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Governor's Message
 
Happy New Year!
 
Like almost everyone I have spoken to I am not sorry to say good-bye to 2020! I trust you and your small “bubble” were able to enjoy the holiday season and stay safe. While the holiday reporting has skewed numbers – Washington State seems to have levelled off and the BC numbers have dramatically reduced since the increased restrictions in both areas were imposed over the past month. Let’s hope there is not a spike in the coming weeks.
 
We also start 2021 knowing that at this time next year we should be back to a more normal existence. I am very thankful for that.
 
January is Vocational Service month.  I often refer to this as the “lost avenue of service.” As Rotarians we are responsible to ensure that we apply the high ethical standards of our Four Way Test to all our actions in our professional (and personal) lives. As Rotarians we are to practice our professions with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through our words and actions. We also have a responsibility to lend our vocational skills to the outcomes of our Rotary service. It is a two-way street.
 
Vocational Service is defined in the second of the four Objects of Rotary (see graphic below). 
 
I recently shared an email I received from RI President Holger Knaack with the Club Presidents. President Holger is encouraging us to be visible and active in the COVID vaccination programs that are being initiated in our countries. What that looks like will be different depending on our skills and the vaccination programs in our respective areas. When the public programs are initiated (after the vulnerable population and front-line workers are vaccinated) there will probably be lots of opportunities to help. I encourage you to connect with your health authorities and let them know that our Rotarians will be there to help when needed. 
 
I wish you, your families and friends good health, happiness and prosperity in 2021.
 
Stay well!
 
 

 
 
Welcome to the January 2021 edition of the Peace Arch Journal. We've introduced a new feature about using ClubRunner. Hopefully, you will find it useful. We've also listed the Rotary Action and Fellowship Groups. There have been several new groups added (Healthcare Professionals and Public Health to name two) since we last published this in 2019. Do you have an interest in a subject that isn't listed? Perhaps you can start a group!
 
District Foundation Chair Malcolm Kennedy gives us the results of the Foundation Month Bonanza. Congratulations to the winners!
 
 
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.

Foundation  Month Bonanza Results
Normally an incentive to encourage members to donate to The Rotary Foundation is part of the Annual District Foundation Dinner. This incentive has been in the form of silent auctions, gift basket draws, 50/50 draws and matching Paul Harris recognition points. On average these incentives raise an extra USD $6,500 in donations to The Rotary Foundation.
 
This year, COVID forced us to go to a virtual gala making it impossible to do the normal fun incentives. Hence, the November Foundation Month Bonanza was created.
 
I am happy to report that the November Foundation Month Bonanza was a great success!
  • 33 members made their first ever donation to The Rotary Foundation and had their name entered into the draw for a Paul Harris Fellow. 
         Winner of a Paul Harris Fellow #1 is Josephine Tsen, Coquitlam

     
  • 36 members made an additional donation between $100 - $249 to The Rotary Foundation and had their name entered into the draw for a Paul Harris Fellow.
         Winner of a Paul Harris Fellow #2 is Walt Greenwood, Everett

     
  • 24 members made an additional donation over $250 to The Rotary Foundation and had their name entered into the draw for a Paul Harris Fellow plus they will receive matching Paul Harris recognition Points.
         Winner of the Paul Harris Fellow #3 is Laura Burton, Everett-Port Gardner
In total, 93 District 5050 Members from 25 Clubs took advantage of the incentives offered. The total Matching Recognition Points distributed was 14,417. 
 
Total amount raised for The Rotary Foundation USD $15,864.
 
Special thank you to Past District Governor Larry & Linda Jubie for donating their matching recognition points.
 
Point award recognition materials have been sent to your Club President for distribution.
 
Thank you for your participation and support of your Rotary Foundation.
 

 
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.

Skagit         Amelia Cook
 
Rotarian Thomas Boucher, Community Services Chair for the Skagit Rotary Club, delivered ten gingerbread houses and ten warm blankets to the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter in Mount Vernon, WA to bring cheer to youth in shelter this holiday season. YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter provides services to homeless youth in our community year-round. Skagit Rotary has long supported their mission to provide a safe space for at-risk teens.
 
Skagit Rotarians Dave Thomas and Glenn Ash volunteer at the Housing Authority Food Distribution Event on 18 December 2020. With the help of the local food bank and other organizations, we helped serve over 1,200 families in four hours with food, WIC registration, and gift cards to local stores.

