Governor's Message
Spring is Coming!!!
Spring begins March 20th – YEAH! March is also Water and Sanitation month on the Rotary calendar. The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in our own backyard.
Rotary-USAID Partnership: Rotary has partnered with the US Agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement sustainable, long-term programs to improve water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene.
WASH in Schools Target Challenge: Rotary has challenged our members to develop sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects in five countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
WASH projects: Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries. Through grants from The Rotary Foundation and fundraising by Rotary clubs, our volunteers have supported water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction, and waste management.
And this Area of Focus is one embraced by many Clubs in our District 5050. The eleven Clubs in the IPA (International Project Alliance) have done significant WASH programs in the Mayan villages in Copan Honduras over the years. This Rotary year the Bellingham and the Stanwood-Camano Island Clubs received District Grants of over $10,000 to continue this work.
The Mount Baker Club has provided 41 water wells in Nigeria. They just completed and closed a ten well global grant totalling $50,900 and have just been approved for another ten well project with a budget of over $51,000.
The Sedro-Woolley and the Semiahmoo Clubs have contributed over $7,700 to three global grants (led by other Districts) for WASH projects in Haiti, Kenya and Guatemala.
The Chilliwack Club along with DDF has contributed $44,000 to an $857,000 WASH project in Ethiopia that is pending final approval. This project is a large multi-Club and District project that includes $400,000 in matching funds from World Vision.
The Port Moody Club is currently in the draft stage of a $98,000 WASH project in Kenya, and the Everett-Port Gardner Club is working on a global grant of $95,000 for WASH in Guatemala.
There is definitely passion in District 5050 to provide those less fortunate with much needed water, sanitation and hygiene programs. On behalf of the recipients of your good works – I thank you all!
Stay positive & test negative!!!

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the Peace Arch JournalWe are excited to read about the trip a few Rotarians were able to make to Honduras and report back on the successes of the IPA program! See the article below and learn how you can help. You will also read about the success that was spearheaded by the Everett Club to support people in the Dajabón region of the Dominican Republic. Dajabón sits right on the border with Haiti a few miles from the north side of the island. Thank you to the District 5050 Clubs that support the gardens program.
You will also read about upcoming Club Training and opportunities to develop yourself professionally through the Toastmasters online seminars programmes. These trainings can help you in your vocation as well as your volunteer work, possibly even with your own families.
Don't forget to Save the Date for the District Conference as well as the Rotary International Convention. Both are virtual this year!
Dave Duskin, District 5050 Communications Committee Chair announced today that Nash Damji will be serving as District Webmaster starting 1 July. Thank you to Kevin Wood for all of his hard work maintaining the site for the past few years. Duskin said of Nash, who is a Member of the Rotary Club of White Rock, "he has extensive graphic and website skills. He will be an asset to our District."
Thank you to the members that have been submitting articles, stories, letters and photographs. My own work hours have changed substantially, so I really appreciate everyone that sends us information. We could still use 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.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

Rotary Peace Fellowship Candidates Sought
Every year Rotary offers fully funded scholarships for Peace studies: A masters degree programme at five selected universities and two Professional certificate programmess - one in Bangkok, Thailand and one in Kampala, Uganda - the Kampala programme is limited to candidates living or working in Africa or who have a particular interest in Africa.
Candidates for these programmes  can find details and applications on line at Rotary Peace Fellowships. There is no age limit but candidates are required to have a college or university degree and at least five years experience in peace related activities.  
As in most Rotary funded activities, Rotarians and members of their families are not eligible for these scholarships.
If you know of potential candidates please contact Jack Rae and I will work with them in preparing their applications.

