Governor's Message
I recently attended the Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, California, which covered many topics including suicide (inner peace), domestic violence, bullying, human trafficking, slavery, genocide, and war.   Conference speakers offered insights and solutions to many of these destructive behaviours and crimes.
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, with the other five areas addressing issues that can help lead to peace - having clean water and sanitation, good health, economic stability and basic education and literacy which should include peace education as violence is a learned behaviour. 
Nelson Mandela said: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
And peace must start with us as the Dalai Lama explained: World peace begins with inner peace.  We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
To understand another person, we sometimes use the expression: walk a mile in his or her shoes.  Or we can ask ourselves: do I see myself in the person sitting next to me?  
We need to follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice: It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it.  One must work at it.” 
As Ken Cloke, founder of Mediators Beyond Borders and Center for Dispute Resolution, put it: There is no ‘them’, only ‘us’.  Or as another speaker said: You can be right wing or left wing but remember they are both attached to the same damn bird.
Let’s work to bring peace in our own lives and between peoples and nations and in opposition to philosopher Immanuel Kant’s statement: Perpetual peace is only found in graveyards.
Peace be with you.  Namaste.
From the Desk of the Editor
This is the February 2020 issue of the Peace Arch Journal. We are excited that the PAJ is going to be available in an electronic format. We would love to hear your feedback on this. Send you thoughts, ideas and comments to
Make sure you read about the International Projects Alliance. They are looking for folks to help in key positions.
There’s one more Grants Management Seminar coming up later this month. Click the link in the Events section to the left.
The District Conference is coming up in three months. I would love to meet Rotarians from every Club there.
The Peace Arch Journal needs your help. If you are interested in writing occasional stories about your Club and neighboring Clubs, your communities and Club activities and events, please let me know.
Join the Adventure
It’s getting exciting, we are now three months away from the JOIN THE ADVENTURE DISTRICT CONFERENCE, in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. The line up of plenary speakers are confirmed!
PRIP Ian Riseley, PRIVP Dean Rohrs, Marie-Paule Attema, Paul K Chappell, Linda McGowan and Catherine Gibson. Click here to read their full bio’s.
Harrison Hot Springs offers Rotarians and guests the opportunity to connect and celebrate our accomplishments while exploring the Adventure opportunities and beauty of Harrison Lake. Unwind in Paradise!
Harrison Hot Springs offers many Adventure opportunities. You will want to arrive on Thursday to ensure you can participate in everything.
On Thursday: Host Ticketed items include (1) an exciting River Rafting Adventure, “District 5050 Conquers the Chilliwack River” includes transportation from Harrison, lunch and 3 hours on the River then transport back to the Hotel. (2) A Fellowship BBQ at the Harrison Country Club, Aloha Theme.
For those who would like to explore on their own, you could try a round of golf at the Sandpiper Golf Course; Watch Artisan Cheese or hand crafted pottery in the making on the Circle Farm Tour; or tour a 1920’s living Historic site or there are many outdoor activities; hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing, kayaking or jet boating on the Harrison River. Or you can just enjoy a Spa treatment and the Hot Springs pools at the Resort.
On Friday: Host Ticketed items include (1) A 2.5 hr breakfast Boat Cruise on the Harrison Lake; (2) Walking Tour and History of Harrison Hot Springs (3) Area A Rotary Clubs’ are hosting Luncheon at Noon before the Conference officially starts at 2:00 pm.
On Saturday: will be a full day of conference activities ending with the Governors’ Gala and dancing to the band Appaloosa. Dress will also be Aloha Style as we will be heading to the International Convention in Honolulu, later in June.
On Sunday:  morning will bring the end to our Conference with an Inspirational speaker, Pioneers presentation and a Memorial tribute.
The Conference will feature a mix of inspiring and motivational speakers, Rotary topics and programs and lots of entertainment mixed throughout.
There will be a House of Friendship where Rotarians can meet, Rotary Clubs can display their projects and there will be an  opportunity to purchase Rotary Clothing and bling from Creative Embroidery.
Registration is open now and rates $350 plus GST, and to the delight of both US and Canadian attendees, all pricing is in Canadian Dollars.
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort is also now accepting reservations for rooms and has extended conference rates to include the Thursday and Sunday night. So book early. Dress Code for the Conference is “Resort Chic.“
Our Conference Website is also live on District 5050 website, with detailed information on our Pre conference activities – both host ticketed and self guided, and information on our Speakers. New information will be added and you will receive video updates leading up to the conference.
