Governor's Message
In February, I completed my last official Rotary Club visit (a rescheduled one) and I would like to thank all the Club Presidents and Club members for making me feel so welcomed. I had a wonderful time at each Club and it was very interesting and informative learning about Club cultures.  I have to say the Club visit is the highlight of my District Governor year as I was able to meet and re-acquaint myself with over 1,800 Rotarians. These visits truly reflect that Rotary Connects the World.
I would also like to thank the Assistant Governors for their assistance in setting up and introducing me at the Clubs.
The Rotary theme for March is Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. 
Many Clubs in our District have been involved in projects involving water and sanitation. Clubs have had or will have water and sanitation projects in a variety of countries including Cambodia, Panama, Philippines, Honduras and Nigeria.
The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems — and one of the hardest to solve.
Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates Rotarians to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries.  Rotarians start by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure and then add education programs to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.
One way individuals and clubs can get involved is by joining one of the most active Rotary Action Groups, Water and Sanitation Action Group (, whose goal is to provide “human, technical and financial support to Rotary clubs and districts that are seeking to help communities to gain sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene."
Let’s take advantage of District and Global grants to address water, sanitation and hygiene problems and save children’s lives.
Getting the Most Out of Rotary
You have heard my goal of helping each Rotarian and Club to get the most out of Rotary. There are several upcoming opportunities to do that:
  • New member orientations at the District level. Contact your President or Assistant Governor for more information
  • Rotary Leadership Institute for all levels and separate levels for Parts 2 and 3 on March 7 & 8 in Mount Vernon.  This is a great way to learn more about Rotary to get more of Rotary whether you are a new Rotarian or a very experienced Rotarian ( for more info)
  • Club Training Event on 4 April in Surrey, BC. This is the new name for the District Training Assembly – new because it is about providing information for Rotarians to do their best work in their clubs. It is also a great opportunity to learn skills and knowledge that will be helpful in Rotary, at work and at home.
  • District Conference 2020 – Join the Adventure!  at Harrison Hot Springs, 30 April – 3 May
A celebration and recognition of all the wonderful work Rotarians and Clubs have been doing over the past year with very inspirational and insightful speakers.
  • Rotary International Convention 2020 – Honolulu, Hawaii, 6 – 11 June. 
This is an incredible experience and the best way to see the international aspect of Rotary as Rotarians from 200 countries and territories meet to learn and do more in the world

Rotary Youth Exchange 2020-2021
At this first of two orientation days we covered the critical items needed for exchange, general rules and guidelines for success, Timelines and visa application, travel and flights.  We also cover what it means to be a Rotary Exchange Student: an Ambassador for your Country, your Community and for Rotary. Each student was presented with their scholarship award of one year study abroad (valued at $25,000) by Brad Whittaker.
Left to right with the country they will be in and their sponsoring Club: Teresa T./France (Chilliwack- Mt. Cheam), Owen C./Denmark (Bellingham), Jayna W./Peru (Chilliwack), Eilidh D./Italy (Chilliwack Fraser), Cate N./Austria (Chilliwack), Rowan S./Switzerland (Whidbey Westside), Aristala H./Japan (Arlington) and Riley L/Germany (Everett).

Governor Elect Carol Tichelman, who was Chair of the Board of Directors for this year's Pacific Northwest Presidents Elect Training Seminar, introduces PRIP Rick King who gave a humurous overview of all things that every Club President needs to know.
Rotary International Director-Elect Valerie Wafer addresses a breakout session.
Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack addresses a breakout session.
Area J President's Elect (l-r)- Bryce Duskin, Arlington; Edward Chea, Marysville Sunrise; Christina Trader, Marysville; and, Terrence Bedford, Stanwood Camano.
District Communications Committee
Since the start of the new Rotary year there have been changes in some of the ways the District communicates with our members.  The changes have included adding a Facebook page and changing our group site to a Rotarians only site. We have also rolled out a change in how the Peace Arch Journal is published. We are now using the bulletin feature that is part of ClubRunner, so it comes to you as a separate email that opens directly to the bulletin content.
District leadership is working on adopting a Public Image and Communications Plan for the District. It should be rolled out within the next couple of months. Among other policies, we are reinforcing the District’s practice of limiting the email that goes out from the District. 
The center piece for our District’s communications with both the public and our members is ClubRunner. Every Club in our District is also using all or part of the ClubRunner features to communicate with the public, members, the District and RI through integration. The proposed plan includes the establishment of a District ClubRunner training team. If you are well versed in various aspects of ClubRunner and you are willing to join the training team, please send me an email:, or use one of the links on the District’s ClubRunner website.
If you want to learn more about how to use various aspects of ClubRunner, watch for training opportunities. I would also invite you to send me an email with feedback regarding changes.
District 5050 Clubs
Area D
On 26 February the District hosted a new member event in Coquitlam for Clubs in Area D.

