District News
The Rotary/Rotaract 5340 Mentorship Mixer took place at BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse on the evening of Thursday, November 7.  It was a networking event meant to promote the District's mentorship program.  The event was open to all Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District and was well attended.  
Every year the Rosarito Rotary Club in conjunction with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, takes students ages 3-11 to the San Diego Zoo.  Students come from various schools in Rosarita, Mexico.      After a short meeting at 5:30 am on the steps of the State Building, 36 excited children and 7 adults ran to the bus, leaving the area at 7:15 am and arriving at the border close to 8:00 am.  The border officers lined riders and took them inside the beautiful federal building.  The kids were so excited, holding their certificates in order to cross into the United States.  
The bus arrived at the Zoo at approximately 9:00 am.  There, Dr. Bennis Bucko and another Rotarian, Melanie Gesschwind, CPA of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club (LJJGTRC) were patiently waiting.   LJGTRC paid for the Mexican bus, adult entrance tickets, food, drinks and chocolate bars.  Once inside the Zoo, it was disclosed that the petting area was closed due to construction.  The group decided to embark on exploring the flamingos, birds, monkeys, etc.  Following lunch, the group boarded a zoo bus that took them all around the Zoo.  The conductor spoke Spanish and shared information about the  animals in the enclosures.  The elephants and giraffes were of particular interest.
Following the bus tour, the group had a couple of hours to wander and explore areas of interest, including several stores where they purchased items such as rubber snakes, etc.   At 3:00 pm, everyone was loaded back onto the Mexican bus to return home.  The group didn't have to disembark at the border and was able proceed directly to Rosarita following a brief border patrol check of the bus, arriving about 5:15 pm.  Children met their parents with big broad smiles and many stories to tell.
The Rotary Club of North County San Diego - Route 78 celebrated its first-ever World Polio Day on October 12, 2019.  The program was also billed as a Purple Pinky Mini Fundraiser. 
At the beginning of the program members read a Proclamation from the San Marcos City Mayor and Council Members declaring a World Polio Day in San Marcos and urging people to donate money for polio eradication.  Program organizer, Maria Reyes shared facts on Polio with members in the segment: What's Your Polio I.Q.?   A short informative film, Thanks, Rotary, featuring Rotary's International's lead in polio eradication and immunization around the world followed.
The featured guest speaker, Ms. Carole Shipley, a polio survivor who resides in San Marcos was the highlight of the program.  She infused personal anecdotes in recounting her personal journey with polio, revealing how when her first two iron lungs malfunction, the doctors noticed she could breathe on her own.  Her story was both poignant and funny, reflecting her personal triumph over adversity.  Ms. Shipley is an accomplished woman.  She earned her B.A. in European History with a minor in Library Science from SDSU.  Afterwards, she worked with KCST 39TV and finally landed a plum job at the Athenaeum Music & Art Library in La Jolla where she worked for 28 years before retiring.  
The program was capped off with opportunity drawings as well as a prize for guessing the amount of money in the Club's "Jamoncito, Jr." - a Mexican piggy bank full of coins for polio.  The Club raised approximately $700 for the fight against polio!
On November 5, several Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Noon Club (Club) participated  in their quarterly commitment to prepare dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Kearny Mesa.  In attendance were Mike Fugua and his wife Patty, Dick Norfolk and his wife Pat, Johanna Mullen, Dave Brooks, Lynn Ross who brought Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo, Sophia Latifzadeh, and Joe Gandelman.  Joe is a great ventriloquist who performs with his "friends" around the region and had the kids enthralled.
The Club reserves  a date for every quarter at the beginning of the year.  They never have trouble filling the spots as everyone loves to do it.  The staff are very accommodating and appreciative and they also are very good at providing kitchen neophytes with directions.  They've all chopped and diced and mixed and served more than they thought possible.  The Club had state-of-the-art equipment that was a joy to work with.  Their contribution to the evening was several dozen cookies that area dessert for the families.   
                  Wayne Cusick (1943 - 2019)
           Founder of the Paul Harris Society
        Past District 5340 Governor (1996-97)
Wayne Cusick, Past District Governor and Founder of the Paul Harris Society, peacefully took his last breath at 11:25 am on Wednesday, October 30 at his home in La Jolla.  I was there with his wife Lee Ann and both daughters and his brother, Rick.  Services for Wayne will be held on November 17 at 1:00 pm at St. Pauls Lutheran Church located at 1376 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA  92109.  Services will be followed by a reception at the Pacific Beach home of Jennifer and Steve Grebing (daughter and son-in-law).  Directions will be provided at the church services.
