District Governor Message

I could not start my Club visits in September due to unforeseen circumstances in the first half of the month and the Learning to Lead Zone 28/32 event in Toronto in the second half of the month. We are beginning our Club visits in October. The visit schedule is being organized by District Governor Aide Pat Bond. 
Registration for the District Conference in May 2023 is now open. The registration information is provided on the District Webpage. You can also click here to register. The conference committee is putting together an interesting program and will share the details as they are finalised. Theme for the conference is IMAGINE A PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE WORLD

Do you ever have one of those days? Or weeks? Or months even? That's how this one started out for me. Thank you to EVERYONE for being patient with me regarding this edition of the Journal. I had every intention of working on it before September month end but work and life just got in the way. Then I was going to carve out time each day for the first few days of the month and lo and behold here I am having to work extra-long hours. Yeah, I still do that. Anyway, the final goal was to work on it over the weekend while I was away with the family and friends, and I couldn't get connected to the world wide web. Imagine that! Guess I REALLY needed the break. So, here we are with the October 2022 issue. Please enjoy it. And remember it's only as good as you help us make it. If you don't tell us what's happening in your Club or Area, the rest of us will have no idea what great work you're doing for your community, whether that be locally, regionally or internationally.
District Governor Raj has begun his Club visits. 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. Are you up for it District 5050?
World Polio Day is 24 October. What is your Club doing to recognize this? Send us a short write up telling us. Photos are always a plus!
The 2023 District Conference will be held in Surrey, BC in early May. Make sure you are planning to attend. Check out the links in the article below for complete information. You can register today!
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.
Lastly, Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian Rotarians!
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 5050 Exchange Students
I had the privilege of spending some time this weekend with our newest Rotary Exchange Students. The orientation for Exchange Students for Districts 5020 and 5050 was held at the Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal.  Felicity Dye and Andrea Stiller represented our Rotary District 5050 and did an outstanding job of leading and guiding. The joint effort by both Rotary Districts demonstrated excellent stewardship in providing important orientation for these students.
I had a chance to meet three of our four Exchange Students from District 5050:  Ciara Bosshard from Switzerland, Rose Casteran from France, and Wojtek Grous from Poland. Achi Danaskui from Thailand will join us later this month. I was so impressed with the energy and dedication displayed by Ciara, Rose and Wojtek. It takes a lot of courage and self-discipline to leave one's home and country, and try to assimilate with different families, homes and schools. I hope that Rotarians will take the time to meet these outstanding Exchange Students.
I want to encourage Clubs in District 5050 to consider sponsoring exchange students for the 2023-24 school year. I was impressed by four Chilliwack Clubs sponsoring three of our Rotarians: Ciara, Rose and Achi. Having exchange students provides Rotarians an opportunity to participate in an important avenue of service: International Service and Peacemaking. If you would like further information, please reach out to Felicity Dye, our Youth District Director.
Ciara Bosshard, Wojtek Grous, DGE David Lukov and Rose Casteran
Ukraine Aid Followup
Our fundraising for the last van has now been successfully completed thanks to multiple recent personal donations, a donation from the Rotoractors, and donations from three more Rotary Clubs. Over USD $85,000 has been raised!
Here is a photo of the first cohort of four vans arriving in Lviv in the middle of last month. The vans loaded up humanitarian supplies in in Kyiv to take to Balakleya, one of the just de-occupied Eastern Ukranian cities. We hope for purchase and delivery of four more vans for Ukraine in late September or early October.
Zone Interact Convention
Dear Rotary Family,
The exciting Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention (ZIC) is taking place 20-23 October 2022 and we want to see students from your District there!
This is an opportunity for Rotarians to show their support for our young leaders who have been working very hard organizing this first-ever Zone event that includes Interact delegates from Canada, USA, Bermuda and St. Pierre et Miquelon!
Here's where your help is needed:
  1. We are seeking Delegates.
If your club currently sponsors an Interact Club please connect with them and consider sponsoring one or more delegates. Clubs & Districts in Zones 28 and 32 are able to reserve spots for Interact students and chaperones at the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention ahead of time. Each spot is $991 Canadian dollars ($850 registration fee plus a $141 refundable deposit).
  1. We are seeking Donors/Sponsors.
If your Club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, kindly consider becoming a Donor/Sponsor of the event in support of youth leadership!
Thank you for your kind consideration. We also encourage you to take a look at our Zone Interact Convention website to learn more.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, the event in general, or would like to invite our team to speak to your club/district leadership about the event please feel free to contact us.
District Governor Visit Schedule
Oct 5Port Moody (B)
 Coquitlam (L)
Oct 6Port Coquitlam Centennial (A) - Virtual
Oct 7Aldergrove (B)
Oct 11South Whidbey (B)
 Everett (L)
Oct 12Everett Port Gardner (B)
 Marysville (L)
Oct 13Marysville Sunrise (B)
 Whidbey Westside (D)
Oct 18Coquitlam Sunrise (B)
Oct 19South Surrey (B)
Oct 21Chilliwack (L)
Oct 24La Conner (D)
Oct 25Fidalgo Island (B)
Oct 26San Juan Islands (B)
Oct 27Bellingham Sunrise (B)
 Burlington Mid Day (L)
 Surrey (D)
Oct 28Lake Stevens (B)
 Oak Harbor (L)
Nov 1Coquitlam Sunrise (B)
 Meadow Ridge (L)
Nov 2Langley Sunrise (B)
 Langley Central (L)
 Haney (D)
Nov 3Golden Ears Sunrise (B)
 Ferndale (L)
 Abbotsford Matsqui (D)
Nov 8Bellingham Bay (L)
 White Rock Peace Arch (D)
Nov 9Skagit (B)
Nov 10Langley (A)
Nov 15Mission Mid Day (L)
Nov 16Mission (B)
Nov 17Semiahmoo White Rock (B)
 North Delta (L)
 Surrey Newton (D)
Nov 21Bellingham (L)
Nov 22Mount Vernon (L)
Nov 23Abbotsford Sumas (B)
 Chilliwack Fraser (L)
Nov 24Chilliwack Mt Cheam (B)
 Hope (D)
Nov 29Mount Baker (L)
Nov 30Anacortes (L)
Dec 1Burlington Mid Day (L)
Dec 2Burlington (B)
Dec 3Stanwood Camano (L)

