District News
All Rotary Clubs are reminded that the deadline to submit your proposal for a District Grant for the 2019-20 Rotary Year is Thursday, August 1, 2019.  You must submit your proposal on our District Grants website: http://www.matchinggrants.org/district/.  If you are unsure how to submit your grant, click on the "Submit Grant' button at the top of the page and it will walk you through the process.
District Governor Marta Knight has decided that each club may receive a match of up to $4,000 for this year.  The District Designated Funds (DDF) comes from the generous donations to the Annual Fund of our District Rotarians three years ago.  We have donated the funds and now it is time to put them to work.  Two members of your club were required to attend the District Grants Management Seminar last March for your club to be eligibile for this award.
If you have questions, please contact our Rotary Foundation District Grants Chair Mike Whitehouse at mike@mccuen.us.
Messages from new RI President, Mark Daniel Maloney and new District 5340 Governor, Marta Knight
I love to travel!  I even enjoy the mundane process of getting from here to there.  But, last year, my wife, Gay, and I had one of those experiences that would strain the optimism of even the most cheerful traveler.  We found ourselves with six hours to wait, at an airport where we were not scheduled to be, on a day we had not planned still to be traveling, having woken up that morning at a hotel unknown to us the night before.  It was one of those days.
As we waited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New Your City, Gay and I took a walk to people watch.  We went from one end of the terminal to the other and back, looking at every gate, every destination, every group of people waiting for their flights.
Each gate was its own island of humanity.  When we walked down the center of the concourse, we were in New York, moving along with everyone in one river.  But, when you veered off into those seats, you left the current and landed on an island.  You were already in Delhi or Paris or Tel Aviv.
As we started our walk, I thought: "All these different people, all these different countries, and all in one place.  This is like Rotary!"  But, as we walked past gate after gate, I realized something.  It was not like Rotary at all.  Because everyone in that river was heading for an island.  And every island stayed an island.  The people heading to Taipei might be talking to one another, but they were not talking to the people heading to Cairo or Lagos.
Contrast that with Rotary.  Rotary allows us to connect with one another, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences.  It connects us with people we would never otherwise have met, who  are more like us than we ever could have known.  It connects us with our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.
Connection is what makes the experience of Rotary so very different from walking along that concourse at JFK Airport.  In Rotary, none of us is an island.  All of us are in Rotary together, whoever we are, wherever we are from, whatever language we speak or traditions we follow.  We are all connected to one another - part of our communities, and members, not only of our clubs, but also of the global community to which we all belong.
This connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience.  It is what brings us to Rotary.  It is why we stay.  Please join your fellow Rotarians on this journey as Rotary Connects the World.
It is an honor to serve District 5340 as your Governor with our new theme - Rotary Connects the World.  I hope that this will encourage all of you to connect with your club and your community, sharing what we  as Rotarians are all about - People of Action - doing good in the world.
We got off to a great start connecting, by reaffirming the Sister District Agreement, that was originally signed in May 2005, with our neighboring District 4100 at our Governor's Dinner.  District Governor  Fernando Otañez and I will be working very closely to bring about great working relations between our districts.  
We are also starting the Rotary year with a new Vision Statement Strategic Plan, a roadmap to follow that will create an impact around the world:  "Together we see a world where People Unite and Take Action to Create lasting Change - Across the Globe, in our Communities and in Ourselves."  
We will achieve this new vision with four priorities:
Increasing Our Impact - At our Hamburg Convention, we learned that John Hopkins University did a study on the impact of our service reporting that Rotary collectively donated 45 million volunteer hours that would have cost $850 million.  We are People of Action who are effective problem solvers.
Expanding Our Reach - We are People of Action who activate and inspire one another by growing and diversifying our membership and creating new channels for Rotary in our communities.  We can increase our openness and appeal.  Let's build connections and opportunities that will allow people who share the same drive to do the same.
Enhance Participant Engagement - We are People of Action who strive to understand the needs of others.  Let's commit to putting the needs, expectations and growth of our participants at the center of all that we do.
Increases Our Ability to Adapt - We are People of Action who are inventive, entrepreneurial and resilient.  Let's stay true to ourselves.  We're ready to seek out fresh opportunities, create more paths to leadership, open our conversations to diverse voices, and simplify how we operate - with confidence.
I am looking forward to sharing these priorities and my goals further with you as I begin my rounding on clubs this week.
