Governor's Message
Rotary has identified a theme for each month to highlight the wide range of Rotary’s good work and provide Clubs some suggestions, timing, and guidance for their programs and activities. It is an honor to serve as District Governor and have the opportunity to shine a light on District 5050 Rotarians and Rotaractors who live lives of Service Above Self. The theme messages this year will be written by and about some of these folks.

This is the May 2021 edition of the Peace Arch Journal. Thank you to everyone who helped provide content for this issue. If you want your Club program, initiative, fundraiser and success story to be seen by the entire District (and our friends outside of the District), then send us the information! With graphics or photos. And, please make sure you identify everyone in the photos.
With this being Youth Services Month, many Clubs will be awarding scholarships for college, university and vocational/technical education programs for graduating high school seniors this month. I ask that you share those presentations with us. For many of us, this is a highlight of the Rotary Year. I know of one person who specifically joined her Club because her daughter received a scholarship. Now that proud mom will be her Club's President come 1 July! Now you know of one story that has had a positive impact. I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of stories like this. Sometimes though, we will never know the impact we will have on a young person's life because of our investment in the youth programs of our communities or Rotary.
Speaking of Rotary youth programs, RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - is on for this year! Over two weekends in June, participants will get together virtually and learn about making a difference in their communities from those that walk the talk. See the article below for more information.
Also, even though Youth Exchanges are on hold--for now, the work of preparing current students has not stopped. A HUGE thank you to the District Youth Exchange Committee for all of the work that they do to engage Clubs in the program, find students for outbound exchanges and homes for inbound students. This takes yeoman efforts on many people's parts to make it happen. YOU can be part of the fun and help out by either, spearheading your Club's Exchange program and/or sponsoring an outbound and/or inbound student. The Committee is hosting an informational webinar on 12 May. Click this link to register NOW!
Also happening this month is our District Conference - Windows of Opportunity. Make sure you are registered for both days, 14 & 15 May. Has your Club developed a presentation for the House of Friendship? Well, why not? Promote all the good you are doing in your Communities!
Word on the, net, is that last month's Club Training Fiesta was a huge success. Thank you to all of the presenters, session hosts and PDG Rod Thomson for putting all of it together. You can view the sessions at the District YouTube channel. Make sure to check back as more session from last month will be added as soon as they are ready.
See you at the Conference!
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

2021 District Conference
All Rotarians of the District are encouraged to attend this year's Conference - Windows of Opportunity. Click here for complete Conference information and to register. On the opening evening we will hear from Indigenous Peoples Storytellers Dallas Yellowfly and Alyshia Collie. After that Linda McGowan will share her success as an Accessibility Advocate and World Adventure Traveler.
On Saturday presenters include Rwandan refugee and Rotary Peace Scholar Marie-Paule Attema, PRIVP Dean Rohrs is representing RI President Holger. and Chad Shipmaker, Rotary Youth Exchange Student, GSE Team Member and Peace Fellow. Don't forget the ever popular House of Friendship. See article below for more information on this.

Conference House of Friendship

RYLA 2021 Is Happening
19, 20, 26 & 27 June (4-Day Event)
Young Adults 18 - 30 in Rotary District 5050 are eligible to apply
Do you or your Club want to get involved but don't know how?

Youth Exchange Program Update
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the International Rotary Youth Exchange Program is on pause until June 2022 for active exchanges, but that doesn’t mean your Club and District Youth Exchange programs aren’t hard at work, gearing up for a strong return in 2022!
In fact, District 5050’s Youth Exchange Committee is building the program for the coming year, looking for more of our District Clubs to participate. Over the last few years, about 15-18 Clubs in the District have participated serving an average of 40 inbound and outbound students in a given year between our long-term and short-term exchange programs.
Because each active student exchange in our long-term exchange program is actually a three-year cycle (preparation year, active exchange, and return year), although active exchanges cannot resume until 2022, the District Youth Exchange Committee is working with Clubs on their outbound student recruits for the 2022-2023 school year. Recruiting of students occurs in September-November for the following year which means we are just a few short months away from needing to fill those spots!
We are also using this time to reconnect with our ROTEX (our returned outbound students) and building strong connections. When our students return from Exchange, they understand more about Rotary’s impact on an international level; they have lived it; they are ready to give back to their sponsor Club and community, and they are our future Rotarians! It is investing in our youth that will keep Rotary vibrant for years to come.
The District 5050 Youth Exchange Committee will be sending out information via mail to Clubs with information on both our long-term and short-term exchange programs as this is a great time to begin thinking about your Club’s role in the program.
We also invite you to attend our information session on Zoom in which we will lay out the components of the program, explain the roles of the District and the Club, review the financials, and illustrate how this program can build your Club membership:
Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
If you have questions, please contact Felicity Dye, District 5050 Youth Exchange Program Chair by email or telephone at 360 815 3199.

