Charles Pretto, District Governor 

 

  Chuck Pretto from the Rotary Club of San Diego is the District Governor during the Rotary year 2022-2023.

  In 1992, Chuck was invited to join San Diego Rotary. He found his niche hosting exchange students. He and his wife hosted a half a dozen students throughout the years. In Club 33, he chaired numerous committees      including Camp Enterprise, Project Allocations & Grants, and Youth Exchange. He served as President in 2013-14 and then Chair of the Club 33's foundation the following year. He has been active at the District level      and served as District Conference Chair, Chief of Staff, Rotaract Chair, Chief Aide and Chief Assistant Governor.

 
 
 

Don Fipps, District Governor Elect

Don Fipps has been a Rotarian for 17 years and is a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar where he was president 2018-19.  Don had been an Assistant Governor2019-2021 and Chief Aide to Rotary District 5340 Governor Dan Gensler.  Del Mar is Don’s third Rotary Club, he was also a member of the Rotary Clubs of Wilkes-Barre, PA and West Sacramento, CA.
Don is a native Californian born in Bakersfield.  He attended California Polytechnical State University in San Luis Obispo majoring in Biochemistry and graduated in 1977 and was subsequently commissioned in the United States Army through ROTC.  Don retired from the Army in 1997 as Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Services Corps. He also has an MS in Biology from Bowling Green State University.  After working for the American Red Cross in several locations, an independent blood center in Sacramento and finally the University of California San Diego Health, Don retired in 2018.
Don married Donna McIlwain in 1975 after meeting at Cal Poly.  Don and Donna have 2 children, Aaron married to Colleen with 2 children Burnie and Ben; and April, married to Ray with 2 children Charlie and Caroline.  They raise Canine Companions service dog puppies.
Don is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 6 and a member of the Paul Harris Society, Don and Donna, also a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, are level 4 Bequest Society members and level 1 Major Donors.

 

Dianne Crawford, District Governor Nominee


Dianne joined Rotary in 1997 and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego where she has served as Club President, Board Director & Secretary. She has served as a member of District 5340’s Leadership Team for 16 District Governors in a variety of positions including Assistant Governor, Membership Chair, Strategic Planning Chair, Club Service Chair, New Club Development Representative, District Training Resource, Foundation Specialist and as a facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute and President Elect Training (PET’s).
In her first District role as an Assistant Governor she learned how she could use her professional experience in Sales & Business Management as opportunity to serve.  Her unique and creative approach to business, expertise in training & organization development, interpersonal skills along with her enthusiasm for “all things Rotary” has helped her make significant contributions that have improved District programs and club support.  She has received multiple awards for her Rotary service including 2010/2011 District Rotarian of the Year for her contributions to district membership growth and key role in the formation of new clubs.
 
Dianne grew up in Connecticut and move to San Diego in 1979 when her husband Michael transferred to complete his last year of service in the Navy. Her son Regis and grandson Kingston are her pride & joy. She loves spending time with them and visiting her family at home on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean as often as possible.