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February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.  We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.
Addressing the incoming district governors at the 2023 International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, RIPE Gordon McInally called upon the members to capture the world’s attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations and he announced his theme: Create Hope in the World.  
He noted that a significant way to bring hope to the world is to put a greater emphasis on peace. He cited the action Rotarians have taken in the past year to support the people of Ukraine after the invasion by Russia. Rotary has made humanitarian relief a priority, attracting more Ukrainian members in the process. But he shared that true relief won’t come without peace — not just in Ukraine, but in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and dozens of other places around the globe. “Peace is the soil where hope takes root,” he said.
Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. Rotary creates environments of peace.
Join Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship for a fun morning beach cleanup in OB.  Dubbed the Cupid's Clean Up which is an event Surfers Unite Founder Brett Morey came up with a couple years ago, it's a great way for Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends in the surfing community to show the beach and the environment some love. 
Past events coordinated the second Saturday in February have included multiple events in Hawaii, Carlsbad and Pacific Beach.  This year the Surfers Unite crew is hoping to have volunteers actively cleaning up shorelines in Florida, Hawaii, Australia and right here in OB.  This is a free event and 5 gallon buckets, trash bags and gloves are provided so sign up today at www.surfersunite.org/events or simply text "SURF" to 858-602-2532.  Use this as a recruitment tool to attract new members to your club.
Fifteen Rotarians from all over Rotary District 5340 went to GenerateHope’s transition home for human trafficking survivors to make their surroundings just a little bit nicer. Rotarians demonstrated to the residents that they are loved for who they are by people who want nothing in return. The staff and volunteers at the home are incredibly caring people who provide a safe place for survivors to take back their lives. 
The Scripps-Poway Rotary Club held a baby shower last week for the non-profit organization Gently Hugged. The club was tasked with having a party and bringing onesies for babies that will be distributed to new moms in need. In partnership, Ridgeview Health Center generously hosted this amazing event.  Last year alone, Gently Hugged distributed more than 8,000 onesies!!  
San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera (tan jacket) presents a Volunteer of the Year award from City Council District 9 to the City Heights Rotaract Club for their service to the community.  Club President Jesus Herrera is holding the award.  Next to him is PDG Marge Cole, an advisor for the club.  

Rotary is where individuals come together to change the world for good.
With over 1.2 million members across the globe, Rotary is the place where business and civic leaders come to share ideas, connect, and get inspired. 
Rotary members are people of action, dedicated to sustainable, impactful change in the communities in which they live and work. 


Chuck Pretto
Chuck Pretto
District Governor 2022-23
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
5052 Clairemont Drive #178651
San Diego, CA 92117
619-2-ROTARY (619-276-8279) Phone
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