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Nominating Committee Announcement

Mel Gallegos has been nominated to serve as District Governor for 2018 - 2019
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. 
Pursuant to Rotary Bylaws, all challenges to the Nominating Committee selection, must be received by the District office, no later than November 19, 2015. 
Louise R. Andres
Chair, District 5340 Nominating Committee for Rotary Year 2018-2019
November 9, 2015

Thank you to the 20 Rotarians who volunteered their time to attend the 7th Annual LEAD Conference over the October 24-25 weekend. 134 eighth grade students attended the conference where they were challenged to act with integrity, accept themselves and have a positive self-image, and set high goals for their future. Students and Rotarians were inspired by the following four interesting and entertaining presenters
Scott Greenberg has a BA from UCLA, is a renowned national speaker, has written three books on leadership, and is a contributing author to “Chicken Soup for the College Soul.” Scott inspires students to manage the thoughts and emotions that impact everything they do. Scott gives students tools to optimize their mindset, make better decisions, enhance relationships for maximum performance, and lead others to do the same.
Brodie Kaster – Ramona HS ASB President, BA from UCSD, teacher at Francis Parker. Brodie’s passion for education and dance inspires students to have active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, to overcome adversity, and the courage to act upon their beliefs. Brodie brings out the dynamic leadership skills in individuals and allows them to be respectful, benevolent citizens.
Sade Burrell is a 2015 MSW candidate at USC. She grew up in the foster care system. At 15, Sade decided that she would ignore low expectations and achieve excellence. Sade has been recognized for her efforts to eliminate child abuse and she works diligently to inspire and aid underprivileged youth to obtain a higher education. Sade transforms and inspires others to reach their greatest potential by living a solution focused life.
Torrey Mercer grew up in Solana Beach and has her BA from UC Irvine. Torrey has inspired thousands of K-12 students through The Pledge Tour which incorporates her inspiration story and addresses bullying prevention, kindness, embracing diversity, giving back to the community, and pursuing successful career paths. Torrey inspires students to take “the pledge” to be kinder, bully-free, and accepting of their peers.

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.”
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.  
District Governor Janice Kurth was interviewed about Rotary and its impact on the local and global communities on KNSJ 89.1 FM's Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town is a talk show that features discussions about politics, current events, history and contemporary subjects.  The people involved in the project include Bill Driscoll, producer, Jim Brewster, engineer,  and moderator Mike Aguirre, co-host.  The intent of the Talk of the Town talk show is to create an on-going dialog and debate on important issues of the day.  The show also includes live debates in public locations with audience participation. 

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November 2015

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
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