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2016-17 District Governor, Marilyn Sanderson (La Mesa Sunrise)
District Governor Sanderson is helping carry the message of Rotary International, Rotary Serving Humanity to all of the District functions and events.  The Rotary District 5340 includes more than 65 Rotary Clubs in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Bio available at: http://www.rotary5340.org/SitePage/district-governor/district-governor-marilyn-sanderson
Chief Assistant Governor, Ole Prahm (Rancho Santa Fe)
Chief of StaffChuck Pretto (Club 33 San Diego)
Council on Legislation Representative, Pam Russell (La Jolla Golden Triangle) 
District Administrator & Youth Protection Officer, Dale Bailey (La Mesa)
Need something entered on the District Calendar?  Have a question that only someone in the Rotary District office can handle?  Then look no further.
Membership Chair, Dianne "DC" Crawford (Southeast San Diego)
District Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Mike Schwarz (La Jolla Golden Triangle) 
District Secretary, Susan Rezner (Mission Bay San Diego)
2017-18, District Governor-Elect, Scott Carr (San Diego Downtown)
2018-19, District Governor-Designate, Mel Gallegos 
Rotarians in District 5340 understand the power of Rotary starts with people, projects and grants.  The Rotary foundation is the engine that makes what we do locally and around the world possible.  Thank you for contributing to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus by giving to the Rotary Foundation.
District Paul Harris Society Coordinator, Larry Scott (La Mesa)
District Foundation Committee Chair, Dr. Janice Kurth (Del Mar)
Avenues of Service:
Club Service Chair, Dianne "DC" Crawford (Southeast San Diego)
Community Service Chair, Mari Pullen (San Diego Coastal)
International Service Chair, David Ballesteros (La Mesa Sunrise) 
Youth Services Chair, Brett Morey (La Jolla Golden Triangle) 
Rotary Youth Services includes: Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, LEAD, Rotary MusiCamp, Model United Nations, Four-Way Speech Contest and Rotary Music Scholarship programs just to name a few. 
Rotaract District Chair, Chuck Pretto (Club 33 San Diego)
Rotary’s service club for young adults ages 18-30. USD, UCSD and SDSU Rotaract clubs are university based clubs of undergraduate and graduate students who meet on campus. City Heights, Pacific Beach and Downtown San Diego are community-based clubs. Membership consists of young adults from various backgrounds, regardless of their professional or academic status. All Rotaract clubs are sponsored by a Rotary club and conduct community and international service projects.
Interact Chair, Richard Arroyo (Chula Vista)
Interact is Rotary’s service club for High School aged youth. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Interact clubs and provide them with support and guidance, but each Interact club is self-governing and self–supporting.
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair, Joe Ramirez (Carlsbad)
Rotary’s exchange program for youth and young adults. It allows students to spend up to a year leaving in a different country and learning a new culture. Students ages 15-19 can participate in a long-term exchange of up to one year, or a short-term exchange, which can last from several days to several months.
RYLA Chair, Jim Ponder (Escondido Sunrise Rotary)
(Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students in San Diego & Imperial Counties. Students attend an all expense paid camp with inspiring and diverse speakers, make life-long friendships and discuss ethical and social issues of today. RYLA will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at Idyllwild Pines in Idyllwild.  For more information visit: http://ryla5340.org/
LEAD Chair, Jackie Cooper (San Diego Coastal)
(Leadership Ethics, Aspirations and Determination) Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students. LEAD is held at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School, a San Diego County Office of Education campus. The Conference took place October 15-16, 2016.  Check out: http://www.rotary5340lead.org/
Rotary MusiCamp Chair, Gary McElroy (San Diego Downtown)
MusiCamp is a program which allows students to experience new cultures and make new friends, planting the seeds for greater international understanding. District 5340’s MusiCamp is unique in three aspects: 1) it was the first music-based camp exchange program in Rotary; 2) It is the only youth exchange program conducted in partnership with a non-Rotary organization San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory (SDYS).  More information at: http://rotary5340.org/SitePage/youth-service/musicamp
Model United Nations Chair, Kevin Cahill (Del Mar Solana Beach)
Model UN is conducted over a weekend with teams of two student ambassadors and a Rotary or teacher advisor representing a country at a mock General Assembly. They debate and resolve real life UN resolutions. Students learn conflict resolution, debating skills, critical and analytical thinking and presentation skills. Students are exposed to difference cultures, political ideologies and the art of making peace. District 5340 is the only Rotary District in the USA with a Rotary Model UN program, which was started by the District’s Pathway for Peace Committee.  For more information visit: http://www.modelun5340.com/
Four-Way Speech Contest ChairDick Goodlake (Fallbrook)
The Four-Way Speech Contest involves High School students (Interact and non-Interact Club students) in a District and Regional competition.  Students select the topic and apply the 4-Way Test to better understand the principles of Rotary and deliver compelling oral speeches at Rotary Clubs and on to regional events.  
Rotary Music Scholarship Chair, Bob Hartsfield (Carlsbad Hi-Noon)
The Rotary Music Scholarship Competition began in 2014. This District contest is run similarly to the Four Way Speech Contest. The purpose of the completion is to identify the finest high school Senior instrumental musicians in the district and award the winner with a scholarship.  Competition will begin at the Club level, with regional and final competitions.  This music contest is independent from the International Youth Symphony also sponsored by the District.
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