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District Service Project - Volunteer at Feeding America Food Bank
Join fellow District 5340 Rotarians at a fun-filled morning and hands-on service project as a volunteer at the Feeding America warehouse. 

Spouses, friends and children 6+ years old are welcome! 
Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time: 9am - 12pm
Location: Feeding America Distribution Center
Address: 9455 Waples Street #135, San Diego, CA 92121
Cost: $9.99 (includes lunch)

Wear close-toed shoes - we'll be working in a warehouse.

We will help Feeding America may have us help with a number of different projects depending on what's needed at the time, including:
  • Filling bags with fresh produce to be later delivered to children in need
  • Sorting food that has been pulled from grocery store shelves to prevent it from reaching the landfill and instead into the hands of families in need
  • Repacking bulk product received by Feeding America

We'll work in the Distribution Center from 9-11am, then lunch Then at 11am in the Volunteer Lounge for pizza, salad and beverages. 
Feeding America San Diego helps feed more than 16,000 children, families and seniors in our local community every week! They are always accepting food donations and volunteers are welcome to bring any donations from their club with them.


The annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership between the San Diego Youth Synphonya anc Consservatory and Rotary District 5340.  International Youth Exchange that brings musicians from across the globe together with SDYS' most advanced musicians for a two-week intensive music experience. This year's MusicCamp is bringing a total of 24 international musicians from 11 countries to participate in this program  This is the largest international participation in the 12 year history of MusiCamp San Diego and the International Youth Symphony.  Friends of MusiCamp is presenting a package that includes a ticket to the Escondido concert and also a concert at a private home. See the flyer for this special package here.

Rotary Distrct 5340 and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will celebrate the 12th annual International Youth Symphony this year. The international musicians join eighteen SDYS students to create a unique orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented student musicians led by SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons for two weeks of rehearsals and a variety of recitals and concerts in the community.

The 2016 International Youth Symphony performances will include an outdoor concert as part of the Twilight in the Park in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, a Classical Concert at the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido and a opening performing of La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest in Ellen Scripps Park, La Jolla.  The Classical Concert at the Center Theater in Escondido at the California Center for the Arts Center Theater will be dedicate to the late Bill Sturgeon, a past district governor of Rotary District 5340 and the founder of MusiCamp and the International Youth Symphony 

See Upcoming concerts and open rehearsals for the International Youth Symphony here.  Click the link for tickets for the concert at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday July 30, 2016.

In addition to the concerts listed on the SDYS website link above, the International Youth Symphony will also perform at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of San Diego (Club 33) on July 28, 2016.

The Club 33 meeting venue is the Conference Center at Liberty Station.  The meeting runs from noon to 1:30 pm.  If you can't make it to other concerts of the International Youth Symphony, this is an additional opportunity to hear them.
For more information go to: Club 33 Concert

The Rotary Foundation is turning 100, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating!
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. View the timeline of the history of the development of what is now the Rotary Foundation.
How will you celebrate the centennial?  Go to Celebrate the Centennial to see what events are planned by Rotary international and also discover how your club can plan community events and fundraisers to raise the awareness of the Rotary Foundation and also raise the funds to continue and expand the impact of the Rotary Foundation globally

It all began with one man's idea.  That man was Bob Watson, District 5340 District Governor 2006-2006.  His idea was to have the clubs in the district to coordinate their projects so that on one day (the last day of April) they would all have one or more community service projects. During his year, he championed this idea. District 9100 in Tijuana joined with District 5340 that first year. Rotarians in our district also worked to get other districts to adopt this idea.
In the ensuing years, Rotarians at Work has grown to be an idea that has been adopted in 2015-2016 by 43 districts involving over 2800 clubs and nearly 10,000 Rotarians around the world.  Rotary District 5340 is proud to be the place where this idea about serving our communities was born.
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.
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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Members of Rotary 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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July 2016


Marilyn Sanderson
Marilyn Sanderson
Rotary District 5340
District Governor (2016-17)
Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826
 Be a gift to the world: Rotary International's theme for 2015-16