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Celebrating 119 Years of Rotary: A Global Legacy of Service
This February marks the 119th anniversary of Rotary International, a testament to its enduring commitment to service and fellowship. Founded February 23, 1905, Rotary has grown into a global force for good, with over 46,000 clubs, both Rotary and Rotaract, spanning 200 countries. From eradicating polio to promoting peace, Rotary's impact knows no bounds.
One of Rotary's most celebrated traditions is the "Sun Never Sets on Rotary," an online relay event commemorating the 119 years of Rotary.  Rotarians from several countries are participating by showcasing their projects, symbolizing its global reach and the continuous work undertaken by Rotarians around the clock. 
The last Zoom event featuring Scotland ended yesterday morning at 6 am.  The event was a 50-minute review of the activities and projects in District 1320 - South Scotland, home club of the late Gordon McInally's (Past RI president).  If you search YouTube, you should find this event along with several others from across the globe.
An interesting nugget that I came away with was that the wife of Paul Harris, Jane Harris, was born in Edinburgh Scotland and is buried there.
As we celebrate this milestone, let's reaffirm our dedication to service and continue shining the light of hope worldwide. Let us Create Hope in the World. 
Happy Birthday Rotary! 
Coffee Hour 7:30-8:30 am
Held only once a year, the District Training Assembly (DTA), offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians including club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  ALL Rotarians – especially Red Badgers – are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians.  Register by clicking the link below.  Classes fill up quickly, so don’t miss out, register today!
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register and attend the District Grants Seminar.  The Global Grants Seminar will be held from 12:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.—two members of every club planning to apply for a Global Grant are required to attend this Seminar.
Rooms are still available at the prevailing rate.
District Governor Don Fipps would like to invite you and your family to the Rotary District Conference which will be held during a 3-night cruise departing Los Angeles for Ensenada, Mexico on Friday April 26th and returning to Los Angeles on Monday April 29th. 
The weekend will include some great Rotary speakers, a RAW (Rotarians at Work) project in Ensenada, tours of Limbs of Freedom and Thousand Smiles which our District supports and are both located in Ensenada, and LOTS OF FUN. You will find the weekend is surprisingly affordable, especially since it includes your cabin, most food and lots of entertainment on the beautiful Navigator of the Sea.   Watch this video and get pumped up.  Get ready to have some fun!  For more information on pricing and registration, click on the link below:  
 For any questions or to get any additional information please send an email to: D5340ConferenceCruise@gmail.com
RYLA weekend will take place April 12-14, 2024, at the Idyllwild Pines Camp. This exciting program provides high school juniors from throughout District 5340 with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to connect with other young leaders during an all-expenses-paid weekend. "Rylarians" will be inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These students then return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve, through Rotary and beyond.  Click "Read More" for additional information related to registration, key dates, etc.  You will also find a link to the new RYLA video that was just released.  
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. 


Don Fipps
District Governor 2023-24
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
PO Box 712407
Santee, CA  92072
619-2-ROTARY (619-276-8279) Phone
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