Upcoming Events
  • 50/50 Ticket Sales
    Craig Street, Quality Foods, Save-On Foods
    Jun 14, 2016 8:00 AM –
    Aug 30, 2016 12:00 PM
  • 50/50 Draw
    The Beach Club Resort
    Sep 07, 2016
    7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
August 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
Hollie Quiring – Mortgage Specialist, Royal Bank of Canada
Steve Hoodspith, Financial Planner, Royal Bank of Canada
District Governor: On August 24, 2016 our District Governor Joanne Croghan (Bainbridge Island) will be visiting our Club. President Norm would like to see as many members in attendance as possible. The 2016-17 Executive will meet with Joanne right after our regular meeting. If you are on the Executive and cannot make the meeting please email Major Norm a brief summary of your goals and objectives for the year.
50/50 Ticket Sales: Sales are doing great. Gord Svenson’s tips from last week have sunk in. Be enthusiastic! Markus asked people of they would like to make $10,000 tax free dollars…it seems to work.
50/50 Sales at the Craig Street Market (photo courtesy of Bashir El-Khalafawi)
Sunriser: Cara will not be able to do a Sunriser for the last (2) Wednesdays of August (the 24th and the 31st). Duty Rosters for these meetings will both be sent out beforehand. If you need to communicate with the Club please use your Clubrunner email service.
Beach Fest: Our last shift is this Saturday, August 20 from 8:45AM – 1:00PM. Helen, Elaine, Rob and Markus are scheduled with Carter and Emmanuel.
Rotary Club of Parksville AM Hats: Lynne had (3) Rotary Club of Parksville AM hats left for sale for $10. All (3) have been sold and funds will be donated to the Foundation.
Rotary Business Cards: Bruce has been doing some investigating. For $150 we can get 1000 generic cards done up here in town. Elaine wanted to put it off for a week to think about it. Helen suggested also asking Parks West as the owner Kevin Kinnear is a prospective member. President Norm would like to keep it local. We will give it another (2) weeks before making a decision.
Soup Kitchen On-Call: Major Norm circulated a sign up sheet for members to be ‘on-call’ for soup kitchen duties. This is not a scheduled commitment, but just a list of potential volunteers for when they are short staffed.
Club Picnic at Rathtrevor: Gord Svenson wanted to thank the few members that showed up. It was a lovely gathering but he does realize that we were overbooked as a Club that day. He asked for a show of hands to see if we would be interested in doing it next year if we can schedule our other commitments around it. Almost everyone in the room was supportive so he will book the picnic shelter again for next August.
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Elaine Young – Individual Serving (The Rotarian)
As Rotarians caring for others brings us purpose, meaning and a sense of belonging that is good for your mental health and self-esteem.
Gratitude works the same way. About 10 years ago Elaine took it on ‘gratitude’ as her word for the year. She never used negative comments, thoughts attitudes when speaking or interacting with the people around her.
It is proven that being positive improves sleep, positively affects self-esteem and self worth, is good for our immune system, careers and emotional wellbeing.
She encourages everyone to express gratitude to those you love.
Guest Speaker:
Jo Dunn – Classification Talk
Gord Svenson introduced Jo. Jo grew up in Victoria and graduated from UVic with a degree in Economics and Finance. He finished school at a time when jobs were plentiful. At a recruitment fair at the school he was offered (5) jobs. He decided to take a job with MacMillan Blodel in Port Alberni. It was a culture shock for him and wasn’t really where he wanted to be.
He moved on to the Hudson Bay company for a year. When he returned from his first buying trip all of the management had been cleaned out. He was getting married in (2) months and wasn’t sure if this was a good place to stay either.
At a dinner party he was offered a 2-month contract with BC Tel and he ended up staying with them for (35) years. He started in Victoria, then to Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna and Terrace where he met Bruce Huxtable. They both moved back to the lower mainland at the same time in ‘75 and their first children were born (4) days apart.
