On a beautiful Parksville morning, there were 21 members in attendance, joined by four guests: Jerry Jacobs from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Downtown; Jack Soule from San Diego, guest of Angela Dadoush, currently spending the summer on Lasqueti Island; and Austin Walper and Cody Jackson, both of the Oceanside Reds baseball team.  We also welcomed Nicolas Deweer to our meeting.  Nicolas is a Short Term Exchange student from Belgium who will be spending the next month with us.  Peter Hann gave a special welcome to Nicolas in Dutch, and Nicolas presented a banner to the Club from his sponsoring club in Belgium.

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During Two Minutes of Rotary, Garry Cox spoke about the RI Convention in Lisbon, specifically the pre-convention session on Youth Exchange.  Garry left the convention more convinced than ever of the value of the Youth Exchange program as a way to reach out to youth and achieve world peace in the future.  Thirty RYE students currently living in Spain were at the convention, including one from Port Hardy.  Listening to stories from these students, Garry noted the commonalities from all countries.  The energy in the room was an assurance that a future of peace could be a reality in the world.

Our meeting topic this morning was a planning session for the RCMP Musical Ride.  In just two weeks, we will be hosting 3000 people at this event, so we all need to be prepared.  This proved to be a good update for all Club members, with reports being provided by Committee members as follows:

Coordinator: Garry Cox

  • Garry asked about the need for additional medical services for this event.  It will cost $800 plus tax to have a medical team on call.  As both the Club and Arbutus Meadows have their own insurance policies, and there will also be many RCMP officers onsite, it was agreed that foregoing a contract for medical services was an acceptable risk.

Stage Manager: John O'Brien

  • There will be two pre-show acts before the Musical Ride begins - the 4-H Coombs Riders Club and the 4H Vaulters.  Announcers and a singer for "O Canada" have been arranged.
  • Sponsorships have been obtained from Okanagan Hay Sales for hay and Buckerfields for feed.

Tickets: Ray Walker

  • Tickets sales are going well.  All 1 pm shows will be sold out this week; only 6 pm tickets remaining.

Public Relations: Cara MacDonald

  • All ads have been placed; media coverage has included artist Joan Larsen who created the Musical Ride poster artwork.

Vendors

  • Don Luke is looking after vendors inside the venue

Parking

  • The Parksville (noon) Club will look after parking.  Volunteer parking will be close to the building.

Friday Reception

  • Members are asked to RVSP to Garry Cox to avoid unneccessary costs to the Club.

Volunteers: Lynne Pearson

  • With three shows requiring 23 volunteers for each, there are a significant number of volunteers required.  We still need more volunteers, especially for Ground Crew.  Please ask your friends.  Volunteers need to meet at the front door one hour ahead of the show.
  • The ticket-taking process has been streamlined - people just show their tickets; no need for hand stamps.
  • Ron Dyck is finding volunteers to handle food booths.

General

  • Kay Burgoyne is looking after the Green Room for VIPs.  No need for VIPs to have tickets.
  • No dogs are allowed, with the exception of seeing eye dogs.
  • If there are any issues, see Garry.

Kirk Walper with his son Austin and friend, Cody Jackson then made a presentation to the Club.  Austin and Cody are members of the Oceanside Reds Mosquito A baseball team that will be going to the provincial championships in Cloverdale in August.  The team has already placed second on the Island, and hopes are high that they will take the provincial title. The team is now doing some fundraising to help cover the costs of competing in Cloverdale, and there are three options:

  • A bottle drive will be held on Sunday, July 28.  Sign-up sheets were placed on tables and Kirk will pick up the bottles.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts are being sold at $10 per box.  Please place your orders with Kirk.
  • Cash donations are gratefully accepted.

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President Bruce announced that we now have 130 attendees at our Inter-Club Barbeque next Wednesday and that there are no seats left.  Members were asked to bring chairs to supplement the existing seating.  There will be no morning meeting next week.

The 50/50 of $26 was won by Angela Dadoush which she immediately donated to the Oceanside Reds for their fundraising efforts.  Bev Birchard made her first appearance as jokester with a very funny joke, told with great timing and vocal expression.

Celebrating her birthday on July 25, Helen Dyck was the recipient of the birthday bear.  Although Ken Armstrong wasn't at the meeting today, the Club expressed best wishes to Ken and Gail for their 50th wedding anniversary, also on July 25.

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Ian Dewar and Bashir El-Khalafawi did their usual "schtick" as Sergeants-at-arms, eliciting many fines and groans from the members.  Full of surprises, they even managed to locate the original charter of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM which they presented to President Bruce to have for his year of presidency.

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Members were advised that annual fees are due and invoices have now been distributed.