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April 2017
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

Rotary Team Mexico: Mission Accomplished

Rotary Team Mexico are on their way home after completing their mission to contribute to the building of a Community Centre in the northern Baja, Mexico.  While undoubtedly tired and a bit worse for wear, they are surely feeling a huge sense of accomplishment and a feeling of satisfaction that they have made a difference in the lives of many in the community of Vicente Guerrero.
And since Rotarians never quit until the job is done, then the job must be done.  Well done Team!
For more about their last day on the job ...

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 8

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
A highlight this morning was a chance to visit the kindergarten we built last year. Jo mounted the Rotary sign above the main door.


Rotary Team Mexico: Day 7

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
This morning several of us had the privilege of working with the two women (Maria and Anna)  who coordinate the Senior's Centre. We helped prepare a lunch of chicken soup and tortillas,  served the seniors, played Mexican Bingo, and helped with cleanup.
The seniors (and some of their grandchildren) are so excited and appreciative of the new facility they will soon inherit.  Construction has been a true collaborative effort!


Rotary Team Mexico: Day 6

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
Everyone put in an exceptional effort today and much was accomplished.  The building is taking shape!

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 5

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
We woke up to the sun rising over the mountains and it was the start of a beautiful day. The heat dried out the mud and roads and allowed us to accomplish much more than the previous two days of rain.  Photo above shows Bill Rawlins sifting sand with his enthusiastic helper.

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 4

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
We had more rain last night which meant a wet build site and muddy roads and shoes this morning.  Photo above shows Jane Walker trying to sweep the water out.

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 3

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.
The anticipated storm hit us last night with lots of rain and high winds . One of the sleeping quarters was flooded; good thing it was Bill, Jo, and Garry who got wet! With the sun shining again, Joyce Wright works with Elias, one of our local experts.

Rotary Team Mexico: Day 2

With thanks to Team members Jane Walker, Diane Luke and Bill Rawlins for taking the time at the end of each exhausting day to supply write-ups and photos so we can all share in this experience.

Today was a busy one as we were anticipating a storm late afternoon.  There was lots of work completed on the roof and, with luck, we hope to finish it tomorrow. There were challenges with nonstandard dimensional materials and constant wind and blowing sand. Electrical is proceeding well as is the smooth coating of the interior walls. The bathroom cinder block walls are almost finished.

Rotary Team Mexico on the Job Site!

Rotary Team Mexico has arrived in Vicente Guerrero for their third annual Live Different Builds project.  This is a unique collaboration between Live Different and two organizations from the local community who are working to build a community centre which will provide a meeting place for both senior citizens and children of the Zapata area.
Neil Dawe – RP Bio, President, The Qualicum Institute
Guy Sigouin – Roto Rooter, Former Member…Returning Member?
Paul Harris Presentation: Lynne explained that there are members of our Club who believe that there are people in our community who deserve recognition for their contributions to the greater good. Lynne presented our guest speaker Neil Dawe with a Paul Harris Award.
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Ron Dyck – North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN)
The North American Youth Exchange Network, commonly known as NAYEN, is a Regional Association representing 167 districts, in Canada, Mexico and the United States, which are involved in Rotary Youth Exchange. NAYEN further supports its members through the development of resources and training materials to support their district programs.
At the recent NAYEN Conference hosted in Calgary, Alberta, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program of District 5020 was honoured with the Dr. Abe Kuttothara Award as the “outstanding Rotary Youth Exchange District in North America”.   The award is given annually to a District from Canada, the U.S., or Mexico that exemplifies the ideals of Rotary Youth Exchange fostered by a North American Youth Exchange Network pioneer, Dr. Abe Kuttothara.
Our District Youth Exchange Chair, Craig Gillis is a retired school superintendent who has been key in the success of our District’s programs. We view all of our exchange students as peace ambassadors. Students are also ambassadors for their home countries, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. Exchange students can help bring the world closer by promoting global peace one student at a time.
Guest Speaker:
Neil Dawe – Growth and Sustainability
Bashir introduced Neil, a friend of 27 years and a retired biologist.
Neil is a Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia. He retired from the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, in 2006 after 31 years in civil service on Vancouver Island, managing National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries and working to protect migratory birds and their habitat. Neil co-founded the Brant Wildlife Festival and co-chaired the festival for its first five years. He is a founding Director of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve Foundation and the Qualicum Institute and was the first Canadian Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE).
Neil is a recipient of Environment Canada’s Regional Citation of Excellence Award for his work in promoting the value of wildlife to Canadians and for his work with the Brant Wildlife Festival. He is also the recipient of the Federation of British Columbia Naturalist’s Outstanding Service Award.
In 2001, he was honoured with the Ian McTaggart-Cowan Award of Excellence in Biology from the Association of Professional Biologists of British Columbia “in recognition of a significant contribution to the biological sciences in British Columbia.”
Neil has written over 80 scientific, technical, and popular papers and articles on birds, ecology, and the environment. He is a co-author of the four-volume work, The Birds of British Columbia. He also authored the children’s book, The Hummingbird Book and Feeders and is a co-author of another popular children’s book, The Bird Book and Bird Feeder.
Ecosystems provide us with ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are grouped into four broad categories: provisioning, such as the production of food and water; regulating, such as the control of climate and disease; supporting, such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and cultural, such as spiritual and recreational benefits. Healthy ecosystems are the source of our social well-being and economic sustainability.
Economic growth is the ‘elephant in the room’. Increased population and consumption facilitate economic growth. It is a through system of appropriating ecosystems for human use and returning them back to the environment as waste. It is a limiting factor to conservation and sustainability. As the economy grows it removes structural elements of ecosystems. It depletes healthy ecosystems and services, and degrades remaining ecosystems with waste.
Growth is a perennial goal of governments. You cannot have a strong economy AND a healthy environment. But we are told the world is getting better. In some ways it has. People live longer, infant mortality has reduced, and education and literacy have increased. In the short term you can improve life for the population, but eventually the environment will not be able to sustain this. We need biodiversity for life support services. 15 of the 16 warmest years since the 1800s have been in this century due to the dumping of CO2 into the environment. This is resulting in the increase of the global temperature.
We use 6x the amount of land available to sustain our current population. The book ‘Limits to Growth’ shows that diminishing resources and increasing ecological damage will collapse the environment and the economy by the middle of this century. Computer modeling since the book was written shows that the predictions made in the book are accurate to date. The ‘sustainable scale’ includes maintaining the health of ecosystems by extracting renewable resources no faster than they can be regenerated, consuming renewable resources no faster than they can be replaced and the deposition of waste no faster than the environment can deal with it.
This is also the basis of the Steady state economy (SSE) concept.
Neil believes that we are fed misinformation when it comes to the sustainability of the environment. There are economists that don’t believe we need ecosystems at all. Some don’t believe that we can actually collapse the environment. 39% of Canadians don’t believe that the earth is getting warmer partly or mostly because of human activity.
Bill thanked Neil with a Polio Plus certificate and would have liked Neil to come and speak to his classes when he was a Geography teacher.
Joke of the Week: Gord had to step in early while Arthur tracked down a laptop. The end was unexpected and got a good laugh. President Norm had to kill time and followed up with a bad example.
Sergeant-at Arms: Unfortunately Cara had to run out, but I’m sure Gord did an excellent job at taking everyone’s money.
Birthdays: Al Cameron – April 19
Anniversaries: None
Next Week’s Meeting: Les Anderson – Friends of Rails to Trails

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.






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
Rotarians part of frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame': https://www.theguardian.com/…/polio-in-pakistan-the-frantic…
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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