District News
"District 5340 has lost a great Rotarian.  Past District Governor (2002-2003), Larry Scott,  a long-time member of the La Mesa Rotary Club has passed away.  He was a strong supporter of Rotary, our Rotary Foundation and all of us who were joining the District Governor line.  He will be missed by many, not just in our District, but also by Rotarians in our Zone."  Marta Knight, DG, District 5340.
Larry Scott
8/13/1929 to 8/17/2019
The passing of Larry Scott takes with him a bit of each of us that knew him well.  From my association with Larry that dates back to 1983, it appears that he had a full and admirable life.  He had a twenty-four year active duty military career that included serving naval air in Vietnam, being attached to the White House, the Blue Angels and a recruiter for West Texas.  After retiring as Lt. Commander, his business management skills served him well, including several automobile associated ventures.
Cathryn Nacario
Felix Luciano
Athenea Luciano
Bob Dziubla
Linda Stanwood
Randy Hall
Wayne Herron
Christi Knight
Mila Cochran
Gina Woodward
Michael Brant
Nestor Espinoza
Mark Becerra
Come join the fun!  Rotarians are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference.  Best of all - there is no charge to Rotarians or to their clubs for serving as a LEAD Advisor!  The conference will be held October 19-20, 2019.
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students (Delegates) where they discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends.  Delegates from middle schools and K-8's around the District will attend, and we need 12+ Rotarian Advisors to work with these wonderful young people.
Please go to the LEAD website, click on the Advisors Link and follow the instructions to complete the application.  You may call Paul Pierce at (760) 942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com if you have questions.  
The San Diego Rotary Club Foundation announced its intent to offer $50,000 in grants geared toward in-service human trafficking prevention teacher training.  The initiative targets 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade educators.
The Foundation supports the work of the San Diego Rotary, the fourth largest Rotary Club in the world.  
Interested parties should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by October 15.  The San Diego Rotary will evaluate each EPO by early November and notify the finalists of next steps soon after.    Educators and school administrators may direct questions regarding the EOI to Paul Devermann, San Diego Rotary Executive Director at paul@rotary33.org.
The nomination period for District Governor 2022-23 will be opening in September.  At that time, all clubs will be encouraged to submit their nominations from their Rotary Club to lead our District.  But what does being District Governor entail and how does one even become a District Governor?  To help answer these questions, there will be a reception held to connect potential, future, past and present District Governors with one another.
Planning a parade takes months of coordinating judges, locating PA systems, obtaining permits, requesting street closures, marketing, and raising thousands of dollars to help underwrite the expenses.  Now in its 55th year, the parade will make its way down Poway Road on September 7.  Once again the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps will host it and, this year, the name has been changed to Palomar Health Presents Poway Rotary Parade.   The name change reflects Palomar Health being the major sponsor  to the parade and securing the naming rights to it.  
"We are pleased and proud to have the support of Palomar Health as our title sponsor this year.  They have been stellar community citizens and we are happy to be aligned and associated with such a solid organization," said Pauline Getz, Rotary Cub Poway-Scripps past president.  
In addition to Palomar Health being the major sponsor, at press time gold sponsors include Shultz Gutzmer and Geico.  "Geico has been a consistent sponsor of the parade for many years.  Their continued support is a great example of their serious community involvement and we are very grateful," said Getz.
The Sixth Annual Interact Symposium is slated for October 5, 2019 at the Liberty Station Conference Center located at 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA  92106.  The symposium will run from 8:30 am to 3:pm and costs $35 per person, which includes lunch, drinks and snacks.  Interested parties need to complete a registration form, secure parental permission and pay fee by September 15.  
Reasons to participate:
  • Have your students trained by leadership professionals
  • Start your school year with a strong leadership team
    • Students will practice their presentation skills
    • They will meet and network with Interact members from other schools
    • They will work to develop a service project
    • They will learn how to run efficient meetings
  • Network with other Interact clubs from our district
  • Share successes and get new ideas
  • Meet your school's Rotarian sponsor and develop your action plan together
  • Learn something new and bring those ideas back to your school for a great year
  • New Interact District officers will be elected.
Contact Richard Arroyo, District Interact Chair for additional information.  He can be reached at 619 370-9074 or arroyolaw@att.net.
The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is working on an opportunity for Rotarians of District 5340 to walk the Camino de Santiago in the Spring of 2020.  Spanish Steps owner, Judy Colaneri, has offered to provide a one-week, van-supported journey along the Camino.   
