Saturday, January 27 was a day in which Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact students and Teen Volunteers in Action completed their tree planting project at the Sikes Adobe park, part of the San Diego River Park.   On the previous Wednesday, a dozen Rotarians prepared for the planting by cutting poultry netting (i.e., chicken wire) and shade cloth and then Saturday the larger team led by Chairman and President-Elect, Doug Dawson planted 70 trees in various areas around the Sike Adobe historic farmstead. After several hours of labor, everyone gathered for refreshments and a celebration where Doug presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Ranger David Vidal and Executive Director of the San Diego River park, Kevin McKernan.  Coupled with the 14 trees planted at Abraxas High School in December, this puts the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo at 20% above its goal and commitment to Rotary International's goal of one tree for every member worldwide.  
Photo Left to Right:  Debbie Lindgren, Mark Lindgren, David Maldonado, Teen Volunteers in Action.
Photo Left to Right:  Mike Fugua, Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club President, Keveing McKeran, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park, Rancher David Vidal, President-Elect 
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Teams to Plant Trees James Kaspar 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Final notice!  Applications are currently being accepted to serve as a facilitator at this year's RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program scheduled for April 20-22, 2018 in beautiful Idyllwild.  Your commitment would include a required half-day training meeting on Saturday morning, April 14.  if one of the reasons you joined Rotary is to serve youth, now is your opportunity.  A three and on-half day commitment from you is a wonderful and fulfilling way to serve the youth in our district.
RYLA is a leadership conference for approximately 280 high school juniors from throughout the district.  it's primary intent is to encourage students to become more effective servant leaders, but the result is students emerge confident, enthusiastic and empowered.  The program includes exceptional speakers, small group discussions and fellowship activities all within an atmosphere of trust and respect.  if you have some experience working with youth, are in good health and are committed to the principles of Rotary and the development of young people - you are qualified.  it is an extraordinary Rotary youth program that you will not want to miss.  Please go to, click on the  facilitator tab.  Please make sure you do the following:
  • Complete and forward the application by the end of February,
  • Complete your youth certification (if you haven't already)
You are now on the way of one of the most rewarding experiences as a Rotarian.  If you have any questions, please contact Paul van Roon, the RYLA  co-facilitator coordinator at 619 980-2334 or
RYLA Facilitator Applications are Currently Being Accepted Paul van Roon 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
The District Membership Team knows how to throw a great party, and we're doing it again! Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6-9pm, we are taking over the courtyard at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in historic Liberty Station. Tickets are only $25 and are on sale right now.
Rotarians from across San Diego and East County are invited to join in on this wonderful opportunity to experience high-energy Rotarian fellowship and fun.  Meet and greet other Rotarians from around the District.  Enjoy the best of Rotary and your membership!  Tickets include: JP Hennessy Band from the Encinitas "Animal House" Rotary Club, craft beer from Stone, wine, light appetizers and snacks.  Eat, drink, be merry and socialize with Rotarians from around the District.  Signup now - limited to the first 150 people!  Rotarians are encouraged to wear their club shirts to show your Rotary spirit.  Venue is outside under the stars; so please dress accordingly.  To register, please go to:
Rockin' Rotary Social is BACK! Dianne Crawford 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps took some time away from community service projects for a beloved club activity known as Spouse Swap Bowling, which is just a fancy way of saying you can't bowl with your spouse.  There were high scores, low scores and everything in between.  The club plans this family-friendly activity a couple of times a year. 
This is a good reminder that clubs should make time for club socials that include the family and allows for a little goofiness and lighthearted fun.  Activities such as this builds camaraderie and lasting friendships and provides a glimpse into family life of each Rotarian and visa versa.
Spouse Swap Bowling a Hit for Poway-Scripps Rotary Club 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Register for District Assembly Today Mel Gallegos 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Seven clubs are participating in this year's  District 5340 Instrumental Music Competition.  They are Rotary clubs of Del Mar, La Mesa, Carlsbad Hi-Noon, San Marcos, Encinitas, Coastal and Escondido.   There will be two regional competitions - South and North with the final competition being held at the Museum of Making Music where the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.  Please join us and encourage everyone to attend at least one of these events and hear the achievement these great students have achieved.
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In today's society where our children are more vulnerable than ever, child fingerprint kits makes a lot of sense for parents who want to be able to provide the maximum assistance to policing agencies should the unthinkable happen.  The Santee Sheriff's Department has always been responsive to the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club when requesting kits to take on the road.  Their partnership in providing the necessary tool kits to make this happen is essential to the club's success.  This past fall, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club fingerprinted children at the Grossmont Healthcare District's annual Kids Care Fest, held last year at the Lakeside Rodeo grounds and this past month did the same thing at the City of Santee's 2nd Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo held in Trolley Square.  This is one of the club's community outreach programs where Rotarians can interact with community in an engaging fashion sharing safety tips for their children all-the-while sharing the many benefits of being a Rotarian.  This is also a great outreach to get your red badgers involved in community service.  Senator Joel Anderson knows the importance of community outreach and acknowledged the club's effort with a Certificate of Outstanding Service right on site of the event itself.
Fingerprinting Youngsters Sandy Pugliese 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
On January 30, 2017, the Art Prat Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5315 to the Fleet Science Center.  The funds will be used to upgrade the security surveillance system for their 95,000 square-foot facility.  This is particularly important as the museum offers so many youth and school programs.
The science museum and planetarium is located in Balboa Park at the east end of the El Prado Drive walkway.  The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. 
Photo: (L-R): Chris LaZich, Fleet Center VP of Adjustment; Art Pratt Foundation members Bob Chalfa, Mark McAnelly, Lee Kaminetz and Gary John Collins.
The Fleet Science Center Receives Grant Matt Risi 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Do you have a new club position in Rotary year 2018-19?  Do you want to learn the latest buzz from Rotary International?  Do you want to network and connect with other Rotarians, find new projects, meet new friends?  Do you want to do a District Grant in 2018-2019?  Then you want to attend the District Training Assembly!
We will meet at the fabulous  Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice located on the campus of the University of San Diego.  The District Training Assembly will be held on March 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to  noon, followed by the Grants Global Management Seminar at 12:10 p.m.
Be the Inspiration!  Register Today!
Come One, Come All to Our District Training Assembly! Judy Gallegos 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Calling all President-Elects!  There will be a Rotary District 5340 2018-19 Presidents Rally on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the 211 Connections Center located at 3860 Calle Fortunada, Suite 101, San Diego, CA, 92123.    All presidents are asked to attend as we prepare for PETS!  To register please click on this link.   
President-Elect Rally Christine Sommer 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr
Last Thursday, the 18th of January, District 5340 welcomed 135 Rotary International members to come together to assemble "comfort kits" to support the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.  This was the first event of its kind for an RI International Assembly.  Coordinated for the Partners of District Governor Elects to provide a hands-on opportunity to participate in an RI community service event.  Amongst the crowd were also partners of past, current, and future RI presidents.
Chaired by Assistant Governor and San Diego Rotary - Club 33 member, John Neuhart, the event helped create 2000 emergency kits which are given in time of need to victims of fires, flood and earthquakes.  The event raised $8,000 and accumulated over 400 volunteer hours and was a huge success; as on of the volunteers expressed her appreciation, saying, "I wouldn't have wanted to spend my afternoon any other way.  Thank you for this opportunity to help others!"  San Diego Rotary Club wants to thank the Red Cross, Liberty Station Conference Center, Sodexo catering and all of the participant volunteers.
Rotary - Making a Difference - Get Inspired!    Click here to see a short video.
District 5340 Welcomes International Assembly Partners Scott Carr 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
In May 2017, Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Rotary District 5340 Youth Service Chair set out to start a new Rotary Fellowship just weeks before the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  With the encouragement and support of District Governor Scott Carr and fellow Rotarians Brett boarded a flight to Atlanta with one of his 16 surfboards and hit the ground running.  While at his second Rotary International Convention he gathered over 150 signatures from numerous countries and built an incredible leadership team of Rotarians and Rotaractors from Australia, Hawaii, throughout the U.S.  Surfers Unite has since completed over 15 service projects, gained final approval from Rotary International and now has over 300 members in over 20 countries.
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Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship - Sets Sight on New World Record Brett Morey 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0 La Jolla,La Jolla Shores,Rotary 5340,SURF,Surfers Unite
Compassion for African Villages, a 501c3 organization, is partnering with the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Rotarkidz: Box of Books and the Robert Massaquoi Foundation to provide educational resources to needy school children in Liberia.  Their most recently completed  book drive resulted in 30,000 being shipped to Liberia.  The clubs' efforts have  started up again with a large amount of text books being donated by the Santee School District, which were secured by the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club.   There is a short timeframe to get these books sorted, packaged and crated; a call for help is being requested.  If you have the time, please contact Betty Howland at, or simply show up during the time and dates noted above. 
Rotary Clubs Partnering to Send Books to Liberia 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Photo: (L-R) Old Mission Rotary LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart; students Nathan Skowrenski, Bill Champion, Ashay Madden, and Morgan Gurrola; Jean Farb Middle School Principal Courtney Rizzo and AVID instructor, Donna Rankin.
On January 9, 2018, Old Mission Rotary Club was thrilled to welcome the LEAD students from Jean Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta.  The club's LEAD chairperson, Lydia Stewart, convinced the club directors to fund not two, but four eighth graders to the Rotary leadership event.  The LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students that has been held annually since 2009.  Talented young people attend a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) camp developed, presented and hosted by the Rotarians of District 5340.  LEAD encourages young people to discuss ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, become self-motivated to reach goals and develop a positive outlook on life; all while having fun making friends.  This year's event took place at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School over the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2017. 
Jean Farb Middle School has participated in LEAD for many years and is supported strongly by Principal, Courtney Rizzo and AVID Advisor, Donna Rankin.  The school is small with only 450 students that include many children who live in the Murphy Canyon Navy Housing complex.  These kids come and go as their military families are transferred.  Jean Farb Middle School is particularly proud of their AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  Old Mission Rotary was both charmed and impressed by the four students who each took a few minutes to talk about their experiences at LEAD.
Old Mission Rotary Welcomes LEAD Students from Middle School Matt Risi 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation board member, Drew Armbruster; Foundation president, Lee Kaminetz; past Old Mission Rotary president, Bob Self; Air and Space Museum Development Director, Diane Sutherland; Art Pratt Foundation board member, Bob Chalfa; and acting Old Mission Rotary president, Stan Vogelsang.
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $8,000 to the San Diego Air and Space Museum on January 9.  the San Diego Air and Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building.  The museum is divided into many galleries with exhibits emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation.  Sections include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, Special Exhibit area, World War I Gallery, Golden Age of Flight Gallery, World War II Gallery, Modern Jet and Space Age Gallery and the Edwin D. McKeller Pavilion of Flight.  The funds from the Art Pratt grant will be used to remodel the storage and restoration area in the basement of the museum. 
San Diego Air and Space Museum Receives $8,000 Grant Matt Risi 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340, in cooperation with Rotary International, has launched a new branding campaign targeting air travelers coming to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN). 
The ads, featuring Rotary's People of Action, are being featured throughout San Diego International Airport from January 10-24, 2018. The ads are targeted to visitors coming to San Diego for 2018 International Assembly, as well as business and leisure travelers using the facility, 
"We are incredibly proud of the new Rotary branding campaign that welcomes visitors to San Diego," said Scott Carr, Rotary District 5340 Governor for 2017-18. "What better way to welcome People of Action than with a multi-media campaign geared for them."

Located minutes from downtown, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the busiest single runway airport in the United States, and third-busiest single runway in the world. The airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field, features advertising managed by JCDecaux, one of the largest advertising providers in the global media industry.. Rotary District 5340 negotiated with JCDecaux to create a People of Action campaign that would run 10 second video clips at 20 different locations throughout the terminals. In addition, the People of Action campaign includes seven 6'x6' backlit ads.
The campaign is timed to coincide with International Assembly, taking place January 14-20, 2018 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. "Advertising at San Diego International Airport was a natural complement to the increased Rotary presence we will have at the airport during International Assembly, including all of our volunteer greeters," added Carr. "This was also a terrific opportunity to work with the team that created the People of Action campaign at Rotary's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. We are incredibly grateful for their help and financial support in turning this hair-brained idea into reality."
The digital and backlit ads will be visible through January 24, 2018.
If you see them, let us know! Look for the ads, take a selfie, and send your photo to
New Rotary Branding Campaign Launches at San Diego International Airport 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Council on Legislation Enacts Legislation During 2016 Session
With the conclusion of the 2017 Council on Resolutions (COR), the Council has released a brand new Report of Action.  The report, which is available for online download, includes several parts, including:
  • A letter from General Secretary John Hewko;
  • Resolutions that were adopted; and 
  • Vote tallies for the adopted items.

The Council met in late 2017 to review a total of 38 resolutions submitted for consideration. Resolutions spanned a wide range of topics, including:

  • Additional research into club flexibility;
  • Maintaining original member info when terminated members return to Rotary;
  • Addition of core values and mission to Rotary;
  • Maintaining per capita dues at their current levels, and many more.

The Council adopted 17 resolutions, of which 15 were recommendations to the RI Board and two were recommendations to The Rotary Foundation Trustees. The Board and the Trustees will consider these items at their upcoming meetings. 

In Rotary District 5340,  our District Representative to the Council on Legislation is Dave Breeding, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.  Our Alternate District Representative is Janice Kurth, Past District Governor from the Rotary Club of Del Mar.  

If you have any questions about the Council on Legislation and the process for submitting new resolutions, please do contact either Dave ( or Janice ( to learn more. 
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Posted by Linda Sundram
The Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton  does amazing things for the enlisted men and women stationed at Camp Pendleton.  The experience of one young Marine and her wedding dress will bring tears to your eyes and she is only one of the 450 families helped every month at the Club's Warrior Warehouse on the base.  Donations from around the community to the Warehouse makes stories like this possible. 
In the Marine's voice to Linda Sundram, President of the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton:  "My name is Nicole and I was told you are the woman to thank for my new wedding dress!  I wish I could thank you in person because you have no idea how much this means to me!  I have been dealing with so many other Marine Corps related stuff lately due to my medical board/discharge process, the wedding and other things, that the dress was the last thing that on my mind!" 
Anyone knows that a wedding dress is high on all brides' list.  To be so inundated with "stuff" not allowing time to find such an important item, made this donation  a gift that this bride will never forget.   This is what Rotary does; it sees a need and answers the call. 
Kudos to the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton for making this Marine a happy bride. 
Marine Receives Wedding Dress Linda Sundram 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Dr. Kevin Glynn, a Rotarian with the Old Mission Rotary Club and a retired Pulmonologist and Medical Director for Scripps Health, recently published a book entitled Gasping for Air: How Breathing is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.  Dr. Glynn is passionate about public health.  He  has been a member of the Rotary District 5340's "Don't Wait to Vaccinate" Committee and was involved in the Rotary support for the film "The Invisible Threat". 
Tuberculosis (TB) worldwide strikes over nine million people and results in 1.5 million deaths each year.  San Diego has a higher than average rate of TB than the rest of the USA; 57 per 100,000 personas as opposed to 3 per 100,000 persons.  This is due to San Diego' position along the Mexican border.  Dr. Kevin Glynn has redirected his energy and expertise into educating the public about the alarming rise of TB cases in San Diego and is available to make presentations to Rotary Clubs in District 5340.  Club program chairs can reach Dr. Glynn at
The Alarming Rise of Tuberculosis in San Diego 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Photo: courtesy of The  Coronado Times
Flags on the Avenue is a unique Coronado Rotary Club community activity.  Eight or nine times a year, club members place flags on Orange Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Coronado.  These flags commemorate Veterans Day, Memorial Day and other holidays or when a Navy ship arrives.  Each time, you will see 20 plus Rotarians walking the center median posting the flags.  It's a very moving experience.  Watch the video for the full story.
Flags on the Avenue Marilyn Sanderson 2018-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to this year's Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for an outstanding float entry in this year's Pasadena Rose Parade.  The Float's theme was titled Planting the Seeds of ServiceThe Float showcased a whimsical bunny gazing at the just-planted peach tree, which appeared to be in shape and form like any other float entry.  However, if you look beyond the flowers, beyond the plant material, what you will find is the story of a child hungry for food, drinking bacteria infested water; the story of a mother's fight to take care of her family; the story of a family living in a region of conflict, struggling to survive.  If you looked deeper you will see the bunny as a symbol of the watchful gaze of Rotarians;  the tree as a symbol of life growing the seeds of service provided by Rotarians' worldwide and bearing the fruit of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus -  giving hope to all children, all mothers, and all families for a better world.  To enhance this message a real sapling from one of Hiroshima's A-Bomb survivor trees was on the float and later planted in one of Rotary's Peace Gardens to help promote peace and green legacy.  The 2018 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's Float is a story of responsibility to our planet, our children and our humanity.    The Float, which was decorated with thousands of flowers and seeds was the winner of the Princesses' Trophy - Most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length.  The Float was constructed by the Phoenix Decorating Company.

The seven sustain Districts each sponsored a walker for the Float.  District 5340 was represented by Brett Morey from the La Jolla Golden Triangle  Rotary Club.   Riding in front of the Float was John Matthews, Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26  and Paul Netzel, Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees.   
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10 Reasons to Attend!
  • The ONLY peace conference focused on environmental sustainability as a critical element of peace - and a conference geared toward solutions.
  • Impressive speakers in four general sessions - details on each speaker are on the website and they include RI President Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Trustee Paul Netzel, environmental scientists, Nobel Peace Fellows, business leaders, and many more. 
  • Breakout sessions at two different times during the day for smaller group interaction and sharing of ideas on specific topics: The Business of Sustainability, Planting for Peace, Peacebuilding under Pressure, and so much more. 
  • Hall of Ideas with vendors, Rotarian Action Groups, and even more opportunities to learn and meet new people.
  • Amazing entertainment - Squamish Nation Dancers on Friday evening and the Langley Ukulele Ensemble on Saturday night.
  • Hands on environmental projects on Sunday.
  • Active youth participation both at the Conference and a concurrent Youth Conference.
  • American dollars go further in Canada.
  • Beautiful Vancouver!  Not to mention tourism opportunities before and after the Conference.
  • Social opportunities.  See your old friends and make new friends throughout the day, and Friday and Saturday evening.
There are even more reasons to attend the Environmentally Sustainability and Peace Conference.  Visit to find your reason.  Join with more than 500 other leaders to exchange ideas and take action! 
Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference John Matthews 2018-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday Season 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club joined Rotarians in Ensenada to provide food, blankets, and clothing to over 500 families this past Sunday.  Throughout the day, there were interactive games and activities for all the children as well as educational classes for the parents.  According to Elana-Levens-Craig who coordinated efforts on the US side, recipients were extraordinarily grateful.  "I can't describe the feeling of being around so many good people who give back to their community and embody the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self," wrote Levens-Craig on her Facebook page.   Several Rotary clubs in East County helped raise money and provided candy for the celebratory piñatas.   The day's events were planned by the Rotary Club of Ensenada. 
This collaboration was a spin-off of a joint meeting between representatives of both the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Ensenada regarding another project - Rancho Santa Marta, whose programs are a  home for homeless, orphaned or abused children and a kindergarten, elementary and junior high schools with a special education mainstreaming program for children with learning disabilities.  The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has supported Rancho Santa Marta for a number of years; most recently, building a computer lab for the school's junior high.  Levens-Craig was so moved by the interaction between the two clubs that she wanted to do a joint project.  Her enthusiasm yielded positive results, not only with her own club but other local clubs who donated cash and candy to help make this event a success.    One thing is for sure....there will be more collaboration between these two clubs.
Cross-Border Collaboration Helps 500 Families in Ensenada 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
As part of a major overhaul of its Youth Protection policies, Rotary District 5340 has unveiled a new online quiz to help Rotarians understand some of the roles and responsibilities of working with youth. The online quiz is now part of the Youth Certification process, and features a variety of multiple choice questions. With every answer, additional information is provided to further enhance knowledge and understanding of the subject.
"We are very excited to launch this new initiative, which will help further our goals of educating Rotary members about the dangers our youth face," said Scott Carr, District Governor. "This launch of the new quiz is a good first step in helping bolster our Youth Certification, and will begin to have additional features added in the coming weeks."
Rotarians seeking to achieve full Youth Certification can complete the quiz for no charge by clicking here
Rotary District 5340 Unveils New Youth Protection Online Quiz 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
We are very proud to announce that Brett Morey, member and Past President from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, has been selected to represent Rotary District 5340 at the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda.
This year's float theme is Planting the Seeds of Service. District 5340 is one of seven sustaining districts that support the development and construction of the Rotary float. This year, the float will have a total of 12 walkers and six riders, including John Matthews, Rotary International Director Zones 25/26 and Paul Netzel, Chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees.
"Brett was the perfect choice to fill this prestigious role," said Scott Carr, Governor for Rotary District 5340. "He has been an incredible representative for Rotary, both locally and across the globe. He is well-respected within our District as Chair of Youth Services. And as an added bonus, the headshot photo he provided us makes him look 14 years-old, so he should have no problem finishing the parade route."
Brett Morey joined Rotary International as a member of the Rotary Club of Brentwood in 2002, transferring to the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle in 2008. He served as President of La Jolla Golden Triangle in 2013-14 and is the Rotarian Advisor and Founder of the University City High School Interact Club. As District 5340 Youth Service Chair, he oversees al of the District's youth programs, and has the opportunity to cultivate the next generation of leaders.

The theme of the Rotary Float this year, Planting the Seeds of Service is very special to Brett. His grandparents, Howard and Esther Runge, were early pioneers of the Imperial Valley. Growing up, Brett spent time during each summer on the ranch, while breaking away to go surfing in North County San Diego. 
Brett Morey to Represent District 5340 at 2018 Rose Parade 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Recently, Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club's past president, Mike Dunlap presented Brad Roberts from the County of San Diego a check for $150,000 to construct two handicapped accessible cabins at Dos Picos Country Park in Ramona.
These two cabins will be numbers 12 and 13; encompassing over $1 million raised through contributions by non-Rotarians for this great purpose.  Cabins have been placed on Dixon Lake in Escondido, Camp Pendleton's San Onofre Beach campground, and a number of San Diego County parks.  Cabins by the Lake is a charity fund established by Mike Dunlap and supported by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club.  The charity has also funded two Global Grants providing Braille devices and exercise equip0ment for a special needs facility in Brazil. 
Joint Effort Raises $150,000 for Handicapped Accessible Cabins Jack Anderson 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
February is Peace Month for Rotary.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the District Pathways to Peace Award for 2017 will be presented at our District Peace Forum in the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Center at USD from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The Peacemaker of the Year Award honors members of Rotary and the community who have made a significant difference in promoting peace, tolerance, understanding and conflict resolution, locally or globally.  They must have demonstrated their commitment by concrete action to bring about the change called for by rotary's Mission Statement: building goodwill and peace in the world.  
The recipient of the award can be from the greater San Diego community and need not be a Rotarian, but should have strong ties to the service area of the nominating club.   Each club must submit its Club Peacemaker of the Year as its nominee for District Peacemaker.  Clubs should submit a completed Peacemaker of the Year nomination form, which includes a description of the nominee's qualifications for both the Club and District awards by January 15, 2018.    Please email the completed document to
2018 District Peacemaker of the Year Award Joy Prowse 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Robertson
There are just a few days left before the discount for early registration to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada expires.  The 2018 convention is being held June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration ends December 15.  You can save over $150 if you register by that date.  In addition, you can still pick up the closest hotels and get the best deals.  Remember, there is another big event happening at the same time.  Making arrangements in advance is advisable.  As the months go by, Newsbits will keep you updated.  Read more for links.
Toronto 2018 - Only Days to Book and Save! Alex Robertson 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Recently, there was a changing of the police guard at Rotary Club 33 San Diego where Mounty Mo handed over the task to San Diego Police Chief, Sherry Zimmerman.  Club president Bob Russell and Alex Robertson, District 5340 promotional chair for the Rotary International Convention 2018 and President of Torrey Pines Rotary Club and District 5340 Assistant Governor. 
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Please consider donating new or gently worn clothing to those who proudly served our country allowing us to enjoy its freedoms and cherish the values of its democracy.  Please note above the specific items needed, however all clothing donation are welcome.  Donations need to be made by January 4.  For more information, please call Bonnie Maloney at 760-613-6889.
Veterans Stand Down Clothing Drive 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
John M. NeuhartRotary District 5340 is proud to announce that John Neuhart has been named Assistant Governor for Area 10, which includes the Rotary Club of San Diego. The mid-term appointment of Neuhart as Assistant Governor becomes effective January 1, 2018. 
Within Rotary, the Assistant Governor acts has a vital link between the Club, District leadership, and other clubs in the region. Assistant Governors make themselves available to club leadership, offering support, ideas, and guidance throughout the year. The Assistant Governor also guides club officers in finding resources from Rotary International, as well as tips and best practices from other clubs across the District.
Neuhart's appointment is a departure from tradition. In previous years, the District Governor Elect became the automatic appointee to fill the role of Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club of San Diego. The appointment was limited to a one-year term, until the next District Governor Elect took over the role.
While the practice was designed to help bring club members closer to the next leader of the District, it sometimes had the opposite effect. "When you look at this tradition in practice, the District Governor Elect is really on the cusp of becoming the leader of this dynamic district," noted Scott Carr, District Governor. "Their hands are full planning events and putting together their leadership teams. As their commitments increase, it becomes more and more daunting for the District Governor Elect to devote the time and resources needed to successfully serve as Assistant Governor. So in reality, a tradition intended to bring together club members with the district's future leader often would result in the club members seeing less and less of their representative. We knew a change was needed."
John Neuhart Named Assistant Governor for Area 10 - Rotary Club of San Diego 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Five clubs - Escondido Rotary, Escondido After Five, Escondido Sunrise, Escondido East and Escondido Route 78 worked with the City of Escondido to purchase and plant 94 15-gallon trees at six city parks.  Approximately 70 Rotarians, family, friends, Interact and Rotaract volunteers worked simultaneously at the parks on Saturday, November 18 to complete the project in under two hours.  By planting the trees in the parks, the City of Escondido will water and maintain them, providing sustainability to the project.  These five Rotary clubs work together throughout the year on community and international projects.  Key members from each club hold a monthly "summit" to discuss and coordinate collaborative efforts.
Tree Planting in Escondido Doug Clark 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul van Roon
Facilitators are needed for the 2018 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Join the fun and be a part of this outstanding Rotary youth leadership program scheduled for April 20 through 22, 2018 in Idyllwild, California.  RYLA is a three-day leadership conference for high school juniors from throughout District 5340.  Details and an application (click on the facilitators tab) are available at  Please see your club RYLA chair if you have any questions.  You may also contact Paul van Roon at (619) 980-2334 or email him at   We welcome your participation!
Save the Date - RYLA 2018 Paul van Roon 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Now is the time for clubs to select their teams of student ambassadors for our 14th Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference.  We train high school students to be effective negotiators, consensus builders and peace makers 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.
  • Register teams by December 31, 2017 by completing the online Model UN registration form at:
  • 2018 Model UN Conference is April 7-8, 2018 at USD's Institute for Peace and Justice Center.
  • The fee is $750 per team (2 students and 1 advisor).
  • Training for students and advisors will be held on January 27, 2019 at Canyon Crest Academy.
For more information please go to: or contact  Rotary Model UN Program Chair, Kevin Cahill at
Rotary Model UN 2018 - Time for Selection of Teams 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
At the recent Zone Institute, Rotary District 5340 was awarded top honors for its work supporting The Rotary Foundation. The District also received recognition for its work in improving the branding of Rotary International.
The awards were announced at the 2017 Zone Institute, held November 10-11, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. 
District 5340 earned the coveted 1st Place award for total contributions to The Rotary Foundation during the 2016-17 year. The top honor recognized District 5340 members as contributing $1,093,862 to The Rotary Foundation, the highest total of all districts within Rotary Zone 26. The District also received awards in many other categories, including:
2nd Place - Contributions to the Annual Fund
1st Place - Endowment Fund Contributions
2nd Place - Other Giving
2nd Place - Sustained Foundation Achievement Over Five Years
3rd Place - Most Improvement in Brand Adoption by a District
"This is an incredible achievement for all of the Rotary members within our region," said District Governor Scott Carr. "Rotarians are truly generous people who believe in The Rotary Foundation. These contributions help power the good works Rotarians do both locally and across the globe. This is truly a remarkable achievement that every Rotarian should be incredibly proud of."
District 5340 Earns Top 2017 Foundation Awards 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
With Gratitude for All 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Two significant things you need to know regarding the Rotary Convention this coming June:
December 15, 2017 is the last date for the early bird registration discount.  After the date, it goes up $100.
Another major event is occurring the same weekend of the Rotary Convention.  Hotels will become a premium so book now!  The RI Convention website below has a link to local hotels.
There was a hint at the recent Zone Institute event, who one of the guest speakers may be.  Last weekend, Alex Robertson, District 5340 Promotional Chair for the 2018 Convention, was introduced to "Mounty Mo from Toronto, with a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau"....get the rhyme?
Locally, while the Rancho Bernardo and Coronado clubs battle it out for the "largest numbers of members attending to-date", other smaller clubs are seeking the title with the "largest percentage of members attending."  Could your club take that title?  Winner will be announced in June.
Helpful convention links are below.  Future updates will occur through Newsbits.
Need To Know News for Toronto Rotary Convention Alex Robertson 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Herman Curumilla
The Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional invites Rotarians to come to their Immigration Informative Session being held on Monday, November 20 from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Agave Grill at 625 H Street in Chula Vista.  Topics include:
  • New changes in immigration laws; what's next?
  • Know your rights and how to deal with problems
  • D.A.C.A. status
  • Benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen
  • Citizenship class information
Immigration attorneys, consultants and guest speakers will be there to answer all your questions.  A suggested donation of $20 for individuals and $30 for couples is requested, with proceeds being donated to the Binational Rotary Club Coronado for different projects.  For more information on the seminar, call 619 955-6473 or by email at  To download the event flyer click here:  Download flyer.
Immigration Informative Sessions Herman Curumilla 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
Photo:  Sherrie Suanico is Old Mission Rotary's newest member.  she experienced her "Rotary Moment" as a volunteer at the Thousand Smiles November Clinic in  Ensenada
Sherrie Suanico has been a member of Rotary for just a month and has already experienced her "Rotary Moment" during her first trip to the November Thousand Smiles Clinic in Baja Mexico. The newest member of Old Mission Rotary jumped right in to assist dentists and nurses as they treated children; some with appalling dental conditions.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation is dedicated to providing free maxillo-facial surgeries and dental work to underprivileged children in Mexico who suffer from facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. The Foundation owns a modern dental clinic in Ensenada and its clinics are completely staffed by volunteers, mostly from The United States and México.
Thousand Smiles is a Rotary International project and has been the recipient of several grants from The Rotary Foundation and individual Rotary Clubs. Its Board of Directors now consists of Rotarians from California Rotary District 5340 and California District 5330 and NW Mexico Rotary District 4110. Four two-day clinics are held yearly on the first Friday and Saturday of February, May, August and November.
Rotary Moment for Old Mission Rotary's Newest Member Matt Risi 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation held its 2017 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.  More than $180,000 was raised, making it the most successful fundraising event in Holes for Heroes’ 11-year history. The proceeds benefit local military charities, including: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight, Pegasus Rising, One More Wave Surf Corporation, Veterans Village San Diego, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO, Armed Services YMCA San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Homefront San Diego, Angels of America’s Fallen and Operation Bigs. These beneficiaries greatly improve the quality of life for our wounded and combat military veterans and their families.   


