Happy Thanksgiving 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

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.
Sunday Morning Musings - November 22 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

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.  
Rotarian and Veteran Max Gurney Recognized 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

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. 
Rotary Club of Bonsall Supports Adopt a Family Drive 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

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
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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

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

Feel the Energy in Taipei

The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be here soon — and it’s going to be an unforgettable experience. Taking place 12-16 June in Taipei, Taiwan, the convention will offer fantastic entertainment, motivational speakers, inspirational sessions, and uplifting energy. Enjoy all of it with old friends and new ones.
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 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
Rotary District 5340 Policies for Rotary Foundation Grants 2021-2022 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - October 25 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. 
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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
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

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?
Sunday Morning Musings - October 4 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Deadline is Fast Approaching 2020-10-04 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

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

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 & 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

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

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

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
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
Life-Saving Blood Needed 2020-08-22 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

Newsbits Moving to Sunday Delivery

To avoid being caught up in your Monday morning routine at work, we have decided to deliver Newsbits to your e-mail box on Sunday.  We hope this gives you a better opportunity to review its content.  Enjoy!
Newsbits Moving to Sunday Delivery 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Rotary International Peace Scholar

Meet Nasema Zeerak, Rotary International Peace Scholar, currently studying at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.  In a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, August 19, Nasema, a native of Afghanistan,  described her background, current studies, and future aspirations. 
If you'd like to hear the presentation and learn about The Rotary Foundation funding process that facilitates scholarships like this one, click here.  To learn more about Peace Fellowships, click here.
Meet Rotary International Peace Scholar 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

NBC7 Stolen Trailer Goes Live

On August 20, 2020, NBC San Diego debuts “STOLEN,” an expansive documentary series about the sex trafficking and exploitation of children in San Diego County.
NBC7 Stolen Trailer Goes Live 2020-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Workshop Presentation Available Online 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - August 17 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Santee K-12 Students Receive Backpacks 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Free Virtual Clubrunner Conference 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - August 10 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Nomination of District Governor 2023-2024

Posted by Marta Knight
Pursuant to Rotary International Bylaws, Section 12.030.3, I invite all clubs to submit their suggestions for nominations for District Governor 2023-2024. All Nomination Forms for District Governor must be received no later than Saturday, October 10, 2020, to be considered.  Email them to mknight@rotary5340.org or via mail to:  Rotary District 5340 Nominating Committee, 5052 Clairemont Drive #178651, San Diego, CA 92177.
Nomination of District Governor 2023-2024 Marta Knight 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Another Zoom Tip from the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
A Path Forward 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

First Woman Nominated to be RI President

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.  Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
First Woman Nominated to be RI President 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Monday Morning Musings - August 3

Posted by Steven Weitzen
At one time I was the secretary of my club. It was a position for which I was ill suited. My minutes reflected only those who attended the board meetings and those who didn’t. I took the motion, the second and the vote. That was pretty much it.
Monday Morning Musings - August 3 Steven Weitzen 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Seminar Slated for August 15 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Council on Legislation 2022 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tribal Community to Benefit from $500 Grant

On Friday July 31,  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Foundation Past President Don Glover presented a $500 check to Inan Linton, President of A.B. Linton Foundation to support and improve the area's tribal community by providing resources for higher education and Native American Scholarships. 
Tribal Community to Benefit from $500 Grant 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Rotaract Giving Certificates

Last year, for the first time, The Rotary Foundation offered a Rotaract Giving Certificate to recognize Rotaract clubs that contribute substantially to the Foundation. In order for a club to achieve this distinction, at least five of its members needed to donate a total of $50. 
Rotary Foundation Rotaract Giving Certificates 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Nomination Period Begins for 2023-24 District Governor 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Pam Russell Named As District Representative 

Congratulations to Pam Russell, District Governor 2008-2009, from La Jolla Golden Triangle Club on her selection by club ballots,  as District 5340's Council on Legislation Representative for the 2020-2023 period.  Philippe Lamoise, District Governor 2006-2007, from the Del Mar Club will serve as Alternate. 
Pam Russell Named As District Representative 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Past DG Robert Piva Has Passed Steven Weitzen 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Encinitas Rotaract Holding Produce Drive 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Chula Vista Sunrise Supports Community Through Hope 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Monday Morning Musings - July 27

About five years ago I attended the PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) in Los Angeles. At one of the dinners I had the good fortune to sit next to a young woman from a country in Africa.
Monday Morning Musings - July 27 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

District Grants Information You Need to Know

Our 2020-2021 District Foundation Committee met this past week. The Committee is closing the District Grants for 2019-2020 year.  They also getting ready  to approve and award the DDF, District Designated Funds, for the new Rotary year.
District Grants Information You Need to Know 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Virtually Discover the Ecuador Tropical Dry Forest 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Zoom Tip from the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Selection of Council on Legislation Representative Marta Knight 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Parade of Flags

Posted by Courtesy of David Throop - Crown City Magazine
Multiple times a year, from every National holiday to every time one of the three U.S. Naval Aircraft Carriers stationed in Coronado arrives, there is a practice and display that is different from many other towns and cities.
Parade of Flags Courtesy of David Throop - Crown City Magazine 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - July 20 Steven Weitzen 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Musings Steve Weitzen, District Governor 2020-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Earn Citation Recognition

At the June Governor's Dinner, DG Marta Knight announce winners of the Rotary Citation Awards.  Clubs earning this distinction achieved their goals that unite people and take action.
Clubs earning presidential distinction went beyond the minimum goals required for the Rotary Citation.
Rotary Clubs Earn Citation Recognition 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Hear World-Renown Motivational Speaker

Join Mission Gorge Rotary Club for an evening with Michael Angelo Caruso on July 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM on ZOOM.  Mission Gorge, our District’s newest Club, is pleased to invite you to hear world renowned motivational speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso.
Hear World-Renown Motivational Speaker 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
RSF Rotary Held Successful Food Drive Rancho Santa Fe Review 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowship at the Park

The Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset held its first meeting of the 2020-2021 year at La Mesita Park in La Mesa CA, with all the State and local health directives observed.  It was a joyful break from the current Zoom meeting format and it was a great way to socialize in open air all the while practicing distancing.
Rotary Fellowship at the Park 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

RB Rotarians Thank Caregivers

Below is a picture from Sunrise Living thanking Rancho Bernardo Rotary for the cake and gift cards they were given. This was part of a program where Rancho Bernardo Rotary provided 258 gift cards and five "Thank You" cakes to care workers in five facilities in Rancho Bernardo, Poway & Escondido. Everyone was very appreciative as Rotarian, Sandie Dewane did a fantastic job organizing everything.
RB Rotarians Thank Caregivers 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Family is Growing Steve Weitzen 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Honored at Virtual District Governors' Celebration 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
DG Steve Weitzen to Author Weekly Column in Newsbits 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
July Is New Leadership Month 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

An Easier Way to Browse Quickly

To make skimming articles in our weekly Newsbits easier, you will now see a graphic and one or two sentences from the article or announcement on the front page.  To read the full text, please click "read more".   
An Easier Way to Browse Quickly 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Outgoing District Governor Year-End Message

It was an honor serving District 5340 as your Governor, living our theme, "Rotary Connects the World".  I was so proud as all of you connected with your club, your community, and with each other sharing what we as Rotarians are all about - People of Action, doing Good in the World.
We started our Rotary year with a new Vision Statement Strategic Plan, a roadmap to follow, that did create impact in your communities and around the world.  The vision - "Together we see a world where People Unite and Take Action to Create lasting Change - across the Globe, in our Communities and in Ourselves".    You all achieved this new vision, completing four priorities:
  1. Increasing our impact
  2. Expanding our reach
  3. Enhancing participant engagement
  4. Increasing our ability to adapt
COVID-19 along came and changed our world.  But, being People of Action who are inventive, entrepreneurial and resilient, you were ready to seek out fresh opportunities to serve, and reinvent how you operated with confidence.  
Thank you for this UNBELIEVEABLE opportunity to serve.  I have so many memories and experiences in my heart.  Thank you for sharing and making your Rotary world a part of mine.
I am proud as you Make Good Happen Together, with Love, Compassion and Joy". 
Outgoing District Governor Year-End Message 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Access To Convention Videos 2020-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

School Closure Makes Way for Covid-19 Funding

The Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global (E-Club) was awarded a three-year VTT Global Grant (#1747029 FY17-19).  This is a BEL (Basic Education Literacy) grant whose goal was to improve teacher training in Honduras, resulting in keeping students in school.  Due to the Covid-19 virus and immigration problems, this grant ended early, leaving about $8,000 leftover from the funds to cover the volunteer teachers travel from the US that were not used.
The E-Club contacted past District 4250 (Honduras, Guatemala and Belize) Governors, Julio Gracioso and Dr. José Antonio Interiana Torre who directed the E-Club to Sergio Pineda, Usula Rotary Club, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Maxie Glackman from the E-Club, the lead Rotarian on this project,  worked with Regionaldo Muñoz from Students Helping Honduras for many years and between the three parties discussed how the unspent funding could be used to support Covid-19 needs. With amazing coordination between the E-Club, the Usula Rotary Club, San Pedro Sula and Students Helping Honduras, food packages were put together and have been sent to the students and their families who were the beneficiaries of this grant.  
School Closure Makes Way for Covid-19 Funding 2020-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Canine Companions for Independence Receives Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary awarded $6,000 grant to Canine Companions for Independence.  The money will be used to repair the roof of their Oceanside dog training facility.  Since 1975, Canine Companions for Independence has provided assistance dogs, free of charge, to recipients.  
Old Mission Rotarian Tom Sandler (holding dog below) and his wife, Sondra are now raising their 11th puppy for the organization.  Volunteers get puppies at eight weeks old and socialize and train them for a year and a half.  The dogs are then returned to Canine companions for advanced training.  
Canine Companions for Independence Receives Grant 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Impacts Thousand Smiles' August Clinic Date

Thousand Smiles Foundation | Changing Lives One Smile at a Time
The Covid-19 pandemic appears to follow a pattern of infection and illness that has been closely observed, and the Thousand Smiles Foundation (Foundation) has learned a great deal over the last six months.  Fortunately, Southern California and Northern Baja have posted their public health data, and we have not seen the kind of severe disease as in places like New York and Italy.  As expected the Foundation is experiencing problems in more densely populated areas that have inadequate social distancing and limited medical resources.  In Northern Baja, notably in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, there continues to be a large number of residents who carry the infection, and some percentage of them becoming very ill or dying.
Covid-19 Impacts Thousand Smiles' August Clinic Date 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
School in Philippines Receives Hand Washing Station 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
New Area of Focus Announced 2020-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Good News - Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria!

Rotarians, your End Polio Now work is making a difference.  The World Health Organization (WHO) announced  today that Polio is no longer endemic in  the country of Nigeria, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two remaining countries and bringing the world one major step closer to achieving the goal of ending polio for good.  Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since July 24, 2014, and all laboratory data has confirmed that a full 12 months have passed without any new cases!
Good News - Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria! 2020-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Are Needed

Volunteers needed! The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services and San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) have contracted with Jewish Family Services (JFS) San Diego to provide meals and groceries to over 90% of food insecure seniors in the County through their 211 system.  
Volunteers Are Needed Gina Woodard 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Feel the Energy in Taipei - 2021 Rotary Convention 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Celebration!

It's not too late to participate in the Governor's Celebration, this Monday, June 29.  The Zoom celebration can be accessed with this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88387471400?pwd=bmJUbzdoNVhZa09saG0wTjZZZUpEdz09  Password: 932005.  It would be helpful if you register to give us a headcount of all who participated.  You can register online.  This is  a free event.  
The Governor's Celebration is going to be an exciting evening of fun, recognitions and celebrations.  
The event will open at 5:45 pm with the program beginning at 6:10 pm with our Celebration of Life, honoring 36 Rotarians that have passed this Rotary Year.  
The Governor Celebration will start at 6:30 pm.  We have worked very hard to make this an enjoyable evening for all of you.
We have many special Rotarians joining us to congratulate our District for all that we have done together this year as "Rotary Connects the World".
We will recognize club activities, Rotary Foundation awards, Rotary Citation winners, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of the Year, and Rotarian and Rotaractor of the Year. 
2020-2021 District Governor Steve Weitzen will be inducted as well as incoming Club Presidents and Assistant Governors.
Join the Celebration! 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Find a Rotary Fellowship That's Right for You

Want to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience?  Join a Rotary Fellowship!   Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotary Members, their family members, program participants, alumni, and even non-members who share a common passion.
From Bowlers to jazz fans, scuba divers to history enthusiasts, photographers to lawyers, there's a Rotary Fellowship for everyone.  Currently, about 91 fellowships unite members in fun and friendship.
Find a Rotary Fellowship That's Right for You 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

RB Rotary Club Supports Covid-19 Needs at Interfaith

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club continues to provide assistance in support of Covid-19 needs.  Recently, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation contributed $5,250 to the Interfaith Emergency Covid-19 program.  This was part of their overall $14,500 contributions towards several other worthwhile areas of need as previously reported.  
Pictured in front from Interfaith is Sanos Peneflor, Security and Bahad "B" Hernandez, Development and Special Events Associate.  In the back is Alan Turner, Grant Coordinator and Membership Chairman of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.
RB Rotary Club Supports Covid-19 Needs at Interfaith 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Supports Child Care Needs

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in extreme challenges to the local families who require childcare.  Specifically, the closing of schools has left families scrambling for childcare as parents return to the workforce.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego: 4S Ranch support these local families through programs providing the opportunity to use computers, complete arts and crafts, engage in educational activities, and remain active while social distancing.  Due to the additional restrictions imposed by CDC guidelines, the resulting impact increased the costs for these programs four-fold.  Recently, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club (RB) met Danny Sherlock, President and CEO and Roy Cornett, RB Rotarian and Director of the 4S Ranch Boys and Girls Club to present a $4,000 grant to support these summer programs.  This grant coupled with an earlier grant approval of  $1,500 will provide individual scholarships for over 80 children in the 4S Ranch area.
Photos:  RB Rotarians, Doug Dawson, Don Glover, Roy Cornett, Dave King and Mike Fugua. Boys and Girls Representatives, Roy Cornett, Dave King and Danny Sherlock 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Supports Child Care Needs 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Marta Knight
Rotary's First Virtual Convention is underway! Both General Sessions have concluded but are available to stream online.  Simply go to go to the home page of riconvention.org.  Click on the button under the General Sessions block, which will say JOIN. 
Breakout Sessions are underway.  If you cannot participate live, sessions will be available in 48-72 hours from time of session.  
2020 VIRTUAL CONVENTION UNDERWAY Marta Knight 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Anti-Human Trafficking Is Focus for 2020-2021 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Dental Clinic Expands with the Help of Rotary

The Mulegé Rotary Clinic was founded 40 years ago to help the poor and disenfranchised people of the town of Mulegé in Baja California Sur, Mexico.  It offers low and no-cost dental and eye care to people who otherwise cannot afford it.  The Clinic has recently undergone a $35,000 renovation with a new roof, wiring, plumbing, lighting, flooring, air conditioning; the works! 
Thanks to Jim and Carmen Hughes, Dugan and Philippe Lamoise, San Diego Rotary Club 33 and the Del Mar Rotary Club for a major contribution of $10,000 to this project.  These huge improvements allowed the clinic to expand its dental practice by two additional operatories and the ability to bring in more volunteer dentists and doctors to the clinic to offer health services to the people of Mulegé and the surrounding area.  
Dental Clinic Expands with the Help of Rotary 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Virus Inspires Song

Posted by Kitt Williams
COVID-19 has inspired a variety of emotions and reactions in people worldwide, but did you know that in Coronado it inspired a resident to write a song?  Doug Weisbarth, an 82 year-old retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer and Coronado Rotarian, has written "The World Stopped Turning" in May to relate his view of how the virus has impacted our world.  His 100 year-old Aunt Betty gave him the idea.  Some of the lyrics include:
This old world, it stopped turning, when the COVID virus hit; All the people, worldwide, were all sent home to sit; Shops and factories all closed down, no workers to be had; Income stopped and bills came due, the situation - bad.
Weisbarth came to Coronado with the Navy in 1957.  He had planned to be a Marine, but his father asked him two questions to help him choose the service to join:  "Why walk when you can ride?" and "Would you rather operate the weapon system or be the weapon system?"  Weisbarth's Navy career spanned 22 years and like so many, he returned to Coronado when he retired.  He then embarked on a 30-year, second career in the home maintenance repair business - Doug Weisbarth Service.
Virus Inspires Song Kitt Williams 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Virtual Rotary Convention Just Around the Corner

Join us during the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention on June 20-26 for activities beyond the general sessions that will get you moving, help you get involved, and connect you with members from around the world.
You can:
  • Stay active with the Rotary Walking Challenge.  Track your progress on a leaderboard, enjoy some friendly competition, and have the chance to win great prizes - including two tickets for next year's convention.  
  • Explore the Virtual House of Friendship to discover Rotary Fellowships, Rotary Action Groups, potential partners, projects, and other valuable resources.
  • Join our Featured Breakouts to learn new skills and engage with fellow members.  These take place daily from June 22-26, with more breakout sessions throughout July.
  • Share how you're participating by posting a selfie or other photos on our event page on Facebook.
  • Use our Aloha Rotary GIFs and augmented reality filters to engage with your friends and family on social media.  Add a GIF to your Facebook or Instagram stories.  Snap a selfie or record a video while virtually wearing sunglasses or face paint.  Learn how.
Signup for our free convention today and encourage friends in your network, club and community to join you.  Don't miss out!
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Join the Walking Challenge

Join the Walking Challenge at the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention!  Participate in some friendly competition with Rotarians, Rotaractors and members of the family of Rotary as you work your way up the leaderboard for a chance to win prizes.  Sign up here.  #Rotary20
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Are You Ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention?

Rotary Virtual Convention
June 20 - 26, 2020
I'm getting ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention by showing my Rotary pride!  How are you getting ready?  Do you have a favorite Rotary or Rotaract shirt, a great pin, or your country flag?  Remember to sign up; the event is free!  You can select which general sessions you will participate it in as well as breakout sessions.  Remember for those of us in Southern California, there is a two hour difference.  General sessions begin at 6:00 a.m.!  Don't let that deter you though.  It's very likely you'd be up at that time if you were in Hawaii!  To register, please go to this website.  
Are You Ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention? 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Grant Zoom Meeting a Success!

