Governor's Message
Welcome to the New Rotary Year
Welcome to the new Rotary Year. For the Canadians, I trust you had a Happy Canada Day and to the US members, have a safe and Happy Independence Day!
To Past District Governor Brad and all the immediate Past Presidents in District 5050 thank you for your leadership and success in transforming how we “do Rotary” in a pandemic. Your ability to adapt and adopt new tools as we transitioned into a virtual world has given me and the 2020-21 Club Presidents the tools we need as we continue to serve or local and international communities.
Thank you as well to the rest of the District Leadership team, the Committee Chairs, Assistant Governors, Governor Team and Aide Pat Bond - your contributions to and support for the Clubs and members in our District is invaluable.
Rotary International President Holger Knaack has chosen the theme “Rotary Opens Opportunities” for the 2020-21 Rotary year. This follows RIPP Mark Maloney’s 2019-20 theme of “Rotary Connects the World”. Who would have known when these themes were chosen that in July 2020 we are now connected more than ever?  With this virtual world we have the opportunity to attend Rotary meetings anywhere in the world! We can have our former Youth Exchange students visit our clubs any time they are available, given time zone differences.  We never would have had “Coffee Corners” with Rotary leaders. 

Our Zone Director has been holding bi-weekly meetings with all the District Governors. That has never happened before – and they have often asked why we had not been using virtual meeting tools in the past. Your District leadership team has been meeting bi-weekly since the beginning of this calendar year.  Our connectivity is at a much higher level than ever before. Of course I miss sharing meals with my Rotary friends and virtual hugs are just not the same. I am sure that when we can put this pandemic behind us, we will continue to use some of the tools we have been forced to adopt over the past four months.
I am excited about the coming year and look forward to sharing the journey with you. Thank you all for all you do. The world needs Rotary more now than ever before.
Stay well!

Meet District Governor Carol Tichelman
District Governor Carol Tichelman joined Rotary in 1992 when she was a Bank Manager. Not surprisingly, she served as the Treasurer. At the time she was living in Prince George, BC. Four years later she transferred to the Rotary Club of Chilliwack and has been busy ever since. She has been on just about every Committee in the Club including Youth Exchange and Member Services. She even served two separate times as Club President (2005-6 and 2016-17).
While Chair of the Youth Exchange Committee, she worked with her counterparts in two other Clubs to form a tri-Club effort that is still ongoing. Her first international service trip was in 2004 delivering wheelchairs in Mexico. Five years later she took her first National Immunization Day trip to Ethiopia. Carol has been back eight times since and taken other Rotarians with her.
In 2004 she joined the District 5050 Training Committee. She's been active at the District level ever since. She has served as District Training Chair (2008), Conference Chair (2009), and Assistant Governor (2009-2011). As Training Chair she brought Club Visioning and the Rotary Leadership Institute (now called Rotary Learning Institute) to the District. She chaired both of the these Committees for several years each.
When asked if she ever thought about serving as District Governor, she shared that she first thought about it when she was Assistant Governor. I further asked what the past year has been like getting ready for her role as Governor. She said "It's actually been two years with lots of Zone training." She has been partnering with PDG Brad Whittaker on many of those activities. "I have a great deal of respect for Brad and Kim." I noted that Brad is also a member of her Club. Carol said "Yes, it's unusual for successive Governors to be from the same Club."
She's been to nine Rotary International Conventions, including the first ever Virtual Convention held late last month. While at the Montreal Convention walking from one venue to another, she came across a Rotarian she knew from Uganda. Neither knew they were attending that Convention. Carol added that "she loves the internationality of Rotary."
Carol is a "wonderful auntie." She grew up in a wonderful family with three brothers in Vancouver, BC. When she moved back to the lower mainland from Prince George, she changed careers and now is an Independent Financial Planner helping clients with their financial assets.
Governor Carol wants Rotarians in District 5050 to "find your passion if you don't have one and have fun." She added that she has "realized that it's a beautiful world out there. Rotarians never cease to amaze me. We are fortunate that our District is an international District. We appreciate the internationality of Rotary." She concluded that some of her best friends are Rotarians.

