January is Vocational Service Month
Governor's Message
Vocational Service is difficult to define, so it is sometimes called the “Forgotten Avenue of Service.” One reason is that Club, Community, International and Youth Service activities usually involve groups of Rotarians. They enjoy the fellowship, the satisfaction of serving the needs of their communities, and the hope that their International Service promotes world peace and understanding. But Vocational Service – the second Avenue of Service -- is generally conducted by individual members.
This is the story of how one Rotarian, using his professional training and skills, changed the life of a single individual whom he didn’t even know.

Self Esteem

My brother-in-law, Kris, was born into a troubled family. He was the youngest of four children, all born before their mother was twenty years old. Their father’s alcoholism complicated the upbringing of all four siblings, but Kris suffered the cruelest fate. Due to a degree of brain damage, caused by oxygen deprivation at birth, four-year-old Kris was surrendered by his parents to the state of Oregon. He spent the next fourteen years of his life in an institution for the severely disabled. He had no idea why he had been abandoned.

At age eighteen, Kris was released into a half-way house in Portland, Oregon, again living in a facility for the severely disabled. Kris had learned to read in the institution. He knew he was a capable individual and he felt badly served by the state of Oregon. After making some attempts to reach his parents, now divorced, he realized that he was an unwelcome reminder of a terrible event in their lives, one they preferred to forget. Consequently, he struck off on his own.

For many years afterwards, Kris was homeless. He migrated to California and managed to survive, although he was abused and beaten by other homeless individuals, and in one particularly severe beating, lost a number of his teeth.

One day, a retired Christian minister and his wife noticed Kris on the street as they were going out for a meal. They invited Kris to join them only to find the restaurant would not serve Kris in his disheveled state. The couple then invited Kris to eat lunch at their home instead. The invitation was extended to spending the night with them, in order to help Kris do his laundry and get some better clothes. One night became a week, the week became a month, and in the end, Kris lived with them for decades.

Kris had not learned good habits of dental hygiene while institutionalized and although Wendell provided loving and generous care for Kris, repairing the years of neglect and injury that Kris’s teeth had suffered was beyond the means of a minister with a modest retirement.

Eventually, using the resources of the Salvation Army, Kris’s mother, hoping to know what had become of her son, found where Kris was living. Communication with his family resumed, although Kris remained with Wendell until Wendell’s death.

After Wendell died, Kris moved in with us, his brother and sister-in-law, people he hardly knew. Early on, I realized that eating was problematic for Kris, having no real teeth. He ate only soft foods and even those were difficult for him. He chewed with his gums. Kris and I made many attempts to find dental services. Teeth-cleaning was available but served no purpose, since he had no teeth to clean. An appeal for state funding for dentures was denied. I was despondent, realizing that I was just one more failure in a long line of failures in Kris’s experience.

However, I am a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington, Washington. I approached another member of the club, Paul Bergman, DDS, to ask if he was aware of any dental clinic that might take on a patient such as Kris. I speculated that perhaps the University of Washington School of Dentistry provided such a service. Paul replied, “Sadly, they do not, but I do.”

I was uncertain that I had understood Paul correctly. After all, Paul didn’t know Kris. He didn’t know his story. He only knew me. I was certain that I must have misunderstood. I asked him to repeat what he had said. He did. He said he would take care of Kris’s mouth.

Several years later, Kris has a full set of teeth. Appointment after appointment, hour after hour, Dr. Paul Bergman and his staff resolved abscesses, removed broken fragments, prescribed antibiotics, and bit by bit, with a combined skill set of engineering and artistry, rebuilt Kris's mouth. Kris now eats apples, his favorite fruit. He loves Mexican food, rejoicing in the noisy crunch of corn chips. He still struggles with the importance of brushing and flossing, after sixty-five years of habitual neglect, but he tolerates my nagging amiably. I remind him that this second set of teeth is nothing short of a miracle and he must honor Paul Bergman and his able assistants, who worked so cheerfully and without compensation, by taking care of these new teeth.

Paul Bergman comes to Rotary meetings regularly, chats, smiles, and does his part. Nothing he does calls attention to the fact that he transformed the life of one of the “least of his brothers.” If the final decades of Kris's life are much better than the early decades, it is in no small part due to the actions of a true Rotarian, Paul Bergman.


Happy New Year to all Rotarians and Friends!

