August is Membership Month
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.

Connection is the Key
Members do come and go in Rotary but many of them stay! If you ask them why they stay, regardless of why they joined in the first place, these Rotarians will likely tell you that it is because of the people…..their “connection” with other Rotarians.
During this month of August when the Rotary world focuses upon Membership, we need to keep this “C word” in mind, along with other words which echo connection such as communication, consultation, collaboration and community.
PDG Sean Hogan is fond of saying that the secrets to healthy membership in any Rotary club are “socializing and service.”
Rotary has become creative in its quest to grow its numbers. Theme or special interest clubs have been generated as have Satellite and Passport Clubs. Rotarians of existing clubs are also encouraged to retain their current members while welcoming new ones.
There has always been a focus on searching for and finding suitable folks to join Rotary. I must say I twitch when I see clubs “advertising for members.” Immediate RI Past President Holger Knaack has spoken about doing research and making sure a prospective member is a good fit before welcoming him or her into a club. This approach seems to work well, as his own club and others in his home country of Germany see very little turnover of members.
We do need to tell people in our communities about who we are and what we do. It is very easy to have a little take away information about our seven areas of focus at our local service events.
I think we should all be Rotary Secret Shoppers and observe the professionals, business people or community oriented friends in our community. Many are Rotarians and don’t know it because they naturally build good will and friendships and do things beneficial to all. If possible, invite them to join you at a meeting or a service project, no strings attached.
When visitors come to our meetings, they will observe us closely and if we are connected to each other and to them as guests, they will feel like coming back again. Kristi Govertsen used to say (and probably still does) “you don’t ask someone to marry you on the first date.” To add to this, it may take several “no-pressure” encounters for a friend or colleague to show interest in becoming involved in Rotary.
In the world of psychology, various forms of therapy have been developed. Questions have been asked about what combination of these therapies make for the best outcomes for clients. Researchers looked at the different types of therapy, the education of the therapists and their years of experience. The result surprised them. None of the areas they investigated were determinants of success!
The key factor for success was the “quality of the relationship between client and therapist.”
In Rotary, I believe the best guarantee of club health and effectiveness is the connection between its members. Thankfully, Covid is settling down so that we can again meet in person and strengthen our bonds through hands-on service and the social interactions that take place through these encounters.

This is the August 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.
Many of you are aware of the devastating fires that have affected the Lytton, BC area. Our District has stepped up to help in a big way. District HIP Coordinator Linda Mross has been designated the official District 5050 contact and coordinator for all activities associated with the Lytton area fires and recovery. Please contact Linda for information about volunteer opportunities and providing financial assistance. Read Linda Mross' article below about one of the ways we have provided help.
Registration is now open for the 2022 District Celebration in May. See the article below for more information and the link to register!
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving to Action
As the district’s DEI Working Group nears the end of  its first year of existence, we are seeking more input and more members. It is time for us to act with the goal of having more inclusive Clubs promoting the ideals and policies of Rotary. The  DEI Working Group is renamed as the  DEI Action Group. If you are interested in working on these issues with us or want more information, please contact PDG Lindagene Coyle. Also, see the DEI resources under ABOUT US on the district website.
In June 2021 the Rotary International Board of Directors  strengthened  Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion adopted:
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
The Board of Directors convened the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce in 2020 and tasked it with assessing the current state of DEI within Rotary and developing a comprehensive plan of action with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary. This plan is currently in development and will be presented to the Board of Directors in October 2021.
Additionally, the Board agreed to:
  • Provide DEI training for incoming, current, and past RI officers
  • Promote the Rotary Code of Conduct
  • Establish protocols to report Code of Conduct violations
More information about these decisions, and our ongoing focus on DEI, will be available on the Rotary DEI website in the coming weeks.
The Board thanked the taskforce for its ongoing commitment to creating a more just, open, and welcoming Rotary experience during this past year. The taskforce's work is critical to the organization's long-term success. The Board also extended the work of the DEI Taskforce through June 2023.
If you witness or experience someone acting in a way that violates Rotary's DEI statement, email
District 5050 Clubs
Sedro-Woolley         Ruth Richardson
The late Pat Janicki always said, ‘You’ve gotta make fun happen.”