TRF Policy Changes to World Fund Match
Excerpts from a Message from K.R. Ravindran 2021-2022 Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation Policy Changes, effective July 1, 2021 that will have an impact on current and future Global Grants.
Dear Rotarians,
This has perhaps been the most turbulent year of this generation — we faced a global health crisis, natural disasters, and economic turmoil all at the same time and the whole world was affected.  Through it all, Rotary has stood tall. We have heard stories of some amazing acts of generosity and personal acts of service by clubs, Rotarians, and Rotaractors.
Because the high demand for global grants is far exceeding and outpacing the growth in Annual Fund contributions, the World Fund is depleted well before each Rotary year ends and we find ourselves in a position where we cannot fund all the global grant requests we receive.
A financial shortfall is expected this year and likely in the coming years because of the growing success of our global grant program.
Therefore, the Trustees have approved policy changes, effective 1 July 2021, that will strengthen the Foundation’s ability to fund more global grants.
The World Fund match of DDF will be reduced from 100% to 80% when being used for global grants.
Instead of DDF applied to global grants receiving a 100% match from the World Fund, the global grants match will decrease to 80%.
Example of District 5050 Global Grant MatchCurrent Match1 July 2021
Minimum Club(s) Funds + applicable 5% TRF admin fee$10,000$10,715
District Designated Funds (DDF) D5050 Match $1 for $1 of Club Funds$10,000$10,715
World Fund match DDF (Current @ 100 % as of July 1, 2021 @ 80%)$10,000$8,570
Minimum Project Budget $30,000 USD$30.000$30.000
For the 2020-21 Rotary year, as long as funds remain available, DDF will continue to be matched at 100% for applications submitted by 31 May and approved by 30 June. Applications that are not approved this Rotary year will need to be resubmitted with adjusted financing
Your Trustees have spent a considerable period of time deliberating these issues, and these policy changes are the result of careful thought and planning. Balancing financial resources with program demands is challenging for any nonprofit, and adjustments and difficult decisions are sometimes necessary to cope with the changing situation.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
K.R. Ravindran
2020-21 Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation
District Foundation Team Seeking Members
The District Foundation Team is seeking two individuals to serve as:
District Grants Subcommittee Chair and Global Grants Subcommittee Chair. These are three-year terms commencing on 1 July, 2021. If you are interested, please contact District Foundation Chair Malcolm Kennedy.
As a Rotary Foundation Subcommittee Chair, you manage and promote Rotary Grants. As a member of the District Foundation team, you are a valuable connection, with a goal of, creating a positive experience between The Rotary Foundation and the District 5050 membership. This is essential as they work through the process of applying for a District and/or Global Grant.
You will be a leader at the Grant Management Seminars ensuring members and clubs are qualified to receive Rotary Foundation Funds. Providing the tools needed to do a successful District and/or Global Grant on-line application is the prime objective of the District Foundation Team. Requests to do Club presentations to promote and explain the application process along with presentations at other District events can be expected.
Your responsibilities include being a member of the approval committee authorizing the use of District Designated Funds (DDF) for District and/or Global Grants. Once a grant is approved you will work with the Club to ensure good financial and management practices are followed throughout the life the grant.
Support and training from the current chairs can be expected to enable a smooth transition. Experience in writing a District or Global grant is an asset. Use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the ability of navigating the RI website are necessary skills.
Training Fiesta!
It’s a Fiesta!
This year we’re taking training to a new level with the District 5050 Club Training Fiesta running the whole month of April.
Starting 31 March, 7:00 pm, with our Fiesta launch (supply your own favourite cerveza or sangria and nachos) featuring Dr. Kent M. Keith, author of the Paradoxical Commandments, presenting on leadership based on the 4-Way Test, online opportunities will extend through April.
Kent M Keith
If you are taking on a leadership role in your Club, or are a new Rotarian looking for more information, there will be something for you! Function specific courses for Treasurers and Secretaries as well as Rotary Foundation presentations, the latest on public image and social media plus innovative membership ideas, Zoom best practices and online tips provide you with valuable useful tools.
Presidents-Elect will also have sessions to follow up on the PETS experience and answer questions about your role leading your Club.
Watch for more information as the schedule is firmed up!
Call To Action: Celebrating Our Foundation
Join Director, Valarie Wafer, and Dean Rohrs, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, our hosts for this 2021 virtual event.  The program begins with our special guest, Rotary International President Nominee, Jennifer Jones, at the "Red Carpet" pre-event:
"Celebrating our Foundation!"
Wednesday 12 May 2021, 5:00 pm PDT
This will be a ~60 minute fast-paced virtual Gala fundraiser for TRF designed to help the leadership in every one of our 43 Districts in Zones 28 & 32 help promote fundraising for both the Annual Funds and PolioPlus with their members. It is easy for districts to participate, as the show will be created for you and all you have to do is promote it! In this year of pandemic shutdowns all over our Zone it is an ideal opportunity for you to meet or exceed your club & district foundation donation goals!
Our Gala evening will feature a "Red Carpet" pre-show that kicks off at 5:00pm PDT sharp hosted by Rotary International's first female President, Jennifer Jones! This will lead us into the variety show with Master of Ceremonies Past RI Director Jeffry Cadorette, distinguished speakers, entertainers, inspiring stories about service supported by TRF and much more!
Tickets to the virtual event will be $110 USD plus applicable fees, of which $100 is a fully credited donation to TRF - you get a charitable tax receipt and 100 Paul Harris Fellowship points, and your District gets credit towards their Foundation goals.  

