District News
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
I want to again personally invite you to attend the District 5340 Foundation Gala on Monday, April 29 from 6-9:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.  This will be a celebration of The Rotary Foundation and our District's support of the Foundation.  Our MC will be Amy Scruggs from the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe.  We only have one week until the event so please take the time to register now!
Join us and come together to enjoy fellowship, a great dinner and hear Director-Elect Johrita Solari speak to us about the work of The Rotary Foundation.  
Do you want to make it easy on yourself when you attend the Foundation Gala?  You can take advantage of a "special event" guest room rate for that night.  To book a room at this special rate, go to the La Jolla Regency Hyatt website and select the date of the Gala and then click on "special rates" and enter code 50751 in the corporate/group field and click on "check availability". This will pull up your special discounted rate, per night, based on availability. 
I hope you'll join us, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Gala!
For 30 years, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club has successfully conducted more than 40 hands-on community and international service projects, here in San Diego and in Mexico.  This past March, the Club completed their seventh  project for the US Marines on the Camp Pendleton base.  Here is a link to the 12 minute video about the project that we think you will enjoy watching.  
April 8 was the final in the District 5340 Music Competition at the Dove Library in Carlsbad.  District Governor Mel Gallegos, District Governor-Elect Marta Knight, Music Competition Founder Bob Hartsfield (Carlsbad Hi-Noon) and Bob Kreisberg (Carlsbad Hi-Noon) heralded the wonderful skills of each of the contestants.  Gaby Beltran on the flute was the grand prize winner of $2500 scholarship; each of the other contestants receiving $500.  Special appreciation is extended to each club who promoted the competition and to each of the talented students who participated.  
Photo (L-R)  Brett Morey, bob Hartsfield, Gaby Beltran and Bob Kreisberg
District 5340's Four-Way Test Speech Contest is in full swing!  A field of nearly 130 student contestants have been hard a work giving outstanding speeches all over the District.  After the sub-regional contests conclude on March 20, the field will have been narrowed to the top 12 competitors.  Those top 12 speakers will be headed to the regional finals to be held on April 5 at the Chula Vista Noon Club and on April 10 at the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club.  These two contests will again narrow the field, leaving the top six of the best of the best student speakers in the District.  
These six students are set to face off at the District Finals to be held on April 25 at Club 33, Liberty Station Conference Center located at 2600 Laning Road.  Their meeting is at noon with sign-in starting at 11:45 am.  You must make a reservation for this noon meeting as it draws a huge crowd.  For more information email Nancy Vaughan at nancyfly@aol.com.
Registration for the 2019 Governor's Dinner is now open. It will be 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.
District Governor-Elect, Marta Knight recently was the guest speaker at the Coronado Rotary Club where she shared the inspirational story and photos of her family, her travels, her childhood, her beloved parents and her family's journey towards citizenship in the United States.  What a great story!  Bravo Marta!  
Photo (L-R):  Karen Laedlein, Everyone-a-Reade Chair; President, Ivan Dunn; Marta Knight, DGE; and Paul Laedlein, Community Services Director.
Escondido East Rotary Club would like you to join them for a deep pit BBQ honoring the military, local police and fire responders on Saturday, May 11 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.  The event is from 11-2:00 p.m.  Come listen to live music and enjoy the deep pit BBQ sandwiches that are slowly cooked over night in one of the last deep-pit BBQs.  There will be three big bounce houses, games and prizes for the kids.  All fire personnel, military members and, police all get in free! Come say thank you and enjoy a great afternoon with fellow Rotarians.
Saturday, April 27 is Rotarians at Work Day, so once you are done with your service project, you're going to want to cool off and enjoy the Quintessential Festival (Q-Fest) which runs from 1-5:00 p.m.  What is a Q-Fest?  Simply the best party in San Diego with 30 of San Diego's finest craft  brewers, a dozen wineries and distilleries, including several wineries from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja.  The party has live music, corn hole games and food for purchase - all in a relaxed community dog-friendly park near UTC mall.  The best part is this charity event supports 55 local non-profits and local programs through the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle.  Come celebrate with hundreds of fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends 21 years or older in the community and use this as an opportunity to invite others you know.  Catch the wave at the Surfers Unite tent in the garden, learn about upcoming events and receive a special gift.  
Tickets for the Q-Fest can be purchased online at www.lajollagtrotary.org or at the door.  See you there! #Q-Fest.
