District News
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
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.
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. 
Change is Coming to District 5340
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce that the Padres have set up a site for Rotarians to purchase tickets online to select Padre games at a reduced Rotary price.  Rotarians who type rotarypadres.com into their address box at the very top of their internet browser will be taken directly to the Rotary District 5340 Padres event page where they can review seat locations, buy tickets, and see who else will be attending the game.  The tickets are delivered directly to the purchaser's email inbox after purchase.
The first 2017 District 5340 Rotary game is with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a great venue for fellowship with not only your club members but with Rotarians throughout the District.  Get your tickets today!
It was a small but enthusiastic turn out for the first annual San Diego Peace Heroes Walk held Sunday, March 19 in Carlsbad. Rotary organizers were Jerry Leggett from Ohio and Jenny Parker from the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club. The Club also had great support from Gillian Probert, President of the High Tech High Interact Club and, Rotarian, Renuka Sethi was invaluable for keeping everyone organized on the day of the event.  The Walk also had Rotary supporters from all over San Diego participating.   A large showing from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and representatives from the Peace Resource Center and Peace for Kids added to the event.  All the walkers were committed to a more peaceful world and to network and enjoy a little exercise on a pretty spring day. Organizers are hoping for a much larger event for next year. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Jenny Parker by email:  Jenny@jparkermd.net
Calling all District 5340 Rotary, District 5340 Rotaract, & Interact Clubs!
We're excited to introduce "Service Spotlights" highlighting the great hands-on projects and the impact you're making in both our local and international communities. We'd LOVE to feature YOUR club.
Interested? Message our District Community Service Chair Mari Pullen and include a description of your service project, pictures, results, and ideally any contact information in case others would like to get involved and volunteer! We can't wait to inspire Rotarians and like-minded people around the world with your wonderful service projects.
Held only once a year, District Training Assembly offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians, including officers, directors and committee chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  ALL Rotarians - especially Red Badgers - are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  District Training Assembly is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians. 
Time is running out to participate! District Training Assembly is taking place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 beginning at 7:30 am at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the University of San Diego campus.  The no-charge Global Grants Management Seminar is also held that day from 12:10 to 2:00 pm, immediately following the morning three sessions. Attendance at this seminar is required if you are planning on applying for a Global Grant.  There is no online sign-up for the Global Grants Management Seminar, simply let them know when you sign in that morning for the District Training Assembly.   
For more information and to register for the District Training Assembly, visit:  
     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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(Arlington, VA) The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation's assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation's top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation's advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact. Today, polio is on the verge of becoming only the second human disease ever to be eliminated after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent decrease in cases since the initiative began.

To mark the Foundation's centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. "We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which give us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation's centennial year," said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. "The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world."

Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. In 2002, the Rotary Foundation took a direct approach by providing future leaders the tools to become catalysts for peace in their communities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master's degree or certificate program at one of Rotary's Peace Centers in partnership with universities around the world. Today, more than 1,000 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

"While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe," said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. "On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation."

The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP's 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.


