Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
District Governor Message

I wish all the District Rotarians and their family and friends a very happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2023. 
I have enjoyed my Club visits and met wonderful Rotarians doing good in their local communities and the world at large. Several of you have stepped up to help me and our conference committee to put together a great program for the District Conference 2023. As I wrote in my December message, we are putting together a great lineup of speakers and panel discussions on Environment, Peace and Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity and with the assistance of PDG Sean Hogan would be putting out periodic updates on the District webpage starting this month. 
AG Aird Flavelle (Abbotsford Matsqui) and Rtn Bryan Hennessey (Ferndale) are working together to get the program for the Environment theme organized. As of now we have Rtn. David Brown (Immediate Past President of the North Delta Rotary Club) as a Lead panelist for this theme. David has held senior positions at the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of British Columbia. He has a wealth of knowledge about environmental issues facing the lower mainland. Rtn Peter Browning (Rotary Club of Skagit) who is a Commissioner of Skagit County, will talk to us about issues in Washington State. We are awaiting confirmation from the David Suzuki Foundation and Jane Goodall Foundation. 
The Peace program sessions will be spearheaded by Past Rotary International Vice President and current Chief of the Rotary Foundation of Canada, Dean Rohrs and the Charter Founder of the Rotary Peace Action Group on Peace, PDG Al Jubitz from Oregon together with the well renowned eminent Professor Keith Carlson, PhD from the University of the Fraser Valley. As I have discussed during my Club visits, issues related to peace are close to the hearts of serving and retired military officers and first responders. As you are aware we have been working with the US Veterans Administration through Rtn Bill Leeds (Whidbey Westside Club) and the US VA will be sending a senior person to join the conference. They are also interested in having a partnership with our District. This is work in progress but at an advanced stage. Encouraged by this we are working with the Canadian Ministry of Defense to have senior officers to join as panel discussants at our conference.
For the DEI program, we have the Chief Accessibility Officer of the Government of Canada, Ms. Stepahanie Cadieux who will be joined by a sight impaired couple from Oregon organized by AG Duane Rhodes (Arlington), and a hearing-impaired Rotarian to cover mobility and other issues. On inclusivity matters we are currently working on getting experienced persons from Canada and the United States.
The wrap up keynote speaker on Sunday will be Drew Kessler who is a Director on the Rotary International Board.
The underlying theme in all these discussions is what can we do as District 5050 Rotarians to understand and work towards improving the situation in each of these themes to go towards an environmentally sustainable, peaceful and inclusive society. As you know the theme for the conference is IMAGINE A PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE WORLD.
And of course, with all these serious discussions, we need to relax as well. An excellent multicultural entertainment program is being planned and I will update you in my next message to you.
So, if you have not done so already, please go to our District web page and register for the District Conference scheduled for 5-7 May. You can also click here to register.  Here is a QR code to make registration and hotel booking simpler with a scan of the code.

Last month I mentioned my work desk taking up much of my time. I was able to clear it off and discard a huge pile of paper into the recycling bin. It felt good to clear it off and start this year with a clean slate. How are you starting 2023? Have you been able to clean up a bit, pack away holiday decorations and look forward to this year with a renewed sense of purpose? I know many people set goals for themselves in terms of "resolutions." That's great and all, but how about you set a goal--write it down!--and then analyze it so you can determine steps needed to achieve that goal. Once you have determined the steps, break it down even further into smaller goals or steps and then tackle one a day. Pretty soon you will achieve you goal! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
You might say "That's all very well and good James, but I'm busy." Yeah, I get that. I was busy once too. Still am, but I have prioritized my family, volunteer and work commitments. And I know this changes over time. Our family needs change, our interests change, life happens. Be true to yourself and those you love.
Governor Raj has a few more Clubs to visit this month. See the schedule below. We were hoping that Club PR folks would send us photos of his visits. Our Inbox is very lonely. Where are your visit photos?
District events coming up include YAIL, RYLA and the 2023 District Conference. DG Raj has highlighted some of the speakers for the Conference. Make sure you are planning to attend and consider sponsoring a young person to participate in YAIL and RYLA!. Check out the links in the articles below for complete information. You can register today! Check out the updated RI Convention article below. PDG Sean Hogan invites you to join him and other District 5050 Rotarians on an adventure of a lifetime.
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. Remember, the deadline is the 23rd of the month before publication. Thank you to those that are sending material. Best to use the Story Submittal forms available at the District website and photos should be separate in jpeg format.
Happy New Year everyone!
How are you exemplifying the Rotary motto -- Service Above Self?
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory.

