District News
Coronado Rotary hosted its annual "End Polio Now" Wine Tasting Fundraising on October 5, 2018.  About 150 Rotarians and guests gathered in the welcoming garden at Jim Kaufman's home for a party with a very vital purpose, the worldwide eradication of polio.  Generous donations for special events, such as an afternoon sailing on the bay, a panella dinner in the home of the buyer, an evening of music, art champagne and hors d'oeuvres.  More generous donations were raised through a silent auction and Raise the Paddle segment.
Proceeds from the event, chaired by Pat Flynn and Sue Maack, raised $70,000.  The donations will go to support Rotary International's Global Polio Eradication Initiative and will include funds that will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
On October 24, 2018, Rotarians will mark World Polio Day.  It is a day to celebrate how far we have come - from an estimated 350,000 cases of polio per year down to just a few in 2018.  But to achieve eradication, we must reach zero cases, and stay at zero worldwide for three consecutive years.
  • 1 in 200 polio infections leads to irreversible paralysis.
  • 17.4 million people who are currently healthy would have been paralyzed by polio without eradication efforts since 1988.
  • In 2017, Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns.
  • Unless we completely eradicate polio, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year all over the world.  The disease is endemic in only three countries, but unless we reach every child with the vaccine, no child anywhere is safe.
If you would also like to make a donation to End Polio Now, please visit coronadorotary.org and click on the End Polio Now link to the right of the website.
Photo by Dan Hutchinson
The Rotary International Assembly Host Hospitality Night is scheduled for January 16, 2019.  We are seeking clubs/members to volunteer to host incoming District Governors-Elect (DGEs) from around the world.  Take two or (you determine the number) for an evening of fellowship and dinner.  You can host in your home, your club meeting site or a site of your choosing.  You will be reimbursed $20 for each guest you host.  We guarantee the experience will be priceless!  Register today!  If you have any questions, you may direct them to Michelle Candland at michellecandland95@gmail.com.

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

You spoke and we listened. Due to many other events that have already been scheduled during November, including: the Zone Institute, Thanksgiving and various club plans; we have decided to postpone the Foundation Gala until April 29, 2019. This will also allow for those of you who will be attending the Rotary International Convention in Germany to be able to plan your trip accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner on April 29th! Please let us know if you would like a refund or to just transfer the registration to the new date. We are so grateful for the support and dedication to the principles of Rotary by the wonderful Rotarians in our District!

Yours in Rotary Service,

District Governor Mel Gallegos

Don't let this page be blank.  We all have stories to tell.  This is how we can share our successes and inspiration with each other.   We are pretty good at promoting our fundraisers but how about telling us how it went.  It may just increase participation the following year.  Do you have phenomenal Rotarians that you'd like to recognize?  This is the place to do it! Tell us about them.  Many clubs have achieved great things through  grant projects.  Why not share your story with a narrative and pictures so that we can learn how you touched the world.  
Submission of stories is easy.  Just write up a draft and send to our editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.  You don't need to be a professional writer, Sandy will help with editing and she is great at making photo collages.  All you have to do is send the  pictures.  If you want captions under your photos, simply tell us what you want said or who is in the picture.  Please try to send the draft and photos together so there is no delay in getting your story posted due to waiting for the missing piece.  All items sent by the end of the business day on Friday will be in the following Monday's edition of Newsbits.  
District 5340 is a very large district.  We need multiple communication channels to stay connected.  Newsbits can help!
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 15th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peacemakers by debating current day international issues that are presently being addressed by the real United Nations.  Students also learn important skills in conflict resolution, analytical thinking and public speaking.  Here is what you need to know:
  1. Register teams by December 31, 2018 by notifying Kevin Cahil at kcahill558@gmail.com and Bink Cook at binkcook@gmail.com
  2. The 2019 Model UN Conference will be held April 6-7, 2019 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice
  3. The cost to participate is $750 per team (two students and one advisor)
  4. Training for students and advisors will be held on January 26, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy
More information can be found at www.modelunrotary5340.com or by contacting Keven Cahill, Chair, Rotary Model UN program at kcahill558@gmail.com.
Ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden Point Loma in the 6th Annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride to support pancreatic cancer research on November 10, 2018.   Jim Krause was a past president of the Point Loma Rotary Club; an avid cyclist and philanthropist who left a legacy of Service Above Self after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.  The ride includes 10/25/62 mile exclusive scenic routes to accommodate different levels of bicycling experience.  Spend Veteran's Day weekend at the Bay Club Resort on Shelter Island with the special Stay & Play package.  The public is invited to the free Health Lifestyle Expo at Oggi's at Liberty Station from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm where they can enjoy local vendors, music and refreshments.  For more information, on Ride the Point, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.
The 2019 Rotary Rose Parade Float is coming along and District 5340 is looking to secure an additional $2500 in support.  Please contact Brett Morey directly at bretthmorey@gmail.com since he is  the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee District 5340 advisor.  Clubs or individuals who contribute $1000 or more can select a date to come up to Irwindale and decorate the float (up to 15 individuals) prior to New Year's Eve.  The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee team has the available dates and latest information as the District contributed the annual budgeted funds of $4000.
The operating budget for the float is $100,000 yet this is the only Rotary advertising you will see on TV.  The Tournament of Roses is viewed by over 70 million viewers around the globe each year with over 700,000 in attendance.  Rotary International does not fund this endeavor as it is the generosity of fellow Rotarians like yourselves that have made this a tradition for well over 35 years.  The Rotary Rose Parade Float has also won the Princess Award the last two years in a row and we are going for a repeat!  Check out the following site for online donations, photos from last year and current information:  Rose Parade. 
At the 2018 Foundation Seminar, attendees were given a glimpse of a new campaign that aims to nearly double the number of local Rotarians that join the Paul Harris Society.
Named after Rotary’s founder, the Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to give individual contributions of $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved Foundation global grants. 
Membership in the Paul Harris Society is easy to maintain, so easy that many Rotarians are already eligible through their support of the Rotary Foundation. Donors who join the Society can contribute $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation, either automatically via Rotary Direct or through one-time donations.

Yet, many don't realize that this global program actually started right here, in our very own district.
2019 Rotary 5340 District Conference
Special prices for rooms for the conference 
$179.00 per night free parking!
Early bird pricing is in effect until August 31st- $225.00
Then September 1 to January 16 - $250.00
January 17 to February 25 - $275.00
Rotaract pricing - $20.00 (No meals)
Take some time to relax and enjoy the beach and at the same time get to reconnect with fellow Rotarians from other clubs.  You will be able to get the latest information about what is happening at Rotary International as well as in the District.
Rotary Clubs from the Baja area in District 4100 will be invited to present their projects and you will also have a chance to share your ideas and projects with each other. 
Bringing the family? They will be close to Belmont Park, Sea World and of course Mission Beach. Enjoy a bike ride around Mission Bay, rent a kayak or just hang out at the beach.
At the end of the day at the Conference board the Bahia Belle, the resort's stern wheeler for a sunset and late evening cruise around Mission Bay, enjoy a refreshment and live music!
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps provided Valley Elementary School's running club with a fast start to its fundraising efforts with a $350 donation.  This is the first year the children are testing the new lanyard tracking system which replaces the old fashioned method of tracking laps on a note card.    Rotarian Jan is holding the real check at the right of the picture below.


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary District 5340
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