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Rotary International District 5340 
2018 Foundation Gala

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Click here for map and directions
Keynote Speaker - Johrita Solari
Rotary International Director Elect 2019-20 Zones 26/27
November 10, 2018  6pm to 9pm
Cost - $95.00 -- Rotaractors $45.00
Dinner selection of Filet of Beef or Vegetarian
Black tie optional and bring your dancing shoes!
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!
For all those involved or interested in Rotary's peace initiatives, you don't want to miss attending the District Peace Leadership Seminar on Saturday, October 20th.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Ronald McDonald House
This seminar, presented by District 5340's Pathways to Peace Committee, is designed to educate, motivate, and engage our Rotary club Peace Chairs, those with an interest in becoming a peace chair in their club, or those with an interest in what Rotary and our District are doing to influence peacebuilding and conflict prevention and resolution.
Peacebuilding efforts have been developing rapidly throughout our Rotary world and District 5340 is very much engaged.  Practically every service project and program Rotary does throughout the world brings increased prospects for less violent resolution of conflict.  Pathways to Peace is focused on ways to advance this aspect of Rotary.
Seminar participants will hear how their involvement can advance Rotary peace  objectives.  We will discuss key responsibilities for Peace Chairs, how clubs develop and connect to programs and ways to involve club members.  The seminar is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes.  Contact Seminar Chair, Sandra Schrift at Sandra@schrift.com with questions and suggestions. 
This year on Saturday, Oct 20 from 2 pm to 5 pm,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club will host their only fundraising event for the year. For the third year, this event will be held at Webb Lake Park in Rancho Bernardo (RB).  The funds from this event support such programs and organizations such as:
   •  Support for Abraxas High School in Poway
   •  Support for veterans via Team Red White and Blue
   •  Providing introduction to STEM  careers via scholarships for  AAUW
      Tech Trek summer camp at UCSD
   •  An AIDS orphanage in South Africa
   •  Support for a children's hospital in Uganda
   •  A house build project in Mexico 
   •  Support for the Ed Brown Senior Center in RB  
This event has been building on the success of previous year's events and the positive feedback about the event and the venue.  The club's marketing has brought many attendees from the Los Angeles area, many who have now attended past BEERnardo events.
This event is a community event because Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club relies on the support of volunteers from other organizations in RB who are recipients of grants from the club as well as volunteers from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo. 
This year's event will be offering beer tastings of the best of local craft beers. There will also be wine and food for purchase at the event. Live entertainment and games will contribute to a great experience for our guests who will have seating in the shade provided by the trees in the park.  Plan to attend this fun event in the north San Diego hub of the craft beer scene in San Diego. To volunteer contact the club at:tmg@san.rr.com
For further information and ticket purchase, go to: ranchobeernardofestival.com
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.
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
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