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 April 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.
This year's Club Training Fiesta kicked off with an overview session hosted by PDG Rod Thomson, District Trainer. The event included a keynote presentation by Kent Keith on Servant Leadership. You can watch the presentation at our District YouTube Channel (see link below). Mitty Chang is returning to our District and will facilitate a presentation on Hybrid Rotary Meetings during the Fiesta! There are almost 30 additional sessions this month for everyone in your Club. Register today!
I don't know about you, but, I'm really excited about the District's new PolioPlus Society donation program. WE ARE THISCLOSE to fulfilling Rotary's promise to the children of the world. Don't want to date myself here, but, I do remember seeing people in iron lungs in hospitals.
You can now register for the virtual District Conference! And, make sure your Club signs up for the House of Friendship. The presentation possibilities are greatly expanded because we are meeting virtually. Get your creative thinking caps on and let's see what you're doing!
Lastly, congratulations to PDG Brad Whittaker, his team and ALL District 5050 Rotarians for earning the 2019-2020 Rotary Citation Award (see below). Only 93 of the 534 Districts worldwide earned the Citation which honors Districts in which over half of the Clubs within the District each earned the Rotary Citation. Well done!
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

Rotary Citation

Club Training Fiesta 2021
It's On! But why?
There is a simple philosophy behind the training D5050 provides for Club Officers and all Rotarians.
Simply put we believe:
An educated and informed Rotarian/Rotaractor is an empowered and engaged Rotarian/Rotaractor.

An investment in learning and development grows Rotarians professionally and 
You can be a part of the learning by registering for one or more of the 28 sessions planned from April 6-29 via Zoom.
There is something for everyone from hands on practical training for secretaries, leadership skills, youth programs, membership and Foundation topics plus public image and online meeting engagement tips.
Look through the courses listed in the attached calendar and go to the District website to register for your selection!
You will grow as a Rotarian and Club Leader through your participation.
For further information contact: District Trainer Rod Thomson.
6 April6:30 pmSocial MediaGwen Jones
7 April6:30 pmToastmasters & RotaryCarl Garrison & Stephanie Hooper
 8:00 pmMembership EngagementPDG Sean Hogan
8 April4:00 pmClubRunnerClubRunner Staff
 8:00 pmYouth ServicesRay Green
12 April6:30 pmMake Your Online Meetings EngagingMichael Caruso
 8:00 pmLeadershipTony Malyk
13 April6:30 pmPublic Image WorkshopGwen Jones
 6:30 pmRole of the Foundation ChairMalcolm Kennedy
14 April6:30 pmSecretariesPat Bond
 6:30 pmMembership InnovationPDG Tracey Vavrek (D5370)
15 April6:30 pmYouth ServicesRay Green
19 April6:30 pmOnline FundraisingJesse Sidhu
20 April6:30 pmClubRunner CommunicationDave Duskin
 8:00 pmPolioPlusJames Purcell
21 April6:30 pmUnderstanding Foundation RecognitionThomas McMillian
 6:30 pmSecretariesPat Bond
 6:30 pmNew MembersPDG Brad Whittaker
22 April6:30 pmClubRunner Event PlannerDave Duskin
 6:30 pmPresidents Elect District BudgetDGE Bev Harrington
26 April6:30 pmOnline FundraisingJesse Sidhu
27 April6:30 pmLeadershipTony Malyk
 6:30 pmHybrid Rotary MeetingsMitty Chang
 8:00 pmScholarships & Peace CentersJack Rae
28 April6:30 pmClubRunner eBulletinJames Monroe
 6:30 pmNetworking PlusDenis Boyd
 8:00 pmClubRunner WebsiteJames Monroe
29 April6:30 pmTRF EndowmentRick Bolduc
all times are Pacific Daylight Time; schedule is subject to change

2021 District Conference
All Rotarians of the District are encouraged to attend this year's Conference - Windows of Opportunity. Click here to for complete Conference information and to register. On the opening evening we will hear from Indeginous Peoples Strorytelleers 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, RIPR Dean Rohrs and Chad Shipmaker, Rotary Youth Exchange Students 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