At that time BC Tel was a monopoly. There was a relatively small population in BC. They put service into all the First Nations villages. Radio and TV had come before. The introduction of this technology completely changed their culture. Dance, story telling and music stopped while families stayed home to watch TV. When bringing in the telephone there was backlash from the Elders believing this would be another negative impact on their communities. BC Tel was responsible for the introduction on Haida Gwaii where all of the technologies were tested and researched. They ended up getting all of the newest and latest technology. Often they were so far ahead that they couldn’t actually communicate with the mainland.
Back in Vancouver the company was regulated and interfaced with the CRTC. Jo travelled to Ottawa a lot. The CRTC are the epitome of bureaucrats sitting in a cubicle trying to understand relationships between the corporation and (27) rural communities.
From there he went on to marketing and was responsible for creating and selling service packages for long distance service. Long distance was (65) percent of BC Tel revenue at the time. Now it is essentially free. Cellular technology is eroding these companies. 80 percent of Canadians have wireless connections. The whole business is based on data, imaging, TV and cellular. This all started in about 1984 with the giant cell phones we can all remember that were good for nothing.
When BC Tel became Telus they aggressively went toward cellular. As this technology evolved competition started to occur. The cultural change was amazing. If a customer left and went to another company there was serious personal offence taken. A lot of people couldn’t handle the change and had to be let go.
A national service development company was developed to address the differences culturally, economically and environmentally in all the different areas across Canada. Jo went to this company for a year. He went back to BC Tel and after spending a year putting a national company together; he spent 2 years taking it apart. This was a very complicated process and ended (12) years ago. Jo was then offered another position doing the same thing within BC Tel. This is when he retired. He believes he had a very interesting career. It was a good company and overall a good experience.
Thank you Jo for stepping up last minute and giving us a very interesting and insightful presentation.
Joke of the Week: Markus Knab…has a fishing joke…but it wasn’t about catching fish…
Sergeant-at Arms: Helen is back and better than ever with glasses on her head instead of on her eyes!...Al was late…Markus paid to leave early…Steve of course had to donate and offered up half…Elaine forgot to stand…Major President Norm has to get our names straight…in the PQB News the RBC of Parksville and Ducks Unlimited cleared invasive species in the Englishman River…RBC donated $2000 to Ducks Unlimited…Todd Stone is the Minister for MOT…golf carts are now allowed on the roads of Qualicum Beach at 30km per hour…the 6 requirements are: license, plates, insurance, seatbelt, horn, lights, signals and a rear view mirror…The Elks Club donated $500 towards an ultrasound machine…B2B awarded their scholarship to Julianna Cook…RI has changed the requirements for membership…Clubs can reduce meetings to 2x per month…alternative membership types like a corporate membership where a company can have more than one person attend and participate have also been introduced…the per capita dues for RI membership in 2017 is $60 US and will increase to $68 in 2018…Helen is happy about having perfect distance vision…lots of happy dollars for Elaine and Jo’s presentations…Bashir is happy about his month in the Czech Republic…he’s not happy about his car dying on his way into the Beach Club this morning…Al is happy about deregulation…but Jo mixed up the Maritimes with the Atlantic provinces…Rob is happy about the fishing joke and our guests…Elaine was happy to be back on Gabriola Island for 9 days…but is happy to be back in Parksville…Lynne had a happy dollar for the small but lovely picnic on Saturday…and she’s off to Ontario for a headstone dedication for her son…Don has gratitude for our Club…Garry had a sad dollar for 2 new cases of polio in Nigeria…but a happy dollar for high jump gold…Gord is happy that Jo stood up for us this morning…Jo is happy that the price of telecommunications went down…and for only having a day to prepare for his presentation….Gord will book the picnic shelter again for next year…we were really busy this Summer, but we’ll try to plan better so we don’t have so many conflicts…
Birthdays: Gord Svenson – August 20, Diana Matsuda – August 21
Anniversaries: None
Next Week’s Meeting: District 5020 Governor Joanne Croghan

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:
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Rotary Club of Parksville AM, P.O. Box 132, Station Main, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2G3, Email us