January 2019
Upcoming Events
Our Foundation
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  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.

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. 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.  To learn more about the Paul Harris Society, click here.

What impact can one donation have?  It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
Rotarians Think Globally ...

Rotarians have been on the job site in Mexico for the past four years!  See Rotarians "Up Their Game" in Mexico. For more photos and a daily account of how a "small but mighty" group of Rotarians and friends built an adult education centre in just 8 days, click here.  And be sure to read about the International Award received by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM for their ongoing work in Mexico.

Projects from other parts of the world include the building of a corn mill in Sunyani, Ghana.

... and Act Locally

While Rotarians are often known and recognized for their work on Rotary projects, many of our members work locally over and above their Rotary activities.   Click here for a listing of only some of the numerous organizations that members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM have devoted hours of volunteer time to support.  Need something done in the community - involve a Rotarian!
Fundraising For Causes!

Fundraising is an important activity for all Rotary clubs, as it takes money to be able to carry out humanitarian projects in our local communities and throughout the world.
The most recent fundraising project of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM was the RCMP Musical Ride.  Not only did this spectacular event raise funds for local and international Rotary projects, it also provided an opportunity for the public to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP.
In sponsoring this event, the Club enjoyed the support of a number of organizations and businesses, and we would like to express our sincere thanks here.  The Club was also pleased to recognize the Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs who handled parking at the event, and Buckerfields which donated all the feed for the horses.  Click here for full story.
Rotarians: People of Action

Parksville AM

Engage Rotary Change Lives

We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00AM
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC  V9P 2H5
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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.



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



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?


What's Happening
The Rotary Recyclers have delivered their last load of 2018 to the Parksville Bottle & Recycling Depot, capping off a successful fundraising year.  Since the inception of this project in 2016, over $16,000 has been raised for Rotary projects, an accomplishment requiring a few hours per week by a team of very dedicated Rotarians.  The Rotary Club of Parksville AM also acknowledges, with gratitude, the generosity of The Beach Club and its Manager, Arthur Wong for allowing the Club to take on this activity and retain the profits for the benefit of Rotary projects.
The Rotary Recyclers also recognize the invaluable support received by the staff at the Parksville Bottle and Recycling Depot.  Each week, we are met by their friendly smiles and willing guidance.  Recycling is not as easy as it once was.  Every week, it seems that new types of bottles appear and, with all the emerging craft distilleries and breweries, it is sometimes hard to distinguish wine from beer bottles or pop cans from coolers.  The Depot staff are exceedingly patient and always constructive in correcting our mistakes.  Our thanks to Toni and Katie (shown below), and to all the Depot staff for their ongoing support.
The Rotary Recycling project is a significant initiative on many levels.  Recycling is important because it makes the environment a cleaner place, conserves materials, saves energy, and reduces the amount of garbage in landfills.  And when the money raised through recycling is put to projects that make our community and our world a better place, then you have a "win-win" all around!
The Rotary Recyclers will resume their weekly sorting sessions at The Beach Club on January 2 at 8:30 am.  Anyone interested in supporting this ongoing fundraiser is welcome to join in the fun!

It has become a tradition for Parksville AM Rotarians to support the SOS Toy Drive at their annual breakfast at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.  This was the 10th anniversary for this event, and our members were out in full force.  Last year, the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive collected 1,693 toys and gifts, nearly $4000 in gift cards, and more than $9,000 in cash and cheques for the SOS Christmas program.

The breakfast kicks off the SOS Toy Drive and there is still plenty of time to contribute new, unwrapped gifts or monetary donations to help the SOS to ensure that when our local children and youth wake up on Christmas morning, there will be a special gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects enough new toys to fill its Toy Shop, where low income parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop for free.  To donate to this worthy program, contact the SOS at
250-248-2093 ext. 229.

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is taking on a BIG community project in the coming year.  Little Mountain is a beautiful pristine area of Parksville.  The view from the top of Little Mountain is one of the best you can imagine anywhere — as long as you keep your eyes on the horizon.  If you look down however, it’s not nearly as nice. 

Over the years, people have used Little Mountain as a dumping ground for their garbage - everything from televisions to couches.  It is a disgraceful situation that needs to be cleaned up and prevented from continuing.  It is a challenge that our local Rotary clubs intend to address!

Photo above shows a group of Rotarians on an investigative mission to assess the extent of this project so that planning of resources can begin.  After an hour and a half of work, they had loaded a dozen heavy gauge plastic bags with half a ton of discarded wood, metal and plastic, and created a pile of larger pieces of wood, plastic and metal next to a sofa that will all go into nets when a helicopter is available to lift it all out of there.

This will be a huge clean-up effort that will involve many Rotarians and their supporters, family and friends, along with a helicopter, nets, trucks and many garbage bags.  It is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2019.  Stay tuned for updates as this project progresses.
Please have a listen to our very own President Bill Rawlins on the Rotary Club of Parksville AM 2018-19:
Rotary in the News
Children at Live Different school in Cap Haitien, Haiti turn on the taps for the first time in their lives ... a cistern below the school kitchen was funded by Parksville AM Rotary.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Fundraising Chairperson
Disaster Aid Canada
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM works with The Beach Club Resort, a generous donor of supplies of soaps, shampoos and bedding which are then delivered by Club members to Disaster Aid Canada in Victoria.  These much needed products are distributed to victims of disaster at home and abroad. 
Join Us!
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 bill.rawlins@gmail.com
John O'Brien: 250-228-0020 or john.obrien.rotary@gmail.com
Be the Inspiration!