June 1-5, 2019, the annual Rotary International Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany.  The registration price will increase on December 15.   Sign up now and be sure to book housing as soon as possible.  You want to be staying as close to the convention as possible!
District 5340 will have a reception at the convention.  The details are not yet set, but we will keep you updated as information becomes available. 
For more convention information click here.
Rotary International Convention - Capture the Moment! 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, December 8, Santee-Lakeside Rotarians gathered to help the Santee Santa's Foundation get ready for this year's Christmas outreach.  Santee Santa's has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to Santee for over 60 years.  Rotarians John Morley and Sam Modica  have been providing leadership to this non-profit organization for some time.  Initially started and operated by the Santee School District, the Santee Santa's grew so large that a non-profit was formed to operate and coordinate this 100% volunteer organization, each year bringing comfort and joy to Santee residents by providing food and gifts, especially during the holiday season.
The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club has offered both financial and volunteer support to this worthy group of compassionate citizens.  For the past several years, the Club has taken on the task of putting together nearly 1000 boxes to be used to bring food and toys to families in need.  Many also help sorting food and toys and boxing items for delivery, including distributing poinsettias to senior shut-ins in local mobile home parks.   
Rotarians As Santa's Elves 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brett Morey
Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, friends of the surfing community and, of course, members of Surfers Unite will gather at La Jolla Shores on December 12-16 for the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships.  There is still time to signup and volunteer.  Don't miss this opportunity to extend the invitation to your Interact Club members, neighbors and friends. 
More details on this International Surfing Association event can be found  on our site: http://surfersuniterotarianfellowship.wildapricot.org/event-2966435.
You're Invited to the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships Brett Morey 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
The East County Rotary Leadership Team is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m.   Past Rotary International President (2000-2001), Frank Devlyn will be the guest speaker.   Join us for a very informative meeting.
El Cajon Elks Club
1400 E. Washington Avenue
El Cajon, CA  92019
Lunch: $17.00
This may be your last time to hear from a Rotary International representative since the International Assembly is moving to Florida next year.  All Rotarians and guests are invited.  This is a great opportunity to show how strong Rotary is in District 5340!  Our goal is to see at least two members from every club in attendance and we encourage attendees to bring their club banners.   For more information, contact Bonnie Welch at bawelch@Pacbell.net.
PRIP, Frank Devlyn to Speak 2018-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary awarded a grant on November 27, 2018 to the San Diego Rescue Mission.  The funds of $8,716 will be used to refurbish a computer and study center for the children of homeless families.  Ameatra Smith of the San Diego Rescue Mission accepted the check and was so excited that her very first grant request for the organization was approved!  
In addition another grant in the amount of $2,499 was presented to  Clairemont High School's Clairemonster Robotics Team on November 20, 2018. 
Photo L-R:  Old Mission Rotary President, Bob Chalfa; Ameatra Smith from the San Diego Rescue Mission; Art Pratt, board members Erick Benink, Mark McAnelly, Sherrie Suanico, Lee Kaminetz and Gary Collins. 
Photo L-R: Erik Benink and Judy Copeland of the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary with robotics engineers, Charlie Jenkins and Keegan Holmes. 
Old Mission Presents Two Grants Matt Risi 2018-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mel Gallegos
Rotarians!  Your helping hands are urgently needed.
Minnesota Rotarian, Amanda Ottman reached out to our district this week.  Amanda was a Rotary Peace Fellow and now works for the Amerian Refugee Committee.  Her work has brought her to San Diego this week to assess needs in relation to the current migration movement.
Amanda has connected with the local Rapid Response Network, an organization serving people who were detained by US Immigration during the past months that are now being released into the US for asylum processing.  They are being dropped off at different locations with no assistance, and Rapid Response Network is mobilizing to help with temporary shelters.  An average of 75 people have been arriving to the shelters each night, and people stay between 24-48 hours.
Rapid Response Network has to move to a new shelter location by Friday and needs help.  Starting at 6:00 am Thursday and continuing throughout the day helping hands are needed to help pack up the old site (Kearny Mesa) and also set up the new site in Chula Vista.
If you can help, please contact Amanda right away at 612-214-3389.  Safety and security is a top concern, and location will be given if you volunteer to help.  Please note that you will not be allowed to share the location or post anything regarding this volunteer work on social media.
Helping Hands Urgently Needed Mel Gallegos 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen R. Brown
Twelve generous supporters of Rotary's polio eradication efforts will have the opportunity to play golf with legend Jack Nicklaus, a Rotary ambassador for polio eradication.
Nicklaus plans to thank the next 12 individuals who make a new donation of $250,000 or more to the PolioPlus Fund by inviting them to play golf with him at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Florida, USA, on March 12, 2019.  There, donors will be divided into three groups of four, and each group will play 18 holes of golf - six with Nicklaus.  Donors who prefer not to play golf may allow one friend or family member to golf in their place.
Space is limited to the first 12 donors.  To qualify, donors need to complete a Gift of intent Form and make the full donation by January 22, 2019.  Contact Harvey Newcomb III, director of principal gifts at The Rotary Foundation for more information.  Please see the gift intent form for details.
If they wish, the donors will also be inducted into the Arch Klumph Society in recognition of their support for Rotary's polio eradication efforts.  Please contact Steve Brown for more details.
Jack Nicklaus Plans to Thank PolioPlus Donors Stephen R. Brown 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
District Council Dinner
January 26,2019
in the Imperial Valley
Registration and Reception begins at 5:30 pm 
Dinner served at 6:15 pm Choice of
Carne Asada Buffet or Vegetarian
Cost $40.00      Rotaract $20.00
Click here to register
Registration ends on January 24
Ricochet Rec Center
450 W Aten Rd, Imperial, CA 92251
Click here for map
Imperial Valley District Council Dinner 2018-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
On December 3rd, the East County Rotary Leadership is sponsoring a free Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar to bring awareness to the community about the impact human trafficking is having on our youth.  In addition to having speakers, there will be time for break-out sessions with experts in the field.  Every Rotarian, friend, family member or neighbor is welcome.  Most people do not know how prevalent this problem is - affecting boys and girls in our own communities.  Parents need to know the warning signs - and kids need to understand the "grooming" process.  Awareness is key to battling this very serious and dangerous business of preying on our youth.   Please join us.
Breaking the Chain 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Join your best Rotary friends at the 2109 District Conference at the beautiful Catamaran Hotel in Mission Beach.  You can learn what is going on in the District, participate in sharing ideas and successes, take a cruise on the historic Bahia Belle and enjoy the beach and the tropical setting of the resort.  Registration is open.  Click to register here.
You will want to stay overnight so that you don't miss any of the fun.  We have arranged  a special rate for you, which includes free parking for those who stay at the resort.  You will find the link for the hotel registration when you register for the conference.  See you there!
2019 District Conference 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Daniel GenslerRotary District 5340's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Daniel Gensler from the Rotary Club of Coronado will officially serve as District Governor Designate (DGD), leading District 5340 during the Rotary year 2021-2022. Gensler 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.
"We had a terrific slate of candidates to choose from, and I'd like to extend a special thanks to all of the dedicated Rotary members who interviewed for this important role," said Immediate Past District Governor Scott Carr, who served as Chair of the Nominating Committee. "We are incredibly proud of Dan's accomplishments and for his continued commitment to Rotary. He is an incredibly warm, giving individual who has a tremendous amount of experience at both the club and district level. On behalf of the all of the Nominating Committee members, as well as District Governor Mel Gallegos, we congratulate Dan on his terrific achievement."
Gensler is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who has owned his own financial planning and investment firm since 1995. He served as President of the Coronado Rotary in 2006-07. Since then, he has served many roles within the District, and currently serves on the Foundation Committee for Rotary District 5340.
Daniel Gensler Becomes District Governor Designate, to Serve as Governor in 2021-22 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
5.54 TONS to be precise! 
A recent Saturday's work effort saw the culmination of six months planning by Seven Oaks Community Center and the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.  Twenty-five Rotarians and family members spent six hours unloading residents' cars as well as traveling to their homes to pick up furniture, bedding, patio furniture and other older and no longer used items clogging garages and closets.
Three 40-foot roll off dumpsters, provided free of charge by EDCO Waste Disposal, were filled to capacity.  Councilman Mark Kersey's office provided free "dump tickets" for use at the Miramar Landfill.  As a result, no cost was incurred by Seven Oaks residents.  Reusable furniture, accessories, and fixtures were given to local charities.
Seven Oaks Community, comprised of 1,249 single-family homes and 410 condos, is a 55+ community developed in the 1960s during the initial development of Rancho Bernardo.  
Given residents' enthusiasm and appreciation, Seven Oaks Clean Up Day is likely to become an annual event.
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club was founded in 1964 and has a long history of commitment to  community service.  
RB Rotarians Help Seven Oaks Lose Weight 2018-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marian Pavlovich
The International Assembly - the final week-long training session for incoming District Governors-Elect from around the world - is scheduled once again to occur here in San Diego.
Join us on Sunday, January 13, 2019 for a fun-packed day as we welcome Rotarians and their partners to San Diego.  To sign up, click here.  There will be three shifts at the San Diego International Airport to meet passengers as they arrive in the baggage areas and three shifts at the Hyatt Hotel to greet the Governors-Elect at the hotel.  The shifts will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  You may register separately for more than one shift if you chose to volunteer for a shift at both the airport and hotel.
Greeters Needed for 2019 International Assembly Marian Pavlovich 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0

Dan GenslerThe Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Daniel Gensler from the Rotary Club of Coronado has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2021-2022.

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates. This year's Committee included several past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Scott Carr.

Gensler is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who has owned his own financial planning and investment firm since 1995. He served as President of the Coronado Rotary in 2006-07. Since then, he has served many roles within the District, and currently serves on the Foundation Committee for Rotary District 5340.

Any challenges (per Rotary International Bylaws, Article 14.020.8) to the selection of District Governor are to be received by Scott Carr, Chair of the Nomination Committee, by close of business on Friday, November 16, 2018. Challenges may be sent to 2247 San Diego Avenue, Ste. 236, San Diego, CA 92110 or via email to scarr@rotary5340.org. If no challenges are received, the selection of the Nominating Committee becomes official.

Dan Gensler Selected to Serve as District Governor 2021-22 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Escondido East Rotary Club Rotarian, Glen Burford will be riding in the Ride to End Polio charity event in Tucson, Arizona on November 20, 2018.  Money raised will help continue efforts to eradicate polio.  Rotary District 5500's Ride to End Polio is dedicated to Rotarian, Mike Harris who founded the ride in 2009.  Their 2017 ride raised $11.7 million, including the generated $47 million for Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, enough money to buy tens of millions of vaccinations, protecting countless children worldwide from this terrible disease.  For more information go to the Ride to End Polio website.  District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos was present at the Escondido East Rotary Club meeting to hear about Glen's efforts.
Pictured:  Escondido East Rotary Club President, Josh Banks with District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos and Rotarian, Glen Burford.
Ride to End Polio Don Darrock 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
The MCAS Miramar Enlisted Recreation Center has a program that connects single men and women with home hosts for sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  These are soldiers who cannot be with their families or loved ones during these traditional holidays.  The applications will ask questions to coordinate preferences for both the Marines and the hosts.  You will be required to pick them up on base and return them after dinner.  You can apply online separately for each of the two holidays.  There is a limit of two service members per holiday.  Use the application forms for the host family and NOT the service member.  To learn more and to obtain application please go to the websiteTHANKSGIVING IS COMPLETELY FILLED.  Opportunities still exist for Christmas.
Holiday Connections Update Steve McNeil 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club has been collecting spare change since July for their new Pennies for Polio jar in honor of World Polio Day this past week.  The Club's co-presidents, Chris and Rochelle Carroll, challenged members to "fill the jar."  The Club recognized World Polio Day with an inspirational presentation from polio survivor, Tish Caligner who contracted polio at the age of 10.  Living with her family in Panama, Tish had broken her arm playing outside and was taken to the hospital.  It was in the hospital that she was exposed to the deadly polio virus.  Tish shared the stories of living with polio as a child and the challenges she has overcome along her journey.  Tish was awarded the Club's Inspiration of the Month Award.  After reviewing the historic timeline of Rotary's involvement with polio eradication, club members rose to the challenge of filling the jar.  This, small but mighty club's efforts overflowed the top!  Next week, the Club will use a coin counter to see how much change they collected and will be donating to End Polio Now, with (of course) a contest to see who can come close to guessing the amount in the jar.  What a great way to recognize World Polio Day!  
Pennies for Polio Trish Rodgers 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Coronado Rotary hosted its annual "End Polio Now" Wine Tasting Fundraising on October 5, 2018.  About 150 Rotarians and guests gathered in the welcoming garden at Jim Kaufman's home for a party with a very vital purpose, the worldwide eradication of polio.  Generous donations for special events, such as an afternoon sailing on the bay, a panella dinner in the home of the buyer, an evening of music, art champagne and hors d'oeuvres.  More generous donations were raised through a silent auction and Raise the Paddle segment.
Proceeds from the event, chaired by Pat Flynn and Sue Maack, raised $70,000.  The donations will go to support Rotary International's Global Polio Eradication Initiative and will include funds that will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
On October 24, 2018, Rotarians will mark World Polio Day.  It is a day to celebrate how far we have come - from an estimated 350,000 cases of polio per year down to just a few in 2018.  But to achieve eradication, we must reach zero cases, and stay at zero worldwide for three consecutive years.
  • 1 in 200 polio infections leads to irreversible paralysis.
  • 17.4 million people who are currently healthy would have been paralyzed by polio without eradication efforts since 1988.
  • In 2017, Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns.
  • Unless we completely eradicate polio, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year all over the world.  The disease is endemic in only three countries, but unless we reach every child with the vaccine, no child anywhere is safe.
If you would also like to make a donation to End Polio Now, please visit coronadorotary.org and click on the End Polio Now link to the right of the website.
Photo by Dan Hutchinson
Coronado Rotary Raises Funds for Polio Eradication Sharon Raffer 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Assembly Host Hospitality Night is scheduled for January 16, 2019.  We are seeking clubs/members to volunteer to host incoming District Governors-Elect (DGEs) from around the world.  Take two or (you determine the number) for an evening of fellowship and dinner.  You can host in your home, your club meeting site or a site of your choosing.  You will be reimbursed $20 for each guest you host.  We guarantee the experience will be priceless!  Register today!  If you have any questions, you may direct them to Michelle Candland at michellecandland95@gmail.com.
Hosts Needed Sharon Raffer 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

You spoke and we listened. Due to many other events that have already been scheduled during November, including: the Zone Institute, Thanksgiving and various club plans; we have decided to postpone the Foundation Gala until April 29, 2019. This will also allow for those of you who will be attending the Rotary International Convention in Germany to be able to plan your trip accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner on April 29th! Please let us know if you would like a refund or to just transfer the registration to the new date. We are so grateful for the support and dedication to the principles of Rotary by the wonderful Rotarians in our District!

Yours in Rotary Service,

District Governor Mel Gallegos

Foundation Gala Update 2018-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Don't let this page be blank.  We all have stories to tell.  This is how we can share our successes and inspiration with each other.   We are pretty good at promoting our fundraisers but how about telling us how it went.  It may just increase participation the following year.  Do you have phenomenal Rotarians that you'd like to recognize?  This is the place to do it! Tell us about them.  Many clubs have achieved great things through  grant projects.  Why not share your story with a narrative and pictures so that we can learn how you touched the world.  
Submission of stories is easy.  Just write up a draft and send to our editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.  You don't need to be a professional writer, Sandy will help with editing and she is great at making photo collages.  All you have to do is send the  pictures.  If you want captions under your photos, simply tell us what you want said or who is in the picture.  Please try to send the draft and photos together so there is no delay in getting your story posted due to waiting for the missing piece.  All items sent by the end of the business day on Friday will be in the following Monday's edition of Newsbits.  
District 5340 is a very large district.  We need multiple communication channels to stay connected.  Newsbits can help!
Stories Needed 2018-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 15th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peacemakers by debating current day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.  Students also learn important skills in conflict resolution, analytical thinking and public speaking.  Here is what you need to know:
  1. Register teams by December 31, 2018 by notifying Kevin Cahil at kcahill558@gmail.com and Bink Cook at binkcook@gmail.com
  2. The 2019 Model UN Conference will be held April 6-7, 2019 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice
  3. The cost to participate is $750 per team (two students and one advisor)
  4. Training for students and advisors will be held on January 26, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy
More information can be found at www.modelunrotary5340.com or by contacting Keven Cahill, Chair, Rotary Model UN program at kcahill558@gmail.com.
Rotary Model UN 2019 2018-10-14 07:00:00Z 0


1.  District Council at SEA180 
Our own Brett Morey created a Rotary Fellowship.  He will share how he did it and what their mission is.  Find a Fellowship that is right for you to enhance your Rotary experience. We will have time for fellowship so you can connect with your fellow Rotarians from around the District. Enjoy a great meal as well!

To Register click here 

2.  Foundation Gala 

Celebrate our Rotary Foundation!  We have done so much through the Foundation.  Polio Eradication, grants to help us do small and large projects.  We want to celebrate with you. So plan for an evening of good food, fellowship, a special message from Rotary International Director-Elect Johrita Solari and dancing!

To Register click here  

Time is Running Out for Two District Events 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
District Foundation Gala 04.29.19 2018-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
This year on Saturday, Oct 20 from 2 pm to 5 pm,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club will host their only fundraising event for the year. For the third year, this event will be held at Webb Lake Park in Rancho Bernardo (RB).  The funds from this event support such programs and organizations such as:
   •  Support for Abraxas High School in Poway
   •  Support for veterans via Team Red White and Blue
   •  Providing introduction to STEM  careers via scholarships for  AAUW
      Tech Trek summer camp at UCSD
   •  An AIDS orphanage in South Africa
   •  Support for a children's hospital in Uganda
   •  A house build project in Mexico 
   •  Support for the Ed Brown Senior Center in RB  
This event has been building on the success of previous year's events and the positive feedback about the event and the venue.  The club's marketing has brought many attendees from the Los Angeles area, many who have now attended past BEERnardo events.
This event is a community event because Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club relies on the support of volunteers from other organizations in RB who are recipients of grants from the club as well as volunteers from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo. 
This year's event will be offering beer tastings of the best of local craft beers. There will also be wine and food for purchase at the event. Live entertainment and games will contribute to a great experience for our guests who will have seating in the shade provided by the trees in the park.  Plan to attend this fun event in the north San Diego hub of the craft beer scene in San Diego. To volunteer contact the club at:tmg@san.rr.com
For further information and ticket purchase, go to: ranchobeernardofestival.com
Rancho Beernardo Fundraiser 2018-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
The 2019 Rotary Rose Parade Float is coming along and District 5340 is looking to secure an additional $2500 in support.  Please contact Brett Morey directly at bretthmorey@gmail.com since he is  the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee District 5340 advisor.  Clubs or individuals who contribute $1000 or more can select a date to come up to Irwindale and decorate the float (up to 15 individuals) prior to New Year's Eve.  The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee team has the available dates and latest information as the District contributed the annual budgeted funds of $4000.
The operating budget for the float is $100,000 yet this is the only Rotary advertising you will see on TV.  The Tournament of Roses is viewed by over 70 million viewers around the globe each year with over 700,000 in attendance.  Rotary International does not fund this endeavor as it is the generosity of fellow Rotarians like yourselves that have made this a tradition for well over 35 years.  The Rotary Rose Parade Float has also won the Princess Award the last two years in a row and we are going for a repeat!  Check out the following site for online donations, photos from last year and current information:  Rose Parade. 
2019 Rotary Rose Parade Float Brett Morey 2018-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
For all those involved or interested in Rotary's peace initiatives, you don't want to miss attending the District Peace Leadership Seminar on Saturday, October 20th.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Ronald McDonald House
This seminar, presented by District 5340's Pathways to Peace Committee, is designed to educate, motivate, and engage our Rotary club Peace Chairs, those with an interest in becoming a peace chair in their club, or those with an interest in what Rotary and our District are doing to influence peacebuilding and conflict prevention and resolution.
Peacebuilding efforts have been developing rapidly throughout our Rotary world and District 5340 is very much engaged.  Practically every service project and program Rotary does throughout the world brings increased prospects for less violent resolution of conflict.  Pathways to Peace is focused on ways to advance this aspect of Rotary.
Seminar participants will hear how their involvement can advance Rotary peace  objectives.  We will discuss key responsibilities for Peace Chairs, how clubs develop and connect to programs and ways to involve club members.  The seminar is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes.  Contact Seminar Chair, Sandra Schrift at Sandra@schrift.com with questions and suggestions. 
Don't Miss the Peace Leadership Seminar 2018-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden Point Loma in the 6th Annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride to support pancreatic cancer research on November 10, 2018.   Jim Krause was a past president of the Point Loma Rotary Club; an avid cyclist and philanthropist who left a legacy of Service Above Self after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.  The ride includes 10/25/62 mile exclusive scenic routes to accommodate different levels of bicycling experience.  Spend Veteran's Day weekend at the Bay Club Resort on Shelter Island with the special Stay & Play package.  The public is invited to the free Health Lifestyle Expo at Oggi's at Liberty Station from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm where they can enjoy local vendors, music and refreshments.  For more information, on Ride the Point, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.
Ride the Point Richard Staklum 2018-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
At the 2018 Foundation Seminar, attendees were given a glimpse of a new campaign that aims to nearly double the number of local Rotarians that join the Paul Harris Society.
Named after Rotary’s founder, the Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to give individual contributions of $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved Foundation global grants. 
Membership in the Paul Harris Society is easy to maintain, so easy that many Rotarians are already eligible through their support of the Rotary Foundation. Donors who join the Society can contribute $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation, either automatically via Rotary Direct or through one-time donations.

Yet, many don't realize that this global program actually started right here, in our very own district.
Mission 300: Paul Harris Society Looks to Expand to New Heights 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Potterfast
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps provided Valley Elementary School's running club with a fast start to its fundraising efforts with a $350 donation.  This is the first year the children are testing the new lanyard tracking system which replaces the old fashioned method of tracking laps on a note card.    Rotarian Jan is holding the real check at the right of the picture below.
Fast Start to Tracking Laps  Melanie Potterfast 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations is extended to Rotarian, Fary Moini of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club for winning one of six Women in Leadership Awards at The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce's Women in Leadership Award Luncheon held Friday, September 28 at the Town and Country Hotel.  Fary was nominated by two Santee-Lakeside Rotarians, Sandy Pugliese and Elana Levens-Craig.  Both became inspired by Fary's efforts to construct the Jalalabad Rotary School in Afghanistan when they participated in RYLA as facilitators and heard Fary speak.  Opened in May 2004, the school serves 6000 girls and boys.  Funds were subsequently raised to build dorms for female teachers and to pay salaries for eight female teachers so that Afghan girls could continue their education.    Fary's all-volunteer team also funded computer labs in Jalalabad as well as at the Nargarhar University, and connected these labs with programs at San Diego State University.  Fary's leadership achievements include being invited to the White House to be recognized as a Champion of Change.  She served as Rotary International's representative to the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO from 2005-2010 with responsibility for:
  • Advising UNESCO regarding Rotary activities;
  • Providing information to Rotary regarding UNESCO activities;
  • Serving on the UNESCO's Education Committee; and
  • Facilitating opportunities for Rotary Clubs to collaborate with UNESCO
Pugliese and Levens-Craig, both active in the San Diego East County Chamber, believed Fary's story needed to be told, and in doing so, the story of Rotary was put in front of several hundred men and women in attendance. 
Women In Leadership Award Goes to Rotarian 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
We are excited that you'll join us in Hamburg for the Rotary International Convention held June 1-5, 2019.  To make sure you have a great convention experience, we'll send you the Convention News every two months through Newsbits.  Each edition will be filled with information and tips to help you plan your visit.
Book your hotel now.  Rooms are selling out quickly.  To make sure you find a room at the best possible price, we encourage you to book your hotel through Experient as soon as possible.
Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with your Rotary family?  Breakout sessions can inspire attendees, help them polish their leadership skills, and give them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership and more.
Help us build a breakout program that reflects Rotary's diversity.  We're seeking breakout sessions in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.  Submit your proposal by Sunday, September 30, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact us.
The Hamburg Convention's Host Organization Committee has planned outstanding cultural events and fun activities for all attendees.  Go the HOC site to purchase tickets for dance and music performances, bike tours, host hospitality night, and more.  Don't miss your chance to experience Hamburg like a local.
The House of Friendship offers a unique opportunity to showcase your service project, celebrate your Rotary achievements, talk about your Rotarian Action Group, or sell your Rotary merchandise as a licensed RI vendor.  Go to the Exhibitor's page of the Convention to learn more and apply.
Invite fellow members to "capture the moment" in Hamburg by using materials in the convention promotion kit and showing the promotional video at special events and club meetings.
Be sure to check Rotary's official convention website regularly for the latest information on the convention.  You can find answers to questions about registration, transportation and more in the Frequently Asked Questions
Convention News - September 2018 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
The Quack is Back!  The Rotary Club of Del Mar's Chili & Quackers Challenge returns to Del Mar Powerhouse Park on Saturday October 20, 2018 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Join us for a fun afternoon at the beach and enjoy chili, hot dogs and beverages as well as face painting for the kids and a steel drum musician before heading down to the shore to watch the Del Mar lifeguards launch a duck flotilla into the waves.  The "adopters" of ducks that float ashore first will win valuable prizes.
Quackers:  Adopt one or more ducks to be released by the Del Mar lifeguards.  If you duck comes home first, you'll win one of several great prizes.  Adopt your duck in advance - they may sell out!
Chili Cookoff:  Individuals and restaurants will face off to find the best chili in multiple categories as voted by the tasters.
The event is free to all and adopting a duck or chili tasking is completely optional.  All proceeds from the duck adoptions and chili tastings benefit the Rotary Club of Del Mar's service projects.   
Visit www.delmarrotary.org for complete details and to adopt ducks and purchase chili tastes.  Come and have as much fun as those below:
The Quack is Back 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kaspar
Nine members of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club as well as four other Rotarians, two each from the Encinitas Rotary Club and the Del Mar Rotary Club made a trip on August 16, 2018 to the Tijuana Kumiai Rotary Club to view current and future projects that the Tijuana Kumiai Rotary Club and its District 4100 identified as needed.  In addition to prioritizing projects, Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club and the Tijuana Kumiai Rotary Club decided to become Twin Clubs, establishing a partnership to further international understanding and to foster goodwill through long-standing fellowship and international service.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Francisco Javier Carrillo Mejia, President of the Tijuana Kumiai Rotary Club and several members of his club were guests of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club's dinner meeting.  Also present was Mel Gallegos, 5340 District Governor.  In addition to signing the Twin Club Certificate of Recognition, they presented each other with banners of the respective clubs.  It is hoped this will be the beginning of many collaborative projects.
Photo: President's Dawson and Mejia exchanging Rotary club banners.
Photo: Rancho Bernardo President, Doug Dawson, District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos and Tijuana Kumiai Rotary President, Francisco Javier Carrillo Mejia following the signing of the Twin Club Certificate of Recognition.
Twin Club Signing and Celebration James Kaspar 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Thinking out-of-the-box and away from traditional meeting norms of morning or noon Rotary clubs, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club wanted to be unique in its approach in attracting young, middle-aged professionals to their club.  They looked at the best design/time frame  for those professionals who have to work standard, full-time hours and who needed flexibility in order to be able to participate in Rotary.  They also wanted to attract Rotarians who desired alternative meeting times in finding a make-up club to attend. 
The result of this effort yielded a group of fun-loving and hard-working Rotarians on a mission to make the world a better place!  They have weekly dinner meetings on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., allowing those with a full-time job to still join a Rotary club.  To learn more about the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club,  you can visit their Facebook group or their website.
San Diego Coastal Rotary Club Steps Away From Traditional Loretta Stinson 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
The Del Mar-Solona Beach Rotary Club will present its 22nd Annual Bocce Tournament on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  The Tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Surf Cup Sports Park (the old Polo Fields) east of Del Mar.  New this year is the addition of San Diego Craft Beers.   
Join us for a day of fun and fundraising.  Spend the day enjoying craft beer selections from some of the finest craft breweries in San Diego while playing bocce on over 30, well-tended grass courts.  Connect with clients and enjoy family and friends  while benefiting youth and humanitarian programs.  During breaks in play, bid on silent auction items and meet representatives from Reality Changers, Just in Time Foster Youth and other past and future beneficiaries of tournament proceeds.  Past tournaments have raised over $625,000 collectively.  For more information, visit our website.
BocceFest San Diego, Where Bocce Meets Beer 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
For the past 25 years, husband and wife team, Antonio Grillo-Lopez and Maria S. Marxuach Grillo have been supporting education in the ways of grants, scholarships, and fellowships - at all levels.  Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholars have attended or are currently attending Yale University, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, University of California Los Angeles, Duke University, the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego (USD), Preuss School in San Diego, University of California San Diego, Sacred Heart College in Puerto Rico, The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Boston, and others.  Every year they provide support for 15-20 students at these institutions.  These students are of an elite group that includes Bachelor's Master's and Doctoral degreed candidates as well as Post-Doctoral researchers.  Upon graduation or completion of their research, each is granted the title of Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholar.
A couple of years ago, this wonderful couple decided to establish two scholarships for Masters degree candidates at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies at USD.  It was their choice to partner with the Rotary International Foundation (RIF).  The agreement made with RIF was that every year they (couple) would donate $63,000 and RIF would provide $30,000 in Global Grant money.  The RIF deducts $3,000 for their administrative costs.  Thus from a total of $90,000, the couple donates 70% and the RIF provides 30%.  
Every year, two candidates (International, with preference for Puerto Rico and Latin America) are awarded these scholarships.  This year's scholarship winners are Jennifer Rivera from Puerto Rico and Veronica Musa from Argentina.  These students join the two that  completed their first year and are now starting their second year at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies at the USD: Valentina Rivera Munoz from Puerto Rico and Paloma Wlethorn Kochan from Brazil.  Two new scholars are added every year.  The scholarships pay for one year of studies towards a degree such as a Masters degree in Social Innovation.  Should the degree require a second year, such as the Masters degree in Peace and Justice, USD and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies will cover the expenses for the second year.  The agreement with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies is that scholars will be known as Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholars.  A fund, the Grillo-Marxuach Scholarship Fund, has been established at USD to receive and dispense all monies pertaining to these scholarships.  For more information, you can refer to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Studies website.
Both Antonio and Maria would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to  Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Studies for USD for her untiring support and to  Dr. Cynthia Villis, Assistant Provost of USD for her work in making these scholarships possible.  Dr. Villis is also the  past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Triangle,  who writes, submits and administers the Global Grants.  A special thanks was offered up to Steve Brown, past district governor and past trustee of the RIF and to RIF for partnering with them on this outstanding and impactful endeavor. 
Photo:  Maria S. Marxuach Grillo, Antonio Grillo-Lopez;   Scholars, Valentina Rivera Munoz and Paloma Wiethorn Kochan
Couple Partners with RI to Provide Education Scholarships 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Santee Lakeside Rotary Club President, Elana Levens-Craig attended her very first Rotary International Convention this past spring in Toronto, Canada and came home inspired.  While at the convention and in the House of Friendship, Elana came across a booth for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes around the world.  She was pretty sure most of her club members had shoes in their closets  they no longer needed.  The Club enthusiastically backed this project and set a goal of collecting 300 pairs of shoes during the month of August.  Members not only raided their own closets but they also reached out into the community via social media for donations as well.    The end result, nearly double the goal, was 583 pairs of shoes!   This is an amazing start to Elana's presidential year and the collection effort is a true reflection that Rotarians are People of Action! 
Photo:  Rotarians Sandy Pugliese and Elana Levens-Craig showcasing shoes while Elana's husband, Scott Craig began the boxing process.  Packing Solutions provided the storage and the transportation to Soles4Souls located in Riverside County. 
Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Raises Soles4Souls 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Dredla

