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Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
 
As I started to write this I found it almost prophetic with the very positive news that two if not three vaccines for COVID-19 are on the horizon. I now have a sense of how people must have felt when Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine in the early 1950s.
 
I was then reminded about an advocacy meeting I attended in Addis Ababa in 2015 with our Global Polio Eradication Partners. That was the first time I heard the term “Polio Legacy.”
 
The legacy is in the infrastructure, global laboratory and volunteer network, response time, supply chain, cold storage, trained workforce and more that Rotary has established throughout the world as we have pursued polio eradication.
 
This infrastructure that is in place will assist the world to get to the other side of our current pandemic – that is quite a legacy.
 
Another part of the polio legacy is that today the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) serves as a model of public-private sector cooperation, one that has been replicated for initiatives to control AIDS, malaria, measles, tuberculosis and now COVID-19. At that advocacy meeting I attended in 2015, the Head of the WHO for the African region said that without Rotary spearheading the initiative to create the partnership with all of the GPEI organizations – they all would still be operating in silos. We now have an incredibly high level of cooperation between all our partners on many fronts – that is quite a legacy.
 
Rotary believes good health care is everyone’s right. Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and diabetes in addition to polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.
 
We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
 
Ten years before I heard the term “polio legacy” - in 2005, Dr. Bruce Aylward said "The legacy of Polio Plus will go well beyond the eradication of one of the most devastating diseases known to mankind, It will also leave behind stronger health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world, enabling them to tackle other important health threats, particularly in the area of immunizations and communicable disease." That legacy is now poised to defeat COVID-19.
 
As we approach the day to turn the page on 2020 – and what a year it has been on so many fronts – I want to thank you all for sharing you with Rotary. Please take pride in and celebrate the many legacies Rotarians throughout this District have left in both our local and international communities. 
 
Whatever traditions that you and your families celebrate at this time of year I wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
 
     

 
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Welcome to the December 2020 edition of the Peace Arch Journal. This issue if full of wonderful projects and ways that you are supporting  not only your local communities but also your neighbours around the world! See the articles below about the literacy library bus in Guatemala and the orphanage in Cambodia as two examples. Several Clubs share their successes with fundraisers to support their giving. If you are interested in any of these as potential ideas for your Club, reach out to those Clubs directly. Contact information is available via ClubRunner.
 
2021 District Conference Chair Doug Wickers has an announcement about this year's Conference. Read the article below.
 
If you weren't able to participate in the District Foundation Gala early last month, not to worry! You can watch it via the District's YouTube channel. See the article below for photos and a recap of the recognition of Clubs that stretched this past Rotary Year to support the great work of The Rotary Foundation.
 
 
I hope that you and your families are well as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Ultimately, we all want to get back together--in-person--and do what we do best: have an impact on someone's life and not seek recognition for doing so. Enjoy your holidays and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.
 
Thank you to the members that have been submitting articles, stories, letters and photographs. As you know I'm usually not able to visit your meetings. Now that I'm not working and have lots of time, I still can't visit--at least in person. Hopefully, both of those will be changing in the near future. The Peace Arch Journal needs 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.
Stuart Wilson and Brian O'Ruaric demonstrate that Rotarians Can Work anywhere, in this case Battambang, Cambodia.

 
Peace Scholarship Awards
Two Peace Scholarship candidates from District 5050 have been awarded scholarships for 2021.
 
Alison MacLean of Surrey, BC will attend Chulalonkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand for the Professional Development Certificate programme. April Klassen of Langley BC will attend Bradford University, England for the Masters Degree programme.
 
Alison is a video journalist. She has made several trips to Afghanistan documenting American, Canadian, and NATO troops; documenting and supporting Afghan women police with uniforms, protective equipment and and other necessities. She has also documented the lives of Canadian war veterans, Japanese-Canadian veterans and indigenous peoples.
 
April has worked and volunteered in various organizations in Canada and abroad concerned with battered women, integration of immigrants and peace building. Her activities have taken her to Burundi, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and the Philippines. She also worked with refugees in France, Iraq and Turkey with peace building and leadership camps. Her studies at Bradford will be in International Development Management.
 
Every year Rotary Peace Centre awards, world wide, 50 scholarships for the Masters programme and 50 scholarships for the Certificate programme. Congratulations to Alison and April. We look forward to hearing about your experiences.

