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Governor's Message
 
 
Rotating the Wheel
 
One of the many strengths of Rotary is the annual change of leadership, bringing with it new perspective and enthusiasm. Year after year, we witness our fellow Rotarians stepping forward to selflessly give of their time, energy, and expertise to guide their club.
 
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta told the 535 DGE’s at the International Assembly last February that we need to challenge established thinking and ideas, and never get comfortable doing things the way they have always been done. He said, we have the power to change and working together we can make positive changes.
 
At every level, the Rotary wheel rolls. A few weeks ago, the incoming District Leadership Team spent three hours on a beautiful Saturday morning to begin to set the direction for our journey together. We started with WHY.
 
Why does the District exist?
 
Every Rotary District is administered by a District Governor, District Officers and District Committee Chairs. These District committees reflect the committees which each individual Rotary Club maintains. 
 
We decided our District Leadership Team’s purpose is to provide information, support, and encouragement for the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5050.
 
Then we moved to HOW.
 
How will we achieve that?
 
Everyone has been asked to write a SMART goal on how they will fulfill their leadership role.  A strategic planning session is also in the works.
 
Many years ago, the following quote attributed to Goethe was on my desk calendar. It changed the direction of my life.
 
Whatever you can do
Or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now!
 
As we rotate the Rotary wheel again this year, I encourage each of you to dream big, be bold, and capture the magic as together we serve to change lives.  It is such an honor to be on this journey with all of you.
 

 
 
Welcome to District Governor Bev Harrington! We are looking forward to another great year of Rotary service in our communities. DG Bev has given each of us a mission- take to heart Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's theme of Serve to Change Lives.
 
Join us on 18 July for the District Leadership Team's Installation. This will be an online event only. Click here to register yourself and guests. This should be a fun event as PDG Rob Martin will be doing the swearing in honours. And you know, wherever Rob is there will always be much frivolity!
 
Give yourself a round of applause for exceeding the Foundation Committee's goal for the District PolioPlus Society by 8%. Have you signed up? See below for the details.
 
This is the July 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.
 
 
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

PolioPlus Society Update
 
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 their pledge, members will receive a District 5050 PolioPlus Society Pin, and an exclusive, much revered, collectable, frameable certificate.
 
We have a three month goal of raising $30,000 USD by the end of this Rotary year. At the end of our third month, we currently have 112 members from 27 Clubs that have pledged to donate a total of $32,380 USD per year and will continue to do so until Polio is eradicated.
 
District 5050 PolioPlus Society 2021 - end of June
 
Month
Goal USD
Actual
Members
Clubs
April
$10,000
$10,670
64
24
May
$10,000
$18,060
19
3
June
$10,000
$3,650
29
0
Total
$30,000
$32,380
112
27
 

 
District 5050 Clubs
Langley, Langley Central, Langley Sunrise, Aldergrove         George Bryce
 
SASSY Langley is a joint venture of the four Rotary Clubs of Langley (Langley Sunrise, Langley Central, Langley and Aldergrove). Its aim is to provide post-secondary education financial support to students who have shown outstanding leadership at secondary school and/or in the community. SASSY Langley evolved from the Surrey model and has served Langley well over the past six years.
 
We look for students that have shown outstanding leadership. There are seven categories in which a student can apply. Awards are CDN $1,000 for the winner of each category and two runners up in each category each receive $500.  In total, $14,000 was awarded this year.
 
We have received great support from the Langley School District. Without the help of school administrations, department heads, counsellors and teachers, the applications would not reach the hands of students who deserved to be considered.
 
The students are usually celebrated at a red-carpet event and a live show. Gathering restrictions did not allow that to happen this year but we are anxious to return to that format next year.
 
In addition, SASSY Langley gives $2000 to local youth charities, which are selected by student votes.
 
The four Rotary Clubs of Langley are proud to support the youth of Langley in this fashion.
 
   
Pictured are two of the honourees: Setare Maleki and William Taylor

 
Upcoming Club Events
 
Rotary Club of South Whidbey
   Concert Fundraiser, 11 August 2021

 
Rotary Club of South Whidbey
     Concert Fundraiser, 18 August 2021
Seeking Another Sponsor: Could You or Your Club Be That Sponsor?
The International Project Alliance (IPA), a consortium of eleven Rotary Clubs in District 50/50, is seeking a sponsor for one more village in the Honduran Copán region. Villages have been prequalified based on previous work with the IPA, community need and commitment, and the feasibility of affecting the desired outcomes within a reasonable time. This IPA program is called Adopt a Village to reflect its highly targeted approach and the ongoing stewardship implied.
 
Home in La Vegona, Honduras
 
Today’s sponsors are pleased to have long term relationships with the villages they sponsor and to see how far their money goes in Honduras.  There are ten villages presently in this program. The one remaining village that has been prequalified and is still seeking support is La Vegona. 
 
La Vegona is at 3,000 feet elevation, in a lush valley, surrounded by coffee plantations, above one of the rivers that flooded badly during the Hurricanes of 2020. The bridge to the village was washed away and the IPA’s hurricane relief fund is sponsoring a replacement bridge to carry pedestrians and cyclists to homes, villages, and a medical clinic on the other side of the river. Villagers have begun work on this large project. More generally, through various previous programs, village leadership and La Vegona’s two teachers have been actively engaged with IPA to strengthen quality of life and support continued prosperity for the village’s roughly 300 residents, including 30 school children. The Adopt-a-Village Program is the next step in that relationship.
 
Homes and shelters for farm animals
 
In this program sponsors of villages pledge each year, for three years, to provide school supplies and uniforms to kindergarten and primary school kids, materials for the teachers, secondary school scholarships, health insurance, and new books for the Mobile Library. Sponsors also agree to support up to $4,000 annually for community construction or other village infrastructure programs. The average annual Adopt-a-Village sponsorship is between $3,000 and $4,000 and La Vegona, with its 300 residents, would be in that range.
 
Sponsors are encouraged to visit sponsored villages, but this is not a requirement as IPA volunteers visit all affiliated villages every three months. Some sponsors are using social media to communicate with residents of the villages they sponsor. 
 
Receiving supplies from IPA
 
The Adopt-a-Village Program complements other successful programs of the IPA, which support education and economic development throughout the region. Sponsorship and other gifts to the program are 100% tax-deductible, with 100% of the gift going to benefit villages, thanks to the U.S. and Honduran Rotary volunteers who administer the program and supervise the local contractors.
 
The Vegona School - a single classroom with multiple grades
 
We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about this opportunity, the good work of the partnership of Rotarians in Copán and our District, and the daily life and resilience of some of the poorest residents of Central America.
 
If you would like to learn more about being a sponsor, information and forms can be found here.  If you would like to speak with an IPA member, you may email Marty Pease.

 
The
Peace Arch Journal
Bev Harrington
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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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
 
Governor
Bev Harrington
Rotary Club of Burlington
Cell: 360-421-0601
 
Governor Elect
Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-349-7818
 
Governor Nominee
David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Cell: 206-909-5336
 
Treasurer
Rheanna Sidhu
Rotary Club of White Rock
Phone: 604-996-0820
 
Executive Secretary/Governor's Aide
Pat Bond
Pacific Northwest Passport Club
Phone: 604-488-9384
 
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