World Polio Day is October 24.

 
 
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
 
Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyzes children.
 
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District Administrator Position Now Open

 
JOB WANTED:   

District 5340 is seeking a District Administrator.  This remote (work-from-home) opportunity is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week and will report to the District Governor.  
 
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District 5340 Rotary Foundation News

 
Stewardship
 
Congratulations to District Foundation Stewardship Chair, Marianne Ericsson, on another 100% score win stewardship for our District.  That means that our Global Grant reporting is up to date from all clubs and we are good to go for future grants. 
 
District Grants
 
The District has received Rotary Foundation Designated Funds in the amount of $115,330. Congratulations to the clubs who will be distributing the 70 District Grants in their communities.  Make sure to post pictures on our matching grants page.
 
Rotary Foundation Month
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Start planning your club activities and programs.  Contact Foundation Chair Marge Cole, margecole81@gmail.com, if you need a speaker for your club
 
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Clubs Participating in the Polio $250 Match

 
 
Thank you to the following District 5340 Rotary clubs that accepted the $250 Mathews match.  Additionally, other clubs are still in the process of contributing.  Together we are making a difference towards the eradication of polio!
 
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World Polio Day Stroll

 
              
What:    World Polio Day Stroll
Who:
    PLRC members, family, friends & Rotapets
When:  Saturday, October 23, 2021
                Arrive:  8:45am
                  Depart: 9:00am
Where: Depart from Liberty Station at USS Recruit (Map)
                
The course will be a leisure 2 mile round trip stroll through Liberty Station.  Check route here. Walk the entire course or any distance you choose.
 
It is a little exercise, some fresh air, fellowship and, of course, support for Polio eradication.    
 
Please contribute directly to End Polio.   
 
COVID continues to impact our progress to End Polio Now.
 
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Rotarian Kevin Fox Passes from COVID

Old Mission Rotary member Don Krupp noted that "vital statistics" about the coronavirus pandemic don’t tell us anything about the vitality of those good souls we’ve lost to the virus.  Here in San Diego, the virus has taken lives of over 4,000 individuals. 
 
On Monday, September 13th, those vital statistics tell us four San Diegans died of Covid-19.  One of those four was our Old Mission Rotary club member, Kevin Cox.  In his memory, Don shared a statement Kevin had posted on his Facebook page in April 2020 as the pandemic was just beginning to take its toll.  Kevin posted it again in April 2021: 
 
“Dear diary 4-1-20: This month will fully test our spirit and resolve as individuals, parents, children, friends, citizens, Patriots, countrymen and humanity worldwide. Don't give in to bad or negative behavior. Stay informed and positive. Do what you can to help others. Pray incessantly. Know we will get through this and be smarter and wiser from the journey. Stay safe!
 
Old Mission Rotarian Kevin Cox was inducted into the club on October of 2018.  He passed away from Covid-19 on September 13th, 2021.
 
 
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Americas Foundation Receives Grant

Photo Caption: (L-R Back Row) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Cynthia Drake and Gary John Collins and Art Pratt Foundation President Miles Durfee. (L-R Front Row) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Donna Maytum and Larry Edwards, Founder and Director of the Americas Foundation Christine Brady and Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang.
 
On Tuesday, September 21st, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $7438 to the Americas Foundation.  Their mission is to give aid to disadvantaged children and promote binational community development on the Mexican side of the border. The primary approach of the Foundation is to provide talented, intelligent children living in underdeveloped neighborhoods the opportunity to study, experience the arts, and begin to realize their potential. The grant was accepted by the Founder and Director Christine Brady.
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Haunted Harbor Boos Cruise

 
Join the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake for a spooktacular time on the water.  Join the club on Saturday, October 23 in a Haunted Harbor Boos Cruise aboard the tall ship Bill of Rights.  Join in on a light meal and beverages and enjoy the the outdoors on the San Diego Bay - even catching the sunset before a spooky fog rolls in. Costumes are highly encouraged - and so is dancing.  Prizes will go towards some of the best outfits of the evenings.  Ghouls and gals, signup today.  Boarding starts at 4:00 pm.  
 
Tickets are $75.  Pay through Venmo @RotaryClub-ChulaVistaEastlake.   Buy tickets.
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Rotary Clubs of Imperial Valley Centennial 

 
Please join Calexico, El Centro, Brawley and Holtville Rotary Clubs in Celebrating 100 Years of Service Above Self!  Tickets available at: http://IVRotary100.com.
 
Event Details: 1921-2021 & 1922-2022
 
Special Guests! Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his wife Rashi will be attending!
 
Join us on January 7, 2022 at the Quechan Casino in Winterhaven, CA to celebrate this momentous occasion.  
 
Non-rotary members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Club members from Districts 5340, 5500, 4100 and others will attend!
 
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Homeless Benefit from Service Project

Every fourth weekend of the month, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates their own Rotarians at Work Day.  On September 26, club members made almost 50 bags of socks and sundries for San Diegans experiencing homelessness.  They love serving the world together.   
 
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Holiday Extravaganza Street Fair 2021-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
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Media Arts Center Beneficiary of Grant

 
Ethan van Thillo of the Media Arts Center accepts a grant from the president of the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary, Miles Durfee. Media Arts Center San Diego provides new media tools and channels to create equitable and engaged communities where underserved voices are heard. The funds will be used to purchase cameras for their Teen Producers Program.
 
 
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International Service Project Close to Home

 
Want to get your club involved in a hands-on international service project close to home?
 
District 5340 is inviting all clubs and Rotarians to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to participate in our upcoming international service project -  Tecate House Build in Baja, Mexico on December 4, 2021.
 
We’ll be building 6 houses for deserving families and there are 2 ways your club can participate and contribute:
 
Volunteers
 
We need approx. 90 Rotarians, Rotaractors and family/friends willing to help build the houses-you don’t need to be skilled in construction to participate. Volunteers can register on the District website www.rotary5340.org  starting November 1st.
 
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Rancho BEERnardo Festival

 
Join us for live music, great beers, wines and hard ciders! Food trucks will available and games to play! All proceeds to support local and international charities.  For more information or to buy tickets, click here.  
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Grant Support Needed for Migrant Children

When asked about this, District Governor Dan Gensler said “The Rotary Clubs of Rancho Bernardo & Imperial Valley Global Grant project uses a modern fresh thinking way to educate migrant children. If you’re interested in getting involved in a Global Grant, please consider looking at this opportunity.”   Global Grant G-2801, provides internet education licenses, at a price of $40** per year, per student, to keep up their studies while traveling with parents in the fields. Talk about bang for your buck! 
 
7000 migrant children in the Imperial Valley portion of District 5340 have been without adequate schooling since the start of COVID. As their legal resident immigrant parents are doing the work to provide San Diego City and County with fruits and vegetables harvested there, we feel it’s important to assist their children. 
 
When fully funded, the grant will help around 700 children complete at least one year of schooling. School Districts throughout the Imperial Valley will supervise and administer the Education of Students and provide Mobile Devices (tablets, etc.) to run the Virtual Internet Programming. 
 
The Club is asking fellow Rotarians, their Club and Foundations to pledge funds to help meeting their  December 1 deadline for Grant Funding.
 
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San Marcos Rotary Club Foundation Golf Tournament 2021-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Little Library Built by Rotarians

 
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club built a beautiful Free Little Library in southeast San Diego for Rotary's Literacy and Education Month.
 
They had the help of a Syrian refugee family that they have been mentoring for the past five years. The kids helped Rotarians sand, paint, decorate and even dig the hole for the post. Rotarians proudly placed  Rotary symbols but also adorned the library box with with inspirational messages.
 
Then to make the most of a good thing, they made the library post a 'peace pole' and put "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English, Spanish and Arabic. Neighborhood kids have already borrow some books and added some books. So far it's a great success. 
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Pub Crawl for Polio is Back!

 
Join the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club at its 5th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 PM as they take over Pacific Beach bars and raise money for Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. 
 
The theme is Decades - dress in your favorite decade's attire! 20's, 60's, 90's... up to you - there will be a costume contest! Participating bars include Waterbar, PB Ale House, The Local, and Backyard.
 
 
 
 
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Fallbrook Rotary Club Rebuilds Tree Wells

 
On September 16, the Fallbrook Rotary Club joined forces with Save our Forest to assist in rebuilding the tree wells on eleven trees in the parking lot between the Library and the Fallbrook Art Center. Save our Forest is a Fallbrook Land Conservancy committee chaired by Jackie Heyneman. Their mission is to improve, enhance, and restore Fallbrook's environment through the re-establishment of native trees. Many thanks to our members who volunteered their time to keep Fallbrook a beautiful place to live, work, and play!
 
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Human Trafficking Research Conference Set for October 15

 
District 5340's  Anti Trafficking Task Force is sponsoring Point Loma Nazarene University’s Human Trafficking Research Conference, to be held virtually on Friday, October 15, 2021. Join for free and the convenience of your home to learn from a national roster of researchers on the best practices to spot and stop this scourge in our area.
 
Register today at https://ht-radar.com/2021-conference/ to reserve your spot!
 
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A Cruise to Change Lives!

 
 
MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT BY DECEMBER 31 AND SAVE $750
 
Get ready to have some fun.  Do you love cruising?  District 5340 recently announced an opportunity for Rotarians to  cruise together and support the Rotary Foundation all in one.
 
Enjoy a beautiful and fun-filled cruise vacation and see the Gems of Southeast Europe with other Rotarians while improving lives. Your participation in this cruise will result in donations to The Rotary Foundation. The cruise sails April 2-9, 2023,
 
This is a river boat cruise on the Danube through portions of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Romania. Visits to Austria and Turkey are also available by adding the pre and/or post-cruise extensions. 
 
For a short period of time you can make your $400 deposit by December 31, 2021 to save $750!  To obtain the brochure, click on the page links provided here:   Page one; Page two.
 
 
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Want to Build Some Houses? 2021-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary Club Delivers Peanut Butter

 
Del Mar Rotary Delivers the Peanut Butter!

In a normal year, the San Diego Food Bank serves about 10 percent of San Diego residents who are in need of food supplies. Before COVID, the Food Bank served about 300,000 people a month. Since COVID, the level of families who are food insecure and in need has increased dramatically and the Food Bank now serves about 600,000 people monthly through its various partnerships with community groups. 

When the Rotary Club of Del Mar asked what the Food Bank needed besides money, food bank officials responded with a request for peanut butter.  Peanut butter is typically only sold in prepackaged jars and is considered too expensive for the Food Bank to purchase.  Yet peanut butter is a good source of nutrition and very popular with area families.  Under the leadership of Rotary’s co-presidents, Suzy and Karl Wagner, and spearheaded by member Scott MacDonald, the Club mounted a campaign to raise funds and procure peanut butter for the Food Bank. As a result, one pallet of 18 oz. jars of peanut butter or 1,620 jars was acquired by the Club and delivered to the Food Bank August 17.  What an awesome project.  That's a lot of jars!
 
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Del Mar Rotarians to Upgrade Benches

 
It’s happening! 

It’s been a long process, over a year in the making!  Del Mar Rotarians just received approval from the Del Mar Village Association and the City of Del Mar to refurbish the ageing benches on the beautiful streets of Del Mar. 
 
Thanks to the generous donation of Jim Watkins earmarked for beautification projects like this and the elbow grease of their very own Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings, and Walt Strangman, they are on the way.  As you can see from the photos, the benches were in desperate need of their care.  They sanded, brushed, cleaned, and then oiled these benches back to their original beauty.  And they have quite a few more to do!  
 
This is another great service project that highlights the many good works Rotarians do.
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Carlsbad Ocktober Feast Scheduled

 
Mark your calendars! October 2nd will be the kick-off for the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktoberfest fundraiser! This year, it will take place at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company (Strawberry Fields) from 12:00 - 8:00 PM. There will be German food, music, Oktoberfest beverages, activities for the kids and more. Tickets will be coming soon!
 
And during the month of October 2021, they will be holding their Oktober-Feast event to support their local restaurants. Ticketholders can enjoy promotions from various Carlsbad restaurants. Website coming soon!
 
 
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Rose Parade 2022

 
Get ready - in less than 120 days it will be New Year's Day 2022 and the Rotary Rose Parade Float will be rolling down Colorado Blvd in the 133rd Tournament of Roses.  
 
Want to decorate our float?  Support if financially?  Become an Ambassador?  Buy $100 raffle ticket to win the opportunity to walk in the parade?  Send Brett Morey an email at bretthmorey@gmail.com.
 
To learn more about the Rotary float go to www.rotaryfloat.org.
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District Conference is Just Around the Corner!

 
We are getting close to the final registration date for the District 5340 Conference!   Play a round of golf at the beautiful Coronado Golf Club, network at a service project to construct water purification indicators, bid on fabulous items in an online and in-person auction to benefit End Polio Now and enjoy a relaxing bike/run/walk along the coast in Coronado, to name a few! Rotoractors are welcome and can enjoy special discounted pricing for the conference!   
 
Don't miss this event of the Rotary fall season!   Sponsored by:  
 
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Save the Date for Trivia Night!

 
 
 
After two years of not being able to host Trivia Night due to COVID, the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise is  keeping their fingers crossed for April 22, 2022.  Please SAVE THE DATE and mark your calendars!  Be looking to receive registration materials sometime in January! 
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District Wide Volunteer Opportunities

 
Anti-Human Trafficking Volunteer Efforts – Sign Up!
 
Your District 5340 AHT Taskforce has some great volunteer opportunities for you and your club to participate. Reach out to Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com to sign up! Space is limited:
 
  1. September 25, 8:30am – Noon – GenerateHope landscape/clean-up work. It’s our second visit to this Bonita transition hope for survivors of human trafficking. Our beautification efforts are much needed and will demonstrate to the residents that folks care about them! Think of it as a Rotarians at Work project. We’ve got 25 slots available so be sure to secure yours TODAY!
  2. October 9 – 8:30am – Noon – Refuge for Women landscape/clean-up work. This will be our first visit to this North County location between near the I-15/CA 78 intersection. We’ll conduct similar work that we’ve done for GenerateHope for the same purpose. There are 25 openings, so be sure to sign up ASAP!
 
 
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Sunset Soiree Coming Our Way

 
 
 
You won't want to miss this wine and food pairing event.  Join the Del Mar Rotary Club for its 17th annual Sunset Soiree scheduled for October 5 at the Del Mar Plaza.  Tickets are available online and are $75 each.
 
The online auction will open September 28th and will close before the October 5 in-person event at the Del Mar Plaza. Online bidders will be offered “Buy it Now” opportunities and limited ability for participation in both our silent and live auctions after the online auction closes.  
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Fernanda Torres Receives People of Action Award

 
Recently, Past District Governor Steve Weitzen was able to deliver a much deserved People of Action award to Fernanda Torres of the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club. Most people know Fernanda as a hard worker, developing our international MUN program over many years. Over the last year and a half, Fernanda has been extremely busy helping her local community in Tijuana.
 
Among other achievements, she has delivered food to hard hit poor communities during the worst days of the pandemic. She has also delivered thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment to hospitals, clinics and first responders over many months. She has done this at significant risk to her own health and safety  - a shining example of Service Above Self.
 
Fernanda designed, built and installed a beautiful 15 foot peace pole in a new park in the Natura Community as Peace Chair of her club.  She is also working on a new training program with the Institute of Economics and Peace.
 
Fernanda is co-chairing the Latin American Peace Symposium. She is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club in Tijuana and was San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's Rotarian of the Year in 2020. She is also the bi-national liaison for Districts 5340-4100 and is helping to forge a new partnership for future projects together in the area.  If that isn't enough, Fernanda agreed to be the  San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's International Chair and has more plans to do good work.
 
Great job, Fernanda!
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How can Rotary Empower Students Who Live in Extreme Poverty?

 
 
 
How can Rotary empower students who live in extreme poverty?  Join us and hear how Deborah Plotkin brought technology to the classroom in Uganda at the District 5340 Conference!

Deborah will illustrate how she is working with at the Rotary Vijana Poa Mbale Technology Hub and providing technology and employment education to enable and advance economic empowerment in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. This project strives to help youth to sustainably and economically advance their lives, and that of their families and communities. Come see Deborah and all our fabulous speakers and members at the District 5340 Rotary Conference on September 10-12th.  Register here.   Don't wait!  It's less than two weeks away!
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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
 
All clubs are encouraged to integrate Rotary's monthly focus into their service and speaker events.
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RI Foundation Chair John F. Germ to Speak at Conference

Don't miss your opportunity to hear from John F. Germ, Chair of the Rotary Foundation at this year's District Conference which is just two weeks away - September 10-12 and being held at the newly renovated Hotel Del Coronado.  Click below to register.  
 
 
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You can make a huge difference in a few deserving students’ lives by joining the Madrina Program.

 
The Rotary E-Club San Diego Global (RECSDG) has been supporting, through small District grants, 16 students in a program that allows them to start a business and finish their high school education in Guatemala.  This past year, five of these students were chosen to go on to college programs based on their outstanding grades and have completed their first semester with flying colors. 
 
They did this despite COVID's economic effect on their country’s health and economy.  These students have proven their worth – working together on menstrual pads, ecological soap and masks (see photos) to earn money for their tuition, and to help support their families.  The Rotary grants have also helped pay their tuition. 
 
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$1,000 raised for Standup for the Cure

Photo:  Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Raises Over $1k for StandUp for the Cure & Contributes $1k to Life Rolls On Foundation
 
Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and friends, the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship raised over $1k recently for breast cancer research.  The 2021 crew consisted of Rotarians from throughout District 5340 including Jim Davies, Michael Slentz, Christine Muhart, Brett Morey, Jenny Parker, Vince Ponce and Krista Davies from Pacific Beach Rotaract.  They also had Lake Arrowhead Rotarians Bob & Diane Gladwell as well as friends in the surfing community from Orange County for a fun morning of stand-up paddle boarding raising funds and awareness for StandUp for the Cure benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other breast cancer research groups.  Those wishing to participate can still contribute to honor a loved one or friend by clicking here.
 
Don't miss out on the next opportunity to serve as Surfers Unite Founder and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle Brett Morey has a couple Life Rolls On events on the calendar.  Life Rolls On Foundation assists adaptive surfers (disabled children & adults) and the La Jolla Shores event will take place Oct. 16.  Volunteer opportunities also exist thanks to Surfers Unite as the Super-Girl Pro in Oceanside features the top women surfers in the world Sept. 17-19.  Sign up to volunteer for any of these unique, fun and relevant events to grow your club as we bring the family of Rotary together.
 
www.surfersunite.org/events
Need more info?  Text "SURF" to 858-602-2532
 
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Member Profile - Rob Taylor

The Rotary Club of Coronado has a new president with a long history in Coronado, a talent for math and an abiding curiosity about the world.  

Rob Taylor was born in Washington, DC, but soon moved to Coronado when his dad, a Naval officer, was stationed in Coronado.  Rob’s father passed away when Rob was four years old, and the family settled in Coronado where Rob attended school, graduating in 1962.  Rob had started school one year early, skipped a grade in high school and graduated at age 16.    His desire to follow in his father’s footsteps led him to apply to the US Naval Academy, where he was rejected for being colorblind.  Graduating from MIT and UCLA with degrees in mathematics, his talents for math and the French language were to guide his career.
 
