November is Rotary Foundation Month
Governor's Message
Volunteer  noun
    vol·​un·​teer | \ ˌvä-lən-ˈtir  \
: a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it.
Your District 5050 Leadership Team takes volunteering to a whole new level. Here is but one example.

District Foundation Team
Your District 5050 Foundation Team consists of ten experienced, dedicated Rotarians who work together to help the governor educate, motivate, and inspire Rotarians to participate in our Foundation. The Foundation Committee is the connection between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and Club members.
District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC), Malcolm Kennedy: I have been involved with the District Foundation team for over ten years. During that time the Team members have consistently worked on behalf of the District 5050 Clubs to remove obstacles that would impede them from receiving Foundation Funds. The goal is to get the Clubs to “YES.” Foundation Funds are available only because of your donations to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. Funds are awarded from the World Fund and the District Designated Fund (DDF) to assist Clubs with their community projects using Foundation Grants.  I am a member of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise. Contact info: or 604-941-8606.
Please let me introduce you to three of the ten committee members who live lives of Service Above Self. These three like to give away Rotary Foundation Funds. They make it easy for clubs to get to “YES.”
Global Grants Chair, Val Tibbetts has extensive experience in Foundation Grants. Val has dedicated many hours helping clubs navigate the District & Global online grant application process. Val is the first-person, your Club needs to contact when you want to learn more about the value of applying for a Global Grants. Contact with Val needs to happen as soon as your Club thinks they might want to do a project with a Global Grant. The application process is open all year and has many moving pieces to it and while it is very time consuming the paybacks are worth the effort. Val, over the years, has patiently helped numerous Clubs through the application process so that they can get to “YES.” She continues to work with them throughout the process right up to project completion. Val is a member of the Rotary Club of Fidalgo Island. Contact info: 360-299-9390.
District Grants Chair, Steve Shea has “held the hand” of many Clubs as they work through the online District Grant Application. District Grant applications are only open for submissions once per year, deadline is 31 August each year. Clubs have 18 months to complete their project which includes an audit ready final report. The on-line application can appear to be more confusing than it really is, Steve will do everything he can to get your Club to “YES.” In mid October Steve had to step away from his role due to health concerns. Steve, we are all wishing you the very best. In the interim, Malcolm Kennedy will be assuming his role. Contact info: 604-941-8606.
Scholarship Chair, Jack Rae has been very successful, the last couple of years, in obtaining Scholarships for three very worthy students. The application process is highly competitive but with Jack’s mentorship and his desire to assist the students to ensure the applications were complete and therefore successful, the three  were able to get to “YES.” Scholarships were awarded to the Master’s Degree Program, and the Professional Development Certificate Program. Plus, one student received a Global Grant Scholarship. If your Club is looking for information requiring scholarships, then Jack should be the fist person you contact. Jack is a member of the Rotary Club of White Rock. Contact info: 604-536-8578.
This is the November 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.
World Polio Day was 24 October. We are looking forward to your submissions about your activities celebrating World Polio Day.
As you've read, this month is Foundation Month. Your direct donations and bequests go to help our neighbours locally, regionally and internationally in a myriad of ways. What are you or your Club planning for projects this year as ways to help and take advantage of the multiplying Foundation dollar? Send us your project plans and stories.
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 5050 Clubs
Semiahmoo         Victoria Biggs

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (French: Journée nationale de la vérité et de la réconciliation), colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day (French: Jour du chandail orange), is a Canadian statutory holiday to commemorate the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day was first established as an observance in 2013, as part of an effort to promote awareness and education of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century. The impact of the residential school system has been recognized as a cultural genocide, and continues to this day.

The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is thus used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of indigenous children that the residential school system enforced.

The day was elevated to a statutory holiday by the Canadian government in 2021, in light of the revelations of over 1,000 unmarked graves near former residential school sites. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a statutory holiday for federal government employees and private-sector employees to whom the Canada Labour Code applies; the governments of British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the Northwest Territories also added the day to their relevant employment legislation as an observance.