The "Purple Pinkie" table at the Foundation Gala  November 5  was a huge success.  Volunteers collected $2178.50 for Polio Plus from those who attended the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation celebration.  Every donor left with a purple pinkie and a big smile knowing they helped eradicate polio from the planet.
The volunteers were Past District Governor Marge Cole and City Heights Rotaractors.  They are skilled with painting those pinkies purple. 
Our District website now provides an updated and expanded list of Rotary club filing requirements for the IRS and California agencies. 
November 15 2016 is the upcoming deadline for IRS Form 990, 990EZ, or 990N, and California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Form 199 or 199N.  Every club, whether large or small, is required to file these annual returns with the IRS and FTB.  There is an extension available.  Other listed requirements have varying deadlines. 
In general, these filing requirements also apply to club-affiliated foundations.  Foundations should be registered with the California Attorney General "Registry of Charitable Trusts" (including corporations and associations).  Attorney General Form RRF-1 is due at the same time as the IRS Form 990 series. 
Rotarians Dan Malloy of the Rancho Bernardo Club and Michael Wexler of the Del Mar Club have developed this updated list.  Additional educational materials are being developed, so feedback and participation is welcome.  To provide feedback, email: Michael@wexlerlawgroup.com.
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships.  The website for this new fellowship is www.rotarianeducators.org.  I encourage you to go to the website and see all the great efforts that are underway.  You will note that one does not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member.  All you need is to have a passion for or an interest in education.  Membership is available for one year ($20US), three years ($50US) or a lifetime membership ($100US).  We have made it easy to make payment either with a credit card or through PayPal.  Check us out!
Most of us as Rotarians have found that special something called a "Rotary Moment" many times over.  These moments are what inspire us; without them we are not likely to last long in Rotary.  These moments provoke our emotions into action and many wonderful projects occur as a result.  I encourage all of you to think of your Rotary moment(s) and share your story.  In this edition of NewsBits, Dale and Lupita Proctor of the Route 78 Rotary Club tell of one of their moments, which inspired them into action.
While down in Ensenada volunteering at a Thousand Smiles Clinic, my wife and I were introduced to an interesting project happening in Ensenada that I call our Sewing Machine Project.
We noticed a couple of women were teaching some young mothers  how to sew.   We also learned that this effort also drew the attention of a local manufacturer who offered piece work to seamstresses who were qualified to do the work needed by their company.  Starting with a group of approximately eight women, they started taking on assignments out of their home allowing them to watch over their children at the same time.   These women went from dependent to independent with the ability to care for and support their families.  The program has now grown to more than 50 mothers.  The program touched our hearts in ways that are indescribable.  In a poverty stricken country, these women had a chance to be productive citizens, wage earners and good mothers all at the same time.  
This program is now being run by a social government organization called Unidad de Atencion a Groupos Vulnerables.  They train the women, fix the machines and set seamstresses  up with machines when one becomes available.  This is where we came in.  We wanted to make this program thrive and we have been working at finding used machines to provide to this organization. 
We'd love your help!  Share in our Rotary Moment.   If you or your family or friends have a sewing machine not in use, we want them.  There are literally millions of machines in the United States that haven't seen the light of day in a decade or more.  Other sources for acquiring these machines are garage sales, thrift shops and even Craig's List.  If you explain what it is for, many will discount or will just donate it to you.  We have had to pay up to $40 for some, but we will do it because the ROI is huge!  If you haven't the time,  a donation to the cause is always alternative way to help.  We pick up machines as we find them and we also provide fabric, buttons, zippers, pattern, etc.  All of it is so appreciated by these women.   We will be happy to pickup any machines, or sewing items you may have.  Together, we will empower these women to be self sufficient for a lifetime. 
For more information on how you can help, email dfproctor@gmail.com
Presenting a couple of machines to Groupos Vulnerables.  On the left, Ellen Daly who helps train the women; Dulce Gutierrez Men7doza, a coordinator; and on the right, Dale and Lupita Proctor from Route 78 Rotary Club.
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Joe Max of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.  This is no ordinary birthday; some would say its even an extraordinary birthday.  Why?  Because last month, Joe turned 99 years young.  Extraordinary, because he is a very spry and active man for his age.   All the while putting service above self and continually thinking of others.
Joe was born on September 23, 1909 in Philadelphia, PA.  Now, a resident of Rancho Bernardo, he celebrated among family and friends his 99th birthday.  Joe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 32 years of walking the beat,  finishing his career as a sergeant.  After retiring, Joe had several consulting jobs in security positions working in the Belgian Congo, Vietnam and the United States.  He settled in El Cajon in the 1980s, joined the El Cajon Rotary Club and met his now wife, Roberta, (affectionately known as Peaches) at an El Cajon Elks dancing function.  Besides being a regular attendee at the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club and frequently the club's joke teller, he and Peaches stay active by going dancing two to three nights a week!  We want to wish Joe a very Happy Birthday.  Congratulations for staying so young. 
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June 2017


Marilyn Sanderson
Marilyn Sanderson
Rotary District 5340
District Governor (2016-17)
Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826
 Be a gift to the world: Rotary International's theme for 2015-16