District News
The holiday season is here and this month our Rotary theme is: Disease Prevention and Treatment.  This is one of our Areas of Focus and perhaps the theme that Rotary is best known for, at least among non-Rotarians.  I encourage you to share this with your community.
We have had an amazing year "Connecting the World" these past five months.  I have had the pleasure of visiting all but three clubs.  I have learned so much during my visits about your boards, members, projects and your vision for the coming year.  I am so proud of all of you as I experienced Rotary in so many different ways, like the pot of Chicken Soup I spoke about with all your unique ingredients that make your clubs so special.  I enjoyed and had fun visiting your different club fundraising projects and activities.  Thank you for including me as your District Governor.
Rotary District 5340's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Chuck Pretto from the Rotary Club of San Diego will officially serve as District Governor Designate (DGD), leading District 5340 during the Rotary year 2022-2023. Chuck Pretto was selected by District 5340's Nominating Committee to serve, pending any challenges from clubs across the District. No challenges were received, and the selection has become final.
Chuck, In 1992, was invited to join San Diego Rotary. He found his niche hosting exchange students. He and his wife hosted a half a dozen students throughout the years. In Club 33 he chaired numerous committees including Camp Enterprise, Project Allocations & Grants, and Youth Exchange. He served as President in 2013-14 and then Chair of the Club 33's foundation the following year. He has been active at the District level and served as District Conference Chair, Chief of Staff, Rotaract Chair, Chief Aide and upcoming Chief Assistant Governor.
On behalf of the all of the Nominating Committee members, as well as District Governor Marta Knight, we congratulate Chuck on his achievement.
New Rotary Club Members:
Richard Bailey, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club
Jordan Conole, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club
Kristin Wiggins, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club
Save the date for this very important conference.  Register now and get early bird pricing on registration.  
International Assembly, the final week-long training session for incoming District Governors-Elect from around the world, is scheduled once again here in San Diego!
Please join us on Sunday,  January 19 for a fun day as we welcome Rotarians and their partners to San Diego.  To sign-up, click here.
There will be three (3) shifts at the San Diego International Airport to meet passengers as they arrive in the baggage areas and three (3) shifts at the Hyatt Hotel to greet the governors-elect at the hotel.  The shifts will be from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
For more information, contact Susan Rezner by email at susanrezner@sbglobal.net or by phone at (858) 336-6474.
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club has gotten too big for its current meeting location.  Effective January 3, the club will now meet at Hooley's Pub and Grill located at Grossmont Shopping Center - 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA  91942.   Their meetings begin at 7:15 am on Friday mornings.  Breakfast is $15 for members, visiting members and honorary members.  Come join them at their new digs for a morning of wonderful Rotary fellowship.
LEAD students from Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta visited Old Mission Rotary Club on December 3 to share their experiences at LEAD (Leadership, Ethics and Determination) Conference.  The Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade middle school students.  Talented young people attend a two-day camp developed and presented by the Rotarians of Rotary International District 5340.
Old Mission Rotary sponsored four students each from Farb Middle School and the Creative Performing and Media Arts School (CPMA) in Clairemont.  Mission Valley sunset Rotarian and Past District Governor, Marge Cole personally sponsored two more students each from both schools.   
The middle school students were very grateful and excited to share their leadership weekend expedience at Camp Cuyamaca.
Photo (L-R back row standing): Farb Middle School Principal Courtney Rizzo, Old Mission Rotary Youth Chair Lydia Stewart, students Dani Mejia, Anabella Ngueyn, Tra Alston, Jayden Bamba and Farb Middle School AVID coordinator Donna Rankin (L-R front row): Tristan Stout and Luzaria Curry.
Santee-Lakeside Rotarians gathered for their annual support of the Santee Santas Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization bringing comfort and joy to Santee residents by providing food and gifts to those in need especially during the holiday season.   Several toy and food drives occur throughout the city with a special emphasis during the Christmas season.  Local  businesses,  schools and community groups participate on an annual basis.  The entire program is volunteer dependent and, over the years, a multitude of community residents show up to help make magic happen.  Rotarians are at the top of the list. 
