Upcoming Events
December 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
Joe Forsythe – Guest Speaker
Eighth Annual Toy Drive: On November 30th our regular meeting will be relocated to Tigh-na-Mara Eighth Annual Toy Drive in support of the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program. Bring an unwrapped gift and get a free breakfast. Go here for more information: http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/resort/toy-drive-2016.htm
Christmas Kettles: Well done Rotarians! All of the positions have been filled but if you can be an ‘on-call spare’ let Jo know.
Salvation Army Fire Department Food Drive: The firefighters collected 37,940 lbs of food from Parksville, 2,000 lbs form Hilliers, 13,582 lbs from Qualicum Beach, and a couple hundred lbs from Errington. There was also a sizable amount of monetary donations as well. This is the best year yet and the Salvation Army is grateful for all of the contributions.
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Lynne Pearson – The Rotary Foundation
November is Rotary Foundation month, and this year is the 100th anniversary on the establishment of The Rotary Foundation.
It is interesting to note that in this 100th year, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the US, has given The Rotary Foundation the highest possible score – the maximum 100 points for both financial health, and accountability and transparency.
The rating reflects how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation uses donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
The Rotary Foundation’s previous rating was 97.
There are people in the world who have needs, and there are people in the world who have resources.  We Rotarians are the trustworthy link between these two groups of people.  The rating confirms this.
Please consider giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Lynne also wants to remind you of Bashir’s offer to match any contribution of $300 made in November. He would do this with his Foundation Recognition Points, which are worth 300 American dollars.   Two matches have been made already.  Please take Bashir up on his offer.
The end of the tax year is coming up.  If you are considering donations you might make, please think about Charity Navigator’s view of how efficiently Rotary spends donations.
If a large donation is not of interest, please consider making a donation of $26.50, as Elaine did last week.  This was the amount of the first donation to the Rotary Foundation, 100 years ago.  During this 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, why not donate this amount in honour of your birthday?
Guest Speaker:
Joe Forsythe – Geneology
Gord introduced our guest speaker. Joe moved out here from Alberta in 2007. He was an Assistant Deputy Minister for the Alberta Government. Joe thanked us for breakfast. Bruce Huxtable has spoken extensively to him about Rotary and he is quite impressed.
Joe got started in family history because of his wife. Her maiden name and his mother’s maiden name is Applebee. Now that he looks back he never met any of his Applebee relatives. He credits this to his grandfather who confirmed the suspicions that he was a very nasty man over time.
Once he got married he discovered that his mother and wife had not met any Applebees either. He decided he was going to find out how they were related. The three key starting points for genealogy are:
1: Take a course
2. Join a society (The Qualicum Beach Family History society meets once a month, go here for their website: http://www.qbfhs.ca)
3. Talk to people
Most of Joe’s relatives had died before he got started which was a downfall and a regret. So start talking to all of your relatives knowing that 50% of the stories are lies or they won’t tell you anything because it’s a secret. Many things that are acceptable today were absolute taboos in the past. The Applebee project in Italy started out with a DNA test that proved that they have relatives in France. His wife was able to find many relatives and soon the found that they are related (24) generations back!
It’s not about how far back you can go, it’s more about finding out what the people did. He found a lot out about mining and agriculture in the early 19th century. He found that it wasn’t very different from how he lived when he was a kid having to run outside to the bathroom and having no electricity or running water and living in (2) rooms with a large family. There wasn’t a lot of privacy back them.
Joe has been at it for about 20 years. The Qualicum Beach Society has a speaker twice a month. The Church of Latter Day Saints is open any time to help you get started. Back when he started it was paper, microfiche and microfilm searches. Now hundreds of thousands of documents are being added to the top 3 websites in the world. The MyHeritage.com website is Mormon based and is the largest by far: https://www.myheritage.com. They have a ‘wiki’ page that helps you navigate the process and it’s free. Ancestry.com is $300 per year and is good for Canadian and US records but there transcription isn’t great: http://www.ancestry.ca. FindMyPast.com has international sites and cost a bit less $230 per year for global records: http://www.findmypast.com. All (3) sites will let you put your family tree up.
Joe warns not to believe everything you see in someone else’s family tree. It is likely they haven’t researched it and have likely copied it from someone else’s.
Joe published a story about a WWI soldier titled ‘Everybody Lies’. The story chronicles the life of George Barris who was second son of a coalminer in Northumberland. Through a series of ‘lies’ that started with lying about where he was born Joe followed Barris through history. He and his wife eventually landed in Nanaimo, but Geroge didn’t stop there. In the end, after some sleuthing Joe found that he and his OTHER wife and child resided in the US. The story itself isn’t all that remarkable, but what is remarkable is how even through the lies Joe was able to track Barris’ life in detail.
The 13th century is the farthest back you would be able to go. If the person or family in question is 1. Nobility, 2. Owned land or 3. Was a criminal you can go back to the middle ages with this information. Anything before 1550 is iffy.
Garry Cox had the experience of researching someone that may have lied about their age to get in to service. Joe noted that this was really common but they usually keep the same day and month. Canadian service records are all available in the Library and Archives Canada website, they are up to G’s now: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca.
Diana presented Joe with a polio plus certificate and thanked him for his presentation. It sounds like there are a lot of interesting stories and ‘lies’ in the room.
The Salvation Army has  a family tracing department for members that have lost contact with family for various reasons. The goal is reconciliation. They just reunited a family after 50 years.
Gord mentioned the genealogy presentation to one of his technicians and found the he is a fan of this hobby. He has traced his Icelandic heritage back to the 9th century! He also has subscribed to 23andMe ( hRps://www.23andme.com/en-ca/ ). They will take a sample of your saliva, do a DNA analysis and then send you a profile of where your genetics come from. He showed Gord his genetic history (proliferation) on a world map; very interesting.
Joke of the Week: Jo Dunn has an Irish joke…of course it entails choosing drink over nourishment…
Sergeant-at Arms: John O’Brien is up today…the word of the day is ‘Irish’…it’s the honour system for standing at attention…today’s quiz is ‘Know Your Rotarian’…if you shout it’s an automatic $5 fine…you will be asked if you know a fellow Rotarian’s pet and get bonus points for it’s name…Major Norm has a cat named Kitty…Rob has a dog named Lady Isabella (Izzy)…Cara has (2) dogs named Luke and Leia…
Diana has a dog named Zorro…Ray has a dog named Tiko…Helen is happy that the Westjet flight to Terrace that had to be diverted landed safely…Ian is happy for the repainting of the bridge from Bashir’s yellow car…Tracy is frustrated for Greg’s back…and happy for their kids football team making 2nd place on the Island…there were happy dollars for our speaker…and Lynne is happy that two weeks ago in November their crops finally got off…Bashir is happy for his ICBC cheque…and for his new car from Parksville Chrysler…Bob is happy for India’s film ‘The Lunch Box’ who have delivered over 100 million meals with a 99.9% rating of accuracy with no technology…John is happy for the dumpster divers hitting $4000…thanks team!
Birthdays: None
Anniversaries: Massey & Diana Matsuda – November 23, Bill & Kay Burgoyne – November 27.
Next Week’s Meeting: Eighth Annual Toy Drive at Tigh-na-Mara, bring an unwrapped gift and get a free breakfast.
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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