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Anyone who thinks one person can’t make a difference hasn’t met Rotarian Virginia Worcester.  A member of the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach, Virginia was stunned to learn that every day, children in the communities of Oceanside are going hungry. While some schools have stepped up to offer breakfast, lunch and snack programs that are actively addressing this crisis, the weekend remains a difficult time for many families.
Following a four month hiatus due to Covid-19, Parksville AM Rotarians once again joined Little Mountain residents and members of the Back Country Hunters and Anglers to finish the job they started over two years ago - taking out the trash at the bottom of Little Mountain!

About two-thirds of the garbage has now been removed, a staggering 14 tons. This has been the result of over 10 years of dumping from the top of the cliff, resulting in a disgusting mess at its base which has disfigured an area once known for the beauty of its pristine forest setting.
Like the entire world, Rotary is dealing with a “new normal”, where old practises and traditions may no longer be acceptable. With July 1 marking the annual transition of Rotary officers, new leadership will now guide the Parksville and Qualicum Beach clubs through uncharted territory in a year that will be like none other.

And what a list of challenges they have to contend with … how to keep members engaged when the usual Rotary handshake is now a “no-no” … how to attract new members when face-to-face contact is limited and projects are curtailed … how to continue to raise money for humanitarian causes when many Rotary fundraisers have been cancelled …. how to carry out community projects within restrictive guidelines … the list goes on.
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has a history of serving Rotary District 5020 in leadership roles.  As of July 1, 2020, Lynne Pearson has taken on the challenge of Assistant Governor (AG) for Area 3, a position she will hold for a 3 year term.

Lynne takes up the mantle from another Parksville AM member, John O'Brien who has served the District since 2017 with enthusiasm, commitment and boundless energy. We can be proud of the fact that Lynne is the 4th Assistant Governor to serve the District from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.  Ian Dewar served as AG for the 2005-2006 term, with Bashir El-Khalafawi lending his talents to the role from 2007-2008.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, Bashir El-Khalafawi was the Founding President of the newly formed Rotary Club of Parksville AM.  In 2020, Bashir reprised his role, becoming the Club's 26th president in the year following the Club's 25th anniversary.  The installation took place June 17 at a local park so that social distancing guidelines could be observed.  Club members brought lawn chairs and picnic lunches, and the usual spirit of camaraderie and good humour were very much in evidence.