Upcoming Events
September 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
Mark Pelletier – Staff Sergeant, RCMP Parksville Detachment
Karen Dow – President Elect, Rotary Club of Driffield
Ken Neden – Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise
Roses for Rotary: Ken updated us on this year’s campaign. One dozen roses will be delivered anywhere from Nanaimo to Bowser on the morning of Saturday, October 22. Price: $30, Colour: Red, Yellow, Cream. Payment can be made with cash, credit or cheque. Order forms were left on the tables.
Arrowsmith Search & Rescue: Ken also wants to remind us of the onging Search and Rescue Project Lifesaver. Arrowsmith Search & Rescue Society has partnered with the Nanaimo Lifeline Program for the Project Lifesaver program in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area.  Designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander, this service answers a critical need for protecting people at risk of wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome and Dementia. Go here for more information: http://www.asar.ca/other-specialized-training
Public Relations Chair: Major President Norm is happy to announced that Don Goyan has stepped up to take on the position for the 2016-17 year. Thanks Don!
International: Jo announced that we were unsuccessful in getting a District Grant to finish a Vocational Trades Centre in Zapata, Mexico. Jo approached the Executive on September 15, 2016 with a request to commit $4500 to finish the construction of the building. Another $4500 would be required from partners to outfit the centre. Jo has approached the Semiahmoo and Ensenada Clubs to make up the difference.
Jo Dunn made a motion that our Club donate $4500CAN to the Vocational Trades Centre. John O’Brien seconded. CARRIED.
Major Norm emphasized that Jo’s efforts in making a connection with a Club that can be on the ground in 2 hours.
Business Cards: Rob Waters had generic (blank) ‘Be Our Guest’ business cards printed for your use. See Ray at the front desk.
John Rockley: A Celebration of John's life will also be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, Qualicum Beach.
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Lynne Pearson – Rotary Foundation
We are in a new Rotary year, and almost one quarter of it is over.  As your Foundation Chair, it Lynne encourages us to donate to the Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to undertake projects that improve health, support education and alleviate poverty in communities in need around the world.  Eradicating polio in the world is one of its major undertakings.
Last year, we as members of this club achieved the following:
Annual Fund donations    $6300US
Polio Plus donations    $4315.11US
100% Foundation Giving (for the second time in two years)
Thank you for your contributions to “Doing Good in the World”.
2016-17 is the 100th anniversary of The Foundation, so Lynne is hoping that we will achieve even more.  The Rotary Club of Parksville AM goals for Foundation for 2016-17 are:
Annual Fund   $4800US (an increase of $100US)
Polio Plus    $1000US (the same as the goal last year)
100% Foundation Giving by members (this would be our third year in a row)
While we do not have specific goals for increasing the number of Paul Harris Fellows in the club, nor the number of multiple Paul Harris Fellows, we will continue to encourage members to make significant donations to the Foundation.  We currently have 21 Paul Harris Fellows amongst our 30 members, and many of those 21 are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows.
Lynne wants to remind us that you can donate in various ways – buying Foundation Bucks, dropping your change in the little white Rotary box, and of course directly.  You can go on line to donate, or you can give the donation to Lynne and she will forward it to the Foundation.   Also a reminder that if you make a lump sum donation of $300 or more, the Club will provide your account with Foundation Recognition Points, to make up the difference in the Canadian and US dollar. 
Lynne looks forward to working with us on this important initiative.
Guest Speaker:
Mark Pelletier – Staff Sergeant RCMP Parksville
Gord Svenson introduced Mark who was kind enough to come and visit our Club as the newest member of our local RCMP detachment.
Mark has (24) years with the RCMP mostly on the Island in Property Crime. He has has worked in Beaver Creek and Whitehorse as well. When he came back to Nanaimo he worked the GI Unit. He was promoted again and landed in Prince George…it’s busy there. When Brian Hunter was promoted and left the detachment Mark was promoted to fill his position here.
Mark does not have a lot of time for thieves, and he will hunt them down. There has been a rash of vehicle theft in the Oceanside area. Please lock your doors! He also asks that you call right away regardless of how small the loss. All calls help them identify criminals patterns. Home camera systems are often useful in helping to identify suspects. There are a lot of transient people landing here and passing through. The RCMP needs to identify these people to see if they have records from other jurisdictions and to get them out of town.
Al interrupted and asked if the RCMP can hold parents responsible for their children’s behavior. It’s a complicated and sometimes crime is ‘all in the family’.
Often criminals cruise in to town on stolen vehicles to see when they can get in our town in a night.
Mark had to run out to get to a call. Steve quickly thanked him for visiting with a Polio Plus certificate. He also thanked him and his colleagues for all their work in keeping us safe and sent him on his way to do his job.
Joke of the Week: Jo has one…the expansion of a local brothel reversed the matter of faith completely…Major Norm followed up with a story about the faithful that became faithless on the road…
Sergeant-at Arms: John O’Brien…he’s going to be quick so we can get on with our day…John is going to quiz us on Karen’s greeting from Driffield…the first table couldn’t remember how big her town is…Ron asked for a translator…Al remembered that she taught Chemistry…and that her Club is 54 years old…Arthur knew that their newest members were in their early 40s…and they support RYLA…we have 21 Paul Harris fellows in our Club…the relationship between the construction of the brothel tied in nicely with our efforts to finish the Vocational Trades Centre in Mexico…Elaine will pay it forward to the Interact Club…there were many welcoming dollars for Karen’s visit…Al had a sad dollar for the passing of John Rockley…Gord is happy for Mark’s visit…Jo is happy that we are supporting the Vocational Trades Centre…Arthur had a happy dollar for Gord’s efforts in getting interesting speakers to come out to our Club…Karen had a happy dollar for our Foundation efforts and informed us they have (2) members that go to India every year to vaccinate children…Elaine is happy for the start of school…and for our Interact Club of 25-30 members…and for Coat’s for Kids stay tuned…Ken is happy for 20mm of rain…Ken Neden is happy to see us and will stick around for Rose orders…Bashir is sad to have missed last week’s meeting…but happy to make one up with the Parksville Club…Ray wants to invite us down to Mexico in February…Don G. is happy to have met past Exchange Student Lindsey Aikman who may come to one of our meetings in the future…and a happy dollar for Karen’s ‘ai’…Diana is happy for Gord and Ken because she has a great read recommended by Ken on hobby day…Diana encourages members to support the Sunrise Club by buying roses…and for Don G. for taking on the position of PR Chair…and reminds us the PR is up to the whole membership…
Birthdays: None
Anniversaries: Margaret & Bob Barclay – September  21
Next Week’s Meeting: Club Assembly – Executive Meeting & Member Input
Update: Karen Dow sent Cara lovely message and she would like to pass on to the membership:
“We are just about to set off for Vancouver to fly home tonight but I wanted to thank you for such a delightful visit to Parksville AM Rotary yesterday. I had such a good time and it was lovely to meet you all. I also had a fascinating visit to the school with Diana at lunchtime and that was an unexpected, but very great, pleasure. I will take all my experiences back to my club and hope to set up some links with the school and young people in our area.
I hope that you will pass on my best wishes to your members and please tell them that they are more than welcome in Yorkshire and I would be thrilled to introduce any of them to my colleagues.”

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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