On Friday, June 5, 79 Rotarians from all over District 5340 participated in the Virtual COVID Grant Celebration, showcasing the many good projects that were conducted by clubs utilizing a one-time matching grant opportunity provided by the District in response to community needs relative to the COVID-19 outbreak.  PDG Janice Kurth reported that the majority of the grant requests centered around four common themes - food and basic needs, personal protective equipment (PPE), education and small business assistance.  The top two themes - food and basic needs and PPE raised $44,941 and $11,050 respectively.  The total amount of funding for all grant projects was $58,891.
In addition, PDG Kurth relayed that there were several projects undertaken that were independent of the COVID grant program and combining their efforts with the grant projects, it is estimated that $100,000 was used to support COVID relief.
Representatives from participating clubs were provided an opportunity to talk about their projects; all were very impressive.
Clubs are reminded that reports and receipts need to be upload in order for projects to be closed.  
COVID-19 Grant Zoom Meeting a Success! 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

RB Sunrise Donates Fruit to Poway Food Connection

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's 5th fruit gathering adventure was held on May 21 at a grove in Valle Verde.  The Rotarians have been gathering fruit from local orchards whose owners have offered to donate for the good of the community.  "In this time of tremendous need, where people have lost their jobs, it's something we can do to put food on their tables," said Jim Stewart, project lead.  This latest collection provided a couple hundred pounds of ripe oranges and grapefruit that the Rotarians delivered to Poway's Community Food Connection.
This was one of several projects that the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians have been busy with since the beginning of the pandemic.  They have also distributed face masks to hospitals and retirement homes.  Another group put together gift baskets for health care workers at retirement homes to thank them for their extra efforts during difficult times.  This club also provides ongoing home help services to senior shut-ins.  
Photo:  The masked crew are harvest participants including Bret Geernaert, Jan van Glabbeck, Kim Muslusky, Mark Berdan, Nazrin and Ralph  Barbee, Lloyd Trilling, Steve Sayler and Jim Stewart.
RB Sunrise Donates Fruit to Poway Food Connection 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Jerry Winter Supports Coronado's Local Businesses

Posted by Kitt Williams
Photo: Jerry Winter, 28-year Coronado Rotarian.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Jerry Winters recognized a need among our local Coronado businesses and contributed $5,000 to the Club's Rotary Foundation to help them with losses suffered during the pandemic lockdown.
If we are fortunate, we have a friend or family member to whom we turn when times are toughest.  They lift our spirts and support us in many ways - large and small.  Jerry, a 28-year member of the Coronado Rotary Club, is one of those individuals to whom we turn.  He is a past Rotarian of the Year (2010) and recipient of the Peacemaker Award (2018).  The Peacemaker Award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in promoting understanding, tolerance, and conflict resolution, and helping build good will and peace.
Jerry Winter offered the following encouragement to Coronado business: "All I can say is hang in there.  This is especially tough on those types of businesses that have to come in close contact with their customers.  Coronadans are thoughtful people and will support them as soon as the government loosens some restrictions."
The Coronado Rotary Club's Board of Directors identified 20 local restaurants and businesses that have donated in the past to Rotary charitable events such Low Tide Ride & Stride, End Polio Now Wine Tasting, and the Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament.  Sue Ryan, Coronado Rotary Community Services Director, contacted each business and restaurant, purchased gift cards with Jerry's contribution and conveyed Rotary's thanks to the owners for their past support.  The gift cards will serve as a silent auction item for future Rotary fundraising events.  
Photo:  Mary Ann Berta, Jerry Winters and Sue Ryan at Mary Ann's business in Coronado la mer.
Mary Ann Berta, a 28-year Rotarian and owner of Tartine and la mer, has been a staunch supporter of many Rotarian events.  She was very appreciative of the gift card purchase and offered these words of advice to her fellow business owners: "We need to stay positive together!  We don't want to risk losing our small-town atmosphere."  Mary Ann also expressed thanks to the City of Coronado for providing the Lifeline Business Loan when businesses needed it most.
Rotary has always supported and demonstrated a commitment to local businesses in various ways.  Jerry Winter's gift validates that commitment in the most tangible way possible. 
Rotarian Jerry Winter Supports Coronado's Local Businesses Kitt Williams 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Eco-Talk

The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club organized a virtual Eco-Talk with students of the BCK Program, which is focused on providing environmental education to students.
The Club hosted 36 people, including students, teachers, school principals, parents, a City of Encinitas representative, and Eco-Rotarians.  Bill Dean, co-founder of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club, started the SWPPP Internship Program in 2013 and then the BCK Program in 2016.
During this event, we heard from the next generation of environmental stewards on what they have accomplished at their schools and the passion they bring to making a difference in our world.  Supported by an amazing team of teachers and educators, they addressed storm water and waste challenges observed in their schools.
Drew, Bill's granddaughter, and Judah are both students from Ocean Knoll Elementary School.  Through the SWPPP Internship Program, they studied water usage, conservation, and pollution and became experts in recycling.  With other students at their school, they raised awareness through art and advocacy to the Encinitas City Council.  Additionally, they developed a project to address a storm water problem identified in the back parking lot of their school and worked with school district facilities staff to resolve it.  
Two 4th grade students from Flora Vista Elementary School (Maddie and Zoë) talked about the Trash Amendment Action Plan they participated in, the actions they took and the outcomes it produced.  It resulted in a full week of actions for the entire school and a campaign to educate students and parents.
Students enjoyed presenting to the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club.  They are now ready to give presentations to other groups and schools.  The next generation is comprised of passionate kids ready to advocate and implement solutions to protect our environment!
The BCL Program is focused on providing environmental education to students.  All they programs are designed to have students participate in activities and provide meaningful solutions along with data valuable to schools, cities, and hopefully the state.  But, even more important, these programs help change people's behavior to make responsible decisions and motivate them to take actions toward improving our environment.
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June is Rotary Fellowship Month

June is Rotary Fellowship Month.  What better time to find like minded people and connect?
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion.  Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
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Funding Formula for Global Grants Changing

2016-2017 Global Grant Scholarships | District 7930
Rotary Foundation Changes the Funding Formula for Global Grants
On May 29, our District leadership received a letter from Rotary Foundation announcing a change in policy on funding Global Grants.  Previously, the Rotary Foundation matched District Designated Funds (DDF) with a 1:1 match and club and individual cash donation with a O.5:1 match.  The Trustees have eliminated the match with the club and individual cash donations - they will ONLY match District Designated Funds as of July 1, 2020.  Clubs that are submitting Global Grants will see their funding adjusted on MatchingGrants.org when submitting a Global Grant for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.  Our Matching Grants webmaster, PDG Philippe Lamoise is working on the application to revise the formula to match the new Rotary Foundation policies.  
Clubs are reminded they must complete the online training for grants (both Global and District) if they plan to qualify for submitting a grant in the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  Grant training is no online on the District 5340 webpage.  Two members of each Club submitting a grant must complete the online training and the quiz that goes with it to qualify their Club to submit a grant.  
The Funding for District Grants remains the same.  The District will match up to $3500 of Club donation for a District Grant in 2020-2021.  District Grants are due on the Matching Grants website on August 1, 2020.  Two members of a Club applying for a District Grant must complete the online training and quiz for District Grants to make their Club eligible.  District Grants for the current 2019-2020 year must be completed and closed to be eligible to apply for a grant in 2020-2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the following:
Marge Cole, District Rotary Foundation Chair 
Janice Kurth, Global Grants Chair
Elana Levens-Craig,  District Grants Chair
Funding Formula for Global Grants Changing 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Del Mar Virtual Sunset Soiree

The 16th Annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Sunset Soiree is going virtual.  Our online auction will be accepting bids beginning June 3 through June 7.  Join our live event on Sunday, June 7 from 5-6:00 p.m. to enjoy live entertainment and learn about our club's many projects, both at home and around the world.  The online and live auctions feature dozens of special items and we will raffle off a gift card tree sprouting  dozens of valuable gift cards.
Please visit the Sunset Soiree website to learn more, register to bid and purchase raffle tickets.  Please also consider donating to support our projects and our partner beneficiary, the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito.  
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Rotary Inspires Guatemalan High Schooler

"I'm Maureen Duncan and I am a member of the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global.  One of my high school vocational students in Guatemala created a poem regarding the pandemic in Guatemala (with some of my editing and input from other students and the local project manager of my District Grant in Guatemala).  It's quite uplifting and I thought informative for all our District members to learn about how others are affected by the pandemic  and how they cope.  The original was written in Spanish.  This has been translated into English. I hope you enjoy it."
I don't Need Anything.
I don't need anything...thoughts from a Guatemalan high school student, IDM, Santa Lucia
I don't need anything in this pandemic crisis.  I have a roof over my head, a bed, bread and water every day.
I am grateful for the opportunity of opening my eyes; of seeing the light of day; studying with my books, hoping for a better future.
I am calm.  I am not afraid,  Guatemalans, we are not "los damificados", the damaged people.  We are not victims.
We are a poor country but now it doesn't matter in this pandemic.  We are equal with the rest of the rich countries; it doesn't matter what work we do or what class we are from.  Even if you have the best clothing or shoe brands, this situation has marked equality worldwide. 
What matters to me?  To Guatemalans? Being united in family; school, friends, church, country, the planet.
We help each other now.  No need to fight now.  No need for wars.
Money doesn't matter anymore.  Money buys vanity and now no nobody has money.
The planet matters.  What are we doing with our planet?  Our volcanic mountains are thundering, bleeding their lava again.  They are crying out in anger about what we have done to the environment, what we have done to human rights.  Let us be still and listen to the earth.  I say it is time for us to rebuild our world with empathy, solidarity, connection.
What have I learned during this pandemic?  To have hope .... last week I almost lost hope.  I live alone here so I can go to school.  May family lives nine hours away by bus.  I did not care to see sunlight, telephone or a computer.  I was nauseous and dizzy with a fever.  But I still did my work; my obligations.  I found the strength within me.   I called upon my Mayan ancestors.
I  don't need anything because I have my inner strength.
Rotary Inspires Guatemalan High Schooler Maureen Duncan 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Chartering Celebration

Posted by Marta Knight, DG
You're invited to join us for the Virtual Club Chartering Celebration of our newest club:
 San Diego Downtown Evening Club.
The event is Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.  For Zoom meeting information, please contact David Diaz at david@ipeace.org.
Virtual Chartering Celebration Marta Knight, DG 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Train for Change - A speaker opportunity!

Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club (CVSRC) is aware that due to COVID-19, most Rotary clubs are starting to move to online meetings.  This switch can be challenging, but also come with exciting new opportunities to connect with people from all over the world.
If your club is looking for virtual speakers during this transition, CVSRC would like to recommend Maxie Gluckman who runs a wonderful project their club is sponsoring for the 2020-21 Rotary Year in Honduras.  "Train for Change" empowers Honduran teacher leaders through professional development to improve the quality of education for one million children in the most impoverished areas of the country.
Over the last year, a lot has happened in Honduras and the Honduran experience has been central to many recent news articles.  As Maxie has been working on the ground for seven years now and two years through an incredible Rotary Global Grant led by the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global, she believes that there are many stories that have gone untold.  Maxie would love to share with your club these stories and the power of Rotarian generosity, including:
  • The lived experiences and resilience of teachers and children in Honduras.
  • Examples of Rotary-grown leaders that are pushing for change at many levels.
  • How these leaders are innovating in response to the current conditions of education due to COVID-19
  • The impact Rotary Global Grant #1747029 has had in transforming these conditions by improving the educational experiences for greater than 4,000 children (to date) in some of the most impoverished regions of Honduras.
Please consider having Maxie speak to your club about the "Train for Change" and if you are inspired like our club, use your DDF funds to support this important grant.  Please contact Maxie at maxie.gluckman@instructual.com.
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Rotary and Boys and Girls Club Partnership

Join us for an informative Zoom presentation on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Our District 5340 clubs are doing a lot of work with the Boys and Girls Clubs in our local communities, especially during this difficult time.
District Governor, Marta Knight and Blake Johnson of Boys and Girls Clubs of America will discuss the importance and impact of this partnership.
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Old Mission Rotary Foundation Charitable Giving

The Old Mission Rotary Foundation (not to be confused with the Art Pratt Foundation) will disburse $44,923 to 28 different organizations this Rotary year.  This money has been used to fund projects in the areas of Community, International, and Youth Services and for all six Rotary areas of focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation and Maternal and Child Health.
Our Pennies for Polio jar presented to us by District Marta Knight last summer has raised $499 and the Old Mission Rotary Foundation is adding $501 to make our total Polio Plus contribution of $1000.
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A  Vast Grove of Oranges Picked by Rotarians of Several Clubs

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Bitterlan who manages a grove of oranges in Rancho Santa Fe, several Rotary clubs county-wide were able to harvest oranges for distribution to non-profits of their choice.  Sparked by a UT article featuring the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and their efforts in picking local fruits, Mr. Bitterlan offered his grove of 100 trees for the picking.  Too large a venture for just one club, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club connected with the Rancho Santa Fe Club for help.  As a result, a schedule was developed and Rotary clubs throughout District 5340 were invited to participate.
This past weekend, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club picked nearly 3,300 pounds of oranges at the grove on Sunday, May 24.  They are donating part of their harvest to Producegood, a 501 c(3).  Members of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club joined them and oranges they pick are being donated to the Santee Food Bank.  
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club picked oranges on Saturday, May 23.  Their harvest was taken to local food pantries.  Point Loma Rotary Club also picked close to 2,000 oranges for donation to four different non-profits on the Peninsula.  
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Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay Helps Meycauayan City

The Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay set aside $250 and secured a $250 COVID-19 Matching Grant from District 5340 to provide rice and necessary supplies to indigents of Meycauayan City affected by the total lockdown due to enhanced community quarantine in place in the area.  
In partnership with their sister club, the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East of District 3770 in the Philippines, the goods were distributed last April 16 and 17 to some 120 families.  They were each given packages of 10 kgs. rice and foodstuff.  Deputy District Governor and Past President, James Javier and Club President, Ramon Santos are shown with club members during the distribution.
Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay Helps Meycauayan City 2020-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Havana Nights on the Horizon

The Rotary Club of El Cajon is proud to announce our 30th annual fundraiser!  Originally, we had planned a Havana Nights extravaganza but this year due to the COVID pandemic, we are adapting and will be doing things differently be seeking pledges!  Our club is proud to celebrate its 94th year of providing support for our local and world communities.  While we are saddened that we are unable to gather during this time, we still have a deep desire to support and serve our East County community and beyond, especially during these unprecedented times and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Our club is asking our members, local businesses and community partners to consider making a financial contribution, in lieu of sponsoring and or supporting our event so that we can continue to do the great work that we have done for 94 years in our community.   
The Club's Foundation has graciously agreed to match the pledges up to $20,000!  Suggested pledge levels are: $100, $250, $500, $1000 and $2500 or any amount your heart desires.  Remember, all pledges will be matched by our Foundation up to $20,000.  For your pledge to our fundraiser, you will be fully highlighted and acknowledged as a community contributor through our Rotary website, our social media outlets and local newspaper.  
To make a financial contribution online,  please make your pledge here
All donations are tax deductible if made to the El Cajon Rotary Foundation under IRC section 501 c(3) Federal Tax ID #95-6141259 and mailed to:  El Cajon Rotary, P.O. Box 643, El Cajon, CA  92022.
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Considerations Before Resuming In-Person Meetings

As COVID-19 infections begin to level and government shelter-in-place and similar orders expire, Rotary districts and clubs are confronted with the complexities of determining how and when to resume in-person gatherings.  
We must base our decisions on the health and safety of our members, while maintaining compliance with government and health regulations.  COVID-19 will be part of our Rotary planning until a proper prevention or vaccine is readily available.  
Johrita Solari, our Zone 26 Director asked for a committee to come up with the following document to help clubs make decisions about in-person meetings.  Our Rotary organization is a compilation of autonomous clubs with cultural, social, and community-based values that preclude a one-size-fits-all approach for club decisions about resuming in-person meetings. 
This document is developed to help our Rotary clubs and leadership with consideration and resources for the discussions and decisions they undertake at this difficult time.  The primary goal of this document is to help Rotarians consider the safety and health of our members.
You may download the PDF version here.  
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Bike Ride Along the Bay

You're invited to join the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club for a nice bike ride around the bay on Saturday, May 23.  The club will be practicing social distancing, ensuring everyone is riding six feet apart and wearing masks.  Bikers will check in and review the route at 9:00 am.  Check in is at De Anza Cove, 2727 De Anza Road, San Diego, CA  92109.  There is plenty of street parking.  Look for the Rotaractors' bright blue shirts and their Pacific Beach Rotaract club flag.  The ride will conclude a noon.  You may make your ride as short or long as you like.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact club president, Sesy Enriquez at 619 518-2437 or email her at sesyenriquez@gmail.com
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Virtual Governor's Celebration

Virtual Governor's Celebration
This year's Governor's Dinner has transformed into a Governors' Celebration conducted virtually.  This event is scheduled for Monday, June 29 opening at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.  A number of surprises are planned for all!   Registration is now open.  This virtual event will include District club award presentations, installation of club presidents and District Governor Steve Weitzen.  Please  join us for a festive celebration.  Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link by email.  
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Old Mission Rotary Continues to Award Grants to Community

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with Old Mission Rotary's schedules but the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary continues to award grants to help their community!
Here is a look at who they are supporting:
  • Elderhelp of San Diego - $1,420 for the purchase of portable video recording equipment.
  • Mainly Mozart - $8,000 for office equipment.
  • Voices for Children - $7,235 for updated furniture for its reception area and interview office in Kearny Mesa.
  • San Diego Children's Choir - $6,660 for new storage cabinets and office furniture.
  • Alzheimer's San Diego - $3,288 for equipment for hearing impaired attendees.
  • Thousand Smiles Foundation - $30,000 towards the new surgical suite at the Ensenada clinic.
  • Foster Elementary PTA - $6,700 for shade trees.
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Join Rotary's Facebook Live Series

Join our next #RotaryResponds Facebook Live event on May 20 to make connections and take part in engaging conversation.  The series features Rotary leaders, members, and leaders from partner organizations sharing how they're taking action in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Turns 60 