The Rotary Foundation Grant Awards
Clubs must qualify to receive Foundation Funds. The process ensures that Clubs are aware of all Rotary requirements and provides Clubs with the tools needed to complete the on-line applications.
District grants. District grants support small-scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission. Since 2013-14, the Foundation has awarded 2,466 district grants totaling USD$126.1 million.
Global grants. Global grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable, measurable results that support Rotary’s six areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. Since 2013-14, the Foundation has awarded 5,677 global grants totaling USD$332.1 million.
Grants Management Seminar (GMS)
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) requires that Clubs who wish to participate in District or Global Grants must agree to the terms for financial and stewardship requirements in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Rotary District 5050 requires that a minimum of two Club members must attend a Grants Management Seminar each year, and that one of those two members must be the President-Elect (incoming president).  The other member(s) should be the Club member(s) that would normally complete and be responsible for the District and/or Global Grant application. The Club Foundation Chair is invited to attend a GMS so that they understand the process of applying for a District or Global Grant. The goal is to have the Club Foundation Chair promote Foundation grants and activities and to inspire members to participate in them.
Upon successful completion of the qualification requirements, the Club will be qualified for one Rotary year. Club members are qualified for three Rotary years.
There are two seminars, and both cover the same format, and Club members may choose either one to attend. Registration is $45 CAD for Surrey and $45 USD for Ferndale. Lunch is included.
Space will be limited so if you wish to have more than two members of your Club attend, contact District Foundation Chair Malcolm Kennedy
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$45 USD after February 14 $60 USD
Silver Reef Casino - Tower Room
4876 Haxton Way
Ferndale, WA
Click the date above for online registration
IPA - International Project Alliance

International Project Alliance
Changing lives in Copán, Honduras

Unique and Rewarding Volunteer Positions

To support our continued growth and sustainability, we are seeking to fill various important positions in our organization.
The IPA is a group of eleven Rotary Clubs in Skagit and nearby counties who made a long-term commitment to helping the Mayan village people of Copán, Honduras. We have monthly planning meetings in Mt Vernon, WA, and we visit Copán four times a year.
From our beginnings in 2014, we now support the education of almost 2,000 students every year, we have a successful economic development program, and at any time we have about 30 active construction projects.
We need people who are passionate about helping others, who have a track record of getting things done, and who can give a high priority and sense of urgency to their volunteer activities. We offer many rewarding experiences and relationships with people from a very different culture.
Please consider joining us on one of the greatest adventures Rotary has to offer. It could change your life forever.
The open positions are:
  • Director of Operations, providing leadership for all of our project teams.
  • Director of Marketing, providing leadership for our various fund-raising teams.
  • Team Leader for Construction, to oversee our many construction projects.
  • Team Leader for Kits, to manage our school supplies given to students and teachers.
  • Team Leader for Publicity, to manage our presence on social and print media.
Learn more by downloading the details here:
To apply for these positions, please send your application via email to IPA Chairman Peter Martin at, no later than 1 March. He is also available to discuss the positions via email.
District 5050 Clubs
White Rock Peace Arch
The Editor had the opportunity to visit this Club late last month. Their Sergeant At-Arms is very good at collecting fines. They have about two dozen members and support a local hospital and hospice programme among other worthy projects. They are currently seeking a President-Elect and actually have a person of interest as President-Nominee.
The speaker at this particular meeting was Gordon “Gordie” Hogg, recently retired Member of the Canadian Parliament. He spoke about his 42 years in elected office which includes time as a Council Member and Mayor of White Rock and Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly. He was in 18 different elections.
He shared that his doctoral thesis was on making a connection in changing someone’s mind on a subject through research, experience, etc. He has a list of things that are important when dealing with other people. For example, “Context and Message Matter,” “We Need Practical Experiences,” “We can learn something from each circumstance and person,” and; “How we do what we do is often more important than what we do.”
He is a very engaging speaker and I recommend that other Rotary Clubs on both sides of the border invite him to speak about his time serving his communities.
White Rock
We held our Chinese New Year celebration on 14 January 2020 presented by our corporate member, Chinese Village Club.
