District News
District 5340 will be celebrating Past District Governor, Wayne Cusick Day on Friday, January 24, 2020.
The Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle is hosting Rotary International Past President, Ravi Ravindran as a guest to their meeting on the 24th at 7:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Braille Institute, 4555 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA  92121.  The cost is $25.  For registration contact club president, Kim Schafer.
Wayne's family will be attending and will be presented with a plaque and presentations honoring Wayne and his work with the Paul Harris Society.
A successful Rotary Leadership Institute - Part II - was held on Saturday, January 11 for the 2020-2021 Club Presidents-Elect and Red Badgers.  District Governor-Elect, Steve Weitzen prepared Presidents-Elect for PETS training, which is scheduled for February 7-9 at the LAX Marriott Hotel.  District Membership Chair, Dianne Crawford shared best practices related to effective club management and strategic planning.  PDG and Foundation Chair, Marge Cole reviewed guidelines for District and Global Grants for the upcoming Rotary year.  PDG, Scott Carr presented on branding, communications and PR strategy options for clubs.  Graduation pins were presented by District Governor, Marta Knight.
Congratulations to all the graduates of this year's Rotary Leadership Institute.
Mission Gorge Rotary Club Invites New Members to a Charter Member Meeting
January 17, 2020
7:00 p.m.
A new Rotary club is chartering in the Mission Gorge area of San Diego!  Their first meeting will be held on Friday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Troy's Greek Restaurant, 10450 Friars Road, San Diego, CA  92120.  This new Rotary club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay.  For more information, contact acting president, Abraham Sultan at ibrahimsultan62@hotmail.com.  
More than 100 separate brushfires in Australia have damaged hundreds of homes and forced mass evacuations.  Rotary clubs are taking action to provide immediate relief to those affected by the fires.  Rotary has a Disaster Response Fund, which following a natural disaster like the fires in Australia, ensures we can deliver supplies, provide health care and support rebuilding efforts.  By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.  
Rotary and Toastmasters have launched a new collaboration to help their members broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities.  Rotary clubs and districts can get involved in this alliance by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club.  Read a blog post about why Toastmasters benefits Rotary clubs and learn more.
On January 8, Rotary District Golf League golfers celebrated their first outing of the Rotary/New Year at the Rancho Bernardo Inn with some adult beverages.
The League's next tee time will be Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  Shotgun start at 12 noon - best ball scramble.  Fee is $79/per person.
The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 3.  Contact tournament director, Bret Geernaert to register.  Give Bret an idea of your playing level when you sign up.  This will allow him to pair you with others at your level.  Also, let him know how many from your club will attend.  Escondido Sunrise won the prize for the most golfers present on January 8.  
On January 7, 2020, the Art Pratt Foundation of the Old Mission Rotary Club presented a $1000 grant to Second Chance.  The non-profit works with men, women and youth who have been entangled in the criminal justice system.  Second Chance provides the life-saving resources needed to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and incarceration.  The Old Mission Rotary grant will be used to purchase transit passes that will allow program participants to get to and from work, school and support meetings.
Photo (L-R): Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary, Stan Vogelsang, Second Chance Chief Development Officer, Sylvia DuBeau and program particpant, Isabella.
Additionally, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant in the amount of $5000 to Christian Youth Theater. The funds will be used to purchases new sound equipment.  Christian Youth Theater (CYT) has offered youth training in theater arts and production.  Youth have an opportunity to audition and perform in Broadway-style musicals.
Photo (L-R): Art Pratt Foundation president, Lee Kaminetz, Foundation members Phil Yates and Eric Benink, Christian Youth Theater president, Janie Cox, Foudation members Mark McAnelly, Stan Vogelsang and Bob Chalfa.  Emma Chapman is in costume for her role as Jane Banks in the new CYT musical production of Mary Poppins.
Photo taken at last year's event sponsored by the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club at the home of Rotarian, Gene Chubb.
We are asking for your help hosting 25 District Governors Elect that do not have a club to visit and spend the evening with.  Your club will be reimbursed $20 per person that you host.  Hospitality Night will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  District Governors Elect will be available for pickup at 5:30 pm in the Manchester Hyatt Hotel lobby.
This will be your last opportunity to meet and host incoming District Governors from around the Rotary world.  You can spend the evening learning all about Rotary in another part of the world.  They will also learn about you and your clubs.
For more information, please contact Susan McNeil at susan@bleicherpro.com  or michelecandland95@gmail.com.
Rotary International President, Mark Maloney will be speaking at the Fallbrook Rotary Club on January 16.  The topic is The Future of Rotary.  There is availability for 50 to 60 guests to attend.  This would be a great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about Rotary's future, especially new Rotarians and prospective members.  
If you'd like to attend, the Club's meeting is on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Tradition Estate, 1602 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook CA.  Doors open at 12:45 p.m.  The cost of lunch is $25.  Please bring exact change or a check.
There is a mandatory RSVP date of Thursday, January 9 by the close of business.  To RSVP, please contact Budd Sutliff at 760-822-2600 or buddsutliff@aol.com.
Old Mission  and Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Clubs invite you to join them for Host Hospitality Night on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  Their Mexican-themed dinner and entertainment will take place at the Seven Seas Restaurant (Part of the Best Western Hotel) in Mission Valley (San Diego area).
You will enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet dinner with a variety of favorite foods of our area and entertainment by a local Mariachi band.  This will be the last opportunity to host District Governor's Elect and their spouses because the Rotary International Assembly is moving to Orlando, Florida beginning in 2021.  They have some additional spots for Rotarians to join them for this festive evening.  
The cost for the dinner is $20 for Rotarians.  They hope you will be able to join them for these International festivities.  You must make a reservation by Wednesday, January 15.  Cash, checks, and PayPal will be accepted - no credit cards for this event.  Dress is casual - wear your Club shirt and bring a trading banner if you wish.  Please contact PDG Marge Cole, marge.cole@yahoo.com to make a reservation.
For those of you who tuned into the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day, you may have seen the flying penguin float representing Rotary International.  The float received the Tournament Volunteer Trophy for Most Outstanding Display of Floral Presentation with the Rose Parade Theme of "The Power of Hope."  This is an outstanding achievement as the committee has won the Princess Trophy two of the past three years.  This year's Rotary Float Committee Chair was PDG, Wade Normura of Capinteria and Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarians Fellowship served as one of the 18 directors for the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
Thanks to the leadership of District 5340 Governor, Marta Knight, the District financially supported the efforts to build this award-winning float with a donation.  The float promotes Rotary to more than 750,000 folks, lining Colorado Blvd. and with more than 70 million viewers around the world annually.  According to Morey, "Our annual budget for the float is $170,000 a year and all financial support comes from the generosity of fellow Rotarians."  Additional contributions were received from the Rotary Club of North County San Diego 78 as well as from other clubs.  Each individual or club who donates $1,000 or more is listed as a Major Donor.  
On December 17, 2019, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,070 to the San Diego Museum of Art.  The museum's Director of Development and Membership, Stacey Loomis, explained that the funds will be used to purchase a new two-way radio system that will help with both security and guest safety.
Photo L-R: Art Pratt Board of Directors members Eric Benink, Mark McAnelly, Phil Yates, Larry Edwards, Judi Copeland and Bob Chalfa.  The museum's Director of Development and Membership, Stacy Loomis, stands second from the right.  
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