To date, Holes for Heroes has raised nearly $1.2 million and has honored more than 330 wounded and combat military veterans, support teams and family members at its events. This year, the golf tournament drew 154 players, including 30 military veterans.


At the dinner that followed, Holes for Heroes Event Coordinator, Don Willis paid a special tribute to Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to escort WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from San Diego County to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the Memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.  More than 200 people attending the dinner honored three WWII veterans: Bob Ruiz, a B-24 pilot with 35 missions over Germany who received of the Distinguished Flying Cross; Nelson Robinson, a P-47 aircraft mechanic with the famed Tuskegee Airmen; and Joe Renteria, a Navy combat and intelligence photographer with Admiral Halsey in the Pacific.  These heroes truly represent the greatest generation.


Special thanks to our Sponsors: Gilbert J. Martin Foundation, CUBIC, DAV Industries, Jack-in-the-Box, Senior Resource Group, YMCA San Diego, Lang Family Foundation, Glen Carlson, Sunroad Auto Group, ViaSat, Sycuan Casino, Gray Dog Food Safety, Barney & Barney, Carleton Mgt., Kansas City BBQ, Peoples Mortgage,  Lang & Brown CPAs, WAXIE, McGregor & Assoc, Desert Highlands, Westin Kierland Resort, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Escondido Golf Car, Wailea Golf Club, Coca-Cola, Loftus & Stone Families, Steve Bridge, MD, Lloyd Pest Control, the Sayer, Green, Alpert, Fisher, Ferguson and Petree families,  jetBlue, Harris Ranch, Cleveland Golf, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Beer n Wine Co., Mauna Lani Resort, Peabody Hotel, Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Rennaissance  and our auction item donors.


The 2018 Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation Event will be scheduled soon.  Visit for updates. 

Golf Tournament Raises Over $180,000 for Wounded Warriors Judy Bambace 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi
Photo: (L-R) Rebecca Williamson, Development Officer for the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU; Dr. Stephanie Brodine, Professor Department Head for the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SDSU; Old Mission Rotary President, Bob James Jr.; Executive Club Secretary, Stan Vogelsang; and members of the Art Pratt Board of Directors, Judy Copeland and Bob Self.
On October 24, 2017, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,000 to the VIIDAI Program (Viajes Interinstitucional de Integracion Docente, Asistencial y de Investigacion).  This story is the result of a 15-year ongoing commitment by Old Mission Rotary with the support of District 5340 in supporting VIIDAI, a joint effort of UCSD School of Medicine, SDSU School of Public Health and the UABC Medical School in Tijuana.
Twice a year, 150 facility and students from the three Universities and members of Old Mission Rotary Club spend several days in Colonia Lomas de San Ramon in San Quentin Baja to provide medical, dental and public health services to the native Mexicans who live at the Colonia.  Like many poor areas of Mexico, water, sewage, garbage collection, electricity, and other basic forms of infrastructure are lacking.
Old Mission Rotary has been working to improve the lives of the people of this poor but proud community of Mexican Indians originally from Oaxaca Mexico.  Old Mission Rotary projects include the construction of an industrial kitchen which feeds 350 people daily, the funding of an 1800 square foot permanent outdoor metal shade structure and the paint and equipment required to paint the Salvador Diaz school.  What impressed the Rotarians the most over their many visits was how the entire community turns out to help themselves.  Old Mission Rotary is very proud of the team that has made the long and dusty drive down to San Quentin over the years.
The VIIDAI Program Receives $5,000 Grant Matt Risi 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Photo:  Bob James Jr. ringing the bell for the last time as a member of the Old Mission Rotary Club.
For many who know Bob James, news about his decision to pursue a professional opportunity in the Central Valley is hard to hear and accept, especially for his home club - Old Mission Rotary.  Bob works for CBRE Group, Inc., which is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world and he could not turn down an offer to re-locate from San Diego to Fresno, California, where he will have wonderful new opportunities in the company.
Bob James Jr. has been very active in our Rotary District 5340 and has served as the District membership Chair and has been the Master of Ceremonies at many District events.  We will miss him and wish the very best for Bob and his wife, Kathleen!    Thank you Bob for making such a difference in the world.
Bob James Junior Leaving the San Diego Region 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Antonio Grillo-Lopez
In the wake of the devastation suffered by Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, the REPAIR Puerto Rico Committee of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is dedicating their efforts to raising funds to help the island and its people to meet their immediate needs (drinking water, food, clothing, shelter, medicines and medical care).
Concert for Puerto Rico Antonio Grillo-Lopez 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
PDG, Pam Russell has been asked by Director-Nominee Mario Cesar de Camargo and Past RI Director Joses Pretoni from Brazil to help find a homestay for the cousin of PDG Claud Dias from District 4530, Dra. Christiane Souza.  Her mother is also a current Rotary club president.  Christiane is studying English at the Embassy English School in Downtown San Diego.  She is in San Diego now and will need a place to stay from November 25, 2017 through March 10, 2018.  Ideally the homestay would be somewhere near the downtown area or near to public transportation.  If you can help out with a place to stay, please contact Pam Russell at 619 723-3651 or
Homestay Needed Pam Russell 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
The RI International Assembly is coming back to San Diego this January and we're looking for Rotarians in the San Diego area to host visiting DGE's from around the world for a few hours the evening of Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The tradition of hosting two people to 20 continues to be one of the highlights of the entire week of intense training for the DGE's.  You will pick them up at the hotel no earlier than 5:45 p.m. and returning them by 10:00 p.m.  Please go to to sign up now!  If you have a specific language preference, please be sure to note that on your sign-up page.  You will be notified who you will be hosting by the first part of December so you can begin communicating with them in advance.  This is an awesome opportunity you won't want to miss!
Hospitality Hosts Wanted! 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
   #9 Realize There Is No Finish Line
This is number 9 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Realize there is no finish line.  Even if you are at the size that your club wants to be, there are always reasons people leave.  And new insights always benefit a club.  You're either growing or you're dying.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Membership 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our mission team CaboSmiles in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Los Cabos,  Rotary Club of Carlsbad,  the San Diego International Global Rotary Club and the Smiles Advisory Panel (SAP) located here in Cabo San Lucas,  Baja California,  Mexico just completed a marvelous week of patient care for children challenged with cleft facial and orofacial differences.
66 patients were screened and given specialty evaluations and treatments from our experienced team consisting of Speech and Language, dental, ENT, developmental services, pediatric anesthesia, and CranioMaxilloFacial surgeons. This also resulted in assuring that 21 patients were able to undergo comprehensive facial cleft and speech augmentation surgery  including lip, palate, nasal, and facial bone reconstructions under pediatric anesthesia.
 In order to make best use of our anesthesia availability, multiple simultaneous procedures were performed on many of the cases yielding a total of 60 surgical procedures being accomplished with an estimated calculated monetary value yield of just over $417,000.00 US at this single clinic week alone.
Patients that did not have surgery were not missing out: in addition to their other specialty treatment care, their staged procedures were all still updated and in line for their operations being done at their appropriate ages on future mission dates.
Many, many expressions of gratitude goes out to the support the Smiles International Foundation receives from this Cabo San Lucas community, from the SOLMAR FOUNDATION  housing our teams at their resort hotels, the numerous restaurants like Subway, The Buzz Coffee House, Sheraton, and the members of SAP providing delicious meals during the week's clinic hours, and the loan of transporting vehicles for clinic as well add airport logistics by both Rotary and The SAP team members.
The HOSPITAL de ESPECIALIDADES with owners,  Drs. Avalos and Ibarra, deserve very special credit for allowing our full team to occupy their clinic and operating rooms this entire week as a continuing partnership of support between us for this community.
Another Successful Thousand Smiles Effort 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
   #8 Celebrate When You Get a New Member
This is number 8 of 10 tips provided by Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer.
Celebrate when you get a new member.  This gets the club excited about getting more members.  Our club makes a poster of the individuals after they have been voted in and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting.  We do the same thing we when we induct a new member.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Membership 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Clubs are encouraged to spotlight The Rotary Foundation and the many ways clubs can support its efforts.  District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair (2016-2019) and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth is making herself available to attend your club meeting and share the good works of the Rotary Foundation and provide guidance on how clubs can increase their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  This presentation is especially important to clubs with new members who may not know of the Foundation's efforts or about the many programs such as Every Rotarian Every Year!  To schedule a presentation, you may contact Janice directly at or by phone at 619 823-7861.
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego South Bay Rotary Club held an installation dinner for their newly chartered Rotaract Club.  The dinner meeting was held at Jimmy's Family Restaurant on Plaza Blvd. in National City, which is where the club will meet going forward. 
The Rotaract Certificate of Organization was presented to President, Ryan Manalac.  The Club chartered with 21 members in June 2017, with Romero Villanueva serving as their club advisor.  Members were all related to Club members or were invited by Club members to join.  Most of the Rotaractors attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego.  One of their members - America Capelo is a very talented cellist and plays with the Youth Symphony.  Many of the members graduated in June and are going to different colleges.   The Rotaract Club is planning its first service project, serving meals at Father Joe's Village with their sponsoring club, San Diego South Bay Rotary Club.  At the installation dinner, Assistant Governor, Marta Knight welcomed members to Rotary and into the District 5340 family and shared with them the many things the District does.  Besides presenting the Certificate of Organization, Marta had the privilege of pinning each new member and provided each of them with their Charter Member Certificate. 
Officers for the club are:
President, Ryan Manalac,;
Vice President, Karlo Medrano,;
Secretary, Alyssa Talentino,;
Treasurer, Joyce Rocacorba,
Newly Chartered Rotaract Club Holds Installation Dinner Marta Knight 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Bionacional Business Mixer Today! 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Earning the Rotary Citation is an incredible honor for clubs to achieve. Formerly called the Presidential Citation, the Rotary Citation recognizes Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in their communities by achieving goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Rotary has published a brochure that helps explain to clubs both required and optional steps to take to achieve the award. This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities, as well as clubs that are making a difference. Clubs will have the entire Rotary year — 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 — to achieve the citation’s goals. 
Achieving the Rotary citation is no easy task. To help, Rotary has just launched a new dashboard to help clubs track their progress in achieving the Rotary Citation. To visit the dashboard, please visit:
(Login required)
For more information on the Rotary Citation, and to learn how Rotary, Interact, and Rotaract clubs can participate, please .
Rotary Unveils Dashboard for Tracking Progress Towards Rotary Citation 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
For this Rotary year our RI President, Ian Riseley has requested that every Rotarian throughout the world plant a tree. We want to do our best to plant as many trees as possible to help his mission of addressing environmental sustainability. In our District 5340 projects are underway, but it can be a challenge for clubs to find the right "tree planting" organization for which they can volunteer. To this end the Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club has compiled a list of those in San Diego County that could be approached. The list is attached. Let's have every club make a connection with one of these organizations. Happy planting.


Tree Planting Possibilities (compiled by Niels Lund, president of Solana Beach ECP Rotary Club (  Click read more to see listing.



Ways to Partner Up with a Tree Planting Organization Neils Lund 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
       #7  Talk About Rotary Wherever You Go
Talk about Rotary wherever you go.  At church, temple, work, neighborhood gatherings, family gatherings, parties, etc.  You'll be amazed how easy it is after you practice for a while.  Getting a lot of "no" answers built my confidence because it didn't hurt as bad as I thought and most people were actually happy they were asked, even if they responded negatively.  The same will be true for you.    It's always a good time to recruit. 
Tips to Attract and Retain Quality Members 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Stumbaugh
Have you ever been to a Project Fair?  Bill Stumbaugh from the Club Rotario de Bahia de Caraquz and Rotary Foundation Cadre for Basic Education and Literacy is inviting Rotarians to consider attending the 13th annual Rotary District 4400 Project Fair in Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 17-19, 2017.   The Fair, one of the longest running in the Rotary world, continues to unite Rotarians from all over to conduct Global Grant projects in the six area of project focus indicated by The Rotary Foundation. 
This year, 40 projects will be featured with presentations by the sponsor D4400 rotary clubs as well as time to meet with individual club leadership to ask questions and learn more about the sponsoring club, its project history and commitment.
Regarding the Rotary Club of Bahia de Caraquez for which Bill serves as past president and currently their Rotary Foundation Chair, they will present two proposals for community potable water projects that follow a model they developed and have now replicated five times with the support from Rotarians from other countries and The Rotary Foundation.
To get more information about the Fair and how to register, go to and click on the description of the Fair.  You will also find information about the many travel and visitor opportunities awaiting you in beautiful Ecuador including Pacific coast beaches, Andean highlands, the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a bird watchers paradise as the home of various orchids and other tropical plants.  Ecuadorian gastronomy is rich and varied partaking of the sea as well as tropical and temperate cultivations of a very broad mix of fruits and vegetables. 
Of course, if you have questions about the Project Fair, travel in Ecuador and Rotary Foundation projects in Ecuador, Bill invited you to contact him at
13th Annual Rotary District 4400 Project Fair Bill Stumbaugh 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0


Advertised as the only IPA beer festival in San Diego County, the 6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival is co-sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and URGE Gastropub.  The Festival will feature over 50 IPA craft beers, other beers, and regional wine selections.  For entertainment, there will be live music, games, and other fun activities.  There will also be gourmet food available for purchase.  This is Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous local, domestic, and international charities.


To learn more go to

Rancho BEERnardo Festival to Benefit Charities Susan Marsh 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is hosting its 6th Annual Chili & Quackers Challenge, a chili cook-off and ducky derby, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA  92014.
A great afternoon of fun for families - duck race, prizes, chili tasting, hot dogs, and beer/wine for mom and dad.  The Club's number 1 goal for this event is to raise community awareness about Rotary in the North County and beyond.  Funds raised will help local projects such as helping the Del Mar Lifeguards get better equipment allowing them to keep the beaches safe and to help with rescues.  Funds also support an international project where a team of Rotarians from the Del Mar Rotary Club and other clubs teach Ethiopian nurses and doctors resuscitation of newborns to reduce infant mortality - a truly novel program as it is designed to teach the teachers, making it sustainable.  So far more than 450 individuals have been trained an notable reduction in infant mortality has been demonstrated in just three years time. 
Chili and Quackers 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bertha De La Fuente
Club Coronado Rotario Binacional is requesting support to aid Mexico.  The Club Rotario Coronado Binacional has joined forces with the human rights Mexico-based organization called Pro Libertad y Derechos Humanos en America A.C.  Their president, Lic. Ignacio Benavente Torres, has secured access to two (2) military planes "Hercules" with the capacity of 50-100 tons, as well as two (2) "Black Hawk" helicopters that will be placed at the hangars of the Tijuana airport.  Club Coronado Rotario Binacional  will be collecting ongoing contributions from our fellow Rotarians for the whole month on Fridays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 9-8 pm at the warehouse in Otay Mesa (511 Alta Road, San Diego, CA  92154).  These donations will then be transported by the human rights organization via trailer to the Tijuana airport, and have already cleared customs due to Mexico's state of emergency.  The Tijuana Rotary Club and, possibly the other six (6) clubs in Tijuana, will be lending their support to this cause; making this a true bi-national initiative.  If you have any questions, please contact Bertha at or by phone at 619 723-3249.
Mexico Humanitarian Relief Bertha De La Fuente 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Pommering

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club—through its Foundation—offers college scholarships to high school student at three local High Schools: Santana, West Hills and El Capitan. Each year three students are selected to receive these scholarships. They are given to students who would otherwise be in danger of not graduating. The Club offers Mentors to the selected sophomores and helps them achieve a minimum grade average for the remainder of their high school terms. The students must maintain a grade average, be drug and alcohol free and perform a minimum number of volunteer hours within the community.

In order to fund these scholarships, the Club/Foundation began holding an annual Concert as the fundraising vehicle. The very first of these ventures, Symphony at the Lakes, cost more money to stage than the proceeds of the ticket sales. In the next year, the event was scaled-back and rebranded as Concert at the Lakes. It was a jazz oriented performance and raised a small profit for the scholarship funds.

In the years to follow, the event was expanded and morphed into an evening of Rock and Roll with dinner being added to the event. The attendance steadily rose from year to year. The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation entered into a partnership with the Santee Lakes Foundation as a means of selling more tickets and having more volunteers for the event. We added a silent auction component to the event as well.

Then, in 2015, the Concert was rained-out. For the first time in over one-hundred years, it rained on that July date in Santee! The event had to be cancelled and refunds were offered to all tickets holders and sponsors. But then something wonderful happened!

Many of the ticket holders donated their ticket prices back to the Foundation and most of the sponsors did the same! In the end, the rain out actually made a small profit for the scholarship funds! Even the performers allowed us to not pay them, and they came back to perform in 2016 at the same agreed to amounts.

In the two years that followed, the event grew larger and larger. And on July 29, 2017, the Club/Foundation set a new record: it raised a gross income of $91,000. This was over thirty percent more than raised in 2016! To think: the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club of around 21 members raised nearly $100,000.  More importantly, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has branded itself in the community, resulting in an influx of new members, bringing the total membership close to 30.   

Student Scholarship Program Benefits From Successful Fundraiser Bill Pommering 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
   #6 Be Persistent
There will be times that it takes literally a dozen requests to get someone to a meeting.   Keep asking.  They may come to a meeting, or tell you they can't join now because they are too busy or they aren't interested in joining at the moment.  These are all fine answers as long as you keep track of them and keep in touch.  Ask them to an event or to participate in a project.  This can be a low key approach to showing them what they are missing.
Tips for Attracting and Retaining Members 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Coronado Rotary President, Kevin Rugee presents Barrio Logan College Institute Executive Director, Jose Cruz with a $4,000 donation to support  its after school education program.  Also pictured above is Rotary president elect, Ivan Dunn.
Coronado Rotarians proudly supported the Barrio Logan College Institute with a $4,000 donation to support its nonprofit after school program.  The mission of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) is to break the cycle of poverty by preparing underserved students to be the first in their families to go to college through after school programs that begin in third grade.  The program supports children who are traditionally at-risk in low-income San Diego communities.  Public schools are a primary referral source and both parents and students must apply for the program.
All BLCI students are the first generation in their families to attend college and most are, or will be, first to graduate from high school.  Staff, students and parents form a supportive community whose goal is student access.  The institute gives disadvantaged families the education, encouragement, and support they need to send their kids to college.  There is 100% college enrollment attained by BLCI students.  The Coronado Rotary Club supports BLCI through donations and student mentoring.  To learn more about the Coronado Rotary's support of nonprofit programs, please visit
Coronado Rotary Club Supports Education 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Muslusky
Monica Spollansky, a 20 year volunteer with TSF, spoke at the District Foundation Seminar held Saturday, September 23, 2017, providing a very emotional talk about her work with the Thousand Smiles organization. She has been in a position to help the RI Foundation take children with facial deformities and transforms them with years of free care into normal healthy individuals accepted by their society. She has committed her time to four clinics per year for many years, only taking time off when she needed treatment for cancer.  This Spanish speaker, originally from Argentina, often works 12 hour days while she is at the clinic. She lives in Auburn, Northern California and drives down to each clinic with her husband and two daughters who now volunteer as well. Monica has been honored for her devotion to the needy children TSF serves. For more info to get involved, please visit


Volunteer for Thousand Smiles Transforming Lives Kim Muslusky 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary members frequently work with youth as part of community program across Southern California. From reading in local schools and Interact programs on campuses, to Youth ExchangeRYLA, LEAD, Model UN, and MusiCamp™, youth programs are a core component of many Rotary clubs. 

