Upcoming Events
June 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
Don Moore – Rotary Club of Venice, Florida
Bonnie Walls - Rotary Club of Parksville
Matt Breedlove – Rotary Club of Parksville
Andrew Berndardi - Live Different
Dawn Bernardi - Live Different
50/50 Draw: John O’Brien gave us an update. We have already sold about 350 tickets at our grocery store and Tuesday Market venues. Individual sales start today. See Diana for books of tickets. Gord Svenson has some questionable sales techniques but they seem to work. A good catch phrase is ‘What would you do with $10,000 tax free dollars?!’ The ‘F’ version of the schedule has been circulated, if you can’t make a shift it’s up to you to find a replacement or switch with someone.
Installation 2016-17: Jo brought some left behind items this morning and will bring what is left next week for those who weren’t here today. President Garry recognized members that were not able attend: John O’Brien - outgoing and incoming Treasurer, Gord Svenson – outgoing and incoming Club Administrator and Glynn Currie – incoming PR Chair. Arthur Wong received special recognition for his amazing support of our Club. At the request of almost every spouse there this is Susan Waters previously secret, now famous seafood casserole recipe:
Ian K. Dewar as usual was clicking away to record the festivities. Go here for the Installation 2016-17 Photo Album posted on our home page: http://parksvilleamrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/installation-2016-17
U-Fish Family Day: It was a more of a fun - raiser than a fundraiser but everyone that came had a great time. The children loved it! We just need to figure out how to get more bodies there next time. Ken and Linda Whiteman came once again to support our club and even spent an hour on ‘the hump’ waiting for an accident to clear to get here. Ken then went on to spend a ridiculous amount of time catching his second fish just so he could out-fish Linda! I know nothing about fishing, but after watching him I now know what NOT to do. Major Norm got a little over zealous and took a slide into the drink…but not far enough to get the inside of his boots wet!
This young man caught a nice one for Father's Day dinner!
Major Norm and his buddy had a blast...but actually holding ON to the fish...nah...he'll leave that to the more experienced piscator (yes, I used a thesaurus)!
Rob had his work cut our for him netting fish after fish for participants...he didn't fall into the pond though!
Jaime Greenshields has no fear and was hooking and bonking fish like a professional sportsman!
Matthew Greenshields got in on the fishing action too!
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Arthur Wong – Beach Fest
This year we have (6) shifts of (6) to fill. We have the honour of being chosen to do the opening weekend as a result of our past reliability and enthusiasm. Participation next year depends on our involvement this year. The suggested donation is now $3. We will get about 5% of the funds raised. With an increase in donations and more shifts this could mean more money for our Club. Arthur circulated the sign up sheet at our meeting today. If you missed the meeting or need to check your calendars you can find all of our dates and time on our website here: http://parksvilleamrotary.org/event/beach-fest-ambassadors/
Let Arthur know when you are available. The complete schedule and list of volunteers will be posted once the positions are filled.
Guest Speaker:
Andrew Bernardi – Live Different
Bill introduced our guests. Andrew and Dawn are both from BC but spend most of their time in Mexico. He started off by thanking both of the Parksville Clubs for our contributions to both the Mexican and Haitian projects.
Live Different was established in 2000 as a registered Canadian charity and began to operate internationally in 2005. Head office is in Hamilton, Ontario.
Their main passion is youth empowerment presentations. This year they are mainly targeting indigenous communities given the crises unfolding on the reserves. They also do humanitarian build programs and leadership development. The leadership development trips are (3) weeks long and allow young people to discover their own strengths and passions.
Their programs include builds, an academy and motivational presentations.
Live Different Builds: Builds give volunteers an opportunity to build schools, houses or other facilities as needed. The program is about learning how 2/3 of the world lives. It provides and opportunity to provide change and hope to people living in developing countries. Personal growth is attained through volunteering and engaging with the people and their communities. The Dominican Republic is pretty destitute; most people live in shacks with (5) or (6) people sharing a bed on the floor. New homes are built with blocks, metal roofs and include electricity and locking doors. Andrew showed a picture of a house with a jet painted on the front of it. Live different and West Jet have partnered on (25) houses to date.
In Calvaire, Haiti the children had no school to speak of. In 2014 they completed a school with the cistern we help supply. 250 children are now being educated. This summer they will add an art studio to the top of the school.
In Mexico projects are being built about four hours into the Baja Peninsula where much of the Mexican fruit is grown. Here the indigenous people are exploited by the locals to work for very little money in the orchards and fields. This group is Live Different’s focus. Again, sparse shacks made of cardboard boxes and tarps left over from the farming are the only accommodation. Many groups bring clothes down, and often these are used to sleep on rather than wear because there is just so much. 20’ x 22’ structures are provided with concrete floors, electricity and a locking door. They don’t go and ‘give’ them a home; they work with them to build their dream. The development model combines sustainable community development practices with integrated volunteering, resulting in meaningful and long-term positive outcomes for all parties involved.
Live Different programs focus on holistic systems with regards to relationships, humility, community, basic needs and dignity. They spend months getting to know the families to ensure that the families will turn contribute back to their communities.
Project types include houses, clinics, schools and community projects. The preschool our members built this past year was included in the presentation. The now concrete floor (which they mop) will be tiled over this summer thank you to the Parksville Clubs generous donation. Stay tuned.
Just behind where Dawn and Andrew live there is an existing seniors community centre being built. The government will supply resources only if the building already exists. The community was not able to complete the project so Live Different stepped in to help them see it to fruition. Right now it’s just the shell.
Another project in Mexico is the Community Trades Learning Centre. If you don’t have a trade you will only be able to work in the fields. A generous local donor (Al Cameron I believe?) has supplied tools to start up the training centre so they can learn to actually build a house from start to finish. They have about half of the money raised and construction has begun. In addition to encouraging locals to build furniture for the homes that are built, they would like to start having the recipients of the homes build their own furniture.
Andrew finished up the presentation with a video about a young mother, Sarah in a wheelchair that is determined to make a life for her and her daughter. They will receive a home this year.
Andrew discourages donating clothing using Sarah as an example. She sells used clothes, so if we bring clothes down she is out of business. Andrew suggests bringing money and determining the need when they get down there. It’s actually illegal to bring clothing into Mexico. Medical supplies could be a possibility. They just recently had a group of dentists down there that probably provided $100,000 worth of dental work in (5) days. The best idea would be touching base with Andrew months before you come down to see what will be useful at the time.
Diana gave a long-winded and enthusiastic thank you to Andrew and Dawn before presenting them with Polio Plus certificates.
Joke of the Week: Steve Alexander-Pope…he had a story about his friend who had his credit card stolen…but didn’t bother to report it since there are less charges now than when his wife had her hands on it…Matt Breedlove got put on the spot but as usual got some laughs for his Chihuahua joke…
Sergeant-at Arms: Jo Dunn...Matt even though he’s a guest got fined for his joke, we all got fined for our terrible happy birthdays…but Jo backed off due to time…happy dollars for John’s new grandson…the U-Fish Family Day though not lucrative was fun and rewarding…Elaine is being relived by Jo at Forwards House…happy dollars for Jo and Sandy’s hospitality…for our guest speakers…thank you dollars for the Parksville Club’s contribution to finishing the floor in Mexico…since the presentation at the QB Sunrise Club we have recruited at least one more couple to participate in a build…
Birthdays: Bill Rawlins – June 25, Steve Alexander-Pope – June 26
Anniversaries: Diane & Don Luke – June 23
Next Week’s Meeting: Oceanside Building Learning Together (BLT)

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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