Rotarians experienced in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer programming are needed to mentor an 11th grade class on a robotics project that may be included as a future experiment on the International Space Station. Mentors would need to commit to meet with students at Chula Vista’s High Tech High once a week for about two months beginning as soon as possible.  The school will work to accommodate your schedule. To volunteer or ask questions, contact Dan Dredla, president of Chula Vista Rotary, at 619-502-5839 or e-mail Daniel.dredla@sharp.com.

Mentors for a Robotics Project Needed Dan Dredla 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul E. Pierce
Come join in on the fun!  Rotarians are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference.  Best of all - there is NO CHARGE to Rotarians or their club for serving as a LEAD Advisor!
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 9th grade students (Delegates) where they will discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends.  Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend and we need 12 or more Rotarian Advisors to help direct activities.
If interested, please go to the LEAD website and click the Advisor's link and follow the instructions to complete the application.  You may call Paul Pierce at (760) 942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com, if you have questions.
Rotarian Advisor Opportunity at 2018 LEAD Conference Scheduled for October 13-14 Paul E. Pierce 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Cahill











Rotary District 5340’s Model United Nations Program trains high school students to be effective negotiators and diplomats by debating current-day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.   Our 2019 Model United Nations Conference, which basically simulates a United Nations General Assembly Conference, will be held at the University of San Diego, Institute of Peace and Justice, on April 6-7, 2019.   We expect to have teams from Southern California, as well as from Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Honduras, Dominican Republic and British Columbia, Canada!


One of the most exciting things about putting on our Model UN Conference is selecting current global issues that the UN is tackling itself and preparing the Resolutions for our Conference.  We are looking for colleagues who want to give back to the youth in our community, and who love to read and write and/or who have some background or strong interest in international relations, law, political science or government or community relations.  We would thoroughly enjoy partnering with some creative folks to help us draft our two Resolutions for our 2019 Model UN Conference.  This is a very rewarding experience as you get to see how the Model UN students analyze and interpret the proposed solution to the problem that you posit in the Resolution and the myriad of approaches they take to modify and reach consensus on those issues.


Model UN Resolution Crafters Needed Kevin Cahill 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

The nomination period has begun for District Governor. All clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations for an individual will serve as District Governor during the 2021-22 Rotary year.

All suggestions for District Governor Nominee-Designate must be received no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5:00pm to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions may be sent to district@rotary5340.org or via mail to:


Rotary District 5340 Nominating Committee

2247 San Diego Avenue, Suite 236

San Diego, CA 92110


The suggestion for District Governor 2021-22 must be submitted in the form of 1) a completed Governor-Nominee Form, and 2) a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club, naming the suggested candidate (click to download sample resolution). The Club President and Secretary shall certify the resolution. A Club may suggest only one of its own members as a candidate for District Governor Nominee.
Nominations Open for District Governor 2021-22 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mel Gallegos
District Council Dinner, October 16, 2018
Keynote speaker - Brett Morey
Founder and Chair, Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship
Utilizing Rotary Fellowships, Growing the Family of Rotary

Registration and Reception begins at 5:30 pm 
Dinner served at 6:15 pm Choice of Beef Short Ribs and Salmon
or Vegetarian

Cost $45.00      Rotaract $25.00
Registration ends on October 14, 2018
Click here to register
SEA 180
800 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Click here for map
Valet Parking provided free
District Council Dinner Oct. 16, 2018 Mel Gallegos 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Brown
It is with sadness and a sense of great loss that I share with Rotarians in District 5340 that Terry Caster has informed me that his wife of 65 years, Barbara Caster, has passed away.  I learned of this news while I am in Costa Rica observing a project that the two of them started. 
Barbara's legacy goes far beyond a successful family business and charitable works far to numerous to mention.  What I do want to mention is  Terry and Barbara have been steadfast supporters of various causes of the Rotary Foundation for many years.  In my experiences with them, all decisions were made jointly.  Examples include giving over $1.6 million to the Rotary Foundation for polio eradication and establishing an endowment for the Rotary Peace Centers Program at $750,000. 
As I write this, I am at the University for Peace in Costa Rica with Rotary scholars from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.  These students come from countries that share a common basin where there is little regional water planning and thus the region is prone to conflict.  When I described this situation to Barbara and Terry several years ago, their immediate collective response was "Can we do something to help this situation?"  They have been supporting many aspects of a program bringing professionals together from the Central Asia region for workshops and transboundary water planning.  This has evolved to the current status with the scholars studying in a program starting at the University of Peace, going on the IHE Delft University in the Netherlands, and finishing at Oregon State University.
The Caster's strong faith has been a guiding light throughout their business endeavors and as they make their philanthropic decisions.  Last night at the Costa Rico Rotary's Welcome Celebration, the Muslim students  joined us in a prayer for Barbara and her family.  The Casters' best represent this year's theme: BE THE INSPIRATION.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church, located at 3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA  92121. 
In Loving Memory
Barbara Caster (1931 - 2018)
A Time of Loss Steve Brown 2018-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
As we consider membership in Rotary, there is a quote by Howard Zinn, playwright, historian and social activist that comes to mind and of which, I believe has relevancy to Rotary and this year's theme: Be the Inspiration.
"I would encourage people to look around them in their community and find an organization that is doing something that they believe in, even if that organization has five people, ten people, or twenty people, or a hundred people.  And to look at history and understand that when change takes place. it takes place as a result of large numbers of people doing little things unbeknownst to one another. And, that history is very important for people to not get discouraged.  History is instructive.  And, what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper - anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy.  And, when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place".
Be The Inspiration Matt Risi 2018-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marta Knight
Come and celebrate our District Foundation.  Learn about club grants and service projects that empowered clubs to approach challenges such as Literacy, Poverty, Water, Health, Peace and Education, with solutions that will have a lasting impact and change lives both close to home and around the world.
45th Annual District 5340 Foundation Seminar
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Grossmont College, Theatre #21
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA  92020
Cost: Rotarians $25; Rotaract $10
Continental Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.
Program and club presentations are from 8:45 a.m. to noon
Free Flu Shots available for Rotarians and guests from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Cheryl Minshew at cminshew43@gmail.com or Marta Knight at mknight@rotary5340.org
REGISTER: Click here
45th Annual District 5340 Foundation Seminar Marta Knight 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carter Shuffler
The Point Loma Rotary Club and Veteran's Village of San Diego are hosting Veteran's Fishing Day on August 26, 2018 to thank our veterans for their service.  The event will include a free day of fishing therapy for 40 veterans on San Diego's premier sports fishing boat the Daily Double.  The boat will leave the Point Loma Sportfishing dock at 9:00 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m. after a day of enjoying the ocean and learning to fish. 
Point Loma Rotary Club Hosting Veteran's Fishing Day Carter Shuffler 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Calling All Future Governors


The nomination period for District Governor 2021-22 will be opening in September. At that time, all clubs will be encouraged to submit their nominations for their club members to lead our district. But what does being Governor entail, and how does one even become a District Governor?

To help explain these and other dark mysteries of life, District 5340 will be hosting a very special reception to connect future, past, and present District Governors with one another. 

The Future Governors Reception (originally titled, Everything You Wanted to Know About Becoming a District Governor* but the name was too long), will be held September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the La Jolla home of Past District Governor Janice Kurth. Address details will be shared well in advance to all registrants. It promises to be an entertaining and informative event.

Reservations are required no later than September 4th. If you have ever thought about becoming Governor, or would like to learn how the process works, this will be the place to be. To register, please contact Scott Carr, Immediate Past District Governor today!

Nominations to Begin in September for Our Next District Governor 2018-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Steven WeitzenRotary District 5340's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Steven Weitzen from the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach will officially serve as District Governor Nominee (DGN), leading District 5340 during the Rotary year 2020-2021.
Weitzen is a solo practitioner in civil litigation who has owned his own practice since 1990. He served as President of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary in 2013-14, as well as Assistant Governor from 2015-18. Currently, Weitzen serves as Chief Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5340.
Steven Weitzen Named District Governor for 2020-21 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Sanderson

Rotary Leadership Institute
Pre-PETS (for presidents-elect)

Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
USD Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice

FIND YOUR PASSION in ROTARY and develop your knowledge and leadership skills.

Rotary Leadership Institute Scheduled Marilyn Sanderson 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Chapman

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation will present its 12th Annual Holes for Heroes Golf Tournament and Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 14, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. 

Holes for Heroes Golf Tournament Melissa Chapman 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Want to attend our District Council, but you really don't know what it is.  Here is a glimpse of why District Councils were formed and how they have evolved to meet our growing needs.  

What is a District Council? 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Register Today for the District Council 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elana Levens-Craig

On July 28, 2018, the Santee Lakeside Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with the Santee Lakes Foundation, held their 9th Annual Concert at the Lakes fundraiser at the renown and beautiful Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.  Polyester Express kept the crowd dancing all night with their energetic performance and go-go dancers.

Concert at the Lakes Elana Levens-Craig 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Area 15, encompassing the Rotary clubs of Bonsall, Fallbrook, Fallbrook Village and Valley Center, gathered for fellowship on July 26 at the West Social House in Fallbrook.  District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos, and his lovely wife, Jude were in attendance, along with Devon Richardson, Assistant Governor for Area 15. 

Area 15 Social First of its Kind 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0








Come to District Council to learn more! Free gift to all attendees!

Special gift to the club with the most members present and the most percentage of members present!

Register now at Rotary5340.org


Do You Know 211? 2018-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Sanderson on Jul 27, 2018


Find Your Passion in Rotary

RLI provides an opportunity to enrich that learning through sharing experiences, ideas and making connections with other Rotarians. Facilitators are District Leaders who bring a wealth of Rotary experience and knowledge as they guide instruction.

Rotary Leadership Institute Coming Sept. 15! Marilyn Sanderson 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2018

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How to Submit Stories for NewsBits 2018-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Steven WeitzenIn accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates for the role of District Governor during Rotary Year 2020-2021. This year's Committee included seven past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Scott Carr.

Steven Weitzen Selected for District Governor 2020-21 2018-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

The 5th Annual Interact Symposium for Interact Officers, Club Members and Rotarians is Saturday September 22, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, SD 92106.

5th Annual Interact Symposium  2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
The year was 1994; infant immunization rates had fallen to 50% in the United States, the lowest in the world.  Rotary International sent a directive out to establish District committees to educate and raise community awareness. By 1997, the compliance rates nationally and locally in San Diego had reached 75%.  Today, a recent San Diego County survey shows a rate of 80.6% compliance for children aged 19-35 months of age.
Don't Wait Vaccinate 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
2019 Rotary 5340 District Conference
Special prices for rooms for the conference 
$179.00 per night free parking!
Early bird pricing is in effect until August 31st- $225.00
Then September 1 to January 16 - $250.00
January 17 to February 25 - $275.00
Rotaract pricing - $20.00 (No meals)
Take some time to relax and enjoy the beach and at the same time get to reconnect with fellow Rotarians from other clubs.  You will be able to get the latest information about what is happening at Rotary International as well as in the District.
Rotary Clubs from the Baja area in District 4100 will be invited to present their projects and you will also have a chance to share your ideas and projects with each other. 
Bringing the family? They will be close to Belmont Park, Sea World and of course Mission Beach. Enjoy a bike ride around Mission Bay, rent a kayak or just hang out at the beach.
At the end of the day at the Conference board the Bahia Belle, the resort's stern wheeler for a sunset and late evening cruise around Mission Bay, enjoy a refreshment and live music!
2019 District Conference 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Chula Vista Sunrise Donates Walkers

The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise have a member with 10 walkers they would like to donate. If you know of someone with the need of a walker contact Marta Knight  at mknight@rotary5340.org

Walkers Donations 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Due to recent changes announced in the Governor line, all clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations for District Governor 2020-21. This individual will serve as District Governor Nominee during this Rotary year.

All suggestions for District Governor Nominee must be received no later than Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:00pm to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions may be sent to district@rotary5340.org or via mail to:

Rotary District 5340 Nominating Committee
2247 San Diego Avenue, Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

The suggestion for District Governor Nominee must be submitted in the form of 1) a completed Governor-Nominee Form, and 2) a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club, naming the suggested candidate (click to download sample resolution). The Club President and Secretary shall certify the resolution. A Club may suggest only one of its own members as a candidate for District Governor Nominee.
Nomination Period for District Governor 2020-21 Closes July 16, 2018 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Deadline for Reporting Club Achievements for Rotary Citation Extended to July 12, 2018 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Padres 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Water washes across the beach, where 2017 2018 are written in sand.
June 30, 2018 marks the official end of the Rotary year 2017-18. At the stroke of midnight, 63 clubs will have new leadership in place, ready to "Be the Inspiration," the 2018-19 Rotary theme. Mel Gallegos becomes District Governor of Rotary International District 5340, with Marta Knight rising to the role of District Governor Elect. New leadership will also take over in Rotary International, as Barry Rassin officially becomes President of the organization. 
"As we close the books on 2017-18, this is our last chance to pause and reflect on the good works we achieved," said outgoing District Governor Scott Carr. "This was one for the record books, and the members of our District should be very proud of all they achieved." 
Some of this year's notable achievements include:
  • Over $1 million in giving to PolioPlus, ranking Rotary District 5340 in the Top 10 districts in the world.
  • 6,212 new trees planted by our clubs, surpassing our District's goal of 5,000 new trees by Earth Day 2018.
  • One-third of all our clubs qualifying for the Rotary Citation, including each of the five largest clubs in the district.     
  • The formal launch of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF), which ended 2017-18 with over 500 members from 27 countries.
From a District perspective, we also made significant gains including:
  • Explosive growth in the District’s Facebook Page from 300 followers to over 50,000.
  • An overhaul of our Youth Certification to include stronger background checks.
  • Improved accountability and better financial controls.
  • Rollout of a People of Action campaign at San Diego International Airport that gained national attention.
  • The use of new online platforms for telling the Rotary story, including Instagram and Waze.
  • Becoming the first ClubRunner customer to incorporate SSL for enhanced security and greater visibility in search engines.
  • Enhanced NewsBits, as well as increased number of online news stories (thank you, Sandy Pugliese).
  • Awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest recognition given by independent rating service Guidestar.
  • Increased integration with our wonderful Rotaract members.
  • Expanded alliances with outside organizations, including ShelterBox, California ReLeaf, American Red Cross, University of San Diego, and more.
District 5340 hosted numerous successful events, including:
  • A Western-themed Membership Seminar featuring clubs that were part of RI Director John Matthews' Sustainable Club initiative.
  • The People of Action Foundation Seminar at Poway Center for Performing Arts.
  • International Assembly, welcoming over 500 District Governors-elect from across the globe for training.
  • Youth programs, including RYLA, LEAD, Model United Nations, MusiCamp, Four-Way Test Speech Contest, and the Instrumental Music Competition.
  • A family-friendly District Conference at Knott’s Berry Farm with our friends in District 5320.
  • The 7th Annual Peace Forum at University of San Diego.
  • A Governors Dinner that filled the San Diego Marriott La Jolla to capacity.
Each of these programs is made possible by the tireless dedication of hundreds of volunteers. "Our District is truly filled with individuals making a difference, each and every day" added Carr. "This past year as District Governor has been the journey of a lifetime, and I wish to give humble thanks to the Rotarians of this great district who continue giving to other Rotarians, to the communities where they live and works nd to tomorrow's future generations. I wish nothing but the very best to Governor Mel Gallegos and his leadership team, as I know they will do great things in the year ahead."
A Year of Making a Difference 2018-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Sommer
Currently a total of twenty-one (21) clubs in Rotary District 5340 are qualified to receive the Rotary Citation for 2017-18. This represents one-third of all clubs in the entire district, the highest percentage of clubs to achieve the annual Citation in recent memory. Those clubs currently showing as achieving the Rotary Citation include:
Brawley (NEW!)
Fallbrook (NEW!)
San Diego (NEW!)
Many clubs are just one or two goals away from achieving this tremendous honor. With the June 30th reporting deadline nearly here, there is still time for your club to join this prestigious list by completing your Rotary Citation Goals on rotary.org. 
Deadline for Achieving Rotary Citation is June 30th Christine Sommer 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Register now for the Membership Rally 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
At the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Rotary District 5340 was recognized for its work in supporting efforts to end polio.
Since 1985, Rotary has led the battle against polio, keeping on the pressure as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several dozen. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization are close to making that dream a reality.
During 2017-18, Rotary members from across District 5340 officially donated over $1 million to PolioPlus, ranking the District in the Top 10 Districts for Giving. This resulted in average giving in excess of $300 per member. When matching funds are added to the total, the generosity of Rotarians from District 5340 resulted in over $3 million to help fund the fight against polio.
"The global fight against polio continues, and our Rotary members truly stepped up to the plate," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the efforts of Past RI President John Germ and Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephen Brown, we reached a significant milestone. With every dollar being matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the global fight on polio, this is an incredible achievement, one that the members of our District should be incredibly proud of."
District Governor Carr joined other governors from across the world on stage as the totals were officially announced on stage at the Air Canada Centre during the second day of the RI Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But the fight against polio is far from over.
Rotary District 5340 Recognized for Support of PolioPlus Campaign 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
It was Red Shoe Day on June 21, 2018 and members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were in good company. They were among 1,500 volunteers stationed at key intersections in San Diego during morning drive time. Carrying big red shoes and cans, volunteers encouraged commuters to donate spare change or dollars.  
Red Shoe Day is the largest volunteer-driven fundraiser for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House.  Members had the honor of representing the busy corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Community Road, just up the hill from their weekly meeting spot.
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps by visiting their official website.
Poway-Scripps Rotary Volunteers Help Raise Funds for Ronald McDonald House 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
The Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary invites community members and Rotarians in District 5340 to attend the 38th Annual Orange Crate Derby on August 18-19, 2018, in the Rancho Del Rey area of Chula Vista. Although this fun family event is months away, the time to get started is now! Join the fun by constructing a masterpiece with your kids or grandchildren. Build-a-Car Clinics will inspire you on June 23 and August 4 at the YMCA Goodrich Teen Center, 820 Paseo Del Rey from 9:00-10:30 AM. There are exact guidelines on how to build a car at orangecratederby.com. All race cars must clear inspection prior to competition.
Chula Vista Sunrise Invites You to the Orange Crate Derby 2018-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) is going strong, and will be coming to the House of Friendship at the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto. 
SURF will be setting up shop at Booth #232 from 23-27 June, 2018. Fellowship members that will be at RICON include Terri Miller (Membership Co-Chair), Jessica Pekke of Kenya (Treasurer), and Brett Morey (Founder and member of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary).   
The House of Friendship is located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and is open most days from 9:00am to 6:00pm (hours may vary). The HOF serves as the central point where the Rotary world comes together to exchange ideas, best practices, and project successes. Visitors to the HOF can:
  • Browse booths showcasing Rotary projects, Rotarian Action Groups, and Rotary Fellowships (like SURF)
  • Shop for Rotary-licensed swag, including pins, shirts, and banners
  • Meet face-to-face with Rotary staff in the Resource Center about Rotary's programs and services
  • Enjoy food and entertainment unique to Toronto
  • Register and save on the Rotary 2019 convention in Hamburg, Germany
If your travels are taking you to Toronto this month, be sure to drop by the SURF booth, get your photo taken, and grab some cool gear. More info on SURF is online at:
The Forecast is for Great SURF in Toronto 2018-06-13 07:00:00Z 0


The first District Council Dinner of the 2018-19 Rotary Year is almost upon us, August 21st.

Rotarians and Rotaractors from across the District are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and a chance to learn more about how to help our communities. 

Our featured keynote speaker is John Ohanion, the President and CEO of 211 San Diego. Come and learn about this unique community service agency. 

Registration is now open! To learn more, please click here.

First District Council Dinner of 2018-19 Announced 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
The Greatest Rotary Show Recognizes Rotarians Doing Extraordinary Things 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
The 2018 Governors Dinner is coming June 4, 2018 at 5:00pm at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla. Over 350 Rotarians and guests are registered for this annual event, which serves as the annual district awards and induction ceremony. The ceremonial baton is passed to the 2018-19 leadership within Rotary, while recognizing our regions clubs and their outstanding achievements for the previous year. 
The Governors Dinner program will include:
  • Profiles on outstanding club achievements;
  • The success of the Tree-Planting Challenge from RI President Ian Riseley;
  • District 5340's modernization program;
  • Recipients of the Clubs of the Year;
  • Individual Rotary Awards, including Rotarian of the Year;
  • And much, much more!
Cost per person, including three-course meal, is $49.50. For clubs that have 10 or more members registered and paid, tables will automatically be reserved. Entertainment will be provided by Larry Potter, a longtime Rotarian and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown (Breakfast).
Join us as we celebrate the year that was, as well as the incredible year to come at the 2018 Governors Dinner!
Governors Dinner Coming June 4, 2018 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego Padres and Rotary District 5340 have partnered to provide four Rotary games at Petco Park this year.  At the first game held April 12, District Governor, Scott Carr threw out the "ceremonial first pitch" and Assistant Governor, Don Glover raised the Rotary flag which flies continually at Flag Court in Right Center Field.  The well-attended second Rotary game held on April 29, had 36 members from the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club in attendance.  Perhaps it was  tailgate party in Tailgate Park and a tour of the Flag Court orchestrated by Past District Governor, Mike Stelman that incentivized them to attend.  Past District Governor, Mike Stelman  was instrumental in establishing the partnership between the Padre organization and Rotary. 
Please support the 2018 Rotary Games at Petco Park.  It's not too late; there are two more games planned - Sunday, July 15 (Padres vs. the Cubs) and Tuesday August 14 (Padres vs. the Angels).  See you there!
Rotary Games at Petco Park James Kaspar 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Poway Days Parade 2018 Coming Your Way MJ Potter 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
In Memory of Our Fallen Soldiers 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0


Your email inbox may be flooded with information on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25, 2018. Because Rotary staff members process the personal data of European members, Rotaractors, program participants, and others, Rotary International is obligated to comply with this new data privacy law.

But what about clubs? Are individual clubs subject to GDPR?

Most clubs capture and maintain information on individuals that are relatively close, and not subject to GDPR. However, as an international organization, there are instances where clubs may need to ensure they are in compliance.

For instance, if your club maintains contacts or any personal information from Rotarians that reside in the EU, that data falls under GDPR. If sponsorships or relationships involve entities that are based in Europe (such as Shelterbox UK, RIBI, etc.), or if grants are undertaken with other Rotary clubs in the EU, GDPR may apply. Even youth exchange students coming from countries in the EU could trigger a need for a club to come into GDPR compliance. 