This gives Rotarians, their Clubs and Districts the opportunity to DO MORE GOOD, and meet the goals they have all set for Foundation donations this year. The donation will be directed 75% to the Annual Fund of TRF and 25% to the PolioPlus fund. The program continues to evolve but we already have some great things lined up for you!  Check out the subpages listed below for information:
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
International Projects Alliance (IPA)        Marty Pease & Catherine Riordan
Finally, after a year of pandemic-induced travel restrictions, a team from the International Project Alliance (IPA) was able to go to Honduras to oversee its ongoing multi-faceted multi-club Rotary project. We share below some highlights from that trip.
To catch up on IPA business and because it was the end of the coffee-picking season and the beginning of the school year, the team visited partner Mayan villages every weekday, delivering school supplies to 2,300 students in grades kindergarten through high school. For the visits, because of COVID concerns, the team had asked teachers to assure no students be present (except middle and high school students) and that no food be served. Most understood and complied. Three of IPA’s local contractors prepared the supplies for delivery and now, after all the deliveries have been made, they will update the database with new information about enrolled students and materials delivered.
In regards to COVID, the U.S. visiting IPA team was required to have a negative COVID test both before going and returning.  Many of the villages have had no cases of COVID and are conscientious about precautions. Everyone wore masks,  hand sanitizer was readily available, but keeping social distance was at times more difficult. The team learned from Hondurans they are not anticipating vaccines until next year, if at all.
The team was especially interested in seeing the aftereffects of the hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Honduras in late 2020. There was visible damage everywhere (see photos).
Landslides and washouts were a big problem both on the main road and the roads to the villages. The team couldn’t get to three villages because the roads had not yet been cleared. Several car and footbridges had been taken out by the surging waters and river beds were 2-3 times their previous size. Some houses were destroyed. As part of its special hurricane relief project and with the generosity of Rotarians and their friends, the IPA is almost finished repairing in its participating villages the damaged water systems, a school building and a footbridge.
Copán Ruinas, IPA’s base town, is depressed. It relies heavily on tourism of which there is none presently. There were many locals in the streets, idle because of the state of the economy, the pandemic, and the hurricanes' damage. When tourism will return is unknown. The plaza at the UNESCO Archaeological World Heritage Site was empty and very few people were at Macaw Mountain nature reserve. IPA team members were the only guests in the local hotel, which was opened for them after a year of being closed.   
After this visit, the team was even more impressed with what IPA's local contractors have done to keep the IPA projects running despite the surrounding devastation, restrictions, and shutdowns. They have kept the programs running well with only a virtual IPA presence for a year. Club Rotario de Copán Ruinas, as they always do, plays essential roles by providing transportation to the villages, helping to distribute school supplies and sharing their local knowledge and networks. The Copán Club had received a donation from Tom’s Shoes and they were able to hand out those shoes as part of these visits.
Overall the team is very glad they went. It was really good to reconnect with people and have hands-on participation. Presently, IPA is planning to resume trips every three months.
For more information on this trip and the project, visit IPA’s Facebook or website. For more information in general, visit If you have questions, please contact Marty Pease or at 720-291-1979.
Everett         Walt Greenwood

Rotary Harvests $107,000 for Gardens in Dominican Republic

Five years of work and eight visits by Rotary Club of Everett members will soon yield crops for needy farmers in the Dajabón region of the Dominican Republic.
Grants of nearly $107,000 from the Rotary Foundation, Everett-area Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 5050 and more will help low-income residents build greenhouse gardens where they can raise vegetables to eat and sell. Gardeners will be trained in agriculture production, accounting, marketing and sales skills, to set them up for long-term success.
Carlos Martinez, first garden owner in Los Miches
In 2015 Everett Rotarians traveled to the Caribbean nation seeking a new global outreach project. Local Rotarians in northern Dajabón had a plan to help local people build gardens. A project was set to create ten gardens, each covering 300 square meters (about 3200 square feet), funded with $10,000 from the Everett Rotary and Rotary District 5050. In the end, six families built successful gardens.   
Manuela Rodriguez, first garden owner in La Vigia; Ed Peterson, Everett Rotary; Ana Carrasco, Dajabón Rotary Project Leader; Dr. Jose Luis Garcia, agriculture specialist, Washington State University; and, Anthony Gromko, WSU microloan specialist
Everett Rotarians then looked to expand the project to nine new villages. They worked with other Everett-area Rotary Clubs, District 5050, Washington State University, Rotary International and others to fund the program and provide technical help.
On 14 December 2020 big news! The Rotary Foundation approved USD $45,000 in matching funds to nearly double the garden loan program. The full list of donors includes:
Rotary Club of Everett    $15,000
Rotary Club of South Everett/Mukilteo   $  5,000
Rotary Club of Lake Stevens   $  5,000
Rotary Club of Everett-Port Gardner   $  5,000
Rotary District 5050   $30,000
The Rotary Foundation   $45,000
Rotary Club of Dajabón   $     865
Rotary District 4060   $  1,000
Total  $106,865
Residents building the gardens will receive loans from Banfondesa, a Dominican financial institution. The money repaid will then go into a revolving loan fund. Everett Rotarians will continue to visit and support the project and assist the Dajabón Rotary.