Rotary District 5340 has published an updated Youth Protection Policy that governs interactions with minors, including a mechanism for Rotary members to become certified to work with youth in a volunteer capacity. In accordance with the Youth Protection Policy, District 5340's Youth Certification process has been overhauled to include a revised application, an online background check, and web-based training.  
Response to the new Youth Certification program has been tremendous. For Rotary members who have been youth certified over the past decade, they will have additional time to earn the new Youth Certification qualification before their previous certification expires. The sunset period for past Youth Certification has been extended to December 31, 2017.
"Hundreds of Rotary members have already completed initial applications and background checks, and achieved provisional youth certification," said Scott Carr, Governor of Rotary International District 5340. "It has been an uphill climb in helping our members complete the third step of certification, which includes online training. From difficulties in sharing links, to incompatibilities we have uncovered with mobile devices, the training has been a challenge for many to complete. We have listened to member feedback, and are working on an all-new training module that will streamline the process, and provide the full youth certification."
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Youth Certification Sunset Period Extended to December 31, 2017 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0 youth certification,youth protection
On September 19, 2017, Rotary District 5340 officially recognized Robert and Beatrice Tomko Day, in celebration of Past District Governor Bob and Bea Tomko. At a special ceremony in Vista, California, Bob was surrounded by friends, family, and fellow Rotarians, including several from the Vista clubs. Roughly a dozen past district governors also came out to celebrate Bob's achievements, and to look back on 63 years of service to humanity through Rotary.
Bob Tomko served from 1968-69 as District Governor of what was then known as Rotary District 534. A member of the Vista Rotary since 1954, Tomko was instrumental in raising awareness and support for PolioPlus during its early days, and helped raise the profile of District 534 both locally and across the globe.
Rotary District 5340 Recognizes Robert and Beatrice Tomko Day 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr, District Governor
The District had an amazing Peace Leadership Seminar Saturday at the Ronald McDonald House by Children's Hospital. Hosted by our Pathways to Peace Committee, we had over 70 Rotary members and guests attend, which means we were beyond capacity for the space and will need a new venue next year (a wonderful problem to have). You could feel the energy, excitement and enthusiasm for all the programs coming up ahead for the year, including our upcoming 7th Annual Peace Forum... and our clubs were instrumental in getting the word out and encouraging attendance. Huge kudos all around. 
Let's keep the momentum going.
Our People of Action Foundation Seminar is this Saturday, September 23, 2017. This is shaping up to be one of our best-attended Foundation Seminars in recent memory. Every person that attends will get a new (or renewed) appreciation for the impact The Rotary Foundation has, not just around the globe, but even closer to home. Through the Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus, Rotarians are making a difference, each and every day.
ALL club members are encouraged to attend and help blow the doors off this event. The Poway Center for Performing Arts will be the place to be this Saturday morning. And the sooner you register, the better seats you will get. 
Visit, or save time and click to reserve your seats today!
Time is Running Out to Register for the People of Action Foundation Seminar Scott Carr, District Governor 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Torrey Pines Rotary Club is promoting membership with a new stand-up banner!  The colorful display welcomes the lunch-time crowd at the Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla where the club meets.  The banner emphasizes club's "Power Hour for Business People" and encourages walk-ins.
Shown in the photo above is (Photo L-R)  Torrey Pines President, Alex Robertson; International Service Chair, Max Gurney and Past President, Gordon Shurtleff who has a perfect attendance string in the mid 250s.
Call to Action: 
Join the Torrey Pines Rotary Club and share your stories of how your club is promoting membership.  We are in this together - We are growing Rotary to Make a Difference in the World!
Torrey Pines Rotary Club Promotes Membership with Banner Matt Risi 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Tip # 4
Create a letter that lists all the great things about your club. List your star members, the advantages of where your club meets, how many members it has, etc.  Make sure to tailor the email/letter to the wants of any potential new member.
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The United Nations has recently recognized Past District Governor, Janice Kurth by nominating her for the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt "Global Citizen Award".  Announcement of the winner will occur in late in October.
La Jolla resident, Janice Kurth, is a 24-year member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar.  She has served the club and District 5340 in many capacities, including club president, assistant governor, chair of several committees and events, and District Governor in 2016-16.  During her year as District Governor, she culminated the largest district fundraising campaign of $32 million for The Rotary Foundation. 
Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club President, Alex Robertson was recently approached by a member of the board of directors for the United Nations San Diego Chapter whose responsibility is handling 'nominees' for the this award and who personally knew him as a Rotarian, and asked if he could secure a copy of Janice's biography without disclosing the organization. 
Alex shared the request with District Governor, Scott Carr who eagerly believed Janice was a worthy candidate noting she has participated a variety of projects including health and community development projects in Kenya and Uganda, helped build homes in Mexico, facilitated a variety of youth events, initiated a first-of-its-kind mental health project in Southern India as well as contributing to dialysis an school sanitation activities in India.  Anyone who knows Janice would know that she'd try to deflect this honor to her fellow Rotarians, however, all agreed she deserved this nomination. 
Janice has been married to her Rotarian husband, Matt for 30 years and they have two daughters, ages 26 and 28, both of which are now Rotarians and serving on the board of directors of their respective clubs. 
The Global Citizen Award  will be presented by Ford Roosevelt, Advisory Board member and grandson of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.  We are all hoping she is the chosen recipient and are very proud of what Janice has accomplished as a Rotarian.
For more information click here
United Nations Recognition for PDG Janice Kurth 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Tip #3
Make recruiting the top priority of your club.  You can't do everything as club president, and knowing that will give you some freedom to focus on the most important thing.  Having new members - with new energy - will help you have more people to raise money for grant opportunities and club activities and programs.  New members with ideas and connections can be valuable committee members and aid in your club's  local service projects.  The more smiling faces and energy at club meetings, the more interest there will be in others wanting to join your club. 
Tips to Attract and Retain Quality Members 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
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Music has been part of mankind since the beginning.  It is a means of communication, expression and enhancement of one's life.  Recent studies of the brain have shown that active engagement with music influences many brain activities.  The findings identified the importance of music in the development of the brain with music being described as a source of intellectual, artistic, cultural, technological and economical abilities in our young people.
District 5340 Music Competition Bob Hartsfield 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Hands of Peace and Rotary have concluded a successful District supported summer program!  Every year for the past four summers in San Diego and 15 summers in Chicago, Hands of Peace brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to empower young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. This summer, we have almost 100 courageous individuals between the two sites that are taking part in this 19 day process, were they learn to put their bravery and emotions to the test. 


Amidst the intense dialogues, our participants also get to experience team building skills while visiting a ropes course, attending religious services at a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, often for the very first time, and putting their writing skills to the test preparing and delivering speeches at multiple events.  Social activism in both San Diego and Chicago are incorporated into our programming, through projects like the Hunger Van Project, whose mission is to provide the needy with a means and path to self-sufficiency, or lectures by Azim Khamisa, who carries an inspirational message of forgiveness, peace and hope.  


By balancing daily dialogue with other opportunities to build trust, mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and ultimately, action our goal is to create impactful change by developing future leaders who are committed to a positive and just peace.


Rotary members from Encinitas Coastal, San Diego Coastal, Downtown Breakfast Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach, La Jolla Golden Triangle San Diego e-Club and Chula Vista Sunrise have participated in the program through volunteering, hosting teens and attending events and offering support.  Three clubs in the Chicago area support the program and the founder, Gretchen Grad, has been awarded two awards by Rotary International: 1) The Willie Frankel Award for Harmony and Understanding from the Rotary Club of Wilmette, and 2) She was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.




Hands of Peace & Rotary Conclude Summer Program Kelly Mellos 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
The Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club is sponsoring a poker fundraising event to support  marines and sailors based in the San Diego area.  If poker is not your game, you might consider sponsoring a marine or sailor so the he/she can play. 
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Hold'em For Our Troops Stephen McNeil 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Minnia Curtis has been teaching High School English for 28 years at Carlsbad High School in California. Over the last 11 years Minnia has coached the Carlsbad High School Speech and Debate Team, leading them to multiple Championships and National Ranking in the top 1% of teams in the USA (National Speech and Debate Association).  No small feat for this team which averages 120 members and competes in 17 different speech, interpretation, and debate events.

What is unique about the Carlsbad High School Speech and Debate program is the integration of the 4 Way Test into the curriculum.   In Ms Curtis’s class the 4-Way Test plaque is hung in a prominent place for all the students to see, and when she wrote the curriculum for college approval, she included the Rotary Test Speech as a central component.  Ms. Curtis integrates the Rotary Four-Way Test as a core portion of her classes in order to expose ALL students to the usefulness of  using the test as a basis for making good decisions, as well as to motivation for  competition.  Both Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad, High-Noon and Evening, have been participating in District 5340 4 Way Test Speech Contest for the last eight years. Due to the integration in the classes, over a thousand promising students have been exposed to the 4-Way Test.  

4-Way Test Integrated into Carlsbad School Speech and Debate Program Minnia Curtis 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
The Old Mission Rotary invites you to come join them on September 12  at noon at the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel  -  411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108 to hear San Diego City Councilmember, Scott Sherman (District 7).  Scott will discuss various issues facing San Diego, including the development of Mission Valley and the future of Qualcomm Stadium.  Parking is free and the buffet lunch is $20.  For additional information, please call Matt Risi of Old Mission Rotary at (619) 993-3913.
The Future of Mission Valley Matt Risi 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 has just launched a new web portal to help Rotary members support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The initiative marked the official launch of the Rotary District 5340 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) designed specifically to support disaster relief efforts like those taking place in Texas and Louisiana.
Starting today, the 5340 Foundation is collecting donations that will support the American Red Cross and ShelterBox. Donations made to the 5340 Foundation can be earmarked for the charity of your choice (e.g. 100% to one, 50% to both) or they can be used to help fund our response to future disasters, all while keeping future fundraising solicitations to an absolute minimum.
Several Rotary districts in Texas and Louisiana have also mobilized and provided information on emergency relief funds to help their local districts. The new web portal can help donors sort through the options to support these individual efforts directly.
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Rotary has announced the insurance assessment rates that will be charged for the 2017-18 year. The insurance assessment rates will be charged on the July Club Invoice.
Rotary provides Clubs and Districts with insurance coverage under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The program is offered through Lockton Insurance. The policies comes with self-insured retention (SIR) for each claims, and these assessments fund the $250,000 self-insured retention of every general liability claim and $25,000 deductible of every directors’ and officers’/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) claim, under the U.S. Rotary Club & District Liability Insurance Program. The assessment amounts depend on claims activity per state, funding needs of the self-insured retention, the cost of excess insurance, and credit for past claims history. 
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Rotary Announces Updates to Insurance Program for 2017-18 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0 insurance,rotary international

Photo: U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah cutting sod at the launch of a commercial groundnut processing facility in Kumasi

Story taken from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana Website.

On Monday, August 23, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah launched a commercial groundnut processing facility at the Kumasi factory of Project Peanut Butter, an NGO devoted to combatting undernutrition by producing effective ready-to-use therapeutic foods.  The groundnut processing facility was provided through a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Hershey Company, and Rotary International.


The groundnut processing facility will increase demand for locally grown aflatoxin-free groundnuts.  Aflatoxin is a toxic carcinogen that sometimes strikes when agronomic conditions are not ideal. This has the potential to boost Ghana’s groundnut value chain, thereby increasing incomes for Ghanaian groundnut farmers.  It is expected that the facility will be used to manufacture ready-to-use-therapeutic food to combat child malnutrition in Ghana and beyond.


Project Peanut Butter will use the facility to roast local Ghanaian groundnuts for “Vivi,” a groundnut-based nutritional supplement the company developed that is now a key part of the Ghanaian government’s Ghana School Feeding Program.  The Hershey Company is currently providing 52,000 students with “ViVi” per day.


At the launch ceremony, Ambassador Jackson said this partnership would lead to increased incomes for Ghanaian groundnut farmers while improving health and nutrition.  “Today’s launch is about the power of partnerships,” he said.  “This facility will enhance our efforts to improve food security, incomes, and nutrition, in collaboration with the Ghanaian government, private sector, and communities.”


The groundnut processing facility was made possible through USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project, which is part of the United States’ Feed the Future Initiative.  In Ghana, USAID works through Feed the Future to boost the incomes of smallholder farmers, improve agricultural productivity, link farmers to markets, and improve nutrition



Project Peanut Butter Underway 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Recently,  District leadership received an email from Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota.  Tom is also a trainer for District 5940.  Since July 1, 2016, Tom's Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members.  Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age.  The Club has gone from being classified as a "medium" sized club of 68 members in their district to being classified as a "large" club of 93 members in just over nine months.  How did this happen?   Tom shared with us 10 tips to attract and retain quality members.  We will share one tip each week for ten weeks.  By the end, we hope that you have shown some success in your membership recruitment and retention efforts.
TIP #1
Know your club's strengths.  if you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee.  But, if you meet at noon, you're more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children.  If someone doesn't fit your format, recommend them to another club.  They won't forget you and may send you someone another day.  Let all the clubs in the area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that fit your format than their own. 
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Photo: Left to Right: Max Gurney, Senator Tim Scott and Matt Risi
Torrey Pines Rotarian, Max Gurney was recognized by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for his service in WWII at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner, held on Saturday, June 24 at the Marriott Marquis  in downtown San Diego.  Senator Scott was very gracious and asked the 96-year-old veteran to stand and be recognized in front of the overflow crowd.  Max served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and was assigned to Intelligence as part of General Gorge Patton's staff.   Matt Risi of the Old Mission Rotary  served as Max's escort to the gala. 
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Inspiration comes in many forms, in many ways. And every day, Rotary members are inspired to support their local, national, and global communities through the good works of The Rotary Foundation. 

Come be amazed at the impact Rotary members are having, each and every day. But prepare for a performance like no other.

People of Action Foundation Seminar Coming September 23, 2017 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship will be holding a Life Rolls On event on September 10, 2017.  This event features adaptive surfers at La Jolla Shores, and is an outstanding way to share the story of Rotary with a fantastic group of volunteers and friends while celebrating disabled children and adults.  Learn more about Life Rolls On at  Check out photos and their event page on Facebook.  
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Posted by Beth Garrow
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary invites you to enjoy an amazing day of craft beers, ciders, food, music and fun at Carlsbad Brewfest 2017. Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Holiday Park in Carlsbad and help us take action to end Polio. To learn more go to:  $5 of each ticket will be donated to your Club's PolioPlus Fund. With the Gates Foundation match, that turns $5 into $15!
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Posted by Sharon Bay
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) announced the arrival and the departure of 24 talented international student musicians representing 12 countries for their 13th annual International Youth Symphony (IYS) program at Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Each year, top musicians from around the world travel to San Diego with assistance and support from Rotary District 5340's International Youth Exchange program. On July 17 the international guests began rehearsals alongside top SDYS musicians, under the direction of SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons, who enters his 22nd season with SDYS.
Gary McElroy, Committee Chair of the Rotary District 5340 MusiCamp™ Youth Exchange said of the IYS program, "The objective of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to foster world peace, international understanding and good will by extending international communication at the personal level through the exchange of high school and college age students.  I believe our partnership with SDYS as an organization is a compelling match of our missions and values, which is turning students into leaders in our communities." 
24 Musicians From Around The World to Play with SDYS Sharon Bay 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kaspar

Pictured from left to right: Dave King, Paul Donick, Don Glover, Hilda Parks (Salvation Army) Rick Bramble, Cathy Glover, Susan King, Benita Page, James Parks (Salvation Army) – others participating but not pictured were: Doug Dawson, Dave Brooks, Dick and Pat Norfolk, Jim Hyldahl, & Diane Berry.


On August 12, for the second year, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club assisted the Escondido Salvation Army with providing essential school supplies to over 200 children from low income families. The Club contributed over $800 toward this effort.  Each student received a backpack with binders, dividers, ruled paper, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers and other essential items to start school. Thirteen Rancho Bernardo Rotarians checked the students in, assisted  loading backpacks and helped distribute a bag of Hallmark supplies to each family.  Rotarians also served food and supervised a water slide activity.  What a great way to begin the school year for these children.

School Supplies for Low-Income Children James Kaspar 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
The Old Mission Rotary Club sponsored a retro 50’s party at The Air Conditioned Lounge on Thursday, August 17. 
Pictured from left to right:  Erika Rodriguez of Pacific Beach Rotaract, District Governor Scott Carr and Belgica Crespo of City Heights Rotaract
Old Mission Happy Hour Matt Risi 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Arroyo
Calling all Interactor advisors and Interactors.  Please be aware there is an Interact Symposium scheduled for September 9, 2017.  This is a wonderful event to attend.  Below is the link to download the registration and parent permission forms and to pay registration fees online.  Click here.
Interact Symposium Slated for September 9, 2017 Richard Arroyo 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary International Convention is slated for June 23-27, 2018.  If you book in the next few months, you could save over $150.  Also, you can pick the closest hotels and get the best deals.
This will be the last convention in North America for another two years - take this opportunity - and meet new and old friends from around the globe.   Two clubs - Rancho Bernardo and Torrey Pines are in place to break their historic attendance records - does your club want them to get away with bragging rights?
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club is organizing travel trips around the Convention time to such once-in-a-lifetime places as Niagara Falls and a local winery.  Keep your eye on Newsbits for future updates. 
For more information on the Rotary Convention in Toronto, click here.
For hotel information, click here
Rotary International Convention - Toronto 2018 - Book Now and Save! Alex Robertson 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Do you want to participate in a polio immunization exercise?  There is an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana West Africa slated for October 2017 during the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair where you will be able to participate in a polio immunization exercise.  The experiences you will have will stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at your knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn their needs and their hopes.  It is hot, dusty and it makes you uncomfortable but it is exquisite! 
For full information, download the full details here or contact
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Barry Levine, past president of the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club and CEO of Sperry West, a US manufacturer of covert security cameras and related equipment recently spoke to the graduates of the Corporals Course for Marines on the Miramar Marine Air Base in San Diego.  While he praised WWII veterans, he noted that while they served admirably, many were drafted and didn’t want to be in the military.
In front of several hundred assembled Marines in the Bob Hope Theatre, he told them they were the new Greatest Generation.  They have all volunteered (enlisted) to serve our country and are great young men and women wo will fight for the United State of America when and wherever they are called upon.  Barry shared from experience that when they go home to see their old buddies, they will probably find, as he once did, that they are pretty much the same “kids,” while those who serve in our military often been doing important work and have learned and grown tremendously.
Barry presented the highest scoring Corporeal with a ceremonial sword, engraved with the name of the recipient and made to their size.  The swords are sponsored and arranged by the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club. 
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Posted by Lora Fisher

Last year, Rotary Club of La Jolla applied for a $3,000 grant from Rotary District 5340.  We took this grant along with donations from our club members and other community members and purchased an innovative playground unit that would withstand the elements of Haiti.  It is a polyester-wrapped, steel reinforced climbing cable structure with six seats that the kids can still grab and play and won’t burn the children when playing in Haiti’s hot climate. 


After multiple delays in shipping, unexpected customs fees and challenges, the playground arrived in Haiti in July and was erected and children were and still are ecstatic. 


Rotary Club of La Jolla is looking to return to Jeremie, Haiti January 14, 2018 and assist with other projects at the children’s home in Jeremie, Haiti.  If you are interested in supporting Rotary Club of La Jolla’s efforts or joining other Rotarians “Making a Difference” in Jeremie, Haiti, please contact Lora Fisher at 858.731.6694 or email Lora at


Haiti Receives Playground Equipment Lora Fisher 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelly Mellos
Hands of Peace and Rotary have concluded a successful District-supported summer program!  Every year for the past four summers in San Diego and 15 summers in Chicago, Hands of Peace brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to empower young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. This summer, we have almost 100 courageous individuals between the two sites that are taking part in this 19-day process, were they learn to put their bravery and emotions to the test. 
Amidst the intense dialogues, our participants also get to experience team building skills while visiting a ropes course, attending religious services at a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, often for the very first time, and putting their writing skills to the test preparing and delivering speeches at multiple events.  Social activism in both San Diego and Chicago are incorporated into our programming through projects like the Hunger Van Project, whose mission is to provide the needy with a means and path to self-sufficiency, or lectures  by Azim Khamisa, who carries an inspirational message of forgiveness, peace and hope.
By balancing daily dialogue with other opportunities to build trust, mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and ultimately, action our goal is to create impactful change by developing future leaders who are committed to a positive and just peace.
Rotary members from Encinitas Coastal, San Diego Coastal, Downtown Breakfast Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach, La Jolla Golden Triangle San Diego e-Club and Chula Vista Sunrise have participated in the program through volunteering, hosting teens and attending events and offering support.  Three clubs in the Chicago area support the program and the founder, Gretchen Grad, has been awarded two awards by Rotary International: 1) The Willie Frankel Award for Harmony and Understanding from the Rotary Club of Wilmette, and 2) She was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Hands of Peace Partners with Rotary for Youth Leadership Experience Kelly Mellos 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0


Your very own District 5340 Don’t Wait, Vaccinate Committee is ready to help. We’re not just about polio eradication or childhood immunizations. We advocate for and educate about all types of immunizations for all ages. If you’d like us to bring an engaging program to your Rotary meeting – whether it is to educate, inform or advocate, we are happy to do this for your club. More information can be had by clicking <here>. We promise, no needles are involved. Contact Myrna Kinter at to schedule a date.


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The Rotary Club of Pakurnga invite you to join the ultimate 17-Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand scheduled for April 6-22, 2018.

The Tour Key Points and Highlights:
  • The Tour includes 4 Rotary fellowship events.
  • The Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accomodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel throughout the Tour.
  • An optional 4 day pre-tour to Northland/Bay of Islands is also offered.
Here are some of the 62 tours/visits, of which all but one is included within the tour price:
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Sky Tower, 2 hour tour of ‘Hobbiton’, Te Puia ( Rotorua centre of Maori culture and geothermal wonders), Huka Falls, Napier wine tasting,  Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, Weta Workshops, Ferry to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford or Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin and Christchurch City Tours.
Below are two of the typical comments we received from all our 2017 Rotarian tourists:
“We thought the tour was fantastic.   Sharron (the Tour Guide) was brilliant.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour and you are to be congratulated.”
Cost of tour:
The 17-day tour price is: NZ$6,495pp share twin. NZ$8,390pp single.
The 4-day pre-tour price is: NZ$1,495pp share twin. NZ$1,890pp single. To receive the full 9-page itinerary, email both  and
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Wine and Vine Jubilee Benefits Scholarship Program 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Stoke
A great big thank you to all who helped support this year’s Care ‘n Share Toy Drive at the San Diego County Fair.  To date we have distributed 14,189 new and gently used stuffed animals.  By my math if you count the smiles on the faces of recipient children in the region plus the smiles in the hearts of the donors themselves and those who smiled at the sight of the generosity of others at the Fair, that is well over 30,000 smiles! In a project this size no role is too small, each person is important, and we could not have done it without you!
Please share the pride and delight in knowing we’ve distributed the stuffed animal donations to a wide variety of outstanding organizations:
  • 5,675 to Promises2Kids
  • 5,598 to Foundation for the Children of the Californias / Hospital Infantil
  • 2,006 to San Diego Police Dept Southeastern Division Juvenile Services Unit
  • 465 to Rady Children’s Hospital Audiology Dept
  • 200 to Dignity Delivery
  • 195 to Escondido Rotary Club for 1000 Smiles Project
  • 25 to Angels Foster Care
  • 25 to San Diego Uptown Rotary Club
We’ve also contributed three car loads of new and gently used games and toys to Assistance League North Coast Thrift Shop, and we have an additional 500 stuffed animals set aside for distribution at the holidays.
So many did so much to help make 2017 a banner year! Our distributions were almost twice what they were last year, thanks to you.  For all involved, a big THANK YOU is extended for the pro-bono graphic design and printing and collection boxes and website design, and for the many hours spent sharing our story at the big wooden boxes and in the booth at the San Diego County Fair, and for delivering and maintaining the collection boxes at the 50+ library locations, and for sorting daily the seemingly endless bags of 15,000+ donations, and for helping decorate the Care ‘n Share booth, and for loading and driving the delivery truck, and for recruiting our wonderful volunteers, and for doing all of the other little things that helped make this such a tremendous success!
2017 Care 'n Share Toy Drive a Huge Success Nancy Stoke 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 maintains a web-based calendar that highlights District events on the home page at However, visitors can also see what other Rotary clubs are doing by regularly checking out the Events Calendar.
The Events Calendar provides a graphic month-at-a-glance view of all events that the District and member clubs are doing. Located under the main Events menu, the Events Calendar gives you a quick look at Rotary happenings across the Southern California region. And with one click, clubs entering their own events into ClubRunner can also ensure their events appear on the main District calendar.
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This past weekend, the District Membership Rally brought Rotarians from corners of the District to the University of San Diego to share tips and ideas on membership.
More than 70 attendees were welcomed by the "new sheriff in town," District Governor Scott Carr (San Diego Downtown), as well as District Membership Leaders Dianne Crawford (Southeast San Diego) and Dawn Van Siclen (Carlsbad Hi-Noon). The rally also featured the help of facilitators who helped lead group discussions, while sharing best practices on member engagement. 
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Posted by Marta Knight
Clubs will be eligible to receive $3,500, in DDF, District Dedicated Funds, for their 2017-2018, projects. August 1, 2017 is the deadline for projects to be submitted and signed by two Club Members on
The qualifications for District Grants this Rotary year are the following:
  • Club to have completed and closed 2016-2017 District Grants.
  • 2 Club Members attended District Grant Training on March 2017, or, attended District Grant Training Webinar.
  • Club must be current with District and Rotary International dues.

The District Rotary Foundation Committee will be meeting the second week of August to review and approve the grants.
If you have any questions, contact Marta Knight, Grants Subcommittee Chair, at or at 619-871-3323.
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District Grant Applications Due August 1, 2017 Marta Knight 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0 grants,rotary district
Collaboration between clubs can be very beneficial offering a wider pool of ideas, actions and results.  There are five clubs in District 5340 - Area 8 - inland North County who have learned that this is a great model for getting things done efficiently and effectively.  They meet for morning coffee and compare notes on joint projects they can all work on. 
This group of 11 people, representing all five clubs, met recently to discuss two significant projects:
  1. A significant undertaking to plant 200 trees, in cooperation with the City of Escondido and, in keeping with the request of RI President Ian Riseley, to plant a tree for each member by Earth Day 2017 (planting scheduled for October 28).
  2. To assess how the five clubs can help support the upcoming Foundation Seminar on September 23.
In addition to joint projects, these clubs have encouraged their members to join the other clubs at their regular meetings to make announcements about their signature fundraising events, or other announcements of interest.  Years ago, this was strictly prohibited!  Now, it is encouraged.  It's a pretty warm fuzzy bunch.  Together the local clubs consist of over 250 Rotarians.  I think we can all agree, clubs can do a great deal more together than they can alone.  This is a great model for other clubs to consider.
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For all those involved or interested in Rotary’s Peace initiatives, you don’t want to miss attending the District Peace Leadership Seminar on Saturday, September 16, 9:00am-12:30pm at the Ronald McDonald House.  This seminar, presented by the District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee, is designed to educate, motivate, and engage our Rotary club Peace Chairs and those with an interest in becoming a Peace Chair in their club. 
Peacebuilding efforts have been developing rapidly throughout our Rotary world and District 5340 is very much engaged.  Practically every service project and program Rotary does throughout the world brings increased prospects for less violent resolution of conflict.  Pathways to Peace is focused on ways to advance this aspect of Rotary. 
Seminar participants will hear how their involvement can advance Rotary peace objectives. We will discuss key responsibilities for Peace Chairs, how clubs develop and connect to programs, and ways to involve club members.  New this year will be a panel of experienced Peace Chairs who will provide first-hand advice and lead discussion among seminar participants. 
The seminar is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes.  Contact Seminar Chair Sandra Schrift ( with questions and suggestions.  Also, for more information, you may download the event flyer or you can register here.
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Judy Colaneri is the owner of Spanish Steps, a Spain-based travel company that offers van-supported journeys along different routes of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France and Italy.  Judy is not a Rotarian, but has developed a deep friendship with Krishna and Bonnie Arora, members of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, California, District 5340, who have traveled on multiple Camino routes with Spanish Steps.  Over the years she has heard about the projects they and their Rotary Club have been involved in.
One day while Krishna and Bonnie were in New Delhi, India, with a group of 10 Interact students from San Diego county on an Interact student exchange trip, Bonnie received an email from Judy.  The email said, "I was thinking that it might be nice to offer a trip on the Camino where all the benefits or profits would go to one of the foundations you are involved with...We thought of you and all the good things you do.  What do you think of this idea?...I just love what you and Krishna are doing and would love to participate in some form."
This sparked the beginning of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club's "Rotary Camino Fundraiser".  Spanish Steps offered to provide a one week, van-supported journey covering the last 117 kilometers (73 miles) of the Camino de Santiago, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela and donate profits back their Rotary Club for service projects.
Linda Stouffer, another member of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, who had also walked a Camino route with Spanish Steps, was on the Club's board of directors.  She helped to gain approvals and orchestrate the fundraiser.
The date was set for March 31 - April 8, 2017, and flyers went out, giving members the opportunity to walk this pilgrimage as a group and earn funds for the Club.  When word of the Fundraiser spread throughout District 5340, members of other clubs signed up to participate as well.  12 Rotarians and spouses, representing 5 Clubs in District 5340, participated in the walk:  La Jolla Golden Triangle (Louise Andres, Krishna and Bonnie Arora, Wayne Davis, Linda Stouffer and Steve Wallis); La Jolla Sunrise (Steve Andres, Steve and Carol Cross), Borrego Springs (Martha Deichler), San Diego Club 33 (Christy White), and Escondido After Five (Steve Davis).
The group began its journey in the Roman walled city of Lugo, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Those who arrived a few days early attended a meeting at the Rotary Club of Lugo, and were able to meet Assistant District Governor, Antonio Quesada Estangui.
Throughout the journey, Spanish Steps guides, Judy Colaneri, Virginio Corsi, and Francesco Corsi, were always available to support the group.  Rather than accept a salary, they volunteered their services so that more funds could be raised.  When some of the hotels where the group stayed learned of the fundraiser, they offered major discounts as their contribution.
After the Rotarian pilgrims returned home, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club received a check in the amount of $23,657.75 from Spanish Steps.  Plus, members and friends who did not physically participate in the walk, contributed funds to sponsor the walkers, and raised an additional, $5,467. A total sum of $29,124 will make a difference in the lives of many throughout the world. Specifically, the funds will be utilized for the following projects:
  • Provide Bio-sand filters for clean drinking water in the Kilimanjaro region of Northern Tanzania;
  • Provide furnishings for St. Paul's Veterans rooms, San Diego;
  • Restore an education center in a slum community in New Delhi, India;
  • Build a house for a family in Tijuana, Mexico;
  • In conjunction with Feeding the Homeless, provide outreach services to homeless in San Diego;
  • Repairs and improvements for an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico;
  • Provide blankets for Syrian refugees in Macedonia;
  • Install solar panels for school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan;
  • Provide IdeaPaint in classrooms for OASIS Senior Learning Center, San Diego;
  • Rotary Club of Santiago de Comopostela (Project TBD), Spain;
  • Provide sewing class material to middle/high school students, in Borrego Springs
All of this was possible because Judy Colaneri saw the good hands-on work done by Rotarians and found her own way to make a difference.  Thank you Judy and Spanish Steps!
A Non-Rotarian, Judy Colaneri of Spanish Steps, Donates $23,657.75 to Rotary Projects 2017-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary has officially unveiled the brand new Rotary Club Central. Hosted within, Rotary Club Central provides centralized goal tracking and management for both clubs and districts. The new Rotary Club Central represents a significant upgrade since the portal debuted five years ago, featuring a new updated navigation, faster loading speeds, and compatibility with mobile devices. 
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Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday, 13 July.
After the sudden loss of RI President-elect Sam Owori, Rotary International finds itself in the unusual position of seeking another individual to lead the 1.2 million member organization beginning July 1, 2018.
Owori, 75, died last week after complications from leg surgery in Texas. Owori was a member of Rotary International (RI) for 38 years in his native Uganda, and would have been only the second African to lead the organization in its 112-year history. 
"Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss," said Ian Riseley, RI President. "This is a difficult time for all of us, and while it is hard to think about replacing our friend Sam so soon, we have to move ahead in the best interests of our organization."
Rotary International has a line of succession that is planned out for years in advance. Owori's death raised many questions among Rotary clubs as to how the vacancy would be filled, and what steps Rotary would take to ensure continuity and a smooth transition of leadership.
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SURF's up! The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) Rotaract Learn to SURF event this past week was a great success, with over 30 participating and everyone having a blast! Kudos to all volunteers for making this event a success, especially to Bob Gladwell of the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead and his son, and to the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.