The Clubs attending were Meadow Ridge, Haney, Port Coquitlam Centennial, Coquitlam, Coquitlam Sunrise and Port Moody.
About 25 people attended; most were newer members in Clubs plus a few people that are thinking about joining Rotary. It was a very upbeat success file night.
The event was hosted by Governor Brad Whittaker. He was one of the presenters along with Governor-Elect Carol Tichelman, Past Governor & District Membership Chair Denis Boyd and Area Assistant Governor Al Stjernegaard.
This event will be duplicated in other areas of District 5050, if you are a newer member of Rotary and wish to meet members from other Clubs and be updated on Rotary please plan to attend.
                         PDG Denis Boyd 
                  New Members asking questions
Join the Adventure
It’s getting exciting, we are now two months away from the JOIN THE ADVENTURE DISTRICT CONFERENCE, in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. The line up of plenary speakers are confirmed!
PRIP Ian Riseley, PRIVP Dean Rohrs, Marie-Paule Attema, Paul K Chappell, Linda McGowan and Catherine Gibson. Click here to read their full bio’s.
Harrison Hot Springs offers Rotarians and guests the opportunity to connect and celebrate our accomplishments while exploring the Adventure opportunities and beauty of Harrison Lake. Unwind in Paradise!
Harrison Hot Springs offers many Adventure opportunities. You will want to arrive on Thursday to ensure you can participate in everything.
On Thursday: Host Ticketed items include (1) an exciting River Rafting Adventure, “District 5050 Conquers the Chilliwack River” includes transportation from Harrison, lunch and 3 hours on the River then transport back to the Hotel. (2) A Fellowship BBQ at the Harrison Country Club, Aloha Theme.
For those who would like to explore on their own, you could try a round of golf at the Sandpiper Golf Course; Watch Artisan Cheese or hand crafted pottery in the making on the Circle Farm Tour; or tour a 1920’s living Historic site or there are many outdoor activities; hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing, kayaking or jet boating on the Harrison River. Or you can just enjoy a Spa treatment and the Hot Springs pools at the Resort.
On Friday: Host Ticketed items include (1) A 2.5 hr breakfast Boat Cruise on the Harrison Lake; (2) Walking Tour and History of Harrison Hot Springs (3) Area A Rotary Clubs’ are hosting Luncheon at Noon before the Conference officially starts at 2:00 pm.
On Saturday: will be a full day of conference activities ending with the Governors’ Gala and dancing to the band Appaloosa. Dress will also be Aloha Style as we will be heading to the International Convention in Honolulu, later in June.
On Sunday:  morning will bring the end to our Conference with an Inspirational speaker, Pioneers presentation and a Memorial tribute.
The Conference will feature a mix of inspiring and motivational speakers, Rotary topics and programs and lots of entertainment mixed throughout.
There will be a House of Friendship where Rotarians can meet, Rotary Clubs can display their projects and there will be an  opportunity to purchase Rotary Clothing and bling from Creative Embroidery.
Registration is open now and rates $350 plus GST, and to the delight of both US and Canadian attendees, all pricing is in Canadian Dollars.
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort is also now accepting reservations for rooms and has extended conference rates to include the Thursday and Sunday night. So book early. Dress Code for the Conference is “Resort Chic.“
Our Conference Website is also live on District 5050 website, with detailed information on our Pre conference activities – both host ticketed and self guided, and information on our Speakers. New information will be added and you will receive video updates leading up to the conference.
Upcoming Club Events
Visit the specific Clubs for more information. Find them at the District 5050 Clubs List.
Do you want your Club event listed here? Send information to the Editor!
Rotary District 5050 Calendar
Current District Events can be found in the Upcoming Events section in the left column.These are other events that aren't listed in that area.

    RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

    2020 Rotary International Convention
    The 2020 Rotary International Convention will be hosted by District 5000 and the Clubs of Oahu, Hawaii 6-10 June. Aloha Rotary will bring thousands of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Exchange Students, spouses and friends to Honolulu for an exciting time. There will also be a celebration of 75 years of Rotary’s association with the United Nations. Did you know that Rotary was one of the organizations instrumental in the formation of the UN? Click here to find out more about the Convention and to Register.
    From the Desk of the Editor
    This is the March 2020 issue of the Peace Arch Journal. We are excited that the PAJ is available in an electronic format. We would love to hear your feedback on this. Send you thoughts, ideas and comments to
    Included are photos from last month's PNW PETS. Your Club Presidents came away from that with wonderful memories and are ready to lead your Club!
    We have introduced the District's Outbound Exchange Students. They have been presented a great opportunity to share peace around the world. We would love to hear from your Student periodically throughout the year. If your Club is sponsoring a student, please make arrangements for your Club's PR person to send us an update.
    Also, please note that we have changed the deadline for submissions to the 23rd of each month before publication.
    The District Conference is coming up in two months. I am looking forward to meeting Rotarians from every Club there.
    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.
    Peace Arch Journal
    Brad Whittaker
    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.
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