This is the January 2022 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.
A much-needed break for me over the holidays has allowed me to reset my schedule. Therefore, you have this edition on time. I appreciate everyone's patience over the past few months.
District Governor Harrington is now able to visit Clubs in person. Contact Governor's Aide Pat Bond to schedule a visit.
Registration is now open for the 2022 District Celebration in May. 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!
Congratulations to Dave Duskin who has been selected as District Governor 2024-2025. I have worked with him in several aspects and know he will do a great job as our Governor. Read the article below for more information about Dave.
Let's trust that 2022 will be better for doing what we do in Rotary -- Service Above Self.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

YAIL Registration Is Open!

Youth Leadership Program
As part of the Rotary International Empowering Girls' initiative, we are hosting Youth Leadership Program (YLP) in collaboration with Toastmasters. We would love for your girls (10 -17) to be a part of the program.

This YLP program will help students with valuable communication skills including:
  • Evaluating their own speaking ability
  • Preparing and giving speeches
  • Giving impromptu talks
  • Controlling their voice, vocabulary, and gestures
  • Giving constructive feedback and more
Program length: 6-8 weeks
Proposed date/wk: 22 January 2022
Frequency: 1 session weekly
Session length: 1.5 - 2 hours
Location: Online via Zoom

Click this link to Register!

Foundation Gala
Join us on Rotary’s birthday, 23 February, for the second annual Virtual Gala Celebration of The Rotary Foundation. This 90-minute, fast-paced event celebrates the work by every Rotarian to support and raise funds for The Rotary Foundation.
The event kicks off with hybrid celebrations as Jennifer Jones (Rotary’s President-Elect) and Drew Kessler (Director-Elect) visit your in-person celebrations from Alaska to Bermuda and all points in between. Events can be house parties, pub gatherings, or ballroom events. If you are interested in having us visit your venue or event in the District, let us know by emailing Chair Peter Schultz.
Your hosts for the Gala Celebration are Trustee Dean Rohrs, Director Valarie Wafer, with Past Director Jeffrey Cadorette as MC.
Entertainers include the One Voice Children's Choir, BYU Vocal Point, internationally renowned Violinist, Francisco Fullana and Alex Lifeson of RUSH, with a featured video-performance and interview.
We have a Silent Auction, which already has some great items - but we’re looking for more donations. If you have something of interest contact Sherry Chamberlain.
The cost is USD$120 of which $100 is your donation to The Rotary Foundation, fully credited with a tax receipt and Paul Harris Fellowship points.
This will be a wonderful celebration of our Rotary Foundation and an excellent opportunity to showcase Rotary for existing, new and potential members.

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.”
As I traveled around the District in December, the brightly colored Christmas decorations brought light and warmth to the dark, rainy days. May we see an end to Covid restrictions in 2022 and be able to be fully together again enjoying Rotary fellowship.
San Juan Islands Rotary goes above and beyond to welcome District Governors. Since getting to Friday Harbor requires a ferry ride and the meeting starts at 8 am, they gifted us with an overnight stay at the Friday House that had a beautiful view of the harbor. We enjoyed an exquisite dinner with the Board at an intimate restaurant the night before. Both my husband Dick and I felt like royalty…thank you!
Oak Harbor Rotary provided the Youth Engaged in Service program the idea of putting on a Luck O’the Irish fundraiser many years ago that has helped fund the student-led humanitarian service projects in Guatemala and Honduras. Sharing good ideas helps everyone do more. During their Board meeting on my recent visit, I learned about the Club Procedures that have been put into written form and posted on their website (how often have we experienced missing something or been unaware of how it is done?) It includes Blackout Meeting Dates, a New Member Process, responsibility of the Sergeant at Arms, and how Club Dues are developed along with many other things. Great idea!
South Surrey Rotary’s Secretary mentioned that some prospective members are just looking for networking opportunities. While Rotary discouraged mentioning our business affiliations previously, we are now encouraged to do business with other Rotarians. District 5050 created where folks can list their business or find Rotarian businesses in their community. Another business benefit of being a Rotarian is Member Discounts. My business saves several hundred dollars every year on printing and office supplies. More information is at My Rotary / Member Center / Products & Services / Member Discounts. While folks may join Rotary to promote their business, they quickly become part of the family through participating in service projects and experiencing Rotary fellowship.
Surrey Rotary celebrated their 50th anniversary last month. It all started with a simple idea. Gather together like-minded people from many different professions to address community needs. Over the years, life-long friendships developed and many thousands of lives were positively impacted, including those whose hands and hearts turned the wheel together donating their time and financial resources. As I travel the District, I often wonder about all that would be missing without the Rotarians who live Service Above Self every day.
As we begin another year, I would like to share a poem written by Rebecca Pierce Murray who is one of the presenters at our District Celebration at Semiahmoo Resort May 13-15.
This is the story of someday, one day, today, and yesterday. 
A tale of regret. 
Someday was certain that one day would come, but today was not the day. 
Then one day became today but the time was not right so today became yesterday. 
And time marched on. 
Someday never happened because one day was too busy. 
But today was the last to say, I was here waiting every day, but one day and someday got in my way. 
It’s a pity and I wish we could all go back to yesterday.
Let us remember this poem as we make New Year’s resolutions which are often just dreams. Rebecca encourages us to turn our good intentions into a goal, give it a deadline, and keep it right in front of us so we see it every day because our brain takes that in, and our brain will help us make it happen.
Wishing you a joyous New Year!