The Scoop on GDPR and How It Impacts Clubs 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
So You Think You've Got Talent SanDiego fundraiser has put a smile on the face of the Thousand Smiles Foundation.  The 9th annual Rotary fundraiser was organized and staffed by members of Old Mission and Kearny Mesa Rotary clubs, Pacific Beach Roteract and Francis Parker Interact clubs.  The event was supported by guests who bought tickets, purchased auction items and made personal  pledges to the Thousand Smiles Foundation.  The variety talent show has traditionally raised about one third of Thousand Smiles Foundation's annual operating budget.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxilla-facial deformities such as cleft palate.  The all volunteer group operates quarterly clinics in their clinic building in Ensenada. 
Photo: (L-R) Master of Ceremonies, Matt Risi; first-place winners of $1000: The Del Norte High School Band; second-place winner of $500: Francis Parker Freshman singer, Isabella Walther-Meade (red dress); judges, Elena Peavy and Ron Jones; third-place winner of $250: traditional Chinese musician, Pam Chung; and judge, Joe Dyke
Thousand Smiles Foundation Smiling Matt Risi 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
On May 6, 2018, the San Diego South Bay Rotary Club met to celebrate the purchase of a motorized wheelchair.  The chair will be delivered by President, Ibrahim Sultan to the Kafarrouman Health Clinic located in the Nabatieh District of Lebanon.
District Governor Elect, Marta Knight congratulated club members on their great support of the Rotary Foundation during the 2016-2017 Rotary Year and presented them with their EREY 100% Participation Banner and their 100% Foundation Giving Club Banner.  District Governor Elect, Marta Knight thanked them on behalf of District 5340's Foundation Committee, noting the club was one of 13 clubs in the District to receive both banners!
Motorized Wheelchair to be Donated Marta Knight 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
John Goodrich, Jr. has resigned from his role as District Governor Nominee for Rotary District 5340, effective immediately.
Goodrich is a longtime member of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary, who has served the District in a number of capacities, including Assistant Governor, Chief Assistant Governor, Foundation Seminar Chair, District Conference Chair, and Chief of Staff.  "John is a familiar face to many Rotary members, as he has volunteered in so many roles within our District," said District Governor Scott Carr. "I  wish John and his wife Deborah nothing but the best in the years ahead."
In accordance with the bylaws of Rotary International, Carr has asked District Governor Designate Marta Knight to advance one year and assume the role of District Governor Nominee, a position that she has accepted.
Photo of Marta KnightMarta Knight, a Past President and former Assistant Governor with the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise, becomes District Governor Nominee effective immediately. Knight will serve her term during the 2019-20 Rotary year.
Rotary District 5340 will now begin the process of selecting a District Governor Designate to fill the vacancy. Information on the selection process will be posted soon. 
Changes Announced to Governor Line 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International District 5340 has officially earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. According to Guidestar, Rotary District 5340 is the first Rotary district across the globe to achieve this recognition.
Guidestar is the world's largest source of nonprofit information, and the platinum seal is the highest level of recognition offered. 
By sharing metrics that highlight progress that Rotary District 5340 is making, the organization is helping Rotary members, corporate partners, and donors better understand the finances of the District, and how it strives to support clubs making a difference in the community. 

"This is a terrific achievement, and is in line with our long-held goal of being completely transparent across District 5340,” said Scott Carr, District Governor for 2017-18. “We are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and easily-accessible platform. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with Rotarians as well as our supporters, which includes donors, grantmakers, community partners, and the media."
Rotary District 5340 Becomes First District to Earn Guidestar's Platinum Seal 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Club presidents are being tasked with selecting the next representative on the Nominating Committee that selects the President of Rotary International. The election will be determined by Club Presidents in electronic balloting that will be sent out by May 15, 2018. All ballots will be due back no later than June 30, 2018.

Every April, the RI Secretariat sends out an email to all past RI directors in half of the Rotary zones asking if they want to serve on the Nominating Committee for RI President. This year, a total of four candidates expressed an interest.

Club Presidents to Select Representative for Nominating Committee for RI President 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
With significant media attention being paid to #MeToo and sexual abuse and harassment, particularly in the workplace, it is important that all Rotarians abide by norms and proper decorum when working together with other Rotarians. This is especially true at all club meetings, community projects, and service events.
The #MeToo movement started in October, 2017 with the public disclosure of  sexual assault allegations made against producer Harvey Weinstein. As publications continued to receive accusations of misconduct by Weinstein, media attention to sexual abuse and harassment grew exponentially. Soon after, thousands took to social media using the #MeToo hashtag, and a movement was born.
Many point to #MeToo as triggering a tidal wave of similar stories, which began an international movement against sexual harassment and assault. While the media has increasingly highlighted the issue, Rotary International and Rotary District 5340 have always maintained a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
The #MeToo Movement and Rotary 2018-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Potter
Members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were up to their necks in junk on April 14 as they participated in the 2018 Clean Up Scripps Ranch Day hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and Windemere Realty.  There were a lot of heavy lifting, stacking and tossing of items as the Rotarians helped residents move junk from cars and into dumptsters.  The community did a tremendous job of removing debris and no longer useable items from their homes and yards and were able to fill three large dumpsters.  
Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps Fills Dumpsters Melanie Potter 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rancho Santa Marta in Baja California, Mexico was the beneficiary of a joint project between the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Ensenada.  A new Rotary Computer Center, financed with a $35,000 global grant was officially dedicated on April 20.  Rancho Santa Marta is a non-denominational Evangelical Christian Ministry providing a school and home for at risk and special need Mexican children, youth and adults with disabilities that provides a safe and loving environment allowing them to develop physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and educationally.    The school and home lies on a large 450-acre working ranch property near San Vicente, a town 130 miles south of San Diego on the Baja California peninsula.  The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has a long-standing supportive relationship with Rancho Santa Marta.  This is the first joint effort with the Rotary Club of Ensenada, which has sparked an endearing partnership between the two clubs.  
New Computer Center for Rancho Santa Marta 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Potter
At its April 18, 2018 meeting, club president Karen Herreros, and immediate past president Pauline Getz, inducted Dr. Bita Tahvildari into the club.  Tahvildari is a dentist at Heavenly Smiles Dental in Poway.
Photo: Left to Right: Karen Herreros, club president; Pauline Getz, immediate past president; and Dr. Bita Tahvildari, inductee 
Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps Inducts New Member Melanie Potter 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Save the Date - Aztec Night Herman Curumilla 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego Matt Risi 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Clark
Over 70 members and guests of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, including Rotaract students from UCSD, recently completed a project assisting the US Marines at Camp Pendleton.  Over two Saturdays, the group was joined by marines to renovate their "Desk Sergeant's Building" (the Base Police Department).  They rebuilt counters and glass barriers, installed new interior doors, restroom wall surfaces, new laminate flooring and provided new LED lighting.  About 15 thousand square feet of walls and doors were painted by the volunteers and marines. 
This was the seventh successful project that the club has accomplished in the Camp since 2008, demonstrating the respect that the members have for their Marine heroes.
Operation Pendleton 2018 Dick Clark 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Sanderson
The Rotary Club of Coronado organized a massive tree planning in one of the areas burned near Julian in the Cedar Fire several years ago.  After a District-wide invitation, Rotarians from more than 14 clubs joined together on Sunday, April 15 to meet RI President, Ian Riseley's, challenge to plant a tree for every member.
Two hours - That's all it took to plant 1000 cedar seedlings.  Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors came together and had a great time digging holes, enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and eating tacos. 
Now that's the power of Rotary!
50 Rotarians Equal 1000 Trees Planted Marilyn Sanderson 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Club presented a grant to Resounding Joy on March 27, 2018.  The Resounding Joy organization is all about spreading music throughout the community through several different programs for public schools, the elderly and veterans suffering from PTSD.
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt board members - Judy Copeland and Mark McAnelly, Resounding Joy founder and CEO - Barbara Reuer, Art Pratt board president - Lee Kaminetz, Art Pratt board members - Bob Chalfa, Bob Self and Drew Ambruster.
Old Mission Rotary Grant Goes to Resounding Joy Matt Risi 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
On April 3, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant to the Del Norte High School Music Program.  The program is made up of more than 200 students and a booster association.  The funds will be used to install lighting for their traveling semi-trailer truck that is used to transport equipment to shows and competitions. 
Photo: (L-R) Ben Russ of the Del Norte High School Music Boosters, Gary John Collins, Bob Self, Lee Kaminetz and Mark McAnelly of the Art Pratt Foundation, Lori Martin of the Del Norte High School Music Boosters, Judy Copeland and Bob Chalfa of the Art Pratt Foundation.
Old Mission Rotary Grant to Del Norte High School Music Matt Risi 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Wine, Brews & Buckaroos Festival Peggy Hanne 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Tanya Pulley, a member of the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club is doing a ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in support of HIV/AIDS patients.   It was just three months ago that Tanya purchased her first fixed gear bicycle.  This is a bicycle that is absent of gears and doesn't allow you to stop pedaling.  According to Tanya, it is a beautiful experience feeling one with t he bicycle and the road and an even greater one for the cause.  Tanya heard some whispers of a team that would ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a 545 mile journey, on a fixed gear bicycle to raise money for a much needed cause and she decided to be part of it.  With the purchase of the bike, she was able to join the Team Cretins of the AIDS/LifeCycle.
The AIDS/LifeCycle is a life changing experience, serving as one of the largest single HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the world.  This ride provides an opportunity for people within the community to start a dialog and get involved, while providing over 70% of all money raised going directly to the patients.  last year, the event raised over $15.1 million for critical HIV/AIDS services provided by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LBGT Center services.  The funding from the ride provides resources to expand critical services in need.
The fight against HIV isn't over, so Tanya pledged to raise $10,000 to fund life-saving services.  She is going to push her body through climbs of just under 25,000 feet for a week to prevent others from suffering alone.  This efforts gives Rotarians in District 5340 an opportunity to help out one very dynamic Rotoractor do something amazingly special.  Tanya is looking for donations to help her achieve her goal.  If you or your club would like to help out, please go to http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/takearide and make a donation. 
Pacific Beach Rotaractor Taking to the Streets to Raise Funds 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
The District Membership Team knows how to throw a great party, and we're doing it again! Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6-9pm, we are taking over the courtyard at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in historic Liberty Station. Tickets are only $25 and are on sale right now.
Rotarians from across San Diego and East County are invited to join in on this wonderful opportunity to experience high-energy Rotarian fellowship and fun.  Meet and greet other Rotarians from around the District.  Enjoy the best of Rotary and your membership!  Tickets include music, craft beer from Stone, wine, light appetizers and snacks.  Eat, drink, be merry and socialize with Rotarians from around the District.  Rotarians are encouraged to wear their club shirts to show your Rotary spirit.  Venue is outside under the stars; so please dress accordingly.  To register, please go to: www.RockinRotary.com
Last Chance to Register for Rockin' Rotary Membership Social Dianne Crawford 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians, including Youth Service Chairs and those involved with Interact Clubs as Rotarian Advisors, please extend an invitation to high school students to attend the Interact "Bondfire" event at Crown Point on Friday, April 27, 2018.  This event is free and a wonderful opportunity for high school students to invite friends for games, fun s'mores and learn a little bit about Rotary in the process.  We will have members of Rotary, Rotaract and even an RI staff member present.  Registration is through Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship.  All fellow SURF members are encouraged to attend.  We are also looking for Rotarians and Clubs to sponsor upcoming events so please contact Brett Morey, District 5340 Youth Service Chair and Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (surfrotary@gmail.com) directly if interested. 
Interact "Bondfire" Event Bret Morey 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Raffer
There is a special smile that lights up the faces of many Coronado Rotarians when asked what Jerry Winters has done to help others during his 25 years as a Rotarian.  "He is one of my heroes; a very generous humanitarian in a quiet way;" " Jerry spearheads responses to help after a disaster;" "We probably know only 10% of what he does;" and "He is always there to help others."  These are only a few of the accolades our club members have for Jerry.   It is no wonder that the Rotary Club of Coronado selected Rotarian, Jerry Winter, with its 2017-18 Peacemaker Award.  The Peacemaker Award is designed to recognize individuals who are making a difference in promoting understanding, tolerance, conflict resolution and helping build good will and peace.  Jerry was selected for his humanitarian efforts.  Fellow Rotarians inspired him and, in turn, Jerry inspires others.  His generosity and passion to help others makes an important difference to those in need.   
Jerry became a member of the Coronado Rotary Club in 1992 and he says this about Rotary: "I have always wanted to help people that were less fortunate than myself.  I have belonged to a different service club in the early 70s but it wasn't very active, so I gradually stopped participating.  I had been invited to attend Rotary meetings in the past and liked the approach.  When Galen Coffman invited me to attend the Coronado Rotary in 1992, I jumped on it. "       "Rotary is  like family to me.  I found so many people with so much enthusiasm, ready and willing to help at a moment's notice.  The Rotary Foundation is a perfect place to put money to get the 'biggest bang for your buck.' and I was more than happy to help out."
Jerry has been  involved in numerous projects, including People for Trees, Thousand Smiles,  and a well system project to provide clean and inexpensive water to the new Children's Hospital in Blantyre Malawi.  He also supported the District by becoming a District 5340 Rotary Foundation mentor, making presentations about the benefits of supporting the Rotary International Foundation. 
Congratulations are extended to Jerry Winters for making a difference in the lives of others. 
Photo: (L-R) Coronado Rotary Club President Kevin Rugee,  Rotarians Jerry Winter, Ray DeLagrave, and Peace Projects Committee Chair Susan Enowitz.  Photo by Dan Hutchison.
Jerry Winter Receives Coronado Rotary Peacemaker Award Sharon Raffer 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club cordially invites you to join us for a fun and inspiring morning at our Brunch Benefit on April 29 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm at Fireside on the Patio, 2855 Perry Road, San Diego, CA  92106.
Come experience the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."  See, hear about, and feel the impact that the organizations we support have on our youth, our community and our world.  For more information, contact Claire Remillard at cbremillard@gmail.com.
A Brunch Benefit 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Brown
We are on the brink of creating history - we, as Rotarians, have played the central role in bringing the world close to the eradication of polio.  And we, as Rotarians, will be the ones to deliver the final blow that eliminates this horrific disease. 
As vice-chair for the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Committee, I am part of the Rotary team that is leading the charge that will bring down this dying but savage beast.  We have the benefit of a 2-to-1 match to our Rotary Foundation by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of $100,000,000 per year for every $50,000,000 Rotary contributes towards eradication over a three-year period.
The news on the front lines is encouraging.  Only three endemic countries remaining:
  • Nigeria with its last case reported on August 21, 2016
  • Pakistan with its last case reported on November 15, 2017
  • Afghanistan with its last case reported on January 6, 2018
In 2017, there were only 22 cases of polio - 14 in Afghanistan and eight in Pakistan.  There are currently only three cases of polio in 2018, all in Afghanistan where I continue to personally be involved.  All of the endemic countries face the problem of brutal conflict that challenge access to the populations that most need the vaccinations.  Nevertheless, progress has been remarkable even under these conditions.
District 5340 has stepped up to the plate in a very big way, with Rotarians in this district having contributed over $930,000 this Rotary year for polio eradication.  I encourage everyone in our generous district to keep polio at the forefront of their philanthropic endeavors.  If so, our district could make its own history by crossing the $1,000,000 mark in giving to polio eradication this Rotary year. 
Please let me know how I can help.  You can reach me, Steve Brown, at stephenRbrown@att.net or (858) 692-3310.
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Photo: Rotary Polio/UNICEF USA
Our District 5340 is Making History in the Polio Eradication Campaign Steve Brown 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, February 28, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary club bestowed the 2018 Peacemaker of the Year Award on Sean Sheppard, founder of the non-profit organization - Embrace - and creator of an innovative program called Game Changer.  The award is given annually to a San Diego community leader who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace in the region.  February was Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month as designated by Rotary International.  Sheppard became the first Peacemaker recipient to be named a Paul Harris Fellow by the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club.
Game Changer regularly brings together law enforcement and civilian community members to discuss problem and devise solutions - together.  These stakeholders talk face-to-face, share a meal and sit together at a sporting event - the great equalizer - where some of the biggest changes happen.  the model's mantra is that a change in perception leads to a change in behavior, which can lead to change in outcomes - more peaceful outcomes.  Over a 13-month period, Game Changer hosted 36 events with more than 450 members of law enforcement and the community in California and Ohio. 
" I am beyond honored to receive recognition from such a distinguished group of humanitarians and philanthropists right here in San Diego," stated Sheppard.  "To be honored in the name of Paul Harris is extremely humbling.  The recognition is a testament to what can happen when enough people consistently come together in the name of peace and understanding.  There is no peace without understanding," Sheppard added. 
The Peacemaker Award has been given by the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club for the past 10 years.  The selection process is a total club effort led by Peace Committee Co-chairs - Sandra Schrift and George Shipp.
To learn more about Sheppard and his peace-building efforts, visit www.gamechanger1.org.
San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club names Peacemaker of the Year 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club recently worked closely with the Homeowners Association board of directors of the Seven Oaks Retirement Community in order to obtain new "Neighborhood Watch" signs, determine the desired locations and schedule their installation.  The goal is to Make a Difference in the community.  The old signs were smaller in size, had faded over the years and were now difficult to read.  The new signs have already begun to be installed and when the community service is project is complete, 80 new signs will have been installed.
Photo: Clockwise from top:   Dick Norfolk, Dan Malloy and Jim Hyldahl.  Not pictured is Don Glover, another member of the team. 
Neighborhood Watch Signs James Kaspar 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
We have incredible turnout for this year's premiere training event, the District Training Assembly. Be sure to attend this year's District Training Assembly on March 24th if.....
  • Your Club is interested in sponsoring a Rotaract Club.  There is a session just for you.  Attend the Rotaract session to learn How Rotaract Can Partner With, Energize and Inspire Your Rotary Club.
  • Your Club wants to use technology to create great club meetings; Attend the session on Creating Great Club Programs Using Technology.
  • You are new to your Rotary Club and want to know more about Rotary International;  Attend the Rotary 101 for New Members session.
  • You need new ideas for fundraising;  Attend the Club Fundraising session.
  • You need to learn how to navigate the Rotary International website; Sign up for My Rotary 101.
All of this and more is available to all club members in District 5340.  Take the opportunity to learn more about how to make a difference. Online registration has closed, but walk-ins will be accepted at the door. Attendees, can also stay for the Grants Management Seminar taking place immediately after the conclusion of District Training Assembly.

District Training Assembly

Saturday, March 24, 2018
8:30 - 12:00 pm
University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Registration Fee: $25
District Training Assembly Coming March 24, 2018 Mel Gallegos 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mari Pullen
Rotarians at Work Day is coming up on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Did you know that this worldwide Rotary initiative started right here in District 5340?  That's right and we need to brag about the many projects we do!
We'd love to showcase projects planned by  Rotary clubs in District 5340 - both leading up to and after Rotarians at Work Day.  Let us tell your story.   To do this, we need your help. If each club president or club chair for Rotarians at Work Day would send Mari Pullen an email at maripullen@gmail.com outlining what your club will be doing, we'd greatly appreciate it.  We love pictures of Rotarians in action.  Let's make this year's Rotarians at Work Day the best yet.
What is Your Club Planning for Rotarians at Work Day? Mari Pullen 2018-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
The 14th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference will be held April 7-8 at the USD Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).  Visit IPJ that weekend to see high school students from Southern California, Mexico, British Columbia and Costa Rica serve as ambassadors of foreign countries and debate current UN international issues.  Our keynote speaker for the banquet dinner on April 7 at 6:00 pm at the Mission Valley Crowne Plaza Hotel is Kevin M. Kennedy, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the crisis in Syria.  To register for the gourmet dinner please click here select and pay for your entrees. 
If you have further questions, please contact Erik Mjoen at erikmjoen@cesab.com.  For more information, you may also visit: www.modelunrotary5340.com
2018 Model UN Conference and Banquet Gala Dinner Kevin Cahill 2018-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
On March 13, 2018, Old Mission Rotary Club was treated to an amazing Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  It was a regional competition made up of six students sponsored by clubs across Rotary District 5340; the competition was brilliant. 
Once again, Old Mission Rotary Club's Four-Way Test Speech Contest Chairman, Eric Benink, organized a flawless event. District 5340 Four-Way Test Chair, Dick Goodlake, was also in attendance.  Rotarian sponsors from Club 33, Brawley, La Mesa Sunrise and Coronado were at the event with family, friends and teachers. 
Contestants were introduced as speakers A through F and had between five and seven minutes to present their topic and discuss it in the context of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  The first speaker was Rose Fierenza who discussed the responsibility of voting in a democratic society.  Ivan Jimenez discussed how humor can be used to enhance communication and expose the truth.  Kaseba Chibweth talked about the perception of beauty in our modern society and how destructive the notion of beauty can be.  Luis Lopez discussed second chances in the context of his own life.  Jasmine Jimenez passionately promoted the medical use of stem cells and discussed the collision of science and theology.  Olivia Blore pleaded for the modern world to protect the elephant population from slaughter by poachers with an international ban on the ivory trade.
The winners were:   1st Place - Kaseba Chibweth, cheered on by her immigrant mother from Zambia
                                    2nd Place - Jasmine Jimenez
                                    3rd Place - Luis Lopez
The Four-Way Speech Contest Finals will take place at Liberty Station Conference Center on Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. 
                 Photo: (L-R) Olivia Blore, Rose Fierenza, Ivan Jimenez, Kaseba Chibweth, Luis Lopez, and Jasmine Jimenez                   
The Four-Way Test Speech Contest depends on dedicated Rotarians to make it a success year-after-year.  Eric Benink (R) is the Old Mission Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Chairman; Dick Goodlake from the Fallbrook Club serves as the District 5340 Chair.
Old Mission Rotary Hears Amazing Speeches Matt Risi 2018-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Countdown of Hotel Discount for District Conference 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Register for Host Hospitality Night and Receive Four Free Passes to Knott's Berry Farm 2018-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
District and Global Grants Mandatory Training Marta Knight 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Four Reasons to Attend District Assembly 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 is pleased to announce the expansion of our relationship with the San Diego Padres. This year's partnership includes four top-tier games with special discounts available exclusively for Rotary members. In addition, clubs now have a central point of contact within the Padres organization, with new options available for hosting club events.
The district has organized dedicated Rotary nights for the past several years, providing the opportunity for Rotary members and guests to connect while enjoying America's pastime.
"Rotary has had a long partnership with the San Diego Padres," said Kevin Forrester, a member of Encinitas Rotary who serves as Padres Liaison for Rotary District 5340. "From our Rotary Flag Court to special events featuring Rotarians before the hometown crowd. We are very excited for the upcoming 2018 series of events, and thrilled to share the opportunity with clubs to host their own events with the Padres."
Civic leaders and members of Rotary were instrumental in Major League Baseball coming to San Diego. James Mulvaney, a longtime member of the Rotary Club of San Diego, served as President of the old Pacific Coast League’s San Diego Padres from 1955 to 1968. He also played a critial role in Major League Baseball coming to San Diego in 1969, later serving as Vice President and General Counsel of the San Diego Padres National League Team.

