It was a beautiful sunny day as 24 members, four guests, and our youth exchange student gathered for our 7am meeting. The National Anthem was rendered with more vigour than usual. Bev Birchard led us in the Rotary Prayer.

President Jo Dunn read a letter from the 4H thanking the club for the contribution of $500 to their summer camp. He also read a thank you letter from Lola Cook who received the Vocational Award for Community Service at our Installation Dinner last week. She was honoured and surprised.

Guests this week were: Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Coalition; Steve McKay, a prospective member invited by Ken Armstrong; Ted Taylor from Washington State; and Matt Clark from The Beach Club.

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Kay Burgoyne did 2 Minutes of Rotary and provided information about the origination of the Rotary 4 Way Test. It was originally created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he took over a struggling business and established a code of ethics for the company to operate by. The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943. Herb Taylor served as President of Rotary International during 1954-55.

Gord Elliott reminded members about our volunteer work at Beachfest which will run from July 19th to August 18th. We have seven shifts to fill. Volunteers should wear their Rotary gear. Our role is to make people feel welcome.

Cara MacDonald asked for people to distribute rack cards and posters for the Musical Ride. Bruce Huxtable noted that volunteers will be required for Canada Day to sell Musical Ride tickets. There are two hour shifts. Check with your spouses and sign up next week.

Ray Walker reported on the very successful ALS Walk which raised over $27,000. He also reminded us that the Trades Fair, which we are sponsoring, will be held on Monday June 24th at Qualicum Beach Middle School. All Grade 7 and 8 students will visit the fair. Volunteers are needed to make coffee and to photograph the event. Set up will be from 7 – 9am Monday morning.

Bruce also reminded us of the BBQ at the Rotary Welch Park on Wednesday July 31st. All 6 Clubs in Area 2A will be participating. Sign up with Bruce. 34 are signed up so far.

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Bashir El-Khalafawi presented a Paul Harris award (certificate and pin) which the club has bestowed on Gord Svenson for his continuing humour and for uplifting our spirits for many years.

President Jo Dunn presented a $3000 cheque to Lori Marshall, Community Literacy Coordinator, Building and Learning Together Coalition. This was our commitment from Taste of Oceanside.

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Don Luke introduced our speaker, Al Cameron. Al provided us with an outline of his business Bluenose Motor and the main areas of work – selling and financing used cars and mechanical and repairs. He noted that used car dealers are rated lower than politicians and lawyers. He noted that being an independent dealer has more challenges than being with a large company, since you don’t get to participate in programs and advertising. He has been in business in Parksville for 11 years and has 15 employees. He has found the internet key for his business. He was very proud of receiving the Small Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce 6 years ago. He was thanked by Gord Elliott.

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The Club said good-bye to our exchange student from Taiwan, Connie Chiu, since this is her last meeting with us. She will be going home in two weeks. She thanked the Club and noted how much she likes it here in Canada.

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Kirk Walper gave a groaner of a blonde joke.

Table groups were asked to respond to Rotary trivial questions. There are 793 Rotary Clubs in Canada; Ontario, Alberta and B. C. have the most members. The most easterly club is St. John East in Newfoundland and the most westerly club is Prince Rupert.

Sgt. at Arms Don Tardiff fined several people and there were many happy, sad, and announcement dollars.