Governor's Message
Economic & Community Development Month
Happy Autumn – and we are a quarter of the way through the Rotary year! 
Unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of social safety nets lie at the core of poverty. For the poor, labour is often the only option to improve well-being. Creating productive employment opportunities is essential for reducing poverty and achieving sustainable economic and social development, and for providing income security and empowerment especially for women, people with disabilities, youth, and the extremely poor.
Over 795 million people (or 1 in 9 people in the world) do not have enough to eat; 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls; 70% of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and lives.
In the last year our District approved four global grants to address this Area of Focus.  The Rotary Club of Langley Central has a food security program developing a plantain farm in Liberia; the Everett Club has a greenhouse project in the Dominican Republic; led by the Abbotsford-Sumas Club seven clubs collaborated and are expanding a wheelchair factory in Guatemala; and the Fidalgo Island Club has an extensive economic development program in six Mayan villages in Honduras. 
Rotarians are People of Action – and the Rotarians in District 5050 are very active in improving lives around the world. Thank you!
Stay well!

Governor's Visit Schedule
As of 1 October 2020; schedule is subject to change
Oct 1Sedro Woolley (L)
 Fraser Valley Rotaract (E)
Oct 5Chilliwack After Hours (D)
Oct 6Mission Midday (L)
 Tri-Cities Rotaract (E)
Oct 7Mission Morning (B)
 Semiahmoo Rotaract (E)
Oct 8Chilliwack Mt. Cheam (B)
 Whatcom County North (Ferndale) (L)
Oct 13Meadow Ridge (L)
Oct 14South Surrey (B)
Oct 15Marysville Sunrise (B)
 Arlington (L)
 Snohomish County Rotaract (E)
Oct 16Lake Stevens (B)
 South Everett-Mukilteo (L)
Oct 19Bellingham (L)
 La Conner (D)
Oct 20Fidalgo Island (B)
 Everett (L)
Oct 21Skagit (B)
 Anacortes (L)
Oct 22Burlington Midday (L)
 Pacific Northwest Passport (E)
Oct 23Burlington (B)
 Oak Harbor (L)
Oct 26Bellingham Sunrise (B)
Oct 27Mount Baker (L)
 Bellingham Rotaract (E)
Oct 28Port Moody (B)
 Coquitlam (L)
Oct 29Surrey (D)
Nov 2Chilliwack Fraser Rotaract (E)
Nov 3Coquitlam Sunrise (B)
 Abbotsford (L)
Nov 4Chilliwack Fraser (L)
Nov 5Port Coquitlam Centennial (D)
Nov 12Hope (D)
Nov 18Langley Sunrise (B)
Nov 20Chilliwack (L)

Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
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: Allan StockbridgeJack RaeMichel Vekved, or Raj Rajagopal.
Contact Allan Stockbridge to schedule a Presentation on ESRAG and Rotary Climate Action Teams for your Club.
Toastmasters Workshops
Shaken, Not Stirred – A perfect blend of Rotary and Toastmasters!
Join us for a couple of interactive workshops all about Toastmasters for Rotarians. 
Toastmasters offers internationally renowned leadership and communication training​.  Rotary District 5050 is providing a sample of what Toastmasters has to offer for all Rotarians, especially those entering leadership positions.  If you don’t have the time to join a Toastmasters Club and want the “Q’s brief” to gain those everyday skills we need as Rotarians—personally and professionally--this is for you!
Please note there are modules created by Toastmasters for Rotarians on the Leaning Center. We highly encourage you to use your 007 spy skills to check them out. (How do you think James Bond ever got so famous in the spy game? He was a Toastmaster, too--at least that’s the rumor!)
Leave your Aston Martin in the garage; both workshops will be offered on Zoom and a link provided to registrants the day before the workshop at the District website. Note that there is a limit of 20 participants per workshop.
Session 1 – 26 October  6:00-7:30 pm
  • Impromptu Speaking – Classic Toastmaster Table Topic Style
  • How to deliver an introduction that will make your guest feel welcome and your members look forward to hearing the presentation
  • Craft your message to inspire and motivate
Session 2 – 2 November  6:00-7:30 pm
  • Impromptu Speaking – Classic Toastmaster Table Topic Style
  • Running an effective meeting
  • Positive feedback and accomplishment recognition
The workshops will be led primarily by Rotarians who are also Toastmasters who will share with you what they have learned and applied to their leadership in Rotary.
Carl Garrison, Past President of Sedro-Woolley Rotary and Past President of Shine & Rise Toastmasters
Bev Harrington DGE, Rotary Club of Burlington and member of Burlington Better Speakers 
Stephanie Hooper, Past President Rotary Club of Burlington and President of Skagit Valley Toastmasters
Todd Cudaback, Past District Director Toastmasters District 2
What is Your Rotary Legacy?
When I joined Rotary for the first two years, most of my focus was on my Club’s local projects. I really did not understand much about the Rotary Foundation; how it worked or how local Rotary Clubs benefited from that relationship.
As I moved from being my Club’s Foundation Chair to a District role first as Grant Chair and now as the District Endowment Fund Chair, I grew to understand the enormous value the Foundation provides to all of us and its member Clubs around the world. The Rotary Foundation, supported by Rotary International, is the bond that connects all Clubs worldwide with grants for projects both in our local communities and at the international level.
That being the case, how will Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation evolve and grow in the future so we can continue all the good work being done?
There are simply only two ways. First, by maintaining and hopefully increasing our membership in Rotary International. Increased membership will lead to increased contributions to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund enabling it to continue to stay healthy and vibrant.
Secondly, through the Endowment Fund, which is the key to the future, giving the Rotary Foundation the ability to continue to fund both District and Global grants and form partnerships with organizations like the Gates Foundation. Its goal is to grow to over two billion dollars strong by 2025 and from the earnings alone, is a major funding provider for all our local and international grants and other programs.
So for all of us Rotarians, we might ask ourselves, what is our Rotary legacy?
During our lifetimes we have given much energy, time, and money to the many causes of Rotary. Perhaps for those of us who are able, we might consider what kind of continuing legacy we can leave to the Rotary Foundation to carry on our work beyond our lifetimes. There are several ways to do that.
One is by making a specific gift through your Will or Trust. Second, is to gift part of your retirement plan tax free to the Rotary Foundation. Third, is to gift land or other kinds of property. All the contributions to the Endowment Fund are invested in perpetuity. Only the earnings are used to support Rotary grants and activities.
When I have spoken at various venues, many Rotarians have said “I’ve been meaning to do that but haven’t got around to it yet.” Yes, it requires some effort and time, on a subject we do not like to spend much time thinking about, the need to direct our remaining assets beyond our lifetime. But consider this. A legacy gift to the Rotary Foundation extends your life’s work forever. The cause is great, to improve the lives of all mankind. For if we help the sick, the poor, the needy, the uneducated, we ultimately help ourselves.
So, give it some consideration and if you feel so moved, then please act. You can contact your attorney, or one of several attorneys’ who are Rotarians in our District who are willing to help, or the Rotary Foundation directly.