 
Upcoming Club Events
Rotary Club of Skagit
   Ice, Ice Baby, 30 January 2021

 
ClubRunner Tips
Welcome to our first in a periodic series regarding ClubRunner. We hope to share best practices and user tips on getting the most out of ClubRunner. Today, we will start with the basic element of the system and that is your profile. This is the key to getting the most out of ClubRunner. As a member of a Rotary Club in District 5050, you control the information in your profile.
 
Many of you will remember long ago days of your Club publishing a hard copy of the Membership Directory. They were great because if you needed to get a hold of a member, all you had to do was grab the Directory. There was just one major problem with this and that is that the Directory was out-of-date as soon as it was published. People joined the Club or left after it as printed. Information changed and you weren't able to get a hold of someone. The list goes on.
 
There are several database systems that Clubs and Districts can choose from in order help manage the information of District and Club business. District 5050 and most of our Clubs use ClubRunner. Through ClubRunner, your Club and the District can keep you apprised of what's going on in Rotary. Who uses the electronic bulletin feature to send their members weekly bulletins? You are reading this right now because we use the bulletin feature to publish the Peace Arch Journal. Like many of you, I sometimes like to have a hard copy of an organization's newsletter. You have the option of printing out the bulletins. This will be the subject of a future article.
 
Today, I want to guide you in managing your User Profile. When you keep it up-to-date, your Club's Membership Chair or Club Secretary doesn't have to track you down or enter the information. Now, I know that there are Rotarians who aren't comfortable with or able to handle this directly. And, that's okay. Easier for the Secretary, Membership Chair or Website Administrator to update a hand full of members data than everyone in the whole Club. Just think, how many members are there in your Club?
 
To access your profile, you must log in to the ClubRunner system. In the upper right of your Club's home page, click on the link Member Login. If you don't know your user name and/or password click the link on the login page "Forgot Login name?" or "Forgot password?" Once you are logged in you are presented with your My Clubrunner page. Depending on your access level, many of the sections on this page will not have active links for you. In the upper left area of the page is a link titled "My ClubRunner." You are presented with your Member Profile page.
 
Here you can update everything about you that you want to share with your Club and Rotary. Fields in red are mandatory. Do you ever wonder how your Club President knows it's your birthday, wedding or Rotary anniversary? This is where the info comes from. NOTE- the Club officers can not see your year of birth! Please fill in your birthdate if it is not showing.
 
Click the Edit button to make changes, then the Save button when you are done. This example only shows a portion of the profile page. Scroll down to update your addresses, telephone numbers, etc.

Tab Information

There are six tabs on the member profile. Each one contains different information. And, we can go into these in future articles. Though, I certainly encourage you to have a current photo in your profile.

Personal Tab

On this page it displays personal information about the member. This is useful to see if the profile is up to date. If you want to edit any of this information click on the Edit button and once done click Save.

Rotary/Organization Tab

  • On this page it displays information about you and your attendance. 

Biography Tab

  • This page displays the biography of the member. If you want to edit any of this information click on the Edit button and once done click Save.

Commitments Tab

  • This page displays the Club Events, Volunteer Tasks, Meeting Responsibilities, New Member Program, and Current Committees you are in.

Settings Tab

  • On this page it displays the Access LevelLogin InformationMember Roles, and Custom Email Signature. If you want to edit any of this information, click on the Edit button, and once done click Save.

Privacy Tab

  • This page shows the member's Communication PreferencesSearch Privacy and Club's RI Integration Privacy (If you are a Rotary Club). If you want to edit any of this information click on the Edit button and once done click Save

Depending upon your access level, you may not be able to change information in the Settings and Privacy tabs.

To wrap up today, your Club's Membership Chair or Secretary or Website Administrator can update the Membership Directory as needed. You would be able to print out that Directory from the Reports tab of your My ClubRunner page. OR, you can just look up someone on your Club's website once you are logged in.

Lastly, did you know that ClubRunner has an app for your portable device? You can look up members that way as well. More on that in the future! If you have best practices and tips that you would like to share contact me directly.


 
Rotary Fellowship Groups
 
Rotary Fellowships are independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world.
Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory. Or, search the discussion groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with similar interests.
 
There are several additions and one deletion since we published this list last year.
 

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.

2021 International Convention
2021 Rotary International Convention, Feel the energy in Taipei ! For more information and to register CLICK HERE
 
 
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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Upcoming Events
Grants Management Seminar - FULL
Zoom Meeting
Jan 30, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
 
Red Cross/Rotary Blood Drive
Stillaguamish Conference Room
Feb 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Grants Management Seminar
Zoom Meeting
Mar 13, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
 
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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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