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District 5340 is hosting a special networking event on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Hosted in conjunction with Corporate Alliance, this special event will help attendees learn how to build relationships and gain trust to help businesses grow. Non-Rotarians and guests of Rotarians are welcome to participate in connecting activities and relationship building. Drinks and appetizers are included with registration, but seating is limited.
It is time again to select a District Governor for District 5340.  This Rotarian will serve for the Rotary year, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. You can find 2 documents,  a Notice of Nomination  and a Governors Data Form in the District Governor Resources section of this website. The “Notice” will explain the qualifications and procedures that the Club follows to suggest a Rotarian for consideration. 
Millions For HOPE is our District’s unique initiative to raise awareness by fellow Rotarians to provide a gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as a bequest.  This article highlights a simple and cost effective option to consider.  
Rotary-United Nations Day is taking place in New York City on Saturday, November 7, 2015... and you're invited!
The Saturday meeting runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UN Headquarters and will include presentations and panel discussions addressing Millennium Goals, and key humanitarian issues.  Enjoy featured presentations from senior UN staff and Rotary leaders, with panel discussions on our mutual goal of achieving peace. 
Later that evening, Rotarians will be hosting a Friendship Dinner Cruise, November 7th at 6:30 pm.  All Rotarians, UN Colleagues and friends from around the world are welcome to enjoy a buffet dinner, music and fantastic view of NYC skyline at night.  
For information and details, please click here!

PDG 2001-02 Bill Sturgeon
I am sad to report that Bill Sturgeon passed away today at home in Coronado.
A Past District Governor, Youth Exchange Officer, Summer Camp Youth Exchange Chair and founder of District 5340 MusiCamp Youth Exchange, Bill epitomized Service Above Self with a particular passion for youth service and music.
He continued to organize, support and attend MusiCamp and other youth exchange programs year-round despite the difficulty imposed by the progression of his pulmonary condition.
Those of us who worked closely with Bill for more than a decade will remember and miss his friendship, great sense of humor and unequaled knowledge of youth exchange procedures and processes. I trust he is now at peace. Please keep Barb and his family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Contact information for Barb Sturgeon
1100 Adella Avenue #32
Coronado, CA 92118

Millions For HOPE is our District’s unique initiative to raise awareness by fellow Rotarians to provide a gift to The Rotary Foundation as a bequest.  This article highlights a simple and cost effective option to consider: using life insurance to fund good around the globe.  
On Monday evening, August 10, 2015, District 5340 gathered early at the Padres game against the Cincinnati Reds.  During the pregame events, the Assistant Governors from our district assembled on the field and were introduced to the crowd via video shown on the JumboTron as seen in the top photo below.  The bottom photo shows those AG more clearly because of the greater resolution of the photo. The smiling faces shows that Rotarians can have fun. No matter how well the Padres played, Rotarians who were at this game had a great time being "the family of Rotary": by being together at Petco Park.
You have one more opportunity to be with other Rotarians at a Padres game this season. For tickets and other details, look for the updated story in NewsBits.
Photo of JumboTron Recognizing District 5340 AG's
Photo of District 5340 AG's on the field behind home plate


The Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala on October 17, 2015 promises to be a spectacular evening, headlined by special guest Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran. This black tie optional event will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds - MIssion Tower, and feature an evening of inspiration, entertainment, and dancing.

Admission to the gala of the year is only $85, thanks to the generosity of sponsors including Citizens Business Bank. Don't miss out, and reserve your seats today by clicking here.


A Milestone for Polio Eradication in Nigeria
by Rotary International
By Michael McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee
Today is a special milestone for global health and for every Rotary member. Today, Nigeria has gone one year with no new cases of wild poliovirus.
A vaccinator looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of a polio immunization drive in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez
This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way; it was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa – three-quarters of all cases in the world.
Last year, thanks to its extensive polio eradication infrastructure, Africa’s most populous nation was able to reduce polio cases by 90 percent and thwart the deadly Ebola virus with a swift, “world-class” response.
I had the privilege of speaking earlier this year at the UN Economic and Social Council about Rotary’s work as part of the Global Polio Eradication
On June 11, t
left to right: Peace Committee Chair Renuka Sethi, Club President Jeff Schafer and Kids for Peace Founder Jill McManigal
he Rotary Club of Carlsbad presented its first-ever PeaceMaker Award to Kids for Peace, a Carlsbad-based organization for students whose mission is to “cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects.”