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club (SLRC) is celebrating its 60th birthday this month.  Chartered as a Rotary club on May 23, 1960, the club  introduced 23 charter members to the world of Rotary.  At the time of charter, SLRC represented the twin communities of Santee and Lakeside,  both were unincorporated rural areas.  Santee has since incorporated as a city.  Rotarian, Walter Chandler served as its first president, followed by Rotarian Ray Stoyer.  The club was sponsored by the El Cajon and La Mesa Rotary clubs. 
Charter members were:  Walter Chandler, Dr. John De Kock, Charles Bliss, Ross Mallette, John Bacon, Ray Stoyer, Charles Skidmore, Dwight Williams, Fred Breise, Barney Barrett, Rev. Charles Clark, John Gill, Bert Partain, Robert Schipper, Bruce Swinson, Gordon M. Bell, Wayne Chubb, Al Flaven, Chet Harritt, Duane Pillsbury, John Smiley, W.H. Stevens Jr., Edward L. Brewer, Dr. Everett Carmody, Frank Fox, Sam Millison, Gale Ruffin, Harold Secor, William Thomas and Thomas Smiley.
SLRC membership was drawn from a broad cross-section of professions, business, industry, education and government, which is still true today.  Currently SLRC has 32 members and growing.  Current members who have led the club as president include Bill Pommering, Allen Carlisle, Elana Levens-Craig, Augie Caires, Sandy Pugliese, Tom Miles, Doug Wilson, Vic Bermudes, Jim Peasley, and Paul Ague.
As People of Action, a long-standing community service program stands the test of time and is still going strong.  Initiated a few decades back by a growing concern over high school drop out rates, the SLRC established a scholarship program that aimed to assist students from three local high schools - West Hills, Santana and El Capitan - with staying in high school and graduating with their class.  Identified students were mentored and were given a set of criteria that, if met, would provide them the equivalent of a two-year community college tuition, including books and fees.  To date, over 200 students have been helped through this program.  
With the motto Service Above Self at the helm of all the club activities,  other local community projects undertaken by SLRC include participating with the annual USPS in the Stamp Out Hunger Food drive to make sure the food that is collected in Santee is donated to the Santee Food Bank.  SLRC also provided assistance through either hands-on projects, grants or a combination of both and include Santee Santas Foundation, Santee Food Bank, East County Transitional Living Center, Canine Companions for Independence and Rotary at Work projects. Other activities include holiday card card writing to distribute to isolated seniors in mobile home parks, collecting items for a Veteran's home, Soles 4 Souls shoe collection, planting trees, participating in Rotaractor WAPI project. and providing fingerprinting services for children at local health fairs.  
Internationally, SLRC has sponsored water projects in Kenya and Ecuador, as well as providing direct assistance to Rancho Marta, a school and orphanage in Mexico, where the club  has funded a kitchen, computer lab and a ranch solar project.  In earlier days of the club, SLRC was involved in assisting a school in Tijuana.  In addition, the SLRC joins its sister club, the Rotary Club de Ensenada in activities of mutual interest.  
SLRC typically meets at noon on Thursdays at San Diego Christian College but is currently meeting virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The club would love to have you join them for a meeting.  You can find the club online or on Facebook.  You can also email the club or call (619) 993-7805.
Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Turns 60 2020-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Boys and Girls Club Receive Relief Grant

The Rotary Club of San Marcos used the COVID-19 Relief Grant to support the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos' Free Meals Program.  The program utilizes Feeding America  which provides free hot meals to youth in North County.  Their need increased dramatically from 150 to 400+ meals a day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Club provided a $2,500 grant to assist the program.  This much needed funding provided 12,000 meals to kids suffering from food insecurity in North County.  Check out the video thank you they received from the Boys and Girls Club.  
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Grants Training Goes Online

Grants Training Goes Online
This year, we are offering our Grants training online for those clubs that wish to do Global and/or District Grants.  Clubs must complete the training(s) and the quizzes which go with them to be eligible to apply for grants in the 2020/2021 Rotary year.  Dates for these grants and other information are included in the trainings listed below.  
Global Grants Training Information
The Global Grants Training will be taught by District 5340's District Global Grants Chair and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth.  Clubs will need to follow the directions in the PowerPoint training,  If you have questions, Janice is available for more information.  Her email contact information is provided in the PowerPoint.  Clubs will also need to complete a Memorandum of Understanding and have their Annual Fund Giving Goals on the My Rotary website.
District Grants Training Information
District Grants training will be offered under the tutelage of District Grants Chair, Elana Levens-Craig with help from Major Gifts Chair, Mike Whitehurst.  There is a quiz when the training is finished, which will need to be completed to be qualified to complete a District Grant.  Clubs will need to have their Annual Giving Goals for the Rotary Foundation identified on the My Rotary website.  District Grants are due on August 1, 2020.
Link for Grants Training  To review the material for Global Grants, click on Global Grants Seminar and scroll to the bottom where you will find a video to watch.  For District Grants, Go District Grants and click on District Grants Training and scroll to the bottom to find the training video.  To be eligible to participate in grants, two members of your club must attend the training.
Grants Training Goes Online 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Call to Action - Oranges for the Picking

Recently, the Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise was featured in the Union Tribune for  their harvesting efforts of local produce and subsequent donations to local food banks and non-profits.  This venture has been enormously successful and a variety of individuals have contacted the club offering their produce for picking as well.  So far they have collectively harvested over 1500 pounds of citrus fruit. 
One of the more resent calls  comes in from a property owner in Rancho Santa Fe who has a grove of 100 orange trees.  He has offered his crop  up for harvesting with all oranges going to Rotary for redistribution to organizations in need.  This project is larger than the Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise can manage and they have contacted the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe for help.  Both clubs agreed to open this opportunity up to any and all Rotary and Rotaract clubs who might like to participate.  Clubs pick the citrus fruit and they take with them what they pick for distribution in their respective geographical area.  The Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe has agreed to be the coordinating club for this effort.  If you are interested in scheduling a date/time for your club to pick oranges, please contact Elie Feghali at (661) 331-4705.
Call to Action - Oranges for the Picking 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Happy 94th Birthday El Cajon Rotary!

The El Cajon Rotary Club just turned 94.  Established in April of 1926, the El Cajon Rotary Club is a group of local businessmen and professionals who form part of Rotary International, a community service organization founded in Chicago in 1905.  El Cajon Rotarians have lived by the motto of "Service Above Self" for the past 94 years.  The El Cajon Rotary Club champions many causes such as literacy, clean water, peace and health.  Club Rotarians are dedicated to eradicating the polio virus and have contributed to many East San Diego County programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Youth Symphony, Youth leadership training, East County reading and literacy programs, the Salvation Army, high school vocational programs, youth theatre programs and Thousand Smiles.  
The Club normally meets each Tuesday at noon at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon.  If you'd like to connect with them, please use their website or see them on Facebook.  For questions about El Cajon Rotary, contact club president, David Johnson at 619 977-6497 or djbanker@gmail.com.
Happy 94th Birthday El Cajon Rotary! 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

SD Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Responds to Needs of the Community

Posted by George Mullen
Photo:  Robert Semmer and Gillian Semmer are co-chairs of San Diego Breakfast Rotary's coronavirus response committee.
When the coronavirus crisis and economic shutdown hit our nation and our community, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club's board could see that our region was heading for a tsunami of humanitarian needs.  We quickly formed a coronavirus response committee and asked two long-standing members, father and daughter Robert Semmer and Gillian Semmer, to co-chair it.  The new committee's mission was to explore how our club could best aid our community in this time of crisis.  
Our club is best known for our outgoing hands-on-projects to help our community.  However, because of the stay-at-home and social distancing requirements, we determined our efforts in this crisis would need to be focused on providing financial aid.
Over the following weeks, Bob And Gillian and their committee went to work raising new money, as well as researching the local charities that would give us the biggest bang for our buck in helping those being hurt most - homeless, seniors, youth, newly unemployed, and food-deprived individuals and families.  
Through individual member donations, our club's foundation, and two available matching grants, we have directed over $85,000 to the following seven local charities.  The committee selected these organizations because they have a long and respected history of serving those in special need.  Likewise, our club has partnered with most of these organizations in the past and knows first hand the good work they do.
East County Transitional Living Center houses and feeds over 450 previously homeless people and families and helps them back to full employment.  With our $12,500 donation, the center will be able to invite at least 10 additional families into their programs.
Serving Seniors was given $12,500 to provide meals for disadvantaged senior citizens in downtown San Diego.
Episcopal Community Services' Uptown Safe Haven was given $12,500  for their residential facility that provides transitional housing and supportive services to chronically homeless young adults with moderate to severe mental health issues.
Feeding America was given $10,800 (plus a partial match bringing the total to $19,100) for their program to provide 40,000 meals for communities affected by the coronavirus.  
Father Joe's Villages was given $8,300 (plus a matching grant doubling the total to $16,600) for their emergency relief fund to feed and house thousands of homeless persons.
Salvation Army Downtown San Diego was given $8,300 for their work with economically vulnerable, low-wage men, women and children who are at risk of falling into homelessness.  
La Mision Children's Fund Food Bank in Baja California received $4,000.  La Mision previously  served 55 families per month, but because of the coronavirus crisis, is now serving over 350 families per month.  
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club was founding in 1990 and has since donated $2 million to charities ranging from wounded veterans, USO, feeding and housing the homeless, assisting senior citizens in need, the USS Midway, Honor Flight, Junior Achievement, as well as humanitarian projects in Baja California, Latin America, Africa and India.  Our annual Holes for Heroes golf tournament is our featured fundraiser.  
The author of this article, George Mullen is the president of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club.
SD Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Responds to Needs of the Community George Mullen 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

RCSDPV Medical Mission 2020

The Rotary Club of San Diego Paradise Valley (RCSDPV) held its Annual Mission in the Philippines from February 15 to March 1, 2020.  The Club participated at  three sites serving the less fortunate people from San Ildefonso, Bulacan, Madapdap Resettlement, Mabalacat Pampanga and Bauang La Union.  Services provided were free medical consultation, dental cleaning and dental extraction, minor surgeries such as cyst removal, donated reading glasses, feeding program, free medication such as antibiotics, vitamins, analgesics and many more. They served more than 7,000 people in the chosen state.  
Other activities included:
  • Conducted an Anti-Drug Awareness and Prevention Forum to 120 senior high school students of Dapdap High School.  Each participant was given a free t-shirt with logo.
  • Provided a Maternal Health Seminar "Buntis Congress" to 51 expectant mothers.  Each participant received a free newborn starter kit.  
  • Donated a handwashing station and dictionaries to Eliseo Belen Elementary School in Bacolor Pampanga.
  • With the theme "Rotary Connects the World," the Club held  fellowship nights with local government units for each site and with local Rotary clubs in the Philippines.
  • Signed a Sisterhood Agreement with four Rotary Clubs - Rotary Club of San Diego Paradise Valley, Rotary Club of Pasig Central, Rotary Club of Mandaluyong North and Rotary Club of Bacolor.
Through this effort RCSDPV was able to accomplish five of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus (Maternal and Child Health, Peace Conflict Prevention, Basic Education and Literacy and Water Sanitation) during the trip.  
RCSDPV Medical Mission 2020 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual District Red Badger Chat This Tuesday

District Governor (DG), Marta Knight has developed a virtual red badger chat opportunity for new members whose Red Badge requirements call for attendance at a District event.  Given the COVID-19 restrictions for gatherings, this virtual chat satisfies the required attendance at a District event.
The chat is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Registration will be open on the District website by Friday.  This is open to all members, not just Red Badgers.  Topics will include District information, including location, size, website, positions, Rotary.org., Learning Center, and Roteract and Interact clubs.  The District Governor line will be speaking as well as a Rotaractor and Interactor.  A Zoom meeting link will be sent out to participating members via email.
Virtual District Red Badger Chat This Tuesday 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Coronado Responds to Orphanage Need Via Zoom

Coronado Rotary Club has turned to Zoom video conferencing for its weekly meetings.  With 135 Rotarians in virtual attendance, donations for Coronado High School (CHS) Interact Club's service project at the Hacienda Orphanage came pouring in using the chat meeting option.  CHS Interact Co-President Brianna Heinken (first row, third from the right) spoke to the Rotarians about the technology and necessity needs (related to COVID-19) at the orphanage during this pandemic.  Rotarians learned about the orphanage's struggle in transitioning to virtual learning because they lack the technology needed.
With caring and generosity, 76 Rotarians responded giving $7,465 and an in-kind donation of five laptops for the students at the orphanage.  
The Coronado Interact Club, sponsored by the Coronado Rotary Club, is made up of 30 active CHS students.  Along with various service projects in the community, the Interact Club travels to the Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico three-to-four times each year to complete projects, bring donations, and spend time with the children there.  Cole Mullins, Interact Vice President, said, "After going to the orphanage for the last four years, I have loved meeting all the children and creating bonds with them.  It is very special and amazing experience that I have been able to have.  This gift will impact them greatly as it will help improve their living conditions and open new doors for them.  They are bright kids and thanks to gifts like this they have bright futures!"
Declan Dineen, Interact Co-President-Elect also commented, "Its been such a remarkable experience to give back to the orphanage in addition to making a positive impact on the children's lives.  I'm beyond thankful for having such giving and involved role models such as the Rotarians.  I'm excited to see what the children will be able to achieve and accomplish with your generous donation."
The Coronado Rotary Club also provides financial assistance to the orphanage throughout the year.
Photo: CHS Interact Students at the Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico
Photo:  CHS Interact Students conducting service project at the orphanage.
Coronado Responds to Orphanage Need Via Zoom 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Rotary Convention Planned

Mark your calendars for June 20-26 for an opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
Now more than ever, Rotary Connects the World: the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.
Together we'll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19.  Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
We have never needed Rotary - and we have never needed each other - more than we do now.  We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.
Virtual Rotary Convention Planned 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA Bank Account Compromised

Be on notice that during these trying times, fraud is on the rise.  Take every precaution to protect your online activity and view every email with a critical eye.
This week, District 5340's RYLA bank account was compromised.  A very honest woman from Ohio received in the mail a typed-written check payable to her in the amount of $2,100 from the District's RYLA account.  The check was signed by an approved District RYLA bank account signor.  It was mailed in a very suspicious looking envelope from a signage company in Michigan.  As soon as she got the check in the mail, she received a phone call from someone with a very heavy foreign accent, asking her to cash the check immediately.  She got very suspicious.  Had she not, she would have cashed it and she would have received another call telling her it was a mistake and that she would need to return the money,  Fortunately for her, she made the call to our District Answer Connect Services.
District Governor (DG) Marta Knight called her back and got the story.  She asked the woman if she would send her a copy of the check and the mailing envelope, which she did.  She verified the District bank account and the check number did not coincide with the sequence of checks being used by RYLA.  They also do not type out their checks.  The check was an exact image of the RYLA checks, including the signature.  
The District notified US Bank where the accounts are managed.  The authorities were also notified in both locations.  It appears this is a new type of fraud - get a check, copy it, change the check number and add a new payee to it, mail it out, have someone cash it and then call to ask them to return the funds.
The RYLA account has since been closed and a new one opened.  If you have any outstanding checks, they will send a replacement from the new bank account.
The reason for this is to WARN you that there is a lot of fraud going on.  Be careful with your club accounts.  Balance them monthly and keep close tabs on your checkbooks.
Additionally, this week, DG Knight's email was also hacked.  Many of you received emails from her asking you to collect on a deposit she made to you using OneDrive.  If you received it, please delete it; the notice was fraudulent.  Her email has been restored with a very secure password with the assistance from representatives of Yahoo.  It is no longer compromised.
RYLA Bank Account Compromised 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Fallbrook Holding Non-Event Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook is engaged in a fundraiser (using COVID-19 District Relief Grant Matching Funds) to help three key Fallbrook non-profits who, in response to the pandemic, have stepped up to provide food to Fallbrook citizens in need - grocery delivery services to seniors and feeding Fallbrook's youth who are forced out of school and after school activities.  
If you'd like to help, please send your donation of $20 or more to the Rotary Club of Fallbrook Foundation, P.O. Box 1227, Fallbrook, CA  92088 attention: COVID-19 Non-Event.  You donation is tax deductible.  
Rotary Club of Fallbrook Holding Non-Event Fundraiser 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Highlights of the April RI Board of Directors' Meeting

Zone Director, Johrita Solari shared with District 5340 leadership the decisions that were made at the April 22-26, 2020 Rotary International Board of Directors meeting.  The highlights are below:
  • A virtual Rotary Convention will be held June 20-26, 2020.  General sessions, breakout sessions and speakers will be available to all.  Information will be out shortly.
  • The following General Principles were adopted:
    • The Health and Safety of all participants in Rotary programs and meetings is of paramount importance.
    • No in-person meeting or event shall be made mandatory for any Rotary participants who may feel uncomfortable attending due to the pandemic.
    • RI Board of Directors will meet virtually and not in-person for the remainder of calendar year 2020.
    • The Rotary Zone Institute scheduled for November 2020 is being strongly encouraged to conduct trainings virtually.
    • Risk Assessment will be made regarding Youth Exchange Program for 2021 year.
    • A Pandemic Response Task Force will be selected to do a comprehensive study of how Rotary will use further virtual technology during this pandemic through October 2020.
    • Rotary will sunset the Global Rewards program on July 1, 2021.
Highlights of the April RI Board of Directors' Meeting 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
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Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo (Club) has operated their Foundation since 1978 with the expressed purpose to support charitable, cultural, scientific, civic, health and/or education purposes, primarily for local communities in North San Diego County.  The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Foundation (Foundation) annually provides an average of $40,000 in grants to support local projects.  As a result of their successful western-themed family festival, Vines & Vittles last summer, they were able to provide $70,000 in grants this year.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded with its dramatic impact in our country and community, the Foundation determined that it was time to act.  Under the leadership of the Foundation president, Dan Glover, the trustees assessed the immediate need and decided to provide additional grants to worthy organizations and create a program to provide restaurant gift cards to first responders and homeless youth in the Poway Unified School District (PUSD).
The additional grants were provided to:
  • PUSD Youth in Transition Program -- $1,500 to provide meals over the summer school closure time to over 200 homeless kids.
  • Vista Hill Foundation -- $2,000 to provide food and meal packs to low income single mothers.
  • Interfaith Community Services -- $5,000 to provide emergency funding to support families in need.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club's major fundraiser for this summer, Vines & Vittles family festival has been canceled and they have lost a major source of funding for future grants.  But, the Club recognized that many of the their local restaurant vendors are struggling with the stay at home orders and decided to create a program that would send them some business.  The Club purchased 245 gift cards from Mike's BBQ, Cork and Craft, Jessies Bake Shop, Duff's Doggz, Denny's, Roundtable Pizza, Cowboy Chicken, Elements Café, Submarina and Chicken Charlies.  Each of the these great community assets also contributed to the cause allowing the Club to procure cards valued at $5,875 for $4,650.  These cards will be donated in various quantities to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation (first responders), Palomar Health Foundation (Pomerado and Palomar Hospital nurses and emergency medical staff), PUSD Families in Need Foundation, and Abraxas Foundation (students in need).
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 #Rotary Responds Livestream Telethon

