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Thinking out-of-the-box and away from traditional meeting norms of morning or noon Rotary clubs, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club wanted to be unique in its approach in attracting young, middle-aged professionals to their club.  They looked at the best design/time frame  for those professionals who have to work standard, full-time hours and who needed flexibility in order to be able to participate in Rotary.  They also wanted to attract Rotarians who desired alternative meeting times in finding a make-up club to attend. 
The result of this effort yielded a group of fun-loving and hard-working Rotarians on a mission to make the world a better place!  They have weekly dinner meetings on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., allowing those with a full-time job to still join a Rotary club.  To learn more about the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club,  you can visit their Facebook group or their website.

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

The 5th Annual Interact Symposium for Interact Officers, Club Members and Rotarians is Saturday September 22, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, SD 92106.

Come and celebrate our District Foundation.  Learn about club grants and service projects that empowered clubs to approach challenges such as Literacy, Poverty, Water, Health, Peace and Education, with solutions that will have a lasting impact and change lives both close to home and around the world.
45th Annual District 5340 Foundation Seminar
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Grossmont College, Theatre #21
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA  92020
Cost: Rotarians $25; Rotaract $10
Continental Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.
Program and club presentations are from 8:45 a.m. to noon
Free Flu Shots available for Rotarians and guests from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Cheryl Minshew at cminshew43@gmail.com or Marta Knight at mknight@rotary5340.org
REGISTER: Click here
Come join in on the fun!  Rotarians are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference.  Best of all - there is NO CHARGE to Rotarians or their club for serving as a LEAD Advisor!
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 9th grade students (Delegates) where they will discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends.  Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend and we need 12 or more Rotarian Advisors to help direct activities.
If interested, please go to the LEAD website and click the Advisor's link and follow the instructions to complete the application.  You may call Paul Pierce at (760) 942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com, if you have questions.

The nomination period has begun for District Governor. All clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations for an individual will serve as District Governor during the 2021-22 Rotary year.

All suggestions for District Governor Nominee-Designate must be received no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5:00pm to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions may be sent to district@rotary5340.org or via mail to:


Rotary District 5340 Nominating Committee

2247 San Diego Avenue, Suite 236

San Diego, CA 92110


The suggestion for District Governor 2021-22 must be submitted in the form of 1) a completed Governor-Nominee Form, and 2) a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club, naming the suggested candidate (click to download sample resolution). The Club President and Secretary shall certify the resolution. A Club may suggest only one of its own members as a candidate for District Governor Nominee.
For the past 25 years, husband and wife team, Antonio Grillo-Lopez and Maria S. Marxuach Grillo have been supporting education in the ways of grants, scholarships, and fellowships - at all levels.  Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholars have attended or are currently attending Yale University, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, University of California Los Angeles, Duke University, the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego (USD), Preuss School in San Diego, University of California San Diego, Sacred Heart College in Puerto Rico, The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Boston, and others.  Every year they provide support for 15-20 students at these institutions.  These students are of an elite group that includes Bachelor's Master's and Doctoral degreed candidates as well as Post-Doctoral researchers.  Upon graduation or completion of their research, each is granted the title of Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholar.
A couple of years ago, this wonderful couple decided to establish two scholarships for Masters degree candidates at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies at USD.  It was their choice to partner with the Rotary International Foundation (RIF).  The agreement made with RIF was that every year they (couple) would donate $63,000 and RIF would provide $30,000 in Global Grant money.  The RIF deducts $3,000 for their administrative costs.  Thus from a total of $90,000, the couple donates 70% and the RIF provides 30%.  
Every year, two candidates (International, with preference for Puerto Rico and Latin America) are awarded these scholarships.  This year's scholarship winners are Jennifer Rivera from Puerto Rico and Veronica Musa from Argentina.  These students join the two that  completed their first year and are now starting their second year at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies at the USD: Valentina Rivera Munoz from Puerto Rico and Paloma Wlethorn Kochan from Brazil.  Two new scholars are added every year.  The scholarships pay for one year of studies towards a degree such as a Masters degree in Social Innovation.  Should the degree require a second year, such as the Masters degree in Peace and Justice, USD and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies will cover the expenses for the second year.  The agreement with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies is that scholars will be known as Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholars.  A fund, the Grillo-Marxuach Scholarship Fund, has been established at USD to receive and dispense all monies pertaining to these scholarships.  For more information, you can refer to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies website.
Both Antonio and Maria would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to  Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Studies for USD for her untiring support and to  Dr. Cynthia Villis, Assistant Provost of USD for her work in making these scholarships possible.  Dr. Villis is also the  past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Triangle,  who writes, submits and administers the Global Grants.  A special thanks was offered up to Steve Brown, past district governor and past trustee of the RIF and to RIF for partnering with them on this outstanding and impactful endeavor. 
Photo:  Maria S. Marxuach Grillo, Antonio Grillo-Lopez;   Scholars, Valentina Rivera Munoz and Paloma Wiethorn Kochan
Santee Lakeside Rotary Club President, Elana Levens-Craig attended her very first Rotary International Convention this past spring in Toronto, Canada and came home inspired.  While at the convention and in the House of Friendship, Elana came across a booth for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes around the world.  She was pretty sure most of her club members had shoes in their closets  they no longer needed.  The Club enthusiastically backed this project and set a goal of collecting 300 pairs of shoes during the month of August.  Members not only raided their own closets but they also reached out into the community via social media for donations as well.    The end result, nearly double the goal, was 583 pairs of shoes!   This is an amazing start to Elana's presidential year and the collection effort is a true reflection that Rotarians are People of Action! 
Photo:  Rotarians Sandy Pugliese and Elana Levens-Craig showcasing shoes while Elana's husband, Scott Craig began the boxing process.  Packing Solutions provided the storage and the transportation to Soles4Souls located in Riverside County. 
The Del Mar-Solona Beach Rotary Club will present its 22nd Annual Bocce Tournament on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  The Tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Surf Cup Sports Park (the old Polo Fields) east of Del Mar.  New this year is the addition of San Diego Craft Beers.   
Join us for a day of fun and fundraising.  Spend the day enjoying craft beer selections from some of the finest craft breweries in San Diego while playing bocce on over 30, well-tended grass courts.  Connect with clients and enjoy family and friends  while benefiting youth and humanitarian programs.  During breaks in play, bid on silent auction items and meet representatives from Reality Changers, Just in Time Foster Youth and other past and future beneficiaries of tournament proceeds.  Past tournaments have raised over $625,000 collectively.  For more information, visit our website.


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

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