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Rotary Expands Partnership with San Diego Padres, Adds Additional Event Options for Clubs 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0 baseball,padres
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the El Cajon Rotary Club continued a 35+ year tradition of holding their Annual Past Presidents' Day.  Each president in attendance is recognized an given a minute or two to review their year or pass along a funny story or two, and, the stories can go on and on!  This year, there were 21 past presidents in attendance:  Lynn McDougal 1971-72; Vince Bacino 1975-76; Cal Bender 1984-85; Dave Waters 1989-90; Ross Provence 1992-93; Ed Maguire 1993-94; Allen C. Brown 1998-99; Jim Sheehan 2000-01; Bobbi Pearson 2001-02; James Davis 2002-03; Ginger Poutous 2006-07; Alison Cummings 2008-09; Max Wright Jr. 2009-10; Stuart Scott 2010-11; Lawrence McKim 2011-12; Roger Holtsclaw 2012-13; Tim McDougal 2013-14 (Lynn McDougal's son); Humbert Cabrera 2014-15; Erick Lundy 2015-16; Cheryl Minshew 2016-17; and this year's president, Charlie Cole who conducted the ceremonies. 
The Club enjoyed lunch, old friendships and some good old stories. 
El Cajon Rotary Club Holds Past Presidents' Day Max Wright 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
The final numbers are tallied and the Rotary Club of Coronado is proud to donate $100,858.85 to the "End Polio Now " Rotary International Campaign.  The donation will receive a 2-to-1 match from the Gates Foundation, resulting in $302,576.55 to help eradicate for good the polio virus around the world.
 Pictured are Coronado Rotary President Kevin Rugee, Past Rotary District Governor and Coronado Rotarian Marilyn Sanderson, End Polio Now Rotary Co-Chairs Sue Maack and Pat Flynn, and Rotarians Ron Vernetti and Jim Kaufman.  Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
Rotary Club of Coronado Raises Over $100,000 for Polio Marilyn Sanderson 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary international District 5340 has unveiled a new Financials section on the website, designed to serve as a single resource for individuals looking for financial detail on the organization.
Rotary International District 5340 (the “District”) is a not-for-profit unincorporated association formed in 1941, and is an administrative district of Rotary International.  As a 501(c)(4), the District regularly files state and federal income taxes, and serves the role of supporting over 60 clubs in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. In addition, to support staff, the District organizes events, such as District Conferences, membership mixers, Foundation Seminars, and more. It also serves as the steward for grant funding awarded by The Rotary Foundation, and distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each and every year.
"Transparency is absolutely critical in our operations as a District," said Scott Carr, District Governor for Rotary District 5340. "We absolutely need to maintain an 'open book' policy with our constituents that we serve, the women and men of Rotary in Southern California. Ensuring that our records are available for all to see ensures that our members, our partners, and our beneficiaries can trust us to not only promise, but then deliver on those promises." 
The new Financials section is available online under the "About" section, and be accessed at:
District 5340 Launches New Financials Section 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
George Carter JessopOn March 1, 2018, Rotary District 5340 joined members of the Jessop family and the San Diego Rotary to celebrate George Carter Jessop Day. Jessop was recognized at a special program at the Rotary Club of San Diego for his achievements in Rotary, and for his never-ending commitment to giving back to the community.
Jessop served from 1985-86 as District Governor of what was then known as Rotary District 534. A member of the San Diego Rotary for over 50 years, Jessop remains a legend in the local community for his work with the 125 year-old Jessop's Jewelers.
In recognition of George Carter Jessop Day, President Bob Russell from the San Diego Rotary presented George with a proclamation from Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City of San Diego, declaring March 1, 2018 to be George Carter Jessop Day. In addition to a plaque, the club also presented a special video produced by Rick Clark. Clark is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary, one of the clubs that Jessop helped form during his time as District Governor. Clark's video featured Past District Governor Pat Crowell and Past Rotary International President Rick King discussing the important contributions made by George Carter Jessop.
Rotary District 5340 Recognizes March 1st as George Carter Jessop Day 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Do Not Miss Special District Conference, Coming This May 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
May is Drowning Awareness Month and a good time to find out about a great local organization teaching water safety to underprivileged children in our community.  Speaker Sonja Nystuen would like to come and speak at your club about her organization called Out of the Board Swim (OTB).  This organization builds confidence in kids by building confidence in the water through water safety programs.  There are many opportunities for Rotarians with different skills and availability to partner with OTB.  Volunteers help lead and assist with surfing lessons, water safety and environmental awareness workshops, organize beach clean ups and take photographs.  The kids also love volunteers who simply want to supervise them and play at the beach.  if you love the water and would like to volunteer to make your community better, this is an organization that you will want to know about.  For more information, please contact Rotarian, Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net.
Speaker Opportunity - Out of the Boat Swim 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
For no apparent reason, there were a number of special guests at the La Jolla Rotary Club's December 12 meeting, including District Governor, Scott Carr.  No one asked about the high attendance that day, but half-way through the club's President's time, it became evident.   Past President, Bill Burch called Rotarian, Penny Shurtleff to the front to help him unveil a San Diego County Proclamation.  Little did Penny know that the proclamation listed many of her accomplishment during her 30 years in Rotary, and proclaimed the day "Penny Shurtleff Day" throughout San Diego County.   Most notable among the multiple "whereas" phrases, included Penny being the first woman to join the Santa Rosa Rotary in 1987, and her spearheading the La Jolla Rotary Club's Senior Citizens Committee from 2003 to present.  With the room on its feet in applause, and tears on her husband, Gordon's cheeks, Burch told Penny that Gordon is nuts about her and that the club loves and respects her deeply. 
Congratulations is extended to Rotarian Penny Shurtleff on her many accomplishments and this very public recognition of her efforts. 
A County Proclamation for Rotarian Penny Shurtleff Bill Burch 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
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On Tuesday, February 20, the Old Mission Rotary Club hosted a Four-Way Test speech contest for high school students from the Reality Changers program.  The competition is part of the larger Rotary District 5340 contest.  Winners of each Rotary club will compete at sub-regional events and the top candidates will compete at the District level and beyond.  The Four-Way Test speech contest encourages high school students to prepare and give speeches that apply the Four-Way Test to everyday activities and issues. 
Ariana Bermudez is a 10th grader at Patrick Henry High School and she talked about growing up fast in the inner city.  Her neighborhood was full of drug addiction, domestic violence and the working poor.  To Ariana, school was a welcome refuge.  She is looking forward to studying engineering in college.  Blair Garcia is an 11th grader at Hoover High School and grew up in Central America without parents.  As a young boy, he escaped the hardship of day-to-day life in comic books.  His epiphany was realizing that each individual must aspire to be "superman" and that the world  needs heroes.    Salvador Bravo is a 10th grader from Madison High School and discussed living with a disability.  He is hard of hearing and has been the victim of bullying over the years.  He refuses to let a handicap hold him back and he would like to study engineering so as to improve life for the deaf and hearing impaired.  Daniel Areola is an 11th grader at Helix High School.  He discussed how his love of music brought joy and inspiration into his life in the tough inner city.  He would like to be a social worker after college. 
The judges selected Blair Garcia and Ariana Bermudez to continue on in the completion.   Rotarian, Erick Benink organized the Old Mission Rotary Club contest and served as the program moderator.  The club judges were Michelle Tondreau, Judi Copeland, Gary John Collins, Brian Dempsey and Steve Nunez.  Mark McAnelly, dressed in a fluorescent lime green shirt, served as the official timekeeper!    Alex Reyes, Chief Inspiration Officer of Reality Changes accompanied the contestants to the competition.  Reality Changers offers a way out of the inner city and dangers of drugs and gangs.  The non-profit is focused on inspiring and educating first generation college students through mentoring and tutoring. 
Photo: (L-R) Alex Reyes of Reality Changers;Daniel Areola of Helix High; Salvador Bravo of Madison High; Blair Garcia of Hoover High; Ariana Bermudez of Patrick Henry High; Old Mission Rotary Reality Changers, Liaison Steve Nunez; and Old Mission Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest Chairman, Eric Benink. 
Old Mission Rotary Club Four Way Speech Competition Matt Risi 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
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On Tuesday, February 13, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant in the amount of $5,977 to Aquam Technologies LLC.  This cutting-edge water technology company offers the only packaged treatment plant that can deliver a 4-hour treatment time, reduce total sludge volumes and recover energy as direct electricity without releasing methane. 
The Art Pratt Foundation grant will be used to set up a water treatment plant at the school for a migrant farm camp in San Quentin Baja.  Old Mission Rotary has been active for a decade in assisting the Mestizo Indian population in the tomato farming region and now will be funding equipment that will supply fresh water to the children at the school.  The local public water supply is heavily contaminated with agricultural chemicals. 
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation board members - Judi Copeland and Bob Chalfa, Aquam Founder and CEO  -  Cameron Manners, Art Pratt Foundation President - Lee Kaminetz, Art Pratt Foundation board members  -  Mark McAnelly and Drew Armbruster.
Aquam Technologies LLC Receives Grant Matt Risi 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
District Training Assembly Quickly Approaching Mel Gallegos 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
The 7th Annual Rotary District 5340 / University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace & Studies' Peace Forum took place Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre at USD. Dr. Cynthia Villis, Assistant Provost at USD and a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary, served as host of the forum, featuring a number of presentations on:
  • Defying Extremism
  • Contact Theory: An Approach to Peacebuilding
  • The Bent Prop Project: Making Peace Across Time and Distance
  • Presentations by the Rotary and Grillo-Marxuach Scholars on Peacebuilding
  • Presentation of the Prestigious Peacemake of the Year Award
Dr. Patricia Márquez, Dean of the USD Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies was also awarded the 2018 Pathways to Peace Award. The Pathways to Peace Award is the Rotary District's major award given for exemplary performance in the field of peace building and peace making. Honorees have made a significant, distinguished difference in advancing conflict prevention and resolution, promoting understanding of the advancement of peace and human rights through their contributions and efforts for peace building.
The award was presented by Scott Carr, District Governor and Joy Prowse, Chair of the Pathways to Peace Award. Dr. Márquez' research focuses on the intersection of business and social value creation, with an emphasis on alleviating poverty through free market mechanisms. Since her arrival at USD in 2007, Dr. Márquez has developed the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), the Social Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub. Dean Márquez was also awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, the first time a recipient of the Pathways to Peace Award had earned the distinction. Named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris Fellows power the Rotary Foundation and its peace-building projects across the globe.
"The annual Peace Forum is a vital link between Rotary and the peace building taking place at the University of San Diego," said Carr. "Peace is a major priority of Rotary and its Foundation. The Rotary Foundation, one of the highest-rate charities ever ranked by Charity Navigator, has six main areas of focus. And every single one of these areas, every path we take, leads back to peace."
To see a photo album from the event on Facebook, be sure to visit:
7th Annual Peace Forum Brings Message of Hope for Future 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Saturday, January 27 was a day in which Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact students and Teen Volunteers in Action completed their tree planting project at the Sikes Adobe park, part of the San Diego River Park.   On the previous Wednesday, a dozen Rotarians prepared for the planting by cutting poultry netting (i.e., chicken wire) and shade cloth and then Saturday the larger team led by Chairman and President-Elect, Doug Dawson planted 70 trees in various areas around the Sike Adobe historic farmstead. After several hours of labor, everyone gathered for refreshments and a celebration where Doug presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Ranger David Vidal and Executive Director of the San Diego River park, Kevin McKernan.  Coupled with the 14 trees planted at Abraxas High School in December, this puts the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo at 20% above its goal and commitment to Rotary International's goal of one tree for every member worldwide.  
Photo Left to Right:  Debbie Lindgren, Mark Lindgren, David Maldonado, Teen Volunteers in Action.
Photo Left to Right:  Mike Fugua, Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club President, Keveing McKeran, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park, Rancher David Vidal, President-Elect 
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Teams to Plant Trees James Kaspar 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Final notice!  Applications are currently being accepted to serve as a facilitator at this year's RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program scheduled for April 20-22, 2018 in beautiful Idyllwild.  Your commitment would include a required half-day training meeting on Saturday morning, April 14.  if one of the reasons you joined Rotary is to serve youth, now is your opportunity.  A three and on-half day commitment from you is a wonderful and fulfilling way to serve the youth in our district.
RYLA is a leadership conference for approximately 280 high school juniors from throughout the district.  it's primary intent is to encourage students to become more effective servant leaders, but the result is students emerge confident, enthusiastic and empowered.  The program includes exceptional speakers, small group discussions and fellowship activities all within an atmosphere of trust and respect.  if you have some experience working with youth, are in good health and are committed to the principles of Rotary and the development of young people - you are qualified.  it is an extraordinary Rotary youth program that you will not want to miss.  Please go to ryla5340.org, click on the  facilitator tab.  Please make sure you do the following:
  • Complete and forward the application by the end of February,
  • Complete your youth certification (if you haven't already)
You are now on the way of one of the most rewarding experiences as a Rotarian.  If you have any questions, please contact Paul van Roon, the RYLA  co-facilitator coordinator at 619 980-2334 or paulvanroon@icloud.com.
RYLA Facilitator Applications are Currently Being Accepted Paul van Roon 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps took some time away from community service projects for a beloved club activity known as Spouse Swap Bowling, which is just a fancy way of saying you can't bowl with your spouse.  There were high scores, low scores and everything in between.  The club plans this family-friendly activity a couple of times a year. 
This is a good reminder that clubs should make time for club socials that include the family and allows for a little goofiness and lighthearted fun.  Activities such as this builds camaraderie and lasting friendships and provides a glimpse into family life of each Rotarian and visa versa.
Spouse Swap Bowling a Hit for Poway-Scripps Rotary Club 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Register for District Assembly Today Mel Gallegos 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Seven clubs are participating in this year's  District 5340 Instrumental Music Competition.  They are Rotary clubs of Del Mar, La Mesa, Carlsbad Hi-Noon, San Marcos, Encinitas, Coastal and Escondido.   There will be two regional competitions - South and North with the final competition being held at the Museum of Making Music where the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.  Please join us and encourage everyone to attend at least one of these events and hear the achievement these great students have achieved.
Music Competition Begins This Month 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
In today's society where our children are more vulnerable than ever, child fingerprint kits makes a lot of sense for parents who want to be able to provide the maximum assistance to policing agencies should the unthinkable happen.  The Santee Sheriff's Department has always been responsive to the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club when requesting kits to take on the road.  Their partnership in providing the necessary tool kits to make this happen is essential to the club's success.  This past fall, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club fingerprinted children at the Grossmont Healthcare District's annual Kids Care Fest, held last year at the Lakeside Rodeo grounds and this past month did the same thing at the City of Santee's 2nd Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo held in Trolley Square.  This is one of the club's community outreach programs where Rotarians can interact with community in an engaging fashion sharing safety tips for their children all-the-while sharing the many benefits of being a Rotarian.  This is also a great outreach to get your red badgers involved in community service.  Senator Joel Anderson knows the importance of community outreach and acknowledged the club's effort with a Certificate of Outstanding Service right on site of the event itself.
Fingerprinting Youngsters Sandy Pugliese 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
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On January 30, 2017, the Art Prat Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5315 to the Fleet Science Center.  The funds will be used to upgrade the security surveillance system for their 95,000 square-foot facility.  This is particularly important as the museum offers so many youth and school programs.
The science museum and planetarium is located in Balboa Park at the east end of the El Prado Drive walkway.  The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. 
Photo: (L-R): Chris LaZich, Fleet Center VP of Adjustment; Art Pratt Foundation members Bob Chalfa, Mark McAnelly, Lee Kaminetz and Gary John Collins.
The Fleet Science Center Receives Grant Matt Risi 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Do you have a new club position in Rotary year 2018-19?  Do you want to learn the latest buzz from Rotary International?  Do you want to network and connect with other Rotarians, find new projects, meet new friends?  Do you want to do a District Grant in 2018-2019?  Then you want to attend the District Training Assembly!
We will meet at the fabulous  Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice located on the campus of the University of San Diego.  The District Training Assembly will be held on March 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to  noon, followed by the Grants Global Management Seminar at 12:10 p.m.
Be the Inspiration!  Register Today!
Come One, Come All to Our District Training Assembly! Judy Gallegos 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Calling all President-Elects!  There will be a Rotary District 5340 2018-19 Presidents Rally on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the 211 Connections Center located at 3860 Calle Fortunada, Suite 101, San Diego, CA, 92123.    All presidents are asked to attend as we prepare for PETS!  To register please click on this link.   
President-Elect Rally Christine Sommer 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
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Last Thursday, the 18th of January, District 5340 welcomed 135 Rotary International members to come together to assemble "comfort kits" to support the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.  This was the first event of its kind for an RI International Assembly.  Coordinated for the Partners of District Governor Elects to provide a hands-on opportunity to participate in an RI community service event.  Amongst the crowd were also partners of past, current, and future RI presidents.
Chaired by Assistant Governor and San Diego Rotary - Club 33 member, John Neuhart, the event helped create 2000 emergency kits which are given in time of need to victims of fires, flood and earthquakes.  The event raised $8,000 and accumulated over 400 volunteer hours and was a huge success; as on of the volunteers expressed her appreciation, saying, "I wouldn't have wanted to spend my afternoon any other way.  Thank you for this opportunity to help others!"  San Diego Rotary Club wants to thank the Red Cross, Liberty Station Conference Center, Sodexo catering and all of the participant volunteers.
Rotary - Making a Difference - Get Inspired!    Click here to see a short video.
District 5340 Welcomes International Assembly Partners Scott Carr 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
In May 2017, Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Rotary District 5340 Youth Service Chair set out to start a new Rotary Fellowship just weeks before the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  With the encouragement and support of District Governor Scott Carr and fellow Rotarians Brett boarded a flight to Atlanta with one of his 16 surfboards and hit the ground running.  While at his second Rotary International Convention he gathered over 150 signatures from numerous countries and built an incredible leadership team of Rotarians and Rotaractors from Australia, Hawaii, throughout the U.S.  Surfers Unite has since completed over 15 service projects, gained final approval from Rotary International and now has over 300 members in over 20 countries.
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Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship - Sets Sight on New World Record Brett Morey 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0 La Jolla,La Jolla Shores,Rotary 5340,SURF,Surfers Unite
Compassion for African Villages, a 501c3 organization, is partnering with the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Rotarkidz: Box of Books and the Robert Massaquoi Foundation to provide educational resources to needy school children in Liberia.  Their most recently completed  book drive resulted in 30,000 being shipped to Liberia.  The clubs' efforts have  started up again with a large amount of text books being donated by the Santee School District, which were secured by the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club.   There is a short timeframe to get these books sorted, packaged and crated; a call for help is being requested.  If you have the time, please contact Betty Howland at howlandbetty@yahoo.com, or simply show up during the time and dates noted above. 
Rotary Clubs Partnering to Send Books to Liberia 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Photo: (L-R) Old Mission Rotary LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart; students Nathan Skowrenski, Bill Champion, Ashay Madden, and Morgan Gurrola; Jean Farb Middle School Principal Courtney Rizzo and AVID instructor, Donna Rankin.
On January 9, 2018, Old Mission Rotary Club was thrilled to welcome the LEAD students from Jean Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta.  The club's LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart, convinced the club directors to fund not two, but four eighth graders to the Rotary leadership event.  The LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students that has been held annually since 2009.  Talented young people attend a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) camp developed, presented and hosted by the Rotarians of District 5340.  LEAD encourages young people to discuss ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, become self-motivated to reach goals and develop a positive outlook on life; all while having fun making friends.  This year's event took place at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School over the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2017. 
Jean Farb Middle School has participated in LEAD for many years and is supported strongly by Principal, Courtney Rizzo and AVID Advisor, Donna Rankin.  The school is small with only 450 students that include many children who live in the Murphy Canyon Navy Housing complex.  These kids come and go as their military families are transferred.  Jean Farb Middle School is particularly proud of their AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  Old Mission Rotary was both charmed and impressed by the four students who each took a few minutes to talk about their experiences at LEAD.
Old Mission Rotary Welcomes LEAD Students from Middle School Matt Risi 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation board member, Drew Armbruster; Foundation president, Lee Kaminetz; past Old Mission Rotary president, Bob Self; Air and Space Museum Development Director, Diane Sutherland; Art Pratt Foundation board member, Bob Chalfa; and acting Old Mission Rotary president, Stan Vogelsang.
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $8,000 to the San Diego Air and Space Museum on January 9.  the San Diego Air and Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building.  The museum is divided into many galleries with exhibits emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation.  Sections include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, Special Exhibit area, World War I Gallery, Golden Age of Flight Gallery, World War II Gallery, Modern Jet and Space Age Gallery and the Edwin D. McKeller Pavilion of Flight.  The funds from the Art Pratt grant will be used to remodel the storage and restoration area in the basement of the museum. 
San Diego Air and Space Museum Receives $8,000 Grant Matt Risi 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340, in cooperation with Rotary International, has launched a new branding campaign targeting air travelers coming to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN). 
The ads, featuring Rotary's People of Action, are being featured throughout San Diego International Airport from January 10-24, 2018. The ads are targeted to visitors coming to San Diego for 2018 International Assembly, as well as business and leisure travelers using the facility, 
"We are incredibly proud of the new Rotary branding campaign that welcomes visitors to San Diego," said Scott Carr, Rotary District 5340 Governor for 2017-18. "What better way to welcome People of Action than with a multi-media campaign geared for them."

Located minutes from downtown, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the busiest single runway airport in the United States, and third-busiest single runway in the world. The airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field, features advertising managed by JCDecaux, one of the largest advertising providers in the global media industry.. Rotary District 5340 negotiated with JCDecaux to create a People of Action campaign that would run 10 second video clips at 20 different locations throughout the terminals. In addition, the People of Action campaign includes seven 6'x6' backlit ads.
The campaign is timed to coincide with International Assembly, taking place January 14-20, 2018 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. "Advertising at San Diego International Airport was a natural complement to the increased Rotary presence we will have at the airport during International Assembly, including all of our volunteer greeters," added Carr. "This was also a terrific opportunity to work with the team that created the People of Action campaign at Rotary's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. We are incredibly grateful for their help and financial support in turning this hair-brained idea into reality."
The digital and backlit ads will be visible through January 24, 2018.
If you see them, let us know! Look for the ads, take a selfie, and send your photo to district@rotary5340.org.
New Rotary Branding Campaign Launches at San Diego International Airport 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Council on Legislation Enacts Legislation During 2016 Session
With the conclusion of the 2017 Council on Resolutions (COR), the Council has released a brand new Report of Action.  The report, which is available for online download, includes several parts, including:
  • A letter from General Secretary John Hewko;
  • Resolutions that were adopted; and 
  • Vote tallies for the adopted items.

The Council met in late 2017 to review a total of 38 resolutions submitted for consideration. Resolutions spanned a wide range of topics, including:

  • Additional research into club flexibility;
  • Maintaining original member info when terminated members return to Rotary;
  • Addition of core values and mission to Rotary;
  • Maintaining per capita dues at their current levels, and many more.

The Council adopted 17 resolutions, of which 15 were recommendations to the RI Board and two were recommendations to The Rotary Foundation Trustees. The Board and the Trustees will consider these items at their upcoming meetings. 

In Rotary District 5340,  our District Representative to the Council on Legislation is Dave Breeding, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.  Our Alternate District Representative is Janice Kurth, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Del Mar.  

If you have any questions about the Council on Legislation and the process for submitting new resolutions, please do contact either Dave (davebreeding@gmail.com) or Janice (janice@janicekurth.com) to learn more. 
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Posted by Linda Sundram
The Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton  does amazing things for the enlisted men and women stationed at Camp Pendleton.  The experience of one young Marine and her wedding dress will bring tears to your eyes and she is only one of the 450 families helped every month at the Club's Warrior Warehouse on the base.  Donations from around the community to the Warehouse makes stories like this possible. 
In the Marine's voice to Linda Sundram, President of the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton:  "My name is Nicole and I was told you are the woman to thank for my new wedding dress!  I wish I could thank you in person because you have no idea how much this means to me!  I have been dealing with so many other Marine Corps related stuff lately due to my medical board/discharge process, the wedding and other things, that the dress was the last thing that on my mind!" 
Anyone knows that a wedding dress is high on all brides' list.  To be so inundated with "stuff" not allowing time to find such an important item, made this donation  a gift that this bride will never forget.   This is what Rotary does; it sees a need and answers the call. 
Kudos to the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton for making this Marine a happy bride. 
Marine Receives Wedding Dress Linda Sundram 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Dr. Kevin Glynn, a Rotarian with the Old Mission Rotary Club and a retired Pulmonologist and Medical Director for Scripps Health, recently published a book entitled Gasping for Air: How Breathing is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.  Dr. Glynn is passionate about public health.  He  has been a member of the Rotary District 5340's "Don't Wait to Vaccinate" Committee and was involved in the Rotary support for the film "The Invisible Threat". 
Tuberculosis (TB) worldwide strikes over nine million people and results in 1.5 million deaths each year.  San Diego has a higher than average rate of TB than the rest of the USA; 57 per 100,000 personas as opposed to 3 per 100,000 persons.  This is due to San Diego' position along the Mexican border.  Dr. Kevin Glynn has redirected his energy and expertise into educating the public about the alarming rise of TB cases in San Diego and is available to make presentations to Rotary Clubs in District 5340.  Club program chairs can reach Dr. Glynn at kevpglynn@san.rr.com.
The Alarming Rise of Tuberculosis in San Diego 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Photo: courtesy of The  Coronado Times
Flags on the Avenue is a unique Coronado Rotary Club community activity.  Eight or nine times a year, club members place flags on Orange Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Coronado.  These flags commemorate Veterans Day, Memorial Day and other holidays or when a Navy ship arrives.  Each time, you will see 20 plus Rotarians walking the center median posting the flags.  It's a very moving experience.  Watch the video for the full story.
Flags on the Avenue Marilyn Sanderson 2018-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to this year's Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for an outstanding float entry in this year's Pasadena Rose Parade.  The Float's theme was titled Planting the Seeds of ServiceThe Float showcased a whimsical bunny gazing at the just-planted peach tree, which appeared to be in shape and form like any other float entry.  However, if you look beyond the flowers, beyond the plant material, what you will find is the story of a child hungry for food, drinking bacteria infested water; the story of a mother's fight to take care of her family; the story of a family living in a region of conflict, struggling to survive.  If you looked deeper you will see the bunny as a symbol of the watchful gaze of Rotarians;  the tree as a symbol of life growing the seeds of service provided by Rotarians' worldwide and bearing the fruit of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus -  giving hope to all children, all mothers, and all families for a better world.  To enhance this message a real sapling from one of Hiroshima's A-Bomb survivor trees was on the float and later planted in one of Rotary's Peace Gardens to help promote peace and green legacy.  The 2018 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's Float is a story of responsibility to our planet, our children and our humanity.    The Float, which was decorated with thousands of flowers and seeds was the winner of the Princesses' Trophy - Most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length.  The Float was constructed by the Phoenix Decorating Company.

The seven sustain Districts each sponsored a walker for the Float.  District 5340 was represented by Brett Morey from the La Jolla Golden Triangle  Rotary Club.   Riding in front of the Float was John Matthews, Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26  and Paul Netzel, Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees.   
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10 Reasons to Attend!
  • The ONLY peace conference focused on environmental sustainability as a critical element of peace - and a conference geared toward solutions.
  • Impressive speakers in four general sessions - details on each speaker are on the website and they include RI President Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Trustee Paul Netzel, environmental scientists, Nobel Peace Fellows, business leaders, and many more. 
  • Breakout sessions at two different times during the day for smaller group interaction and sharing of ideas on specific topics: The Business of Sustainability, Planting for Peace, Peacebuilding under Pressure, and so much more. 
  • Hall of Ideas with vendors, Rotarian Action Groups, and even more opportunities to learn and meet new people.
  • Amazing entertainment - Squamish Nation Dancers on Friday evening and the Langley Ukulele Ensemble on Saturday night.
  • Hands on environmental projects on Sunday.
  • Active youth participation both at the Conference and a concurrent Youth Conference.
  • American dollars go further in Canada.
  • Beautiful Vancouver!  Not to mention tourism opportunities before and after the Conference.
  • Social opportunities.  See your old friends and make new friends throughout the day, and Friday and Saturday evening.
There are even more reasons to attend the Environmentally Sustainability and Peace Conference.  Visit www.environmentandpeace.com to find your reason.  Join with more than 500 other leaders to exchange ideas and take action! 
Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference John Matthews 2018-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday Season 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club joined Rotarians in Ensenada to provide food, blankets, and clothing to over 500 families this past Sunday.  Throughout the day, there were interactive games and activities for all the children as well as educational classes for the parents.  According to Elana-Levens-Craig who coordinated efforts on the US side, recipients were extraordinarily grateful.  "I can't describe the feeling of being around so many good people who give back to their community and embody the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self," wrote Levens-Craig on her Facebook page.   Several Rotary clubs in East County helped raise money and provided candy for the celebratory piñatas.   The day's events were planned by the Rotary Club of Ensenada. 
This collaboration was a spin-off of a joint meeting between representatives of both the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Ensenada regarding another project - Rancho Santa Marta, whose programs are a  home for homeless, orphaned or abused children and a kindergarten, elementary and junior high schools with a special education mainstreaming program for children with learning disabilities.  The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has supported Rancho Santa Marta for a number of years; most recently, building a computer lab for the school's junior high.  Levens-Craig was so moved by the interaction between the two clubs that she wanted to do a joint project.  Her enthusiasm yielded positive results, not only with her own club but other local clubs who donated cash and candy to help make this event a success.    One thing is for sure....there will be more collaboration between these two clubs.
Cross-Border Collaboration Helps 500 Families in Ensenada 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
As part of a major overhaul of its Youth Protection policies, Rotary District 5340 has unveiled a new online quiz to help Rotarians understand some of the roles and responsibilities of working with youth. The online quiz is now part of the Youth Certification process, and features a variety of multiple choice questions. With every answer, additional information is provided to further enhance knowledge and understanding of the subject.
"We are very excited to launch this new initiative, which will help further our goals of educating Rotary members about the dangers our youth face," said Scott Carr, District Governor. "This launch of the new quiz is a good first step in helping bolster our Youth Certification, and will begin to have additional features added in the coming weeks."
Rotarians seeking to achieve full Youth Certification can complete the quiz for no charge by clicking here
Rotary District 5340 Unveils New Youth Protection Online Quiz 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
We are very proud to announce that Brett Morey, member and Past President from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, has been selected to represent Rotary District 5340 at the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda.
This year's float theme is Planting the Seeds of Service. District 5340 is one of seven sustaining districts that support the development and construction of the Rotary float. This year, the float will have a total of 12 walkers and six riders, including John Matthews, Rotary International Director Zones 25/26 and Paul Netzel, Chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees.
"Brett was the perfect choice to fill this prestigious role," said Scott Carr, Governor for Rotary District 5340. "He has been an incredible representative for Rotary, both locally and across the globe. He is well-respected within our District as Chair of Youth Services. And as an added bonus, the headshot photo he provided us makes him look 14 years-old, so he should have no problem finishing the parade route."
Brett Morey joined Rotary International as a member of the Rotary Club of Brentwood in 2002, transferring to the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle in 2008. He served as President of La Jolla Golden Triangle in 2013-14 and is the Rotarian Advisor and Founder of the University City High School Interact Club. As District 5340 Youth Service Chair, he oversees al of the District's youth programs, and has the opportunity to cultivate the next generation of leaders.