Port Moody         Allan Stjernegaard
The Rotary Club of Port Moody supports community and international service projects. We have a couple of simple fund raisers that help our Club raise money.

If you happen to purchase your favorite beverage at the Port Moody Liquor Store, mention the Rotary club of Port Moody and we will receive a small percentage of your purchase.
3rd Party Events & Promotions - Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation
After you have enjoyed your beverage of choice return your empties to any
Return-It - It's Worth It

Using the Express return kiosk request a label for the Port Moody Rotary Club. Enter our account number 6047899849. We will receive your generous donation of recycle. The empties must be dropped off in recycle approved clear plastic bags with no draw strings.

Chilliwack After Hours         Patti Lawn
Chilliwack’s newest Rotary Club has been busy doing good deeds around town lately.
In addition to raising money for various Chilliwack organizations, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack After Hours members have also been performing regular acts of kindness.
Kathy Funk (l) and Lara Clayton (r) present cheque to Don of the Salvation Army Food Bank
“For a 24-member group, we have whole hearted dedication to making Chilliwack a better place,” Club President Joan Patterson said. Recently they handed a CDN $500 cheque over to Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society after raising funds through a meat pie sale. Their “Checkers for Charity” fundraiser – an event which featured gifts for every $20 donation – brought in more than CDN $4,000 for the Salvation Army food bank and other local charities. Each person who donated $20 to the fundraiser would get a checker corresponding to one of the prizes donated by various local businesses. The largest gift was a $700 “wall of wine” from Odlum Brown which went to a pair of hospital employees (a husband and wife) who work in the emergency department of Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
They’ve also been doing acts of kindness around Chilliwack.
The Club has placed little libraries in areas where the less fortunate can access books, and members have filled handbags with donated treats for the woman at Ruth and Naomi’s Family Centre.
Rotarian Kathy Funk (r) with the RCMP Chilliwack Detachment Community Response Team
The RCMP’s Chilliwack Community Response Team received decadent cupcakes by Urban Cakes along with Tim Horton’s gift cards as a thank you for their service, and Crystal Ridge Manor staff received cinnamon buns donated by SinAmen Bun Co. along with chocolates to thank them for keeping local seniors safe.
Staff at Crystal Ridge Manor
Upcoming fundraisers include a frozen blueberries sale and ongoing meat pie sales. The meat pies help local business, Lori’s Diner. “We are all about community,” said Lara Clayton, fundraising co-chair. “During these tough times, our little Club is having a big impact.”

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!

2021 District Conference
We want all Rotarians of District 5050 to ‘save the date’ of 14 – 15 May 2021 for our District Conference. District Governor Carol Tichelman’s vision for Conference was to highlight the significant role of Rotary to the life and vitality in Chilliwack. The District Conference logo, as explained by DG Carol at her visits to our Clubs borrows on Rotary International President Knaack’s graphic of open doors as ROTARY “Opens Opportunities.” The six open doors represent the four Chiliwack area Rotary Clubs plus the Rotaract & Interact Clubs in Chilliwack. To that end we had already not only arranged a list of remarkable speakers to inspire us with their collective wisdom, but also developed personal local experiences for Conference attendees to enjoy.
The reality of Covid-19 has made our Committee to determine that an in-person Conference is neither appropriate nor realistic in a cross-border District. British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, suggests that she hopes a COVID vaccine might be widely available for distribution by November 2021. The Committee has made the decision with reluctance and heavy hearts to cancel the in-person Conference – however we are excited about the virtual Conference opportunity!
More information on the newly re-imagined Conference experience will be announced soon. We also plan to transition the House of Friendship experience to a virtual opportunity to share your Club’s successful projects and fundraisers.
We hope in doing this virtual Conference that we may actually allow more 5050 Rotarians to appreciate the worth of District Conference while not requiring the time and expense of the traditional Conference format.
So save the dates - 14 – 15 May 2021 for District 5050 Conference 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.

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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