On April 5, members of the Old Mission Rotary traveled 200 miles south of the border to assist the VIDAI public health program in a settlement of tomato farm workers in San Quentin Baja.  Twice a year, 150 facility and students from San Diego State, UCSD, the UABC Medical School in Tijuana and members of the Old Mission Rotary Club spend several days in Colonia Lomas de San Ramon to provide medical, dental and public health services to the Mexican-Indians who live at the colonia.
For 15 years, Old Mission Rotary has concentrated on improving the Colonia's school - La Escuela de Salvador Diaz Ramon in Lomas De San Ramon.  The strategy has always been to ask the leaders of the community what they need.  Old Mission Rotary has funded a kitchen, a library, an 1800 square foot covered patio, a covered walkway, a computer center, and painting of the school. 
On Saturday, April 6, a new water purification system became operational at the Salvador Diaz Ramon School.  The Aquacycl system was installed in stages over the last few months.  The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary provided the initial $6000 in seed money.
The bio-electrochemical water reclamation system represents the first time ever that this school has had unlimited access to safe drinking water and it is the first time students have been able to serve themselves drinking water from the school kitchen.  Given the high incidences of diarrhea and dehydration that are experienced in this community of agricultural workers, this improved access and water quality will work to significantly enrich the quality of life and education for the 300 students and staff at the school.
The picture below shows Gerry Hosenkamp and Stan Vogelsang of Old Mission Rotary being recognized by the San Diego water technology company, Aquacycl, for the contributions made towards the bio-electrochemical water treatment system installed at the Salvador Diaz Ramon School in San Quentin Baja.
On February 27, 2019, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club honored famed local artist James T. Hubbell with the 2019 Peacemaker of the Year Award.  The award is bestowed on community members (or an organization) who by their actions have made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace. This reflects Rotary’s mission of helping build goodwill and peace in the world.
James Hubbell, along with his wife Anne of almost 61 years, founded the Ilan-Lael Foundation in 1982. The name, translated from Hebrew, means a tree that unites the physical and the spiritual. It is reflective of James Hubbell’s art, which integrates nature and community in a unique magical setting. The Ilan-Lael Foundation creates space to connect people, art and nature for a more sustainable and harmonious world. “The Foundation was started many years ago to engage conversations and many hands-on projects exploring the power of art to foster friendships and understanding among nations. Art brings diverse people together and transcends barriers,” says Hubbell.
In 1994, James Hubbell helped found the Pacific Rim Park Project, which was organized to build “friendship parks” around the Pacific Rim. He launched this project to create a global conversation between San Diego and the Pacific Rim nations, exploring the transformative power of art and the artistic process. It is a way to bridge cultures, establish new connections and helps identify emerging Pacific Rim communities. It is an example of art diplomacy that helps build pathways to peace. The parks are constructed by students from Pacific Rim nations.
Each park has a pearl element design. The pearl, weighing 400 pounds, contrasts the Pacific’s image of a Ring of Fire and historical conflict to the Pacific draped with a string of pearls that will someday link all nations in the Pacific Rim.
In 1998, a park called “Pearl of the Pacific” was built on Shelter Island in San Diego. Students from China, Mexico, Russia, and the U.S. came together to help build it.  There are now seven friendship parks in the world: the U.S, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and most recently China.
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club’s Pathways to Peace Committee selected James Hubbell for this award based on his vision of the Pacific Rim Park Project and his continual dedication to promote peace and understanding throughout the world in the construction of these parks. His art and architecture in California and throughout the world demonstrate the way nature and art can truly dance together as one. “Beauty should be visible for all to enjoy and to be inspired. It changes lives,” said Hubbell. He will always be known as a visionary with unique and breathtaking creations, using art as a catalyst to unite people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
For more information about James Hubbell and the Ilan-Lael Foundation, visit www.jameshubbellart.com, www.ilanlaelfoundation.org and www.pacificrimpark.net.  
Are you ready to have a fantastic evening at the 16th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival?  This special event will take place on the green at the beautiful Encinitas Ranch Golf Course on Saturday, June 1, from 5-8:00 pm.  Guests will enjoy strolling around this beautiful property, sampling fine wines, spirits and beer from around the world.  For your enjoyment, you have the opportunity to taste the best dishes and desserts from local restaurants!  Funds raised at the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival will go directly to charities supported by the club.
You can find more information about the charities, activities for the day, and ticket pricing by going to the event website.  The event has sold out the past five years, with over 1200 people in attendance, so please purchase tickets early.
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Mel Gallegos
District Governor 2018-19
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