Upcoming Events
May 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
There were 21 members in attendance, along with two guests: Matt Breedlove from the Parksville Rotary Club, and prospective member Steve Alexander Pope who will be transferring from the Kalamalka Rotary Club in Vernon.

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.
Matt Breedlove then followed up with his announcement about the Mosaic Youth Talent Showcase which will be held on May 29 at 7 pm.  This is the 11th year for this talent show of local youth, and all proceeds go to scholarships in the performing arts.  Tickets are $15 apiece, students $10, and there will also be a silent auction.  Of course Matt couldn’t have the floor without a joke to accompany his announcements – it was a pretty good one too!
Bruce Huxtable introduced our speaker for this morning, remarking that last week we had a Classification Talk from our newest member, and this week we will hear from one of our longstanding members, Ian K. Dewar.  He noted that Ian has been a Rotarian for 30 years and has had a perfect attendance record for 27 of those years.  He is also our Club photographer, making sure that all our meetings and events are well recorded.
Ian began by outlining the three parts of his talk: his bio, his work in real estate, and his work as an appraiser.  He was born in Pointe Claire in Montreal, went to school there and graduated 1n 1966.  His first job was with Keldon Electronics who also happened to have Rocket Richard as their ambassador.  As a dedicated Montreal Canadiens fan, this would certainly have been a big bonus for Ian!
Ian studied Commerce at St George Williams University, becoming involved in student politics, the student newspaper and a flying club, the “Georgian Snoopies” (regrettably, he didn’t get his flying license).

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.
Meanwhile, in 1990, Ian met Patti and, in his words, his life changed for the better.  They went to the Rotary International Conference in Mexico City in 1991, after which they drove to Cancun.  Ian proposed in Chichen Itza, Patti said yes, and they’ve been together ever since.  They were married at City Hall in Kenya in 1992, followed by an awesome wedding reception with four Masai warriors chanting as they brought in their wedding cake.  Their 25th wedding anniversary is coming up next January and they plan to do something special, although that will be hard to top!
In 1994, Ian was again in the right place at the right time.  The Canadian Real Estate Association was approached by the banking industry to put together a program for distant real estate offices to have an appraiser available there rather than sending appraisers out from Toronto.  The MVA-Residential was created, Ian took the courses and became the first MVA-Residential on Vancouver Island.  His next step was to take the Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers courses and his appraisal business was now ready to be launched.  Ian then went on to give an overview of appraisal methods for residential property which he will be happy to discuss on a one-on-one basis to anyone interested.

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”!
Lynne Pearson then gave us an update on the Foundation.  She informed us that “Every Rotarian, Every Year” or EREY has now been changed to “100% Foundation Giving”.  Our Club is close to achieving our annual Foundation goals, but we are not there yet, and Lynne encouraged everyone to become a part of the “100%” initiative.  This can be done by purchasing Foundation Bucks, by putting all your spare change in your Foundation boxes, or by making a direct donation.  Any amount will count, but for donations of $300 and over, the Club will provide Foundation points toward your Paul Harris.  Lynne would like all donations to be made by June 15 so she can get the paperwork in before the end of the Rotary year on June 30.
Major Norm was our designated joke-teller today, but Matt Breedlove quickly jumped in and we had “duelling jokesters” which elicited many groans.  Eric Walper celebrates his birthday on May 27, and he also performed his final Sergeant-at-arms duties for the month.  Well done Eric!

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.
Next week’s meeting will be a Club Assembly.  As the Beach Club is totally booked up next week, we will be meeting at the Salvation Army Church.

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
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:
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Youth Services
Club Admin Co-Chair
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Public Relations
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary Club of Parksville AM, P.O. Box 132, Station Main, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2G3, Email us