District 5050 Clubs
Arlington        Dave Duskin
On Thursday, 29 April, the Rotary Club of Arlington held its first in person meeting in 412 days adhering to all Covid-19 restrictions! It was a hybrid meeting so that those members who did not feel comfortable attending in-person joined the meeting using the Zoom online meeting platform. Below is the Club’s tech expert Paul Abramowicz. You can see on the large projector screen those who joined the meeting on Zoom. The in-house audio was shared online, and a camera was set up so that those online could see those at the Centennial Bar and Grill in downtown Arlington. For Clubs looking to use a hybrid meeting to transition to in-person meetings, the Rotary Club of Arlington has shared a diagram with a narrative. The District’s Communications Committee also can provide answers to technical questions. Email Committee Chair Dave Duskin for more information. Click here to see the diagram and narrative.
Paul Abramowicz

Coquitlam         Brooke Lewis
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam has laced up the sneakers and has started warming up for their Rotary Rush Fundraiser, a virtual walk/run challenge to be hosted over the month of May.  The event made headlines in the Tri-City Newspaper this week for encouraging movement to help with physical and emotional well-being during times of isolation and disconnection.  Registrants will be starting their challenges May 1st and fundraising will continue until the end of May.  If you would like to help support the event through a donation or sponsorship, we encourage you to connect with us by visiting

Paul Zelinski, Jim Lane, Chris Boyd, Brooke Lewis and Josephine Tsen

White Rock         Fred Wikens

Left to Right: George Garrett, Darryl Swallow, Joan Apel, and Bert Coates garden clean up at White Rock Hospice; Jack Rae, Fred Wickens and Ron Compton tree planting in Ocean Park; Winston Conners and Family trekking in the mountains; Don Jones the water wand wizard; Cabbage Head Fred Wickens; Joan Apel's flowers; Irene Dahl's nature walk; Russ Clinton's trees in Glenross Forest New Zealand and Ian Lagasse the Tree Whisperer.
Upcoming Club Events
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   Rotary Rush, 1-31 May 2021

Rotary Club of Port Moody
   Shred-A-Thon, 5 June 2021
Introducing the PolioPlus Society
PolioPlus Society
A great opportunity to do good in the world.
This Society is a District 5050 program to promote individual giving to the PolioPlus Fund. 
To belong, you commit to donating $100 USD or more per year and pledge to do so until polio is completely eradicated. It is as simple as that!
For your pledge, you will receive a District 5050 PolioPlus Society pin, and an exclusive, much revered, collectable, frameable certificate. Your membership pin and certificate will be mailed to your Club President for presentation at a Club Meeting. We want to make sure you are recognized for your commitment to polio eradication.
We cannot express how important it is to keep funding the polio eradication program. It has been a long battle, but we need to finish the job. In 1985 we promised the children of the world that we would eradicate this devastating disease of Polio from the face of the earth. Rotarians are people of integrity and we keep our promises.
Of course, all donations will receive a 2 to 1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation making this an even better opportunity, as well as receiving Paul Harris recognition points for your donation. Plus, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
As a member of the Society, you pledge to donate a minimum of $100 USD each year until the world is certified polio free by the World Health Organization.
To become a member, go online at under featured causes, select the Polio Fund. Click on recurring donation and make it annually for $100 USD or more.
To receive your pin and certificate, fill in the PolioPlus Society pledge form that can be accessed by clicking HERE.
2021 International Convention
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon. Here’s what you need to know now:

Convention, pre-convention, and ticket refunds

RI will automatically cancel and refund all existing registrations. This includes purchases made for Rotaract, Youth Exchange, and Intercountry Committees preconvention events, and ticketed meal events.

We kindly ask that you NOT contact RI Registration to inquire about registration, ticket, or housing cancellations as they work diligently to inform all attendees and process cancellations and refunds. Those who had already canceled prior to today will receive a refund of the $50 processing fee. 

Host Organization Committee (HOC) ticketed event registrations

The HOC event ticket fees will be refunded by the Taipei HOC. For more information, please visit

Hotel rooms

No action is required from those attendees who made accommodations secured within Rotary’s official housing block. Maritz, formerly Experient and Rotary’s official housing partner, will contact those who currently have rooms secured with the cancellation details. Others who have secured group room blocks and made a full or partial payment will receive a follow-up communication and instructions on receiving a refund. 

We will post more details as they become available.

Peace Arch Journal
Carol Tichelman
District Governor
This monthly publication is a service to District Club Officers and members. It is intended as a source of news and opinion from throughout the district.
The mission of the Peace Arch Journal is to promote communication, understanding, fellowship and fun beyond club meetings, in a manner complementary to shared efforts at placing Service Above Self.
Please send articles and news with or without pictures attached to emails. Photographs are always a plus! Note that the editor appreciates conservation of space in order to meet the sender’s needs and the editor’s time.
The deadline is the 23rd of the month.
Address any and all information to the Peace Arch Journal Editor.
James Monroe
Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, WA
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