Rotarians: People of Action

Parksville AM

Service Above Self

Meetings temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC V9P 2H5
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Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, Bashir El-Khalafawi was the Founding President of the newly formed Rotary Club of Parksville AM.  In 2020, Bashir reprised his role, becoming the Club's 26th president in the year following the Club's 25th anniversary.  The installation took place June 17 at a local park so that social distancing guidelines could be observed.  Club members brought lawn chairs and picnic lunches, and the usual spirit of camaraderie and good humour were very much in evidence.
Current President, Ray Walker reviewed Club accomplishments for the first eight months of the year - Coats for Kids, Little Mountain Clean-up, two houses in Mexico, Cops for Cancer event, Shelly Park landscaping, active Interactors, and various fundraisers to support these projects ... oh yes, it was shaping up to be a good year. 
And then COVID-19 hit, and the world changed.
Yet, despite the cancellation of all fundraisers for the year and the suspension of regular meetings, President Ray continued to shepherd the Club through uncharted waters with his trademark calm and resolve.  Zoom became the mechanism to enable Rotary Board and general meetings.  Community needs were addressed through donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Despite the need to pivot in many directions, Club members agreed that it has been a good year and that President Ray has been instrumental in keeping us together and ensuring that Rotary continues its ongoing support of the community. 
Accolades were also given to ADG, John O'Brien who has now completed his three year term as Assistant District Governor for Area 3.  John has been a tireless advocate and "cheerleader" for the six clubs in our Area and has served the District with enthusiasm and professionalism.
The position of Assistant District Governor for Area 3 will now be filled by another Parksville AM member, Lynne Pearson.  Lynne will take up the mantle from John on July 1, and the members expressed their support and confidence in her leadership going forward.  We can be proud of the fact that Lynne is the 4th ADG to serve the District from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM!
In addition to her upcoming ADG duties, Lynne will continue to Chair the Club's Foundation Committee, and she had a very pleasant duty to perform when she called up Louise Wright to receive a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Louise is the wife of founding member, Gord Svenson and, although not a Rotarian herself, exemplifies the ideals of Rotary in every way.  Most recently, she has raised over $1400 for the Rotary Foundation through the sewing and selling of masks.  She has participated in six Rotary Team Mexico build projects, and has taken sewing machines to Mexico and trained local ladies in their use.  A well deserved award!
Bashir El-Khalafawi then accepted the position of President, initiating the Rotary Club of Parksville AM's second 25 years of service to the community, both locally and internationally.  His commitment to Rotary has been exemplified through his active support of the Club, the District and the Foundation. 
Bashir was also presented with his 30 year perfect attendance pin which he achieved despite the pandemic.  While regular meetings were suspended in March, Bashir still managed to accumulate 47 banked meetings over the year, so his 30 year pin was well deserved!
Also well deserved were Honorary memberships awarded to two retiring members who have served our Club with dedication and commitment over many years.  Ken Armstrong has been a member of the Club since he and Gail moved to Parksville in 2005, having previously joined Rotary in Saskatoon in 1988.  A consummate Rotarian, Ken's gentle nature was an asset to every meeting, and he was a tireless volunteer, participating in every project, from parking to recycling.

Also an enthusiastic Rotarian, Ron Dyck was one of the Club's founding members in 1994 and found his niche in service to the community.  Ron had a particular interest in furthering the future of Rotary through its youth.  He and Helen hosted many students over the years, and Ron served at both the Club and District levels, ensuring that Rotary Youth Programs met the highest standards of youth protection and the best possible experience for the participants.
We are delighted that both Ken and Ron will remain as Honorary members, and we look forward to continuing to see them at our meetings.
During the era of COVID-19, seeing people on the streets wearing masks has gone from oddity to commonplace.  Noting the increasing demand, Louise Wright came up with an idea to supply masks to those in need, while supporting Rotary at the same time.  Although not a Rotarian herself, Louise’s spouse Gord Svenson is a long time Rotarian and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.
Gord sent out the word that Louise was willing to make masks in return for donations to the Rotary Foundation.  To date, a total of $945 has been raised.
A former Home Economics teacher and avid quilter, Louise certainly knows her way around a sewing machine.  Not only are her masks lovely to look at in a variety of colourful fabrics, they are also designed so that a filter can be inserted to provide additional protection. Louise also extends a thank you to Rotary member Jo and Sandy Dunn for the elastic used in the masks.
While not technically a Rotarian, Louise nonetheless exhibits all the qualities of “Service Above Self”.  She has been on six of the seven Rotary Live Different builds in Mexico, contributing her valuable skills in carpentry, painting and sewing, and her qualities of kindness and good humour.
Louise has made quilts for the new homes in Mexico and has also collected used sewing machines, overseeing their transmission across the border.  Never content to leave a job half done, she has given instruction to women in the area so that they can sew clothing for their families and perhaps even start their own micro-businesses.
Thank you Louise, for all that you do for Rotary and, by extension, for the ways in which you make the world a better place.
Rotary Connects The World
Our Foundation
The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting service projects around the world, carried out by 35,000 Rotary  clubs.  Through donations to the Rotary Foundation, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases in the world.

The Paul Harris Society recognizes members and friends of the  Rotary Foundation who contribute $1000 annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or approved global grants.To learn more about the Paul Harris Society, click here.

Click here to see the latest Paul Harris supporters from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

Pictured here is Parksville AM Rotarian, Bashir El-Khalafawi (seated second from left), currently District 5020 Paul Harris Society Chair. Bashir visits clubs throughout the District to talk about the importance of the Paul Harris Society and how we can support the Rotary Foundation.
July 2020
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Club Vision Statement
Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. is a service club of community leaders who work within the local and world community to make a difference.

Club Mission Statement

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

Rotary Four Way Test

Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Four Avenues of Service

Based on the Object of Rotary, the Four Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is always delighted to welcome new members.  To find out how you can get involved, please call or send an email to:
Bill Rawlins: 250-240-0326 or
John O'Brien: 250-228-0020 or
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