Saturday, January 27 was a day in which Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact students and Teen Volunteers in Action completed their tree planting project at the Sikes Adobe park, part of the San Diego River Park.   On the previous Wednesday, a dozen Rotarians prepared for the planting by cutting poultry netting (i.e., chicken wire) and shade cloth and then Saturday the larger team led by Chairman and President-Elect, Doug Dawson planted 70 trees in various areas around the Sike Adobe historic farmstead. After several hours of labor, everyone gathered for refreshments and a celebration where Doug presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Ranger David Vidal and Executive Director of the San Diego River park, Kevin McKernan.  Coupled with the 14 trees planted at Abraxas High School in December, this puts the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo at 20% above its goal and commitment to Rotary International's goal of one tree for every member worldwide.  
Photo Left to Right:  Debbie Lindgren, Mark Lindgren, David Maldonado, Teen Volunteers in Action.
Photo Left to Right:  Mike Fugua, Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club President, Keveing McKeran, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park, Rancher David Vidal, President-Elect 
Final notice!  Applications are currently being accepted to serve as a facilitator at this year's RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program scheduled for April 20-22, 2018 in beautiful Idyllwild.  Your commitment would include a required half-day training meeting on Saturday morning, April 14.  if one of the reasons you joined Rotary is to serve youth, now is your opportunity.  A three and on-half day commitment from you is a wonderful and fulfilling way to serve the youth in our district.
RYLA is a leadership conference for approximately 280 high school juniors from throughout the district.  it's primary intent is to encourage students to become more effective servant leaders, but the result is students emerge confident, enthusiastic and empowered.  The program includes exceptional speakers, small group discussions and fellowship activities all within an atmosphere of trust and respect.  if you have some experience working with youth, are in good health and are committed to the principles of Rotary and the development of young people - you are qualified.  it is an extraordinary Rotary youth program that you will not want to miss.  Please go to, click on the  facilitator tab.  Please make sure you do the following:
  • Complete and forward the application by the end of February,
  • Complete your youth certification (if you haven't already)
You are now on the way of one of the most rewarding experiences as a Rotarian.  If you have any questions, please contact Paul van Roon, the RYLA  co-facilitator coordinator at 619 980-2334 or
The 7th Annual Rotary District 5340 / University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace & Studies' Peace Forum convenes this Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre at USD.  This year's Forum's theme is Peacemakers, and will include presentations on:
  • Defying Extremism
  • Contact Theory: An Approach to Peacebuilding
  • The Bent Prop Project: Making Peace Across Time and Distance
  • Presentations by the Rotary and Grillo-Marxuach Scholars on Peacebuilding
  • Presentation of the Prestigious Peacemake of the Year Award
Connect with fellow attendees and enjoy a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 am.  The program will promptly begin at 8:30 am and conclude at noon.  Tickets are $35 to the general public but Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, their guests can have 100% of their registration fee WAIVED by registering here.  Special thanks to USD Kroc School of Peace Studies for absorbing the entire cost.  Rotarians and Rotary-affiliated guests can attend for NO CHARGE, but note that seats are limited and reservations are required.  For more information, please contact Cyntthia Villis at or by calling 619 260-4686.
The District Membership Team knows how to throw a great party, and we're doing it again! Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6-9pm, we are taking over the courtyard at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in historic Liberty Station. Tickets are only $25 and are on sale right now.
Rotarians from across San Diego and East County are invited to join in on this wonderful opportunity to experience high-energy Rotarian fellowship and fun.  Meet and greet other Rotarians from around the District.  Enjoy the best of Rotary and your membership!  Tickets include: JP Hennessy Band from the Encinitas "Animal House" Rotary Club, craft beer from Stone, wine, light appetizers and snacks.  Eat, drink, be merry and socialize with Rotarians from around the District.  Signup now - limited to the first 150 people!  Rotarians are encouraged to wear their club shirts to show your Rotary spirit.  Venue is outside under the stars; so please dress accordingly.  To register, please go to:
Seven clubs are participating in this year's  District 5340 Instrumental Music Competition.  They are Rotary clubs of Del Mar, La Mesa, Carlsbad Hi-Noon, San Marcos, Encinitas, Coastal and Escondido.   There will be two regional competitions - South and North with the final competition being held at the Museum of Making Music where the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.  Please join us and encourage everyone to attend at least one of these events and hear the achievement these great students have achieved.
Members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps took some time away from community service projects for a beloved club activity known as Spouse Swap Bowling, which is just a fancy way of saying you can't bowl with your spouse.  There were high scores, low scores and everything in between.  The club plans this family-friendly activity a couple of times a year. 
This is a good reminder that clubs should make time for club socials that include the family and allows for a little goofiness and lighthearted fun.  Activities such as this builds camaraderie and lasting friendships and provides a glimpse into family life of each Rotarian and visa versa.