Computers were a new field when Rob got his master’s degree. He joined Hughes Aircraft, programming training screens for weapons officers learning to use their armaments and anti-radar tools, followed by a satellite telemetry project.  He soon changed jobs to work for Xerox, which at the time aimed to compete with IBM in the nascent mainframe computer field.  When Xerox got out of the computer business, Rob found himself between jobs. A fraternity brother told him about a technical writing job with another department at Xerox, translating French software manuals into English, and paid by the page.  Rob’s rare combination of technical knowledge coupled with his French skills made him invaluable.  He had the good fortune to be brought on fulltime and transferred to work in Paris for two years.
 
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District Conference Wine Tasting and Auction

 
Where has the summer gone?  We are just three weeks away from our District's End Polio Now (EPN) Wine tasting event. This event is being held on the first night of the Rotary District Conference, Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Hotel Del Coronado on the Windsor Lawn overlooking the ocean.
 
The Online Auction is now live!  
 
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Group Funding Education In Afghanistan Cautiously Optimistic Amid Taliban Takeover

 
Humanitarian, Rotarian and Past RI Foundation Trustee, Stephen R. Brown of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle speaks to Fox 5 about the face-to-face meeting of his Afghan colleagues with an Afghan official about the school their club opened in 2004 for both boys and girls in Jalalabad.   Brown said the Taliban member applauded their work, including the education of girls and young women. That’s been part of the narrative Taliban leaders have been pushing lately, too.  Brown said the Taliban even offered security for the schools.    He remains cautiously optimistic that the Taliban will allow them to continue operating the school.
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911 Ceremony of Remembrance

 
 
Calling all first responders!! The Rotary District 5340 will be recognizing over 100 first responders in a moving commemoration on September 11, 2021 - the 20th Anniversary of 9-11.  Do you know someone who is a first responder (including health care workers)? We would love to invite them to our commemoration ceremony to formally thank them for their service to the community!

The ceremony will take place in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado at 8:00 a.m., with an arrival time of 7:00 a.m. Please contact Dan Gensler with names by emailing him at dgensler@rotary5340.org.  
 
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Prime Lending - www.carranzagroup.com.
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Come Check Us Out!

 
Warning!  Visiting Rotarians in District 5340 are warned that meal portions at Old Mission Rotary meetings at the Legacy Resort and Spa are too big!  Find out for yourself and check out the brand new, impressive Legacy Resort and Spa on Hotel Circle South in Mission Valley. 
 
Old Mission Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon except for the fourth Tuesday which is a 6PM and is a no host evening social at the hotel (next evening social on August 24).
 
The lunch cost for visiting Rotarians is $25 and $15 for Rotaractors.  Parking is free with validation.
 
To RSVP please call or text Matt Risi at (619) 993-3913.
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Join Us at This Year's District Conference

 
Don't miss out on this fun-filled and inspiring event.  The District Conference is on September 10-12 at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado.  If you haven't registered and would like to attend part or all of the conference, please click here.  
 
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August 2021 Rotary-Smiles International Partnership Mission in Mexico.

 
38 facial cleft reconstructive surgeries were accomplished this past weekend for these infants.  The surgeries were performed under specialized pediatric anesthesia during the August 2021 Rotary-Smiles International partnership mission in Mexico. 

Not counting the vast humanitarian value, the estimated cost benefit, using USA values, was well over $200K USD which included the donated hospital care, anesthesia, CranioMaxillofacial surgery, nursing,  and complex- staged treatment plan formulations.

These children will usually need 5-7 staged treatments done over their growth and development,  and when Thousand Smiles treat their primary procedure, they are fully accepted into their program. They then plan for these children to receive each of their staged treatments, which enable them to enter and contribute to society with abilities to eat, breath, speak, hear, and SMILE properly, allowing them to hold and perform any future employment. 

Credit goes to the Thousand Smiles  team who donate their skills as well as pay their own travel expenses,  Rotary District 5340's Club of Carlsbad (including Dr. Jeffrey Moses, Surgeon), the Solmar Foundation, H. ESPECIALIDADES,  Club Rotario Los Cabos,  the program's Communications Director, Leticia Gottwald with the Gottwald University and follow up Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dra. Macrina Bustos of MaxiMed.

Please like their FaceBook Page for SmilesInternationalFoundation.org where you can get updates of Rotary Club of Carlsbad's other children's mission projects in Tecate, Mexico.
 
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District Conference Project Highlight

 
Has something ever changed you forever? Four years ago Camille Newbern had a lifechanging experience on her first service trip to East Africa. Since then she has led San Diego Rotary’s efforts to open a 200+ bed hospital in Atiak, Uganda.
 
Join Camille at the 2021 Rotary District 5430 Conference on September 10-12 2021 to hear about the project’s inception, the journey to build a healthcare facility halfway across the world, and how she found herself in living “Service Above Self."  This is a story you are not going to want to miss!

Sign up for the conference here.  
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Rotary District Conference Speaker Stephen R. Brown

 
Meet our inspiring Rotary Conference speaker Stephen Brown, past trustee from the Rotary Foundation and member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. Steve will share his experience with the Aral Sea Basin project, which focuses on resolving water conflict issues in Central Asia.  

This international project involves individuals from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, and Iran. The professionals assisting the project are from universities in Netherlands, Costa Rica and U.S., with Rotarians assisting from all three countries. Come listen and be inspired by his work!
 
Click the register button below to sign up for the District 5340 District Conference.
 
 
 
 
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World Polio Day October 24th

 
World Polio Day is coming up quickly on October 24th!  Join this Virtual Workshop on "How to Create a Successful World Polio Event" on August 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
 
This workshop will help you plan and implement a successful World Polio Day event for your clubs.  Make sure your event raises awareness and support for eradicating Polio worldwide. Click here to register and  support for eradicating Polio worldwide! 
 
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Save the Date

 
If you'd like to support the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club by attending this event or if you need more information, please go to www.lajollagrotary.org.
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Rotarian David Ballesteros passed away on August 5th. 

 
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club lost a long-standing and very active Rotarian, David Ballesteros.  David was a dedicated father, husband, friend, professor and Rotarian who dedicated his life to helping people around the world.
 
As a dean at SDSU, he assisted countless students in becoming future leaders within the San Diego and Imperial County communities. As a Rotarian for over 37 years, David held numerous leadership positions within the Calexico Rotary Club and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club, where he led numerous district and global grant partnerships that delivered aid to the less fortunate in countries such as Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras.
 
David had long envisioned a future where technology would make it possible to create a truly global Rotary club where members from around the world could meet virtually and work together to effect positive change on a global scale. This vision came to fruition in 2016 when he helped found the Rotary E-club of San Diego Global. 5 years later, the Rotary E-club of San Diego Global continues to thrive with members in 6 countries and 3 Global Grants successfully completed. 
 
David touched the lives of many of us and he will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22nd at 11:30 AM at Funeraria del Angel at 753 Broadway, Chula Vista. 
 
Rotarian David Ballesteros passed away on August 5th. 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss Out on the District Conference

 
 
Rotarians, we are just a month away from our annual District Conference scheduled for September 10-12, 2021.  This year we will be holding the conference at the newly renovated and renown Hotel Del Coronado.  Be one of the first to see the hotel's new look.  What a wonderful place to hold a conference on a beautiful summer weekend.  You won't want to miss it.  
 
 
 
Club Projects
 
Showcase your club projects at the District Conference on September 11th!  Order your table ASAP as space is limited.  Email suzanne.manuel6@gmail.com to reserve your spot today.  Please include name, club, and project name.  You must be registered for the Conference to participate. 
 
New Rotaract Pricing!

Registration includes Saturday day with conference, breakfast, lunch, beach game, and Pub Crawl Fun. Dinner is not included.
$50.00 - 50 Available tickets
 
 
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Serve to Change Lives

 
Do you want the opportunity to "Serve and Change Lives" with clubs in our District?  We are going to be featuring volunteer opportunities both locally and internationally in a new column entitled Service Projects - Local and International.  The column will provide details of the service project and contact information for questions and for volunteer signups.  
 
We welcome submissions from all clubs.  The emphasis is on providing  volunteer opportunities in which others can join with you on the project.  Let us know what your club is doing.  This is what we will need from you to guarantee we can promote your volunteer effectively.  
 
  1. What is your project about?
  2. When will your project occur - date, time, location?
  3. Who can help?
  4. Who is the contact person?
  5. Are there other resources needed? 
Please submit your information to the Newsbits Editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.
 
Serve to Change Lives 2021-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Corona Conversation is Praised by Public Health Leader 

Photo Caption: The Corona Conversation with Don Krupp is a weekly feature now included in our Old Mission Rotary Zoom Meetings.
 
Noe Crespo, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor and is the Division Head of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science in the School of Public Health at San Diego State University. Old Mission Rotary knows Noe for his dedication and amazing success with the VIIDAI Public Health Program in San Quentin Mexico. At VIIDAI, Noe helped institute many programs to improve and monitor the health of migrant farmers who work in the tomato plantations of Baja. 

It is very significant that Noe praised the efforts of our own Don Krupp and his Corona Conversation series.  Noe writes: “Thank you for sharing this important message with Rotary members. I am doing research on COVID and the vaccines and it is important that organizations such as Rotary  unite to fight the pandemic and promote the vaccines. Together we can overcome this virus and rebuild stronger.”   Don describes his weekly talks over the last year an a half as a "labor of love."
 
Corona Conversation is Praised by Public Health Leader 2021-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Last Week to Register for the StandUp for the Cure event Benefiting Breast Cancer Research

 
Don't miss the opportunity to join Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact, family and friends on Saturday, August 14 as they launch Stand Up Paddle Boards from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.  Benefactors include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Van Andel Institute and Hackley Community Care for breast cancer research.  Register online to join the team or make a donation to Honor a loved one. 
 
For those who want to come on down and cheer wear some pink and look for the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship tent next to the MBAC as the team takes to the water.  You can rent a StandUp Paddle Board at the event for as little as $28.  Use this fun filled event as a recruitment tool for your club by inviting friends in the community.  For more info text "SUP" to 858-602-2532 or visit: https://surfersunite.org/events.
 
Last Week to Register for the StandUp for the Cure event Benefiting Breast Cancer Research 2021-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

August is Membership Month

 
August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.
 
There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:
 
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Cleaning Up  the Bay 

Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club members Gina, Trish and Sophia and friends volunteered during July working in conjunction with the South Bay Sustainable Communities to help clean up the bay at the  "J" Street Marina.  
 
Either on land or in kayak, these volunteers made a difference by collecting a vast assortment of trash washed ashore though the drainage systems or discarded randomly by community members.  
 
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Paul Harris Fellow Presented to Abraham Saddas

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our  founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
 
On Saturday, July 24, 2021 the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club had the honor and pleasure of recognizing Abraham Saddas, Vice President of the Community Food Connection in Poway as a Paul Harris Fellow. 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Presented to Abraham Saddas 2021-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Great Project Conducted by the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is committed to a project every month.  The month of July included cleaning the neighborhood around Diego Hills Charter School.  They also stocked their free pantry for hungry students.  What a nice way for the students to start a new school year!
 
Great Project Conducted by the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club 2021-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Fern Street Circus Coming to Town

 
Come join in on an event for all Rotarians and their families and friends. Join us for the Fern Street Circus San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Extravaganza.
 
You will see amazing performances by circus professionals throughout the evening.  Tight-rope walking and juggling lessons are available for kids and adults.  In addition to this world-class circus, there will be live music, local food, and beverages for both adults and children. 
 
Fern Street Circus Coming to Town 2021-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

A Message from District Governor

 
The first month of serving as your District Governor has been a privilege and honor.  I have been welcomed with open arms and warm hospitality in my visits to the clubs.  As a member of a larger club, I am amazed and delighted to see the impact our small and medium sized clubs are making on local communities and communities throughout the world.  
A Message from District Governor 2021-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Don't Forget to Signup for Membership Seminar

 
Attention Rotary Club Presidents and Membership Chairs.  District 5340 will be holding its first Membership Seminar of the new Rotary year on Saturday, August 14 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM via Zoom.  This seminar will have a short training session followed by two breakout sessions to bounce ideas off other presidents and membership chairs.  You will not want to miss this.  Please register and your Zoom link will be emailed to you.
 
Don't Forget to Signup for Membership Seminar 2021-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

The LEAD Conference Is Back And You Can Be An Advisor!

 
It has been a long, frustrating year and a half for everyone who loves to serve our young people. Come join in the fun as the LEAD Conference restarts the District’s in-person youth programs!
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference. Best of all – there is no charge to Rotarians, Rotaractors, or to their clubs for serving as LEAD Advisors!
 
The LEAD Conference Is Back And You Can Be An Advisor! 2021-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

Acclaimed Documentary “Wild Climate.” 

 
The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club will be hosting a special virtual screening of the acclaimed documentary “Wild Climate” at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The film explores the impacts of climate change on the rural communities of the West. From abrupt changes in lifestyle to crop & wildlife losses, drought, wildfires and high temperature events are having devastating impacts on millions of people.
 
Acclaimed Documentary “Wild Climate.” 2021-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding for the Susan G. Komen Foundation 2021-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Nominations for District Governor Now Open 2021-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Club Presents Check to DG Dan Ginsler

 
District 5340 Governor Dan Gensler visited Old Mission Rotary on Tuesday, July 21st. At the meeting, President Michelle Malin presented Dan with a check for $1500 for the Rotary International End Polio Now Campaign.
 
Despite the dramatic success of the many decade campaign against Polio started in 1985, it is crucial to continue working to keep the world polio-free.
Old Mission Rotary Club Presents Check to DG Dan Ginsler 2021-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Starting Off the Year Strong!

The City Heights Rotaract Club is starting off the year strong with a great turn out at their FIRST service event of the year.  Thank you to their director of service Yesenia for creating the project.  Rotaractors gathered at Teralta Park and helped out artists with cleaning, raking and general prep[ before they continue the Teralta Mural beautification.  The Club also collected tons of trash while they were there.  
 
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Share Your Thoughts

 
Here's an opportunity for Rotarians to share their creative solutions with Rotarians all over the world.  Every month, Rotary magazine looks at a different membership dilemma and solicits answers from readers.  You may really enjoy this.   Read the dilemma for the next issue and send your responses to magazine@rotary.org.
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A Club’s Tradition of Caring for the Environment 

 
The Rotary Club of Coronado's tradition of caring for the environment grows exponentially with Rotary International’s Seventh Focus.  Coronado Rotary’s new committee looks toward action and education.  
 
Historically, for decades, Coronado Rotarians have reached out to help the environment through service projects such as monthly Saturday Beach Clean-ups, planting trees, and helping enhance local school grounds during Rotarians at Work Days. For Coronado locals and visitors alike, it is not unusual to see Rotarians in blue vests placing flags along Orange Ave, and more and more these days, at Central Beach, Tidelands Park and along the Bay at the Cays and the Strand. 
A Club’s Tradition of Caring for the Environment 2021-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

RI Looks Back at 2020-21

 
The last Rotary year included many challenges, and we have much to be proud of — from Africa being declared wild polio-free and the strengthening of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, to our efforts to support COVID-19 vaccinations and awarding our first $2 million Programs of Scale grant.
 
Learn more about what we achieved this year in General Secretary John Hewko’s report to the convention.
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Give the Gift of Life 2021-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary to host Baja Style Lobsterfest

 
Join the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club (DMSB Rotary) for their first, fun LobsterFest dinner and fundraiser on the beautiful outdoor patio of the Del Mar Hilton on September 18, 2021 from 5-8pm. This will be their  major fundraising event of the year  supporting many humanitarian projects, both locally and internationally. 
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary to host Baja Style Lobsterfest 2021-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Everyone Loves a Parade - Especially Uncle Sam

Congratulations to the Coronado Rotary Club.  Their float won 1st place for the 7th year in a row at this year's Coronado 4th of July Parade.  Coronado has a long history of participating in the parade and for setting out flags along the main road.  New president, Rob Taylor, wowed the crowd as Uncle Sam!  Get a glimpse of Uncle Sam in this three-minute video.
 
 
 
Everyone Loves a Parade - Especially Uncle Sam 2021-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Participates in the Spirit of the 4th

17 Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club members volunteered at the “Spirit of the Fourth” fireworks celebration on July 4th.  Crowds numbered in the thousands and they enjoyed food trucks, a silent auction, some great live music and a traditional fireworks extravaganza.
 
Rancho Bernardo Middle School was the perfect venue for the event as there was plenty of room for the kids to play and the crowds to feel comfortable.  It was so great to see this annual fireworks display and family night return. The crowds were huge, and a great time was had by all!!
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Participates in the Spirit of the 4th 2021-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Here Are  District 5340's Year-End Awardees

 
In front of nearly 400 Rotarians and guests, Past District Governor Steve Weitzen announced winners of District 5340's year-end awards during  festivities at the Governor's Dinner held last month.  Congratulations to these outstanding clubs ands Rotarians for their  outstanding accomplishments during this past Rotary year.  Thank you for making Service Above Self  the center of all you do.
 
Here Are District 5340's Year-End Awardees 2021-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Ever Thought of Becoming a District Governor? 2021-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Lets Celebrate! 2021-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Military Memorial Wall Expansion Project

 
 
In 2015 Vista’s Rotary Club dedicated the above Military Memorial Wall.  The County of San Diego generously contributed $20,000.00 toward the project and private donors contributed another $45,000.00.  
 
The wall, a black granite tribute approximately sixty feet long by five feet high, is located along Rotary Lane on Vista Village Drive immediately east of Main Street and adjacent to the sports field of the Magnet School on Civic Center Drive at E. Vista Way.  The City of Vista has participated in maintaining landscaping on a portion of Rotary Lane, but a portion of the property adjacent to the school property, over 100 yards in length, remains without any landscaping or improvements.
 
The next phase of the project will landscape and beautify the entire length between the school parking lot and Main Street, and is planned for completion in the spring of 2022.  The County of San Diego has again generously contributed $25,000.00 to the project estimated at a total cost of approximately $72,000.00. 
 
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Peace Pole Created for New Park

Fernanda Torres, Peace Chair of the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and the bi-national liaison for Districts 5340-4100 created an extraordinary peace pole for a new park in the working class Natura community of Tijuana. The peace pole is an impressive 15 feet high and beautifully decorated by hand by Fernanda. Each part of the decoration was symbolic with many emblems of Rotary as well as the wishes for peace on earth in English and Spanish. The pole is dedicated to the children of Tijuana. Helping Fernanda create, transport and erect the pole was Carlos Carrillo, chair of the International Service and Pro Peace Committee for the 4100 district and Mark McAnelly from the Old Mission RotaryClub. This was truly an amazing international peace effort!
 
The unveiling ceremony for the peace pole was held Tuesday, June 29 and attended by Rotarians from the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club Old Mission Rotary Club and Golden Triangle Rotary Club as well as many Rotarians from several clubs in District 4100.  A distinguished Peace Fellow Bogdan Matuszynski was in attendance. There were also dignitaries from Tijuana, members of the Natura community and, most importantly, Fernanda's parents (proud Rotarians). The Natura community was developed as a unique peace building community with efforts from the Ruba organization to bring the community together with a book club. Several talented ballerinas from the ABC Carvajal Dance Academy helped entertain the audience after the unveiling. Fernanda, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and several other Rotarians plan to continue to work with this Natura community in the start of a partnership and the sponsorship of a Rotary Community Corps. 
 