Phil Bresnahan, PhD and Tyler Cyronak, PhD of Scripps Institute of Oceanography attended and shared with the group about Smartin and how surfers in our community are providing valuable data on changes in ocean temperatures. Equipped with GPS sensors, telemetry and eventually the fins made by Future Fins will have pH sensors to gather ocean acidity. You can learn more by going here.

Rotaract Learn to Surf Event a Success Brett Morey 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Sanderson
Come join us for this fun service project, July 22! It was a hit with both our volunteers and the participants last year. 

You'll spend the morning helping  participants get into the boats and help, as needed, both on land and while in the boats while you get the chance to cruise around the bay. Lunch will be provided so be sure to come out for this fun, outdoor activity.

Volunteers will need to be there at 8:30 am to set up and the clinic starts at 9:00 am. It will finish at about noon.  10 to 12 volunteers would be great to have come help out!
Service Project - Volunteer at Blind Ski Clinic Marilyn Sanderson 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
It is with a heavy heart that Rotary District 5340 announces the passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori. Owori passed away on July 13, 2017 after complications from surgery. 
Owori was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. He joined Rotary in 1978, and served as District Governor in Uganda, working tirelessly to engage women within Rotary, as well as youth participants, alumni, and community members.
Owori was CEO of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, and served in managing roles with the Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. and Uganda Development Bank. He had studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the U.S., including Harvard Business School.
Beyond serving as Governor of District 9200, Owori had served in a number of positions within Rotary, including regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional membership coordinator, and RI director. He also served as the Rotary Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat. He also served as member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He also served as chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee.
Owori is survived by his wife, Norah, their three adult sons, and three grandchildren. Final arrangements are pending. 
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Rotary Mourns the Loss of President-Elect Sam Owori 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0 rotary international,sam owori
Club Presidents, President-Elects, Membership Committee members and Rotary members who want to see their clubs grow should REGISTER NOW for the District Membership Rally on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8:30am-11:30am!
Coming to the University of San Diego, this workshop will include best practices for membership recruiting and retention, as well as breakouts to discuss ideas and solutions, updated resources, tools and more. Registration is only $25, and will be well worth the investment.
Membership is key to the success of every club, and this workshop is a great way kick-off the new Rotary year. Don’t miss out and register today!
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The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo started their new Rotary year with a bang on July 6 with the induction of two new members - David King from half-way around the world in Kuwait via FaceTime and his wife, Susan here locally.   David and   Susan are the newest members of the club and, as such, the newest members of Rotary International.  Although David, a retired Marine Colonel, is traveling on business to the Middle East, the couple had been active for several weeks so the Club decided to go ahead with their induction via FaceTime.  Using this mode of media was certainly unique and despite concerns that the connection would be tenuous, the communication worked almost perfectly.  It was also a great way for members to see the value of technology in promoting flexibility and innovation.  Additionally, David and Susan King are the first members to join under the new structure of Family or Corporate membership.  Two weeks ago, the first corporate member was inducted when Scott Lawn and Alex Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration Company became members.
The Club created two new membership categories - Family and Corporate to encourage two members of a family or business to join together in becoming Rotarians.  These categories come with a discount and flexibility in attendance.  The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo is moving forward to embrace new membership concepts and innovative ways to attract members into the culture of "Making a Difference."
Photo Left to Right: Immediate Past President Benita Page; Sponsor Don Glover; Inductee Susan King; President Mike Fuqua; Inductee David King (via FaceTime)
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Starts Rotary Year with a Bang! James Kaspar 2017-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
The Care 'n Share Toy Drive, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, has an abundance of stuffed animal donations in need of a good home.  Over 12,000 were donated at the San Diego County Fair; twice what collected last year!  if your club has a need for stuffed animals for its projects, please contact Nancy Stoke at 858 509-9160 or and she will be happy to share the smiles.
Stuffed Animals Available to Rotary Club for Projects Nancy Stoke 2017-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

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The goal and mission of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship is to create a fellowship that engages Rotary members, their family and Interact, Rotaract and potential new members to hold fun events related to surfing and stand up paddle boarding.  It was started to create CHAMPS in the world for Rotary:

  • Connect Rotarians from around the world who share a passion for surfing
  • Host Rotarians and host learn to surf events
  • Attract younger members to Rotary by using learn to surf events for Interact and Rotaract
  • Mentor youth
  • Paddle out for Polio - a great way for Rotary clubs to raise awareness, fund End Polio Now and engage others.  There will be a Paddle Out for Polio event in Honolulu in 2020
  • Share the Aloha spirit
This coming weekend there is an upcoming event you might want to check out.  It is the 1st Annual Rotaract Learn to Surf Event - Powerhouse Park from 8 to 10:00 a.m. on July 15 in Del Mar.  That's right - its for Rotaract SDSU, USD, UCSD, San Diego, City Heights or Pacific Beach.   Come get on a surf board and have some fun.  Interested?  Respond to the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Facebook event page and indicate if you will be able to make it.
On September 10, the Life Rolls On event will occur at La Jolla Shores.  This is a great opportunity to introduce Interact and Rotaract members to those who work as Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.  Life Rolls On is a fantastic non-profit dedicated to giving children and adults who are paralyzed or injured the opportunity to surf.  Check out their site and register for Life Rolls On

For more information, contact Founder and Chair, Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship, Brett Morey at



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Carol and Steve Cross along with Steve and Louise Andres recently completed a stretch of the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain along with 10 other Rotarians to help raise $28,241 for projects identified by the Golden Triangle Rotary Club. 
Rotarians joined walk organizers, Krishna and Bonnie Arora and Judy Colander of SPANISH STEPS - Her company provided vans, guides, accommodations and organization in Spain.  The group walked about 80 miles of the Camino, ending in Santiago de Compostela at the legendary cathedral in the town.  Krishna and Steve Cross, ages 73 and 75 respectively were the oldest of the walkers on the trip.  Who says you can't have fun after 65!
This adventurous group of 12 gathered in the ancient Roman walled city of Lugo, Spain to begin their journey.   The walls surrounding the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning in height and width.   They ended their trek in Santiago de Compostela.  Their final step was to deliver their passports, carefully stamped twice daily at different location along the trail to prove they walked the distance.  The Camino office inspects the passports and issues each walker a "Compostela" or certificate of completion. 
Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for centuries, following the paths to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St. James.  Today, whether walking the Camino for spiritual reasons, as a challenge or to experience its unique culture and beauty, participants will gladly say it is a trip of a lifetime.
The group represented five different Rotary Clubs working together to raise funds for six charities.  The funds were presented at the May 26, 2017 Rotary meeting.  To celebrate, the Cross's hosted a reunion for the walkers at their home on May 28.
The photo above shows Wayne Davis and son Steve. The Wall of Wisdom and worshiping as a different form of entertainment.  People of the Camino.
The photos above shows Spanish Rotarians joining the group for part of the walk.  Overnight accommodations were country manor houses called Pazos.  Late afternoon breaks provided the group a choice of beer, expresso or wine.  PDG Louise Andres and Carol Cross shop local for picnic items.


The photos above depict  Ancient cities 500 BC, Medieval bridges, and a tribute to Rotarians, Harvey Koelln and Henry Ebert, La  Jolla Sunrises Rotarians  who died in January and February respectively.  People of all faiths and  nationalities walk the Camino. 



The photos above shows the group gathering in the ancient city of Lugo with the original Roman walls and bridge intact.  1000 years of history.  Rain and hail experienced on the first day.


The photo above represents the final Rotary dinner, Spanish sculpture and friendship.
La Jolla Rotarians Walk Camino de Santiago for Charity Steve Cross 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation will host its 11th Annual "Holes for Heroes" Golf Tournament and Military Appreciation Event on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club: 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA  92075.   This event provides an opportunity to spend a day on the green and dine with the troops that defend us.  Veterans, their family members and friends join us for a fun, relaxing day filled with golf and use of the Country Club grounds including the pool, gym, tennis and spa facilities.  The fantastic day concludes with the Holes for Heroes Recognition Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance to honor World War II and Vietnam veterans and former POWs.  Special honorees this year are WW II veterans and families of those lost.
Proceeds from the event directly benefit local charities: Freedom Dogs, Honor Flight San Diego, Pegasus Rising, Armed Services YMCA, Homefront San Diego, One More Wave Surf Camp, Veteran's Village San Diego, Operation BIGS, Physician Advocates for Veterans, USO/San Diego Neil Ash Airport Center and Angels of American's Fallen.
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Photo credit: Dr. Gary Meyers, OD
From the San Diego Union Tribune - June 28, 2017
Expect more booms and a brighter skyshow as Ramona Rotary Club celebrates its and the community's 25th year of July 4 Family Picnic and Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4.
In addition to being the 25th anniversary of fireworks in Ramona, 2017 marks Ramona Rotary's 80th anniversary and the 100th year of Rotary International Foundation, so Rotarians are stepping it up a notch this year.
As always, admission is free and the fun starts at 5:00 p.m. with an old-fashion community celebration that includes food, games family activities, and music.  The grand finale will start at 5:00 p.m. with a 20-minutes skyshow synchronized to music on KyXy 96.5 FM Radio.  All activities are on the fields behind Olive Pierce School on Hanson Lane.

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Fireworks in Ramona Compliments of the Ramona Rotary Club 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0 fireworks,independence day,ramona
Rotarians across Rotary District 5340 want to extend a heart-felt thank you to outgoing District Governor, Marilyn Sanderson.  Your leadership was essential to the growth of our District and you did not let us down.  Words cannot account for all the things you did on our behalf, from attending meetings of every club in the District, to participating in District events, service projects and leadership activities.  You led by example and challenged us to think big and be bold in our undertakings.  You were an inspiration to all of us and we are better Rotarians because of you!
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Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club President, Trish Rogers invited all club members to perform "100 Acts of Kindness" during the 2016-2017 Rotary year.  The club was eager to take this challenge on.  Every meeting club members would share their kind acts, which were recorded by the club secretary. 
This past Thursday was club president, Trish's last meeting.  The club presented her with a scroll documenting all of the club's acts.  The club did both large and small acts of kindness, including packaging 18,000 meals for children, purchasing school uniforms, collecting toiletries for a battered women's shelter, delivering books for newborn babies, rescuing a boa snake and finding it a new home, making food baskets at Thanksgiving, adopting a family at Christmas, reading Rotary Foundation's "Doing good in the World" book at every meeting, celebrating members' s birthdays with crazy hats and Towers of Love candies, driving a Lyft passenger to the emergency room and staying with him, moving trash cans while walking, sharing packaging tape at the post office, driving a neighbor's pet to the vet, and many more.
This is a great example of how the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club lives Rotary in their everyday lives.  Kudos to President Trish for a job well done.
100 Acts of Kindness - DONE! Marta Knight 2017-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
On June 6, students and staff from Jean Farb Middle School visited Old Mission Rotary Club to thank the club for sponsoring their participation in the LEAD (Leadership, Ethics and Determination) conference held at Camp Cuyamaca last October.  The conference is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade middle or junior high students.  Talented young people attend a two-day camp developed and presented by Rotarians of District 5340.  All expenses are paid by the Rotary clubs of District 5340.
Photo Left to Right: Jean Farb Middle School Principal, Courtney Rizzo; eight grade students, Kate Black, Clarabeth Zavala and Axel Delgado; Avid counselor, Donna Rankin and Old Mission Rotary LEAD chair, Lydia Stewart
Old Mission Rotary Receives Thank You Matt Risi 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
On June 1, 2017, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad hosted over 75 people at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Rotary International.  Carlsbad Rotary TRF Committee recognized three distinguished members of the community who have made a significant contributions in the areas of health, education and community service and honored them with a Paul Harris Fellows recognition.
As part of the ceremonial, DGE, Scott Carr, placed the Paul Harris Medallion on each person receiving an award.  Receiving the awards were:
Paul Harris Recognition in Healthcare - Dr. Hamid Movahhedian, Tri-City Medical Center
Dr. Hamid Movahhedian (Dr. Mo) has an absolute passion for caring for the fragile babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tri-City Medical Center.  He cares for them as if they were his own children, remembering each child and their families personally - not an easy feat considering that he has cared for 12,000 babies and counting.  Not only has Dr. Mo saved the lives of countless children, he truly is one of the most generous and kind-hearted people you will ever meet.  Glen Newhart, Tri-City Medical Center's Foundation President said it best when referring to Dr. Mo: "He is an exceptionally caring person and an outstanding physician that has devoted his life to caring for NICU babies.  We are blessed by him."
Paul Harris Recognition in Education - Dr. Sunita V. Cooke, Superintendent/President, MiraCosta College
With over 23 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator, Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Cook has served as a community college president for 10 years.  She currently serves as Superintendent/President of MiraCosta Community College District.  MiraCosta College has four campuses that serve over 20,000 students in North Coastal San Diego.
Highlights of the last three years:  In 2006, Dr. Cook led the successful bond campaign (Measure MM), which will allow the MiraCosta Community College District to implement its Facilities Master Plan and construct career training facilities for science, nursing, health care, engineering, math, technology, and skilled trades as well as repair and renovate aged buildings.  Also, her plans include improving job training, counseling and support services for veterans.  She serves as the Chair of the San Diego and Imperial Counties College Association.  She was a leader in bringing a $13 million grant to San Diego County to align high school and college career pathways and partner with business to train the future workforce.
Paul Harris Recognition in Community Service - Lisa Rodman
Lisa Rodman has been a part of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation team for seven years.  She has 30+ years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings.  She holds a BA in Communication from California State University San Marcos.
A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa is passionate about building awareness of Carlsbad's most unique Lagoon, "The People's Lagoon."  Lisa is a member of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, Fund Development Chair of Hospice of North Coast Board of Directors, Chair for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's Sustainability Committee, member of the Events Committee for North County Philanthropic Council, Planning Commissioner for Carlsbad and she served 12 years as Carlsbad Unified School District School Board Trustee.
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International acclaimed pianist Violeta Petrova will be featured in "A Midsummer Night's Music," a concert of classical favorites ranging from Bach and Brahms to Chopin and Stravinsky, at the Carlsbad Library's Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
The concert by the famed pianist starts at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome reception preceding in the courtyard beginning at 6:oo p.m. and a post-show social, also in the courtyard, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Guests will be able to meet Perova - whom one reviewer called a "great visionary artist," and another "a magnificent musician richly gifted musically and artistically," - for autographs and photos.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, which will use the funds for its various charitable efforts, both on the community and international levels.  During the welcoming reception there will be a silent auction and raffle.  Items include a 14k white gold ruby and diamond necklace.  You won't want to miss it.
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is fortunate to count Violeta Petrova as one of its members, and who has graciously volunteered her time and talent to help the Club raise funds to further its mission of Service Above Self.  Click here for ticket pricing and more information. 
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If you like live music, sunshine and moonlight, and the beauty of glistening lakes, then the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club's Concert at the Lakes might perk your interest.  This year's concert features the tribute band - The Long Run (a crowd favorite) and a Heart tribute band - Dog and Butterfly.  This sell-out concert benefits the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club's Youth Scholarship Program targeting students, who for a variety of reasons, may not graduate without some encouragement and guidance.  Scholarships are offered to students from El Capitan, Santana and West Hills High Schools.  Rotarians serve as mentors and the program offers the equivalent cost of attending a two-year community college towards any accredited college or trade school if the student graduates on time with their class and adheres to behavior requirements and participates in community service. 
The concert, held at the beautiful Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, offers both dinner and lawn  seating options and will have Shotgun Tom Kelly as its Master of Ceremonies.  For more information, please go to:
Concert at the Lakes Benefiting Youth Scholarship Program Sandy Pugliese 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
The La Mesa Noon Rotary Club presented Graham Bloem, founder of the Shelter to Soldier charity with a check for $12,000.  The Club started raising funds back in September 2016 through selling  "virtual" body parts of a dog at a club luncheon.  It continued its fundraising effort and received a contribution of $500 from the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton as well as donations from individual donors and companies.  A suitable dog will be selected from a San Diego shelter and then be trained over a period of 12-18 months at the Shelter to Soldier facility in Poway.  Following training, the dog will be paired with an injured veteran, dramatically and potentially saving the lives of two.  The La Mesa Noon Rotary Club will follow the journey of the dog they donated through regular updates, photos and videos and will attend the graduation of the veteran and service dog sometime in the future.
Left to Right: Steve Looser, La Mesa Noon Rotary Club President;  Graham Bloem, found of Shelter to Soldier; Mark Matthews and Rob Ridge, co-chairs of the fundraiser.
$12,000 Goes to Shelter to Soldier Charity 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340  was represented at the Mount Soledad ceremony on Memorial Day 2017. 
Left to Right:  Torrey Pines Rotarian and WWII veteran of the North African, Sicilian and Italian theaters, Max Gurney; Normandy paratrooper and veteran of the 101st Airborne, Bill Galbraith; and Old Mission Rotarian and Cold War Navy veteran, Matt Risi.
Rotary District 5340 Represented at Mt Soledad Ceremony Matt Risi 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta begins this week.  Rotarians from around the world will commemorate Rotary's Centennial in style.  Please take advantage of the variety of activities which include:
  • Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Doing Good in the World book signing
  • A special centennial birth day party
Don't forget to visit the House of Friendship and please stop by The La Jolla Sunrise Club's The Gift of Life Booth - #2720.
Rotary International Convention Begins This Week 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
On May 30, 2017, high school students selected by the Old Mission Rotary Club  to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in April, attended the Old Mission Rotary Club to report on their experience at the life-changing weekend training event.   Old Mission Rotary selected 15 students from five high schools to attend RYLA.  Students were from Saint Augustine, Francis Parker, Our Lady of Peace and Madison High Schools.  Students from Crawford High were unable to attend. 
Left to Right: David Pfeifer of St. Augustine; Alexander Zonce of St. Augustine; Zak Kirk of Madison; Serena Montano of Madison; Andrew Lezny of Francis Parker; Samantha Clarke of Francis Parker; Lauren Amaral with twin sister, Rachel from Our Lady of Peace; and Camila Tirado of Our Lady of Peach.
RYLA Participants Share Experiences Matt Risi 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Wishing Peace and Joy to All Sandy Pugliese 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
     In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2019-2020.
Rotarian John Goodrich, Jr. of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee Designate and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2019-2020.
No challenges have been received, therefore it is our pleasure to congratulate John as our District Governor for 2019 - 2020.
District Governor 2019-2020, Selection Announcement 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Dec 01, 2016
Calling all Presidents-Elect! Prepare to be inspired, and make sure you are registered for our President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) taking place in Los Angeles on February 10, 2017.
Every year, hundreds of Presidents-Elect from across six Rotary districts literally take over the LAX Marriott for PETS. For many, PETS is the first opportunity for incoming Presidents to network with others both within and outside District 5340. 
PETS will help you prepare for your year as President through engaging plenary speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, discussions with peers from various districts, and informal networking with other Rotarians. In addition, PETS will feature an array of special guest speakers, including Paul Netzel, Chairman of The Rotary Foundation for 2017-18, as well as Ian Riseley, Rotary International President for 2017-18.
Pre-registration deadline is January 15, 2017. Prices go up by $100 starting on January 16, 2017. Don't delay, and get registered today. To learn more about PETS, please go to:
President-Elect Training Coming February 10, 2017 Scott Carr 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Donor Advised Fund is like having your own foundation, only better!
Rotary makes it easy to support your favorite charities through a single tax-efficient account.  You can set aside funds for later charitable use, maximize you deductions in years that are most helpful and avoid unnecessary capital gains taxes on gifts of appreciated stock.  When a project comes along that you want to support, simply recommended a grant.  Rotary manages the investments and takes care of all of the details.
Your club, district, or other Rotary-affiliated group can open a Donor Advised Fund account.  With an initial contribution of $10,000 and no start-up costs, a Donor Advised Fund account is a convenient and inexpensive alterative to starting a club foundation.  Let Rotary take care of the accounting, reporting and other administrative tasks so that you can focus on what Rotarians do best: changing lives and making a difference. 
Name two to four account advisors who will make grant and investment recommendations on behalf of the group.  Since group accounts are intended to last indefinitely, you may add or remove account advisors as needed.  Read more about Rotary Donor Advised Funds and check out other planned giving resources on Rotary's website at  
Build a Better Future 2016-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2016


It's Almost Here! Come Celebrate the
100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation

Cruise San Diego Bay

Saturday, November 5, 2016 

Boarding begins at 6:00 PM at the Grape St. Pier
1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego
Dinner and Cruise  7:00 to 10:00 PM 

$95 per person

CASUAL attire - no heels please


• Limited Metered Parking – There is limited metered parking available on North Harbor Drive (East & West sides) & Pacific Blvd (West side)

• Cedar St. & Kettner Blvd (Ace Parking) – Secured paid parking available Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm -2am, Sat 7am-2am & Sun 7am-11pm. Prices fluctuate.

• Ash St. (Ace Parking) – Secured paid underground parking on the south side of the County Admin Building. Entry is mid- block on Ash St. between Pacific Highway and N. Harbor Dr., Parking available Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 7am-2am & Sun 7am-9pm Prices fluctuate.

• ABM Public Parking – Parking approximately 1/2 mile from checkin location on corner of Pacific Highway and Broadway: 0-1 hour $5.00, 1-10 hours $12.00. Enter from Pacific. Prices fluctuate.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Hornblower is not responsible for these parking lots. Rates and hours subject to change. 

It's a PARTY! Marilyn Sandeson 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Wineapalooza 2016 2016-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Pugliese, Editor
My apologies for the link to the Oktoberfest information not being correct.  Below you will find the correct link for more information.  Also, I have been notified that there is a critical need for additional Rotarians to sign up for the Rotary Leadership Institute.  More information is below. 
A Few "Need to Know" Items Sandy Pugliese, Editor 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard F. Arroyo on Jul 30, 2016
The 3rd Annual Rotary Interact Leadership Training Conference is scheduled for September 24, 2016.
The Conference  will take place from 8:30 to 4:00 at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego Ca.  It will focus again on specifics in operating an Interact club, both from the perspective of club officers and members, as well as Teacher and Rotarian Advisors.  All of the above are welcome to attend.
The cost per person is $35, the same as last year. Registration includes breakfast snacks, drinks and lunch. In the past, the cost of attending has been paid by the sponsoring Rotary clubs.  Last year we had more than 140 attendees and we are hoping to break that record this year.  Please register early.  Here is a link to the agenda.
Please mail checks made out to “Rotary District 5340” as well as registration form and the parent authorization to me at: Richard Arroyo, 203 Church Ave., Chula Vista, Ca.,  91910.  Questions?  Email Richard Arroyo or call (619) 370-9074 mobile.
3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference Richard F. Arroyo 2016-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary !!!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
High Tea

The Westgate Hotel
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Guest Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock,
First woman in Rotary
 Rotary Club of Duarte, CA

Champagne Reception
Exquisite Tea Service
Classical Harpist Miguel Lopez
Hats and Gloves Suggested for Women
Coat and Tie for Men
Seating Limited to first 200 Rotarians to register on District Website
Cost $62.00 per person

Parking at the Westgate $8.00
Street parking also available
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary !! Jeanne Kearley 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 25, 2016
l-r: Dianne Crawford, Mitty Chang, Steve Lingenbrink, and DG Marilyn Sanderson

The District 5340 Membership Kick-off on Saturday on SaturdayJuly 9 was filled with valuable information for recruiting & retaining members. It was a great way to start off the new Rotary year! Many thanks to our facilitators, Steve Lingenbrink and Mitty Chang, fantastic job!
The morning began with the first speaker, Steve Lingenbrink, a lawyer in Seattel, telling us about attending his first Rotary meeting.  Here is a link to a YouTube video of that presentation:
Be sure to watch the entire video, because, in telling his story, he actually gives us some valuable insights into some reasons that a visit to a Rotary Club can go wrong.  He also points out why it is so important to understand that most non-Rotarians don't really know what Rotary is all about.
 Those who attended were asked to fill out an assessment questionnaire that could help us evaluate our club's strengths and possible weaknesses.

