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District Governor Message

I am pleased to announce the formation of a new Club focused on the environment theme in our District. The Rotary Club of Nature Celebrators of British Columbia Canada received their Charter documents recently and had a Charter Night Celebration on November 19th. The Club has 22 Active and 1 Honorary member. The District provided a grant of USD $1,500 to get the Club going and the Rotary Clubs in Area F - White Rock, Semiahmoo, South Surrey, PNW Passport Club along with the Rotary Club of North Delta from Area E provided funds to assist the new Club to get started. The White Rock Peninsula/Peace Arch Club donated the Bell and Gavel. Great start!! 
 
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. The Conference Committee is putting together an interesting program and the details will be updated periodically on the District website with the kind assistance of PDG Sean Hogan and on the District Facebook page (Rotarians of Rotary District 5050). As you know the theme for the conference is IMAGINE A PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE WORLD.

 
Congratulations to the Nature Celebrators of British Columbia--the newest Club in our District. I am looking forward to seeing how this new kind of Club will have an impact in their community. They have even submitted a piece for the District 5050 Clubs section below.
 
As I've mentioned previously, my desk at work has taken much of my time. I am trying to be very judicious about where I spend my time. A wise man once told me that I must block out time for family first. I have tried to follow this advice--not always successfully--but I am trying. I mention this because this month will be busy for all of us. It is critical that you prioritize your calendar. If you burn out because you are overdoing it certain spheres of influence then we would miss your contributions to Rotary. So, take time to celebrate the important people in your life. Rotary can wait.
 
Governor Raj is still visiting Clubs. See the schedule below. Please send us photos and a short write up of his visit. Our goal this year is to get a photo from every Club visit he does. Where are your visit photos?
 
District events coming up include YAIL, RYLA and the 2023 District Conference. Make sure you are planning to attend the Conference 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! And, make sure your read about the upcoming International Convention. PDG Sean Hogan has agreed to lead a group from 5050 to attend. Oh, how I want to go.
 
 
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.
 
I wish all Rotarians of the District a joyous holiday season.!
 
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
Dec 1Burlington Midday (L)
 Langley (D)
Dec 2Burlington (B)
Dec 6
White Rock (L)
Dec 7Stanwood Camano (L)
Dec 8Sedro Woolley (L)
 Pacific Northwest Passport (D)
Dec 14North Whidbey (B)
Jan 19Arlington (L)
Jan 20South Everett Mukilteo (L)
Jan 24Abbotsford (L)
Jan 26Sedro Woolley (L)

 
YAIL 2023

District 5050 Clubs

Nature Celebrators of British Columbia     Harry Krishan
 
We chartered our Club--focused on the environment--last month. A celebration was held on 19 November at the Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club. Thank you to our sister Clubs in Areas E & F that generously donated funds to help us get started!
 
Greg Vanstone - President Rotary Club of Semiahmoo; Isabelle Hayer - AG for Area E, DGND District 5050, Rotary Club of Surrey; Winston Conyeers - Rotary Club of White Rock; DG Raj; Lindagene Coyle - District Leadership and Development Director, Rotary Club of Nature Celebrators of BC; Harry Krishan - President Rotary Club of Nature Celebrators of BC; Linda Hensman - AG for Area F, Rotary Club of Semiahmoo; PDG Sean Hogan - Rotary Club of PNW Passport; Shawn Gold - Co-President Rotary Club of North Delta.

 
Fidalgo Island     Mary Willner
 
October is Rotary’s “End Polio Month,” which is why the Anacortes and Fidalgo Clubs along with many others around the world hold polio awareness events this time of year. For the second year the Anacortes and Fidalgo Island Rotary Clubs joined together to raise money for the fight against Polio. Once again, the event was held at Rockfish Grill in Anacortes with the theme: PINTS FOR POLIO (Party with a Purpose). Members from the two Clubs had the opportunity to socialize, watch Monday Night football on the big screen and we raised USD $4,700.
 
Dan Worra & Daniel Conrardy, Ancortes & Fidalgo Island Club Presidents respectively, 2021-2022
San Juan Island     Mary Willner
 
Barbara & Frank Fagan

Members of the Rotary Club of San Juan Islands recently gifted dictionaries and thesauri to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in San Juan County. What joy to give each student a book after two years of Covid restrictions.

For the past 18 years, Rotary has gifted 4,512 dictionaries under the leadership of Barbara Fagan, Literacy Chair.

As computers are integral in most classrooms, we remind the students when the computer is down your dictionary and thesaurus are still up and running!

The Dictionary Project continues to bring fun learning and gift of words for all to share. THE FOUR-WAY TEST label is included on the first page of each book.

Friday Harbor Elementary School 4th Graders


District Conference
The District Conference Early Bird rate of $300 has been extended to 31 December 2022. Register here.
 
Here is the Hotel registration information for the District Conference:
 
SHERATON VANCOUVER GUILDFORD HOTEL
(a Marriott property)
15269 104TH AVENUE
SURREY, BC   V3R 1N5 
604-582-9288

You are responsible to make your own hotel room reservations. 

GUESTROOM BOOKING INFO:
 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
RYLA 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. For details, visit the official Convention website and the Host Committee website. 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, contact PDG Sean.
 
The
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
Pre-PETS Makeup
Zoom Meeting
Jan 03, 2023
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
Grants Management Seminar
Rotary Fieldhouse
Feb 04, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
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Leadership Team of Rotary International District 5050
 
Governor
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

Treasurer
Pat Bond
Rotary Club of North Delta
Home: 604-488-9384
 
 
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