My thoughts and truth for today Sept 30, 2021
Truth and Reconciliation Day
The skies they cried, for those who died
Upon this day of truth
Heads hung in shame, our part in blame
Tragic, devastating, uncouth.
From the skies tears fall, as we recall
Our part in the hell created
There are no words, for pain endured
Born of greed and hatred.
For children taken and those forsaken
The damage has been done
The collective pain, that now remains
A new battle has begun.
The skies they weep, the wounds run deep
Yet we strive for a better day
Where we live as one, beneath the sun
We work, we love, we play.
Our ignorant minds, deaf and blind
To stories being told
Of unmarked graves, lives not saved
Told by young and old.
Forgive my part, let healing start
Let me know what I can do.
And know that when, we meet again
I honor the truth in you.
So gathered here, today in prayer
In Reconciliation
United we stand, as we join hands
To make Canada a better, stronger Nation.
Mount Vernon         Silvia Reed
The Mount Vernon Rotary Club will celebrate its centennial at a special anniversary dinner on 19 November 2021, at the Grand Willow Inn in Mount Vernon. The Rotary Club was formed in October 1921 and is considered one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in Washington state. 
After the first Club was formed in 1905 Rotary Clubs began to be formed throughout the United States and eventually the world, following the model of the original club in Chicago. Only 16 years after the original Club was established, a Rotary Club in Mount Vernon was formed in October of 1921 with 14 charter members from the local community.
The public is invited to the Celebration event which will also help raise funds for the Club’s mission. With a ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme, the Club has planned an evening of both fun and inspiration, with keynote speaker Rob Martin, former District 5050 Governor and Burlington Rotary Club member. Visit Rotary Club of Mount Vernon to register for the event.
The celebration on 19 November at the Grand Willow Inn will recognize the first 100 years of fellowship and service by the Mount Vernon Rotary Club. The Club is eager to grow during the next 100 years in providing relevant service and strong fellowship within the Mount Vernon region and beyond. Jake Dey is the Club’s current President and Stacey Salyer is President-Elect.
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

Virtual Zone Summit
Any Rotarian can attend the Zone Summit coming up in November.
Fabulous speakers and line up.
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!

District Celebration
Join us for the District Celebration (not a conference!!) at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington 13-15 May 2022. Come early for fun activities during the day on Friday and the annual Rotary Foundation dinner with Guest Speaker Dean Rohrs (separate registration details to follow). Our Celebration, “Rotary Connects Changemakers” is 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. Registration is now open at the District 5050 website.
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!!

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.”
Anacortes & Fidalgo Island Rotary Clubs joined together on 14 October to party with a purpose and raise funds for Polio. Everyone enjoyed beer, dinner, and lots of fun in-person fellowship. It was a great way to spend a rainy evening. Thanks for inviting me!
PNW Passport Club is encouraging each member to “Rotary Your Way” and do one thing to help improve the Club—you determine what & how.
Youth Engaged in Service (YES) is on hold for one more year due to you know what! 
Crossing the Border was a great adventure. I had my Nexus card, PCR test results obtained within the 72-hour requirement, and COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card…but…there is something called ArriveCAN where you are required to upload lots of information.  After being turned back to the good old U.S.A., a very sweet Victoria at the Duty Free store helped me navigate pages and pages on my I-Phone and back I went for my first DG visit to Canada!
Club visits are getting underway in earnest now that hybrid meetings are possible. It is an absolute joy to visit with everyone. Please contact Pat Bond to set up the day that works for you.
Breaking News...$5,000 was added to the Stanwood Camano Rotary Foundation Make More Happen Award from WAFD Insurance Group because their story received 500 votes. That's a grand total of $10,000 for Doing More Good! Thanks everyone for taking a moment to vote.
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!

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

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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