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Monthly Area of Service

 
July is Rotary’s New Leadership Month. Congratulations to all the new Club Presidents! Rotary has designated months to help clubs develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions.
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Dan Gensler Assumes District Governor Role July 1

 
As the incoming District Governor of Rotary International District 5340, which includes 61 Rotary Clubs comprising 3,000 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties, Dan Gensler is no stranger to both challenges and honors.  He has been a member of The Rotary Club of Coronado since 1996 and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2004.  In addition, he served as President from 2006-07. 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - June 27, 2021

 
 An Exclusive Interview with District Governor Steven Weitzen
 
With the 2020/21 Rotary year coming to an end, so does the tenure for this year's District Governor.    
 
Newsbits (NB) sat down this week with District Governor Steven Weitzen (SW) to have a conversation with him about this Rotary year, his thoughts on the future of the District and his own future in Rotary.
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Carlsbad Rotary Provides Much Needed Donations to North County Charities 

 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad recently released substantial donations to various North San Diego County organizations as part of the Day of Giving -  a day of giving and unity.
 
Ava Payne, President of Rotary Carlsbad said “I’m in awe of the commitment, passion, and selflessness our four Day of Giving honorees demonstrated, stepping up through their organizations to assist those unable to help themselves.  A noble purpose resulting in a profound and prodigious impact.”
 
Jeffrey Sitcov, President and Founder of Doors of Change said “Doors of Change is so appreciative of Carlsbad Rotary for their generous donation to help San Diego Homeless Youth get off the streets and live productive lives. Since 2001 over 2,200 Homeless Youth have done this because of the help of many organizations like Carlsbad Rotary. "
 
Sue McLeod, founder of Got Your Back San Diego, added, “Our existence heavily relies on generous donations from reputable philanthropic organizations like the Rotary Club of Carlsbad.  They have, in large part, allowed us to move forward in these trying times.  Our mission of providing food to school age children conveys to them that someone cares and that children matter #youmatter.  Thanks Rotary!” 
 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad made substantial donations to the following North San Diego County groups who have seen increased demand along with additional challenges resulting from last year’s pandemic: 
 
Scott McClatchey, Community Service Director for Rotary Carlsbad said “Day of Giving is an annual tradition where our club recognizes local charitable organization’s doing amazing work in the community. This year’s program was particularly inspirational because of how difficult the past year has been, yet through it all these four organizations pivoted in order to continue their mission serving as a lifeline for our community’s most vulnerable population.”  
 
Each organization received a check from the Rotary Club of Carlsbad (pictures shown above).
Carlsbad Rotary Provides Much Needed Donations to North County Charities 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Helping Human Trafficking Survivors

Huge thanks to the two dozen Rotary District 5340 members, family, and friends that came out to GenerateHope on June 19 to perform some much needed facility repairs/cleanup. 
 
A big thank you goes to Mark Rodriquez and the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club for spearheading the amazing landscape project!  There was also great representation from the Coronado Rotary Club, San Diego Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake, and the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego.  These Rotarians made a difference in the lives of several human trafficking survivors.  Congratulations on a job well done.
 
Rotarians Helping Human Trafficking Survivors 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of San Marcos Raises Funds for Behavioral Health Programs

 
May was Mental Health Awareness Month.  Supporting that effort, On May 15, 2021 at Goat Hill Golf Course in Oceanside, the Rotary Club of San Marcos held its 4th Annual Goat for Joe Golf Classic. The tournament was started by co-chairs Dana and Andrea Albert to create awareness and the de-stigmatization for mental illness.  Funds raised supported Trucare’s behavioral health and suicide prevention programs.  Truecare is a community healthcare provider for the underserved communities of North San Diego and Riverside Counties.
 
With over 120 golfers in attendance,  the day consisted of lots of fun, food and fellowship. A check for $10,000 was presented to Michelle Gonzalez, CEO and Carmen Huertero, Board Chair. 
 
Save the date -  next year’s tournament is scheduled for May 14, 2022.  Mark your calendars today!
 
Rotary Club of San Marcos Raises Funds for Behavioral Health Programs 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of El Cajon Supports Salvation Army's New Community Center

 
The El Cajon Rotary granted $10,000, plus a Matching District Grant of $4000, to support of the Salvation Army's new community center, in 2020. Specifically, the club’s donation offset the equipment costs for their new kitchen. The equipment and hood were key components of this new kitchen.  The new kitchen will support senior, youth, and family programs.
 
The Salvation Army's new building and kitchen plans to provide classes to teach seniors and other Food Bank clients how to make healthy meals with the emergency food they receive through our food bank. This kitchen will be used during the Salvation Army's annual free Thanksgiving and Christmas Community meals, which will serve the large low-income senior population in our community. They serve 120-130 seniors daily through the various programs offered.
 
Rotary Club of El Cajon Supports Salvation Army's New Community Center 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - June 20, 2021 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Max Gurney

 
Rotarian Max Gurney recently observed his 100th birthday by traveling to Monaco, where he was and still is well-known as a friend and associate of Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and the entire Grimaldi family. Max is a veteran of World War II and a career executive with Pan Am Airlines. He has been a Rotarian for 57 years, and he’s still counting!

The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club will commemorate our long-time member at a special, in-person noon meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at the Mt. Soledad Veteran Memorial. Rotarians who wish to join our celebration should contact Gordon Shurtleff <plssunrise@sbcglobal.net> or Henri Migala <hmigala@hotmail.com> for information about the meeting and the modest cost of lunch. 
 
 
 
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La Jolla Sunrise Rotary recognized San Pasqual Academy 2021 Rotary Scholars

 
San Pasqual Academy (SPA) is a San Diego County first-in-the-nation, residential education campus designed specifically for foster youth.  SPA has developed a remarkable 20 year, “Best in the Nation”, 95% high school graduation rate for foster children. This is particularly amazing compared to the nation wide foster child high school graduation rate of 50%.  
 
This week, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary with a matching grant from the Paula and Oliver Jones Family Foundation, awarded Rotary Scholarships to nine graduating seniors who elected to continue their education.  These nine Rotary Scholars are continuing their education thru a combination of trade schools,  junior colleges or four-year colleges.
 
La Jolla Sunrise Rotary recognized San Pasqual Academy 2021 Rotary Scholars 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary provides grant to the Waldorf School

 
On Tuesday, June 15th the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $6,000 grant to the Waldorf School of San Diego located in City Heights. Funds will be used to purchase tools to help maintain buildings and landscaping. Pictured (L-R) Director of Development Andrew Holets, Art Pratt Foundation President Eric Benink, Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Cynthia Drake and Charlotte Cofield, Waldorf School Facilities Manager Pete Barber and Art Pratt Foundation Board Member Judi Copeland.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary provides grant to the Waldorf School 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Joint Effort to Protect the Environment 

Coronado Rotary Club’s Committee to Protect the Environment (CPE) teamed up with Chula Vista-Eastlake Rotary Club on Saturday morning, June 5th to collect trash in recognition of World Environment Day. They cleaned along Frontage Road and the Bay Bike Path near the south San Diego Bay.  The 30+ members of Coronado’s CPE are joined by others in the club almost every weekend to clean along the bay, the Silver Strand, or Orange Avenue. These are in addition to over 18 years of monthly beach clean-ups hosted by the club. 
 
Rotarians felt great about the positive impact they made at this partnering event between clubs in support of the new Rotary International Area of Focus which emphasizes local, national, and international actions to protect the environment. 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - June 13, 2021

 
The Need to Serve
 
In 1943 Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled: “A Theory of Human Motivation.” 
 
The paper explored in a pyramid fashion how one moves from the lowest level of the pyramid up to the highest of five levels.  As one achieves and becomes satisfied at one level, they are then motivated to move on to the next level.  And so on.
 
The lowest level of the pyramid is physiological needs.  These include things that are essential for survival.  Such as food, water, warmth, rest and breathing.  Once those needs are met, one is ready to move up the pyramid to the next level.
 
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Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Live at the Rotary International Convention

 
Fresh off a recent beach clean-up event with high school students from University City High School, Rotarians and Rotaractors joined up to beautify Mission Beach.  The crew filled more than 24 buckets of trash and recyclables in less than two hours and the buckets, trash bags and gloves were donated by Dixieline Lumber.  This was all part of the Surfers Unite Rotary Fellowship.
 
Discover not only how this exciting Rotary Fellowship is expanding the Family of Rotary in District 5340 but in 32 countries around the globe.  Learn how you can use your hobbies and interests to successfully grow your club. 
 
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Live at the Rotary International Convention 2021-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary International Convention:
Registration Now Open!

 
Registration is now open for the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas. Join us next year to explore what’s possible in Rotary, in Houston, and in yourself.  
 
Whether you’re new to Rotary or a longtime member, it will be an unforgettable experience. Learn more at convention.rotary.org/houston. 
 
Register and pay by June 16, 2021 to take advantage of the promotional rate of $425. Don’t miss your chance to Discover New Horizons at the 2022 Rotary International Convention!
 
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North City Rotarians Help Poway Food Connection

Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club expanded its efforts in support of the Poway Food Connection (Food Bank). 
 
What started as fruit picking from small local orchards and then donating the crop to the Food Bank has now evolved to also helping regularly to collect donations from grocery stores and packing boxes of items for the Food Banks’ three-times a week pickup schedule.
 
Over time, some members of the Rancho Bernardo Noon Rotary Club  became volunteers as well seeing that there was a continuing need for help. The Poway Food Connection supplies over 700 boxes of food to needy families in North County weekly!
 
Additionally, the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club  stepped up to paint the facility and conduct minor repairs over the past year.  Recently, it was determined that there was a need for a new entrance ramp and patio flooring.  After all the work in securing estimates and obtaining funding was arranged, the cost of lumber doubled.  To the rescue came both the Rancho Bernardo Noon Rotary Club and the San Diego North Sunrise Rotary Club who donated the extra funds to finish the job.  San Diego North also joined in on the rebuilding project.  
 
This is a shining example of the power of Rotary – a  need is identified -  then things get done.  If a club needs help, other clubs step up to lend a hand and soon it is a collaboration!
 
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Padres Versus the Cubs

"Take me out to the ball game...if they don't win it's a shame."  Well, the Cubs took the game from our Padres but we all managed to have a great time as Rotarians.  Charlie Crew from Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club was especially excited that he caught the Padre's home run ball! Special thanks to Erika Rodriguez for handling the logistics on the e-tickets.  Truly "Service Above Self."
 
Pictured:  From Left to Right are classmates: Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle (2013-14), Chuck Pretto, District Governor Elect Designate and Past President of Club 33 (SD Downtown), District Governor Steven Weitzen and Past President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach as well as International Photographer and Brand Marketing Coach Nikki Incandella.  Steve and Chuck were right, Nikki will be a Rotarian soon enough simply by being a friend of Brett's.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - June 6, 2021

 
Our member profile this month is on Rotarian and Assistant Governor, Luis Carranza.
 
Luis is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe club.  He is a Past President and has served as an Assistant Governor for Area 8 (Old Mission, Kearney Mesa San Diego, Southeast San Diego, the E-club - Marian Pavlovich and the Mission Gorge Rotary club).
 
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Coronado Rotarians Celebrate with Sharp

 
On Friday, May 28, Rotary Vaccine Volunteers gathered to celebrate the 50,000th COVID 19 vaccine administered at the Sharp Coronado satellite clinic.  The Rotary Club of Coronado donated well over 2,000 hours to help keep people safe from the pandemic.  Alongside other volunteers and Sharp Coronado staff, our dedicated team worked all shifts Monday through Friday starting in January to support and provide shots to the large numbers of people seeking vaccinations. Rotarians made patients feel welcome, calmed their nerves and moved them through the process efficiently.   
 
Sharp HealthCare is more than grateful for this outstanding volunteer effort.  
 
 
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Call for Volunteers!

 
Your District’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force will be conducting some much needed spring cleaning and beautification projections the morning of June 19 at a human trafficking survivor safe house in the South Bay. The facility is operated by GenerateHope. Approximately 10 slots remain. Lunch will be provided. Contact Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com if you’re interested. 
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Torrey Pines Rotarian Max Gurnery turns 100!

 
Torrey Pines Rotarian Max Gurney with San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Memorial Day at the Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial. Max is a WWII veteran and served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 10th in Monaco.
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District Governor, Steve Weitzen, Inducted Eight Paul Harris Fellows from Escondido Rotary After 5 Club

On May 19th, Escondido Rotary After Five had their first official in person meeting at Fusion Restaurant in Escondido since the pandemic closed the club's live meetings. Club members received their COVID-19 vaccinations and Club Service Director, Carol Szytel, was able to organize a meeting room that complied with COVID protocols.
 
A delicious lasagna dinner was served and club members were joined by  special guests District Governor, Steve Weitzen and Assistant Governor, Bret Geernaert present to induct eight new Paul Harris Fellows (PHF). International Service Director, Kela Sconce, worked tirelessly to help the last eight members obtain their PHF and with these inductions, After Five has a 100% Paul Harris Fellow membership!

The evening was a great celebration of Rotarians that continue to help the club's community with service and treasure despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Everyone had a great time catching up and being able to share some fellowship outside a video screen. They were honored to share this great milestone with Governor Steve Weitzen, AG Bret Geernaert, and Rancho Bernardo Rotarian Gayla Williams and Golden Triangle Rotarian Bev Fritschner. Club Secretary, Gary Szytel, who just celebrated his 39th Rotaversary opened the meeting with a beautiful song.
 
A video of the song and Governor Steve’s address to the club can be seen on the After Five webpage Home Page and Facebook page. 
 
District Governor, Steve Weitzen, Inducted Eight Paul Harris Fellows from Escondido Rotary After 5 Club 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
The Environment Area of Focus will be well represented at RICON21!  2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo acts on Diversity and Inclusion Issues

 
The murder of George Floyd last year and the increasing awareness of the need for diversity, inclusion, and equity in society struck a nerve with several RB Rotary Club members.  So, in March 2019, incoming President Alex Robertson asked John Goodrich to head a team to see how we could make a difference.

Beginning with three (3) members meeting weekly, and eventually growing to a committee of nine (9),  the Diversity in Action Committee brainstormed, made a lot of phone calls, traveled several dead ends, hit COVID stimies, and eventually found some successes. All research and planning searched for:
 
  • Better understanding cultures and issues foreign to most members, and
  • Taking action. They updated the club several time during the year.
 
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A new skill set for Santee-Lakeside Rotarians

On Saturday, May 22, Rotarians from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club showed up bright and early at the East County Transitional Care Center (homeless shelter open to families who want to have long-sustaining sobriety and a relationship with God) located in El Cajon.  
 
Club members helped beautify the center's playground with pulling weeds, hedge trimming and landscape management.  The highlight of the day was the interaction between Rotarians and residents of the facility.  Much can be said for personal story sharing and mutual respect for those who have been down on their luck or fighting addiction battles.  
 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary club is involved in supporting the East County Transitional Center with not only landscape management but also with grants for various projects.   In addition, the club sponsors a "Give a Sheet" toilet paper drive each year.  Give a Sheet is the club's service project culminating at the annual  installation event at the end of June when Rotarians fill the stage with reams of toilet paper.   One can only imagine how much toilet paper the center goes through in a year's time.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 30, 2021

 
What’s It All About?
 
I have been thinking about what it means to be in Rotary and what Rotary means to us and those we serve.  Rotary really meets the needs of people of all ages - from womb to tomb.  Everyone benefits from Rotary as lives are touched all over the globe.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 23, 2021

 
Diversity Equity Inclusion
 
With five weeks left in this Rotary year, I am beginning to reflect on where we have been, what we have done and where we go from here.  I came into this term with high hopes to make a difference; to advance the ball and change that which could be changed and accept that which could not yet be changed.
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Chili and Quakers 

 
We are thrilled to invite you to our 2021 Chili and Quackers Challenge! As a past participant in our Rotary club events, you know how much fun we can quack up! Join us at Viewpoint Brewing Co. on June 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM to watch the races in person or watch the Zoom broadcast! 

Three Cup races feature organizations and activities supported by the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
 
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Pads at the Border

La Jolla Golden Triangle’s newest project comes to life during border visit on May 12
 
La Jolla Golden Triangle’s International Committee (Committee) has just taken on a cross-border project called Pads at the Border. Rotarians, Fary Moini and Jan Percival, a recent SDSU graduate and Rotaractor McKenna Avery visited the border last Wednesday to deliver pads and other supplies.
 
When Rotarians pulled their car into the middle of Tijuana’s migrant street camp, the call went out quickly: “Mujeres! Solamente Mujeres!” (Women! Only Women!) and within 45 minutes, they finished distributing over 1,200 sanitary pads to a long line of women and teenage girls.
 
These women and girls are among the 1,500 residents of the El Chaparral migrant camp, just a stone’s throw from the U.S. border. This unofficial – and unwanted – tent city materialized in February, shortly after President Biden’s inauguration. Fleeing violence at home in Central America, Haiti and Africa, these migrants refuse to leave as they wait for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S.
 
Rotarians visited in order to help relieve the distress of women and teenage girls whose menstruation is a monthly nightmare. With no money to purchase pads and no privacy to wash and dry their underwear, it’s a barbaric and humiliating situation, with the potential to be a public health crisis. 
 
Before heading back to San Diego, they made a second stop at the Templo Embajadores church located in the rugged Scorpion Canyon on the west side of Tijuana. This church-turned-shelter now houses an additional 500-600 asylum-seekers. They quickly distributed clean, new underwear to women and girls, in addition to Pedialyte purchased at Costco in Tijuana. Dehydration is taking a terrible toll on some of the children housed at Templo Embajadores. 
 
Committee members realize that long-term solutions are beyond their short-term scope, but they are committed to helping NOW. With support from organizations like Rotary, they hope to continue our deliveries as long as there are women and teenage girls in these grievous circumstances.
 
Their recent visit was made possible by their alliance with Linda Carroll, co-founder of One Story at a Time, a non-profit that provides humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people and sentient beings in Mexican border towns. Case manager Maria Lourdes Arias Trujillo (known as “Lulu”) was their guide and translator. A long-time humanitarian activist, Lulu’s compassionate familiarity among the migrants made their visit to the street camp, and shelter, feel non-invasive. 
 
To neighbors, friends and Rotarians who donated to support this visit, please know that the Committee members pledge to use all resources with integrity and care. They will not give up. To donate to Pads at the Border, please visit just1atatime.org. Where it says “ write us a comment” please designate “Pads at the Border.”
 
 
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Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for June 21

 
 
The Rotary Clubs of El Camino Real and Oceanside invite you to join them for their 40th annual golf tournament on Monday, June 21, at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. It will be a scramble format.  For sponsorship and registration information, please go to their website or scan the QR code below.  They look forward to seeing you for a fun day of golf. 
 
 
 
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Rotary Peace Conference to be held next month

 
 
 
Do you care deeply about your community and looking for ideas to bring about positive change?  Registration is live for the Rotary Peace Fellow Global Peace Conference on June 19, 2021.   24 hours of peace talks, skills-based workshops, and networking is an opportunity you will not want to miss! This virtual event is free.
 
