Upcoming Events
July 2016
Rotary Re-enactment
In the year 1905, Rotary founder Paul Harris asked the question "Why not have a fellowship composed of businessmen from different occupations, without restrictions on politics or religion?”  The following re-enactment by members of the Willoughby Theatre was staged at the Rotary District 9685 Conference on February 23, 2014, 109 years after Rotary became a reality.  Click here to view a 7 minute video of the beginnings of Rotary
Nicholls Park Revitalization Project
Click here to view the Nicholls Park Revitalization page on Facebook.

The purpose of the page is to create a forum for students and community members who are interested in volunteering, and to help promote the project through the community. 

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Canada's First Peace City - December 19, 1997

Parksville AM

Engage Rotary Change Lives

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville, BC  V9P 2H5
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Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. is a service club of community leaders who work within the local and world community to make a difference.



Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. provides service to our community and advances world understanding by building on the strengths of our members.


What's Happening
Ross Harvey – Past Member visiting from Kelowna
Rachelle McElroy – Coastal Invasive Species Committee (ISC)
President Norm takes the stand for the first time...
Beach Fest: The first day was Saturday, July 16 at 8:45AM. Please take your nametags. It is four hours so bring water, and dress appropriately even if the forecast calls for nice weather it can be cool by the water. For the complete Beach Fest Schedule go here: http://parksvilleamrotary.org/event/beach-fest-ambassadors/
50/50 Ticket Sales: Please utilize the verbiage crafted by Lynne and distributed by Diana via email to tap into your personal networks as much as possible to sell tickets in addition to our public sales venues. Cara will be in the contact for scheduling and coordination for the month of July. Telephone reminders will be made the day prior. Please go here for the complete schedule: http://parksvilleamrotary.org/event/50-50-ticket-sales/
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Bruce Huxtable – Polio Plus
Bruce made our Polio Plus efforts more personal by telling us of him family’s experiences with the disease. It is hard for us to imagine now, but Polio was once a dreaded disease in Canada. When Bruce was eight years old his father contracted Polio when his younger brother was brought home from the hospital. His father was quarantined for two weeks but was released and recovered from the mild form he had contracted. Vicki’s mother contracted Polio in 1940 and was paralyzed from the waste down. When she went away to receive the Kenny Treatment she was told she would never walk again. As a wife and mother of two young children she refused to give up and not only learned to walk she could even dance again. Five months later Vicki was born. Polio is almost a thing of the past. We must continue to support RI and get rid of this disease for good. We are ‘This Close’.
Guest Speaker:
Rachelle McElroy, Coastal Invasive Species Committee (ISC)– Alien Invasion
Gord Svenson introduced Rachelle who came all the way from Cumberland this morning. He found her article in the local paper and invited her to come and speak.
After her presentation today she’ll be out checking in on Oceanside locations she has been testing and monitoring.
Invasive species are defined as species that ‘cause harm’, are non-native, have no natural predators, establish quickly, are competitive and have negative impacts to public health, the environment and the economy.
Invasive plants spread through seeds, vegetative rhizomes, roots and stems, humans, animals, wind and water.
Priority to certain plant is given to those that are detected early and can receive rapid response. The highest success rate with the lowest associated cost is early detection and rapid response. Broom for example due to its abundance is not a realistic species for eradication. Classifications for responses are prevent, contain, control. As the invasion curve goes up eradication is unlikely due to the resources required for removal.
The Top 5 (roadside) Invasive plants in Parksville:
Orange hawkweed is easy to identify due it its brilliant orange flowers. It’s a perennial that spreads by seed and flowers in summer.
Knotweed species: they are similar to bamboo with hollow stems that spread by rhizomes. The roots spread 20m wide and 3m deep. Its population is low enough that it could be eradiated. It grows 4 cm per day and can grow through concrete (ie: foundations and bridge footings). The ISC partners with the real estate committee to educate home purchasers on how to deal with it. There are (4) varieties, including one hybrid. If you have it call the Coastal ISC because Parksville has a 100% subsidy for removal. Once it gets into riparian there’s nothing to be done while it erodes slopes and spreads rapidly. Control can only be done by herbicides. Removal just encourages growth. The yellow ‘attention invasive plants’ signs you see on roadsides lets mower’s know not to mow in a certain area. Giant hogweed is very prolific here in Parksville. It is very tall and its clear sap when exposed to sun can give 3rd degree burns. Our native Cow parsnip is a look-alike but much smaller. The purple stems and umbrella shaped top are key identifiers. French Creek is the epicenter for the culprit and the community has been working tirelessly to remove it. Blueweed you don’t see very often around here but if you do let ISC know. Tansy ragwort is toxic to livestock and can get mixed into hay accidentally. The animal dies from the inside out once it is ingested.
Provincially the are (17) regional invasive species committees in BC. They work together with other provincial partners to stop the spread. Locally the Coastal ISC is a non-profit, multi stakeholder, multi interest society established in 2005 with a mandate to support collaborative and ecologically sound invasive alien species management through efficient use of available resources. The region includes (9) regional districts.
What Can We Do? Report A Weed (app, web and phone), be aware of toxic plants, call for best management practices to control some weeds, bag and take to the landfill, do not compost. Be plant wise; commit to purchasing non-invasive plants for your garden. Beware of plants that promote ‘self-seeding’ and are ‘rapidly growing’. Currently there are no laws against selling invasive species.
Volunteer opportunities exist like Broom Busters. Rachelle does do presentations to garden clubs as well.
Rob thanked Rachelle for taking the time to come and do a presentation and presented her with a Polio Plus certificate.
Joke of the Week: Don Luke…and it’s another Rotary, old man golf story about a 95 year old with 20/20 vision and a bad temper…it’s sounding like a long way to go…wait, it got a few giggles…or were they groans?
Sergeant-at Arms: Bill Rawlins…Gord was the secret greeter, but Diana’s finger-shake just didn’t cut the mustard…once again Markus, we must stand at attention for the anthem not at ease…President’s norm has a lot of excuses but grandbabies and guest speakers are good excuses…Rotarian trivia stumped most tables…there were 74 cases of polio in 2015 in Pakistan and Afghanistan…Rotary has administered 15 billion Polio vaccines since 2000…Polio reared it’s ugly head after years of being free of it in the Ukraine…Sunriser trivia was a bit better…Svetlana is from where again?…Baikal lake freezes 6 metres deep…Canadian trivia didn’t fair much better…Canada day was Dominion Day up until 1982…’kanata’ means village or settlement in Huron-Iroquois…Canada has 202,080 kilometers of coastline…Mt. Logan in the Yukon is our highest mountain…The McKenzie is longest river if you includes its tributaries, but the Yukon is the longest single stream…the tallest falls are Della falls at almost 10x higher than Niagara falls…the highest incorporated city in Canada is Kimberly…Kimberly’s theme is Bavarian…
...there were many happy dollars for Rachelle’s excellent presentation…Bruce had a great time on the other side of Canada but is happy to be back…Lynne saw a great chorale show at Knox last night, and she’ll be away for the next 3 weeks…Al gave Bill props for raising a great kid…Tracy’s mom is shipping in from Texas…Ross is happy to see old friends…Don had a sad dollar for the loss of his mother, but is relived for her soul to be released from her tired body…happy dollars for Ross…Helen had happy dollars for the 50/50 team at Save-on on Saturday…Arthur is $20 happy, maybe because it’s his anniversary on the 15th…dumpster divers collected $215 last week alone breaking the record by a long shot…
Birthdays: None
Anniversaries: Pauline Chan & Arthur Wong – July 15
Next Week’s Meeting: TBA

