Two significant things you need to know regarding the Rotary Convention this coming June:
December 15, 2017 is the last date for the early bird registration discount.  After the date, it goes up $100.
Another major event is occurring the same weekend of the Rotary Convention.  Hotels will become a premium so book now!  The RI Convention website below has a link to local hotels.
There was a hint at the recent Zone Institute event, who one of the guest speakers may be.  Last weekend, Alex Robertson, District 5340 Promotional Chair for the 2018 Convention, was introduced to "Mounty Mo from Toronto, with a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau"....get the rhyme?
Locally, while the Rancho Bernardo and Coronado clubs battle it out for the "largest numbers of members attending to-date", other smaller clubs are seeking the title with the "largest percentage of members attending."  Could your club take that title?  Winner will be announced in June.
Helpful convention links are below.  Future updates will occur through Newsbits.
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.


The 2018 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event will be scheduled soon.  Visit for updates. 

Photo: (L-R) Rebecca Williamson, Development Officer for the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU; Dr. Stephanie Brodine, Professor Department Head for the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SDSU; Old Mission Rotary President, Bob James Jr.; Executive Club Secretary, Stan Vogelsang; and members of the Art Pratt Board of Directors, Judy Copeland and Bob Self.
On October 24, 2017, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,000 to the VIIDAI Program (Viajes Interinstitucional de Integracion Docente, Asistencial y de Investigacion).  This story is the result of a 15-year ongoing commitment by Old Mission Rotary with the support of District 5340 in supporting VIIDAI, a joint effort of UCSD School of Medicine, SDSU School of Public Health and the UABC Medical School in Tijuana.
Twice a year, 150 facility and students from the three Universities and members of Old Mission Rotary Club spend several days in Colonia Lomas de San Ramon in San Quentin Baja to provide medical, dental and public health services to the native Mexicans who live at the Colonia.  Like many poor areas of Mexico, water, sewage, garbage collection, electricity, and other basic forms of infrastructure are lacking.
Old Mission Rotary has been working to improve the lives of the people of this poor but proud community of Mexican Indians originally from Oaxaca Mexico.  Old Mission Rotary projects include the construction of an industrial kitchen which feeds 350 people daily, the funding of an 1800 square foot permanent outdoor metal shade structure and the paint and equipment required to paint the Salvador Diaz school.  What impressed the Rotarians the most over their many visits was how the entire community turns out to help themselves.  Old Mission Rotary is very proud of the team that has made the long and dusty drive down to San Quentin over the years.
Photo:  Bob James Jr. ringing the bell for the last time as a member of the Old Mission Rotary Club.
For many who know Bob James, news about his decision to pursue a professional opportunity in the Central Valley is hard to hear and accept, especially for his home club - Old Mission Rotary.  Bob works for CBRE Group, Inc., which is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world and he could not turn down an offer to re-locate from San Diego to Fresno, California, where he will have wonderful new opportunities in the company.
Bob James Jr. has been very active in our Rotary District 5340 and has served as the District membership Chair and has been the Master of Ceremonies at many District events.  We will miss him and wish the very best for Bob and his wife, Kathleen!    Thank you Bob for making such a difference in the world.
PDG, Pam Russell has been asked by Director-Nominee Mario Cesar de Camargo and Past RI Director Joses Pretoni from Brazil to help find a homestay for the cousin of PDG Claud Dias from District 4530, Dra. Christiane Souza.  Her mother is also a current Rotary club president.  Christiane is studying English at the Embassy English School in Downtown San Diego.  She is in San Diego now and will need a place to stay from November 25, 2017 through March 10, 2018.  Ideally the homestay would be somewhere near the downtown area or near to public transportation.  If you can help out with a place to stay, please contact Pam Russell at 619 723-3651 or
In the wake of the devastation suffered by Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, the REPAIR Puerto Rico Committee of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is dedicating their efforts to raising funds to help the island and its people to meet their immediate needs (drinking water, food, clothing, shelter, medicines and medical care).