District Foundation Committee Events
NOVEMBER Rotary Foundation Month
Your hosts:
DG Carol Tichelman & DRFC Malcolm Kennedy
Wednesday, 4 November “Coffee Chat” 10 am
Brenda Cressey
Rotary Foundation Trustee
Has served as Vice Chair and Chair of TRF Trustees
Friday, 6 November @ 6:30 pm
Virtual Cocktail Party
Foundation awards followed by an outstanding speaker
Jennifer Jones
Rotary International President Nominee
Jennifer makes history, becomes first woman named
Rotary President–Nominee for 2022-23”
Wednesday, 18 November “Coffee Chat” 10 am
Michael McGovern
Past RI Vice President 2007-08
Rotary International PolioPlus Committee Chair since 2014
Wednesday, 25 November “Coffee Chat” 10 am
To be announced soon
Details to follow
In separate mail out
Bonus Paul Harris Points for November Foundation Month
For additional donations to the Annual Fund or PolioPlus 
First time donors of $50 or more could win a Paul Harris
Donors making an additional donation of $100 or more could win a Paul Harris
Donors making an additional donation of $250 or more could win a Paul Harris
PLUS matching PH Points
Details on Bonus Points and Registration will be sent to every member in mid October
District DEI Working Group
On 7 July 2020, the following email was sent to all Rotarians and Rotaractors in the District with a valid email.
District 5050 forming a working group to address DEI
The District is committed to assisting clubs to increase membership, better reflect their communities, and ensure there is understanding of  what is meant by Rotary's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Towards this end, the District is forming a DEI Working Group. If you are interested in working on these issues please contact Lindagene Coyle, Working Group Chair.
The following people responded to the call and now form the working group. Lindagene Coyle Chair, White Rock & PNW Passport; David Bricka, Sedro Woolley; Gurpreet Sohi, Coquitlam; John Edwards, Surrey; Marilyn Kendall, Chilliwack After Hours; Rachel Downes, South Everett Mukilteo; Reid Shockey, Everett Port Gardner; Veronica Lopez, Langley.
We have been educating ourselves on the issues and challenges and reviewing relevant resources to assist us in our work. Look for upcoming articles.
If you have not done so, go to the RI Learning Center and take the following courses Committing to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Building a Diverse Club. You will have to log into your My Rotary account or create one in order to view these programs.
District 5050 Clubs

The Rotary Club of Burlington would like to share this letter from Aiden Woodard about the impact of the Interact Club they sponsor as well as providing $18,000 in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors:

Thank you so much for all of the support you guys have given me, my friends, and our local community.  Rotary is truly making a difference in the lives of so many people in our community, and I feel as though you guys don't necessarily get all of the thanks that you truly deserve.  During High School, I had the privilege of being a part of Burlington-Edison's Interact Club, and was able to work on, and volunteer with a ton of amazing projects, and none of that would have been possible without the support of the local Rotary Chapter, and especially Jerry, who was our sort of go between with Rotary and Interact.  Being a part of Interact, and getting to work on so many incredible volunteering opportunities has fostered a love for my community, and a desire to make the world around me a better place.

