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Mark your calendars today for a very important training session put on by the District's Foundation Committee.  The Foundation Training Session will be held on February 9 at 4:00 PM.  This will be a Zoom meeting with the link coming out closer to the date of the event.  Topics to be covered include Major gifts and Major impact for Changing the World and information on how your club can become a Promise Club.  
Join us to help end Human Trafficking in San Diego March 4 at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA  92106.

Please sign up for this terrific summit that your District Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is conducting with Point Loma Nazarene University and the San Diego County Office of Education.
The regional summit will feature some inspiring speakers and provide you with tips and tools to help prevent someone in our region from becoming a victim of this $800 million illicit industry.
The event is free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot today!
To register, click here.
Did you know that Rotary Clubs can sponsor incoming Afghan refugee families?

The Sponsor Circle Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that allows everyday Americans to take on the responsibility of welcoming Afghan newcomers to their communities. This is an emergency response launched to ensure that all arriving Afghans receive welcome and support. The Sponsor Circle Program pairs Afghan newcomers with community groups eager to provide support.  Your Rotary club may be interested in sponsoring a family.  For more information please click link:  https://www.sponsorcircles.org/. The Program also provides application support sessions Monday-Friday; you can sign up here: https://www.sponsorcircles.org/application-support-sessions.
Congratulations to Point Loma Rotarian Mike Whitehurst on receiving the Citation for Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees.  Mike has served on the District Foundation Committee for many years--in the role of District Grants Chair and now as Major Gifts/Legacy Giving Co-Chair.  He has done a number of grants in India and has traveled to India as part of his involvement with these grants.

We will present his award at his club meeting and at the District Governor's Dinner at the end of this year.
It’s not every day that Rotary celebrates a club centennial, but Rotarians from District 5340 had that honor this year when Imperial Valley clubs celebrated 100 years of service. Rotary clubs celebrating 100 years were Calexico, Brawley, Holtville and El Centro.  Imperial celebrated 25 years.  

Making the event even more special was the attendance of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his lovely wife Rashi.  President Mehta was the keynote speaker for this event and his speech left everyone motivated to keep working and growing Rotary by focusing on the goal of everyone bring one and everyone keep one.  

The two-day event was held at the Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, California on January 7 and 8.  Two Districts (D5340 and D5500) were represented at the event including D5340 Governor Dan Gensler, Governor-Elect Chuck Pretto, and Governor Nominee Don Fipps. Past District Governors Marge Cole and Mel Gallegos and his wife Judy attended as did Zone Director Vicki Puliz and Assistant Governors Melissa Short and Hortencia Armendariz.  

The celebration included a tour of the area, a social hour to kick off the event and breakfast for the committee members with President Mehta and Rashi.  The evening included videos of charter members sharing their experiences of service above self and why Rotary is important for communities and the world.  

The planning of the centennial began in 2020 under leadership of committee chair Clifford Caldwell who acknowledged all the hard work put into making this celebration one to remember.  Kudos went out to leaders of District 5340 committee members Eric Freeman, Bob Barros, Robert Menvielle, George Marquez, Hortencia Armendariz, James Garcia, Dillon Faubion, Maria Lucas, Ross Daniels and Peggy Price.

There is no better way to covey the excitement of the evening better than with pictures.  Below you will find a sampling of camaraderie experienced during the celebration.  

Rotary is where individuals come together to change the world for good.
With over 1.2 million members across the globe, Rotary is the place where business and civic leaders come to share ideas, connect, and get inspired. 
Rotary members are people of action, dedicated to sustainable, impactful change in the communities in which they live and work. 


Dan Gensler
District Governor 2021-22
Rotary District 5340
Rotary District 5340
5052 Clairemont Drive #178651
San Diego, CA 92117
619-2-ROTARY  (619-276-8279) Phone
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