As the morning progressed, we listened and participated in some discussions with others about questions raised during the presentation.  Here is a link to a DropBox section  that contains a lot of resources for your club's membership recruitment efforts.  It includes the questionnaire I mentioned above.  ( Note: The DropBox  link above has been corrected.)
After reviewing the workbook and viewing the YouTube video, you will have some new insights into how to successfully invite a new potential  member to visit your club.
Invite someone to your next meeting to share the Rotary story and the great work your club is doing in the community!

"Start with Rotary and good things happen"
Membership Minute Jim Dunny 2016-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Potter on Jul 23, 2016
l - r: Pauline Getz and Ray Chavez

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is not only gearing up for the Poway Days Parade it hosts in September, but it is also seeking donations for a project called Pearl Flight. The club and Personally Fit are raising money to send the oldest living survivor, Ray Chavez, and other survivors of the attack of Pearl Harbor to this year's 75th commemoration ceremonies in Hawaii. Chavez, 104 years old, is a Poway resident who began working out and training at Personally Fit shortly after turning 100!
We invite Rotarians to help us send Ray and other survivors by donating to the GoFundMe account at  and to enjoy the coverage and comments by our President Pauline on Channel 8 at
Poway-Scripps Rotary Sponsoring Pearl Flight Melanie Potter 2016-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trish Rogers on Jul 23, 2016
Alex Montoya speaking to 4 Rotary Clubs
Last Friday night, one hundred Rotarians from four different Rotary clubs in Area 6, survived  the 100 degree weather for an evening of friendship and inspiration. At the beautiful home of Rowena and Mike Bell in Bonita, DG Marilyn Sanderson and members of the Chula Vista Sunrise, Chula Vista Noon, Chula Vista  Sunset, and National City Rotary clubs came together for ”An Evening With Alex.” 
Paul Harris Fellow and RYLA speaker, Alex Montoya, was the featured guest. Alex is a graduate of Notre Dame, a business owner, an author, an actor and a very motivated person. Alex spoke about how Rotarians come together to see the good. Whether we are working on small local projects or getting involved in global grants, we have the ability to change the world! Born a triple amputee, Alex has developed a positive attitude to see the good and now travels the globe inspiring others. For more information on Alex, please visit
4 SD South Bay Clubs Spend "An Evening with Alex" Trish Rogers 2016-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 18, 2016

The annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership between the San Diego Youth Synphonya anc Consservatory and Rotary District 5340.  International Youth Exchange that brings musicians from across the globe together with SDYS' most advanced musicians for a two-week intensive music experience. This year's MusicCamp is bringing a total of 24 international musicians from 11 countries to participate in this program  This is the largest international participation in the 12 year history of MusiCamp San Diego and the International Youth Symphony.  Friends of MusiCamp is presenting a package that includes a ticket to the Escondido concert and also a concert at a private home. See the flyer for this special package here.

Rotary Distrct 5340 and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will celebrate the 12th annual International Youth Symphony this year. The international musicians join eighteen SDYS students to create a unique orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented student musicians led by SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons for two weeks of rehearsals and a variety of recitals and concerts in the community.

The 2016 International Youth Symphony performances will include an outdoor concert as part of the Twilight in the Park in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, a Classical Concert at the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido and a opening performing of La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest in Ellen Scripps Park, La Jolla.  The Classical Concert at the Center Theater in Escondido at the California Center for the Arts Center Theater will be dedicate to the late Bill Sturgeon, a past district governor of Rotary District 5340 and the founder of MusiCamp and the International Youth Symphony 

See Upcoming concerts and open rehearsals for the International Youth Symphony here.  Click the link for tickets for the concert at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday July 30, 2016.

In addition to the concerts listed on the SDYS website link above, the International Youth Symphony will also perform at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of San Diego (Club 33) on July 28, 2016.

The Club 33 meeting venue is the Conference Center at Liberty Station.  The meeting runs from noon to 1:30 pm.  If you can't make it to other concerts of the International Youth Symphony, this is an additional opportunity to hear them.
For more information go to: Club 33 Concert
International Youth Symphony is Here! Jim Dunny 2016-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jul 15, 2016
Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten was featured on the Hoda and Kathie Lee show recently. Chris is part of Jockey’s new “Show ‘em What’s Underneath” Campaign.
Old Mission Rotary has been hosting Wounded Warrior Dinners on the last Thursday of every month for the past five years at the San Diego Naval Medical Center.  During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we met many seriously wounded Marines and Sailors. Old Mission has maintained contact with Wounded Warriors who are out of the service but living locally. Two of our Wounded Warriors regularly attend Old Mission Rotary events and are part of our Rotary family.
Isaac Blount lost both legs, part of his left hand and his left eye to an IED ambush.  Isaac was featured on 60 Minutes when he climbed the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszco, with the Heroes Project.
Chris Van Etten lost his legs in an IED attack.  Today, he is a model for the Jockey "Show 'em What's Underneath" campaign and has been featured in People Magazine and on television.
Sadly, one of our wounded warriors, Artem Luzukin, could not adjust to post war life and took his own life.
Special thanks to Old Mission Rotarian Hugh Kramer and his dedicated team who serves and cleans up the dinners month after month! 
Local restaurants such as The French Gourmet, Phil's BBQ, Old Town Mexican Cafe, Boll Weevil Kearny Mesa and Kabobge Lebanese Grill often supply food but from time to time volunteers need to buy and prepare the meals. Typically, 125 Marines and Sailors attend.
Any Rotarians wanting to participate as a club or as an individual can contact Hugh Kramer at The next old Mission Rotary Wounded Warrior Dinner will take place on Tuesday July 26th from 4:30pm-6:30pm.   Due to security at the Naval Medical Center, arrangements need to be made in advance for a facility pass.
Invitation to Old Mission Rotary Wounded Warrier Dinners Matt Risi 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 14, 2016
Now that the All Star Game break is over and regular season games have resumed, it is time to think about attending a Padres Baseball Team game with other Rotarians from around District 5340.  Two games remain for which group tickets will be made available. 
The remaining Rotary at the Padres games for the 2016 season are:
Mon, Aug 22   Chicago Cubs,  7:10 pm,   $60
Wed, Sep 7    Boston Red Sox  6:10 pm,   $50
For further information and to purchase tickets contact Kevin Forrester
All seats located in either Field Infield, or Field Plaza in the area of 1st Base.
Prices are discounted over 20% from the Gate Price.
Pardes & Rotary promotions at each game (1st pitch, on field introductions, Rotary flag raising)
Your ticket insures participation in Rotary group seating.
Friends and Family are welcome.
Rotary Nights at the Padres Jim Dunny 2016-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
ATTENTION:   Incoming Club Presidents, Club President Elects, Incoming Assistant District Governors, Program Chairs, and Past District Governors
The Rotary International District 5340 “Don’t Wait Vaccinate” Committee  cordially invites you to an evening event!
Please join us in Welcoming Rotary District 5340 Governor Marilyn Sanderson, and learn about a new program for your club, possible partnerships with schools, Interact or other organizations and, meet the members of this long standing committee (since 1994).
Refreshments will  be served.
(Parking entrance is off Third Avenue)
Date:  Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time:  5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Reception
            5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Presentation
Where:          St. Paul’s Senior Services
                        Community Care Café building
                        328 Maple Street
                        San Diego, CA 92103
                        (619) 239-6900
Hosted by:    Cheryl Wilson
District Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee Chair
Please RSVP at your earliest so that we have enough refreshments for everyone to:
Myrna Kinter (Assistant to Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee)
(619) 239-6900, Ext 3008
We look forward to seeing you there!
Don&#39;t Wait - Vaccinate 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jul 08, 2016
NewsBits needs your stories.  Please share about your club's activities such as socials, fundraisers, and projects.  It is important to document your club's successes.
To make easier, please review the following information about how to write your story. Here are some of the editing guidelines I use when I edit story submission I receive.
1. be conversational in tone.
2. vary the length of sentences
(the more educated, the more likely we are to write long sentences. I know from first hand experience as a dentist (retired) that professional journals are dry reading because sentences are long and complex.  Shorter sentences make an article easier to read quickly.   
3. Use active rather than passive voice. (example:  our club sponsored the event, not the event was sponsored by our club)
4. use short paragraphs - long paragraphs are difficult to read quickly
5. Don’t assume the reader knows facts. (e.g. history of an event)  
6. Be sure to cover the basics.  (who, what, where, when - date and time, why)
If you supply the basic information, I will be able to format it so that it will convey your message.  (A benefit to supplying a story to NewsBits is that I will format it so that you can use it on your club's website.  You can just  copy and paste it directly from the newsletter to your website) 
Use at least one photo or a logo to illustrate your story.  A photo of someone smiling and doing something associated with your story's subject is always good.  If you aren't sure about photos, send several.  Send them as RAW camera .jpg files (save them directly to your computer without choosing a choice such as "for websie or FaceBook.)  I always have to  edit them to make them fit the space in NewsBits so I can also edit the photo itself in the process.  Use the following link to submit your story:
This information will be available as a link under News on the task bar at the top of the District website homepage. I will also put a link to this information in future NewsBits newsletters. 
How to Submit Stories for NewsBits Jim Dunny 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Curtin on Jul 08, 2016
For the 4th year running, all the Rotary Clubs in Oceanside, plus Camp Pendleton, were invited to ride the Rotary float in the annual Oceanside Independence Day Parade. It was the best turnout yet with members, family and guests from Oceanside and San Luis Rey Rotary Clubs proudly and patriotically supporting the City of Oceanside, while promoting Rotary to the community at the same time.
Leading the Rotarians this year was one of Oceanside’s own local treasures, Larry Hatter. Rotarian Hatter has been a stalwart supporter of everything Oceanside over the years, including recently spearheading Oceanside Rotary’s mentorship focus on the at-risk youth in the Crown Heights area of the city.
North County Coastal Rotary Clubs Promote Rotary Mike Curtin 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Independence Day! Jim Dunny 2016-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary International on Jul 01, 2016
Friendship is one of the top reasons members join and stay in Rotary. To boost these ties, Rotary Fellowships offer members, spouses, and Rotaractors the chance to connect with one another while enjoying their favorite recreational or professional pursuits. Over 60 Rotary Fellowships cover interests from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and more.
Rotary Fellowships arrange regional and international events, contests, and meetings where members bond and build lasting friendships outside their clubs, districts, and even countries. June is Rotary Fellowships Month, so make sure to read our Rotary Service Connections blog to learn how several fellowships combine fun and friendship with service. By connecting Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni with shared interests, the fellowships extend the Rotary experience beyond local communities.
Rotary Fellowships: Mixing passion, friendship, and service Rotary International 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Devermann on Jun 27, 2016
In its schedule of concerts, the International Youth Symphony will include a concert at the meeting of Club 33 on July 28, 2016. 
The meeting venue is the Conference Center at Liberty Station.  The meeting runs from noon to 1:30 pm.  If you can't make it to other concerts of the International Youth Symphony, this is an additional opportunity to hear them.
For more information go to: Club 33 Concert
International Youth Symphony to perform at Club 33 Paul Devermann 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 27, 2016
(L-R) Judi Copeland, Carol Kramer, Hugh Kramer, Samantha, Chris Van Etten and Tom Sandler.
Members of Old Mission Rotary welcome Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten and his fiance Samantha to the Old Mission Rotary Demotion Dinner.
As a young Marine, Chris was blown up in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs.  Old Mission Rotary met Chris during our monthly Wounded Warrior Dinners at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. His motto is "No legs! No excuses!" 
Chris is now a model and appears in a full page ad for Jockey underwear w on page 74 of the new People magazine (July 4, 2016)
Old Mission Rotary- Wounded Warrior Chris Van Etten Matt Risi 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all of the Rotarians who donated new & gently used stuffed animals at our recent Governor's Dinner.  With your help, we collected almost 500 toys in a single evening!  All of the toys will be donated to local sick children in our region and are sure to brighten a child's day.
We're more than half way through this year's Care 'n Share Toy Drive and thanks to more than 80 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and community members from throughout the District who have volunteered to collect toys at the San Diego Fair, we have already collected more than 3,000 toys!
Still want to get involved? There's still time! 

1. Volunteer at the San Diego Fair & get a FREE Fair ticket (up to 8 tickets in one day) as a thank you for signing up to collect toys. Click here to see available shifts ( Volunteer Information.)
2. Host a toy drive and ask your club members to bring new or gently used toys to one of your meetings.  Perfect for all of the upcoming demotion parties!
We hope that you'll join your fellow District Rotarians and help us collect toys for local sick children in the region, especially at a time of year when toy supplies are often running low.
Questions? Contact Project Chair, Nancy Stoke at
Exciting Care &#39;n Share Toy Drive Update Mari Pullen 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 27, 2016
On June 22, Torrey Pines Rotary celebrated the 95th birthday of member Max Gurney.  Max is a WWII veteran who served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. 
Max worked for Pan American airlines for 46 years across the globe and his last posting was in Monaco during the wonderful years of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace.
Colleen Craven of the Mira Mesa Quilts for Valor presents a quilt to 95 year old Torrey Pines Max Gurney to recognize his service in the US Army in WWII.  Bruce Bailey of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association also thanked Max for his service.
Torrey Pines Rotary Celebrates 95th Birthday of Max Gurney Matt Risi 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 20, 2016
On Friday evening at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, RB Sunrise Rotary celebrated a great year for the club.  Since our president, Alison Farrin, is an avid horsewoman and endurance rider, the party had a western theme.  Members and guests wore western attire and the skit about Alison played off her participation in the Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance ride in northern California which she has completed twice placing in the top third of those who actually completed the event.  For more on this story click here. 
The club added 9 new members and had a very successful fundraising event in Oct and then helped build 3 houses in Mexico.  In addition we had 2 Rotarians at work projects as made donations to charities in our community.  Our club was also instrumental in helping district club participate in matching grants at the district and international level.
In addition to honoring our outgoing president, our club also honored Jeanne MacLaren as our Rotarian of the Year.  Jeanne came to our club several years ago after being in a Rotary club in norther California where she was the president.  Jeanne has a passion for Rotary and the Rotary Foundation and was instrumental in getting our club to not only continue to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club, but she also encouraged our club to increase our donations to the Rotary Foundation so that our club has doubled its contributions when compared to the contributions just 2 years ago.  We were pleased to honor Jeanne.  She is not only active in our club, but has been involved in helping the district with several events during the last 2 years. For more information on this story, click here.
RB Sunrise Rotary celebrates a great year! Jim Dunny 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Hands of Peace San Diego will begin it's summer program in July. If you are not familiar with the wonderful work this organization does, please check the website. There are a number of events open to interested Rotarians in July to get acquainted with Hands of Peace. Please contact Jenny Parker at if interested.
July 21 7-9pm - This is a chance to meet the founders of this organization as well as the young participants at a supporters reception at a private home.
July 22 is about religious tolerance. From 1:45-3pm there will be a Religious Leaders Panel. How often do you get to ask deep questions to a priest, rabbi, imam, minister, Buddhist monk and atheist in one setting? These are phenomenal speakers as well.You may also attend a Muslim prayer service at a mosque before and a Jewish prayer service at a temple after if interested.
July 23 6-8:30pm is a celebration of Middle Eastern Culture. HOP participants make some fabulous ethnic food, perform some funny skits, sing and dance. It's another great opportunity to meet the participants.
July 28 at 12:30-3pm Azim Khamisa will speak at Pacific Ridge High School .I highly recommend this - he is a powerful speaker. His son was killed many years ago in random gang violence (an 'initiation right') while he was delivering pizzas. Instead of getting angry, Azim reached out to the killer and his family. Together they formed an amazing organization that speaks to kids and prisons about violence, forgiveness, healing, social justice. He has written 3 books on the topic.
July 31 6-9pm - Farewell Celebration.The kids will give speeches about their experience and show short videos. There will be great food, music and more opportunity to meet the participants, founders and organizers.
Hands of Peace has a July Summer Program Jenny Parker 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Arora on Jun 13, 2016
Since the 10th century pilgrims have made their way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, via a network of trails known as the Camino de Santiago. 
In the Spring of 2017, Rotarians will walk this pilgrimage as a fundraiser for La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, with the help of Spanish Steps, a Spain-based tour company which focuses on Camino de Santiago walking tours.  Spanish Steps is arranging a one week, van-supported journey covering the last 117 kilometers (73 miles) of the Camino de Santiago, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela and will donate profits back to La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club for service projects.
Rotarians to Walk the Camino de Santiago Bonnie Arora 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Evan Burrell on Jun 13, 2016
Did you know more than a billion people use social media every day?
Social media is readily accessible, instantaneous, cost effective and user friendly. It offers your Rotary club a fantastic opportunity to communicate more effectively with members and supporters and can energise the way you promote your club and find new members.
To see  examples of ways your club can use social media, read more of this post on Rotary International's Rotary Voices.
Want New Members? Then Get Social Evan Burrell 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Risi on Jun 06, 2016
(L-R) Marine Corps veteran Larry Edwards hold the birthday cake!  Kami and Isacc Blount.
Old Mission Rotary celebrated Isaac Blount’s 25th birthday on May 31st. Old Mission first met Marine Corps Private First Class Blount five years ago at the San Diego Naval Medical Center during our monthly Wounded Warrior Dinners.  Isaac lost both legs, his left eye and part of his left hand in an IED ambush in Afghanistan. 
Isaac was featured on 60 Minutes in a feature called Conquering the Impossible that showcased his climb up Mount Kosciuszko in Australia with the Hero's Project.
Old Mission Celebrates a Wounded Warrior&#39;s Birthday! Matt Risi 2016-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 05, 2016
The Rotary Foundation is turning 100, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating!
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. View the timeline of the history of the development of what is now the Rotary Foundation.
How will you celebrate the centennial?  Go to Celebrate the Centennial to see what events are planned by Rotary international and also discover how your club can plan community events and fundraisers to raise the awareness of the Rotary Foundation and also raise the funds to continue and expand the impact of the Rotary Foundation globally
The Rotary Foundation Turns 100 in 2016-2017 Jim Dunny 2016-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 04, 2016
It all began with one man's idea.  That man was Bob Watson, District 5340 District Governor 2006-2006.  His idea was to have the clubs in the district to coordinate their projects so that on one day (the last day of April) they would all have one or more community service projects. During his year, he championed this idea. District 9100 in Tijuana joined with District 5340 that first year. Rotarians in our district also worked to get other districts to adopt this idea.
In the ensuing years, Rotarians at Work has grown to be an idea that has been adopted in 2015-2016 by 43 districts involving over 2800 clubs and nearly 10,000 Rotarians around the world.  Rotary District 5340 is proud to be the place where this idea about serving our communities was born.
Rotarians at Work - Ten Years of Service Jim Dunny 2016-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard F. Arroyo on May 23, 2016
The 3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference has been scheduled for September 24, 2016. See the announcement below.
We anticipate the cost per interactor will remain at $35. Please budget the cost to send your interested interactors to this much anticipated leadership training event.
Save This Date!
3rd Annual Interact Leadership Conference
September 24, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
8:30 am registration
Liberty Station Conference Center
Interact Leadership Conference Scheduled Richard F. Arroyo 2016-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny
Don't Delay! Register Now! This event is nearly sold out! Online Registrations Only   No Walk-Ins will be accepted
On Monday, June 13, 2016 Rotary District 5340 will hold its annual District Governor's Dinner. We will celebrate “An Awesome Year of Service”.
At this meeting, DG Janice Kurth will announce awards to recognize significant achievements during the year by clubs and individual Rotarians in the district.  In addition, we will install Incoming District Governor for 2016-17, Marilyn Sanderson and induct 2016-2017 Club Presidents.
La Jolla Marriott
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.
5 PM – 6 PM   Fellowship/Reception
6 PM  Dinner & Program
Self-Parking $6/car
REGISTER EARLY to reserved a table(s) for your club; you must have 10 persons (or multiples of 10)
from your club registered by June 6.  

 To register, go to: District Governor's Dinner.  
District Governor&#39;s Dinner Jim Dunny 2016-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on May 08, 2016
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club invites you to get in touch with your inner bowler at our 15th Annual bowling fundraiser at Parkway Bowl on Friday May 20 at 6 p.m. 
Each team of 4 bowlers receives 2 games, including ball and shoes, a large pizza, and 2 pitchers of beer or soda.  There will be an opportunity drawing, prizes, a silent auction, and lots of fun!  You do not need a full team to participate, but it's a great activity to enjoy with family, friends, and coworkers. 
Cosmic lanes are sold out but regular lanes are still available!  All that fun while benefiting our foundation's programs - anti-bullying projects, homeless outreach, scholarships, school music programs, disaster relief, vision tests and mechanical hands in Costa Rica, peace training in Nairobi, toilets in Zimbabwe, and many more.
Check out La Mesa Sunrise Rotary for information on registration or call Fern Platt Hall at 619-742-4131 to pay by credit card.
La Mesa Sunrise To Hold a Bowling Fundraiser. Laurel Nishida 2016-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Pugliese on May 07, 2016
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is bringing “Two of the World’s Greatest Tribute Bands  together under the stars for one night of classic rock , great food, dancing and fun!  The Club’s 7th Annual Concert at the Lakes will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the beautiful Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve located at 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA  92071
Step back in time as you listen to the music of Fleetwood Mac tribute band MIRAGE, featuring the musical sound of Stevie Nicks.  Back by popular demand  is THE LONG RUN, Experience the Eagles.  You won’t want to miss this concert.  Proceeds benefit the Santee Lakeside Rotary Foundation’s education fund. For a preview of the bands go to: Concert Preview
2 levels of seating are offered:  Preferred table seating that includes dinner and lawn/festival seating.
For more information and tickets, go to: Concert at the Lakes - 2016
Santee - Lakeside Rotary to Sponsor A Concert at Santee Lakes Sandy Pugliese 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Bambace on May 07, 2016
DG Janice Kurth planting flowers Having fun planting flowers
More than 20 members of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club, their spouses, kids and a dog, participated in Rotarians at Work Day in Balboa Park.  The group planted a ton of colorful flowers and bushes in the park’s Zoro Garden located in the small canyon behind the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center
This sunken stone grotto garden was originally designed as a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition, but is now a gorgeous butterfly garden containing both the larvae and nectar plants needed for the complete life cycle of butterflies.  (Don’t worry -- we were all appropriately clothed.) 
District Governor Janice Kurth was there to help us with this fun and worthwhile project.  We were happy to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of Balboa Park’s magnificent gardens and look forward to seeing the butterflies released in this area at the end of the month.  Sincere thanks go to club members Bobbi Spinner-Flack and Rich Rechif for organizing this special day.
San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Beautified BalBoa Park Judy Bambace 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Council on Legislation met recently and made some significant changes. The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
Click the link to download a detailed report of the enactments: 2016 Council on Legislation Enactments
Here is a summary of the 2016 legislative enactments.
•  The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month.
•  The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. The council also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
•  The council adopted a $4 dues increase in order to maintain its reserve funds and also improve My Rotary and make other changes and improve resources to clubs and districts. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20.
•  To encourage Rotaract members to become Rotary club members, Rotaractors will now be allowed to become a Rotarian while still remaining a member of a Rotaract club.
•  The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated.
•  The reference to admission fees in the Rotary bylaws will be removed.
To read the comments in the original Rotary News story click here.
Council on Legislation Detailed Report 2016-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Stakelum on Apr 25, 2016
Spring is here! 
It’s a great time to dust off the bike, pump up the tires and join the Rotary Fellowship,
Connect with cycling Rotarians from around the USA and around the world, who share the same passion for Rotary and cycling.  Link up with Rotary fundraising & fellowship events.  Post your cycling event and take advantage of discounts for cycling products and more!    
Learn more at:
Rotary Cycling2Serve Fellowship Richard Stakelum 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Forrester on Apr 25, 2016
Yes, Rotary-Padres tickets are available for SINGLE GAMES as follows:
Friday, May 20th vs. Dodgers – Field Plaza - $60.00
Thursday, June 16th vs. Nationals – Field Infield - $40.00
Friday, July 15th vs. Giants – Field Plaza - $60.00
Monday, Aug. 22nd vs. Cubs – Field Infield - $40.00
Wednesday, Sept. 7th vs. Red Sox – Field Infield - $50.00