Saturday, May 2
10:00 a.m. CST
8:00 a.m. PST
We are pleased to invite you to participate in a COVID-19 #Rotary Responds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster response.  This Facebook Live event will be simulcast on the Rotary International Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars (the link is now live).
Rotary's 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic.  More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the front lines to battle COVID 19.  Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction -- they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives.  Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.
Join this live event to hear stories of hope, inspiration and graditude from Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends of Rotary from across the globe as they share what they are doing to help their communities.  The Telethon will also showcase how our polio eradication infrastructure is helping to combat COVID 19.    The live stream will be simulcast in eight languages.  Share this event and spread the word through your social media channels.   Invite your friends and family and members of your community to watch and see first-hand what Rotary's People of Action are doing to combat COVID 19.    When posting, use hashtag "RotaryResponds.  Lastly, encourage everyone to donate!
COVID-19 #Rotary Responds Livestream Telethon 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Check Out Rotary's Learning Center

While we are staying home, what better time is there for learning more about Rotary.  Check out the Rotary Learning Center.  It's a great way to build up your Rotary knowledge.  There are single e-learning courses, as well as learning plans with multiple courses on each subject matter.  Want to learn Rotary basics?  Fellowships? Best practices for engaging members? How to build a diverse club?  Club president basics?  Club secretary basics?  Grant management?  Membership? Mentoring?  This list could go on; there is something for everyone.  This is a great way for new members to get up to speed on everything Rotary.  Clubs may even want to make e-learning part of their red badge requirements.  Let's get started!
Check Out Rotary's Learning Center 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Veterans Home Receives Some Love

The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club (Club) showed some love to residents living in the  Veterans Home of California located in Chula Vista.  Veterans received a variety of activity gifts to keep them occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders.  
In just one week, the Club collected 76 books, seven crossword, 16 Word Find, 11 Sudoku, 44 pencils, 22 decks of cards, dice and checkers, three coloring books,  markers and colored pencils and a couple of art projects.  
The best part of this project was the 102 handwritten cards and 26 beautiful drawings and cards made by local children.  
Veterans Home Receives Some Love 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Fallbrook Rotarian Creates Short Video  on Four-Way Test

As we look for ways to grow as Rotarians, we came across  the artistry of Rotarian, Terry Decker from the Rotary Club of Fallbrook who cleverly put together a six-minute YouTube video on the history of Rotary's Four-Way Test.  It's a short video so please take the time to watch.  You can view it here.
Fallbrook Rotarian Creates Short Video on Four-Way Test 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

World Immunization Week 

As scientists work to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, April 24-30.
Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions.  Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children's health at risk around the world.
Rotary knows firsthand that #VaccinesWork.  Since 1985, we've contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly three billion children from polio.  When children receive the polio vaccine, their pinkie fingers are marked with purple ink so health workers will know which children received the vaccine.  Today, only two countries continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Happy Birthday Paul Harris

On April 19, 1868, Rotary founder Paul Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin, USA.  To honor him, you may wish to read notes to Harris from his Rotarian friends.
Consider finding ways to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of Paul Harris' birth.  Tell RI by writing to annualfund@rotary.org.  You could be featured in the next Paul Harris Society Resource.  Subscribe to this quarterly newsletter if you aren't already receiving it, and you'll get updates on membership, read about what motivates our contributors, and more.
Happy Birthday Paul Harris 2020-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Responds

Rotary International has a blog on its Rotary Voices page that share stories of service from around the world.  From hosting virtual meetings to using tutorial videos, Rotary members are embracing change to stay connected during COVID 19.  #Rotary Responds.  Check out some of the stories:  https://bit.ly/3dkWMCi.
Rotary Responds 2020-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Donates to Santee Food Bank

Members of the Rotary Club of Santee-Lakeside Rotary raised $1,250 in just under two weeks and donated the money to the Santee Food Bank to help the nonprofit feed residents having a tough time during the COVID 19 pandemic.   
The Club appealed to its members to donated $19 (after COVID 19) or whatever they could to help the Santee Food Bank.  Members raised $1,250 in short order, which combined with the promised $250 from the District for a total of $1,500 delivered to the president of the Santee Food Bank, Pastor Dennis Martins, and several of the group's volunteers.  
According to Pastor Martins "their (food bank) resources have been strained these past several weeks with the COVID 19 virus.  While we typically feed 450 families, this month we have served almost 900.  This pandemic has really had an impact on those that we serve."
In past years, District 5340 Matching Grants have also allowed the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club to support the Santee Food Bank by purchasing needed refrigerator and freezer units. The Club also partners with the Santee Post Office during their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive providing assistance in off loading donated items from postal vehicles, weighing donations and then loading bins onto a donated large truck to deliver directly to the Santee Food Bank.  Club participation allows the food items donated in Santee to stay in Santee.
Photo L-R: Pastor Dennis Martins, president of the Santee Food Bank and Bill Pommering, president of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club show off the $1,500 check donated by the club.
Photo:  Food Bank volunteers showing graditude for the donation.
Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Donates to Santee Food Bank 2020-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Harvesting for the Greater Good

The Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise (as part of a early Rotarians At Work Day effort) got together a harvesting party at a member's home where they picked over 500 pounds of fruit that was donated to the Santee Food Bank, La Mesa First Methodist Church's Fresh Start program, Noah Homes, Homeless Encampment, the East County Transitional Living Center, Bradley Convalescent Home and La Mesa senior citizens.  If you look at the picture below you can see they did this all while practicing social distancing.  A big shout out goes to Rotarian Peggy Smith Davis for growing this amazing bounty and donating it all!
Harvesting for the Greater Good 2020-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Major Needs Identified South of the Border

Rotarian Fernanda Torres, peace chair for the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club is quarantined in Tijuana.  While there, she identified major needs in her community and texted her Club president, Jenny Parker about the issues.  Members of the club went into immediate action and obtained a COVID grant from the District and Torres were able to obtain thousands of pieces of much need personal protective equipment (PPE) at a great price and get them distributed to clinics and hospitals in Tijuana.
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club also put together a COVID grant to aid kids and families in need.  As a result, more than 1,000 pounds of beans and rice were distributed to orphanages and families in Mexico. As much as San Diegans are suffering physically and economically during this pandemic, our sister city across the border is doing even worse with no or limited safety nets to assist.  If any other clubs would like to contribute to people in need in Tijuana, Torres and Parker will be able to help make sure the funds and resources get to where they need to go.  For more information, contact Jenny Parker at jennyy@jparkermd.net.
Major Needs Identified South of the Border 2020-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge

Foundation - Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower
A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GAEI) which includes Rotary's PolioPlus program.  From the earliest days of polio eradication in the Philippines, the generosity and advocacy of Rotarians and our partners has nearly stopped polio, stopped Ebola from becoming an epidemic in Nigeria and now responds to COVID-19.
Over the next four to six months, the polio program is offering tools, workforce and extensive surveillance network to support countries as they respond.  Globally, the polio surveillance network is being trained on COVID case detection, contact tracing, laboratory testing and data management.  GPEI is deploying its coordination mechanisms such as emergency operations centers and sharing physical assets like vehicles, computers, and mobile phones to combat the pandemic.
PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge 2020-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Cotton Face Masks

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club has a project to help micro entrepreneurs referred by the International Rescue Committee in San Diego (IRC) and the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD).  The Club has been taking donations to pay local small business, tailors who have lost jobs and livelihoods in this crisis, to sew 100% cotton face masks to be donated to FHCSD.  Over 2,000 face masks have been donated so far and a good portion of them have gone to supply the homeless population who have been moved into the San Diego Convention Center.
You can help by supporting this project with a donation.  You can also order masks for yourselves or for one of your club's own charities of choice, workers in assisted living facilities or other areas of need.  By doing this your club is  helping save precious N95 and other hospital grade protection gear for our brave healthcare professionals on the front lines.  
The tailor use two patterns recommended by US hospitals:
If you are interested in supporting this cause or wanting to purchase masks, please contact Pauline Lim-Endresen at:  pauline@paulineandbjorn.com
Cotton Face Masks 2020-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Club and District Support During COVID-19

As we acclimate during this unique time, we are truly inspired by the many ways Rotarians continue to connect with one another.  Club presidents have the ability to decide what they want their club meetings to look like.  For example, you might want to take advantage of the many online meeting platforms. 
Keep in mind that the Standard Rotary Club Constitution Article 7, Section 1-D details that a club can cancel their meetings due to an outbreak such as this.  
Club and District Support Fourth Quarter Highlights:
Helpful Links to a Few of the Online Meeting Platforms:
  • Zoom Basic Free - Zoom.us  It is strongly recommended that when you set up your meetings you have them password protected since there have been cybersecurity reports showing a high increase of "highjacking" of Zoom meetings and hosting accounts. 
  • GoTo Meetings Free - Gotomeeting.com
  • Google Hangout Free - Google Hangout
Club and District Support During COVID-19 2020-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

$500 Worth of Hand Sanitizers Donated

Photo L-R: Sculpt Nouveau President Debbie Young, Lee Brown and Club President Kevin Bowcock.
The Escondido East Rotary Club donated $500 worth of hand sanitizer spray made by their own Club Rotarian's company Sculpt Nouveau.  The hand sanitizer was delivered to Interfaith Community Services, a non-profit that empowers people in need of stabilization to improve their lives through comprehensive programs in partnership with diverse faith communities and people of passion.
$500 Worth of Hand Sanitizers Donated 2020-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Ghost Jazz Trio Live Screen Concert a Success!

Old Mission Rotary collaborated with Club Rotarian, Gary John Collins, who is the owner of the Air Conditioned Lounge located in North Park to produce a live stream of jazz music.  Collin's nightclub is closed but that didn't stop Gary from organizing a live stream concert with Ghost Jazz Trio that aired April 1.  The purpose was to entertain and Connect the Community as well as raise money for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
The food bank reported that the concert raised enough money to provide 6,345 meals to those in need!  Old Mission Rotary contributed $800.  
Special thanks to Gary John Collins of Old Mission Rotary for organizing and donating his venue for the event!
Additional thanks goes to the Ghost Jazz Trio who donated their time and talents!  The Ghost Jazz Trio is made up of Fusionfingers Morgan on guitar, Casper Paludan on drums and Aaron Seener on bass.  David Blood served as the event's techie, also volunteering his talents to live stream the event from three cameras.  
Ghost Jazz Trio Live Screen Concert a Success! 2020-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Surge

Rotary has launched a bold new initiative called VOLUNTEER SURGE.  Under this program, Rotarians and their friends have an opportunity to take an online class of eight hours and get qualified to assist in much-needed screening activities which will reduce suffering and save lives, all in the comfort and safety of your home.  Their is also another longer course for those who are healthcare workers who would like to be in the field as community health care workers.  The potential impact is huge.  
Please take the opportunity to access this WEBSITE to learn about this incredible opportunity to serve.   Let's jump on this opportunity for TAKING ACTION, right now!   
Volunteer Surge 2020-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Being Active with Virtual Events

During this time of uncertainty, The Rotaract Club of Pacific Beach has been actively finding new ways to connect with members by creating weekly virtual events.
The Club's first Virtual Social Hour was scheduled, right after California's stay-at-home order, to check in on its members.  In addition to sharing how members were feeling, their Board of Directors shared virtual volunteer opportunities, discussed how to support small businesses, and other virtual events they were looking forward to.  Members also agreed that weekly virtual social hours were helpful during this difficult time to stay connected.  
The Club's Board of Directors took this feedback and looked for virtual opportunities to engage members.  One idea was to see if any Rotaract members would like to share something they are passionate and knowledgeable about with the club.  As a result, the second virtual social hour included their twin club, Rotaract Tijua Oeste, for an art and wine night.  Ivn Santos from Rotaract Tijuana Oeste shared a wine presentation that gave an overview of the types of wine and their origin, the different types of wine glasses, and how to taste wine with your palette.  Following Ivan, Jessie Case from Pacific Beach Rotaract presented on four famous artists and their most well-know work.
Pacific Beach Rotaract also invited their twin club, Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club, to a virtual social hour.  The clubs created a Virtual Book Club for their members and plan to meet once a month.
In addition to virtual events, Pacific Beach Rotaract launched an Instagram Rotaract Takeover where members share how they are social distancing during this time.   An Instagram takeover is the process of taking over someone else's Instagram account temporarily (typically one day) and sharing content with their audience.  President Sesy Enriquez kicked off the first Rotaract Instagram Takeover by sharing where she worked as her job is an essential service and gave members an in-depth look at how glasses are made at LensCrafters.  Sesy also shared how to clean your glasses and stressed the importance of an annual eye exam.  
Looking forward, Pacific Beach Rotaract has a full calendar in April with virtual events.  In celebration of their fourth anniversary as a club, their April Business Meeting will be beach- themed.  Rotarians and guests are welcome to join and encouraged to dress in their favorite Hawaiian shirt.  The April Business Meeting is Tuesday, April 7 starting at 6:00 pm.  the Google meet link and other virtual events can be found on the Club's Facebook page.  On Saturday, April 11, one of their members will be leading them through a virtual painting tutorial of their local landmark in Pacific Beach - Crystal Pier.  Pacific Beach Rotaract also has a virtual Information Meeting to see if they can recruit members during this time.  Lastly, make sure to tune in to their Rotaract Instagram Takeover where members will be sharing every Tuesday and Thursday in April.
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Live Stream Jazz Concert

The Ghost Jazz Trio live concert and FOOD DRIVE is happening on Wednesday, April 1 from noon until 2:00 pm!  The event is co-sponsored by Old Mission Rotary and the Air Conditioned Lounge and is designed to entertain and connect us while we raise money for the San Diego Food Bank.  
As you are aware, all bars are closed but the musicians will be performing alone at the Air Conditioned Lounge in North Park with the aid of one audio-visual technician.  Safe social distancing will be observed by the band and no one else will be allowed onsite.    
Our goal is to raise $5000 in monetary donations through a special virtual shopping experience website established by the San Diego Food Bank.  You can login and donate anytime during the concert.
Please spread the word regarding the live stream event on the Old Mission Rotary and Air Conditioned Lounge Facebook Pages.
Thank you in advance to all those donating their time to make this happen:  James "fusion fingers" Morgan on guitar, Casper Paludan on drums, Aaron Seener on bass, Gary Collins, owner of Air Conditioned Lounge for the use of his venue, and David Blood who will do all the video live-streaming with three cameras.   
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Connecting during the COVID-19 Response

For more than a century, Rotary has connected the world through fellowship and service.  The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily routines and forced the cancellation of many in-person Rotary and Rotaract club meetings and events.  But even when we can't hold our usual events, members have lots of ways to stay engaged, connected with one another, and serve their community.
Clubs can meet online using services such as Zoom, Skype, or GoToMeeting.  All three platforms offer robust support from their directions for setting up an account to helping with technical issues.  Rotary and Rotaract members get a discount on Zoom through Rotary Global Awards.  Members can also connect with each other on social media and with services such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp groups,
Learn how Rotarians and Rotaractors are staying in contact and keeping members engaged during these difficult times.
  • Find ideas and resources for holding virtual meetings, engaging through social media, and serving from afar in District 6690's Guide to Maintaining Member Engagement During the CPVOD-19 Pandemic.
  • Read how the Zone 34 Rotary coordinators are maintaining membership engagement (hint: ingenuity and adaptability) and download their COVID Responses Guide.
  • See how Big West Rotaract, a multi-district organization in the western region of North America, is connecting Rotarians and Rotaractors who are experiencing difficulties with others who can help.  Look at its Rotary and Rotaract COVID-19 Mutal Aid Form.
  • Read advice from Charlotte Ahiberg, past chair of the Rotary International E-Club Committee on taking your club online.  
  • Visit Rotary's website to get more tips and guidance for holding online club meetings.
How is your club keeping your members engaged during the COVID-19 response?  Share your ideas and resources in District 5340's Newsbits.  Send information and photos if you have them to Newsbits editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com
Connecting during the COVID-19 Response 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Special COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants

COVID-19 Relief Grants
District 5340
District Governor, Marta Knight has released $15,000 from her annual district budget that was to be used for canceled district events.
These funds will be available as matching funds for clubs to do projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  Each club will be entitled to up to $250 in matching funds for an approved project related to relief efforts for the current COVID-19 crisis.  These projects may address such items as food insecurity, access to personal protection equipment, shelter insecurity, education/outreach, etc.
Deadline for submission of these grants is April 30, 2020.  Grants will be reviewed, approved and paid out upon receipt to allow rapid deployment in our communities.  
Process to apply is as follows:
  1. Go to www.matchinggrants.org, click "District Grants", click "Submit Project" and enter your project idea.  Be sure to select the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
  2. Project title should be COVID-19 followed by your own wording specific for your project.  Starting the project title with COVID-19 will alert the Grants Committee that this is a special project being submitted under these special grant rules.
  3. For the budget section, enter the amount of club funds that your club intends to contribute to the project.
  4. Enter the total budget, which should be $250 more than the club funds your club intends to contribute if your club has pledged $250 or more to the project.  
    1. Example: Club contribution is $250, total budget would be $500.
    2. Example: Club contribution is $400, total budget would be $650
  5. If your club intends to contribute less than $250, you may double the club contribution and enter that into the total budget.
  6. The grant application needs to be electronically signed by the club president and the project's primary contact.  If they are the same person, the treasurer should be the second signatory.
  7. Checks will be issued in your club name.  You must securely upload under "documents" at matchinggrants.org, the mailing address where you want the check mailed.  
  8. Upon completion of your project, you must submit a final report online.  If this report is not completed by August 1, 2020, your club will not be eligible to receive DDF funds for District Grants for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
If you have any questions please email Janice Kurth at janice@janicekurth.com.
Special COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Staying Connected

Posted by Marta Knight, DG
As we begin Week Three of being at home, I want to share some thoughts with you as District Governor, club member and, most of all, as your friend.
I am so proud of everything you are all doing with your Rotary family and with each other.  You are  truly living out our theme this year .... "Rotary Connects the World", and you are also "Making Good Things Happen Together with Love, Compassion and Joy".
We are in this together day-by-day - figuring it out as we go and in our own very individual way.  Club members need each other more than ever right now.  We can be there for them the best way we can.  Now is the time to share your own special "gift" with each other.  Be creative, kind, generous and reach out to each other.  Stay in touch by setting up a phone tree. Each member taking three names and checking in on each other just to say "hi, am thinking of you".
Start sharing what you are doing with each other.  You are all doing incredible acts of kindness.  Every club activity that I see shared on Facebook, I forward to our Rotary Members and District 5340 member groups.  That keeps us connected.
I am also excited that we have set up our District COVID-19 Relief Grants.  We are going to redirect $15,000 of District funds from events that were canceled to club matching grants of $250.  You can then be "ordinary people who get to do the extraordinary and change lives" within your community.
I am here for you.  I am trying to find a balance with staying informed with the news and not becoming too anxious.  What makes me happy is being connected with all of you and being there to support you for whatever comes ahead.  I know that when it does, we will be ready for it because we are Rotarians and People of Action.
Stay healthy and when FEAR comes into your mind, turn it around to F-family, flexibility, E-exercise, education, A attitude, activity, R- reassurance, reading and Rotary!
Marta Knight
District 5340 Governor
Staying Connected Marta Knight, DG 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Opportunities