Learn more and register for FREE by visiting https://bit.ly/3tM83lL.
 
 
 
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Flying Leathernecks Museum is the recipient of grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary recently issued a grant to the Flying Leathernecks Museum.  The grant for $6,000 was accepted by retired Colonel USMC Victor Bianchi and retired Brigadier General USMC Mike Aguilar.  The funds will be used for electronic equipment for their oral history programs and presentation capabilities. 
 
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a United States Marine Corps aviation museum has been operating at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar since 1999. 

Unfortunately, The museum can no longer use the land on the air station and has been closed. The museum leadership are looking for a new home with both a physical location and a larger online presence.

The museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history and legacy of United States Marine Corps Aviation. The outdoor exhibits included 31 historical aircraft, multiple military vehicles and equipment. Indoor exhibits featured photographs, artifacts and artwork from the early days of aviation to the present. The museum maintains and restores vintage aircraft used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) through work performed by employees and volunteers. In the last 12 months, 28,000 people from around the world came to the museum.
 
 
Photo Caption: One of the many impressive aircraft displays at the Flying Leatherneck Museum is the "Lady Ace 09," the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter evacuated Ambassador Graham Martin from the rooftop of the American Embassy in Saigon in 1975 during the last hours of the Vietnam War.
 
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Contribute to local Rotary causes - Get a Ring Thing®!

 
 
Kimberly Schafer, Past President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club and District 5340 AHT Steering Committee Member, is donating $1 from each sale of her Ring Thing products to local human trafficking efforts. 
 
Use the Ring Thing® at the gym, salon, golf course, while traveling or at home. The Ring Thing will give you peace of mind knowing your treasured rings are protected and close to you. And it makes a perfect gift!
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 16, 2021

 
Marge Cole
 
Marge Cole, Past District Governor 2009-2010, is still very much involved with our clubs and District.  She chairs the Foundation committee and is the advisor for the City Heights Rotaract club and the newest chartered club - the Mission Gorge club.  And, there is so much more to Marge than that.  Her story is so compelling.  Let’s find out the rest of the story.
 
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Fallbrook Rotary Celebrates 75 Years!

 
Congratulations to the Fallbrook Rotary Club on their 75th Anniversary
 
The Club continues to thrive and just recently welcomed four new members: Bob Coleman, Patty Sargent, Janet Silver, and Kenneth Wesson.  Pictured below are the initial Charter Members of the Fallbrook Rotary Club. 
 
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Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021 Rotary District Conference 

 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021 Rotary District Conference 
 
To help ensure the success of our annual conference, we are opening up sponsorship opportunities! All the details for sponsorship levels of platinum, diamond, gold, and silver for the 2021 District Conference can be found on the Sponsorship page. In addition to sponsorship levels, there are naming opportunities for the Friday and Saturday evening events. 
 
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Rotarian's reflect on the future of the Rotary school in Afghanistan

 
Recently, Diane Bell, Columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune featured an article about Rotarian Fary Moini’s  and the Golden Triangle Rotary Club’s long-time efforts to build and run a girl’s school in Afghanistan and the implications that the impending withdrawal of American troops from the area may have on the school, it’s girls and the future of women’s rights.  The article is below and is printed in its entirety.  
Rotarian's reflect on the future of the Rotary school in Afghanistan 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Governor's Dinner - SOLD OUT

 
 
We have great news -the Governor's Dinner has SOLD OUT!  You can still participate from home by joining in via Zoom.  Please register for Zoom with the link below.
 
Cocktails: 5:30PM to 6:15PM
Program and Dinner: 6:30PM
 
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Global Grant partners need to provide medical equipment to Uganda 

 
Rotarians, here is a rare opportunity for your club and its members to have a significant and lasting impact on health outcomes in Equatorial Africa.
 
Uganda has 47 million people in a country the size of Oregon.  It has an extensive network of 3165 hospitals and clinics. 2930 of these are outpatient (some including maternity) facilities.  Our host country sponsor, the Naguru, Kampala Rotary Club, with NGO Bulamu Healthcare International, Uganda, have identified a great need for vital signs equipment in outpatient facilities in that country. 

Taking vital signs for each outpatient visit has been the standard of care in Western medicine for decades. However, because Uganda’s outpatient facilities lack basic equipment and supplies, only 1-2% regularly check breathing, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and the like. As a result, serious health conditions are going undiagnosed and not treated. (Bulamu’s research shows that when adults have their BP taken, 23% are diagnosed with serious health conditions (e.g., Hypertension).) With this equipment and training we can help identify health issues early, allowing healthcare providers to provide or refer patients to the medications or treatments they need.
 
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Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional celebrates its 9th
 anniversary with a gala
 

 
A hybrid event - in-person and online was successfully held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, where Rotarians and friends from the San Diego-Tijuana community attended the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional Ninth Anniversary Gala to raise funds for the club's ongoing projects, primarily the construction of water treatment plants for nine schools located in the rural area of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico. Hosting a top fashion show and live concert by local talent, the in-person portion of the event was held in Torre Cosmopolitan, only minutes away from the San Ysidro port of entry, with strict adherence to hygiene guidelines.
 
All proceeds from the event will fund Rotary’s efforts to provide clean water to schools and children in rural areas as well as other club projects.

"Our cause efforts have been possible thanks to the support of 19 Rotary clubs and 10 districts that joined our water project. Our mission is to continue with this type of action for the benefit of the most vulnerable population," said Joselyn Mejia, President of Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional.
 
Congratulations to the Club for a very successful event!
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 9, 2021

 
Where Do We Go From Here?
 
The most frequently asked questions I have encountered the past few weeks are:
 
When will our club meet in person again?  And, how is that going to work?
 
I have no magic bullet in answer to these questions.  I do have some thoughts and suggestion to share.  
 
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Please Help India

 
In January 2020, three Rotarians and their wives from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo traveled to India to participate in a Mega Polio Campaign hosted by the Rotary Club of Agra Tajmahal in Agra, India.  It was an amazing journey and experience that was truly life changing.  
 
In light of the crises facing India with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo is raising money to help our fellow Rotarians in Agra, India provide COVID-19 Support Kits to community members.  India is experiencing an unprecedented surge of people flooding hospitals after testing positive.  These kits will allow people to quarantine at home while monitoring their temperature and oxygen levels.   Check out a current story on KGTV 10 https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/rancho-bernardo-rotary-club-answers-call-for-help-from-indian-group.
 
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Join Us for a Round of Golf!

 
Rotary Golf Roundup—June 7—Twin Oaks 

Join us on June 7, 2021 at Twin Oaks Golf Course (San Marcos) beginning at 10:00 AM.  The cost for the round is $55.00, which includes cart and range balls.  The snack and beverage bars are open for 19th hole fellowship.  We will have a Closest to the Pin contest for men and women.

Get a group together from your club and join us for fun and fellowship on the golf course.  Contact Tee Times Coordinator Bret Geernaert at (bretg2019pres@gmail.com ) or 858-354-9002 to reserve  a tee time for yourself and golfers from your club.  

If you can’t make it this date, mark your calendars for July 12 at Balboa 18 Golf Course in San Diego.  More information on this coming out soon.
 
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Looking for a Home

San Diego Coastal Rotary Club 'adopted' a Syrian refugee family in 2016. It started with simple 'welcome to America' gifts but members have become very close to this family over the years. They have taken them on field trips, secured them a car and celebrated holidays together. The family, feeling the love,  has participated in the Club's service projects like Feeding San Diego. Rotarian, Jenny Parker helped dad open his first checking account and get a credit card. She was able to help one of the children get into Preuss next year!  She taught mom to drive and the kids to swim. In return, she had some wonderful meals and memories. The family honored her by naming their youngest child after her (Jana). 
 
One of the toughest problems for the family has been housing. They (all 9 of them) have been living in the same two-bedroom  apartment (600 square feet) since they arrived. It has been impossible to find another larger affordable place to rent.  They were unable to get into  Section 8 housing, low income housing or secure a home from Habitat for Humanity. This last year has been exceptionally hard with the pandemic stay at home orders. The apartment they live in is falling apart and the area is horribly crime-ridden.  Graciously, Jenny has decided to buy a house and let them rent. The kids can have a back yard and mom will have a kitchen for a catering business.
 
It's probably the worst time to buy a home in San Diego because there is so little on the market and prices are skyrocketing and the competition is fierce.  Homes are selling over the asking price in less than 24 hours of being on the market.  
 
Jenny has met all kinds of generous Rotarians interested in helping this family in various ways but she is looking for anyone who can help them find a home. She is looking in Southeast San Diego with a price range of $500 -$550K.  Fellow Rotarian Craig Hothem is the real estate agent.   If anyone knows of any potential leads, please let Jenny know.  She can be reached at 619-985-2999.
 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 2, 2021

 
 
Youth Services Month
 
May is Youth Services Month in the Rotary world.  We, in District 5340, are very involved in youth services and programming.  We have covered some of the programs in  earlier Musings.  Now we will take an overall look at what it is we do.
 
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Sharp Coronado Vaccination Coordinator Ana Ramirez Receives Rotary Service Award

 
The Coronado Rotary Club’s Bob Watson “Service Above Self” Award was presented to Ana Ramirez at the Community Center/COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Wednesday, April 21 meeting of Rotary.  She was nominated by Rotarians Nora Allen, Mary Griffin and Steve Duermeyer.  Ana is Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Patient and Volunteer Coordinator.  

At the height of the holiday surge of COVID-19 cases, on January 13, Ana was tapped to establish the clinic and coordinate more than 500 volunteers to support and administer vaccines at the Coronado Community Center.  Scheduling and managing this number of volunteers is difficult, but Ana handles every encounter gracefully and deploys her volunteer team very effectively, constantly adapting to changing circumstances.  When one reads of the long delays at other vaccination sites, Ana’s ability to manage the demands seems all the more remarkable, as those receiving vaccinations at the Coronado site have minimal wait time. 
 
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San Diego Coastal Rotary Club sponsors 300 meals

 
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club sponsored 300 meals with the USO for Servicemen this last Wednesday night and was able to deliver the meals and toys in person. It happened to be on 'dress as your favorite superhero' night so they came in costume to deliver the meals. It was one of the most fun and rewarding service projects the club has experienced.
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Three Clubs unite to help community garden 

 
On Saturday, April 24, Rotarians at Work Day,  three Rotary clubs teamed up to put the finishing work into the La Mesa Community Garden at MacArthur Park. La Mesa Sunrise, El Cajon Sunset and La Mesa built 2 new planters and carried them into the garden, removed weeds, moved large rocks to line the bottom of the fence, built some metal shelves, leveled the ground, added mulch and spread it out to cover the bare dirt, and filled the planters with garden soil!
 
The La Mesa Community Garden at MacArthur Park opened yesterday, May 1.  The garden has 41 plots, including four that are ADA accessible.
 
The garden sits near the city's public swimming pool, net to the former site of the clubhouse for Sun Valley Golf Course, which closed in 2017.
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Coronado Cays beach cleaned up by Rotarians

 
On Saturday April 24, 2021, a large group of hearty Coronado Rotarians gathered at the home of Rotarians Deb and Bob Syverson in Coronado Cays to clean up the beach behind their house. The event recognized "Rotarians At Work Day" which is a world-wide annual Rotary event founded by former Coronado Rotarian Bob Watson. 
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Charity Golf Scramble 

 
On Friday, June 4, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad (RRC) will host the first-ever Rotary Club of Carlsbad Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the North County Lifeline. The RCC Charity Golf Scramble benefiting North County Lifeline is our premier fundraiser for the year.  What promises to be an unforgettable day of friendly competition, fellowship with friends and unbeatable entertainment. The tournament will be held at the St. Mark Golf Course in San Marcos with registration starting at 11:00AM, tee off at 1:00PM, dinner/auction around 6:30PM and then fun, music and cocktails before wrapping up around 8:30PM.
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Seniors Receive a Lending Hand at Mobile Home Parks

 
The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club collaborated with the Santee Mobilehome Owners Action Committee, Inc. to help with yard upkeep in two mobile home parks in Santee.  Residents who can no longer take care of their yards are at risk of eviction notice if left unattended.  Joining Rotarians were a number of young family members wanting to get into the dirt and pull those weeds!  This is the second year that the club has selected helping seniors as their project for Rotarians at Work Day.  
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Encinitas Rotary Club paints offices at the Community Resource Center

 
 
15 members and friends of the Encinitas Rotary Club emerged from the COVID cocoon, masked and physically distanced, to paint offices at the Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas.  CRC programs include reduction and prevention of domestic violence, case management assistance, shelter and counseling for abuse victims, and food distribution to those in need.  Club members had a great time working together and seeing each other outside of a Zoom window!
 
Said President Kerry Witkin:  "The CRC work project was our club's contribution to Rotarians at Work Day, a worldwide call for all Rotarians to participate in a community service project on the same day in April.  It is rewarding to be part of an organization that lives its motto "Service Above Self."
Encinitas Rotary Club paints offices at the Community Resource Center 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 25

 
 
Good morning.  I'd like to introduce Dianne Crawford, my guest columnist for this week's edition of Sunday Morning Musings.  Dianne is our District Governor Designate 2023-2024 and she is from the Rotary Club of  Southeast San Diego.  Dianne has been a long-standing leader in membership development and many other things for District 5340.  Enjoy her her excitement for Rotary.
 
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Online Webinar Announced

 
Your District Anti-Human Trafficking task force has another excellent workshop on tap.
 
Join us for this insightful overview of how businesses in San Diego County and elsewhere are banding together to educate the San Diego employees to identify and effectively report indicators of sex trafficking. You’ll receive ideas that you can implement in your workforce the next day!
 
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Old Mission Rotary is the "Community Partner of the YEAR!" for STAR/PAL 

Charlotte Cofield, Community Service chair for Old Mission Rotary was so impressed by STAR/PAL (Police Athletic League) that she reached out to the organization last summer for a potential service related project partnership.   Her goal was to tackle head on the lack of communication between law enforcement and inner city youth that has created a never-ending stream of violent tragedies across our nation.

The mission of STAR/PAL is to engage underserved youth with law enforcement and develop trusting and long-term relationships. STAR/PAL offers free programs for undeserved and at-risk youth in San Diego that are led by law enforcement officers.  These programs focus on violence prevention, mentoring, leadership, civic engagement, outdoor enrichment, and physical fitness.

Old Mission Rotary assisted STAR/PAL with a school backpack give away in the fall and with distributing Thanksgiving dinners in November.  On Thursday, April 22, 2021 at STAR/PA's Colina Park facility in City Heights, STAR/PAL  designated Old Mission Rotary as their "Community Partner of the Year!" 
 
Congratulations to Old Mission Rotary for outreach efforts to make a difference in the lives of youth!
 
 
Photo caption: Members of Old Mission Rotary at the STAR/PAL awards ceremony on April 22nd. (L-R) Donna Maytum, Steve Nuñez, Community Service Chair Charlotte Cofield, President Gary John Collins and Matt Risi.
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Rotarians at Work Day in South Bay

Rotarians from two South Bay clubs -- Chula Vista Sunrise and Chula Vista Eastlake, celebrated Rotarians at Work Day volunteering at the "J" Street Marina. Working to support the South Bay Sustainable Communities (SBSC), Rotarians cleaned up trash in the water and land, resulting in numerous buckets of debris. A special thanks to Chula Vista Kayak for providing the kayaks, and the SBSC for providing the grabbers, gloves, buckets and more! It was a beautiful morning on the bay and the clubs hope to stay involved with this project in the future. Great work Rotarians!
 
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James A Flores to Speak

Photo taken by Charlie Neuman
 
Jim Floros, CEO of the San Diego Food Bank will be the speaker at the  San Luis Rey Rotary club meeting scheduled for May 11 at 7:15 a.m. at the Broken Yolk Resturant located at 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. 
 
The Club would like to invite club presidents OR their designee to attend and hear Jim's 30-minute presentation.  Club presidents should call Ron Wilson at 760-705-6553 to let him know if they or a designee will be attending,  
James A Flores to Speak 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Youth Assistance Coalition

Old Mission Rotary Club's Art Pratt Foundation selected The Youth Assistance Coalition to be one of its beneficiaries.  The Youth Assistance Coalition (YAC) was founded in 2017 by a group of motivated volunteers who saw the pattern of youth homelessness in San Diego and wanted to break it. From the beginning, YAC has focused on a community approach to breaking this pattern, and has built up powerful partnerships with many other organizations in San Diego who are also committed to helping these youth get off the streets in a lasting way. So far this year, they have provided 110 youth with stable housing.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Youth Assistance Coalition 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 18, 2021

 
 
Fernanda Torres
 
This month we profile Fernanda Torres of the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club.  Fernanda is the President nominee for the San Diego Coastal club.  In the meantime, she is the   club’s Peace Chair.  
 
Fernanda lives in Tijuana and has not been able to come across the border because of the pandemic.  Hopefully, that will change in the next few months when she can join her club members as they begin to meet in person.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 18, 2021 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

South Region Collaboration for Virtual Earth Day Activities

 
The Community Interact Club of Chula Vista Sunrise is collaborating with the City of Chula Vista, the South Bay Ecojustice Team, and the South Bay Sustainable Communities non-profit to host a virtual South Bay Earth Week event next week in conjunction with the City of Chula Vista Earth Day @ Home Event! 
 
South Region Collaboration for Virtual Earth Day Activities 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Blythe Hosting Two Fundraising Events 
 

 
The Rotary Club of Blythe is having a drawing for a Remington 11-87 super magnum 12 gauge shotgun at $10 donation per ticket. The drawing will be held on June 11 and participants need not be present to win, but must be CA or AZ residents and legally eligible to own a firearm.  All proceeds go toward scholarships.  Please contact club president  Juliette Singler if you’d like tickets.  You may email here at: juliettesingler@yahoo.com.
 
Rotary Club of Blythe Hosting Two Fundraising Events   2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work Day Around the Corner


Rotarians at Work Day is Saturday, April 24.  Please make sure you wear your Rotarians at Work Day shirts and take lots of photos.  Share your story!  
 
You can send your story (a paragraph or two) to Newsbits editor Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.  Stories need to be submitted by Friday at noon to be included in the subsequent Sunday edition of Newsbits.  Include the who, what, when, where and why so we have a complete story and don't forget those pictures!  We can't wait to learn what your club did to improve your community and to promote Rotarians as People of Action!  
 
 
Rotarians at Work Day Around the Corner 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Walk the Talk Benefit Week for Hands of Peace

 
Join San Diego Coastal Rotary Club for a 5K walk on May 9, 8:30-9am. 

Hands of Peace empowers young people to find their voice, share their narrative and develop the compassion and skills they need to resolve conflict and serve their communities.  Hands of Peace, San Diego has has many new programs focused on local San Diego youth. Rotary clubs in San Diego have partnered with Hands of Peace for many years now with service work and district grants. 
 