Join other Rotarians from District 5340 for an evening of baseball and fellowship at one or more of the games listed above.
To place your order for tickets, please reply to Rotarian Kevin Forrester (, or (760) 944-1918, ASAP, but no later than 7 days before the scheduled game day.
Rotary/Padres Individual Game Tickets Kevin Forrester 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5280 (Los Angeles area) is having their District Conference this upcoming weekend at the Mission Bay Hilton.  We have such a great city that they are leaving their area to come see us! 
On Thursday night April 28, there is a social gathering that all of our D5340 Rotarians are invited to attend.  No charge.  Just show up, socialize and no-host food/drinks.  7-10pm.  InCahoots, 5373 Mission Center Road.  It should be a stompin’ good time!
Invitation to a Party! Janice Kurth 2016-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary changes lives and promotes leadership. The Rotary Club of San Diego sponsors Camp Enterprise, a weekend program that does just that for high school juniors.  Jackie Meyer is the chair for Students for Camp Enterprise in 2016 and shares this story from this year's camp.
As Chair of Students for Camp Enterprise this year, I receive the information about allergies or mediations needed for students.  When I received Karla’s (not her real name) permission form, I knew the drugs listed were serious ones.
Fast forward to Thursday night when the students gather for their first team session.  Karla was unfortunately in bed.  I had been told earlier she might hear voices and why she needed such medication.
Come Friday, I was surprised and very happy to see that Karla was engaged and determined to make up for lost time with her team.  My fears of sending home a student early were beginning to fade.
Club 33 holds 41st Camp Enterprise Jackie Meyer 2016-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Council on Legislation met recently and made some significant changes. The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
Here is a summary of the legislative changes that will take effect July 1, 2016.
•  The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month.
•  The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. The council also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
•  The council adopted a $4 dues increase in order to maintain its reserve funds and also improve My Rotary and make other changes and improve resources to clubs and districts. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20.
•  To encourage Rotaract members to become Rotary club members, Rotaractors will now be allowed to become a Rotarian while still remaining a member of a Rotaract club.
•  The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated.
•  The reference to admission fees in the Rotary bylaws will be removed.
To read the comments in the original Rotary News story click here.
Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility Arnold Grahl - Rotary News 2016-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 13, the selection committee has reviewed and interviewed candidates recommended by their respective Rotary clubs to serve as Governor Nominee and subsequently as Governor of District 5340 during Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Rotarian Scott C. Carr of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast  has been selected to serve as Governor Nominee and to subsequently serve as Governor of District 5340 during the Rotary year 2017-2018.
 Challenges (RI Bylaws, Article 13.020.8)  to the selection of District Governor during Rotary Year 2017-2018, must be received by the District Governor, in writing, no later than April 28, 2016.
There being no Challenges, It is our pleasure to confirm the selection of Scott C. Carr as our District Governor Nominee to serve as Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.
District Governor Nominee, 2017-2018 Selection 2016-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Trouble navigating the RI website?
    Facebook have you puzzled? a complete
Help is on the way on April 23!
Three specially designed sessions with knowledgeable instructors will be presented from 9 - 10 am at USD to give you hands on instruction.  Sign up now on and bring your laptop.
Need Help Navigating Rotary Websites? 2016-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Sommer on Apr 07, 2016
The Rotary Leadership Institute offers interactive curriculum that will be beneficial to any Rotarian and it will also give you the opportunity to make connections with your peers while learning about Rotary. Your facilitators will be District Leaders who bring a wealth of Rotary experience and knowledge as they guide instruction.
Here are some comments from Rotarians about this program:
Andi and Carl Kosnar, Rotarians from the Solana Beach Eco Club, believe the leadership skills, peer relationships and Rotary content they acquired gave them a solid Rotary Foundation. Andi shared, “The RLI program is so worthwhile. As brand new Rotarians last Jan. (members for two weeks I think) it was a great way to learn all about Rotary and gain from everyone’s experience - both the facilitators and other club members.  We would recommend it to all Rotarians.”
“RLI was definitely worth my time because it covered many Rotary topics that were meaningful to me and gave me ideas and tools to take action.  There are frequent breakout sessions and you get to know and work with other District 5340 Rotarians.  The instructors are almost all district governors and they are passionate about the topics they teach.  RLI made me a more effective Rotarian.” Dave Brooks-Rancho Bernardo
Joe Bill began RLI when he was a president-elect and had questions.“What am I going to do as an officer of my club next year? Who can give me some ideas, offer advice and contacts, set-up an interactive discussion and do it while I am planning next year. Rotary Leadership Institute is an excellent tool.” Joe Bill Carter, Bonsall Club President
Course offerings on April 23, 2016, allow you to begin, continue or finish this three part program. Upon completion of all three parts, you will be given a pin and a certificate will be awarded at the District Governor’s Dinner in June. My contact information is  Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about the program.
The next session will be held at USD at the Kroc Center for Peace and Justice.  Please go to the District Website to register.
Continental Breakfast & Sit Down luncheon $45  Meal Choices need to be no later than Wed, April 20.
Rotary Leadership Institute Coming Soon! Christine Sommer 2016-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
The next and final music contest will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM at Carlsbad By The Sea, 2855 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad 92008.
The area competition has been combined with the final. Guests are welcomed to this free concert and refreshments will be served. All Rotarians and their guests are encourage to attend.
The final prizes sponsored by Rotary District 5340 are 1st $1,000, 2nd $500, and 3rd $250. The winner is expected to perform at the District Conference on May 14th in Newport Beach.
Youth Instrumental Music Contest Bob Hartsfield 2016-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Sommer on Mar 08, 2016
The Rotary Leadership Institute offers interactive curriculum that will be beneficial to any Rotarian and it will also give you the opportunity to make connections with your peers while learning about Rotary. Your facilitators will be District Leaders who bring a wealth of Rotary experience and knowledge as they guide instruction.
Course offerings on April 23, 2016, allow you to begin, continue or finish this three part program. Upon completion of all three parts, you will be given a pin and a certificate will be awarded at the District Governor’s Dinner in June. My contact information is  Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about the program.
The next session will be held at USD at the Kroc Center for Peace and Justice.  Please go to the District Website to register.
Continental Breakfast & Sit Down luncheon $45
Rotary Leadership Institute Christine Sommer 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Crawford on Mar 08, 2016
2016 District Training Assembly
Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego (USD)
March 19, 2016  7:30 - Noon
The District Training Assembly offers training for ALL Rotarians including club officers, directors, committee & program chairs to help them be effective club leaders. A variety of classes are offered and this year we've added 2 new ones; Creating Great Club Programs to help clubs increase interest & attendance at weekly meetings and Networking-Maximize Your Rotary Connections presented by Rotarians Jenni Prisk and Mel Katz (Manpower San Diego).
All Club members, especially Red Badgers, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come learn more about Rotary, club management tips and best practices presented by knowledgeable, experienced Rotarians.  Classes are filling up fast! Don't miss this great opportunity to increase your Rotary knowledge and connect with other Rotarians.
$25.00/person & includes continental breakfast. Click on this link to register and view the class schedule. To register, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Training for All Rotarians! Dianne Crawford 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelly Mellos on Mar 07, 2016
Hands of Peace San Diego will host “Under the Middle Eastern Sky” on Sunday, May 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. The event will transport guests to a Middle Eastern festival featuring live music by the Luminaries and Todo Mundo, gourmet cultural food, local craft beer and wine and a hookah lounge. Hands of Peace is a Rotary supported program, funded by Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club and a District 5340 Matching Grant.
North County Rotary Clubs support Hands for Peace Kelly Mellos 2016-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Mar 06, 2016
Ivan Alba teaching math in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a very hard country to live in.  The average yearly wage in the country is only about $500US per year.  From 2006 to 2009, the Zimbabwean dollar devaluated at such an alarming rate that one US dollar (worth one Zimbabwean dollar in 2006) was worth 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (thirty octillion) Zimbabwean dollar by 2009. The national currency became absolutely worthless, and everyone with money in the bank lost it.  Today’s circumstances are bleak in President Mugabe’s Zimbabwe; yet Rotary, and a sense of hope, still survives.
The Alba Family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) met with a Zim Rotarian named Tina “Tete Chikisa” Chirwe who runs a school in Chipinge. She has the true heart of a ‘Rotarian on fire’.  After touring much of the country by bus, the family ended up working with the St. Albertina School to help them improve their mathematics education program.  Isabel and Lily attended the school and learned, first hand, what it was to be an African student, and Elena and Ivan got straight to work with the teachers and the principal.  The Rotarian-run school boards many students from the outskirts of the community and Tina, herself, pays for those students who have difficulty paying the modest tuition to attend.  The Rotarians in the community are constantly searching for ways to help those who are in greatest need.  Zimbabwe has many who need this help.
San Diego Rotarian Trains Teachers in Zimbabwe Ivan Alba 2016-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
On February 23, Rotary International celebrated its 111th birthday.  It was on February 23, 1905 that 4 friends met at the office Gustave Loehr in Chicago, IL.  The other three founders were Paul Harris, Sylvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey The next meeting of this new group was "rotated" to one of the other offices of the members.  After six meetings, the Chicago Rotary Club discontinued its practice of meeting in members’ offices and began to assemble in various restaurants and hotels. For more of Rotary's history go to: Rotary Global History Fellowship
This February 23, RB Sunrise Rotary Club went dark at their usual meeting venue, the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. Instead six members volunteered their offices to host "Rotational" breakfasts.  The purpose of this move was to let those in attendance at each location get to learn about the others.  In a regular meeting, members don't really get to find out much about other member's businesses.  At a "Rotational" breakfast meeting, members tell what their business is and how they chose to be in that business. 
RB Sunrise Rotary Goes Retro for Rotary&#39;s Birthday 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Czarnowski on Feb 28, 2016
This is a special year for the End Polio Now Campaign because the disease is now confined to only one country (Afghanistan),  there has been only one case so far this year and so it is possible that this could be the year polio is defeated. 
Starting on March 5th, Jim Czarnowski, a member of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real, Oceanside, will attempt to pedal his Hobie kayak from Tampa Bay to Key Largo Florida as part of 350 mile rigorous adventure race, the Everglades Challenge.  The event is an un-supported, expedition-style venture across open ocean as well as through the wilds of the Everglades National Park.  

El Camino Real Rotarian to Race a Pedal Kayak for PolioPlus Jim Czarnowski 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
This is a special year for the End Polio Now Campaign because the disease is now confined to only one country (Afghanistan),  there has been only one case so far this year and so it is possible that this could be the year polio is defeated. 
Starting on March 5th, Jim Czarnowski, a member of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real, Oceanside, will attempt to pedal his Hobie kayak from Tampa Bay to Key Largo Florida as part of 350 mile rigorous adventure race, the Everglades Challenge.  The event is an un-supported, expedition-style venture across open ocean as well as through the wilds of the Everglades National Park.  
Czarnowski will surely be pushed to the limits of his physical and mental abilities.   "I was so inspired at the PETS seminar last weekend after hearing keynote speaker Ramesh Ferris' talk on the End Polio Now, I decided I must dedicate my effort on the Everglades Challenge to help raise the money needed in this final push to eradicate polio, which can hopeful happen this year!," said Czarnowski. 
Sponsorship contributions can be made online at: or by texting "nopolio" to 41444.  Learn more by watching the following videos:
Starting on March 5th, you can follow Czarnowski's progress via a satellite tracking device.  Here is a link to the Everglades Challenge tracking map: Select "Penguinman" (that's Czarnowski) and click "regenerate view"
El Camino Real Rotarian to Pedal A Kayak for PolioPlus Jim Czarnowski 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Feb 28, 2016
Group Photo of Children helped by Restart Africa
Today many Kenyan tribes live and thrive peacefully, but after the 2007 election controversy ignited violence between the ruling Kikuyu tribe and the second largest Luo tribe, Kenya erupted in tragic bloodshed.  Hundreds of children fled and were abandoned or orphaned to small towns where they could escape the bloody violence.  Many landed in Gilgil, only to become “street children”; victims of all forms of abuse as they fought to survive day by day.  
Two generous Nairobi Club Rotarians, Mary Coulson and Peter Ndolo have found a way to rescue 108 children from the streets, house, feed and clothe them, and send them to school, university, or jobs.  They treat the children as members of their own family.

Restart Africa teaches the Albas about lifelong charity Ivan Alba 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Feb 22, 2016
NewsBits is the district's forum for letting the world know about what is happening in your club.  I have gotten questions about how to submit a story or announcement to NewsBits, so I have written a How To Document and placed it on the district website so that it will always be available for reference.
The document answers questions about what is needed and what formats are appropriate.   There are also some hints about best practices for your submission. Remember that, whether you are submitting an announcement or a story about an event that has already occurred, you are telling a story. Your submission should give enough information to allow the reader to understand what you are trying to tell them.  A quote about the success of the event or the reaction to your event are great enhancements to make your submission more interesting.  Pictures should also help tell your story.  Event pictures should show people participating or working in the event.  Smiling faces in your pictures will "sell" your story. 
Click here for How To Submit to NewsBits
NewsBits Stories Needed Jim Dunny 2016-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Feb 21, 2016
For wildlife enthusiasts, Kenya’s Maasai Mara is Africa’s epicenter for adventure.  But for philanthropists, Kenya’s Mathare slum in Nairobi is in itself an epicenter for service.  Families from around the country crowd into the packed communities without access to electricity and proper sanitation.  The average earnings are less than $1 per day.  Homes are so densely packed that emergency services find it almost impossible to enter.  Drinking water is hard to come by, and food is not easily accessible for all of the children among the 500,000 people living there.  Education is a luxury that few can afford.  Life would be bleak for the children of this area but for the help of caring Rotarians, Rotary Community Corps (RCC), and other caring individuals.

The Albas in Mathare Slum, Nairobi Kenya Ivan Alba 2016-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Participate. Learn. Share. Enjoy.
The 5th Annual Peace Forum, co-hosted by Rotary District 5340, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and District 5340 Pathways to Peace, will convene on Saturday, February 27 at the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. Registration, a continental breakfast and fellowship begin at 8 am and the program begins at 8:30 am, ending at 12 noon. Parking will be adjacent to and hear the Kroc Institute on USD's campus. This forum is free to all registrants.
Each year the Peace Forum highlights the role of education in creating and advancing peace. In the Forum, partners D5340 and USD each share their work with the other, highlighting new developments and best practices useful to participants in their practices of peacemaking and peacebuilding.

District Peace Forum Cynthia Villa 2016-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Goodman on Feb 16, 2016
"Did you now that there are currently 62 active, Rotary sanctioned Fellowships fulfilling the mission of uniting Rotarians, Rotaractors and spouses in service around the world?  If not, this is your chance to get involved.
Our district chairperson, Cindy Goodman, has visited nearly 20 clubs this year and reports that many people had no idea such a program existed.  If you would like to know more or if your club has not yet had, and would like a presentation, please contact her at:
You can also learn more by visiting the website:  On the website you will find a list of existing fellowship programs as well as current contact information.  If you don't see one that fits your needs, you can start a new one.  Directions are on the website or you can contact Cindy for help in putting it all together."
Rotary Fellowships Cynthia Goodman 2016-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
2016 District Training Assembly
Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego (USD)
March 19, 2016  7:30 - Noon

The District Training Assembly (DTA) offers training on a variety of Rotary subjects to  club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them become more effective club leaders. All Rotarians, -- especially Red Badgers -- are encouraged to attend.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Rotary and network with other Rotarians. We expect full attendance for each class so don't miss out,
Register today by clicking on this Link.  The cost for this meeting is $25 and includes a continental breakfast.
District 5340 Training Assembly 2016-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Cahill on Feb 15, 2016
The Twelfth Annual Rotary Model United Nations Conference will be held April 9-10, 2016 at USD Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ). Visit IPJ that weekend to see high school students from Southern California, Mexico, British Columbia and Costa Rica serve as ambassadors of foreign countries and debate current UN international issues. 
Our keynote speaker for the banquet dinner on April 9 at 6 pm at the Mission Valley Crowne Plaza Hotel is Ambassador Betty King, former US Ambassador to the United Nations and former US Ambassador to the World Health Organization.   
To register for the dinner, please contact Kevin Cahill at
More information:
2016 Model UN Conference and Banquet Dinner Kevin Cahill 2016-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Feb 13, 2016
Registration is now open for our District Conference!  This year the district conference is a combined event with our district (5340) joining with Rotary District 5320. 
Come celebrate Rotary.  Details and registration can be found by clicking here.
District Conference 2016 Janice Kurth 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Van Roon on Feb 13, 2016
We need a few more Rotarians to serve as facilitators April 15-17th  (plus a half day training session Sat. 3/19 from 8-12).
Facilitators bring much needed experience, empathy and insight to an exciting weekend of leadership training and small group discussions with top high school juniors from the district. This is your opportunity to be part of a proven program that has changed hundreds of students lives. A three day commitment from you is a rewarding and wonderful way to show young men and women that there are adults who are genuinely invested in their futures. Facilitators enjoy a lively and comfortable camp experience in nearby Idyllwild, while guiding students in various activities. Fun, laughter and enrichment are guaranteed.
Last Call for RYLA Facilitators Paul Van Roon 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Feb 08, 2016
"Doc" Ivan pretending to use vision exam equipment
Lilly Alba teaching children
Eye ailments abound throughout the world.  But in distant villages outside of the Kenyan town of Machakos, medical care is difficult to access.  Because of the great distances and costs villagers must endure to get quality health care, most of them are never able to get the help they need.  Small infections turn to chronic eye problems, and cataracts turn to blindness.  Problems that are easily cured through eye drops or a one-hour surgery go untreated.
The Albas and Machakos Eye Problems Solved Ivan Alba 2016-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Feb 08, 2016
The 2016 Rotary Council on Legislation is approaching, April 10-15, 2016.  This is the body that meets every three years to review and revise our Rotary operating rules and regulations. 
Our District 5340 COL Representative is RRFC Pam Russell.  She is preparing for the council and welcomes your thoughts on any legislation that is being proposed.  You may click here to download a document that contains all of the legislation that is being proposed.  Pam can be reached at or 619.723.3651.
2016 Rotary Council on Legislation Janice Kurth 2016-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Feb 07, 2016
Our named District Governor Nominee has resigned from this leadership role in Rotary District 5340 effective 2/1/2016.  Therefore, we must select a replacement.  This notice is to inform all Rotarians in our District that the District Nominating Committee has initiated the process to name a replacement District Governor Nominee to serve as District Governor for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.
Pursuant to Rotary International Bylaws, Section 13.020.4, we invite all clubs to submit their suggestion for nominations for District Governor 2017-2018. Each club may nominate one member in good standing.  All suggestions for District Governor 2017-2018 must be received no later than Thursday, April 7, to be considered.  Interviews and selection will take place on April 12, 2016.  Each Club president has received an e-mail with specific instructions as to how to submit a candidate.  Questions regarding this process may be directed to Dale Bailey in our District Office at
DGN Resignation Janice Kurth 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Feb 05, 2016
Rotary Online Training
Do you need to learn about Rotary?  Cant' get to a training event?  The Rotary International Website has some resources you can use.
In addition to learning opportunities provided at our district level, the Rotary International website has resources for learning about specific topics in the Learning Center.  To access this information, you need to establish a logon and password to get to My Rotary.  Once you log on and get to My Rotary from the Rotary International home page, you will a tab that says Learning and Reference.  Clicking on that link will take you to a page that has all of the choices about learning opportunities. This is also the source for downloading Rotary documents including the Manual of Procedures.
Rotary at the Gulls
Frank De Francesco, who organized the Rotary at the Gulls event recently, reports that 120 Rotarians, family and friends attended the Friday night game.  Frank reports that everyone had a great time even though the seats were scattered around the arena.  Rotary is about having fun together so that we can network more effectively because we know each other.
District Training Assembly
On March 19, District 5340 will hold Training Assembly 2016. This valuable seminar is your club's opportunity to get board member and executive training for the next Rotary year. The assembly will have breakout sessions that will train your club members to be more effective in their respective roles in your club. Plan now to have your club's leadership team attend this learning opportunity. 
Rotarians At Work
Rotarians at Work day is coming April 30.  Your club should have plans well under way for your club's participation in this event.  Rotarians at Work Day began here in District 5340 ten years ago as a project spearheaded by the late PDG Bob Watson.  Since that time this project has been adopted in numerous Rotary Districts around the world.  Clubs and Districts plan hands on projects that members accomplish on the last Saturday of April (This year the last Saturday is April 30).   This is your club's opportunity to be a part of this unique opportunity to showcase Rotary and Rotarians in our community. 
NewsBits Nibbles Jim Dunny 2016-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Networking Event! Rainier Trinidad 2016-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Let's celebrate our friendship this February by giving to others at a Rotarian Valentine Mixer.
On February 11, please join Rancho Santa Fe Rotary and Valenti International for a glass of wine, lite hors d'oeuvres combined with giving something from your closet you do not need to someone who really needs it. The Mixer is from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
We will accept your donation of gently used (or new), coats, blankets, shoes, scarves anything to keep someone warm this cold winter.  We will deliver all donations to a local shelter. 
An evening among friends and giving at the Valenti Estate. $25 per person, Business Attire  - for more information or to RSVP, see: Rotarian Valentine Mixer
Rotarian Valentine Mixer Lori Brockett 2016-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Brummersted on Jan 30, 2016
Happy Group with Safe Water Station
The lack of clean, safe water in Fiji is one element of an enormous global problem.  Frequent rains contaminate more than 50 percent of local water supplies with bacteria and other toxins.  The health risk to villagers is critical and consequential for both adults at work and for school children who suffer chronic illnesses.  Locals have been motivated to find ways to improve the safety of their drinking water beyond just boiling it on their open hearths.
In 2015, under a Rotary International Global Grant, the Rotary Club of Point Loma teamed with the Rotary Clubs of San Diego and Savusavu (Fiji), the Fiji Ministry of Health, and other Rotarians to help villagers deal with this problem.  Safe Water Stations were deployed to homes in seven villages in the Savusavu area.  Simple in design and easily maintained, these stations allow individual households, clinics, and schools to filter water drawn from existing sources and remove more than  99.9 percent of all pathogens.  They require no moving parts and function without electricity.  Each station consists of a micropore filter that provides up to 350 gallons of safe drinking water daily eliminating any requirement to store water after each use.  The only maintenance required is backflushing with clean water. 
Local acceptance of the safe water station concept, installation design, and user-friendly training program has been overwhelming.  Funds spent for the 2015 project indicated a cost per unit of $136.66, providing 10 years of clean water for an entire family.  More Safe Water Station deployments in other areas of Fiji are planned for 2016 under a new Global Grant--G985.  Rotarians can donate to the project at http://www.matching
Point Loma Rotary&#39;s Figi Water Project Dave Brummersted 2016-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul van Roon on Jan 30, 2016
RYLA is coming and facilitators are needed. We are looking for Rotarians who are motivated to make a real difference in the lives of top High School juniors at Idyllwild Pines April 15-17th. We provide great students, accommodations, motivational speakers, leadership activities, gourmet (sort of) meals, and…possibly the most rewarding single experience you’ll have as a Rotarian. You provide enthusiasm, a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference in a student’s life.
Facilitator orientation is mandatory and will be held on Sat. 3/26 (site TBD) from 8-12 noon. Female applicants are especially welcome because we always have more girls than boys participate.
Starting this year, there will be no cost to your club for your participation as a facilitator. Please click the following link to view the application and be prepared for an amazing Rotary experience.
RYLA Facilitators Needed Paul van Roon 2016-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Again this year, Rotary District 5340 is hosting the Rotary International Assembly.  This training meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt brings district governor elects from every Rotary district in the world to San Diego every year. This year's meeting runs from Jan 17 through Jan 23. 

Rotary's annual training meeting gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary leaders from around the world.

Keynote speakers and informative presentations will inspire you and prepare you to lead your district successfully. Idea exchanges, roundtable discussions, and workshops will lead you to new ways of creating positive change.

In addition to all the meetings, the visiting district governors also have an opportunity to meet San Diego Rotarians numerous small meetings around San Diego that District 5340 clubs sponsor on Wednesday evening, Jan 21st.  These small social events are great opportunities for sharing project ideas and for learning about each other's country and culture as well.  

District 5340 Hosts Rotary International Assembly 2016-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2016
 On Jan 15 - 16 2016, Rotary District 5340 was one of the six southern California Rotary districts that collaborated to present the Rotary International World Peace Conference 2016.  This is the first of 5 Presidential conferences and the only one that will occur in the United States.  The Peace Conference was held at the Convention Center in Ontario, California.  This conference attracted speakers and participants from around the world.  
One of the areas of focus of the Rotary International Foundation is Peace and Conflict Resolution.  There were thirteen areas of learning afforded by the study tracks for this conference.  Since peace isn't just the absence of war, but is instead the absence of disagreement and the opportunity to discuss differences, whether the disagreement is at home, schools, a local community or between nations.  Peace is possible only when the parties involved are willing to sit down and learn about the aspects of the problem and then discuss the possible solutions that result from mutually agreed upon terms.
Participants also heard from law inforcement and government representatives about what the current situation is concerning terror and such things as hunger, poverty and human trafficing.  The participants learned that in our communities we have to be aware about what is goingonn around us.  The slogan is: If You See Something - Say Something"  Since those who mission is to protect our freedom and possibly prevent violence from terror, for example, it is an aware citizen who can litterally make a differenc because there can never be enough surveilance possible to allow governments to have sole responsibility for our safety.  In the recent San Bernadino shootings, it was information from a witness that allowed the police to quickly learn who the perpetrators were and quickly attempt to apprehend them. Since a firefight occurred when the police surrounded the suspect vehicle, the end result was the death of the two perpetrators.  
During this meeting, the participants learned what various persons and groups are doing to make a difference so that their activities can result in reducing the significance of proverty and hunger as initiators of violence instead of peace.  The central lesson is that we can not afford to be complacent and not avail ourselves of the opportunities to learn ways in which we can bring peaceful solutions to problems, no only in the world, but also in our daily lifes as well.  Never has the thought that "eternal vigilence is the price of freedom" been more appropriately true than it is now.
Rotary International World Peace Conference 2016 2016-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
There will be a Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) in conjunction with our RI Convention in Seoul this year.  The YLS is to provide an opportunity for young leaders (aged 19-35) around the world to convene in one place and interact with one another in order to develop a road map for the future by discussing both challenges and opportunities to serve the world as future Rotarians.
The main theme for YLS will be “Our Challenge: World Future & Rotary,” and the summit will include speeches on thought provoking topics by world renowned speakers who care for future young leaders. There will be panel discussions, performances, a networking party, and other exciting programs throughout the program.
Young leader candidates can get more information about YLS through the RI Convention HOC website
Potential candidates must visit the website fill out their application form.  After they have been received, they will be sent to the district office for consideration as a potential nominee.
In addition to the actual one-day YLS summit, there is a YLS Online Contest through which everyone, both YLS participants and those who cannot join us for the summit, can submit their contest material and win prizes, which will include round trip airfare to Seoul, food, local room and board during the YLS and RI Convention.
Participants are to submit one video 3 minutes or less reflecting one of two questions: (1) How will you be the gift to this world?; and (2) What are world issues Rotary should challenge in the future? Participants aged 35 and younger can participate in the YLS Online Contest directly through the website.
Youth Leadership Summit in Seoul 2016-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Professional hockey is once again in San Diego.  The Anaheim Ducks of the NHL purchased the Norfolk Admirals American Hockey League team and have moved it to San Diego as its affiliate in the AHL, the San Diego Gulls
Many Rotarians in District 5340 now have a chance to go to a professional hockey game in San Diego now that the San Diego Gulls have arrived. Many of us may never been to a hockey game, so here is an opportunity to experience a hockey game and be with other Rotarians in our district. 
Frank De Francesco is organizing a "Rotary Night at the Gulls" on January 29th.  The tickets cost $28 each. We will sit in what they call the "lower bowl".  Normally those seats go for $34-$51 each so we're getting a good deal.   We need a minimum of 40 people to get the group rate.
You may contact Frank via email or by phone (858) 673-9049 with the number of tickets you need. If you have already contacted Frank because of an email to club presidents, your name is already on his list. You response needs to reach him by Jan 27th so that he can go to the ticket office to purchase the tickets.  (The Gulls haven't yet set up procedures for group tickets so Frank has to purchase the tickets in person.)
Rotary Night at the Gulls Jim Dunny 2016-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
SOLD OUT! We will miss you if you aren't registered already.  sad
Once again, our district is doing something different. Last fall we had wine tasting event.  In keeping with the fact that San Diego is also become well known for its craft breweries, the district is sponsoring this beer tasting  The number of craft breweries has grown exponentially in San Diego county. One of the most successful breweries is Stone Brewery.  Stone Brewery began in San Marcos in 1996 and then moved to their present headquarters in Escondido in 2005.  In the past year they have begun construction of breweries in Berlin, Germany and Richmond, Virginia.
Come to this event and have a great time with Rotary friends!
District Dinner at Stone Brewery -- SOLD OUT! Jim Dunny 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee’s Ninety Second Gift to Rotary
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is not funded by nor is it an official part of Rotary International nor is it funded by RI. 
Walt Stephens writes : "As Chair of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, I am given the opportunity to promote that part of my life I call Rotary to the world in forty-five to ninety seconds. As Rotarians we change people’s lives and give them hope where there is none. Many times in order to achieve our goals we must find a way to have people of different backgrounds sit down at the table and negotiate a safe environment for our volunteers to work. This year’s entry will highlight Rotary’s efforts to create a more peaceful world
Since Rotary returned to the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1980, the New Year’s Day pageant has become a highlight on the Rotary calendar. Seen in Pasadena by over 700,000 people, television coverage of the floral extravaganza reaches about 80 million more around the world, providing Rotary with the valuable opportunity to showcase our programs and activities.
“Be A Gift To The World”  is RI President, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran’s theme for this year. The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is a gift to Rotary. This year's Rotary International Float is Working Together for Peace. (A description of the float can be seen by clicking on the link.)
6 So. Cal Districts Help Make Rotary International&#39;s Rose Parade Float Jim Dunny 2016-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Dec 28, 2015
A La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Family doing Rotary Work in Kenya
Students at Gilgil, Kenya
Playtime at Gilgil, Kenya
The Alba Family with Ivan (past president of La Mesa Sunrise), Elena, and Isabel and Lily (Rotor-kids) are currently in Gilgil, Kenya.  They started their “Rotary World Tour” on August 27th and have traveled through Europe, the Middle East, and are now in Africa.
The family is volunteering for two weeks with Restart Africa (, a home that rescues, houses, feeds, and loves over 100 children from the streets of Gilgil.  This is the only organization of its kind in all of Kenya. It was founded by two Rotarians, Mary Coulson, and Peter Ndolo of the Rotary Club of Nairobi.  Restart Africa provides a safe home with counseling, tutoring, and a place to call home forever.  Children never “age out” of the system and are supported through university and vocational training until they are totally independent. 
Rotarian Family Serves Others on World Tour Ivan Alba 2015-12-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 21, 2015
Holiday Greetings from District 5340
Because most clubs will be dark for most of this week and next week, publication of NewsBits will be suspended until Monday, January 4, 2016.  A skeleton edition will be published then since it is unlikely that there will be much input. Plan to submit articles for a full publication on January 11, 2016.  
Happy Holiday and A Joyous New Year Jim Dunny 2015-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Dec 21, 2015
Congratulations to our Rotary District! 
The latest membership report from Rotary International shows that our District is up 25 members from July 1, 2015.  The great efforts of our Membership Committee and all of the clubs is paying off. 
Rotary is growing stronger in our region, enabling us to make more connections and serve our local communities.  Let us keep the momentum going in the new year! 
If anyone needs help with member recruitment and/or member retention strategies, please reach out to your Membership Co-Chairs:  Bill Angus (Member Attraction) at; Duane Buckingham (Member Retention) at; Bob James Jr. (Club Extension) at
Congratulations from Rotary International Janice Kurth 2015-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2015
Rotarians who attended the District Conference in November 2014 in Palm Desert will remember learning about the Project Peanut Butter.  This is an organization that is making an impact on malnutrition through the use of a peanut-based nutritional food. The food became known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). RUTF is an energy-dense, peanut butter like paste, but it is more than just peanut butter. It consists of roasted ground peanuts (peanut paste), powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar, and vitamins/minerals. Peanuts contain mono-unsaturated fats, which are easy to digest, and they are rich in protein and zinc, which is good for the immune system. RUTF’s intended use is for severely malnourished children ages 6 mo- to 5 yrs.
For more information:
Project Peanut Butter News Jim Dunny 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Dec 15, 2015
This is the season that is busy with parties and celebrations.  However, this season is also a time when the underprivileged and elderly struggle and can feel left out. Rotary clubs in District 5340 continue to care during this holiday season by having many events or fundraisers to make the season brighter for those in need.  In typical Rotary fashion, the Rotarians involved not only work hard to help others, they have fun doing it.
The next page has a sampling of the many ways clubs in District 5340 are cheering others during this holiday time.
Rotary Clubs Create Holiday Cheer! Jim Dunny 2015-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

