October is Community Economic Development Month
Nearly 800 million people in our world live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty. One Rotarian, Peter Martin, had a big, bold idea about helping the poorest of the poor in the remote villages in Honduras. Here is the amazing account of just a small part of what has been accomplished in seven short years.

Economic Development in Copán, Honduras
The International Project Alliance (IPA) is a group of 11 Rotary Clubs in Skagit and surrounding counties that made a long-term commitment to helping the Mayan people of Copán, Honduras. Founded in 2014, the IPA funds projects in seven areas of focus, with an annual budget that varies between $250,000 and $400,000. Projects support 38 villages in the mountains surrounding the small town of Copán Ruinas, located in the western highlands of Honduras.
A major area of focus is economic development, and eleven of the villages are enrolled in an IPA program known as Rapid Development. Adapted from the highly successful “FXB” model from Switzerland, the three-year program is driven by the precept that successful village development requires tackling all drivers of poverty simultaneously. The program is led by a full-time contractor in Copán, supported by a small team of specialized trainers.
Training session held outdoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Key components of the program include:
  • Community based decision making replaces the more common “top down” approach to aid.
  • Providing the participants in each village with classes in 80 different topics, such as: motivation; remedial math; how to start and run a village savings-and-loan association (VSLA); how to choose, start and manage a small business; customer service; nutrition and health; how to create a home garden; and best practices in agriculture.
  • Helping each village to create and manage their new VSLA, where members are required to save every week. The program also injects seed capital for business loans. Loans are made to qualified members.
  • Working with entrepreneurs in groups to plan their new businesses in detail.
  • Incentives to encourage business formation, usually in the form of small home improvements.
  • Training and equipping two health volunteers from each village so that they can provide basic care and first aid in the village. Residents no longer have to walk to town for these services.
  • Visiting each village every week for the first year of the program, then follow-up visits once or twice a month thereafter.
  • A formal Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) process to measure the results of the program. A baseline household survey is followed by at least two annual surveys for statistical analysis.
A successful new pig farmer
Early results are very encouraging. Virtually all business loans are repaid on time, and most new businesses are thriving. Participants feel better about their lives than before.
Peter Martin is a member of the Rotary Club of Fidalgo Island and President of the IPA Foundation
This is the October 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 is 24 October. What are you doing to recognize that we are thisclose? See the article below to register your Club's activities. Read about the various things that our Clubs are doing in the District 5050 Clubs section. Does your Club have an upcoming event that you would like to promote? Upcoming Club Events is a great way to invite Rotarians from around the region to share in how you Serve to Change Lives.
Registration is now open for the 2022 District Celebration in May. US and Canadian Members pay the same price until 1 November! 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 Service Committee
Creation of a District Service Committee
One of the cornerstones of Rotary is service. The reputation of Rotary, both locally and worldwide, has been to provide “Service above Self.”  When District Governor Bev Harrington proposed the formation of a District Service Committee and asked me to serve as Chair, I immediately said, “Yes.”  I am excited to help Clubs in our district continue to find ways to serve others.
The purpose of the Service Committee is to further enhance service opportunities within District 5050 Rotary Clubs, as well as encourage further service events between Rotary Clubs within the district and international. What are some of the tasks this committee hopes to accomplish?
  • Encourage Clubs to find ways to provide more service opportunities for its members.
  • Promote “Rotary Days of Service.” This is a challenge from RI President Shekhar Mehta to encourage Rotary Clubs to host at least one practical and action-oriented service project during his term (2021-2022).
  • Find ways in which Clubs can join together to serve. This service can be with two or more Rotary Clubs, Rotaract or Interact Clubs in neighboring communities, or among Rotary Clubs in different regions of the District, or even among other Clubs internationally.
  • Encourage Rotary Clubs, in their acts of service, to invite those who are not a part of the Rotary family to participate. The goal would be to try to have at least 25% who participate not current Rotary members.
I want to encourage you to share your club’s service projects with the new Service Committee and the Peace Arch Journal. Our committee’s goal is to help inspire Rotary Clubs to discover new and fulfilling ways to serve others.  Let’s fill these pages with stories of service!
World Polio Day
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyzes children.
Inspire action
Take action for World Polio Day by promoting the importance of polio eradication, raising funds, and planning events. Let’s engage our communities in the fight against polio — because as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
Use the World Polio Day Toolkit to find resources and tips for planning activities and promoting a polio-free world. Inspire others to join us by hosting virtual and community events, creating fundraisers, and sharing posts on social media.
Register your club’s participation in World Polio Day to show how Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world are taking action to eradicate polio. If you register your events, fundraisers, and promotions by 14 October, you’ll get early access to a download of Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update one week before the program will be shown on 24 October on Rotary’s Facebook page and
Use Raise for Rotary to start an online fundraiser to benefit The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund for World Polio Day. Then, share it with your network! The top Raise for Rotary World Polio Day 2021 fundraisers will be featured on My Rotary.
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
APPLICATION DEADLINE   -   1 November 2021
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 5050 Clubs
South Whidbey         Michelle Munro
The Farm School located behind the South Whidbey Elementary School on Maxwelton Road purchased a “Coolbot” kit with funding provided by Goosefoot. The 8' x 10' refrigerated cooler allows organic vegetables and fruits raised by the Farm School to be stored for longer periods of time. The produce is used by WIN (Whidbey Island Nourishes) to furnish lunches and snacks for children on South Whidbey. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island assembled the cooler, which was soon filled with fruits and vegetables grown on the farm.
Dave LaBrecque, Jan-Marc Jouas and Torrey Olson

Everett Port Gardner         Mary Schoenfeldt
We at Everett Port Gardner Rotary are thankful to be back out in the world again and raising money to give away by selling raffle tickets for a 1967 ½ Pontiac Firebird convertible. This year's drawing was held 2 October. Congratulations to the winner! We have been giving away a classic car for more than 20 years now and in the process have raised well over $1 million dollars. Every cent has been turned around and gone back into the community… local, regional and international. We have supported efforts like domestic violence prevention, Special Olympics, disaster mental health recovery, human trafficking prevention, safe water, support to non traditional college students and so so much more. Click here to read more about the story behind this year's car and connections we made at the Evergreen State Fair.