In today's society where our children are more vulnerable than ever, child fingerprint kits makes a lot of sense for parents who want to be able to provide the maximum assistance to policing agencies should the unthinkable happen.  The Santee Sheriff's Department has always been responsive to the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club when requesting kits to take on the road.  Their partnership in providing the necessary tool kits to make this happen is essential to the club's success.  This past fall, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club fingerprinted children at the Grossmont Healthcare District's annual Kids Care Fest, held last year at the Lakeside Rodeo grounds and this past month did the same thing at the City of Santee's 2nd Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo held in Trolley Square.  This is one of the club's community outreach programs where Rotarians can interact with community in an engaging fashion sharing safety tips for their children all-the-while sharing the many benefits of being a Rotarian.  This is also a great outreach to get your red badgers involved in community service.  Senator Joel Anderson knows the importance of community outreach and acknowledged the club's effort with a Certificate of Outstanding Service right on site of the event itself.
On January 30, 2017, the Art Prat Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5315 to the Fleet Science Center.  The funds will be used to upgrade the security surveillance system for their 95,000 square-foot facility.  This is particularly important as the museum offers so many youth and school programs.
The science museum and planetarium is located in Balboa Park at the east end of the El Prado Drive walkway.  The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. 
Photo: (L-R): Chris LaZich, Fleet Center VP of Adjustment; Art Pratt Foundation members Bob Chalfa, Mark McAnelly, Lee Kaminetz and Gary John Collins.
Last Thursday, the 18th of January, District 5340 welcomed 135 Rotary International members to come together to assemble "comfort kits" to support the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.  This was the first event of its kind for an RI International Assembly.  Coordinated for the Partners of District Governor Elects to provide a hands-on opportunity to participate in an RI community service event.  Amongst the crowd were also partners of past, current, and future RI presidents.
Chaired by Assistant Governor and San Diego Rotary - Club 33 member, John Neuhart, the event helped create 2000 emergency kits which are given in time of need to victims of fires, flood and earthquakes.  The event raised $8,000 and accumulated over 400 volunteer hours and was a huge success; as on of the volunteers expressed her appreciation, saying, "I wouldn't have wanted to spend my afternoon any other way.  Thank you for this opportunity to help others!"  San Diego Rotary Club wants to thank the Red Cross, Liberty Station Conference Center, Sodexo catering and all of the participant volunteers.
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In May 2017, Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Rotary District 5340 Youth Service Chair set out to start a new Rotary Fellowship just weeks before the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  With the encouragement and support of District Governor Scott Carr and fellow Rotarians Brett boarded a flight to Atlanta with one of his 16 surfboards and hit the ground running.  While at his second Rotary International Convention he gathered over 150 signatures from numerous countries and built an incredible leadership team of Rotarians and Rotaractors from Australia, Hawaii, throughout the U.S.  Surfers Unite has since completed over 15 service projects, gained final approval from Rotary International and now has over 300 members in over 20 countries.
Photo: (L-R) Old Mission Rotary LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart; students Nathan Skowrenski, Bill Champion, Ashay Madden, and Morgan Gurrola; Jean Farb Middle School Principal Courtney Rizzo and AVID instructor, Donna Rankin.
On January 9, 2018, Old Mission Rotary Club was thrilled to welcome the LEAD students from Jean Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta.  The club's LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart, convinced the club directors to fund not two, but four eighth graders to the Rotary leadership event.  The LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students that has been held annually since 2009.  Talented young people attend a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) camp developed, presented and hosted by the Rotarians of District 5340.  LEAD encourages young people to discuss ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, become self-motivated to reach goals and develop a positive outlook on life; all while having fun making friends.  This year's event took place at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School over the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2017. 
Jean Farb Middle School has participated in LEAD for many years and is supported strongly by Principal, Courtney Rizzo and AVID Advisor, Donna Rankin.  The school is small with only 450 students that include many children who live in the Murphy Canyon Navy Housing complex.  These kids come and go as their military families are transferred.  Jean Farb Middle School is particularly proud of their AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  Old Mission Rotary was both charmed and impressed by the four students who each took a few minutes to talk about their experiences at LEAD.
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation board member, Drew Armbruster; Foundation president, Lee Kaminetz; past Old Mission Rotary president, Bob Self; Air and Space Museum Development Director, Diane Sutherland; Art Pratt Foundation board member, Bob Chalfa; and acting Old Mission Rotary president, Stan Vogelsang.
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $8,000 to the San Diego Air and Space Museum on January 9.  the San Diego Air and Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building.  The museum is divided into many galleries with exhibits emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation.  Sections include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, Special Exhibit area, World War I Gallery, Golden Age of Flight Gallery, World War II Gallery, Modern Jet and Space Age Gallery and the Edwin D. McKeller Pavilion of Flight.  The funds from the Art Pratt grant will be used to remodel the storage and restoration area in the basement of the museum. 
Rotary District 5340, in cooperation with Rotary International, has launched a new branding campaign targeting air travelers coming to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN). 
The ads, featuring Rotary's People of Action, are being featured throughout San Diego International Airport from January 10-24, 2018. The ads are targeted to visitors coming to San Diego for 2018 International Assembly, as well as business and leisure travelers using the facility, 
"We are incredibly proud of the new Rotary branding campaign that welcomes visitors to San Diego," said Scott Carr, Rotary District 5340 Governor for 2017-18. "What better way to welcome People of Action than with a multi-media campaign geared for them."