In February 2016, Rotary Team Mexico spent 10 days in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico where they built a kindergarten in partnership Live Different, a charitable organization that identifies itself as: 'a movement focused on changing ourselves and the world around us by embracing a lifestyle that cares for people, not stuff.'

Below is a slideshow of this trip, prepared by trip participant, Louise Wright.
To see Rotarians in action, check out the following video clips:

Raising The Walls



The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is active in the international community. In 2015, the Club supported the construction of a shed to house a corn mill in Sunyani, Ghana. This was necessary to protect the machine in the wet rainy season in order to ensure the harvest of the corn crop. This project was a partnership with the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North and the community of Nanketiwa in the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.

In 2016, the Club is undertaking a second project in Ghana, this time to provide desks and white boards in classrooms at Wawasua School. Stay tuned for photos when this project is completed.








Our brand new Interact Club celebrates Earth Day by planting a dogwood tree in Nicholls Park. Interact Co-Presidents Ginny Lefeaux and Katja Keifer, with Parksville City Councillor, Al Grier. Bravo Interact! 

Getting the tree in the hole...

Installation complete!


In June 2014, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM presented a cheque for $200 to Louise Sosa, founder of the organization Aldea Maya, to use in the Chukumuk Middle School located in the Lake Atitlan area of the Guatemalan highlandsAldea Maya is a non-profit grassroots organization with a mandate to assist the indigenous Mayans to help themselves through education, nutrition, garden projects and micro-loans.  For further information on the great work being done in Guatemala by Aldea Maya, check out their website at http://www.aldeamaya.ca
Hola Parksville AM Rotary: The Home Economics teacher, Sandra, and the students at the Chukumuk Basico want to thank you for your donation that helped us purchase a much needed refrigerator for the school. We really appreciate your donation.