San Juans         Pete Rose
Several weeks ago Hadley Staley presented a program to our Club about her time in Kabul, Afghanistan. Staley earned her JD at Willamette University and a Masters in Law at Yale University. Her first role in Afghanistan was at the American University, where she was Chair of the Law Department and Assistant Professor of Law. She was at least ten years younger than other department heads, and one of a small group of women in leadership roles. Indeed, many of the law students were older than her. From that, she transitioned to the role of Executive Director of the Friends of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, which provides scholarships for Afghan lawyers to get their Masters of Law at prestigious US law schools. The concept was to embed democracy by giving a foundation in the rule of law through critical legal thinking and analysis skills, taught at US law schools. Her time at our Club was when the United States was pulling out of Afghanistan and the Taliban was taking over so there was much discussion about the impact the new regime will have on women in the country. Click this link to read our complete review of her presentation. Contact us if you would like to ask her to be one of your upcoming programs.
Hadley Staley, left, and a friend in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

Youth Exchange Program 2022-2023 Timeline!
Now is the time for your Club to sign up for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for 2022-2023! Yes, it may seem far off, but in several weeks Clubs will begin this exciting process by selecting their Outbound Students. That is where the fun really begins!
Participating is easy! All you need is a Youth Exchange Officer (YEO), Club Counselor, the fee, a desire to be a “Club of the World” and you are ready to begin your adventure.
Below is an abbreviated timeline that leads up to the actual 2022-2023 exchange:
  • September 1, 2021 (if you need more time, please let us know) – Club Commitment Form and Fee is due for Clubs who want to participate (Host Club). This commitment allows the District to commit to host Inbound Students (one Outbound Student equals one Inbound Student).
  • October 1, 2021 – Preliminary applications are due to the Clubs from students desiring to head out on Exchange from your Club.
  • October 30, 2021 – Participating Clubs select their Future Outbound Student and submit this information to the District Youth Exchange Committee.
  • December 2021 – Vetted and Approved Future Outbound Students must submit all final paperwork to the District.
  • January 2022 – Future Outbound Students find out their country assignment and Clubs learn about their Inbound Students.
  • February 2022 – Future Outbound Students attend one of two Outbound Orientations (second in April/May) and Host Families for Inbound Students begin to be secured by Host Clubs.
  • March/April 2022 – Host Clubs secure school space for Inbound Student (sometimes replacing the Outbound Student in school).
  • August 2022 – Outbound Student leaves on exchange and Inbound Student arrives.
You might be amazed at how much your Club can benefit from Youth Exchange. In fact, there are likely potential members in your area for whom an Exchange changed their lives decades ago and who are ready to become champions for the program - and new Rotary members!  This program is also instrumental in creating our future Rotarians.  
And remember, if a Long-Term Exchange is not in the cards for your Club this year, a Short-Term Exchange is a great way for your Club to get their feet wet as the individual families do the heavy lifting. The key is to reach out to the District Youth Exchange Committee – we can help your Club find the right fit and plan.
Or reach out to discuss:
5050 District Youth Exchange Chair: Felicity Dye 360-815-3199
Virtual Zone Summit
Any Rotarian can attend the Zone Summit coming up in November.
Fabulous speakers and line up.
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 1 November! 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.”
Stanwood Camano Rotary Foundation is receiving a $5,000 donation through the Make More Happen Award from WAFD Insurance Group. You can help them receive an additional $5,000 by signing on to for one week, starting 10/20/21, and voting for their story.
Club President Hans Eskelsen, who personally applied for the grant through his company, responded “This is such an honor and wonderful news! We are excited and eager to share this news and go for the win! This donation will be tremendous to allowing Rotary to help our community locally and abroad!”
I have been asked about the different registration fees for the District Celebration 13 - 15 May 2022, at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA. The early bird full conference rate until 1 November is $275 USD for American Rotarians and $222 USD for Canadian Rotarians which is based on the 1 July 2021 Rotary Exchange Rate. Since we are all one Rotary family, we decided the cost should be the same for everyone. After 1 November the full registration for all Rotarians will be $300 USD. Register now on the District 5050 website so we can all celebrate being together again! You  must log into your My ClubRunner in order to register.
World Polio Day:  24 October Every year we raise awareness about Rotary efforts to end polio for good. When I was attending the University of California in Berkeley, I had a part-time job assisting a polio survivor. She was an elementary school teacher who needed some help dressing and being driven to/from school. Unfortunately, she had not received the polio vaccine as I and my brothers had. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to join the District 5050 PolioPlus Society. To belong you commit to donating $100 USD or more per year and pledge to do so until polio is completely eradicated.  Just one more way to change lives.
Membership Class of 2022 Please send me an email when you induct a new member to your Rotary Club from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. I would like to personally welcome each one to the family as well as recognize their Rotary sponsor. Remember: Each One, Bring One!
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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