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Join your best Rotary friends at the 2109 District Conference at the beautiful Catamaran Hotel in Mission Beach.  You can learn what is going on in the District, participate in sharing ideas and successes, take a cruise on the historic Bahia Belle and enjoy the beach and the tropical setting of the resort.  There is new updated pricing  for registering. Registration is open.  Click to register here.
Friday morning we will feature an International Project Fair with Rotary clubs from Baja California (District 4100) to connect with our fellow Rotarians south of the border and discuss joint service opportunities.  Additionally, we will feature sessions to give your Club an opportunity to showcase your activities.  If you want to participate, contact Jim Hughes, District Conference Chair at jim@hughesheritageplaza.com 
Take advantage of the special reduced hotel rates at the Catamaran Hotel during the conference.  We secured a $179 a night rate that includes free parking.  You will find the link for the hotel registration when you register for the conference.  See you there!
Special Message from your Queen:
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We have heard you!  Several would love to attend part of the conference but can't make all three days.  We get it and came up with a pricing option to suit everyone's availability.
Full Conference: $250
Friday Only: $125
Saturday and Sunday:  $195
Rotaract and Youth Exchange: Still $20 (sorry we cannot provide any meals for that price)
Remember there are still great deals to say at the Catamaran Hotel when you sign up.  Don't wait much longer!  Register NOW here.
Get inspired March 1-3, 2019 at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego.
Hey Jude Gallegos
Your Queen of Clubs
See you in Hamburg, Germany
June 1-5, 2019
Held only once a year, the District Training Assembly (DTA) offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians, including current and incoming officers, directors and committee chairs to help them become effective leaders.  ALL Rotarians - especially Red Badgers - are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians.   Classes fill up quickly, so don't miss out - REGISTER TODAY!  Registration ends March 27, 2019.
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register and attend the District Grants Seminar (Session 4 of DTA), which will be held from 12:10 to 2:00 p.m.   There is no charge to attend.
Photo L-R:  Rotarian, Kim Muslusky of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and Rotarians, Gloria and Bob Chalfa of the Old Mission Rotary Club.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation was well represented at PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) over the weekend of February 8-10 at the LAX Marriott.  Their next promotional  roadshow will be at the International Convention in Hamburg, Germany in June 2019.  
During the February Thousand Smiles Clinic in Ensenada, the team performed two cleft lip surgeries, three cleft palates, three bone grafts, one complicated extraction, four ear tubes and provided 110 children with general dentistry services.
Photo L-R: Participants of the 2019 Four-Way Test Speech Contest at Old Mission Rotary on February 12, 2019.  Photo depicts event chair, Eric Benink with Reality Changer students, Ariana Bermudez, Aaron Russam and Angel Vargas.
Old Mission Rotary conducted the club round of District 5340's Four-Way Test Speech Contest held on February 12, 2019.  Students have between five and seven minutes to deliver a talk that is judged on content, organization, delivery and application of the Four-Way Test.
Club judges were Rotarians, Cynthia Drake, Pat Esparza, Tara Simpson and Marge Cole.  Rotarian, Mark McAnelly served as the official time keeper.  This year's chair was Rotarian Eric Benink who once again organized a fun and inspiring event.
It is the Club's tradition to invite students from the Reality Changers program to participate in this event.  Reality Changers is a non-profit organization based in San Diego that provides tutoring and mentoring services to high school students aspiring first-generation college students in San Diego County.  Reality Changers has a 98% success rate for getting participants into college.
Speaker, Angel Vargas of Hoover High School challenged the notion of standardized testing in secondary education.  Speaker, Ariana Bermudez of Patrick Henry High School spoke on the topic of the stigma of mental illness in our society; and Speaker, Aaron Russam of San Diego High School focused his speech on the struggle of minorities in the USA.  All three were excellent speeches.  The Club ultimately selected Ariana Bermudez as the winner of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  
Escondido Rotary Club's  16th Annual Coeur de Cuisine Gourmet Gala is returning February 24, 2019.  This major fundraiser has become a social highlight throughout the North San Diego County region each February.  This sophisticated fête features the finest chefs, vintners and brewers, and you will sample food, beverages and desserts from more than 40 different local businesses. Net proceeds from this event will help fund scholarships, and community-level programs that positively impact people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances.  The highlight of this event is honoring members of the community who best exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by making a difference through philanthropy or charitable work.  This year the Club will be honoring Jackie Skay and Jay Grossman,  
Tickets and sponsorships for the 16th Annual Coeur de Cuisine are available through the website; www.coeurdecuisine.com.
The District Conference is fast approaching and we are preparing for the annual Celebration of Life event, which closes out the conference each year.  The Celebration of Life is a ceremony in which Rotarians who have passed away during this Rotary year are celebrated and honored.  Clara Harris who has been chairing this event for many years is asking that club presidents submit names of those in their club who have passed.  She will need full names, length of Rotary service, and positions they held during their tenure.  Please forward any information you have to Clara Harris at chsplu@cox.net.  If you have questions, you may call her at 619 469-5433.
The Rotary Club of El Cajon is proud to announce its 29th annual fundraiser entitled "Rockin' Rotary".  This year's event is slated for Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Elks Club Lodge located at 1400 Washington Street in El Cajon.  A delicious meal, entertainment and dancing to the music of a rock and roll band along with many exciting silent and live auction items await you.  In addition, there will be an opportunity drawing for chances to draw from a selection of fun prizes.
The Rotary Club of El Cajon is celebrating its 93rd year of providing support for its local and international communities.  Proceeds from this event will help the club provide grants to a variety of community organizations including, but not limited to, the Boys and Girls Club, Youth Symphony, Salvation Army, and East County reading programs.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to obtain tickets, visit the Club's website at www.elcajonrotary.org or call 619 977-6397 or by email at: djbanker5@gmail.com.
Do you want to make it easy on yourself when you go to the Foundation Gala?  You can take advantage of a special event guest room rate!  To book a room at this special rate simply go to the La Jolla Regency Hyatt website and enter the dates of stay then click on "special rates" and enter code 50751 in the corporate/group field and then click on "check availability".  This will pull up your special discounted rate per night, based on availability.  This code also provides you with a 50% discount on your nightly destination fee.  It's active and, as of now, the discounted rate is $224 versus the regular rate of $279.  Please be advised that you should book soon.  You can always cancel later should you decide you don't want to use it as there is no penalty if you cancel 72 hours prior to arrival date.
Four clubs gathered for their first multi-club social of 2019.  On January 24, 2019 at the Pala Mesa Resort, the Rotary Clubs of Bonsall, Fallbrook, Fallbrook Village and Valley Center gathered for Rotary fellowship.  The event was attended by 100 Rotarians, including District Governor-Elect, Marta Knight and District Governor-Nominee, Steve Weitzen.  
Pictures below include group photos; a photo of Presidents with DGE Marta Knight and AG Devon Richardson; Presidents Greg Carlson from Valley Center, Karen Utley from Fallbrook Village, Connie Fish from Fallbrook, DGE Marta Knight, Tom Kennedy from Bonsall and AG Devon Richardson.


District Governor Scott Carr
Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
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