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From the Desk of the Editor
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the electronic Peace Arch Journal. We have been working hard on putting this together and I welcome your feedback. This will only work if we hear from you. We endevour to put articles in this monthly edition about Rotarians and Clubs in our District that you won't find on the District website.
 
At the last District Conference, Governor Murray introduced the Travelling Peace Arch Cup. We are seeking your help to locate it. The idea is that the Cup would be moved every month from one Club to the next. We were directed to let the Editor of the Peace Arch Journal know when it was presented at each Club. I'm asking for your help to update us on where it is.
 
I had the opportunity to visit the site of the upcoming International Convention. Honolulu is getting ready for us. The weather will be beautiful as in this photograph.
 
 
Lastly, we're looking for a few people to write a occasional short articles about Rotarians and Clubs in your area. I am not able to travel frequently to visit our great District, so I must really on you to help tell us what great things Rotary is doing in your communities. If you're interested please send me an email. My contact information is to the left.
 
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Governor's Message
 
I would like to wish each of you a happy and prosperous New Year filled with love, peace and happiness.
 
At some events this holiday season, I spoke of the similarities between the sentiments of the season and Rotary. For example, during the holiday season, we connect and reconnect with family and friends and make new friends. In Rotary, each day we connect with each other in our own Clubs, Clubs in our District and Rotarians on the other side of the world. During the season, we speak and sing of peace and goodwill; the fourth object of Rotary is to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. Thirdly, it is the season for giving and joy, and Rotarians receive great joy from giving every day of their time, talents, skills, resources and love to help others. After hearing this, one Club President responded that this means Rotarians get to celebrate Christmas every day — cool! And we do, through our commitment to Service Above Self.
 
As we enter the second half of the Rotary year 2019-2020, let’s reflect on our achievements of the past six months on how we have improved lives in our own community and in communities around the world. And, then let’s remember our goals of this Rotary year and double our efforts to achieve and surpass all of them to have an even greater impact on people’s lives.
 
The theme for January is Vocational Service which we sometimes forget is one of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service and the reason Rotary began in the first place. Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests.
 
In celebrating this theme we should:
  • Aspire to high ethical standards in our occupation;
  • Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and;
  • Contribute our vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
For more information and ideas on how to celebrate Vocational Service, please click this link for a guide. You can then save this to you computer, laptop, tablet and/or mobile device.
 
Thank you for all you do in Rotary to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
 
 
Stories
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 malcolm.rotary@outlook.com.
 
9:30 am - 2:30 pm                                9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$45 CAD after January 24 $60 CAD   $45 USD after February 14 $60 USD
Rotary Field House                              Silver Reef Casino - Tower Room
2197 - 148th Street                               4876 Haxton Way
Surrey, BC                                            Ferndale, WA
 
Click the dates above for online registration
 
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District Grants Awarded 2018-2019
District 5050 Grants using District Designated Funds (DDF)

District Grants Awarded 2019-20 - investing YOUR Foundation Donations
 
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Project Name
 Rotary Club
Total Project Budget
Grant Requested
Grant Awarded
Area of Focus
1
Everett
$19,492.00
$9,492.00
$9,492.00
3
2
Marysville
$12,057.95
$6,000.00
$6,000.00
6
3
San Juan Islands
$13,740.00
$6,870.00
$6,870.00
6
4
Coquitlam Sunrise
$3,700.00
$1,850.00
$1,850.00
6
5
Burlington Rotary
$3,265.30
$1,632.65
$1,633.00
5
6
Fidalgo Island
$8,000.00
$4,000.00
$4,000.00
4
7
Everett-Port Gardner
$10,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
6
8
Chilliwack
$25,754.40
$10,000.00
$10,000.00
6
9
Sedro-Woolley
$5,085.14
$2,543.00
$2,543.00
6
10
LaConner
$5,012.00
$2,506.00
$2,506.00
5
11
Langley
$6,247.50
$3,100.00
$2,337.00
6
12
South Surrey
$10,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
2
13
Port Moody
$17,625.00
$8,813.00
$8,813.00
5
14
Langley Central
$3,754.00
$1,877.00
$1,877.00
6
15
South Surrey
$17,800.00
$8,900.00
$8,900.00
3
16
Chilliwack Fraser
$10,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
3
17
North Delta
$10,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
4
18
Mission Morning
$4,750.00
$2,375.00
$2,375.00
4
19
Oak Harbor
$40,000.00
$15,000.00
$10,000.00
6
20
White Rock
$18,041.35
$9,000.00
$9,000.00
4
21
Bellingham
$2,192.00
$1,096.00
$1,096.00
5
DG 2094211
Total
$246,516.64
$115,054.65
$109,292.00
 
