District News
Special Message from your Queen:
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We have heard you!  Several would love to attend part of the conference but can't make all three days.  We get it and came up with a pricing option to suit everyone's availability.
Full Conference: $250
Friday Only: $125
Saturday and Sunday:  $195
Rotaract and Youth Exchange: Still $20 (sorry we cannot provide any meals for that price)
Remember there are still great deals to say at the Catamaran Hotel when you sign up.  Don't wait much longer!  Register NOW here.
Get inspired March 1-3, 2019 at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego.
Hey Jude Gallegos
Your Queen of Clubs
See you in Hamburg, Germany
June 1-5, 2019
The Coronado Rotary Club is sponsoring a new club - the Coronado Rotaract Club.  "This is the best thing to happen to Coronado in years and years," boasts Heidi Nevitt, advisor of the newly formed Coronado Rotaract Club and longtime member of Coronado Rotary.
The Coronado Rotary Club has sponsored many other Rotaract clubs in San Diego, including the Pacific Beach and USD Rotaract Clubs, and recognized it was time for Coronado to have their own Rotaract club.  The opportunity presented itself with  Natalie  Bailey, a Coronado High School (CHS) graduate '11, the current youngest member of Coronado Rotary and liaison to CHS's Interact Club.  At their kickoff last week, Natalie explained that "this is a great opportunity for the 20s-30s professionals in Coronado to come together and make a difference in a fun and social environment.
The members of the Coronado Rotaract board came together mid-December to make this vision a reality and on January 10 held its kickoff meeting to introduce the group to the community.  Already, the group has hit the ground running with members participating in the Rotary monthly beach cleanup and planning  a Tijuana trip at the end of January to help Hacienda Orphanage where they will assist local children in painting a mural.  Several other activities are in the works to be completed over the next few months.
The first Coronado Rotaract Club business meeting will be held at the True Rest Conference Room in Coronado on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. with meetings to be held the 2nd Thursday of the month thereafter.  
Photo: Coronado Rotary Adviser Heidi Nevitt (third from left) and Coronado Rotaract President Natalie Bailey (right) brought Rotaract District representatives and Pacific Beach Rotaractors to a recent Rotary meeting.  
Photo (L to R): Coronado Rotaract Board Alyssa Ballard (Treasurer), Demi Waitley (Service Director), Bridgett Nielson (Secretary), Mandy Rowe (Vice President), Brooke Bernardy (Membership Director), Natalie Bailey (President), Curtis Nixon (member), George Bailey (member).  Not pictured: Becka Runyon (International Service Director) and Kyle Runyon (Professional Development Director)
Photo: Coronado Rotaract Board and potential members at the kickoff meeting.  
On behalf of the Airport Volunteer Committee, we want to say thank you to the 60 District 5340 volunteers and service dog that served as greeters at the San Diego Airport this past weekend.  Travel-weary incoming District Governors were happy to be warmly welcomed by friendly local Rotarians.  Thanks to our "We Are Everywhere" shirts, we were easy to spot.  
RI President-elect Mark Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, 
Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA.
Join your best Rotary friends at the 2109 District Conference at the beautiful Catamaran Hotel in Mission Beach.  You can learn what is going on in the District, participate in sharing ideas and successes, take a cruise on the historic Bahia Belle and enjoy the beach and the tropical setting of the resort.  There is new updated pricing  for registering. Registration is open.  Click to register here.
You will want to stay overnight so that you don't miss any of the fun.  We have arranged  a special rate for you, which includes free parking for those who stay at the resort.  You will find the link for the hotel registration when you register for the conference.  See you there!
Do you want to make it easy on yourself when you go to the Foundation Gala?  You can take advantage of a special event guest room rate!  To book a room at this special rate simply go to the La Jolla Regency Hyatt website and enter the dates of stay then click on "special rates" and enter code 50751 in the corporate/group field and then click on "check availability".  This will pull up your special discounted rate per night, based on availability.  This code also provides you with a 50% discount on your nightly destination fee.  It's active and, as of now, the discounted rate is $224 versus the regular rate of $279.  Please be advised that you should book soon.  You can always cancel later should you decide you don't want to use it as there is no penalty if you cancel 72 hours prior to arrival date.
There have been requests for ways to assist the migrants that are in the Central American Caravan in Tijuana. The city of Tijuana has reported that they are needing assistance to provide basic needs to the men, women and children who are there. There are people who need help. If you would like to help the United Nations Association of the USA had set up a drop off location for those that want to donate. The location is:
San Diego: (UN Association San Diego) 2171 Pan American Plaza, UN Building, San Diego, CA 92101. Hours are 9:45 am to 4:45 pm
Applications are now being accepted for facilitators for our upcoming RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) conference being held on April 12-14, 2019 in beautiful Idyllwild).  RYLA is a leadership conference for approximately 280 high school juniors from throughout the district.  The primary intent is to encourage students to become effective servant leaders; an  added result is they emerge confident, enthusiastic and empowered.  The program  includes exceptional speakers, small group discussions and fellowship activities all within an atmosphere of trust ad respect  If you have some experience working with youth, are in good health and are committed to the principles of Rotary youth and the development of young people - you are qualified!  RYLA is an extraordinary Rotary youth program you will not want to miss (ask any club members who have participated in the past).  In addition, there is no cost to you or your club to participate.  
The application process is simple.  Go to the RYLA website and click on the "facilitator" tab and then click on the "application" link.  Complete the application and click "submit".  You'll be on your way to one of the most rewarding experiences as a Rotarian.  If you have questions, please review the information on the website or contact Paul van Roon, who is the facilitator coordinator, at paulvanroon@icloud.com or by calling 619-980-2334.
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 15th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peacemakers by debating current day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.  Students also learn important skills in conflict resolution, analytical thinking and public speaking.  Here is what you need to know:
  1. Register teams by December 31, 2018 by notifying Kevin Cahil at kcahill558@gmail.com and Bink Cook at binkcook@gmail.com
  2. The 2019 Model UN Conference will be held April 6-7, 2019 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice
  3. The cost to participate is $750 per team (two students and one advisor)
  4. Training for students and advisors will be held on January 26, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy
More information can be found at www.modelunrotary5340.com or by contacting Keven Cahill, Chair, Rotary Model UN program at kcahill558@gmail.com.
With nearly 45.5 million household television viewers in the United States of America and internationally in more than 200 countries, the Rotary float in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade exposed the cause of Rotary in a very dramatic way through a very high-profile float theme of SERVICE ROCKS. The design is a rockin' Crocodile playing a keyboard and surrounded by sea animals and 20 Rotarians all promoting Rotary and how service rocks!
The Float Committee is comprised of 83 members from 27 Rotary Districts in the USA and Canada.  For the past 39 nears, the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee have led volunteers to raise funds, choose a float design chooses riders and supervise 800 Rotarian volunteers to decorate the float.  This year's chairman was Walt Stephens.  A big thank you goes out to Walt and his committee and to the many Rotarian volunteers who helped support and decorate this years float.  


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
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