
 
Announcements:
Ray Walker reported on the A.L.S. walk slated for June 2014, noting that the organization is looking for someone to coordinate the Walk.  President Bruce Huxtable presented Al Cameron with a special Rotary Pin for bringing Victor Andrushko into our Club as a new member (shown in photo).  John O’Brien presented a revised and updated Membership list for Club members.  Jo Dunn spoke about Salvation Army Christmas Kettle volunteers.
 
 
Sunriser November 27, 2013 Kay Burgoyne 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Luke on Oct 08, 2013

 

The October 9th meeting of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM was opened by President Bruce at 07:01.5 hrs. As this was the official visit of the District Governor the membership produced a very respectful rendering of both The Star Spangled Banner and O Canada as led by Ray Walker. Followed by the invocation by our very soon to be new member, Major Norman Hamelin.

 

The invitation to breakfast was issued by President Bruce to the 18 members present, the procession to be led by our 4 visitors this morning who were District Governor Peter Taylor, his wife Kristine, Assistant Governor Ed Fougner and Grace Dyck the granddaughter of Ron and Helen Dyck.

 

After breakfast a very enthusiastic rendering of The 4 Way Test was led by Peter Hann.

 

A brief introduction of AG Ed Fougner by President Bruce, Ed then introduced DG Peter Taylor and his wife Kristine. DG Peter was then immediately put to work to perform a new member induction for our two newest members, Vic Andrushko and Norman Hamelin. Congratulations and a very hardy welcome to Parksville AM Vic and Norman.

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Two Minutes of Rotary, (always seems to take more than 2 minutes, and this morning was no exception!), was delivered by Ray Walker and in keeping with Vocational Service Month was a review of the Rotary Code of Conduct. A full review can be found at http://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/document/66111.

 

Our guest speaker this morning, DG Pete Taylor of the Rotary Club of Tacoma, was introduced by AG Ed Fougner who highlighted some of Peter’s accomplishments in the communications industry, broadcasting and his own PR and advertising firm.

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Pete began his presentation outlining the recognition that Rotary International bestows on outstanding Rotarians. He then recognized two of our own members. First John O’Brien who has obtained the level of Major Donner of the Foundation of Rotary International. Peter presented John with the blue Paul Harris pin marking the level obtained and an engraved crystal plaque from the Foundation. Way to go John! The second recognition by Peter was for the “Energizer Award” being awarded to one outstanding member of each of the clubs visited by the DG in 2013 who shows extraordinary enthusiasm for the work of Rotary. The Parksville AM member selected, Cara MacDonald, in absentia. Congratulations Cara!

 

Pete enlightened us as to why he as DG wore ties to these meetings. It appears that he has numerous ties left over from his business days and this way he can use them up as they gather remembrances of the 88 Rotary meals he partakes off. (Scrambled eggs from Parksville AM!).

 

When he threw out the question, “What is your memorable Rotary moment?” Peter Hann in his most eloquent manner replied with his thoughts of the friendship and networking of Rotary.

 

DG Peter went on to remind us of all the items in the Rotary Planning Guide; membership, Foundation and public information. Also encouraged us to get involved with Rotarians around the world through; Fellowships, Rotary Action Groups, Friendship Exchanged, Rotary Scholarships, Youth Exchange and the RI Convention.

 

Pete ended with an invitation to join him along with District 5050 at the District Conference in Whistler in May 2014 and thanking us for all our good work.

 

Peter was thanked by President Bruce and was given a certificate indicating that our club would have three children immunized against Polio in his name.

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Gordon Elliott presented Present Bruce with a cheque in the amount of $2,975 as Parksville AM’s share in the 2013 Sand Castle volunteer program.

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The 50/50 was won by Eric Walper who took home the grand sum of $16.00.

 

The Sargent was up to his usual tricks; finding Kay Burgoyne’s “mother’s?” picture in the paper, hitting Don L for using the word “perfect” in describing himself, etc. Lots of “happy dollars” for the DG’s talk and visit. Anniversaries this week; Helen & Ron Dyck, Marianne & John O’Brien.

 

The meeting terminated at 8:10 hrs. with a post meeting between the Executive and the DG. 

 

Sunriser October 9, 2013 Don Luke 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kay Burgoyne on Nov 11, 2012

"Coats For Kids 2012" is now over for another year, as members of the Parksville AM and Qualicum Beach Rotary Club, along with students from Ballenas Secondary School, spent November 19 distributing warm winter outerwear to those who might otherwise feel the cold this winter.  Donors were very generous this year, and distribution day at the SOS saw many coats and accessories being selected for all ages, shapes and sizes.

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Photo shows volunteers in front of bags of clothing ready to be sorted.

We are fortunate to have the support of several Oceanside businesses that ensure all the coats are clean and presentable.  Sorting and storage facilities are provided by the Parksville Beach Motel. The Bayside and Tigh-na-mara resorts use their large machines to wash clothing, while Fifth Generation Cleaners looks after those needing dry cleaning. 

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Photo shows a group of volunteers from "Coats For Kids 2005" with warm winter outwear ready for distribution.

The purpose of Coats for Kids is to provide clean winter coats and assorted items of winter clothing to children, teens and adults in Oceanside. Making this clothing available also enables families in need to steer their limited clothing budgets toward other requirements.  This initiative was recognized in 2007 by a Rotary International Significant Achievement Award.


For a full history of "Coats For Kids" in the Oceanside area, please keep reading ...

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Posted on Apr 08, 2012
Polio Plus US$200 Million Challenge Progress


Since the PolioPlus program's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. But Rotary's work is not done: The disease has not yet been eradicated.

Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge is the Rotary Foundation's response to the two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus will be counted toward the $200 million match, which must be completed by 30 June 2012. Contribute to the PolioPlus Fund
online or by mail to support Rotary's dream of a polio-free world.

Follow Rotary's progress in this effort through the graphic above. Check back frequently and see the fundraising numbers automatically update.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2011

In Guyana, there are few opportunities for women to earn a living.  Aware of the need because he was born and raised in Guyana, Dr. Andra Thakul launched a program to not only train women to sew and maintain their machines but also to run a business.  The students taking the course learn on sewing machines that they take with them if they complete the course.

The first School opened its doors in early November 2009, in New Amsterdam, a relatively small town with a population of about 35,000. The target group were young High School drop-outs; however, many housewives applied and were admitted. At the end of the 16 weeks course 17 students, all women, graduated.

The second School began in October 2010 in Corriverton, an even smaller town with a population of about 17,000.  At the graduation ceremony in February 2011, each of the 12 women graduates was given a sewing machine and the Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana said that this “gift of a sewing machine at graduation is a unique and powerful empowering  process to women in the community”.

The third school will start on August 29th 2011 and run for 16 weeks. The deadline for donating machines will be July 15th. These machines will be serviced and packed and sent to Guyana and each graduate will receive a machine upon graduation.

As a young man in Guyana Andra Thakur was a professional tailor. After coming to Canada in 1966 he had a very good life, retiring recently from a successful career as a Professor of Anthropology at Vancouver Island University.  In his retirement he is now returning to Guyana to teach sewing classes.  He does this because he believes that these skills will keep young people off the streets and provide a solid opportunity to earn a livelihood. The essence of sustainability is getting local organizations involved so that they take on some ownership of the projects. In Guyana, local support for the 2009-2010 class came from Guyana Women in Development, a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Support for the 2010-11 class came from the Rotary Club of Corriverton.  Local support for the upcoming class is from GuyFUSE (Guyanese Family United in Service and Education), another women's' organization that does the recruiting and organizing on the ground AND Rotary Club of Corriverton in Guyana.

In teaching the sewing skills, the students focus on measuring, cutting and sewing school uniforms.  The cloth is purchased locally and all the clothing sewn is in turn donated to the poorer children in the primary schools. In 2010 the School donated over 500 pieces of primary school uniforms. In 2011, the School donated 900 pieces of school uniforms to the poorer students in the schools. It is truly amazing what the Nanaimo Sewing School has accomplished.  Rotary clubs in Guyana and in District 5020, including the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, have been pleased to be a part of this amazing success story.

What we need to make this happen is good used sewing machines.  They need to be in good running order and electric (not treadle). 

To make a donation of a sewing machine or to get more information, please contact:

Joyce Morrison:
Phone:  250-248-5914; E-mail:
jlm123@shaw.ca
Dr. Andra Thakur:
E-mail: 
sade@shaw.ca
To view photos at Shaw Photo Share, click the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser's address bar:      http://photoshare.shaw.ca/view/22675493510-1302204122-55484/0

Nanaimo Sewing School changing lives in Guyana 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2011
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Editor's Note: The following article by David Sarasohn appeared in the January 2011 issue of Rotary Canada. As March is Rotary Literacy Month, it is a good time to highlight this story on the Parksville AM website, particularly as our Club, under the leadership of Jacqueline Russell, has been involved in the project on Penelakut since its inception. Photo shows Lieutenant Governor Steven Point with schoolchildren during an early Rotary visit to the Island.

Like most big things, the British Columbia First Nations literacy project began with a small conversation.

In late 2007, Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point, former chief of the Skowkale First Nation and the province's first aboriginal lieutenant governor, was chatting with his aide de camp, Bob Blacker, past governor of District 5040. He asked Blacker what Rotary was doing to promote literacy.

Wonderful things, Blacker answered. There was a project in Indonesia, another in Malaysia, and some great efforts happening in Africa.

Very nice, said Point, who had made literacy a key focus of his term. And what was Rotary doing on the issue in British Columbia?
 
In your own backyard
According to Blacker, a member of the Rotary Club of Steveston-Richmond, the question transformed his thinking and shifted his focus to the creation of "an international project in our own backyard."

That backyard lies in the shadow of British Columbia's coastal cities, in a vast landscape of tiny, remote First Nations communities that are as removed from Victoria's tea shops as they are from the moon. On Point's recommendation, Blacker visited some of them and discovered how truly isolated they are.

One of the communities, Penelakut Island, was where Point had started a children's book distribution effort in May 2009. Says Blacker: "It's a 25-minute ferry ride from Chemainus," a tourist town with an outdoor mural gallery and a theatre festival. But, in terms of infrastructure and development, the two places are worlds apart. "It amazed me, going out to Penelakut Island," he adds. "You could say it's 3,000 miles away."



Reaching First Nations with literacy 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

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

Parksville AM working at home and around the world Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

President Bruce had an alarm clock malfunction this morning, so Vice President Helen Dyck stepped into the breach to bring 20 unruly Rotarians to order. As this was the first Wednesday of the month, Peter Hann led us in The Four Way Test, the reciting of which was done with gusto.

During Two Minutes of Rotary, Angela Dadoush was passionate in her recitation of activities supported by the Foundation, closing with a personal recollection of a literacy program that gives hope for a better life to children from the slums of India.

 

Rotarians meet weekly - November 6, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

President Bruce had an alarm clock malfunction this morning, so Vice President Helen Dyck stepped into the breach to bring 20 unruly Rotarians to order.  As this was the first Wednesday of the month, Peter Hann led us in The Four Way Test, the reciting of which was done with gusto.

During Two Minutes of Rotary, Angela Dadoush was passionate in her recitation of activities supported by the Foundation, closing with a personal recollection of a literacy program that gives hope for a better life to children from the slums of India.

Jo Dunn advised the members that we will be working the Salvation Army kettles on December 7 and 14, and had sign-up sheets available for everyone who is able to volunteer a few hours of their time.  Major Norm Hamelin followed with some unfortunate news, as the Salvation Army Thrift Store was flooded in the last rain storm. They have to close down the shop while they do renovations and Norm asked the members for any tips or leads for CHEAP (free would be better of course) space to use in the interim. They are looking for about 2000 square feet. 
If anyone has any ideas, please contact Major Norm.

Ken Armstrong also presented a project to the members from the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, an organization we have recently "taken under our wing".  They need to have three poultry sheds rebuilt and will supply the materials if we provide the labour.  There was support for this project and a project manager will be recruited.  NIWRA would like to have the sheds built this fall, so stay tuned.

When President Bruce did join the meeting, he had some sad news to report in that Sandy Herle has resigned from the Club due to business pressures.  We are all sorry to see her go, but we know that she will continue to support Rotary in whatever way she can.  Bruce also thanked the Club for the flowers following the recent passing of this brother.

This being a Club Assembly morning, the following reports were presented:

Membership - Kirk Walper
An online membership survey has been created and will be sent out to the members today.  The Committee would like to get an idea of how members are feeling about the Club and where it should direct its energies.  Kirk stressed that it is important for us to identify a cause for the Club so we can tell potential members what we are working toward.

Community Service - Kay Burgoyne
Kay reported that Greg and Tracy Greenshields are hoping to be back soon.  There has been a request for funding from "Building Learning Together" which has been tabled until the next Committee meeting.  "Coats For Kids" was a huge success thanks to the leadership of Kay and Cara.  Support for the Salvation Army will continue throughout the Kettle Campaign.

Vocational Service - Ray Walker
Vocational Service month in October was reflected in the weekly "Two Minutes of Rotary" presentations.

Youth - Helen Dyck
Helen & Ron Dyck and Garry Cox attended a Youth Protection "train the trainer" seminar.  This training reflects a District policy that will apply to all activities involving youth.  Sessions will be done at regular Club meetings every 3 months to review different aspects of this policy.  Helen also noted that Springwood Middle School has been approached to start an Interact Club and we are now waiting for their response.

Public Relations - Bob Cummings
A thank you ad will be placed in the paper following "Coats For Kids", and promotional planning will now be focused on Taste of Oceanside.

International and Foundation - Angela Dadoush
Angela spoke about various international projects, including polio aftercare, mosquito nets and wells, noting that the Committee hopes to focus their efforts on an international project.

Administration - Diana Matsuda
John O'Brien has done an excellent job in setting the year's program, and we are now booking speakers well into the New Year.  Our speaker for December 18 has just cancelled, so we will devote to the full meeting to the Club family Christmas party.  Bring your partners, children and grandchildren as Santa will be there!

As for the Club's evening Christmas party, Jo and Sandy Dunn have graciously offered their home; details to follow.

The 50/50 of $15 was won by Gord Elliott.  Bob Cummings followed with the joke.  He noted that he seems to be asked quite often lately to tell the joke, so either he is very good at it or he needs more practise.  Judging by his very funny joke this morning, the former is the case!

Sarjeant Ian was in good form this morning, despite the noticeable signs of an encounter with his dog during which the dog seems to have won.  Of course President Bruce was fined for his late appearance this morning.  There were many happy dollars for the excellent work of Kay and Cara and the success of "Coats for Kids", and Jo Dunn also told a story about his chance meeting with Rotarian in Australia which demonstrated the power of Rotary to build goodwill and friendships throughout the world.

There was no Sunriser last week as our meeting was held with the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club.  However, the following are a few photos taken by Ian Dewar, showing the warm welcome extended to our members by the QB Sunrise crew:

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A great breakfast and warm fellowship at Rotary House

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President Deb Martin-Cox calls the meeting to order

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Major Norm Hamelin fills in as a "last minute" guest speaker

 
Next Week's Guest Speaker: Louise Sosa from Aldea Maya in Guatemala

See you all next week!

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Meeting Summary - November 6, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 16 members and 4 guests in attendance this morning. We were joined by our guest speaker, Jesse Foreman and his two sons, Drew and Owen, and by Louise Sosa from Aldea Maya.

Louise Sosa began the meeting with announcements about two events taking place in the Parksville area. Aldea Maya, a locally-based grassroots NGO will hold an event in Qualicum Beach on October 24 to tell people about the work they are doing in Guatamala; and on October 27 Julio Cochoy will speak on the topic "Voices Breaking the Silence: Recovery after the Guatemalan Civil War". Louise will be returning to the Club on November 13 for a full presentation on the work she and Aldea Maya are doing in Guatemala.

Other Announcements:

  • Members were reminded not to show up for our meeting next Wednesday (October 30) as we will be joining the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club at their meeting on Tuesday, October 29 instead.
  • A "Cash Mob" has been announced at Stedman's for Saturday, October 26. Members were encouraged to drop by and help them get back on their feet.
  • Norman Hamelin still has Turducken tickets for sale!

Vocational Month was again the focus Two Minutes of Rotary as Ray Walker spoke about the Objects of Rotary, the Rotary Code of Conduct and the Four Way Test. These stand for the integrity and ethics and that is what makes a Rotarian. Live it!

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Our guest speaker this morning was Corporal Jesse Foreman who works in Community Policing with the RCMP. Jesse participated in the "2013 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock", a 1,000 kilometer cycling trek by local police officers through Vancouver Island communities, starting in Port Alice and ending in downtown Victoria. Funds raised from the Tour benefit the Canadian Cancer Society and its paediatric research and prevention programs. Jesse began by giving a little history about the ride. It was started by a police officer in Edmonton who became aware of a child who was bullied because of his baldness due to cancer treatments. The officers in the community responded by shaving their heads and initiating programs in the school. This same officer then moved to Saanich and spearheaded an Island-wide "head shave" which later evolved into the Tour de Rock.

The Tour de Rock has continued for 16 years and has raised $20M. The focus of this fundraising effort is paediatric cancer research, with the belief that research into child cancer will ultimately lead to a cure for all cancers. A portion of the money raised also goes to Camp Good Times in Port Moody, a fun and recreational experience for children with cancer and their families. Oceanside is a major supporter of Tour de Rock with various fundraising events. This year a community record was reached with $70,000 raised.

Jesse noted that this is not just a ride but is a 7 month commitment of training and preparation. All riders are police officers or affiliated with the police. There are also 4-5 media riders who "work all night and ride all day to get the message out". Riders are never allowed to do the ride more than once, and Jesse affirmed that it is indeed a life-changing experience. Vancouver Island embraces the Tour de Rock in such a way that it has become a model for all of British Columbia. Jesse ended his presentation with a video that encapsulated the feeling of "why we do it". Sandy Herle thanked Jesse for his excellent and emotional presentation, presenting him with our Club certificate stating that 10 children will be immunized against polio in his name.

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Gord Svenson then lived up to his legendary jokester status by telling a very funny joke!

Next Meeting: Don't forget that we will be joining Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club on Tuesday, October 29 at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach. The breakfast cost is $10, cash only.

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Rotarians meet weekly - October 23, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 16 members and 4 guests in attendance this morning.  We were joined by our guest speaker, Jesse Foreman and his two sons, Drew and Owen, and by Louise Sosa from Aldea Maya.

Louise Sosa began the meeting with announcements about two events taking place in the Parksville area.  Aldea Maya, a locally-based grassroots NGO will hold an event in Qualicum Beach on October 24 to tell people about the work they are doing in Guatamala; and on October 27  Julio Cochoy will speak on the topic "Voices Breaking the Silence: Recovery after the Guatemalan Civil War".  Louise will be returning to the Club on November 13 for a full presentation on the work she and Aldea Maya are doing in Guatemala.

Other Announcements:

  • Members were reminded not to show up for our meeting next Wednesday (October 30) as we will be joining the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club at their meeting on Tuesday, October 29 instead.
  • A "Cash Mob" has been announced at Stedman's for Saturday, October 26.  Members were encouraged to drop by and help them get back on their feet.
  • Norman Hamelin still has Turducken tickets for sale!

Vocational Month was again the focus Two Minutes of Rotary as Ray Walker spoke about the Objects of Rotary, the Rotary Code of Conduct and the Four Way Test.  These stand for the integrity and ethics and that is what makes a Rotarian.  Live it!

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Our guest speaker this morning was Corporal Jesse Foreman who works in Community Policing with the RCMP.  Jesse participated in the "2013 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock", a 1,000 kilometer cycling trek by local police officers through Vancouver Island communities, starting in Port Alice and ending in downtown Victoria. Funds raised from the Tour benefit the Canadian Cancer Society and its paediatric research and prevention programs.  Jesse began by giving a little history about the ride.  It was started by a police officer in Edmonton who became aware of a child who was bullied because of his baldness due to cancer treatments.  The officers in the community responded by shaving their heads and initiating programs in the school.  This same officer then moved to Saanich and spearheaded an Island-wide "head shave" which later evolved into the Tour de Rock.

The Tour de Rock has continued for 16 years and has raised $20M.  The focus of this fundraising effort is paediatric cancer research, with the belief that research into child cancer will ultimately lead to a cure for all cancers.  A portion of the money raised also goes to Camp Good Times in Port Moody, a fun and recreational experience for children with cancer and their families.  Oceanside is a major supporter of Tour de Rock with various fundraising events.  This year a community record was reached with $70,000 raised.

Jesse noted that this is not just a ride but is a 7 month commitment of training and preparation.  All riders are police officers or affiliated with the police.  There are also 4-5 media riders who "work all night and ride all day to get the message out".  Riders are never allowed to do the ride more than once, and Jesse affirmed that it is indeed a life-changing experience.  Vancouver Island embraces the Tour de Rock in such a way that it has become a model for all of British Columbia.  Jesse ended his presentation with a video that encapsulated the feeling of "why we do it".  Sandy Herle thanked Jesse for his excellent and emotional presentation, presenting him with our Club certificate stating that 10 children will be immunized against polio in his name.

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The 50/50 of $15 was won by Bruce Huxtable, after which Gord Svenson lived up to his legendary jokester status by telling a very funny joke!

Next Meeting: Don't forget that we will be joining Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club on Tuesday, October 29 at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach.  The breakfast cost is $10, cash only.

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Meeting Summary - October 23, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 22 members in attendance this morning and one guest, Matt Breedlove, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Parksville and our guest speaker.

President Bruce began the meeting with a number of announcements:

  • Bashir El-Khalafawi and Greg Greenshields were both welcomed back after their extended absences, and President Bruce read a letter of thanks from Greg and Tracy for member support following their car accident this past August.
  • A letter of thanks was also read from Joan Larsen who expressed her appreciation to the Club for allowing her to exhibit her series of paintings during the RCMP Musical Ride.
  • Graduation photos of our two scholarship winners were circulated, showing award presenter Jo Dunn with the students.
  • At last week's meeting, DG Peter Taylor introduced the Energizer pin, an award presented to one outstanding member from each club visited by the DG in 2013 who shows extraordinary enthusiasm for the work of Rotary. For the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, there was no question but that this award should go to Cara MacDonald. Cara was away last week, so was presented with her pin today. Congratultions, Cara - well deserved! True to form, Cara then enthusiastically requested that members check the schedules for their Coats For Kids commitments.

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  • Members were also reminded that there will be no meeting on October 30, as we will be participating in an inter-club meeting with the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club on October 29 at 7 am. The cost will be $10, cash only, payable at the time of the meeting. Peter has a sign-up sheet at the reception desk so the QB Sunrise Club can advise their caterer of numbers.
  • President Bruce read a letter of thanks from District 5360 for our donation of $1000 to the flood relief fund in Calgary following the recent disaster.

As Vocational Month continues, Ken Armstrong spoke about "The Object of Rotary" during his Two Minutes of Rotary presentation.

Our guest speaker this morning was Matt Breedlove who began his presentation with the question "How often do you check your attitude?" He quoted his favorite definition of attitude by Charles Swindoll which states that attitude is about choice - 10% is about what happens to us and the other 90% is about how we react to it. Matt elicited a laugh from the members as he asserted: "You cannot let someone else drive you crazy unless you give them the keys!"

