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Today is Father's Day
Father's Day, observed on the third Sunday of June around the world, is a day dedicated to honoring fathers and father figures who are integral to the upbringing of their children and the cohesion of their families. It is a time to acknowledge and value the commitment, affection, and effort fathers invest in nurturing their children's futures and strengthening the family bond.
The Origins of Father's Day
Father's Day has its roots in the early 20th century, inspired by the establishment of Mother's Day. Sonora Smart Dodd, an American, is recognized for initiating this celebration. Moved by a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, she believed fathers merited a similar tribute. Her inspiration came from her father, a Civil War veteran who single-handedly raised six children.
The inaugural Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. It took many years for the occasion to be embraced nationally, but in 1972, President Richard Nixon officially declared Father's Day a national holiday in the United States.
Presently, Father's Day extends its recognition beyond biological fathers to include stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, and any men who assume paternal roles. The celebration today is inclusive, acknowledging the various expressions of fatherhood in modern society.

This Father's Day, seize the opportunity to honor the father figures in your life. Whether it's with a heartfelt phone call, a considerate gift, or shared moments of quality time, express your gratitude and love.
Join fellow Rotarians to support the Padres on Tuesday, June 25th against the Washington Nationals at 6:40 PM. Many tickets are still available, so don't miss the opportunity for fellowship and the chance to cheer for our team.

Tickets cost $58. Be sure not to miss the Ha-Seong Kim bobblehead giveaway! For ticket inquiries, contact Patty Fortin at pfortin@rotary5340.org.
Please ensure that your club submits its District Grant applications by the August 1, 2024 deadline. For the upcoming year, District 5340 will award matching grants of up to $3,200 to qualifying clubs.

If you're uncertain about your eligibility, review the policies on the District 5340 website. It's mandatory for clubs to complete and sign off on all previous District Grants.

For any inquiries, please reach out to alanturner.rotary@gmail.com.
During the June 10 meeting of the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee, it was decided to raise the amount of District Designated Funds (DDF) available to each eligible Rotary Club. For the 2024-2025 Rotary year, the cap for Global Grant DDF per club has been set at $20,000, marking an increase from the earlier policy limit of $10,000. It is anticipated that this enhancement will encourage our clubs to initiate a greater number of significant projects.
To be added on waitlist contact Bonnie Welch at bawelch@pacbell.net
4:30pm Check-In/Registration Opens
5pm-6pm Cocktail-Garden Terrace (No Host Bar)
6:00pm-8:30pm Dinner and Program with Entertainment!!!
(Parking is included but you must get parking ticket validated at the valet station)
Rotary is where individuals come together to change the world for good.
With over 1.2 million members across the globe, Rotary is the place where business and civic leaders come to share ideas, connect, and get inspired. 
Rotary members are people of action, dedicated to sustainable, impactful change in the communities in which they live and work. 


Don Fipps
District Governor 2023-24
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
PO Box 712407
Santee, CA  92072
619-2-ROTARY (619-276-8279) Phone
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