District 5050 Clubs
North Delta
Special to the Journal, reprinted with permission from the Delta Optimist, written by Ted Murphy
A car parade of enthusiastic Rotarians circled Delta Hospital on the evening of 30 April 2020 as service club members paid tribute to health care workers and marked World Immunization Week.
Rotarians from Clubs in Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta decorated their vehicles with signs of support and balloons to create a caravan that circled the hospital twice with horns honking. Delta police cruisers also look part in the parade.
World Immunization Week, 24 - 30 April, is a time to recognize the importance of vaccines and how far the world has come in fighting disease.
Rotary has been instrumental in the worldwide fight to eradicate polio. When Rotary launched its campaign 35 years ago, there were 350,000 cases reported every year in 122 countries, but by 2019 there were less than 200 cases in just two countries. Each year, Rotary and partners vaccinate more than 400 million children against polio. “Many people around the world, including several from Delta, have helped administer vaccine to many millions of people in the fight to end polio, sometimes at great risk to their health and safety,” said Bridget Jacob, President of the Rotary Club of Ladner, on behalf of Presidents of all three Rotary Clubs in Delta. “For that reason, we always have tremendous respect for our healthcare workers here at home, but especially now, during this pandemic.”
Rotarians from all three Delta Clubs circled Delta Hospital in a decorated caravan.

Area F         Joan Apel
We are living in unprecedented times with the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Five local Rotary Clubs, with the assistance of a Rotary District 5050 Matching Grant, are providing help through this difficult time.
The Rotary Clubs of Semiahmoo, White Rock, Peace Arch, Penninsula and South Surrey presented a cheque to David Young, CEO of Sources Community Services for CDN $13,865. These funds will go to assist the Food Bank COVID-19 Response Project, the Mental Health Advocacy Program and Women’s Place – Trauma Counselling Program.
Pictured from left:  David Young, CEO Sources; President Jerry Zdril, South Surrey Club; President Judith Lougheed, White Rock Peace Arch Club; President Ray Paquet, Semiahmoo Rotary Club and Assistant Governor Area F Joan Apel. Absent: President Mauricio de Paula Bowne, White Rock Club and President Jim O’Dowd, White Rock Peninsula Club.

Area J         Dave Duskin
The Area J Clubs: Arlington, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Marysville Sunrise, and Stanwood/Camano, used its District 5050 matching funds to feed kids from families with financial challenges.  But that was not the only project. On 4 June the Clubs, in partnership with the American Red Cross, held a blood drive.
Even before the pandemic, the Area J clubs were helping area agencies in feeding kids, dependent during the week on lunches at school, with weekend food. The Arlington Community Food Bank, for example, was the beneficiary of a $25,000 grant from the Arlington Club for its Meals ‘til Monday program. The Lake Stevens Club previously helped the Hungry Hearts Foundation buy refrigerators and freezers for its weekend program. Rotarians also volunteer at each of the agencies.
Unemployment brought on by the pandemic and the need for workers to stay home, has resulted in a huge increase in the need for this program. With the District match, $2,000 was provided to the Arlington Community Food Bank, the Stanwood Camano Food Bank and Hungry Hearts in Lake Stevens.  The Marysville Community Food Bank was the beneficiary of $4,000, because of the generosity of Marysville’s two Rotary Clubs.
From left to right Mark James, Robyn Warren, Glenn Smith, Ed Chea, Dell Deierling (Food Bank Director), & Dennis Niva.
All except Dell are members of the Sunrise Club.
Here is what Lynne Ayers, Director of the Stanwood Camano Food Bank, had to say about the donation: “Your donation will ensure that kids in need living in the Lost Lake, Lake Ketchum, Elger Bay, Cedar Home, and other areas in our community have food this weekend and every weekend to come.  The gift will be used to put food in the packs of children receiving food through the HOPE Meals for Kids Backpack Program (KidzEat during COVID-19). Thank you!”
But food for kids was not the only shortage recognized by the Area J clubs. With everyone staying at home, donations of blood have fallen dramatically.  The Area J clubs responded to the need by organizing a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The Marysville Club spearheaded the drive at one of its members businesses, Marysville Toyota.  Because of social distancing, appointments were required, as well as face coverings. Thank you to all who donated!
Dave Edmonds, Rotary Club of Marysville

