December is Disease Prevention & Treatment Month

Are You Helping Prevent Disease?

This December, Rotary Disease Treatment and Prevention Month, gain inspiration to take action to fight and prevent disease in your community by:
  • Supporting health education programs that explain how diseases are spread, and promoting ways to reduce the risk of transmission;
  • Partnering with medical institutions or ministries of health to help immunize people against infectious diseases;
  • Supporting continued education and training for health workers through scholarships, stipends, and public recognition;
  • Improving and expanding access to affordable health care in under-served areas.
Enhance your existing disease prevention and treatment projects
Expand your disease prevention and treatment project with guidance from a Rotarian Action Group! 16 of 26 Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs), which consult on club and district-led humanitarian efforts, specialize in a concentration within disease prevention and treatment. Contact a RAG for help starting or expanding a project in your community, or for opportunities to support related international efforts. Here are eight of the many RAGs that address health issues:
  • Alzheimer's/Dementia RAG: They provide information and support to Rotarians on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Members use their knowledge, experience and leadership to fight Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • RAG for Blindness Prevention: This RAG helps prevent blindness and promotes eye health and vision worldwide.
  • RAG of Dental Volunteers: These volunteers provide humanitarian dental service throughout the world.
  • RAG for Diabetes: This RAG provides has commitment to education, identification, and treatment of diabetes.  They are especially concerned about diabetes among children in developing countries.  They work with the International Diabetes Federation.
  • Rotarians for Hearing RAG: These Rotarians promote hearing help for children and adults with hearing loss.
  • RAG on Mental Health Initiatives: The mission of RAGMHI is to act as a worldwide resource for Rotarians in the field of mental health and mental illness to promote, protect, restore, and to help re-build the lost human capital to make a happier and healthier world.
  • RAG for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: These Rotarians work to make people aware of MS and improve the lives of People with MS.
  • Polio Survivors and Associates RAG: These Rotarians are dedicated to permanently ending polio.  They focus on improving the health and well-being of polio survivors.
Do you have a passion in one of these areas?  Can you contribute your knowledge, skills and expertise to one of these RAGs?  Check it out today.  This is another way in which we can.
This is the December 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), send us the information! With graphics or photos. And, please make sure you identify everyone in the photos.
I apologize that this edition is late getting to you. My work has kept me extremely busy and affords me little time for anything else. Like many of you no doubt, your vocations have kept you just as busy, if not busier than before 2020. I applaud you for persevering and staying the course. I appreciate your understanding. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and am looking forward to seeing you at the Conference.
District Governor Harrington is now able to visit Clubs in person. She's already had visits north of the 48th. Contact Governor's Aide Pat Bond to schedule a visit.
Registration is now open for the 2022 District Celebration in May. US and Canadian Members pay the same price until 31 December! See the article below for more information and the link to register! Following our District Celebration is the International Convention. This year it's in Houston. And, if all goes well, will be held in person!
The District Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to serve as Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary Year. Are you that person? Do you know someone who would be an excellent candidate? See below for more information.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

District Celebration
The borders are OPEN and the test will likely not be required for Canadians to come back into Canada if you are away less than 72 hours.
Early Bird Registration is open until December 31, 2021!
Early Bird rates for the first 150 US ($275 US) and 150 Canadians ($222 US).  Canadian Early Bird rate is par (based on July 1st RI exchange). On 1 January the rate becomes $300 US for all registrants.
Further Incentive to register Early - you will be entered in a draw for a free room at the Semiahmoo Resort for the Celebration.
Excellent program being prepared - Rotary Connects Changemakers 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. 
Won't you join us!  Sign up here and see you in Semiahmoo!
Don't let the Early Bird Registration sneak by: US and Canadian Rotarians pay the same rate until 31 December! This is limited to the first 150 Rotarians and guests from each country. Register now!!

Disaster Flood Relief

Flood Response
Sumas Flooding 
As People of Action, Rotarians reach out…
Many of our communities and fellow Rotarians have been severely impacted by the recent flooding. Offers of help are being received from Rotary Clubs and other Districts. Governments and first responders immediately addressed short-term needs such as evacuations and emergency shelter. It may be some time before we know the extent of relief and recovery assistance needed and how we can best help.
The Rotary Foundation provides Rotary Disaster Response Grants and we are preparing to submit a grant application. It requires a list of the type of activity to be undertaken (economic development, education, food/agriculture, health, housing, hygiene, infrastructure, water, other), activity description, location, and the amount in US dollars. For example, if a school library has been flooded, providing volunteers to clean, paint, and restock the shelves would fall under education. A hygiene activity might involve distributing hygiene kits from items donated or purchased.
Assistant Governor Board Director Allan Asaph is coordinating the requests for assistance made by Rotary and Rotaract Clubs through their Area Assistant Governor. District TRF Director Malcolm Kennedy has agreed to write the grant once the needs are known. Regular updates will be provided by District Communications Director Dave Duskin.
The Burlington Rotary Foundation (PO Box 175, Burlington, WA 98233) and the Rotary Club of White Rock Charitable Society (PO Box 75005, White Rock, BC Canada V4A 0B1) are prepared to accept donations that will be used 100% for flood relief throughout District 5050. Please note “Flood Relief” on your check.
Please take care, as we take care of others.