To donate to the Rotary Foundation, go to: Donate to the Rotary Foundation
To join with business, professional and community leaders who work together to benefit your community, use the Find A Club button in the column to the left to find a Rotary club near you. 
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Posted by Jim Dunny on Dec 14, 2015
District 5340 Rotarians Volunteer for the Holidays.
Rotarians in District 5340 don't stop serving the community during this holiday season.  For the members of our clubs, this is the time to make a difference by such activities as providing toys for children through various charities and also providing meals and entertainment.  Below are links to a sampling of activities that Rotary Clubs in District 5340 have already done in this holiday season. 
As is typical for Rotarians, we not only work at making a difference, we also have fun doing it!
District 5340 Rotary Clubs Spread Holiday Cheer Jim Dunny 2015-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Goodman on Dec 12, 2015
After having earlier helped to identify and register approximately 430 families who will be participating in this year's Salvation Army, Citadel branch, Toy and Joy program, Rotary Club of La Jolla members began two days of helping to sort, pack and organize food, clothing and gift items. On Saturday Dec 19, the organizing will continue with the addition of wrapping gifts for the selected families. 
La Jolla Rotarians will also participate in The Salvation Army's donation collection project by ringing bells at Von's market on Girard street.
Also, as in prior years, the Rotary Club of La Jolla will provide food and entertainment to residents of League House in a sing-long. League House is a project of the Social Services League of La Jolla. League House provides subsidized housing for low income seniors.
La Jolla Rotary Club has Many Holiday Projects Cindy Goodman 2015-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 11, 2015

    CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., recently named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation at No. 5.    Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards.

CNBC ranks The Rotary Foundation in its top five charities 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Darrock on Dec 11, 2015
Junior Rotarians Sachi and Paul Darrock delivering meals.
     Home bound seniors in Escondido were treated to Thanksgiving meals provided by the Escondido East Rotary Club.  Member of the club delivered 140 turkey dinners to home bound seniors on Thanksgiving Day.
l to r: President Jim Wiese with son Trevor and Past President Ken Hamilton. Rotarian Debbie Young with husband Ron.
     Rotarian Darol Caster was the chairman of the event and got it all organized. Banner Bank gave the funds to buy the dinners from Mikkis Restaurant who prepared the meals.
Escondido East Rotary Delivers Thanksgiving Food to Seniors Don Darrock 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Angus on Dec 11, 2015

Adopt a Family for the Holidays 2015

     Once again the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo has made it possible for local families in need to enjoy the Holiday season. The total amount contributed by our Club was $1855. As agreed upon with Dorinda Soucek, the Poway Unified School District director of Adopt a Family for the Holidays, Rancho Bernardo Rotary purchased 18 $100 Target gift cards and one $55 Target gift card.
     The cards were distributed in the following manner:
     The family identified as MC 20 includes a girl 17 years of age, a girl 15 years of age, a boy 12 years of age, and a girl 9 years of age. Each of them will receive a $100 gift card. In addition the mother and father will also receive $100 gift cards.

     The family identified as MC 12 consists of a girl 19 years old, a boy 17 years old, a girl 7 years old, and a girl 5 years old. The mother and father as well as each of their children will receive $100 gift cards.

     The remaining $655 in gift cards will be distributed by PUSD Adopt a Family Chair, Dorinda Soucek, to those families in need who have received relatively little from their sponsors. This will enable Rancho Bernardo Rotary to help as many as six or more additional families.

     Don Lisio, Rancho Bernardo Rotary Adopt a Family for The Holidays Chair, expressed his thanks to each of the members of the club who have made this Holiday season a more joyous one for those truly in need. And a special thanks ways also given to Past President Shirley Napierala for beginning this program when she was President.

     See more at: RB Rotary Spreads Holiday Cheer

RB Rotary Spreads Holiday Cheer to Families in Need Bill Angus 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Betty Waznis on Dec 07, 2015
Chula Vista Rotary has some great Christmas projects. First, we decorate the Chula Vista Veteran's home with holiday decorations and socialize with the veterans. For the past 30 years, we've built bicycles and given them away to needy children. We also make and serve dinner and sponsor a holiday choral concert for Ronald McDonald House residents, who are staying at the hospital with their critically ill children. (The photo above is from the 2014 Ronald McDonald House Dinner.)
Chula Vista Rotary Holiday Projects Betty Waznis 2015-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dunny on Dec 07, 2015
Holiday Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School
Gift Fair in progress
Sue Herndon, originator
RB Sunrise members at the breakfast buffet area
2 members of TJ club with Nasrin Barbee at right
Since December 2010, RB Sunrise Rotary Club has partnered with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway to assist them in their Holiday Craft Gift Fair.  It was in 2010 that our president that year, Al Watson wanted to have a holiday activity for children.  RB Sunrise member Sue Herndon knew about the Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School because her daughter once taught there.  With Sue’s help, we were able to partner with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway.  That first year RB Sunrise Rotary Club provided gifts for the children to select and wrapping paper to wrap the gifts.  Valley Elementary School has a large population of hispanic children and others who are eligible for not only the free school lunch program, but also the breakfast program.  For that reason, that first year our club also supplied breakfast items well.
Now, six years later, the event is continuing to serve the indigent children in Poway.  We continue to provide gifts for the children to select, wrapping paper, breakfast items (cereal, milk, orange juice, and bananas).  Our club members arrive early so that we can help to set up the multipurpose room at the school and decorate it as well.  This has  become a fun holiday event for our club.  An additional aspect of this activity is that from the beginning, it has also been an international event as well.  Each year, several members of our sister club in Tijuana (Club Rotario Tijuana Milennio Minarete) travel to Poway to participate with us.  Their presence helps to make the parents of the children feel welcome because they can communicate in Spanish with them.
RB Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party and Fundraiser
Autioneer Mike Moffat
Fun during the Auction
Each year, RB Sunrise holds a holiday party at the home of one of our members.  This year the party was held at the home of our president, Alison Farrin, in Ramona. Over the years this event has transitioned from a catered event to a potluck format.  It is one of our club’s main social events of the year.
The fundraising portion of the event is the silent and open auction we hold after the meal.  Every member brings something to auction, such as a gift basket, wine. a special plant or other fascinating items.  The items are unwrapped so that they can be seen.  Before the meal, hey are first set out for the silent auction.  After the meal, they are offered at an open auction.  The person with the highest bid at the silent auction provides the starting point for the open auction. If there isn’t any bidding on the item, it then is sold to the silent auction highest bidder.  However, as is usually the case, the open auction bidding becomes spirited as members vie for the item.  At the end of the evening, the total amount of all of the bids is announced.  This year, the total of the money raised by the auction was in excess of $1650!
Toys For Tots
At our regular meeting on Dec 8, we will again this year be giving toys collected and/or purchased by our club members to United States Marine Corps personnel who will be guests at our meeting.  We will formally present the toys for them to use to brighten the lives of the children this program serves.  Sue Herndon is the club member who spearheads this activity every year.  She has been doing this for over 7 years.  An interesting aspect of the participation of RB Sunrise Rotary Club in that this is not a budget item for the club.  All of the money and gifts are supplied by the contributions of members, either by donation of unwrapped toys or by donation of money that Sue uses to shop for toys.
RB Sunrise Holiday Events Jim Dunny 2015-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rebecca. Newlin on Dec 07, 2015
On November 30, 5 members from our club went to La Costa Glen Retirement home with several wardrobe boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, and tape.  We decorated the boxes and left them in various lobbies. 
On December 17, we will pick up the boxes filled to overflowing with brand new toys for our Military families’ children. They will be distributed at various Regiment Christmas parties.  We have been doing this for several years and La Costa Glen always comes through with more toys and donations than we ever expected. We so appreciate them. They are, by the way, some of the major donors of furniture, weekly, for our FREE furniture warehouse.
We are also becoming Secret Santas for a few military families on Camp Pendleton.  We have some items from our Warrior Warehouse, our club is buying some things, and our members are also buying items on their own so that the families can have a wonderful Christmas.
Thanks to a district grant, we are also providing pre-school and children's books to Regiments so they can give them to military children at the Christmas parties. The children absolutely love the books.
Camp Pendleton Rotary Holiday Activities Rebecca. Newlin 2015-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Pogue on Dec 07, 2015
Tecate Soccer Stadium with children and Moms waiting
Rotarians from La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
Each year, the “Christmas Train” of about 40 San Diegans (including 4-8 from La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club),
goes down to Tecate.  In the Tecate soccer stadium, there are 3,500 to 5,000 little kids, holding mother’s hand.

One activity is to ride like the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) on camels. Clowns, brought down by our own
Pokonose el payaso, circulate in the stands handing out stickers, balloons, etc.  Our Rotarians hand out the
Gift bags (fruit, school supplies, games, clothing, etc.), pink for girls, blue for boys. The bags also contain other items such as
popular Mardi Gras necklaces (even the boys want them).  There is professional entertainment on stage
(dancing, song, etc.).
The Governor of Baja said that it is the best activity of the year for their children.  One year it won the George Washington Medal from the Freedom Foundation (Valley Forge) as the best transnational program.  Security is by the National Hispanic Officers
Foundation, SD chapter of 15 officers, men and women, in street clothes.  La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club also supports the Christmas Train financially each year.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and The Christmas Train Bill Pogue 2015-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Come to this seminar to be inspired by seeing and hearing how our district's projects are changing lives.  Share with other Rotarians and rekindle your excitement about Rotary.
To register, go to the "District Foundation Seminar" event to the left..
2015 Rotary Foundation Seminar Janice Kurth 2015-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.
“Rotary congratulates Nigeria on its tremendous accomplishment in stopping polio,” says RI President K.R. Ravindran. “On behalf of the entire Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we thank volunteers, health workers, and parents in communities across Nigeria for their tireless commitment to ensuring every last child is protected against this devastating disease. In the months ahead, their dedication will remain as important as ever, as we work to keep Nigeria polio-free and to eliminate polio from its final strongholds in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Nigeria Declared Polio - Free, Removed From Endemic List Rotary International 2015-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Pierce on Sep 11, 2015
There are still a few Advisor positions open for the LEAD conference on October 24-25.
The LEAD Conference is a weekend leadership and ethics symposium for 150 middle school students and 20 Rotarian Advisors. The LEAD Conference takes place October 24-25, 2015 at Camp Cuyamaca, a San Diego Unified School District facility, in San Diego County.
All activities are planned and led by expert staff. Advisors are needed to assist the students as they participate in the activities. An Advisor orientation session will be held at the District Office on October 6, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm (pizza, salad, and soft drinks provided).
If you would like to know more about being an Advisor or submit your application, please click here. You may also call Paul Pierce, LEAD Advisor Coordinator, at 760-942-9911, if you have questions. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend with amazing students and your fellow Rotarians.
Enjoy a Weekend at LEAD Paul Pierce 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Sep 11, 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended our first Emerging Leaders & Professional Networking Night!
District 5340 hosted a special networking event on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Hosted in UTC at the office of Corporate Alliance, this special event was designed to help attendees learn how to build relationships and gain trust to help businesses grow. Non-Rotarians and guests of Rotarians were welcome to participate in connecting activities and relationship building. 
District 5340 Hosts Special Networking with Corporate Alliance Janice Kurth 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gloria Nedell on Sep 06, 2015
Lenise Andrade, Director of Development, BLCI; Suzanne Manuel, President, Rotary Club of Coronado; Steve Rippe, Chief Credit Officer, Coronado Private Bank.
The Rotary Club of Coronado partnered with Coronado Private Bank to present a $10,000.00 check to The Barrio Logan College Institute.
The BLCI mission statement is:  Every child shall have access to higher  education, not limited to culture or status, resulting in a thriving community and better world.  Barrio Logan College Institute breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college.
Coronado Rotary Club and Coronado Private Bank is proud to support these efforts with both volunteers and scholarships.  
Coronado Rotary Club Supports The Barrio Logan College Institute Gloria Nedell 2015-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Sep 05, 2015
District Governor Janice Kurth was interviewed about Rotary and its impact on the local and global communities on KNSJ 89.1 FM's Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town is a talk show that features discussions about politics, current events, history and contemporary subjects.  The people involved in the project include Bill Driscoll, producer, Jim Brewster, engineer,  and moderator Mike Aguirre, co-host.  The intent of the Talk of the Town talk show is to create an on-going dialog and debate on important issues of the day.  The show also includes live debates in public locations with audience participation. 
District Governor Janice Kurth Featured on KNSJ Radio Scott Carr 2015-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Sep 04, 2015
It is time again to select a District Governor for District 5340.  This Rotarian will serve for the Rotary year, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. You can find 2 documents,  a Notice of Nomination  and a Governors Data Form in the District Governor Resources section of this website. The “Notice” will explain the qualifications and procedures that the Club follows to suggest a Rotarian for consideration. 
District Governor 2018-19 Nominations Louise Andres 2015-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clara Harris on Sep 03, 2015
Sponsored by District 5340 Pathways to Peace Committee,this seminar is for club Peace Chairs, and for those with an interest in Rotary's peace initiatives and how Rotary is working to become an ever-greater force for peace at home and throughout the world.
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children's Way San Diego, 92123
Parking: Ample Free parking in the garage on the east side of Children's Way, across the street from Rady Children's Hospital.
Cost: Event is free! Refreshments will be served.

Register: Visit the District registration page by clicking here!
Peace Leadership Seminar Clara Harris 2015-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Whitehurst
Millions For HOPE is our District’s unique initiative to raise awareness by fellow Rotarians to provide a gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as a bequest.  This article highlights a simple and cost effective option to consider.  
Leave a Legacy Through Your Retirement Plan Michael Whitehurst 2015-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenni Prisk on Sep 01, 2015

At San Diego Rotary Club 33 on August 27, 2015 guest speakers and longtime club members Phil Blair (pictured, left) Executive Officer of the staffing firm Manpower-West, and Jenni Prisk (pictured, middle, next to President Peter Duncan), a speech communications expert presented a novel program. 

30 Second Elevator Speech Grows Your Business Jenni Prisk 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary-United Nations Day is taking place in New York City on Saturday, November 7, 2015... and you're invited!
The Saturday meeting runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UN Headquarters and will include presentations and panel discussions addressing Millennium Goals, and key humanitarian issues.  Enjoy featured presentations from senior UN staff and Rotary leaders, with panel discussions on our mutual goal of achieving peace. 
Later that evening, Rotarians will be hosting a Friendship Dinner Cruise, November 7th at 6:30 pm.  All Rotarians, UN Colleagues and friends from around the world are welcome to enjoy a buffet dinner, music and fantastic view of NYC skyline at night.  
For information and details, please click here!
Rotary-United Nations Day Invitation 2015-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Whitehurst
Millions For HOPE is our District’s unique initiative to raise awareness by fellow Rotarians to provide a gift to The Rotary Foundation as a bequest.  This article highlights a simple and cost effective option to consider: using life insurance to fund good around the globe.  
Leave a Legacy Through Your Life Insurance Policy Michael Whitehurst 2015-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Aug 09, 2015

Important!  Register by end of day on October 7 to be guaranteed seating with your club!  

After that, you may still register buy may not be seated with other members of your club.  Guests are welcome to register at any time as well.

The Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala on October 17, 2015 promises to be a spectacular evening, headlined by special guest Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran. This black tie optional event will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds - Mission Tower, and feature an evening of inspiration, entertainment, food, wine and dancing.  Register by October 7 in order to be seated with your club members.  This event is open to the public.

Admission to the gala of the year is only $85, thanks to the generosity of sponsors including Citizens Business Bank. Don't miss out, and reserve your seats today by clicking here.

Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala Registration Open! Scott Carr 2015-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Russell on Jun 17, 2015
Rotarians in District 5340 are truly a unique group – passionate, dedicated and generous beyond measure.  The Millions For HOPE campaign demonstrates this in so many ways. 
  1. You came up with the idea to raise millions of dollars.
  2. You set a significant goal and are on the way to not only reaching it, but possibly exceeding it!
  3. You plan to celebrate your success with a world class event.
  4. You will “Be A Gift to the World” by making a difference with Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education.
  5. You’ll use your contributions to The Rotary Foundation to change the world through Rotary Foundation grants.
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President (2015-16), shares with us his feelings in this short video that you can see by clicking on this link: 
It is a very special occasion when a sitting Rotary International President attends a district event.  This will be just that sort of occasion.  President Ravi will be with us on October 17, 2015 to thank us “from the bottom of his heart”.
Why not join your fellow Rotarians through a gift in your estate or an outright gift to The Rotary Foundation?  Every gift counts.  You too can “Be A Gift to the World” along with your fellow Rotarians in District 5340.  For more information, please visit
RI President Talks Millions For HOPE Campaign Pamela Russell 2015-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Jun 16, 2015
We're officially retiring one of the District's old domains. Since the new District 5340 website launched in August, 2013, many individuals have been working hard to help clubs upgrade their web presence. Without question, maintaining a website takes time, and many clubs may be surprised to find out they are still hosting a website on the domain.
Is your club one of them?
District 5340 Domain Name Update Scott Carr 2015-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
Six visitors from a Rotary Club in Grozny, Chechen Republic, were hosted by the Del Mar and visited the Old Mission Rotary Club.
The Del Mar Rotary Club recently welcomed visitors from a Rotary Club on the other side of the globe.
Hosted by the Del Mar club and sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, delegates from Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, visited Del Mar from March 27 through April 4. “We’re trying to build bridges through Rotary,” said Del Mar Rotarian Marty Peters, who coordinated the trip. “We use sister club relationships to build trust through service.”
Six Chechens endorsed by Del Mar Rotary’s sister club, Grozny Rotary Club, participated in the nine-day trip: youth professional Rakhman Zaburayev, former UNICEF officer Zaret Israilova, lawyer Emiliya Salamova, journalist Khava Khasmagomadova, lawyer Magomed Israilov and facilitator Ilya Kvyatkovskiy.
Peters coordinated the program after he met a Rotarian from Del Mar Rotary’s sister club, Grozny Rotary Club, at a Rotary International meeting. Rotary International is a service organization of approximately 1.2 million people in 34,000 clubs around the world.
From the Salk Institute research organization to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Peters led the group on about 40 hours of site visits throughout Del Mar and the greater San Diego region. Other stops included the Cabrillo National Monument and USS Midway Museum.
“The whole trip was eye-opening for all these people,” said Peters. Open World translator Sergei Vladov stayed with Peters during the trip.
This article is an excerpt from the Del Mar Times. Follow this link for the rest of the story.
Del Mar Rotary Hosts Visitors from Chechen Republic Janice Kurth 2015-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 04, 2015
Rotary District 5340 is delighted to announce that Citizens Business Bank has become the exclusive sponsor of the Millions For HOPE Foundation Gala, coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on October 17, 2015.  
The Millions For HOPE (Health, Overcoming Poverty and Education) campaign is focused on raising awareness for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and encouraging Rotarians to consider including TRF in their estate plans. The goal of Millions For HOPE is to identify $15 million in new bequests since July 1, 2014 earmarked for the Foundation.  On October 17, 2015, RI President Ravi Ravindran will host a special VIP reception before the main gala for donors who have made a bequest of at least $25,000, or made gifts of cash of $10,000 or more. 
Citizens Business Bank's participation will offset event costs, significantly reducing the price for gala tickets for every attending Rotarian and guest. To learn more about the gala and Citizens Business Bank's wide range of services, please read on.
Citizens Business Bank to Sponsor Millions For HOPE Gala 2015-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
On April 20th, 9 Interact Club students from New Delhi, India, along with 2 chaperones, a teacher and Rotarian president-elect, will be arriving in San Diego for a two week Interact student exchange.  This is the first ever Interact student exchange of this kind. The students will be staying with families from the La Jolla Golden Triangle and La Mesa Rotary Clubs and families from the Point Loma High School Interact Club.
Interact Student Exchange Program 2015 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Devermann on Mar 11, 2015
The California State Assembly honored San Diego Rotary Club 33 honorary member Betty Peabody as Woman of the Year. For the last 30 years, Betty Peabody has worked toward the success of San Diego’s treasured Balboa Park through her duties as a founding member of the Balboa Park Millennium Society, a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Museum of Man, and as a member of the Central Balboa Park Association.
It’s fitting to honor Betty – particularly as we celebrate the Centennial of the California-Panama Exposition in Balboa Park. Over the course of her career she was also a historian and author of “Women Physicians in Early San Diego.” She served on many community boards while helping raise four children and eight grandchildren.
Betty Peabody Named Woman Of The Year Paul Devermann 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fary Moini
Thousands of women across Rotary are working tirelessly on behalf of others, touching lives around the world. For International Women’s Day, 8 March, Rotary International profiled a few outstanding members who are working in child and maternal health, economic development, and other humanitarian concerns. One outstanding woman was a Rotarian from San Diego.
Fary Moini  (seen in the photo above)
San Diego, California, USA
Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle
Over the last 10 years, Moini has taken 19 trips to Afghanistan to work on projects ranging from school construction to setting up computer labs. Her fellow Rotary members called her "inspirational" in her involvement in the building of a school in Jalalabad, and in helping to provide neonatal and midwife training for medical professionals.
To read the profiles of other outstanding Rotary women go to: These Rotary Women Are Making It Happen
San Diego Rotarian Honored as A Rotary Woman of Action Jim Dunny 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Alba on Feb 23, 2015
"Being unwanted,unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."  Mother Teresa
Joe with LN-4 helper hand
On Friday February 13th the Alba family (Ivan, Elena, Isabel and Lily) worked with the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club to make "Stone Soup", our famous chili, and serve up dinner with Urban Street Angels ( in Ocean Beach, San Diego.  When they arrived, Elena noticed that one of our diners was missing a hand.  He wore a long-sleeved button down shirt and his left sleeve dangled empty.  "Psst- Ivan- talk to him; see if he wants a hand."  Ivan approached the man and started talking to him.  He asked if he could see his residual arm.  Then, it all began.
This past Fall Ivan and Elena had been at the 5340 Rotary District Conference in Palm Springs where the LN-4 ( prosthetic hand project had trained a roomful of Rotarians.  They were interested in finding out about possible projects for their upcoming Year of Rotary Service world tour ( and learned how LN-4 provided free prosthetics in third world countries.  They left with a hand and a pile of literature hoping to find a use for their new knowledge.
Giving Joe a Hand Ivan Alba 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo held its 50th Anniversary Gala on December 4, 2014. Just over 100 people attended, including 19 past presidents who came from as far away as Oregon.
The evening featured a song from Miss San Diego Katherine DaSilva, proclamations from both Rotary International and our elected officials and a 20 minute program showing the impact RB Rotary has had on the community and the world since 1964.
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Celebrates 50 Years 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Crawford on Feb 16, 2015
Saturday March 21, 2015   Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice - USD  8:00 am to Noon
Just Added!  Authorized Rotary Vendor, TEJ Brothers.. Shop for Rotary apparel, pins, flags and more!  Visit their table at DTA to pick up the latest in Rotary merchandise.
Held only once a year, the District Training Assembly (DTA) offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians.  This is designed for incoming club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them become more effective club leaders. ALL Rotarians -- especially Red Badgers -- are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program & project management and best practices from other Rotarians. DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians.
Register for the sessions and classes you would like to attend on the District website. Classes fill up quickly, so don't miss out, register today!   Cost: $25.00 per person.  Contact Dianne Crawford at with any questions.
2015 District Training Assembly Dianne Crawford 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Crawford on Feb 16, 2015
Saturday March 21, 2015   Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice @ USD  Noon to 3:00 pm
This seminar will cover the basics of the Global Grants program, types of projects that qualify, rules, requirements and more.
Clubs planning to submit a Global Grant MUST send at least two (2) club members to the Global Grants Management Seminar and bring with them a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Club President & President-Elect. A copy of the MOU is available on the district registration page.
The seminar immediately follows the District Training Assembly.
Global Grants Management Seminar Dianne Crawford 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Feb 16, 2015
Presidential Trivia

We will have a great party at the La Jolla Marriott, with happy hour that kicks off at 5:30,  a 3 course dinner, and a celebration (a day late) of President's Day with Richard Lederer, an expert on American Presidents.