Langley Sunrise         Sherry Baker
The Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise is a proud supporter of the Starfish Program. This program provides much needed food on the weekends. Each Friday at school these kids are given a backpack full of staples to ensure they are ready and nourished to learn on Monday. It is providing food security to the most vulnerable in our community. Our Club has been integral in fundraising and coordinating donations for this program in North Langley. It is facilitated and supported by the Langley School District Foundation. One of our Club’s signature events - Taste of Fort Langley -  dedicates all the proceeds to this program. 
We are pleased to continue supporting the North Langley Starfish program during the COVID-19 pandemic with a matching grant from the Rotary District 5050 of CDN $1700.00. We sent a cheque for a total of CAD$3,500.00 to the Langley School District Foundation who, in turn will use these funds to provide weekly grocery credit to these same families until the schools have returned to being fully operational. To encourage contactless interactions, these families are asked to provide identification and a letter from the School District at participating grocers. This will ensure that there is no interruption in support for nourishing food during this time of isolation while at the same time reducing the chance of further spread of this virus.
White Rock Peace Arch/Chilliwack/Bellingham/Langley Central/Bellingham Bay
James Monroe, Editor
I continued my virtual "road trip" last month and visited these Clubs. Jonathan Tsang gave very engaging Classification Talk to his Club at White Rock. He shared that he went to dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia and that his father and one of his brothers are dentists as well. Addtionally, six of his in-laws are in the dental field as well.
Mike Leggo, a retired NHL Referee was the featured speaker at the Chilliwack Club meeting. Like many sports leagues, he worked in the minors systems for several years before getting his call up to the bigs. He served from 1996 to 2017 and participated in 1,200 regular season games, 43 playoff games, two All Star games and the Outdoor Classic game held in his home town of Calgary. He also reffed at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Mike went to the mountains (14,000'/4,300m+) in India next to China and Tibet with the Hockey Foundation to bring equipment to kids in that region. While there he, of course, refereed a few games.
Mike currently works for the NHL as a Referee Scouting Manager and works games from the Review Center in Toronto. When asked what he misses most of all he replied "Being inside of the glass." This was a great presentation. Reach out to the Chilliwack Club for Mike's contact information.
The Langley Central Club heard from an member of the Richmond Interact Club because they are planning to sponsor their own Club. Richmond Interact has over 100 members and created a video as part of the annual RI Interact Clubs Video Contest. This is a great way to promote the Interact programme. I encourage you to view that video as well as on from a Club in Tunisia and Lotus Valley International School. All well done!
Bellingham Bay Rotary Club (aka BBRC) President-Elect Mike Bates reviewed a survey he did of his members. There were several questions about charitable giving. One item that stood out was that 84% of the members are not interested in social activities with other Clubs.

