Upcoming Events
March 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.
Ken Whiteman – ADG, Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith
Neil Melbone – Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith
2017-18 Incoming President, Vice President and Bookkeeper: Bashir suggested last week, that since Rob Waters is unable to act as Incoming President that Helen, as Vice President should take up the position. Helen Dyck will in fact be our Incoming President for the 2017-18 Year. Diana Matsuda has agreed to take over the position of Vice President. Helen was hesitant to take up the position on top of bookkeeping. To her relief Steve Alexander-Pope will take up that position. Thank you to all three of you; this is an enormous relief for our membership. All is good in the world.
And if you don’t have plans on Saturday night…
Salvation Army Spaghetti Dinner: The Salvation Army will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on March 25, 2017 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM for $10 a person. A competition was held for the best sauce. There will be a meat and vegetarian option available. Check out ther facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/186445858514775
And after dinner why not head over to the…
Knox Church Celebrating Spring Jazz Concert: The Knox Church is hosting accomplished, Canadian musicians - Phil Dwyer, Ken Lister & Brad Turner in a jazz concert to welcome this joyous time of year. - Saturday, March 25, 7:30 pm at Knox United Church, 345 Pym St, Parksville.  Tickets: $25 advance/$30 door/$15 students  - at Knox United Church, Mulberry Bush Book Stores & Oceanside Yoga Centre. Go here for all the details: http://kucparksville.ca/index.php/2-uncategorised/26-phil-dwyer-brad-turner-and-ken-lister-in-concert
Lions Spray Park: Michelle Stillwell has put forward $20,000 to the project so they are well on their way to raising the $150,000 to complete the project.
District Update:
Ken Whiteman - ADG
Rose Bowman is home on hospice care as the last stage of Cancer has metastasized in her stomach. She is overwhelmed with the support from the Rotary community, friends and family.
Friendship Exchanges: There is one coming up to Australia and another to the Maritimes. You can contact Ken for more information.
Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner: Lynne and Bashir attended the District 5020 event celebrating 100 Years of The Rotary Foundation ‘doing good in the world’ at a special Centennial Celebration Dinner in Victoria B.C. on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The keynote speaker was RI Vice-President Jennifer Jones. The event was excellent and Jennifer Jones was an inspiration speaker.
Al Brooks Award: The Al Brooks Award, sponsored by our District requires that every Club member contribute at least something to the Foundation. Ken presented Lynne, our Foundation Chair the Al Brooks award for our contributions in 2016.
DLTA/ District Conference: Registration is now full.
Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach 15th Annual Wine Fest: This year’s wine fest will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM. Come sample Select BC and imported wines along local oysters and a variety of local cheese. This event is always a sell out so buy your tickets early to this amazing event and support the Rotary of Qualicum Beach. The QB Firefighters serve appetizers to the crowd of 4-500 people. Go here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2027792624114704/
Guest Speaker:
Ken Armstrong – A Wee Bit of Epidemiology
Don introduced Ken who needs no introduction!
Have you ever wondered why you, a relative or friend has come down with a contagious disease? Knowledge of epidemiology may help.
EPIDEMIOLOGY is the science concerned with the study of the factors determining and influencing the frequency and distribution of disease. The main trust of epidemiology is to establish programs to prevent and control disease development and spread. It involves other medical sciences such as immunology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology and environmental sciences. Therefore, it is a wide science that involves statistical associations, field trails and system analysis.
This morning I would like to present one epidemiologic concept.
Host Characteristics Relative to disease:
Immunity - the ability of a host to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells.
a.             Innate immunity - genetic - in the skin 
b.            Active immunity - stimulated by agent, specific & slow
c.            Passive immunity - colostrum milk- quick
d.            Population immunity- Herd immunity.
e.            Immunity may be affected by the weather.
Agents or Pathogens Relative to disease
a.            Bacteria - Viruses -Parasites -Prions
b.            Vectors, mosquitoes, ticks, bats spread agents
Environment Factors
1.            Housing- crib, room, house, community
2.            Crowded events, airplane, cruise ship.
3.            Climate, seasons, weather, trade winds.
4.            The climate and weather have a major impact on vectors
In summary these three overlapping circles representing the host, the agents and the environment indicate the probability of disease.
Ken admits that he is not up to date in the field of epidemiology and is not a bacteriologist, a virologist, or a parasitologist or an environmentalist. This concept has always been interesting to him.
We had some discussion after this very informative presentation:
The standards for between the United States and Canada for vaccinating cattle are very similar. There are some differences from state to state, but Canada has a National program. Ken is really leery of unvaccinated meat products as a trend.
Major Norm has quite a bit of experience with ticks and suggests wearing light coloured clothing so you can see the critters if they are on you. The other way to play it safe is to undress right away and put your clothes in the drier.
Bruce thanked Ken for his presentation and presented him with a Polio Plus certificate to eradicate a very serious disease.
Joke of the Week: Elaine very reluctantly is up today…Cara chose numbers and letters…but in the end it was mostly groans…
Sergeant-at Arms: It is still March so Jo is still in charge…Norm got it for forgetting his agenda…we all have to pay a dollar of gratitude for Helen, Diana and Steve…Elaine, well you know…Jo will have trivia next week…Lynne had happy dollars for the Foundation Celebration, and the video that summarizes all that has been accomplished over those 100 years…Bashir followed that up with his own dollar for the event…and for the blossoms in Victoria…Elaine thanked Ken for his presentation, as a grandmother and school trustee vaccinations can be a contentious issue in her life…there were many happy dollars for Ken’s presentation in general, most in the crowd can relate to the spread of sickness through grandchildren…Ken Whiteman likes to offend Major Norm if possible and had an inoffensive joke about a man dressed up as a nun…Gord had a happy dollar for Ken Whiteman’s last 3 years as ADG…Helen is happy for Diana and Steve…and for the support of the Club…and Gord attempted a very late introduction but still blew it…Jo is happy for both Ken’s presentation and a complete Rotary Club of Parkville AM Executive…
Birthdays: None
Anniversaries: None
Next Week’s Meeting: Virginia and Peter Brietzke – Truffle Farming

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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