Area of Focus
     1. Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution
     2. Disease Prevention & Treatment 
     3. Water & Sanitation 
     4. Maternal & Child Health 
     5. Basic Education & Literacy
     6. Economic & Community Development 
 
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District 5050 Clubs
Chilliwack
On 2 December members stuffed 24 gift bags for young moms at Ruth & Naomi’s Mission to make their Christmas a little brighter. They also wrote messages of thanks to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
   
 
Whidbey Westside
 
A very special ‘thank you’ to RCWW Interact/Flight Club President Zac Christensen for his leg work and inviting astronaut and navy Captain Heidi Piper to give a presentation to the entire high school body this morning - with insights into STEM education, military, and technological careers. The auditorium was ‘standing-room-only.’
 
Principal John Patton publicly thanked Zac and the South Whidbey High School RCWW Interact/Flight Club for coordinating this great opportunity for high school young men and women could hear, first hand, from an astronaut encouraging them to strongly consider engineering, flying and higher education.
 
Our Rotary Club is very fortunate to have such fine adult leaders in Ed Halloran and Bill Leeds as well as great mentors like Peter Morton and Fred Lundahl.
 
Our RCWW Interact/Flight Club continues to grow in membership and local influence…a key mission of our Rotary Club.
 
Thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement. Our young leaders need us to believe in them. I know I do.
 
Pictured l-r: Fred Lundhahl, Advisor; Ed Halloran, Director, Youth Services; Peter Morton, Advisor; Captain Heidi Pipe; Zac Christiansen, President, Interact Club; John Joynt, Club President.
 
Chilliwack
 
The Rotary Club of Chillwack had great reason to smile on Saturday 16 November 2019. It marked the grand opening of the Vedder Rotary Loop Trail.
The Rotary Club of Chilliwack, The City of Chilliwack, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, and the FVRD were all partners in making the completion of the CDN$5 million trail a success.  
 
“This is a featured landmark in Chilliwack. People know about the Rotary Trail, they come to the Rotary Trail specifically when they come to Chilliwack, and they bring their friends and visitors to the Rotary Trail. And why do they do it? Because it connects our community,” said President Michael Berger with The Rotary Club of Chilliwack.  
 
By looping the trail from the Vedder Bridge on the north side, to the pedestrian crossing on the Keith Wilson Bridge and back along the dike on the south side it offers people access to an uninterrupted riverside trail system that has now extended to over 20 kilometers in length.
 
This project was initiated 24 years ago, with a 5 kilometer stretch along the north side of the Vedder River through hard work and contributions from three Chilliwack Rotary Clubs—Chilliwack, Chilliwack Fraser and Chilliwack Mt. Cheam.
 
     
Upcoming Club Events
Coquitlam Sunrise—Quiz Night Fundraiser          27 Feb
 
Lake Stevens—Corks & Kegs Wine and Beer Tasting        18 April
 
 
Visit the specific Clubs for more information. Find them at the District 5050 Clubs List.
 
Rotary District 5050 Calendar
For updates refer to Events on the District Home Page
 
1 February                          Grants Seminar, Rotary Field House
7    -  9 February                 YAIL
21 -  23 February                President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
29 February                        Grants Seminar, Silver Reef Hotel
4 April                                District Training Assembly, Surrey
30 April  -  3 May               District Conference—Join the Adventure
7  -  10 May                         RYLA
6  -  10 June                         Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, HI
 
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: peter.hawkins@xtra.co.nz  to request the 8 page full Tour details.
 
           
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