Walk the Talk Benefit Week for Hands of Peace 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Lagoona Kahuna Team Challenge at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Hosts Blood Drive

 
On Friday, April 16, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo  held a blood drive in the Albertsons parking lot.  A big "thank you" goes to the Club for recognizing the importance of blood donation especially during this pandemic and to  all who took the time to donate blood at this event.  
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Sunday Morning Musings - April 11, 2021

 
Rotarians At Work Day
 
In the Rotary world, the last Saturday in April is designated Rotarians at Work Day.  Rotarians at Work Day continues to grow.  Each year, clubs around the world identify a hands-on project that all members can participate in to help the local community.  The day is a great way to revitalize our clubs, bring in new members and generate publicity for Rotary.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 11, 2021 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Rotary Convention Registration is Open 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

World Vaccination Week is Here!

 
Nothing brings home the importance of World Vaccination Week than our present time dealing with the coronavirus.  
 
During World Immunization Week, April 24-30 , join with Rotary to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork.
World Vaccination Week is Here! 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Enjoy Golfing?

 
 
Join the Fun with Fellow Rotarians on May 3, 2021 at Admiral Baker Golf Course!
 
Our last outing at St. Mark Golf Course in April included District Governor Steve Weitzen, (pictured above -far right) enjoying a day on the links. Two of our Rotary golfers won closest to the pin:  Dana Albert (San Marcos RC) & Cathy Hayes (La Jolla RC).  Congratulations!
 
Enjoy Golfing? 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

RB Sunrise Hosts Semi-Regional Four-Way Speech Contest

 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Semi-Regional Results
 
The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club hosted the March 30 semi-regional Four-Way Test Speech Contest for local high school students via Zoom.  The speech contest, created by Chicago Rotarian Herbert Taylor in 1932, is a  public speaking contest which incorporates the components of Rotary's Four-Way Test.
RB Sunrise Hosts Semi-Regional Four-Way Speech Contest 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce Update 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Career Day


The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is hosting a Career Day with the 11th grade students at the Preuss School (UCSD), which serves students from underserved communities who will be the first in their families to go to college. We provide the Career Counsellors to chat with the students via Zoom on Wednesday April 21 between 11:45PM and 1:30 PM.  
 
Volunteers Needed for Career Day 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 4, 2021

 
Disease Prevention Month
 
In the Rotary world, April is Disease Prevention Month.  So, let’s address this very important matter.
 
My grandmother told me on many occasions that your health is everything.  She probably was right.  Many, if not most of us, take our health for granted.  We are the lucky ones.
 
Yet, there are over 400 million people in the world who can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.  We, in Rotary, believe good health care is everyone’s right.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 4, 2021 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Sharp Health Care is Asking for More Volunteers

 
Sharp HealthCare is reaching out again to District 5340 asking for Rotarian volunteers.  With the closure of Petco Park immunization site, Sharp now offers four locations to administer Covid-19 vaccine to qualified individuals.  Sites are in Chula Vista, Kearney Mesa, La Mesa and now San Marcos.   
 
Sharp Health Care is Asking for More Volunteers 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Stop Human Trafficking

 
Are you interested in supporting survivors of human trafficking right here in San Diego County?
 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad has a Global Grant that will do just that!  The grant will help fund the club's effort to provide crisis intervention services to survivors in San Diego.
 
For more information on how you can become a part of it all and work to put a STOP to human trafficking during the 2021-2022 Rotary year, please contact Malena Bennett by email at M@AskMalena.com.
Stop Human Trafficking 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Opportunity for International Service 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Donating Blood is a Life Saving Gift!

 
 
Here is your opportunity to help improve the health of those seriously ill during the Pandemic crisis.  Join Rotarians across the District in donating blood on Friday, April 16.  You must make an appointment by either calling 619 400-8251 or signing up online at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate.
Donating Blood is a Life Saving Gift! 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Last Chance to Sign Up for Training Assembly

 
Our District Training is this upcoming Saturday!  Hundreds of Rotarians have already registered to attend the District Virtual Training Assembly set for this Saturday, April 10 and we expect to be at full capacity! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  
 
Last Chance to Sign Up for Training Assembly 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Guatemala Literacy Project Opportunities 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 28

 
Model UN, RYLA and The 4-Way Speech Contest
 
Youth Services is very important to our clubs and District.  We offer many programs to help develop our young people.  Youth is certainly an area of focus for each club.
Sunday Morning Musings - March 28 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE - Virtual Rotary International Convention 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
2019-2020 Rotary Citation Awarded to District 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Transitional Care Center Receives Grant

 
 
This past week, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club presented a check for $1000 to the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC). With a mission to provide transitional housing and restore lives, the ECTLC is a faith based 501 (C) (3) corporation.  They offer four distinct transitional living programs, religious and secular, designed to fit the needs of most homeless families and/or individuals.
 
TCTLC offers case management, affordable temporary housing for those who have lost their way due to the economy and they also offer a no-cost one-year program for those desiring a religious discipleship training program.  
Transitional Care Center Receives Grant 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 21, 2021

 
This Sunday Morning Musing's guest columnist is Chuck Pretto.  Chuck is from the San Diego Rotary Club - Club 33; and he is the District Governor Nominee 2022-2023.
 
I know you will enjoy his Musing.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 21, 2021 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Decade-Long Collaboration

For over a decade, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and the Santee Food Bank have been working side-by-side in helping Santee families in need.  The collaboration comes in many forms from purchasing much needed refrigeration units with the help of Rotary District Grants to helping the Santee branch of the US Post Office with their Stamp Out Hunger Drive sorting, weighing food items donated by postal patrons and then delivering food products to the food bank for distribution.
 
Most recently, the Santee Lakeside Rotary club issued a $3,000 District grant to help support the food bank's effort to provide COVID relief to families needing a hand up.  This past weekend, the club  delivered food items to shut in seniors in mobile home parks throughout the City of Santee.  As People of Action, club members enjoyed the project so much that they adopted one of the mobile parks for ongoing monthly delivery service. 
 
 
 
 
Decade-Long Collaboration 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary conducts a Sub Regional Competition of the Four Way Test Speech Contest

Old Mission Rotary hosted the Sub-Regional Round of the District 5340 Four Way Test Speech contest on February 16th.  In this round of the competition they heard from four high school students from clubs across the district.  

The rules for the competition are all the same throughout the district and students have between five and seven minutes to deliver a talk that is judged on content, organization, delivery and application of the of the Rotary Four Way Test.

Year after year, our Four Way Test Speech Contests have been flawlessly organized and executed at Old Mission Rotary by Eric Benink.  Nancy Vaughan of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club was recognized for her multi-year service as chair of the District 5340 Four Way Test Speech Competition. District Governor Steve Weitzen and District Governor Elect Dan Gensler also attended our Zoom meeting.
 
Old Mission Rotary conducts a Sub Regional Competition of the Four Way Test Speech Contest 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 14, 2021

 
This month we profile Don Fipps of the Del Mar Rotary Club.
 
Currently, Don is the Assistant Governor for Area 3 - Carlsbad Hi Noon, Carlsbad Evening, Tri City and San Marcos.  He is also serving as Governor-Elect Dan Gensler’s chief aide.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 14, 2021 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Hosts Former World Champion Tour Surfer Damien Hobgood 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
District 5340 Speaker Series - TRF Trustee Brenda Cressey 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Clothing Drive for Operation Stand Down

 
The Escondido and San Marcos Rotary Clubs will be holding a clothing drive on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 8am to 11am, in front of the Escondido City Hall at the corner of Broadway and Valley Parkway. They are asking Rotarians and community members to donate clothing that will be made available to the homeless VETS attending the North County Stand Down slated for mid-April.
 
Clothing Drive for Operation Stand Down 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary First During Tax Season

 
Looking for an easy way to increase impact?
 
More and more people are discovering a simple and efficient way to give.  Join the hundreds who support The Rotary Foundation with a tax-wise gift from their IRA each year.
 
Rotary First During Tax Season 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of old Mission Rotary Grant to Resounding Joy

In 2004, Barbara Reuer began Resounding Joy with a team of volunteers offering music therapy as informed supportive experiences for socially-isolated seniors. Since then, they have expanded as requests for music therapy poured in from low-income communities. Over time, programs such as Healing Notes, Sound Minds, Semper Sound, Mindful Music, the Ariana Miller Music with Heart Fund and Community Connections have received generous support from the community.
 
Photo Caption: Dr. Reuer is the founder and CEO of Resounding Joy.She is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music-for-wellness and music therapy. 
 
Last year alone, they served over 4,000 individuals, most of whom live right here in San Diego County. Most of Resounding Joy’s clients suffer from depression, PTSD, a brain injury, Down’s Syndrome, congenital heart disease, or a rare disease. The team of Board-Certified music therapists (MT-BC) strives to transform the health of San Diego County by using music as a therapeutic medium to effectively address physical, emotional, social, and cognitive goals. Music’s unique ability to navigate damaged areas of the brain and transcend verbal communication makes it a powerful tool in the hands of a qualified professional.

At Old Mission Rotary's Zoom meeting on March 9, Art Pratt Foundation President Eric Benink presented Dr. Reuer with a check for $5,107. The grant will be used for an iPad and for musical instruments to be used in their virtual online therapy sessions.
 
 
Art Pratt Foundation of old Mission Rotary Grant to Resounding Joy 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month 2021-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Roundup Slated for April 5

 

 
Please join Rotarians from around District 5340 for a Rotary Golf Roundup—April 5, 2021
 
Join us at St. Mark’s Golf Course in San Marcos.  Bring a team from your club and enjoy Rotary fellowship.  Tee time is 10:00 am.  The cost is $49.00 which includes shared cart, green fees and range balls. To facilitate planning, please make your reservations by March 29. 
 
You may contact Tee Captain Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com to make a reservation and for details.
 
 
Rotary Golf Roundup Slated for April 5  2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 7, 2021

 
Our District’s Leadership Plan
 
This past nine months (the time it takes to have a baby) our District took a deep dive into our leadership plan.  With guidance and help from District Governor Elect Dan Gensler, District Governor Nominee Chuck Pretto, District Governor Designate Dianne Crawford and Assistant Governor Don Fipps, we can now unveil the new and improved District Leadership plan.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 7, 2021 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

RiseUp Industries is Beneficiary of Rotary Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary recently issued a grant to RiseUp Industries!

RISE Up Industries is a nonprofit that prepares the formerly incarcerated for careers as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operators in their full service machine shop. Former enemy gang members and convicts work side by side, helping one another to complete the Re-entry Program and make positive life choices. The kinship they have fostered is an inspiration and proof that training and rehabilitation work!  Graduates of the program typically find immediate employment.
 
The Art Pratt Foundation presented a grant of $4,094 to purchase a bead blasting machine that is used to smooth manufactured parts for anodizing. Joe Calbreath is a member of their board of directors and accepted the funds and showed us an engraved plaque that will be mounted on the Bead Blaster Machine.
 
Photo Caption: RISE Up Industries offers people leaving jail and prison an opportunity for vocational training for high demand machinist jobs.
 
RiseUp Industries is Beneficiary of Rotary Grant 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotarian Wins Contest

 
Old Mission Rotary President Gary John Collins won the Union Tribune Cartoon Caption Contest for Sunday, February 28th! Steve Breen, the newspaper cartoonist, selected President Gary among ferocious competition. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised as Gary was a stand up comedian decades ago!  
 
 
Old Mission Rotarian Wins Contest 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
April 1 Deadline Approaching For Reallocating Funds 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - February 28

 
 
Water and Sanitation Month
 
The month of March is Water and Sanitation month in the Rotary world.  In fact, March 22nd is World Water Day. Since 1993, the United Nations has observed March 22nd as World Water Day as a way to highlight the importance of clean water. This year's theme is "Valuing Water."
Sunday Musings - February 28 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0


Rancho Bernardo Rotary Neighborhood Watch Sign Mounting

 
Pictured left to right Jim Hyldahl, Dave King, Alan Turner & Stuart Turner (photo by Don Glover).
 
Every day we see more and more signs that we are starting to return to "normalcy". One sure indicator is Rotarians back out in the community helping people and fulfilling their calling to be "People of Action".   Here is the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club team under the direction of Jim Hyldahl with coordination from Alan Turner (Seven Oaks) and Cathy Glover (Mirador) that mounted 19 new Neighborhood Watch Signs in the Seven Oaks Community and two in the Oaks North Community of Mirador.
 
This is the second time in the last few years that Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club have mounted Neighborhood Watch Signs and they remain available to help any other Rancho Bernardo Community that needs assistance in mounting such signs.
 
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Neighborhood Watch Sign Mounting 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
25th Annual Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Binational Virtual Project Fair 

 
It is our pleasure to invite you to learn about District 4100 Global Grants.  Do you want to make a global grant? Do you know the role of CADRES in the Rotary Foundation? Would you like to know how Rotary projects contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?  Their Project Fair will  have workshops and conferences to educate you on all the above and more.  
 
THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU!  Register at: https://forms.gle/7Az5MsrSpT8bP3TYA
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Sunday Musings - February 21, 2021

 
"This week's Sunday Morning Musing we have as our guest columnist District Governor-Elect Dan Gensler from the Coronado Rotary club.  Dan will offer his Musing which I am sure is outstanding."
 
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Old Mission Rotary Conducts Club Round of Four Way Speech Contest

Old Mission Rotary conducted its club round of the District 5340's Four Way Speech Contest on February 16th.  They look forward to this important and impressive event every year and this was their first time ever to have the contest on Zoom!

Old Mission Rotary is one of many clubs across Rotary District 5340 to sponsor a first round contest. The rules are all the same throughout the district and students have between five and seven minutes to deliver a talk that is judged on content, organization, delivery and application of the of the Rotary Four Way Test.

Year after year, this event has been flawlessly organized and executed at Old Mission Rotary by Eric Benink.  As is their club’s tradition, students from the Reality Changers Program participated in Old Mission Rotary's club round. 

Reality Changers was founded in May 2001. The program gives students living in areas targeted by gang culture an opportunity to become the first in their families to attend college and provides a positive peer culture. Many Old Mission Rotarians have served as mentors and tutors over the years.

The founder, Chris Yanov, used money he won on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune to launch his dream! Reality Changers has a 98% success rate of getting participants into college and many are the first in their family to do so!
 
Old Mission Rotary Conducts Club Round of Four Way Speech Contest 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Approves Changes to Funding Model

 
To better support the growth of global grants, The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved policy changes to help balance financial resources with program demands. These changes will take effect 1 July 2021.

The global grants program has been a tremendous success since it launched in 2013-14. That first year, the Foundation awarded 868 global grants worth $47.3 million. By 2019-20, the number of global grants awarded increased to 1,359, worth $95.6 million. While global grant funding increased by more than 100%, contributions to the Annual Fund, which is the primary source for global grant funding, did not keep pace. The demand for global grant funding is far greater than what is available.
 
The Rotary Foundation Approves Changes to Funding Model 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf is Back!

 
Join other District Rotarians on March 1, 2021 for a round of golf at The Vineyard in Escondido, beginning at 9:00 am.   The cost for the round is $43.00, which includes cart and range balls.  The snack bar & adult beverage bar are open for 19th hole fellowship on the patio.   
 
Please contact Tee Times Coordinator Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com to reserve a tee time for yourself and golfers from your Club.  The deadline is February 22 to hold a tee time.  
Rotary Golf is Back! 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - February 14

 
 
Erika Rodriguez
 
This month we profile Erika Rodriguez, the District’s new administrator.  We want the membership to get to know Erika as she will become a great asset to our clubs and membership.
 
Without further ado, let’s meet Erika.  
 
Sunday Morning Musings - February 14 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Cross Border Efforts - Grains of Hope

Since the pandemic started, more connections have been made between the Rotarian clubs of San Diego and Tijuana in order to provide much needed assistance to Tijuana. Fernanda Torres (Peace Chair, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and D4100 and D5340 liaison) and Carlos Carrillo (D4100 International Service Chair and Pro Peace Committee Chair)  spearheaded  these collaborative efforts. Last April, DDFs sent thousands of pieces of PPE to frontline workers in Tijuana and then, beans and rice were distributed to people unable to obtain food during the lockdown. Last Thursday, another 3370 pounds of food was distributed to at risk communities on Tijuana. The Rotary Club of Tijuana Milenio Minarete helped channel the funds from San Diego clubs to buy food.
 
This project would also not have been possible without the support of Mark McAnelly of Old Mission Club of San Diego, the main sponsor. Mark led the effort to obtain funds from his club and drove his own truck to deliver the food. This new campaign is called Granitas de Esperanza or Grains of Hope. The aim of the campaign is not just to provide food, but to spread the message of hope to the community of Tijuana and build binational collaboration among clubs.
 
Cross Border Efforts - Grains of Hope 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

SD Downtown Breakfast Club Establishes Corona Virus Taskforce

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club established a Coronavirus Task Force (CTF) at the end of 2020 to determine how the Club could best assist our San Diego community affected by the horrific consequences of the coronavirus. Among many worthy charities, the CTF selected Meals on Wheels San Diego County as the organization to support because it serves a segment of the community particularly hard-hit by and vulnerable to the coronavirus: food insecure seniors and disabled individuals confined to their homes.
SD Downtown Breakfast Club Establishes Corona Virus Taskforce 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

PETCO Park Volunteer Information

 
Many of you have asked about volunteer opportunities at PETCO Park. Because of the outpouring of support and interest in volunteering, they are not currently accepting applications to volunteer at their vaccination site while they process the applications they have already received. They will reopen the volunteer portal if they need additional volunteer support.  It is always helpful to check once and a while to see if things have changed.  To see if volunteer slots are available, click here.
 
If you have already applied or been cleared to volunteer, you can log in to check on your application or schedule volunteer shifts by clicking here
 
PETCO Park Volunteer Information 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
District Training Session Slated for April 10 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Provides Grant to Doors of Change 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Theme Announced

 
Incoming RI President Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, at this past week's virtual Rotary International Assembly.  He urged district governors-elect to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people's lives, but also our own.  Read more about the 2021-22 presidential theme.
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PACE Requesting Volunteers for Vaccination Site

 
 
Come help with the vaccination process for San Diego's senior community.  Gary and Mary West PACE welcomes both medical and non-medical volunteers.
 
They are looking for  volunteers to join them in San Marcos, CA - Monday through Saturday.
PACE Requesting Volunteers for Vaccination Site 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

El Camino Real Rotary Club Mourns Loss

Rotarian Less Russell Passes Away

Lee Russell, the second longest serving member of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real (Oceanside), died peacefully at home on January 31, 2021.
 
Lee was inducted into the club in 1973 and was proud of his 47 years of perfect attendance. He served as president in his early years and for many years served as the club’s Foundation Chair and also liaison with El Camino High school for the club’s annual banquet honoring their honor graduates. Lee suffered from progressively 
severe memory loss the last two years, but he never forgot that Tuesday noon was his Rotary meeting. 
 
 
El Camino Real Rotary Club Mourns Loss 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Past RI President Mark Maloney to Speak

 
Join in on a special Zoom meeting
February 24, 2021
6:00 pm Pacific Time
 
Join us to hear immediate Rotary International Past President Mark Maloney speak about Rotary during the past year and what he believes the future holds for Rotary.
Past RI President Mark Maloney to Speak 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Speakers Slated During Peacebuilding Month 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Month

 
Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.  Learn more.
 
