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 announce that Marta Knight from the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) 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 13.020.8)  to the selection of District Governor during Rotary Year 2020-2021, must be received by District Governor Scott Carr, in writing, no later than December 27, 2017.  If no challenges are received by that date, the choice of District Governor for Rotary Year 2020-2021 will become official.
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.
February is Peace Month for Rotary.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the District Pathways to Peace Award for 2017 will be presented at our District Peace Forum in the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Center at USD from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The Peacemaker of the Year Award honors members of Rotary and the community who have made a significant difference in promoting peace, tolerance, understanding and conflict resolution, locally or globally.  They must have demonstrated their commitment by concrete action to bring about the change called for by rotary's Mission Statement: building goodwill and peace in the world.  
The recipient of the award can be from the greater San Diego community and need not be a Rotarian, but should have strong ties to the service area of the nominating club.   Each club must submit its Club Peacemaker of the Year as its nominee for District Peacemaker.  Clubs should submit a completed Peacemaker of the Year nomination form, which includes a description of the nominee's qualifications for both the Club and District awards by January 15, 2018.    Please email the completed document to
Recently, Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club's past president, Mike Dunlap presented Brad Roberts from the County of San Diego a check for $150,000 to construct two handicapped accessible cabins at Dos Picos Country Park in Ramona.
These two cabins will be numbers 12 and 13; encompassing over $1 million raised through contributions by non-Rotarians for this great purpose.  Cabins have been placed on Dixon Lake in Escondido, Camp Pendleton's San Onofre Beach campground, and a number of San Diego County parks.  Cabins by the Lake is a charity fund established by Mike Dunlap and supported by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club.  The charity has also funded two Global Grants providing Braille devices and exercise equip0ment for a special needs facility in Brazil. 
John M. NeuhartRotary District 5340 is proud to announce that John Neuhart has been named Assistant Governor for Area 10, which includes the Rotary Club of San Diego. The mid-term appointment of Neuhart as Assistant Governor becomes effective January 1, 2018. 
Within Rotary, the Assistant Governor acts has a vital link between the Club, District leadership, and other clubs in the region. Assistant Governors make themselves available to club leadership, offering support, ideas, and guidance throughout the year. The Assistant Governor also guides club officers in finding resources from Rotary International, as well as tips and best practices from other clubs across the District.
Neuhart's appointment is a departure from tradition. In previous years, the District Governor Elect became the automatic appointee to fill the role of Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club of San Diego. The appointment was limited to a one-year term, until the next District Governor Elect took over the role.
While the practice was designed to help bring club members closer to the next leader of the District, it sometimes had the opposite effect. "When you look at this tradition in practice, the District Governor Elect is really on the cusp of becoming the leader of this dynamic district," noted Scott Carr, District Governor. "Their hands are full planning events and putting together their leadership teams. As their commitments increase, it becomes more and more daunting for the District Governor Elect to devote the time and resources needed to successfully serve as Assistant Governor. So in reality, a tradition intended to bring together club members with the district's future leader often would result in the club members seeing less and less of their representative. We knew a change was needed."
There are just a few days left before the discount for early registration to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada expires.  The 2018 convention is being held June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration ends December 15.  You can save over $150 if you register by that date.  In addition, you can still pick up the closest hotels and get the best deals.  Remember, there is another big event happening at the same time.  Making arrangements in advance is advisable.  As the months go by, Newsbits will keep you updated.  Read more for links.
Facilitators are needed for the 2018 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Join the fun and be a part of this outstanding Rotary youth leadership program scheduled for April 20 through 22, 2018 in Idyllwild, California.  RYLA is a three-day leadership conference for high school juniors from throughout District 5340.  Details and an application (click on the facilitators tab) are available at  Please see your club RYLA chair if you have any questions.  You may also contact Paul van Roon at (619) 980-2334 or email him at   We welcome your participation!
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 14th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peace makers by debating current-day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.  Students also learn important skills in conflict resolution, analytical thinking and public speaking.
  • Register teams by December 31, 2017 by completing the online Model UN registration form at:
  • 2018 Model UN Conference is April 7-8, 2018 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice Center.
  • The fee is $750 per team (2 students and 1 advisor).
  • Training for students and advisors will be held on January 27, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy.
For more information please go to: or contact  Rotary Model UN Program Chair, Kevin Cahill at
Please consider donating new or gently worn clothing to those who proudly served our country allowing us to enjoy its freedoms and cherish the values of its democracy.  Please note above the specific items needed, however all clothing donation are welcome.  Donations need to be made by January 4.  For more information, please call Bonnie Maloney at 760-613-6889.
At the recent Zone Institute, Rotary District 5340 was awarded top honors for its work supporting The Rotary Foundation. The District also received recognition for its work in improving the branding of Rotary International.
The awards were announced at the 2017 Zone Institute, held November 10-11, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. 
District 5340 earned the coveted 1st Place award for total contributions to The Rotary Foundation during the 2016-17 year. The top honor recognized District 5340 members as contributing $1,093,862 to The Rotary Foundation, the highest total of all districts within Rotary Zone 26. The District also received awards in many other categories, including:
2nd Place - Contributions to the Annual Fund
1st Place - Endowment Fund Contributions
2nd Place - Other Giving
2nd Place - Sustained Foundation Achievement Over Five Years
3rd Place - Most Improvement in Brand Adoption by a District
"This is an incredible achievement for all of the Rotary members within our region," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Rotarians are truly generous people who believe in The Rotary Foundation. These contributions help power the good works Rotarians do both locally and across the globe. This is truly a remarkable achievement that every Rotarian should be incredibly proud of."
The RI International Assembly is coming back to San Diego this January and we're looking for Rotarians in the San Diego area to host visiting DGE's from around the world for a few hours the evening of Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The tradition of hosting two people to 20 continues to be one of the highlights of the entire week of intense training for the DGE's.  You will pick them up at the hotel no earlier than 5:45 p.m. and returning them by 10:00 p.m.  Please go to to sign up now!  If you have a specific language preference, please be sure to note that on your sign-up page.  You will be notified who you will be hosting by the first part of December so you can begin communicating with them in advance.  This is an awesome opportunity you won't want to miss!
Five clubs - Escondido Rotary, Escondido After Five, Escondido Sunrise, Escondido East and Escondido Route 78 worked with the City of Escondido to purchase and plant 94 15-gallon trees at six city parks.  Approximately 70 Rotarians, family, friends, Interact and Rotaract volunteers worked simultaneously at the parks on Saturday, November 18 to complete the project in under two hours.  By planting the trees in the parks, the City of Escondido will water and maintain them, providing sustainability to the project.  These five Rotary clubs work together throughout the year on community and international projects.  Key members from each club hold a monthly "summit" to discuss and coordinate collaborative efforts.
Photo:  Sherrie Suanico is Old Mission Rotary's newest member.  she experienced her "Rotary Moment" as a volunteer at the Thousand Smiles November Clinic in  Ensenada
Sherrie Suanico has been a member of Rotary for just a month and has already experienced her "Rotary Moment" during her first trip to the November Thousand Smiles Clinic in Baja Mexico. The newest member of Old Mission Rotary jumped right in to assist dentists and nurses as they treated children; some with appalling dental conditions.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is dedicated to providing free maxillo-facial surgeries and dental work to underprivileged children in Mexico who suffer from facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. The Foundation owns a modern dental clinic in Ensenada and its clinics are completely staffed by volunteers, mostly from The United States and México.
Thousand Smiles is a Rotary International project and has been the recipient of several grants from The Rotary Foundation and individual Rotary Clubs. Its Board of Directors now consists of Rotarians from California Rotary District 5340 and California District 5330 and NW Mexico Rotary District 4110. Four two-day clinics are held yearly on the first Friday and Saturday of February, May, August and November.

