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Debra Kelley
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Bucky Reed
Encinitas Rotary Club
Patty Schobelock-Neal
Kathy Butler
The nomination period has begun for District Governor for the Rotary Year of 2022-2023. All clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations for an individual who will serve as District Governor during the 2022-23 Rotary year.
All suggestions for District Governor Nominee-Designate must be received no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019 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
P.O. Box 420786
San Diego, CA 92124
The suggestion for District Governor 2022-23 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.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program, introduced in 1984, allows Rotarians the opportunity to experience another culture or geographic area first hand, in another country  or a different part of the USA.  The goals of the program are to advance human understanding, goodwill, and peace through person-to-person contact across national and regional boundaries.  A Friendship Exchange differs from most tourist experiences in two notable ways: team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, and they are guided during their stay in a given locale by their hosts and other local Rotarians.  Rotary Friendship Exchange is funded entirely by the program participants, and exchanges are carried out at no expense to Rotary International.
Exchanges are reciprocal, meaning that we send a team to another Rotary district (outbound) and that district, in return, sends a team to visit us here in District 5340 (inbound).  Each visit to the other district lasts about two weeks.   Given District 5340's interest in service, we strive to share and involve inbound team members in the delivery of local services.  We encourage our outbound teams to seek service opportunities in the districts they are visiting.
Be a part of this unique program, either as a member of an outgoing team or by hosting an inbound team.  Trips are forming for 2020.  Check out the District 5340 RFE page or send an email to our RFE chair at d5340rfe@gmail.com.  
This year's Interact Symposium will be held on October 5  from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Liberty Stations Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA  92106.  The cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch, drinks and snacks.  All Interactors, Rotarians and anyone interested in youth services are invited to come.  
For planning purposes, please make sure participants complete the registration form and parental form (if a youth).  We need to know how many attendees are coming so we can prepare enough written materials.  It will also provide us with a headcount for lunch.  No one has ever been turned away, but it would be extremely helpful to have an accurate count of those attending. 
Forms needed are available for download here.  You will need to login in to Clubrunner.  Please click:  Parent Permission Form, and Registration Form.  There is also a Symposium Flyer that provides additional details.  If you can't access Clubrunner, please contact Richard Arroyo to have the forms sent to you via email.  His email is below:  
Please email forms ASAP to arroyolaw@att.net or fax to 619 422-9077.  
Rotary Clubs are invited to get a team (2-4 players or more) of golfers together to join our newly formed Rotary Golf League.  We will play a number of courses around the county in the afternoon (to take advantage of lower green fees).  It will be fun rounds with closest to pin and other contests.  We will conclude the league with a tournament as part of the District Conference on April 17.  Some of the courses include Mt. Woodson, Admiral Baker, Encinitas Ranch, The Vineyard, Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, and, of course, Coronado.  Golf dates:
December 4
January 15
February 12
March 18
April 17
For more information, or to sign up your Club team, send a message to rotarydistrict5340golfleague@gmail.com.
The 2020 Rotary International Convention will be here before you know it, and you won't want to miss it.  Join us in the beautiful city of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 6-10 to connect with people of action from around the world.  Together, we'll enjoy fantastic entertainment, hear from inspiring speakers, explore beautiful beaches, take part in motivating sessions, and much more.
Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with the family of Rotary?  Help us build an inclusive breakout program that celebrates Rotary's diversity, projects and achievements.  Submit your proposal online by midnight, Sunday September 29 (Chicago time).
Start planning your World Polio Day event now!
World Polio Day is October 24.  Now's the time to start planning events in your communtity.  You'll find resources to help you plan and promote your event, including a sample press release and social media messages and graphics, in the World Polio Day Toolkit.  The link takes you to a zip file that can be downloaded.  
Last year, Rotarians hosted more than 4,000 World Polio Day events in 90 countries.  Let's plan even more events this year to let the world know that the fight to end polio isn't over. 
Join us on World Polio Day - don't forget to register your event.
The Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay (RCSDSB) recently donated motorized wheelchairs to a patient in Africa and one in Lebanon.  These  donations were facilitated by past district governor, Janice Kurth with help from the past president of El Cajon Sunset Club, Richard Makau who traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and past president of RCSDSB, Ibrahim Sultan who traveled to Lebanon to deliver their respective motorized scooters.   
Photo:  Officers of the Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay led by club president, Pat Quebada with Past District Governor, Janice Kurth.  Others include Ibrahim Sultan, Romero Villanueva, Veronic Villanueva, Wilfredo Abalos.
Photo: Richard Makau of the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset delivering wheelchair to Kenya.
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is hosting its annual Chili & Quackers Challenge on October 12, 2019 from noon to 4:00 pm at Powerhouse Park located at 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA.  The Ducky Derby race will start at 2:30 pm when the Del Mar lifeguards take thousands of rubber duckies into the Pacific surf, release them, and corral them back to shore.  The first 10 ducks to reach the shore will win thousands of dollars in prizes for the lucky persons who adopted them. 
The Chili Cook-off will occur from noon to 3:00 pm.  Chili chefs compete for the Chili Cook-off trophy and a $100 prize.  Attendees can vote for their favorite by dropping in their voting tickets in that chef's voting box.  The chef that gets the most votes wins.  Along with the derby and chili cookoff, attendees can visit the beer and wine tent.  There will plenty of fun games for kids!
Admission is free, ducky adoption options and food and drink have a charge associated with them.  Proceeds support the Rotary  club's charitable activities and the local communities and schools, as well as underserved nations around the world.  For more information, please go to the club website.
The Carlsbad Rotary Club and Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club will be hosting San Diego North County's longest running Oktoberfest and Family Fall Festival on October 5 from 12 to 9 pm at the Holiday Park Carlsbad.  This joint Rotary Oktoberfest is a Carlsbad tradition and fun for the entire family.  Every dime raised goes to support worthy local causes so come and join in on the fun!
Help Rotary continue to support its sponsored charities and build the Carlsbad community!  There will be plenty to do for kids and adults alike: new costume contests, music, arts and crafts, games, rides, and of course - good times with family and friends!
The event features authentic German meals, along with a few new choices this year.  Plus apple strudel, and food booths galore which will satisfy your palette.  Enjoy fine craft and domestic beers courtesy of Budweiser/Markstein to compliment your food choices.  
To learn more please go to the event website.
The Calexico Rotary Club didn't waste anytime to help students before going back to school and organized backpack donations for Calexico High School students that need them the most.  The 22 backpacks were fully loaded with school supplies such as binders, pencils, pens, calculators, etc.
Days later the Club supported their fellow Calexico Rotarian member, Chris Martinez and Las Palmas Swap Meet to help prepare 461 backpacks for Mains Elementary School students.  The Martinez family has done this for many years and the Calexico Rotary Club was honored to help them bring smiles to the faces of Calexico students.
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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
619-2-ROTARY  (619-276-8279) Phone
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