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Volunteer at a Sharp Vaccination Super Site 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - February 7

 
Coronado Rotary Club’s Flags on the Avenue
 
One of the District’s most notable and commendable community projects is the Coronado Rotary club’s Flags on the Avenue.  The Flags on the Avenue is the signature project of the Coronado Rotary club. 
 
Eleven times a year the Coronado club places American Flags on both sides of Orange Avenue - the main street in Coronado.  It is a stirring sight as you can see from the pictures.
 
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Poway-Scripps Rotary Club Hosts Blood Drive 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Being Part of the Solution

Rotary clubs are stepping up to help local efforts to vaccinate individuals  against the Corona Virus.  Below you will see members of the Coronado Rotary Club who have been consistently volunteering at Sharp Coronado's vaccination site.  Next you will see members of the Chula Vista Rotary Club participating as volunteers at the Sharp HealthCare site in Chula Vista. 
 
You can sign up to volunteer at any Sharp vaccination site by going to the following website: https://www.sharp.com/health-classes/category/sharp-lends-a-hand-52.  Rotarians report this has been a fun and purposeful volunteer experience and many are signing up for additional shifts.   
 
SEND IN YOUR VOLUNTEER PHOTOS AND BE FEATURED HERE!
 
Photo: Coronado Rotary Club
 
Photo: Chula Vista Rotary Club past president Mike Green, president elect Donna Moss and board director elect Albert Auuilera.
 
Rotary Clubs Being Part of the Solution 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Why Join the Polio Plus Society

 
Someone once said that it would be unthinkable if Rotary ever stopped  supporting polio eradication.  Decades of commitment would be lost, for then we would be known as the as the organization that allowed polio to become endemic again.
 
Fortunately we are in the business of Doing Good in the World and Rotary is committed until every last child and the world is polio-free. 
 
Why Join the Polio Plus Society 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

RI Convention to be a Virtual Event

 
The 2021 Rotary International Convention, scheduled for June 12-16, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.   For more information and to learn about convention, pre-convention and ticket refunds, etc., please visit: https://on.rotary.org/3r5uYYB.
RI Convention to be a Virtual Event 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - January 31

 
 
Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution month in the Rotary world.
 
It seems as though from the dawn of time there has been war and conflict.  Brother against brother - Cain and Abel.  Family against family -  Capulets and Montagues; Hatfields and McCoys.  Nation against nation.  The Hundred Year War; civil war here; civil war there.
 
Sunday Musings - January 31 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Harvesting Opportunities Wanted

 
Over the year, The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club  harvested over 16,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables and  donated  the produce to local food banks.   The club is looking for additional harvesting  opportunities.  They have  branded themselves with this ongoing COVID-19 service project and wish to continue their efforts.  
 
If you know of any opportunity for harvesting, please have those interested contact  Fern Hall of La Mesa Sunrise Rotary at 619-742-4131. The club will gladly pick and distribute their yield to local food banks and families in need.  

Masks and COVID precautions are followed during harvests and it is important to note that they are insured.  
 
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Rotary Human Trafficking Summit

 
Please join this Rotary Human Traffic Summit - Offering Hope for a Better Tomorrow - Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 EST.  
 
Human trafficking -- whether in the form of modern-day slavery, forced labor in in supply chains, debt bondage, sex trafficking, domestic servitude, or online child sexual exploitation – is a transnational multi-billion dollar criminal activity that the 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates to impact over 40 million men, women and children in over 167 countries on any given day. The U.S. State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report recognizes that government must play a role in eradicating human trafficking but “governments cannot succeed alone; actions at the local level play a critical role ...[because] the grinding reality of fighting modern slavery takes place not on world stages, but through the dedicated actions of...individual community members who are often the eyes, ears and hearts of the places they call home.” The TIP Report makes clear that we need to add a 4th element to the traditional 3P Paradigm of Prosecution, Protection, Prevention: Partnership.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - January 24

 
Assistant Governors
 
One of the most important positions in our District is that of Assistant Governor.  Full disclosure: I was an Assistant Governor for three years.
 
Our District runs from the border at Tijuana to the northern tip of Oceanside; east all the way to the Arizona border.  It is a large swath of Southern California encompassing San Diego and Imperial Counties.
 
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Meals on Wheels Receives Support

 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is thankful for the amazing work Meals on Wheels San Diego does in the community and were proud to assist them with their mission to support independence and well-being. The club recently gifted a $500 grant to support the organization.  In addition, club member Elana Levens-Craig is a volunteer delivering meals directly to recipients homes.  
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La Mesa Sunrise Continues Their Harvesting Efforts

 
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club started the New Year with picking fruit for those in need.  Food banks be warned: "here we come" says members of the club.  Thanks to Fern Platt, Jeff Hall, Ivan Alba, Janet Bertolucci Castaños, Erin, Maddie, and Ivy for doing all the hard work.
 
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Coronado Rotarians Being Part of the Solution

Photo: Coronado Rotarians Suzanne Moore Manual, Carol Summers, Mike Wiowode and Jim Laslavic.  
 
Team Rotary volunteers on the first day of COVID vaccines in Coronado thanks to the tremendous organizational efforts of Sharp Coronado staff!  Participants exclaimed "it feels good to be part of the solution".  
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Be Part of the Solution!

 
Everyone knows from watching TV and other news sources that COVID-19 vaccinations are not occurring as fast as they should.  Sharp HealthCare has decided to open a supersite in the Sears building in Chula Vista to help facilitate the ramp up of the numbers receiving vaccinations.  This past week many Rotarians responded to the call for volunteers to help get the program off the ground.  Many have reported back that it was an excellent experience and provided meaningful work.  Thank you to all who were able to give of your time. 
 
On its first day, Sharp had 1,800 registered folks qualifying for the vaccine shot.  It is estimated that by the end of next week, the clinic site will have the capacity to administer vaccine to 5,000 people daily.     The need for volunteers will continue for some time to come as health care providers ramp up their efforts to get more vaccine into the arms of qualifying participants as soon as possible.  
 
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Community Service Ripe for the Picking

Photo: La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club at a recent harvesting of oranges and tangerines at a local neighborhood home.  
 
Happy New Year. It's fruit picking season! Citrus trees around San Diego County are ripe with fruit. Last year several clubs including La Mesa Sunrise picked and donated fresh citrus fruits to local food banks. La Mesa Sunrise alone harvested and delivered over 16,000 pounds of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and other fruits and vegetables. We encourage all clubs to get involved! Let's do our part to find a partial remedy to the challenge of hunger and nutrition in San Diego County.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - January 17

 
Sandy Pugliese - Newbits Editor
 
Sandy Pugliese is the publisher and editor of Newsbits - the District newsletter you are reading now.  Sandy also maintains the District web site: rotary5340.org.  For this, and more, I am eternally grateful to Sandy for what she does.  She makes me sound half decent and keeps me in line with unreasonable deadlines.
 
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Toastmasters Courses Offered to Rotary Members

 
Last year, Rotary formed a strategic alliance with Toastmasters International. As part of this collaboration, Toastmasters has developed a structured curriculum of communication and leadership courses for Rotarians and Rotaractors. 
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Zoom Video of Past RI President Barry Rassin 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Provides Funding for Distance Learning

When Christine Testa, a speech therapist at Pomerado Elementary School, told her father about the distance learning needs her students were encountering. Alan Turner, Christine’s father and membership chair for the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo began to raise funds specifically for distance learning needs at Title I elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). 
 
In a short time, Alan raised funds from Rotary members.  Mike Fuqua, the president of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary club’s foundation provided an additional matching gift. Together they donated over $6,000 to the PUSD Foundation specifically for students and families in need of hotspots, Internet access, headphones and other equipment to help ensure students are able to learn and work at home. 
 
 
Photo:  Valley Elementary School was one of the first recipients of funding for hotspots devices.  Pictured above are: Veronica Tapia a counselor at Valley, Christine Testa, Dolores Canizales,  Alex Robertson the  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club president, along with Alan Turner and Mike Fuqua.
 
 
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Sunday Musings - January 10 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Vaccinators

 
Anyone with a current nurse or physician license can volunteer to vaccinate through Sharp HealthCare.  If you qualify and are interested, please contact Dr. Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net for more details.  HOT OF THE PRESS: More information will be coming out soon about how Rotarians throughout San Diego County can help in the vaccination effort with Sharp HealthCare.  There will be positions open for non-medical volunteers as well.  Stay tuned.
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Virtual Movie Night 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Videos Now Available

 
Yesterday, Part II of the District's Membership Seminar occurred.  Members asked that the Zoom session video be distributed to enable others to take advantage of the rich conversation and ideas shared today.  You can watch the seminar by clicking on this link.  
 
Earlier in the week, over 1,200 passionate Rotarians signed up to listen to John Hewko, RI General Secretary and his suggestions on how clubs can survive for the future.
 
Many requested the video of John's message. Notes and the full video of John's message can be accessed by clicking on this link.
 
 
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission  Rotary Grant to  Cristo Rey High School

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission  Rotary provided a $4850 grant to  Cristo Rey High School.  Cristo Rey San Diego High School in the South Crest neighborhood of San Diego prepares students with limited economic means for success.
 
After opening in August 2020, Cristo Rey San Diego is now the 37th school in the Cristo Rey Network. Cristo Rey schools integrate four years of rigorous academic curriculum with four years of professional work experience, delivering a proven and innovative faith-based approach to education. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge, character and skills required to succeed in college and in life.
 
Bob Nascenzi accepted the $4850 grant that will be used to purchase Scientific Calculators.
 
  Photo Caption: Bob Nascenzi is the Founding President of Cristo Rey San Diego High School.
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Go Fund Me Effort to Support Honduras

 
The  Rotary E-Club San Diego Global is asking for help supporting the victims of Hurricane Etna in the Honduras. The devastating hurricane hit some of the poorest  communities in Honduras who were already suffering from the effects of Covid 19.
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RSF Rotary Provides Christmas Gift Drive Thru Parade

 
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club held a Christmas gift drive-thru for 65 families served by the ProKids-First Tee on December 18 in Oceanside.  ProKids-First Tee's mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills and values through education and the game of golf.  
 
Gifts, books and bicycles were distributed to families in a fun drive-thru filled with music and lots of Christmas spirit.  
 
This was the fourth holiday event the RSF Rotary Club held this Christmas season for underserved children in the direct community.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - January 3 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Exceptional Speakers Slated for February

 
Please join the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club in their Zoom meetings in February. They have planned some exceptional speakers for Peace and Conflict Resolution Month and want to open up the opportunity for Rotarians throughout District 5340 to participate. Their meetings are Wednesday night from 6-7:30pm and speakers usually start around 6:45pm. The 4th meeting is a social.
 
You are invited to four (4) Zoom meetings for Peace. You only need to register once.
When: Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Here are the dates and speaker bios:
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Tijuana PPE Donation Made Possible Through Partnership

The International Service and Pro Peace District Committee for Rotary District 4100, through DG Guillermo Nava, Carlos Carrillo, Chairman of the District Committee and D4100-D5340 Liaison, Fernanda Torres managed a campaign to deliver face masks to the police of the Municipality of Tijuana and the security departments of the State of Baja California.  
 
This efforts was conducted by the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club providing a total of 20,000 face masks.
 
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RSF Rotary Donates Over 355 Toys to Solution for Change

The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently dropped off over 350 holiday toys and 200 stuffed animals for children at Solutions for Change.  Solutions for Change is a residential program in Vista currently housing 32 mothers, four dads, and 80 children in the program.  The program aims to break the homeless cycle  with skills, knowledge and resources.
 
The Rotarians had generous support from the community.  Rotarians set up an Angel adoption event at the RSF Post Office.  Hundreds of Angels were displayed on a Christmas tree and each Angel gave the age and gender of a child.  Sponsors from the community "adopted"  these Angels at the post office and then turned in their Angels by bringing the appropriate unwrapped gift to a designated location.  Rotarians also held an identical Angel adoption event of their own. 
 
This is the fifth year the RSF Rotary Club has collected toys for Solutions for Change.
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Videos Now Available

 
Together, we possess the ability to break the cycle!
 
District 5340's dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking task force proudly launches a series of initiatives that are designed to increase the awareness of San Diego County's human sex trafficking scourge and generate measures to help prevent individuals -- primarily young people -- from becoming victims. 
 
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January is Vocational Services Month

 
By bringing together people from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. In Rotary, your professional life and vocational service go hand in hand. Members have a dual responsibility to represent their occupations within their club and exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work. January is Vocational Service Month, a great time to use the Vocational Service in Action handbook and share it with your fellow club members. It can help you learn more about vocational service and offer ideas so you can practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career.  
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Best Wishes for Another Prosperous Year of Service 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Bringing Holiday Happiness to Children for 30 Years

Posted by Article and Photos Courtesy Del Mar Times
 
Each Christmas since 1991, the Rotary Club of Del Mar has hosted up to 75 young children from Del Mar and Solana Beach to a fun and heartwarming holiday event.
 
Every child deserves to be spoiled a bit during the holidays and the Rotary Club of Del Mar contributes by hosting an annual Christmas party. This is an event for members of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s La Colonia Clubhouse in Solana Beach, complete with activities, crafts, gifts and food. This annual Christmas event ensures the La Colonia children and families have a fantastic holiday.
 
A tradition which started 30 Christmases ago was modified this year to accommodate Covid-safe practices and became a Zoom Christmas Craft Party.
 
On Thursday, December 10, the children and their instructors “zoomed” in from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito La Colonia Clubhouse after-school program to enjoy crafts, music, treats and a visit from Santa.
Bringing Holiday Happiness to Children for 30 Years Article and Photos Courtesy Del Mar Times 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Bonsall Rotary Club Helps Out In Belize

 
 
Bonsall Rotary club president Jeff Johnson (left) works with friend Dave at the 12/20/2020 benefit effort to provide food and gifts to needy families in Ambergris Caye, Belize.  Jeff and Dave helped prepare over 500 meals that were distributed that day brightening people's Christmas.
 
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Rotarian Helps with First Tier of COVID Vaccinations

 
Sharp Healthcare Anesthesiologist and Rotarian, Jenny Parker helped administer first Tier COVID vaccinations to Sharp Healthcare Vice President of Orthopedics, Mary Ellington who is Rotarian in the La Mesa Rotary Club.   
 
Dr. Parker wore her Rotarian at Work shirt helping promote Rotary's efforts to encourage vaccinations. 
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Fallbrook Rotary Club Gains and Loses Members

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook has been adding new members even while meeting virtually through Zoom.   Their newest members are Anna Beath, a realtor, and Kenneth Wesson who is retired. 
 
Unfortunately, the club also lost two members recently:  Griffin Hamilton had moved here from Carlisle, PA where he had been a long time active member of the Rotary Club of Carlisle.  Griffin passed away unexpectedly shortly after he joined the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.  Mike (Myron) Reed (shown in picture) lost his battle with pancreatic cancer just before Christmas.  Mike had been a member of Rotary for 67 years and had served as the President of the Wilshire Rotary Club before moving to Fallbrook.  Mike’s passion in life was to serve the community which he did through many service organizations and also through his generous financial support.  
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Happy Holidays To All

 
To our Rotary family: May the spirit of the holidays fill your hearts with joy and contentment.  
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1946 World Champion of Soap Box Derby Race

Photo: Old Mission Roatarian Gil Klecan won the 1946 World Championship Soap Box Derby Race when he was 15 years old! We never know what amazing talents and stories we have in our Rotary Club!
 
Gil Klecan has been a member of Rotary since 1999 and a member of Old Mission Rotary for 21 years. Gil was born on the open plains of Kansas and moved to San Diego as a young boy when his father took a job at the Ryan Aeronautical Company. 

One morning, a 15-year old Gil was walking to school, an aerospace engineer stopped his car and recruited Gil on the spot as the driver for his new go cart design.

Soon Gil was competing and winning until he won the 1946 World Championship Soap Box Derby Race in Ohio! Gil took his prize money and invested it in property. He has prospered in his career in residential and commercial real estate ever since. 
 
 
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Villa Musica Receives Grant of $6,000

On December 15, 2020, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $6,000 to Villa Musica. 

Founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in November 2005, Villa Musica is a vibrant gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble, or participate in a workshop. Villa Musica’s goal is to create a focal point for community music education in San Diego, where students and teachers can meet to exchange ideas and experience the joy of making music. By creating a supportive and creative environment for the study of music, they aim to inspire many San Diegans to make music making part of their lives.
 
Photo: Fiona Chatwin is the Executive and Artistic Director of Villa Musica.
 
The Art Pratt Foundation grant will help fund the new “Music on the Move” program. Villa Musica will purchase a bus and take music to the public. 
 
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Quintessential Festival Silent Auction Underway

 
Have you checked out La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club's  Quintessential Festival Silent Auction yet?  100% of the proceeds from their silent auction goes back to Club and will help them continue their work for the community, so every bid will make a difference!
 
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Struggling Family Helped by Rotarians

 
Chula Vista Sunrise President Jeff, Thiel, Past Co-President Rochelle Carroll and President-Elect Nancy Kerwin show off all the gifts brought in by club members that were taken to our Adopt-a-Family last weekend. We were determined to make this their "Best Christmas Ever" while the dad is deployed!
 
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RSF Rotarians Play Elves to San Pasqual Academy

(L-R) Friends of San Pasqual Academy board member Kathy Lathrum and Rotarians, Liana Novick, Tatiana Novick, Jill Stiker and Sophia Alsadek. Not pictured: Mark Rodriguez. Personal hygiene items were collected by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians for the many foster students living and attending school at San Pasqual Academy.  (Courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Review)
 
Some of the members of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently met outside at the beautiful home of Sophia Alsadek to assemble hygiene products that were collected for the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. The safety guidelines of social distancing were followed. The Rotarians were masked and socially distanced and they safely went out of their way to assemble these bags to make the holidays brighter for the foster students and alumni of San Pasqual Academy. Items collected included shampoo, shower gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick and socks and were placed in beautiful, decorative tote bags. The foster teens greatly appreciate these useful items, especially during these uncertain, difficult times.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - December 20

 
Sabi and Dr. Indira Singh - Arch Klumpf Society Members
 
Archibald C. Klumph was the founding member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1911.  He was a business man who owned and operated Cuyahoga Lumber.
 
In 1913, he became president of the club.  His signature contribution to the club was to build a reserve that would ensure projects could be done in the future.  In 1916, just five years after joining Rotary, Klumph became the sixth RI president.  His enduring legacy as RI president was the creation of the Rotary Foundation.  Though the Rotary Foundation was formally established in 1928, it was Klumph’s declaration at the RI convention in Atlanta in 1917 that launched the Foundation.  And, Mr. Klumph served as the first trustee chair from 1928 - 1935.  
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - December 13

 
Disease Prevention and Treatment
 
December in the Rotary world is Disease Prevention and Treatment month.
 
My grandmother told me on many occasions that your health is everything.  She probably was right.  Many, if not most of us, take our health for granted.  We are the lucky ones.
 
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District Membership Seminar - Part II Scheduled 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Escondido Rotary East Supports Those in Need with Turkey Dinners

The Escondido East Rotary Club delivered 120 Turkey dinners to homebound Seniors on Thanksgiving Day. The Club also delivered 1,200 pounds of turkey to Interfaith to be used for meals of those needing a nice cooked Thanksgiving dinner. A special "thank you" to Rotarian Darol and Linda Caster for getting this organized for the senior's delivery. Rotarians Wayne Brunner and Steve Yerxa for delivering to Interfaith. The many Rotarians and friends who helped deliver meals and a special "thank you" to Rotarian and Branch Manager of First Republic Bank, Dolly Cooper. Her bank donated the funds to pay for all the meals - $1,000. 
 