District 5050 Clubs

District 5050 Sumas/Skagit Flood Response         
As People of Action, Rotarians reach out…
Many of our communities and fellow Rotarians have been severely impacted by the recent flooding in both BC and Washington. Offers of help are being received from Rotary Clubs and other Districts across both countries.
Rotary supports three phases of relief:
  1. Immediate response: Our local clubs and partners immediately offer helping hands and supplies.
  2. Short-term assistance: Our clubs and districts help affected communities wherever we can through funds and materials to re-establish day-to-day operations.
  3. Long-term rebuilding: Our clubs plan and implement projects that rebuild affected communities.
Governments and first responders have addressed immediate short-term needs such as evacuations and emergency shelter. We will be looking at ways that we can help in the rebuilding and recovery of local communities. 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. District TRF Director Malcolm Kennedy has agreed to write the grant once the needs are known.
Our District has formed a Flood Response Committee to identify and undertake actions to coordinate our activities. Assistant Governor District Board Director Allan Asaph(Area B) is coordinating the requests for assistance made by Rotary and Rotaract Clubs through their Area Assistant Governors.
Two funds have been set up to collect donations:
Canada: Rotary Club of White Rock Charitable Society (PO Box 75005, White Rock, BC, Canada V4A 0B1) 
Note: e-transfers can be sent to . Please send a separate email with a security question/answer and a full name and mailing address for tax receipt.
US: The Burlington Rotary Foundation (PO Box 175, Burlington, WA 98225)  
Donations will be used 100% for flood relief throughout District 5050. Please indicate “Flood Relief” on your cheque or e-transfer.
For questions or more information, please contact AG Allan Asaph at 604-807-0088 or email

Meadow Ridge         
One night in late October, Matt DeBruyn, a long-time member of the Meadow Ridge Rotary Club, received a call from Warren Dale whom Matt calls “the best non-member-Rotarian he knows”.
During the day, they had been talking about how happy two elderly friends of Matt had been with the laminated, wallet sized BC proof of vaccine cards that Warren had made for them. So much better than the big pieces of paper, and easier for them to use than downloading the proof on their cell phones! When Matt answered the phone that night, Warren said: “I have an idea for a great Rotary project: how about offering wallet sized laminated proof of vaccination cards for all the seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, at no charge?” Matt loved the idea and sent out emails and contacted the local newspaper that ran an article about it.

The demand was overwhelming, and during the next three weeks they made, and mostly hand delivered, laminated cards for more than 400 seniors! Warren printed and laminated the cards, Matt took care of taking information from, and delivering the cards to, the delighted seniors, and a former Rotarian Kevin Nosworthy loaned some of the equipment needed for the project. People were so thankful that many donated to the cause. Eventually, the donations outstripped the expenses to such an extent that the project resulted in a special unexpected donation to the Meadow Ridge Club’s Starfish Backpack Program of almost $1,100.

