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In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates for the role of District Governor during Rotary Year 2020-2021. This year's Committee included seven past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Scott Carr.
Steven WeitzenThe Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Steven Weitzen from the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach has been selected to serve as District Governor Nominee (DGN). Weitzen's term as Governor of District 5340 would take place during the Rotary year 2020-2021.
Weitzen is a solo practitioner in civil litigation who has owned his own practice since 1990. He served as President of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary in 2013-14, as well as Assistant Governor from 2015-18. Currently he serves as Chief Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5340.
Any challenges (per Rotary International Bylaws, Article 14.020.8) to the selection of District Governor are to be received by District Governor Mel Gallegos, in writing, by close of business on August 6, 2018. Challenges may be sent to 2247 San Diego Avenue, Ste. 236, San Diego, CA 92110 or via email to district@rotary5340.org. If no challenges are received, the selection of the Nominating Committee becomes official.
Entering its 14th year in 2018, the annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership program between SDYS and Rotary District 5340 International Youth Exchange that brings musicians from across the globe together with SDYS’ most advanced musicians for a two-week intensive music experience. Seventeen musicians representing ten countries assemble to play alongside top San Diego Youth Symphony musicians, to make memories, build bonds and cultural understanding through music.
They will be preforming on Tuesday, July 24, 6:30pm, at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, and there is no charge for admission.


The first District Council Dinner of the 2018-19 Rotary Year is almost upon us, August 21st.

Rotarians and Rotaractors from across the District are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and a chance to learn more about how to help our communities. 

Our featured keynote speaker is John Ohanion, the President and CEO of 211 San Diego. Come and learn about this unique community service agency. 

Registration is now open! To learn more, please click here.

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

The 5th Annual Interact Symposium for Interact Officers, Club Members and Rotarians is Saturday September 22, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, SD 92106.

At the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Rotary District 5340 was recognized for its work in supporting efforts to end polio.
Since 1985, Rotary has led the battle against polio, keeping on the pressure as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several dozen. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization are close to making that dream a reality.
During 2017-18, Rotary members from across District 5340 officially donated over $1 million to PolioPlus, ranking the District in the Top 10 Districts for Giving. This resulted in average giving in excess of $300 per member. When matching funds are added to the total, the generosity of Rotarians from District 5340 resulted in over $3 million to help fund the fight against polio.
"The global fight against polio continues, and our Rotary members truly stepped up to the plate," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the efforts of Past RI President John Germ and Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephen Brown, we reached a significant milestone. With every dollar being matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the global fight on polio, this is an incredible achievement, one that the members of our District should be incredibly proud of."
District Governor Carr joined other governors from across the world on stage as the totals were officially announced on stage at the Air Canada Centre during the second day of the RI Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But the fight against polio is far from over.


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
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San Diego, CA 92110

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