Turning the Wheel

In announcing the 2021-2022 theme, Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta encouraged us to “turn the wheel together so all humanity thrives, we have the power and the magic to serve to change lives.”
It is pure joy to have the opportunity to visit Clubs and learn about the incredible impact Rotary members throughout District 5050 are having every day as they put service above self. What would your community be like if not for Rotary?
Mount Vernon Rotary celebrated their 100th anniversary in November with a Gatsby themed event and announced they are right on track to complete 100 Acts of Service during their centennial year.
Lake Stevens Rotary President Reshal Ploeger joined Rotary in 2013 after accompanying her daughter to a meeting to receive a Rotary scholarship. She is organizing a bus to transport Club members to the District Celebration next May at Semiahmoo Resort. What fun!
Coquitlam Rotary has an engaging website that features how to find out more about Rotary with
excellent, easy to read information.
Whidbey Westside combined their weekly meeting in November with a Days for Girls service project assembling menstrual hygiene kits. They invited DfG Founder Celeste Mergens who spoke about the impact the Club has had in Malawi resulting in the First Lady of Malawi’s initiative to provide kits throughout the entire country.
A “Dogoodery” link is being added to the District website in January to share community service projects. Look for the list of those 100 Acts of Service that Mount Vernon Rotary has developed. DGN David Lukov chairs this newly established District Community Service Committee. He says, “Service is at the core of what we do most days as Rotarians."
Stay Connected…As we continue this journey together, I am interested in hearing how you are turning the wheel. Please email me or call to chat (360-421-0601). Now is our time, this is our moment, to dream big, be bold, and capture the magic!

Lead the District in 2024-2025 - Are You That Person?
Being District Governor is one of the most important roles in the District. It is rewarding, challenging, exciting, and highly responsible. It is the epitome of Service Above Self. The District Governor provides leadership, inspiration, and guidance to Rotary Clubs under the general supervision of the Board of Directors.
In each District, the Governor serves as the official representative of Rotary International and is charged with upholding the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International, fostering success in their District at the Club level.
The District Governor is nominated by the Clubs in the District, and all qualified candidates are interviewed by the District Nominating Committee, comprised of five Past District Governors. Each District Governor serves a one-year term, but that individual often fills many roles in the lead-up to, and following their year as District Governor.
Who will be the District Governor in 2024-2025?
It could be YOU!
Someone You Know
who should be the District Governor in 2024-2025!
Once completed, the application is to be sent to Chair of the Nominating Committee, Linda Murray. Call Linda if you require any additional information at 425 422 9141.

About District Governors: Did You Know?
  1. Most PDGs applied more than once before being the successful candidate.
  2. Expenses required to carry out the duties of the DG and DGE are reimbursed by funding provided by Rotary International and District 5050.
  3. Expenses of DG/DGE and spouse to attend the RI Convention are covered by the District.
  4. It is not a requirement to be an Assistant Governor before being a District Governor.
  5. You do need to have been a successful Club President.
  6. If you plan to submit an application and need more time, it may be possible to get an extension on the application deadline by contacting Linda Murray
Highlights of Being a District Governor     Denis Boyd 
How do you sum up in a few words the year long experience of being a District Governor? As Maureen and I look back, a mosaic of moments come to mind. What linked them all together were the gracious welcomes we received at all the Clubs. We had a strong sense that “relationship” is the key to Rotary success. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the nooks and crannies of the District and to meet and chat with engaged and committed Rotarians. These encounters certainly echoed the theme of the year: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”

So what were some of those memorable moments? To name only a few: an orchard to table dinner on Whidbey Island, a Meet and Greet in a marina, a iconic Canadian welcome of toques, plaid shirts and maple syrup with our Stanwood-Camano friends, a Cheese heads greeting from Marysville Morning Club and a president in full hockey garb joining me in a “face-off” at the Bellingham Club. What topped it all off was a roast by the Past Presidents of South Everett-Mukilteo who had me, as a psychologist, lying on a couch and being subjected to various kinds of “therapy.” (It was somewhat difficult giving my presentation after that!) The visits to our Canadian Clubs were also a reinforcement of Rotary fellowship and involvement. My own Club members were extremely supportive, which made the role so much easier for me.