Kevin Nosworthy, Warren Dale and Matt DeBruyn

Golden Ears Sunrise
     reprinted with permission from Global News with additional content by James Monroe
A flood-damaged bridge in the Lower BC Mainland
Stormtech Performance Apparel is donating thousands of new clothes valued at $600,000 to disaster-impacted communities, while Mountain Equipment Co-op also donated clothing valued at around $36,000. On Thursday, approximately 1,500 pieces of clothing were expected to arrive in Princeton, around 2 pm, while donations to Merritt are expected later this month. In an email to Global News, Stormtech said it was donating more than 9,700 pieces of outerwear and accessories.
“Thousands of families have been displaced without their possessions and require immediate assistance,” said Blake Annable, Stormtech president and CEO. “As a company who calls B.C. home, we are committed to mobilize and leverage our available resources to help the affected communities.”
Making this all possible was the Rotary Club of Golden Ears Sunrise in Maple Ridge, which said donations to Lillooet and fire-destroyed Lytton are also being discussed. Club member Suzanne Bebbington said member Gavin Herholdt had contacts with Stormtech and MEC and worked very hard with the companies to put the donations together,
“And they offered an immense amount of brand-new clothing and jackets through both of their companies,” said Bebbington. “And they asked us if we would be open to having these available to donate to communities that need flood and disaster relief. “The sheer size of this donation left me speechless with gratitude,” said Herholdt. “It is wonderful to collaborate with Stormtech in support of this desperate need.” Princeton and Merritt were both ravaged by flooding in November, and repair efforts continue.
pending names
Bebbington said it was amazing how quickly Stormtech and MEC jumped on board, stating, “they saw the need and needed a way to get it out. We just luckily became that source to transport these items to the Interior.”
The Rotary Club said it’s in contact with other Interior communities that have been affected by flooding and wildfires, and that deliveries will be made to those communities later this month.
Asked about the sheer volume that’s being donated, Bebbington said, “When our president announced it at our meeting a couple of weeks ago, I think all of our jaws hit the floor. We were just amazed at the amount of product that they were willing to provide to these communities.  “We’re just glad to be there to create the logistics for it.”
Rotary Club of Princeton (D5060) President Olivia Williams (wearing hat) with members of a local Junior Hockey Club
Urma Mollema, Club President, said Golden Ears members wanted to help in any way they could. After the donations were confirmed, the club began reaching out and eventually came in contact with a Princeton resident who said the community needed help. From there, things moved quickly, “but our job’s not done,” said Mollema, who thanked everybody involved. “The first 1,000-plus items are being transported today. We have now received seven-and-a-half thousand other items that we will have to find homes for. It’s not that easy to distribute these items. “It’s phenomenal to know that, right before Christmas, these people will have one little shed of light, and that’s a much-needed new jacket, a hoodie or gloves or whatever they need. “There’s never a good time for a bad thing to happen, but good things come out of bad things. And that’s one thing that we are extremely happy about it.”
Sean Annable of Stormtech and Christian Gehres of MEC happened to be attending the meeting when District Governor Harrington visited the Club. She thanked them on behalf of District 5050 for their contributions. Club President Mollema recognized Gavin Herholdt for Outstanding Club Leadership and Service. Governor Bev presented Gavin with a Serve to Change Lives pin saying "This incredible project exemplifies the power of one person with an idea and the impact of like-minded people coming together to help others." She also noted that Assistant Governor Al Stjernegaard was instrumental in organizing deliveries, soliciting donations for the cost of the truck rental and personally made the first delivery.
Werner Ferreira, John Johnson, Erika Ferreira, Suzanne Bebbington, Isabella Beane, Kathy Stjernegaard, Leslie Michael, Jim Fitzpatrick
 (RC Golden Ears)
John Johnson, Coreen Johnson, Erika Ferreira, Werner Ferreira (all RC Golden Ears), Dan Gallant (RC Port Moody)

