Water & Sanitation Month
District Governor Message

The program for the District Conference is coming along nicely. PDG Sean Hogan has created a special webpage providing the speaker Bios and topics. Please go to our District website and click Events and then click on District Conference in the drop-down menu. You can also click on the link below.
Please register and book your hotel rooms quickly at the special discounted price of CDN $189 per night with free Wi-Fi and free parking. The rates will go up later this month. The registration link is 
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.

What Is RYLA?
What's RYLA? What's YAIL? What's going on to help youth get excited not only about Rotary but the world around them? Meet Alex Carmichael as she tells us about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and YAIL (Youth Adventures in Leadership). Listen to the podcast hosted by Gwen Jones, creator of the long-running series "I'm a Rotarian."
YAIL 2023

RYLA 2023

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

District 5050 Clubs

San Juan Islands     Carla Wright
At a recent meeting, Assistant Governor Susan Guterbock inducted new members Chris Reed and Scott Sluis. Pictured above are Adam Eltinge (Scott Sluis' Sponsor), Susan Guterbock, Scott Sluis, Chris Reed, Club Membership Chair Karl Eberhard and Club President Rick Hughes.
We also had the opportunity recently to participate in the Annual School Foundation Knowledge Bowl competing against teams of 8th - 11th graders, the Soroptimist Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club. Pictured here is our Team with the first-place prize Chris Compton, Chris Reed, Michael Martin and Juan Unpingco, husband of our member Carrie Unpingco.

Semiahmoo     Sean Hogan
Congratulations to Lexie Wynne! The Rotary Club of Semiahmoo gave her one of Rotary's biggest awards - named after founder, Paul Harris, in Carol's honour. When Carol passed, I asked that people do something nice for someone else, as well as for themselves. President Greg Vanstone and his Club did this as the something nice. Lexie has been very involved with Rotaract (a Rotary partner group for 18 to 35 year olds) and well deserving of this honour. Thanks to Bill Brooks for the photo and managing to have the Rotary wheel look like a halo over Lexie!
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.
Do you have youth in your community that would make great participants in the YAIL--Youth Adventures in Leadership--Conference coming up later this month? And/Or in RYLA--Rotary Youth Leadership Awards--coming up in May? Need to know more about YAIL and RYLA? Listen to the wonderful podcast hosted and produced by Gwen Jones as Alex Carmichael explains how these programs can benefit the youth, your Club and your community.
I received word that British Columbia recently changed their law regarding motor vehicle accidents. If anyone is involved in an accident in the Province a claim cannot be filed against another driver. In other words, there is "no fault." Further, Canadian insurance cards are required for non-residents travelling in Canada. These are essentially like the US ID cards but with additional language that meets the Canadian requirements. US residents are encouraged to get these right away especially if you are planning to come north any time soon (hint, hint - District Conference) as they may take longer to acquire. Please contact your insurance agent for more information.
Speaking of the District Conference, it is fast approaching. See the links above in Governor Raj's article. The hotel rates are going up later this month. PDG Sean Hogan is taking a contingent of Rotarians on a tour down under before and after the International Convention. See his article above as well.
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 with everyone identified.
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.

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
2023 District Assembly
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Mar 25, 2023
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
District Conference 2023 Imagine A Peaceful And Inclusive World
May 05, 2023 3:00 PM –
May 07, 2023 11:00 AM
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Raj Rajagopal
Rotary Club of White Rock
Cell: 604-560-4770
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David Lukov
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Cell: 206-909-5336
Governor Nominee
Dave Duskin
Rotary Club of Arlington
Cell: 425-879-4515

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

Pat Bond
Rotary Club of North Delta
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