There were 20 members present this morning as well as four visiting Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Parksville: Matt Breedlove, Allan Larsen, Bonnie Wallace and Raven Pruden. We were also joined by Jan Jonkman, visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Assen in the Netherlands; Matt Clark from The Beach Club; and our guest speaker, John Rockley.

President Jo read a letter of thanks from BLT for the $3000 donation that was presented to them on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. He also thanked all the volunteers who donated their time on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in the concession at the Vancouver Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. It was a great day and fortunately, the rain held off.

Gord Elliott is still looking for volunteers for Beachfest. The following dates still require volunteers:

July 19 – 2 people from 9 AM to 1 PM

July 26 - 3 people from 1 PM to 5 PM

Aug. 1 – 2 people from 5 PM to 9 PM

Aug. 11 – 2 people from 5 PM to 9 PM

Ray Walker gave an update on the "Yes2It" Trade Fair that was held recently for Grade 7 and 8’s in the area. This is an event that takes place every two years and there were 34 trade displays for the students to view. This event gives our students an alternative career option to university.

Ray is also still looking for volunteers for Canada Day, July 1 to sell tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride taking place on the August long weekend.

Matt Breedlove from the Rotary Club of Parksville also made a plea for volunteers on Canada Day. They are in dire need of more volunteers to be greeters, go-to people and parade judges. This is apparently our biggest Canada Day parade, with over 70 entries. There is a large equestrian contingent in the parade and help is needed in this area. Volunteers are to show up at the main booth at around 7:00 AM on July 1st and you will be assigned tasks from that point.

John O’Brien suggested that the July 24th breakfast meeting be held at the Parksville Museum next to Rotary Park. This was done last year and was a big success. The breakfast will not be our usual fare; however, a Tim Horton’s type breakfast will be served.

Ian Dewar spoke for "2 Minutes of Rotary". He spoke about Ron Burton who is the incoming Rotary International President. Ron was born in Norman, Oklahoma and was a lawyer by profession. He became a Rotarian but was quickly disillusioned. Although he knew most of the Rotarians, the programs were bad, as was the food served. He almost terminated his membership; however, was asked to be the Chair for the Rotary Foundation Committee. He then went on to become President and then the District Governor. A scandal occurred in his club and again Ron almost made the call to resign, but felt he could still make a contribution. He just wants Rotarians to keep doing all the good work that they do.

Jan Jonkman, our guest from the Netherlands, spoke about his Rotary Club which has approximately 45 members. The city in which he lives has a population of 60,000 people. He is currently a professor at the University and is close to retirement. He and his wife have been touring the Rockies and are currently on Vancouver Island. He is loving the area and all its beauty.

Our guest speaker this morning was John Rockley from Coastal Colour Printing. John’s business is located in the Parksville Industrial Centre. He was a Rotarian for over 35 years and was a member in Calgary of the largest Rotary club in Canada, with over 300 members. He was born in Calgary into a family in the printing business so it seemed a logical move for him to go into that business as well. In fact, he is third generation in this business. He stated that doing business on Vancouver Island is extremely unique. The makeup of Parksville is very different from any other community. Due to the configuration of the city, business runs very independently. The larger companies do not rely on local business for their products and services; they deal globally. For information purposes, Graphic Arts is currently the 5th largest employer globally.


Coastal Colour Printing currently employs 11 very highly skilled people. The company handles printing services for this Rotary Club, Crown Isle, every municipality north of Duncan and the University of Vancouver Island. They are the only custom printer in this part of Vancouver Island.

The company was founded in 1988 and was first a publisher of self-help books. Once John bought the company, it was a major marketing effort initially to become known as a custom printer. Perseverance prevails, proving the old adage that hard work will make anyone or any company successful. It took a lot of effort to change mindsets to keep business on Vancouver Island.

John was asked what his key strengths were and he stated that being poor was not in his vocabulary and owing a lot of money was also a motivator. He says he is very outspoken, self assured and a team player. These attributes make for great success.

President Jo presented Ian Dewar with his Paul Harris Plus 8 pin and Gord Svenson with his Paul Harris certificate.

Bill Rawlins advised the Club that his next Hero Holidays trip is to Mexico next week. He will be taking 340 kids to build 24 homes in three weeks. This is a tremendous task and we wish Bill and the kids every success.  It was Bill's birthday on June 25, so he was also the lucky recipient of the Birthday Bear.


This was President Jo’s last meeting and he thanked the Club for their support throughout his term. Lynne Pearson expressed the Club’s thanks for the great job Jo has done during the past year.