As we navigate the needs of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic and we learn of volunteer opportunities, we will share them with you.  Here are a few:
South Bay Helps
South Bay Helps is beginning a non-contact delivery system beginning today and they are looking for a few individuals to receive calls and a few more individuals to pick up and deliver meals.  This activity is considered essential activity and volunteers and are not restricted under the California stay-at-home order.  Volunteer drivers will not enter the Food Bank nor the homes of the individuals.  Deliveries will involve drive through pick up and doorstep delivery only.  For more information email Gina Woodward at southbayhelps@gmail.com.
Feeding San Diego
While Feeding San Diego isn't accepting volunteers at this time, they will match you with local needs.  Please fill out this form to help them guide you to a place where you may volunteer.  
Meals on Wheels
To volunteer with Meals on Wheels, you need to complete this form and then there is a process to follow, including a background check.  
Volunteer Opportunities 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

How ClubRunner Can Help

COVID - 19: How ClubRunner Can Help You Serve Your Community
For those clubs using ClubRunner, we have received information on how they can help you stay connected.
Free trials and renewals extended by two months.
ClubRunner understands that you may need more time to evaluate your ClubRunner trial or make your annual renewal payments.  This is why they are extending their trial period by two months, and annual renewal deadlines will be automatically be extended.
Free upgrade: Enhanced Volunteer Module
To help your club mobilize its efforts within your community, they are offering free access and expanded usage of the Enhanced Volunteer Module for the next two months.  This has already been added to your account and no action needs to be taken.  You can learn more on how to use the module here.  
If your club is using the Admin Only version of ClubRunner, please contact ClubRunner for a free 60-day upgrade to the Standard version, which will allow you to use this module.
How ClubRunner Can Help 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Bill Gates TED talk on Pandemic from 2015

In 2015, Bill Gates did a TED talk concerning the potential of a pandemic.  He cites his study of Polio and the economic impact of such a pandemic.  This is well worth your eight-minutes of viewing.  Link provided by DGE Stve Weitzen.  
Bill Gates TED talk on Pandemic from 2015 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Benefiting Escondido Police Cadets and Fire Explorers

The Escondido East Rotary Club's Flower Fundraiser to support Escondido's Police Cadets, Fire Explorers and ROTC is now underway.  You simply order online.
Order a beautiful flower basket for Mother's day, for yourself or as a gift.  The Club started this fundraiser a year ago and the fundraiser was a rousing success.  They anticipate the same this year.  You can order online or download the form and  send the check to Sculpt Nouveau, 1155 Industrial Avenue, Escondido, 92029.  Please order by April 26!
For any questions, please call or text Don at 760-807-5131.  Thank you for your support.
Fundraiser Benefiting Escondido Police Cadets and Fire Explorers 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Mission Gorge Rotary Club Charter Dinner Postponed

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, we are postponing the Mission Gorge Rotary Club's Charter Dinner to a future date when the "stay-at-home" order is lifted and we are safely through this current crisis.  We will announce the new date/time when it is available.  Stay safe and healthy!
Mission Gorge Rotary Club Charter Dinner Postponed 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Consider Donating Blood to the SD Blood Bank

As we look for ways to be of service during this COVID-19 pandemic, there is one essential community service that can always use your help - The San Diego Blood Bank.  
The Blood bank needs people to sustain the blood supply over the coming weeks.  Please consider making an appointment for a date in the near future.  If you make an appointment, please note that you should allow extra time as the Blood Bank has implemented new screening and cleaning processes.  This is to ensure your safety.
For more information, please go to sandiegobloodbank.org.  There you can find important links to further assist you.  To make an appointment, you can go to www.sandiegobloodbank.org/GiveLife.
Consider Donating Blood to the SD Blood Bank 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

2020 RI Convention in Honolulu Canceled

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Friends,
Let me get right to the unfortunate news - the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.  We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority.  Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year's convention, I am very disappointed.  However, this is the right and  necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.
At this point, we are unsure that Rotary could adequately protect convention-goers from the risk of CPVID-19 infection en route to, during and after the convention.  We are also unsure if restrictions on travel to the United States will be lifted by June.  We have heard from a number of you who voiced concerns about gathering at the convention this year.  I also heard from many who were hopeful that we could continue with the convention as planned.  The Board was very diligent and considered all the facts before taking the decision.
2020 RI Convention in Honolulu Canceled Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

New Learning Center Feature: Learning Topics

Learning Topics, a new feature to share ideas and resources with other members, is now available in the Learning Center.  Some topics are available for all members to view, while others can be viewed by those in specific roles.
Learning Topics is similar to My Rotary Discussion Groups in that each topic has a moderator (either staff or a Rotary member), ensuring that the content is relevant to the topic, and members can comment on a resource or start a discussion related to it.  The difference is that Learning Topics is more than just discussion - you can also share content like web pages, presentations templates, and other tools to run and train your clubs and districts.
Please click read more.
New Learning Center Feature: Learning Topics 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Serves Meals at Doors of Change

Old Mission Rotary is committed to serving a home cooked meal one Sunday per month to youth participating in the Doors of Change program.  Doors of Change works with "transitional-age-youth" between the age of 16-25 who are living on the streets of Ocean Beach.
On Sunday March 8, Gary John Collins and his wife, Kimberly provided salad and freshly baked corn bread and Don and Susan Krup delivered chili con carne and vegetarian chili. Donna Mayturn organized the service and kept the meal hot in her crock pots!  Thanks to Vicky Yates of the Oregon City Rotary Club for organizing Old Mission Rotary's participation in this wonderful community service project.
The Club's next dinner services are slated for April 12, May 10 and June 14.
Old Mission Rotary Serves Meals at Doors of Change 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Sponsors LEAD Teams

The LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations and Determination) Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students.  Old Mission Rotary sponsored teams from Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta and CPMA (Creative Performing and Media) in Clairemont.  On March 10, the CPMA team attended Old Mission Rotary's club meeting to share their experience.  
Photo (L-R):  Old Mission Rotary LEAD Chair Lydia Stewart, CPMA Principal Scott Thomason, students and LEAD participants Francisco Antonio, Natalia Ovalle, Richie Alatorre, and Isabeau Prioleau and Dance Teacher Sara Dickman.
Old Mission Rotary Sponsors LEAD Teams 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Message from District Governor Marta Knight

Posted by Marta Knight
Staying Connected is More Important Than Ever!
These past few weeks have been "unbelievable" for all of us.  Our top priority has been your health and safety.  District Conference, District Training Assembly, RYLA, Model UN, Camp Enterprise and 4-Way Speech Contest have all been canceled or postponed for a later date that will be determined as we move forward.  As of today, the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu is still on.  But, as our Zone Director Johrita Solari shared, this is a very fluid situation that can change at anytime.
Many clubs are staying dark and not meeting at this time.  Many of your fundraisers and events have also been canceled or postponed including San Diego Downtown Evening Charter Dinner.  I have been sharing all of this information as it comes in to me on our Rotary Member Facebook page and with our District Leadership and Assistant Governors.
This morning, I spoke to our neighbor D-4100 Governor Fernando Otañez.  We shared what our Districts are doing and we are both ready to support our members as needed.  
Please follow the read more link.  
Message from District Governor Marta Knight Marta Knight 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Convention Update - COVID-19

I am sure there are many questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it relates to convention.  Here is what we know:
Rotary International has an interdepartmental staff response team that meets daily to monitor the situation and discuss Rotary's potential responses.  At this time, Rotary is following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Currently, WHO has not recommended any travel or trade restrictions, based on current information.   RI will continue to watch for developments and will follow any recommendations from CDC, WHO and the US State Department.  RI is  preparing to make any necessary adjustments to event plans as needed to protect convention attendees   Your health and safety is their top priorities.  RI will keep everyone informed through http://www.riconvention.org  and through updates through the Convention Newsletter, and by mail.
As of this date, the Rotary International Convention is still scheduled for June 6-10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  
Rotary Convention Update - COVID-19 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Calling All Heroes and Villians

Calling all heroes and villain's!  San Diego Coastal Rotary Club is having a SUPER fundraiser!  Grab your friends, capes and masks and join forces for an afternoon of drinks, games, trivia contests and opportunity drawings.  Dress your best as there will be a prize for the best costume.  Participants will be divided up into teams of four for the games.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit RYLA and LEAD.  Be a superhero for our future leaders!  Superheroes will gather at the Sidecar Bar (1310 Sports Arena Blvd.) on Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m.  
Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.  To learn more, you can also visit the Club's Facebook page.
Calling All Heroes and Villians 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Last Call for Volunteers!

Get "On Board" with the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship
Last call friends!  We are rounding up the last of our volunteers from across the District.  Who wants to join us?  Who wouldn't?  Come down to La Jolla Shores March 11-15 where 120 adaptive athletes from 20 countries are competing.  Be a part of something so inspiring by helping with wheelchair transfers, opening or closing ceremonies, acting as a spotter in the judges tent, interacting with hundreds of friends from Australia to South Africa, Japan to France, Brazil to Wales - It's EPIC!  Got a country flag?  Bring it!  Want to get your Interact and Rotaract fired up?  Let's do it!
This event is supported by Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship, a fellowship founded in 2017 by District 5340 Rotarian Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle.  If you are not already following on social media add @surfsurfersunite to see how they are bringing the family of Rotary together across the globe.  Stop by the Surfers Unite tent at the event.  Those who want to volunteer can register here
If you are interesting in learning more about Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship or any of the other 70+ official Rotary Fellowships, visit www.rotary.org/fellowships.
Last Call for Volunteers! 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Grant Benefits International Relief Teams

The Old Mission Rotary Foundation awarded a grant of $3500 to International Relief Teams.  The funds will be used for their food backpack program.  Backpacks with food and snacks are distributed to school children in San Diego's underprivileged neighborhoods on Friday for the weekend.  Many young children eat breakfast and lunch at school but their families have very little money for groceries.
It is a sad commentary that International Relief Teams feels the need to distribute food to children in the richest country in the world.  Their core mission is to send medical teams and medicines to the most remote corners of the planet.
Photo (L-R):  Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang, Paula Kelly of International Relief Teams and Old Mission Rotary Past President Bob Self.
Old Mission Rotary Grant Benefits International Relief Teams 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

District Grant Final Reports Due April 1

District Grant final reports are due April 1, 2020 (No fooling!).  Club presidents and/or project contacts need to log into matchinggrants.org and upload receipts to their project page.  Then, the final report needs to be filled in and submitted. Final reports must be submitted for clubs to receive a district grant next year.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact District Grants Chair Elana Levens-Craig at levenscraig@hotmail.com  or call at (619) 993-7805.
District Grant Final Reports Due April 1 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
Join Us for the Quintessential Festival 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

WAPI Project a Success!

On February 23, UCSD Rotaractors held a its annual WAPI construction project on campus.  WAPIs (water pasteurization indicator) are a small reusable devices that shows when water has reached pasteurization temperature (150°F/65°C) and is safe to drink.  They resemble thermometers in size.  The class vile has wax inside and when  completely melted (pasteurization temperature), it indicates that the water is safe to drink. 
WAPIs cost a fraction of what a thermometer would cost, around $1 per WAPI.  By close of the project nearly 1100 WAPIs had been constructed by Rotaractors and Rotarians from all over the District.  WAPIs will be sent to Mexico and regions in Africa. 
WAPI Project a Success! 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Message from RI President Mark Maloney

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Dear fellow Rotarians,
The health and safety of our members are our top priorities.  We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus)  and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations, meetings, trainings, and other events.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation, I encourage you to use your discretion when it comes to club and district meetings and events, and Rotary programs and activities.  Canceling or postponing meetings or Rotary related travel might be appropriate.  Even if events are held as scheduled, some people may choose not to take part  And, of course, if the World Health Organization and your national, regional or local health authorities discourage or prohibit gathering or traveling because of the risk of spreading COVID-19, follow their recommendations.
Check My Rotary for our latest information on COVID-19 and any updates to our travel guidance.  
I encourage you, as leaders in your community, to provide whatever assistance your community needs at this time.  Contact your local health authorities to learn what your Rotary club can do to help prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please accept my best wishes for the health and safety of your family and of all the members of the Rotary family in your area.
Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020 President, Rotary International
Message from RI President Mark Maloney 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Model United Nations March 28-29

Rotary Model United Nations Conference being held March 28-29, 2020
District 5340's 16th Annual Model UN Conference is scheduled for March 28-29.  We will have 48 teams from 30 different schools participating.
As is our custom, Rotarians and special guests are welcome to join us for the MUN Dinner at Crown Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley,  There will also be five VIP speakers joining us for dinner and participating in a Q&A session with our students.  The topic will be Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.
Please use this link to view details and register for the event:  Everbrite link.
Rotary Model United Nations March 28-29 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Chartering Dinner Slated for New Club

Save the Date for Charting Dinner
The Rotary Club of Mission Gorge invites you to join them at their Chartering Dinner on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 6-10 p.m. at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse - Presidio Room.  The cost will be $50 per person.  Join us for dining and dancing as we celebrate our District's newest club.  More details will be coming soon on how to make your reservations, but make sure you mark your calendars now for this very special evening.  For more information or to make early reservations, please use this email:  rcmissiongorge@gmail.com.
Chartering Dinner Slated for New Club 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange Team

District 5340 welcomes a Rotary Friendship Exchange Team from Croatia (D1913) in May as part of the Rotary International's Rotary Friendship Exchange program.  Our District will host 10 Rotarian visitors from Croatia from May 28 to June 6, 2020.  We will hold a welcome reception for them on Friday, May 29 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at a private home in the Balboa Park area.  If you would like to meet our visitors at this reception, please contact our hosts Phil and Vicki Yates (Old Mission Rotary Club) at pyates99@gmail.com or vickihyates@gmail.com.  You can also reach Phil at (503) 570-8000.
If you are interested in visiting Croatia in September 2020, please come to an RFE meeting on April 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Capital One Café in University Towne Center.  We are putting our team together and want to invite participation from the District.  If you are interesting in participating in the trip to Croatia, please contact Phil Yates at the email and phone number listed above.  
Rotary Friendship Exchange Team 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day at the Padres

Rotary Day at the Padres
We have confirmed that March 31, 2020 will be Rotary Day at the Padres.  District Governor Marta Knight will be throwing out the first pitch and District Governor Elect will be raising the Rotary Flag in PETCO Park.
Be on the lookout for ticket information on the District website.  We should have that shortly.  We will also be posting more information on future games.  
Rotary Day at the Padres 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

District Conference and Training Assembly Canceled

Posted by Marta Knight
It is with a heavy heart that we must notify you of the cancellation of our District Conference on April 17-18, 2020 and our District Training Assembly on March 21, 2020.
DG Marta Knight has met with her Conference Committee and has had discussions with DGE Steve Weitzen.  The decision to cancel both the District Conference and District Training Assembly was made with an abundance of caution concerning the Coronavirus and in the interest of the safety of fellow Rotarians and guests.
The decision was not made lightly.  The Conference was going to be the highlight of DG Marta Knight's year and she was very much looking forward to the fellowship of bringing Rotarians together, but given the Coronavirus outbreak, she can not do so with a clear conscience.  She will not put your health at risk.
The District has consulted with various experts and with Rotary International.  Everyone recommends doing what is best for our District which is to protect and provide for the safety of individual Rotarians.  District leadership cannot ignore the substantial safety concerns that are being presented to them.  
District leadership is looking at other options like having a virtual conference or video taping of presentations that would have been presented at the Conference and/or Assembly, including the grants presentation.  More information will follow.
If you have registered for either event, you should be receiving an email refunding any fees you may have paid.
District Conference and Training Assembly Canceled Marta Knight 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Extends Its Partnership with Rotary Interanational

Posted by Rotary International
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on January 22, 2020 that their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication, will continue  Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 millioin a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.
In a video address at the 2020 Rotary International Assembly held here in San Diego, Bill Gates told incoming district governors that the partnership with Rotary needs to continue.  Click here to view video.
"The Gates Foundation's longstanding partnership with Rotary has been vital to fighting polio," Gates said.  "That's why we're extending our funding match, so every dollar that Rotary raises is met with two more."
He added, "I believe that together, we can make eradication a reality."
The funding will support polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, technical assistance, and operational support for immunization activities.
The partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation has yielded $2 billion, and Rotarians have given countless volunteer hours to fight polio since Rotary started its PolioPlus program in 1985.
Be part of the fight to end polio and have your donation matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To donate, click here.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Extends Its Partnership with Rotary Interanational Rotary International 2020-02-29 08:00:00Z 0

Optimist and Rotary Working Together

The Success Optimist Club celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Optimist by hosting a toy drive at San Diego BMW Motorcycles and then generously donated the 100 new toys to the Care 'n Share Toy Drive, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club.  What a great way to work together to put smiles on the faces of children in our region.  With this wonderful gift, the Care 'n Share Toy Drive distributions will surely surpass 100,000 donations this year. 
If you'd like to help with the Toy Drive at the Fairgrounds this summer, the Torrey Pines Rotary Club would love your help.  Please go to www.carensharetoydrive.com.
Photo (L-R):  Gary Orr of San Diego BMW Motorcycles; Rachelle Marcon, Treasurer of Success Optimist Club; and Nancy Stoke, Chair of the Care 'n Share Toy Drive.
Optimist and Rotary Working Together Nancy Stoke 2020-02-29 08:00:00Z 0
Focus of the Month 2020-02-29 08:00:00Z 0

