District News

Due to recent changes announced in the Governor line, all clubs are being encouraged to submit their suggestions for nominations for District Governor 2020-21.

All suggestions for District Governor must be received no later than Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:00pm to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions for District Governor 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 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 governor-nominee.
So You Think You've Got Talent SanDiego fundraiser has put a smile on the face of the Thousand Smiles Foundation.  The 9th annual Rotary fundraiser was organized and staffed by members of Old Mission and Kearny Mesa Rotary clubs, Pacific Beach Roteract and Francis Parker Interact clubs.  The event was supported by guests who bought tickets, purchased auction items and made personal  pledges to the Thousand Smiles Foundation.  The variety talent show has traditionally raised about one third of Thousand Smiles Foundation's annual operating budget.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxilla-facial deformities such as cleft palate.  The all volunteer group operates quarterly clinics in their clinic building in Ensenada. 
Photo: (L-R) Master of Ceremonies, Matt Risi; first-place winners of $1000: The Del Norte High School Band; second-place winner of $500: Francis Parker Freshman singer, Isabella Walther-Meade (red dress); judges, Elena Peavy and Ron Jones; third-place winner of $250: traditional Chinese musician, Pam Chung; and judge, Joe Dyke
On May 6, 2018, the San Diego South Bay Rotary Club met to celebrate the purchase of a motorized wheelchair.  The chair will be delivered by President, Ibrahim Sultan to the Kafarrouman Health Clinic located in the Nabatieh District of Lebanon.
District Governor Elect, Marta Knight congratulated club members on their great support of the Rotary Foundation during the 2016-2017 Rotary Year and presented them with their EREY 100% Participation Banner and their 100% Foundation Giving Club Banner.  District Governor Elect, Marta Knight thanked them on behalf of District 5340's Foundation Committee, noting the club was one of 13 clubs in the District to receive both banners!
John Goodrich, Jr. has resigned from his role as District Governor Nominee for Rotary District 5340, effective immediately.
Goodrich is a longtime member of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary, who has served the District in a number of capacities, including Assistant Governor, Chief Assistant Governor, Foundation Seminar Chair, District Conference Chair, and Chief of Staff.  "John is a familiar face to many Rotary members, as he has volunteered in so many roles within our District," said District Governor Scott Carr. "I  wish John and his wife Deborah nothing but the best in the years ahead."
In accordance with the bylaws of Rotary International, Carr has asked District Governor Designate Marta Knight to advance one year and assume the role of District Governor Nominee, a position that she has accepted.
Photo of Marta KnightMarta Knight, a Past President and former Assistant Governor with the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise, becomes District Governor Nominee effective immediately. Knight will serve her term during the 2019-20 Rotary year.
Rotary District 5340 will now begin the process of selecting a District Governor Designate to fill the vacancy. Information on the selection process will be posted soon. 
The Governors Dinner on June 4th gives individuals and clubs the opportunity to celebrate achievements from the past year, the promise of the year ahead, and specific individuals making a difference in their community.
The Governors Dinner Program Guide features full page, 1/2 page, and 1/3 page ads for individuals, companies, and clubs to recognize:
  • Achievements from the 2017-18
  • Club presidents
  • Club presidents-elect
  • Board members
  • Tree planting programs
  • Projects and grants
  • Community partners
  • Plans for the 2018-19 year
  • And more!
All ads must be submitted no later than May 23, 2018 (sorry, no exceptions!) in high-resolution TIFF, JPG, or PDF formats. Ad rates begin at only $75.00, and include full color. To purchase an ad, please visit:

Club presidents are being tasked with selecting the next representative on the Nominating Committee that selects the President of Rotary International. The election will be determined by Club Presidents in electronic balloting that will be sent out by May 15, 2018. All ballots will be due back no later than June 30, 2018.

Every April, the RI Secretariat sends out an email to all past RI directors in half of the Rotary zones asking if they want to serve on the Nominating Committee for RI President. This year, a total of four candidates expressed an interest.

Rotary International District 5340 has officially earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. According to Guidestar, Rotary District 5340 is the first Rotary district across the globe to achieve this recognition.
Guidestar is the world's largest source of nonprofit information, and the platinum seal is the highest level of recognition offered. 
By sharing metrics that highlight progress that Rotary District 5340 is making, the organization is helping Rotary members, corporate partners, and donors better understand the finances of the District, and how it strives to support clubs making a difference in the community. 

"This is a terrific achievement, and is in line with our long-held goal of being completely transparent across District 5340,” said Scott Carr, District Governor for 2017-18. “We are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and easily-accessible platform. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with Rotarians as well as our supporters, which includes donors, grantmakers, community partners, and the media."
The 2018 Governors Dinner is coming June 4, 2018 at 5:00pm at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.
The Governors Dinner serves as the annual district awards and induction ceremony. The ceremonial baton is passed to the 2018-19 leadership within Rotary, while recognizing our regions clubs and their outstanding achievements for the previous year. 
The Governors Dinner program will include:
  • Profiles on outstanding club achievements;
  • The success of the Tree-Planting Challenge from RI President Ian Riseley;
  • District 5340's modernization program;
  • Recipients of the Clubs of the Year;
  • Individual Rotary Awards, including Rotarian of the Year;
  • And much, much more!
Cost per person, including three-course meal, is $49.50. For clubs that have 8 or more members registered and paid, tables will automatically be reserved. Entertainment will be provided by Larry Potter, a longtime Rotarian and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown (Breakfast).
Join us as we celebrate the year that was, as well as the incredible year to come. Tickets are on sale right now at GovernorsDinner.com... but don't delay! This is one of our most popular district events, and registration will close on or before May 31st.
With significant media attention being paid to #MeToo and sexual abuse and harassment, particularly in the workplace, it is important that all Rotarians abide by norms and proper decorum when working together with other Rotarians. This is especially true at all club meetings, community projects, and service events.
The #MeToo movement started in October, 2017 with the public disclosure of  sexual assault allegations made against producer Harvey Weinstein. As publications continued to receive accusations of misconduct by Weinstein, media attention to sexual abuse and harassment grew exponentially. Soon after, thousands took to social media using the #MeToo hashtag, and a movement was born.
Many point to #MeToo as triggering a tidal wave of similar stories, which began an international movement against sexual harassment and assault. While the media has increasingly highlighted the issue, Rotary International and Rotary District 5340 have always maintained a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
Members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were up to their necks in junk on April 14 as they participated in the 2018 Clean Up Scripps Ranch Day hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and Windemere Realty.  There were a lot of heavy lifting, stacking and tossing of items as the Rotarians helped residents move junk from cars and into dumptsters.  The community did a tremendous job of removing debris and no longer useable items from their homes and yards and were able to fill three large dumpsters.  
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Rotary members are people of action, dedicated to sustainable, impactful change in the communities in which they live and work. 
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May 2018


District Governor Scott Carr
Scott C. Carr
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

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