The theme of the Rotary Float this year, Planting the Seeds of Service is very special to Brett. His grandparents, Howard and Esther Runge, were early pioneers of the Imperial Valley. Growing up, Brett spent time during each summer on the ranch, while breaking away to go surfing in North County San Diego. 
Brett Morey to Represent District 5340 at 2018 Rose Parade 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Recently, Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club's past president, Mike Dunlap presented Brad Roberts from the County of San Diego a check for $150,000 to construct two handicapped accessible cabins at Dos Picos Country Park in Ramona.
These two cabins will be numbers 12 and 13; encompassing over $1 million raised through contributions by non-Rotarians for this great purpose.  Cabins have been placed on Dixon Lake in Escondido, Camp Pendleton's San Onofre Beach campground, and a number of San Diego County parks.  Cabins by the Lake is a charity fund established by Mike Dunlap and supported by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club.  The charity has also funded two Global Grants providing Braille devices and exercise equip0ment for a special needs facility in Brazil. 
Joint Effort Raises $150,000 for Handicapped Accessible Cabins Jack Anderson 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
February is Peace Month for Rotary.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the District Pathways to Peace Award for 2017 will be presented at our District Peace Forum in the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Center at USD from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The Peacemaker of the Year Award honors members of Rotary and the community who have made a significant difference in promoting peace, tolerance, understanding and conflict resolution, locally or globally.  They must have demonstrated their commitment by concrete action to bring about the change called for by rotary's Mission Statement: building goodwill and peace in the world.  
The recipient of the award can be from the greater San Diego community and need not be a Rotarian, but should have strong ties to the service area of the nominating club.   Each club must submit its Club Peacemaker of the Year as its nominee for District Peacemaker.  Clubs should submit a completed Peacemaker of the Year nomination form, which includes a description of the nominee's qualifications for both the Club and District awards by January 15, 2018.    Please email the completed document to joyprowse@stanprowse.com.
2018 District Peacemaker of the Year Award Joy Prowse 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Robertson
There are just a few days left before the discount for early registration to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada expires.  The 2018 convention is being held June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration ends December 15.  You can save over $150 if you register by that date.  In addition, you can still pick up the closest hotels and get the best deals.  Remember, there is another big event happening at the same time.  Making arrangements in advance is advisable.  As the months go by, Newsbits will keep you updated.  Read more for links.
Toronto 2018 - Only Days to Book and Save! Alex Robertson 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Recently, there was a changing of the police guard at Rotary Club 33 San Diego where Mounty Mo handed over the task to San Diego Police Chief, Sherry Zimmerman.  Club president Bob Russell and Alex Robertson, District 5340 promotional chair for the Rotary International Convention 2018 and President of Torrey Pines Rotary Club and District 5340 Assistant Governor. 
Changing of the Guard 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Please consider donating new or gently worn clothing to those who proudly served our country allowing us to enjoy its freedoms and cherish the values of its democracy.  Please note above the specific items needed, however all clothing donation are welcome.  Donations need to be made by January 4.  For more information, please call Bonnie Maloney at 760-613-6889.
Veterans Stand Down Clothing Drive 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
John M. NeuhartRotary District 5340 is proud to announce that John Neuhart has been named Assistant Governor for Area 10, which includes the Rotary Club of San Diego. The mid-term appointment of Neuhart as Assistant Governor becomes effective January 1, 2018. 
Within Rotary, the Assistant Governor acts has a vital link between the Club, District leadership, and other clubs in the region. Assistant Governors make themselves available to club leadership, offering support, ideas, and guidance throughout the year. The Assistant Governor also guides club officers in finding resources from Rotary International, as well as tips and best practices from other clubs across the District.
Neuhart's appointment is a departure from tradition. In previous years, the District Governor Elect became the automatic appointee to fill the role of Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club of San Diego. The appointment was limited to a one-year term, until the next District Governor Elect took over the role.
While the practice was designed to help bring club members closer to the next leader of the District, it sometimes had the opposite effect. "When you look at this tradition in practice, the District Governor Elect is really on the cusp of becoming the leader of this dynamic district," noted Scott Carr, District Governor. "Their hands are full planning events and putting together their leadership teams. As their commitments increase, it becomes more and more daunting for the District Governor Elect to devote the time and resources needed to successfully serve as Assistant Governor. So in reality, a tradition intended to bring together club members with the district's future leader often would result in the club members seeing less and less of their representative. We knew a change was needed."
John Neuhart Named Assistant Governor for Area 10 - Rotary Club of San Diego 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Five clubs - Escondido Rotary, Escondido After Five, Escondido Sunrise, Escondido East and Escondido Route 78 worked with the City of Escondido to purchase and plant 94 15-gallon trees at six city parks.  Approximately 70 Rotarians, family, friends, Interact and Rotaract volunteers worked simultaneously at the parks on Saturday, November 18 to complete the project in under two hours.  By planting the trees in the parks, the City of Escondido will water and maintain them, providing sustainability to the project.  These five Rotary clubs work together throughout the year on community and international projects.  Key members from each club hold a monthly "summit" to discuss and coordinate collaborative efforts.
Tree Planting in Escondido Doug Clark 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul van Roon
Facilitators are needed for the 2018 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Join the fun and be a part of this outstanding Rotary youth leadership program scheduled for April 20 through 22, 2018 in Idyllwild, California.  RYLA is a three-day leadership conference for high school juniors from throughout District 5340.  Details and an application (click on the facilitators tab) are available at ryla5340.org.  Please see your club RYLA chair if you have any questions.  You may also contact Paul van Roon at (619) 980-2334 or email him at paulvanroon@icloud.com.   We welcome your participation!
Save the Date - RYLA 2018 Paul van Roon 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 14th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peace makers by debating current-day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.  Students also learn important skills in conflict resolution, analytical thinking and public speaking.
  • Register teams by December 31, 2017 by completing the online Model UN registration form at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/RotaryModelUNSD/_1ModelUN2018TeamRegistrationForm.
  • 2018 Model UN Conference is April 7-8, 2018 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice Center.
  • The fee is $750 per team (2 students and 1 advisor).
  • Training for students and advisors will be held on January 27, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy.
For more information please go to: www.modelunrotary5340.com or contact  Rotary Model UN Program Chair, Kevin Cahill at kcahill558@gmail.com.
Rotary Model UN 2018 - Time for Selection of Teams 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
At the recent Zone Institute, Rotary District 5340 was awarded top honors for its work supporting The Rotary Foundation. The District also received recognition for its work in improving the branding of Rotary International.
The awards were announced at the 2017 Zone Institute, held November 10-11, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. 
District 5340 earned the coveted 1st Place award for total contributions to The Rotary Foundation during the 2016-17 year. The top honor recognized District 5340 members as contributing $1,093,862 to The Rotary Foundation, the highest total of all districts within Rotary Zone 26. The District also received awards in many other categories, including:
2nd Place - Contributions to the Annual Fund
1st Place - Endowment Fund Contributions
2nd Place - Other Giving
2nd Place - Sustained Foundation Achievement Over Five Years
3rd Place - Most Improvement in Brand Adoption by a District
"This is an incredible achievement for all of the Rotary members within our region," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Rotarians are truly generous people who believe in The Rotary Foundation. These contributions help power the good works Rotarians do both locally and across the globe. This is truly a remarkable achievement that every Rotarian should be incredibly proud of."
District 5340 Earns Top 2017 Foundation Awards 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
With Gratitude for All 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Two significant things you need to know regarding the Rotary Convention this coming June:
December 15, 2017 is the last date for the early bird registration discount.  After the date, it goes up $100.
Another major event is occurring the same weekend of the Rotary Convention.  Hotels will become a premium so book now!  The RI Convention website below has a link to local hotels.
There was a hint at the recent Zone Institute event, who one of the guest speakers may be.  Last weekend, Alex Robertson, District 5340 Promotional Chair for the 2018 Convention, was introduced to "Mounty Mo from Toronto, with a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau"....get the rhyme?
Locally, while the Rancho Bernardo and Coronado clubs battle it out for the "largest numbers of members attending to-date", other smaller clubs are seeking the title with the "largest percentage of members attending."  Could your club take that title?  Winner will be announced in June.
Helpful convention links are below.  Future updates will occur through Newsbits.
Need To Know News for Toronto Rotary Convention Alex Robertson 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Herman Curumilla
The Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional invites Rotarians to come to their Immigration Informative Session being held on Monday, November 20 from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Agave Grill at 625 H Street in Chula Vista.  Topics include:
  • New changes in immigration laws; what's next?
  • Know your rights and how to deal with problems
  • D.A.C.A. status
  • Benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen
  • Citizenship class information
Immigration attorneys, consultants and guest speakers will be there to answer all your questions.  A suggested donation of $20 for individuals and $30 for couples is requested, with proceeds being donated to the Binational Rotary Club Coronado for different projects.  For more information on the seminar, call 619 955-6473 or by email at globalicmsusa@gmail.com.  To download the event flyer click here:  Download flyer.
Immigration Informative Sessions Herman Curumilla 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
Photo:  Sherrie Suanico is Old Mission Rotary's newest member.  she experienced her "Rotary Moment" as a volunteer at the Thousand Smiles November Clinic in  Ensenada
Sherrie Suanico has been a member of Rotary for just a month and has already experienced her "Rotary Moment" during her first trip to the November Thousand Smiles Clinic in Baja Mexico. The newest member of Old Mission Rotary jumped right in to assist dentists and nurses as they treated children; some with appalling dental conditions.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is dedicated to providing free maxillo-facial surgeries and dental work to underprivileged children in Mexico who suffer from facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. The Foundation owns a modern dental clinic in Ensenada and its clinics are completely staffed by volunteers, mostly from The United States and México.
Thousand Smiles is a Rotary International project and has been the recipient of several grants from The Rotary Foundation and individual Rotary Clubs. Its Board of Directors now consists of Rotarians from California Rotary District 5340 and California District 5330 and NW Mexico Rotary District 4110. Four two-day clinics are held yearly on the first Friday and Saturday of February, May, August and November.
Rotary Moment for Old Mission Rotary's Newest Member Matt Risi 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation held its 2017 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.  More than $180,000 was raised, making it the most successful fundraising event in Holes for Heroes’ 11-year history. The proceeds benefit local military charities, including: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight, Pegasus Rising, One More Wave Surf Corporation, Veterans Village San Diego, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO, Armed Services YMCA San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Homefront San Diego, Angels of America’s Fallen and Operation Bigs. These beneficiaries greatly improve the quality of life for our wounded and combat military veterans and their families.   


To date, Holes for Heroes has raised nearly $1.2 million and has honored more than 330 wounded and combat military veterans, support teams and family members at its events. This year, the golf tournament drew 154 players, including 30 military veterans.


At the dinner that followed, Holes for Heroes Event Coordinator, Don Willis paid a special tribute to Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to escort WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from San Diego County to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the Memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.  More than 200 people attending the dinner honored three WWII veterans: Bob Ruiz, a B-24 pilot with 35 missions over Germany who received of the Distinguished Flying Cross; Nelson Robinson, a P-47 aircraft mechanic with the famed Tuskegee Airmen; and Joe Renteria, a Navy combat and intelligence photographer with Admiral Halsey in the Pacific.  These heroes truly represent the greatest generation.


Special thanks to our Sponsors: Gilbert J. Martin Foundation, CUBIC, DAV Industries, Jack-in-the-Box, Senior Resource Group, YMCA San Diego, Lang Family Foundation, Glen Carlson, Sunroad Auto Group, ViaSat, Sycuan Casino, Gray Dog Food Safety, Barney & Barney, Carleton Mgt., Kansas City BBQ, Peoples Mortgage,  Lang & Brown CPAs, WAXIE, McGregor & Assoc, Desert Highlands, Westin Kierland Resort, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Escondido Golf Car, Wailea Golf Club, Coca-Cola, Loftus & Stone Families, Steve Bridge, MD, Lloyd Pest Control, the Sayer, Green, Alpert, Fisher, Ferguson and Petree families,  jetBlue, Harris Ranch, Cleveland Golf, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Beer n Wine Co., Mauna Lani Resort, Peabody Hotel, Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Rennaissance  and our auction item donors.


The 2018 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event will be scheduled soon.  Visit www.HolesforHeroes.org for updates. 

Golf Tournament Raises Over $180,000 for Wounded Warriors Judy Bambace 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
Photo: (L-R) Rebecca Williamson, Development Officer for the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU; Dr. Stephanie Brodine, Professor Department Head for the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SDSU; Old Mission Rotary President, Bob James Jr.; Executive Club Secretary, Stan Vogelsang; and members of the Art Pratt Board of Directors, Judy Copeland and Bob Self.
On October 24, 2017, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,000 to the VIIDAI Program (Viajes Interinstitucional de Integracion Docente, Asistencial y de Investigacion).  This story is the result of a 15-year ongoing commitment by Old Mission Rotary with the support of District 5340 in supporting VIIDAI, a joint effort of UCSD School of Medicine, SDSU School of Public Health and the UABC Medical School in Tijuana.
Twice a year, 150 facility and students from the three Universities and members of Old Mission Rotary Club spend several days in Colonia Lomas de San Ramon in San Quentin Baja to provide medical, dental and public health services to the native Mexicans who live at the Colonia.  Like many poor areas of Mexico, water, sewage, garbage collection, electricity, and other basic forms of infrastructure are lacking.
Old Mission Rotary has been working to improve the lives of the people of this poor but proud community of Mexican Indians originally from Oaxaca Mexico.  Old Mission Rotary projects include the construction of an industrial kitchen which feeds 350 people daily, the funding of an 1800 square foot permanent outdoor metal shade structure and the paint and equipment required to paint the Salvador Diaz school.  What impressed the Rotarians the most over their many visits was how the entire community turns out to help themselves.  Old Mission Rotary is very proud of the team that has made the long and dusty drive down to San Quentin over the years.
The VIIDAI Program Receives $5,000 Grant Matt Risi 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Photo:  Bob James Jr. ringing the bell for the last time as a member of the Old Mission Rotary Club.
For many who know Bob James, news about his decision to pursue a professional opportunity in the Central Valley is hard to hear and accept, especially for his home club - Old Mission Rotary.  Bob works for CBRE Group, Inc., which is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world and he could not turn down an offer to re-locate from San Diego to Fresno, California, where he will have wonderful new opportunities in the company.
Bob James Jr. has been very active in our Rotary District 5340 and has served as the District membership Chair and has been the Master of Ceremonies at many District events.  We will miss him and wish the very best for Bob and his wife, Kathleen!    Thank you Bob for making such a difference in the world.
Bob James Junior Leaving the San Diego Region 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Antonio Grillo-Lopez
In the wake of the devastation suffered by Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, the REPAIR Puerto Rico Committee of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is dedicating their efforts to raising funds to help the island and its people to meet their immediate needs (drinking water, food, clothing, shelter, medicines and medical care).
Concert for Puerto Rico Antonio Grillo-Lopez 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
PDG, Pam Russell has been asked by Director-Nominee Mario Cesar de Camargo and Past RI Director Joses Pretoni from Brazil to help find a homestay for the cousin of PDG Claud Dias from District 4530, Dra. Christiane Souza.  Her mother is also a current Rotary club president.  Christiane is studying English at the Embassy English School in Downtown San Diego.  She is in San Diego now and will need a place to stay from November 25, 2017 through March 10, 2018.  Ideally the homestay would be somewhere near the downtown area or near to public transportation.  If you can help out with a place to stay, please contact Pam Russell at 619 723-3651 or pdgpam0809@gmail.com.
Homestay Needed Pam Russell 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
The RI International Assembly is coming back to San Diego this January and we're looking for Rotarians in the San Diego area to host visiting DGE's from around the world for a few hours the evening of Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The tradition of hosting two people to 20 continues to be one of the highlights of the entire week of intense training for the DGE's.  You will pick them up at the hotel no earlier than 5:45 p.m. and returning them by 10:00 p.m.  Please go to www.clubwebrotary.org/hospitality/hosts.html to sign up now!  If you have a specific language preference, please be sure to note that on your sign-up page.  You will be notified who you will be hosting by the first part of December so you can begin communicating with them in advance.  This is an awesome opportunity you won't want to miss!
Hospitality Hosts Wanted! 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
   #9 Realize There Is No Finish Line
This is number 9 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Realize there is no finish line.  Even if you are at the size that your club wants to be, there are always reasons people leave.  And new insights always benefit a club.  You're either growing or you're dying.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Membership 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our mission team CaboSmiles in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Los Cabos,  Rotary Club of Carlsbad,  the San Diego International Global Rotary Club and the Smiles Advisory Panel (SAP) located here in Cabo San Lucas,  Baja California,  Mexico just completed a marvelous week of patient care for children challenged with cleft facial and orofacial differences.
66 patients were screened and given specialty evaluations and treatments from our experienced team consisting of Speech and Language, dental, ENT, developmental services, pediatric anesthesia, and CranioMaxilloFacial surgeons. This also resulted in assuring that 21 patients were able to undergo comprehensive facial cleft and speech augmentation surgery  including lip, palate, nasal, and facial bone reconstructions under pediatric anesthesia.
 In order to make best use of our anesthesia availability, multiple simultaneous procedures were performed on many of the cases yielding a total of 60 surgical procedures being accomplished with an estimated calculated monetary value yield of just over $417,000.00 US at this single clinic week alone.
Patients that did not have surgery were not missing out: in addition to their other specialty treatment care, their staged procedures were all still updated and in line for their operations being done at their appropriate ages on future mission dates.
Many, many expressions of gratitude goes out to the support the Smiles International Foundation receives from this Cabo San Lucas community, from the SOLMAR FOUNDATION  housing our teams at their resort hotels, the numerous restaurants like Subway, The Buzz Coffee House, Sheraton, and the members of SAP providing delicious meals during the week's clinic hours, and the loan of transporting vehicles for clinic as well add airport logistics by both Rotary and The SAP team members.
The HOSPITAL de ESPECIALIDADES with owners,  Drs. Avalos and Ibarra, deserve very special credit for allowing our full team to occupy their clinic and operating rooms this entire week as a continuing partnership of support between us for this community.
Another Successful Thousand Smiles Effort 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
   #8 Celebrate When You Get a New Member
This is number 8 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Celebrate when you get a new member.  This gets the club excited about getting more members.  Our club makes a poster of the individuals after they have been voted in and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting.  We do the same thing we when we induct a new member.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Membership 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Clubs are encouraged to spotlight The Rotary Foundation and the many ways clubs can support its efforts.  District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019) and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth is making herself available to attend your club meeting and share the good works of the Rotary Foundation and provide guidance on how clubs can increase their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  This presentation is especially important to clubs with new members who may not know of the Foundation's efforts or about the many programs such as Every Rotarian Every Year!  To schedule a presentation, you may contact Janice directly at Janice@janicekurth.com or by phone at 619 823-7861.
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego South Bay Rotary Club held an installation dinner for their newly chartered Rotaract Club.  The dinner meeting was held at Jimmy's Family Restaurant on Plaza Blvd. in National City, which is where the club will meet going forward. 
The Rotaract Certificate of Organization was presented to President, Ryan Manalac.  The Club chartered with 21 members in June 2017, with Romero Villanueva serving as their club advisor.  Members were all related to Club members or were invited by Club members to join.  Most of the Rotaractors attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego.  One of their members - America Capelo is a very talented cellist and plays with the Youth Symphony.  Many of the members graduated in June and are going to different colleges.   The Rotaract Club is planning its first service project, serving meals at Father Joe's Village with their sponsoring club, San Diego South Bay Rotary Club.  At the installation dinner, Assistant Governor, Marta Knight welcomed members to Rotary and into the District 5340 family and shared with them the many things the District does.  Besides presenting the Certificate of Organization, Marta had the privilege of pinning each new member and provided each of them with their Charter Member Certificate. 
Officers for the club are:
President, Ryan Manalac, bananalac1999@gmail.com;
Vice President, Karlo Medrano, shmarlol@gmail.com;
Secretary, Alyssa Talentino, alyssamaritolentino@gmail.com;
Treasurer, Joyce Rocacorba, joycecamillerocacorba@gmail.com.
Newly Chartered Rotaract Club Holds Installation Dinner Marta Knight 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Bionacional Business Mixer Today! 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Earning the Rotary Citation is an incredible honor for clubs to achieve. Formerly called the Presidential Citation, the Rotary Citation recognizes Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in their communities by achieving goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Rotary has published a brochure that helps explain to clubs both required and optional steps to take to achieve the award. This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities, as well as clubs that are making a difference. Clubs will have the entire Rotary year — 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 — to achieve the citation’s goals. 
Achieving the Rotary citation is no easy task. To help, Rotary has just launched a new dashboard to help clubs track their progress in achieving the Rotary Citation. To visit the dashboard, please visit:
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For more information on the Rotary Citation, and to learn how Rotary, Interact, and Rotaract clubs can participate, please .
Rotary Unveils Dashboard for Tracking Progress Towards Rotary Citation 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
For this Rotary year our RI President, Ian Riseley has requested that every Rotarian throughout the world plant a tree. We want to do our best to plant as many trees as possible to help his mission of addressing environmental sustainability. In our District 5340 projects are underway, but it can be a challenge for clubs to find the right "tree planting" organization for which they can volunteer. To this end the Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club has compiled a list of those in San Diego County that could be approached. The list is attached. Let's have every club make a connection with one of these organizations. Happy planting.


Tree Planting Possibilities (compiled by Niels Lund, president of Solana Beach ECP Rotary Club (info@sbecorotary.org).  Click read more to see listing.



Ways to Partner Up with a Tree Planting Organization Neils Lund 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
       #7  Talk About Rotary Wherever You Go
Talk about Rotary wherever you go.  At church, temple, work, neighborhood gatherings, family gatherings, parties, etc.  You'll be amazed how easy it is after you practice for a while.  Getting a lot of "no" answers built my confidence because it didn't hurt as bad as I thought and most people were actually happy they were asked, even if they responded negatively.  The same will be true for you.    It's always a good time to recruit. 
Tips to Attract and Retain Quality Members 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Stumbaugh
Have you ever been to a Project Fair?  Bill Stumbaugh from the Club Rotario de Bahia de Caraquz and Rotary Foundation Cadre for Basic Education and Literacy is inviting Rotarians to consider attending the 13th annual Rotary District 4400 Project Fair in Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 17-19, 2017.   The Fair, one of the longest running in the Rotary world, continues to unite Rotarians from all over to conduct Global Grant projects in the six area of project focus indicated by The Rotary Foundation. 
This year, 40 projects will be featured with presentations by the sponsor D4400 rotary clubs as well as time to meet with individual club leadership to ask questions and learn more about the sponsoring club, its project history and commitment.
Regarding the Rotary Club of Bahia de Caraquez for which Bill serves as past president and currently their Rotary Foundation Chair, they will present two proposals for community potable water projects that follow a model they developed and have now replicated five times with the support from Rotarians from other countries and The Rotary Foundation.
To get more information about the Fair and how to register, go to www.rotaryecuador.org and click on the description of the Fair.  You will also find information about the many travel and visitor opportunities awaiting you in beautiful Ecuador including Pacific coast beaches, Andean highlands, the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a bird watchers paradise as the home of various orchids and other tropical plants.  Ecuadorian gastronomy is rich and varied partaking of the sea as well as tropical and temperate cultivations of a very broad mix of fruits and vegetables. 
Of course, if you have questions about the Project Fair, travel in Ecuador and Rotary Foundation projects in Ecuador, Bill invited you to contact him at stumbaughw@gmail.com.
13th Annual Rotary District 4400 Project Fair Bill Stumbaugh 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0


Advertised as the only IPA beer festival in San Diego County, the 6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival is co-sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and URGE Gastropub.  The Festival will feature over 50 IPA craft beers, other beers, and regional wine selections.  For entertainment, there will be live music, games, and other fun activities.  There will also be gourmet food available for purchase.  This is Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous local, domestic, and international charities.


To learn more go to ranchobeernardofestival.com

Rancho BEERnardo Festival to Benefit Charities Susan Marsh 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is hosting its 6th Annual Chili & Quackers Challenge, a chili cook-off and ducky derby, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA  92014.
A great afternoon of fun for families - duck race, prizes, chili tasting, hot dogs, and beer/wine for mom and dad.  The Club's number 1 goal for this event is to raise community awareness about Rotary in the North County and beyond.  Funds raised will help local projects such as helping the Del Mar Lifeguards get better equipment allowing them to keep the beaches safe and to help with rescues.  Funds also support an international project where a team of Rotarians from the Del Mar Rotary Club and other clubs teach Ethiopian nurses and doctors resuscitation of newborns to reduce infant mortality - a truly novel program as it is designed to teach the teachers, making it sustainable.  So far more than 450 individuals have been trained an notable reduction in infant mortality has been demonstrated in just three years time. 
Chili and Quackers 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bertha De La Fuente
Club Coronado Rotario Binacional is requesting support to aid Mexico.  The Club Rotario Coronado Binacional has joined forces with the human rights Mexico-based organization called Pro Libertad y Derechos Humanos en America A.C.  Their president, Lic. Ignacio Benavente Torres, has secured access to two (2) military planes "Hercules" with the capacity of 50-100 tons, as well as two (2) "Black Hawk" helicopters that will be placed at the hangars of the Tijuana airport.  Club Coronado Rotario Binacional  will be collecting ongoing contributions from our fellow Rotarians for the whole month on Fridays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 9-8 pm at the warehouse in Otay Mesa (511 Alta Road, San Diego, CA  92154).  These donations will then be transported by the human rights organization via trailer to the Tijuana airport, and have already cleared customs due to Mexico's state of emergency.  The Tijuana Rotary Club and, possibly the other six (6) clubs in Tijuana, will be lending their support to this cause; making this a true bi-national initiative.  If you have any questions, please contact Bertha at bertuchi@gmail.com or by phone at 619 723-3249.
Mexico Humanitarian Relief Bertha De La Fuente 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Pommering

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club—through its Foundation—offers college scholarships to high school student at three local High Schools: Santana, West Hills and El Capitan. Each year three students are selected to receive these scholarships. They are given to students who would otherwise be in danger of not graduating. The Club offers Mentors to the selected sophomores and helps them achieve a minimum grade average for the remainder of their high school terms. The students must maintain a grade average, be drug and alcohol free and perform a minimum number of volunteer hours within the community.

In order to fund these scholarships, the Club/Foundation began holding an annual Concert as the fundraising vehicle. The very first of these ventures, Symphony at the Lakes, cost more money to stage than the proceeds of the ticket sales. In the next year, the event was scaled-back and rebranded as Concert at the Lakes. It was a jazz oriented performance and raised a small profit for the scholarship funds.

In the years to follow, the event was expanded and morphed into an evening of Rock and Roll with dinner being added to the event. The attendance steadily rose from year to year. The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation entered into a partnership with the Santee Lakes Foundation as a means of selling more tickets and having more volunteers for the event. We added a silent auction component to the event as well.

Then, in 2015, the Concert was rained-out. For the first time in over one-hundred years, it rained on that July date in Santee! The event had to be cancelled and refunds were offered to all tickets holders and sponsors. But then something wonderful happened!

Many of the ticket holders donated their ticket prices back to the Foundation and most of the sponsors did the same! In the end, the rain out actually made a small profit for the scholarship funds! Even the performers allowed us to not pay them, and they came back to perform in 2016 at the same agreed to amounts.

In the two years that followed, the event grew larger and larger. And on July 29, 2017, the Club/Foundation set a new record: it raised a gross income of $91,000. This was over thirty percent more than raised in 2016! To think: the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club of around 21 members raised nearly $100,000.  More importantly, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has branded itself in the community, resulting in an influx of new members, bringing the total membership close to 30.   

Student Scholarship Program Benefits From Successful Fundraiser Bill Pommering 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
   #6 Be Persistent
There will be times that it takes literally a dozen requests to get someone to a meeting.   Keep asking.  They may come to a meeting, or tell you they can't join now because they are too busy or they aren't interested in joining at the moment.  These are all fine answers as long as you keep track of them and keep in touch.  Ask them to an event or to participate in a project.  This can be a low key approach to showing them what they are missing.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Members 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Coronado Rotary President, Kevin Rugee presents Barrio Logan College Institute Executive Director, Jose Cruz with a $4,000 donation to support  its after school education program.  Also pictured above is Rotary president elect, Ivan Dunn.
Coronado Rotarians proudly supported the Barrio Logan College Institute with a $4,000 donation to support its nonprofit after school program.  The mission of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) is to break the cycle of poverty by preparing underserved students to be the first in their families to go to college through after school programs that begin in third grade.  The program supports children who are traditionally at-risk in low-income San Diego communities.  Public schools are a primary referral source and both parents and students must apply for the program.
All BLCI students are the first generation in their families to attend college and most are, or will be, first to graduate from high school.  Staff, students and parents form a supportive community whose goal is student access.  The institute gives disadvantaged families the education, encouragement, and support they need to send their kids to college.  There is 100% college enrollment attained by BLCI students.  The Coronado Rotary Club supports BLCI through donations and student mentoring.  To learn more about the Coronado Rotary's support of nonprofit programs, please visit coronadorotary.org.
Coronado Rotary Club Supports Education 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Muslusky
Monica Spollansky, a 20 year volunteer with TSF, spoke at the District Foundation Seminar held Saturday, September 23, 2017, providing a very emotional talk about her work with the Thousand Smiles organization. She has been in a position to help the RI Foundation take children with facial deformities and transforms them with years of free care into normal healthy individuals accepted by their society. She has committed her time to four clinics per year for many years, only taking time off when she needed treatment for cancer.  This Spanish speaker, originally from Argentina, often works 12 hour days while she is at the clinic. She lives in Auburn, Northern California and drives down to each clinic with her husband and two daughters who now volunteer as well. Monica has been honored for her devotion to the needy children TSF serves. For more info to get involved, please visit www.thousandsmiles.org


Volunteer for Thousand Smiles Transforming Lives Kim Muslusky 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary members frequently work with youth as part of community program across Southern California. From reading in local schools and Interact programs on campuses, to Youth ExchangeRYLA, LEAD, Model UN, and MusiCamp™, youth programs are a core component of many Rotary clubs. 