Looking for a Dynamic Program?
What:  15-20 minute presentation about D5050 Rotary Youth Exchange - Done by one of our Returned (Rotex) Exchange Students
Why:    Learn about this powerful peace program and the impact it has on Rotarians and Communities and our Youth. 
How:    Via Video, or in-person (when it becomes appropriate).  Contact Andrea Stiller to schedule.
Our Goal:  To present to EVERY Club in our District!  Covid 19 has significantly impacted our program this coming year- but we have lots of time to get ready for an amazing 2020-2021- and we want all the clubs to know about it.
Need a last minute- fill in Presentation when someone cancels?  Contact Rotary Youth Exchange! Our group of students is eager to share their message and experience with your club!
Andrea Stiller
Alternate Contact:
Felicity Dye
Coffee Corner
The Coffee Corner series of online meetings continued last month with visits from Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary International's Polio Plus Campaign; Mark Maloney, President of Rotary International and John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary.
Mike (lower left) joined our event from his home on the coast of Maine. He has also served as Rotary Vice President in 2007-2008. He shared that "19 million people are walking on Earth today because of the efforts of eradicating polio." This is from a CDC study done recently. If not for the vaccine, 1.5 million people would have died. Come September of this year, Nigeria will not have had a case of wild polio virus in four years. This is an amazing accomplishment. Mike noted that all of the world's countries except one support the plan to eradicate polio. There have been rumors of soldiers posing as aide workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is unfortunate. However, on a positive note, because of the infrastructure in place, several years ago, the Ebola virus was contained.
Currently, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 38 countries are on hold as far as door-to-door visits. Planning is underway in endemic countries with Pakistan being the hot spot in the world. Rotary has been working on this since 1985. The vaccine is administered in two ways: oral and intramuscular. The trend is to move only to two doses via the injection (IPV) route. It should be noted that the vaccine actually helps with other diseases as well.
There was a conversation about the funding of the Campaign. Many countries support it with federal dollars. When asked if we should contact our federal representatives to encourage the continued support, PRIVP Dean Rohrs cautioned that we should keep this to a minimum as there are people on the Task Force that do this already. We don't want to overwhelm the electeds. Mike told us that former Washington State Secretary of State Ralph Munro is on the Task Force.
RI President Mark Maloney and his wife, Gay, joined us from the stage of the International Convention. We got a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for what is hoped to be the largest Rotary Convention ever. Mark shared that "Rotarians have responded (to the pandemic) and pivoted." He was talking about how Clubs have carried on with their meetings, service projects and supporting their communities.
On the matter of our members, Mark said that the "greatest service we can provide now is to engage our members." He added "Reach out to those members who aren't showing up to the meetings." And, "Get Rotarians of Clubs that aren't meeting to visit the Clubs that are meeting." He noted that "Clubs will probably change how meetings will operate post pandemic." There could be a combination of in-person and online formats. This will open up the infinite possibility of programmes and speakers from around the world. Further, "we can use these virtual tools to attract younger members."
He encouraged everyone to register for the Convention. There will be a House of Friendship and many breakout sessions that will continue into July [See related article below.] Someone wondered why the Convention is free. Mark wants everyone to attend. The underlying costs of putting on the Convention are coming from the costs of the Hawaii Convention.
Mark was asked if future Conventions will have a virtual component. He enthusiastically said that there would be. He was asked why there wasn't a session in the main Convention on diversity and inclusion, but, there is one in the Rotaract Convention. "Does this mean that younger Rotarians are more in tune with issues facing the world?" Mark answered that "Rotary is making great strides." He added that members of the RI Board will be going through diversity training.
Mark was asked if the 2021 Convention would still happen in Taipei because of the proximity to mainland China. He said that the chances were pretty good, at this time. However, the chances of anyone attending from the United States were slim.
Doug Wickers shared that Clubs are in anguish over suspending the Youth Exchange Program. Mark answered that the RI Board would be discussing in a few days.
DGE Carol Tichelman shared that she "has been impressed by the support of RI and the Directors for Districts and Clubs."
Bill Butler asked if there is a list of Clubs, worldwide, that are meeting virtually. [There is! See article below!]
Brian Wormald commented that he is "stunned at how nimble the organisation is at adapting. His Club (Port Moody) will be simulcasting meetings online once in-person meetings resume."
Governor Brad shared with President Mark that our District is 134% above goal for PolioPlus this year.
General Secretary John Hewko was the last Coffee Corner guest last month. He said that operationally, Rotary International is working at 100%. He created a Task force in January to look at how RI would operate during the pandemic should it come to nations looking at isolation and distancing protocols. By mid-March the RI Staff of 800 were working from home.
In a conversation about membership, John said that there's a PhD Statistician on staff who is analyzing 115 years of membership. Over that time, only one year saw a significant drop (5%) in membership. He asked "What is the product that Rotary offers?" "Experience" is our product he said. Meetings, social events, activities are all vital to the Rotary experience. But, how do we do that during the pandemic?
In 2019 150,000 people joined Rotary International. However, 150,000 people left Rotary. The analysis shows that most people that leave do so during the second or third year after joining. What can we do to get people past this time?
He added that a 1% drop in membership equates to a loss of USD $800,000 in revenue. Fortunately, RI has adequate reserve funds to weather the financial hits that will be caused by the pandemic.
In regards to the worldwide COVID-19 response, Rotary initially committed USD $3 million and then added $2 million. 320 grant proposals were received on dealing with the pandemic response.
While door-to-door polio vaccinations have been suspended, surveillance continues. He noted that because of the infrastructure in place for polio, this has helped with the pandemic response. Speaking of polio, the Gates Foundation 2:1 matching grant is still active. The deadline is 31 December 2020 and the goal is USD $50 million.
When asked about RI's statement on racism, John shared that further statements on action items will be forthcoming. He was asked about some strategies on diversification. RI's goal is to have 30% of the membership be women. We must recognize that we have a problem and target diverse people in our communities.
Someone asked about the status of Rotaractors as members. Currently, they are not Rotarians, though Rotaract Clubs are counted as Clubs of Rotary. Plus, Rotaractors can hold District level positions. Following up on the question posed to Mark Maloney regarding Youth Exchange, John said that the programme will start up again 1 Jan 2021 on a limited basis. Lastly, what about Peace Scholarships. John said that this is a work in progress and will be driven by local conditions.
He left us with several Calls to Action:
  1. Rotaract- only 5% of Rotaractors become Rotarians. We need to do better on bridging the gap.
  2. Rotary will come out of the current crisis stronger; again the key is getting members past the second and third years.
  3. Projects- how do we continue to do these?
  4. Fundraising- currently mostly in-person events; we will have to adapt for the near term
  5. Focus on Clubs that aren't meeting
"For Rotary, the sky is not falling. The world needs Rotary now more than ever. We were built for this."

