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Dear Rotarians of District 5340,

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2015 - 2016 DG Janice Kurth
Happy Rotary New Year!  I hope that you are as excited as I am about the upcoming year and all the good work and fun we will have together.  The district leadership team has been busy for many months planning fun, educational and exciting events to help all of your clubs and individual Rotarians “Be A Gift to the World” this Rotary year.
Here is a brief synopsis of events in the first few months.  See the for more information and registration.
August 1 – Membership Rally – Great speakers and advice to retain members and grow your clubs.  A must for any/all club members!
August 4 – Happy New Year Party and District Dinner – Cordiano Winery.  Registration limited so register early.
September 10 – Professional Networking Event.  Registration limited so register early.
October 3 – Rotary Leadership Institute Parts 1, 2 and 3
October 17 – Millions for HOPE Gala – Del Mar Fairgrounds.  THE party of the year.  Current RI President Ravi Ravindran is the keynote speaker!  This is the first time since 1988 that a sitting RI President has attended a District 5340 event.
November 14 – Foundation Seminar, complete with taco lunch and beer afterwards.
I am extremely honored to serve as your District Governor for 2015-2016.  I sincerely appreciate all of the support and enthusiasm that our District Rotarians have shown and will do my best to make this a successful year for you all.  I look forward to working with and having fun with you all.

On June 11, t
left to right: Peace Committee Chair Renuka Sethi, Club President Jeff Schafer and Kids for Peace Founder Jill McManigal
he Rotary Club of Carlsbad presented its first-ever PeaceMaker Award to Kids for Peace, a Carlsbad-based organization for students whose mission is to “cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects.”

Kids for Peace was launched nine years ago in a Carlsbad backyard by a mom, Jill McManigal, and a high school student, Danielle Gram, and has since grown into a global nonprofit with more than 100 connected chapters around the world.

“One of the primary missions of Rotary International is to promote peace and goodwill throughout the world through our focus on ‘Service Above Self,’” said Renuka Sethi, Peace Chair of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad and a member of District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee. “Throughout history, we have recognized the importance of peace for survival with the central goal being to unify or harmonize the diversity in culture and opinions. The architects of peace include not only famous world leaders and humanitarians, but also individuals from large and small communities who are less well known. These visionary individuals have expressed their passion and pursuit of peace through a variety of avenues. They have worked hard, made sacrifices, taken risks, and invested tremendous energy and resources. Most importantly, they have persevered to realize their passion and commitment to improving the lives of the less fortunate and create a better world for everyone. Today, we have the privilege of honoring a small group of such individuals from our own community. Selecting from a list of strong nominees with their diversity of contributions was indeed a challenge."
From the Seaside Courier. For the entire article that has more information, click here
The Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of Tijuana Campus received today a Chevy Express van for up to 15 people as a donation by the Rotary Club of Old Mission San Diego. 
The Vice Chancellor of UABC Campus Tijuana, Dr. Maria Eugenia Perez Morales, received the keys to the van at the hands of Robert James, International Foundation Chairman.Also present was Stan Vogelsang, the Old Mission Rotary Club Executive and Dr. Dave Irwin, President of the Thousand Smiles Foundation.
Stan and Bob lead the ViIDAI team in San Quentin several times each year.  Dave Irwin a 15 year Rotarian dentist leads the teams for the four  yearly clinics in Ensenada.  Both organizations are major contributors to helping others!  The purpose of the van is to support "UABC's" medical School staff and students with community outreach projects as well as the VIIDAI visits to San Quentin.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries and dental care for underprivileged children in Latin America.  Currently, the Thousand Smiles Foundation Surgical/Dental Clinics are held in Ensenada, Mexico four times each year.  For more details, see the rest of the story at: Old Mission Rotary

