District News
The District Office will be going through many changes over the next 2 months. First, the District Governor Line would like to extend a huge Thank You to Jim Hughes for the many years of generosity in providing a space for the District Office free of charge. Due to changes in the location by the end of the current Rotary Year the office will move out and become a virtual office. You will still be able to reach out to the District Governor for help by calling the District Office phone number, there is an answering service who will take your message and reach out to someone to assist you. There will changes in the use of the District Conference Room and that information will be made available as soon as possible. This will be new for all of us and we ask your patience while we work through the process. Please contact me, Marta Knight or Steve Weitzen by calling the District phone number at 619-2-ROTARY  (619-276-8279) if you have any questions. You can also keep track of new information on the District website at rotary5340.org.
At the Convention there were More than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countries. Rotary committed US$102 million this year to end polio. Hamburg gained €24 million in tourism revenue. Holger Knaack was the first German nominated to serve as Rotary International president in 2020-21. There were 35 speeches and 98 breakout sessions and 334 exhibit booths of which 200 featured Rotary humanitarian projects.
The 2019 Governor's Dinner is just around the corner.  Already we have 203 Rotarians signed up to attend.  This year this event is being held on June 27th at the La Jolla Marriott. Cost of the dinner is $50 for Rotarians and their guests and $30 for Rotaractors. Join us for our annual District Awards and Inductions Ceremonies.  This will be the final event of our Rotary Year as Marta Knight prepares to take her place as the District Governor for 2019-20. Register by clicking here.

Provided below is a link to select enactments of importance to Rotary Clubs and Districts.  These enactments are a result of the 2019 Council on Legislation.  This report was summarized and compiled by Steve Lingenbrink, Kevin Eisenberg, Tim Bewley, Wade Nomura, Steve Lewis, Doug Taylor, Anne Fisher, Bob Deering, Nancy Clancy and Greg Owen and provided for your review by Janice Kurth, District 5340's representative to the Council on Legislation.

We are pleased to report that as of today, a total of fifteen (15) clubs in Rotary District 5340 are qualified to receive the Rotary Citation for 2018-19.  Those clubs currently achieving the Rotary Citation include:

  • Carlsbad with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Carlsbad Hi-Noon with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Chula Vista
  • Coronado with a Platinum Presidential Distinction
  • Del Mar with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Escondido Sunrise with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Fallbrook Village with a Gold Presidential Distinction
  • La Jolla Golden Triangle with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Rancho Bernardo with a Platinum Presidential Distinction
  • Rancho Bernardo Sunrise with a Gold Presidential Distinction
  • San Diego Downtown Breakfast with a Gold Presidential Distinction
  • San Diego Paradise Valley with a Platinum Presidential Distinction
  • San Diego South Bay
  • Santee-Lakeside with a Silver Presidential Distinction
  • Valley Center with a Platinum Presidential Distinction

Many clubs are just one or two goals away from achieving this tremendous honor. With the June 30th reporting deadline nearly here, there is still time for your club to join this prestigious list by completing your Rotary Citation Goals on rotary.org

District 5340 was represented at the Memorial Day service held at the Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial.
Photo (L-R): Sitting is Torrey Pines Rotarian, Max Gurney who served in the US Army in WWII in North Africa and Italy.  In the red shirt is Tim McCully of Point Loma Rotary who rose to the rank of Captain and Matt Risi of Old Mission Rotary.  Both served as a Surface Warfare Officers in the US Navy.  Gordon Shurtleff of Torrey Pines Rotary was a "scope dope" in the US Air Force and served along the DEW Line in Greenland,
On Tuesday, May 14, members and guests of the Rotary Club of El Cajon gathered to dedicate the Prescott Promenade Park Clock  in the downtown area of the City of El Cajon.  The clock project was spearheaded by Rotarian, Cheryl Minshew  and was envisioned as a way to mark time - 92 years in fact - that the El Cajon Rotary Club has been doing good in its community and in the world.  Speakers included Joe Mackey, President of the El Cajon Rotary Club and club member and El Cajon City Councilman, Bob McClellan.   Past District Governor, Scott Carr and Governor-Elect, Marta Knight were on hand to share in the celebration.  A reception followed at Testo Pepsesto Italian Restaurant.  
The Ninth Annual "So You think You've Got Talent San Diego" Gala was an amazing success again this year.  Th talent was better than ever and this year the audience voted for the winner by text using their smartphones.  Money raised by the Old Mission Rotary Club, Mission Valley Rotary Club, Pacific Beach Rotaract Club and Francis Parker Interact Club will help fund about 30% of the annual operating budget for the Thousand Smiles Foundation.  Thousand Smiles provides free treatment, on a quarterly basis, to less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from facial deformities such as cleft palate at their clinics located in Ensenada in Baja.
The Lehoffe Trio finished in third place playing the lively second movement of Brahms Trio Number One with Leo Liang on Piano, Sunny Fan on cello and Kevin Hu on violin.  Comedienne, Ella Engelberg finished in second place with her hilarious "middle child routine;" and Soprano Chelsea Snow finished in first place singing the aria "Tu sei di che sei cinta" from the Puccini Opera, Turabdot.  Matt Risi served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club announces its 2019 Concert at the Lakes featuring Shannon Rae and  100 Proof, Petty and the Heartshakers and the band DSB who has been highly revered as the "next best thing" to Journey.   Shotgun Tom Kelly will once again be the Club's guest Emcee.   The beautiful Santee Lakes Park and Recreational Preserve acts as the backdrop to this sell-out event.  There's nothing like listening to music while sipping a glass of wine as the moon glistens along the lakeshore.  So don't miss out.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27 and join us for dinner and a concert which runs from 4:00 to 10:00 pm.  There  are three ticket price points.  All tickets are available from Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club members or online. The event is open to anyone age 14 and up.   ABC regulations require that no alcohol be brought into the event.  There will be wine and beer available for purchase.  Proceeds supports Rotary youth programs and scholarships.  For ticket information and more about the bands and venue, please go to the concert webpage.
On Saturday, May 18, a crew of Oceanside Rotarians turned out to grill and serve about 1,000 hamburgers and hotdogs respectively on Armed Forces Day in support of Operation Appreciation.  Each year the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce brings the business community and area residents together to provide a day of recognition to all active duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton and nearby military bases.  Thousands of active duty military and family members are treated to a day of free food, entertainment and a fun zone for kids.  
Photo: Oceanside Rotarians hard at work grilling up lunch for active duty military personnel and their families.
Photo (R-L): U.S. Representative, Mike Levin (Dem-49) joined with Oceanside Rotary President-Elect, Terri Hall in serving lunch to troops at Operation Appreciation.
District Governor, Mel Gallegos visited the Chula Vista Noon Club to make Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentations to seven club members.  Mel explained the impact that a Paul Harris Fellow contribution to Rotary International makes and noted these awards were all for multiple PHFs, meaning each Rotarian was committed to continuing Service Above Self.  
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District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
P.O. Box 420786
San Diego, CA 92124
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