District Governor Visit Schedule
Jan 19Arlington (L)
Jan 20South Everett Mukilteo (L)
Jan 24Abbotsford (L)
Jan 26Sedro Woolley (L)

YAIL 2023

District 5050 Clubs

Anacortes     Tom Decker
Recent improvements to the Rotary Viewpoint Trail at Cap Sante Park take you easily from the water’s edge to the Cap Sante summit in a short 1⁄2 mile walk. Now, seven new interpretive signs have been added to trail kiosks, telling local stories and making the path even more enjoyable for park visitors.
The signs are a cooperative effort of the Rotary Club of Anacortes, the Samish Indian Nation and the City of Anacortes. City crews and the Samish tribe celebrate the installation of interpretive panels on the Rotary Viewpoint Trail at Cap Sante. From left are Bret Lansford and Adam Farnswoth, Anacortes Museum staff; Brian Tottenham and Sky Guthrie, Anacortes Parks and Recreation staff. Far right is Tom Wooten’ Samish Indian Nation Chairman.
Anacortes Rotary is providing the money for the park improvements from three sources, Club charitable resources, a District 5050 grant and a City of Anacortes Lodging Tax grant to the Club. Rotary Volunteers built the kiosks earlier this year. The 4-foot square panels are placed at four trailside locations in the park, where they give park users background on the history, culture and natural surroundings of Anacortes. Team members responsible for the design and installation of the interpretive panels are Bret Lunsford and Adam Farnsworth, Anacortes History Museum; Jackie Ferry, Samish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer; Brain Tottenham. Sky Guthrie and Bob Vaux, Anacortes Parks and Recreation; and Jack Darnton, Anacortes Rotary.

Cap Sante offers one of the best panoramas on Fidalgo Island, with sweeping mountain, water, island, valley and forest views. The park is enjoyed by hikers, dog walkers, boat watchers and casual strollers, all drawn to the park’s variety and its summit’s splendid scenery. “Cap Sante’s rock peak is more accessible than ever thanks to the newly enhanced trail that climbs from Rotary Park at the base to the top,” Tom Decker, chair of the Rotary Centennial project, said. “This improved walking route offers direct access from downtown, nearby marinas and adjacent neighborhoods on a moderate pathway.”

Looking toward the future with the City of Anacortes, our Club is examining design options for a new summit viewpoint looking east toward Mt. Baker. to improve the public experience at Cap Sante. Primary viewpoint goals include easy ADA access at parking lot level, seating, more interpretive signs and multiple view locations. Final design and engineering work will follow, guided by further community input and approvals from the city.

Insider Tip: Visitors have several ways to enjoy the park features and panoramas. You can drive up to these vistas, or better yet, take the half-mile trail from the base. Ample parking is available adjacent to the Anacortes yacht Club or in the public parking at the northwest corner of Cap Sante Marina.

District Conference
Here is the Hotel registration information for the District Conference:
(a Marriott property)
15269 104TH AVENUE

You are responsible to make your own hotel room reservations. 

 The Sheraton Guildford Hotel is offering a discounted rate just for you! This special FLEXIBLE rate not only includes parking and Wi-Fi but can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival.
To book your room today please click the link below or call 800-587-3038 to speak to one of our in-house reservation team members.
 Book your group rate for Rotary Club District Conference 2023
Rotary International Convention Melbourne
Imagine joining RI President Jennifer Jones and thousands of Rotarians in Melbourne, Australia for the Rotary International Convention. PDG Sean Hogan is organizing interested Rotarians and friends to join him. There will be optional pre- and post-Convention tours. 
The pre-Convention trip starts 17 May in Sydney. Options include a walking tour of the Rocks with the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Hunter Valley wine tour, Darling Harbour and more. We then fly to Uluru (formerly Ayer’s Rock) to see the sacred red sandstone at sunrise and sunset. Then off to visit the city of Adelaide, including a day trip to Kangaroo Island.
We arrive in Melbourne on 27 May for the start of the Convention. We will end the convention with the traditional Rotary District 5050 get together, following the closing ceremony.
The post-Convention tour is in Cairns, to visit the Great Barrier Reef, including a day trip to Kuranca by scenic rail and gondola and a visit to Port Douglas/Mossman. On our way home, Bonnie and I will be heading to Fiji – because you just need a relaxing break after all that touring.
Whether you want to visit the Convention only or join us for any of the pre or post tours, or if you just want more information to consider whether to come, click here for more information and links to the Convention, lodging and more. If you have questions, please contact contact PDG Sean.
RYLA 2023

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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Upcoming Events
Grants Management Seminar
Rotary Fieldhouse
Feb 04, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Grants Management Seminar
Baker Creek Place
Mar 11, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-560-4770
Governor Elect
David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Cell: 206-909-5336
Governor Nominee
Dave Duskin
Rotary Club of Arlington
Cell: 425-879-4515

Governor Designate
Isabelle Hayer
Rotary Club of Surrey
Cell: 604-655-2622

Pat Bond
Rotary Club of North Delta
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