Matt then spoke about the adversity he has faced in his life, including a brain aneurism, brain surgery and recovery during which time he had to re-learn everthing, and later, the loss of his first wife. As a result of these difficult times, Matt learned that you are in control of your own attitude, that you have choices, and that you have to work on your attitude every single day. He affirmed that we all need a creed to live by, a vision that tells us where we are going, and that our driver is the joy of being alive. Offering another quote: "The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift and that's why it is called the present." In addition to being a realtor, Matt is a motivational speaker and life coach. He urged members to refer to the Four Way Test and The Optimist "Ten Codes of Conduct" in their daily lives.

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Following his talk, Matt let the members in on the latest Parksville Rotary fundraiser, a 50/50 draw. The grand prize is up to $5000, and tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and a book for $35. The draw will be held November 18.

Our jokester this morning was Gord Elliott, and Ian Dewar and Bashir El-Khalafawi did their "tag team" Sergeant's routine, with very lucrative results. John O'Brien celebrated his birthday today, and was serenaded in our usual enthusiastic style.

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Next Week's Speaker: Jesse Foreman, Tour de Rock

Rotarians meet weekly - October 16, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 22 members in attendance this morning and one guest, Matt Breedlove, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Parksville and our guest speaker.

President Bruce began the meeting with a number of announcements:

  • Bashir El-Khalafawi and Greg Greenshields were both welcomed back after their extended absences, and President Bruce read a letter of thanks from Greg and Tracy for member support following their car accident this past August.
  • A letter of thanks was also read from Joan Larsen who expressed her appreciation to the Club for allowing her to exhibit her series of paintings during the RCMP Musical Ride.
  • Graduation photos of our two scholarship winners were circulated, showing award presenter Jo Dunn with the students.
  • At last week's meeting, DG Peter Taylor introduced the Energizer pin, an award presented to one outstanding member from each club visited by the DG in 2013 who shows extraordinary enthusiasm for the work of Rotary. For the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, there was no question but that this award should go to Cara MacDonald.  Cara was away last week, so was presented with her pin today.  Congratultions, Cara - well deserved!  True to form, Cara then enthusiastically requested that members check the schedules for their Coats For Kids commitments.

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  • Members were also reminded that there will be no meeting on October 30, as we will be participating in an inter-club meeting with the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club on October 29 at 7 am.  The cost will be $10, cash only, payable at the time of the meeting.  Peter has a sign-up sheet at the reception desk so the QB Sunrise Club can advise their caterer of numbers.
  • President Bruce read a letter of thanks from District 5360 for our donation of $1000 to the flood relief fund in Calgary following the recent disaster.

As Vocational Month continues, Ken Armstrong spoke about "The Object of Rotary" during his Two Minutes of Rotary presentation.

Our guest speaker this morning was Matt Breedlove who began his presentation with the question "How often do you check your attitude?"  He quoted his favorite definition of attitude by Charles Swindoll which states that attitude is about choice - 10% is about what happens to us and the other 90% is about how we react to it.  Matt elicited a laugh from the members as he asserted: "You cannot let someone else drive you crazy unless you give them the keys!"

Matt then spoke about the adversity he has faced in his life, including a brain aneurism, brain surgery and recovery during which time he had to re-learn everthing, and later, the loss of his first wife.  As a result of these difficult times, Matt learned that you are in control of your own attitude, that you have choices, and that you have to work on your attitude every single day.  He affirmed that we all need a creed to live by, a vision that tells us where we are going, and that our driver is the joy of being alive.  Offering another quote: "The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift and that's why it is called the present."  In addition to being a realtor, Matt is a motivational speaker and life coach.  He urged members to refer to the Four Way Test and The Optimist "Ten Codes of Conduct" in their daily lives.

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Following his talk, Matt let the members in on the latest Parksville Rotary fundraiser, a 50/50 draw.  The grand prize is up to $5000, and tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and a book for $35.  The draw will be held November 18.

Ken Armstrong won our own meagre 50/50 pot of $20 this morning.  Our jokester was Gord Elliott, and Ian Dewar and Bashir El-Khalafawi did their "tag team" Sergeant's routine, with very lucrative results.  John O'Brien celebrated his birthday today, and was serenaded in our usual enthusiastic style.

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Next Week's Speaker:
Jesse Foreman, Tour de Rock

 

Meeting Summary - October 16, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Lynne Pearson

On October 2nd, eighteen members enjoyed a hearty breakfast, along with a visiting Rotarian (Fred Collins, Rotary Club of Parksville) and a guest (Major Norm Hamelin, prospective member).  Because it was the first Wednesday of the month, in addition to the national anthem and the invocation, Peter Hann led us in the Four Way Test.  There were announcements that the volunteer schedule for Coats for Kids is looking good, and the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise is sell Roses for Rotary (sheets were on the table).  Treasurer John O’Brien noted that the finacial statements for last year had been presented and approved by the Executive.  If anyone wants a copy, please see John.

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Ray Walker presented Two Minutes of Rotary and noted that October is Vocational Service Month.  We as Rotarians demonstrate ethical behaviour in our business and professional lives which is really Vocational Service.

Today was Club Assembly, so the Committees met in small groups and reported to the club following their meetings.  Public Relations, Bob Cummings, mentioned the publicity being done for Coats for Kids, and that the four Oceanside Clubs will be meeting to discuss joint publicity.  Club Administration, John O’Brien, mentioned that there is interest in doing a technology day in January, including how to use the new Rotary International website.  Vocational Service, Ray Walker, talked about the Four Way Test and noted that Vocational Service hopes to provide each of the Two Minutes of Rotary during October, which is Vocational Service month.  Membership, Kirk Walper, informed the club that there will be a survey of members.  He wondered if people would be willing to do it on line, and there was general support for that.  He also mentioned the need for the club to find more members and it is each of our responsibility to do that.  Youth Services, Garry Cox, told members that we are much closer to having an Interact club because four teachers are interested.  Youth Services will also be promoting short term exchanges.  International, Lynne Pearson, noted that the International Committee feels it is time for a strategy discussion regarding what the club should focus on regarding International.  There will be a strategy meeting in January and anyone interested will be invited to participate.

Cara MacDonald told a surprising joke.  The Sgt., Ian Dewar, was in fine form (get it?) fining many members who couldn’t remember the waiter’s name, or were wearing orange, or who could not respond to tut (totally useless trivia), and more.  There were lots of happy and sad dollars.

Kay Burgoyne and Greg Greenshields both had birthdays but were not present to receive the bear.

The District Governor, Pete Taylor will be attending our next meeting.  It was decided that we should wear our Rotary gear.

Rotarians Meet Weekly - October 2, 2013 Lynne Pearson 0
Posted by Kay Burgoyne

There were 18 members in attendance this morning, the meeting held in the Sand Dollar room upstairs.  We were joined by prospective member Vic Andrushko, guest speakers Joan Ryan Executive Director of Nanaimo Lifeline and Ken Neden a fellow Rotarian with Qualicum Beach Sunrise and a member of the Arrowsmith Search & Rescue team.  
 
Ray Walker started us off with the Anthem, and John O’Brien with our Rotary Grace.  
 
Two Minutes of Rotary, eloquently given by Peter Hann, was on “Crowd Funding”, alternately called Crowd Financing, Equity Compounding and Crowd-sourced fund raising, and is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.  Crowd Funding is used in support of a wide range of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, start-up company funding, motion picture promotions, free software development, inventions development, scientific research and civic projects, such as those undertaken by Rotarians.  
Rotary Clubs are always looking for money to fund their projects, and in the past we often raised funds by asking members to donate to support specific goals, but times have changed.  The new approach is “Crowd Funding”, an approach that channels the collective effort of individuals in supporting efforts by other people or organizations. The Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise, Comox Valley, to support a project in Mexico, created an example of this initiative.  Cabo Corrientes is a very poor area south of Puerto Vallarta, which needs help in building toilets, refurbishing schools and providing school bus transportation so children can attend schools.  This project saw their Club working with four other Rotary Clubs from Central V.I. to build four latrine blocks, which will largely be funded by Districts Community Grants.  Rotary will also be donating a bus for the handicapped, an ambulance and a couple of utility vehicles.  
You may view their project at http://igg.me/p/mexican-schools-project-why-banos-bathrooms/x/4805310.  The site will be published in the Sunriser.  It is an eye-opener, not just for the visuals, but for a first-hand look at Crowd Funding.  
 
Announcements:
President Bruce announced there would not be a  meeting at the Beach Club on Wed. Oct. 30th.  Instead we will be going to the Qualicum Sunrise meeting on Tues.  October 29th.  
Cara MacDonald reminded us that Coats for Kids volunteers are needed and a sign- up sheet was posted for the project. .  
 
John O’Brien reported that he and Eric Wolper had visited the P.Alberni Rotary AM Club held at the Hospitality Inn.  Their Club has 23 members, their chair is rotated each meeting, they have 4 events each year, they do not hold a 50/50 draw nor do they have a Sgt. so……… no fines are levied.  
 
Noted that Oct. 9th meeting our District Governor Pete Taylor and his wife Kristine, will be visiting our Club.  Pete is a Rotarian with the Tacoma #8 Rotary Club.
 
A reminder that Q.B. Sunrise Club is conducting their “Roses from Rotary” project, (area from Deep Bay to Nanaimo)  $30 per dozen, to be delivered the middle of October.  
 
SPEAKER:
Ray Walker introduced our guest speakers, Joan Ryan Executive Director Nanaimo Lifeline and  Ken Neden  President of Arrowsmith Search & Rescue, both representing Project Lifesaver, a Personal Response and Support Service.  
 
Project Lifesaver is a program for those that suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Downs or other related disorders and are prone to wandering.  Wandering is a reality for caregivers.  A person with a cognitive condition who becomes lost is a critical emergency.  They may not be aware of their situation and may not call out for help or respond to others who call out to them.  
 
Clients enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a small Personal Locator Unit on their wrist or ankle that emits a radio signal.  If the client wanders, trained search teams track the signal to locate loved ones.  
 
In 2012, Arrowsmith Search & Rescue partnered with the Finding Forrest Foundation to offer this valuable program to the Parksville/Qualicum area.  Nanaimo Lifeline Program looks after client management for Project Lifesaver .
 
This service cannot be provided to clients living alone, the client must live with a caregiver.  Cost is $300 for personal wrist/ankle locator unit and $25 per month.    
 
Projects Lifesaver technology can help decrease the chance of fatalities and injuries and reduce search time from days to hours or minutes.
 
Cara MacDonald thanked Ken and Joan.
 
Jo Dunn provided us with the laugh of the day with his “anecdotal” comedy show.  Well done.
 
Secret Sergeant-at-Arms Gord Elliott very ably fined many. 

Rotarians Meet Weekly - September 25, 2013 Kay Burgoyne 0
Posted by Kay Burgoyne

There were 18 members in attendance this morning, the meeting held in the Sand Dollar room upstairs.  We were joined by prospective member Vic Andrushko, guest speakers Joan Ryan Executive Director of Nanaimo Lifeline and Ken Neden a fellow Rotarian with Qualicum Beach Sunrise and a member of the Arrowsmith Search & Rescue team.  
 
Ray Walker started us off with the Anthem, and John O’Brien with our Rotary Grace.  
 
Two Minutes of Rotary, eloquently given by Peter Hann, was on “Crowd Funding”, alternately called Crowd Financing, Equity Compounding and Crowd-sourced fund raising, and is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.  Crowd Funding is used in support of a wide range of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, start-up company funding, motion picture promotions, free software development, inventions development, scientific research and civic projects, such as those undertaken by Rotarians.  
Rotary Clubs are always looking for money to fund their projects, and in the past we often raised funds by asking members to donate to support specific goals, but times have changed.  The new approach is “Crowd Funding”, an approach that channels the collective effort of individuals in supporting efforts by other people or organizations. The Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise, Comox Valley, to support a project in Mexico, created an example of this initiative.  Cabo Corrientes is a very poor area south of Puerto Vallarta, which needs help in building toilets, refurbishing schools and providing school bus transportation so children can attend schools.  This project saw their Club working with four other Rotary Clubs from Central V.I. to build four latrine blocks, which will largely be funded by Districts Community Grants.  Rotary will also be donating a bus for the handicapped, an ambulance and a couple of utility vehicles.  
You may view their project at http://igg.me/p/mexican-schools-project-why-banos-bathrooms/x/4805310.  The site will be published in the Sunriser.  It is an eye-opener, not just for the visuals, but for a first-hand look at Crowd Funding.  
 
Announcements:
President Bruce announced there would not be a  meeting at the Beach Club on Wed. Oct. 30th.  Instead we will be going to the Qualicum Sunrise meeting on Tues.  October 29th.  
Cara MacDonald reminded us that Coats for Kids volunteers are needed and a sign- up sheet was posted for the project. .  
 
John O’Brien reported that he and Eric Wolper had visited the P.Alberni Rotary AM Club held at the Hospitality Inn.  Their Club has 23 members, their chair is rotated each meeting, they have 4 events each year, they do not hold a 50/50 draw nor do they have a Sgt. so……… no fines are levied.  
 
Noted that Oct. 9th meeting our District Governor Pete Taylor and his wife Kristine, will be visiting our Club.  Pete is a Rotarian with the Tacoma #8 Rotary Club.
 
A reminder that Q.B. Sunrise Club is conducting their “Roses from Rotary” project, (area from Deep Bay to Nanaimo)  $30 per dozen, to be delivered the middle of October.  
 
SPEAKER:
Ray Walker introduced our guest speakers, Joan Ryan Executive Director Nanaimo Lifeline and  Ken Neden  President of Arrowsmith Search & Rescue, both representing Project Lifesaver, a Personal Response and Support Service.  
 
Project Lifesaver is a program for those that suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Downs or other related disorders and are prone to wandering.  Wandering is a reality for caregivers.  A person with a cognitive condition who becomes lost is a critical emergency.  They may not be aware of their situation and may not call out for help or respond to others who call out to them.  
 
Clients enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a small Personal Locator Unit on their wrist or ankle that emits a radio signal.  If the client wanders, trained search teams track the signal to locate loved ones.  
 
In 2012, Arrowsmith Search & Rescue partnered with the Finding Forrest Foundation to offer this valuable program to the Parksville/Qualicum area.  Nanaimo Lifeline Program looks after client management for Project Lifesaver .
 
This service cannot be provided to clients living alone, the client must live with a caregiver.  Cost is $300 for personal wrist/ankle locator unit and $25 per month.    
 
Projects Lifesaver technology can help decrease the chance of fatalities and injuries and reduce search time from days to hours or minutes.
 
Cara MacDonald thanked Ken and Joan.
 
50/50 was won by Kay Burgoyne, and the $19 was donated to Project Lifeline.  
 
Jo Dunn provided us with the laugh of the day with his “anecdotal” comedy show.  Well done.
 
Secret Sergeant-at-Arms Gord Elliott very ably fined many. 

Meeting Summary - September 25, 2013 Kay Burgoyne 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 18 members in attendance this morning, joined by prospective members, Major Norman Hamelin and Vic Andrushko, and by guest speaker Philip Shoesmith.  RYE Cookie Schworan was also a bright and cheery addition to the meeting, along with friend, Chance Grant. 

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Cara MacDonald spoke about “Coats For Kids” during Two Minutes of Rotary, outlining all the tasks that will require volunteers from the beginning of October to distribution day on November 2.  Cara will have sign-up sheets at the next meeting and she warned the members that if they don’t sign up, they will be appointed or, as the old Rotary saying goes “volun-told”.

Announcements included a reminder from John O’Brien that the excursion to join the Port Alberni Arrowsmith Rotary meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 24, leaving at 6 am.  Bruce Huxtable also announced that the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Roses Sale is in full swing, with roses at $30/dozen which will be delivered on October 19.

Our guest speaker this morning was Philip Shoesmith from Hopfingers U-Brew and Wine-making, a Parksville business since 1993. As part of our Entrepreneurial Series, Phillip provided his perspectives on business truths and trends that he has observed over the years.  He began by talking about staff retention.  He expressed his view that it can be a challenge to keep staff happy, but it is so important so that customers pick up a good “vibe” when they enter the store.  Philip believes it is important to give his staff ownership of their jobs and allow them to make mistakes.  Repeat business is “100% important” to Philip’s business and this is reflected in the importance he places on a harmonious staff environment.

Philip has noticed many changes in his business during the past 20 years.  Changing tastes have led to an increase in wine over beer-making.  When he first opened, his business was 50/50 beer to wine; now, it is 20/80, although the craft beer market is now on the rise.  It is important to adapt to such trends.  

Philip has also found that side aspects have become important to his business.  These include services such as barrel aging and carbonation.  Customers can also bring in their own fruit to have their wine made.  There are cycles during the year, such as the busy pre-Christmas wine-making season.  The summer season is generally slower, so these months provide time for services that can’t be done during the busy times.  It all helps to level off the year.

There were many questions from the members, ample proof of the popularity of this topic.  Philip was asked for his opinion on how to choose a good wine kit.  He stated that the cheaper kits contain more sugar, while the top end kits have none. The difference in quality is reflected in the end product.  When asked about the savings with the u-brew operation, Philip said it was about 50%.  Cheaper wine kits will cost about $3 per bottle while higher quality kits will run at about $6.  The product is equivalent to a good table wine which would cost about $15-20 in the store.   Philip’s beer kits are all-grain beers and produce the equivalent to store-bought beer at about half the price. Philip noted that his industry is constantly evolving and that it is important to “stay on the ball” and remain focused on one’s goal.

Philip was thanked by Gord Elliott, and John O’Brien was also recognized for introducing this excellent Entrepreneurial Series to the Club.

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Gord Elliott then stepped up to the plate and found a joke that he “just happened to have in his back pocket”.   Thanks Gord. Sergeant Ian performed with his usual aplomb.

Next Meeting:  Joan Ryan and Ken Neden will tell the Club about Project Lifesaver.

 

Rotarians Meet Weekly - September 18, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 18 members in attendance this morning, joined by prospective members, Major Norman Hamelin and Vic Andrushko, and by guest speaker Philip Shoesmith.  RYE Cookie Schworan was also a bright and cheery addition to the meeting, along with friend, Chance Grant. 

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Cara MacDonald spoke about “Coats For Kids” during Two Minutes of Rotary, outlining all the tasks that will require volunteers from the beginning of October to distribution day on November 2.  Cara will have sign-up sheets at the next meeting and she warned the members that if they don’t sign up, they will be appointed or, as the old Rotary saying goes “volun-told”.

Announcements included a reminder from John O’Brien that the excursion to join the Port Alberni Arrowsmith Rotary meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 24, leaving at 6 am.  Bruce Huxtable also announced that the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Roses Sale is in full swing, with roses at $30/dozen which will be delivered on October 19.

Our guest speaker this morning was Philip Shoesmith from Hopfingers U-Brew and Wine-making, a Parksville business since 1993. As part of our Entrepreneurial Series, Phillip provided his perspectives on business truths and trends that he has observed over the years.  He began by talking about staff retention.  He expressed his view that it can be a challenge to keep staff happy, but it is so important so that customers pick up a good “vibe” when they enter the store.  Philip believes it is important to give his staff ownership of their jobs and allow them to make mistakes.  Repeat business is “100% important” to Philip’s business and this is reflected in the importance he places on a harmonious staff environment.

Philip has noticed many changes in his business during the past 20 years.  Changing tastes have led to an increase in wine over beer-making.  When he first opened, his business was 50/50 beer to wine; now, it is 20/80, although the craft beer market is now on the rise.  It is important to adapt to such trends.  

Philip has also found that side aspects have become important to his business.  These include services such as barrel aging and carbonation.  Customers can also bring in their own fruit to have their wine made.  There are cycles during the year, such as the busy pre-Christmas wine-making season.  The summer season is generally slower, so these months provide time for services that can’t be done during the busy times.  It all helps to level off the year.

There were many questions from the members, ample proof of the popularity of this topic.  Philip was asked for his opinion on how to choose a good wine kit.  He stated that the cheaper kits contain more sugar, while the top end kits have none. The difference in quality is reflected in the end product.  When asked about the savings with the u-brew operation, Philip said it was about 50%.  Cheaper wine kits will cost about $3 per bottle while higher quality kits will run at about $6.  The product is equivalent to a good table wine which would cost about $15-20 in the store.   Philip’s beer kits are all-grain beers and produce the equivalent to store-bought beer at about half the price. Philip noted that his industry is constantly evolving and that it is important to “stay on the ball” and remain focused on one’s goal.

Philip was thanked by Gord Elliott, and John O’Brien was also recognized for introducing this excellent Entrepreneurial Series to the Club.

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Gord Elliott then stepped up to the plate and found a joke that he “just happened to have in his back pocket”.   Thanks Gord.  The 50/50 of $17 was won by Ken Armstrong, and Sergeant Ian performed with his usual aplomb.

Next Meeting:  Joan Ryan and Ken Neden will tell the Club about Project Lifesaver.

Meeting Summary - September 18, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

Twenty members joined four guests this morning to welcome a spectacular Parksville sunrise.  Our guests included prospective member, Major Norman Hamelin who has recently been posted to the Salvation Army; Debbie Bentzen from Mount Arrowsmith Vaulters; and John and son David Hildebrandt from the Coombs 4-H Club.

Lynne Pearson spoke about the Foundation coin boxes during her Two Minutes of Rotary.  These boxes provide an easy way to donate and are also an ongoing reminder of your commitment to Rotary.  Just fill them up with your loose change; when full, give them to Lynne and she will register your donation with RI for a tax receipt.  If you don’t yet have a coin box, you can pick one up at the registration desk or get one from Lynne.

Our speaker this morning was our own Ron Dyck, now in his fifth year as Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) District Coordinator and Treasurer.  Ron began his talk by referring to a speech given by RI President, Sakuji Tanaka: “Youth Exchange students learn how people who seem so different are really the same.  They begin to appreciate what unites people everywhere.  They have a broader understanding of the world.  They come back as different people.”  In Ron’s view, there is no better way to ensure a peaceful world than to experience other cultures and begin to understand how other people think through developing friendships around the world.  Students who come back from an exchange have grown 4-5 years in the space of a single year.  STEP is also a family to family exchange, enabling parents to connect with other host families and establish their own friendships.

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Ron explained the process of arranging a Short Term Exchange.  He begins by negotiating with other districts around the world to find placements for students.  He then works with the high schools to solicit applicants.  Interviews are held to select those students who will be good ambassadors for Rotary and for Canada.  Students are given choices of places they would like to visit, and those they would prefer not to visit, but Ron makes the final decision as to their destination.  This past year, he had 35 applicants from the District, and 35 students came to District 5020 from other parts of the world.  He is hoping for 50 applicants next year.  More students mean more paperwork for Ron, but for him, the whole process is a lot of fun and the impact it has on these young people makes it all worthwhile.

Bill Rawlins thanked Ron for his presentation, noting that it was especially meaningful to hear it on a day that marks the 12th anniversary of 9/11.  Such programs serve to encourage world citizenship and a realization that we are all the same, both of which are necessary if we are ever to achieve world peace.

Garry Cox then took the floor to make two cheque presentations to groups that were part of the success of the RCMP Musical Ride.  Debbie Bentzen accepted the cheque on behalf of the Mount Arrowsmith Vaulters who put on a spectacular pre-show performance.  She thanked the Club for inviting the Vaulters to participate, as the Musical Ride was a great opportunity for them to become better known in the community as a group that empowers and builds self esteem among young people.  John and David Hildebrandt also received a donation on behalf of the Coombs 4-H Club for its work in cleaning out the stalls after the Ride, a job that all Rotarians were happy to forego.  Both groups were invited by Garry to mark their calendars for the Ride in 2017 which will be Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

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The following announcements were made:

  • Jo Dunn announced that the Coats For Kids Committee will meet next Tuesday and that we will be working with the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club again on this project.  Cara will have volunteer sign-up sheets available once dates have been set.
  • President Bruce advised the members that he has delivered a cheque to the Parksville Rotary Club for their role in managing the parking at the RCMP Musical Ride.
  • John O’Brien announced that he is organizing a group to join the Port Alberni Arrowsmith Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting on Tuesday, September 24.  There will be a 6 am departure time.  John has a sign-up sheet for those interested.

