Rotarians: People of Action

Parksville AM

Service Above Self

Meetings temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
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181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC V9P 2H5
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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.
Despite the fact that all Rotary fundraising activities have been suspended for the foreseeable future due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM is continuing its commitment to local community organizations when their need is greatest.
Salvation Army Food Bank
A donation in the amount of $3000 has been made to the Salvation Army Food Bank. There are many families and individuals in our community who are falling through the gaps in government programs and who will quickly exhaust their resources.  The demand has increased significantly in light of so many layoffs, and the Food Bank is having to use funds now, that they hoped could be used throughout the year. 

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has always supported the Salvation Army for the good they do to help the needy and feed the hungry. There are many people out of work and lining up for food banks and there was unanimous support to use our reserves to do what we could to help.

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has an ongoing relationship with the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, and it is at this time of year that they are incurring their main expenditures. They are closed to the public so have no revenue coming in, yet they desperately need funding so they can care for the many injured animals and orphans that they receive at this time of year. 
A donation of $2000 was made by the Club to help meet the daily food and health care needs of the animals.  The NIWRA slogan is “They depend on us.  We depend on you”, and our Club is proud to support this initiative.
Both these organizations continue to need the support of the community as they deal with this unprecedented time in global history. We encourage readers to visit their websites through the above links and see if you might be able to help as well.

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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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.
June 2020
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Rotary is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, at home and across the globe.
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
Be the Inspiration!