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The District 4 Way Speech Contest is held every year in late April or early May. Local competitions will be held in January and February, 5 Sub-Regionals in March, 2 Regionals in April, and a Final competition in late April or May.

The competition schedule is finalized no later than November 30th. Information is sent to Club Secretaries and 4 Way Test Chair persons. Watch for the announcement and be ready to promote it with your local schools (or home schoolers).

In 2012 there were 75 contestants competing at the local level. 29 of them advanced to Sub - Regionals, 12 to Regionals and 6 to District Finals.

Students may speak on any subject but they are to relate their subject to the Four Way Test. In 2012, topics varied from bringing the dividers cultures of our country together for the common good to focusing on community service and eliminating prejudice.

Student winners at each level receive a cash prize. Clubs contribute to the prize fund at each level their students compete.

Contact Dick Goodlake at 760-212-7047 or

How the District Community Services Team can help YOUR club


Your Community Service Team

Sarah McAfee
Sarah McAfee
Community Service

John Goodrich
John Goodrich
SoCal Dictionary

Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson
Don't Wait


Amnon Ben-Yehuda
Amnon Ben-Yehuda
Don't Wait

Linda Sundram
Linda Sundram
Military Support
North County

Barry White
Barry White
Military Support
South San Diego

Richard Goodlake
Richard Goodlake
Speech Contest


We are here to help you with your Community Service Projects. Individual members are available to speak to your club regarding their area. Suggestions for additional areas of focus or for additions to this site, contact Sarah McAfee.

This site contains tools for new Club Community Service Chairs to plan, implement, and evaluate effective service projects; and provides tools to perform effective community assessments to assist in developing community projects.

Work with the District Governor to develop best practices for utilization of District Grants under the Future Visions Plan.

Community Services Resources

Rotary International offers many resources to our clubs and their leaders. There are resources to help each club's Community Services Chairs. please click on the links below to view some of these resources. You can view them online or download them to your computer:

Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Service

Community Assessment Tools

The Community Service Update is a quarterly electronic newsletter that provides Rotarians with news about effective service practices, project resources, and important service-related events. You can sign up here: Sign up

Rotarians At Work

Rotarians At Work Day 2013 will be on April 26, 2014

We expect each of the Clubs within our District to work on one or more hand-on projects in their community.

The projects are listed on the Rotarians At Work Website. Click on Submit A Project to register your project for this year!

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Dictionary Project


The SoCal Dictionary Project provides Rotary Clubs with a way to contribute to their community by offering a way to give dictionarys to 3rd grade students. The SoCal Dictionary Project owes it birth to Mr. Don White of Vista, California. Don was a Rotarian who strongly believed in young people.

Don began this worthy project in 2002, with the simple aim: To ensure that third graders could receive free dictionaries to help them with their school studies. He worked diligently and tirelessly as a one man operation to get the word out. He organized the project so that civic and community service groups would act as the 'arms' of the project. To date over 200,000 dictionaries have been distributed all over California as well as neighboring states.

After Don passed away the project continues as the SoCal Dictionary Project which picked up the project where Don left off. The mission remains the same: to provide third graders with a free dictionary. The SoCal Dictionary Project is not limited to California or neighboring states, but to every third grade child in our country. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax deductible.

You can get more information at this link

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Don't Wait Vaccinate

What is the Don't Wait Vaccinate Committee?

Because of Rotary's success in world wide eradication of Polio, Rotarians were asked to help with the improvement of infant immunization rates here in the United States. In the early 1990's infant immunization rates against all childhood diseases including Polio for children under two in the USA was approximately 50%, one of the lowest rates in the entire world. Rotary International launched this program in 1994 under the name "PolioPlus USA." The District 5340 "Don't Wait Vaccinate" Committee was formed in 1994 and has been meeting monthly ever since.

The Don't Wait Vaccinate Committee is part of the San Diego County Immunization Initiative (I-3), a coalition of over 130 community and health service organizations whose goal is to raise immunization rates in children and adults. These combined efforts have raised rates in children under two from 51% in 1987 to 81% - 85% today. The effort is ongoing.

The Committee meets monthly at St. Paul's Senior Home in Hillcrest. The room space and a continental breakfast is provided by Cheryl Wilson of the Downtown Rotary Club.

The purpose of the District Committee is to motivate and guide Rotary clubs in District 5340 to launch immunization projects in their respective communities. These are hands-on projects, usually with local clinics and schools. It is distinctly not a fund raiser.

Representatives from all D5340 clubs are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We are available to give programs to clubs about immunizations. Contact: Cheryl Wilson (,619-239-6900) or Amnon Ben-Yehuda (, 619-582-6127).

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Community Service News Center


Clubs plan for Rotarians At Work Day (74 KB)
Read this article from Rotary International News that pays tribute to Rotarians At Work Day and PDG Bob Watson

Club Support of the Military

Many of the Clubs in District 5340 are active in supporting the Military men, women and their families that live in the District 5340 area.

There are two Rotarians (Linda Sundram - North County - and Barry White - Miramar & San Diego). Contact these two Rotarians for ideas of activities your club can do to help our military.


Organ and Tissue Donors

How can you save a life?

More than 1500 persons in the San Diego area wait for an organ transplant, people who could live, if an organ became available. While signing a donor card and placing the pink dot on your license served as an important symbol of your intent, it did not place you on any list or registry.

Donate Life California will allow you to express your commitment to becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. The Registry guarantees your plans will be carried out when you die. Your generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 through tissue donation.

You'll give people a second chance to experience life's joys-childhood, attending college, building a career, having a family. Ultimately, your gift of life will touch countless more people-the recipients' friends, family and loved ones. You'll allow them to continue their cherished relationships.

However, the person who may be affected the most by your life gift is you. While deciding to donate, you'll learn more about yourself. You'll share your insights with your family and friends. And you'll realize you'll be doing one of the most caring and unselfish things in your life.

We can now register by going to or

For more information about organ and tissue donation please contact Lifesharing through Sharon Ross at or by phone at 619-521-1983.

What better way is there to do Service Above Self?