Jo then filled in as the jokester as Al Cameron mysteriously disappeared just prior to being called on for his joke.  Ian Dewar performed admirably as Sergeant-at-arms, although his logic in appointing a “secret greeter” after the fact was called into question.  There were many Happy Dollars for the passion and commitment shown by Ron Dyck during his presentation.

Next Week’s Speaker:  Philip Shoesmith, Hopfingers U-Brew

 

Rotarians Meet Weekly - September 11, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by John O'Brien

We were delighted to see our “old” friend Major Dan Roode and to welcome Major Norman Hamelin as a prospective member, as 21 members joined for fun and frolic.  Gordon kicked off the meeting with "2 minutes of Rotary" and cited an early edition of the Sunriser.  He had us all laughing at the joke included in the edition.

Bruce announced that the Victoria Rotary club is planning to celebrate its 100th year on Nov 15th at the Union Club.  Garry mentioned that the Tour de Rock group will be in Parksville Sept 26th.  We also heard that the Tracy and Greg continue to recover slowly from a car accident.

Kay brought in her “Spirit of Rotary” plaque that was beautifully designed by Bill Helin.

John presented the Annual Budget in a lively green colour.  The Executive had approved the document and the members were supportive.  The success with the Musical Ride and Beachfest has set us up nicely for the year.

Today was a business meeting for the groups to plan and scheme the future.  The energy in the room was amazing.  Each group summarized their plans with the members. 

Ron and Bob had birthdays and Bruce & Vicki had an anniversary.  Cara had a big smile as well.  Our Sergeants continue to molest our change.  I am sure they have collected the entire year’s budget already!

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Next week we hear from Ron Dyck on Youth Exchange.  Don’t miss it!!

Meeting Summary - September 4, 2013 John O'Brien 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 20 members in attendance this morning, along with three guests: Vic Andrusko, guest of Al Cameron; Kyle Fichler representing The Beach Club; and guest speaker, Bill Helin.

During Two Minutes of Rotary, Eric Walper spoke about his experiences as a new Rotarian, expressing his feeling that "the more you serve, the more you get back".  Rotary provides a wonderful opportunity for great fellowship while at the same time helping the community, and Eric is proud to be a Rotarian.

Due to confusion with our guest speaker over our meeting location, Don Luke and Garry Cox graciously agreed to fill in with an overview of the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, held this past June.  Garry spoke about the Pre-Convention which involved two days of seminars dealing with youth exchange, including short and long term exchange programs, hosting issues, Rotaract, Interact and RYLA.  He was gratified to learn that the same issues and problems arise all over the world and are not unique to us.  There were 30 RYE students at the sessions, most from Canada and the US and one from Port Hardy.

Garry noted that one of the best aspects of the convention was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, including some that he and Don had met while on their trip to Africa.  Through the socialization that takes place outside the sessions, you really learn what Rotary is all about.  Garry's advice to future convention-goers is to bring plenty of business cards!

Don then spoke about the conference venue which was the stadium built for the World's Fair, held in Portugal in 1998.  With attendance of 25,000 people, it was sometimes difficult to get into the popular sessions.  Jane Goodall was one of the outstanding speakers, and other topics included the Foundation, water projects, Rotary Friendship Exchanges and the new Rotary website.  Plenary sessions were conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into nine languages; while breakout sessions usually had two language options.  The House of Friendship was also a central gathering spot, with opportunities to socialize, shop for Rotary products, and meet with other Rotarians promoting club projects.  Almost every living Past RI President was there. 

Even without photos and on very short notice, Don and Garry did a great job giving the members a sense of what a Rotary International convention is all about.  Many thanks for filling in our program this morning, guys!

Our guest speaker, Bill Helin was introduced by Bashir El-Khalafawi as an artist, designer, painter, wood carver, jewelry craftsman, storyteller, and a former member of our Club.  Bill began his presentation with a Tsimshian prayer.  Born in Prince Rupert, Bill has spent much of his 35 year career learning about and expressing his Tsimshian culture through his art and his work in schools.

Bill described his recent experience in Hong Kong where he spent three months carving two totem poles at an international school as their first artist-in-residence.  From a 30' log, Bill carved two 15' poles to accompany an existing totem pole, as three were needed to ensure proper feng shui.  His workspace was actually a corner of a sports field and he described a humorous incident when he was hit on the head with a soccer ball while busy with his chainsaw.  Three months of carving and working with children culminated in a totem pole raising ceremony which was translated into Chinese.

Bill then spoke of his work as an illustrator of children's books with Strong Nations publishers.  His work is part of a guided reading program which includes 16 books in the first phase and another 16 in a second series of Revolutionary Teaching books for early readers.  Bill is a firm believer in the power of education, noting that we also need to give literacy skills to parents so they can teach their children.  Kay Burgoyne thanked Bill for his presentation, noting his lasting impact on our Club through his beautiful banner design .

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The 50/50  of $20 was won by Jo Dunn.  Birthdays were celebrated by Angela Dadoush and Bev Birchard, and anniversaries by Kirk & Jaclyn Walper and by Eric and Fay Walper.  Happy dollars were donated for the presentations made by Bill, and by Garry and Don.  Helen Dyck was recognized for her new role as author on the Island Woman website.

Next week's meeting: Club Assembly

Meeting Summary - August 28, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

A beautiful sunny Parksville morning brought out 22 members and three guests: Mary Beil, our guest speaker and Principal of Parksville Elementary School; and Brent Barootes from the Rotary Club of Calgary West, along with his daughter Brooklyn.

Announcements to start off the meeting included the following:

  • Jo Dunn expressed appreciation to Gord Elliott for his excellent coordination of the Club's participation in Beachfest.
  • President Bruce reminded members that Winefest will be held in Port Alberni on September 21.  The Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club is chartering a bus.  If anyone is interested in this opportunity to attend Winefest without having to drive, please let Bruce know.
  • Information on a Rotary Friendship Exchange to England has been circulated to all members.  Bruce is taking names to submit to the RFE organizer.  It will be "first come, first served", so get your names in early if you are interested.
  • Bruce asked if anyone was interested in serving on the RI Council on Legislation; please let him know if you wish to submit your name.
  • Rotary International will soon be unveiling its newly designed website, promised to be much more user friendly.  Members should check it out and get registered on the site.
  • We need a Literacy Chair for the Club. Please let President Bruce know if you are interested.

Jo Dunn expressed his view to the members that Crabfest appears to have run its course and that we need to look for an alternative fundraiser.  Circumstances leading to this recommendation include the fact that there is not a dependable supply of crab at a fixed price and that it is a lot of work for a modest return. The idea of trying lobster was suggested but logistics were again a concern.  It was therefore moved by Jo Dunn and seconded by Bob Cummings that Crabfest be dropped as a fundraiser.  The motion was carried.  Jo will do an inventory of the supplies in our storage locker related to Crabfest and will circulate a list for possible auction.

Our guest speaker, Mary Beil gave an excellent presentation on enhancing literacy initiatives at Parksville Elementary School through removing barriers to learning.  She reviewed the different stages of learning for young children, noting that not everyone progresses at the same rate and that there are resources to help remove the barriers to "making meaning" through reading.  She referred to resources such as "levelled texts" that match readers to the right books, and the use of technology through interactive e-books.  National Geographic theme sets are designed to allow students to read at different levels in the same core content areas; while the RAZ Kids (Reading A to Z) interactive program allows students to receive assignments, choose materials from a book room, receive messages, and have their parents log in to monitor their progress.

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There are many resources available to help increase literacy skills but they cost money and school budgets are limited.  Parksville Elementary School has a total budget of $3-4000 for resources in all subjects and therefore any support is appreciated.  For example, the cost of licensing the National Geographic materials is about $500 per set, and the school would need 4 - 6 sets.   Bill Rawlins thanked Mary for her presentation, giving her top marks for her content, style and enthusiasm.

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Angela Dadoush won the 50/50 of $22; Ray Walker provided the morning smile; and Ian and Bashir managed to compile a lengthy list of fineable offenses.  Birthdays were celebrated this week by Gord Svenson (August 20), Diana Matsuda (August 21), Bashir El-Khalafawi (August 24) and Ian Dewar (August 27).  There were many Happy Dollars for Mary Beil's presentation, and Jo Dunn offered to look into a coordinated effort for the Club to support literacy at Parksville Elementary School.

Next Week's Speaker: Bill Helin

 

Meeting Summary - August 21, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 18 members in attendance this morning, joined by four Rotarian guests: PDG David Stocks and his wife Frances; ADG Ed Fougner from Qualicum Beach Sunrise; and Brent Barootes from the Rotary Club of Calgary West.

President Bruce began the meeting with a few announcements, advising the members that Greg and Tracy Greenshields are progressing after their accident and that Don Tardiff has submitted his resignation to the Club.  Diana Matsuda then provided a brief explanation of how to access the Club's Photo Albums - just go to the front page of our website; Photo Albums are located in the right column beneath Club Documents.  You don't need to login to the site to see these albums.

Kirk Walper talked about membership during Two Minutes of Rotary.  He urged members to record their make-ups, and then went on to present some ideas to attract new members.  We need to change commonly held perceptions that Rotary is "old, male, exclusive and not open to new ideas".  People often think that they don't need to join Rotary to help their community; however, many would not otherwise become involved.  It is important to get non-Rotarians involved in our projects so they can see Rotary in action.

Ed Fougner then took the floor to make a presentation to Ray Walker who has achieved his Paul Harris Plus 3.  Congratulations Ray!

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David and Frances Stocks then spoke to the Club about a project they have a special passion for - the APA School for girls in Malawi, also known as "girls on the move".  They have been involved with this school since 2005, working with its two founders, Christie Johnson and Memory Chazeza to create a school that David emphasizes is not a Canadian school parachuted into Malawi.  It belongs to the people of Malawi and it is a huge success.  The school opened in 2008 with 80 girls enrolled.  Since then, three classes have graduated in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  In September 2013, enrollment will increase to 120 girls, one third of whom are poor rural girls on a scholarship.

In Malawi, if a girl does manage to complete primary school and earn a place in a secondary school, her family will need to pay school fees, uniform costs and examination fees.  Devalued because of gender bias, girls are often seen as unworthy of financial support, their only value being that of earning the family a bride price when she marries.  In the face of extreme poverty and discriminatory cultural practices, many poor girls are pressured to marry as young as 14 years of age and are extraordinarily vulnerable to HIV, early pregnancy, complications from childbirth, and lifelong physical exploitation.  Once married, they are isolated and unsupported, with little or no voice to demand their rights.  In fact, they have no idea that they have any rights.  The cycle of povery, illness and abuse continues, not only for them but for the children they will bear and raise.  With all these obstacles, it is no wonder that classrooms in secondary schools, particularly in rural areas of Malawi, are populated almost entirely by boys.

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Christie Johnson teaches at Lester Pearson College in Victoria and Memory Chazeza is the proud Director of the school as well as a wonderful role model for her students.  The first 5-year strategic plan was successfully completed in 2013 with all objectives achieved.  The next 3-year plan will see internet installed, a library stocked, the school farm become more productive, a primary school built, and a teacher training school for girls built and operational in the three year time frame.

Memory has become a powerful leader and teacher, fighting corruption, educating her girls about their human rights, and inspiring her staff of teachers to believe that they are capable of creating one of the best schools in the country.  In 2008 and 2009, her Grade 10 students achieved pass rates on their national exams of 100% and 98% when the average national pass rate for girls was around 15%.  Funding for the school has been attained through the development of a solid administrative framework which has included about four dozen Rotary clubs, several Rotaract and Interact clubs, District and TRF funds, and many individual supporters.  For further details on this inspirational project, go to the Malawi Girls on the Move website. PDG David Stocks has also agreed to provide a list of ways to get involved in "Girls on the Move".

The 50/50 of $17 was was won by Ian Dewar who promptly donated it to the Malawi project.  Ian and Bashir then did their "tag team" Sergeant-at-arms routine, with profitable results.  Gord Elliott offered a series of "one liners" as his joke of the week, and anniversaries from last week were celebrated for Cara MacDonald and Nigel Gray (August 2) and Bashir and Judi El-Khalafawi (August 7).

Our guest speaker next week will be Mary Beil from Parksville Elementary School who will tell us about literacy programs at the school and obstacles that need to be overcome.

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Posted by Diana Matsuda

The Parksville Museum provided a refreshing change of venue this morning as 19 members came together in what President Bruce called a "celebration of accomplishment".  They were joined by three guests: Rotarian Brent Barootes from the Calgary West Club; RYE Cookie Schworan; and Cookie's Mom, Jodi Schworan.  Bruce noted that we have much to celebrate this beautiful Parksville morning as the Club has shown exceptional support for three major events - the Inter-Club Barbeque, the RCMP Musical Ride, and BeachFest - while just 5 weeks into the new Rotary year.

Jo Dunn led off breakfast with the invocation, asking members to keep Greg and Tracy Greenshields in their thoughts after their serious car accident which occurred a few days ago.

Don Luke spoke about Rotarian Action Groups (RAGS) during Two Minutes of Rotary.  Rotarian Action Groups provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing service projects in their respective areas of expertise. They are autonomous, international groups organized by Rotarians who have expertise in and a passion for a particular type of service. Examples of existing groups include AIDS, Maternal and Child health, Microcredit Solutions and Water and Sanitation. Click here  to learn more about RAGS.

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Our guest speaker this morning was RYE student Cookie Schworan who has just returned home from Brazil.  In Cookie's words, it was "a lifetime in a year".  Using an excellent Powerpoint presentation, Cookie took us through her experiences in Brazil, including school, host families, friends, cultural differences, food, involvement in a service project, and even participation in a protest.  Going to the top of the Sugarloaf in Rio, attending Carnival "the largest party on the planet" and taking a trip down the Amazon were among the highlights of Cookie's year.  She is now fluent in Portuguese, demonstrating her animated persona when conversing in the official language of Brazil.  Cookie feels that this experience has changed her forever and that she now sees the world from a whole new perspective.  She expressed her thanks to Rotary, presented a banner to President Bruce from her Brazilian club, and treated the members to a taste of Brazilian cheese bread.  Garry Cox thanked Cookie for her presentation and for being an exemplary ambassador for Rotary and for our Club.

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Announcements this morning included:

  • Diana Matsuda reported that photos from the Inter-Club Barbeque and RCMP Musical Ride are now up on our website in the Photo Gallery section.  Members were asked to check the captions and let Diana know if there are names missing.
  • President Bruce advised members that our Inter-Club Barbeque will become an annual event and next year will take the form of a salmon barbeque in Port Alberni.  Such social activities are a great way to increase cooperation and fellowship among the six clubs in our area.
  • Gord Elliott reported that we have two BeachFest sessions left and may still need people for August 11.  Please let Gord know if you are able to volunteer a few hours.
  • Garry Cox reported that the RCMP Musical Ride was again a huge success, with many accolades from both the public and the RCMP who appreciated the great organization of the event.  They are interested in returning to the Island in four years time which will be Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.  The Musical Ride Committee will be presenting their final report in a few weeks, at which time decisions on donations from the proceeds will be made.
  • John O'Brien advised members that he is planning to attend a meeting of the Port Alberni Rotary Club in September and would be happy to take other members with him, preferably newer members who have been with the Club less than three years. 
  • John also made a suggestion to the Club that, as we will not have a RYE student next year, we consider applying those funds toward a literacy project at Parksville Elementary School.  School Principal Mary Beil will be our guest speaker on August 21 and is sure to have many ideas as to how such funding could be used to remove obstacles to literacy programming at Parksville Elemetary.

John O'Brien told his joke without the aid of notes, but it still earned him a fine.  Sergeant Ian Dewar had a very productive morning, extracting fines for various and sundry infractions.  It was Jo Dunn's birthday on August 2, and we actually (almost) sang in tune - maybe it was the weight of history in the museum that caused us to behave!

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Anniversaries were celebrated this week by Cara MacDonald & Nigel Gray (August 2) and Bashir & Judi El-Khalafawi (August 7), although neither were in attendance to benefit from our newly found harmony.  A hearty round of applause was given to Ken and Gail Armstrong who celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 25.

There were many Sad Dollars for Greg and Tracy Greenshields, with hopes expressed for a speedy recovery.  Happy Dollars abounded for Cookie's presentation, for the success of recent Club events and for the outstanding volunteer commitment that made them possible.  It was generally agreed that holding our meeting at the Museum provided a nice change of atmosphere, and thanks were expressed to John O'Brien for his arrangements.

Next week, our guest speaker will be PDG David Stocks who will make a presentation on a Rotary school project in Malawi.

Meeting Summary - August 7, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM hosted the RCMP Musical Ride to three sold-out crowds over the BC Long Weekend.  Riders and horses performed with impeccable precision and class, making us all feel proud to be Canadian.  Our total audience of 4200 enthusiastic fans responded with great appreciation, both to the Ride and to the pre-show performers, the 4H Coombs Riders Club and the 4H Vaulters.

Check out the Photo Album on this page for more photos of the event.

 

 

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Posted by Diana Matsuda

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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, Rotary Club of Parksville, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, Qualicum Beach Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Port Alberni and Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith joined together for an inter-Club barbeque at Welch Park in Qualicum Beach on July 31, 2013.

For more pictures showing this event of fellowship, fun and good food, check out the Photo Album on this page.

 

Six Rotary Clubs Join in Fellowship Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

On a beautiful Parksville morning, there were 21 members in attendance, joined by four guests: Jerry Jacobs from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Downtown; Jack Soule from San Diego, guest of Angela Dadoush, currently spending the summer on Lasqueti Island; and Austin Walper and Cody Jackson, both of the Oceanside Reds baseball team.  We also welcomed Nicolas Deweer to our meeting.  Nicolas is a Short Term Exchange student from Belgium who will be spending the next month with us.  Peter Hann gave a special welcome to Nicolas in Dutch, and Nicolas presented a banner to the Club from his sponsoring club in Belgium.

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During Two Minutes of Rotary, Garry Cox spoke about the RI Convention in Lisbon, specifically the pre-convention session on Youth Exchange.  Garry left the convention more convinced than ever of the value of the Youth Exchange program as a way to reach out to youth and achieve world peace in the future.  Thirty RYE students currently living in Spain were at the convention, including one from Port Hardy.  Listening to stories from these students, Garry noted the commonalities from all countries.  The energy in the room was an assurance that a future of peace could be a reality in the world.

Our meeting topic this morning was a planning session for the RCMP Musical Ride.  In just two weeks, we will be hosting 3000 people at this event, so we all need to be prepared.  This proved to be a good update for all Club members, with reports being provided by Committee members as follows:

Coordinator: Garry Cox

  • Garry asked about the need for additional medical services for this event.  It will cost $800 plus tax to have a medical team on call.  As both the Club and Arbutus Meadows have their own insurance policies, and there will also be many RCMP officers onsite, it was agreed that foregoing a contract for medical services was an acceptable risk.

Stage Manager: John O'Brien

  • There will be two pre-show acts before the Musical Ride begins - the 4-H Coombs Riders Club and the 4H Vaulters.  Announcers and a singer for "O Canada" have been arranged.
  • Sponsorships have been obtained from Okanagan Hay Sales for hay and Buckerfields for feed.

Tickets: Ray Walker

  • Tickets sales are going well.  All 1 pm shows will be sold out this week; only 6 pm tickets remaining.

Public Relations: Cara MacDonald

  • All ads have been placed; media coverage has included artist Joan Larsen who created the Musical Ride poster artwork.

Vendors

  • Don Luke is looking after vendors inside the venue

Parking

  • The Parksville (noon) Club will look after parking.  Volunteer parking will be close to the building.

Friday Reception

  • Members are asked to RVSP to Garry Cox to avoid unneccessary costs to the Club.

Volunteers: Lynne Pearson

  • With three shows requiring 23 volunteers for each, there are a significant number of volunteers required.  We still need more volunteers, especially for Ground Crew.  Please ask your friends.  Volunteers need to meet at the front door one hour ahead of the show.
  • The ticket-taking process has been streamlined - people just show their tickets; no need for hand stamps.
  • Ron Dyck is finding volunteers to handle food booths.

General

  • Kay Burgoyne is looking after the Green Room for VIPs.  No need for VIPs to have tickets.
  • No dogs are allowed, with the exception of seeing eye dogs.
  • If there are any issues, see Garry.

Kirk Walper with his son Austin and friend, Cody Jackson then made a presentation to the Club.  Austin and Cody are members of the Oceanside Reds Mosquito A baseball team that will be going to the provincial championships in Cloverdale in August.  The team has already placed second on the Island, and hopes are high that they will take the provincial title. The team is now doing some fundraising to help cover the costs of competing in Cloverdale, and there are three options:

  • A bottle drive will be held on Sunday, July 28.  Sign-up sheets were placed on tables and Kirk will pick up the bottles.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts are being sold at $10 per box.  Please place your orders with Kirk.
  • Cash donations are gratefully accepted.

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President Bruce announced that we now have 130 attendees at our Inter-Club Barbeque next Wednesday and that there are no seats left.  Members were asked to bring chairs to supplement the existing seating.  There will be no morning meeting next week.

The 50/50 of $26 was won by Angela Dadoush which she immediately donated to the Oceanside Reds for their fundraising efforts.  Bev Birchard made her first appearance as jokester with a very funny joke, told with great timing and vocal expression.

Celebrating her birthday on July 25, Helen Dyck was the recipient of the birthday bear.  Although Ken Armstrong wasn't at the meeting today, the Club expressed best wishes to Ken and Gail for their 50th wedding anniversary, also on July 25.

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Ian Dewar and Bashir El-Khalafawi did their usual "schtick" as Sergeants-at-arms, eliciting many fines and groans from the members.  Full of surprises, they even managed to locate the original charter of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM which they presented to President Bruce to have for his year of presidency.

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Members were advised that annual fees are due and invoices have now been distributed.

 

Meeting Summary - June 24, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Jo Dunn

President Bruce called the meeting to order precisely at 7:00am – the day was clear and sunny and the windows were clean!

We had 21 members in attendance and two guests. Guests were Robert Pearson, son of Rotarian Lynne Pearson; and Dave Willie, our guest speaker.

During Two Minutes of Rotary, Sandy Herle provided a very informative review of twin (sister) clubs in Rotary. Successful twinning involves clubs from different countries, speaking the same language, who have established a close working relationship.

Announcements:

  • Gord Elliot asked BeachFest team leads to follow up with teams and confirm their attendance, time of arrival and responsibilities.
  • Area 2A BBQ - Bruce asked those who have signed up and not paid to see him after the meeting. Three more volunteers required to assist in set up and take down.
  • Musical Ride tickets are moving well especially for the afternoon performances.  More volunteers are required – see Lynne Pearson.   We also need additional volunteers for BeachFest hosting to sell these tickets.


Dave Willie was our guest speaker (as part of the Entrepreneurial Series) and he provided an excellent overview of his business experience and the life lessons he has learned. Dave and his wife Jane moved to the Island in 1989 after Dave had spent time with General Foods and Whole Foods, opening new Earl’s restaurants.