I am still overwhelmed by the creativity and scope of the Club projects that I had a chance to learn about firsthand. I was blown away by the presentation of some of these projects at our Whistler Conference. What a great District we have!

RI Convention 2022 - Houston!

Ready for Lift Off?!! We are ….

On behalf of the Host Organization Committee, we cannot wait to welcome Rotarians and guests to Houston and the great State of Texas for the 2022 Rotary International Convention. The saying goes that everything is “Bigger”, “Better” and “Friendlier” in Texas, and the goal of the Houston Host Organization Committee is to have each of you feel that every moment as our guest while in Houston! From the humble beginnings of this great city, Houston has been led by “People of Action” who have taken this City to great heights including, to the moon and back. 

The City has plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Visit Space Center Houston, the home of Johnson Space Center and the Astronauts. Enjoy a night at the theater. Houston features a world class symphony, opera, ballet and permanent theater company.  World class museums are within a short ride from the convention center. Of course, you can watch the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park which is walking distance from the Houston Convention Center.

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the world with a vast range of cultures. Houston’s diversity has resulted in some of the world’s best cuisine. Houston’s vast array of restaurants include Creole, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, African, Caribbean, Argentinian and of course our very own Tex-Mex and world famous BBQ, to name a few.

Stay tuned to this website for some exciting things to look forward to during your trip to Houston!

We look forward to welcoming each of you personally to Houston in June of 2022!!

PDG Rhonda Kennedy
Chair Host Organization Committee 2022


District 5050 Clubs

Everett         Walt Greenwood

Each month during the school year the Club recognizes outstanding high school students in the City of Everett for their accomplishments and their promise.

Sequoia High November Student of the Month is Liberty Scott, a focused, determined and creative student who takes great pride in her work. Her greatest academic strength is how much time she puts into her work to not only learn it but understand it. Her advisor said she is one of the nicest, hardworking students who works quietly to get her work done. Liberty plans to graduate early and continue her education at EvCC or Western Washington University to earn a degree in early education.

Everett High’s November Student of the Month is Ailin Palma, a resilient and dedicated student. She has maintained a 3.853 GPA while taking challenging advanced placement classes, working 20-30 hours per week to help support her family, being involved in extracurricular activities like Cheer and Latinos Unidos, and volunteering at her local church. She hopes to go to university next year, and be the first generation Mexican American to graduate in her family.

November Student of the Month from Cascade High is Mariana Oliva-Jauregui. Mariana is captain of the swim and track teams, a member of NHS, Latino Club, and HOSA, and Senior Class Vice President. As a student and a dance instructor in Grupo Folklorico Nuestras Raices, she showcases her culture through dance. She volunteers at the Lynnwood Food Bank, maintains a 4.0 GPA and hopes to study biological life sciences. As Miss Teen Washington Latina 2021, Mariana has been a strong activist for racial justice.

Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract         Lexie Wynn
The Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract Club returns this year with our 4th annual 12 Days of Kindness initiative, where our Club does random acts of kindness in the community for twelve consecutive days. This project exemplifies that you don’t have to spend large amounts of money to make a significant impact, spread joy, and make others feel loved.
This year, our Club will continue to give back with the 12 Days of Kindness initiative from 1 to 12 December 2021, spreading joy, kindness, and smiles to those around us! The holidays can be challenging for many, and some need a little extra love around this time of year, so we intend to do just that because everyone deserves to be hopeful and smile! As well as spreading love and kindness to the community, we believe it is an opportunity to express our deep gratitude for all that the fantastic people around us accomplish each day.
Some examples of the areas we will be focusing on this year include:
  1. First Responders – people who help us to feel safe in the face of danger or crisis.
  2. The Less Fortunate – people who often lack the luxury to have their basics needs met. 
  3. Educators – people who inspire learning and growth every day to our next generations.
  4. Animals – our furry friends who have had a rough start in life looking to find loving homes.
  5. Environment – the beautiful place we call home and is our duty to protect and keep clean.
  6. And many more that are deserving of appreciation and a small helping hand.
Be sure to follow along on Facebook at Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract Club or Instagram @semirotaract to see what our Club does this 12 Days of Kindness! Experience past 12 Days of Kindness initiatives hereWe encourage you to join us in giving back to our communities in whatever capacity you can, big or small, this holiday season, one act of kindness at a time!
Lexie Wynn, Ryan Scott, April Marasco and Jacob Sawatsky

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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