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.
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. 
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, or simply show up during the time and dates noted above. 
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
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 ( or Janice ( to learn more. 
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. 
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
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 to find your reason.  Join with more than 500 other leaders to exchange ideas and take action! 

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.   

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.
In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, Rotary District 5340 created a Selection Committee to review and interview candidates for the role of District Governor during Rotary Year 2020-2021. This year's Selection Committee included nine past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Marilyn Sanderson.
The Selection Committee is pleased to officially announce that Marta Knight from the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise will serve as District Governor Designate (DGD) and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2020-2021.
"We were truly impressed with all of the individuals who threw their name into the hat for consideration," said Scott Carr, District Governor. Each of the candidates interviewed by the Selection Committee were recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor. "The Selection Committee had some very difficult decisions to make, given the high caliber of candidates we had to consider," Carr added. "I'd like to extend my congratulations to Marta for her selection, and my heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of the candidates who went through the process. I would also like to thank the Selection Committee and Chair Marilyn Sanderson for their hard work."
Challenges (per Rotary International Bylaws, Article 14.020.8) to the selection of District Governor were to be received by District Governor Scott Carr, in writing, by close of business on December 14, 2017. No challenges were received.
On behalf of the clubs of Rotary District 5340, it is our pleasure to congratulate Marta Knight as our District Governor for 2020-2021.
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.
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
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. 
'Tis the season for ringing in the holidays. Across our District, many clubs are hosting parties in both private and public spaces. If your Rotary holiday event is at a home or location that was not designed for events or parties, some of the below items may not be in place. Avoid some unexpected accidents that can be prevented with a little bit of pre-planning.
For instance, if you are celebrating an event outdoors...
  • Are there any special hazards at this location?
  • Is it ADA-accessible?
  • Are there sufficient restrooms for the number of guests expected?
If your event is indoors...
  • Is the building adequately maintained?
  • Are all areas accessible to those with disabilities?
  • Are there adequate exits in case of fire or emergency?
  • Are fire extinguishers and smoke detectors up-to-date and ready?
READ MORE to review the full checklist below. And if alcohol is served, help your guests get home safely. Please remind all guests that they have options for getting home, including carpooling with a designated driver, public transportation, taxis, and ride share services. Following these tips can assist your club in avoiding accidents, which can lower the potential exposure of your club should the unexpected happen. 
Mark your calendars and join us on January 31, 2018 for a special webinar hosted by our District Insurance Chair Larry Potter. Larry is a member and Past President of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary, and has 20 years experience in the insurance business. He is available via email and happy to assist clubs in answering any questions unlocking the mysteries of the RI Insurance polices.
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District Governor Scott Carr
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