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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.
“Rotary congratulates Nigeria on its tremendous accomplishment in stopping polio,” says RI President K.R. Ravindran. “On behalf of the entire Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we thank volunteers, health workers, and parents in communities across Nigeria for their tireless commitment to ensuring every last child is protected against this devastating disease. In the months ahead, their dedication will remain as important as ever, as we work to keep Nigeria polio-free and to eliminate polio from its final strongholds in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

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, food, wine and dancing.  Register by October 7 in order to be seated with your club members.  This event is open to the public.

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.


There are still a few Advisor positions open for the LEAD conference on October 24-25.
The LEAD Conference is a weekend leadership and ethics symposium for 150 middle school students and 20 Rotarian Advisors. The LEAD Conference takes place October 24-25, 2015 at Camp Cuyamaca, a San Diego Unified School District facility, in San Diego County.
All activities are planned and led by expert staff. Advisors are needed to assist the students as they participate in the activities. An Advisor orientation session will be held at the District Office on October 6, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm (pizza, salad, and soft drinks provided).
If you would like to know more about being an Advisor or submit your application, please click here. You may also call Paul Pierce, LEAD Advisor Coordinator, at 760-942-9911, if you have questions. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend with amazing students and your fellow Rotarians.

Sponsored by District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee,this seminar is for club Peace Chairs, and for those with an interest in Rotary's peace initiatives and how Rotary is working to become an ever-greater force for peace at home and throughout the world.
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children's Way San Diego, 92123
Parking: Ample Free parking in the garage on the east side of Children's Way, across the street from Rady Children's Hospital.
Cost: Event is free! Refreshments will be served.

Register: Visit the District registration page by clicking here!
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!

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Emerging Leaders & Professional Networking Night!
District 5340 hosted a special networking event on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Hosted in UTC at the office of Corporate Alliance, this special event was designed to help attendees learn how to build relationships and gain trust to help businesses grow. Non-Rotarians and guests of Rotarians were welcome to participate in connecting activities and relationship building. 
Lenise Andrade, Director of Development, BLCI; Suzanne Manuel, President, Rotary Club of Coronado; Steve Rippe, Chief Credit Officer, Coronado Private Bank.
The Rotary Club of Coronado partnered with Coronado Private Bank to present a $10,000.00 check to The Barrio Logan College Institute.
The BLCI mission statement is:  Every child shall have access to higher  education, not limited to culture or status, resulting in a thriving community and better world.  Barrio Logan College Institute breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college.
Coronado Rotary Club and Coronado Private Bank is proud to support these efforts with both volunteers and scholarships.  
District Governor Janice Kurth was interviewed about Rotary and its impact on the local and global communities on KNSJ 89.1 FM's Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town is a talk show that features discussions about politics, current events, history and contemporary subjects.  The people involved in the project include Bill Driscoll, producer, Jim Brewster, engineer,  and moderator Mike Aguirre, co-host.  The intent of the Talk of the Town talk show is to create an on-going dialog and debate on important issues of the day.  The show also includes live debates in public locations with audience participation. 

At San Diego Rotary Club 33 on August 27, 2015 guest speakers and longtime club members Phil Blair (pictured, left) Executive Officer of the staffing firm Manpower-West, and Jenni Prisk (pictured, middle, next to President Peter Duncan), a speech communications expert presented a novel program. 

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

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

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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October 2015

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826

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