District News
Rotary District 5340 is going to sponsor the Care 'n Share Toy Drive as a district wide project.  In the past this toy drive was a project of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines (La Jolla) in cooperation with numerous other organizations in San Diego. This year District 5340 has opted to make the Care N Share Toy Drive a district-wide project so all of the Rotary Clubs in the district can participate. 
This toy drive is held during the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairground.  The fair runs from June 3 to July 4. The goal this year is to collect over 10,000 toys to distribute to sick children in the San Diego region. This toy drive is open to everyone who attends the fair because there were will be a collection point for toys there. 
Clubs and individuals can participate in several ways. The first way is to volunteer to staff the collection booth at the San Diego Fair. The second way to participate is host a toy drive by putting a toy collection box at your club or business.  The third way to participate is to sponsor a library collection box at one of the more than 50 library locations in the county.  The collection boxes will be supplied through Rotary District 5340. 
For more information, download the Care 'n Share Toy Drive flyer

On Monday, June 13, 2016 Rotary District 5340 will hold its annual District Governor's Dinner. We will celebrate “An Awesome Year of Service”.
At this meeting, DG Janice Kurth will announce awards to recognize significant achievements during the year by clubs and individual Rotarians in the district.  In addition, we will install Incoming District Governor for 2016-17, Marilyn Sanderson and induct 2016-2017 Club Presidents.
La Jolla Marriott
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.
5 PM – 6 PM   Fellowship/Reception
6 PM  Dinner & Program
Self-Parking $6/car
REGISTER EARLY to reserved a table(s) for your club; you must have 10 persons (or multiples of 10)
from your club registered by June 6.  
 To register, go to: District Governor's Dinner.  

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Rotarian Scott C. Carr of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast  has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2017-2018.
 Challenges (RI Bylaws, Article 13.020.8)  to the selection of District Governor during Rotary Year 2017-2018, must be received by the District Governor, in writing, no later than April 28, 2016.
There being no Challenges, It is our pleasure to confirm the selection of Scott C. Carr as our District Governor Nominee to serve as Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.

Rotary changes lives and promotes leadership. The Rotary Club of San Diego sponsors Camp Enterprise, a weekend program that does just that for high school juniors.  Jackie Meyer is the chair for Students for Camp Enterprise in 2016 and shares this story from this year's camp.
As Chair of Students for Camp Enterprise this year, I receive the information about allergies or mediations needed for students.  When I received Karla’s (not her real name) permission form, I knew the drugs listed were serious ones.
Fast forward to Thursday night when the students gather for their first team session.  Karla was unfortunately in bed.  I had been told earlier she might hear voices and why she needed such medication.
Come Friday, I was surprised and very happy to see that Karla was engaged and determined to make up for lost time with her team.  My fears of sending home a student early were beginning to fade.

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Ivan Alba teaching math in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a very hard country to live in.  The average yearly wage in the country is only about $500US per year.  From 2006 to 2009, the Zimbabwean dollar devaluated at such an alarming rate that one US dollar (worth one Zimbabwean dollar in 2006) was worth 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (thirty octillion) Zimbabwean dollar by 2009. The national currency became absolutely worthless, and everyone with money in the bank lost it.  Today’s circumstances are bleak in President Mugabe’s Zimbabwe; yet Rotary, and a sense of hope, still survives.
The Alba Family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) met with a Zim Rotarian named Tina “Tete Chikisa” Chirwe who runs a school in Chipinge. She has the true heart of a ‘Rotarian on fire’.  After touring much of the country by bus, the family ended up working with the St. Albertina School to help them improve their mathematics education program.  Isabel and Lily attended the school and learned, first hand, what it was to be an African student, and Elena and Ivan got straight to work with the teachers and the principal.  The Rotarian-run school boards many students from the outskirts of the community and Tina, herself, pays for those students who have difficulty paying the modest tuition to attend.  The Rotarians in the community are constantly searching for ways to help those who are in greatest need.  Zimbabwe has many who need this help.

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We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in our community.
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May 2016

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826