On December 7, Rotarians created an assembly-line protocol to maximize efficiency and went to work putting together 1000+ cardboard boxes that the Foundation will use to help sort and pack family boxes of food items which will be delivered on a date closer to Christmas.  While Rotarians are busy making boxes, community members are in another room sorting food products by category so that each family has a customized box based on family size and need.  The following Saturday, volunteers will customize the boxes and make ready for delivery the following weekend where you can see cars lined up down the street as each picks up food boxes, toys and other essential items and personally makes the trek to deliver items to the selected families.  The Foundation also provides poinsettias to senior who are shut-ins to ensure they feel the community's Christmas spirit.  It is a wonderful example of community helping community or in Rotary words "Making Good Happen Together, with Love, Compassion and Joy".
The December issue of The Rotarian features multi-generational families serving in Rotary.  Featured from District 5340 are Natalie Bailey of the Coronado Rotaract Club and District Governor, Marta Knight of the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club.
Thank you to Rotary 5340 members who supported the Rotary e-Club of San Diego's Global e-Club District Grant "Keeping Guatemala Girls in School".  With this grant support, the Santa Lucia High School entrepreneurs (whose goal is to make sustainable eco-friendly products) have created two new products:
  1. Reusable washable menstrual pads, and 
  2. A unique glycerin soap made of activated charcoal, volcanic ash and other native ingredients. 
The first is for the young girls so they can remain in school when they have their periods.  If you liked to support this effort, you can make a donation of $10.00, which will support one girl who can't afford to buy this product.  It's important that you copy this website on your browser and click on it:  http://www.gofundme.com/f/sustainable-education-for-Guatemalan-girls.  The hyperlink doesn't work for this URL.
The second product is a unique soap called Ecomaya, packaged in wax paper.  It comes in a beautiful bag made of Guatemalan fabric.  You now have an opportunity to purchase the soap developed by these students.  Rotarian, Maureen Duncan is going  to Guatemala December 15 - 20 and will be bringing back 200 packaged soaps.  She will be selling the soaps: one for $15; two for $25 and three for $30 and is taking orders now.  She will hand deliver the soaps to your home December 21 - 24.  If you'd like to purchase the soap, please order by email at mventiduncan@gmail.com  or by phone at (510) 867-1213. Or, you can send a check to Maureen Duncan, 314 Playa Blanca, Encinitas, CA  92024.  Proceeds will go back into the school program, allowing students to continue product development.
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $6,590 to the Boy Scouts of America Imperial Council on November 26.  Director of Development, Trent McClure explained that the funds will be used to install wireless internet at the northern end of the Mataguay Scout Ranch where they have a science center.  
McClure emphasized that their local camping areas are open to all youth groups for use:
  • Mataguay Scout Ranch is nestled in the pines and oaks of our local mountains, just 50 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.  Camping, activities and a swimming pool make for a full camping program.
  • Camp Balboa is located behind Council headquarters in Balboa Park, just a short walk from the world famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Youth Aquatic Center is located on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Aquatic Park, where you can have access to every form of water spot, including sailing, snorkeling and board sailing.  Youth camping is available there and Sea World is nearby.
Photo (L-R):  Art Pratt Foundation Board of Directors Lee Kaminetz (president), Phil Yates, Larry Edwards, Bob Chalfa, and Mark McAnelly and Boy Scouts Imperial Council Director of Development, Trent McClure
Nominations are being solicited for the 2020 Rotary District 5340 Pathways to Peace Award.  Due December 10, 2019, nominations can be submitted by individual Rotarians or Rotary Clubs.  The nominee can be an individual or an organization, Rotarian or non-Rotarian.
District 5340's Pathways to Peace Committee each year present the Pathways to Peace Award to an exemplary person or organization, Rotarian or non-Rotarian.  This award is presented at the annual Peace Forum that Rotary sponsors with the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (USD).  The Peace Forum will take place on February 22, 2020 at USD's Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
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