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
Lead District 5050 in 2023-2024 - 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 2023-2024?
It could be YOU!
Someone You Know
who should be the District Governor in 2023-2024!
Once completed, the application is to be sent to Chair of the Nominating Committee, Lindagene Coyle. Call Lindagene if you require any additional information at 604-220-6856.

Reflections of Past District Governors
I posed the following question to some of our PDGs - Past District Governors:
"What was the highlight of being District Governor for you?"
One of the highlights was all of the friendships that were made throughout our District. Many of which I still communicate with often. From Larry Jubie
Seeing the many projects accomplished by Clubs during my Governor year.  The inspirational speakers at the District Conference. From Rob Martin
The highlights of serving as District Governor was getting to know great Rotarians from across our District as I took part in Club visits, projects, and events. The training and the close friendships I developed with my classmate District Governors made me a better person, a better leader, and a better Rotarian. There was a significant commitment of time and energy, but one that was more than richly rewarded by the opportunities for service, and personal growth. From Sean Hogan
Upcoming Club Events
La Conner - Through the Looking Glass, August 2020
Lake Stevens - Corks & Kegs, September 2020
2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

This year's virtual convention was a success! Thousands of Rotarians from around the world joined in via the internet the two General Assembly sessions and 15 breakout sessions. If you missed any of the sessions you can now watch them via this link. There are also an additional three dozen sessions this month. Check out the schedule!

From the Desk of the Editor
This is the July 2020 issue of the Peace Arch Journal. Welcome to Governor Carol as she begins her year leading our District. Despite the challenges we are currently experiencing regarding meeting in person or not, rest assured, Carol will visit your Club, either in person, if permitted or online. Just think of the possibilities that can bring.
Speaking of visiting online, check out the article 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
At the end of June, we sent out a special edition of the Peace Arch Journal. This was to honour our members who passed away during the Rotary Year. Unfortunately, a couple of folks were missed. They have been added to that edition and you can view it right now at the District website. My apologies to those of you who diligently followed our instructions and got the information in on time. I have rearranged my desk so as minimize the missed opportunities. I appreciate your patience with me.
In the meantime continue to live by and exemplify the Rotary Four Way Test-
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it Be Beneficial to all Concerned?
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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