As the youngest of five and a third generation Sedro-Woolley Rotarian, Janicki often said when it was his turn to choose a local project, he wanted to build a playground at the playfields where he spent hours upon hours watching his older siblings play baseball, softball and soccer. When Pat passed away after a drug overdose, the Janicki family rallied to make his dream a reality. Their goal: A place for younger siblings at the local playfields as well as a venue to share Pat’s story. His family hopes that will save someone else’s life.

His sister and fellow Rotarian, Stephanie Bachmeier, said the family’s hope is to change public perception and policies so that people who battle addiction can get the help they need.

The Rotary Club raised more than $177,000 for the inclusive playground. Club members helped assemble the large playground structure, build concrete pads for the equipment and spread wood chips for safety. The playground is both accessible and inclusive for children in a wheelchair. The train has a railroad-crossing sign that can be cranked to create lights and sounds. Mini seated excavators will help children discover “fossils” that are buried under sand.

The Club is continuing fundraising efforts to install a rubberized hardened surface throughout the entire play area, making more features accessible.

The Club is hosting a grand opening ceremony starting at 3 pm August 14th. Food, music and fun is sure to be had by all.
Chilliwack, Chilliwack Fraser, Coquitlam and Langley Central         Linda Mross, District 5050 HIP Coordinator
On July 15th, a team of Rotarian volunteers - Andy Brown of the Chilliwack Fraser Club, Andrew Crosbie of the Chilliwack Club, Gurp Sohi of the Coquitlam Club and Iqbal Sanghera of the Langley Central Club  drove up to Siska First Nations which is 12 Kms south of Lytton, BC. Together, they helped sort and organize the donations that had come in from all over the Valley. This team along with Linda Mross, worked well together. The guys showed their best domestic skills and worked from 9 am - 3 pm, with one small break, folding and organizing clothes. They were also able to go through the donated household items and get them re-boxed and organized for future use. They were so appreciative!
Siska has a small store they have put together to accommodate other First Nation Communities in the area and will be needing more help. With the weather not changing and staying hot, the Canyon area will be a concern with wildfires and transporting goods to them. Linda will be heading up again in the next while and is hoping for Rotary's help with donations.
Siska contacted Linda later that day and thanked Rotary for their hard work and really hopes to work with us in the future. 

Lake Stevens        
This is actually about the son of Rotarian James Monroe. Jamie Monroe, 26, grew up knowing his dad was a Rotarian. The Club sponsors the Cub Scout Pack that Jamie started his Scouting career in. That "career" led Jamie to be involved in the Explorer Scouting program of the Snohomish Fire District #4 Fire Science program. This was one of the springboards that convinced Jamie to become a firefighter. He is now in his fourth year with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue.
Jamie also loves riding his bicycle. And this month he is on a 40 day journey from Santa Monica Pier to Ground Zero in New York City for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with 14 other active and retired firefighters from across the west coast as part of the 2021 Ride for America. The 3,300 mile route will take them via Oklahoma City, OK, Shanksville, PA and the Pentagon. They are raising money for four different organizations: San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation, Friends of Firefighters, The Fire Family Foundation and The Gary Sinise - RISE Program.
In a recent interview, Jamie shared that for him it's personal. His "dad lost a friend in The Towers." He added "that over 2,900 people died that day including 343 firefighters in the Towers alone, however, since then more than 400 firefighters have died post-9/11 due to cancers and other illnesses."
This is a fine example of Serving to Change Lives. We salute all of the riders and wish them well on their journey. Thank you Jamie for making a difference every day and supporting your peers in this way. You may never know the affect that this effort will have on current and future firefighters.
You can follow Jamie and the group at Fire Velo, Fire Velo at Facebook and other social media platforms.
Upcoming Club Events
Rotary Club of South Whidbey
Rotary Club of South Whidbey
     Concert Fundraiser, 18 August 2021
District Celebration
Join us for the District Celebration (not a conference!!) at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington 13-15 May 2022. Come early for fun activities during the day on Friday and the annual Rotary Foundation dinner with Guest Speaker Dean Rohrs (separate registration details to follow). Our Celebration, “Rotary Connects Changemakers” is on Saturday and Sunday with presentations by the inspirational Jordan Harrison and the founder of Days for Girls Celeste Mergens. You won’t want to miss the exciting International Bazaar, or the Saturday evening gala entertainment by the Killer Keyz Dueling Pianos. Pack your casual beach attire and celebrate being together again with your Rotary friends. Registration is now open at the District 5050 website.
Peace Arch Journal
This monthly publication is a service to District Members and Friends. 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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