District News

You do not want to miss listening to our Four-Way Test Speech finalists as they participate in their final speech competition at Escondido's stunning California Center for the Arts on April 28, 2015 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.  After several months of preparation and preliminary contests, the six student finalists will represent our local youth at its finest!
Tickets are only $44, and include your choice of dinner entrees.  registration. When registering, be sure to continue to the second page to make your choice of Chicken Parmesan or vegetarian Spinach/Ricotta Ravioli.  Questions?  Please contact Dick Goodlake at: rgoodlake@aol.com.

On April 20th, 9 Interact Club students from New Delhi, India, along with 2 chaperones, a teacher and Rotarian president-elect, will be arriving in San Diego for a two week Interact student exchange.  This is the first ever Interact student exchange of this kind. The students will be staying with families from the La Jolla Golden Triangle and La Mesa Rotary Clubs and families from the Point Loma High School Interact Club.
Reprinted from the NY Times,  March 13, 2015
Kate Burrus with students she taught in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica. She and her husband, John Granger, recently finished their second assignment with the Peace Corps.
THREE years ago, Douglas Crumley sold his financial planning practice in Fair Oaks, Calif., and he and his wife, Ann, left the country.
“The intention was to live in Ecuador and travel through South America doing the retirement thing,” he said. “Well, I became absolutely bored. I don’t speak Spanish well enough to assimilate and walking up and down the beaches seemed unproductive.”
So seven months after setting up stakes abroad, Mr. Crumley, now 69, and his wife, Ann, 53, moved back to the United States and settled in Tampa, Fla. She headed into the work force selling residential real estate, but Mr. Crumley was not certain what to do with himself.
At his wife’s suggestion, he joined a nearby Rotary Cub. “ ‘It will make you feel like you’re doing more than taking up space,’ she told me,” Mr. Crumley said.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fary Moini
Thousands of women across Rotary are working tirelessly on behalf of others, touching lives around the world. For International Women’s Day, 8 March, Rotary International profiled a few outstanding members who are working in child and maternal health, economic development, and other humanitarian concerns. One outstanding woman was a Rotarian from San Diego.
Fary Moini  (seen in the photo above)
San Diego, California, USA
Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle
Over the last 10 years, Moini has taken 19 trips to Afghanistan to work on projects ranging from school construction to setting up computer labs. Her fellow Rotary members called her "inspirational" in her involvement in the building of a school in Jalalabad, and in helping to provide neonatal and midwife training for medical professionals.
To read the profiles of other outstanding Rotary women go to: These Rotary Women Are Making It Happen

The California State Assembly honored San Diego Rotary Club 33 honorary member Betty Peabody as Woman of the Year. For the last 30 years, Betty Peabody has worked toward the success of San Diego’s treasured Balboa Park through her duties as a founding member of the Balboa Park Millennium Society, a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Museum of Man, and as a member of the Central Balboa Park Association.
It’s fitting to honor Betty – particularly as we celebrate the Centennial of the California-Panama Exposition in Balboa Park. Over the course of her career she was also a historian and author of “Women Physicians in Early San Diego.” She served on many community boards while helping raise four children and eight grandchildren.

"Being unwanted,unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."  Mother Teresa
Joe with LN-4 helper hand
On Friday February 13th the Alba family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) worked with the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club to make "Stone Soup", our famous chili, and serve up dinner with Urban Street Angels (www.urbanstreetangels.org) in Ocean Beach, San Diego.  When they arrived, Elena noticed that one of our diners was missing a hand.  He wore a long-sleeved button down shirt and his left sleeve dangled empty.  "Psst- Ivan- talk to him; see if he wants a hand."  Ivan approached the man and started talking to him.  He asked if he could see his residual arm.  Then, it all began.
This past Fall Ivan and Elena had been at the 5340 Rotary District Conference in Palm Springs where the LN-4 (www.ln-4.org) prosthetic hand project had trained a roomful of Rotarians.  They were interested in finding out about possible projects for their upcoming Year of Rotary Service world tour (www.albaworldtour.wordpress.com) and learned how LN-4 provided free prosthetics in third world countries.  They left with a hand and a pile of literature hoping to find a use for their new knowledge.
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April 2015
District Governor
Louise Andres
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District 5340 Office
2247 San Diego Avenue,
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826

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