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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
Canada
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CLUB VISION STATEMENT

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.

 

CLUB MISSION STATEMENT

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: 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.
 
Guests:
Bob Janes, Secretary, Rotary Club of Nanaimo (Downtown)
Laura Bauder – Island Office Equipment, Rotary Club of Nanaimo (Downtown)
 
 
Announcements:
 
Lions Water Park Update: John, Greg and Gord Svenson have been meeting with the Lions Club and the City of Parksville. $250,000 will need to be raised to replace the old park with a more modern ‘spray park’. $150,000 will come from the City in 2017-18. Fundraising efforts will need to raise $100,000 from the Oceanside Community. Related to this collaborative project our RI President recently issued at email promoting collaboration between community service clubs and groups. In partnership with other service organizations International Service Week has been dedicated from March 25-31, 2017. John will be approaching the City of Parksville to officially proclaim here. On March 22 one of the Lions Club members will be on the radio to talk about the Spray Park sponsorship package and to talk about this International Week of Service. The Lions will need seed money to get marketing started. John will be proposing a $1000 amount to the Executive the next meeting on Tuesday, February 28. The money won’t be needed until the end of 2017 into 2018. John asked us to think about whether we want to be part of a large fundraiser in collaboration with other Clubs or dedicate our own fundraiser to the project. Arthur suggested that we approach the service clubs that volunteer at Beach Fest to donate their proceeds. John noted that it may be their only fundraiser and they may not be able to. Possibly we could encourage them to donate a portion. The Beach Fest Committee will be approached directly for funds as well. Debbie Tardiff, John Diggins and Warren Payne at the City of Parksville have been instrumental in making sure the park gets built.
 
Executive Meeting: The next Executive meeting will be held on February 28, 2017 at 6:30PM at the Salvation Army Church.
 
Soap for Hope: Diana wants to remind us if we are going to Victoria to make sure to pick up soap and linens to drop off at the Disaster Aid warehouse.
 
Beach Fest: Arthur has applied for (8) shifts with Beach Fest but has not heard back as of yet. Stay tuned.
 
Guest Speakers
 
Cara MacDonald & Diana Matsuda
Diana and Cara tag teamed the meeting. Diana gave us a comprehensive update on the Mexico project and it’s progress to date.
 
 
Cara guided the membership through accessing our website to find the daily progress reports Diana has been posting. Thank you to Bill Rawlins, Diane Luke and Jane Walker for taking the time and effort at the end of their exhausting days to keep us updated. Cara also showed members that are on social media (ie: Facebook) how to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ these posts. We encourage all members to visit our website and start spreading the word through social media. It’s the very least we can do to support all of our members and friends that are working tirelessly on this project. Click here to get started: http://parksvilleamrotary.org
 
 
Joke of the Week: John doesn’t want us to be judgmental…but in the end stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason…Norm countered with and angry wife joke…
 
Sergeant-at Arms: It’s Tracy’s last day and she’s on fire…
 
 
Cara paid for using January instead of February…everyone except Arthur had to pay for NOT being in the newspaper this week…everyone wearing tie had to pay up…Ken had to pay because he didn’t know who was playing at Knox Church even though he had tickets to the show…but he’s really happy for selling his house!…
 
 
Steve had to pay since Team Mexico is in Vicente Guerrero…Bruce was trying to read sign language from Arthur, but the Vancouver Island flag was approved in 1865 by Queen Victoria…the Qualicum Beach Flag has four elements: maple leaf=Canada, a teepee=friendship with Native tribes, salmon=the name Qualiucm ‘where the dog salmon run’ and the strip of land with a sunset=the view to Hornby Island…John is sad that he will be losing his younger brother to Cancer…Bob had one sad dollar for a loss of a member of his Club and is happy for being here today…Tracy is happy that Amanda’s basketball team won Islands and are off to Provincials next week…Diana is happy for Team Mexico…Helen is happy for our guests joining us this morning…and the latest update from Major Norm is that there are 10 hours and 47 minutes of daylight today.
 
And Al was looking fly in his Rotary bling on the day before RI's birthday!
 
 
Birthdays: Rotary International – February 23
 
Anniversaries: None
 
Next Week’s Meeting: Fireside/ Club Assembly TBA

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
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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