Micro Lending Project Yields 100% Payback

After operating just one year from January 7, 2019, the Micro Lending Project funded by donations from its members and established by the Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay (RCSDSB) in partnership with the Sacred Heart Development Credit Cooperative (SHDCC), located in San Rafael Bulacan, Philippines had 100% payback on the micro loans extended to 22 micro entrepreneurs.  Plus, an additional of eight micro borrowers have been given micro loan in the second batch.   
RCSDSB's Immediate Past President (IPP) Veronic Villanueva, during whose term the project was started, visited some of the micro loan recipients who were very thankful and who were more than happy to show how their once small and lowly businesses had been greatly  helped  by the Micro Lending Project.  Accompanying her were members of sister clubs from the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East and the Rotary Club of San Rafael along with RCSDSB's club secretary, Romero Villanueva.  It's worthwhile to note that 25% of the interest income earned by the cooperative from the Micro Lending Project is shared with the sister clubs for use in their local projects.
Photos:  A micro loan recipient is in the first picture clockwise above with from L-R: RC Meycauayan East IPP Chito de Jesus, RC San Rafael IPP Erwin Saddi, PP James Javier, RC San Rafael President and SHDCC Manager Erwin Veneracion, Secretary Romero Villanueva, IPP Veronic Villanueva and San Rafael Vice Mayor Edison Veneracion.  The second photo shows a young micro entrepreneur (with red hat) who used to be a lowly store helper but now owns the huge store in the background.  The third photo is that of a micro entrepreneur who started her own business duplicating keys and as now expanded to selling watches and jewelry.  The last photo is another happy micro loan entrepreneur who had expanded her business through a micro loan from the project.  
Micro Lending Project Yields 100% Payback 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Hands of Peace Selected as Recipient of 2020 Pathways to Peace Award 

Rotary District 5340 selected Hands of Peace as the 2020 recipient of its "Pathways to Peace" Award for "Exemplary Leadership in Building Peace in the World."  Kim Lande, Hands of Peace board member, accepted the award from Rotarian Joy Prowse, Rotary District Governor  Marta Knight and Pathways to Peace Chair, Michael Bardin.  
The award was presented during the 9th Annual Peace Forum conducted by Rotary District 5340 at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.  Also there from Hands of Peace was Diana Kutlow.
Hands of Peace Selected as Recipient of 2020 Pathways to Peace Award 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Instrumental Music Competition

2020 Instrumental Music Competition
High School Age Musicians
$2500 Scholarship - Grand Prize
The purpose of the competition is to determine the musician who best demonstrates his/her musical talent and love for music.  Performance will be judged on the difficulty level, command of the instrument, musical emotion, interpretation and stage presence.  The North Regional and South Regional contests are now over and we are moving to final contest.  Please come out and see these amazing student musicians.
Final Contest on March 8, 2020
Museum for Making Music - 2:00 pm
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA  92008
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World Rotaract Week

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World Rotaract Week is March 9-15, 2020.  Partner with a local Rotaract club to host a service project or offer a professional development opportunity for Rotaractors in your community.  Remember that Rotaractors can join a Rotary club while they are still active members of Rotaract clubs.
Did you know that Rotaract clubs are now recognized as a membership type?  Learn more about the new Rotaract policy updates.
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Need Copies of March 2020 Rotarian Magazine

Jo De Jacob from San Diego Rotary club 33 is in need of used copies of the March 20, 2020 The Rotarian Magazine (pictured above).  The cover story is a perfect fit for her UCSD social entrepreneurship (MGT167) Spring 2020 class.  She needs 80 copies for students.  Save a tree, recycle, make a difference in the world, introduce college students to the joy of print media and some of the good work we do in Rotary.  A hardcopy magazine is much more interesting than a reprint and will save copyright expenses for UCSD.  
If you have this magazine, (you may collect them as a club or as an individual), please either bring the magazine(s) to her Rotary club meeting any Thursday at noon at Liberty Station Conference Center (directions) or send to the District office (P.O. Box 420786, San Diego, CA  92124) or call Jo De Jacob at 619 675-3200 and she will pick them up.  
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New Collaboration With Toastmasters

Rotary is proud to be working with Toastmasters International, a leading international educational organization that helps its members become more effective speakers, communicators and leaders.
The new collaboration is designed to enhance your membership experience, as well as help you expand your network, develop your leadership and communication skills, and make an even bigger impact in your community.
There are many ways your club can get involved with the Toastmasters collaboration.  To start find a Toastmasters club and arrange a visit, or invite a Toastmasters member to one of your club service activities or social events.
We expect that interest in joining Rotary may be sparked by this new alliance ad urge district and club leaders to quickly follow-up with any prospective members.
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Old Mission Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest

On February 18, Old Mission Rotary hosted a Four-Way Test Speech Contest between four Reality Changer's program for high school students.  Reality Changers is a local tutoring and mentoring program for inner city high school students that help them prepare and apply to college. 
Photo (L-R):  Old Mission Rotary judges Charlotte Cofield and Don Krupp, timekeeper Mark McAnelly, Four-Way Test contest chair Eric Benink.  Third place contestant Aron Russom from San Diego High School, judge Mary Lou Macllvaine, first place contestant Ariana Bermudez from Patrick Henry High School, judge Vicky yates, Second place contestant Rekik Fikve from Scripps Ranch High School, Reality Changers chief inspiration officer Jordan Harrison and Old Mission Rotary president Matt Risi.  Ariana Bermudez will advance to the next level of the district-wide competition.
Old Mission Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest Matt Risi 2020-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Open for 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials

Are you a Rotarian who is attending the 2020 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon?  Are you looking for lodging during the trials?  If you answered "yes" to both questions, Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club has a deal for you.  Stay in the home of a Southtowne Rotary member and, instead of paying for your lodging, make a $275/night (two-person occupancy) donation to the Southtowne Rotary Foundation.  This is a win-win situation.  You get great accommodations and your donation will support student scholarships and the club's service projects, both locally and internationally.
For your donation, you will receive lodging and a continental breakfast each day of your stay.  There is a five-day minimum stay requirement and a deposit of $275 due at time of booking.  The full balance of your stay is due 30 days before check-in.  For more information and to make a reservation simply go to this website.  You will have a chance to see the participating homes.
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First Quarter Thousand Smiles Clinic

Bob Chalfa of Old Mission Rotary reported on the First Quarter Thousand Smiles Clinic.  In two days, the volunteer medical staff performed dental procedures free of charge to 151 children as well as seven surgeries relating to cleft palates.  11 Children received ear tubes.  Rotary volunteers from several districts helped to administer the two-day clinic in Ensenada.
Thousand Smiles, a 501 (c)3 foundation provides free maxillofacial surgery, dental treatment as well as various associated procedures to children from financially challenged families in Mexico.  This project is totally funded by donations, including but not limited to Rotary International Grants,  other foundation grants, Rotary club donations and personal donations.  This project is completely managed and run by volunteers.
The next clinic is scheduled for May1-2.  Rotarians, friends and family are welcome to volunteer at https://www.thousandsmiles.org.
Photo:  Bob Chalfa of Old Mission Rotary Club providing a report on Thousand Smiles.
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District Golf League to Tee Off on March 11

(Photo): Rotary 5340 Rotary Golf League enjoyed a fun golf roundup at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course
FEE: $39/PP
Contact Tournament Director Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com to register to play or to obtain additional information.   You can also reach Bret on his cell at 858-354-9002. 
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Rotary Smiles International

Would you like to volunteer to help Rotary Smiles International?  They are looking for volunteers to help them with upcoming clinics.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Moses at dr.jeffmoses@yahoo.com
Listed below are dates and locations of upcoming clinics needing volunteers.
Cabo Smiles Surg-Clinic                 April 25-May 2, 2020  
Tecate Smiles Surg-Clinic               May 15-16, 2020
Cabo Smiles Surg-Clinic                 October 24-31, 2020
Tecate Smiles Surg-Clinic               November 20-21, 2020
Costa Rica Smiles Surg-Clinic        December 5 12, 2020
Costa Rica Child. Smiles Hosp.       February 17-27, 2021
Cabo Smiles Surg-Clinic                  April 24-May 1, 2021
Tecate Smiles Surg-Clinic                May 21-22, 2021
Cabo Smiles Surg-Clinic                  October 23-30, 2021
Tecate Smiles Surg-Clinic                November 19-20, 2021
Costa Rica Smiles Surg-Clinic         December 1-18, 2021
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Tough Choice Selecting Winner

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club recently held an amazing Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  Contestants were from Helix Charter School.  Each student shared compelling and informative opinions explaining how they adhere to the Rotary Four-Way Test.  It was incredibly difficult to pick the 1st Place winner!  All participants received a check for encouragemet.  Rotarian, Janet Castanos, coordinates with Helix Charter School each year and always brings forth very capable contestants.  
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It's Mardi Gras Time and You're Invited

The Rotary Club of La Jolla is sponsoring a Mardi Gras event on February 25 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at La Valencia Hotel.  Proceeds benefit the Community Resource Center, an organization providing services, including a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence.  The cost to attend is $60 each and prizes for District 5340 are invited.  For further information, please contact club president Charles Hartford at Charles_Hartford@ml.com or visit rotarycluboflajolla.com.
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New Club Joining District 5340 Family

Posted by Marta Knight
We have a  new club that is joining our District 5340 Family.  San Diego Downtown Evening Rotary Club is now fully chartered with 24 new members and more coming!
The Charter Celebration Dinner, with installation of the Club's Board of Directors and Members, will be held on March 25, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the University Club atop Symphony Towers, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA  92101.  Dinner is $75 and parking is $10.  
For registration and information, please contact Bertha de la Fuente at bertuchi@gmail.com.
New Club Joining District 5340 Family Marta Knight 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Fallbrook Rotary Club Mourns the Loss of Exceptional Rotarian

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook very sadly reports the loss of one of its most distinguished members. Don Foulkes passed away peacefully on Friday, February 14.  Don was the club's Poet Laureate.  In his decade of Rotary service he notably distinguished himself as a truly great Rotarian.
His lifetime of service began in World War II where, as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he was a bombardier flying with a B-24 crew with the 449th Bomb Group stationed in Southern Italy.  On October 13, 1944 (yes it was a Friday), he was shot down; subsequently spending seven months as a POW in Stalag Luft III in Germany until April 29, 1945 when he was freed by General Patton's Army.
Rotarian Don Foulkes is going to be most sorely missed.  He is the quintessential "Great American" who has been a tremendous inspiration to the Rotary Club of Fallbrook and all who worked along side him.
Fallbrook Rotary Club Mourns the Loss of Exceptional Rotarian 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

RYLA Planning Underway

Posted by Paul van Roon
Facilitators are needed for the 2020 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference).  Join 280 bright and enthusiastic high school juniors from throughout the District at this outstanding Rotary youth leadership program scheduled for April 17-19 in beautiful Idyllwild.  Join the fun and be inspired!
As a facilitator, you will have the unique opportunity of helping guide students through a proven program promoting leadership, self-awareness and community building.  Details and an application are located at www.ryla5340.org or contact Paul van Roon at paulvanroon@icloud.com for additional information.  There is NO COST to your club to participate and positions are filling quickly.  Please Apply soon!
RYLA Planning Underway Paul van Roon 2020-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Comedy Hypnosis Show April 4

Join La Mesa Rotary Club at their upcoming over-the-top COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW on April 4.  This laugh-a-minute roller coaster ride of wild and crazy, outrageous HILARITY will have you and your friends rolling in the isles from start to finish.  This is the show where the audience members become the stars, where inhibitions get tossed out the window, where you're guaranteed to laugh your face off!  Suitable for all ages!  To add to the fun we're having a magnificent silent silent and live auction!  Circle the date!  You don't want to miss this!  One night only
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Old Mission Rotary Issues More Grants

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary recently presented two grants - one to Partnerships with Industry for $6050 and the other to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for $3500.
The vision of Partnerships with Industry (PWI) is "to create opportunities for more adults with disabilities to enter the workforce in San  Diego County by providing no cost vocational assessment, job preparation, job placement and support.  PWI is built on the premise that every adult with a disability, willing to work, has the ABILITY to be an active part of the workforce and society."  The Art Pratt Foundation funds will be used to update computer laptops that are essential to track the work assignments and hours of their clients.
The grant funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego will be used for scholarships for children of low income families attend the clubs' program throughout San Diego County.
Photo L-R: Art Pratt Foundation president Lee Kaminetz, PWI President and CEO  Rich Israel, Art Pratt Foundation board of directors members Eric Benink, Phil Yates, Mark McAnelly, Judi Copeland and Bob Chalfa
Photo L-R:  Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang with Vice President of Development at Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and Old Mission Rotary member Michelle Malin
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You're Invited to UCSD Rotaract WAPI Project

Rotaract is hosting its biggest possible event of the year called the WAPI Project and the UCSD Rotaract Club would like to invite as many Rotary clubs as possible.  The event will be on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 11:00 - 3:00 pm at UCSD Price Center Ballroom East.  
The WAPI project consists of constructing water pasteurization indicators (WAPI) to help communities around the world determine water purity after heating it without boiling it.  This is a useful tool for communities where energy conservation is crucial.  This year's goal is to make over 1200 WAPIs to be sent out to Uganda and Oaxaca.
If you'd like to attend and help out, you would be most welcome.  For more information, contact Diana Ramirez at ucsdrotaract@gmail.com.
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San Diego Rotary Club Funds Training Program

The San Diego Rotary Club gave $45,000 to three San Diego County school districts for training on how to spot the signs of human trafficing in their schools.  The proceeds came from club members as well as the Rotary Club of San Diego Foundation, the organization that supports the work of the San Diego Rotary, the fourth largest Rotary Club in the world.  
The money will be split among the San Diego Unified, San Marcos and Sweetwater Union school districts and used to help train 700 teachers within the next year.  An estimated 3,000 to 8,000 human trafficking victims - mostly teenagers of US citizenry - exist within San Diego, fueling the illicit $810 million industry, according to researchers  Each trafficker generates approximately $670,000 through the forced coercion of their captives
A half-day curriculum was developed by the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective for teachers and students from fifth to twelfth grade.  The educators say the teaching modules will help students and teachers spot red flags.  
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RB Rotary Host District Governor's -Elect

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club hosted 14 District Governor's-Elect and their partners who recently came to San Diego for training. The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club arranged for a limo ride from the hotel to the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo where the club meets weekly.  It was a wonderful evening of sharing how Rotary connects the world.  Their guests came from Switzerland, France, England, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Canada and the USA - an evening well spent!
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Old Mission Rotary Foundation Gives Grant to YMCA

The Old Mission Rotary - Art Pratt Foundation presented $3750 to the Mission Valley YMCA on January 28 of this year.  The funds will be used for scholarships for underprivileged youth to be able to attend YMCA camps.
Photo L-R: Rob Sauvajot (R) accepted the grant from club Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang.  Rob is the Executive Director of the Mission Valley YMCA and the newest member of Old Mission Rotary Club!
Old Mission Rotary Foundation Gives Grant to YMCA 2020-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Conference Celebration of Life 

Thank you for saying yes to leading your club this year and for all the valuable Rotary service your club provided in the first half of this Rotary year.  
District 5340's District Conference is scheduled to be held on April 17-18 and we are preparing for the Celebration of Life event which closes out our conference each year.  The Celebration of Life will be held on April 18 in the afternoon. 
We need your assistance in collecting names of Rotarians who passed away since March 19, 2019, allowing us to honor them at the Celebration of Life event.  We need:
  •   Full names
  •   Clubs they belonged to
  •   Length of Rotary service
  •   Positions they held within Rotary
Please send the information to Clara Harris, Family of Rotary Chair at chsplu@cox.net.  She may be reached at 619 469-5433.  Thank you for your prompts attention to this matter.  Peace and graditude for all you do.
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Art Pratt Foundation Issues Grant to A Step Beyond

Posted by Matt Risi
On January 21, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant to the non-profit organization - A Step Beyond.  Director of Development for A Step Beyond, Allison Morrissey explained that the $4820 grant will be used to support the 350 students between the ages of eight to 18 with dance lessons and tutoring to create a path out of poverty for disadvantaged kids.
Photo L-R: Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz, Director of Development for A Step Beyond Allison Morrissey,   Art Pratt Foundation board of directors members: Judi Copeland, Bob Chalfa, Mark McAnelly and Phil Yates.
Art Pratt Foundation Issues Grant to A Step Beyond Matt Risi 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Next Charter Member Meeting - Mission Gorge Rotary Club

Mission Gorge Rotary Club Invites New Members to a Charter Member Meeting
January 30, 2020
7:00 p.m.
A new Rotary club is chartering in the Mission Gorge area of San Diego!  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Troy's Greek Restaurant, 10450 Friars Road, San Diego, CA  92120.  This new Rotary club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay.  Please join us!   For more information, contact acting president, Abraham Sultan at ibrahimsultan62@hotmail.com.  
Next Charter Member Meeting - Mission Gorge Rotary Club 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

9th Annual Peace Forum Just Around the Corner

The 9th Annual Peace Forum is only a few weeks away.   We look forward to your participation in the Rotary District 5340/Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies' annual Peace Forum being held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8:00 am to noon.  The theme is The Intersection of Peace and Commerce and the lineup of presenters is stellar. 
The Peace Forum program this year was prepared by Kevin Dobyns, Marketing  Coordinator, Kroc School of Peace Studies.  Please share it as much as you like.    The Forum is free of charge.  Register by email at villis@sandiego.edu or click here to register.   To obtain a printable copy of the agenda and bios on all the presenters, click here.  Below is an outline of the day.
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Old Mission Rotary Open House This Wednesday

Posted by Matt Risi
Please join Old Mission Rotary on the first Wednesday of every month at the On the Border Restaurant in Mission Valley from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Members can purchase drinks and food at happy hour prices and enjoy each others' company.  The Restaurant is located at 1770 Camino de la Reina, San Diego, CA  92108.  See you there!
Old Mission Rotary Open House This Wednesday Matt Risi 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

So You Think You've Got Talent

Old Mission Rotary is looking for talent!  Have you or someone you know "got talent"?  If so, you should consider participating in Old Mission Rotary Club's So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego on Saturday, May 16, 2020.  The Club will be awarding three prizes - $1000, $500, and $250 to the winners.  
Submit your two to three minute YouTube video to gottalent@oldmissionrotary.org by April 19, 2020 to be considerd for the event.
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2021 Presidential Theme Announced

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the International Assembly held in San Diego on January 20.  Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogturn Lauenburg-Mölin, Germany, is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
To read more or to listen to Knaack's address to the International Assembly, click here.
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Dictionaries and Thesauruses for Poway Students

A dictionary and thesaurus labeling party was held at a Rotarian's home on Saturday, January 11.  Some 25 Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club put Rotary's Four Way Test labels on 1100 dictionaries and 1000 thesauruses for the third and fourth grade students in the Poway Unified School District.  Following completion of the labeling, a delicious lunch was held, provided by contributions of the attendees and hot dogs catered by Duffs Doggz.  Subsequent to the labeling, the Rotarians, at a later date, will break up into teams and deliver the personal copies of the dictionaries and thesauruses to the students in their respective classrooms.  Distribution proves to be a rewarding experience for all involved - students, teachers and Rotarians.
Photo L-R:  Pat Norfolk, Judy Lutticken and Joyce Hunt.
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Dan's Place Receives Donation in Memory of Martin Sheps