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.
Rotary District Changemakers
Are you an enthusiastic, dedicated Rotarian wanting to expand your knowledge and utilize your skills while knowing your time and energy will make a real difference? Join the District Leadership Team of Rotary Changemakers. Check out the following District 5050 positions which start 1 July. Additional information available from contact person indicated. Please indicate interest by 30 April.
District SecretaryContact DGE Bev Harrington
Take minutes at Board and Finance Committee meetings. Act as a resource to Club Secretaries providing information, support, and training when required. Maintain files of District policies and governance documents.
Public Relations CoordinatorContact Communications Chair Director Dave Duskin
District Grant Coordinator & Global Grant CoordinatorContact Foundation Director Malcolm Kennedy
The District and Global Grant Chair positions are three-year terms. In these roles you will manage and promote District and Global Grants to Clubs utilizing the online application process. You will be a leader at the Grant Management Seminar ensuring members and clubs are qualified to receive Rotary Foundation Funds.
2022 RI Convention CoordinatorContact DGE Bev Harrington 
Promote attendance at the June 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas. Organize a fellowship event for all District 5050 Rotarians in attendance.
District Interact ChairContact Youth Services Chair Ray Green
Oversee the Interact program providing guidance and leadership, ensure Rotary International has current club and adviser contact information, assist in the formation and organization of new Interact Clubs.
Youth Protection Officer – CanadaContact Youth Services Chair Ray Green
Ensure club presidents and club youth program chairs are aware of youth safety issues and youth protection policies and procedures. Work with RI and District Governor in managing the investigation and resolution of complaints of harassment and abuse against youth.
Typically, around this time of year, we would be preparing for our annual in-person conference, Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL), but because that is not possible this year, we are proud to present AIM by YAIL. AIM is a FREE Virtual Youth Leadership Series that is open to all youth in our district and does not require a Rotary sponsor to attend. With our lives looking a lot different than we are used to, we wanted to offer a safe, inclusive, and fun environment that provides participants with the opportunity to grow as individuals and leaders.
The virtual series presents a fantastic opportunity to have speakers from outside of our area and district share their expertise on various topics. The topics being discussed consist of Leadership, Mindset, Inspiration & Purpose, Life Changes, and Interact & Rotaract Night. A different topic will be covered each session by our exceptional speakers. Additionally, each session will conclude with a Diversity & Inclusion speaker tying in the topic to everyday lives.
Our virtual Leadership sessions take place from 15 April to 13 May 2021. The sessions are every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We believe that we must empower and inspire youth to be the best versions of themselves, especially in today's world. This leadership series will be targeted to high school-aged students and young adults in Rotary District 5050. To attend, participants will need to register and reserve the dates at the District 5050 YAIL website. Registration will be open on 15 February 2021.
District 5050 Clubs
Peace Arch Peninsula & South Surrey        Joan Apel
In December 2020, Airton Dudzevich, President of Peace Arch/Peninsula and Rhonda Latreille, President of South Surrey received an email from a mother in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth Mukondiwa. She is Past President of the Rotary Club of Harare West in Zimbabwe. She is the current Secretary of her Club and a volunteer with Sleeping Children Around The World (SCAW). Elizabeth was concerned about her daughter, Paidamoyo Mukondiwa, currently living in Peterbourgh, Ontario.
Pai moved to Canada six years ago to study at Trent University and complete a Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science. Pai says Dave Dryden from Ontario, a friend of her Mom’s, has been a great help in my life settling down in Canada since my initial arrival in 2014. He helped so much with this trip ensuring my cat and I got to BC well and he also connected with Presidents Airton and Rhonda so that he felt included in knowing I had good connections here. He runs the Sleeping Children around the world organization (SCAW) and my mom became affiliated with his organization through Rotary. A few Rotarians worldwide volunteer with his organization as well.”
After graduation Pai became one of the founding members of the Rotaract Club in Peterborough. In December she was offered a job in British Columbia, but was very anxious coming to BC because she did not know anyone.
Both President Rhonda and President Airton responded immediately offering help. President Rhonda offered financial assistance for a cab from the airport to her new apartment. President Airton met her there and along with his wife decided to donate a sofa-bed, nightstand and a TV set and met her on the main floor of her building. After moving her in, he took her to Walmart to let her get whatever she needed to start her new life in BC. Two days later, he met her again to deliver her a couch and two balcony chairs. 
Pai says “Airton and Rhonda immediately called me and assured me I would not be alone and they would be happy to help me settle when I reach. I felt my anxiety decrease. When I arrived, I managed to get a cab from the airport and the Rotary Club of South Surrey were so generous enough to cover the cost for me.”
With everyone smiling here are Airton Dudzevich, Pai Mukondiwa, Erika and Jim O'Dowd
On Sunday before her first day of work President Airton drove her to her new job at Life Lab main office, just to give her an idea about the area, the building entrance, where the bus stop is and which bus she can take. The next week, President Airton, his wife and his daughter spent the day with Pai and gave her a tour of Vancouver.
Pai has been a guest at Club Meetings for both the South Surrey and Peace Arch Peninsula Rotary Clubs . Elizabeth also attended as a guest.
Pai says “Rotary has been so wonderful in helping me settle and I feel less alone with Rotarians by my side. I look forward to getting to know more of the members and settling within the community. It has not been easy with COVID-19 but the small things go a long way. Thank you to all Rotarians for your generosity and kindness.”