Rotarians in District 5340 are truly a unique group – passionate, dedicated and generous beyond measure.  The Millions For HOPE campaign demonstrates this in so many ways. 
  1. You came up with the idea to raise millions of dollars.
  2. You set a significant goal and are on the way to not only reaching it, but possibly exceeding it!
  3. You plan to celebrate your success with a world class event.
  4. You will “Be A Gift to the World” by making a difference with Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education.
  5. You’ll use your contributions to The Rotary Foundation to change the world through Rotary Foundation grants.
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President (2015-16), shares with us his feelings in this short video that you can see by clicking on this link: 
It is a very special occasion when a sitting Rotary International President attends a district event.  This will be just that sort of occasion.  President Ravi will be with us on October 17, 2015 to thank us “from the bottom of his heart”.
Why not join your fellow Rotarians through a gift in your estate or an outright gift to The Rotary Foundation?  Every gift counts.  You too can “Be A Gift to the World” along with your fellow Rotarians in District 5340.  For more information, please visit

Rotary District 5340 is delighted to announce that Citizens Business Bank has become the exclusive sponsor of the Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala, coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on October 17, 2015.  
The Millions For HOPE (Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education) campaign is focused on raising awareness for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and encouraging Rotarians to consider including TRF in their estate plans. The goal of Millions For HOPE is to identify $15 million in new bequests since July 1, 2014 earmarked for the Foundation.  On October 17, 2015, RI President Ravi Ravindran will host a special VIP reception before the main gala for donors who have made a bequest of at least $25,000, or made gifts of cash of $10,000 or more. 
Citizens Business Bank's participation will offset event costs, significantly reducing the price for gala tickets for every attending Rotarian and guest. To learn more about the gala and Citizens Business Bank's wide range of services, please read on.
Amy Steward (left), is presented The Rotary International Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award at the Coronado Rotary Meeting on June 3 by Rotary District President, Louise Andres.  Mary Griffin, Coronado Rotary Club President, looks on with pride.
Amy Steward, Coronado Middle School (CMS) teacher, received the prestigious Rotary International ROTARIAN SPOUSE/PARTNER SERVICE AWARD.  The award, recognizes spouses of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary.  Annually, Rotary awards only 100 of these awards globally.
In her presentation, District Governor Andres emphasized that awardees are selected solely on the basis of humanitarian service rendered through Rotary, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.  This is the first time the award had been received by the spouse of a Rotarian in District 5340 which comprises 65 Rotary Clubs.
A very surprised Amy Steward graciously thanked everyone explaining that she had attended with husband and Coronado Rotarian, Dan’l Steward, thinking she was here to see daughter, D’Amy, who was participating in the RYLA  group presentation that day.  With the show of family civic involvement, Amy’s loving words “everything we do, we do as “Team Steward” could not have been more poignant.
Six visitors from a Rotary Club in Grozny, Chechen Republic, were hosted by the Del Mar and visited the Old Mission Rotary Club.
The Del Mar Rotary Club recently welcomed visitors from a Rotary Club on the other side of the globe.
Hosted by the Del Mar club and sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, delegates from Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, visited Del Mar from March 27 through April 4. “We’re trying to build bridges through Rotary,” said Del Mar Rotarian Marty Peters, who coordinated the trip. “We use sister club relationships to build trust through service.”
Six Chechens endorsed by Del Mar Rotary’s sister club, Grozny Rotary Club, participated in the nine-day trip: youth professional Rakhman Zaburayev, former UNICEF officer Zaret Israilova, lawyer Emiliya Salamova, journalist Khava Khasmagomadova, lawyer Magomed Israilov and facilitator Ilya Kvyatkovskiy.
Peters coordinated the program after he met a Rotarian from Del Mar Rotary’s sister club, Grozny Rotary Club, at a Rotary International meeting. Rotary International is a service organization of approximately 1.2 million people in 34,000 clubs around the world.
From the Salk Institute research organization to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Peters led the group on about 40 hours of site visits throughout Del Mar and the greater San Diego region. Other stops included the Cabrillo National Monument and USS Midway Museum.
“The whole trip was eye-opening for all these people,” said Peters. Open World translator Sergei Vladov stayed with Peters during the trip.
This article is an excerpt from the Del Mar Times. Follow this link for the rest of the story.

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July 2015
 Janice Kurth

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