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Rotaractors Help Out at the San Diego Food Bank

 
Over the two nights the District Rotaract spent at the San Diego Food Bank, they packed 1,200 boxes (over 28,000 meals!) for the senior food program. Thanks to everyone who came out! Rotaractors are looking forward to the next district service project. 
 
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Urban Corps Receives $5000 Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $5000 grant to Urban Corps. The mission of Urban Corps of San Diego County is to provide young adults with the tools to expand their career opportunities through education, life skills training, and paid work experience on projects that benefit our communities.
 
Urban Corps has given thousands of under served low-income young adults ages 18-26 the opportunity to improve themselves while improving their own communities. Urban Corps’ unique work-learn program allows youth  to finish high school while earning a paycheck, learning real-world job skills, and giving back to the community through professional services. 

The Art Pratt Foundation grant of $5000 will be used for the purchase of landscaping equipment to help with brush clearance for wildfire defense in our neighborhoods. One example is a project in City Heights to clear old brush around the houses of low income homeowners.
 
Photo Caption: Lauren Welch is a grant writer for the Urban Corps of San Diego.
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Future of Rotary

 
This program is being held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:30 am EST (Washington DC time).
 
Please click here to register.
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking Program Slated for December 17 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Santa gets a little help from Santee-Lakeside Rotarians

On Saturday, December 5, Santee-Lakeside Rotarians assembled 1300 boxes for the Santee Santas Foundation readying them to provide their signature effort -   an annual holiday food and children’s toy distribution.  The club is proud to partner with such a wonderful community organization and has done so for the last six years.
 
This is a tough year for so many people and hopefully the food and gifts these family  receives for the holidays will be a bright spot for them in 2020.   It is expected that over 400  families will benefit this year from this effort.  Santee Santas Foundation has been bringing the holiday spirit to Santee for more than 65 years.
 
 
 
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Sunday Musings - December 6

 
 
 
High Society
 
Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey.  Familiar names?  Let’s add one more name to the mix: Paul Harris.  On February 23, 1905, these four gentleman met for the first time at Gustavus Loehr’s law office.  Paul Harris was also an attorney.  This group became the first Rotary club.  From such humble beginnings.  
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking in San Diego County by DA Summer Stephan 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Santa to Visit Coronado December 13

 
In keeping with Coronado Rotary tradition stretching back to 1929, Santa will come to Coronado to spread joy to all.   Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their trusty elves will slowly cruise through Coronado neighborhoods between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 13.   Santa's route begins in the Village, before entering the Cays and then Strand military housing.  
Rotary Santa to Visit Coronado December 13 Sue Ryan 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - Nov 28

 
Giving Tuesday
 
Eight years ago an idea came to someone’s mind at the 92nd Street Y (92nd Street Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association) to have a day of giving monetarily and philanthropically speaking. The 92nd Street Y is 146-years old.  But someone 138-years old did not come up with the concept to have monetary giving day.
 
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Share this #GivingTuesday

Posted by K.R Ravindran, Chair, The Rotary Foundation
 
Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement of generosity. It is a giving day recognized around the world that empowers us all to give back to our communities through service, kindness and financial support – all beliefs that Rotary values deeply.
 
Share this #GivingTuesday K.R Ravindran, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2020-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Provides Funds for Thanksgiving Meals

Old Mission Rotary provided funds for full Thanksgiving meals for two deserving families in City Heights. The food baskets were delivered by STAR/PAL on Saturday, November 21st by a procession of five low-rider cars escorted by San Diego Police Department black and whites! Charlotte Cofield and Lee Kaminetz represented Old Mission Rotary.  Charlotte Cofield is our club’s Community Service chair and she was so impressed by STAR/PAL that she reached out to them in the summer. Our first opportunity to support them was a school backpack give away in the fall.
 
The mission of STAR/PAL is to engage underserved youth with law enforcement and develop trusting and long-term relationships. STAR/PAL offers free programs for undeserved and at-risk youth in San Diego that are led by law enforcement officers. These programs focus on violence prevention, mentoring, leadership, civic engagement, outdoor enrichment, and physical fitness.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - November 22

 
Giving Thanks For Rotary
 
During this Thanksgiving week, I would like to share my gratitude for those people who have made this Rotary year special.  If I have left someone off the list, it was inadvertent or an oversight.  No slight was intended.  Please feel free to make your own list.
 
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Rotarian and Veteran Max Gurney Recognized

 
Max Gurney of Torrey Pines Rotary is a 99 year old WW2 veteran who served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. On Sunday, November 15th, Max was recognized with other WW2 veterans at a ceremony atop Mount Soledad at the National Veterans Memorial. 
 
All Rotarians of District 5340 thanks you Max for your service.  
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to San Diego Military Outreach Ministries

 
On Tuesday, November 17th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant to Sandy Carter (R) who is the president of San Diego Military Outreach Ministries. Their mission is to serve active duty junior enlisted families (E5 and below) with basic needs to help stretch their limited funds.
 
Everything is given free in appreciation for their military service. Families can visit their center or one of the "pop the trunk" pick-up events on military bases to pick up children’s clothing, infant diapers, baby food, toys, small household items and furniture. The Art Pratt funds of $3800 will be used for an office printer, a freezer to store frozen food and a new branded event canopy.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to San Diego Military Outreach Ministries 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Bonsall Supports Adopt a Family Drive

 
Officers of The Rotary Club of Bonsall present a donation to the Fallbrook Food Pantry. Treasurer Denise Wilson and Community Service Director Karen Estes handed off a $250 check to Carolina Miller to support the Adopt-A-Family drive in Fallbrook. The donation will be used to buy food and clothes for needy families to boost their enjoyment of Christmas in these difficult times.
 
The Bonsall Rotary Club continues to serve the community through service and donations even though meeting in person isn't currently possible. 
 
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Dianne Crawford to be District Governor 2023-2024

2023-2024 District Governor Selected

Under the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 12.030.7, where there is no Challenging Candidate, the District Governor is to declare the candidate of the district nominating committee to be the Governor-Nominee Designate, who will become District Governor for the term of 2023-2024. There were no challenging candidates presented.

It is therefore our honor and pleasure to make the declaration that Dianne Crawford, of the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, will serve as District Governor for the Rotary year 2023-2024.
 
District Governor 2020-2021
Steven Weitzen
 
District Nominating Committee, 2021-2020
PDG Marta Knight, Chair 

 
Dianne Crawford to be District Governor 2023-2024 2020-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Help a New Wave of International Female Leaders

 
Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global has just received a shipment of masks  made with  authentic native fabric by our entrepreneur Guatemalan high school seniors whom have qualified for university studies starting January 2021. (None of their parents have gone beyond the 6th grade) . 
Help a New Wave of International Female Leaders 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Zone 26/27 Institute Awards

 
 
 
We are pleased to announce awards given during the Zone Institute held this past Saturday.  District 5340, under the leadership of 2019-2020 DG Marta Knight earned the following recognition:
 
ZONE 26 - PUBLIC IMAGE/BRAND AWARDS:  Best District Website
 
Zone 26/27 Institute Awards 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Invitation to Speaker Presentation

 
 
 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is pleased to invite all Rotarians to attend this presentation: Discovering & Protecting the California Chaparral, on November 17, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Invitation to Speaker Presentation 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Seminar Video Available

 
If you missed the November 7 Foundation Seminar, you are in luck.  Thanks to Rotarian Don Fipp, the seminar was recorded and now available for you to watch.   The seminar was very inspiring, showcasing several District 5340 Matching Grant projects.   You'll want to take the time to watch!
 

 
Foundation Seminar Video Available 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Chula Vista Sunrise Prepare for Thanksgiving

 
 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise recently completed their November service project.  They put together Thanksgiving dinner bags for families in need. Ten bags were prepared by club members on Saturday, November 14 to distribute to families through the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. Each bag consists of all the fixings and a gift card for a delicious holiday dinner. 
Chula Vista Sunrise Prepare for Thanksgiving 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - November 15, 2020 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotarians Skydive for Polio Plus

 
What a great day to be a Rancho Bernardo Rotarian! A group of eight RB Rotarians and friends and a large group of cheerleaders gathered at Skydive San Diego in Jamul to skydive to raise money and awareness of the need to eradicate Polio. Although World Polio Day this year was October 24, they decided to celebrate it October 31 to also honor their own Don Glover who celebrated his 80th birthday by skydiving for the second time (his first was five years ago when he turned 75!). There were nine (9) skydivers - Six from RB Rotary and three from Poway Scripps Rotary - Kristin Rayder, Evan Rayder and Mike Villarino supported by Past President Karen Herreros and her daughter. It was a team effort definitely showing how Rotary Clubs can work together.
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotarians Skydive for Polio Plus 2020-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - November 8, 2020

 
Rotary Opens Opportunities.
 
Rotary’s theme for this year is: Rotary Opens Opportunities.  I think (that’s why the column is called Musings) this is a most appropriate theme for this Rotary year.  By the way, I thought last year’s theme of Rotary Connects the World was also an outstanding choice.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - November 8, 2020 2020-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Don't Miss the Rotary Foundation Seminar this Weekend 2020-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - November 1

 
Rotary Foundation Month
 
November marks Foundation Month in the Rotary world.
 
One of the highlights from the past in our District was in November 2014, when Past District Governor Janice Kurth put on incredible gala at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The evening was called “Millions For Hope.”  Rotary International President K.R. Ravi Ravindran was there to share his thoughts about where we were in our eradication of polio mission.  The climax of the meeting was the announcement of $30 million raised to eradicate polio.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - November 1 2020-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

 Feel the Energy in Taipei - Discount Extended

 
There’s more time to save! Due to the global pandemic, the early-registration discount deadline has been extended to 15 February 2021.
 
 Attending this year’s convention will allow you to connect with new friends, find new opportunities for service, learn fresh skills, and explore innovative ways to make a lasting impact in your community.  You won’t want to miss the energy of the 2021 Rotary Convention in Taipei, Taiwan.
 
We hope you’ll join us in Taipei to Feel the Energy. Don’t forget to invite your friends — download the promotional kit and share our official video about Taipei on your social networks.
 
 
Feel the Energy in Taipei - Discount Extended 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Construct New Homes For Those in Need

Old Mission Rotarian Gary Stemple once again organized and lead a team from Old Mission Rotary to a Project Mercy special fall construction event on a three-acre site in Chula Vista. Volunteers worked on the components for five pre-assembled houses which have been transported to Tijuana for final assembly into single family homes. In normal times, houses are built in Tijuana on site and presented to grateful families at the end of the workday.
 
Project Mercy - Baja provides basic but sturdy homes in Tijuana, Mexico for impoverished families that live in desperately poor neighborhoods or Colonias.

Old Mission Rotary Club Foundation has donated $2500. Each of the 20 homes being built this year cost about $5000 each to build.
 
Photo:  Members of Old Mission Rotary participated in Project Mercy.
 
Photo: Many volunteer groups participate in Project Mercy.  Rotarians not only participate but also bring along friends and family.
 
Rotarians Construct New Homes For Those in Need 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Walk in the Wee Hours of the Morning

 
The morning of the 28th of October,  members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were up and at 'em at dark o'clock to participate in a virtual walk for World Polio Day. Rotarians in our district were encouraged to walk together last week in support of ending polio. The BIG club question - who is brave enough to walk at 6:30 a.m. when it is 57 degrees outside? Well, just a handful of us and one early rising dog. President Dave walked at Big Bear Lake and literally phoned in his walk to Past President Karen, Kristin, Don (joined with his granddog, Red), and Melanie who met at Miramar Lake. 
 
Polio Walk in the Wee Hours of the Morning 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
You're Invited to a Special Zoom Meeting 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

RSF Volunteers at Helen Woodward Animal Center

Story and photo credit: Rancho Santa Fe Review
 
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary (RSF) club members volunteered October 16 at Rancho Santa Fe's Helen Woodward Animal Center.
 
The Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) has been helping animals in the community for over 40 years.  HWAC is a no-kill facility that receives no government funding so it relies on the Orphaned Objects Resale Shop among other creative ways to support its mission.  Orphaned Objects Resale Shop supports HWAC through financial contributions estimated $250,000 annually.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales at this high-end boutique thrift stores go directly back to HWAC.  
RSF Volunteers at Helen Woodward Animal Center 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
In Memory of a Fellow Rotarian 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - October 25 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 Policies for Rotary Foundation Grants 2021-2022 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Campaign Celebrated

Collage of photos taken from Facebook showcasing Rotarians and Rotaractors promoting Rotary's End Polio Campaign on October 24, 2020.
 
End Polio Now Campaign Celebrated 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Dianne Crawford Selected for District Governor 2023-2024

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 12, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates recommended by their respective clubs to serve as District Governor during the Rotary Year 2023-2024. 
 
This year’s committee included seven past, current and future District Governors and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Marta Knight.
 
Dianne Crawford Selected for District Governor 2023-2024 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Halloween Blood Drive Scheduled

 
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club will be holding a Blood Drive on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11:3am - 5:00pm, in conjunction with the San Diego Blood Bank. 
Halloween Blood Drive Scheduled 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Annual Statement and Report of District Finances

Posted by Marta Knight
 
Rotary International and District By-laws require the Immediate Past District Governor to provide each club an independently reviewed annual statement and report of district finances within one year of serving.  The attached statement and report will be discussed and adopted at our 2020 District Conference.
Annual Statement and Report of District Finances Marta Knight 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation Proposed Enactments Due Soon

 
Just a reminder that time is running out!  If your club wants to propose an enactment for the 2022 Council on Legislation, read the following.
 
The time has come for your club to make an impact on the entire Rotary world!
 
Every three years our legislative body, The Council on Legislation, meets to consider impactful changes to our constitutional documents: the RI Constitution, the RI Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.  While this event takes place in the spring of 2022, the time to propose enactments for that council is now!
Council on Legislation Proposed Enactments Due Soon 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Ducky Derby to be Held October 26

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar announced today that although 2020 has seen cancellations of many events, the popular CHILI AND QUACKERS and DUCKY DERBY events will bring the community together once again. This year, the format will be a Quadruple Crown, four race event. On Monday, October 26, 2020, at 5:45pm, the 8th annual Ducky Derby will be virtual for the first time ever. Prizes include cash (up to $300) and a Ranch 45 dinner and wine pairing (valued at $500). 
 
Virtual Ducky Derby to be Held October 26 2020-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Pottery Sale Nets $800 for Polio Plus

The Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise held a pottery sale at the home of Club President Elly Dotseth this Saturday, October 17.  Elly is a professional potter and offered up some of her wares for the benefit of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.  The sale netted $800 towards Polio Plus.
 
Pottery Sale Nets $800 for Polio Plus 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Continuing Harvest Efforts

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is known for its harvesting efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their efforts support organizations that provide food to families experiencing food insecurities during this troubling time.
 
The Club is routinely in route to a location offering harvesting opportunities of local produce.  They bring along with them friends and family and they use these harvesting quests as a means to interest others in joining Rotary. 
 
This time round, the harvesting netted 60 bags of apples.  The perfect fruit for those fall pie bakers.  
 
 
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Continuing Harvest Efforts 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Join Us for a Virtual Rotary Foundation Seminar

 
 
 
Join us for an exciting Rotary Foundation Seminar.  The seminar will be held via Zoom.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Invite your friends and family to join in.  They will walk away with a deeper appreciation for all the good work Rotary does locally and world-wide.  
Join Us for a Virtual Rotary Foundation Seminar 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

San Marcos Rotary Club Raises Funds for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs

On August 15, 2020, the Rotary Club of San Marcos held its 3rd Annual Goat for Joe Golf Classic (GFJ) at Goat Hill Park Golf Course in Oceanside. They raised funds for mental health and suicide prevention programs and specifically for the Behavioral Health Division of True Care based in San Marcos (formerly North County Health Services). The club had tee times for 90 golfers on the course, and served breakfast and lunch to 125 people including the golfers, the course's staff and 10 volunteers!  Due to COVID-19, the scheduled Mental Health Fair which would have had 10 different mental health care providers was cancelled.  The family activities including a baby goat petting zoo, air bouncer, and cotton candy stand were also prohibited.
 
Last week at the Rotary Club of San Marco's  weekly Zoom meeting, GFJ Chairs Dana and Andrea Albert presented a check for $5,000 to True Care for their behavioral health programs.  Please save the date for their next Goat For Joe Golf Classic, which will be held on Saturday May 22, 2021 once again at Goat Hill Park.  They anticipate over 300 attendees for golf, the mental health resource fair, and family barbecue and amusements!  
 
San Marcos Rotary Club Raises Funds for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Skydiving to “End Polio Now”

 
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club will mark World Polio Day (October 24) a week late on October 31 (Halloween) by supporting several members and friends in a skydiving event.  Led by Don Glover, whose 80th birthday is also October 31, six people, including Past District Governor Mike Stelman, will jump at the SkyDive San Diego Center in Otay Mesa. 
 
Over 30 masked and socially distanced Rotarians and friends will cheer them on while complying with all local regulations.  One of the club's members, Jo Casterline, who is a polio survivor and 91 years old, will be in attendance and will not be jumping only because her health care provider doesn’t think that’s a good idea!  The photo above shows Don’s first jump - five years ago on his 75th birthday. His enthusiastic leadership in arranging this event has been the key to motivating others to participate.  All are looking forward to supporting this vitally important Rotary cause.
Rotarians Skydiving to “End Polio Now” 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - October 18

 
Jessie Case
 
I would like you to meet and get to know Jessie Case. Who, you might ask, is Jessie Case? Let me do my best to introduce you. First, Jessie is the co-chair of Rotaract for our District. Next year she will chair Rotaract all by her lonesome. But, there is more to Jessie than that.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - October 18 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Events

 
Plan a fun event for your Club to celebrate the AMAZING success of Rotary International’s very successful program to eliminate polio from the face of the earth.
 
In September, all of Africa was declared Polio-free after four years without a case.  We are down to just two countries—Pakistan and Afghanistan—and World Health teams are going into those areas again to give the precious drops to children to save them from the scourge of Polio.  
 
If your club is participating in World Polio Day events, either club-sponsored or in the District's Virtual Polio Walk (see flier in this edition of NEWSBITS), you can pick up End Polio Now pins and wristbands to distribute to those who are participating in celebrating World Polio Day (Week)—October 24—31.
 
World Polio Day Events 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop Oct. 22 at 6:30pm 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gratefulness Week

 
Being an essential worker during this pandemic means potentially exposing themselves and their families to COVID-19 while performing their job duties.  Essential workers are having to deal with new stresses of adding physical distancing measures to their jobs, shifting work hours, changing childcare needs with school closures among many other challenges, all while serving our community.  They are making sure there is food, water, electricity, trash, sanitation services, and health care services. 
 