Jane had always wanted to operate a Bed and Breakfast so opened Whitby House which she operated for 13 years. In those days, if you wanted to rent event equipment, Victoria was your only Island choice. Dave opened Black and White rentals and the rest is history. The business grew and diversified into commercial laundry, requiring a new building to house the expanding business. Shifting market conditions moved B&W to high end event planning and setup, with a lot of the business in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands. The business is split 25% speciality events, 35% commercial laundry and the regular rentals making up the rest. It’s great to see an Oceanside business being the main man on the Island.

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Gord Svenson maintained his perfect record with a fine joke based on a computer takeoff on Abbott & Costellos’s "who's on first"!

Cara won the 50/50 of $22 and was mildly animated in her reaction to the news!

Anniversaries – Jo and Sandy Dunn celebrating 45 years wonderful years; there were no birthdays to celebrate.

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Ian and Bashir provided humour, experience and extortion as they found fault in the members' behaviour, even fining the president for not standing while addressing the guest speaker. They are likely a quarter the way to the Sergeant-at-arms annual budget in three weeks!

The meeting adjourned at 8:13 am.
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Editor's Note: The following article was written by Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary News -- 1 July 2013.

For three years, 100 districts have been testing Future Vision, a pilot of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant system, which was designed to increase Rotary’s effectiveness during the next century of service.

As the new Rotary year dawns, the future has begun. All districts begin using the simplified grant structure 1 July. Districts have already been completing the qualification process and qualifying their clubs. A number of clubs and districts have begun preparing and submitting grant applications.

There will be three types of grants: global, district, and packaged. You can learn about all three types, and get more details about the application process, on Rotary’s grant microsite .

Also on 1 July, new leaders will take office at the club, district, and international levels.

Ron D. Burton, of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, will become Rotary’s 103rd president and will encourage Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives . Read a profile of Burton from The Rotarian and download his convention speech.

Anne L. Matthews, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA, will become the first woman to serve as vice president. Matthews, a former director of South Carolina’s Department of Education, is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm. Read her biography.

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RI President, Ron D. Burton and Anne L. Matthews, Vice President
Photo by Monika Lozinska, Rotary International

Dong Kurn Lee, of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Korea, will take over as Rotary Foundation trustee chair. Read his biography and download his convention speech.

Other changes for 2013-14:

  • Rotarians will be allowed to form satellite clubs, whose members meet at a different time and location from their parent clubs. The change, approved by the Council on Legislation in April, is intended to make it easier for members to develop the core for a new club.
  • Districts will be able to form an unlimited number of e-clubs. The Council removed a limit of two e-clubs per district. The change is designed to bring in new members and appeal to young professionals, who may be less able to meet in person weekly.
  • The name of Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service will change from “New Generations Service” to “Youth Service.” This change was also approved by the Council. In 2010, this avenue of service joined Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service.
  • The dues Rotary clubs pay Rotary International will increase US$1 to $53 per member.
  • A redesigned Rotary website will be launched in late summer.

 

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President Bruce punctually started the meeting and observed a cloud in the sky; nope, it was dirty windows!  Bruce plans to arrive at 5 am to polish windows during his “reign of terror”.

We had an enthusiastic group of 22 Rotarians along with a younger crowd of visitors as we celebrated the return of RYE Alannah Jimmo from her Brazil exchange.  Guests included visiting Rotarian Teresa Patterson and her daughter Brittany; Alannah and her parents Charlene Jimmo and Darin Brown; RYE student Cookie Schworan (who will do her presentation to the Club in August); Ballenas Scholarship winners Daniel Prince and Andrew Kim with parents Dan Prince and Joanne Kim; and Dylan Hale, grandson of Ron and Helen Dyck.

Jo provided an educational review of the Rotary Youth Services program both locally and across the Rotary world.  Over 8,000 exchange students annually visit 80 countries with this amazing organization.  For 75 years, young people have left the safety of their home to venture forth and become engaged in a new country with new customs, currency, food and language.

Alannah Jimmo was our guest speaker and reflected upon many things she did while in Brazil.  She enjoyed three host families and travelled in Brazil and neighboring countries.  Her first school was likely the best in her city with a lot of exchange students.  She made many friends, but then requested to move to a second school at the start of the next school year.  This was approved and she joined a more typical school that had never had an exchange student.  Here she also made many friends.  Her sponsoring Rotary Club consisted of 100% men.  This club also sponsored a second exchange student who became friends with Alannah.  One of her host fathers belonged to a club that allowed Alannah to attend several meetings.  Many of our members remembered a quiet shy gal before she left but now we see a confident young lady with exciting plans for the future that include travel and perhaps architecture.  Stay tuned!

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Both of our scholarship winners spoke of their future educational plans.  Andrew Kim explained that his plans include enrollment at the University of Toronto in the Engineering Science discipline.  Daniel Prince plans to attend VIU in September in the Information Technology Applied Systems diploma program.   Both students expressed their appreciation for the scholarships.

The announcements included:

  • A shout out for more volunteers at the Musical Ride; contact Lynne. 
  • A letter was received from the Wildlife Recovery Centre thanking us for an amazing day with over 600 family visitors touring the facilities.  We were invited to “do it again” next year! 
  • On a sad note, Bruce announced that Irene Mark continues to be health challenged and has asked to be removed from the current list of Rotarians.  She needs to step back and get stronger.  Kindly keep in contact with Irene; she has been very good to our Club as Treasurer.  We will miss her.
  • Rotary Area 2A BBQ on July 31st needs a few volunteers for the day to help with the set up.  Give Bruce a call.
  •  Any bills from last year need to be turned in to John.  We do an annual cutoff on June 30th to show how each year went.  Please give him a call.
  • A brief Executive meeting was held following the meeting, with unanimous approval to send $1000 to the Rotary Club of Calgary in support of the many families who lost their homes and belongings during the flood.

Gordon Elliott could not wipe the grin off his face as he won the 50/50 of $22.  However, the SERGEANT (Mr Dewar) was in fine form and lightened both Gord’s pockets and those of most of the other members.  The rumor is Bashir was ill after spending time with Ian at a bar.  It seems he was “winged” at the OK corral as he tried to fine a cowboy.  This is Ian’s version; can’t wait to hear Bashir’s version!

If you made it to the end of this report, good for you.  Let me know next week.

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Posted by Diana Matsuda

Right up until a few days before leaving, Connie was still fully involved in Rotary, helping out in a variety of ways during Canada Day, all the while relishing the experience and flashing her beautiful smile.  Throughout her year, Connie has been an exemplary student and a wonderful ambassador for Rotary.  Farewell Connie, good luck with your studies, and we all hope we will see you back on the Island one day.

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For other Canada Day photos taken by Ian K Dewar, please see our website.

Farewell Connie! Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

As we began a new Rotary year, there were 20 Rotarians in attendance on a beautiful sunny Parksville morning.  We were joined by Matt Clark from The Beach Club and visiting Rotarian Tom Huberly from the Rotary Club of Minneapolis.

Bruce Huxtable began his new year as President with his first challenge, as breakfast was late and there was some extra time to fill in.  He handled the situation admirably by reversing the agenda and starting off with the morning's joke, delivered with great flair by Don Tardiff.  New Sargeants-at-Arms, Bashir El-Khalafawi and Ian Dewar then stepped into their roles with their first official fine, levied at Don for his joke.  John O'Brien then announced that he has doubled his budget for fines during 2013-2014.  After all this hilarity, breakfast was finally served and the meeting proceeded.

President Bruce outlined the agenda for the Club Assembly.  Each Director would be asked to give a brief summary of his or her committee and its role, after which members would be asked to sign sheets for the committee they would like to be on, all posted at the back of the room.  Members were given the option to choose their committee of interest or be assigned to one.  Committee summaries were as follows:

Vocational Service - Ray Walker
The objectives of this committee are to promote the 4 Way Test and your professions as Rotarians.  Plans for the upcoming year include bussing young people to various places of business to see different trades in action.

Community Service - Greg Greenshields
The focus of the committee will be on youth, although other areas of need will also be considered.  The committee will look at where deficiencies in services to youth exist, such as an SOS tutoring program for youth which is currently being cut.

Membership - Kirk Walper
The focus of the Membership Committee will be on increasing membership and on working with existing members to ensure they get the most from their Rotary experience.  Attempts will be made to increase the profile of Rotary in the community.

Foundation and International Service - Lynne Pearson
Attempts will be made to increase the amount of information provided to members about the Foundation, including a speaker series during Foundation Month in November.  We will continue to participate in the Mid Island International Service Group, and attempts will be made to identify international service projects for consideration by the Club.

Public Relations - Bob Cummings
The Committee will work to raise the profile of the Club for its work locally and internationally, and will work closely with the Membership Committee.

Youth Services - Helen Dyck (representing Chair, Garry Cox)
Work will be done this year on the establishment of an Interact Club at Springwood Middle School.  Although we will take a break this year from hosting a Long Term Exchange Student, it is hoped that we will continue to participate in the Short Term Exchange program.

Club Administration - John O'Brien
The Committee will try to find speakers who will get our members excited about getting up for our early morning meetings.  An Entrepreneurial series has been established, a Service industry series is being considered, and we will continue our member Classification Talks.  All members were invited to be advisors to this committee.

A period of time for committee sign-ups was held, followed by an opportunity for each committee to hold a short meeting.  A series of announcements were then made:

  • A meeting of those on the RCMP Musical Ride was scheduled immediately following our regular meeting so that everyone would be fully aware of their roles.  As Volunteer Coordinator, Lynne Pearson circulated sign-up sheets.  She stressed that there are three separate events and each will need 27 volunteers.  However, it will be worth the effort as the net benefit to the Club will be $20,000.
  • Gord Elliott reminded members that a meeting for all BeachFest volunteers will be held on July 8 at the Parksville Community Centre.  Volunteers are still needed for some of the dates.  Noting that we are to wear Rotary gear for such events, Lynne advised members that she still has a supply of Rotary hats for $10.
  • John O'Brien announced that we may move our meeting at the Museum from July 24 to a date following the Musical Ride.  He will advise the Club at a later date.
  • President Bruce announced that we have about 120 signed up for the Rotary BBQ at Welch Park on July 31, but that there is still room for more.  As we get closer to the date, volunteer helpers will be needed.
  • Helen Dyck warned the members that dues are now due for the new Rotary year and that invoices will be sent out next week.
  • Jo Dunn reported that he attended the Ballenas convocation last week and that our two scholarship winners - Andrew Kim (post secondary) and Daniel Prince (technical education) will attend our meeting next week.
  • Jo also asked for help in getting the RCMP Musical Ride signs posted in the community.  Please see Jo if you are able to spare a few hours.

The 50/50 of $20 was won by Peter Hann, after which Sargeant Ian Dewar and Deputy Sargeant Bashir El-Khalafawi entertained the crowd with their antics, at the same time extracting many fines.  At the end of the meeting, the joke was on Bashir as he had forgotten that he had submitted a photo for the Club website.  Check out our new website look, courtesy of Bashir!

Meeting Summary - July 3, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Beverley Birchard

There were 20 members present this morning as well as four visiting Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Parksville: Matt Breedlove, Allan Larsen, Bonnie Wallace and Raven Pruden. We were also joined by Jan Jonkman, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Assen in the Netherlands; Matt Clark from The Beach Club; and our guest speaker, John Rockley.

President Jo read a letter of thanks from BLT for the $3000 donation that was presented to them on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. He also thanked all the volunteers who donated their time on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in the concession at the Vancouver Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. It was a great day and fortunately, the rain held off.

Gord Elliott is still looking for volunteers for Beachfest. The following dates still require volunteers:

July 19 – 2 people from 9 AM to 1 PM

July 26 - 3 people from 1 PM to 5 PM

Aug. 1 – 2 people from 5 PM to 9 PM

Aug. 11 – 2 people from 5 PM to 9 PM

Ray Walker gave an update on the "Yes2It" Trade Fair that was held recently for Grade 7 and 8’s in the area. This is an event that takes place every two years and there were 34 trade displays for the students to view. This event gives our students an alternative career option to university.

Ray is also still looking for volunteers for Canada Day, July 1 to sell tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride taking place on the August long weekend.

Matt Breedlove from the Rotary Club of Parksville also made a plea for volunteers on Canada Day. They are in dire need of more volunteers to be greeters, go-to people and parade judges. This is apparently our biggest Canada Day parade, with over 70 entries. There is a large equestrian contingent in the parade and help is needed in this area. Volunteers are to show up at the main booth at around 7:00 AM on July 1st and you will be assigned tasks from that point.

John O’Brien suggested that the July 24th breakfast meeting be held at the Parksville Museum next to Rotary Park. This was done last year and was a big success. The breakfast will not be our usual fare; however, a Tim Horton’s type breakfast will be served.

Ian Dewar spoke for "2 Minutes of Rotary". He spoke about Ron Burton who is the incoming Rotary International President. Ron was born in Norman, Oklahoma and was a lawyer by profession. He became a Rotarian but was quickly disillusioned. Although he knew most of the Rotarians, the programs were bad, as was the food served. He almost terminated his membership; however, was asked to be the Chair for the Rotary Foundation Committee. He then went on to become President and then the District Governor. A scandal occurred in his club and again Ron almost made the call to resign, but felt he could still make a contribution. He just wants Rotarians to keep doing all the good work that they do.

Jan Jonkman, our guest from the Netherlands, spoke about his Rotary Club which has approximately 45 members. The city in which he lives has a population of 60,000 people. He is currently a professor at the University and is close to retirement. He and his wife have been touring the Rockies and are currently on Vancouver Island. He is loving the area and all its beauty.

Our guest speaker this morning was John Rockley from Coastal Colour Printing. John’s business is located in the Parksville Industrial Centre. He was a Rotarian for over 35 years and was a member in Calgary of the largest Rotary club in Canada, with over 300 members. He was born in Calgary into a family in the printing business so it seemed a logical move for him to go into that business as well. In fact, he is third generation in this business. He stated that doing business on Vancouver Island is extremely unique. The makeup of Parksville is very different from any other community. Due to the configuration of the city, business runs very independently. The larger companies do not rely on local business for their products and services; they deal globally. For information purposes, Graphic Arts is currently the 5th largest employer globally.

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Coastal Colour Printing currently employs 11 very highly skilled people. The company handles printing services for this Rotary Club, Crown Isle, every municipality north of Duncan and the University of Vancouver Island. They are the only custom printer in this part of Vancouver Island.

The company was founded in 1988 and was first a publisher of self-help books. Once John bought the company, it was a major marketing effort initially to become known as a custom printer. Perseverance prevails, proving the old adage that hard work will make anyone or any company successful. It took a lot of effort to change mindsets to keep business on Vancouver Island.

John was asked what his key strengths were and he stated that being poor was not in his vocabulary and owing a lot of money was also a motivator. He says he is very outspoken, self assured and a team player. These attributes make for great success.

President Jo presented Ian Dewar with his Paul Harris Plus 8 pin and Gord Svenson with his Paul Harris certificate.

Bill Rawlins advised the Club that his next Hero Holidays trip is to Mexico next week. He will be taking 340 kids to build 24 homes in three weeks. This is a tremendous task and we wish Bill and the kids every success.  It was Bill's birthday on June 25, so he was also the lucky recipient of the Birthday Bear.

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This was President Jo’s last meeting and he thanked the Club for their support throughout his term. Lynne Pearson expressed the Club’s thanks for the great job Jo has done during the past year.

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Rotarians meet weekly - June 26, 2013 Beverley Birchard 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a prerecorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”

The joint effort, called End Polio Now – Make History Today, comes during a critical phase for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative . The estimated cost of the initiative’s 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. Funding commitments , announced at the Global Vaccine Summit in April, total $4 billion. Unless the $1.5 billion funding gap is met, immunization levels in polio-affected countries will decrease. And if polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade, more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralyzed every year.

Rotary and the Gates Foundation are determined not to let polio make a comeback.

“We will combine the strength of Rotary’s network with our resources, and together with the other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), we will not just end a disease but change the face of public health forever,” said Raikes.

In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave The Rotary Foundation a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, and in 2009, increased it to $355 million. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012, but Rotarians in fact raised $228.7 million toward the challenge.

“Now is the time for us all to take action: Talk to your government leaders, share your polio story with your social networks, and encourage others to join you in supporting this historic effort,” Raikes added. “When Rotarians combine the passion for service along with the power of a global network, you are unstoppable, and the Gates Foundation is proud to partner with you. Let’s make history and End Polio Now.”

 

Gates Foundation joins with Rotary to boost polio endgame support Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Lynne Pearson

It was a beautiful sunny day as 24 members, four guests, and our youth exchange student gathered for our 7am meeting. The National Anthem was rendered with more vigour than usual. Bev Birchard led us in the Rotary Prayer.

President Jo Dunn read a letter from the 4H thanking the club for the contribution of $500 to their summer camp. He also read a thank you letter from Lola Cook who received the Vocational Award for Community Service at our Installation Dinner last week. She was honoured and surprised.

Guests this week were: Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Coalition; Steve McKay, a prospective member invited by Ken Armstrong; Ted Taylor from Washington State; and Matt Clark from The Beach Club.

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Kay Burgoyne did 2 Minutes of Rotary and provided information about the origination of the Rotary 4 Way Test. It was originally created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he took over a struggling business and established a code of ethics for the company to operate by. The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943. Herb Taylor served as President of Rotary International during 1954-55.

Gord Elliott reminded members about our volunteer work at Beachfest which will run from July 19th to August 18th. We have seven shifts to fill. Volunteers should wear their Rotary gear. Our role is to make people feel welcome.

Cara MacDonald asked for people to distribute rack cards and posters for the Musical Ride. Bruce Huxtable noted that volunteers will be required for Canada Day to sell Musical Ride tickets. There are two hour shifts. Check with your spouses and sign up next week.

Ray Walker reported on the very successful ALS Walk which raised over $27,000. He also reminded us that the Trades Fair, which we are sponsoring, will be held on Monday June 24th at Qualicum Beach Middle School. All Grade 7 and 8 students will visit the fair. Volunteers are needed to make coffee and to photograph the event. Set up will be from 7 – 9am Monday morning.

Bruce also reminded us of the BBQ at the Rotary Welch Park on Wednesday July 31st. All 6 Clubs in Area 2A will be participating. Sign up with Bruce. 34 are signed up so far.

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Bashir El-Khalafawi presented a Paul Harris award (certificate and pin) which the club has bestowed on Gord Svenson for his continuing humour and for uplifting our spirits for many years.

President Jo Dunn presented a $3000 cheque to Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Together Coalition. This was our commitment from Taste of Oceanside.

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Don Luke introduced our speaker, Al Cameron. Al provided us with an outline of his business Bluenose Motor and the main areas of work – selling and financing used cars and mechanical and repairs. He noted that used car dealers are rated lower than politicians and lawyers. He noted that being an independent dealer has more challenges than being with a large company, since you don’t get to participate in programs and advertising. He has been in business in Parksville for 11 years and has 15 employees. He has found the internet key for his business. He was very proud of receiving the Small Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce 6 years ago. He was thanked by Gord Elliott.

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The Club said good-bye to our exchange student from Taiwan, Connie Chiu, since this is her last meeting with us. She will be going home in two weeks. She thanked the Club and noted how much she likes it here in Canada.

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Kirk Walper gave a groaner of a blonde joke.

Table groups were asked to respond to Rotary trivial questions. There are 793 Rotary Clubs in Canada; Ontario, Alberta and B. C. have the most members. The most easterly club is St. John East in Newfoundland and the most westerly club is Prince Rupert.

Sgt. at Arms Don Tardiff fined several people and there were many happy, sad, and announcement dollars.

Rotarians meet weekly - June 19, 2013 Lynne Pearson 0
Posted by Lynne Pearson

It was a beautiful sunny day as 24 members, four guests, and our youth exchange student gathered for our 7am meeting. The National Anthem was rendered with more vigour than usual. Bev Birchard led us in the Rotary Prayer.

President Jo Dunn read a letter from the 4H thanking the club for the contribution of $500 to their summer camp. He also read a thank you letter from Lola Cook who received the Vocational Award for Community Service at our Installation Dinner last week. She was honoured and surprised.

Guests this week were: Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Coalition; Steve McKay, a prospective member invited by Ken Armstrong; Ted Taylor from Washington State; and Matt Clark from The Beach Club.

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Kay Burgoyne did 2 Minutes of Rotary and provided information about the origination of the Rotary 4 Way Test. It was originally created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he took over a struggling business and established a code of ethics for the company to operate by. The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943. Herb Taylor served as President of Rotary International during 1954-55.

Gord Elliott reminded members about our volunteer work at Beachfest which will run from July 19th to August 18th. We have seven shifts to fill. Volunteers should wear their Rotary gear. Our role is to make people feel welcome.

Cara MacDonald asked for people to distribute rack cards and posters for the Musical Ride.  Bruce Huxtable noted that volunteers will be required for Canada Day to sell Musical Ride tickets. There are two hour shifts. Check with your spouses and sign up next week.

Ray Walker reported on the very successful ALS Walk which raised over $27,000.  He also reminded us that the Trades Fair, which we are sponsoring, will be held on Monday June 24th at Qualicum Beach Middle School. All Grade 7 and 8 students will visit the fair. Volunteers are needed to make coffee and to photograph the event. Set up will be from 7 – 9am Monday morning.
 
Bruce also reminded us of the BBQ at the Rotary Welch Park on Wednesday July 31st. All 6 Clubs in Area 2A will be participating. Sign up with Bruce. 34 are signed up so far.

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Bashir El-Khalafawi presented a Paul Harris award (certificate and pin) which the club has bestowed on Gord Svenson for his continuing humour and for uplifting our spirits for many years.

President Jo Dunn presented a $3000 cheque to Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Together Coalition. This was our commitment from Taste of Oceanside.

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Don Luke introduced our speaker, Al Cameron. Al provided us with an outline of his business Bluenose Motor and the main areas of work – selling and financing used cars and mechanical and repairs. He noted that used car dealers are rated lower than politicians and lawyers. He noted that being an independent dealer has more challenges than being with a large company, since you don’t get to participate in programs and advertising. He has been in business in Parksville for 11 years and has 15 employees. He has found the internet key for his business. He was very proud of receiving the Small Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce 6 years ago. He was thanked by Gord Elliott.

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The Club said good-bye to our exchange student from Taiwan, Connie Chiu, since this is her last meeting with us. She will be going home in two weeks. She thanked the Club and noted how much she likes it here in Canada.

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Gord Elliott won the 50/50 of $24.  Kirk Walper gave a groaner of a blonde joke.

Table groups were asked to respond to Rotary trivial questions. There are 793 Rotary Clubs in Canada; Ontario, Alberta and B. C. have the most members. The most easterly club is St. John East in Newfoundland and the most westerly club is Prince Rupert.

Sgt. at Arms Don Tardiff fined several people and there were many happy, sad, and announcement dollars. 

Meeting Summary - June 19, 2013 Lynne Pearson 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald

Attendees, members, guests

There were 27 members in attendance and 4 guests: Denise Whitson, Rya & Lana Harach from the Parksville Qualicum 4H Club; and Billie Lutz-Brown from The Beach Club.

 

Two minutes of Rotary:

Lynne Pearson

Foundation: Re: Don Luke’s Note

As a Club we set an annual goal for Foundation contributions. We currently need a couple hundred more dollars in contributions to meet this goal.

Rotary Foundation focuses on peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Foundation is funded solely by volunteers and friends of Rotary.

