Walk for ALS 2016
Parksville Civic & Technology CentreJun 05, 2016
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Swedish Friendship Exchange
Jun 07, 2016 7:00 AM –
Jun 09, 2016 7:00 PM
The Dunn ResidenceJun 18, 2016
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rathtrevor Beach Picnic Potluck
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial ParkAug 13, 2016
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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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.
Two Minutes of Rotary was creatively presented by Elaine Young who tells us that she actually prepares her remarks while she’s walking up to the podium, a talent we all wish we could acquire. Elaine spoke about her experiences at DLTA and the sessions she attended in fundraising, social media and visioning. Her main “take away” from DLTA was that we need to know who we are as a club, having a vision we can express in 20 seconds. Her challenge was to give some thought as to what our Club means to us.
Elaine also slipped a few announcements into her TMR:
- Building Learning Together for ages 0-6 is getting a new WOW Bus, but it needs a re-fit. Elaine challenged the members to meet or match her donation of $100, and the first three Rotarians to do so will receive a WOW Bus button.
- Forward House is holding their annual Barbeque on July 8 from 3 – 7:30 pm at 136 E. Hirst Avenue.There will be a live auction and an opportunity to donate to this worthy cause.
After three years at Sir George Williams, he started working in the bar business. The year 1973 saw him move to Banff where there were plenty of jobs. Vancouver called the following year and off Ian went, becoming Bar Manager at The Cannery Seafood Restaurant and later Maitre D’ at Mulvaney’s Restaurant on Granville Island. That job really allowed Ian to rub shoulders with some interesting clientele, Pierre Berton, David Jansen, Wilt Chamberlain, Arthur Erickson and Margaret Trudeau among them.
Ian finally made it to Vancouver Island, and his next stop was the Rocking Horse Pub where he had lots of fun running the bar and being a cowboy. One of his bar patrons suggested he try real estate, so he took the course, passed and went to work with Realty World here in Parksville. Ian spent 27 years in real estate with a number of firms. In 1989, the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board offered to pay for anyone wanting to take the 4 year Urban Land Economics Course at UBC. Ian took them up on it and in 1993 was a new UBC graduate. He spent a lot of time doing project marketing, with the biggest being the marketing and sale of Tigh-na-mara.
Markus Knab thanked Ian for his excellent talk and we all enjoyed learning things about Ian that we had never known – a great benefit of the Classification Talks. It was a bit of a gong show getting a photograph of the photographer, especially as Bashir proved to be a little “camera challenged”!
There were many Happy Dollars for “getting to know Ian”. Helen also gave a Happy Dollar in honour of the fact that Ron will be camping for two nights on Hornby Island as part of an annual school camping program – she will miss him but not too much! It was also reported that the Dumpster Divers have been making a little over $100 a week for an hour and a half of work, for a total to date of about $325. All members are invited to join in this fundraiser when they can (bring grubby clothes). Helen also reported that our idea of shredding documents as a fundraiser has been taken on by other groups but that we might try it again next year.
Below is a slideshow of this trip, prepared by trip participant, Louise Wright.
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...
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.
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.
Tim showing Jennifer the photo album from the September 2014 trip.
Tim presenting gifts that he and Donna purchased to Puol.
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
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."