District Foundation Dinner
District 5050 Foundation Chair Malcolm Kennedy
invites you and your guest to the
District 5050 Foundation Dinner
(Postponed from November 2021 due to COVID travel restrictions)
The Foundation Dinner is being held in conjunction with the 2022 District Celebration May 13-15, 2022.
This dinner is NOT included in your Celebration registration – it is listed as an option
and can be attended as a stand-alone event
Friday, May 13, 2022
Semiahmoo Resort
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA
Annual Fund & PolioPlus Giving
GolFun Club Giving
Special Awards
Guest Speaker:
Rotary Foundation Trustee
Dean Rohrs
No Host Bar: 5:30 pm
Full Buffet Dinner: 6:15 pm
Plus, a 50/50 Draw
Dress: Beach business (fun, causal but respectful)
$75 USD per person
Reservations available on the 2022 Celebration Website - listed as an option
Registration is now open - just CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE Foundation Dinner
This link brings you to the main Conference Registration page; once you log in, you can select this Dinner via the Select Options link at bottom of your information.
District Celebration
This year’s District Conference Theme is “Rotary Connects Changemakers.” We’ll be learning about ways to connect with others more quickly and effectively using techniques National Authors Chad Littlefield and Rod Lee. Toastmaster Rebecca Murray will lead us though an exercise designed to help all of us communicate more effectively and facilitate better communication in our workplaces, families, friends and of course, Rotary Clubs! We’ll be inspired by Jordan Harrison who will encourage us to embrace our passion and overcome obstacles to make great things happen in Rotary and beyond. We will hear from Celeste Mergens who will share her story about how her passion for education of women and children resulted in her founding Days for Girls. Many Rotary Clubs in our District have sponsored several successful Days for Girls projects. We’ll enjoy great fun while listening to the performance of the Killer Keyz and their piano antics. We’ll have some fellowship, be inspired by great speakers, learn new information, make new Rotary friends and renew old friendships all while meeting in one of the Northwest’s premier destinations, Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine Washington.
Won't you join us?  Sign up here and see you in Semiahmoo!

District Governor Designate Nominated


DG 2024-25 Announced

Congratulations to Dave Duskin selected to be
District Governor in 2024-25
Dave will follow Governor Beverly Harrington, Governor Elect Raj Rajagopal, and Governor Elect Nominee David Lukov. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Arlington for 47 years. He served as President of that Club when it was called the Rotary Club of North Snohomish County in 1978-79.
Dave retired from his Arlington law practice in 2015, and since then he has been active in Rotary at the District level. He was the Assistant Governor of Area J from 2017 to 2020. Currently he is the Public Image & Communications Director for the District. He has been a facilitator at a number of training events including Rotary Leadership Institute and the District Training Assembly.
Rotary runs in the family. Dave's twin brother Dale, his nephew Cory and his son Bryce, are all members and Past Presidents of the Arlington Club. Dave met his wife Kay when they both attended Washington State University. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two grown sons: Bryce and Brady. They have a beach home on Camano Island where you'll find Dave fishing, crabbing and shrimping in season. A hobby includes raising oysters in the tide waters in front of their beach home.

As a lifelong resident of Arlington, Dave has been active in many organizations including, but not limited to, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Education Foundation, and the Boys Scouts of America at both a unit level and as a Past President of the Mount Baker Council. Dave is an Eagle Scout. The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians awarded him the Cliff Dochterman Award for Distinguished and Dedicated Service to Scouting.
Dave and Kay are avid WSU Cougar Football fans and they can be found in Pullman on most football weekends.
RI Convention 2022 - Houston!
Rotary International Convention coming up in Houston in June 2022
Reasons to register now for the 2022 RI Convention in Houston 4-8 June
There are several reasons to register soon for the RI Convention next year in Houston.
  • The last early bird registration fee discount for Rotary Club members expires on 31 March; after that the cost goes from $575 to $675.
  • Convenient and comfortable hotel housing is still available through the RI Convention website, as well as alternative options such as AirBnb.
  • Also, most special events organized by the Host Organization Committee (HOC) are still available; these events generally sell out. 
  • The events planned include Host Hospitality Night which is a great opportunity to connect with Rotarians for food, fun and fellowship.
  • Other organized options include a tour of the Space Center Houston, Rotary Night at the Museums, a tour of the Lone Star Flight Museum, attendance at the Sabercats Rugby Game or the Houston Dynamo Soccer game. For those interested in Texas shopping, a tour of the Galleria, Houston’s premier shopping mall is planned. And there are other HOC tour options available for sign up on the Convention website.
This International Convention will be unique, starting with the Texas location, the southwest cuisine, the culture and history of the area. Special attributes of Houston should make this a memorable experience. You can expect to enjoy top rate entertainment and inspiring speakers, along with meeting Rotarians from around the world. Attending an international Rotary Convention provides a different perspective of Rotary- a worldwide game changer.
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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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
Bev Harrington
Rotary Club of Burlington
Cell: 360-421-0601
Governor Elect
Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-560-4770
Governor Nominee
David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Cell: 206-909-5336
Governor Designate
Dave Duskin
Rotary Club of Arlington
Cell: 425-879-4515
Executive Secretary
Pat Bond
Rotary Club of Pacific Northwest Passport
Home: 604-488-9384
Rheanna Sidhu
Rotary Club of White Rock
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