Kids for Peace was launched nine years ago in a Carlsbad backyard by a mom, Jill McManigal, and a high school student, Danielle Gram, and has since grown into a global nonprofit with more than 100 connected chapters around the world.

“One of the primary missions of Rotary International is to promote peace and goodwill throughout the world through our focus on ‘Service Above Self,’” said Renuka Sethi, Peace Chair of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad and a member of District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee. “Throughout history, we have recognized the importance of peace for survival with the central goal being to unify or harmonize the diversity in culture and opinions. The architects of peace include not only famous world leaders and humanitarians, but also individuals from large and small communities who are less well known. These visionary individuals have expressed their passion and pursuit of peace through a variety of avenues. They have worked hard, made sacrifices, taken risks, and invested tremendous energy and resources. Most importantly, they have persevered to realize their passion and commitment to improving the lives of the less fortunate and create a better world for everyone. Today, we have the privilege of honoring a small group of such individuals from our own community. Selecting from a list of strong nominees with their diversity of contributions was indeed a challenge."
From the Seaside Courier. For the entire article that has more information, click here
The Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of Tijuana Campus received today a Chevy Express van for up to 15 people as a donation by the Rotary Club of Old Mission San Diego. 
The Vice Chancellor of UABC Campus Tijuana, Dr. Maria Eugenia Perez Morales, received the keys to the van at the hands of Robert James, International Foundation Chairman.Also present was Stan Vogelsang, the Old Mission Rotary Club Executive and Dr. Dave Irwin, President of the Thousand Smiles Foundation.
Stan and Bob lead the ViIDAI team in San Quentin several times each year.  Dave Irwin a 15 year Rotarian dentist leads the teams for the four  yearly clinics in Ensenada.  Both organizations are major contributors to helping others!  The purpose of the van is to support "UABC's" medical School staff and students with community outreach projects as well as the VIIDAI visits to San Quentin.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries and dental care for underprivileged children in Latin America.  Currently, the Thousand Smiles Foundation Surgical/Dental Clinics are held in Ensenada, Mexico four times each year.  For more details, see the rest of the story at: Old Mission Rotary

Rotarians in District 5340 are truly a unique group – passionate, dedicated and generous beyond measure.  The Millions For HOPE campaign demonstrates this in so many ways. 
  1. You came up with the idea to raise millions of dollars.
  2. You set a significant goal and are on the way to not only reaching it, but possibly exceeding it!
  3. You plan to celebrate your success with a world class event.
  4. You will “Be A Gift to the World” by making a difference with Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education.
  5. You’ll use your contributions to The Rotary Foundation to change the world through Rotary Foundation grants.
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President (2015-16), shares with us his feelings in this short video that you can see by clicking on this link: 
It is a very special occasion when a sitting Rotary International President attends a district event.  This will be just that sort of occasion.  President Ravi will be with us on October 17, 2015 to thank us “from the bottom of his heart”.
Why not join your fellow Rotarians through a gift in your estate or an outright gift to The Rotary Foundation?  Every gift counts.  You too can “Be A Gift to the World” along with your fellow Rotarians in District 5340.  For more information, please visit

Rotary District 5340 is delighted to announce that Citizens Business Bank has become the exclusive sponsor of the Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala, coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on October 17, 2015.  
The Millions For HOPE (Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education) campaign is focused on raising awareness for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and encouraging Rotarians to consider including TRF in their estate plans. The goal of Millions For HOPE is to identify $15 million in new bequests since July 1, 2014 earmarked for the Foundation.  On October 17, 2015, RI President Ravi Ravindran will host a special VIP reception before the main gala for donors who have made a bequest of at least $25,000, or made gifts of cash of $10,000 or more. 
Citizens Business Bank's participation will offset event costs, significantly reducing the price for gala tickets for every attending Rotarian and guest. To learn more about the gala and Citizens Business Bank's wide range of services, please read on.

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September 2015

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

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2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
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