Call for District Governor Nominations
Want a Rotary experience of a lifetime?
Consider becoming the District Governor for 2025-2026 for District 5050.
Yes, that’s right, District Governor.
All training is provided and expenses of required activities are covered. 
Qualifications are listed in the application form and in the RI Bylaws and include having served as a Club President for a full term or as Charter President for at least six months.
Also at that site are the draft Summary Position Description for District Governor by year and a description of the Selection Process for DG Candidate.
The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2022. A Club may only submit one candidate who must be a member of that Club.
In person interviews will be conducted on a Saturday in Chilliwack in October or early November.
The first event for the successful candidate is Blue Denim on the first weekend of January 2023 in Seattle. Blue Denim brings together the ten District Governor teams from Districts that participate in Pacific Northwest PETS.
For more information, contact PDG Brad Whittaker.  Brad is the Chair of the District Nominating Committee this Rotary year.
Rotary Club Citations 2021-2022
Congratulations to the following Clubs for earning the Rotary Club Citation for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year!
AbbotsfordMission Mid Day
Abbotsford SumasNorth Delta
AnacortesPort Moody
BellinghamSan Juan Islands
Coquitlam SunriseSouth Surrey
Fidalgo IslandSurrey
La ConnerWhidbey Westside
Lake StevensWhite Rock


District 5050 Clubs

San Juan Islands     Carla Wright
We recently presented checks to the recipients of net proceeds from our highly successful 14th Annual San Juan Concours held in August at the San Juan Vineyard. The event was co-sponsored by the Sports Car Club of San Juan Islands. The Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Centers, Family Umbrella Group and Mobile Dental Van each received $5,000 and PolioPlus received an additional $1,000. With the generosity of our sponsors, our Club has been able to donate over $100,000 to local charities and Rotary's worldwide effort to eradicate polio.
Club President Rick Hughes, Jennifer Armstrong of the Sobel Family Resources Center, Sara Werling of the Family Umbrella Group, Zoe Fryland of the Mobile Dental Van and Jim Corenman of the Sports Car Club
Lake Stevens     Gary O'Rielly
Thank you, Lake Stevens, for generously supporting our Corks, Kegs & Coin Quest at our first in-person event in two years. As it turns out, it was the biggest fundraiser ever for this annual event. Corks & Kegs is the wine and beer tasting part and Coins is our cash-prize raffle. The Silent and Live Auctions raised a lot of money for our Club's activities that will go back into the community such as high school scholarships, park and road clean up and so many more projects. Thank you also to our numerous and generous sponsors. The event was held at The Mill, Lake Stevens' new multi-purpose gathering place. We were absolutely blown away by the generosity to our Lake Stevens Food Bank "Fund a Cause" raising over $15,350. This is specifically earmarked to build a teaching kitchen at the food bank, which is being constructed as you read this.

District Conference
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
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Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
Nov 16, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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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
Pat Bond
Rotary Club of North Delta
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