Located minutes from downtown, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the busiest single runway airport in the United States, and third-busiest single runway in the world. The airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field, features advertising managed by JCDecaux, one of the largest advertising providers in the global media industry.. Rotary District 5340 negotiated with JCDecaux to create a People of Action campaign that would run 10 second video clips at 20 different locations throughout the terminals. In addition, the People of Action campaign includes seven 6'x6' backlit ads.
The campaign is timed to coincide with International Assembly, taking place January 14-20, 2018 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. "Advertising at San Diego International Airport was a natural complement to the increased Rotary presence we will have at the airport during International Assembly, including all of our volunteer greeters," added Carr. "This was also a terrific opportunity to work with the team that created the People of Action campaign at Rotary's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. We are incredibly grateful for their help and financial support in turning this hair-brained idea into reality."
The digital and backlit ads will be visible through January 24, 2018.
If you see them, let us know! Look for the ads, take a selfie, and send your photo to
Council on Legislation Enacts Legislation During 2016 Session
With the conclusion of the 2017 Council on Resolutions (COR), the Council has released a brand new Report of Action.  The report, which is available for online download, includes several parts, including:
  • A letter from General Secretary John Hewko;
  • Resolutions that were adopted; and 
  • Vote tallies for the adopted items.

The Council met in late 2017 to review a total of 38 resolutions submitted for consideration. Resolutions spanned a wide range of topics, including:

  • Additional research into club flexibility;
  • Maintaining original member info when terminated members return to Rotary;
  • Addition of core values and mission to Rotary;
  • Maintaining per capita dues at their current levels, and many more.

The Council adopted 17 resolutions, of which 15 were recommendations to the RI Board and two were recommendations to The Rotary Foundation Trustees. The Board and the Trustees will consider these items at their upcoming meetings. 

In Rotary District 5340,  our District Representative to the Council on Legislation is Dave Breeding, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.  Our Alternate District Representative is Janice Kurth, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Del Mar.  

If you have any questions about the Council on Legislation and the process for submitting new resolutions, please do contact either Dave ( or Janice ( to learn more. 
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