Rotary District 5340 has published an updated Youth Protection Policy that governs interactions with minors, including a mechanism for Rotary members to become certified to work with youth in a volunteer capacity. In accordance with the Youth Protection Policy, District 5340's Youth Certification process has been overhauled to include a revised application, an online background check, and web-based training.  
Response to the new Youth Certification program has been tremendous. For Rotary members who have been youth certified over the past decade, they will have additional time to earn the new Youth Certification qualification before their previous certification expires. The sunset period for past Youth Certification has been extended to December 31, 2017.
"Hundreds of Rotary members have already completed initial applications and background checks, and achieved provisional youth certification," said Scott Carr, Governor of Rotary International District 5340. "It has been an uphill climb in helping our members complete the third step of certification, which includes online training. From difficulties in sharing links, to incompatibilities we have uncovered with mobile devices, the training has been a challenge for many to complete. We have listened to member feedback, and are working on an all-new training module that will streamline the process, and provide the full youth certification."
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Youth Certification Sunset Period Extended to December 31, 2017 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0 youth certification,youth protection
On September 19, 2017, Rotary District 5340 officially recognized Robert and Beatrice Tomko Day, in celebration of Past District Governor Bob and Bea Tomko. At a special ceremony in Vista, California, Bob was surrounded by friends, family, and fellow Rotarians, including several from the Vista clubs. Roughly a dozen past district governors also came out to celebrate Bob's achievements, and to look back on 63 years of service to humanity through Rotary.
Bob Tomko served from 1968-69 as District Governor of what was then known as Rotary District 534. A member of the Vista Rotary since 1954, Tomko was instrumental in raising awareness and support for PolioPlus during its early days, and helped raise the profile of District 534 both locally and across the globe.
Rotary District 5340 Recognizes Robert and Beatrice Tomko Day 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr, District Governor
The District had an amazing Peace Leadership Seminar Saturday at the Ronald McDonald House by Children's Hospital. Hosted by our Pathways to Peace Committee, we had over 70 Rotary members and guests attend, which means we were beyond capacity for the space and will need a new venue next year (a wonderful problem to have). You could feel the energy, excitement and enthusiasm for all the programs coming up ahead for the year, including our upcoming 7th Annual Peace Forum... and our clubs were instrumental in getting the word out and encouraging attendance. Huge kudos all around. 
Let's keep the momentum going.
Our People of Action Foundation Seminar is this Saturday, September 23, 2017. This is shaping up to be one of our best-attended Foundation Seminars in recent memory. Every person that attends will get a new (or renewed) appreciation for the impact The Rotary Foundation has, not just around the globe, but even closer to home. Through the Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus, Rotarians are making a difference, each and every day.
ALL club members are encouraged to attend and help blow the doors off this event. The Poway Center for Performing Arts will be the place to be this Saturday morning. And the sooner you register, the better seats you will get. 
Visit FoundationSeminar.com, or save time and click to reserve your seats today!
Time is Running Out to Register for the People of Action Foundation Seminar Scott Carr, District Governor 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Torrey Pines Rotary Club is promoting membership with a new stand-up banner!  The colorful display welcomes the lunch-time crowd at the Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla where the club meets.  The banner emphasizes club's "Power Hour for Business People" and encourages walk-ins.
Shown in the photo above is (Photo L-R)  Torrey Pines President, Alex Robertson; International Service Chair, Max Gurney and Past President, Gordon Shurtleff who has a perfect attendance string in the mid 250s.
Call to Action: 
Join the Torrey Pines Rotary Club and share your stories of how your club is promoting membership.  We are in this together - We are growing Rotary to Make a Difference in the World!
Torrey Pines Rotary Club Promotes Membership with Banner Matt Risi 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Tip # 4
Create a letter that lists all the great things about your club. List your star members, the advantages of where your club meets, how many members it has, etc.  Make sure to tailor the email/letter to the wants of any potential new member.
Tips for Growing Your Club Continued 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
The United Nations has recently recognized Past District Governor, Janice Kurth by nominating her for the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt "Global Citizen Award".  Announcement of the winner will occur in late in October.
La Jolla resident, Janice Kurth, is a 24-year member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar.  She has served the club and District 5340 in many capacities, including club president, assistant governor, chair of several committees and events, and District Governor in 2016-16.  During her year as District Governor, she culminated the largest district fundraising campaign of $32 million for The Rotary Foundation. 
Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club President, Alex Robertson was recently approached by a member of the board of directors for the United Nations San Diego Chapter whose responsibility is handling 'nominees' for the this award and who personally knew him as a Rotarian, and asked if he could secure a copy of Janice's biography without disclosing the organization. 
Alex shared the request with District Governor, Scott Carr who eagerly believed Janice was a worthy candidate noting she has participated a variety of projects including health and community development projects in Kenya and Uganda, helped build homes in Mexico, facilitated a variety of youth events, initiated a first-of-its-kind mental health project in Southern India as well as contributing to dialysis an school sanitation activities in India.  Anyone who knows Janice would know that she'd try to deflect this honor to her fellow Rotarians, however, all agreed she deserved this nomination. 
Janice has been married to her Rotarian husband, Matt for 30 years and they have two daughters, ages 26 and 28, both of which are now Rotarians and serving on the board of directors of their respective clubs. 
The Global Citizen Award  will be presented by Ford Roosevelt, Advisory Board member and grandson of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.  We are all hoping she is the chosen recipient and are very proud of what Janice has accomplished as a Rotarian.
For more information click here
United Nations Recognition for PDG Janice Kurth 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Tip #3
Make recruiting the top priority of your club.  You can't do everything as club president, and knowing that will give you some freedom to focus on the most important thing.  Having new members - with new energy - will help you have more people to raise money for grant opportunities and club activities and programs.  New members with ideas and connections can be valuable committee members and aid in your club's  local service projects.  The more smiling faces and energy at club meetings, the more interest there will be in others wanting to join your club. 
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Music has been part of mankind since the beginning.  It is a means of communication, expression and enhancement of one's life.  Recent studies of the brain have shown that active engagement with music influences many brain activities.  The findings identified the importance of music in the development of the brain with music being described as a source of intellectual, artistic, cultural, technological and economical abilities in our young people.
District 5340 Music Competition Bob Hartsfield 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Hands of Peace and Rotary have concluded a successful District supported summer program!  Every year for the past four summers in San Diego and 15 summers in Chicago, Hands of Peace brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to empower young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. This summer, we have almost 100 courageous individuals between the two sites that are taking part in this 19 day process, were they learn to put their bravery and emotions to the test. 


Amidst the intense dialogues, our participants also get to experience team building skills while visiting a ropes course, attending religious services at a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, often for the very first time, and putting their writing skills to the test preparing and delivering speeches at multiple events.  Social activism in both San Diego and Chicago are incorporated into our programming, through projects like the Hunger Van Project, whose mission is to provide the needy with a means and path to self-sufficiency, or lectures by Azim Khamisa, who carries an inspirational message of forgiveness, peace and hope.  


By balancing daily dialogue with other opportunities to build trust, mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and ultimately, action our goal is to create impactful change by developing future leaders who are committed to a positive and just peace.


Rotary members from Encinitas Coastal, San Diego Coastal, Downtown Breakfast Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach, La Jolla Golden Triangle San Diego e-Club and Chula Vista Sunrise have participated in the program through volunteering, hosting teens and attending events and offering support.  Three clubs in the Chicago area support the program and the founder, Gretchen Grad, has been awarded two awards by Rotary International: 1) The Willie Frankel Award for Harmony and Understanding from the Rotary Club of Wilmette, and 2) She was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.




Hands of Peace & Rotary Conclude Summer Program Kelly Mellos 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
The Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club is sponsoring a poker fundraising event to support  marines and sailors based in the San Diego area.  If poker is not your game, you might consider sponsoring a marine or sailor so the he/she can play. 
For more information, go to http://www.rotarypokernight.com.
Hold'em For Our Troops Stephen McNeil 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Minnia Curtis has been teaching High School English for 28 years at Carlsbad High School in California. Over the last 11 years Minnia has coached the Carlsbad High School Speech and Debate Team, leading them to multiple Championships and National Ranking in the top 1% of teams in the USA (National Speech and Debate Association).  No small feat for this team which averages 120 members and competes in 17 different speech, interpretation, and debate events.

What is unique about the Carlsbad High School Speech and Debate program is the integration of the 4 Way Test into the curriculum.   In Ms Curtis’s class the 4-Way Test plaque is hung in a prominent place for all the students to see, and when she wrote the curriculum for college approval, she included the Rotary Test Speech as a central component.  Ms. Curtis integrates the Rotary Four-Way Test as a core portion of her classes in order to expose ALL students to the usefulness of  using the test as a basis for making good decisions, as well as to motivation for  competition.  Both Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad, High-Noon and Evening, have been participating in District 5340 4 Way Test Speech Contest for the last eight years. Due to the integration in the classes, over a thousand promising students have been exposed to the 4-Way Test.  

4-Way Test Integrated into Carlsbad School Speech and Debate Program Minnia Curtis 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
The Old Mission Rotary invites you to come join them on September 12  at noon at the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel  -  411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108 to hear San Diego City Councilmember, Scott Sherman (District 7).  Scott will discuss various issues facing San Diego, including the development of Mission Valley and the future of Qualcomm Stadium.  Parking is free and the buffet lunch is $20.  For additional information, please call Matt Risi of Old Mission Rotary at (619) 993-3913.
The Future of Mission Valley Matt Risi 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary has announced the insurance assessment rates that will be charged for the 2017-18 year. The insurance assessment rates will be charged on the July Club Invoice.
Rotary provides Clubs and Districts with insurance coverage under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The program is offered through Lockton Insurance. The policies comes with self-insured retention (SIR) for each claims, and these assessments fund the $250,000 self-insured retention of every general liability claim and $25,000 deductible of every directors’ and officers’/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) claim, under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The assessment amounts depend on claims activity per state, funding needs of the self-insured retention, the cost of excess insurance, and credit for past claims history. 
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Photo: U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah cutting sod at the launch of a commercial groundnut processing facility in Kumasi

Story taken from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana Website.

On Monday, August 23, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah launched a commercial groundnut processing facility at the Kumasi factory of Project Peanut Butter, an NGO devoted to combatting undernutrition by producing effective ready-to-use therapeutic foods.  The groundnut processing facility was provided through a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Hershey Company, and Rotary International.


The groundnut processing facility will increase demand for locally grown aflatoxin-free groundnuts.  Aflatoxin is a toxic carcinogen that sometimes strikes when agronomic conditions are not ideal. This has the potential to boost Ghana’s groundnut value chain, thereby increasing incomes for Ghanaian groundnut farmers.  It is expected that the facility will be used to manufacture ready-to-use-therapeutic food to combat child malnutrition in Ghana and beyond.


Project Peanut Butter will use the facility to roast local Ghanaian groundnuts for “Vivi,” a groundnut-based nutritional supplement the company developed that is now a key part of the Ghanaian government’s Ghana School Feeding Program.  The Hershey Company is currently providing 52,000 students with “ViVi” per day.


At the launch ceremony, Ambassador Jackson said this partnership would lead to increased incomes for Ghanaian groundnut farmers while improving health and nutrition.  “Today’s launch is about the power of partnerships,” he said.  “This facility will enhance our efforts to improve food security, incomes, and nutrition, in collaboration with the Ghanaian government, private sector, and communities.”


The groundnut processing facility was made possible through USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project, which is part of the United States’ Feed the Future Initiative.  In Ghana, USAID works through Feed the Future to boost the incomes of smallholder farmers, improve agricultural productivity, link farmers to markets, and improve nutrition



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Recently,  District leadership received an email from Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota.  Tom is also a trainer for District 5940.  Since July 1, 2016, Tom's Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members.  Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age.  The Club has gone from being classified as a "medium" sized club of 68 members in their district to being classified as a "large" club of 93 members in just over nine months.  How did this happen?   Tom shared with us 10 tips to attract and retain quality members.  We will share one tip each week for ten weeks.  By the end, we hope that you have shown some success in your membership recruitment and retention efforts.
TIP #1
Know your club's strengths.  if you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee.  But, if you meet at noon, you're more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children.  If someone doesn't fit your format, recommend them to another club.  They won't forget you and may send you someone another day.  Let all the clubs in the area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that fit your format than their own. 
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Photo: Left to Right: Max Gurney, Senator Tim Scott and Matt Risi
Torrey Pines Rotarian, Max Gurney was recognized by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for his service in WWII at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner, held on Saturday, June 24 at the Marriott Marquis  in downtown San Diego.  Senator Scott was very gracious and asked the 96-year-old veteran to stand and be recognized in front of the overflow crowd.  Max served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and was assigned to Intelligence as part of General Gorge Patton's staff.   Matt Risi of the Old Mission Rotary  served as Max's escort to the gala. 
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Inspiration comes in many forms, in many ways. And every day, Rotary members are inspired to support their local, national, and global communities through the good works of The Rotary Foundation. 

Come be amazed at the impact Rotary members are having, each and every day. But prepare for a performance like no other.

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The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship will be holding a Life Rolls On event on September 10, 2017.  This event features adaptive surfers at La Jolla Shores, and is an outstanding way to share the story of Rotary with a fantastic group of volunteers and friends while celebrating disabled children and adults.  Learn more about Life Rolls On at www.liferollson.org.  Check out photos and their event page on Facebook.  
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Posted by Beth Garrow
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary invites you to enjoy an amazing day of craft beers, ciders, food, music and fun at Carlsbad Brewfest 2017. Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Holiday Park in Carlsbad and help us take action to end Polio. To learn more go to:  https://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/rotary-promo  $5 of each ticket will be donated to your Club's PolioPlus Fund. With the Gates Foundation match, that turns $5 into $15!
Carlsbad Brewfest 2017 Beth Garrow 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Bay
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) announced the arrival and the departure of 24 talented international student musicians representing 12 countries for their 13th annual International Youth Symphony (IYS) program at Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Each year, top musicians from around the world travel to San Diego with assistance and support from Rotary District 5340's International Youth Exchange program. On July 17 the international guests began rehearsals alongside top SDYS musicians, under the direction of SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons, who enters his 22nd season with SDYS.
Gary McElroy, Committee Chair of the Rotary District 5340 MusiCamp™ Youth Exchange said of the IYS program, "The objective of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to foster world peace, international understanding and good will by extending international communication at the personal level through the exchange of high school and college age students.  I believe our partnership with SDYS as an organization is a compelling match of our missions and values, which is turning students into leaders in our communities." 
24 Musicians From Around The World to Play with SDYS Sharon Bay 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kaspar

Pictured from left to right: Dave King, Paul Donick, Don Glover, Hilda Parks (Salvation Army) Rick Bramble, Cathy Glover, Susan King, Benita Page, James Parks (Salvation Army) – others participating but not pictured were: Doug Dawson, Dave Brooks, Dick and Pat Norfolk, Jim Hyldahl, & Diane Berry.


On August 12, for the second year, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club assisted the Escondido Salvation Army with providing essential school supplies to over 200 children from low income families. The Club contributed over $800 toward this effort.  Each student received a backpack with binders, dividers, ruled paper, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers and other essential items to start school. Thirteen Rancho Bernardo Rotarians checked the students in, assisted  loading backpacks and helped distribute a bag of Hallmark supplies to each family.  Rotarians also served food and supervised a water slide activity.  What a great way to begin the school year for these children.

School Supplies for Low-Income Children James Kaspar 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
The Old Mission Rotary Club sponsored a retro 50’s party at The Air Conditioned Lounge on Thursday, August 17. 
Pictured from left to right:  Erika Rodriguez of Pacific Beach Rotaract, District Governor Scott Carr and Belgica Crespo of City Heights Rotaract
Old Mission Happy Hour Matt Risi 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Arroyo
Calling all Interactor advisors and Interactors.  Please be aware there is an Interact Symposium scheduled for September 9, 2017.  This is a wonderful event to attend.  Below is the link to download the registration and parent permission forms and to pay registration fees online.  Click here.
Interact Symposium Slated for September 9, 2017 Richard Arroyo 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary International Convention is slated for June 23-27, 2018.  If you book in the next few months, you could save over $150.  Also, you can pick the closest hotels and get the best deals.
This will be the last convention in North America for another two years - take this opportunity - and meet new and old friends from around the globe.   Two clubs - Rancho Bernardo and Torrey Pines are in place to break their historic attendance records - does your club want them to get away with bragging rights?
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club is organizing travel trips around the Convention time to such once-in-a-lifetime places as Niagara Falls and a local winery.  Keep your eye on Newsbits for future updates. 
For more information on the Rotary Convention in Toronto, click here.
For hotel information, click here
Rotary International Convention - Toronto 2018 - Book Now and Save! Alex Robertson 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Do you want to participate in a polio immunization exercise?  There is an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana West Africa slated for October 2017 during the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair where you will be able to participate in a polio immunization exercise.  The experiences you will have will stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at your knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn their needs and their hopes.  It is hot, dusty and it makes you uncomfortable but it is exquisite! 
For full information, download the full details here or contact travel@howardtours.net.
Experience a Polio Immunization Exercise in West Africa 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Barry Levine, past president of the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club and CEO of Sperry West, a US manufacturer of covert security cameras and related equipment recently spoke to the graduates of the Corporals Course for Marines on the Miramar Marine Air Base in San Diego.  While he praised WWII veterans, he noted that while they served admirably, many were drafted and didn’t want to be in the military.
In front of several hundred assembled Marines in the Bob Hope Theatre, he told them they were the new Greatest Generation.  They have all volunteered (enlisted) to serve our country and are great young men and women wo will fight for the United State of America when and wherever they are called upon.  Barry shared from experience that when they go home to see their old buddies, they will probably find, as he once did, that they are pretty much the same “kids,” while those who serve in our military often been doing important work and have learned and grown tremendously.
Barry presented the highest scoring Corporeal with a ceremonial sword, engraved with the name of the recipient and made to their size.  The swords are sponsored and arranged by the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club. 
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Posted by Lora Fisher

Last year, Rotary Club of La Jolla applied for a $3,000 grant from Rotary District 5340.  We took this grant along with donations from our club members and other community members and purchased an innovative playground unit that would withstand the elements of Haiti.  It is a polyester-wrapped, steel reinforced climbing cable structure with six seats that the kids can still grab and play and won’t burn the children when playing in Haiti’s hot climate. 


After multiple delays in shipping, unexpected customs fees and challenges, the playground arrived in Haiti in July and was erected and children were and still are ecstatic. 


Rotary Club of La Jolla is looking to return to Jeremie, Haiti January 14, 2018 and assist with other projects at the children’s home in Jeremie, Haiti.  If you are interested in supporting Rotary Club of La Jolla’s efforts or joining other Rotarians “Making a Difference” in Jeremie, Haiti, please contact Lora Fisher at 858.731.6694 or email Lora at lora.fisher07@yahoo.com.


Haiti Receives Playground Equipment Lora Fisher 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelly Mellos
Hands of Peace and Rotary have concluded a successful District-supported summer program!  Every year for the past four summers in San Diego and 15 summers in Chicago, Hands of Peace brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to empower young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. This summer, we have almost 100 courageous individuals between the two sites that are taking part in this 19-day process, were they learn to put their bravery and emotions to the test. 
Amidst the intense dialogues, our participants also get to experience team building skills while visiting a ropes course, attending religious services at a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, often for the very first time, and putting their writing skills to the test preparing and delivering speeches at multiple events.  Social activism in both San Diego and Chicago are incorporated into our programming through projects like the Hunger Van Project, whose mission is to provide the needy with a means and path to self-sufficiency, or lectures  by Azim Khamisa, who carries an inspirational message of forgiveness, peace and hope.
By balancing daily dialogue with other opportunities to build trust, mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and ultimately, action our goal is to create impactful change by developing future leaders who are committed to a positive and just peace.
Rotary members from Encinitas Coastal, San Diego Coastal, Downtown Breakfast Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach, La Jolla Golden Triangle San Diego e-Club and Chula Vista Sunrise have participated in the program through volunteering, hosting teens and attending events and offering support.  Three clubs in the Chicago area support the program and the founder, Gretchen Grad, has been awarded two awards by Rotary International: 1) The Willie Frankel Award for Harmony and Understanding from the Rotary Club of Wilmette, and 2) She was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Hands of Peace Partners with Rotary for Youth Leadership Experience Kelly Mellos 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0


Your very own District 5340 Don’t Wait, Vaccinate Committee is ready to help. We’re not just about polio eradication or childhood immunizations. We advocate for and educate about all types of immunizations for all ages. If you’d like us to bring an engaging program to your Rotary meeting – whether it is to educate, inform or advocate, we are happy to do this for your club. More information can be had by clicking <here>. We promise, no needles are involved. Contact Myrna Kinter at projectmanager@stpaulseniors.org to schedule a date.


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The Rotary Club of Pakurnga invite you to join the ultimate 17-Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand scheduled for April 6-22, 2018.

The Tour Key Points and Highlights:
  • The Tour includes 4 Rotary fellowship events.
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accomodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel throughout the Tour.
  • An optional 4 day pre-tour to Northland/Bay of Islands is also offered.
Here are some of the 62 tours/visits, of which all but one is included within the tour price:
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Sky Tower, 2 hour tour of ‘Hobbiton’, Te Puia ( Rotorua centre of Maori culture and geothermal wonders), Huka Falls, Napier wine tasting,  Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, Weta Workshops, Ferry to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford or Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin and Christchurch City Tours.
Below are two of the typical comments we received from all our 2017 Rotarian tourists:
“We thought the tour was fantastic.   Sharron (the Tour Guide) was brilliant.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour and you are to be congratulated.”
Cost of tour:
The 17-day tour price is: NZ$6,495pp share twin. NZ$8,390pp single.
The 4-day pre-tour price is: NZ$1,495pp share twin. NZ$1,890pp single. To receive the full 9-page itinerary, email both peter.hawkins@xtra.co.nz  and john.mcmillan@xtra.co.nz.
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Posted by Nancy Stoke
A great big thank you to all who helped support this year’s Care ‘n Share Toy Drive at the San Diego County Fair.  To date we have distributed 14,189 new and gently used stuffed animals.  By my math if you count the smiles on the faces of recipient children in the region plus the smiles in the hearts of the donors themselves and those who smiled at the sight of the generosity of others at the Fair, that is well over 30,000 smiles! In a project this size no role is too small, each person is important, and we could not have done it without you!
Please share the pride and delight in knowing we’ve distributed the stuffed animal donations to a wide variety of outstanding organizations:
  • 5,675 to Promises2Kids
  • 5,598 to Foundation for the Children of the Californias / Hospital Infantil
  • 2,006 to San Diego Police Dept Southeastern Division Juvenile Services Unit
  • 465 to Rady Children’s Hospital Audiology Dept
  • 200 to Dignity Delivery
  • 195 to Escondido Rotary Club for 1000 Smiles Project
  • 25 to Angels Foster Care
  • 25 to San Diego Uptown Rotary Club
We’ve also contributed three car loads of new and gently used games and toys to Assistance League North Coast Thrift Shop, and we have an additional 500 stuffed animals set aside for distribution at the holidays.
So many did so much to help make 2017 a banner year! Our distributions were almost twice what they were last year, thanks to you.  For all involved, a big THANK YOU is extended for the pro-bono graphic design and printing and collection boxes and website design, and for the many hours spent sharing our story at the big wooden boxes and in the booth at the San Diego County Fair, and for delivering and maintaining the collection boxes at the 50+ library locations, and for sorting daily the seemingly endless bags of 15,000+ donations, and for helping decorate the Care ‘n Share booth, and for loading and driving the delivery truck, and for recruiting our wonderful volunteers, and for doing all of the other little things that helped make this such a tremendous success!
2017 Care 'n Share Toy Drive a Huge Success Nancy Stoke 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 maintains a web-based calendar that highlights District events on the home page at rotary5340.org. However, visitors can also see what other Rotary clubs are doing by regularly checking out the Events Calendar.
The Events Calendar provides a graphic month-at-a-glance view of all events that the District and member clubs are doing. Located under the main Events menu, the Events Calendar gives you a quick look at Rotary happenings across the Southern California region. And with one click, clubs entering their own events into ClubRunner can also ensure their events appear on the main District calendar.
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This past weekend, the District Membership Rally brought Rotarians from corners of the District to the University of San Diego to share tips and ideas on membership.
More than 70 attendees were welcomed by the "new sheriff in town," District Governor Scott Carr (San Diego Downtown), as well as District Membership Leaders Dianne Crawford (Southeast San Diego) and Dawn Van Siclen (Carlsbad Hi-Noon). The rally also featured the help of facilitators who helped lead group discussions, while sharing best practices on member engagement. 
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Posted by Marta Knight
Clubs will be eligible to receive $3,500, in DDF, District Dedicated Funds, for their 2017-2018, projects. August 1, 2017 is the deadline for projects to be submitted and signed by two Club Members on www.Matchinggrants.org.
The qualifications for District Grants this Rotary year are the following:
  • Club to have completed and closed 2016-2017 District Grants.
  • 2 Club Members attended District Grant Training on March 2017, or, attended District Grant Training Webinar.
  • Club must be current with District and Rotary International dues.