The main goal for the last 25 years is eradication of polio. We are down to (3) countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria. India has had no cases for 2 years. If populations are not vaccinated, it spreads. The Gates foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars. They see Rotary as most effective in terms of fundraising as RI has raised 1 billion dollars in 25 years to work on polio. Foundation grants also allow clubs to obtain money to do small humanitarian projects.

 

Announcements:

Today we presented a $500 cheque to Denise Whitson to go towards the 2013 Parksville Qualicum 4H Junior Camp.

 

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Scholarships recipients: Commencement is at Oceanside Place on June 27th. Scholarships will be presented by President Jo Dunn.

There is an 8-page insert for Canada Day being prepared by the PQB News. If you are interested in an advertising opportunity with this insert, contact Peter McCully at PQB News.

 

Ed Fougner is into his 3rd year as Assistant Deputy Governor. Our own John O’Brien who works so hard for us has put his name forward to take over this position. Bashir made a motion for John in support of his nomination to become Assistant DG. This motion was supported unanimously by Club members in attendance.

 

June 22nd is the NIWRA (North Island Wildlife Recovery Association) Open House. President Jo will send out a schedule for those who have volunteered.

 

Beach Fest: Gord Elliott circulated a sign up sheet with shifts outlined. First come first serve. The orientation is on June 8th at the Quality Inn Bayside. Our participation last year allowed us to make a significant contribution to Salvation Army this past Christmas. Cara will request that Gord Elliott send out the dates available via email so we can all check our calendars for availability.

 

Rotary (Welch) Park BBQ is July 31st. Bruce Huxtable has circulated a sign up sheet to get a head count, food preference (steak or chicken) and your side, dessert or appetizer contribution to the potluck.

 

Installation: This Wednesday, June 12th. Prime Rib dinner. $15 per person. Bruce had to know by Saturday night the final numbers for catering (so this reminder does no good to anyone who hasn’t already signed up, sorry for getting this out so late).

 

Musical Ride is going smoothly. The Committee had a meeting after this morning's meeting. The 4H Club will be helping with Musical Ride.

Our June 26, 2013 meeting is in the Sand Dollar Room.

 

Mid July – mid August, Nicolas our Summer student from Belgium will be here. Keep him in mind when you’re out and about. Call Garry to book him in for some fun … and to give Garry and Linda a break.

Summary of business meeting:

Club Assembly: Committees met to discuss accomplishments for this year and goals for 2013/14 year.

 

Foundation

Goals:

Benefactors through the Endowment Fund program.

Provide more information on on-line donations.

Coin boxes to be rejuvenated.

 

Membership

Accomplishments:

One new member in 2012/2013 year – Bev Birchard!

We had a Fire Side Chat in January and hope Kirk will have more next year.

Goals:

Get the revamped version of our brochure ready for Canada Day

Corporate membership agreement being worked through by Bruce and Jo.

Use the Welcome Wagon to get the word out about Rotary.

Do more speaking about Rotary and our Club to get our name out there.

 

Vocational Service

Accomplishments:

Vocational and Community awards chosen, to be announced at the installation.

Trades Fair is happening July 23-24, 2013

Goals:

Student bus tour next year to go to some work places on the Island.

 

Youth Services:

Accomplishments:

Connie is leaving after Canada Day – there will be a presentation at installation

Goals:

Invite Interact Club organizer to one of our meetings as a guest. The Interact Club will probably start in September 2013.

An initiative will be made to get students from other schools to join.

 

Club Administration:

Accomplishments:

Finding good speakers.

Polio Plus certificates for guest speakers.
Member Business presentation series for the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Al Cameron will lead off on June 19th, 2013.
Goals:

Revamp fellowship (Club Social) night once per month as interest has seemed minimal in the past months.
Monthly meeting programs will include an Entrepreneurial Series, Service presentations, Classification Talks and Business (Club Assembly) meetings.
Have a meeting at the Parksville Museum

Have a meeting at NIWRA.

Get some of our past scholarship recipients to visit us and tell us where they’ve been and what they’ve been up to.

 

Community Service:

Accomplishments:

Donation to the Salvation Army

Donation to the 4H Club

Volunteer at NIWRA

Goals:

Find a major project as they are hard to find and the process still needs to be looked at.

Refurbish service club sign located at the south end of Parksville.

 

Public Relations:

Goals:

Get pictures of scholarship recipients in the paper for theirs and our recognition.

Public relations budget: Seek exclusive relationship with PQB News to get more value out of our PR expenses and to maximize our money available to go back to community. They will provide significant reductions in advertising costs.

 

Birthdays, anniversaries

Ken Armstrong’s Birthday was on June 9.

Greg & Tracy Greenshields Anniversary was on June 6.

 

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Next week's meeting

Cancelled in lieu of our installation dinner in the evening at Eaglecrest Golf Club. Social starts at 5:45PM, Dinner is at 6:15PM.

 

Rotarians meet weekly - June 5, 2013 Cara MacDonald 0
Posted by Cara MacDonald

Attendees, members, guests

There were 27 members in attendance and 4 guests: Denise Whitson, Rya & Lana Harach from the Parksville Qualicum 4H Club; and Billie Lutz-Brown from The Beach Club.

 

Two minutes of Rotary:

Lynne Pearson

Foundation: Re: Don Luke’s Note

As a Club we set an annual goal for Foundation contributions. We currently need a couple hundred more dollars in contributions to meet this goal.

Rotary Foundation focuses on peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Foundation is funded solely by volunteers and friends of Rotary.

The main goal for the last 25 years is eradication of polio. We are down to (3) countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria. India has had no cases for 2 years. If populations are not vaccinated, it spreads. The Gates foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars. They see Rotary as most effective in terms of fundraising as RI has raised 1 billion dollars in 25 years to work on polio. Foundation grants also allow clubs to obtain money to do small humanitarian projects.

  

Announcements:

Today we presented a $500 cheque to Denise Whitson to go towards the 2013 Parksville Qualicum 4H Junior Camp.

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Scholarships recipients: Commencement is at Oceanside Place on June 27th. Scholarships will be presented by President Jo Dunn.

 

There is an 8-page insert for Canada Day being prepared by the PQB News. If you are interested in an advertising opportunity with this insert, contact Peter McCully at PQB News.

 

Ed Fougner is into his 3rd year as Assistant Deputy Governor. Our own John O’Brien who works so hard for us has put his name forward to take over this position. Bashir made a motion for John in support of his nomination to become Assistant DG. This motion was supported unanimously by Club members in attendance.

 

June 22nd is the NIWRA (North Island Wildlife Recovery Association) Open House. President Jo will send out a schedule for those who have volunteered.

 

Beach Fest: Gord Elliott circulated a sign up sheet with shifts outlined. First come first serve. The orientation is on June 8th at the Quality Inn Bayside. Our participation last year allowed us to make a significant contribution to Salvation Army this past Christmas. Cara will request that Gord Elliott send out the dates available via email so we can all check our calendars for availability.

 

Rotary (Welch) Park BBQ is July 31st. Bruce Huxtable has circulated a sign up sheet to get a head count, food preference (steak or chicken) and your side, dessert or appetizer contribution to the potluck.

 

Installation: This Wednesday, June 12th. Prime Rib dinner. $15 per person. Bruce had to know by Saturday night the final numbers for catering (so this reminder does no good to anyone who hasn’t already signed up, sorry for getting this out so late).

 

Musical Ride is going smoothly. The Committee had a meeting after this morning's meeting. The 4H Club will be helping with Musical Ride.

 

Our June 26, 2013 meeting is in the Sand Dollar Room.

 

Mid July – mid August, Nicolas our Summer student from Belgium will be here. Keep him in mind when you’re out and about. Call Garry to book him in for some fun … and to give Garry and Linda a break.

Summary of business meeting:

Club Assembly: Committees met to discuss accomplishments for this year and goals for 2013/14 year.

Foundation

Goals:

Benefactors through the Endowment Fund program.

Provide more information on on-line donations.

Coin boxes to be rejuvenated.

 

Membership

Accomplishments:

One new member in 2012/2013 year – Bev Birchard!

We had a Fire Side Chat in January and hope Kirk will have more next year.

Goals:

Get the revamped version of our brochure ready for Canada Day

Corporate membership agreement being worked through by Bruce and Jo.

Use the Welcome Wagon to get the word out about Rotary.

Do more speaking about Rotary and our Club to get our name out there.

 

Vocational Service

Accomplishments:

Vocational and Community awards chosen, to be announced at the installation.

Trades Fair is happening July 23-24, 2013

Goals:

Student bus tour next year to go to some work places on the Island.

 

Youth Services:

Accomplishments:

Connie is leaving after Canada Day – there will be a presentation at installation

Goals:

Invite Interact Club organizer to one of our meetings as a guest. The Interact Club will probably start in September 2013.

An initiative will be made to get students from other schools to join.

 

Club Administration:

Accomplishments:

Finding good speakers.

Polio Plus certificates for guest speakers.
Member Business presentation series for the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Al Cameron will lead off on June 19th, 2013.
Goals
:

Revamp fellowship (Club Social) night once per month as interest has seemed minimal in the past months.
Monthly meeting programs will include an Entrepreneurial Series, Service presentations, Classification Talks and Business (Club Assembly) meetings.
Have a meeting at the Parksville Museum

Have a meeting at NIWRA.

Get some of our past scholarship recipients to visit us and tell us where they’ve been and what they’ve been up to.

 

Community Service:

Accomplishments:

Donation to the Salvation Army

Donation to the 4H Club

Volunteer at NIWRA

Goals:

Find a major project as they are hard to find and the process still needs to be looked at.

Refurbish service club sign located at the south end of Parksville.

 

Public Relations:

Goals:

Get pictures of scholarship recipients in the paper for theirs and our recognition.

Public relations budget: Seek exclusive relationship with PQB News to get more value out of our PR expenses and to maximize our money available to go back to community. They will provide significant reductions in advertising costs.

 

50/50, birthdays, anniversaries

Greg Greenshields won a cane windscroll

Bev won $25

Ken Armstrong’s Birthday was on June 9.

Greg & Tracy Greenshields Anniversary was on June 6.

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Next week's meeting

Cancelled in lieu of our installation dinner in the evening at Eaglecrest Golf Club. Social starts at 5:45PM, Dinner is at 6:15PM.

 

 

Meeting Summary - June 5, 2013 Cara MacDonald 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 24 members in attendance this morning, and one guest - Buddy Williams, our guest speaker who will be telling us about the Parksville Museum and Archives.

President Jo led off the meeting by reading a thank you note from his wife Sandy, expressing appreciation for the basket sent by the Club following her eye surgery, with special mention of her "Rotary Angel", John O'Brien.

There were a number of announcements as follows:

  • Installation will be held either June 5 or 12 and will be an evening meeting in lieu of our early morning breakfast. More details to follow shortly.
  • Ron Dyck has sent an email to all members with copies of the nomination forms for community and member Vocational Awards. Please consider submitting a nomination.
  • Gord Elliott advised the members that we have once again been accepted as volunteer ambassadors for BeachFest. He will be recruiting volunteers.
  • The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre Family Day will be held June 22. We are still looking for volunteers for this event - please let Jo know.
  • Ray Walker has tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride. There will be three shows. Please let him know if you would like tickets. These can also be booked online at: parksvilleride@shaw.ca Cara MacDonald has posters and rack cards to promote this event - please contact her if you are able to help distribute them in the community.
  • Greg Greenshields announced that the Oceanside Accessibility Committee will be holding a fundraising dinner on June 7. Tickets are $40 and funds raised will be used to support meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities. Tickets can be purchased at Life Support and Mulberry Bookstore.
  • Bruce Huxtable reported that his records show the following members have had perfect attendance over the past year: Ian Dewar, Jo Dunn, Helen Dyck, Peter Hann, Cara MacDonald, Lynne Pearson and Ray Walker. If you feel you have been missed from this list, please get in touch with Bruce.
  • Bruce also asked members to sign up for the year-end barbeque at Welch Park. Tickets are $10 apiece.
  • President Jo advised the members that the recipients of funds from Taste of Oceanside - BLT and Project Amigo - will be invited to the Club for formal cheque presentations. The value of associating our fundraisers with the recipients of funds will be discussed at length in the future.

John O'Brien delivered "Two Minutes of Rotary" this morning, choosing to focus on one of the six clubs in Zone 2A. The Port Alberni Arrowsmith Club has some interesting fundraising ideas, including the Last Chance Diamond Mine Fundraiser and the Ping Pong Ball Stampede. Funds raised have gone to such projects as a dragon boat, the Tall Ships, a viewing platform on the Somass River, and a childrens' playground. John particularly likes the Paul Harris quote featured on the Port Alberni Arrowsmith website: "If you have love for your fellow man in your heart my friend, you are a potential Rotarian." He offered to drive a group of Rotarians up to a meeting in Port Alberni one morning.

Our guest speaker this morning was Buddy Williams, President of the Parksville Museum and Archives. Retired from a career at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Buddy found that museums were "in his blood" and he just couldn't resist the opportunity to lend his talents to an organization that allowed him to continue his passion for "opening shoeboxes full of memories". As a community museum, the Parksville Museum is run by a historical society and was first named the Craig Heritage Park and Museum in honour of one of Parksville's early settlers and entrepreneurs, James Craig. For marketing purposes, the facility is in the process of re-branding itself with the name Parksville Museum and Archives.

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With a slideshow as back-up, Buddy highlighted a number of buildings at the Museum, providing interesting anecdotes about the French Creek Post Office, Knox Heritage Church, Craig's Auto Camp, and the McMillan House. His philosophy of historical interpretation is that the buildings should speak for themselves, showing how people would have lived at the time without the intrusion of labels and other explanatory materials. They should offer visitors a "snapshop in time". Future plans for the exhibits include the addition of sensory experiences such as sounds and fragrances. Buddy also expressed his belief that as Parksville is changing, the Museum must also change to reflect and be representative of the community. It should be participatory and inclusive so it truly becomes "our" community museum. Buddy noted that finances are always an issue when trying to implement change, and he drew attention to the fact that Museum memberships are good value at $10/year for individuals and $25/year for families. Bruce Huxtable thanked Buddy with a certificate stating that 10 children had been immunized against polio in his name.

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As a follow-up to the presentation two weeks ago by Rya and Lana Harach, John O'Brien made a motion that the Club sponsor the 4-H Junior Camp this summer to an amount of $500. The motion was seconded by Cara MacDonald and carried unanimously.

Cara MacDonald told a very funny joke, followed by another one by Don Tardiff. Happy Dollars included one for Sandy and Gil Herle's 25th anniversary, Buddy's talk, and various transgressions by the members. Kay Burgoyne confessed that she and Bill were married in Knox United Church on its original site, after which Bruce Huxtable made a reference to artifacts which prompted much hilarity. In response, Kay quipped "you will all get there"!

Rotarians meet weekly - May 22, 2013 Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

The story behind our Club banner is still shrouded in mystery; however, we are gradually unravelling the threads.  Bashir El-Khalafawi has uncovered some original artwork by Bill Helin which adds a few pieces to the puzzle.  The following is a very early sketch.  It is fascinating to see the progression of concepts by this very well-known and accomplished artist.  You can even see the holes in the sketchpad the drawing was taken from. 

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Apparently the above drawing would not have been accepted by Rotary International, as the Rotary wheel must stand alone and cannot be touched by any other elements.  This then appears to have given rise to the following more polished version.  You can still see notes along the margin and a coffee stain at the bottom. 

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However, there was a further evolution from the above drawings to the final form in which our banner appears today.  There were obviously still some artistic steps that took place before we arrived at the current version.

As for the story behind the banner, Don Luke recalls connections to Pacific Northwest Coast mythology and the story of the raven (Note: the bird depicted is a raven, not an eagle), but it would be great to develop a definitive statement that our Club can use when we present our banners to others around the world.  If anyone has information to add to this story, please let me know at dianamatsuda@shaw.ca  

 

Unravelling the mystery Diana Matsuda 0
Posted by Diana Matsuda

There were 24 members in attendance this morning, and one guest - Buddy Williams, our guest speaker who will be telling us about the Parksville Museum and Archives.

President Jo led off the meeting by reading a thank you note from his wife Sandy, expressing appreciation for the basket sent by the Club following her eye surgery, with special mention of her "Rotary Angel", John O'Brien.

There were a number of announcements as follows:

  • Installation will be held either June 5 or 12 and will be an evening meeting in lieu of our early morning breakfast.  More details to follow shortly.
  • Ron Dyck has sent an email to all members with copies of the nomination forms for community and member Vocational Awards.  Please consider submitting a nomination.
  • Gord Elliott advised the members that we have once again been accepted as volunteer ambassadors for BeachFest.  He will be recruiting volunteers.
  • The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre Family Day will be held June 22.  We are still looking for volunteers for this event - please let Jo know.
  • Ray Walker has tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride.  There will be three shows.  Please let him know if you would like tickets.  These can also be booked online at: parksvilleride@shaw.ca  Cara MacDonald has posters and rack cards to promote this event - please contact her if you are able to help distribute them in the community.
  • Greg Greenshields announced that the Oceanside Accessibility Committee will be holding a fundraising dinner on June 7.  Tickets are $40 and funds raised will be used to support meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities.  Tickets can be purchased at Life Support and Mulberry Bookstore.
  • Bruce Huxtable reported that his records show the following members have had perfect attendance over the past year: Ian Dewar, Jo Dunn, Helen Dyck, Peter Hann, Cara MacDonald, Lynne Pearson and Ray Walker.  If you feel you have been missed from this list, please get in touch with Bruce.
  • Bruce also asked members to sign up for the year-end barbeque at Welch Park.  Tickets are $10 apiece.
  • President Jo advised the members that the recipients of funds from Taste of Oceanside - BLT and Project Amigo - will be invited to the Club for formal cheque presentations.  The value of associating our fundraisers with the recipients of funds will be discussed at length in the future.

John O'Brien delivered "Two Minutes of Rotary" this morning, choosing to focus on one of the six clubs in Zone 2A.  The Port Alberni Arrowsmith Club has some interesting fundraising ideas, including the Last Chance Diamond Mine Fundraiser and the Ping Pong Ball Stampede.  Funds raised have gone to such projects as a dragon boat, the Tall Ships, a viewing platform on the Somass River, and a childrens' playground.  John particularly likes the Paul Harris quote featured on the Port Alberni Arrowsmith website: "If you have love for your fellow man in your heart my friend, you are a potential Rotarian."  He offered to drive a group of Rotarians up to a meeting in Port Alberni one morning.

Our guest speaker this morning was Buddy Williams, President of the Parksville Museum and Archives.  Retired from a career at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Buddy found that museums were "in his blood" and he just couldn't resist the opportunity to lend his talents to an organization that allowed him to continue his passion for "opening shoeboxes full of memories".  As a community museum, the Parksville Museum is run by a historical society and was first named the Craig Heritage Park and Museum in honour of one of Parksville's early settlers and entrepreneurs, James Craig.  For marketing purposes, the facility is in the process of re-branding itself with the name Parksville Museum and  Archives.

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With a slideshow as back-up, Buddy highlighted a number of buildings at the Museum, providing interesting anecdotes about the French Creek Post Office, Knox Heritage Church, Craig's Auto Camp, and the McMillan House.  His philosophy of historical interpretation is that the buildings should speak for themselves, showing how people would have lived at the time without the intrusion of labels and other explanatory materials.  They should offer visitors a "snapshop in time".  Future plans for the exhibits include the addition of sensory experiences such as sounds and fragrances.  Buddy also expressed his belief that as Parksville is changing, the Museum must also change to reflect and be representative of the community.  It should be participatory and inclusive so it truly becomes "our" community museum.  Buddy noted that finances are always an issue when trying to implement change, and he drew attention to the fact that Museum memberships are good value at $10/year for individuals and $25/year for families.  Bruce Huxtable thanked Buddy with a certificate stating that 10 children had been immunized against polio in his name.

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As a follow-up to the presentation two weeks ago by Rya and Lana Harach, John O'Brien made a motion that the Club sponsor the 4-H Junior Camp this summer to an amount of $500.  The motion was seconded by Cara MacDonald and carried unanimously.

The 50/50 of $22 was won by Diana Matsuda who donated $12 to the Foundation and $10 to the purchase of a membership at the Parksville Museum and Archives, urging others to do the same.  Cara MacDonald told a very funny joke, followed by another one by Don Tardiff. Happy Dollars included one for Sandy and Gil Herle's 25th anniversary, Buddy's talk, and various transgressions by the members.  Kay Burgoyne confessed that she and Bill were married in Knox United Church on its original site, after which Bruce Huxtable made a reference to artifacts which prompted much hilarity.  In response, Kay quipped "you will all get there"!

 

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There were 24 members in attendance this morning, along with 3 guests: Bev Birchard, soon-to-be new member; Todd Holkestad, Food & Beverage Manager at the The Beach Club; and Nigel Gray, our guest speaker.

It was a special treat to begin the morning by inducting a new member to the Club. Bev Birchard became the world's newest Rotarian and was warmly welcomed by all members.

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Announcements:

  • President Jo announced the cancellation of Crabfest for 2013, citing the reasons as our inability to secure a guaranteed supply of crab at a set price and the fact that we will need all our volunteers for the RCMP Musical Ride in August.
  • The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre has requested our help at their annual Open House on June 22. We will operate the concession and supervise parking at this event which provides good visibility for Rotary in the community.
  • John O'Brien has prepared a proposal for a series of monthly entrepreneurial presentations as part of our guest speaker series. These will draw upon entrepreneurs from our community who will tell members about their businesses.

Our guest speaker this morning was Nigel Gray from MacDonald Gray Consultants. Nigel and our own Cara MacDonald have over 20 years of experience in design, planning and consulting services, with a specific focus on a natural systems-based approach to land development. Nigel's presentation this morning dealt with small lot residential development and how it works. In an excellent Powerpoint presentation, he described how the standard single-family home from the 1950s, designed for larger families, is no longer required for the modern family which now averages 2 - 2.6 members.

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Nigel outlined a scenario whereby single family properties in a neighbourhead are purchased and consolidated, resulting in an apartment block in the midst of a single family neighbourhood. He contrasted this with the creation of small lots which optimize the use of the neighbourhood infrastructure, meeting the changing needs, wants and values of existing and future residents throughout their life cycle. Such lots include ground-oriented housing for families with children, along with smaller houses and yards for seniors, empty nesters and singles. Nigel affirmed that small lots increase attainable housing supply by reducing the cost of land through smaller lot sizes, reduce material costs through compact building forms, and provide opportunities for "victory gardens" to reduce food costs. Further, smaller lots revitalize older neighbourhoods with new infill construction, and reduce urban sprawl by accommodating market demand. The philosophy of MacDonald Gray Consultants is to introduce gradual organic change so that the density is gradually increased but the character of the neighbourhood remains.

Bob Cummings provided our morning smile and the Sergeant-at-Arms did an admirable job, despite admitting to being somewhat bleary-eyed from the night before. Happy Dollars centred around Bev's membership, Nigel's presentation, and the fact that the BC election is now over.

Tracy Greenshields was the Birthday Girl this week, while anniversaries were celebrated by Gord & Lois Elliott and Sandy & Gil Herle.

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There were 24 members in attendance this morning, along with 3 guests: Bev Birchard, soon-to-be new member; Todd Holkestad, Food & Beverage Manager at the The Beach Club; and Nigel Gray, our guest speaker.

It was a special treat to begin the morning by inducting a new member to the Club.  Bev Birchard became the world's newest Rotarian and was warmly welcomed by all members.