Coquitlam         Ron Warneboldt
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam Shredding Event was the place to be on Saturday morning 20 March! Residents and businesspeople lined up in the Canadian Tire parking lot and were greeted by Rotary volunteers who helped them unload their vehicles and shred their private documents. Donations were graciously accepted which are going to support community youth programs and other Rotary service projects.  

Best Shredding, who shredded the documents, remarked that they have never seen that many people attend a shredding event. Some donors dropped off small shopping bags, and others dropped off multiple bankers’ boxes of documents. A hard-working group of Rotary volunteers unloaded up to four vehicles at a time for over four hours. There were so many documents dropped off that they filled up several shredding trucks.

The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is incredibly pleased with the outcome of this event. We would specifically like to thank Canadian Tire for their generous donation and the use of their parking lot. We would also like to thank Green for Life Environmental for their sponsorship and the Tri-City News for promoting this event.

We deeply appreciate all those who took the time to drop off their documents and leave a donation.

White Rock         George Garrett
Rotary volunteer Moti Bali is there every day saying hello to the dozens of people who stand in line for a free hot meal at Feed My City, a community service initiative of the Rotary Club of White Rock launched last spring at the beginning of the pandemic.
Moti smiles and calls out people’s names without looking at a list. He knows everyone because he talks to all of them, an added benefit for people who live alone and have no one to talk to. Moti knows their stories, the ones on limited incomes trying to survive with barely enough money to get by. Moti knows about their problems, their families, just about everything about them.
One well spoken woman (who declined to give her name) said, “I truly feel that Moti is the cornerstone of the whole Rotary project. She said Moti makes an effort to learn people’s names. She added, “He made a point of remembering people’s names and that’s important for you to be called by your first name. It is respect.”
Moti Bali, now age 80 says he retired at age 54 from his job with a major Canadian bank. He said, “I took the golden handshake.” He spends nearly all his time in retirement helping others. Moti said he learned from his father in his native Uganda that your hand should always reach out to give to others. Moti often accompanied his father who was a doctor in Uganda. He spoke of seeing his father sometimes giving free medicine or money to poor people.  It’s obvious Moti’s life was influenced by his father. Moti said, “My father was my best friend.”
The Rotary Feed My City program which operates seven days a week provides a variety of hot meals provided by participating restaurants which provide the food at cost, saving thousands of dollars. The program was intended to help people with hot food but it has provided much more. Another woman who attends regularly said it is more than the food. She said, “This service brings people together, it helps us to reconnect, it truly does.” She continued, “It does your heart good. It’s uplifting, extremely uplifting. It’s people coming together and sharing, just sharing. It’s fellowship in every way.”
Moti is adored by the people who come to Feed My City. One said, “Moti is a very caring man, dedicated to us. He’s energetic. Perhaps what is most important, “he always knows me.”
Moti is modest about his contribution.  At times, if one or two people are at the end of the line and food runs out he will reach into his own pocket to help. He says “These people are in survivor mode, trying to make ends meet.” It’s obvious he does his best to make their lives just a little bit better.
Upcoming Club Events
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   Rotary Rush, 1-31 May 2021

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.

Professional Development Seminars
Achieve your professional development goals in the new year.
Become a more effective presenter, communicator, and leader by taking a series of courses developed exclusively for Rotary by the experts at Toastmasters International. These courses in Rotary’s Learning Center will help you grow professionally and personally. They include: 
•    Develop a Speech, on developing content based on your topic, audience, and goals 
•    Deliver a Speech, on the basics of giving a speech 
•    Inspirational Speech, on how to engage, persuade, or inspire an audience 
•    Interpersonal Communication and Networking, on building and maintaining professional relationships and networks
•    Leadership Basics, on topics like motivating others, integrity, and team inclusiveness
•    Leading a Team, on creating a positive environment, setting goals, and delegating
•    Collaboration, on understanding and developing leadership and collaboration skills 
•    Building Consensus, on developing the skills needed for effective and inclusive leadership 

Expand your opportunities by building your skills!

Rotary Scholarship Opportunity for WSU
Your help is needed to improve the availability of primary medical care in underserved communities. The vision of Washington’s community-based medical school is to prepare students to become healthcare leaders to serve Washington communities where they are needed most.
The first recipient of the Rotary Scholarship will be selected in July 2021 with support through their four-year study. Three more scholarships are planned for successive years.
Donations of at least $20 per Washington Rotarian will be enough to begin an endowment for four scholarships. To learn more or make a donation visit
We Grow Physicians
For Underserved Communities
Over $6400 Donated through March 15, 2021
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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Rotary Club of Chilliwack
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Rotary Club of Burlington
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Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-349-7818
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David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
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Bonnie Willits
Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise
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Rheanna Sidhu
Rotary Club of White Rock
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