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation held its 2017 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.  More than $180,000 was raised, making it the most successful fundraising event in Holes for Heroes’ 11-year history. The proceeds benefit local military charities, including: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight, Pegasus Rising, One More Wave Surf Corporation, Veterans Village San Diego, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO, Armed Services YMCA San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Homefront San Diego, Angels of America’s Fallen and Operation Bigs. These beneficiaries greatly improve the quality of life for our wounded and combat military veterans and their families.   


To date, Holes for Heroes has raised nearly $1.2 million and has honored more than 330 wounded and combat military veterans, support teams and family members at its events. This year, the golf tournament drew 154 players, including 30 military veterans.


At the dinner that followed, Holes for Heroes Event Coordinator, Don Willis paid a special tribute to Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to escort WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from San Diego County to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the Memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.  More than 200 people attending the dinner honored three WWII veterans: Bob Ruiz, a B-24 pilot with 35 missions over Germany who received of the Distinguished Flying Cross; Nelson Robinson, a P-47 aircraft mechanic with the famed Tuskegee Airmen; and Joe Renteria, a Navy combat and intelligence photographer with Admiral Halsey in the Pacific.  These heroes truly represent the greatest generation.


Special thanks to our Sponsors: Gilbert J. Martin Foundation, CUBIC, DAV Industries, Jack-in-the-Box, Senior Resource Group, YMCA San Diego, Lang Family Foundation, Glen Carlson, Sunroad Auto Group, ViaSat, Sycuan Casino, Gray Dog Food Safety, Barney & Barney, Carleton Mgt., Kansas City BBQ, Peoples Mortgage,  Lang & Brown CPAs, WAXIE, McGregor & Assoc, Desert Highlands, Westin Kierland Resort, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Escondido Golf Car, Wailea Golf Club, Coca-Cola, Loftus & Stone Families, Steve Bridge, MD, Lloyd Pest Control, the Sayer, Green, Alpert, Fisher, Ferguson and Petree families,  jetBlue, Harris Ranch, Cleveland Golf, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Beer n Wine Co., Mauna Lani Resort, Peabody Hotel, Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Rennaissance  and our auction item donors.


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