Comic-con has taken over San Diego, and there is no better time to be a true superhero for your club and attend the District Membership Rally! Rotarians from across the District will be learning new secrets to attracting and retaining members on Saturday July 22, 2017 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the USD campus. The rally is a great way for clubs to kick off the new Rotary year!  All club presidents, membership chairs, committee members and all Rotarians who want to see their club grow should attend this informative meeting. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn new strategies and discuss effective recruitment and retention tactics - all designed for the purposes of helping clubs thrive.  The cost is $25.00.  Register here.
Rotary has announced the insurance assessment rates that will be charged for the 2017-18 year. The insurance assessment rates will be charged on the July Club Invoice.
Rotary provides Clubs and Districts with insurance coverage under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The program is offered through Lockton Insurance. The policies comes with self-insured retention (SIR) for each claims, and these assessments fund the $250,000 self-insured retention of every general liability claim and $25,000 deductible of every directors’ and officers’/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) claim, under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The assessment amounts depend on claims activity per state, funding needs of the self-insured retention, the cost of excess insurance, and credit for past claims history. 
Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday, 13 July.
After the sudden loss of RI President-elect Sam Owori, Rotary International finds itself in the unusual position of seeking another individual to lead the 1.2 million member organization beginning July 1, 2018.
Owori, 75, died last week after complications from leg surgery in Texas. Owori was a member of Rotary International (RI) for 38 years in his native Uganda, and would have been only the second African to lead the organization in its 112-year history. 
"Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss," said Ian Riseley, RI President. "This is a difficult time for all of us, and while it is hard to think about replacing our friend Sam so soon, we have to move ahead in the best interests of our organization."
Rotary International has a line of succession that is planned out for years in advance. Owori's death raised many questions among Rotary clubs as to how the vacancy would be filled, and what steps Rotary would take to ensure continuity and a smooth transition of leadership.


SURF's up! The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) Rotaract Learn to SURF event this past week was a great success, with over 30 participating and everyone having a blast! Kudos to all volunteers for making this event a success, especially to Bob Gladwell of the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead and his son, and to the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.

Phil Bresnahan, PhD and Tyler Cyronak, PhD of Scripps Institute of Oceanography attended and shared with the group about Smartin and how surfers in our community are providing valuable data on changes in ocean temperatures. Equipped with GPS sensors, telemetry and eventually the fins made by Future Fins will have pH sensors to gather ocean acidity. You can learn more by going here.

Come join us for this fun service project, July 22! It was a hit with both our volunteers and the participants last year. 

You'll spend the morning helping  participants get into the boats and help, as needed, both on land and while in the boats while you get the chance to cruise around the bay. Lunch will be provided so be sure to come out for this fun, outdoor activity.

Volunteers will need to be there at 8:30 am to set up and the clinic starts at 9:00 am. It will finish at about noon.  10 to 12 volunteers would be great to have come help out!
It is with a heavy heart that Rotary District 5340 announces the passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori. Owori passed away on July 13, 2017 after complications from surgery. 
Owori was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. He joined Rotary in 1978, and served as District Governor in Uganda, working tirelessly to engage women within Rotary, as well as youth participants, alumni, and community members.
Owori was CEO of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, and served in managing roles with the Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. and Uganda Development Bank. He had studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the U.S., including Harvard Business School.
Beyond serving as Governor of District 9200, Owori had served in a number of positions within Rotary, including regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional membership coordinator, and RI director. He also served as the Rotary Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat. He also served as member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He also served as chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee.
Owori is survived by his wife, Norah, their three adult sons, and three grandchildren. Final arrangements are pending. 
Rotary members frequently work with youth as part of community program across Southern California. From reading in local schools and Interact programs on campuses, to Youth ExchangeRYLA, LEAD, Model UN, and MusiCamp™, youth programs are a core component of many Rotary clubs. 