In September 2014, a group of Rotarians travelled to Vicente Guererro in the Baja Region of Mexico to build a house for a family, in partnership with the Live Different Builds program. While there, they learned of additional needs in the local school. A Rotary Christmas Project was initiated to collect money for uniforms, playground equipment and school supplies. Our friends of Rotary Jane Walker and Louise Wright took the lead on the project.

We were thrilled with both the interest in our recent Rotary Christmas project to a school in Mexico and the money that was donated. We raised almost $3500 and have deposited the money to the Live Differant account.  We heard just before Christmas that families with children who needed a uniform were  issued with a voucher to purchase a uniform and that they have all done so.  How wonderful!  The remaining money will go toward much needed school supplies and playground equipment.
We were so lucky that Tim and Donna Andres have traveled to the Baja and stopped in Vicente Guerrero this week to meet some of the Live Different staff and deliver school  materials  and clothing.  They also went to Zapata where we built a house and had a visit with the family.  Augustina, Policarpio, Jennifer, and Puol must have been so excited to see them!

Tim and Donna are hoping to get some pictures of the school children in their new uniforms when they return in February. We also look forward to hearing how the remainder of the money is spent.

Thank you to all of you who took part in our fund raiser. It is lovely that we can see that our donations are being used so quickly! Together, we have made a  big difference in a small community! 


Tim showing Jennifer the photo album from the September 2014 trip.

Tim presenting gifts that he and Donna purchased to Puol.


Parksville AM Rotarians and Friends join Live Different Builds in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico in September 2014.

The latest project was spending a Saturday assembling a turkey house for the very inquisitive turkeys that reside in Turkey Town. The turkeys are a favorite with NIWRA visitors. The young and old seem to always spend a lot of time in the area with the turkeys because they are so curious and interactive with guests. The improvements, which were badly needed will be well received.
Thank you to our friendly, cheerful team that gave thier time in designing the building, collecting supplies and then coming out and spending a day building our new addition.
Teachers and students at Parksville Elementary School have a new classroom library set of books thanks to a recent $2800.00 donation by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM. These books are for independent reading and will be available for reading in class and at home in order to help increase reading skills.
Many families don’t have the resources to ensure their children have access to interesting and skill appropriate books.  Although students may use the school library, this does not always provide the correct level of reading material to help them advance their reading skills. This donation helps to bridge that gap.
The books are now in use and will be redistributed to the students’ new schools upon the closure of Parksville Elementary School.
Rotary clubs throughout the world have adopted Literacy as one of their main areas of focus and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM is pleased to be able to participate in this venture.

Parksville AM Working at Home and Abroad

Rotary consists of neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. Below are some of the current projects supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM:

In the Community ...
• Rotary supports children through "Coats for Kids", SOS programs for children, and through "Building Learning Together" initiatives such as Munchkinland and the WOW Bus.

• Rotary supports youth through partnerships and scholarships Secondary School, through drug awareness education, through local 4-H groups, and through a bi-annual trades fair for high school students.

• And Rotary supports those going through sickness and hard times through the ALS Walk, the Parksville Mental Health Group, diabetes and cystic fibrosis foundations, and the Salvation Army.

Around the World ...
• International projects supported by the Rotary Club of Parksville AM include the provision of mosquito nets and the building of fencing and latrines for a school in Ghana.

• The Club also supports Project Amigo, an initiative in Colima, Mexico that supports literacy programs and provides access to vision care.

• Through Disaster Aid Canada, the Club helps fund emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

• Rotary launched its Polio Plus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to 250, and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease

We're This Close!

To encourage public support for the effort to eradicate polio, Rotary has welcomed a select group of celebrities and other notable figures to join a new public awareness campaign: "This Close." Participants including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, actor Jackie Chan, Queen Noor of Jordan, golfer Jack Nicklaus, Grammy Award-winning musicians Angélique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and conservationist Jane Goodall explain that "we're this close to ending polio."

Rotary in the News
Click the link and check out page A3 for our contribution: http://www.pqbnews.com/eeditions/?iid=i20160617090833354
Flip to page A7 of the March 1, 2016 eEdition:
Check out page A22 for a recap of this 'very emotional experience': http://www.pqbnews.com/eeditions/?iid=i20141014102438818
Check out page A15 for the latest article on the Live Different Humanitarian Trip in Mexico:
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