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District Governor Message

Hope all of you had a pleasant summer and are getting ready for the Fall. I will be starting my official Club visits after Labor Day. I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months and learning more about the wonderful work you do in the various Focus areas of Rotary, locally and internationally.

All of a sudden, September is here! Summer is wrapping up. School has started for many in our District. Clubs and Rotarians are continuing to make a difference in their communities. Where does the time go? Here at the Journal we are looking froward to hearing all about the impacts you are having on your neighbours.
We welcome Celia Black as the new District Public Relations Chair. Thank you to DGN Dave Duskin for his time as PR Chair. He helped lay the foundation in our District to spread the word about Rotary. How do you spread Rotary?
One way to spread Rotary is to send young adults to RYLA! This year's conference is next month and is a great opportunity for Clubs to encourage their younger members to learn more about Rotary. Through fun, engaging learning seminars as well as a lot of fun activities. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is THE place for your community's young leaders. Register them today!
As we mentioned in last month's issue, the 2023 District Conference will be held in Surrey, BC in early May. Make sure you are planning to attend. More information will be coming out soon!
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.
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 Provides Huge Support With Ukraine Aid
Humanitarian Aid Shelter just inside Ukraine that was struck by a missile 23 July
Thanks to promotion by both Past District Governor Bev and District Governor Raj, this District 5050 Project that has been led by the Rotary Club of Coquitlam has received diverse financial support from the District, 13 Rotary Clubs, and 15 individual donors. In early August, 55,000 Euros were wire transferred to the Rotary Club of Oberstdorf in Germany, enough to purchase seven large VW diesel vans.  As Dmitry Alexeev from the Rotary Club of Kviv stated, “although large trucks have faced attacks in trying to deliver aid items within Ukraine, small vans can generally get through.”
Dmitry Alexeev
The first group of four of the vans is now being transported to the Ukraine border on an auto transport truck, where the vans will be received by members of the Rotary Clubs of Kviv and Lviv. The vans will be used to distribute food, medicines, clothing and other humanitarian aid products from Ukraine warehouses near the Polish border to citizens in need in Eastern Ukraine.
The Canadian Rotary Clubs who have so far donated funds to this project are Aldergrove, Coquitlam, Coquitlam Sunrise, Mission, Peace Arch Peninsula, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Semiahmoo, and White Rock. US Clubs include Rotary Clubs of Anacortes, Everett, Everett Mukilteo, and Fidalgo Island.
At this time, we have now raised another 4,000 Euros, and are hoping to raise 4,000 more Euros by early September so that we can finance an eighth van. Any further donations will be greatly appreciated.
If an individual or Club wishes to donate to the project please contact Ron Warneboldt.
Donation cheques made out to the Rotary Club of Coquitlam can be mailed to: Rotary Club of Coquitlam, Attention President Chris Boyd, Boyd and Associates, #202 - 1046 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3K 3P3. Individual donations can also be electronically transferred to the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Treasurer at
Sticker that will be placed in the windshield of the vans

RYLA 2022 has been pushed a bit later this year to 13 - 16 October at Zajac Ranch in Mission, BC. We are asking Rotarians and Clubs in the District to contribute by sponsoring and recruiting participants. We are so excited to provide the "RYLA Magic" in person again!! Please note for your yearly budgets that we are still planning the following RYLA to be in spring 2023.

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.
GolFun 2022
Rotary District 5050 held GolFun on 26 August 2022 at the Homestead Farms Golf Club in Lynden. The weather was pleasant, and the participants were eager to golf. This was the first golf tournament held by our District since 2019.
67 golfers from all over our Rotary District participated. Mulligan bags were sold, which gave golfers some advantages throughout the tournament. Each team member hit a tee shot, and then the best tee shot was selected for each golfer to hit their next shot. A one putt rule was in effect to help the tournament move along. It took team strategy to get a low score.
Tim Crell, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Bellingham Bay and Dave Duskin, District Governor Nominee
A delicious banquet was held following the tournament.  Awards were given to the following:
  • Winning teams (lowest scores): Rotary Clubs of Chilliwack and Fidalgo Island tied with a low score of 54.
  • Longest Drive (men): Jerimiah Joy (Rotary Club of Everett)
  • Longest Drive (women): Emmanuelle Meade (golfed with the Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club)
  • Closest to the Pin (men): Dwayne Thiessen (Rotary Club of Chilliwack)
  • Closest to the Pin (women): Lori Travis (President of the Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary Club)
  • Highest Score (77): Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas
Rotary Club of Fidalgo Island Golfers: Richard Ruggieri, Kurt Nelson, Dan Conrardy and Barry Harter.
This event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary Foundation. 50% of all funds will be given to the Polio-Plus campaign with the other 50% designated for the Annual Fund. So far, we have raised $30,000. Some clubs have already contributed to this fund, with the expectation that each club in the district contributes at least $2,000. If your Club has not contributed, please make sure your Treasurer sends your contribution to the following:
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60693, USA
Please make sure you inform District Treasurer Pat Bond of the contribution.
Next year’s Golfun will be held at the Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden on the last Friday of August 2023. We hope you will plan to participate.
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.
International Projects Alliance Update
The International Project Alliance (IPA), housed here in District 5050, took an evening in mid-July to celebrate together at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Burlington, Washington. Among the celebrants were many people and Rotary Clubs who have been instrumental to IPA activities.
The best part was meeting in person after two and half years of COVID restrictions. We compared notes on our Honduran projects as well as activities within our local Rotary Clubs. Handsewn gifts had been sent from Honduras for distribution to the group (see above). Photos were scattered on the tables for viewing and were especially appreciated by those whose facility with computers is limited. A presentation by IPA President Peter Martin and Director Marty Pease gave an overview of IPA’s activities (see below). The presentation included some great photos taken by our Honduran contractors of projects in process, as well as financial information giving an overview of the various types of investments in these Mayan Villages.
Currently investments are coming from our Rotary Clubs, the District through district grants, and individual donations. Rotary members and some nonmembers are giving private gifts and are part of what we call “Friends of the IPA.” Gifts vary in size, with 100% of all gifts going directly into the projects. Keeping donors informed on their investments is ongoing, but this event gave donors a chance to see what others are doing and celebrate the overall successes.
A program started in the past year, Adopt-a-Village, was one of the success stories discussed given its growth to include 17 Villages and the ways the program nimbly addressed community needs in timelier fashion than had been possible before.  It has also led to the donors to this program feeling more connected to particular villages and their residents.
With renewed enthusiasm, the IPA is looking toward the end of the year. We’re reviewing the next round of projects proposed by our Honduran partners and finishing off those that are still in progress.
If you or your Rotary Club are interested in learning more about the IPA, please visit website associated with our Foundation or contact Marty Pease.
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   24 September 2022
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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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
Pat Bond
Rotary Club of North Delta
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