Sunday, January 12 was a special night at the Friendship Circle.  Members of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club had a chance to visit one of its long-time member's favorite projects - Dan's Place.
Dan's Place was created to give young adults with special needs an opportunity to learn and practice vocational skills in the food and hospitality industry.  Monthly dinners are created an served with the help of knowledgeable volunteers.  Each participant commits to learning a position within the restaurant such as chef, server, host and more.  Volunteers assist alongside each participant as they practice from setup to cleanup and everything in between.
 "Martin Sheps passed away about a year ago.  He left our club a generous gift.  Martin had a special place in his heart for this Friendship Circle program," said Bret Geernaert, club president.  Our club decided to present this group a donation to honor Martin's memory."
The guests that evening were treated to a delicious meal of Salmon, salad, vegetables and brownies - all made by the members of the Friendship Circle.  They were serenaded by live piano and violin music during the dinner as well.  It was a great evening of fellowship within the Rancho Bernardo Chabad community and the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians.  
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RI President, Mark Maloney Speaks on the Future of Rotary

Sixteen clubs were represented at the January 16 meeting of the Fallbrook Rotary Club.  Participating Rotarians  heard Rotary International President, Mark Maloney speak on the Future of Rotary.  Thank you President-Elect, Jim Mendelson for leading  the meeting for District 5340.   It was a wonderful gathering of support by Rotarians for Maloney and his vision for the future.
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A Very Powerful World Peace Conference Concludes

Photo: Rotarians attending Peace Conference
The 2020 Rotary World Peace Conference held  January 17 & 18 in Ontario has successfully concluded.  Many Rotarians and Rotaractors from District 5340 attended this two-day event.  With 13 tracks and over 120 sessions, there were many opportunities to learn about being People of Action in Rotary's focus area of Promoting Peace.
The six general sessions provided attendees with a group of powerful and dynamic speakers from such organizations as the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, Women Across DMZ, the UN and the Peace Corp.  Session-goers also heard from people making a difference around the world, including Nobel Laureate Nominee, Dr. Fozia Alvi who discussed the Rohingya genocide, a series of ongoing persecutions by the Myanmar government against the Muslim Rohingya people, and Mark and Kym Hilinski from the Hilinski's Hope Foundation who discussed efforts to raise awareness about mental health in student athletes.  Participants had an opportunity to meet survivors of Hiroshima and the Holocaust.
The House of Friendship showcased over 65 organizations which  promote peace and awareness throughout the world, and gave participants an opportunity to learn more about what they do, providing  inspiration on how they too can make a difference in the world.
You can't come away from a conference such as this without being inspired to making a difference any way you can.  If you weren't able to attend this year's conference, then please mark your calendars now so that you can attend next year.  Next year's Rotary World Peace Conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on May 7-8, 2020.  To learn more you can go to www.peaceconference2021bham.org.
Photo:  Rotaractors attending conference.
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2020 Rotary Convention Update

To  help you plan your visit for the convention taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 6-10, 2020, here is the latest information about the program, mobility assistance rentals and more.
Breakout Sessions:
On Saturday, June 6 and Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10, you can choose from more than 70 breakout sessions on a variety of topics.  Here is a sample of the sessions being developed:
  •   Strengthen your club - Explore strategies that will keep your members engaged and inspire newcomers to join the Rotary family.
  •   Rotary's Action Plan - Be part of the conversation about Rotary's future and discover how your club can bring our strategic plan to   life.
  •   Connect and take action - Meet Rotarians and Rotaractors who are tackling the world's biggest challenges and learn how you can     help.    
Get up-to-date information about the sessions.
Rotary and the United Nations:
Connect with the family of Rotary at the Presidential Conference bring held on Friday, June 5.  This event will recognize the longstanding cooperation between Rotary and the United Nations on humanitarian issues.  We'll also celebrate United Nations World Environment Day.  The conference is open to everyone.  Rotarians, Rotaractors, program alumni and the public.
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Wayne and LeAnn Cusick Day

Posted by Marta Knight, DG
District 5340 will be celebrating Past District Governor, Wayne and LeAnn Cusick Day on Friday, January 24, 2020.
The Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle is hosting Rotary International Past President, Ravi Ravindran as a guest to their meeting on the 24th at 7:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Braille Institute, 4555 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA  92121.  The cost is $25.  For registration contact club president, Kim Schafer.
Wayne's family will be attending and will be presented with a plaque and presentations honoring Wayne and his work with the Paul Harris Society.
Wayne and LeAnn Cusick Day Marta Knight, DG 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Respond to Australian Brushfires

Posted by Rotary Week - January 10
More than 100 separate brushfires in Australia have damaged hundreds of homes and forced mass evacuations.  Rotary clubs are taking action to provide immediate relief to those affected by the fires.  Rotary has a Disaster Response Fund, which following a natural disaster like the fires in Australia, ensures we can deliver supplies, provide health care and support rebuilding efforts.  By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.  
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District Golf League Golfers Have First Outing

Posted by Marge Cole
On January 8, Rotary District Golf League golfers celebrated their first outing of the Rotary/New Year at the Rancho Bernardo Inn with some adult beverages.
The League's next tee time will be Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  Shotgun start at 12 noon - best ball scramble.  Fee is $79/per person.
The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 3.  Contact tournament director, Bret Geernaert to register.  Give Bret an idea of your playing level when you sign up.  This will allow him to pair you with others at your level.  Also, let him know how many from your club will attend.  Escondido Sunrise won the prize for the most golfers present on January 8.  
District Golf League Golfers Have First Outing Marge Cole 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary, Toastmasters Launch New Collaboration

Posted by Rotary Weekly - January 10
Rotary and Toastmasters have launched a new collaboration to help their members broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities.  Rotary clubs and districts can get involved in this alliance by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club.  Read a blog post about why Toastmasters benefits Rotary clubs and learn more.
Rotary, Toastmasters Launch New Collaboration Rotary Weekly - January 10 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Art Pratt Foundation Issues Grants

Posted by Matt Risi
On January 7, 2020, the Art Pratt Foundation of the Old Mission Rotary Club presented a $1000 grant to Second Chance.  The non-profit works with men, women and youth who have been entangled in the criminal justice system.  Second Chance provides the life-saving resources needed to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and incarceration.  The Old Mission Rotary grant will be used to purchase transit passes that will allow program participants to get to and from work, school and support meetings.
Photo (L-R): Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary, Stan Vogelsang, Second Chance Chief Development Officer, Sylvia DuBeau and program particpant, Isabella.
Additionally, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant in the amount of $5000 to Christian Youth Theater. The funds will be used to purchases new sound equipment.  Christian Youth Theater (CYT) has offered youth training in theater arts and production.  Youth have an opportunity to audition and perform in Broadway-style musicals.
Photo (L-R): Art Pratt Foundation president, Lee Kaminetz, Foundation members Phil Yates and Eric Benink, Christian Youth Theater president, Janie Cox, Foudation members Mark McAnelly, Stan Vogelsang and Bob Chalfa.  Emma Chapman is in costume for her role as Jane Banks in the new CYT musical production of Mary Poppins.
Old Mission Rotary Art Pratt Foundation Issues Grants Matt Risi 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

A Successful Rotary Leadership Series

Posted by Marta Knight, DG
A successful Rotary Leadership Institute - Part II - was held on Saturday, January 11 for the 2020-2021 Club Presidents-Elect and Red Badgers.  District Governor-Elect, Steve Weitzen prepared Presidents-Elect for PETS training, which is scheduled for February 7-9 at the LAX Marriott Hotel.  District Membership Chair, Dianne Crawford shared best practices related to effective club management and strategic planning.  PDG and Foundation Chair, Marge Cole reviewed guidelines for District and Global Grants for the upcoming Rotary year.  PDG, Scott Carr presented on branding, communications and PR strategy options for clubs.  Graduation pins were presented by District Governor, Marta Knight.
Congratulations to all the graduates of this year's Rotary Leadership Institute.
A Successful Rotary Leadership Series Marta Knight, DG 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

RI President, Mark Maloney to Speak Locally

Rotary International President, Mark Maloney will be speaking at the Fallbrook Rotary Club on January 16.  The topic is The Future of Rotary.  There is availability for 50 to 60 guests to attend.  This would be a great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about Rotary's future, especially new Rotarians and prospective members.  
If you'd like to attend, the Club's meeting is on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Tradition Estate, 1602 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook CA.  Doors open at 12:45 p.m.  The cost of lunch is $25.  Please bring exact change or a check.
There is a mandatory RSVP date of Thursday, January 9 by the close of business.  To RSVP, please contact Budd Sutliff at 760-822-2600 or buddsutliff@aol.com.
RI President, Mark Maloney to Speak Locally 2020-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

San Diego Museum of Art Receives Grant

On December 17, 2019, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,070 to the San Diego Museum of Art.  The museum's Director of Development and Membership, Stacey Loomis, explained that the funds will be used to purchase a new two-way radio system that will help with both security and guest safety.
Photo L-R: Art Pratt Board of Directors members Eric Benink, Mark McAnelly, Phil Yates, Larry Edwards, Judi Copeland and Bob Chalfa.  The museum's Director of Development and Membership, Stacy Loomis, stands second from the right.  
San Diego Museum of Art Receives Grant Matt Risi 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Float Earns Trophy

For those of you who tuned into the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day, you may have seen the flying penguin float representing Rotary International.  The float received the Tournament Volunteer Trophy for Most Outstanding Display of Floral Presentation with the Rose Parade Theme of "The Power of Hope."  This is an outstanding achievement as the committee has won the Princess Trophy two of the past three years.  This year's Rotary Float Committee Chair was PDG, Wade Normura of Capinteria and Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarians Fellowship served as one of the 18 directors for the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
Thanks to the leadership of District 5340 Governor, Marta Knight, the District financially supported the efforts to build this award-winning float with a donation.  The float promotes Rotary to more than 750,000 folks, lining Colorado Blvd. and with more than 70 million viewers around the world annually.  According to Morey, "Our annual budget for the float is $170,000 a year and all financial support comes from the generosity of fellow Rotarians."  Additional contributions were received from the Rotary Club of North County San Diego 78 as well as from other clubs.  Each individual or club who donates $1,000 or more is listed as a Major Donor.  
Rotary Float Earns Trophy Brett Morey 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Join Us for Host Hospitality Night

Old Mission  and Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Clubs invite you to join them for Host Hospitality Night on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  Their Mexican-themed dinner and entertainment will take place at the Seven Seas Restaurant (Part of the Best Western Hotel) in Mission Valley (San Diego area).
You will enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet dinner with a variety of favorite foods of our area and entertainment by a local Mariachi band.  This will be the last opportunity to host District Governor's Elect and their spouses because the Rotary International Assembly is moving to Orlando, Florida beginning in 2021.  They have some additional spots for Rotarians to join them for this festive evening.  
The cost for the dinner is $20 for Rotarians.  They hope you will be able to join them for these International festivities.  You must make a reservation by Wednesday, January 15.  Cash, checks, and PayPal will be accepted - no credit cards for this event.  Dress is casual - wear your Club shirt and bring a trading banner if you wish.  Please contact PDG Marge Cole, marge.cole@yahoo.com to make a reservation.
Join Us for Host Hospitality Night Marge Cole, PDG 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Don't Forget to Watch the Rose Parade

Don't forget to watch the Rose Parade on New Year's Day and look for the Rotary Float!  This year, District 5340 is represented by Jennifer McGree Thompson, a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of El Centro.  Jennifer won the drawing among Club Heroes selected by District Governor, Marta Knight and will be a walker alongside the Rotary Float. 
Don't Forget to Watch the Rose Parade 2019-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year to All Rotarians

New Years Day is only two days away.  Here is wishing the best New Year yet for all Rotarians, Interactors and Rotaractors.  May you continue your many good works Connecting the World as we enter into a new decade.
Happy New Year to All Rotarians 2019-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Medical Mission to the Philippines

For many years the Rotary Club of San Diego Paradise Valley has conducted medical missions to the Philippines.  They are once again heading for the island in February 2020 and are looking for Rotary clubs or individuals who can make a financial contribution to their efforts.  Funds are used to help provide the necessary resources.  The Club will be serving three sites in their upcoming mission and services include medical, dental, optical (provide reading glasses), minor surgeries, feeding program, anti-drug awareness program (ADAP) and many more.  Donations are tax deductible.  Contact information can be found in the flyer above.
Medical Mission to the Philippines 2019-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Peace Corps Working Together

I am a Rotary Cadre who evaluates projects in Central and South America.  Having been a former Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil (1966-68) and worked for many years on  federal and state-run education grants in the US, makes being a Cadre for Rotary a perfect fit for me.
This past February, 2019, Rotarian water and sanitation expert Mark Balla from Australia and myself evaluated the WINS Rotary grant, visiting 15 of 48 schools involved in sanitation, menstrual health, and hand washing education.
One of the schools we visited was a high school, Instituto Mixto Municipal de Diversificado (IDM) in Santa Lucia, Guatemala.  We were impressed by the efforts in expanding the students' preparation for careers (secretarial science and accounting) to include saving the environment in Guatemala and the planet!  We watched the students simulating real business solutions: recycling trash to make rugs and a rudimentary attempt making renewable menstrual pads.  They also were beginning to produce organic soap.  They just needed some infrastructure and support.
When I returned to the US, I applied for and received a Rotary District Grant - Keeping Guatemalan Girls in School, which was made possible by donations from private donors, GoFundMe, and Rotary clubs in San Diego, California and Melbourne, Australia.
Rotary and Peace Corps Working Together Maureen Duncan, Rotary Cadre and RPCV 2019-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Let's Get the Ball Rolling in 2020

The Rotary Club of Kearny Mesa is hosting a fundraiser bowling tournament.    The Club is looking to have 10 three-person teams  participate.  Additionally, they are looking for sponsors for the event.   Come join in and help the Club showcase their services and  their charitable work in San Diego.
February 22, 2020 
Kearny Mesa Bowl
7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
1:00 p.m. start time
Three-Person teams: cost $100 per team for three games
High series team wins cash prize of $200
To register your team and to inquiry about  sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bert Borsberry at (915) 588-1320.  Checks can be made payable to the Rotary Club of Kearny Mesa.
Let's Get the Ball Rolling in 2020 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Copley Price YMCA is Beneficiary of Grant

On December 10, the Old Mission Rotary Foundation donated $3650 to the Copley Price YMCA in City Heights.  Julian Villegas accepted the grant that will be used to support membership scholarships  for deserving City Heights neighbors and to purchase helmets that will be distributed with bicycles and skate boards.  Julian is a member of Old Mission Rotary and serves as the Executive Director of the Copley Price YMCA.
Photo: (L-R) Copley Price YMCA Executive Director Julian Villegas and Old Mission Rotary Foundation board members Stan Vogelsang and Bob Self.
Copley Price YMCA is Beneficiary of Grant 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party Held for Boys & Girls Club

The Rotary Club of Del Mar was delighted to sponsor a Christmas party for members of the La Colonia Branch of the Boys and Girls Club San Dieguito and their families at the La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach.  Santa joined the festivities to hear Christmas wishes from the children.  This year Santa was introduced by the San Diego Sockers, whose team members stayed to sign autographs and have the kiddos join them in some soccer drills.  The party featured six craft station where guests made jewelry, ornaments, succulent plant arrangements, Christmas tree paintings and the most popular station - slime!
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La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club Relocates

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club has gotten too big for its current meeting location.  Effective January 3, the club will now meet at Hooley's Pub and Grill located at Grossmont Shopping Center - 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA  91942.   Their meetings begin at 7:15 am on Friday mornings.  Breakfast is $15 for members, visiting members and honorary members.  Come join them at their new digs for a morning of wonderful Rotary fellowship.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club Relocates 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

LEAD Students Visit Old Mission Rotary

LEAD students from Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta visited Old Mission Rotary Club on December 3 to share their experiences at LEAD (Leadership, Ethics and Determination) Conference.  The Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade middle school students.  Talented young people attend a two-day camp developed and presented by the Rotarians of Rotary International District 5340.
Old Mission Rotary sponsored four students each from Farb Middle School and the Creative Performing and Media Arts School (CPMA) in Clairemont.  Mission Valley sunset Rotarian and Past District Governor, Marge Cole personally sponsored two more students each from both schools.   
The middle school students were very grateful and excited to share their leadership weekend expedience at Camp Cuyamaca.
Photo (L-R back row standing): Farb Middle School Principal Courtney Rizzo, Old Mission Rotary Youth Chair Lydia Stewart, students Dani Mejia, Anabella Ngueyn, Tra Alston, Jayden Bamba and Farb Middle School AVID coordinator Donna Rankin (L-R front row): Tristan Stout and Luzaria Curry.
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Rotarians Play Santa's Elves

Santee-Lakeside Rotarians gathered for their annual support of the Santee Santas Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization bringing comfort and joy to Santee residents by providing food and gifts to those in need especially during the holiday season.   Several toy and food drives occur throughout the city with a special emphasis during the Christmas season.  Local  businesses,  schools and community groups participate on an annual basis.  The entire program is volunteer dependent and, over the years, a multitude of community residents show up to help make magic happen.  Rotarians are at the top of the list. 
On December 7, Rotarians created an assembly-line protocol to maximize efficiency and went to work putting together 1000+ cardboard boxes that the Foundation will use to help sort and pack family boxes of food items which will be delivered on a date closer to Christmas.  While Rotarians are busy making boxes, community members are in another room sorting food products by category so that each family has a customized box based on family size and need.  The following Saturday, volunteers will customize the boxes and make ready for delivery the following weekend where you can see cars lined up down the street as each picks up food boxes, toys and other essential items and personally makes the trek to deliver items to the selected families.  The Foundation also provides poinsettias to senior who are shut-ins to ensure they feel the community's Christmas spirit.  It is a wonderful example of community helping community or in Rotary words "Making Good Happen Together, with Love, Compassion and Joy".
Rotarians Play Santa's Elves 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Season's Greetings

Posted by Marta Knight
The holiday season is here and this month our Rotary theme is: Disease Prevention and Treatment.  This is one of our Areas of Focus and perhaps the theme that Rotary is best known for, at least among non-Rotarians.  I encourage you to share this with your community.
We have had an amazing year "Connecting the World" these past five months.  I have had the pleasure of visiting all but three clubs.  I have learned so much during my visits about your boards, members, projects and your vision for the coming year.  I am so proud of all of you as I experienced Rotary in so many different ways, like the pot of Chicken Soup I spoke about with all your unique ingredients that make your clubs so special.  I enjoyed and had fun visiting your different club fundraising projects and activities.  Thank you for including me as your District Governor.
Season's Greetings Marta Knight 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Chuck Pretto Becomes District Governor Designate To Serve as District Governor 2022-2023