Now that I am in college, you guys are making my dreams of becoming a Chemical Engineer a reality through your continued support, and I am truly so grateful for all you have, and continue to do for me.  I hope to continue to be able to give back to my community, whether that is in Burlington, or across the country in Boston, and that desire to improve my community is in no small part thanks to you guys, and all of the people at Rotary who I had the pleasure of getting to know and work alongside.

Passport PNW         Jill Greer
Being an International Rotary Club with Canadian and American members, the PNW Passport Rotary Club has been cut in two, due to the border closure which required us to do our meetings on Zoom like most Clubs during this Pandemic. We have been missing a couple of elements that caused us to join Rotary in the first place: service to community or “doing good in the world,” and fellowship. The PNW Passport Club spearheaded a service/work party at Camano Island’s Freedom Park joining four Rotary Clubs (Bellingham, Burlington, Stanwood Camano, and PNW Passport) and three Rotaract Clubs (Bellingham, Snohomish, Tri-Cities, BC) plus some community members. Rotary’s Adventure Playground in Freedom Park is ten years old, receives no public funds, and requires yearly maintenance.
Pictured above: DGN Bev Harrington, Rotary Club of Stanwood-Camano President Terrance Bedford and Rotaractors Dakota White, Jaymee Lynn, Billy Hager & Alec Linse.
In two Saturday, three-hour sessions (10 am-1 pm, 8 August and 5 September), the park was raked, weeded, the picnic tables were sanded and stained, the “Adventure Playground” letters got a fresh coat of color, and most of the fence pickets were stained. Ace Hardware on Camano Island and in Stanwood, plus Hamilton Lumber and Stanwood True Value Hardware each donated five gallons of stain for this community project. Working together to preserve Freedom Park’s Adventure Playground, and enjoying fellowship together, social distancing in the Greer’s backyard for a hamburger lunch, strengthens our connections within District 5050.  Also, it was interesting to get to know our dynamic Rotaractors, and, together “do good in the community.” A third service/work party was planned for later September, depending on the weather.
Pictured above are, front row left to right, Alec Linse, Tim Villhauer, Pati Vilhauer, Terry Greer, Deb Wiggs and Bill Hager. In the back row, left to right, are Bob Moles, Dakota White, Jaymee Lynn, Allen, Stockbridge, Julie Johansen, Jill Greer and DGE Bev Harrington.

Upcoming Club Events
Rotary Club of Monroe

Take a Rotary Road Trip
You've read about my virtual visits to Clubs throughout our District and even a few to Clubs across the Country. Now, here's a chance to visits Clubs around the world. Click this link to see where and when Clubs are meeting. As of this writing, there are more than 280 Clubs listed. If you do visit, we'd love to hear about it. Send us a short article and screen shot to
Rotary International 2021 Convention
From the Desk of the Editor
Welcome to the October 2020 edition of the Peace Arch Journal. Governor Carol is working her way "across" the District visiting with members, meeting new Rotarians and having a great time. Look at her visit schedule above to see when she's coming to your Club. Invite a prospective member to that meeting.
Governor Carol speaking to the Rotary Club of Monroe last month.
World Polio Day is 24 October. What is your Club planning to recognize this day? Send us a short article with photographs to share with the rest of the District.
In preparation for Foundation Month, the District Foundation Committee has planned some "get togethers" in November. RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones will be joining our Foundation Awards! Plan to attend 6 November. See the article above to learn more.
Do you ever wonder what your legacy will be? Is it in your family including children? Is it in your work? Is it in your activism? How do you want people to remember you? Learn about one way by reading Rick Bolduc's article on financial legacy.
Our Rotaract Groups have been very busy despite the pandemic. Click here to read the District Rotaract's September Newsletter. Who is in the photograph in the first page that might also appear elsewhere in this edition of the Peace Arch JournalClick this link to go directly to the District Rotaract website.
Need to do  makeup - online? Check out the article above about online Rotary Club meetings around the world. If you participate, send us a short article about it and include a screen shot. Send your articles and photos to
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.
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
Toastmasters Workshop - Session 2
Zoom Meeting
Nov 02, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Coffee Chat with Brenda Cressey - Postponed
Zoom Meeting
Nov 04, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary: Pre-Pets Part 1
Zoom Meeting
Nov 04, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Foundation Virtual Gala
Zoom Meeting
Nov 06, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Coffee Chat with Michael McGovern
Zoom Meeting
Nov 18, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary: Pre-Pets Part 2
Zoom Meeting
Nov 18, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Coffee Chat with Ian Riseley
Zoom Meeting
Nov 25, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary: Pre-Pets Part 3
Zoom Meeting
Dec 02, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
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
Bonnie Willits
Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise
Home: 360-320-2285
Rheanna Sidhu
Rotary Club of White Rock
Phone: 604-996-0820
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