This will be a year where we will be "Making Good Happen" TOGETHER - with love, compassion and joy!
Multiple clubs in San Diego have partnered with Hands of Peace to "advance world understanding, goodwill and peace".  From July 10-28, 30 teen participants from Israel and Palestine will join with 10 American teens in an intensive dialogue and leadership training program in San Diego.  Though they arrive in San Diego as 'enemies', their time here bonds them in remarkable friendship.  Participants in the past have continued to connect long after the summer program is over.  Many go on to become leaders, diplomats, and form NGOs.  Clubs throughout  San Diego have assisted Hands of Peace with meals, district grants and have hosted the visiting participants in past years.   Gretchen Grad, the founder of Hands of Peace has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.  
Join us as we celebrate the 15th year of the International Youth Symphony!
Every year since 2004, top young musicians from around the world have traveled to San Diego with assistance and support from San Diego Rotary District 5340's International Youth Exchange (IYS) Program, to participate in three weeks of music, friendship and fun.
The Rotary clubs that help support this MusiCamp are San Diego Downtown Breakfast, Club 33, Old Mission, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido and Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship.  Their donations of dollars, host families and volunteer time have made this program successful for the past 15 years.  We thank you!
This summer we welcome 24 accomplished international youth musicians, hailing from nine countries to practice, play and perform alongside talented students from the San Diego Youth Symphony Ovation Program, based in Balboa Park.
Save the date for this very important conference.  Register now and get early bird pricing on registration.  
If you love craft beer, this is the place to be!  Our club is presenting the 6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest.  There will be tasting by 40 brewers as well as kombucha and wine.  Holiday Park in Carlsbad provides a sunny and shady setting for this year's event, which is growing into the top craft beer tasting experience in North County San Diego!  Enjoy games and chillin' with your best friends - new and old.  
The District Governor Line would like to extend a huge Thank You to Jim Hughes for the many years of generosity in providing a space for the District Office free of charge. Due to changes in the location the office has moved out and become a virtual office. You will still be able to reach out to the District Governor for help by calling the District Office phone number, there is an answering service who will take your message and reach out to someone to assist you. There will changes in the use of the District Conference Room and that information will be made available as soon as possible. This will be new for all of us and we ask your patience while we work through the process. If you have any questions please contact Marta Knight, Steve Weitzen or Mel Gallegos by calling the District phone number at 619-2-ROTARY  (619-276-8279). You can also keep track of new information on the District website at rotary5340.org.

The Rotary International Awards Team is in the process of reviewing all the criteria for the Rotary Citations particularly since changes to membership reported as of June 30th may have affected the final number of Rotary Clubs that are to receive the Citation as well as the Presidential Distinction. The Citation Dashboard is currently closed while the Awards Team process the data for 2018-2019 year. The dashboards/report will refresh and go live again on August 16 with final results for the Rotary Citation.  

Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-2019
The Rotary District 5340's Don't Wait Vaccinate Committee asks, "Are you and your family fully immunized?"  Protect yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there have been 940 cases of the measles in the U.S. as of May 24, 2019.  Twenty-six states have had measles outbreaks, up from 20 states in April.  In 2000, there were 86 cases, and measles were declared eliminated from the U.S.  The CDC warns that the U.S. risks its measles elimination status if the outbreak, which began in October 2018 in New York, continues until October 2019.  Worldwide the World Health Organization  (WHO) reports that preliminary global data shows cases of measles are up 300% from 2018 to 2019.
The Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global is hosting a fundraiser event on August 22 geared towards raising money to help keep Guatemala girls in school.  In partnership with a small community, its vocational high school, and Days for Girls in Guatemala, the Club plans on doing more than just putting a band-aid on the hardships faced.  They will create a model program that will be sustainable, ensuring that girls continue to receive an education.  They will also be improving students' future opportunities through entrepreneurships.  Bonus benefits include helping the environment and the community itself.    The fundraiser will be held on August 22, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Jupiter Street (Leucadia).  Look for signs.  The suggested donation is $15.  There will be live music, appetizers, drinks, raffle prizes and a silent auction.  For further information you may contact  mventiduncan@gmail.com.  You may also donate to their GoFundMe effort. 
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District Governor Scott Carr
Marta Knight
District Governor 2019-20
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
P.O. Box 420786
San Diego, CA 92124
619-2-ROTARY  (619-276-8279) Phone
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