Rotary District 5340 has published an updated Youth Protection Policy that governs interactions with minors, including a mechanism for Rotary members to become certified to work with youth in a volunteer capacity. In accordance with the Youth Protection Policy, District 5340's Youth Certification process has been overhauled to include a revised application, an online background check, and web-based training.  
Response to the new Youth Certification program has been tremendous. For Rotary members who have been youth certified over the past decade, they will have additional time to earn the new Youth Certification qualification before their previous certification expires.
Club Presidents, President-Elects, Membership Committee members and Rotary members who want to see their clubs grow should REGISTER NOW for the District Membership Rally on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8:30am-11:30am!
Coming to the University of San Diego, this workshop will include best practices for membership recruiting and retention, as well as breakouts to discuss ideas and solutions, updated resources, tools and more. Registration is only $25, and will be well worth the investment.
Membership is key to the success of every club, and this workshop is a great way kick-off the new Rotary year. Don’t miss out and register today!
The Care 'n Share Toy Drive, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, has an abundance of stuffed animal donations in need of a good home.  Over 12,000 were donated at the San Diego County Fair; twice what collected last year!  if your club has a need for stuffed animals for its projects, please contact Nancy Stoke at 858 509-9160 or and she will be happy to share the smiles.
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo started their new Rotary year with a bang on July 6 with the induction of two new members - David King from half-way around the world in Kuwait via FaceTime and his wife, Susan here locally.   David and   Susan are the newest members of the club and, as such, the newest members of Rotary International.  Although David, a retired Marine Colonel, is traveling on business to the Middle East, the couple had been active for several weeks so the Club decided to go ahead with their induction via FaceTime.  Using this mode of media was certainly unique and despite concerns that the connection would be tenuous, the communication worked almost perfectly.  It was also a great way for members to see the value of technology in promoting flexibility and innovation.  Additionally, David and Susan King are the first members to join under the new structure of Family or Corporate membership.  Two weeks ago, the first corporate member was inducted when Scott Lawn and Alex Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration Company became members.
The Club created two new membership categories - Family and Corporate to encourage two members of a family or business to join together in becoming Rotarians.  These categories come with a discount and flexibility in attendance.  The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo is moving forward to embrace new membership concepts and innovative ways to attract members into the culture of "Making a Difference."
Photo Left to Right: Immediate Past President Benita Page; Sponsor Don Glover; Inductee Susan King; President Mike Fuqua; Inductee David King (via FaceTime)

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The goal and mission of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship is to create a fellowship that engages Rotary members, their family and Interact, Rotaract and potential new members to hold fun events related to surfing and stand up paddle boarding.  It was started to create CHAMPS in the world for Rotary:

  • Connect Rotarians from around the world who share a passion for surfing
  • Host Rotarians and host learn to surf events
  • Attract younger members to Rotary by using learn to surf events for Interact and Rotaract
  • Mentor youth
  • Paddle out for Polio - a great way for Rotary clubs to raise awareness, fund End Polio Now and engage others.  There will be a Paddle Out for Polio event in Honolulu in 2020
  • Share the Aloha spirit
This coming weekend there is an upcoming event you might want to check out.  It is the 1st Annual Rotaract Learn to Surf Event - Powerhouse Park from 8 to 10:00 a.m. on July 15 in Del Mar.  That's right - its for Rotaract SDSU, USD, UCSD, San Diego, City Heights or Pacific Beach.   Come get on a surf board and have some fun.  Interested?  Respond to the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Facebook event page and indicate if you will be able to make it.
On September 10, the Life Rolls On event will occur at La Jolla Shores.  This is a great opportunity to introduce Interact and Rotaract members to those who work as Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.  Life Rolls On is a fantastic non-profit dedicated to giving children and adults who are paralyzed or injured the opportunity to surf.  Check out their site and register for Life Rolls On

For more information, contact Founder and Chair, Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship, Brett Morey at



Photo credit: Dr. Gary Meyers, OD
From the San Diego Union Tribune - June 28, 2017
Expect more booms and a brighter skyshow as Ramona Rotary Club celebrates its and the community's 25th year of July 4 Family Picnic and Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4.
In addition to being the 25th anniversary of fireworks in Ramona, 2017 marks Ramona Rotary's 80th anniversary and the 100th year of Rotary International Foundation, so Rotarians are stepping it up a notch this year.
As always, admission is free and the fun starts at 5:00 p.m. with an old-fashion community celebration that includes food, games family activities, and music.  The grand finale will start at 5:00 p.m. with a 20-minutes skyshow synchronized to music on KyXy 96.5 FM Radio.  All activities are on the fields behind Olive Pierce School on Hanson Lane.