The District Rotary Foundation Committee will be meeting the second week of August to review and approve the grants.
If you have any questions, contact Marta Knight, Grants Subcommittee Chair, at marta_knight@yahoo.com or at 619-871-3323.
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District Grant Applications Due August 1, 2017 Marta Knight 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0 grants,rotary district
Collaboration between clubs can be very beneficial offering a wider pool of ideas, actions and results.  There are five clubs in District 5340 - Area 8 - inland North County who have learned that this is a great model for getting things done efficiently and effectively.  They meet for morning coffee and compare notes on joint projects they can all work on. 
This group of 11 people, representing all five clubs, met recently to discuss two significant projects:
  1. A significant undertaking to plant 200 trees, in cooperation with the City of Escondido and, in keeping with the request of RI President Ian Riseley, to plant a tree for each member by Earth Day 2017 (planting scheduled for October 28).
  2. To assess how the five clubs can help support the upcoming Foundation Seminar on September 23.
In addition to joint projects, these clubs have encouraged their members to join the other clubs at their regular meetings to make announcements about their signature fundraising events, or other announcements of interest.  Years ago, this was strictly prohibited!  Now, it is encouraged.  It's a pretty warm fuzzy bunch.  Together the local clubs consist of over 250 Rotarians.  I think we can all agree, clubs can do a great deal more together than they can alone.  This is a great model for other clubs to consider.
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For all those involved or interested in Rotary’s Peace initiatives, you don’t want to miss attending the District Peace Leadership Seminar on Saturday, September 16, 9:00am-12:30pm at the Ronald McDonald House.  This seminar, presented by the District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee, is designed to educate, motivate, and engage our Rotary club Peace Chairs and those with an interest in becoming a Peace Chair in their club. 
Peacebuilding efforts have been developing rapidly throughout our Rotary world and District 5340 is very much engaged.  Practically every service project and program Rotary does throughout the world brings increased prospects for less violent resolution of conflict.  Pathways to Peace is focused on ways to advance this aspect of Rotary. 
Seminar participants will hear how their involvement can advance Rotary peace objectives. We will discuss key responsibilities for Peace Chairs, how clubs develop and connect to programs, and ways to involve club members.  New this year will be a panel of experienced Peace Chairs who will provide first-hand advice and lead discussion among seminar participants. 
The seminar is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes.  Contact Seminar Chair Sandra Schrift (sandra@schrift.com) with questions and suggestions.  Also, for more information, you may download the event flyer or you can register here.
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Judy Colaneri is the owner of Spanish Steps, a Spain-based travel company that offers van-supported journeys along different routes of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France and Italy.  Judy is not a Rotarian, but has developed a deep friendship with Krishna and Bonnie Arora, members of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, California, District 5340, who have traveled on multiple Camino routes with Spanish Steps.  Over the years she has heard about the projects they and their Rotary Club have been involved in.
One day while Krishna and Bonnie were in New Delhi, India, with a group of 10 Interact students from San Diego county on an Interact student exchange trip, Bonnie received an email from Judy.  The email said, "I was thinking that it might be nice to offer a trip on the Camino where all the benefits or profits would go to one of the foundations you are involved with...We thought of you and all the good things you do.  What do you think of this idea?...I just love what you and Krishna are doing and would love to participate in some form."
This sparked the beginning of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club's "Rotary Camino Fundraiser".  Spanish Steps offered to provide a one week, van-supported journey covering the last 117 kilometers (73 miles) of the Camino de Santiago, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela and donate profits back their Rotary Club for service projects.
Linda Stouffer, another member of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, who had also walked a Camino route with Spanish Steps, was on the Club's board of directors.  She helped to gain approvals and orchestrate the fundraiser.
The date was set for March 31 - April 8, 2017, and flyers went out, giving members the opportunity to walk this pilgrimage as a group and earn funds for the Club.  When word of the Fundraiser spread throughout District 5340, members of other clubs signed up to participate as well.  12 Rotarians and spouses, representing 5 Clubs in District 5340, participated in the walk:  La Jolla Golden Triangle (Louise Andres, Krishna and Bonnie Arora, Wayne Davis, Linda Stouffer and Steve Wallis); La Jolla Sunrise (Steve Andres, Steve and Carol Cross), Borrego Springs (Martha Deichler), San Diego Club 33 (Christy White), and Escondido After Five (Steve Davis).
The group began its journey in the Roman walled city of Lugo, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Those who arrived a few days early attended a meeting at the Rotary Club of Lugo, and were able to meet Assistant District Governor, Antonio Quesada Estangui.
Throughout the journey, Spanish Steps guides, Judy Colaneri, Virginio Corsi, and Francesco Corsi, were always available to support the group.  Rather than accept a salary, they volunteered their services so that more funds could be raised.  When some of the hotels where the group stayed learned of the fundraiser, they offered major discounts as their contribution.
After the Rotarian pilgrims returned home, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club received a check in the amount of $23,657.75 from Spanish Steps.  Plus, members and friends who did not physically participate in the walk, contributed funds to sponsor the walkers, and raised an additional, $5,467. A total sum of $29,124 will make a difference in the lives of many throughout the world. Specifically, the funds will be utilized for the following projects:
  • Provide Bio-sand filters for clean drinking water in the Kilimanjaro region of Northern Tanzania;
  • Provide furnishings for St. Paul's Veterans rooms, San Diego;
  • Restore an education center in a slum community in New Delhi, India;
  • Build a house for a family in Tijuana, Mexico;
  • In conjunction with Feeding the Homeless, provide outreach services to homeless in San Diego;
  • Repairs and improvements for an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico;
  • Provide blankets for Syrian refugees in Macedonia;
  • Install solar panels for school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan;
  • Provide IdeaPaint in classrooms for OASIS Senior Learning Center, San Diego;
  • Rotary Club of Santiago de Comopostela (Project TBD), Spain;
  • Provide sewing class material to middle/high school students, in Borrego Springs
All of this was possible because Judy Colaneri saw the good hands-on work done by Rotarians and found her own way to make a difference.  Thank you Judy and Spanish Steps!
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Rotary has officially unveiled the brand new Rotary Club Central. Hosted within Rotary.org, Rotary Club Central provides centralized goal tracking and management for both clubs and districts. The new Rotary Club Central represents a significant upgrade since the portal debuted five years ago, featuring a new updated navigation, faster loading speeds, and compatibility with mobile devices. 
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Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday, 13 July.
After the sudden loss of RI President-elect Sam Owori, Rotary International finds itself in the unusual position of seeking another individual to lead the 1.2 million member organization beginning July 1, 2018.
Owori, 75, died last week after complications from leg surgery in Texas. Owori was a member of Rotary International (RI) for 38 years in his native Uganda, and would have been only the second African to lead the organization in its 112-year history. 
"Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss," said Ian Riseley, RI President. "This is a difficult time for all of us, and while it is hard to think about replacing our friend Sam so soon, we have to move ahead in the best interests of our organization."
Rotary International has a line of succession that is planned out for years in advance. Owori's death raised many questions among Rotary clubs as to how the vacancy would be filled, and what steps Rotary would take to ensure continuity and a smooth transition of leadership.
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Posted by Brett Morey


SURF's up! The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) Rotaract Learn to SURF event this past week was a great success, with over 30 participating and everyone having a blast! Kudos to all volunteers for making this event a success, especially to Bob Gladwell of the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead and his son, and to the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.

Phil Bresnahan, PhD and Tyler Cyronak, PhD of Scripps Institute of Oceanography attended and shared with the group about Smartin and how surfers in our community are providing valuable data on changes in ocean temperatures. Equipped with GPS sensors, telemetry and eventually the fins made by Future Fins will have pH sensors to gather ocean acidity. You can learn more by going here.

Rotaract Learn to Surf Event a Success Brett Morey 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Sanderson
Come join us for this fun service project, July 22! It was a hit with both our volunteers and the participants last year. 

You'll spend the morning helping  participants get into the boats and help, as needed, both on land and while in the boats while you get the chance to cruise around the bay. Lunch will be provided so be sure to come out for this fun, outdoor activity.

Volunteers will need to be there at 8:30 am to set up and the clinic starts at 9:00 am. It will finish at about noon.  10 to 12 volunteers would be great to have come help out!
Service Project - Volunteer at Blind Ski Clinic Marilyn Sanderson 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
It is with a heavy heart that Rotary District 5340 announces the passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori. Owori passed away on July 13, 2017 after complications from surgery. 
Owori was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. He joined Rotary in 1978, and served as District Governor in Uganda, working tirelessly to engage women within Rotary, as well as youth participants, alumni, and community members.
Owori was CEO of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, and served in managing roles with the Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. and Uganda Development Bank. He had studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the U.S., including Harvard Business School.
Beyond serving as Governor of District 9200, Owori had served in a number of positions within Rotary, including regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional membership coordinator, and RI director. He also served as the Rotary Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat. He also served as member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He also served as chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee.
Owori is survived by his wife, Norah, their three adult sons, and three grandchildren. Final arrangements are pending. 
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Rotary Mourns the Loss of President-Elect Sam Owori 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0 rotary international,sam owori
Club Presidents, President-Elects, Membership Committee members and Rotary members who want to see their clubs grow should REGISTER NOW for the District Membership Rally on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8:30am-11:30am!
Coming to the University of San Diego, this workshop will include best practices for membership recruiting and retention, as well as breakouts to discuss ideas and solutions, updated resources, tools and more. Registration is only $25, and will be well worth the investment.
Membership is key to the success of every club, and this workshop is a great way kick-off the new Rotary year. Don’t miss out and register today!
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Special Membership Rally Coming July 22, 2017 2017-07-09 07:00:00Z 0 membership,rotary
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo started their new Rotary year with a bang on July 6 with the induction of two new members - David King from half-way around the world in Kuwait via FaceTime and his wife, Susan here locally.   David and   Susan are the newest members of the club and, as such, the newest members of Rotary International.  Although David, a retired Marine Colonel, is traveling on business to the Middle East, the couple had been active for several weeks so the Club decided to go ahead with their induction via FaceTime.  Using this mode of media was certainly unique and despite concerns that the connection would be tenuous, the communication worked almost perfectly.  It was also a great way for members to see the value of technology in promoting flexibility and innovation.  Additionally, David and Susan King are the first members to join under the new structure of Family or Corporate membership.  Two weeks ago, the first corporate member was inducted when Scott Lawn and Alex Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration Company became members.
The Club created two new membership categories - Family and Corporate to encourage two members of a family or business to join together in becoming Rotarians.  These categories come with a discount and flexibility in attendance.  The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo is moving forward to embrace new membership concepts and innovative ways to attract members into the culture of "Making a Difference."
Photo Left to Right: Immediate Past President Benita Page; Sponsor Don Glover; Inductee Susan King; President Mike Fuqua; Inductee David King (via FaceTime)
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Starts Rotary Year with a Bang! James Kaspar 2017-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
The Care 'n Share Toy Drive, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, has an abundance of stuffed animal donations in need of a good home.  Over 12,000 were donated at the San Diego County Fair; twice what collected last year!  if your club has a need for stuffed animals for its projects, please contact Nancy Stoke at 858 509-9160 or nancystoke@earthlink.net and she will be happy to share the smiles.
Stuffed Animals Available to Rotary Club for Projects Nancy Stoke 2017-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

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The goal and mission of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship is to create a fellowship that engages Rotary members, their family and Interact, Rotaract and potential new members to hold fun events related to surfing and stand up paddle boarding.  It was started to create CHAMPS in the world for Rotary:

  • Connect Rotarians from around the world who share a passion for surfing
  • Host Rotarians and host learn to surf events
  • Attract younger members to Rotary by using learn to surf events for Interact and Rotaract
  • Mentor youth
  • Paddle out for Polio - a great way for Rotary clubs to raise awareness, fund End Polio Now and engage others.  There will be a Paddle Out for Polio event in Honolulu in 2020
  • Share the Aloha spirit
This coming weekend there is an upcoming event you might want to check out.  It is the 1st Annual Rotaract Learn to Surf Event - Powerhouse Park from 8 to 10:00 a.m. on July 15 in Del Mar.  That's right - its for Rotaract SDSU, USD, UCSD, San Diego, City Heights or Pacific Beach.   Come get on a surf board and have some fun.  Interested?  Respond to the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Facebook event page and indicate if you will be able to make it.
On September 10, the Life Rolls On event will occur at La Jolla Shores.  This is a great opportunity to introduce Interact and Rotaract members to those who work as Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.  Life Rolls On is a fantastic non-profit dedicated to giving children and adults who are paralyzed or injured the opportunity to surf.  Check out their site and register for Life Rolls On

For more information, contact Founder and Chair, Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship, Brett Morey at surfrotary@gmail.com.



Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Brett Morey 2017-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Carol and Steve Cross along with Steve and Louise Andres recently completed a stretch of the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain along with 10 other Rotarians to help raise $28,241 for projects identified by the Golden Triangle Rotary Club. 
Rotarians joined walk organizers, Krishna and Bonnie Arora and Judy Colander of SPANISH STEPS - www.spanishsteps.com Her company provided vans, guides, accommodations and organization in Spain.  The group walked about 80 miles of the Camino, ending in Santiago de Compostela at the legendary cathedral in the town.  Krishna and Steve Cross, ages 73 and 75 respectively were the oldest of the walkers on the trip.  Who says you can't have fun after 65!
This adventurous group of 12 gathered in the ancient Roman walled city of Lugo, Spain to begin their journey.   The walls surrounding the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning in height and width.   They ended their trek in Santiago de Compostela.  Their final step was to deliver their passports, carefully stamped twice daily at different location along the trail to prove they walked the distance.  The Camino office inspects the passports and issues each walker a "Compostela" or certificate of completion. 
Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for centuries, following the paths to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St. James.  Today, whether walking the Camino for spiritual reasons, as a challenge or to experience its unique culture and beauty, participants will gladly say it is a trip of a lifetime.
The group represented five different Rotary Clubs working together to raise funds for six charities.  The funds were presented at the May 26, 2017 Rotary meeting.  To celebrate, the Cross's hosted a reunion for the walkers at their home on May 28.
The photo above shows Wayne Davis and son Steve. The Wall of Wisdom and worshiping as a different form of entertainment.  People of the Camino.
The photos above shows Spanish Rotarians joining the group for part of the walk.  Overnight accommodations were country manor houses called Pazos.  Late afternoon breaks provided the group a choice of beer, expresso or wine.  PDG Louise Andres and Carol Cross shop local for picnic items.


The photos above depict  Ancient cities 500 BC, Medieval bridges, and a tribute to Rotarians, Harvey Koelln and Henry Ebert, La  Jolla Sunrises Rotarians  who died in January and February respectively.  People of all faiths and  nationalities walk the Camino. 



The photos above shows the group gathering in the ancient city of Lugo with the original Roman walls and bridge intact.  1000 years of history.  Rain and hail experienced on the first day.


The photo above represents the final Rotary dinner, Spanish sculpture and friendship.
La Jolla Rotarians Walk Camino de Santiago for Charity Steve Cross 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation will host its 11th Annual "Holes for Heroes" Golf Tournament and Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club: 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA  92075.   This event provides an opportunity to spend a day on the green and dine with the troops that defend us.  Veterans, their family members and friends join us for a fun, relaxing day filled with golf and use of the Country Club grounds including the pool, gym, tennis and spa facilities.  The fantastic day concludes with the Holes for Heroes Recognition Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance to honor World War II and Vietnam veterans and former POWs.  Special honorees this year are WW II veterans and families of those lost.
Proceeds from the event directly benefit local charities: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight San Diego, Pegasus Rising, Armed Services YMCA, Homefront San Diego, One More Wave Surf Camp, Veteran's Village San Diego, Operation BIGS, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO/San Diego Neil Ash Airport Center and Angels of American's Fallen.
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11th Annual "Holes for Heroes Golf Tournament J. Bambace 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0 golf,holes for heroes,military,san diego
Photo credit: Dr. Gary Meyers, OD
From the San Diego Union Tribune - June 28, 2017
Expect more booms and a brighter skyshow as Ramona Rotary Club celebrates its and the community's 25th year of July 4 Family Picnic and Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4.
In addition to being the 25th anniversary of fireworks in Ramona, 2017 marks Ramona Rotary's 80th anniversary and the 100th year of Rotary International Foundation, so Rotarians are stepping it up a notch this year.
As always, admission is free and the fun starts at 5:00 p.m. with an old-fashion community celebration that includes food, games family activities, and music.  The grand finale will start at 5:00 p.m. with a 20-minutes skyshow synchronized to music on KyXy 96.5 FM Radio.  All activities are on the fields behind Olive Pierce School on Hanson Lane.

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Fireworks in Ramona Compliments of the Ramona Rotary Club 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0 fireworks,independence day,ramona
Rotarians across Rotary District 5340 want to extend a heart-felt thank you to outgoing District Governor, Marilyn Sanderson.  Your leadership was essential to the growth of our District and you did not let us down.  Words cannot account for all the things you did on our behalf, from attending meetings of every club in the District, to participating in District events, service projects and leadership activities.  You led by example and challenged us to think big and be bold in our undertakings.  You were an inspiration to all of us and we are better Rotarians because of you!
Thank You Marilyn Sanderson 2017-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club President, Trish Rogers invited all club members to perform "100 Acts of Kindness" during the 2016-2017 Rotary year.  The club was eager to take this challenge on.  Every meeting club members would share their kind acts, which were recorded by the club secretary. 
This past Thursday was club president, Trish's last meeting.  The club presented her with a scroll documenting all of the club's acts.  The club did both large and small acts of kindness, including packaging 18,000 meals for children, purchasing school uniforms, collecting toiletries for a battered women's shelter, delivering books for newborn babies, rescuing a boa snake and finding it a new home, making food baskets at Thanksgiving, adopting a family at Christmas, reading Rotary Foundation's "Doing good in the World" book at every meeting, celebrating members' s birthdays with crazy hats and Towers of Love candies, driving a Lyft passenger to the emergency room and staying with him, moving trash cans while walking, sharing packaging tape at the post office, driving a neighbor's pet to the vet, and many more.
This is a great example of how the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club lives Rotary in their everyday lives.  Kudos to President Trish for a job well done.
100 Acts of Kindness - DONE! Marta Knight 2017-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
On June 6, students and staff from Jean Farb Middle School visited Old Mission Rotary Club to thank the club for sponsoring their participation in the LEAD (Leadership, Ethics and Determination) conference held at Camp Cuyamaca last October.  The conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade middle or junior high students.  Talented young people attend a two-day camp developed and presented by Rotarians of District 5340.  All expenses are paid by the Rotary clubs of District 5340.
Photo Left to Right: Jean Farb Middle School Principal, Courtney Rizzo; eight grade students, Kate Black, Clarabeth Zavala and Axel Delgado; Avid counselor, Donna Rankin and Old Mission Rotary LEAD chair, Lydia Stewart
Old Mission Rotary Receives Thank You Matt Risi 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
On June 1, 2017, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad hosted over 75 people at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Rotary International.  Carlsbad Rotary TRF Committee recognized three distinguished members of the community who have made a significant contributions in the areas of health, education and community service and honored them with a Paul Harris Fellows recognition.
As part of the ceremonial, DGE, Scott Carr, placed the Paul Harris Medallion on each person receiving an award.  Receiving the awards were:
Paul Harris Recognition in Healthcare - Dr. Hamid Movahhedian, Tri-City Medical Center
Dr. Hamid Movahhedian (Dr. Mo) has an absolute passion for caring for the fragile babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tri-City Medical Center.  He cares for them as if they were his own children, remembering each child and their families personally - not an easy feat considering that he has cared for 12,000 babies and counting.  Not only has Dr. Mo saved the lives of countless children, he truly is one of the most generous and kind-hearted people you will ever meet.  Glen Newhart, Tri-City Medical Center's Foundation President said it best when referring to Dr. Mo: "He is an exceptionally caring person and an outstanding physician that has devoted his life to caring for NICU babies.  We are blessed by him."
Paul Harris Recognition in Education - Dr. Sunita V. Cooke, Superintendent/President, MiraCosta College
With over 23 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator, Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Cook has served as a community college president for 10 years.  She currently serves as Superintendent/President of MiraCosta Community College District.  MiraCosta College has four campuses that serve over 20,000 students in North Coastal San Diego.
Highlights of the last three years:  In 2006, Dr. Cook led the successful bond campaign (Measure MM), which will allow the MiraCosta Community College District to implement its Facilities Master Plan and construct career training facilities for science, nursing, health care, engineering, math, technology, and skilled trades as well as repair and renovate aged buildings.  Also, her plans include improving job training, counseling and support services for veterans.  She serves as the Chair of the San Diego and Imperial Counties College Association.  She was a leader in bringing a $13 million grant to San Diego County to align high school and college career pathways and partner with business to train the future workforce.
Paul Harris Recognition in Community Service - Lisa Rodman
Lisa Rodman has been a part of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation team for seven years.  She has 30+ years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings.  She holds a BA in Communication from California State University San Marcos.
A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa is passionate about building awareness of Carlsbad's most unique Lagoon, "The People's Lagoon."  Lisa is a member of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, Fund Development Chair of Hospice of North Coast Board of Directors, Chair for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's Sustainability Committee, member of the Events Committee for North County Philanthropic Council, Planning Commissioner for Carlsbad and she served 12 years as Carlsbad Unified School District School Board Trustee.
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International acclaimed pianist Violeta Petrova will be featured in "A Midsummer Night's Music," a concert of classical favorites ranging from Bach and Brahms to Chopin and Stravinsky, at the Carlsbad Library's Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
The concert by the famed pianist starts at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome reception preceding in the courtyard beginning at 6:oo p.m. and a post-show social, also in the courtyard, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Guests will be able to meet Perova - whom one reviewer called a "great visionary artist," and another "a magnificent musician richly gifted musically and artistically," - for autographs and photos.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, which will use the funds for its various charitable efforts, both on the community and international levels.  During the welcoming reception there will be a silent auction and raffle.  Items include a 14k white gold ruby and diamond necklace.  You won't want to miss it.
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is fortunate to count Violeta Petrova as one of its members, and who has graciously volunteered her time and talent to help the Club raise funds to further its mission of Service Above Self.  Click here for ticket pricing and more information. 
International Acclaimed Pianist to Headline Fundraiser Bill Bear 2017-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
If you like live music, sunshine and moonlight, and the beauty of glistening lakes, then the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club's Concert at the Lakes might perk your interest.  This year's concert features the tribute band - The Long Run (a crowd favorite) and a Heart tribute band - Dog and Butterfly.  This sell-out concert benefits the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club's Youth Scholarship Program targeting students, who for a variety of reasons, may not graduate without some encouragement and guidance.  Scholarships are offered to students from El Capitan, Santana and West Hills High Schools.  Rotarians serve as mentors and the program offers the equivalent cost of attending a two-year community college towards any accredited college or trade school if the student graduates on time with their class and adheres to behavior requirements and participates in community service. 
The concert, held at the beautiful Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, offers both dinner and lawn  seating options and will have Shotgun Tom Kelly as its Master of Ceremonies.  For more information, please go to: www.concertatthelakes.com.
Concert at the Lakes Benefiting Youth Scholarship Program Sandy Pugliese 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
The La Mesa Noon Rotary Club presented Graham Bloem, founder of the Shelter to Soldier charity with a check for $12,000.  The Club started raising funds back in September 2016 through selling  "virtual" body parts of a dog at a club luncheon.  It continued its fundraising effort and received a contribution of $500 from the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton as well as donations from individual donors and companies.  A suitable dog will be selected from a San Diego shelter and then be trained over a period of 12-18 months at the Shelter to Soldier facility in Poway.  Following training, the dog will be paired with an injured veteran, dramatically and potentially saving the lives of two.  The La Mesa Noon Rotary Club will follow the journey of the dog they donated through regular updates, photos and videos and will attend the graduation of the veteran and service dog sometime in the future.
Left to Right: Steve Looser, La Mesa Noon Rotary Club President;  Graham Bloem, found of Shelter to Soldier; Mark Matthews and Rob Ridge, co-chairs of the fundraiser.
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Rotary District 5340  was represented at the Mount Soledad ceremony on Memorial Day 2017. 
Left to Right:  Torrey Pines Rotarian and WWII veteran of the North African, Sicilian and Italian theaters, Max Gurney; Normandy paratrooper and veteran of the 101st Airborne, Bill Galbraith; and Old Mission Rotarian and Cold War Navy veteran, Matt Risi.
Rotary District 5340 Represented at Mt Soledad Ceremony Matt Risi 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta begins this week.  Rotarians from around the world will commemorate Rotary's Centennial in style.  Please take advantage of the variety of activities which include:
  • Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Doing Good in the World book signing
  • A special centennial birth day party
Don't forget to visit the House of Friendship and please stop by The La Jolla Sunrise Club's The Gift of Life Booth - #2720.
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On May 30, 2017, high school students selected by the Old Mission Rotary Club  to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in April, attended the Old Mission Rotary Club to report on their experience at the life-changing weekend training event.   Old Mission Rotary selected 15 students from five high schools to attend RYLA.  Students were from Saint Augustine, Francis Parker, Our Lady of Peace and Madison High Schools.  Students from Crawford High were unable to attend. 
Left to Right: David Pfeifer of St. Augustine; Alexander Zonce of St. Augustine; Zak Kirk of Madison; Serena Montano of Madison; Andrew Lezny of Francis Parker; Samantha Clarke of Francis Parker; Lauren Amaral with twin sister, Rachel from Our Lady of Peace; and Camila Tirado of Our Lady of Peach.
RYLA Participants Share Experiences Matt Risi 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Wishing Peace and Joy to All Sandy Pugliese 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
     In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2019-2020.
Rotarian John Goodrich, Jr. of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee Designate and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2019-2020.
No challenges have been received, therefore it is our pleasure to congratulate John as our District Governor for 2019 - 2020.
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Posted by Scott Carr on Dec 01, 2016
Calling all Presidents-Elect! Prepare to be inspired, and make sure you are registered for our President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) taking place in Los Angeles on February 10, 2017.
Every year, hundreds of Presidents-Elect from across six Rotary districts literally take over the LAX Marriott for PETS. For many, PETS is the first opportunity for incoming Presidents to network with others both within and outside District 5340. 
PETS will help you prepare for your year as President through engaging plenary speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, discussions with peers from various districts, and informal networking with other Rotarians. In addition, PETS will feature an array of special guest speakers, including Paul Netzel, Chairman of The Rotary Foundation for 2017-18, as well as Ian Riseley, Rotary International President for 2017-18.
Pre-registration deadline is January 15, 2017. Prices go up by $100 starting on January 16, 2017. Don't delay, and get registered today. To learn more about PETS, please go to:
President-Elect Training Coming February 10, 2017 Scott Carr 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Donor Advised Fund is like having your own foundation, only better!
Rotary makes it easy to support your favorite charities through a single tax-efficient account.  You can set aside funds for later charitable use, maximize you deductions in years that are most helpful and avoid unnecessary capital gains taxes on gifts of appreciated stock.  When a project comes along that you want to support, simply recommended a grant.  Rotary manages the investments and takes care of all of the details.
Your club, district, or other Rotary-affiliated group can open a Donor Advised Fund account.  With an initial contribution of $10,000 and no start-up costs, a Donor Advised Fund account is a convenient and inexpensive alterative to starting a club foundation.  Let Rotary take care of the accounting, reporting and other administrative tasks so that you can focus on what Rotarians do best: changing lives and making a difference. 
Name two to four account advisors who will make grant and investment recommendations on behalf of the group.  Since group accounts are intended to last indefinitely, you may add or remove account advisors as needed.  Read more about Rotary Donor Advised Funds and check out other planned giving resources on Rotary's website at www.rotary.org/plannedgiving.  
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016


It's Almost Here! Come Celebrate the
100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation

Cruise San Diego Bay

Saturday, November 5, 2016 

Boarding begins at 6:00 PM at the Grape St. Pier
1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego
Dinner and Cruise  7:00 to 10:00 PM 

$95 per person

CASUAL attire - no heels please


• Limited Metered Parking – There is limited metered parking available on North Harbor Drive (East & West sides) & Pacific Blvd (West side)

• Cedar St. & Kettner Blvd (Ace Parking) – Secured paid parking available Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm -2am, Sat 7am-2am & Sun 7am-11pm. Prices fluctuate.

• Ash St. (Ace Parking) – Secured paid underground parking on the south side of the County Admin Building. Entry is mid- block on Ash St. between Pacific Highway and N. Harbor Dr., Parking available Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 7am-2am & Sun 7am-9pm Prices fluctuate.

• ABM Public Parking – Parking approximately 1/2 mile from checkin location on corner of Pacific Highway and Broadway: 0-1 hour $5.00, 1-10 hours $12.00. Enter from Pacific. Prices fluctuate.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Hornblower is not responsible for these parking lots. Rates and hours subject to change. 

It's a PARTY! Marilyn Sandeson 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Sandy Pugliese, Editor
My apologies for the link to the Oktoberfest information not being correct.  Below you will find the correct link for more information.  Also, I have been notified that there is a critical need for additional Rotarians to sign up for the Rotary Leadership Institute.  More information is below. 
A Few "Need to Know" Items Sandy Pugliese, Editor 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard F. Arroyo on Jul 30, 2016
The 3rd Annual Rotary Interact Leadership Training Conference is scheduled for September 24, 2016.
The Conference  will take place from 8:30 to 4:00 at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego Ca.  It will focus again on specifics in operating an Interact club, both from the perspective of club officers and members, as well as Teacher and Rotarian Advisors.  All of the above are welcome to attend.
The cost per person is $35, the same as last year. Registration includes breakfast snacks, drinks and lunch. In the past, the cost of attending has been paid by the sponsoring Rotary clubs.  Last year we had more than 140 attendees and we are hoping to break that record this year.  Please register early.  Here is a link to the agenda.
Please mail checks made out to “Rotary District 5340” as well as registration form and the parent authorization to me at: Richard Arroyo, 203 Church Ave., Chula Vista, Ca.,  91910.  Questions?  Email Richard Arroyo or call (619) 370-9074 mobile.
3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference Richard F. Arroyo 2016-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary !!!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
High Tea

The Westgate Hotel
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Guest Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock,
First woman in Rotary
 Rotary Club of Duarte, CA

Champagne Reception
Exquisite Tea Service
Classical Harpist Miguel Lopez
Hats and Gloves Suggested for Women
Coat and Tie for Men
Seating Limited to first 200 Rotarians to register on District Website
Cost $62.00 per person

Parking at the Westgate $8.00
Street parking also available
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary !! Jeanne Kearley 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 25, 2016
l-r: Dianne Crawford, Mitty Chang, Steve Lingenbrink, and DG Marilyn Sanderson

The District 5340 Membership Kick-off on Saturday on SaturdayJuly 9 was filled with valuable information for recruiting & retaining members. It was a great way to start off the new Rotary year! Many thanks to our facilitators, Steve Lingenbrink and Mitty Chang, fantastic job!
The morning began with the first speaker, Steve Lingenbrink, a lawyer in Seattel, telling us about attending his first Rotary meeting.  Here is a link to a YouTube video of that presentation:
Be sure to watch the entire video, because, in telling his story, he actually gives us some valuable insights into some reasons that a visit to a Rotary Club can go wrong.  He also points out why it is so important to understand that most non-Rotarians don't really know what Rotary is all about.
 Those who attended were asked to fill out an assessment questionnaire that could help us evaluate our club's strengths and possible weaknesses.

