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Upcoming Events
Little Mountain Cleanup
Meet at the end of Bellvue Road
Mar 14, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Board Meeting
Ray Walker's Residence
Mar 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Oceanside Health & Wellness Fair Catering Lunch
Parksville Community & Conference Centre
Mar 21, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
NIWRA Eagle Release Parking Attendants
Apr 04, 2020
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Pacific Brant Art Show Lunch Catering
Parksville Community & Conference Centre
Apr 04, 2020
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Canadian Cancer Daffodil Tea & Fashion Show
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Apr 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Little Mountain Cleanup
Meet at the end of Bellvue Road
Apr 25, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Mar 25, 2020
Society of Organized Services
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Roland Clark
March 24
Spouse Birthdays
March 22
Christian Madarasz
March 27
Sunriser for February 26, 2020
Ray Walker welcomed 15 members to our meeting in the Sand Dollar Room this morning.  Joining us were our two guest speakers, Laurel Wright and Jocelyne Asselin, and a prospective new member, Andy (Andrea) Manson.
Rotary Education:
Don Luke spoke about Paul Harris Fellow pins, outlining the various levels and their meanings.  He noted that those who have earned Paul Harris Fellow pins reached 1 million worldwide in 2006. 
Don is looking for new ideas for Rotary education.  Please let him know if there are topics you would like him to cover.
John O’Brien then recognized Don as a “Paul Harris Champion”.  In order to attain this status, a member must:
  • Be a Major Donor, having contributed $10,000
  • Be a member of the Rotary Bequest Society
  • Be a Paul Harris Society member, committing to $1000/year until polio has been eradicated.
Congratulations Don.  Your generosity and dedication to the humanitarian efforts of Rotary is inspirational!
Installation 2020
Gord Svenson outlined the plans for installation.  It will be held on May 27 at 7 pm at the Black Bird Schnitzel Haus in Qualicum Beach.  There will be a sign-up sheet soon, but mark your calendars now.
Guest Speakers: Walk For Alzheimer’s
Oceanside’s inaugural “Walk For Alzheimer’s” will be held Sunday, May 3.   Laurel Wright, Manager of the Berwick Qualicum Beach and Jocelyne Asselin, Community Relations Manager at The Gardens Qualicum Beach are co-coordinators of this event and are looking for participation, sponsorships and donations.  
The Oceanside walk is now part of the national campaign, although all money raised will stay in the community.  Previously, residents at The Gardens had participated in a “Walk in a Box” and raised $5000 with 50 participants.  Now that the Oceanside walk has been opened to the public, Laurel and Jocelyne are hoping to attract 300 participants and raise $30,000 for Alzheimer’s education and research.
The Alzheimer’s Society of BC has as its vision a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, a world that begins with a more dementia-friendly society, where people affected by dementia are acknowledged, supported and included.
Their mission is to ensure that people affected by dementia are not alone, by educating and mobilizing a broader community of care around them, and supporting valuable research into the disease and people living with it.
The walk will begin at Kwalikum Secondary School and will be on a paved path, accessible to those with wheelchairs or walkers.  To register and fundraise, go to:  and select “Oceanside” as your city.  Better yet – contact our own Matt Breedlove – he is going to organize a Rotary team so we can all walk together.
John O’Brien provided an update on all our 2020 fundraising endeavors to date.  Be sure to mark them on your calendars and be prepared to pitch in to those that suit your schedule and abilities:
  • Parksville Uncorked and Swirl – this event has just ended – thanks to Jo Dunn and Gord Svenson.  Not only will we receive our honorarium from The Beach Club, but our two Rotary drivers also racked up some significant tips. 
  • March 21 – Oceanside Health & Wellness Fair – Parksville Community & Conference Centre (PCCC).  We are catering lunch; Ray will lead.
  • April 4 – Pacific Brant Carving, Woodworking & Art Show (PCCC).  We are catering lunch.
  • April 4 – Eagle Release – North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.  We do the parking.
  • July 4 – Parksville’s 75th Anniversary in the Community Park.  We will operate a concession; we need a champion for this event.
  • August 1 – Oceanside Idlers – Coombs Fairgrounds.  We are catering breakfast and lunch.
  • Recycling at The Beach Club – this is an ongoing weekly activity which raises about $7000 annually.  Volunteers are always needed!
  • Beach Fest – no dates yet as Ambassador’s list is currently being formed.

Other Announcements
  • Matt Breedlove advised that a Daffodil Tea & Fashion Show will be held on April 18 at Sunrise Ridge in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  He will provide further details as received.
  • Kim Hancock asked members to consider helping load bags at Little Mountain on March 14.  We are nearly finished this massive clean-up project but still need workers to help finish off the job.
District News
  • As Incoming President for 2020-21, Bashir El-Khalafawi attended PETS in Washington this past weekend.  It was an inspirational event, with 702 attendees, 650 of them Rotarians, including RI President Elect, Holger Knaack and Past President, Rick King.  Bashir presented the new RI banner with the theme “Rotary Connects” to President Ray.
  • President Ray reminded members that the District Training and Conference will take place on May 15 & 16, with a revised format that allows attendees to register for all or parts of the conference.  Check it out at:
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