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation will host its 11th Annual "Holes for Heroes" Golf Tournament and Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club: 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA  92075.   This event provides an opportunity to spend a day on the green and dine with the troops that defend us.  Veterans, their family members and friends join us for a fun, relaxing day filled with golf and use of the Country Club grounds including the pool, gym, tennis and spa facilities.  The fantastic day concludes with the Holes for Heroes Recognition Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance to honor World War II and Vietnam veterans and former POWs.  Special honorees this year are WW II veterans and families of those lost.
Proceeds from the event directly benefit local charities: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight San Diego, Pegasus Rising, Armed Services YMCA, Homefront San Diego, One More Wave Surf Camp, Veteran's Village San Diego, Operation BIGS, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO/San Diego Neil Ash Airport Center and Angels of American's Fallen.
Carol and Steve Cross along with Steve and Louise Andres recently completed a stretch of the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain along with 10 other Rotarians to help raise $28,241 for projects identified by the Golden Triangle Rotary Club. 
Rotarians joined walk organizers, Krishna and Bonnie Arora and Judy Colander of SPANISH STEPS - Her company provided vans, guides, accommodations and organization in Spain.  The group walked about 80 miles of the Camino, ending in Santiago de Compostela at the legendary cathedral in the town.  Krishna and Steve Cross, ages 73 and 75 respectively were the oldest of the walkers on the trip.  Who says you can't have fun after 65!
This adventurous group of 12 gathered in the ancient Roman walled city of Lugo, Spain to begin their journey.   The walls surrounding the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning in height and width.   They ended their trek in Santiago de Compostela.  Their final step was to deliver their passports, carefully stamped twice daily at different location along the trail to prove they walked the distance.  The Camino office inspects the passports and issues each walker a "Compostela" or certificate of completion. 
Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for centuries, following the paths to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St. James.  Today, whether walking the Camino for spiritual reasons, as a challenge or to experience its unique culture and beauty, participants will gladly say it is a trip of a lifetime.
The group represented five different Rotary Clubs working together to raise funds for six charities.  The funds were presented at the May 26, 2017 Rotary meeting.  To celebrate, the Cross's hosted a reunion for the walkers at their home on May 28.
The photo above shows Wayne Davis and son Steve. The Wall of Wisdom and worshiping as a different form of entertainment.  People of the Camino.
The photos above shows Spanish Rotarians joining the group for part of the walk.  Overnight accommodations were country manor houses called Pazos.  Late afternoon breaks provided the group a choice of beer, expresso or wine.  PDG Louise Andres and Carol Cross shop local for picnic items.


The photos above depict  Ancient cities 500 BC, Medieval bridges, and a tribute to Rotarians, Harvey Koelln and Henry Ebert, La  Jolla Sunrises Rotarians  who died in January and February respectively.  People of all faiths and  nationalities walk the Camino. 



The photos above shows the group gathering in the ancient city of Lugo with the original Roman walls and bridge intact.  1000 years of history.  Rain and hail experienced on the first day.


The photo above represents the final Rotary dinner, Spanish sculpture and friendship.
Beginning July 1, Scott Carr is the new Governor of Rotary International District 5340. Carr took the oath of office days earlier at the Governors Dinner held at the San Diego La Jolla Marriott on Monday, June 26, 2017.
As District Governor, Carr is charged with leading nearly 65 Rotary Clubs within the 112-year-old international service organization. During the 2017-18 year, Carr has identified several areas of focus, including women leadership development, environmental sustainability, active and retired military, and youth. 


