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ROTARY DISTRICT 5340 has been CHALLENGED by the LIONS CLUBS OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL to collect food items for local food banks in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Challenge between our two Districts will continue for the entire month of October. DG Chuck Pretto would like clubs to gather donated food item, weigh it and let the District know the total weight amount and then proceed to drop it off at either the San Diego, North County or Imperial Food Banks. At the end of the month, we will compare the amount of food we donate versus what the Lion's come up with for a friendly competition. We have twice as many Rotarians in San Diego as do the Lions, but we know they are motivated to beat us, Let's come together and donate food to one of these local food banks.
Heroes Unite! 
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 
October 29, 2022

Join fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and guests for a full day and night of celebration and fellowship at the 2022 District Conference and Foundation Gala.
The District Conference will take place from 9:00 - 4:00 pm.  Check in starts at 8:00 am.   Conference is $150 per person and includes: Continental breakfast, plated lunch, interesting speakers, musical & Aerial dance performances, and a raffle.
The Foundation Gala will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with dancing following.  Check in begins at 4:30 PM.  The cocktail hour and the Aerialist performances is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Cost is $130.00 per person. 
Gala includes: informative speakers, formal dinner, Foundations Awards/Acknowledgements, Lancer Dancer performances, and Costume Contest prizes. Matt Heinecke & Crown Town Music will continue the dance party from 8p-10p. 
Halloween Costumes are encouraged to be worn for the Gala.
Get a discount for participating in both events - $250.

To register for the conference and gala, click here.   

For information regarding event activities, speaker line up and hotel room reservations Click here
To sponsor a Rotaractor for the District Conference, click here: Donation | District 5340 (rotary5340.org)

The District has partnered with the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar to book a set of rooms for the conference at a discounted rate. This is a first come first serve opportunity, and the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar are currently accepting reservations: 

Join in on the amazing opportunity to walk together as Rotarians and Rotaractors to End Polio!  We will meet at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park on October 22 at 8:00 AM. We will do the five bridges walk.  Tickets are $20 for Rotarians and for Rotaractors its $10. 
To register click here or you can use the UR code above.  For more information, please contact Marge Cole at marge.cole@yahoo.com.
The District 5340 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for the Governor of District 5340 for Rotary Year 2025 – 2026.  The application deadline is October 10, 2022. 
All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form.  
Fully completed forms can scanned and emailed to Dan Gensler at dgensler@rotary5340.org or submitted to the District mailing address: District 5340 – DG Nomination Committee, 5052 Clairemont Drive #178651, San Diego, CA  92117. 
Interviews will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022. 
The recent detection of poliovirus in New York and the UK is a wake-up call for countries where the vaccine-preventable disease has not spread for years. It is a stark reminder that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. In this issue of Rotary magazine, read how a reengineered vaccine is lifting hopes that global eradication is closer than ever. Then, be part of history and help us build awareness on World Polio Day on 24 October.

Click here to read the October 2022 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

Rotary, of course, remains as committed as ever to responding to the Ukraine crisis. In another of this month's features, you'll get an intimate look at the story of a family of Ukrainian refugees and the Rotarian in Poland who gave them more than just shelter — told in their voices and through powerful photography.
In the Our World section, you'll find six tips on how to provide comfort and care for members — so they can, in turn, better serve their communities. And finally, in the Our Clubs section, we'll introduce you to one club in Australia that is going back to Rotary's foundations to engage young corporate professionals eager for opportunities to give back. 

One of the ways you can share story tips with us is through letters and emails, so drop us a note at magazine@rotary.org and tell us your inspiring Rotary stories.

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Chuck Pretto
Chuck Pretto
District Governor 2022-23
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
5052 Clairemont Drive #178651
San Diego, CA 92117
619-2-ROTARY (619-276-8279) Phone
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