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Join us as we combine forces with District 5320 (Orange County, CA) for a three day educational gala and celebration of good works accomplished throughout the year. We will also learn about exciting projects clubs are preparing to work on in our new Rotary year (2016-17).

Districts 5340 and 5320 are honored to announce that the keynote speaker for Saturday evening event will be Olympic Silver and Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson who was instrumental in creating the California Special Olympics. 

Great Speakers + Great Programs + Great Rotarians = GREAT TIME FOR ALL!

Our schedule for the 2016 District Conference includes:

  • Friday - Host hospitality stations hosted by 45 different Rotary clubs on Friday evening,
  • Saturday - Three meals with plenary sessions with great speakers including Dr.  Ramon Resa (farm worker turned physician), PDG Eric Kimani (Kenya) and Rafer Johnson (Olympic gold medalist), student musician finalists from our instrumental music competition, informative breakout sessions, annual District Legislative meeting, service projects, fun local activities and dancing.
  • Sunday - Celebration of Life and fun closing brunch.  Global Scholar Monica Kinyua will be reunited with us for this event.

Amazing hotel room rate at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel of $144/night

Call the Fairmont at 800-810-3039 and mention "Rotary District Conference" to get the special conference rate of $144 per night. The Fairmont Newport Beach is located at 4500 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, 92660.

Conference registration is $250 per person, and includes all meals, sessions and entertainment. To register, click on the event to the left on this page.


In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Rotarian Scott C. Carr of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast  has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2017-2018.
Club Presidents are requested to publish this announcement to the members of their respective clubs.  Challenges (RI Bylaws, Article 13.020.8)  to the selection of District Governor during Rotary Year 2017-2018, must be received by the District Governor, in writing, no later than April 28, 2016.

Rotary changes lives and promotes leadership. The Rotary Club of San Diego sponsors Camp Enterprise, a weekend program that does just that for high school juniors.  Jackie Meyer is the chair for Students for Camp Enterprise in 2016 and shares this story from this year's camp.
As Chair of Students for Camp Enterprise this year, I receive the information about allergies or mediations needed for students.  When I received Karla’s (not her real name) permission form, I knew the drugs listed were serious ones.
Fast forward to Thursday night when the students gather for their first team session.  Karla was unfortunately in bed.  I had been told earlier she might hear voices and why she needed such medication.
Come Friday, I was surprised and very happy to see that Karla was engaged and determined to make up for lost time with her team.  My fears of sending home a student early were beginning to fade.

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. 

Ivan Alba teaching math in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a very hard country to live in.  The average yearly wage in the country is only about $500US per year.  From 2006 to 2009, the Zimbabwean dollar devaluated at such an alarming rate that one US dollar (worth one Zimbabwean dollar in 2006) was worth 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (thirty octillion) Zimbabwean dollar by 2009. The national currency became absolutely worthless, and everyone with money in the bank lost it.  Today’s circumstances are bleak in President Mugabe’s Zimbabwe; yet Rotary, and a sense of hope, still survives.
The Alba Family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) met with a Zim Rotarian named Tina “Tete Chikisa” Chirwe who runs a school in Chipinge. She has the true heart of a ‘Rotarian on fire’.  After touring much of the country by bus, the family ended up working with the St. Albertina School to help them improve their mathematics education program.  Isabel and Lily attended the school and learned, first hand, what it was to be an African student, and Elena and Ivan got straight to work with the teachers and the principal.  The Rotarian-run school boards many students from the outskirts of the community and Tina, herself, pays for those students who have difficulty paying the modest tuition to attend.  The Rotarians in the community are constantly searching for ways to help those who are in greatest need.  Zimbabwe has many who need this help.

What is Rotary ?

Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional, and civic leaders. 
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in our community.
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May 2016

Governor 2015 - 2016

Janice Kurth, MD, PhD

Rotary District 5340
2247 San Diego Avenue
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826

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