Rotarians: People of Action

Parksville AM

Service Above Self

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Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC V9P 2H5
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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has a history of serving Rotary District 5020 in leadership roles.  As of July 1, 2020, Lynne Pearson has taken on the challenge of Assistant Governor (AG) for Area 3, a position she will hold for a 3 year term.

Lynne takes up the mantle from another Parksville AM member, John O'Brien who has served the District since 2017 with enthusiasm, commitment and boundless energy. We can be proud of the fact that Lynne is the 4th Assistant Governor to serve the District from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.  Ian Dewar served as AG for the 2005-2006 term, with Bashir El-Khalafawi lending his talents to the role from 2007-2008.
Rotary District 5020 covers all of Vancouver island and Western Washington State. It has 91 clubs divided into 18 Areas. 37 clubs are in Canada and 54 are in the US.
 Area 3 consists of the following clubs:  Parksville AM, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Beach Sunrise, Port Alberni, Port Alberni Arrowsmith, and Ucluelet.  
The role of the Assistant Governor is to bring information about decisions, activities and priorities in the District to Rotary Clubs in the Area - and to bring information from the Area clubs to the District level.  The Assistant Governor facilitates the exchange of information and cooperation amongst clubs in the Area.  The AG also provides advice to clubs when needed.  They are the key support person from Rotary to the clubs.
Lynne has been a Rotarian for 23 ½ years. She became a member of the Rotary Club of Saskatoon in 1996 and transferred to the Rotary Club of Parksville AM in 2007.  She was President of the Club in 2011-12 and has been Chair of Foundation since that time.  For several years she chaired what was then the Club’s major fundraiser – Taste of Oceanside.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow +7 and a member of the District 5020 PolioPlus Society.
Following a four month hiatus due to Covid-19, Parksville AM Rotarians once again joined Little Mountain residents and members of the Back Country Hunters and Anglers to finish the job they started over two years ago - taking out the trash at the bottom of Little Mountain!

About two-thirds of the garbage has now been removed, a staggering 14 tons. This has been the result of over 10 years of dumping from the top of the cliff, resulting in a disgusting mess at its base which has disfigured an area once known for the beauty of its pristine forest setting. 
To the Back Country Hunters and Anglers, preserving our unspoiled wilderness is integral to their mandate, so joining in this initiative was a natural partnership.  Parksville AM Rotarians are thankful for their strong backs and enthusiastic support.
Because the base of the cliff is accessible only by foot, it is not possible to remove the trash at ground level, making a helicopter lift the only viable option. Mike Gillen from Kestrel Helicopters has been unwavering in his support of this project and is committed to the final lift-off, likely in the fall of 2020.
Larger items such as sofas and car parts have been placed in fertilizer bags or will be roped together on the day of the lift, but the mountain is still littered with smaller items such as computer parts, golf balls and glass, all of which need to be picked up by hand.

Our return to the mountain did hold some surprises, including what appeared to be an engagement ring, along with the box it likely came in.  There was a lot of good-natured speculation about what had led to it going over the cliff!
Social distancing proved to be relatively simple, as workers chose their section of the mountain, grabbed a garbage bag and started filling it with debris. 
The extent of the dumping becomes even more evident during this painstaking task as it is revealed that the garbage has accumulated in layers.  Just when an area appears clear, a glint of glass signals that there is much more work to do beneath the surface.  And the fact that this is all done on the slope of the mountain base makes it all the more challenging.

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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.

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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.
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