Posted on Nov 30, 2019
 
Rotarian Bashir El-Khalafawi rings the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.  This is an annual commitment for the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and this year, Club members will cover 20 shifts, thus assisting the Salvation Army in reaching its goal and helping so many in our community. 

This year, the Salvation Army has embraced technology to enable donations using credit or debit cards.  So please give generously when you see one of the bell ringers who are giving of their time to stand out in the cold for the benefit of those in need in our community.
 
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Posted on Nov 28, 2019
 
The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures that local children and youth experience the magic of Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience joy and dignity over the holidays.  This year marks the 11th year of the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, the biggest toy drive of its kind on Vancouver Island.

Over the years, the event has brought in close to 13,950 toys and over $67,500 in donations for the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program.
Guests bring a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation and receive a free buffet breakfast at the resort. At this year's event, a total 1,813 toys were donated and $13,619.25 raised.

Shown above are a few of the many Parksville AM Rotarians who support this program every year, congregating at the Tigh-Na-Mara for breakfast and camaraderie in support of a worthy cause.
Rotarians Support SOS Toy Drive 2019-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
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Fundraising is an important activity for all Rotary clubs, as it takes money to be able to carry out humanitarian projects in our local communities and throughout the world.
 
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Posted on Nov 14, 2019
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Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
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Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Interact is a service club for youth ages 12 to 18 who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their communities and learning about the world. Clubs, which meet at least twice a month, are sponsored by local Rotary clubs. Interact clubs organize two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Members of sponsoring Rotary clubs mentor Interactors as they carry out the projects and develop leadership skills.
 
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is proud of its sponsorship of the Ballenas Interact Club in 2014.  Since then its members have exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to making a difference in our local community and internationally.
The following overview was prepared by 2018-19 Ballenas Interact President, Casey Reumkens:
 
What is Ballenas Interact Club?

Ballenas Interact Club focuses on local and international initiatives. Their motto is service above self because volunteering time is more meaningful than what money can buy. Service above self truly means putting others needs above your own, noticing what needs fixing and volunteering to fix it. The club uses creative methods to raise money for important causes, and many of their causes affect either the students at Ballenas or the city of Parksville.

Local Initiatives
Some initiatives include the annual collection of non-perishable food items, unused toiletries, and warm clothing for the cause called Halloween for Homelessness.  Many people in our city battle homelessness and cannot afford these commodities we take for granted; this initiative ensures warmth and comfort through the cold fall and winter season.

Another annual cause is the spring cleaning garage sale. This year, the garage sale raised money for a set or two of bleachers for our football field. Currently, the only way to view sports on the field is by standing or sitting on the uncomfortable damp field. This viewing method simply is not feasible for parents, grandparents and students trying to support Ballenas athletics.  By coming together and donating to this cause the Interact Club can reach this goal before the end of this school year. 

While fundraisers are a great way to contribute to your community, volunteering can be just as rewarding, if not even more rewarding than donating.

Another cherished local cause is when the group meets at Arrowsmith Lodge (a local old folks home) and they volunteer their time to keep the residents company. The students are helping the residents, but are gaining life experiences and skills in return. There is no better way to learn about life than from those with so much valuable life experience.

International initiatives
Last year an initiative based around lending money to people in developing countries was born. Using an online international non-profit website called Kiva loans, the  Interact Club was able to use fund raised money to contribute to people in need. This initiative is an ongoing project because when your loan is paid back, the cycle restarts and the money is continually loan to those in need.

Other international initiatives are continually being developed as the years progress or specific developing countries are in need of relief.  While the Interact Club has a majority of local initiatives, they still try and spread the money raised equally.
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Posted on Oct 03, 2018
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While Rotarians are often known and recognized for their work on Rotary projects, many of our members work locally over and above their Rotary activities. Below is a listing of only some of the numerous organization that members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM have devoted hours of volunteer time to support.  Need something done in the community - involve a Rotarian!



Forward House Society

Home owner Strata organizations and councils 

100 Women Who Care

Career Centre Advisory Committee

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association

Parksville Downtown Business Association

Salvation Army (Soup Kitchen and Christmas Kettles Program)

Oceanside Community Safety Volunteer

Oceanside Victim Services Society

Chamber of Commerce

Oceanside Community Policing

Qualicum Cat Rescue

ToastmasterTtreasurer

Disaster Aid and Soap for Hope programs

PGOSA and Parksville Panters

Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers

Live Different

Woodwinds Pass alternate school

Habitat for Humanity

Revenue Canada's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

 

Rotarians are people of action and together, we do inspire.
 

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Posted on Aug 28, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Parksville AM would like to thank everyone who supported this amazing event.
 
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