District News
5.54 TONS to be precise! 
A recent Saturday's work effort saw the culmination of six months planning by Seven Oaks Community Center and the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.  Twenty-five Rotarians and family members spent six hours unloading residents' cars as well as traveling to their homes to pick up furniture, bedding, patio furniture and other older and no longer used items clogging garages and closets.
Three 40-foot roll off dumpsters, provided free of charge by EDCO Waste Disposal, were filled to capacity.  Councilman Mark Kersey's office provided free "dump tickets" for use at the Miramar Landfill.  As a result, no cost was incurred by Seven Oaks residents.  Reusable furniture, accessories, and fixtures were given to local charities.
Seven Oaks Community, comprised of 1,249 single-family homes and 410 condos, is a 55+ community developed in the 1960s during the initial development of Rancho Bernardo.  
Given residents' enthusiasm and appreciation, Seven Oaks Clean Up Day is likely to become an annual event.
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club was founded in 1964 and has a long history of commitment to  community service.  

Dan GenslerThe Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Daniel Gensler from the Rotary Club of Coronado has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2021-2022.

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates. This year's Committee included several past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Scott Carr.

Gensler is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who has owned his own financial planning and investment firm since 1995. He served as President of the Coronado Rotary in 2006-07. Since then, he has served many roles within the District, and currently serves on the Foundation Committee for Rotary District 5340.

Any challenges (per Rotary International Bylaws, Article 14.020.8) to the selection of District Governor are to be received by Scott Carr, Chair of the Nomination Committee, by close of business on Friday, November 16, 2018. Challenges may be sent to 2247 San Diego Avenue, Ste. 236, San Diego, CA 92110 or via email to scarr@rotary5340.org. If no challenges are received, the selection of the Nominating Committee becomes official.

The International Assembly - the final week-long training session for incoming District Governors-Elect from around the world - is scheduled once again to occur here in San Diego.
Join us on Sunday, January 13, 2019 for a fun-packed day as we welcome Rotarians and their partners to San Diego.  To sign up, click here.  There will be three shifts at the San Diego International Airport to meet passengers as they arrive in the baggage areas and three shifts at the Hyatt Hotel to greet the Governors-Elect at the hotel.  The shifts will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  You may register separately for more than one shift if you chose to volunteer for a shift at both the airport and hotel.
The MCAS Miramar Enlisted Recreation Center has a program that connects single men and women with home hosts for sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  These are soldiers who cannot be with their families or loved ones during these traditional holidays.  The applications will ask questions to coordinate preferences for both the Marines and the hosts.  You will be required to pick them up on base and return them after dinner.  You can apply online separately for each of the two holidays.  There is a limit of two service members per holiday.  Use the application forms for the host family and NOT the service member.  To learn more and to obtain application please go to the websiteTHANKSGIVING IS COMPLETELY FILLED.  Opportunities still exist for Christmas.
Escondido East Rotary Club Rotarian, Glen Burford will be riding in the Ride to End Polio charity event in Tucson, Arizona on November 20, 2018.  Money raised will help continue efforts to eradicate polio.  Rotary District 5500's Ride to End Polio is dedicated to Rotarian, Mike Harris who founded the ride in 2009.  Their 2017 ride raised $11.7 million, including the generated $47 million for Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, enough money to buy tens of millions of vaccinations, protecting countless children worldwide from this terrible disease.  For more information go to the Ride to End Polio website.  District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos was present at the Escondido East Rotary Club meeting to hear about Glen's efforts.
Pictured:  Escondido East Rotary Club President, Josh Banks with District 5340 Governor, Mel Gallegos and Rotarian, Glen Burford.
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.
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.
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!
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.


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