Adopt A Village!

Yes You!
 
 
Adopt a Village is a brand-new program of the International Project Alliance (IPA), a group of Rotary Clubs in the Pacific Northwest and the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas. The Alliance is offering individual Rotarians and other clubs in Rotary District 5050 the opportunity to sponsor a Mayan village, and in so doing, join the IPA’s ongoing and demonstrably effective programs in the area. 
 
Adopt a Village sponsors enjoy a long-term relationship and frequent contacts with village residents. Sponsorships support enhanced access to education and quality of life in these villages, in line with locally designed programs. The cost of sponsorships varies widely from USD $700 to over $3,000, depending on the size of the village. The American dollar goes a long way in meeting needs in Honduras. 100% of every sponsorship benefits the communities. 
 
If you are interested in sponsoring a village, please contact Program Administrator Marty Pease.
 
Information about the program can be found on the program’s website, which includes a downloadable brochure.
 
Before we support a new village, we call a community meeting to explain our programs and explore their needs. Everyone is invited. Here is an example from the village of Mariposal.

Rotary Green Bag Food Drive
On 10 October the Whatcom North and Pacific Northwest Passport Rotary Clubs, with the Bellingham Rotaract Club, initiated their new PNW Rotary Food Project, better known as the Rotary Green Bag Food Drive.
 
Based on the Neighborhood Food Project, a nationally successful program with 40 such projects, the Rotary Green Bag Food Drive will now collect and deliver food to the Ferndale Food Bank six times a year to support our neighbors and friends.
 
In the Service Area of the Ferndale (WA) Food Bank, 4,200 of the residents get food support from the Ferndale Food Bank. Over 40% are children and 20% are seniors. There is a real need to collect food and make it available for our neighbors in this challenging time.
 
The Rotary Clubs combined efforts to begin this project, with a modest donation of funds and the commitment of several members from each Club to form a Steering Committee. The Clubs also submitted a request for a Matching Grant from District 5050 and were granted USD $2,500, matching what they had raised themselves.
 
 
The program is quite simple, and can involve the whole community. Starting with the Rotarians who live and work in the Ferndale area, donors were signed up to receive a Green Bag, with the promise of collecting food for the October pickup. Rotarians, serving as Neighborhood Coordinators, then shared the duty of picking up the Green Bags from the donors’ doorsteps, and leaving a replacement Green Bag in its place. 40 bags were donated weighing 752 pounds. We expect to double the food collected on our next pickup date on 12 December. All community members are invited to volunteer, which will be needed as the program grows.
 
This worthwhile Community Service project addresses a serious need and creates visibility for Rotarians As People of Action. Similar Green Bag programs are under development in the US portion of District 5050 under the guidance of the Pacific Northwest Passport Rotary Club and the project Steering Committee. The program can be offered wherever there is a Food Bank willing to accept donations on this time of COVID, and a Rotary or Rotaract Club willing to coordinate the efforts.
 
For more information or to schedule a presentation to your Club, please contact Allen Stockbridge or at 360 223 8346.
Pictured above are (l to r)- Dale Holt, Allen Stockbridge, Jake Smith, Bryan Hennessy, Tim Villhauer, and Laurie Lloyd

GolFUN 2020
In 1996, then District Governor-Elect Hardy Staub espoused the idea of having a golf tournament to raise some money for The Rotary Foundation.  A meeting was held with Past District Governor Don Senter, and District Governor Nominee J.B. Switzer. J.B. suggested naming it GolFUN and drew up a logo that featured a two-iron for the “L” owing to Sam Dunbar’s maxim “not even God can hit a two-iron.”  Hardy contributed the Traveling Trophy that would be awarded to each year’s winning Club team.
 
Who could have imagined that on the 25th Anniversary of GOLFUN, USD $101,434 would be raised for The Rotary Foundation when the COVID-19 pandemic knocked it right off the golf course!
 
Thirty-two Rotary Clubs and their members made TRF donations even without all the fun and fellowship. Past District Governor Sean Hogan generously offered his accumulated Paul Harris points to match individual member donations of $250, resulting in 42,669 points being awarded to 86 Rotarians. The following Rotary Clubs went above & beyond by donating $2,500 or more, thus receiving the incredibly special, much coveted, soon to be a collectible 25th Anniversary GolFUN Certificate at last month’s Foundation Gala. 
 
  • Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford-Sumas
  • Anacortes
  • Bellingham
  • Burlington
  • Chilliwack
  • Coquitlam
  • Coquitlam Sunrise
  • Everett-Port Gardner
  • Fidalgo Island
  • La Conner
  • Lake Stevens
  • Langley
  • Langley Central
  • PNW Passport
  • Port Moody
  • Semiahmoo (White Rock)
  • Skagit
  • South Everett/Mukilteo
  • Stanwood/Camano Island
  • Whidbey Westside
  • White Rock
  • White Rock-Peace Arch
At a recent training for Presidents Elect, I shared a Rotary video that ended with these lines:
 
Imagine the difference your time could make 
That your skills could bring to bear 
Imagine a simple thank you was your reward 
Imagine this was your next venture 
Imagine a smile was your return on investment 
Just imagine what a difference you could make! 

 
Thank you, Hardy, Don, and J.B. for making such a difference 25 years ago!

 
Foundation Gala Photos
If you missed the 2020 District Foundation Gala this year, you can watch by clicking on this link! Below are some photos from this great evening of sharing, recognition and inspiration by our Keynote Speaker, Rotary International President Nominee, Jennifer Jones.
 
PDG Bill Robson, Master of Ceremonies
 
Dean Rohrs, Rotary Foundation Trustee
 
Malcolm Kennedy, District 5050 Foundation Chair and Evelyn Kennedy
 
Jennifer Jones
 
Bev Harrington, District 5050 Governor-Elect
A Conversation with RIPN Jennifer Jones
We were very fortunate to have RIPN Jennifer join us for our Foundation Gala on 6 November. Past District Governor Rod Thomson moderated a conversation with Jennifer and following are some of the highlights of this discussion.
 
Rod started off by asking Jennifer about the President selection process. There were ten or eleven candidates and that list was narrowed down to six by the 17 members of the Nominating Committee. After the Zoom interviews Jennifer was contacted and asked to return. She was then advised that she was the successful candidate (subject to the challenge period). All the members of the Committee told Jennifer that she was not selected because of her gender – but because of her qualifications. Jennifer indicated that whether you are male or female – every Rotarian has a voice to be heard.
 
Jennifer and her husband Nick (a family physician) will be moving on 1 July 2021 to Evanston, IL to live in a RI-owned apartment near the One Rotary Center. That will be their home base for the following two years and Jennifer said she feels fortunate as it is only about an hour’s flight from Evanston to their home in Windsor, Ontario.
 
 
Rod then asked a series of questions about The Rotary Foundation:
  • World Polio Day was a great success and it is important to celebrate our successes as we are galvanized in this common cause to a greater purpose
  • Another reason to celebrate was Africa being declared wild polio virus free on 25 August
  • Rotarian Dr. Tunji Funsho, Chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on 22 September
  • We should celebrate that we as Rotarians crafted and created this global health infrastructure (along with our partners – but we started it!)
  • Rotarians are also galvanized about public health in general – and we are changing our planet for the better
  • We all should stand tall and proud about making a difference on the global stage
  • The addition of Supporting the Environment as our 7th Area of Focus.  In the last Rotary year USD $18 million of global grants touched on some aspect of the Environment
Rod then asked questions about Rotary International:
  • We are all so fortunate to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Jennifer shared some thoughts on the Four Strategic Pillars of RI being:
    • Increase our impact
    • Expand our reach
    • Enhance our participant engagement
    • Increase our ability to adapt
And the final question “What do you see as the biggest challenge of The Rotary Foundation and/or RI?”
  • The ability for us to attract attention to what we do
  • Our ability to put a human face on what we do
  • Every challenge though presents opportunities
  • At every level of the organization we all can do a better job of partnering with other entities to join us in what we do.
Jennifer expressed sincere appreciation for being able to share the evening with us and celebrating together.
Foundation Gala
2019-2020 Banner Recognition
Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Paul Harris Society Chair, Thomas McMillan
 
