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The annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership between SDYS 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.  Tickets will be available after June 30, 2016 on the SDYS website,



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

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.
Rotary District 5340 is going to sponsor the Care 'n Share Toy Drive as a district wide project.  In the past this toy drive was a project of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines (La Jolla) in cooperation with numerous other organizations in San Diego. This year District 5340 has opted to make the Care N Share Toy Drive a district-wide project so all of the Rotary Clubs in the district can participate. 
District 5340 Toy Drive Booth Toy Donors
This toy drive is held during the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairground.  The fair runs from June 3 to July 4. The goal this year is to collect over 10,000 toys to distribute to sick children in the San Diego region. This toy drive is open to everyone who attends the fair because there were will be a collection point for toys there. 
Clubs and individuals can participate in several ways. The first way is to volunteer to staff the collection booth at the San Diego Fair. The second way to participate is host a toy drive by putting a toy collection box at your club or business.  The third way to participate is to sponsor a library collection box at one of the more than 50 library locations in the county.  The collection boxes will be supplied through Rotary District 5340. 
For more information, download the Care 'n Share Toy Drive flyer

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.  

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.

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.

To donate to the Rotary Foundation, go to: Donate to the Rotary Foundation
To join with business, professional and community leaders who work together to benefit your community, use the Find A Club button in the column to the left to find a Rotary club near you. 

Ivan Alba teaching math in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a very hard country to live in.  The average yearly wage in the country is only about $500US per year.  From 2006 to 2009, the Zimbabwean dollar devaluated at such an alarming rate that one US dollar (worth one Zimbabwean dollar in 2006) was worth 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (thirty octillion) Zimbabwean dollar by 2009. The national currency became absolutely worthless, and everyone with money in the bank lost it.  Today’s circumstances are bleak in President Mugabe’s Zimbabwe; yet Rotary, and a sense of hope, still survives.
The Alba Family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) met with a Zim Rotarian named Tina “Tete Chikisa” Chirwe who runs a school in Chipinge. She has the true heart of a ‘Rotarian on fire’.  After touring much of the country by bus, the family ended up working with the St. Albertina School to help them improve their mathematics education program.  Isabel and Lily attended the school and learned, first hand, what it was to be an African student, and Elena and Ivan got straight to work with the teachers and the principal.  The Rotarian-run school boards many students from the outskirts of the community and Tina, herself, pays for those students who have difficulty paying the modest tuition to attend.  The Rotarians in the community are constantly searching for ways to help those who are in greatest need.  Zimbabwe has many who need this help.

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Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional, and civic leaders. 
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in our community.
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June 2016

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