Did you know...
  •  THAT Barack Obama is only our sixth brown-eyed president?

From politics and policy to presidential nicknames and White House pets, Richard Lederer brims with the most fascinating facts, quirks and personalities of the holders of the most powerful office on Earth.  He will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about our U.S. presidents, and more!

Come & Enjoy An Evening With Friends! Louise Andres 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Feb 15, 2015
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The Alba family is looking for projects in all areas of service around the world that they can engage in while traveling over the next year.  They are happy to go to schools in countries where you have projects, or to train teachers and administrators pro-bono if there is no project currently available.  Read on for the whole story

Have you every just wanted to travel the world for a year without anything to do but help people in need?  Have you every just wanted to sell your cars, rent out the house, and take an eastbound flight visiting new and exotic cultures and enjoying the fellowship of service for a year?  Well, one of the 5340 member families has decided to undertake this very thing.  Ivan Alba, his wife Elena, and daughters Isabel and Lily (who will be 9 and 11 during the trip) are planning their journey from August of 2015-July of 2016 which they are calling their Rotary Year of Service.

Ten years ago, Ivan and Elena were not Rotarians, but their love of travel inspired them to plan the journey of a lifetime when their newborn, Isabel, would be about 11 years old (Lily soon followed and became part of the plan).  Elena had been on a GSE in 2000 and encouraged Ivan to join Rotary in 2010.  She later joined and so did their two girls.  Currently, Isabel and Lily go to every club meeting, run their own projects, have earned their own Paul Harris Awards, and are official “Rotar-Kidz” in the Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise in San Diego, California.  Ivan is the immediate past president of that club.

Together, the family plans to travel to Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. Then, the family will fly to Europe, and then to mid and south Africa.  The plans are to then travel to Jordan and the Middle East before going to India and China.  The trip will end in Japan, then Hawaii before returning to San Diego to restart their lives.  This year is the “year of details” when their duty is to set the itinerary and identify their hands-on projects throughout the countries where they will live. 

Ivan is an educational consultant in leadership and mathematics who trains teachers nationally and internationally on “best practices” to help students make sense of math.  Elena trains teachers in helping students learn English as a new language as well as literacy strategies. Isabel and Lily are wonderful with other children and embody the test “Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendship?” wherever they travel.

The Alba family is looking for projects in all areas of service around the world that they can engage in while traveling over the next year.  They are happy to go to schools in countries where you have projects, or to train teachers and administrators pro-bono if there is no project currently available.  And finally, they are excited to meet as many Rotarians as they travel.  They plan to spend about a month in each country they visit, stay in apartments and with Rotary families when possible, and are willing to “rough” it if necessary.  Please contact them to wish them luck, to suggest a project you or your club is involved in, or just to tell them a story of your own trips. Their blog is registered as: Their email is "".

The Albas are Coming to a Country Near You! Louise Andres 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Feb 15, 2015

Tusu Tusubira is a Past District Governor, former District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair and a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisers.  He lives in Uganda and has been actively involved in grants with many in our district. He talks convincingly and with great heart about what our foundation really is.  Please take time to read this very moving story that he tells.

Uganda has been running a vibrant Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) programme through the dedicated leadership of one Andrew Muguluma, fondly known as Headmaster. What I have found very interesting is that even among the veteran RLI faculty in Uganda, there is a general avoidance of dealing with topics related to our Foundation, The Rotary Foundation (TRF). And who can blame them? TRF has been presented to most of us in such complex and confusing terms that it takes on the appearance of some scary god-beast in our minds. We are then harassed to give this beast money in ways that make it sound like sacrificing to a deity for our Rotarian wellbeing and recognition. If you fail to sacrifice to this god, you are apparently less than a Rotarian. Do you feel like this about TRF? Do not worry – you are in very good company.

How One Rotarian Learned to Love The Rotary Foundation Louise Andres 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Feb 15, 2015
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Another way to encourage world understanding is joining a fellowship.  Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common passion. There is a wide range of fellowships; being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends  with common interests from around the world.

All the information on existing Fellowship programs and their officers may be found at   There are 66 of them: beer,  sailing, golfing, bird watching, skiing, travel and hosting, home exchange, quilting, yachting, and many more.  And if you don't find one that you want, you can start a new one. 

Cindy Goodman is the chair for the fellowship programs, and has had a number of calls about starting new programs and she is happy to help.  She is also available to come talk to your club both about current programs and how to begin the process of forming a new one.  Give her a call - these programs will enrich your Rotary experiences.

Rotary Fellowship Groups Louise Andres 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Feb 15, 2015

February is World Understanding Month. The fourth object of Rotary is  "to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in th ideal of service."  What better way to celebrate World Understanding than by joining the Friendship Exchange team that will be going to South Africa,  in mid-April. 


A Rotary Friendship Exchange  is a cultural exchange, and involves Rotarians and their spouse/partners going to another district, being hosted by local Rotarians, and immersing in the local culture.  In return, South African Rotarians will visit San Diego in October of this year.  The major cost is airfare. There is not much cost beyond that.  The team members will stay in the homes of Rotarians, sight see, look at some projects, and have time to just enjoy the country.  We have room for four more people. Let me know if you would like to hear more about the trip. We will need to complete the team by the end of February. 

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Thanks to all of you who volunteered for the International Assembly, whether greeting at the airport, driving attendees places, manning the information area, or hosting them for dinner.  It was a warm welcome to people from far, far away, and you did a magnificent job of it.

And finally, on February 23rd, take a moment to recognize Rotary's 110th birthday.

February is World Understanding Month Louise Andres 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Rosenstein on Feb 04, 2015
Interact students taking a break

On Saturday, January 31, more than 60 interactors plus teachers, Rotarians and friends came to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas to participate in a beach cleanup and enjoy each other’s company.  12 clubs were represented and we enjoyed a bonfire, surfing, smores, snacks, pizza and what turned out to be a beautiful morning. 

Thank you to Karoliina and Dillon for arranging this day and arriving before sunrise to guarantee a spot and set up for the event.  Visit the following link to view pictures of the day

District 5340 Interact Clubs clean up Moonlight Beach Martin Rosenstein 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Bardin on Feb 04, 2015
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Anyone with an interest or involvement in Rotary’s work around the world – work that is advancing the prospects for peace – should attend the 3rd Annual Peace Forum on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego.  Co-sponsored by Rotary District 5340 Pathways to Peace and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego, this forum has become a hallmark event for both entities. 

Attendance is at no charge but registration is requested. Registration is available online at  A program description is below and an event flyer is attached.  Please download the flyer and share it with your friends and colleagues. Everyone is welcome, Rotarians and non-Rotarians. 

Program highlights

District 5340 Pathways to Peace -- Overview
The Kroc School of Peace Studies – New Directions
WorldLink Program, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Debbie Martinez)
Rotary Scholars at Kroc School for Peace Studies - A Video Update
Convening a Water Symposium (Steve Brown)
Teaching Students Cangemaking: South Africa (Dr. Mike Williams, USD)
Video: Omo Child (John Rowe, Encinitas, CA)
audience participation, feedback, reaction

For information, contact:  Michael Bardin, Chair Rotary District 5340 Pathways to Peace,  or Cynthia Villis, Peace Forum Chair,

Click here to download the Peace Forum Flyer

District 5340 3rd Annual Peace Forum Michael Bardin 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Jan 20, 2015


We are pleased to announce that Terry and Barbara Caster of the La Mesa Rotary Club were honored at an Arch Klumph Society induction on this past Thursday.  In attendance were their family and friends,  Rotary International President, Gary CK Huang, the Rotary Foundation Chairman, John Kenny, several past RI Presidents, RI President Elect and RI President Nominee, as well as a number of Rotary Trustees and Directors.  Terry talked about why he contributes to the Rotary Foundation, and how much his family's  charitable work means to each of them.  

Thanks to Terry and Barbara for their generosity to Rotary.

Introducing the Newest Members of the Arch Klumph Society Louise Andres 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marjorie Cole on Jan 19, 2015

A colorful pageant in opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego is the Parade of Flags of the countries representing the countries of the visiting District Governor Elects.  Over 45 Rotaract and Interact members from District 5340 were flag carriers.

District Governor Louise Andres visits Interactors & Rotaractors prior to their flag carrying assignment.  PDG Marge Cole, Youth Service Chair, is standing to the right of the group. 
District 5340 Interactors and Rotaractors Carry Flags at International Assembly Marjorie Cole 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Dec 17, 2014

 Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year

from Everyone at Rotary District 5340

NewsBits will return in the first week of January 2015


Happy Holidays James Dunny 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Kohl on Dec 10, 2014
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With the financial help of a Rotary District Grant, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club completed a project in Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, B.C. on October 18, 2014.  The recipient was Casa de Paz, a children’s home for about 50 children ages 3 to 18, of whom 7-9 suffer from various degrees of developmental handicaps. 

The project to be completed was the painting of two dormitories and an outside stage used for presentations and plays for and by the children.  Since 2012, The Club, began supporting the children at Casa de Paz at current president Ron Kohl's suggestion. It was his dream back then to make this current project into a club project. We are happy to see that this goal has been achieved.   

La Jolla Golden Triangle helps a Children's Home in Ensenada Ron Kohl 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Dec 09, 2014

Need a last minute special holiday gift.  Here is a suggestion.  Purchase tickets to the Rotary Days event in Anaheim on December 28.  At this event ,in addition to a reception, dinner and appearance by Rotary International President Gary Huang, there will be a live concert by the Platters. 

You may reserve tickets for the entire event or just the concert.  REGISTER NOW IN ORDER to insure that you don't miss this event.  The proceeds will benefit the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  Click Here or on the flyer above  to register. 

Interested in carpooling to the event? Email for more info!

The Platters to Perform at Rotary Days in Anaheim! Louise Andres 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Nov 10, 2014
Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases. To learn how you can support the fight against Ebola:
Polio Eradication Infrastructure Helps Combat Ebola in Nigeria James Dunny 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Nov 05, 2014

ImageUnder the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 13.020, the District Nominating Committee for District Governor has met and selected Michael Dunlap of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club, to be our District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.

Under the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 13.020.10, where there is no Challenging Candidate, the District Governor is to declare the candidate of the district nominating committee to be the Governor-Nominee Designate, who will become district governor for the term of 2017-18. There were no challenging candidates.

It is therefore our honor and pleasure to announce that Michael Dunlap of the Rotary Club of Escondido Sunrise, will serve as District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-18.
District Governor, 2014-2015        
Louise Andres                                

District Nominating Committee, 2014-2015
Carl Kruse, Chair
Notification of Nomination Louise Andres 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Nov 04, 2014


The amazing and inspiring Foundation Seminar will be on Saturday, November 22. Register online and come see first-hand how Rotary has changed lives. 

The event will be held at UC San Diego (NOT USD, where it has often been held), in the Great Hall at the  International House, with continental breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 and program from 8:30 to 12.  

Foundation Seminar is excellent for new members, and those who want to know more about how Rotary is changing the world. If you want to do an international project with your club, this will give you ideas on different types of projects.

Deepa Willingham will be the keynote speaker. She is an inspiring woman who is lifting villages out of poverty through education.  She is a powerful and inspiring speaker. 

Foundation Seminar Coming November 22 Scott Carr 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Oct 27, 2014

Time is running out for clubs interested in switching to the ClubRunner platform... and saving along the way! Through October 31, 2014, clubs in San Diego and Imperial counties that sign up for a new ClubRunner account will have half of their $199 setup fee refunded (a $100 savings!). Certain restrictions apply, and a minimum number of new club sign-ups are required. In addition, for every club that opens a new ClubRunner account, District 5340 will provide a $100 technology grant to your club that can be used towards ClubRunner fees.

Savings So Good, They're Spooky! ClubRunner Promo Ends October 31, 2014 Scott Carr 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 20, 2014

One of our own, Michelle Candland, current president of  the San Diego Rotary Club, was chosen as a "Woman of Action" for Rotary Day at the White House.  She was one of 10 women selected from across the United States for her sustained work in the community.  

As a brand new Rotarian, in 1999, she went to visit a one room center for homeless and at-risk kids, established by the San Diego County.  She thought she was volunteering to be a tutor or a mentor.  When she left the meeting, she was tasked with finding a new location for the tiny school, later to be known as Monarch School.  She located a building, which had been a cinderblock cabinet shop,  that would work. 


Rotary Day at the White House Louise Andres 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Kurth on Oct 16, 2014

Amanda Wirtz, charter president of the Rotary e-Club of United Services was recently crowned Ms. Veteran America - 2014. Amanda will be a featured speaker at the District Conference in Palm Springs.  This is her story reprinted from Rotary International.

When a serious illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose.

Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years.

Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on how to help others, a quest that led her to Rotary.

"I met an older man with a Rotary pin," Wirtz recalls, "and I said, 'I love Rotary.' Ten years earlier as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, Rotary had helped build a hope and a future for me. Now, I found that through Rotary I could build hope and a future for others. And doing that, I found that I actually received it myself."

Ms. Veteran America - 2014 Janice Kurth 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matteo Risi on Oct 16, 2014
Vesta with a rose

Old Mission Rotarian, Vesta Young, celebrated her 100th Birthday party at the Old Mission Rotary meeting on September 30th.  Vesta  was born in Ontario Canada on September 30, 1914  just as World War I was starting in Europe. Vesta became an American citizen, was married four times and was a professional musician.  She made the ultimate sacrifice of losing two sons in the Vietnam War. Since joining Old Mission Rotary 28 years ago, Vesta has played wonderful music on her keyboard before each meeting.  She has done this since joining Rotary 28 years ago. Vesta's radiant joy is an example of the Pablo Picasso quote “It takes a very long time to become young.”


Vesta Young celebrated her 100th Birthday with Old Mission Rotary and was presented with 100 long stem roses and her second Paul Harris Fellowship! The program on September 30 was a celebration of Vesta's life.



Old Mission Rotary - 100th Birthday Party for Rotarian Vesta Young Matteo Risi 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Oct 15, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, October 25 at the District Conference the main administrative activity will be accomplished by a meeting of the Council on Legislation.  Delegates from each club will consider five enactments,and three direct petitions to the RI Board of Directors. After the COL portion of the District Meeting, we will adopt the annual financial statement, approve the District Governor nominating committee for 2015-2016, report on 2013-2014 DDF usage, and give a foundation report.

Here are llnks to each of the documents.  Please read the documents and provide input to representatives who will be voting at the Council Meeting at District Conference.

Summary of the enactments and petitions

1. Enactment concerning meeting flexibility

2. Enactment about easing attendance requirements

3. Enactment concerning member qualifications

4. Enactment concerning adding an Outside Director

5. Enactment concerning Dues

6. Petition conerning COL admin

7. Petition to RI Board re: Service Month

8. Petition to RI Board to make District Conference Optional

District Annual Meeting and Council on Legislation Information James Dunny 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Darling on Oct 15, 2014
Recycled Water

The San Diego Uptown Rotary met on a clear, blue Saturday morning in August at the City of San Diego Pure Water Purification Demonstration Project. They were treated to an informative presentation on San Diego's drinking water sources and were shown options to generate clean water that are unaffected by economic or climatic obstacles.

The demonstration project receives treated “gray” water and treats it further using three advanced processes. Ultimately, this purified water could be blended with water from other sources and treated a third time for potable use. All three processes were described and answers given for our many questions.  A guided tour through the facility with further explanation about the pipes and tanks, filters and processes capped the visit. More information is available here:

Afterward, we enjoyed lunch and fellowship at the Hope 46 restaurant at the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard.

Pure San Diego Anita Darling 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Oct 15, 2014
ClubRunner logo

The District has announced a special pricing schedule for those clubs who aren't yet using ClubRunner (or another web software that has the capability to have data integration with Rotary International.)  The special pricing makes this an attractive time to adopt ClubRunner as your club management system.  Note that I used the term club management system and not website.  That is because ClubRunner has been designed and maintained as a total club and district management system that also includes a website capability.

As of January 2015, the Semiannual Report will have to be submitted electronically.  If your club is using ClubRunner, submission of the SAR is a simple process because updates to your club's roster on the RI database is automatic when you make changes to your ClubRunner membership roster. 

Reasons to Use ClubRunner James Dunny 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Pierce on Oct 15, 2014


Last weekend 136 eighth grade students and 20 Rotarians attended the 6th annual LEAD Conference at Camp Cuyamaca near Julian, CA. Everyone enjoyed the speakers and presenters, the weather, the outdoors, and the good camp food! Students discussed issues of ethical responsibility, improved leadership and communication skills, became self-motivated to reach goals, and developed a positive outlook on life. The Rotarians offered leadership and insights to the young people and were examples of what service can mean to others.

If you haven’t been to LEAD or if you have and you want to return, please put the dates of the 2015 LEAD Conference, October 10-11, on your calendar now, and set a reminder to contact Paul Pierce (760.942.9911 or in June of 2015 to find out what you need to do to go.

2015 LEAD Conference Inspires Students Paul Pierce 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Oct 09, 2014
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The purpose of the district newsletter is to publicize district and club events.  NewsBits is intended to be your source for information about what evnts will be happening in our district.  NewsBits is also a good way to let other clubs know about successful events or fundraisers your club has done.

As the editor, I can only publish information that your provide.  With over 60 clubs in our district, we should be having a lot more input from clubs about what is going on.  Our district is a very diverse and active one.  Please share what you are doing with fellow Rotarians in our district. 

To submit a story to NewsBits click here.  Once your story is submitted, I can add clipart if your club website doesn't have any additional information or logos. 

Your Club's Story Here! James Dunny 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 02, 2014

One of our own District 5340 stars has been tapped for a major job in Rotary International.  Past RI Director Ron Beaubien, of the Coronado Rotary Club, has been chosen to be the RI President's Aide, for the Rotary year 2016-2017.  John F. Germ, a member of the club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, will be the Rotary International President, and Ron and Vicky will work with John and Judy. 

This is not a single year position;  it starts now, and it will run into 2017, or perhaps longer.  In this new and challenging assignment, Ron will help the Rotary International President with planning and preparing and serving Rotary.  This is a major commitment of time for Ron and Vicky, and we congratulate Ron on his leadership and thank him for his willingness to serve Rotary.

Please congratulate Ron for this honor he has achieved.

Coronado Rotary Club Member gets a Major Job At RI Louise Andres 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Sep 25, 2014

Enjoy a Weekend Getaway, with a couple of hundred friends, some that you know now, some that you will meet for the first time at the 2014 District Conference, taking place at the Desert Princess Hotel and Golf Resort on October 24-26, 2014 in Palm Springs.  And enjoy a FREE reception Friday night, with hospitality suites for all attendees.  If you would like to host a suite, contact Susan Bleicher McNeil at  for details.

District Conference Registration has opened, and 150 of these friends have already registered; we need you there too.  To register,  CLICK HERE.    And make hotel reservations by clicking RESERVE A ROOM.  You can also call 1-800-433-0431 if you’d like and use Code RTRT5340.

District Conference registration starts at $99, with full packages (including all meals and the Foundation Gala) at $199.. This promises to be an amazing conference, set in an idyllic resort. Don't miss out: rooms at the Desert Princess are going fast.

IT'S DISTRICT CONFERENCE TIME! Louise Andres 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christina Page on Sep 24, 2014

On October 4, 2014,  Chula Vista Rotary Club will hold its inaugural Mariachi OktoberFiesta.  This OktobetrFiesta will be a family friendly fusion Mexican and German food, music and culture. 

The event includes exciting Mariachi performances, food and drinks, and a silent auction.

Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 4
Memorial Bowl, Memorial Park
373 Park Way, Chula Vista 91910

Chula Vista Rotary Club presents Mariachi OktoberFiesta Christina Page 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Sep 24, 2014
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Stories about your club's upcoming events this fall are needed for NewsBits.  Stories about your club's successes are also needed for the district website.  We have a very active and diverse district and our clubs do a lot of great things.  The district wants to showcase club activities in NewsBits and the website.  The is a major way to tell the world about all of the great things your club is doing.

For input to NewsBits, use the form located under the News tab on the district website homepage.  Indicate in your submission where photos or logos can be found.  With 65 actual clubs and one "virtual" club in our district, Newsbits should be jammed with announcements and articles about club activities. 

Jim Dunny, NewsBits Editor

Stories Needed James Dunny 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Stouffer on Sep 24, 2014

HELP NEEDED:   If you are attending the District Conference in Palm Springs October 24, AND you have a van or pickup truck that will fit two large crates, we are seeking your assistance.  

Very generously, Tom Thomas from the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore has offered the use of their stage drapes and their supports.  The location of the crates is about 25 minutes off the I-15 Lake Elsinore off ramp and the items would need to be to the Doral Desert Princess Hotel by about 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 24.  

The crates would also need to be returned to Tom after the breakdown on Sunday, October 26.  If you are able to assist with this please contact Linda Stouffer at 858-847-6505 daytime or 858-735-0213 cell.  Her email address is  

Help needed for District Conference Linda Stouffer 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phillip Schneider on Sep 24, 2014

Sarah Trott, a co-president of the Interact Club at Scripps Ranch High School for two years was sent to an International camp this summer.  This visit was sponsored by Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club.  Sarah's host Rotary Club in Germany asked her to write about her experice at the camp. The article she produced has been published (in English) in the Rotary Magazine for Germany and Austria. 

Sarah is now a journalism student at the University of Missouri. 

To view the article in the Rotary Magazine for Germany and Austria, click here. Scroll down to the second article to read what she wrote. 

Former Scripps Ranch HS Interactor get published in a German magazine Phillip Schneider 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Casarez on Sep 24, 2014

The Rotary Club of San Marcos is sponsoring its annual San Marcos Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament on Thursday October 23, 2014.  The tournament will be held at the Twin Oaks Golf Course, 1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road.  Registration begins at 11:00 am with a 12:45pm shotgun start. 

Funds raised at this tournament are used throughout the year to support the Rotary Club of San Marcos community and worldwide humanitarian projects.

For more information, email Dennis Casarez:

San Marcos Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament Dennis Casarez 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Sep 24, 2014

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club will host the third annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival this Saturday, September 27 from 3 - 6 pm. This year's event is a IPA fest, celebrating the host of IPA craft beer brand that originate in San Diego County.  This event is being co-hosted by The Urge GastroPub.  The Urge will be providing the food available for purchase.  The Urge also was also intrumental in arranging for nearly 50 IPA beers to be available for tasting, as well as other beers and wine.  Attendees will be able to taste up to 15 different beers for $30.

This festival will be held at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead in south Escondido near the Westfield North County Shopping Center.  The Farmstead will be available for tours.  There will be live music and a complimentary tasting souvenir tasting glass.  You can also vote in the People's Choice Award for best IPA.

For more information: see this U-T article:

RB Sunrise Rotary to hold Rancho BEERnardo fundraiser this weekend! James Dunny 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Vaughan on Sep 24, 2014

San Diego Rotary, Downtown Breakfast Club, will host Garth Stein, New York Times Bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in The Rain" for a luncheon/book-signing on October 17th at 11:30 a.m. at San Diego's most incredible setting, The University Club! 

Mr. Stein will be joining us for lunch, a talk and a book signing of his new novel, "A Sudden Light". An exclusive San Diego event for Rotarians and their book-loving friends!  For more information contact club president Nancy Vaughan at 619 988-0243

San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club will host a Book Signing Luncheon! Nancy Vaughan 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dunny on Sep 17, 2014

Today our District received word that  Passport Health, considered one of the prestigious health news organizations in the World announced that the film INVISIBLE THREAT is considered one of the Top 10 Most Influential People and Organizations in Vaccines Today.  The film is an Independent documentary, released in 2014, and made possible by a Grant from Rotary International District 5340.

The film focuses on understanding the science of vaccinations and the misperceptions that all too often lead parents to delay or decline life-saving immunizations for their children.  The independent documentary was produced by high school filmmakers, and it has earned  recognition from more than fifty organizations.  The INVISIBLE THREAT film has become so powerful that it's becoming part of the curriculum in many schools across the U.S.  Rotarians in District 5340 will have an opportunity to see this feature film at the upcoming District Conference in Palm Springs on Saturday, 25th of October 2014. 

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko recently wrote an article for the Union Tribune supporting INVISIBLE THREAT's message that reports the weight of medical science comes down squarely on the side of vaccines.

Watch the trailer here:  Invisible Threat Trailer

Invisible Threat - An Independent Documentary James Dunny 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matteo Risi on Sep 10, 2014
Proud Cake Decorators and their cakes after only 5 hours of training

Bob James called the Old Mission trip to San Quentin the “most amazing Rotary experience he has ever had!”  A group of Rotarians, spouses and friends from Old Mission Rotary traveled deep into Baja in the Rotary District van to visit the Salvador Diaz School at the Lomas de San Ramon Colonia. 

Old Mission first became involved with this agricultural worker’s settlement through VIIDAI, a public health project organized by SDSU, UCSD and the Autonomous University of Baja California.  Ever since, Old Mission Rotary has been working to improve the lives of the people of this poor but proud community of Mexican Indians originally from Oaxaca Mexico. 

Old Mission Rotary Completes Work Project in Mexico Matteo Risi 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Sep 04, 2014

Wilf WilkinsonDistrict 5340 is very excited to announce that Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson will be appearing at the 2014 District Conference in Palm Springs.

PRIP Wilkinson, a native of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was RI President in 2007-2008, and will be serving as the special representative for current RI President Gary C.K. Huang.

Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson Coming to District Conference Scott Carr 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Andres on Sep 03, 2014

October 11, 2014 Presidents-Elect Retreat

October 11 - 12, 2014  LEAD Youth Conference

October 24 - 26, 2014 District Conference in Palm Springs.  Registration open

For details about these events, see the calendar on

Upcoming Rotary District Events Louise Andres 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Carr on Aug 25, 2014

Rotary District 5340's new website powered by ClubRunner has officially turned ONE... but you get all the presents! District 5340 has just negotiated an exclusive discount with ClubRunner to help clubs looking to improve communication, secure their members' personal information, and expand their presence online with a new ClubRunner account.  Already in use by thousands of Rotary clubs and districts, ClubRunner offers a robust database management for clubs, including attendance reporting, event and volunteer management, website and directory support and e-communication services.

Special Savings as District Website Officially Turns One! Scott Carr 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0