Top Three per Capital Annual Fund Giving
For the three Clubs in each District that give the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund
  1. Langley            $647.82 per capita
  2. White Rock      $406.22 per capita
  3. Arlington          $295.82 per capita
100% Foundation Giving Club
For Clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund
  • Abbotsford-Sumas
  • Cloverdale
  • Lake Stevens
  • Langley
  • Mission (am)
  • Mount Baker
  • Whidbey-Westside
Every Rotarian, Every Year Club
For Clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year.
  • Abbotsford-Sumas
  • Cloverdale
  • Lake Stevens
  • Langley
  • Mission (am)
  • Mount Baker
  • Whidbey-Westside
End Polio Now Certificates
A certificate of appreciation presented to a Club for its financial support, more than $1,500 USD towards the End Polio Now campaign. Together we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio.
  • Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford-Matsqui
  •  Abbotsford-Sumas
  • Bellingham Bay
  • Burlington
  • Chilliwack-Fraser
  • Chilliwack-Mt Cheam
  • Coquitlam
  • Everett
  • Haney
  • La Conner
  • Langley
  • Langley Central
  • Meadow Ridge
  • Mission
  • Mission Midday
  • North Delta
  • North Whidbey Island Sunrise
  • Pacific Northwest Passport
  • Semiahmoo (White Rock)
  • Skagit (Mount Vernon)
  • South Everett-Mukilteo
  • Surrey
  • Whidbey-Westside
  • White Rock
  • White Rock-Peace Arch
     Special Mention - End Polio Now
  • Arlington $13,889
  • Bellingham $15,103
  • Chilliwack $15,286
  • San Juan Islands $26,655

 

 
2021 District Conference
 
We want all Rotarians of District 5050 to ‘save the date’ of 13 – 16 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 - 13 – 16 May 2021 for District 5050 Conference 2021!
District 5050 Clubs
Fraser Valley Rotaract        Alex Carmichael
 
For our fundraising project we are excited to bring back our always popular calendar! The theme of the 2021 calendar is “Rotary’s Areas of Focus” and features photos taken and submitted by Rotarians and friends of Rotary. As well as Rotary’s important dates and themes throughout the year.  Calendars are now available for purchase online at or through a Club member. The proceeds go towards the Starfish Pack Program.

Bellingham Bay         Mike Bates
 
Bellingham Bay Rotary Club has been actively working to live out our values of service above self through multiple intergenerational plans and projects in our community. Working collaboratively with the Western Washington University's Rotaract Club, as well as the Squalicum High School Rotary Interact Club, we are currently engaged in a letter writing and pen pal program between these students and the residents of two assisted living facilities in Bellingham and Lynden that have been isolated in order to protect residents from COVID-19 and related illnesses. As we all feel the effects of the pandemic, this program aims to engage some of the most vulnerable populations in a safe and compassionate way, encouraging intergenerational learning and connection.
 
In addition to our letter writing campaign, our Club is in the planning stages of a new mentorship program designed to connect Western Washington University Rotaract students with Bellingham Bay Rotary Club members. Our intention is to help guide university students through the often daunting and nebulous process of planning and preparing for a career and life after college. We are pleased to offer this program to help serve and support the next generation of engaged citizens and future leaders, wherever their professional paths may lead. 
 
During this fall season, we are once again raising money from our members to buy and donate 2,000 turkeys to the food banks of Bellingham and surrounding communities. This annual event is a signature project of the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club developed by one of our members a number of years ago, and we are proud to once again provide this service to our community.

Mission Midday         Ellen Nguyen
 
This fall has been a busy time for Mission Midday. Our members continue to fundraise and volunteer in our community. Our volunteers have been helping out in Mission’s Community Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinics each weekend. We were able to collect 386 pairs of socks for our Sock Drive for Copper Hall, a community organization that feeds and helps Mission’s homeless population. We ended October on a high note with our Halloween Zoom Music Bingo fundraiser! It was a fun, safe way for families to play Music Bingo from the comfort of their living rooms. We are so thankful for the sponsorships of our local businesses and were able to raise over $1,500, which means we can do more for our community!
 

