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During the era of COVID-19, seeing people on the streets wearing masks has gone from oddity to commonplace.  Noting the increasing demand, Louise Wright came up with an idea to supply masks to those in need, while supporting Rotary at the same time.  Although not a Rotarian herself, Louise’s spouse Gord Svenson is a long time Rotarian and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

 
 
 
 
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.
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has decided it is time to take out the trash on Little Mountain. Over the years, the base of this beautiful pristine area of Parksville has become a dumping ground, either because the dumpers didn’t want to pay for proper disposal of their garbage or because they thought it would be exciting to throw something large over a 100 foot cliff.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians have been on the job site in Mexico for the past five years!  See Rotarians "Up Their Game" in Mexico. For more photos and a daily account of how a "small but mighty" group of Rotarians and friends built an adult education centre in just 8 days, click here.  Daily updates from our 2019 are posted on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 5

And be sure to read about the International Award received by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM for their ongoing work in Mexico.

 
The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures that local children and youth experience the magic of Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience joy and dignity over the holidays.  This year marks the 11th year of the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, the biggest toy drive of its kind on Vancouver Island.
 
As students head back to school this fall, two Ballenas grads begin a new educational chapter, with support from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM for their post-secondary studies.  Rotary President and former Ballenas Principal Bill Rawlins was delighted to recognize the accomplishments of two students through the presentation of Rotary scholarships.

 
Rotarian Bashir El-Khalafawi rings the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.  This is an annual commitment for the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and this year, Club members will cover 20 shifts, thus assisting the Salvation Army in reaching its goal and helping so many in our community. 


 
Rotary Team Mexico 2019 is making their way (with a few bumps along the way) to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. The team is thrilled to have a youth contingent this year. This year's project will see the construction of a high school classroom. Stay tuned for more updates!