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Announcements:

  • President Jo announced the cancellation of Crabfest for 2013, citing the reasons as our inability to secure a guaranteed supply of crab at a set price and the fact that we will need all our volunteers for the RCMP Musical Ride in August.
  • The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre has requested our help at their annual Open House on June 22.  We will operate the concession and supervise parking at this event which provides good visibility for Rotary in the community.
  • John O'Brien has prepared a proposal for a series of monthly entrepreneurial presentations as part of our guest speaker series.  These will draw upon entrepreneurs from our community who will tell members about their businesses.

Our guest speaker this morning was Nigel Gray from MacDonald Gray Consultants.  Nigel and our own Cara MacDonald have over 20 years of experience in design, planning and consulting services, with a specific focus on a natural systems-based approach to land development.  Nigel's presentation this morning dealt with small lot residential development and how it works.  In an excellent Powerpoint presentation, he described how the standard single-family home from the 1950s, designed for larger families, is no longer required for the modern family which now averages 2 - 2.6 members.

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Nigel outlined a scenario whereby single family properties in a neighbourhead are purchased and consolidated, resulting in an apartment block in the midst of a single family neighbourhood.  He contrasted this with the creation of small lots which optimize the use of the neighbourhood infrastructure, meeting the changing needs, wants and values of existing and future residents throughout their life cycle.  Such lots include ground-oriented housing for families with children, along with smaller houses and yards for seniors, empty nesters and singles. Nigel affirmed that small lots increase attainable housing supply by reducing the cost of land through smaller lot sizes, reduce material costs through compact building forms, and provide opportunities for "victory gardens" to reduce food costs.  Further, smaller lots revitalize older neighbourhoods with new infill construction, and reduce urban sprawl by accommodating market demand.  The philosophy of MacDonald Gray Consultants is to introduce gradual organic change so that the density is gradually increased but the character of the neighbourhood remains.

The 50/50 was won this morning by Helen Dyck while Bob Cummings provided our morning smile.  The Sergeant-at-Arms did an admirable job, despite admitting to being somewhat bleary-eyed from the night before.  Happy Dollars centred around Bev's membership, Nigel's presentation, and the fact that the BC election is now over.

Tracy Greenshields was the Birthday Girl this week, while anniversaries were celebrated by Gord & Lois Elliott and Sandy & Gil Herle.

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There were 23 members in attendance this morning, joined by five guests: Rya and Lana Harach, our guest speakers; Denise Whitson, mother of our guest speakers; Bev Birchard, soon-to-be new member; and Billie Lutz-Brown from The Beach Club.

Jo Dunn returned to the President's chair, reporting that Sandy's surgery went well and thanking the Club for the good wishes and gift basket. There were a number of announcements as follows:

  • Martin Ketteringham reported that he will be leaving Parksville at the end of June to take up a ministry in Vancouver. Although everyone was sad to hear he will be leaving, the members were all relieved and happy that Martin's health scare has had a positive result.
  • President Jo advised the members that scholarship submissions to the Club from Ballenas Secondary School were reviewed and our recommendations submitted to Ballenas for final selection. He expressed thanks to Helen Dyck, Bruce Huxtable and Bill Rawlins for assisting in the selection process.
  • We have been asked by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre to once again run the concession and parking at their annual Family Day on June 22. A recommendation from the Executive will be presented next week.
  • Rotary aprons - there are many missing and they have to be rationed during our events. Everyone was asked to check at home and see if they have any to return.
  • Lynne Pearson reported that Taste of Oceanside was a huge success.  There will be a formal Evaluation Report coming soon.
  • Ron Dyck reminded members of the upcoming Vocational Service Awards, one for a Club member and one for a member of the community. Nomination forms were left on the tables to be filled out, or you can email Ron directly.
  • Garry Cox announced that there will be a Short Term Exchange Program student coming to Parksville at the end of July. His name is Nicholas De Vere; he is 16 years old and comes from Belgium. This is a one-way exchange only; there will be no return student from our area. Nicholas will be staying with Garry and Linda Cox for a month, and all members were encouraged to include him in their summer plans and help him to experience Oceanside and Vancouver Island.

Our guest speakers this morning were two delightful young ladies: Rya (age 12) and Lana (age 14) Harach who spoke to the Club about the Vancouver Island 4-H Junior Camp. Rya told of her experiences at Junior Camp, finding it to be a great experience for new and returning members, fostering teamwork and leadership skills. Lana read a sponsorship letter for this year's camp which will be held in July on Denman Island. At this camp there will be 40-60 4H members aged 9-12 years. The camp has been running for 20 years, but has just lost a major sponsor, leaving them with a $3000 deficit. Any help would be appreciated.

The girls fielded many questions from the members, proving to be excellent ambassadors for the ideals of 4-H, an organization that strives to help young people become productive and self assured adults, "learning to do by doing". They were thanked for their presentation by Ken Armstrong, a former 4-H member himself.

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Bruce Huxtable led in the election of a Club officer. As Martin Ketteringham will be leaving the Club and thus no longer able to fill the position of Incoming President, Diana Matsuda was nominated as a replacement. The motion, made by Bruce Huxtable, seconded by John O'Brien was carried. We will now need a Secretary and Webmaster for the 2013-14 year. Please let Bruce know if you are interested.

There were many Happy and Sad dollars this morning, including Sad for Martin's leaving and for the Canucks, and Happy for Rya and Lana's presentation and for Taste of Oceanside. Of special note was the recent honour of a Teaching Award bestowed on John O'Brien by Thompson Rivers University. Congratulations John!

Greg Greenshields told his joke at the end of the meeting, thus escaping the Sargeant's attention.

 

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A new version of Club Runner will soon be released, enabling a more flexible and user-friendly website environment.  As it will now be possible to make our pages more attractive and dynamic, we would like to have some Club input on what you would like to see on our website.  What types of information would make it more valuable to you?  Please submit your suggestions to Diana Matsuda, and we will try to incorporate as many as we possibly can.

We also think it is time for a new website banner.  The photo currently used in our banner does show our beautiful landscape, but it is was taken on a dull cloudy day and we think there are other photos that would show our beautiful community to better advantage. In order to introduce a little friendly competition into our search for the "perfect photo", the Executive has approved a photo contest, the winner receiving the honour of having their photograph featured on our website, along with a free breakfast and a Rotary theme pin.

Please submit your photos by June 30 to Diana at dianamatsuda@shaw.ca

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There were 23 members in attendance this morning, joined by five guests: Rya and Lana Harach, our guest speakers; Denise Whitson, mother of our guest speakers; Bev Birchard, soon-to-be new member; and Billie Lutz-Brown from The Beach Club.

Jo Dunn returned to the President's chair, reporting that Sandy's surgery went well and thanking the Club for the good wishes and gift basket.  There were a number of announcements as follows:

  • Martin Ketteringham reported that he will be leaving Parksville at the end of June to take up a ministry in Vancouver.  Although everyone was sad to hear he will be leaving, the members were all relieved and happy that Martin's health scare has had a positive result.
  • President Jo advised the members that scholarship submissions to the Club from Ballenas Secondary School were reviewed and our recommendations submitted to Ballenas for final selection.  He expressed thanks to Helen Dyck, Bruce Huxtable and Bill Rawlins for assisting in the selection process.
  • We have been asked by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre to once again run the concession and parking at their annual Family Day on June 22.  A recommendation from the Executive will be presented next week.
  • Rotary aprons - there are many missing and they have to be rationed during our events.  Everyone was asked to check at home and see if they have any to return.
  • Lynne Pearson reported that Taste of Oceanside was a huge success, raising a total of $11,251.44.  Of this amount, 10% will go to Administration and the remainder will be donated to our identified projects.  There will be a formal Evaluation Report coming soon.
  • Ron Dyck reminded members of the upcoming Vocational Service Awards, one for a Club member and one for a member of the community.  Nomination forms were left on the tables to be filled out, or you can email Ron directly.
  • Garry Cox announced that there will be a Short Term Exchange Program student coming to Parksville at the end of July.  His name is Nicholas De Vere; he is 16 years old and comes from Belgium. This is a one-way exchange only; there will be no return student from our area.  Nicholas will be staying with Garry and Linda Cox for a month, and all members were encouraged to include him in their summer plans and help him to experience Oceanside and Vancouver Island.

Our guest speakers this morning were two delightful young ladies: Rya (age 12) and Lana (age 14) Harach who spoke to the Club about the Vancouver Island 4-H Junior Camp.  Rya told of her experiences at Junior Camp, finding it to be a great experience for new and returning members, fostering teamwork and leadership skills.  Lana read a sponsorship letter for this year's camp which will be held in July on Denman Island.  At this camp there will be 40-60 4H members aged 9-12 years.  The camp has been running for 20 years, but has just lost a major sponsor, leaving them with a $3000 deficit.  Any help would be appreciated. 

The girls fielded many questions from the members, proving to be excellent ambassadors for the ideals of 4-H, an organization that strives to help young people become productive and self assured adults, "learning to do by doing".  They were thanked for their presentation by Ken Armstrong, a former 4-H member himself.

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Bruce Huxtable led in the election of a Club officer.  As Martin Ketteringham will be leaving the Club and thus no longer able to fill the position of Incoming President, Diana Matsuda was nominated as a replacement.  The motion, made by Bruce Huxtable, seconded by John O'Brien was carried.  We will now need a Secretary and Webmaster for the 2013-14 year.  Please let Bruce know if you are interested.

The 50/50 of $25 was won by Bashir El Khalafawi who donated his winnings to the Foundation.  There were many Happy and Sad dollars, including Sad for Martin's leaving and for the Canucks, and Happy for Rya and Lana's presentation and for Taste of Oceanside.  Of special note was the recent honour of a Teaching Award bestowed on John O'Brien by Thompson Rivers University.  Congratulations John!

Greg Greenshields told his joke at the end of the meeting, thus escaping the Sargeant's attention. 

 

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There were 21 members and RYE student, Connie Chiu in attendance this morning. We were joined by visiting Rotarians, Glynn Currie from the Lantzville Rotary Club and Raven Pruden from the Rotary Club of Parksville, along with returning visitor, Bev Birchard.

The meeting was led by Bruce Huxtable, filling in for Jo Dunn who is home with Sandy following her eye surgery. The following announcements were made:

  • Ray Walker reminded members that nominations are being accepted for the Club's two Vocational Awards. One is for a non-Rotarian from the communcity who lives the ideals of Rotary, while the other is for a Club member who exemplifies what it means to be a Rotarian.
  • Ray also spoke about Crabfest which is quickly approaching on June 15. Ray and Kay are coordinating, along with help from John O'Brien and Jo Dunn. As we have held Crabfest many times, there is no need for member involvement in its organization, but all will need to sell tickets and work at the event.
  • Lynne Pearson announced that we are still waiting for a few bills and results from the Taste of Oceanside silent auction, so there are not yet any numbers to share. She stressed that in future, control of ticket numbers will be vital as the restaurants need to know numbers.
  • Bruce reminded members to mark their calendars for the yearend Barbeque, to be held on July 31 at Welch Park in Qualicum. This will be an area-wide event so it will be a great opportunity to connect with Rotarians from Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach and Parksville.
  • Garry Cox reported that the RCMP Musical Ride is falling into place nicely. The promotional materials are out and it appears there will be no problem with ticket sales, especially as tickets are well priced at $10 apiece, with children under 3 free. As we have five distribution centres, members will not be required to sell tickets. Call Ray Walker if you wish to purchase tickets.
  • Raven Pruden spoke about the upcoming Mosaic performance which will be held Saturday, May 4 at Knox United Church. This will be a showcase of young Oceanside talent and promises to be first class entertainment. Tickets are $15; contact Raven or Knox.
  • Bruce announced that we will have a booth at Canada Day where we will distribute our new brochure and sell RCMP Musical Ride tickets.

Bashir El-Khalafawi gave an excellent presentation during "Two Minutes of Rotary" on "The Life and Times of Paul Harris" which is reprinted below.

As this was a Club Assembly, members broke into their committees for discussion and planning. There was not enough time for reports following these meetings; however, Bruce asked Committee Chairs to prepare meeting summaries and send them to President Jo.

RYE Connie gave her usual enthusiastic report. She really enjoyed Taste of Oceanside, and last week went to Tofino where she tried kayaking and surfing. She offered to be a tour guide to anyone travelling to Asia after she returns home.

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Lynne Pearson's birthday will be celebrated on May 7, so she received a rousing rendition of our fractured Happy Birthday greeting, followed by a hug from the Birthday Bear.

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ImageBorn in Racine, Wisconsin, on April 19th 1868, Paul P. Harris was the second of six children of George and Cornelia Harris. He attended the University of Vermont and Princeton. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1891.

Paul Harris spent the five years after graduation traveling around the country and working odd jobs. After arriving penniless in San Francisco, he worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and then as a ranch hand, grape picker, and cowboy. He was also a night clerk at a hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, and a traveling marble and granite salesman.

In 1896, he settled in Chicago and opened a law practice. Along with Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, he founded the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905 and was elected its president in 1907.

Club membership grew rapidly. Many members were originally from small towns and found an opportunity for fellowship in the Chicago club. Harris was convinced that the club could be expanded into a service movement and strove to extend Rotary to other communities.

In 1910, the National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed, and Harris was elected its first president. He held the office for two years and afterward became president emeritus, serving as the public face of the organization and promoting membership extension and service around the world.

In addition to his work with Rotary, Harris was involved in other civic organizations, including the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, City Club of Chicago, Chicago Bar Association, Prairie Club, and Easter Seals. He was also recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and honored by the governments of Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru.

Harris died on the 27th of January 1947, leaving a rich legacy of fellowship, professionalism, service, and friendship. His passing also sparked an outpouring of donations to The Rotary Foundation from all over the world, allowing the Foundation to greatly expand its programs and services.
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Editor's Note: Below is a letter from ADG Ed Fougner that will be of interest to members in our area: 

At our last Area 2 A President's meeting it was agreed that we would support the nomination of Theresa Kingston, Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith as our Area 2A Nominee for the Club Builder Award.

Port Alberni RC President Ken Watson, Port Alberni Arrowsmith President Pam Craig, And Arrowsmith Rotarian Kenn Whiteman prepared the Club Builder Nomination on Theresa's behalf.

I'd like to add my comments in support of Theresa:

  • In 2009 the Arrowsmith club completed a Visioning exercise in which Theresa's "vision" of the club's role as a community leader/facilitator was established — the club would involve other organizations in the community to share in the development of an area of the city into an "Art's District" that would benefit both residents and visitors.
  • In 2011, Theresa provided the leadership for the development of a Mission Statement and a 5 year Strategic Plan for the Art's District Project, 2011-2015
  • The Strategic Plan is reviewed annually, again with Theresa being the resource person in that review process
  • Theresa is also instrumental, each Rotary year, in providing the leadership in organizing and implementing member participation and "buy In" of the plans and goals for the year. 
  • Arrowsmith is a small club (I call it "the little club that does") but accomplish really remarkable things each Rotary year and a great deal of that can be credited to Theresa's skill as a planner and as a person who understands group dynamics and who is able to apply that knowledge to help make things happen both in the community and in the Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith. 

Ed Fougner

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There were 24 members in attendance this morning, joined by four guests and our RYE student, Connie Chui.  Club members were delighted to welcome DG Judy Byron from the Rotary Club of Sidney, ADG Ed Fougner from the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club, Bill Burgoyne from the Parksville Club, and our guest speaker, Roy Scherrer.

ADG Ed Fougner updated the Club on the "100 Years of Rotary" PQB News Supplement.  The articles will feature stories of Rotary through the eyes of individual Rotarians.  Ed asked the question "why are you a Rotarian", and invited members to send their stories in 25 words or less.  He also had his camera "at the ready" to take photos to accompany each story.

DG Judy Byron addressed the club informally, her stated purpose being to "get to know us better" and to congratulate the Club on our cooperative efforts with other clubs.  She advised that all Council minutes and financial statements will now be posted on the District website so their operations will be completely transparent to members.  Judy also reported that a student from District 5020, Geysar Gurbanov, has been named one of 50 Rotary World Peace Fellows who will be studying in North Carolina, one of five Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Gurbanov is originally from Azerbaijan and is currently residing in Tacoma, Washington.

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Our guest speaker this morning was Roy Scherrer from Pharmasave who gave an excellent talk on the drug oxycontin, addressing various issues related to the use of drugs for chronic pain management vs the potential for abuse.  Oxycontin is derived from morphine and can be used in its long-acting form to control pain effectively.  However, if crushed or chewed, it causes euphoria; thus the potential for trafficking emerges.  This is not currently a major problem in Parksville; rather it has emerged as a crime of convenience and opportunity.

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Roy also moved into the area of brand name and generic drugs.  In the current free trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union, the Europeans are seeking an extra two years of patent protection.  It is hoped that this will increase innovation and make drugs more affordable for the consumer; however, there are many issues related to the costs of generic vs brand name drugs.  In British Columbia, Pharmacare claims have skyrocketed in the past six years alone, raising concerns over limited tax dollars and an aging demographic.  Drug marketing also has an impact on where research money goes; for example, not enough research is going into the development of new antiobiotics while this is not the case for high profile drugs such as viagra.

Roy then answered questions and advised members that expired drugs may be taken to any pharmacy for disposal where they will be properly incinerated in an environmentally responsible fashion.  Do not flush them down the toilet where they will go into our water system! 

DG Judy Byron then presented John O'Brien with his Paul Harris Plus 8 award.  Congratulations John!

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In the RYE student report, Connie Chiu told the Club about her second orientation with other Rotary exchange students in Comox.  She participated as a performer at the talent show and also spent time at a seniors' home.  She is looking forward to seeing everyone again at the District Conference.  Connie watched the Academy Awards and was particularly pleased that fellow Taiwanese, Ang Lee won the Best Director award for "The Life of Pi".

In closing the meeting, President Jo Dunn announced that we have one week remaining where every dollar contributed to Polio Plus through to March 31 will be matched by an additional $2. The Gates Foundation has also agreed to continue their match of funds donated by Canadian Rotarians. Based on the $1.6 million in contributions we are aware of to date, this already means a total of $4.8 million in additional funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. He encouraged everyone to consider making an additional donation to Polio Plus prior to March 1, 2013 in honour of Rotary's 108 anniversary.

 

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Congratulations to Parksville AM President Jo Dunn who was named Parksville's 2012 Citizen of the Year at the Glassie Award ceremony on Friday, March 1.

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Photo by John Harding, PQB News (clockwise from bottom left): Winner of the business of the year Sue Battle from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, Citizen of the year Joe Dunn and Youth of the year Nicolaas Annau.

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The sunny spring weather resulted in good attendance this morning, attracting 25 members, one visiting Rotarian - Jim Smith from the Rotary Club of Olds, Alberta, guest Beverly Orchard, and our guest speaker - Marianne O'Brien.

Lynne Pearson led off the meeting with a report on Taste of Oceanside - a resounding success! There are no final numbers yet, but these will be coming, along with an evaluation form. Jo expressed thanks to Lynne on behalf of the Club for all her work, resulting in a standing ovation from the members.

President Jo announced that he has received applications for the Rotary scholarships given annually to Ballenas students. These will be narrowed down to two, after which Ballenas will make the final selection. Bill Rawlins, Bruce Huxtable and Helen Dyck all volunteered to assist in the selection process. Jo also advised that he will be away for next week's Assembly and that incoming President, Bruce Huxtable will take over the meeting.

The Club was reminded that the Rotary Club of Parksville will be hosting their annual Mosaic performance at Knox United Chuch on May 4. This is a fantastic show where young performers take the stage and demonstrate the tremendous talent we have in our community.

Our guest speaker this morning was Marianne O'Brien, introduced with love and humour by her husband, John O'Brien. Marianne expressed her thanks to the Club for the donation of $500 which was made three years ago to the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation. This money goes for the "extras" that are not funded by VIHA. As a Case Manager, Marianne works with people with severe and persistent mental illness, often those diagnosed with schizophrenia. Recreational therapy is an important part of offering patients what Marianne calls a "spark in the darkness". A trip to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, a picnic Rathtrevor Park, bowling and coffee - these are things that can't be expensed through VIHA but that add to the quality of life for those who are imprisoned by their illness. Marianne's caring nature and passion for her work were evident in her talk, and she was encouraged to approach the Club again in the future to support this very worthwhile cause.

This morning's meeting was a very important one as we celebrated the 80th birthday of our own Peter Hann (or as he likes to call it, his 20th x 4. As Ian Dewar pointed out, this does make sense in French, 80 being "quatre vingt"). Peter was recognized for his long standing and unwavering commitment to the ideals of Rotary and for his support of every Club activity, work project and fundraiser. In honour of his special milestone and in appreciation for his contributions, Peter was presented with a Paul Harris + 3 award by Foundation Chair, Don Luke, after which he received a standing ovation from the Club. He was then serenaded not once, not twice, but three times - first by the melodious tones of Ray Walker, next "en francais" led by Ian Dewar in full Montreal Canadiens gear, and finally in the traditional Club manner. The birthday bear provided the final note to this momentous occasion.

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Gord Svenson has returned as jokester "par excellence", receiving huge guffaws in response to his frog joke. There were many Happy Dollars, often in threes - for Peter's birthday, Marianne's talk, and the success of Taste of Oceanside. Bill Rawlins gave a Happy Dollar for walking away from a serious accident, for which we are all happy and thankful. And one more special event today - Bob and Dianne Cummings celebrate their anniversary on April 25. Congratulations all!

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Attendance at the February 20 Rotary meeting swelled, as 22 guests joined 25 Parksville AM members for a total of 47 boisterous Rotarians.  A surprise to most of the Club, the majority of our guests were part of an orchestrated "invasion" by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise.  Two additional guests from the Parksville Club joined in the fun and a riotous time was had by all!

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Two Minutes of Rotary was presented by Kirk Walper who talked about membership and lessons he has learned from his experiences in Toastmasters.  As Kirk is our incoming Membership Chair for 2013-2014, his background and enthusiasm will no doubt stand the Club in good stead.

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Our guest speaker this morning was Steve Staley, Career Education Coordinator for School District 69.  Steve gave an excellent presentation on the upcoming event "Yes 2 It", a hands-on trades activity day for youth.  Steve spoke about demographic factors, noting that there is a big "baby boom bulge" that will result in a shortage of tradespeople and a growing need to attract young people into skilled trades. 

In British Columbia, there will be a million job openings in this decade,  three quarters of which will require trade certificates or post secondary education.  Because the universities "don't do trades", there is a need to start blending academia and trades to ensure a variety of opportunities are available within the skilled trades.  Steve made reference to the PINES (Poorly Integrated New Entrants), students who are graduating from university but are unable to find jobs.  He stressed that we need to change our mindset from university as the only option to a new focus on the trades as a viable career strategy.

"Yes 2 It" is an event designed to increase awareness of trades careers among students from grades 6-9, as well as their parents, educators and their communities, through engaging them in a variety of hands-on activities. Booths will include trades such as electrical, hydraulic, millwright, baker, mechanical, plumber, locksmith, automotive, and many more.  There are 145 trades listed under the Industry Training Authority (ITA) of British Columbia.  For more information, check out their website at Industry Training Authority BC.

"Yes 2 It" will be held Monday, June 24 at Qualicum Beach Middle School.  There will be 638 Grade 7 and 8 students attending from three middle schools.  The organizers are looking for tradespeople, active or retired, to work with these students and introduce them to some hands-on exposure to their trades.  Please let Ray Walker know if you are interested or available.

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Don Tardiff thanked Steve for his presentation and encouraged all members to consider how they might become involved in this project.  In appreciation, Don presented a certificate from the Club showing that a donation has been made for ten children to be vaccinated against polio in Steve's name.