The Rotary Field House was decorated with the color red and lucky images. Paper cuttings of the word ‘happiness’ and ‘spring’ were glued to the walls and windows. Red lanterns were hang up outside the door. A form of Chinese literature, the couplet, which shows poetic and calligraphic art, with best wishes, were posted beside the door. As Rotary members and their family walked into the room, they greeted each other with the newly learned Chinese ‘Xin Nian Hao’, Happy New Year!
Red scarfs were given to members who were born in the year of rat, the same zodiac with 2020, and the active participants of the model show. Red envelopes were presented by the eldest members to the young. The red envelope is regarded as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck.
Upcoming Club Events
Visit the specific Clubs for more information. Find them at the District 5050 Clubs List.
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Rotary District 5050 Calendar
Current District Events can be found in the Upcoming Events section in the left column.
These are other events that aren't listed in that area.
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
2020 Rotary International Convention
The 2020 Rotary International Convention will be hosted by District 5000 and the Clubs of Oahu, Hawaii 6-10 June. Aloha Rotary will bring thousands of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Exchange Students, spouses and friends to Honolulu for an exciting time. There will also be a celebration of 75 years of Rotary’s association with the United Nations. Did you know that Rotary was one of the organizations instrumental in the formation of the UN? Click here to find out more about the Convention and to Register.
Want one of the best positions in Rotary?
District 5050 is looking for Assistant Governors in the following areas as the current AGs are finishing their terms:
Area G    (Bellingham, Mount Baker, Whatcom County North)
These are one year terms with options for renewing.
Ultimate 18 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand
The Tour Key Points and Highlights are:
  • The Tour includes two (2) meals in Rotarians homes, and two (2) Rotary Meeting visits
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons (Within a 30/33 seater coach)
  • Accommodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts
  • Two night stays in all big city stopovers and 'not too early' start times
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel with you throughout the Tour
  • The 18 day Tour includes both the North and South Islands of New Zealand
The following details some of the 62 items that are included within the Tour price:
An official Rotarian Welcome at the 'Grand Millennium' Hotel, Gift packs, Guided Tour of Auckland, Entry to the Auckland Museum, Visit to the 'Auckland Sky Tower,' Tea Tour and Tastings at Zealong Estate, Guided Tour of 'Hobbiton,' Guided Tour of 'Rainbow Springs' and 'Kiwi Encounter,' Guided tour of Te Puia including a Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner, visit to the Huka Falls, Wine tasting in Napier, Guided Walking Tour of downtown Napier, Sightseeing Tour of Wellington, Guided Tour of 'Weta Workshop,” Ferry from Wellington to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Invercargill, Milford Sounds, Sightseeing Tour of Dunedin, Orientation Tour of Christchurch City Centre.
Here are some of the typical comments received from Rotarians on previous Tours:
  • This was a great trip. We enjoyed every moment and really appreciated the opportunity to see some things that larger tour groups couldn’t have seen. 
    • PDG Greg Bevan and wife Lorraine of District 9670 (NSW, Australia.)
  • Sharron (the Tour Guide) is the very best tour guide we’ve ever experienced.
    • PDG Barbara Tracy & husband Jim from District 5180 (Greater Sacramento, USA.
  • I found it useful not to have late nights included – the days were long enough for ‘oldies'.
NZ$6,495 per person for two people sharing a room. (Approximately USD 4,320)
NZ$8,390 per person for a single person in one room. (Approximately USD 5,568)
Please email:  to request the 8 page full Tour details.
Peace Arch Journal
Brad Whittaker
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 25th 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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Upcoming Events
RLI - Part 2
Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Centre
Mar 07, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
RLI Weekend
Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Centre
Mar 07, 2020 8:00 AM –
Mar 08, 2020 3:30 PM
RLI - Part 3
Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Centre
Mar 08, 2020
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Club Training Event, formerly DTA
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Apr 04, 2020
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2020 District Conference "Join the Adventure"
Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM –
May 03, 2020 12:00 PM
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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
Brad Whittaker
Rotary Club of Chilliwack
Cell: 604-819-6402
Carol Tichelman
Rotary Club of Chilliwack
Cell: 604-819-0363
Governor Nominee
Bev Harrington
Rotary Club of Burlington
Cell: 360-421-0601
Bonnie Willits
Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise
Home: 360-320-2285
Carlye Gillespie
Bellingham Bay Rotary Club
Phone: 360-756-1010
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