Time To Take Out The Trash
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has decided it is time to take out the trash on Little Mountain. Over the years, the base of this beautiful pristine area of Parksville has become a dumping ground, either because the dumpers didn’t want to pay for proper disposal of their garbage or because they thought it would be exciting to throw something large over a 100 foot cliff.
 
Funding to help offset some of the costs of this clean-up comes from an unusual source. Back in 2010, Oscar-winner Adrien Brody starred in a movie about a man who awakens in a wrecked car in the forest at the bottom of a steep ravine with no memory of who he is or how he got there.  The movie was “Wrecked” and the filming location was the base of Little Mountain.
 
However, all was not untouched on this apparently ideal film location, as the crew discovered a mountain of trash that had been tossed from the top and had been accumulating for years, resulting in a vast disgusting mess covering the entire base of Little Mountain.  The film crew shot around the trash, but before leaving, they donated their coffee fund money, in the amount of $750, to help with future clean-up.
 
Photo at right shows Little Mountain resident, Jeff Grognet presenting a cheque in the amount of $750 to Parksville AM Rotary President, Bill Rawlins and Treasurer, Steve Alexander-Pope.
 
On May 4 - 5, 2019, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM joined with the residents of Little Mountain and other interested volunteers to begin the process of taking out the trash from this pristine wilderness area.

Working with Kestrel Helicopters, items were lifted out of this remote location at the mountain base and dropped in a receiving area where sorters prepared the garbage for transport and disposal. During two and a half hours of flying time, a total of seven tons was removed, including over a ton of tires, three and a half tons of metal and more than two tons of assorted garbage.

For a complete listing of all the volunteers and businesses who donated their time and resources to this clean-up, click here.  Also see news coverage from the Parksville-Qualicum Beach News.
 
Photo at left shows Mike Gillen of Kestrel Helicopters receiving a plaque from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM in appreciation of his volunteer efforts in support of the clean-up of Little Mountain in Parksville.
 
With the October clean-up, a new set of volunteers was added in the form of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) who joined Rotary and its partners in providing additional muscle, enabling the group to hoist out more than 3 1/2 tons of metal, 2 1/4 tons of garbage and 1/2 ton of tires, for a whopping total of 6 1/4 tons of waste.  With the two lifts, a grand total of 13 tons was removed. There will be another large lift in the spring of 2020, at which time it is hoped that Little Mountain will be returned to its pristine state.

But the support of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers didn't end with Little Mountain.  See Polio Plus for details. 
 
To view Rotary and supporters in action on Little Mountain, check out the following CHEK News video and PQB News story.
 
 
 
Rotarian Bill Rawlins Awarded Sovereign's Medal
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is exceedingly proud to announce that Rotarian Bill Rawlins has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.  The award was presented by the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada on September 5 at a ceremony at Government House. 
 
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.  Bill was among a select group of 44 recipients receiving this award.

Bill Rawlins was born and raised on Vancouver Island. For 29 years he was known as Mr. R the teacher, and for last 14 of those years he was the Vice Principal, and later the Principal, of Ballenas Secondary in Parksville. In 2005, Bill accompanied his youngest daughter on a trip to the Dominican Republic where he participated in a house build organized by the humanitarian non-profit organization, Live Different.  From that point on, Bill's life would take a dramatically different turn.

Over the past 14 years, Bill has led teams on 56 Live Different humanitarian build projects to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico, and has served on the organization’s Board of Directors. As an active member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, he introduced his fellow Rotarians to Live Different build projects, five of which have now been accomplished.

Rotarian Cara MacDonald was a student at Ballenas High School during Bill’s time there.  She provides the following testimonial which really says it all:
 
“Bill was a teacher, Vice principal, and Principal as I moved through my middle and secondary school years. I can tell you for sure that he was beloved by every student whose life he touched. When we ‘graduated’ from middle school (Grade 8), our class dedicated ‘Forever Young’ by Rod Stewart to Bill at our graduation dance. His patience and dedication to education was endless. I was a good student; there were many who weren’t. Bill never gave up on any student. He probably saved the lives of many. I am in awe of him and I am not surprised at all that he is receiving this award.”
 
The medal consists of a silver circular disc depicting a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “Canada,” separated by two maple leaves.
 
The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the vice-regal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

Congratulations Bill.  This award is so well deserved, and your fellow Rotarians are all very proud of you.
 
Rotarians in the Community
 
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!