 

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The sunny spring weather resulted in good attendance this morning, attracting 25 members, one visiting Rotarian - Jim Smith from the Rotary Club of Olds, Alberta, guest Beverly Orchard, and our guest speaker - Marianne O'Brien.

Lynne Pearson led off the meeting with a report on Taste of Oceanside - a resounding success!  There are no final numbers yet, but these will be coming, along with an evaluation form.  Jo expressed thanks to Lynne on behalf of the Club for all her work, resulting in a standing ovation from the members.

President Jo announced that he has received applications for the Rotary scholarships given annually to Ballenas students.  These will be narrowed down to two, after which Ballenas will make the final selection.  Bill Rawlins, Bruce Huxtable and Helen Dyck all volunteered to assist in the selection process.  Jo also advised that he will be away for next week's Assembly and that incoming President, Bruce Huxtable will take over the meeting.

The Club was reminded that the Rotary Club of Parksville will be hosting their annual Mosaic performance at Knox United Chuch on May 4.  This is a fantastic show where young performers take the stage and demonstrate the tremendous talent we have in our community. 

Our guest speaker this morning was Marianne O'Brien, introduced with love and humour by her husband, John O'Brien.  Marianne expressed her thanks to the Club for the donation of $500 which was made three years ago to the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation.  This money goes for the "extras" that are not funded by VIHA.  As a Case Manager, Marianne works with people with severe and persistent mental illness, often those diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Recreational therapy is an important part of offering patients what Marianne calls a "spark in the darkness".  A trip to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, a picnic Rathtrevor Park, bowling and coffee - these are things that can't be expensed through VIHA but that add to the quality of life for those who are imprisoned by their illness.  Marianne's caring nature and passion for her work were evident in her talk, and she was encouraged to approach the Club again in the future to support this very worthwhile cause.

This morning's meeting was a very important one as we celebrated the 80th birthday of our own Peter Hann (or as he likes to call it, his 20th x 4.  As Ian Dewar pointed out, this does make sense in French, 80 being "quatre vingt").  Peter was recognized for his long standing and unwavering commitment to the ideals of Rotary and for his support of every Club activity, work project and fundraiser.  In honour of his special milestone and in appreciation for his contributions, Peter was presented with a Paul Harris + 3 award by Foundation Chair, Don Luke, after which he received a standing ovation from the Club.  He was then serenaded not once, not twice, but three times - first by the melodious tones of Ray Walker, next "en francais" led by Ian Dewar in full Montreal Canadiens gear, and finally in the traditional Club manner.  The birthday bear provided the final note to this momentous occasion.

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Gord Svenson has returned as jokester "par excellence", receiving huge guffaws in response to his frog joke. There were many Happy Dollars, often in threes - for Peter's birthday, Marianne's talk, and the success of Taste of Oceanside.  Bill Rawlins gave a Happy Dollar for walking away from a serious accident, for which we are all happy and thankful.  Ian Dewar won the 50/50 and donated it to Marianne for her recreational therapy program. And one more special event today - Bob and Dianne Cummings celebrate their anniversary on  April 25.  Congratulations all! 

 

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Mango Gazpacho, Pan-seared Sesame Scallops, Mac and Cheese with crab and bacon, topped off with a sinfully delicious Crème Brule … just a sampling of the taste sensations awaiting diners at Taste of Oceanside 2013.  A fundraising initiative of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, Taste of Oceanside brings together a collection of Oceanside’s finest eating establishments to present an evening that will delight the tastebuds of foodies and the pocketbooks of price-conscious patrons.

On April 20 from 6:30 - 9 pm, 10 restaurants will serve samples of specialty menu items to discriminating diners as they wander through food stations at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.    Now in its 7th year, admission to Taste of Oceanside remains at $15, with food and beverage coupons again priced at $1 apiece.  These coupons are exchanged for tastings from the various food stations throughout the evening.  Each restaurant station will offer up to three items priced between one and three coupons each. 

Introduced in 2007, Taste of Oceanside aims to promote the local Oceanside restaurant industry while at the same time raising funds for the charitable works of Rotary.  Among the projects supported this year are two that recognize both the local and international commitments of Rotary.

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Building Learning Together (BLT) has been selected as the community recipient of funds from this event.  BLT is a coalition of local community partners that have joined together in support of family literacy.  Currently over twenty BLT projects reach into every corner of the Oceanside community, affecting people from birth to beyond retirement.  Internationally, Taste of Oceanside funds will support Project Amigo, an initiative in Colima, Mexico that supports literacy programs and provides access to vision care through screening and treatment of correctable vision problems.  

With attendance limited to 450 eager samplers, purchase of advance tickets is encouraged.  These are available from Marlin Travel and Close To You in Parksville, and NR Insurance in Qualicum Beach, participating restaurants, or from any Member of the Parksville AM Rotary Club.  Door prizes and a silent auction will round out an evening of exquisite taste experiences, delightful ambiance and affordable dining. 

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The District 5020 Constitution and Bylaws have been distributed to all clubs so members can gain an understanding of how our District functions.  Both documents have been posted to our website in the Documents section.  Just go to the bottom of the page and click on Bylaws.  Our Bylaws and those of the District are available for you to review.  If you have any thoughts or comments, please contact President Jo prior to the District conference, May 31 - June 2.
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There were 21 members in attendance this morning, and guest Carrie Powell-Davidson.

Don Luke presented Two minutes of Rotary, speaking about the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation does good in the world! With your contribution, you get a say in how the money is spent. After three years, 50% of the money comes back to the District for distribution. There are different levels of giving:

  • Every Rotarian every year (EREY): Any amount each year
  • Sustaining member: $100 each year
  • Paul Harris fellow: $1000 over time. You can have multiples.
  • Major donor: $10,000
  • Arch C. Klumph Society: $250,000

The easiest way to donate is online through Member access on the RI website. Also, Rotary has a Master Card available where $1 for every $100 spent goes to Foundation. Rotary donations are priceless!

Peter Hann introduced our guest speaker, Carrie Powell-Davidson, one of our City Councillors. Carrie has been involved with music since the age of five; she was trained in music therapy and then got involved in acting and media. She has been married for many years and has two children, a 20 year old girl who is a paramedic and a son in Grade 12 who is planning to go into the film and TV industry. Carrie has worked with VIU/Malaspina for 20 years, and is now in her second term as a City Councillor.

Carrie finds Parksville to be a friendly city that is doing well and building on the success initiated by previous councils. Carrie is concerned about communication and is happy to be able to take part in "coffee with Council" on Thursdays where you can book 10 minutes from 2 to 4 pm. There is a full page in the newspaper each month, an updated website, and Council meetings are now live-streamed.

The aquifer storage and recovery system (ARS) is a first in Canada, with a federal grant paying for the research portion now going on. The Arrowsmith Water Service (AWS) is working well, the Firehall is done, the Macmillan upgrade is done, and the Official Community Plan (OCP) is almost ready. Carrie could have spoken for an extended time but Jo gave her the hook. Photo below shows Martin Ketteringham presenting Carrie with a certificate for 10 polio vaccinations through Rotary, in appreciation for her talk.

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Next week we have Steve Staley, Career Education Coordinator from School District 69, to talk about the upcoming Trades fair. Do you have any friends or neighbors who are former trades people and willing to interact with a youth for a hands-on activity for 10 minutes or less? They do not need to do a lot of talking but need to help the youths try something different; drive a nail, solder a pipe, lay a brick, drill a hole, operate a machine ... there are a hundred trades and many careers that will be in need of trained people. A WORLD THAT WORKS NEEDS WORKERS.
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Oceanside Rotary clubs were well represented among the recently announced recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada.

On November 15, Dr. James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, hosted a presentation of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals in Parksville. Eighteen distinguished guests were recognized for their community service in various capacities, including our own Kay Burgoyne. As a Rotarian, Kay shared the spotlight with Bill LeSage, Charter Member of the Rotary Clubs of Parksville AM and Lantzville, Ken Neden from the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club, and Doug Slowski of the Rotary Club of Lantzville. The citations read during their medal presentations are as follows:

Kay Burgoyne
Kay Burgoyne began a long association with the Society of Organized Services in 1978 as office coordinator and bookkeeper. Working with volunteers was Kay’s greatest joy, and meeting the needs of the community. For years she also served as executive director of the SOS, until 1994. With Parksville AM Rotary, Kay was president, and also worked in the Coats for Kids campaign for years.

She touched the Communities in Bloom and was a fixture with the Rhododendron Society. Kay played a key role in the development of the Rotary Peace Park. She also helped in Rotary’s initiative in Springwood Park.

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Bill Lesage

The life of the Party! Former owner of Parkville’s Bowling Alley, Bill is a long time Rotarian. He is a Charter Member of the Parksville AM and Lantzville Rotary Clubs.  For 24 years, Bill has been Parade Marshall for Parksville Canada Day Parade, taking it from humble beginnings in 1988 to one of the largest Canada Day Celebrations on Vancouver Island. Bill has seen it all, from its early days when a fire truck caught fire and another volunteer force put it out, to a lead fire truck taking a wrong turn. There’s been lots of fun and excitement!

Bill served 17 years as a director of the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation and was engaged in promoting and developing the Palliative Care program.

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Doug Slowski
Doug Slowski served our coastal communities as the senior officer for the Royal Bank for 37 years, 10 in Parksville. Retirement brought him into a new role with Community Futures and the Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. z

Doug has a long association with the St. Johns’ Ambulance, and all aspects of emergency preparedness at local and provincial levels. For years, Doug has provided leadership to the air cadet league at provincial and national levels as a Substantial Lieut. Col. Air Force (Ret.). Doug was Commanding Officer for Cadet Training in Victoria and oversaw 900 teens for summer training in Red Deer, Alberta.

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Ken Neden

He has served with BC Tel for many years but Ken Neden is best known in our community for his long association and leadership in Search and Rescue. Ken joined Arrowsmith Search and Rescue when he was 16 years old. He now has 37 years of continuous service, currently as President and Search Manager of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society. z

One colleague says: “He has taken us from a small, do-it-yourself group in the bush to a highly regarded and well-equipped search and rescue unit. He is the finest man I know – knowledgeable, unflappable, a pillar of strength under pressure.” Ken began rescue work as a teenager, when his father was in charge of the unit. He has been involved in countless rescue operations and has helped hundreds of people over the years. Arrowsmith Search and Rescue has grown from a small group of dedicated volunteers in the 1960’s to incorporation as the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society in 1986 and a fully integrated member of District 69 Emergency Services.

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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During this year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

“I think her majesty would be very pleased with today’s event,” said Dr. Lunney. “I hope we can all agree that the people honoured today in her name have contributed individually and collectively to making our island communities amongst the best places in the world to live.”

Photos courtesy of Dr. James Lunney . In addition to recipients and Dr. Lunney, photos also show Parksville RCMP Const. Blake Manchur in red serge.

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On behalf of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, I would like to thank all our CrabFest ticket holders for their calm, understanding and generous response to the news that there were “no crabs” tonight.

Ticket holders received a full refund and the offer to take advantage of a fully dressed baked potato, coldslaw, buns and dessert at no charge. Of the 450 plus ticket holders approximately 190 took advantage of the offer.

This was the 15th time that our club has put CrabFest. One setback will not deter us from scheduling another, with a different crab supplier, of course!

Thank you for your continuing support of Rotary projects in our community.

Jo Dunn
President
Rotary Club of Parksville AM

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Oceanside Rotary clubs came together this Christmas season season to support the Salvation Army in the amount of $4300.  Shown are (L to R), Peter Kellas, President of the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club, Kim Burden, President of the Rotary Club of Parksville, Martin Ketteringham from the Salvation Army, and Jo Dunn, President of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

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ImageIn January 2012, a team of 10 Rotarians from Vancouver Island and northwest Washington State were the recipients of an exuberant welcome as they participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India.  Parksville was represented by Angela Dadoush, Rotary Club of Parksville and Diana and Massey Matsuda, Rotary Club of Parksville AM.  Travelling to the cities of Surat, Baroda, Nadiad, Bhavnagar and Rajkot, team members were billeted with Indian families, observing daily life, customs and family structures in a fashion never possible from a hotel room.

India is a country of total sensory overload – the sights, sounds, smells and tastes are larger than life, the contradictions endless; yet the kindness and generosity of spirit ever present.  The traffic is chaotic … a mass of wagons, cars, buses, brightly decorated trucks, motorbikes, cows, bicycles, stray dogs, horses, rickshaws and the odd camel. But amidst the chaos of honking horns and swirling mass of humanity, there is a certain rhythm, even nonchalance, on the roads … and not a whiff of road rage.

 

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Following are the results of the survey held at the Club Assembly on July 3, 2012:

General:
  1. Don't overcommit Club resources!
  2. Need more small local service projects - keep in mind that small groups of volunteers are OK.
  3. Recognize the diversity of local service interests within the Club.
  4. Achieve a higher profile within the community for our service contributions!

Community Service - Hands on

  1. Coats for Kids - continue
  2. ALS - continue
  3. Wildlife Centre Family Day - expand involvement
  4. Vocational Trades Day - continue
  5. Community Vocational Award - continue
  6. Beach Fest - evaluate our experience this year
  7. Nichols Park - assist Leadership group
  8. Suggestions for consideration: Kid Fest, WOW Bus Drivers, Soap for Hope, Interact Club

Contributory Service Projects/Partnerships

  1. Building Learning Together (BLT)
  2. North Island Wildlife Recovery Association
  3. VI Crisis Society
  4. Suggestions for consideration: Rotary Spelling Contest, WOW Bus sponsorship ...

Fundraisers

  1. Taste of Oceanside - continue
  2. RCMP Musical Ride - continue
  3. Murder Mystery (Moth Ball for now)
  4. Crab Fest - go for it!
  5. Suggestions for consideration: Lego Building Competition

Fun and Fellowship

  1. Pub Night - continue
  2. GWC for Dinner (incorporate Murder Mystery theme)
  3. Theatre night - proposal?
  4. Suggestions for consideration: interclub meeting and joint events

Membership: Buddy system/Mentoring, Educational Firesides

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On March 30, 2012, Jacqueline Russell, a member of the Parksville AM Rotary Club, was among nine British Columbians who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her support of literacy in the province. The award was presented by His Honour the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, at a ceremony held at Government House.

Jacqueline received her medal for her role in the Lieutenant Governor's Literacy Program, specifically her work as Literacy Coordinator for Rotary District 5020. In this role, she helped partner local Rotary clubs with Penelakut Island and also helped bring the UBC Dental Clinic to the community.

 

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is pleased to announce the return of Taste of Oceanside, an event guaranteed to appeal to food lovers and price-conscious diners alike. Now in its fifth year, Taste of Oceanside 2011 features a variety of local eating establishments, all promising an evening of exquisite taste experiences, delightful ambiance and affordable dining. On April 16 from 6:30 - 9 pm, 13 restaurants will serve samples of specialty menu items to attendees as they wander through food stations at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.

Admission to Taste of Oceanside remains at $15, with food and beverage coupons again priced at $1 apiece. These coupons can then be exchanged for tastings from the various food stations throughout the evening. Each restaurant station will offer up to three items priced between one and three coupons each. Refreshments will be available to enhance the tasting experience which will include everything from prawns to pulled pork ... ribs to risotto ... and don't forget to save room for those decadent desserts!

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Editor's Note: In keeping with the season, it seems appropriate to reprint the following list which was developed by Arnold R. Grahl for Rotary International News, December 28, 2010.

From a massive earthquake in Haiti to the launch of the Future Vision pilot, 2010 was an eventful year for Rotary International and Rotarians. As the new year dawns, we look back over memorable moments from the last 12 months with our top 10 list of Rotary news events.

1. Earthquake in Haiti
Rotarians in Haiti began laying the groundwork for recovery after a powerful earthquake shattered the capital of Port-au-Prince on 12 January, leaving 200,000 dead and millions more homeless.

The Rotary Foundation established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, a donor advised fund, which raised more than US$1.3 million by April toward long-term recovery. A task force set up two years earlier by District 7020, which includes Haiti, to administer all financial aid to the nation worked with local clubs to deliver aid where needed.

In late February, 2009-10 RI President John Kenny visited the country "to show that Rotarians worldwide care about the plight of their fellow human beings, many of whom have lost everything."

2. RI theme
Incoming RI President Ray Klinginsmith unveiled the 2010-11 RI theme, Building Communities -- Bridging Continents , during the International Assembly in January. He described how his 50 years of Rotary experience contributed to his focus on communities at home and abroad.

3. Fight against polio
The bivalent oral polio vaccine is proving to be a potent weapon in the arsenal of Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Developed to stop transmission of the type 1 and type 3 wild polioviruses simultaneously, the vaccine was introduced in all four polio-endemic countries -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- in late 2009 and early 2010, and has helped reduce the incidence of polio dramatically in both India and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, a study published in the Vaccine journal, "Economic Analysis of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative," estimated that the initiative could prevent more than eight million cases of paralytic polio and save US$40 billion to $50 billion, if the wild poliovirus is eradicated in 2012 or shortly thereafter.

But the news was not all positive. Rotary provided $500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and WHO for immediate polio immunization efforts in Tajikistan in April and another $500,000 in November for immunization efforts in the Republic of the Congo, following outbreaks of the wild poliovirus in those countries. Such outbreaks illustrate that all countries remain at risk for the importation of the poliovirus and show the urgent need to End Polio Now.

4. Progress on the challenge
Rotarians held a variety of creative and successful polio fundraisers throughout the year, helping to reach the US$155 million mark in Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. Club members cycled, swam, danced, and sold everything from hot dogs to flower bulbs in support of the global effort to eradicate the disease.

In the months leading up to the FIFA World Cup in June, a football signed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and dignitaries from more than 20 African nations traveled throughout the continent in the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. The ball ended its journey onstage at the 2010 RI Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Also, the "This Close" public service announcement campaign rolled out to help clubs and districts spread the polio eradication message.

5. 2010 Council on Legislation
Representatives to the 2010 Council on Legislation enacted a number of monumental measures that made e-clubs a permanent part of Rotary International, created the Avenue of New Generations Service, increased the annual per capita dues that clubs pay to RI by US$1, and gave Rotarians the option of receiving The Rotarian magazine electronically.

6. 2010 RI Convention
More than 18,000 Rotarians from 154 countries and geographical areas converged on Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in June for the 2010 RI Convention. During four packed days of plenary and breakout sessions, attendees heard from an impressive lineup of speakers, including Queen Noor of Jordan; Jo Luck, president of Heifer International; Greg Mortenson, best-selling author and cofounder of the Central Asia Institute; Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America; and country music singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton.

7. Future Vision
A three-year pilot to test the new, streamlined grant structure under The Rotary Foundation Future Vision Plan got underway 1 July. One hundred districts are participating in the pilot; all districts will take part in the new grant structure starting in July 2013.

The Foundation approved the first global grant in June for a project to combat the spread of dengue fever in Indonesia. District 3330 (Thailand) received the first district grant and will use the US$39,500 to buy books, computers, and sports equipment for schools; provide clean water for students; and add patient beds at a hospital.

8. End Polio Now lightings
In celebration of Rotary's 105th anniversary, 23 February, the End Polio Now message was projected onto a number of iconic landmarks, including the Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt; the Taipei Arena in Taiwan; the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain; the Old Port Captain's Office on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa; the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Royal Palace at Caserta in Italy.

9. Palestinian club charter
More than 150 Rotarians and guests, including 2009-10 RI President John Kenny and RI Director Phil Silvers, gathered on 30 May to celebrate the charter of the Rotary Club of Ramallah, the first club in Palestine in three decades.

10. RI Strategic Plan
A revised RI Strategic Plan went into effect in July. The plan comprises three priorities, all of equal importance to Rotary's future: support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance public image and awareness. In November, the Board approved several recommendations and actions that reinforce the priorities and goals of the plan.

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'Bonkers and bibs' will set the tone of the event as the Rotary Parksville AM presents its 14th annual Crabfest, an evening of family fun and casual dining. Crabfest takes place July 10th, from 4:30-9 PM at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. For a $30 admission fee, diners will receive a specialty crab dinner fresh from our Oceanside waters, supplied by Kim Mauriks of Seafood 4 Life, complete with bonker and bib, and all the fixings.

With a fine meal, followed by raffles, draws and door prizes, Crabfest is guaranteed to be an enjoyable and affordable evening for local resident and tourists alike. But Crabfest has an equally important objective as a major fundraiser to support the charitable works of Rotary, both locally and internationally.

Current charitable and humanitarian efforts supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville include Coats for Kids, the ALS Walk, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), the Rotary Peace Park, Parksville Scouts, Girl Guides, Nanaimo Cystic Fibrosis, the Nanaimo & District Hospital, Milner Gardens, a number of literacy efforts in the community, and various international projects including PolioPlus and Shelterbox Canada which aids victims of disaster throughout the world.

With attendance limited to 450 eager crab eaters, purchase of advance tickets is encouraged. These are available from Bluenose Motor Co., Coast Realty Group, Marlin Travel, the Mulberry Book Stores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, Qualicum Beach Visitor Centre, Close to You, the Skylite Motel, or from any member of the Parksville AM Rotary Club.

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Editor's Note: Changes have recently been made to ShelterBox Canada that will impact all stakeholders. These changes were made through a unanimous decision by the Board of Shelterbox Canada and are outlined below by Executive Director, Don Ohlgren.

What will change?

1. ShelterBox Canada will now operate as Disaster Aid Canada.
2. Disaster Aid Canada will no longer use the ShelterBox Trust in the UK as its provider of equipment.
3. Disaster Aid Canada will purchase equipment for deployment in disaster areas from a new North American supplier. This equipment meets SPHERE and UN international standards for disaster relief, and is 40% less expensive than the equipment we have been buying from the UK.
4. Disaster Aid Canada will be run by Canadians with decisions made in the interests of Canadian donors.

What will stay the same?

1. The makeup of the Board and Administration will be unchanged.
2. The Canada Revenue Agency registration number will remain the same as will our ability to provide tax receipts for donors.
3. Disaster Aid Canada will retain strong ties to the Rotary organisation - a more positive relationship with Rotary International is a must.
4. Boxes will still be numbered and tracked, providing donors with reassurance that their money is being used as it was intended, but Canada.will number its own boxes.
5. Disaster Aid Canada will keep three things firmly in mind as it moves forward:
a. The provision of high quality, internationally approved shelter and survival equipment to victims of disaster worldwide;
b. A commitment to Canadian donors to give them the best value for their donations;
c. Its strong Rotary roots.

Why were these changes necessary?

1. After extensive research into the worldwide availability of shelter equipment, several ShelterBox affiliates came to the conclusion that purchasing most of the raw materials in China, then sending them to Cornwall to be assembled actually makes little sense, especially when a large proportion of that aid travels to the east again.
2. It was discovered that SPHERE compliant equipment was available for a lower price which did not have the added expense of warehousing in UK.
3. It was deemed unethical for these affiliates to continue to purchase from ShelterBox Trust when much higher quality equipment could be deployed to help people for 40% less money.

What is different about the equipment?

1. Tents meet SPHERE & UN regulations for emergency relief;
2. Equipment designed by US firm headed up by experienced emergency response professionals who have reengineered kit to provide for essentials they found were lacking in previously existing kits and for which victims often expressed a need;
3. Boxes will be blue and yellow to better reflect our Rotary roots and connections;
4. Boxes are equipped with wheels and handles for easier movement; they are sturdier and less susceptible to breakage;
5. Tents can be zippered together to form hospitals, recovery areas or schools;
6. A complete Disaster Aid Canada Box can now be delivered to any disaster in the world for $750 CDN (or two for $1500).