Since the 10th Century, pilgrims have made their way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, via a network of trails known as the Camino de Santiago.  In the Spring of 2017, Rotarians and spouses from District 5340 walked this pilgrimage as a fundraiser for La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club with the help of Spanish Steps, a Spain-based tour company which focuses on Camino de Santiago walking tours.  This journey will be repeated this Spring with all profits going to the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club for service projects.
Beginning under the blazing blue sky and ending under a cool canopy of starlight, the 10th Annual Concert at the Lakes was held on Saturday, July 27 at Santee Lakes.  For the last five years, this has been an event partnership between the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation.  With over 500 people there to enjoy this year's gala event, three live bands were presented for the very first time.  The concert began with the original Country Rock stylings of Shannon Rae and 100-Proof.  They got the crowd "Rockin' country style" and were followed by Petty & the Heartshakers, a tribute band for the late Tom Petty.  As the twilight began to descend over the lakes, Journey tribute band, DSB came on to rock the night away.  Local celebrity, two-time Emmy award winner and SiriusXM 60's host "Shotgun" Tom Kelly emceed the show for the fourth year in a row.  Guests were treated to a catered dinner, silent auction and wonderful performances from the three talented bands.
This annual event supports youth programs, scholarships and family recreation.  The Santee Lakeside Rotary Foundation uses proceeds to support their Scholars Program, which  provides one-on-one mentoring to local high school students and upon their graduation, the student is given a scholarship (including tuition, books, fees, etc.) worth up to $4,000.   The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is proud of its track record of having helped over 150 students graduate on time with their class.  The Santee Lakes Foundation uses proceeds  for special projects with in the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve such as tree planting, shade sails, picnic tables, and Bark Park.  Partnerships that have been established over the years with local organizations who help sponsor this event, allow the Santee-Lakeside Rotarians to make an even larger impact on the communities they serve. 
This past Saturday, District 5340 held its Membership Seminar where District Membership Chair, Dianne Crawford discussed a wide variety of membership issues and challenges facing clubs today.  Dianne relayed that it was critical for clubs to keep an up-to-date website and have a presence on social media sites.  She stressed  lively meetings and excellent speakers as paramount to attracting new members. Additionally, Dianne noted following up with potential members after they have visited a club is a key element of securing new members.  
During the seminar, Old Mission Rotary Club was recognized for gaining 17 members last Rotary year.  Club president, Bob Chalfa explained to attendees that there is no substitute for a personal invitation to a potential member.  
Attendees left the seminar packed with useful information to help clubs attract and retain membership.  Tell us what your club is doing?  Submit your stories to Sandy Pugliese, NewsBits editor at sandyp304@gmail.com.
Photo: Many clubs were represented including L-R Gordon Shurtieff of Torrey Pines Rotary Club; Alex Robertson of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo and Bob Chalfa of Old Mission Rotary Club.
Interested in helping to organize a Rotary District Golf League?  We have had one in the past and it was a lot of fun - Clubs field a team (twosomes or foresomes) and they participate in Match Play against other club teams.  If you would like to help us revive this fun fellowship group, please attend an organizing committee meeting on Monday, August 26 at 10:00 am to noon at the Capital One Cafe (a meeting space) in the University Towne Center Shopping Center (near Nordstrom and Macys). 
Please RSVP to Marge Cole by email if you can attend this meeting.  
Rotary needs your help to make this year's Rotary Rose Parade Float a success. This year's theme is Hope Connects the World.   PGD, Wade Nomura, Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Chair  announced the registration date of September 15 for signing up to decorate the Rotary Rose Parade Float.  Mark your calendars accordingly!
Instructions for registering:
  1. Visit www.rotaryfloat.org to sign up and support the float.
  2. Follow the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's work on Facebook and share your Tourament of Roses experience with family, friends and neighbors.  This is how we can grow the family of Rotary.  
  3. District 5340 will be supporting the float but let's help participate as club members and Rotary Clubs. Donations of $1000 or more will be listed as major donors....but, honestly, any amount can help.  Checks payable to "Rotary Rose Parade Float" can be sent to P.O. Box 92502, Pasadena, CA  91109.  You can also donate online.  
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Marta Knight
District Governor 2019-20
Rotary District 5340
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San Diego, CA 92124
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