District News

Due to recent changes announced in the Governor line, all clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations for District Governor 2020-21. This individual will serve as District Governor Nominee during this Rotary year.

All suggestions for District Governor Nominee must be received no later than Monday, July 16, 2018 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
2247 San Diego Avenue, Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

The suggestion for District Governor Nominee 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 first District Council Dinner of the 2018-19 Rotary Year is almost upon us, August 21st.

Rotarians and Rotaractors from across the District are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and a chance to learn more about how to help our communities. 

Our featured keynote speaker is John Ohanion, the President and CEO of 211 San Diego. Come and learn about this unique community service agency. 

Registration is now open! To learn more, please click here.

At the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Rotary District 5340 was recognized for its work in supporting efforts to end polio.
Since 1985, Rotary has led the battle against polio, keeping on the pressure as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several dozen. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization are close to making that dream a reality.
During 2017-18, Rotary members from across District 5340 officially donated over $1 million to PolioPlus, ranking the District in the Top 10 Districts for Giving. This resulted in average giving in excess of $300 per member. When matching funds are added to the total, the generosity of Rotarians from District 5340 resulted in over $3 million to help fund the fight against polio.
"The global fight against polio continues, and our Rotary members truly stepped up to the plate," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the efforts of Past RI President John Germ and Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephen Brown, we reached a significant milestone. With every dollar being matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the global fight on polio, this is an incredible achievement, one that the members of our District should be incredibly proud of."
District Governor Carr joined other governors from across the world on stage as the totals were officially announced on stage at the Air Canada Centre during the second day of the RI Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But the fight against polio is far from over.
The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) is going strong, and will be coming to the House of Friendship at the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto. 
SURF will be setting up shop at Booth #232 from 23-27 June, 2018. Fellowship members that will be at RICON include Terri Miller (Membership Co-Chair), Jessica Pekke of Kenya (Treasurer), and Brett Morey (Founder and member of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary).   
The House of Friendship is located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and is open most days from 9:00am to 6:00pm (hours may vary). The HOF serves as the central point where the Rotary world comes together to exchange ideas, best practices, and project successes. Visitors to the HOF can:
  • Browse booths showcasing Rotary projects, Rotarian Action Groups, and Rotary Fellowships (like SURF)
  • Shop for Rotary-licensed swag, including pins, shirts, and banners
  • Meet face-to-face with Rotary staff in the Resource Center about Rotary's programs and services
  • Enjoy food and entertainment unique to Toronto
  • Register and save on the Rotary 2019 convention in Hamburg, Germany
If your travels are taking you to Toronto this month, be sure to drop by the SURF booth, get your photo taken, and grab some cool gear. More info on SURF is online at:
The Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary invites community members and Rotarians in District 5340 to attend the 38th Annual Orange Crate Derby on August 18-19, 2018, in the Rancho Del Rey area of Chula Vista. Although this fun family event is months away, the time to get started is now! Join the fun by constructing a masterpiece with your kids or grandchildren. Build-a-Car Clinics will inspire you on June 23 and August 4 at the YMCA Goodrich Teen Center, 820 Paseo Del Rey from 9:00-10:30 AM. There are exact guidelines on how to build a car at orangecratederby.com. All race cars must clear inspection prior to competition.


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

619-2-ROTARY Phone
619-299-3826 Fax
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