Congratulations to Jessie Case, District 5340 Rotaract Representative, on being selected as one of 60 Rotaractors from around the globe to participate in the final two days of the 2020 International Assembly.  She was selected from over 400 applicants.  Jessie will have the opportunity to share, learn, and grow her Rotary experience alongside Governors-Elect from around the world.
46th Annual District 5340 Foundation Seminar
WHERE: UCSD, Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
WHEN: November 9, 2019
FREE FLU SHOTS available for Rotarians & guests from 8:00-8:45 am
8:45 am to 12:00 pm
Rotarians $30  Red Badgers $20 Rotaractors $20
Congratulations to the Banner winners for the Rotary Foundation Giving for 2018-19 Rotary Year!
The following clubs will be honored at our District Foundation Seminar on November 9 at UCSD for their outstanding achievements in the following areas:
Top Per Capita Giving:
#1  Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club -    $666.79
#2  Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club - $578.94
#3  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club -   $464.34
Every Rotarian Every Year:
1.  Coronado Binacional Rotary Club
2.  Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club
3.   Escondido East Rotary Club
4.  Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club
5.  Fallbrook Rotary Club
6.  Fallbrook Village Rotary Club
7.  La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club
8.  La Mesa Rotary Club
9.  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club
10. San Diego - Paradise Valley Rotary Club
11. San Diego South Rotary Club
12. Tri-City Rotary Club
TRF Giving (average per capita giving of $100)
1.  Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club
2.  San Diego North Rotary Club
3.  San Marcos Rotary Club
Congratulations and thank you for your support!
The International Travel & Hosting Fellowship of Rotarians (ITHF) has 16 available hotel rooms in their block of rooms for the RI Convention in Honolulu for June 6 - 10, 2020.  They are at the Ala Moana Hotel, which is within walking distance of the Ala Moana Convention Center.  
These rooms are currently available:  one queen bed for $201 per night and rooms with two double beds for $236 per night.  There is a surcharge for more than two people in a room.  Breakfasts are not included.  A deposit of two nights lodging will have to be paid this month.
If you are inerested in securing one of thee rooms, please contact Rotarian Rick Harned at rickharned@gmail.com, ITH Administrator  A deposit must be paid by December 1, 2019.
San Diego Rotary Club 33
Eric Beste
Calexico Rotary Club
Julie Rasco
Claire Machado
Rae Perez
Chris Martinez
Martha Sanchez
District 5340 Governor, Marta Knight will help one person's dream come true!  Next week, DG, Marta Knight will pick thhe name of a Rotary Superhero in a random drawing.  This lucky winner will get to be a 2020 Rotary Rose Parade Float Outwalker!  Make sure to check next week's Newsbits to find out who the lucky winner is.
It is my honor to personally invite my fellow Rotarians in District 5340 to get directly involved in the 131-year tradition of participating in the Tournament of Roses.  This unique event puts Rotary International in front of over 70 million television viewers annually
One of the most fun ways to signup is to volunteer to decorate the Rotary float itself!  This is an excellent way to share your experience with other Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, family members, friends and even prospective new Rotary members.  Another way is to purchase tickets to the Rotary Rose Parade Holiday Party on December 30th.  This is a special opportunity to have a wonderful dinner ($100/pp) with our 2019-20 Rotary International President, Mark Maloney and his wife Gay, along with 150-200 other fellow Rotarians from around the world.  A third alternative would be to make an online donation of any amount to help support the cost of the float.  Feel free to participate in one, two or even all three events.
You can visit www.rotaryfloat.org to get more information.  Making a dream come true, or just helping others make their dreams come true.....the choice is yours!
Because of the surge in new polio cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Indian Government has announced they will hold one Polio National Immunization Day (NID) in mid-January 2020.   This will likely be the last time a Rotarian can participate in an Indian Polio NID.
There is limited amount of space and we expect the NID trip to be filled within the next few weeks.   Many Rotarians have enquired over the years on how they too can participate in an NID trip.  This is their chance!  Please let everyone know in your club about this life-changing opportunity!
Rotarians will travel to Delhi, India, where they will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events.  The trip includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb Factory.  
Date of Departure: Friday, January 10, 2020
Date of Return: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Per Person Costs based on double occupancy is $2,499 which includes
hotels transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities,
most meals, sightseeing. 
The above price does not include international roundtrip airfare or Indian Visa fees
The group size will be limited and confirmation in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those who are planning to join us should take immediate action.  Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks.
Click here for an informational document, including application.  The material is also available on the Howard Tour's website.
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District Governor Scott Carr
Marta Knight
District Governor 2019-20
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
P.O. Box 420786
San Diego, CA 92124
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