Rotary Gratefulness Week 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - October 11 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholars Stay Connected Through Water Diplomacy

Posted by Steve Brown
Nataliya Chemayeva at her desk at the Scientific-Information Center, Interstate Sustainable Development Commission, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
 
Through The Rotary Foundation, we invest in emerging leaders who are using their skills to make the world a better place. We have the amazing opportunity in Rotary to participate in this work by offering scholarships that enable these young leaders to expand their skills and make connections with other professionals in their fields.

During Reconnect Week 5-11 October, we celebrate these alumni and hold activities designed to keep them connected. These alumni serve as ambassadors for Rotary, joining a growing network of peacebuilders and service-minded professionals who are partnering with us to do good in the world.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Scholars Stay Connected Through Water Diplomacy Steve Brown 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Sustainable Investing: A Force for Positive Change

 
Speaker Presentation by the District Environmental Sustainability Committee

The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is pleased to invite all Rotarians to attend this presentation: Sustainable Investing – A Force for Positive Change, on October 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Sustainable Investing: A Force for Positive Change 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Supports the Community Food Connection

 
It began when Dale Long, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's president-elect, suggested that the Club volunteer to gather fruit in local orchards to donate to the Community Food Connection. In short order, the Club could see  there was still a greater need for more support, prompting Kim Varey, the Club's community chairperson to ask members to step up and do more.
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Supports the Community Food Connection 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

Photo: Valentine Songeur, Niels Lund, Mike Rypins, Carter Stafford (President), Amelie Catheline, Lynn Stevens, John O’Halloran, Dick Stevens at the Butterfly Garden
 
Members of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club (sbeco.org) have been volunteering once a month at San Dieguito County Park for over two years. As the club is oriented to serve on environmental projects, it was a natural fit for club member volunteers to come help at the park. Over the years, they have removed invasive plants, beautified small sections of the park and planted trees.
Community Service at San Dieguito County Park 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Who Have Recently Passed 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - October 4

 
 
World Polio Day
 
October 24th marks World Polio Day. World Polio day is always observed on the 24th. That date is so random. Even though the 24th falls on a Saturday this year, why not the 1st, 10th 15th or 20th?
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Mother Spends Time in Iron Lung 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Walk for the Trail

"The Walk 4 The Trail" fundraiser is an exceptional way for your Rotarian Club members to get together in small groups, enjoy the amazing views from the iconic La Jolla Coast Walk Trail and in a COVID responsible, outdoor setting.  There is a sunrise (7-9:00 am) and sunset hike (4:30-6:30 pm) to chose from.
 
The Walk for the Trail 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Drive In Meeting

Looking for great ideas on how to switch up meetings?  Here is an example of the creativity Rotary clubs are known for:  The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club is trying a new creative approach to Rotary meetings by having its members gather in their cars for drive-in  meetings.  Planning requires the following to be considered:  
 
  • A large, available, quiet parking lot
  • A radio transmitter
  • The identification of a specific radio channel that works in the environment
  • The conveyance of that radio frequency to the membership
  • The parking instructions (facing one way or another)
  • The non-availability of audio-visual (or others may have that technical ability to do it)
  • Packaged meals/water delivered to each car
  • An RSVP re attendance (for meal service)
  • Set-up with Rotary banners, etc.
The Drive-In Rotary requires the program/speakers  to understand A/V is not necessarily available.  The club uses a cell phone number for their members to TEXT questions to the speaker.  The club conducted its  2019-2020 Annual Awards Ceremony via Drive-In Rotary so they could take good pictures and at least have their honorees FEEL the support they enjoy from the membership.
 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Drive In Meeting 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Polio Walk 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktober-Feast

Want to have some fun in October? During a normal year, the two Carlsbad Rotary clubs would be hosting the 38th Annual Oktoberfest, a family fall festival in early October.  
 
For the safety of our community and Rotary club members, the clubs changed the format of the event for 2020.  They wanted a way to support their local restaurants during this difficult time and to continue to raise funds for their philanthropic work in our community. The clubs have partnered with nine local restaurants to create a 31-day celebration titled, Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktober-Feast.
Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktober-Feast 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop

 
A District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop will be held on October 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  This will be the first of two sessions.  We invite you to learn more about this $800 million illicit business in our region and what you can do about it.
District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Deadline is Fast Approaching 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - September 27

 
Our Friends and Fellow Rotarians in 4100.
 
In early July I was introduced to Guillermo Nava, District Governor for District 4100. District 4100 covers all of Baja California, and from the Arizona border down to Culiacan, Mexico on the interior of Mexico.
Sunday Morning Musings - September 27 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference in Lives of Young Teenage Boys

 
Making a difference in the lives of young teenage boys growing up without a positive role model is nothing new to members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship.  In fact, Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Founder of Surfers Unite has been involved with the 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring for the past four years.  Brett leads the charge on the Degree 33 Surfboards team and has involved a half dozen Rotaractors and Rotarians in District 5340 as a result.  Rodger Dougherty of Club 33 (RC of San Diego) has been participating in the 100 Wave Challenge since the inaugural year in 2010.  A Lifetime Member of Surfers Unite and Senior Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente, Rodger has also been a huge financial supporter of the annual fundraiser for Boys to Men Mentoring.  Talk about dedication, Rodger even completed the 100 Wave Challenge solo while on the East coast on business a couple years ago.  
 
Making a Difference in Lives of Young Teenage Boys 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

XV Virtual Project Fair - Ecuador

 
Greetings from District 4400, Ecuador!   
 
It is our pleasure to invite you and your Club to attend our XV Rotary Project Fair to be held online on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of November 2020. 
 
XV Virtual Project Fair - Ecuador 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

11th Annual 100 Wave Challenge

 
 
The 100 Wave Challenge runs September 19 through November 22 with the Degree 33 Surfboards team and Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship members taking off at Cardiff on October 3rd.  Be sure to swing by the event to cheer them on as they ring the gong after completing 100 waves each.  Better yet, if you would like to get involved to support this 501(c)3 as a mentor, volunteer, help out at the event or make a donation be sure to check out the Events page of Surfers Unite at: https://surfersunite.org/event-3886414.
 
11th Annual 100 Wave Challenge 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Emilio Nares Foundation Receives Grant

 
Photo: The Emilio Nares Foundation was created by the parents of young Emilio who passed away from cancer
 
On September 15th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5588 to the Emilio Nares Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase an office printer.
Emilio Nares Foundation Receives Grant 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation District Grants Update

Posted by Marta Knight, PDG
District Grants:
 
Congratulations to the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee for the successful submission and approval by Rotary International of the 2019–2020 District Grant Report.
 
The 2020-2021 District Grants block grant application for $152,233, was submitted and approved by Rotary International. This year we have 46 clubs with 96 grants totaling $150,525, of matching funds. Funds will be wired to our District Grant account. Clubs with approved grants need to make sure that their banking information is correctly uploaded in the matching grants.org website so funds can be forwarded.
 
Rotary Foundation District Grants Update Marta Knight, PDG 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
RSF Rotary Club serves 300 Meals at USO 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Sustainability Award for Green Businesses

 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee (DES) is pleased to inform all Rotarians that the San Diego Green Building Council is hosting its 3rd Annual Sustainability Award and the application deadline is October 16th.  Rotary Clubs have created a wide community of businesses and nonprofit organizations and this event is a great opportunity to showcase their green business practices. The DES encourages Rotarians, who may find an interest to this event, to apply and share with organizations or businesses that are looking to celebrate their best practices.
 
Sustainability Award for Green Businesses 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Join the Virtual Run - Get App Today 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Newsbits Delayed a Week 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - September 13

 
Larry Potter
 
Larry Potter is the insurance and risk management chair of District 5340. Larry is also a past president of the Downtown Breakfast Club. Larry is also openly gay. And, this is where our story begins.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - September 13 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Announcing New District Treasurer 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

10,000 Meal Packaging Event a Success

This past Saturday, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club along with 50 other volunteers from 10 other San Diego clubs and a group from PB Rotaract Club worked with the Outreach Program to package over 10,000 nutritious meals.
 
10,000 Meal Packaging Event a Success 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary & Learn4Life Partnership

The La Mesa Sunrise Club has been busy this past month providing scholarships and food deliveries to recipients of the Learn4Life schools.  Learn4Life schools help students with needs that cannot be met by traditional public schools.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary &amp; Learn4Life Partnership 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual BocceFest Celebration of Giving

 
After 23 years, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary’s BocceFest - our fun fundraiser, bocce tournament, craft beer tasting, and auction has been cancelled due to the pandemic.  However, because the need of our services and support for many non-profits is even greater these days, Rotarians called on past Bocce sponsors and donors, who have generously pledged over $36,000 as of September 9.  To celebrate this milestone, the Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary will be hosting a BocceFest Celebration of Giving via a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday evening, September 15, from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Virtual BocceFest Celebration of Giving 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Get Ready for Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week

During Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, October 5-11, Rotary members and alumni will gather to share their experiences, network, and exchange ideas for staying involved in Rotary. Join the action! Create a post on social media and tag it #RotaryReconnect. Hold a virtual meeting with alumni to share ideas. Invite an alum to speak at your online club meeting.
 
Get Ready for Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - Sept 6

 
Learning and Leadership
 
September is Basic Education month in Rotary.
 
We in Rotary are servant leaders. We wouldn’t be in Rotary if we weren’t leaders.  Leaders learn. Leaders read. Leaders study. Part of leadership in Rotary is continuing education. 
 
Sunday Morning Musings - Sept 6 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

Learn about Equity - Diversity - Inclusion.  Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge!
 
 
 
Are you seeking a rational, constructive, non-divisive approach to exploring social justice here at home and across the country? The Peace Building Committee of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is about to launch such an exploration. 
 
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Coastal Cleanup Day

 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is inviting you to participate in a regional coastal cleanup day organized by I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), with the support of the California Coastal Commission. The 36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day encourages you to Protect Your Happy Place! 
 
Join the Coastal Cleanup Day 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Emphasizes Supporting the Environment

Posted by Kitt Williams
 
Coronado Rotarians put “Supporting the Environment” into action on a steamy Saturday morning along the Silver Strand bike trail.  Ivan Dunn, Rick Wilcoxon and Frank Spitzer donned Rotary vests and took trash cans, “grabbers” and gloves along with their masks to clear trash from the bike trail.  In just a few hours, they picked up enough trash to fill an oversize trash bag along with several smaller trash bags.  Their reward, aside from the satisfaction of leaving a clean trail, came from supportive shouts from passing runners, bike riders and walkers, along with finding $30!
Rotary Emphasizes Supporting the Environment Kitt Williams 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

The District Environmental Sustainability Committee Invites You to Participate

 
The District Environmental Sustainability (DES) Committee,  created a few months ago with a mission to educate and support projects that protect our environment, meets regularly and all clubs are invited to be part of the discussion. If you feel like representing your club and/or would like to start a club committee dedicated to the Rotary Seventh Area of Focus, please join us on Monday September 14th at 6:30 p.m. for our next meeting.
 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee Invites You to Participate 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual 5K Run

Want to support frontline pandemic heroes?   Here is a way to do it.  Join the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional and participate in their virtual 5-K run being held on September 26 and 27.  Click here to register.  There is a requested $14 donation.  
 
Virtual 5K Run 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW Wine-Tasting Goes Virtual, with an Online Free-to-Public Silent Auction 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

District Website Earns Award

 
 
Immediate Past District Governor Marta Knight was notified that  District 5340 was chosen for having the  2019-2020 BEST DISTRICT WEBSITE  in Zone 26 under the category of Public Image/Brand Awards.  
 
District Website Earns Award 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

District-Wide Volunteer Opportunity Needs Your Help

 
 
Volunteers are desperately needed for this fun and important meal packaging event on September 12. This event is now open to friends and family over 18 years. Please sign up now on Givsum by purchasing a ticket online at: https://www.givsum.com/opportunities/sd-coastal-rotary-10-000-meal-packaging-event-532d9292c.
 
If you are unable to volunteer but would like to donate, you can also do this on Givsum. Any amount raised over the $3000 needed to purchase the food will be donated directly to the Outreach Program for future events. 
District-Wide Volunteer Opportunity Needs Your Help 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Another Zoom Tip - Updates

 
Zoom keeps adding additional features, some very useful for our Rotary meetings.  Updates come out about twice a month (latest Sept 1, 2020).  Zoom will notify you about critical updates or bug fixes.  Otherwise, you must manually check for updates (smartphones should update automatically).
 
Another Zoom Tip - Updates 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Another Zoom Tip From the Encinitas Rotary Club

 
Even when permissible, it may be some time until all Rotarians are comfortable with attending "in-person" Rotary meetings. And some clubs are actually experiencing increased member engagement with Zoom.  Now is the time to investigate options for "hybrid" meetings where some members meet in person and others join virtually via Zoom. Rotary Zones 33-34 has produced an excellent "how to" nuts and bolts guide for the technology side of hybrid meetings, from simple to more complex approaches at the "hobbyist" level.
Another Zoom Tip From the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Sign Up Now for September 12 District-wide Service Project 2020-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - August 30, 2020 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Take Action for World Polio Day

 
 
Get ready for World Polio Day on October 24 by promoting awareness, raising funds, and planning club events. This year, calling attention to our efforts to eradicate polio is as important as ever.
 
We’ve shown that we can defeat this devastating disease, as five out of six regions are now free of wild poliovirus — but the fight is not over. Wild polio still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
Take Action for World Polio Day 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Special Thank You to Old Mission Rotary Community Service Chair

Special thanks to Old Mission Rotary's Community Service Chair, Charlotte Cofield, for partnering with STAR/PAL on a service project to distribute back packs filled with school supplies to inner city youth on Friday, August 28th.  The Old Mission Rotary Foundation donated $1000 to the project.

STAR/PAL was founded in 1988 and is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization with a unique nationally recognized model of police and community collaboration. Sworn officers from the San Diego Police and County Probation Departments work side-by-side with civilian personnel and trained law enforcement volunteers to provide the leadership and mentoring critical in promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. All STAR/PAL programs are led by law enforcement officers who educate youth about the dangers of juvenile crime and violence.
 
PHOTO:  Old Mission Rotary President Gary John (R) and Steve Nuñez volunteered to work at the STAR/PAL event at Colina Del Sol Recreation Center.
 
Special Thank You to Old Mission Rotary Community Service Chair 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Local Business Gets Help from City Heights Rotaract Club

City Heights Rotoractor Club just completed its first community service project of the Rotary Year - revitalizing the outdoor space of a local coffee cafe to enable them to continue to be a gather place for locals.  
 
Cafeina Cafe in City Heights opened its doors to the community about a year ago. The coffee shop is owned by Andrew Benavides, who grew up in the neighborhood. Since opening, they have provided much more than coffee. Besides the mexican sweet bread and ice cream, Cafeina has opened its doors to local artists and community organizations.
 
City Heights Rotaract's president, Rudy Vargas, frequents the local community coffee shop.  When COVID hit, he realized people lost a place to gather, meet and study when Cafeina transitioned to to-go orders only. Rudy noticed that the outdoor area behind Cafeina Coffee needed some love so he asked Andrew if he'd be interested in partnering in a service project. Andrew jumped at the idea. The goal was to help reestablish a community gathering place not only during COVID, but for years to come.
 
Director of Service, Tristen Cain, rolled up his sleeves and applied for a Rotary Foundation grant to help us match any club contributions to this project. After receiving the generous support, Tristen organized our members in a COVID friendly project, splitting masked members into small groups to tackle landscaping, painting, and bench building. At the end of the day, the place glowed.
 
City Heights Rotaract cannot wait to see the place activated by our amazing community. We are grateful for Andrew for opening his business for this opportunity, our members for all their hard work during this heatwave, the Rotary Foundation for providing us with a grant to make this happen, Brandon Cain for lending his expertise and Linda Pennington for providing tools to make this possible. This is what community looks like!
 
City Heights Rotaract is proudly sponsored by San Diego Rotary Club 33 and Mission Gorge Rotary Club. 
 
Local Business Gets Help from City Heights Rotaract Club 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Fuel the Frontline San Diego

The Rotary Club of Del Mar supported the Fuel the Frontline San Diego effort on Friday, August 28th. The Club purchased a total of 55 meals from Del Mar restaurants Pacifica and Board & Brew and delivered them to healthcare providers at Scripps Emergency Room, Encinitas. Club members pictured are Brett Mattei, President Dugan Lamoise, Nina Wright, Don Fipps, Donna Fipps and Marty Peters. Photos courtesy of Philippe Lamoise. Board & Brew Pacifica Del Mar https://www.fuelthefrontlinesandiego.com/.
 
Fuel the Frontline San Diego 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Supports Military Families with Donation

 
On August 26th, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation presented a $600 check to Cathe Robling of the Navy Marine Corps Proud Foundation which supports the six San Diego Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offices. The NMC Proud Foundation assists their military clients in financial need by providing them food and gas gift cards for the commissary and the exchange and delivers them to the six offices quarterly. They are here for the military in San Diego. 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Supports Military Families with Donation 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Africa Now Polio Free

Posted by Ryan Hyland
 
African region declared free of wild poliovirus
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
Africa Now Polio Free Ryan Hyland 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Escondido Rotary Clubs Join Together to Help Community

 
The Rotary Club of Escondido After 5, obtained a matching grant to help with the purchase of 450 PPE shields for medical staff at the Neighborhood Healthcare Clinic in Escondido.  Neighborhood Healthcare provides medical services for underserved community members and, with the surge of the pandemic, the clinic was having problems obtaining sufficient PPE for their staff. After 5 is one of the Escondido Rotary Clubs that stepped in to help keep these front-line medical workers safe. Snacks and Thank You cards were also delivered to our frontline heroes working at the health clinic.
 
Working together, Escondido Rotary Clubs have been able to leverage their joint strength to make a larger impact in the community, while modeling the spirit and power of joint cooperation for Service Above Self.
Escondido Rotary Clubs Join Together to Help Community 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - August 23

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bill McDade
 
I recently have had conversations with Past District Governor Bill McDade. I found him to be candid, fun and a well spring of knowledge. With Bill’s permission, I would like to share his story.
Sunday Morning Musings - August 23 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions Now in Learning Center 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Oceanside Rotarian Featured in the Rotarian Magazine

 
It's not often one gets recognized in a international magazine.  But that is the case for Oceanside Rotary Club Rotarian, Reneé Richardson-Wendee.  Reneé, who is an assisted living facility administrator, was one of 10 COVID-19 essential workers that were featured in the August edition of the Rotarian.  The article, "The World Stopped.  They didn't," highlighted those who put service above self when it counted most.
 
Oceanside Rotarian Featured in the Rotarian Magazine 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Holding Poinsettia Sale 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Santa Fe Blood Drive Completely Full

The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club held a community-wide blood drive on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club parking lot.  
 
The sponsors included the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club, Carter Financial, RSF Golf Club, and others.
 
The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) provided a Blood Mobile and the demand was unprecedented.
 
The blood drive was the largest turnout of the day for the blood bank and 39 people were registered and 34 units of blood were collected.  The San Diego Blood Bank offered free Covid-19 antibody testing and other wellness profile tests to donors.
 
These life saving gifts will help save the lives of 102 people in just one afternoon!
 
Another blood drive will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (more information to come) to meet the unmet demand for donation appointments.  Please mark your calendars today!
 
Rancho Santa Fe Blood Drive Completely Full 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0