 
South Surrey         Deidre O'Ruaric
 
On 31 October of this year (COVID and Halloween notwithstanding), South Surrey put on a very successful fundraiser: Secure Onsite Document Shredding by donation. With the COVID situation we were not quite sure how busy this years shredding event would be. Thinking that people had been locked down at home, needing projects to keep busy, maybe they might have sorted through all their old papers! Feeling optimistic (while looking at our costs and the possible downside too) we opted to double down with two shredding trucks. We set up for two lanes of cars directed through the site.  We asked people to stay in their cars, we would unload and dump the boxes and bags. As it turned out we had people lined up before the trucks arrived and things got busier from there, filling both trucks to the brim in three hours! Needless to say, there were a lot of our Club Rotarians needed to direct the traffic, handle all the paper and collect the donations…there were a lot of tired Rotarians when we were done!
 
Club President Rhonda Latrielle
 
For Rotary Clubs—outside of the Semiahmoo Peninsula please—who might like a COVID friendly fundraiser, feel welcome to reach out to our Club and we will be happy to offer advice on how to make the shredding fundraiser work.
 
Eva Galvez, Jeff Richards, Carlos Galvez and Brian O'Ruaric
 
We raised just over CDN $10,000 with all monies going to our local community project –Sources and our two international projects – Orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia and the Hospice in Bangkok Thailand. Our Club has continued to  support  the orphanage in Cambodia during COVID. (See related article about the orphanage project.)
Deirdre O'Ruaric and Leslie Singh

Whidbey Island PPE Task Force         Steve Schwalbe
 
The four Whidbey Island Rotary Clubs--Oak Harbor, North Whidbey Island Sunrise, South Whidbey Island and Whidbey Westside pooled their resources once again to purchase supplies for Whidbey Health Medical Center in Coupeville.
 
Four large boxes containing 8,000 head caps (24 inches wide, which the hospital did not have) and almost 5,000 shoe coverings (with traction on the bottom, which the hospital did not have) were delivered early last month to Harry Hawn (r). He was ecstatic!
Thank you to the Rotarians of Whidbey Island!

White Rock         Darryl Swallow
 
Dr. Bonnie Henry. Health Officer for the Province of British Columbia, was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by our Club for her contributions to our Province during the current pandemic. This is an excerpt from the letter we sent her with her award since we weren't able to present it in person.
 
"I speak for members of my Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of White Rock, when I say “Thank You” for your leadership during this difficult health crisis.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, your calm, consistent message has motivated us to change our behaviour in our day-to-day lives to keep safe and protect those around us.
 
"You can be sure Rotary is closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the World Health Organization to ensure the safest and most appropriate actions are taken for our members. Most Clubs continue to meet weekly virtually.
 
"One of the greatest honours for Rotarians, is to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship and also to present one to deserving non-Rotarians. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905 and was established in his honor in 1957 to recognize a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation.
 
 
"The Rotary Club of White Rock would like to recognize you as a Paul Harris Fellow in special appreciation for the ways in which your life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.
 
"We thank you, Dr. Henry, for demonstrating in your life and vocation a commitment to helping people be calm, stay safe and be kind to one another."
White Rock Peace Arch & White Rock Peninsula        Karol Kabut
 
The Rotary Club of White Rock Peace Arch and the Rotary Club of White Rock Peninsula announce the merging of their two Clubs and will officially be  known as The Rotary Club of White Rock Peace Arch. Locally known as the Peace Arch Peninsula Rotary Club. The resulting Club will much stronger and will continue supporting our local community as well as our international commitments.
 
“It’s a Great Day for Surrey/White Rock and Rotary,” said Club President Airton Dudzevich. "I want to thank all the work done by our members in making this successful."
 
We are pleased to announce that the Club is now a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club with a donation to the Rotary Foundation of US $17,000 (CDN $23,000). “What a way to put our Club on the District 5050 map” said Al Marchi, Club Foundation Chair.
 
The Rotary Club of White Rock Peace Arch Peninsula currently meets via Zoom on either Monday at Noon or Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Check the web site for more information. Founded in 1985, “Peace Arch Rotary” has been active in our community. We have contributed to numerous community groups and projects and look forward to serving many more.

 
Upcoming Club Events
Rotary Club of Anacortes
   Anacortes Rotary Helps, December 2020 

Rotary Club of South Whidbey
   Virtual Holiday Wine Sale, 1 - 13 December 2020
 
Rotary Club of White Rock Peace Arch
   Rotary Noel 50/50 2020 Deadline to enter is 21 December 2020 Midnight, can only be purchased in BC, must be 19 years of age

 
A Rotary Club's Test Passes Muster
In early 2014 a visiting Rotarian, Chip Bowness, now an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of South Surrey, brought to our attention an orphanage near Battambang, Cambodia. The orphanage is located on the main road from Battambang to Phnom Penh, around 30 km south of Battambang. Chip’s Rotary Club of Bankok South (Thailand) was helping with the orphanage in the wake of the closing of the Rotary Club of Battambang.
 