As the morning progressed, we listened and participated in some discussions with others about questions raised during the presentation.  Here is a link to a DropBox section  that contains a lot of resources for your club's membership recruitment efforts.  It includes the questionnaire I mentioned above.  ( Note: The DropBox  link above has been corrected.)
After reviewing the workbook and viewing the YouTube video, you will have some new insights into how to successfully invite a new potential  member to visit your club.
Invite someone to your next meeting to share the Rotary story and the great work your club is doing in the community!

"Start with Rotary and good things happen"
Membership Minute Jim Dunny 2016-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Potter on Jul 23, 2016
l - r: Pauline Getz and Ray Chavez

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is not only gearing up for the Poway Days Parade it hosts in September, but it is also seeking donations for a project called Pearl Flight. The club and Personally Fit are raising money to send the oldest living survivor, Ray Chavez, and other survivors of the attack of Pearl Harbor to this year's 75th commemoration ceremonies in Hawaii. Chavez, 104 years old, is a Poway resident who began working out and training at Personally Fit shortly after turning 100!
We invite Rotarians to help us send Ray and other survivors by donating to the GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/2cn7nddm  and to enjoy the coverage and comments by our President Pauline on Channel 8 at http://www.cbs8.com/story/32451608/pearl-flight-helping-pearl-harbor-survivors-travel-to-hawaii-for-anniversary.
Poway-Scripps Rotary Sponsoring Pearl Flight Melanie Potter 2016-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trish Rogers on Jul 23, 2016
Alex Montoya speaking to 4 Rotary Clubs
Last Friday night, one hundred Rotarians from four different Rotary clubs in Area 6, survived  the 100 degree weather for an evening of friendship and inspiration. At the beautiful home of Rowena and Mike Bell in Bonita, DG Marilyn Sanderson and members of the Chula Vista Sunrise, Chula Vista Noon, Chula Vista  Sunset, and National City Rotary clubs came together for ”An Evening With Alex.” 
Paul Harris Fellow and RYLA speaker, Alex Montoya, was the featured guest. Alex is a graduate of Notre Dame, a business owner, an author, an actor and a very motivated person. Alex spoke about how Rotarians come together to see the good. Whether we are working on small local projects or getting involved in global grants, we have the ability to change the world! Born a triple amputee, Alex has developed a positive attitude to see the good and now travels the globe inspiring others. For more information on Alex, please visit alexmontoya.org.
4 SD South Bay Clubs Spend "An Evening with Alex" Trish Rogers 2016-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 18, 2016

The annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership between the San Diego Youth Synphonya anc Consservatory and Rotary District 5340.  International Youth Exchange that brings musicians from across the globe together with SDYS' most advanced musicians for a two-week intensive music experience. This year's MusicCamp is bringing a total of 24 international musicians from 11 countries to participate in this program  This is the largest international participation in the 12 year history of MusiCamp San Diego and the International Youth Symphony.  Friends of MusiCamp is presenting a package that includes a ticket to the Escondido concert and also a concert at a private home. See the flyer for this special package here.

Rotary Distrct 5340 and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will celebrate the 12th annual International Youth Symphony this year. The international musicians join eighteen SDYS students to create a unique orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented student musicians led by SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons for two weeks of rehearsals and a variety of recitals and concerts in the community.

The 2016 International Youth Symphony performances will include an outdoor concert as part of the Twilight in the Park in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, a Classical Concert at the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido and a opening performing of La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest in Ellen Scripps Park, La Jolla.  The Classical Concert at the Center Theater in Escondido at the California Center for the Arts Center Theater will be dedicate to the late Bill Sturgeon, a past district governor of Rotary District 5340 and the founder of MusiCamp and the International Youth Symphony 

See Upcoming concerts and open rehearsals for the International Youth Symphony here.  Click the link for tickets for the concert at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday July 30, 2016.

In addition to the concerts listed on the SDYS website link above, the International Youth Symphony will also perform at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of San Diego (Club 33) on July 28, 2016.

The Club 33 meeting venue is the Conference Center at Liberty Station.  The meeting runs from noon to 1:30 pm.  If you can't make it to other concerts of the International Youth Symphony, this is an additional opportunity to hear them.
For more information go to: Club 33 Concert
International Youth Symphony is Here! Jim Dunny 2016-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jul 15, 2016
Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten was featured on the Hoda and Kathie Lee show recently. Chris is part of Jockey’s new “Show ‘em What’s Underneath” Campaign.
Old Mission Rotary has been hosting Wounded Warrior Dinners on the last Thursday of every month for the past five years at the San Diego Naval Medical Center.  During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we met many seriously wounded Marines and Sailors. Old Mission has maintained contact with Wounded Warriors who are out of the service but living locally. Two of our Wounded Warriors regularly attend Old Mission Rotary events and are part of our Rotary family.
Isaac Blount lost both legs, part of his left hand and his left eye to an IED ambush.  Isaac was featured on 60 Minutes when he climbed the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszco, with the Heroes Project.
Chris Van Etten lost his legs in an IED attack.  Today, he is a model for the Jockey "Show 'em What's Underneath" campaign and has been featured in People Magazine and on television.
Sadly, one of our wounded warriors, Artem Luzukin, could not adjust to post war life and took his own life.
Special thanks to Old Mission Rotarian Hugh Kramer and his dedicated team who serves and cleans up the dinners month after month! 
Local restaurants such as The French Gourmet, Phil's BBQ, Old Town Mexican Cafe, Boll Weevil Kearny Mesa and Kabobge Lebanese Grill often supply food but from time to time volunteers need to buy and prepare the meals. Typically, 125 Marines and Sailors attend.
Any Rotarians wanting to participate as a club or as an individual can contact Hugh Kramer at hfkramer@gmail.com. The next old Mission Rotary Wounded Warrior Dinner will take place on Tuesday July 26th from 4:30pm-6:30pm.   Due to security at the Naval Medical Center, arrangements need to be made in advance for a facility pass.
Invitation to Old Mission Rotary Wounded Warrier Dinners Matt Risi 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 14, 2016
Now that the All Star Game break is over and regular season games have resumed, it is time to think about attending a Padres Baseball Team game with other Rotarians from around District 5340.  Two games remain for which group tickets will be made available. 
The remaining Rotary at the Padres games for the 2016 season are:
Mon, Aug 22   Chicago Cubs,  7:10 pm,   $60
Wed, Sep 7    Boston Red Sox  6:10 pm,   $50
For further information and to purchase tickets contact Kevin Forrester  kforrester@psmkr.com
All seats located in either Field Infield, or Field Plaza in the area of 1st Base.
Prices are discounted over 20% from the Gate Price.
Pardes & Rotary promotions at each game (1st pitch, on field introductions, Rotary flag raising)
Your ticket insures participation in Rotary group seating.
Friends and Family are welcome.
Rotary Nights at the Padres Jim Dunny 2016-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
ATTENTION:   Incoming Club Presidents, Club President Elects, Incoming Assistant District Governors, Program Chairs, and Past District Governors
The Rotary International District 5340 “Don’t Wait Vaccinate” Committee  cordially invites you to an evening event!
Please join us in Welcoming Rotary District 5340 Governor Marilyn Sanderson, and learn about a new program for your club, possible partnerships with schools, Interact or other organizations and, meet the members of this long standing committee (since 1994).
Refreshments will  be served.
(Parking entrance is off Third Avenue)
Date:  Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time:  5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Reception
            5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Presentation
Where:          St. Paul’s Senior Services
                        Community Care Café building
                        328 Maple Street
                        San Diego, CA 92103
                        (619) 239-6900
Hosted by:    Cheryl Wilson
District Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee Chair
Please RSVP at your earliest so that we have enough refreshments for everyone to:
Myrna Kinter (Assistant to Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee)
(619) 239-6900, Ext 3008
We look forward to seeing you there!
Don&#39;t Wait - Vaccinate 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Curtin on Jul 08, 2016
For the 4th year running, all the Rotary Clubs in Oceanside, plus Camp Pendleton, were invited to ride the Rotary float in the annual Oceanside Independence Day Parade. It was the best turnout yet with members, family and guests from Oceanside and San Luis Rey Rotary Clubs proudly and patriotically supporting the City of Oceanside, while promoting Rotary to the community at the same time.
Leading the Rotarians this year was one of Oceanside’s own local treasures, Larry Hatter. Rotarian Hatter has been a stalwart supporter of everything Oceanside over the years, including recently spearheading Oceanside Rotary’s mentorship focus on the at-risk youth in the Crown Heights area of the city.
North County Coastal Rotary Clubs Promote Rotary Mike Curtin 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Independence Day! Jim Dunny 2016-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary International on Jul 01, 2016
Friendship is one of the top reasons members join and stay in Rotary. To boost these ties, Rotary Fellowships offer members, spouses, and Rotaractors the chance to connect with one another while enjoying their favorite recreational or professional pursuits. Over 60 Rotary Fellowships cover interests from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and more.
Rotary Fellowships arrange regional and international events, contests, and meetings where members bond and build lasting friendships outside their clubs, districts, and even countries. June is Rotary Fellowships Month, so make sure to read our Rotary Service Connections blog to learn how several fellowships combine fun and friendship with service. By connecting Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni with shared interests, the fellowships extend the Rotary experience beyond local communities.
Rotary Fellowships: Mixing passion, friendship, and service Rotary International 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Devermann on Jun 27, 2016
In its schedule of concerts, the International Youth Symphony will include a concert at the meeting of Club 33 on July 28, 2016. 
The meeting venue is the Conference Center at Liberty Station.  The meeting runs from noon to 1:30 pm.  If you can't make it to other concerts of the International Youth Symphony, this is an additional opportunity to hear them.
For more information go to: Club 33 Concert
International Youth Symphony to perform at Club 33 Paul Devermann 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 27, 2016
(L-R) Judi Copeland, Carol Kramer, Hugh Kramer, Samantha, Chris Van Etten and Tom Sandler.
Members of Old Mission Rotary welcome Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten and his fiance Samantha to the Old Mission Rotary Demotion Dinner.
As a young Marine, Chris was blown up in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs.  Old Mission Rotary met Chris during our monthly Wounded Warrior Dinners at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. His motto is "No legs! No excuses!" 
Chris is now a model and appears in a full page ad for Jockey underwear w on page 74 of the new People magazine (July 4, 2016)
Old Mission Rotary- Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten Matt Risi 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all of the Rotarians who donated new & gently used stuffed animals at our recent Governor's Dinner.  With your help, we collected almost 500 toys in a single evening!  All of the toys will be donated to local sick children in our region and are sure to brighten a child's day.
We're more than half way through this year's Care 'n Share Toy Drive and thanks to more than 80 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and community members from throughout the District who have volunteered to collect toys at the San Diego Fair, we have already collected more than 3,000 toys!
Still want to get involved? There's still time! 

1. Volunteer at the San Diego Fair & get a FREE Fair ticket (up to 8 tickets in one day) as a thank you for signing up to collect toys. Click here to see available shifts ( Volunteer Information.)
2. Host a toy drive and ask your club members to bring new or gently used toys to one of your meetings.  Perfect for all of the upcoming demotion parties!
We hope that you'll join your fellow District Rotarians and help us collect toys for local sick children in the region, especially at a time of year when toy supplies are often running low.
Questions? Contact Project Chair, Nancy Stoke at nancystoke@earthlink.net
Exciting Care &#39;n Share Toy Drive Update Mari Pullen 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 27, 2016
On June 22, Torrey Pines Rotary celebrated the 95th birthday of member Max Gurney.  Max is a WWII veteran who served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. 
Max worked for Pan American airlines for 46 years across the globe and his last posting was in Monaco during the wonderful years of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace.
Colleen Craven of the Mira Mesa Quilts for Valor presents a quilt to 95 year old Torrey Pines Max Gurney to recognize his service in the US Army in WWII.  Bruce Bailey of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association also thanked Max for his service.
Torrey Pines Rotary Celebrates 95th Birthday of Max Gurney Matt Risi 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 20, 2016
On Friday evening at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, RB Sunrise Rotary celebrated a great year for the club.  Since our president, Alison Farrin, is an avid horsewoman and endurance rider, the party had a western theme.  Members and guests wore western attire and the skit about Alison played off her participation in the Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance ride in northern California which she has completed twice placing in the top third of those who actually completed the event.  For more on this story click here. 
The club added 9 new members and had a very successful fundraising event in Oct and then helped build 3 houses in Mexico.  In addition we had 2 Rotarians at work projects as made donations to charities in our community.  Our club was also instrumental in helping district club participate in matching grants at the district and international level.
In addition to honoring our outgoing president, our club also honored Jeanne MacLaren as our Rotarian of the Year.  Jeanne came to our club several years ago after being in a Rotary club in norther California where she was the president.  Jeanne has a passion for Rotary and the Rotary Foundation and was instrumental in getting our club to not only continue to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club, but she also encouraged our club to increase our donations to the Rotary Foundation so that our club has doubled its contributions when compared to the contributions just 2 years ago.  We were pleased to honor Jeanne.  She is not only active in our club, but has been involved in helping the district with several events during the last 2 years. For more information on this story, click here.
RB Sunrise Rotary celebrates a great year! Jim Dunny 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Hands of Peace San Diego will begin it's summer program in July. If you are not familiar with the wonderful work this organization does, please check the website. There are a number of events open to interested Rotarians in July to get acquainted with Hands of Peace. Please contact Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net if interested.
July 21 7-9pm - This is a chance to meet the founders of this organization as well as the young participants at a supporters reception at a private home.
July 22 is about religious tolerance. From 1:45-3pm there will be a Religious Leaders Panel. How often do you get to ask deep questions to a priest, rabbi, imam, minister, Buddhist monk and atheist in one setting? These are phenomenal speakers as well.You may also attend a Muslim prayer service at a mosque before and a Jewish prayer service at a temple after if interested.
July 23 6-8:30pm is a celebration of Middle Eastern Culture. HOP participants make some fabulous ethnic food, perform some funny skits, sing and dance. It's another great opportunity to meet the participants.
July 28 at 12:30-3pm Azim Khamisa will speak at Pacific Ridge High School .I highly recommend this - he is a powerful speaker. His son was killed many years ago in random gang violence (an 'initiation right') while he was delivering pizzas. Instead of getting angry, Azim reached out to the killer and his family. Together they formed an amazing organization that speaks to kids and prisons about violence, forgiveness, healing, social justice. He has written 3 books on the topic.
July 31 6-9pm - Farewell Celebration.The kids will give speeches about their experience and show short videos. There will be great food, music and more opportunity to meet the participants, founders and organizers.
Hands of Peace has a July Summer Program Jenny Parker 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Arora on Jun 13, 2016
Since the 10th century pilgrims have made their way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, via a network of trails known as the Camino de Santiago. 
In the Spring of 2017, Rotarians will walk this pilgrimage as a fundraiser for La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, with the help of Spanish Steps, a Spain-based tour company which focuses on Camino de Santiago walking tours.  Spanish Steps is arranging a one week, van-supported journey covering the last 117 kilometers (73 miles) of the Camino de Santiago, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela and will donate profits back to La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club for service projects.
Rotarians to Walk the Camino de Santiago Bonnie Arora 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Evan Burrell on Jun 13, 2016
Did you know more than a billion people use social media every day?
Social media is readily accessible, instantaneous, cost effective and user friendly. It offers your Rotary club a fantastic opportunity to communicate more effectively with members and supporters and can energise the way you promote your club and find new members.
To see  examples of ways your club can use social media, read more of this post on Rotary International's Rotary Voices.
Want New Members? Then Get Social Evan Burrell 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 06, 2016
(L-R) Marine Corps veteran Larry Edwards hold the birthday cake!  Kami and Isacc Blount.
Old Mission Rotary celebrated Isaac Blount’s 25th birthday on May 31st. Old Mission first met Marine Corps Private First Class Blount five years ago at the San Diego Naval Medical Center during our monthly Wounded Warrior Dinners.  Isaac lost both legs, his left eye and part of his left hand in an IED ambush in Afghanistan. 
Isaac was featured on 60 Minutes in a feature called Conquering the Impossible that showcased his climb up Mount Kosciuszko in Australia with the Hero's Project.
Old Mission Celebrates a Wounded Warrior&#39;s Birthday! Matt Risi 2016-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 05, 2016
The Rotary Foundation is turning 100, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating!
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. View the timeline of the history of the development of what is now the Rotary Foundation.
How will you celebrate the centennial?  Go to Celebrate the Centennial to see what events are planned by Rotary international and also discover how your club can plan community events and fundraisers to raise the awareness of the Rotary Foundation and also raise the funds to continue and expand the impact of the Rotary Foundation globally
The Rotary Foundation Turns 100 in 2016-2017 Jim Dunny 2016-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 04, 2016
It all began with one man's idea.  That man was Bob Watson, District 5340 District Governor 2006-2006.  His idea was to have the clubs in the district to coordinate their projects so that on one day (the last day of April) they would all have one or more community service projects. During his year, he championed this idea. District 9100 in Tijuana joined with District 5340 that first year. Rotarians in our district also worked to get other districts to adopt this idea.
In the ensuing years, Rotarians at Work has grown to be an idea that has been adopted in 2015-2016 by 43 districts involving over 2800 clubs and nearly 10,000 Rotarians around the world.  Rotary District 5340 is proud to be the place where this idea about serving our communities was born.
Rotarians at Work - Ten Years of Service Jim Dunny 2016-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard F. Arroyo on May 23, 2016
The 3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference has been scheduled for September 24, 2016. See the announcement below.
We anticipate the cost per interactor will remain at $35. Please budget the cost to send your interested interactors to this much anticipated leadership training event.
Save This Date!
3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference
September 24, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
8:30 am registration
Liberty Station Conference Center
Interact Leadership Conference Scheduled Richard F. Arroyo 2016-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny
Don't Delay! Register Now! This event is nearly sold out! Online Registrations Only   No Walk-Ins will be accepted
On Monday, June 13, 2016 Rotary District 5340 will hold its annual District Governor's Dinner. We will celebrate “An Awesome Year of Service”.
At this meeting, DG Janice Kurth will announce awards to recognize significant achievements during the year by clubs and individual Rotarians in the district.  In addition, we will install Incoming District Governor for 2016-17, Marilyn Sanderson and induct 2016-2017 Club Presidents.
La Jolla Marriott
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.
5 PM – 6 PM   Fellowship/Reception
6 PM  Dinner & Program
Self-Parking $6/car
REGISTER EARLY to reserved a table(s) for your club; you must have 10 persons (or multiples of 10)
from your club registered by June 6.  

 To register, go to: District Governor's Dinner.  
District Governor&#39;s Dinner Jim Dunny 2016-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on May 08, 2016
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club invites you to get in touch with your inner bowler at our 15th Annual bowling fundraiser at Parkway Bowl on Friday May 20 at 6 p.m. 
Each team of 4 bowlers receives 2 games, including ball and shoes, a large pizza, and 2 pitchers of beer or soda.  There will be an opportunity drawing, prizes, a silent auction, and lots of fun!  You do not need a full team to participate, but it's a great activity to enjoy with family, friends, and coworkers. 
Cosmic lanes are sold out but regular lanes are still available!  All that fun while benefiting our foundation's programs - anti-bullying projects, homeless outreach, scholarships, school music programs, disaster relief, vision tests and mechanical hands in Costa Rica, peace training in Nairobi, toilets in Zimbabwe, and many more.
Check out La Mesa Sunrise Rotary for information on registration or call Fern Platt Hall at 619-742-4131 to pay by credit card.
La Mesa Sunrise To Hold a Bowling Fundraiser. Laurel Nishida 2016-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Pugliese on May 07, 2016
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is bringing “Two of the World’s Greatest Tribute Bands  together under the stars for one night of classic rock , great food, dancing and fun!  The Club’s 7th Annual Concert at the Lakes will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the beautiful Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve located at 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA  92071
Step back in time as you listen to the music of Fleetwood Mac tribute band MIRAGE, featuring the musical sound of Stevie Nicks.  Back by popular demand  is THE LONG RUN, Experience the Eagles.  You won’t want to miss this concert.  Proceeds benefit the Santee Lakeside Rotary Foundation’s education fund. For a preview of the bands go to: Concert Preview
2 levels of seating are offered:  Preferred table seating that includes dinner and lawn/festival seating.
For more information and tickets, go to: Concert at the Lakes - 2016
Santee - Lakeside Rotary to Sponsor A Concert at Santee Lakes Sandy Pugliese 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Bambace on May 07, 2016
DG Janice Kurth planting flowers Having fun planting flowers
More than 20 members of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club, their spouses, kids and a dog, participated in Rotarians at Work Day in Balboa Park.  The group planted a ton of colorful flowers and bushes in the park’s Zoro Garden located in the small canyon behind the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center
This sunken stone grotto garden was originally designed as a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition, but is now a gorgeous butterfly garden containing both the larvae and nectar plants needed for the complete life cycle of butterflies.  (Don’t worry -- we were all appropriately clothed.) 
District Governor Janice Kurth was there to help us with this fun and worthwhile project.  We were happy to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of Balboa Park’s magnificent gardens and look forward to seeing the butterflies released in this area at the end of the month.  Sincere thanks go to club members Bobbi Spinner-Flack and Rich Rechif for organizing this special day.
San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Beautified BalBoa Park Judy Bambace 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Council on Legislation met recently and made some significant changes. The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
Click the link to download a detailed report of the enactments: 2016 Council on Legislation Enactments
Here is a summary of the 2016 legislative enactments.
•  The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month.
•  The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. The council also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
•  The council adopted a $4 dues increase in order to maintain its reserve funds and also improve My Rotary and make other changes and improve resources to clubs and districts. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20.
•  To encourage Rotaract members to become Rotary club members, Rotaractors will now be allowed to become a Rotarian while still remaining a member of a Rotaract club.
•  The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated.
•  The reference to admission fees in the Rotary bylaws will be removed.
To read the comments in the original Rotary News story click here.
Council on Legislation Detailed Report 2016-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Stakelum on Apr 25, 2016
Spring is here! 
It’s a great time to dust off the bike, pump up the tires and join the Rotary Fellowship, Cycling2serve.us.
Connect with cycling Rotarians from around the USA and around the world, who share the same passion for Rotary and cycling.  Link up with Rotary fundraising & fellowship events.  Post your cycling event and take advantage of discounts for cycling products and more!    
Learn more at:   www.cycling2serve.us
Rotary Cycling2Serve Fellowship Richard Stakelum 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Forrester on Apr 25, 2016
Yes, Rotary-Padres tickets are available for SINGLE GAMES as follows:
Friday, May 20th vs. Dodgers – Field Plaza - $60.00
Thursday, June 16th vs. Nationals – Field Infield - $40.00
Friday, July 15th vs. Giants – Field Plaza - $60.00
Monday, Aug. 22nd vs. Cubs – Field Infield - $40.00
Wednesday, Sept. 7th vs. Red Sox – Field Infield - $50.00

Join other Rotarians from District 5340 for an evening of baseball and fellowship at one or more of the games listed above.
To place your order for tickets, please reply to Rotarian Kevin Forrester (kforrester@psmkr.co), or (760) 944-1918, ASAP, but no later than 7 days before the scheduled game day.
Rotary/Padres Individual Game Tickets Kevin Forrester 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5280 (Los Angeles area) is having their District Conference this upcoming weekend at the Mission Bay Hilton.  We have such a great city that they are leaving their area to come see us! 
On Thursday night April 28, there is a social gathering that all of our D5340 Rotarians are invited to attend.  No charge.  Just show up, socialize and no-host food/drinks.  7-10pm.  InCahoots, 5373 Mission Center Road.  It should be a stompin’ good time!
Invitation to a Party! Janice Kurth 2016-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary changes lives and promotes leadership. The Rotary Club of San Diego sponsors Camp Enterprise, a weekend program that does just that for high school juniors.  Jackie Meyer is the chair for Students for Camp Enterprise in 2016 and shares this story from this year's camp.
As Chair of Students for Camp Enterprise this year, I receive the information about allergies or mediations needed for students.  When I received Karla’s (not her real name) permission form, I knew the drugs listed were serious ones.
Fast forward to Thursday night when the students gather for their first team session.  Karla was unfortunately in bed.  I had been told earlier she might hear voices and why she needed such medication.
Come Friday, I was surprised and very happy to see that Karla was engaged and determined to make up for lost time with her team.  My fears of sending home a student early were beginning to fade.
Club 33 holds 41st Camp Enterprise Jackie Meyer 2016-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Council on Legislation met recently and made some significant changes. The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
Here is a summary of the legislative changes that will take effect July 1, 2016.
•  The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month.
•  The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. The council also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
•  The council adopted a $4 dues increase in order to maintain its reserve funds and also improve My Rotary and make other changes and improve resources to clubs and districts. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20.
•  To encourage Rotaract members to become Rotary club members, Rotaractors will now be allowed to become a Rotarian while still remaining a member of a Rotaract club.
•  The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated.
•  The reference to admission fees in the Rotary bylaws will be removed.
To read the comments in the original Rotary News story click here.
Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility Arnold Grahl - Rotary News 2016-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Rotarian Scott C. Carr of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast  has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2017-2018.
 Challenges (RI Bylaws, Article 13.020.8)  to the selection of District Governor during Rotary Year 2017-2018, must be received by the District Governor, in writing, no later than April 28, 2016.
There being no Challenges, It is our pleasure to confirm the selection of Scott C. Carr as our District Governor Nominee to serve as Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.
District Governor Nominee, 2017-2018 Selection 2016-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Trouble navigating the RI website?
    Facebook have you puzzled? 
        Rotary5340.org a complete
Help is on the way on April 23!
Three specially designed sessions with knowledgeable instructors will be presented from 9 - 10 am at USD to give you hands on instruction.  Sign up now on Rotary5340.org and bring your laptop.
Need Help Navigating Rotary Websites? 2016-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
The next and final music contest will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM at Carlsbad By The Sea, 2855 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad 92008.
The area competition has been combined with the final. Guests are welcomed to this free concert and refreshments will be served. All Rotarians and their guests are encourage to attend.
The final prizes sponsored by Rotary District 5340 are 1st $1,000, 2nd $500, and 3rd $250. The winner is expected to perform at the District Conference on May 14th in Newport Beach.
Youth Instrumental Music Contest Bob Hartsfield 2016-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Sommer on Mar 08, 2016
The Rotary Leadership Institute offers interactive curriculum that will be beneficial to any Rotarian and it will also give you the opportunity to make connections with your peers while learning about Rotary. Your facilitators will be District Leaders who bring a wealth of Rotary experience and knowledge as they guide instruction.
Course offerings on April 23, 2016, allow you to begin, continue or finish this three part program. Upon completion of all three parts, you will be given a pin and a certificate will be awarded at the District Governor’s Dinner in June. My contact information is somsci@msn.com.  Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about the program.
The next session will be held at USD at the Kroc Center for Peace and Justice.  Please go to the District Website to register.
Continental Breakfast & Sit Down luncheon $45
Rotary Leadership Institute Christine Sommer 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0