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Once again, our district is doing something different. Last fall we had wine tasting event.  In keeping with the fact that San Diego is also become well known for its craft breweries, the district is sponsoring this beer tasting  The number of craft breweries has grown exponentially in San Diego county. One of the most successful breweries is Stone Brewery.  Stone Brewery began in San Marcos in 1996 and then moved to their present headquarters in Escondido in 2005.  In the past year they have begun construction of breweries in Berlin, Germany and Richmond, Virginia.
Come to this event and have a great time with Rotary friends!

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.  

Again this year, Rotary District 5340 is hosting the Rotary International Assembly.  This training meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt brings district governor elects from every Rotary district in the world to San Diego every year. This year's meeting runs from Jan 17 through Jan 23. 

Rotary's annual training meeting gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary leaders from around the world.

Keynote speakers and informative presentations will inspire you and prepare you to lead your district successfully. Idea exchanges, roundtable discussions, and workshops will lead you to new ways of creating positive change.

In addition to all the meetings, the visiting district governors also have an opportunity to meet San Diego Rotarians numerous small meetings around San Diego that District 5340 clubs sponsor on Wednesday evening, Jan 21st.  These small social events are great opportunities for sharing project ideas and for learning about each other's country and culture as well.  

A La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Family doing Rotary Work in Kenya
Students at Gilgil, Kenya
Playtime at Gilgil, Kenya
The Alba Family with Ivan (past president of La Mesa Sunrise), Elena, and Isabel and Lily (Rotor-kids) are currently in Gilgil, Kenya.  They started their “Rotary World Tour” on August 27th and have traveled through Europe, the Middle East, and are now in Africa.
The family is volunteering for two weeks with Restart Africa (, a home that rescues, houses, feeds, and loves over 100 children from the streets of Gilgil.  This is the only organization of its kind in all of Kenya. It was founded by two Rotarians, Mary Coulson, and Peter Ndolo of the Rotary Club of Nairobi.  Restart Africa provides a safe home with counseling, tutoring, and a place to call home forever.  Children never “age out” of the system and are supported through university and vocational training until they are totally independent. 

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. 


Nominating Committee Announcement

I am very pleased to announce that Mel Gallegos, Past President of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, has been selected by the Nominating Committee as the  District Governor Elect for Rotary Year 2018-2019. 
In our district, Mel has served as  Rotaract Chair, District Conference Co-Chair, Assistant Governor, Permanent Fund Mentor,  District Council Chair, International Foundation Gala Chair, Organ and Tissue Donor Committee Chair, and was honored as District 5340's Rotarian of the Year for 2005-2006. 
For Rotary International,  Mel has participated in National Immunization Days in Eritrea, has delivered orthopedic equipment to rural hospitals in Malawi.  He has visited Rotary District 9200, which encompasses Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, multiple times for reviewing projects, attending their District Conference, and initiating  projects there.  He was co-chair of Light Up the Night event for International Assembly.  Most recently, he has been accepted as  The Rotary Foundation Cadres of Technical Advisers. 
Louise R. Andres
Chair, District 5340 Nominating Committee for Rotary Year 2018-2019
November 9, 2015

What a party! Read how the $31 million amount was reached, literally at the end of the evening. 
On Saturday, Oct 17, 550 Rotarians and guests from District 5340 and a few other Districts gathered at the grandstand Mission Tower Ballroom at The Del Mar Fairgrounds for a celebration of Millions for Hope Rotary Foundation fundraising. HOPE stands for Health, Overcoming Poverty, Education. This is our district initiative to benefit The Rotary Foundation’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The party started with a social time in the courtyard outside the ballroom. We enjoyed entertainment by the Mira Costa College Jazz Band.
Once inside the ballroom, we heard the story about how our district was challenged 2 years ago to raise money for the Rotary Foundation.  During the dinner, we learned how the goal for the amount to be raised became, over time, 15 million dollars.  By July 1 of this year, our district had reached the $10,000,000.00 level. The funds raised were the result of a major effort to have our district's Rotarians place estate gifts to the Rotary Foundation in their estate plans.
To see photos from this great party, click here.
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.”

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February 2016

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

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