 
Two of our members, Stuart Wilson, retired Department of Agriculture Senior Administrator (r), and Brian O’Ruairc, General Contractor and Builder (l), travelled to Battambang with Bowness to assess the facility, the ‘need’ and the potential for our Club’s involvement. They were met by representatives from the Rotary Club Minerva in Amsterdam, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and representatives of the FLOAT Foundation (The Float Foundation is an initiative of a Dutch businessman who wishes to contribute to improving the living conditions of the poorest children in Southeast Asia.)
 
 
What our Members, Stuart and Brian found was a rough facility comprised of three corrugated tin buildings which can house 50 children: one building for boys, another one for girls, and the third building containing an office and the general use/school space for the children. It had been set up at low costs, but it was functioning in the circumstances with the children well cared for. 
 
Upon completion of the tour, representatives of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and the Rotary Club of South Surrey met to discuss next steps. It was agreed that repairs to the buildings were urgently necessary. A matrix of potential projects was developed identifying and detailing the practical aspects of the potential projects including organizing the assessments, estimating costs and establishing responsibility around each. Controls were established and a ‘step-wise’ program was confirmed, again, largely through the involvement of our Stuart, Brian and our Club members.
 
 
Much had to be done. There was no water service, it had long since broken down, been dismantled and removed. This was the first and most necessary task--basic water service and some sanitary washroom facilities. To make this happen, electricity had to be run from the road to the buildings. Then we could put in the water pumps that would establish these basic necessities. Improvements to the buildings were also much needed to ameliorate the oppressive heat in these rough and somewhat open buildings. Without proper air management, ventilation and rudimentary teaching facilities the education and general health of the children was compromised. A modest kitchen was needed too, including a food preparation table and the replacement of the two woks over an open fire on the dirt floor that was then in place. 
 
The “test” our Club brought to involvement was: ”How can we do the most good for the largest number of people with the minimum amount of dollars?”  The Battambang Orphanage met that test. The principal objective was to provide a healthy environment in which the children could live and learn and ultimately move forward with knowledge and skills sufficient to make a good life for themselves and, in time, their own families. Our South Surrey Club fully embraced the project and felt the pride and satisfaction of doing some really good Rotary work for some really good and deserving people, most important, the children with their lives ahead of them.
 
While in Bangkok, Brian was shown an “AIDS Hospice.” AIDS is not recognized in Thailand, therefore the infected and their families are ostracized and shunned. The space was small, an open sewer ran through the center, the floor was always wet and prone to flooding with any rain. The circumstances were heart-wrenching. A few old, rusty military style beds--flat strap and spring, with no mattresses and people literally dying with only a thin blanket for comfort. Needless to say, our South Surrey Club immediately took on the project to relocate and establish a credible facility for this immense need.
 
Hospice New Patient Area
 
The description and photos were galvanizing for our Club. We unanimously pledged our fundraising efforts and obtained support from private individuals as well as a contribution from the Semiahmoo Rotary Club to assist the remarkable Thai woman who had been begging and borrowing and giving of her limited personal resources to the maintenance of the hospice. We provided help in relocating the facility, building on the land, securing electricity and services, financing a modest van to transport people and supplies and creating a livable space allowing some dignity to the patients and reasonable conditions for the small volunteer staff.
 
We, every member to a one, of our South Surrey Club were engaged, contributing, enquiring and committed to making the lives of these children and patients of the hospice better. It was a rallying of our membership…our efforts truly geared to the higher purpose. We were doing good Rotary work!
 
Every year since 2014, this COVID year excepted, Brian O’Ruairc and Chip Bowness have returned to Battambang Children’s Home and the Hospice to assess the work to date and plan for maintenance and subsequent improvements. In every visit, local services and mostly local materials were used. The children were also involved to every extent possible as an effort to engage them in the projects and help them get experience and develop skills in the process. Much has been done and further projects are necessary. Throughout the progress of this International Project our Club has been supported greatly by District 5050 Grants. The application and reporting processes have been constructive and well managed and we are grateful for the support received.