   #9 Realize There Is No Finish Line
This is number 9 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Realize there is no finish line.  Even if you are at the size that your club wants to be, there are always reasons people leave.  And new insights always benefit a club.  You're either growing or you're dying.
Our mission team CaboSmiles in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Los Cabos,  Rotary Club of Carlsbad,  the San Diego International Global Rotary Club and the Smiles Advisory Panel (SAP) located here in Cabo San Lucas,  Baja California,  Mexico just completed a marvelous week of patient care for children challenged with cleft facial and orofacial differences.
66 patients were screened and given specialty evaluations and treatments from our experienced team consisting of Speech and Language, dental, ENT, developmental services, pediatric anesthesia, and CranioMaxilloFacial surgeons. This also resulted in assuring that 21 patients were able to undergo comprehensive facial cleft and speech augmentation surgery  including lip, palate, nasal, and facial bone reconstructions under pediatric anesthesia.
 In order to make best use of our anesthesia availability, multiple simultaneous procedures were performed on many of the cases yielding a total of 60 surgical procedures being accomplished with an estimated calculated monetary value yield of just over $417,000.00 US at this single clinic week alone.
Patients that did not have surgery were not missing out: in addition to their other specialty treatment care, their staged procedures were all still updated and in line for their operations being done at their appropriate ages on future mission dates.
Many, many expressions of gratitude goes out to the support the Smiles International Foundation receives from this Cabo San Lucas community, from the SOLMAR FOUNDATION  housing our teams at their resort hotels, the numerous restaurants like Subway, The Buzz Coffee House, Sheraton, and the members of SAP providing delicious meals during the week's clinic hours, and the loan of transporting vehicles for clinic as well add airport logistics by both Rotary and The SAP team members.
The HOSPITAL de ESPECIALIDADES with owners,  Drs. Avalos and Ibarra, deserve very special credit for allowing our full team to occupy their clinic and operating rooms this entire week as a continuing partnership of support between us for this community.
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!
   #8 Celebrate When You Get a New Member
This is number 8 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Celebrate when you get a new member.  This gets the club excited about getting more members.  Our club makes a poster of the individuals after they have been voted in and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting.  We do the same thing we when we induct a new member.
The San Diego South Bay Rotary Club held an installation dinner for their newly chartered Rotaract Club.  The dinner meeting was held at Jimmy's Family Restaurant on Plaza Blvd. in National City, which is where the club will meet going forward. 
The Rotaract Certificate of Organization was presented to President, Ryan Manalac.  The Club chartered with 21 members in June 2017, with Romero Villanueva serving as their club advisor.  Members were all related to Club members or were invited by Club members to join.  Most of the Rotaractors attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego.  One of their members - America Capelo is a very talented cellist and plays with the Youth Symphony.  Many of the members graduated in June and are going to different colleges.   The Rotaract Club is planning its first service project, serving meals at Father Joe's Village with their sponsoring club, San Diego South Bay Rotary Club.  At the installation dinner, Assistant Governor, Marta Knight welcomed members to Rotary and into the District 5340 family and shared with them the many things the District does.  Besides presenting the Certificate of Organization, Marta had the privilege of pinning each new member and provided each of them with their Charter Member Certificate. 
Officers for the club are:
President, Ryan Manalac,;
Vice President, Karlo Medrano,;
Secretary, Alyssa Talentino,;
Treasurer, Joyce Rocacorba,
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Clubs are encouraged to spotlight The Rotary Foundation and the many ways clubs can support its efforts.  District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019) and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth is making herself available to attend your club meeting and share the good works of the Rotary Foundation and provide guidance on how clubs can increase their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  This presentation is especially important to clubs with new members who may not know of the Foundation's efforts or about the many programs such as Every Rotarian Every Year!  To schedule a presentation, you may contact Janice directly at or by phone at 619 823-7861.
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