Rotary District 5340's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Chuck Pretto from the Rotary Club of San Diego will officially serve as District Governor Designate (DGD), leading District 5340 during the Rotary year 2022-2023. Chuck Pretto was selected by District 5340's Nominating Committee to serve, pending any challenges from clubs across the District. No challenges were received, and the selection has become final.
Chuck, In 1992, was invited to join San Diego Rotary. He found his niche hosting exchange students. He and his wife hosted a half a dozen students throughout the years. In Club 33 he chaired numerous committees including Camp Enterprise, Project Allocations & Grants, and Youth Exchange. He served as President in 2013-14 and then Chair of the Club 33's foundation the following year. He has been active at the District level and served as District Conference Chair, Chief of Staff, Rotaract Chair, Chief Aide and upcoming Chief Assistant Governor.
On behalf of the all of the Nominating Committee members, as well as District Governor Marta Knight, we congratulate Chuck on his achievement.
Chuck Pretto Becomes District Governor Designate To Serve as District Governor 2022-2023 2019-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Thank you to Rotary 5340 members who supported the Rotary e-Club of San Diego's Global e-Club District Grant "Keeping Guatemala Girls in School".  With this grant support, the Santa Lucia High School entrepreneurs (whose goal is to make sustainable eco-friendly products) have created two new products:
  1. Reusable washable menstrual pads, and 
  2. A unique glycerin soap made of activated charcoal, volcanic ash and other native ingredients. 
The first is for the young girls so they can remain in school when they have their periods.  If you liked to support this effort, you can make a donation of $10.00, which will support one girl who can't afford to buy this product.  It's important that you copy this website on your browser and click on it:  http://www.gofundme.com/f/sustainable-education-for-Guatemalan-girls.  The hyperlink doesn't work for this URL.
The second product is a unique soap called Ecomaya, packaged in wax paper.  It comes in a beautiful bag made of Guatemalan fabric.  You now have an opportunity to purchase the soap developed by these students.  Rotarian, Maureen Duncan is going  to Guatemala December 15 - 20 and will be bringing back 200 packaged soaps.  She will be selling the soaps: one for $15; two for $25 and three for $30 and is taking orders now.  She will hand deliver the soaps to your home December 21 - 24.  If you'd like to purchase the soap, please order by email at mventiduncan@gmail.com  or by phone at (510) 867-1213. Or, you can send a check to Maureen Duncan, 314 Playa Blanca, Encinitas, CA  92024.  Proceeds will go back into the school program, allowing students to continue product development.
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Escondido East Rotary Club Making a Difference

The Escondido East Rotary Club has been busy working on two projects.  Rotarians delivered turkey meals cooked by the Mikkis Restaurant to around 207 home-bound seniors during this Thanksgiving season.  Sea Coast Commerce Bank donated $1000 to help pay for the meals.  A big thank you to Rotarians Darol and Linda Caster for getting it all organized.  One senior responded with joy when she shared she was so happy to get a dinner from Rotary since her dad was a past president in a Rotary Club back in Iowa.  
Rotarians from Escondido  East Rotary Club also painted a playhouse that was given to a deserving family at Escondido Community Child Development Center.  Rotarian and President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Lori Pfeiler secured this project for the club. 
Escondido East Rotary Club Making a Difference 2019-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Boy Scouts Beneficiary of Rotary Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $6,590 to the Boy Scouts of America Imperial Council on November 26.  Director of Development, Trent McClure explained that the funds will be used to install wireless internet at the northern end of the Mataguay Scout Ranch where they have a science center.  
McClure emphasized that their local camping areas are open to all youth groups for use:
  • Mataguay Scout Ranch is nestled in the pines and oaks of our local mountains, just 50 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.  Camping, activities and a swimming pool make for a full camping program.
  • Camp Balboa is located behind Council headquarters in Balboa Park, just a short walk from the world famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Youth Aquatic Center is located on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Aquatic Park, where you can have access to every form of water spot, including sailing, snorkeling and board sailing.  Youth camping is available there and Sea World is nearby.
Photo (L-R):  Art Pratt Foundation Board of Directors Lee Kaminetz (president), Phil Yates, Larry Edwards, Bob Chalfa, and Mark McAnelly and Boy Scouts Imperial Council Director of Development, Trent McClure
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Multi-Generational Families Featured in Rotarian Magazine

The December issue of The Rotarian features multi-generational families serving in Rotary.  Featured from District 5340 are Natalie Bailey of the Coronado Rotaract Club and District Governor, Marta Knight of the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club.
Multi-Generational Families Featured in Rotarian Magazine 2019-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Deadline for Golf Tournament Fast Approaching

The deadline to sign up is Monday, December 2. Email tournament director, Bret Geernaert to register to play.  Give Bret an idea of your playing level when you sign up so that he can pair you with others at your level.
We have been making plans for our Golf League and it will be a lot of fun.  Clubs field a team (twosomes or foursomes) and participate in match play against another club team.  If you would like to join this fun group, sign up to play in our first tournament on December 4, 1:00 shotgun start; $55/player.  
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Rotary Seeks Nominations for Peace Award

Nominations are being solicited for the 2020 Rotary District 5340 Pathways to Peace Award.  Due December 10, 2019, nominations can be submitted by individual Rotarians or Rotary Clubs.  The nominee can be an individual or an organization, Rotarian or non-Rotarian.
District 5340's Pathways to Peace Committee each year present the Pathways to Peace Award to an exemplary person or organization, Rotarian or non-Rotarian.  This award is presented at the annual Peace Forum that Rotary sponsors with the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (USD).  The Peace Forum will take place on February 22, 2020 at USD's Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
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Save the Date! 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Mystery Social for East County Rotary Clubs

On a rainy Wednesday night this past week, four of six East County Rotary Clubs gathered at a park & ride to caravan over to a undisclosed meeting place to enjoy fellowship and an opportunity to learn what each club was doing during this Rotary Year.  The mystery social took place at a cozy wine bar in La Mesa - La Mesa Wine Works.  Over 50 Rotarians representing four Rotary clubs participated in this Fall evening of fellowship.  Clubs included the El Cajon Noon Rotary Club, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, La Mesa Noon Rotary Club and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
Members enjoyed an evening of wine, Italian food and laughter as they all got to know each other.  Of particular interest was building supportive avenues for respective clubs to learn and become more involved in each others events and service projects.  Everyone enjoyed the evening so much that another function will be planned for either April or May 2020.  Thanks goes to Rotarian, Elana Levens-Craig from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and Rotarian, Erick Lundy from the El Cajon Noon Club for spearheading this very successful gathering.  
The evening was mirrored after the inaugural mystery social held a few years ago, which was orchestrated by Rotarian Erick Lundy, where clubs parked at a trolley station and caravanned to Gillespie field where the mystery social was held in a hanger.  No one can say that there isn't any creative minds in East County!
Mystery Social for East County Rotary Clubs 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Canine Companions Receives $1200 Grant

Members of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club toured Canine Companions for Independence on Friday last week.  The group presented Canine Companions with a check for $1200.  This amazing program trains 50 dogs per year on the Oceanside campus alone.  They train service teams, skilled companions, facility dogs, PTSD and hearing dogs.  Since 1975, Canine Companions has provided assistance dogs free of charge to receipients in need.  Each dog costs about $10,000 to train, but they are priceless to their recipients. To learn more about Canine Companions, you can visit their website.
Canine Companions Receives $1200 Grant 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you Rotarians!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to Rotarians around the world.  Your accomplishments have made magic happen in lives of countless individuals.  Rotarians give selflessly of their time, talent and purse.  Your humanitarian hearts have reached out and touched individuals in the dark desperate corners of the world giving hope to billions.  Your efforts are changing the world for the better.  Because of you dreams happen, lives are saved, children are schooled, the sick are comforted.  disease is reduced or eliminated and people are lifted out of poverty.  
As you sit around your Thanksgiving table with your family and friends, mention Rotary in your conversations and prayers; give thanks for all that Rotary has accomplished and for our capabilities to be able to uplift the world through the work of Rotary.  We are all very blessed.  Thank you for all that you do.  
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El Centro Rotary Club Member to Walk in Rose Parade

Congratulations to Jennifer McGrew-Thomason from the El Centro Rotary Club, District 5340's Rotary Superhero Rose Parade Walker.  Jennifer gets the once in-a-life-time opportunity to walk alongside the Rotary Float in the upcoming Rose Parade on New Year's Day!  The El Centro Club superhero's name was drawn from basket filled with names of all Rotarians that received Superhero pins from District Governor, Marta Knight during her Governor's visit.
El Centro Rotary Club Member to Walk in Rose Parade 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Mama's Kitchen Receives $6826 Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $6826 to Mama' Kitchen.  Mama's Kitchen is a community-driven organization that believes that everyone is entitled to the basic necessity of life - nutritious food.  Mama's Kitchen's nutrition services improve the lives of women, men, and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses.  Chief Executive Officer Alberto Cortés explained that the funds will be used to expand the freezer capacity at their receiving dock.
(Photo L-R): Mama's Kitchen CEO Alberto Cortés, Art Pratt Foundation board members Judi Copeland, Lee Kaminetz (president), Phil Yates, Bob Chalfa and Mark McAnelly.
Mama's Kitchen Receives $6826 Grant 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Float Escort Selected

Today, District Governor, Marta Knight pulled a lucky ticket from superhero entries to see which one would be invited to walk alongside the Rotary Float in this year's New Year's Rose Parade, representing District 5340. 
Congratulations goes to the Superhero of the El Centro Rotary Club.  Understanding that there could be conflicts,  four more club names were drawn.  Should the superhero from El Centro not be able to attend, the honor falls to the next one on the list.  
Rotary Float Escort Selected 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
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Orphanage Gets Solar Paneling for School

The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has had a long-standing partnership with Rancho Santa Marta, an orphanage and school for at-risk children near San Vincente, Mexico.  The Club's original goal was to raise approximately $60,000 in order to purchase a 150+ solar panel system that would offset 70 percent of the Ranch's energy expense, allowing more resources to be diverted directly to the children of the orphanage and school.  In partnership with Pathways Church and local community members, a fundraising campaign was initiated.  The Club also applied for and received a Rotary District Grant to support the project.  All of the funding needed to complete the full project came in within a span of two months.  
In August 2019, the Ranch signed contracts with a Mexican solar contractor, who began installing the system in September 2019.  The Club is ecstatic to know that the  project is now complete.  The entire 35,000 watt system is installed and the Ranch will now be able to save $10,000 annually.  The savings will have a long-lasting impact on the children of the Ranch.
To learn more about Rancho Santa Marta you can visit their website.  In addition, the Club was able to visit the Ranch this past weekend and came back with a video of the solar project.  To view the video, click here.  The video really gives you a sense of the size of the Ranch.
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Charity Poker Tournament Set

The Rotary Club of Vista is holding a Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  The Club is raising money to support their scholarship program.  A special appearance by the band Chosen Arrows will delight participants and a full no-host bar and food from the resturant is available.  If you cannot participate and would like to donate, you may do so on the Club's website.
If you have any questions, please contact helixpoker88@gmail.com.
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RB Rotary Community Cleanup Day

Saturday, November 9 was an extremely successful "First Annual Oaks North Clean Up Day", sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.  Over 35 members of the Club worked all morning, supplemented by members of the Rancho Bernardo High School Basketball Team, Mis Rancho Bernard - Taylor Cloutier and Miss Rancho Bernardo Teen - Sophia Latifzadeh.  
It was estimated that over 200 cars delivered all kinds of items to the collection center; pick-up teams also went to 36 homes in cases where residents were unable to deliver them.  A record 145 file boxes of personal files were shredded and hauled away by a doument shredding company and an e-waste truck was filled to capacity.  Additionally, several tons of non-recyclable waste was transported to the Miramar landfill.  A large truck load of reusable items were also picked up by "Interfaith Community Services" and the "The Assistance League" thrift store in Escondido.
Claudia Gonzales, the Oaks North Community Center Manager was totally enthusiastic in her praise, and said that their office has received many calls expressing appreciation for the event.  
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San Diego North Fun Run a Success

San Diego North Rotary Club - District 5340's small, but mighty club held its 32nd Annual Rotary Cross Country Fun Run at Mt. Carmel High School Stadium Friday, November 8.  Almost all the elementary and middle schools in the Poway Unified School District -- 600 third through eighth grade runners -- participated.  Counting parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, well over a thousand onlookers gathered to view the races.
The Fun Run has been a huge success with over 15,000 participants over the years.  Fun Fact: Children of the original participants are now taking part in this annual event!
Plaques were awarded for boys and girls by grade level.  Painted Rock won the elementary boys and girls sweepstakes.  Twin Peaks won the middle school division.  Place ribbons were awarded to the first ten finishers in each race and participation awards were given to all runners.
This is an "all hands" event for the San Diego North Rotary Club.  Sincere thanks to members of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise and Noon Clubs (you know who you are) and Mt. Carmel's Interact Club.  They helped to make sure the event ran smoothly.
San Diego North Fun Run a Success 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Charles "Chuck" Pretto selected to serve as District Governor 2022-23

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Charles Pretto from the Rotary Club of San Diego has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2022-2023.

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 12, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates. This year's Committee included seven past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Mel Gallegos.

Any challenges to the selection of District Governor (Rotary International Bylaws Article 12.030.7) are to be received by Mel Gallegos, Chair of the Nomination Committee, by close of business on Friday, November 29, 2019. Challenges may be sent to P.O. Box 420786, San Diego, CA 92124 or via email to melgallegos1819@gmail.com. If no challenges are received, the selection of the Nominating Committee becomes official.

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Rotaract/Rotary Mentorship Mixer Held

The Rotary/Rotaract 5340 Mentorship Mixer took place at BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse on the evening of Thursday, November 7.  It was a networking event meant to promote the District's mentorship program.  The event was open to all Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District and was well attended.  
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Rosarito School Children Visit SD Zoo

Every year the Rosarito Rotary Club in conjunction with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, takes students ages 3-11 to the San Diego Zoo.  Students come from various schools in Rosarita, Mexico.      After a short meeting at 5:30 am on the steps of the State Building, 36 excited children and 7 adults ran to the bus, leaving the area at 7:15 am and arriving at the border close to 8:00 am.  The border officers lined riders and took them inside the beautiful federal building.  The kids were so excited, holding their certificates in order to cross into the United States.  
The bus arrived at the Zoo at approximately 9:00 am.  There, Dr. Bennis Bucko and another Rotarian, Melanie Gesschwind, CPA of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club (LJJGTRC) were patiently waiting.   LJGTRC paid for the Mexican bus, adult entrance tickets, food, drinks and chocolate bars.  Once inside the Zoo, it was disclosed that the petting area was closed due to construction.  The group decided to embark on exploring the flamingos, birds, monkeys, etc.  Following lunch, the group boarded a zoo bus that took them all around the Zoo.  The conductor spoke Spanish and shared information about the  animals in the enclosures.  The elephants and giraffes were of particular interest.
Following the bus tour, the group had a couple of hours to wander and explore areas of interest, including several stores where they purchased items such as rubber snakes, etc.   At 3:00 pm, everyone was loaded back onto the Mexican bus to return home.  The group didn't have to disembark at the border and was able proceed directly to Rosarita following a brief border patrol check of the bus, arriving about 5:15 pm.  Children met their parents with big broad smiles and many stories to tell.
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What's Your Polio I,Q.?

The Rotary Club of North County San Diego - Route 78 celebrated its first-ever World Polio Day on October 12, 2019.  The program was also billed as a Purple Pinky Mini Fundraiser. 
At the beginning of the program members read a Proclamation from the San Marcos City Mayor and Council Members declaring a World Polio Day in San Marcos and urging people to donate money for polio eradication.  Program organizer, Maria Reyes shared facts on Polio with members in the segment: What's Your Polio I.Q.?   A short informative film, Thanks, Rotary, featuring Rotary's International's lead in polio eradication and immunization around the world followed.
The featured guest speaker, Ms. Carole Shipley, a polio survivor who resides in San Marcos was the highlight of the program.  She infused personal anecdotes in recounting her personal journey with polio, revealing how when her first two iron lungs malfunction, the doctors noticed she could breathe on her own.  Her story was both poignant and funny, reflecting her personal triumph over adversity.  Ms. Shipley is an accomplished woman.  She earned her B.A. in European History with a minor in Library Science from SDSU.  Afterwards, she worked with KCST 39TV and finally landed a plum job at the Athenaeum Music & Art Library in La Jolla where she worked for 28 years before retiring.  
The program was capped off with opportunity drawings as well as a prize for guessing the amount of money in the Club's "Jamoncito, Jr." - a Mexican piggy bank full of coins for polio.  The Club raised approximately $700 for the fight against polio!
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RB Rotary Club Participates in Serving Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

On November 5, several Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Noon Club (Club) participated  in their quarterly commitment to prepare dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Kearny Mesa.  In attendance were Mike Fugua and his wife Patty, Dick Norfolk and his wife Pat, Johanna Mullen, Dave Brooks, Lynn Ross who brought Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo, Sophia Latifzadeh, and Joe Gandelman.  Joe is a great ventriloquist who performs with his "friends" around the region and had the kids enthralled.
The Club reserves  a date for every quarter at the beginning of the year.  They never have trouble filling the spots as everyone loves to do it.  The staff are very accommodating and appreciative and they also are very good at providing kitchen neophytes with directions.  They've all chopped and diced and mixed and served more than they thought possible.  The Club had state-of-the-art equipment that was a joy to work with.  Their contribution to the evening was several dozen cookies that area dessert for the families.   
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The Passing of PDG Wayne Cusick

Posted by Steve Brown
                  Wayne Cusick (1943 - 2019)
           Founder of the Paul Harris Society
        Past District 5340 Governor (1996-97)
Wayne Cusick, Past District Governor and Founder of the Paul Harris Society, peacefully took his last breath at 11:25 am on Wednesday, October 30 at his home in La Jolla.  I was there with his wife Lee Ann and both daughters and his brother, Rick.  Services for Wayne will be held on November 17 at 1:00 pm at St. Pauls Lutheran Church located at 1376 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA  92109.  Services will be followed by a reception at the Pacific Beach home of Jennifer and Steve Grebing (daughter and son-in-law).  Directions will be provided at the church services.
The Passing of PDG Wayne Cusick Steve Brown 2019-11-05 08:00:00Z 0