Probigua Literacy Library Bus

Bus de la Biblioteca de Alfabetizacion de Probigua
 
The District 5050 Rotary Literacy Committee has a huge ASK. We are requesting the clubs throughout the district, set aside some of your International funds to help maintain this much needed project for another year. On behalf of District 5050, we are reaching out to all the Rotary Clubs in the District to assist financially with keeping a much needed Probigus Literacy Library Bus Program alive in Guatemala.
 
 
The books need replenishing, the tires need replacing, fuel and regular maintenance has to be done to ensure the library bus is able to reach into the isolated Mayan villages in the mountainous areas of Guatemala.
 
As mentioned in April, a group of Rotarians went to Guatemala in February 2020 and connected with the Literacy Bus to present much needed funds for this outstanding project that continues for almost 15 years with our assistance. In 2005 the District Literacy Committee  received an International Rotary Grant to fund a Centennial Project. With that grant, a 1996 school bus was purchased and converted into a mobile literacy library bus that was travelling out to Mayan villagers in rural  Guatemala. The Bus continues to do sterling service by reaching out to the children who have very little access to books and in most cases, the library bus is the only reading books available for the children in those villages.
 
 
The photos (taken by author) are from our trip in 2015. We would like to return in a few months, but, due to the pandemic we don't know if we can travel to Central America. If you would like to know more about the Guatemalan District Literacy Library Bus or how to provide the funds to help ensure this program continues its great work, please contact Michal Adkins, District 5050 Literacy Chair or at 604 217 0524.
 
Announcing District Governor Nominee Designate
I am honoured to announce that David Lukov from the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon has been selected as the District Governor Nominee Designate and will serve as District Governor in 2023-24.
 
David Lukov is currently a licensed funeral director at Kern Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, and has been serving in the funeral and cemetery profession for many years. He is also a licensed insurance agent and an officiant in the state of Washington. 
 
David is a graduate of Shorecrest High School (Shoreline, WA), Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ). His professional background includes years as a pastor, a Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and chaplain, and a college instructor.  David was born in Seattle and is married to Mary (a true blue Tarheel). They have two grown children: Brett and Megan. 
 
David first joined Rotary in 1998 and has been a member of several Rotary clubs as he moved for work over the years. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon and served as Club President in 2017-2018.
 
He serves as a member of the District Visioning Team, a facilitator with the Rotary Learning Institute (RLI), and a training leader with the Pacific Northwest President Elect Training Seminars (PETS). David is also the incoming Chair of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. 
 
He enjoys bowling, hiking and walking, trivia, jiu-jitsu, Pilates, bourbon sipping, laughing to good comedy and M*A*S*H. 
Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
Ed Note: This article contains a correction to the email addresses listed below. We apologize for any inconvenience for attempting to contact any of these Rotarians because of the incorrect addresses.
 
On June 26, 2020 the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International board of Directors added a new area of focus: supporting the environment. Environmental projects will be eligible for global grants in 2021; in the meantime and at any time all Area of Focus projects should be considered in light of their impact on the environment. A Rotary Action Group  for  Environmental Sustainability - ESRAG - was established about three years ago and is a great place to learn more about environmental concerns and to make contact with like minded people. Within District 5050 four Rotarians, members of ESRAG, have formed the nucleus of a group to promote and encourage development of environmental activities  by individuals and clubs and to promote partnerships which will help us achieve these ends.
 
We also encourage Rotarians to join ESRAG  and our District 5050 group. For more information please contact: Allen StockbridgeJack RaeMichel Vekved, or Raj Rajagopal.
 
Contact Allen Stockbridge to schedule a Presentation on ESRAG and Rotary Climate Action Teams for your Club.
 
The
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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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
 
Governor
Carol Tichelman
Rotary Club of Chilliwack
Cell: 604-819-0363
 
Governor Elect
Bev Harrington
Rotary Club of Burlington
Cell: 360-421-0601
 
Governor Nominee
Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-349-7818
 
Governor Designate
David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Cell: 206-909-5336
 
Secretary
Bonnie Willits
Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise
Home: 360-320-2285
 
Treasurer
Rheanna Sidhu
Rotary Club of White Rock
Phone: 604-996-0820
 
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