This July, Rotary will be taking the wraps off its brand new Rotary Club Central. Hosted within, Rotary Club Central provides centralized goal tracking and management for both clubs and districts. The new Rotary Club Central represents a significant upgrade since the portal debuted five years ago, featuring a new updated navigation, faster loading speeds, and compatibility with mobile devices. 
Rotarians across Rotary District 5340 want to extend a heart-felt thank you to outgoing District Governor, Marilyn Sanderson.  Your leadership was essential to the growth of our District and you did not let us down.  Words cannot account for all the things you did on our behalf, from attending meetings of every club in the District, to participating in District events, service projects and leadership activities.  You led by example and challenged us to think big and be bold in our undertakings.  You were an inspiration to all of us and we are better Rotarians because of you!
On May 30, 2017, high school students selected by the Old Mission Rotary Club  to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in April, attended the Old Mission Rotary Club to report on their experience at the life-changing weekend training event.   Old Mission Rotary selected 15 students from five high schools to attend RYLA.  Students were from Saint Augustine, Francis Parker, Our Lady of Peace and Madison High Schools.  Students from Crawford High were unable to attend. 
Left to Right: David Pfeifer of St. Augustine; Alexander Zonce of St. Augustine; Zak Kirk of Madison; Serena Montano of Madison; Andrew Lezny of Francis Parker; Samantha Clarke of Francis Parker; Lauren Amaral with twin sister, Rachel from Our Lady of Peace; and Camila Tirado of Our Lady of Peach.
The Seventh Annual "So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego" was another amazing success.  On Saturday May 13, 2017, 10 variety acts competed on the campus of Francis Parker School.  The event was sponsored and organized by the Old Mission Rotary, Kearny Mesa Rotary and the Francis Parker Interact Clubs.  Profits will be donated to the Thousand Smiles Foundation. 
First Place honors and a $1000 prize was awarded to the youth band, Jam Fusion, who rocked the crowd with the song Hotel California.  Second place and a $500 prize went to  the Sea Monks Family Band who performed an original composition with hilarious lyrics called Sticks and Stones.  Third place and a $245 prize was awarded to Alec Hamilton who mesmerized the baby boomers in the audience on piano with his vocals of Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, by Billy Joel.
The Gala Committee worked hard to make every aspect of the evening a success, including the catering, silent and live auctions, an open bar and, of course, the show itself.   All three clubs were very grateful to their sponsors and those who provided donated items to the event.   Everyone is already looking forward to next year's event.
Photo: L to R Standing: Gala emcee, Matt Risi; Third  Place winner; The Sea Monks Family Band; Judges Joe Dyke, Elena Peavy, Ron Jones and Pirzarro Brothers.  First Place winners the Jam Fusion Band, with kids ranging from 8 to 15 are kneeling in the front row.
For over a decade the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has partnered with the United States Post Office in Santee to help with their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  This year's 25th anniversary drive was no exception.  As postal carriers return from their routes loaded with food items donated by the Santee community, Rotarians unload, placed items in mail bins and weighed each before loading them on a semi truck to take to the Santee Food Bank.  Rotarians were also stationed at the food bank where they, along with members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, helped unload and sort food items into food bins.  Despite the fact the Santee Food Bank is in transition, moving from a temporary location to its new home situated on the property of the Lutheran Church, they were able to accommodate the donated food items, which at one time reached near the ceiling.  Rotarians were extremely excited to learn that this year's effort netted over 19,290 pounds of non-perishable food items.  The food bank will complete its move over the Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to helping with Stamp Out Hunger each year, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has in the past purchased freezers and a large refrigerated storage container to help with the food bank being able to distributed dairy items, fresh fruits  and packaged meats.  Rotarian, Vic Bermudes, a retired architect and food bank board member also donated his time to help with architecture plans for the new location.

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District Governor Scott Carr
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