Is ShelterBox Canada "Going it Alone"?

1. Disaster Aid Canada will partner with Disaster Aid Australia and Disaster Aid USA to coordinate our response to disaster; we will share Response teams.
2. There will not be a need for warehousing since the manufacturer can store and ship large numbers of fully packed boxes directly, thus reducing operating costs.
3. Containers loaded with 200 boxes in each will be stationed in strategic coastal locations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to provide for immediate deployment in whichever hemisphere disaster strikes.
4. With the new supplier, lack of overhead and direct delivery, we can now put out almost twice as many kits for the same dollars as before.

What will this mean for me as a donor?

1. You will still be able to donate to help victims of disaster either on line, by cheque or by credit card. Our on line donations will continue to be handled by Canada Helps, accessible by clicking the DONATE NOW button on our revamped website, www.disasteraid.ca. Cheques can be made payable to "Disaster Aid Canada" and mailed to the same address as before: 1272 Mysty Woods, Victoria, BC V8Y 3G6. If you wish to use a credit card, you can still call 1 800 677 0990.
2. We hope you will continue to support Disaster Aid. Our "Ambassadors", who have worked with many of you throughout Canada, will be provided with updated materials with the new name and philosophy, as well as explanatory AV material for presentations to clubs, etc. Please be assured that Disaster Aid Canada is providing responsible stewardship for your dollars and internationally approved equipment for victims.
3. Disaster Aid Canada will set up a training program and will actively recruit more Canadian Response Team Members to deploy Canadian kits. We will use the acronym DART to represent these teams -Disaster Aid Response Teams.
4. We need your help more than ever before to ensure that Canada takes its rightful place in the forefront of global disaster relief.
5. Previous donations have all been forwarded to ShelterBox UK.

We intend to keep all stakeholders fully informed. Please call me at 1 800 677 0990 if you have immediate questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Don Ohlgren
Executive Director

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM will offer aromas, ambiance and affordability at Taste of Oceanside 2010 to be held on Saturday, April 17 at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre. Don't miss this opportunity to sample culinary specialties from the finest restaurants in the Oceanside area. In its fourth year, Taste of Oceanside is guaranteed to appeal to food lovers and price-conscious diners alike. On April 17 from 6:30 - 9 pm, a variety of local restaurants, some new and some returning favourites, will serve samples of specialty menu items as guests wander through the many food stations at the Parksville Community Centre.

Admission to Taste of Oceanside remains at $15, with food and beverage coupons priced at $1. These coupons are exchanged for tastings from the various food stations throughout the evening. Each restaurant station will offer up to three items priced between one and three coupons each. A cash bar features British Columbia wine and beer to enhance the tasting experience ... and don't forget to save room for the decadent desserts!

Attendance is limited to 500 eager samplers; advance purchase of tickets is encouraged. Tickets may be purchased from Marlin Travel and Close To You, or from members of the Parksville AM Rotary Club.

Introduced in 2007 as an enjoyable and affordable evening for local residents and tourists alike, Taste of Oceanside has two objectives; promotion of Oceanside restaurants and to assist the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM that support the charitable works of Rotary, locally and internationally.

For further information, please contact Rotary Club of Parksville AM:

Debbie Tardiff: 250-738-0188
dtardiff@shaw.ca

Darryl Craig: 250-248-3283
dcraig_338@yahoo.com

See "more" for a list of participating restaurants.

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Rotarians help provide service through fellowship, and social networking is one of the many ways Rotarians are connecting online. Visit Rotary International's official social networking pages and join the conversation.

Facebook
See who some of the thousands of fans are on RI's official Facebook page. You'll find links to RI news stories and videos as well as comments and discussions.

Rotary District 5020 would like to encourage Rotarians to join Facebook. There are 213 Rotarians now on Facebook from 5020. Bashir El-Khalafawi is also urging members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM to become fans. "We can really make this work for sharing ideas if we have 10% of our district signed up" adds Bashir.

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Join The Rotary Foundation of RI's End Polio Now cause page on Facebook. You can make a donation to support polio eradication, invite others to be a part of the cause, and keep track of how many people you've recruited.

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Connect with Rotary World Peace Fellows, who promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

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Join this Facebook cause page to help provide educational opportunities for those interested in studying peace building and conflict resolution.

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On Friday May 7, 2010 the 6 Rotary Clubs from D5020 Area 3 are proud to host the Lieutenant Governor at the Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club. The Lieutenant Governor will speak on his program to help bring Literacy to remote villages in British Columbia. This fits well with Rotary International and Our District's goal to improve literacy and focuses in "at home" in a big way.

The evening will start at 6pm with cocktails; dinner starts at 7pm. Cost of the event is $100 per plate with a tax receipt issued for this amount minus the cost of the event. Proceeds from this event will go to the Lieutenant Governor's First Nations Program for Literacy. A number of Clubs in both D5020 Area 3 and 2A are involved in this program and we are pleased to have His Honour available for the evening. Our District Governor, Alex Alexander will also be attending to help greet His Honour.

Tickets are available through John Thomas, President of South Cowichan Rotary Club at johnthomas1959@gmail.com or john_thomas@scotiamcleod.com. Phone: 250-743-2939

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Editor's Note: The following article by Arnold R. Grahl, appeared in Rotary International News, March 5, 2010.

Almost two months after a powerful earthquake shook Haiti, signs of devastation are everywhere, underscoring the long road to recovery that lies ahead.

RI President John Kenny, who visited Haiti in late February, urged Rotarians to work with District 7020's Haiti earthquake relief team coordinating aid to the nation.

"What they are basically saying is, 'What we need is money,' so they can buy locally the implements that are needed to help the reconstruction," Kenny said.

More than 250,000 people are estimated to have died in the 12 January earthquake and aftershocks in Port-au-Prince, with another million homeless.

Kenny said he felt it was important to visit Haiti "to show that Rotarians worldwide care about the plight of their fellow human beings, many of whom have lost everything."

He found that the destruction was even greater than he had expected. "When you see it on television, it's one thing," he said. "But to actually be there and see some of these buildings the way they are and to know that there are people underneath that rubble -- the sheer magnitude you can't quite capture in film."

Accompanying Kenny on his 23 February trip were Past RI Vice President Roberto ValentÃÆ'Æ'­n; Rotarian Charles Adams, who is coordinating a disaster relief committee in the neighboring Dominican Republic; and Ramiro SÃÆ'Æ'¡nchez Melo, governor of District 4060 (Dominican Republic).

Past RI Director Barry Rassin and Past District Governor Richard McCombe also made a trip to Port-au-Prince earlier in the month to meet with Rotary leaders involved in relief work. Both are involved with organizing the aid effort in District 7020, which covers Haiti along with 10 other Caribbean nations and areas.

In addition to money, the district is asking for large tents that can serve as classrooms, recreation areas, community centers, or therapy shelters. Nearly all of the schools in the capital were destroyed by the earthquake.

Medical supplies and equipment, classroom materials, and agricultural tools are also needed. While food, water, and temporary shelter remain important, a report by District 7020 leaders notes that work needs to begin on sustainable housing to provide jobs, shelter, and an infrastructure to support residents. Relief workers are also being cautious about handing out free food and water because a substantial part of the economy is based on small farms and businesses, and street vendors who sell produce and other staples. Too many free items can put single-family businesses in trouble and trigger a downward economic spiral.

"The best form of aid that Rotarians can now give is cash to the Rotarians in District 7020 so that it can be used to purchase supplies of food and materials locally, protecting the local economy," Kenny said.

The RI president added that Rotarians must now help in the medium- and long-term recovery, which Rotary is set up to do well.

Rotarian Claude Surena, head of the Haiti Task Force and president of the Haitian Medical Association, is representing District 7020 on the government's Post Disaster National Assistance Committee, focused on long-term recovery.

"The road to reconstruction will be a long one," Kenny said. "But I know that Rotarians will continue to play an effective part all the way." For more information, visit the District 7020 website.

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Editor's Note: The following article by Ryan Hyland appeared in Rotary International News, March 2, 2010.

Rotary districts in Chile are organizing efforts to aid tens of thousands of homeless people in areas devastated by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the country's Pacific coast on 27 February.

Chile's government, along with other international aid organizations, has supplied food and water to desperate survivors as the death toll has risen to nearly 800. Many coastal towns were destroyed, first by the 8.8 magnitude quake, then by surging tsunami waves.

Luis Veliz Severino, governor of District 4320, has allocated an initial US$9,500 to relief efforts.

Four clubs in the hardest-hit areas of Bio-Bio and Maule have set up donation drives for clothes, shoes, and blankets.

A ShelterBox response team is en route to Chile's capital, Santiago, to deliver an initial shipment of 448 ShelterBox containers. The Rotary Club of Santiago will conduct an emergency meeting on 3 March with the ShelterBox team to decide where to distribute the containers.

"The full extent of the damage in Chile is yet to be seen, but there will undoubtedly be a need for emergency shelter," says John Leach, head of operations for ShelterBox. "Our response team will work closely with Rotarians in Santiago to make sure the aid reaches the people who need it most."

Six Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars who were in affected areas have reported in safe.

RI President John Kenny offered condolences via e-mail to governors of districts 4320, 4340, 4350, and 4360 in Chile. He asks Rotarians to learn the latest on Rotary's relief efforts and how they can help as it becomes available through this link.

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Editor's Note: The following article by Ryan Hyland of Rotary International News was issued 13 January 2010 and updated January 15, 2010.

The Rotary Foundation has established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund for U.S. Rotarians who want to donate toward recovery efforts after a powerful earthquake rocked Haiti on 12 January.

The Haitian Red Cross is estimating that more than 50,000 people are dead and millions more injured after the quake, the impoverished nation's strongest in 200 years, crumbled government buildings, hospitals, schools, and shantytowns. Most of the capital, Port-au-Prince, is in ruins.

A ShelterBox response team of two U.S. Rotarians and one from the United Kingdom has already mobilized to deliver 500 containers of supplies to the affected areas. Also, more than 100 Aquaboxes are being delivered to Haiti to provide safe water.

Claude Surena, a member of the Rotary Club of Petion-Ville and president of the Haitian Medical Asscociation, is sheltering more than 100 people in his damaged home in Port-au-Prince. He is also leading the efforts of the 17 Haitian Rotary clubs to ensure that the ShelterBox containers will be deployed effectively to the thousands left homeless.

The Rotary Club of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, has committed US$50,000 to clubs in the affected areas.

"Rotarians are working hard and fast to get help to those in Haiti," says Past RI Director Barry Rassin, of Nassau, Bahamas, who has previously coordinated relief efforts in the country. "We're at the same time working on long-term efforts."

More than $75,000 has been donated to District 7020 in the Caribbean, according to Past District Governor Dick McCombe. The district will be coordinating much of the Rotarian relief effort through its Haiti Task Force, set up two years ago to administer all financial aid to the nation.

A six-member team of Rotarians from District 5890 (Texas, USA) has reported in safe after landing in Haiti for a humanitarian mission 45 minutes before the quake struck. They were scheduled to be there a week but will likely return early.

Dawn Johnson, president of the Rotary Club of Verrettes, L'Artibonite, Haiti, says the infrastructure couldn't handle a quake this massive.

"The government is highly centralized in Port-au-Prince, which is now entombed in rubble," says Johnson, who was in the U.S. while the quake struck. "The scale of this disaster is so huge. It is way beyond anything Haiti has ever dealt with before."

Johnson plans to return to Haiti at the end of the month. Her club is already working on getting clean water to victims. "I cringe a little at what I might see when I get back."

RI President John Kenny and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Glenn E. Estess Sr. have sent a joint letter conveying Rotary's condolences to victims of the quake and asking for more information on how Rotarians can help.

How can you help? Download the following PDF: Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

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Join the Rotary Club of Parksville AM for a "crackin' good time at its 15th annual CrabFest, an evening of family fun and casual dining. CrabFest is at a new time and location this year: July 10 at the Qualicum Beach Community and Conference Centre.

For a $30 admission fee, diners will receive a specialty crab dinner fresh from our Oceanside waters, complete with bonker and bib, and all the fixings. For those non-crab fanciers who still wish to join in the fun, chicken will also be available.

With a fine meal, followed by raffles, draws and door prizes, Crabfest is guaranteed to be a "cracking good time" for local residents and tourists alike. But Crabfest has an equally important objective as a major fundraiser to support the charitable works of Rotary, both locally and internationally.

Current charitable and humanitarian efforts supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM include Coats for Kids, the ALS Walk, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), the Rotary Peace Park, Parksville Scouts, Girl Guides, Nanaimo Cystic Fibrosis, the Nanaimo & District Hospital, Milner Gardens, a number of literacy efforts in the community, and various international projects including PolioPlus and Shelterbox Canada which aids victims of disaster throughout the world.

With attendance limited to 600 eager crab eaters, purchase of advance tickets is encouraged. These are available from Marlin Travel, Close To You Ladies Fashions, Skylite Motel, The Shoe Inn, the Mulberry Book Stores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, or from any member of the Parksville AM Rotary Club.

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The RCMP Musical Ride, held August 16, was a huge success. A selection of photos from this event have been uploaded to the Club Photo Gallery, located on this website. Click on the RCMP Musical Ride collection on the left column of the Home page.

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has been named the 2008-09 recipient of the Deans Peggs Scroll, at the same time setting a District record for Foundation giving.

The Scroll is a traveling District 5020 Award given to the club with the highest per capita contribution to the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund. It is presented by the Rotary Club of Oak Bay and is named after Past District Governor (78/79) Deans "DP" Peggs who was an avid proponent and tireless worker on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM had a per capita contribution of $503, a record-setting amount for District 5020 which runs from Washington State to the tip of Vancouver Island and contains 84 clubs.

Parksville AM support for the Rotary Foundation is strong, with 8 Paul Harris Society members (Rotarians contributing 1,000 per year to the Foundation) in the Club. There are a total of 30 Paul Harris fellows, 15 of which are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and 2 Major Donors in the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

The mission of the Annual Programs Fund mirrors that of The Rotary Foundation: to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Contributions to the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs, which cover more than 160 countries and geographical areas on seven continents. From digging water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise. All contributions to the Annual Programs Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.

Photo shows the Deans Peggs Scroll being presented by PDG Joan Firkins to (L to R) Bashir El Khalafawi, Don Luke and President Sandy Herle,

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has a great idea for those already pondering the upcoming Christmas season. World of Stories, a collection of 18 original stories and poems by celebrated childrens' authors and illustrators from around the world is not only a magical Christmas gift; it is also a powerful tool in Rotary's goal of helping to change lives through literacy. The World of Stories project was initiated by Gumboot Books and supported by District 5020 Rotary Clubs, with 50% of the revenue from the sales of these books donated back to Rotary for literacy initiatives.

Crystal Stranaghan, local author and publisher for Gumboot Books, has spent hundreds of hours producing and marketing this book. In her words, "What started off as a small seed of thought in one mind has evolved into something truly awe-inspiring".

The photo with this article was received by Crystal from one of the authors in this book. It was accompanied by the following note:
I thought you might like to see the copy of your book all the way in Uganda! This girl, Veronica, walks 1 hour each way to come to the resource centre to read, do puzzles and colour. She loved your book! I also used it when I was teaching a reading program to the teachers there. That's 2 of your books in Uganda now. I look forward to taking your third to Kampala in the summer of 2010.

Crystal goes on to comment: "The World of Stories Project is more than a book - it is a global community of thoughtful, committed citizens who are working together to change lives by contributing to worldwide literacy".

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As the end of June marks the end of the Rotary year, installation ceremonies were held on June 27 to officially induct the 2009-10 Executive for the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

Installation of Officers was conducted by Bill Lesage from the Rotary Club of Parksville, and the following members became officers of the Club:
  • President: Sandy Herle
  • Past President: Rick Horte
  • President-Elect: Gord Svenson
  • Vice-President: Helen Dyck
  • Treasurer: Rick Horte
  • Secretary: Peggy Aikman
Installation of Directors was officiated by Ian K. Dewar and included the following positions:
  • Club Administration: Tim Tullis
  • Service Projects: Jo Dunn
  • Rotary Foundation: Jacqueline Russell
  • Public Relations: Debbie Tardiff
  • Membership: Bruce Huxtable
The following were also named as incoming Chairs of Rotary committees:
  • Literacy: Al Stevenson
  • World Community Service: Don Luke
  • Vocational Service: James Roik
  • Community Service: Bob Chisholm
  • Youth Exchange: Garry Cox
  • Fundraising: Kay Burgoyne
Photo shows the induction of the 2009-10 Officers by Bill Lesage: Rick Horte, Gord Svenson, Helen Dyck and new President, Sandy Herle

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A visit to Kuper Island on May 19 with The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was, in His Honour's words "a historic day". During an afternoon spent with Chief Lisa Shaver, school Principal Karen Milanese, several Elders and many children, some stark realities became apparent regarding literacy issues and needs on Kuper Island.

His Honour has stated that one of the main themes of his term as Lieutenant Governor will be equal access to literacy for all British Columbians. His message that "literacy is vital to education and prosperity and we must encourage and promote reading and writing at all ages" was delivered with great enthusiasm to children and adults alike during his visit to Kuper Island.

Rotarians Jacqueline Russell, District 5020 Literacy Coordinator, Bob Blacker, District 5040 Governor, and Diana Matsuda, Rotary Club of Parksville AM accompanied His Honour to Kuper Island, hearing about literacy initiatives on the Island - from guided learning to puppetry - and learning of the many needs still to be addressed.

This initial visit was the beginning of a process to determine a potential niche for Rotary in helping to introduce literacy initiatives to remote communities in British Columbia. Our Club Literacy Committee will be meeting to determine how to move this forward. Stay tuned!

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has won the District Zone Literacy Award for the second year in a row. The award was presented at the recent 95th District Conference held in Bremerton, Washington. All members of our club can be proud of this achievement, as each and every member helped in one or more of the great literacy projects initiated by our club during the past year. Thanks goes out to all our members for a job well done!

The competition this year was 'friendly but fierce' and we may have to "borrow" some ideas from the great projects sponsored by other clubs to win the award next year. The members of our club who attended the conference were subjected to some great examples of other clubs' literacy projects and also discovered that these clubs place a lot of manpower into their projects. For example, the Tacoma Rotary Club has a committee of 26 members working on their literacy projects throughout the whole year!

This literacy award is an example of what can be achieved when a dynamic and harmonious club like ours comes together for a great cause like literacy. Thanks for everyone's participation and hard work!

Editor's Note: Please check out the Photo Gallery on the front page of our website for photos of the conference and the award. Credit and our thanks for providing these photos goes to Micheal Proctor.

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is pleased to announce the return of Taste of Oceanside, an event guaranteed to appeal to food lovers and price-conscious diners alike. Now in its third year, Taste of Oceanside 2009 offers an increased number of restaurants, all promising an evening of exquisite taste experiences, delightful ambiance and affordable dining. On April 18 from 6:30 - 9 pm, a variety of local restaurants, some new and some returning favorites, will serve samples of specialty menu items to attendees as they wander through the food stations at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.

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A World of Stories, a collection of 18 original stories and poems by celebrated children's authors and illustrators from around the world, is perfect for Christmas giving, while also supporting Rotary's goal of changing lives through literacy. The World of Stories Project was initiated in 2008 by Gumboot Books of Vancouver and supported by District 5020 Rotary Clubs, with 50% of the revenue from the sales of these books donated back to Rotary for literacy initiatives.

The 18 stories in this collection are each themed around a non-denominational international holiday, so that children and families from all walks of life may enjoy the stories and celebrate these days together. Included are days such as International Literacy Day, World Food Day, World Math Day, International Stand Up To Bullying Day, Talk Like A Pirate Day, International Left-Handers Day, and many more. The stories range in age level from age 6 to 12, making this a book that can "grow with" a child as he or she progresses through the elementary school years.

Crystal Stranaghan, local author and publisher for Gumboot Books, spent hundreds of hours working with authors, illustrators, editors, graphic designers, and Rotarians from Canada, the USA and around the world. In her words, "What started off as a small seed of thought in one mind has evolved into something truly awe-inspiring. The World of Stories Project is more than a book - it is a global community of thoughtful, committed citizens who are working together to change lives by contributing to worldwide literacy".

The book consists of 112 pages of great stories and full colour illustrations, and retails for $25 each. Copies are available from any member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, online from Amazon.com, or direct from the publisher.
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A Night of Celtic Chaos comes to Oceanside on Saturday, February 28 with the goal of raising funds for a new WOW Bus.

A Night of Celtic Chaos will feature traditional country cooking, music by the popular local band, "Celtic Chaos", folk dance demonstrations, dance lessons and many more surprises, including a guest band. This will be an evening of energetic frivolity for the young at heart, all for an important Oceanside cause. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, proceeds from the evening will go toward literacy and the purchase of a new WOW (Words on Wheels) bus for the "Building Learning Together" initiative.

A great way to beat off the February blues, A Night of Celtic Chaos will have everyone step-dancing the night away at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased in advance from Marlin Travel, Close To You, I T Mark & Co and Mulberry Book Stores in Qualicum and Parksville, or any member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

A special highlight of the evening will be a draw for a trip to Ireland, a prize guaranteed to have the lucky winner jigging their way home that night! Tickets will be sold during the evening, with a 1 in 1000 chance to win.

For more information:
Debbie Tardiff 250 738 0188
I T Mark & Co 250 248-3522

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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has now welcomed the newest Member of the Club, Nicolle Ferrari Menezes, 2008-09 Youth Exchange Student from Brazil.

Shown at left is Nicolle unfurling the flag of Brazil with its inscription "ORDEM E PROGESSO", in English "ORDER AND PROGRESS", assisted by Inbound Youth Exchange Coordinator, Peter Hann.

Peter noted that the colours of the flag - green, blue and yellow - are quite unique as many of the world's flags include the colours red or black, often although not necessarily referring to conflict. The largest flag in the world, weighing 600 kilos, is flown in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil.

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Rotary Teams Up With Gumboot Books and 36 Authors and Illustrators In Support Of Literacy

Sunday Sept. 7 will be a celebration of World Literacy Day at the Parksville Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The library will host a party open to the general public from 1-3 pm where 10+ authors and illustrators who contributed to A World of Stories (Gumboot Books 2008) will gather to celebrate the release of this new illustrated collection that will help raise funds for literacy. 50% of the revenue from the sales of these books will be donated to District 5020 Rotary.

The 18 stories in this collection are each themed around a non-denominational holiday such as Earth Day, International Day of Families, and Stand Up Against Bullying Day so that they may be celebrated by kids from any cultural background. There will be games, prizes and more...and the school that has the most students turn up for the event will get a free day of author visits for their school valued at over $500!! Kids - bring your parents out to this event and show your school spirit!

Local authors Claire Wilson and Crystal Stranaghan will proudly receive their books and sign autographs alongside such local talents as: Kari-Lynn Winters, Dan Bar-el, Eleanor Rosenberg, Izabela Bzymek, Mike Linton, Silvana Bevilacqua, Audrey Schumacher and more.

The books consist of 112 pages of great stories and full colour illustrations, and retail for $25 each. If you can't make it to the launch party you can still support the project by purchasing your copy of A World of Stories from Close To You (Parksville), Meaningful Things (Parksville), Arbutus Emporium (Qualicum) and Eyes on BC Gallery (Bowser), or from any member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM. You can also purchase copies online from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher.

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